Industry leader Roger Milliken passes at age 95

December 31, 2010

Roger Milliken, former CEO and chair of Milliken & Co., has passed away at the age of 95. Committed to the textile industry for more than 60 years, Milliken was named leader of the century in 1999 by Textile World magazine. Milliken succeeded his father as president of the family textile business in 1947, building …

Teijin Ltd. to launch bio-derived PET fiber in 2012

December 30, 2010

Teijin Fibers Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibers business, announced today that it will begin in April 2012 the full-fledged production and marketing of new plant-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fiber as the world’s first commercially produced bio-derived PET fiber. Named ECO CIRCLE™ PlantFiber, the new product, also available as a textile, …

Americhem Inc. adds capacity, jobs at North Carolina facility

Americhem Inc., a global provider of custom color and additive solutions for synthetic fibers, recently added three compounding lines at its Concord, North Carolina facility, ensuring continuous supply and shortened lead times for the growing polyester bulk continuous filament (BCF) market. This is the company’s second capacity expansion in the past three years at the …

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Condé Systems introduces roll media for Ricoh GX e3300N and GX7000 dye-sub printers

December 29, 2010

Condé Systems is now offering DyeTrans roll media for use with its successful line of Ricoh GX Series Printers. Available in 8.5-inch x 100-foot and 13-inch x 100-foot rolls, the paper can be easily cut to a desired length and loaded directly into the selected printer’s multi-bypass tray. By creating a user-defined paper size in …

Outlast Technologies develops first heat management polyester fiber

December 28, 2010

Outlast Technologies, a leader in heat management and moisture reduction technology, announces the introduction of Outlast® polyester fiber. After extensive research and development, Outlast has created the first-ever heat management polyester fibers, extending the range of applications and markets in which the technology can be used.The bi-component fiber has a phase change material (PCM) core …

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Arlon raises money to fight breast cancer

December 27, 2010

Arlon, Santa Ana, Calif., recently held a corporate campaign to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The campaign started Oct. 1 and reached double the initial goal. It was held internally and at Arlon’s booth at the SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. Anyone who donated received a pink bracelet, and all of the …

Fashion Moves sponsors Fashion Design Challenge to help people with disabilities

People with significant disabilities currently do not have the freedom nor the ability to choose from an extensive wardrobe, regardless of how much money they may have. Well-designed and well-fitting clothing is a lifestyle issue and an employment issue as well as a health issue. Currently, the garment and fashion industry is doing very little …

ASTM International joins social media networks

December 24, 2010

ASTM International has recently established a presence on some popular social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. These social media platforms provide another outlet for users and stakeholders to receive the latest news about ASTM International and international standards activities. The official ASTM International Facebook page provides followers with the latest news about standards …

EU REACHes chemical registration by Jan. 3, 2011

December 23, 2010

The Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is one of the EU’s top priorities, and the European Commission reminded companies that use hazardous chemicals in products or manufacturing to register those chemicals before the November 30, 2010, deadline. The companies also are required to notify the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) of the chemicals’ …

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Arlon holds corporate campaign to support breast cancer research

December 22, 2010

Arlon Inc., headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., recently held a corporate campaign to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The campaign started October 1 and just ended; it was held internally at the company, and Arlon also campaigned at SGIA in the tradeshow booth to raise money to support the cause. Anyone who …

Analysis of Asian textile markets from “Official Wire”

December 21, 2010

The Asian textile and apparel markets have global influence, and the “Official Wire” recently published a new report with detailed analysis of the ups-and-downs. China’s textile and clothing exports increased by 15.8 percent in the first four months of 2010, following a 10.1 percent decline in 2009. Exports to the U.S. played a part in …

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Roland DGA forms strategic accounts team

December 20, 2010

To meet growing demand for the company’s UV-LED inkjet printer/cutters, engravers and 3D products, Roland DGA Corp. has formed a new strategic accounts team to capture new business opportunities. “Roland UV inkjet, engraving and 3D products present tremendous opportunities for growth, and we have taken steps to strengthen our presence in key markets for these …

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Infront signs STOBAG as official sponsor of FIS Alpine Ski World Cup

December 17, 2010

STOBAG, a leading manufacturer of awnings and weather protection systems, gets involved with sports sponsoring: The agreement marks the very first sports sponsoring commitment for the international manufacturer of awnings systems. Infront Sports & Media, the international sport marketing agency which collectively markets the advertising and sponsorship rights to numerous FIS Alpine Ski World Cup …

