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Rental industry actively trending upward, reflecting industry optimism for 2011

March 31, 2011

Attendance at The Rental Show 2011 displayed a marked increase over 2010, reflecting a renewed optimistic attitude throughout the rental industry. The show was held Feb. 27–March 2 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. According to Christine Wehrman, American Rental Association CEO, “Attendees demonstrated they were here to buy equipment, strengthen their …

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Miller Weldmaster partners with Global Imaging

March 30, 2011

Global Imaging is now Miller Weldmaster’s U.S. sign industry distributor of the 112 Extreme, Impulse Extreme and the T-300 Edge. The distribution agreement strengthens the partnership between Miller Weldmaster and Global Imaging, benefiting end-user customers by providing the finishing equipment they need to keep their complete jobs in-house. “Our partnership with Global Imaging is going …

Australia invests US $100 million to set up advanced fibers research center

By Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, U.S.A. Cotton, wool, nanofibers, carbon fibers and composites will soon get a research boost in Australia. The Australian government and other funding partners will invest US $100 million over a period of three years (July 2010–June 2013) to set up the Australian Future Fibers Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) …

Conductive fiber manufacturers to form trade council

March 29, 2011

Conductive fibers occupy their own unique niche in the wire and textile marketplace, but the industry’s identity is not distinctive, with conductive fibers treated as another wire or textile. These manufactures are now joining together to form a trade council, the Conductive Fiber Manufacturers Council. Conductive fibers have a long history: The filament in Thomas …

ASTM Intl. Textiles Executive Subcommittee appoints new chairman

March 28, 2011

Shreyaskar Chaudhary, CEO and managing director of Pratibha Syntex Pvt. Ltd. in Madhya Pradesh, India, has been named chairman of ASTM International Subcommittee D13.40 on Sustainability of Textiles. The newly formed subcommittee was formed after extensive discussion within ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles, a committee that oversees more than 300 international standards related to …

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Thrace-LINQ releases Product Finderâ„¢ mobile app for geosynthetics

March 25, 2011

Thrace-LINQ, a supplier of woven and nonwoven geosynthetic technical fabrics, has released the Thrace-LINQ Product Finder™ mobile application for BlackBerry®, Android™ and Apple® mobile devices. Within seconds, it helps users identify geosynthetic products to meet specific project needs. Version 1.0 of the Thrace-LINQ Product Finder is a free, easy-to-use app that allows users to search …

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Environmentally friendly casual furniture fabrics now available from Tri Vantage®

March 24, 2011

GeoBella®, a line of outdoor cushion fabrics combining performance, comfort and recyclability, has been added to furniture fabric offerings from Tri Vantage®. Woven by Phifer Inc. using post-industrial olefin yarn wastes, GeoBella fabrics are PVC-free and 100 percent recyclable. Available in 78 solid colors, stripes and patterns, GeoBella fabrics offer a soft hand and are …

Teijin joins U.N. Global Compact

March 23, 2011

Teijin Limited announced that it has joined the United Nations Global Compact as part of the company’s commitment to socially responsible sustainability. The U.N. Global Compact is a set of principles for self-conduct that participating organizations worldwide follow in their independent efforts to achieve sustainable growth. Participants are required to support and implement 10 basic …

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) updated

March 22, 2011

The International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS IWG) has announced the release of Version 3.0 of its organic fiber processing standard. Revisions include a prohibition on garment finishing methods considered harmful to workers (such as denim sand blasting), a requirement that any polyester in GOTS-certified products be made of post-consumer recycled material …

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Production Digital Imaging installs Durst Rho Printers

March 21, 2011

Owing to a relatively strong national economy and astute business planning, commercial imagers and digital print providers across Canada made sizable investments in capital equipment—specifically, wide-format digital imaging platforms—over the last 12-15 months, evidenced by the significant number of Durst Rho UV production inkjet printers installed during that period, Durst Image Technology US LLC said. …