Stephen R. Combes new president for Cematex

October 29, 2010

Cematex, The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers based in Zurich, Switzerland, appointed Stephen R. Combes as its new president at its recent General Assembly meeting held in Germany. Combes takes over the presidency from Albert Edward Roberts, who retires from the position after six years. Combes spent 13 years as managing director of SDL …

Cradle to Cradle® criteria for the built environment

October 28, 2010

Cradle to Cradle® (C2C) is a paradigm-changing innovation platform developed in the 1990s by Michael Braungart and William McDonough et al. Extensive books, cover stories and documentary films have been published and broadcasted about C2C since the 1990s and translated into at least a dozen languages. However, many planners are not yet familiar with how …

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Unifi Textiles (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. expands sustainable product line

October 27, 2010

Unifi Textiles (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. (UTSC) continues to be a global leader in sustainability with the introduction of REPREVE® FDY, a 100 percent recycled fully drawn yarn. The REPREVE family of recycled products available from UTSC now includes recycled filament polyester, recycled staple polyester, recycled filament nylon and recycled performance fibers, available with flame retardant, …

Camira Fabrics re-enters North American marketplace

October 26, 2010

Signaling its long-term commitment to the North American interiors marketplace, textile innovator Camira Fabrics has announced that it has joined the professional trade body ACT (Association of Contract Textiles). Camira is a leading European manufacturer of textiles for commercial interiors, and has recently re-entered the North American marketplace by establishing a stock backed cut yardage …

Leigh Fibers launches carpet and plastics recycling company

October 25, 2010

Leigh Fibers has established a dedicated business unit to divert discarded carpet and plastic from landfills and turn it into fibers and densified product used by plastics molders. Current and near-term equipment installations will give Leigh Carpet & Plastics Recycling LLC the capacity to keep more than 100 million pounds a year of used carpet …

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Glen Raven new Firesistâ„¢ color, stripes

Glen Raven will showcase an expanded line of Firesist™ flame retardant awning fabrics during IFAI Expo in Orlando. With one new solid color and three new stripes, Firesist is evolving to meet the changing needs of awning fabricators nationwide. Terracotta is the new solid color added to the Firesist line, drawing its inspiration from the …

Joy Jordan to present “Sustainability Initiatives at Kimberly-Clark”

October 22, 2010

Joy Jordan, global strategy program leader at Kimberly-Clark Corp., will present “Sustainability Initiatives at Kimberly-Clark” at this year’s NETInc Conference. The presentation is the lead-in to the conference’s “Session 12: Sustainability and Environment,” to be presented on Friday, November 12. The conference will take place in Raleigh, N.C., November 10-12, 2010. Larry C. Wadsworth of …

Obama to tour American Cord & Webbing Co.

President Obama will add a visit with American Cord & Webbing Co. factory workers in Woonsocket to his brief tour of Rhode Island on Monday, according to the White House. The White House announced earlier that the trip promotes two fundraisers to benefit Democratic congressional candidate David N. Cicilline and the party’s House campaign organization. …

STANMECH Technologies Inc. unveils new website

October 21, 2010

STANMECH Technologies Inc., Burlington, Ont., Canada, has announced the launch of their completely redesigned website, featuring industry-specific “mini-sites” which hold the information, product listings, case studies and resources relevant for each industry. Users may also search by type of tool required. STANMECH is a leading provider of applications involving plastics forming and joining methods (hot …

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Fisher Textiles expands Direct Disperse fabric line for dye sublimation printing

October 20, 2010

Fisher Textiles, a leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added style DD 9374 Tri Poly (FR) to its Direct Disperse fabric line for direct dye sublimation printing. Direct Disperse fabrics have a special coating that allows for direct printing onto the fabric without heat transfer paper. They are compatible with printers using dispersed …

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Aurora named exclusive distributor of Stork Prints’ Sublimation Inks

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. and Stork Prints Group have announced that Aurora will be the exclusive distributor of Stork digital textile ink for direct and transfer sublimation printing in the United States and Canada. The offering will include c, m, y, k, lc, lm, ly, lk, blue, red, orange, grey, and deep black. Size …

NASA wants student innovators for 2011 Great Moonbuggy Race

October 19, 2010

Four decades after the first NASA lunar rover rolled across the surface of the moon, innovative students are preparing to design and build a new generation of wheeled wonders. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center organizes the races held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, both in Huntsville. The event challenges high school and college …

Texas Tech’s Nonwovens Laboratory hosts international textile industry leaders

October 18, 2010

During the week of September 20-24, the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at TIEHH, Texas Tech University, U.S.A. hosted a number of industry leaders from India, Pakistan, Australia and the United States to discuss research collaborations and showcase the nonwovens and advanced materials laboratory capabilities. Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, associate professor and manager of the nonwovens …

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Recyclable blockout banner from Ultraflex Systems Inc.