Sigma-Aldrich and Nanosys to supply silicon nanowires for research

December 16, 2010

Sigma-Aldrich has announced a distribution agreement with Nanosys Inc., an advanced materials architect. Under the agreement, Sigma-Aldrich, through its Aldrich Materials Science business, is now distributing Nanosys-created silicon nanowires to the global scientific research community for the development of new applications in technologies such as solid-state lighting, electronics and energy storage. A consistent and high-quality …

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Xennia acquires digital inkjet print software company Cametrics

December 15, 2010

Xennia Technology Ltd., a leading industrial inkjet solutions provider, has announced the completion of the acquisition of Cametrics—known for its ixPressia digital printing software products. This further enhances the integration of Xennia’s XenJet module portfolio, making the benefits of digital inkjet technology (reduced costs, increased productivity and just-in-time customization) available more quickly and at reduced …

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group recycles 17 tons of polyester scrap in 2010

December 14, 2010

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has announced that the company processed 17 tons of polyester for recycling this year. The material was a combination of scrap and discarded graphics sent in from customers and scrap produced at Aurora facilities; the material was sent to a recycler which reprocesses it into pellets for different applications such …

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Aurora Specialty Textiles Group recycles 17 tons of polyester scrap in 2010

December 13, 2010

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has announced that the company processed 17 tons of polyester for recycling this year. The material was a combination of scrap and discarded graphics sent in from customers and scrap produced at Aurora facilities; the material was sent to a recycler which reprocesses it into pellets for different applications such …

AATCC’s Concept 2 Consumer Student Design Competition

The seventh annual student design competition, sponsored by AATCC’s Concept 2 Consumer® (C2C) interest group, gives students a chance to win cash, prizes, and recognition in the textile industry. Due to the growing emphasis on sustainable textiles, this year’s theme is Eco Chic Bag. Students are challenged to lend a creative touch to the growing …

Wagner Companies celebrates fifth anniversary of Festivus Poles®

December 10, 2010

The Wagner Companies is celebrating its fifth year of selling Festivus Poles®—an aluminum tube used as a centerpiece for those who celebrate the “Seinfeld” inspired holiday of Festivus. Tony Leto, executive vice president of sales, reports that, “When we decided to start manufacturing Festivus Poles here in our Milwaukee manufacturing facility in 2005, we expected …

India supports textiles mission

December 9, 2010

The Indian textiles ministry is working on a policy intended to support domestic companies producing technical textiles and attract foreign investment in the sector. The companies are producing synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, viscose and polyethylene, but lack the technology to move into technical textile production. Specialty fibers not manufactured in India make up an …

W.S. Tyler issues LEED® credit statement

December 8, 2010

W.S. Tyler’s Stainless Steel Architectural Fabric supports sustainable building practices and the efforts used towards achieving LEED® points, according to the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. The LEED® Credit Statement acknowledges that the fabric’s durability, recapture rate and high solar reflectance index create a valuable green building design material. …

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Xennia acquires digital inkjet print software company Cametrics

Xennia Technology Ltd., a leading industrial inkjet solutions provider, has announced the completion of the acquisition of Cametrics—known for its ixPressia digital printing software products. This further enhances the integration of Xennia’s XenJet module portfolio, making the benefits of digital inkjet technology (reduced costs, increased productivity and just-in-time customization) available more quickly and at reduced …

Sattler AG to acquire Outdura from Shuford Mills

December 6, 2010

Global performance textile company Sattler AG, based in Graz, Austria, has announced plans to acquire Outdura from Shuford Mills. The acquisition will include the purchase of Shuford Mill’s production operation and distribution center in Hudson, N.C. “We have long admired the Outdura brand and the management team,” said Herbert Pfeilstecher, CEO of Sattler. “We are …

Successful conference on German textile machinery for the Brazilian textile industry

December 3, 2010

More than 400 delegates from the Brazilian textile industry attended the “Conference on German Technology for Brazilian Textiles” in São Paulo and Blumenau. Both decision makers as well as textile technicians informed themselves about the latest technology trends for efficient textile production in terms of energy, water supply and raw material use. The conferences—initiated by …

A&R Tarpaulins Inc. a Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award finalist

