Superior Sample announces new interactive website for customers

February 28, 2011

Superior Sample Co. of Ligonier, Ind., a national leader in swatch sampling services, has announced several new marketing initiatives for the 2011 calendar year and beyond. “We’ve survived over fifty years through various recessions, but the recent down economy has seriously affected our philosophy of how we market ourselves,” stated Peggy Daniels, president and co-owner. …

AATCC webinars on dyeing textile fabrics, March and April 2011

February 25, 2011

AATCC is hosting a series of webinars on dyeing textile fabrics. In March, Nelson Houser of M. Dohmen USA will present a live webinar on direct dyes. In April, Swain Bennett of Clariant Corp. will present a webinar about sulfur dyes. The previous five webinars in the AATCC dyeing series were recorded, and are now …

TenCate named as co-recipient of 2011 JEC Composite Innovation Award

February 24, 2011

TenCate Advanced Composites U.S.A. in Morgan Hill, Calif., is pleased to announce that a composite design utilizing TenCate thermoplastic prepregs is the recipient of a 2011 JEC Composites Innovation Award. TenCate Cetex® brand of PPS-based thermoplastic composite unitape is utilized in Cutting Dynamics’ award-winning composite aircraft seat design. The 2011 JEC Thermoplastic Composite Innovation Award …

SASMIRA announces international accreditation for testing services

February 23, 2011

The Synthetic and Art Silk Mills’ Research Association (SASMIRA), Mumbai, India, has announced its international accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), U.S.A., for chemical, mechanical and microbiological testing under its Center of Excellence, Agrotextile testing. SASMIRA offers testing services to textile manufacturers, traders, exporters, R & D institutions, public and private sector …

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Insolroll, Leviton combining to deliver complete solar shading solutions

February 22, 2011

Insolroll Window Shading Systems has allied with Leviton Mfg. to develop complete solutions for the integration of commercial lighting controls and solar shading window treatments. The Leviton/Insolroll Solar Shading System’s unified architecture uniquely incorporates Insolroll’s advanced fabrication of solar shading products and Leviton’s extended suite of lighting control solutions. Integration of Insolroll’s motorized window treatments …

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SEGD Diversity and Design at 2011 Conference+Expo+Awards

February 21, 2011

The Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) will convene its 2011 Conference+Expo+Awards in diverse and design-centric Montréal, the only North American city designated a UNESCO City of Design. Themed Vive la Diversité: Designing the Difference, the conference will be held June 1-4, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Montréal. SEGD’s annual event is the only international …

AATCC sponsors Art to Wear Fashion Show at NCSU, April 12

Students of North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) College of Design (COD) and College of Textiles (COT) are hosting Collection X: Art to Wear Fashion Show 2011 on April 7. Billed as “anything but your typical fashion show,” the show attracted 3,200 attendees in 2010, and has been covered worldwide in media outlets including ABC News, …

India’s Technical Textiles Mission: a new reality

February 18, 2011

By Seshadri Ramkumar, Nonwovens & Advanced Materials Laboratory, Texas Tech University, USA After a few years in discussion and decision making, on Jan. 20th the government of India officially launched the Technological Mission on Technical Textiles (TMTT) in an event jointly organized by the Ministry of Textiles and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce …

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Fabric and glass from OKALUX

February 16, 2011

OKATECH Vision from insulating glass specialist OKALUX offers an impressive harmonious connection of function and aesthetics. Due to its special optics, the plastic fabric Vision with its metal coating opens new possibilities for design with a large spectrum of application, from doors through room partitions to complete glass facades. As an exclusive partner of the …

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SEGD Diversity and Design at 2011 Conference+Expo+Awards

February 15, 2011

The Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) will convene its 2011 Conference+Expo+Awards in diverse and design-centric Montréal, the only North American city designated a UNESCO City of Design. Themed Vive la Diversité: Designing the Difference, the conference will be held June 1-4, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Montréal. SEGD’s annual event is the only international …

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Transfer paper videos released

February 14, 2011

AW Specialty Papers released three digital desktop heat transfer paper application how-to videos. The videos demonstrate the application of printing onto light-colored substrates using a commercial heat press. The IMAGECLIP for Inkjet video demonstrates how the cold-peel application transfers images to light-colored substrates. The Jet-Pro for Active Wear video focuses on transferring photos and images …

Blackstone completes acquisition of Polymer Group Inc.

