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Purple Haze antiqued leather introduced by Texstyle

May 31, 2011

A new leather from Texstyle/Jamie Stern offers multidimensional appeal, with color, sheen and a little bit of antiquing. The challenge was to create a durable, affordable leather with surface interest that will work in any high-traffic area. Texstyle/Jamie Stern will create a custom color in Purple Haze with only a one-hide minimum, offering the versatility …

Value Added Sales to represent Cooley Sign & Awning Products

May 30, 2011

Cooley Sign & Awning Products, Pawtucket, R.I., is pleased to announce the appointment of Value Value Added Sales as sales representatives for the southeast region of the United States. Value Added Sales, incorporated in 2001, has a sales team of three representatives, including Debbie Van Gaale, president, and territory managers Bob Ferrell and Chuck Graves. …

LincSpun and NILIT® introduce Trinomax AQ® high-performance yarn

May 27, 2011

NILIT, a global manufacturer of nylon 6.6, headquartered in Israel, and Australia-based LincSpun, an innovative developer of intelligent yarns and filaments, have launched Trinomax AQ—a yarn that combines Merino wool with NILIT Aquarius yarn to create garments that can thermoregulate the wearer’s body temperature. Designed for active wear, dance wear, socks and sportswear, it’s designed …

Lion Technology’s web seminar on OSHA’s New GHS Rule, June 28

May 26, 2011

Lion Technology’s upcoming web seminar will help get companies up to speed on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new chemical hazard communication rules. In August 2011, OSHA plans to adopt the global harmonization system (GHS) for classifying and labeling chemicals, which will substantially change the existing OSHA Hazcom standards. Under the new rule, …

GBC earns Women’s Business Enterprise Certification

greatBIGcolor (GBC), a Colorado-based production company, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise, by WBEC-West, a regional certified partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Certification denotes businesses owned and operated by a woman. Sean McLaughlin founded in GBC in 1998. Several years later, his wife, Tina McLaughlin, joined the team. In …

Teijin provides eco-bags for Japan Day Festival in New York

May 25, 2011

New York-based Teijin Holdings USA Inc. (THUS), the Teijin Group’s holding company in the United States, provided reusable eco-bags made entirely with Teijin’s recyclable polyester to the Japan Day Festival, which took place in New York City’s Central Park on Sunday, May 22. The 600 eco-bags were packaged with T-shirts sold at the festival to …

AATCC’s 2010 Young Entrepreneur Award

May 24, 2011

Bryan Swarn, co-founder of Phenetix Urban Athletic Wear Co., is the 2010 recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award, chosen “for his intuition, creativity, leadership and courage in creating a new generation of products and promoting new opportunities for the textile industry.” AATCC presented the inaugural award at the yearly AATCC International Conference held in …

R+T Middle East 2011 postponed

May 23, 2011

Due to the current unsettled political situation in the region between the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean, Deutsche Messe Dubai and Messe Stuttgart have decided to postpone indefinitely the Middle Eastern platform for doors/gates and sun protection, R+T Middle East, which was due to take place between 12-14 September 2011. The event celebrated a successful …

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Chic chenille for dog day afternoons

May 20, 2011

For luxury performance textiles that can stand up to visits from four-legged friends, Chella Textiles durable solution-dyed acrylics are machine washable, lightfast and tough enough for relaxing pets. Shown is Aretha in Ash Bark and Papaia, a 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic in a luxury chenille jacquard weave; it is lightfast and machine washable, resists mildew …

Textile heating elements prevent loss of patient body heat

May 19, 2011

Every day, thousands of people in hospitals are warned against the potential risks involved in forthcoming operations. One risk is often not mentioned: during longer operations, serious reduction in body temperature (hypothermia) can occur in patients. Due to the anaesthetic, metabolism and heat generated by the body is decreased. Patients also lose a lot of …

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SEPIAX meets eco standards

May 18, 2011

SEPIAX ink from Graphics One demonstrated adherence to environmental standards set by the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) of the United Nations. The GHS is a system for standardizing the classification and labeling of chemical substances with the goal of protecting people and the environment against toxic materials. Source: Graphics …

Announcing IFAI Expo Asia 2012 in Singapore

IFAI Expo Asia 2012 will return to Singapore next year after its successful premiere in March at the Marina Bay Sands. The next event will take place June 26-28, 2012, at the Suntec Singapore International Exhibition Centre. IFAI president and CEO Stephen M. Warner commented that the feedback on IFAI Expo Asia 2011 was extremely …

Schoeller Textil AG and Formosa Taffeta Group celebrate ten years together

May 17, 2011

Ten years ago, a leading textile technology company, Switzerland-based Schoeller Textil AG, and the Formosa Taffeta Co. Ltd., one of the largest worldwide textile producers, joined forces in a joint venture. “This has proven to be the right decision,” agree Hans-Jürgen Hübner, CEO of Schoeller Textil AG and Shih Ming Hsie, president of Formosa Taffeta …