December 2, 2010

While the tough economy has struck out countless businesses, A&R Tarpaulins Inc. has its bases covered. The manufacturer, which was recently nominated for a Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award, started exporting products to Singapore. “We manufacture a variety of fabric products,” said Bud Weisbart, A&R vice president. “We don’t just stick to tarps and truck …

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Airbag suite adapts to driver size

December 1, 2010

The 2012 Ford Focus will feature a new suite of airbags that adapts to occupant size for driver-side, front passenger and side crashes. Among the changes in design are a reconfigured curve-shaped tether system that creates a pocket to lessen airbag impact on the driver’s chest and ribs; shoulder vents that open to reduce pressure …

New RF welding technology

Genesis Plastics Welding and PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers have collaborated on a new RF welding technology which enables non-halogenated and non-plasticized GLS Versaflex™ TPEs to be RF welded into any two-dimensional shape or configuration, including mandrels. The ecoGenesis™ technology enables non-phthalate, low dielectric loss material to be RF welded. Applications include infusion kits, blood transfer …

GSA 3B material for blast curtains

Compiled by Juli Case We’ve been asked to make a blast curtain. Where can we find material that’s rated GSA 3B? After the Oklahoma bombing and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it was realized that some of the damage caused by an explosion is from flying glass and other debris. As a result, in January 2003 …

Fired up about flame retardants

In September 2010, scientists in San Antonio, Texas, for the 30th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants, developed a fiery statement on a major class of flame-retardant chemicals used in consumer products. Almost 150 scientists from 22 countries raised concerns about the toxicity and effectiveness of brominated and chlorinated flame retardants (BFRs and CFRs), …

Composite material produces no VOCs

Wm. T. Burnett & Co. Nonwovens Division’s PolyWeb™ composite material is made by combining polypropylene staple fiber and woven fiberglass tow. The material when consolidated with heat and pressure forms a strong, lightweight and moldable composite. This product produces no VOCs during consolidation or molding. Used in a variety of applications from automotive components to …

V-T-295 military specification for nylon thread

Compiled by Juli Case We bought some thread at an auction, and the only thing the spool says is that it’s V-T-295, Type 2 and Class A. Can you help us figure out what kind of thread it is? V-T-295 is a military specification for nylon thread. Type II indicates that it’s a twisted multiple …

Wash-and-wear electronic textiles

Wearable textiles with electronic functionality may be closer to commercial production, according to Kunigunde Cherenack, a researcher at ETH Zürich, a Swiss university specializing in technology and natural sciences. Fabric becomes electronic fabric in two ways—e-fiber components are stuck on or woven in—and neither method stands up to the friction, bending, stretching and washing of …

Outdoor living pavilion offers options

Cabrio from Jardin de Ville is an outdoor living pavilion that offers the option of open sky or shade. A simple wand mechanism opens or closes the canopy roof to dine or relax with the sun, or moon and stars overhead, or to close the roof completely to create a sheltered and private space. Side …

Fabric designs inspired by the Jazz Age

Upper South Studio has debuted the “Jazz Age Suite,” a new portfolio of seven original and archival designs, reminiscent of fabrics from 1926 to 1928, featuring a collection of elegant polyester and polyester-blend textiles. The seven designs include: Storyville (New Orleans jazz); Top Hat Rondo (a tribute to stage musicals, in muted taupes); Tuxedo Royale …

The Fiber Society call for papers

The Fiber Society invites submissions of original research papers for oral and poster presentations at its 2011 Spring Conference, May 23–25, hosted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Institute of Textiles and Clothing. Papers on fundamental research related to the science and engineering of fibers and fibrous materials are being solicited, in the following areas: …

Textile boom in India?

The next decade is likely to be very good for the Indian textile industry, “and the industry will move to a different league in terms of size and scale,” said Sunil O. Khandelwal, chief financial officer of Alok Industries Ltd., Mumbai, India. Technopak, a textile consulting and research firm with offices in India, agrees, reporting …

Conveyor system presents cost-effective solution

The new Inspire 140 conveyor system from Preco Golden Laser is a cost-effective solution for laser processing of roll materials. Available in various laser power levels, it handles widths up to 98 inches in standard sizes. Custom sizes can also be manufactured. Unlike traditional methods the laser seals the cut-edge fibers to help prevent fraying. …

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Color management software

The new eQSuite© of color management tools from Cheran Digital Imaging & Consulting Inc. offers unrivaled color matching accuracy (under single or multiple illuminants) for digital printing of textiles, with speed, accuracy and cost effectiveness. eQuantum© and eQPrint© are part of an innovative spectral-based color management system using formulation algorithms for color control on digitally …