Scorpio Acquisition Corp., an affiliate of Blackstone Capital Partners, has completed its previously announced acquisition of Polymer Group Inc. (PGI). The transaction helps continue to position PGI as a leader in the nonwovens industry. PGI’s chief executive officer, Veronica (Ronee) M. Hagen, stated, “Blackstone is committed to supporting our strategy of continued growth and investment …

AATCC to hold 2011 International Conference in Charleston, S.C.

February 11, 2011

AATCC’s 2011 International Conference will return to the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C., U.S.A., March 22-24. The conference will feature three educational tracks which mirror the association’s interest groups: Chemical Applications, Concept 2 Consumer® (C2C), and Materials. Also featured will be the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition, poster session covering all areas …

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FLEXcon signs agreement to purchase graphics division of Arlon Inc.

February 10, 2011

FLEXcon, a leading manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films and adhesives, has announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire the business assets of the graphics division of Arlon Inc. of Santa Ana, Calif, to form a company to be named Arlon Graphics LLC, a new wholly owned subsidiary of FLEXcon. The move will strengthen FLEXcon’s …

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At the Miami Boat Show: “The Secrets Behind What YouTubeâ„¢ Can Do For You,” Feb. 17

February 9, 2011

With Americans spending more time viewing video online than checking e-mail, YouTube™, with its 455 million users, has great potential as a marketing tool for recreational boating. A leading YouTube and video marketing expert will demonstrate what this rapidly growing social network can do to positively impact business during a keynote presentation for Marine Marketers …

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It’s time for the Specialty Fabrics Review 2011 New Fabric Showcase

To all fabric suppliers: Deadline: Feb. 15, 2011 The editors of Specialty Fabrics Review are requesting that suppliers of fabric to the technical fabrics industry send information and images about their latest fabric innovations, to be published in the April and May 2011 issues of the magazine. All fabric manufacturers supplying material to the industry …

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Weathered leather from Texstyle/Jamie Stern

February 8, 2011

Sedona, a new introduction from Texstyle/Jamie Stern Leather, is inspired by the beauty of metal which, over time, and left out in the elements, gains a unique characteristic. During the process of weathering, the metal takes on a completely different range of colors from its original form. Sedona, named for the Arizona town famed for …

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New edge seal technology from Xtreme Seal

February 7, 2011

Xtreme Seal LLC has introduced Pro Seal, with new “Dual Durometer Edge Seal,” a groundbreaking technology for the marine industry. The soft expanded EPDM material, combined with a flat molded rubber attachment flap, allows the fabricator to tuck the seal under a binding edge easily and more securely. All of Xtreme Seal’s patented edge seals …

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FLEXcon signs agreement to purchase graphics division of Arlon Inc.

FLEXcon, a leading manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films and adhesives, has announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire the business assets of the graphics division of Arlon Inc. of Santa Ana, Calif, to form a company to be named Arlon Graphics LLC, a new wholly owned subsidiary of FLEXcon. The move will strengthen FLEXcon’s …

Progress in U.S.-China trade policy talks

February 4, 2011

The U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) completed its 21st session in mid-December, announcing significant progress in several areas, including enforcement of intellectual property rights. China has launched a Special Campaign against counterfeiting American products and pirating designs, an issue that has plagued U.S.-China trade relations. Other progress included agreements on technology standards, …

Airbag recalls for Cadillac CTS vehicles

February 3, 2011

General Motors Co. (GM), Detroit, Mich., recalled 96,000 Cadillac CTS vehicles with sensors that may disable the front-seat passenger airbags, preventing them from deploying during a crash. GM’s recall followed the launch of an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in September. The company will provide additional warranty coverage for another 63,000 Cadillac …

It’s time for the Specialty Fabrics Review 2011 New Fabric Showcase

February 2, 2011

To all fabric suppliers: Deadline: Feb. 15, 2011 The editors of Specialty Fabrics Review are requesting that suppliers of fabric to the technical fabrics industry send information and images about their latest fabric innovations, to be published in the April and May 2011 issues of the magazine. All fabric manufacturers supplying material to the industry …

Bulletproofing cab drivers?