October 15, 2010

Ultraflex Systems Inc., Randolph, N.J., a supplier of wide-format printable media from 30 to 198 inches wide, has introduced a new 15 oz. smooth, scrimless blockout banner material with green characteristics; it is PVC free and 100 percent recyclable. SuperSmooth PET Blockout is best suited for double-sided signs and banners, compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, UV, …

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iBoatShowsâ„¢ App delivers boat show information on iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad

October 14, 2010

iTapTouch LLC, a mobile applications development company, has announced that their first app—iBoatShows™—has been approved and is now available in the Apple App Store. The application was designed in response to the growing demand for key information on boat shows and other marine-industry events. iBoatShows, available as a free download at the Apple App Store …

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Arlon launches two new cast overlaminates for print protection

October 13, 2010

Series 3220L (Luster) and Series 3220S (Satin) overlaminates will be added to the current Series 3220 cast overlaminate line from Arlon Inc., Santa Ana, Calif. Arlon now has a full offering of overlaminate products: Series 3200 high-gloss optically clear cast overlaminate, recommended for protecting window film and digitally printable reflective vinyl. Series 3220 premium cast …

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SGIA and IFAI supershows combine in strategic partnership

Organizers of SGIA Expo and IFAI Expo Americas have announced plans to co-locate their 2013 events at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The events will take place October 23-25, 2013, drawing potentially more than 25,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors. “The SGIA Expo is all about maximizing opportunities in diverse markets,” says Michael …

Teijin rolls out recycled Green Carpet at Tokyo International Film Festival

October 12, 2010

Teijin Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, has announced that for the third consecutive year it has produced an eco-friendly Green Carpet made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, for the environmentally minded Tokyo International Film Festival, which will be held from October 23 to October 31. The Green Carpet is made entirely of Teijin Fibers’ ECOPET® recycled polyester …

Miller Weldmaster to auction T-300 Extremeâ„¢ welder at IFAI Expo Americas

October 11, 2010

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 35 and 55; one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. The cure rate is 90 percent or greater if the disease is detected in its earliest stages. This October 27-29, at IFAI Expo Americas in …

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Miller Weldmaster to auction T-300 Extreme welder at IFAI Expo Americas

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 35 and 55; one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. The cure rate is 90 percent or greater if the disease is detected in its earliest stages. This October 27-29, at IFAI Expo Americas in …

Ultraflex launches Descor interior textile website

October 8, 2010

Descor from Ultraflex Systems Inc. is a high-quality textile used primarily for decorative wall and ceiling applications; it can be mounted into a corresponding track/profile system or hung in traditional methods for hanging textiles. Descor can be printed with UV or screen processes, and a solvent printable version (Digital Descor) is also available. The fabric …

Teijin selected for Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

October 7, 2010

Teijin Ltd. announced today that it has been named, following last year, to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), a global indicator for Social Responsible Investment (SRI). The new DJSI World list was made effective on September 20, 2010. Of the 318 companies selected this year, 36 are Japanese. (Among the nine companies …

Antimicrobial monograph downloadable from AATCC—free to AATCC members

October 6, 2010

AATCC’s newest monograph, “Antimicrobial Testing & Technology,” is available for easy download. The monograph is a searchable collection of antimicrobial research papers presented at AATCC Conferences. “Antimicrobial textiles have become very important to both the textile and apparel industries and consumers over the past several years,” notes AATCC’s director of business development Perry Grady. “This …

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IRgA co-locates with ISA Sign Expo 2011

The International Sign Association (ISA) has partnered with the International Reprographic Association (IRgA) to locate its shows in one central location. The co-location will provide exposure to vertical markets that have historically not integrated. “ISA always strives to develop opportunities that create a win-win scenario for everyone,” says Lori Anderson, president and CEO of ISA. …

Free webinar: trade preferences for certain Haitian textile and apparel goods, Nov. 16

