PGI announces long-term investment strategy for developing regions

April 29, 2011

Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) has announced long-term strategic growth plans to invest in new state-of-the-art spunmelt manufacturing operations in South America and China to solidify the company’s leadership position in these high-growth markets: an immediate follow-up installation of a state-of-the art, custom-designed spunmelt machine and a pilot line at its current facility in Suzhou, China, …

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Camira Fabrics to launch designer David Fox fabric collection

April 28, 2011

Textile innovator Camira Fabrics Ltd. is collaborating with award-winning British designer David Fox to create a stunning new fabric collection for launch at this year’s NeoCon, June 13-15 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Fox will make a personal appearance at the Camira booth on Tuesday, June 14, to introduce the unique fabrics. The outcome …

Hohenstein researchers tackle unintentionally transparent clothing

April 26, 2011

Whether it is nurses in their uniforms, sportsmen in their training gear or anyone wearing light-coloured swimming trunks, everyone knows the problem of white garments which all too often reveal more than you want—either of yourself or of any white or dark underwear underneath. For things like scaffolding covers or trade fair exhibits, too, the …

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New Durst Textile Business Unit develops high-performance digital printer for ITMA

April 25, 2011

Durst Phototechnik AG, a leading manufacturer of industrial digital printing equipment, will present its new Textile Business Unit at the FESPA trade show in Hamburg, Germany, May 24-27. The new division, headed by Christoph Gamper, is working on the next generation of digital printing technologies for textiles. The Durst Textile Team, based at the company’s …

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New Las Vegas location on tap for The Rental Show 2013

April 22, 2011

When The Rental Show returns to Las Vegas in two years, it will be to a new venue: the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The Venetian and The Palazzo will be the headquarters hotels. The Rental Show 2013 will be Feb. 10-13, keeping with the current Sunday through Wednesday schedule. The move further north on …

New website for Top Value Fabrics

April 21, 2011

Top Value Fabrics has announced the launch of a new website to better serve customers and prospective customers. The new site, topvaluefabrics.com, features numerous upgrades and a modern design. “Our new website was developed with a focus on our customers,” said Chris Fredericks, president. “Our goal was to make the site user-friendly so that it’s …

Portable, heavy-duty Yellow Jacket® fan for industrial use

April 20, 2011

The Yellow Jacket portable fan from the Big Ass Fan Company® takes abuse and stays in use. Five years in development, it’s designed for incredible flexibility, quiet operation and long-term durability; it will never need to be replaced, according to the manufacturer. The new design offers: heavy-gauge steel carriage engineered to withstand the harshest environments …

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Economy Tent Intl. recognized by South Florida Manufacturers Association

April 19, 2011

Economy Tent Intl., Miami, Fla, has been recognized by the South Florida Manufacturers Association as first runner-up for Manufacturer of the Year for 2010. The award is presented to companies that provide positive economic, employee and community benefits to the South Florida region. Economy Tent, nominated by Citibank, was one of five finalists chosen from …

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IFF announces 2011 Innovation Award deadline: July 15

April 18, 2011

The purpose of the IFF Innovation Award is to inspire companies from all over the world to not only come up with great ideas, but make them happen. According to Beth Hungiville, Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) managing director, “We want to tell the stories of great specialty fabric manufacturers and suppliers who have challenged the …

Hohenstein awards first-ever sleep comfort label for children’s sleeping bags

In March, the first sleep comfort quality label for children’s sleeping bags was awarded to the company ARO® Artländer in Kettenkamp, Lower Saxony, Germany. Jörg Fricke of the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim presented the label to managing director Karl Rosenstengel. Test results were impressive—the children’s sleeping bag that was tested was awarded the mark 1.1 …

IFF announces 2011 Innovation Award deadline: July 15

April 15, 2011

The purpose of the IFF Innovation Award is to inspire companies from all over the world to not only come up with great ideas, but make them happen. According to Beth Hungiville, Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) managing director, “We want to tell the stories of great specialty fabric manufacturers and suppliers who have challenged the …

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Tri Vantage® Cover Express program adds eight textured Sunbrella® awning fabrics

April 14, 2011

Eight Sunbrella® textured awning fabrics have been added to the Tri Vantage Cover Express program, which assures rapid availability of ready-to-install Solair® Select and Solair® Comfort retractable awning systems. The new textured Sunbrella awning fabrics are Tresco in Birch, Ginger and Clay; Silica in Barley, Dune and Sesame; and Tweed in Walnut Brown and Charcoal. …