February 1, 2011

The New York Federation of Taxi Drivers says that cab drivers encounter 300 robberies and assaults each month, a growing occupational hazard that has some wearing bulletproof vests. A dozen drivers of livery cabs in tough areas of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens will don police-issue bulletproof vests to protect themselves from big city crime. …

Climate-regulating polyester fibre

Outlast Technologies Inc., Boulder, Colo., has developed a climate-regulating polyester fibre, an innovation that comes just four years after the introduction of the first Outlast® viscose fiber and eleven years after the introduction of Outlast acrylic fiber with PCM. The newest member of the Outlast fiber family offers the added value of balancing temperature coupled …

Line of fabrics in black and white

Just as simple, bold and unforgettable black-and-white photographs became modern classics, Chella Textiles is celebrating its 10th anniversary by creating a memorable line of fabric classics in black and white. The Shadows & Light collection sheds a new, high-contrast light on the company’s solution-dyed acrylic jacquards, velvets, chenilles, matelasses and sheers: liveable luxury with durability. …

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Upscale bars, nightclubs hit the roof

The hospitality industry opened up a new frontier in the quest for customers seeking trendy bars, nightclubs and restaurants with an outdoors ambience—the roof. MDT-Tex, Tyrone, Ga., a designer and manufacturer of customized shade systems, increased sales significantly in the last half of 2010, noting rooftop getaways as one of the hottest trends. The Tulip …

Wearable electronic building bricks

Studio 5050 and Blacklabel Development, New York, N.Y., have launched a collection of soft, wearable, electronic modules or “bricks” that allow designers to focus on the creative aspects of making functioning, wearable electronic garments. The initial Fabrickit launch includes a rechargeable battery, connectors and light bricks that connect to each other with a conductive fabric …

Full contact heat transfer

Exclusive Drucktech membrane heat press features a special pneumatic membrane base plate that when inflated ensures a unique high-pressure, full contact heat transfer. Unique camber design requires very little down pressure to create an automatic locking/releasing feature, making it more efficient and easier to use. The membrane equalizes the differences in the thickness of the …

Locust swarms driving sales of bug screens

Australia’s Victoria Province anticipates a rough year in 2011, after receiving six inches of rain in 24 hours, experiencing record-breaking floods and facing predicted plagues of locusts. Torrents of vehicle owners are flooding auto parts businesses in the city of Ballarat in Victoria, buying car bug protection screens to prevent locusts from blocking up radiators …

Connecting with textile antennas

Thanks to the efforts of a Finnish company supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), clothes could send and receive messages through the use of textile antennas. Through the ESA Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) 5 project ‘Textile Antennas,’ Patria Aviation Oy, Halli, Finland, has demonstrated that an antenna can be built using textiles …

Eco-friendly alternatives for retail window and floor products

FLEXcon, manufacturing pressure-sensitive film solutions, has introduced eco-friendly alternatives for retail window and floor products: WINDOWdeco™ and FLEXmark® floor art™. These greener products deliver performance similar to vinyl—adhesive performance, opacity, printability and aesthetic appeal—with less impact on the environment. As an alternative for low-tack window graphics and signage, they capture the attention of visitors to …

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Reviving the outdoor furniture market

Economic turmoil, fewer new housing starts, scarce credit and consumer insecurities interrupted a healthy growth trend in the U.S. outdoor furniture market, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts Inc. (GIA), San Jose, Calif. That growth will resume in 2011, thanks to trends toward outdoor living, increased focus on quality time at home and …

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Riad Shakeer builds his company with diversification

Riad Shakeer moves his company forward through product diversification. By Sigrid Tornquist As soon as my business started to grow, I started looking for something else to produce,” says Riad Shakeer, owner of Calypso Marine Canvas Ltd. and Calypso Fabric Architecture Caribbean Ltd. in Chaguanas, Trinidad. “I’ve always had that intent to go further. What …

Metal detector conveyors

E-Z Tec® DSP Metal Detector Standard Conveyor Systems from Eriez® give users the highest level of protection against ferrous and nonferrous metal contamination, for use in the food, textile, pharmaceutical, plastics, chemical and many other industries. Conveyor system includes welded stainless steel frame, wash-down drive, variable speed control, belt-stop reject alarm and reject reset button. …

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Graffiti repellent wins SGIA Product of the Year

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) awarded Neschen Americas, Elkridge, Md., Product of the Year in the Finishing-Laminates, Adhesives, Films and Coating category for a pressure-sensitive laminated film that protects images printed on UV or solvent ink-jet printers from paint, permanent markers and acrylics. Seal® Print Shield® Anti-Graffiti is a clear, flexible film that offers …

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2011 State of the Industry

Slower and gradual growth has become the norm in the reset specialty fabrics industry. By Jeff Rasmussen The 2009 economy reset the size, shape and growth of the specialty fabrics industry throughout all market segments. The result: fewer significant suppliers and end product manufacturers today. The ones that are left have developed a more focused …