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Chairs feature custom-made fabrics and digital prints

Fabric artist Suzanne Meyer-Pistorius of Blu Girl Art, Springfield, Mass., describes her unique chair designs simply: “The only thing all of the chairs in our constantly changing collection have in common is … they have a past.” Her one-of-a-kind chair designs consist of antique or vintage chair frames that are repaired, refinished and re-upholstered with …

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Tented markets open for the holidays

[Starr Tents] Mount Vernon, N.Y., U.S.A. There’s no place like New York City for the holidays, and each year Starr Tents adds to the festivities with custom, tented markets at Union Square and Columbus Circle, patterned after London’s famous Flower Market. With 179 customized units, the biggest challenge is the site itself–a major subway stop …

Upgrade available for cutting systems

The Eastman EasiLabel™ is an optional gantry-mounted upgrade for the company’s conveyor and static table automated cutting systems. The system utilizes permanent or removable adhesive labels in a variety of sizes to print and place labels directly onto pattern pieces. Label data comes from the computerized cut file and can include text and/or barcode information. …

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Spray-on liner offers maximum protection

Designed for pickup truck beds, tailgates, wheel wells and similar applications, Bullet Liner’s spray-on qualities offer maximum protection with an advanced coating system that’s durable, long-lasting and impervious to weather, while delivering improved UV protection as well as enhanced puncture and abrasion resistance. Polyurethane formulation maintains a high luster for years, and is available with …

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A short course in green energy

More than 100 students entered the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA contest, vying to win the competition’s grand prize: a 10-by-10-foot PowerMod self-sustaining solar tent donated by FTL Solar LLC, Austin, Texas, manufacturer of the photovoltaic tensile structures. The oldest school in the U.S., Boston Latin School, won the “green wishes” prize, presented at a …

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Tents provide hospitality space for European soccer tournament

[Röder Zelt-und Veranstaltungsservice GmbH] Buedingen, Germany For the UEFA Champions League Final 2010, Röder Zelt-und Veranstaltungsservice built hospitality space for thousands of guests gathered in Madrid, Spain, for the event. The client requested more than 10,000 square meters of space for sponsors and their guests, soccer fans, celebrities and officials. Four two-story tents were built, …

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Sail awning line available in the U.S.

Corradi USA now has its line of sail awnings (Defender, Intrepid, Freedom and X-Tension) available in the U.S. The shading systems can be rolled up or unrolled, manually or by motor, from a mast-like support, much like rolling a sail on a boom. Customizable and suitable for shading even large areas, most can also be …

Mechanical lift tables feature ergonomic assistance

A new series of mechanical scissor lift tables with a wooden butcher block top (or a metal deck if desired) offers valuable ergonomic assistance for assembly work where different heights of components or operators must be accommodated. With a stable, safe and lightweight design, the wooden butcher block top is fastened to a metal frame …

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Canopies cover Last Supper Festival

The sixth annual Last Supper Festival in September 2010 drew 1,200 consumers to the 3rd Ward courtyard in Brooklyn, N.Y., for an art, music and food event on—the act of consumption. Artists from many nations provided multimedia art and performance experiences, including art exhibits, films, new media, writing, music and “edible installations from creative culinarians” …

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Structures house garages and hospitality suites at street race

[HTS Hocker] Kefenrod, Germany HTS Hocker was invited to design, manufacture and install a set of demountable structures located in the main pit lane area for the Super GP street racing event in Brisbane, Australia. The client requested a set of world-class and aesthetically pleasing temporary shade structures and garages. The design requirements included the …

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Printer features adhesive belt carrier system

The Tx400-1800B direct-to-textile and dye sublimation inkjet printer from Mimaki features a new adhesive belt carrier system, which stabilizes flexible materials that tend to stretch and contract during printing. The 1800B automatically switches ink supply from an empty cartridge to a full one of the same color, enabling long, extended print runs. Reactive dye ink, …

Low-cost scissor sharpening

New high-performance 4SharpScissors sharpens any pair of scissors in approximately 25 seconds, keeping blades in optimum condition. Unique design of the model 4SS-100 uses a small diameter polishing wheel that produces a very favorable hollow ground cutting edge; it gives a narrow sharp edge growing into a thicker section for increased strength. Custom-designed polishing wheel …