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Roland DGA expands end-user workshop and webinar series

April 13, 2011

Roland DGA has expanded the Roland Academy catalog of training courses, adding several specialized webinars to its series of popular hands-on workshops. Designed to provide end-users with the knowledge and expertise they need, Roland Academy workshops offer instruction by industry experts and are available for each of the company’s product lines. As an added bonus, …

Concrete advantages: Pollution-free fashion

April 12, 2011

Tactility Factory, a spinoff company from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, began with collaboration between an architect and a textile designer to create Girli Concrete™, concrete with a tactile fabric appearance created by embedding materials such as linen or velvet into the mix. The “dressed up” concrete, which can be used in building products …

IFAI Expo Asia 2011 debut exceeds expectations in Singapore

April 11, 2011

IFAI Expo Asia 2011 roared into Singapore, the lion city, March 22-25, and provided a new much-needed technical textiles forum for the Asia Pacific region. The combined trade exhibition and educational symposiums, held at the glittering new Marina Bay Sands Convention Center, covered the spectrum of cutting-edge developments occurring in the specialty fabrics industry. Participants …

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Roland DGA expands end-user workshop and webinar series

Roland DGA has expanded the Roland Academy catalog of training courses, adding several specialized webinars to its series of popular hands-on workshops. Designed to provide end-users with the knowledge and expertise they need, Roland Academy workshops offer instruction by industry experts and are available for each of the company’s product lines. As an added bonus, …

Fibertect cotton-carbon decontamination cloth now commercially available

April 8, 2011

First Line Technology, Chantilly, Va., a manufacturer of disaster preparedness equipment and supplies for first responders and the military, is now marketing Fibertect through a network of distributors. It’s available as preshaped mitts for personal wipedowns, individual wipe cloths and pads, and in rolls perforated to produce 12-inch by 12-inch sheets. It also comes in …

Philadelphia University and MAG establish new composites institute

April 7, 2011

Philadelphia University and MAG are establishing the Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute for research and development of new textile-based composites that could have wide application in industry, including the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors. The new institute will be funded in part by $1.1 million from MAG, whose chairman and chief executive officer is Dr. …

H.P. White Laboratory to conduct comparative ballistics research for law enforcement

April 6, 2011

H.P. White Laboratory Inc., the world’s largest independent test laboratory for body armor, has contracted to work with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to conduct comparative ballistics resistance testing on new and used law enforcement body armor for the research study: Physical and Environmental Effects on the Performance of Body Armor. The study is …

OMNOVA Solutions dedicates chemical facility in Caojing, China

April 5, 2011

U.S.-based OMNOVA Solutions has announced the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art specialty chemical plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in Caojing, China. The plant, part of a recent acquisition of ELIOKEM by OMNOVA Solutions, manufactures Pliocord® vinyl pyridine latex used in tires, hoses and other reinforced rubber applications for the fast-growing Asia-Pacific …

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IFAI Board of Directors call for candidates

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is seeking candidates to be considered for positions on the IFAI Board of Directors. The current 1st Vice Chairman is “Chairman-elect” and shall automatically assume the duties of Chairman of the Board in October. IFAI is seeking candidates to fill the following positions: 1st …

Novelty checkerboard vinyl from J. Ennis Fabrics adds texture and toughness

April 4, 2011

Users get an arresting combination of patent shine and matte finish from the tone-on-tone look of Hopscotch from J. Ennis Fabrics. Hopscotch is available in 13 trendsetting colors such as Molasses, Copper Kettle and classic Black Magic. Hopscotch has a unique basket weave texture with a metallic look to its shine. Mildew resistant, with a …

Inland Tarp expands in Ohio

April 1, 2011

A new 192,000-square-foot facility in Fostoria, Ohio, will give Inland Tarp & Liner LLC (ITL) the capacity to service customers in the Eastern U.S. within one day transit time. ITL manufactures tarps, pond liners, building covers and related polyethylene-based products. The move will help the company, headquartered in Moses Lake, Wash., to expand production after …

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The eco-friendly fabric question

Determining sustainability in fabrics requires a big picture analysis. By Shelby Gonzalez The issue of sustainability is one that the specialty fabrics industry takes seriously, and growth in more environmentally friendly materials and processes continues. But the question of what is and what is not a sustainable product is complex and is a challenging topic …