Eco-friendly wallcovering

Trove, a wallcovering company with a focus on art- and nature-inspired themes, has introduced REDEUX, an eco-friendly commercial-grade printed wallcovering that is a recyclable alternative to vinyl. Product contains more than 31 percent post-consumer recycled materials, and combines Type II durability with a Class A fire rating. The high level of breathability increases resistance to …

‘Signature’ DNAtex thwarts counterfeiters

Schoeller Technologies, Sevelen, Germany, wanted to protect its range of technical fabric technologies from fraud and developed a secret chemical that uniquely identifies the legitimate material. Schoeller’s recently developed “small sensation” is a promising product, DNAtex, which can be applied at all stages of textile production and has no effect on the color, look, feel, …

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Solar options for tents

Decades of research narrows the search for affordable and efficient solar panels for tents. By Todd Jensen & Sigrid Tornquist For flexible solar panels to have a place in the world of tents they have to be lightweight, and they have to pull their weight; in other words, they have to benefit the bottom line. …

Antimicrobial application

Sanitized® T20-19 was developed specifically for cellulose (cotton and cotton blend) items that require high-wash durability: clothing, sportswear and outdoor wear, upholstery, bath and bed textiles, mattresses, and technical textiles in filter systems and nonwovens. An economical and ecological choice for textile manufacturers, it is easily applied, and gives the consumer a fresh, comfortable finish …

Teijin ECO CIRCLE wins environmental award

Teijin Fibers Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, has developed a proprietary technology that allows polyester to be chemically broken down and then converted into new polyester raw material, a closed-loop recycling system that conserves oil and reduces waste. In October, ECO CIRCLE™ received the Award for Environmental Innovation from ICIS.com, the publishing arm of Reed Business Information …

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Expanding business internationally

There’s never been a better time to expand into an international market—if you are patient, committed and open to new ways of doing business. By Jill C. Lafferty When Walt Disney songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman penned “It’s a Small World (After All)” for a ride at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, they couldn’t …

New management for American Truetzschler

Kurt Scholler assumed management of American Truetzschler, Charlotte, N.C., in 1989, developing the company over 21 years from a textile machinery manufacturer to a full-service resource for the spinning industry, as well as a manufacturer of nonwoven machinery and wire products. CEO Scholler retired at the end of 2010, but will maintain ties with American …

Getting back to business

Focus on the 3 P’s for 2011. By Dave Sanders Most small business owners wear many hats—sales, purchasing and production, to name a few. The demands of day-to-day business activities leave little time for planning or thinking about ways to improve your business. The past few years have been tough on businesses of all sizes, …

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Graphispag 2011, Mar. 22-26: applying innovation in the graphics industry

From Mar. 22-26, Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via exhibition center will host the twelfth edition of the leading show for the graphic arts industry in Spain and Portugal. This is a key event for finding technological solutions and products to respond to the new needs of graphic communication users. Given the range of exhibits and …

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Doubling airbag fiber production in China

“In Asia, we have seen growing demand for high-tenacity airbag fibers due to rising automotive safety standards as well as increasing airbag fitment,” says Jeff Brown, vice president of Invista Performance Surfaces and Materials. “China is on the leading edge of change in both areas.” Invista, based in Wichita, Kansas, plans to double the capacity …

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The dome deflation

Air-supported domes, such as the Minneapolis Metrodome, appear to be giving way to tensioned structures. By Mason Riddle and Barb Ernster In an almost prophetic statement, David Campbell, principal and CEO of Geiger Engineers, Suffern N.Y., told Fabric Architecture in the September 2010 issue that an “air-supported dome has never collapsed, but it can deflate…due …

Blue ribbon exhibit makes a big statement

A tensioned-fabric blue ribbon 740 feet long, stretched through the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel and an exhibit tent, wowed hotel owners attending the Hilton Worldwide Partnership Conference in October 2010. The ribbon connected various parts of the exhibit, leading attendees through a series of brand concepts and showcases designed to stimulate creativity and innovation. …

OilGuard wins Swiss award

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill triggered fast and furious research efforts to minimize harm to Gulf Coast environments, and a team consisting of Swiss and German companies developed a nonwoven fabric, Oilguard, that protects coastal areas and beaches from contamination. The Swiss Innovation Forum awarded HeiQ Materials AG, Basel, Switzerland, with the Swiss Technology …

Fruit picking bag prevents damage

New Zealand’s W A Coppins Ltd. designs a fruit picking bag that beats the raining technique. By Lynn Keillor Three kiwifruit growers in New Zealand approached fruit-basket designer Bill Coppins with a problem. Workers who hand-pick kiwifruit were inadvertently damaging the fruit as they dropped it from the vines into their picking bags. The worst …