October 5, 2010

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. (EST), the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), will host a webinar on trade preferences for apparel wholly manufactured or knit–to–shape in Haiti. The webinar will feature background on the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2006 (HOPE), the Food Conservation …

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Xennia releases UV cure inks for OEM printing systems

October 4, 2010

Xennia has released its XenInx Diamond general purpose UV cure CMYK ink set for use in printing systems based around a wide range of printheads. Xennia launched its XenInx range of high-performance ink products earlier in 2010, and recently announced the opening of its large capacity industrial ink production facility. XenInx Diamond CMYK ink, along …

India approves new Centers of Excellence for textile technology and development

The Expenditure Finance Committee of India has just approved the Technology Mission on Technical Textiles (TMTT), which will fund the creation of four new Centers of Excellence (CoE) with an investment of $22.2 million. The news was revealed to Seshadri Ramkumar of Texas Tech University by a senior government official of the Ministry of Textiles …

Damask transforms indoor spaces

October 1, 2010

The Summer Ball is the event of the season at St. Piran’s School, Maidenhead, England, and each year the social and fundraising committee struggles with transforming a school sports hall into a glamorous venue for 260 guests. After hiring Oasis Events Limited in 2008 to create a huge and inviting Bedouin tent with exotic lighting, …

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Carole Bellon creates results for her clients and company

Carole Bellon’s straightforward and tough-minded approach to business results in a win-win situation. By Sigrid Tornquist When I was younger I wanted to grow up to be a doctor or a pilot—or a race car driver. I’ve always liked competition,” says Carole Bellon, owner and president of Bellon Industries, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. “Then I went …

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Outdoor urethane line offers luxurious upholstery products

The Soleil Collection from Spradling International Marine is the company’s latest group of outdoor urethanes, offering soft and luxurious upholstery products with a performance edge. A wide variety of colors is available with the SRX topcoat. The line’s combination of strength and style provides easy cleaning, high UV resistance, mildew resistance, a durable surface and …

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Moss acquires Pink power, NYC foothold

Two powerhouses in the event, exhibit and display markets have joined forces, as Moss Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill., has acquired the inventory and trade name of Pink Inc., New York City, N.Y. The new entity, Pink Powered by Moss, will operate out of a New York City location and service clients nationally. By combining …

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Remake spaces with fabric flair

“Space articulation” with fabric adds design flair with practical appeal. By Carla Waldemar Heard a lot of hammering lately? Not likely. The construction industry is among the hardest hit in this bleak economy. Few housing subdivisions, office parks, megamalls or public institutions are breaking ground these days. Yet retail businesses, hospitals, colleges, exhibition arenas and …

Combination die-cutting system for optimum efficiency

The Spartanics Finecut-Plus-Rotary™ is a combination laser die cutting and rotary die cutting system, especially recommended for companies that are increasingly combining short-run and long-run work needing different cutting tools for optimum efficiency. Versatile system’s capabilities include rotary die cutting as fast as 400 fpm, tool-free laser die cutting as fast as 300 fpm, fast …

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TenCate patents ‘grassy’ geosynthetic

TenCate Geosynthetics, Pendergrass, Ga., recently received a U.S. patent for its Miramesh® SG woven geosynthetic, which combines the benefits of its Miramesh GR open biaxial fibers with green synthetic grass fibers. The product, designed to stabilize soil on steep slopes and wire basket walls, immediately creates a finished, fully vegetated-looking wall face and eliminates the …

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Tap into expanding government markets

One of the biggest markets to tap—and likely to expand—is the federal government. By Barb Ernster With its myriad agencies, the U.S. government offers the makers of specialty fabrics and fabric end products ample opportunity for those who learn to navigate this market. Consider the needs of just one agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS). …

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Easy-to-use awning software

Awning Manager™–Sales & Fabrication Software, a collaboration between Donald Sweitzer of U.S. Canvas & Awning and John Contreras of Omnireign Solutions, delivers automated editable proposals and pricing, quotes, calculates material needs, provides editable 3D shop drawings, generates fabrication sheets, integrates Google maps, creates sales reports, maintains customer databases, and generally provides an affordable and essential …

‘Green’ award for PGI drought response

Devastating droughts throughout the southeastern U.S. raised concerns about sufficient water supply and the environmental impact of wastewater from the Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) plant in Mooresville, N.C. A team of 20 PGI employees, led by Jeff Ward, reliability engineer and green project leader, went to work on a solution—a new way to treat cooling …

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Making sense of sustainable printing