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Material ideal for durable graphics

SolvoPrint™ Nolite 175 provides 100-percent opacity to remove shadows and image wash-out in backlit conditions. Its rigid, polyester film eliminates edge curl when used in display systems. With a matte finish, its scratch-resistant coating provides for durable graphics, with no lamination required in short-term situations. Suitable for indoor and short-term outdoor use for POP, retail …

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ReelPRO printing efficiency

ReelPRO is an affordable, easy to install and easy to use take-up system designed to allow users of wide-format printers to take better control of workflow. Proprietary patent-pending drive train, developed by Supply55, provides both performance and reliability, saving time and money by reducing the number of damaged prints and allowing operators to run printers …

NCTO on the Trans-Pacific trade agreement

Calling Vietnam and China “two nonmarket economies which have poured resources into their textile and apparel sectors” to the detriment of U.S. jobs and exports, Cass Johnson, president of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), opposed including Vietnam in the proposed U.S. Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement. Since Vietnam was granted Permanent Normal Trade …

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Strong businesses, strong communities

When small businesses give of their time and resources to build better communities, everyone profits. By Jill Lafferty Gunther Williams’ family business, Idaho Sewing for Sports Inc. of Grangeville, Idaho, was hit hard by the recession. But laying off employees didn’t sit well with him. It seemed counterproductive to let skilled employees go in order …

Interior sun control fabrics line expands

New offerings in the SheerWeave® line of interior sun control fabrics include SheerWeave Performance™+ that adds highly reflective properties of metallization to traditional SheerWeave for ultimate sun control. Highly durable SheerWeave Basic is designed for spec-driven, window shade projects in the commercial market. SheerWeave with Microban® offers antimicrobial protection for the lifetime of the window …

Indoor mobile crane

New RBC-50000SPBW Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Mobile Crane is designed for indoor use where heavy components need to be lifted, transported, positioned, installed and assembled. Both eco-conscious and energy efficient, the unit can lift 50,000 pounds up to 240 inches high, while keeping facilities cleaner, quieter and safer (no fumes, no smell, no smoke). It features push-button …

Senators support small business innovation

Two federal programs providing support to small businesses, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), need long-term reauthorization. U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), ranking members of Senate committees, took up the cause during hearings in February 2011. One business funded by SBIR now has 17,000 employees and …

New certification standard announced for feather and down-filled bedding

The asthma and allergy friendly™ Certification Program announced today that it has developed and adopted a certification standard and testing protocol for feather and down filled bedding. The program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent, non-exclusive certification …

Durable material ideal for multiple uses

Aptra Elements™ is a metallic, breathable, reflective, durable material with multiple uses in the architectural, construction, marine, tent and upholstery industries to help reduce home and building energy costs. Used as a breathable, air barrier membrane for walls and roofing underlayment, it maintains strength and flexibility without metal surface rub-off or oxidation. SOURCE RKW US …

Total window screening

UltraVue® Insect Screen offers a sharp, more brilliant view, improved daylighting, superior ventilation and protection from disease-carrying (and annoying) insects. Fiberglass screen has 15 percent greater openness compared to conventional screening, and is GREENGUARD® certified for superior indoor air quality performance. It’s also infused with Microban® antimicrobial protection, providing an additional level of cleanliness protection …

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Hygienic upholstery on the move

One disadvantage of public transportation is the musty smells of bodies in various stages of hygiene that get trapped in the upholstery. Moisture from sweat, spills or condensation accumulates inside the upholstery, leading to growth of mold or bacteria. The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, is researching new types of upholstery that would transport or manage …

Conductive and antimicrobial electrostatic cuff

XP2TP300/S, a conductive and antimicrobial silver-based electrostatic cuff, is suitable for use in cleanroom and medical garments where static discharge control is desired. It will withstand 100+ nonchlorine bleach washings and is available in a variety of colors and sizes. WA, a rib knit trim in a blend of wool and acrylic, offers warmth, elasticity …

Fabric features improved finish

WeatherMax 80’s improved HydroMax finish with no C8 fluorocarbon chemistry, utilizes C6 chemistry and avoids the formation of C8 breakdown products such as PFOA, while maintaining high performance water resistance and breathability. WeatherMax LT also uses the improved HydroMax finish. For awnings and canopies, tents, banners, graphics and marine, military, and automotive applications. Light Charcoal …

