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 …

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. …

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 …

Roland DGA expands end-user workshop and webinar series

April 11, 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, …

IFAI Expo Asia 2011 debut exceeds expectations in Singapore

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 …

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 …

IFAI Board of Directors call for candidates

April 5, 2011

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 …