Printing choices that are sensitive to the environment are also good for business. By Michael Labella With the global economy almost five times the size it was half a century ago, sustainable growth has now become the paradigm of the 21st century: a responsibility that our society has for itself and the environment in order …

PTFE sewing thread designed for various applications

Available in a range of sizes in clear, black and white, SolarFix PTFE sewing thread offers long-term performance in a wide array of outdoor applications under the most extreme conditions. Backed by expert technical support, SolarFix thread will not lose any significant strength due to UV or chemical exposure, unlike conventional polyester, nylon and cotton …

Glen Raven plant adds lamination lines

Glen Raven Technical Fabrics LLC has added fabric lamination capabilities to its Park Avenue finishing plant located in Glen Raven, N.C., moving lamination equipment from its Statesville facility (and offering Statesville employees the opportunity to transfer as well). The Park Avenue plant’s associates will work on further enhancing the process and developing new product applications. …

Ten basics for a successful business

The time-honored rules of profitable management are a critical ingredient for building sales and profits when the going gets tough. By William J. Lynott The upheaval in today’s economy has given a rebirth to the basic dynamics of successful business management. Easy to ignore in good times, the time-honored rules of profitable business management are …

New twill screen fabric collections

The new T screen collection from Mermet offers a new weave pattern, 16 new colors and track control through Enduris™ Glass Core technology. Twill screen fabrics include a 3 percent openness factor and 98.4-inch width, with a 1 percent openness factor available through special order. Color design offers both warm and cool pallets for hospitality, …

Vicar Intl. and Renolit AG to partner

Vicar Intl., Union, N.J., and Renolit AG, Germany, have entered into a partnership for distribution of Renolit Kalglas press-polished PVC sheets to the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Vicar will take on the responsibility for sales to the automotive aftermarket and convertible top industry throughout these territories, shipping all accounts from the warehouse in Union. …

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Oil boom manufacturers left awash in inventory

Companies supplying oil boom for the Gulf worked around the clock, then found themselves awash in inventory. By Janice Kleinschmidt After more than 30 years in the containment systems business, MPC Containment Systems LLC of Chicago, Ill., found itself thrust full steam into making a new product: oil boom. Immediately after the BP oil spill …

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Grand-format fabric line expands

Fisher Textiles has added three new fabrics to its Grand Format line for dye-sublimation and UV printing. GF 8725 Crepe (FR) is 125 inches wide, a 4.9-oz. 100 percent polyester, wrinkle-resistant with a canvas-like texture, recommended for backdrops, POP and tradeshow exhibits. GF8874 Tri Poplin (FR) is 122 inches wide, a 7.5-oz three-layer woven used …

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AmSafe awarded STC approval for seatbelt retrofitting

AmSafe Inc. has been awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that permits operators to retrofit general aviation aircraft with AmSafe Seatbelt Airbags. Approved service centers located in any EASA member country may now install the seatbelt airbag system on approved aircraft (21 models are currently approved). AmSafe’s Seatbelt …

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Building a better roof

An old Japanese essay says, “Buildings should be built for the summer.” By Kikuko Tagawa This year we are having an especially hot summer in Japan. An old Japanese essay says, “Buildings should be built for the summer.” Reducing the summer heat in buildings has been a perennial issue, given Japan’s hot weather. Both individuals …

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Palm Springs homes utilize unpermitted canopies

City planners performed a drive-by inspection of Palm Springs, Calif., single-family properties and discovered that approximately 10 percent of homes had unpermitted canopies shading pools, yards or vehicles. Residents felt that city officials “should enforce against worse neighborhood eyesores than canopies,” but city officials disagreed. Professional installation matters, because a flimsy canopy that can’t stand …

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DGNB builds sustainability standards

We’re now perfectly positioned for the international market,” says Dr. Christine Lemaitre, CEO of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). Under the general management of board members Dr. Peter Mösle and Johannes Kreissig, the DGNB has been developing its certification system to meet international requirements, and to allow for transparent adaptation to the requirements of …

Market report: fasteners

Discretionary clothing purchases are down, as people nervously watching the economy delay purchase of new coats, shoes, suits and playwear. This consumer restraint is affecting manufacturers of needles, buttons, zippers, hooks, snaps, rivets and Velcro™ closures, according to “Textile Fasteners and Needles: A U.S. Market Report,” recently completed by Global Industry Analysts Inc., San Jose, …