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Hanging hardware

Pick-N-Hook, for hanging corrugated plastic substrates, allows users to simply press the spike end into the edge of the corrugated plastic substrate so that it penetrates across the corrugated flutes, and then hang it up. Twist-N-Hook, to be used with foam or gator board, is twisted into the side of the foamboard substrate, and then …

Creating lifelines through thread

University of Texas graduate student and artist Gabriel Dawe uses thread to create objects and environments that “make the viewers aware of those [invisible] structures so they can reflect on how they affect their [lives], both in positive and negative ways,” according to his website. In his most recent work, the Plexus series of installations, …

Patenting products in the European Union

The European Parliament agreed in February to establish a system for patenting new products or discoveries that will be valid in all participating EU countries. Twelve member states requested the EU’s enhanced cooperation procedure after failing to agree on a common patent procedure. A unitary patent system will allow inventors to apply for a patent …

100-percent recycled polyester construced of spun yarns

Encore FR 100-percent recycled polyester is constructed of spun yarns for the drape and hand of a natural fiber fabric. Durable enough for short-term outdoor use, it also meets small-scale flammability standards for indoor use for custom upholstery, window graphics, retail POP, signs and banners. Compatible with sublimation transfer and UV printing. Act II SP …

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Acrylic, weather-resistant fabric

Sunprint acrylic, weather-resistant fabric with a digital print-receptive finish was developed for awnings, canopies and other outdoor projects. Made from Sattler brand acrylic yarn with TEXgard® finish. FireMaster Plus, with flame retardancy, UV resistance and waterproof finish, offers the commercial market an awning fabric for sun and rain protection. Nautex marine fabrics offer performance capabilities …

RecycleMatch B2B marketplace

RecycleMatch is an online marketplace for business recycling and waste diversion, with a large number of customers that generate various types of textile waste. Companies may list materials free of charge on the site, with brands and identities kept confidential; prospective buyers may ask questions, request samples, and make offers on the materials, which can …

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“Water for Elephants” features custom tent

Author Sara Gruen’s depression-era novel about a veteran who runs away to the circus, “Water for Elephants,” will debut on the big screen in April 2011. Actors Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson star in the movie adaptation, and an old-fashioned bail ring tent created by Aztec Tents, Torrance, Calif., plays a strong supporting role. Within …

Low-density polyethylene bag for multiple use

The U.K. Environment Agency has come up with the answer; a low-density polyethylene bag, when used four or more times, has a lower carbon footprint than single-use bags of any type, whether high-density polyethylene, paper or cotton. A recently released report, “Life Cycle Assessment of Supermarket Carrier Bags,” showed that the key to reducing a …

Fabric made from natural bast fiber

A new fabric in the Second Nature™ label of sustainable fabrics, Sting (named for “sustainable technology in nettle growing”) is made from natural bast fiber from stinging nettle plants. New wool is paired with soft, fine nettle fiber for an environmentally innovative textile well suited for contract upholstery applications. SOURCE Camira Fabrics Ltd.

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Solution-dyed acrylic awning fabric collection

Alegria, a new 100-percent solution-dyed acrylic awning fabric collection, has a fluorocarbon finish that gives the fabric higher water and dirt repellency. Over 100 stripe designs and 69 solids in 47- and 60-inch widths are available, and it comes with a 10-year warranty. SOURCE Sauleda SA

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Children’s show blooms in an inflatable theater

“In the Night Garden™,” a popular children’s program broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), features soft and cuddly characters named Ninky Nonk, Pinky Ponk and Upsy Daisy enjoying life in a beautiful garden. When Ragdoll© Productions Ltd., Buckinghamshire, England, developed a live show to take on tour, the traveling theater in which these life-sized …

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High tide in 2011?

After several years of low tide in the marine industry, 2011 may be the year that finally lifts all boats. “The marine industry is starting to see signs of recovery as we move past the recession,” says Jeff Malehorn, president and CEO of GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) at the Miami International Boat Show. …

Fabrics made with solution-dyed acrylic fiber

Parà Tempotest® fabrics are made with 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic fiber, dyed when it comes out of the spinneret to give the woven fabric a higher light-fastness. Available in more than 100 colors in cuts and full rolls. With Corradi Canvas Express™ service, Tempotest® fabric ready-made awnings and canopies are available in just a few …