INVISTA’s CORDURA® Brand business unveils interactive website in Chinese

May 16, 2011

For the past 30 years, INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand team has set the standard for durable fabrics in the outdoor, workwear and military markets. As part of its effort to achieve greater consumer awareness globally, INVISTA has now launched an interactive Chinese website, located at cordura.com/sch/index.html. With the Chinese market demonstrating rapid growth in the outdoor …

Ostrich-inspired Ossie collection by Enduratex makes its debut

May 13, 2011

Enduratex (China General Plastics Corp. of America, CGPC) has announced the release of Ossie, a unique faux leather product with a rich appearance designed for high-end applications. Developed as a top-of-the-line faux leather product, Ossie is the newest offering in the Endurasoft contract catalog, and will be available in 13 SKUs. “Ossie is an exotic …

Japan’s technical textile industry growing again after years of decline

May 12, 2011

Manmade fiber and technical textile production in Japan increased in 2010 for the first time in several years—and could increase again in the coming years as demand for materials for reconstruction surges following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. On the negative side, the technical textile industry is likely to suffer from lower demand …

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EFI acquires Streamline Development

May 11, 2011

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) Inc. acquired Streamline Development LLC, the provider of PrintStream ERP/MIS software focused on mailing and fulfillment services for the printing industry. PrintStream software will become part of EFI’s portfolio. EFI intends to integrate key PrintStream features into its core ERP/MIS platforms while continuing to support the existing PrintStream client base. Source: …

Aqua-Tite® Green for eco-friendly water repellency and stain protection

Fabrics are used outdoors to protect people and items from the elements and often take the brunt of what nature delivers. Although there are many post-treatment water-repellent products on the market, they often contain a petroleum product as a base, and because of this are high in VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs can ultimately get …

Ministry of Textiles in India announces restructured subsidy scheme

May 10, 2011

The Indian government will provide a maximum subsidy of Rupees 1,972 crores (US $438 million) to attract an investment of approximately US $10.42 billion across the textiles value chain. A communiqué dated May 1st, 2011, from the Ministry of Textiles has announced the restructuring of the popular Technology Upgradation Fund Schemes (TUFS) to boost investments …

100,000th OEKO-TEX® certificate issued

May 9, 2011

At the end of February 2011, the International OEKO-TEX® Association issued the hundred thousandth certificate since the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 was established, underlining once again its importance as a leading global independent certification system for textiles tested for harmful substances. Currently, more than 9,500 companies in 90 countries are actively involved in OEKO-TEX® certification. In …

Interface Inc. shares five sustainability successes to celebrate Earth Day

May 6, 2011

Interface Inc., a global force in design, production and sales of environmentally responsible modular carpet, has revealed highlights made over the past year in reducing its own negative impacts on the earth, to demonstrate ways in which other companies can achieve progress toward sustainability. Among the top accomplishments heralded by Interface president and CEO Dan …

AATCC offers textile testing workshop for hands-on learning, June 8-9

May 5, 2011

AATCC is offering an Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop, June 8-9, at its Technical Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., U.S.A. Individuals responsible for product evaluation, specifications, and quality control for apparel and textile materials are encouraged to attend. Workshop instructors will discuss and demonstrate AATCC and ASTM procedures for evaluating textiles, as well as …

Measuring the physiological comfort of bandages

May 4, 2011

In order to be included in the Medical Service’s Medical Aids Directory, bandages and orthotic pads must comply, among other things, with minimum requirements for the physiological comfort of the wearer. The same applies to compression stockings and other medical textile products which are to display the “Physiological comfort mark” and the quality label issued …

Call for papers for international conference on textile coating and laminating

May 3, 2011

TCL2011, the original and most-followed international conference on the coating and laminating of textiles, will be held on Nov. 17-18, 2011, in Orlando, Fla., U.S.A. Following the successful conference last year in Cannes, France, this year’s meeting is the first time TCL has been held in the U.S. since 2005. Topics will include developments in …

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SEFAR® Architecture expands into North America

May 2, 2011

SEFAR® Architecture, a leading manufacturer of monofilament precision fabrics and fabric systems for interior and exterior architectural applications, will be expanding its global operations to include North America. Solutions available from the company include Tenara® PTFE fabric for roofing applications; LightFrame fabric framing system for light diffusion and acoustic improvements in walls and ceilings; and …

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From project to projection: Cityscape becomes art canvas

May 1, 2011

The Urban Screen movement, now showing on public buildings worldwide, debuted in Willimantic, Conn., in February when the city’s architectural surfaces became canvases for art. The Screen Project’s “Love in a Cold Climate” featured video, animation, text and poetry by modern artists projected against architectural canvases from dark until midnight. Finding the material to transform …

India decries EU barriers to trade

India’s Minister of State for Commerce and Industry says that the European Union has raised non-tariff barriers that work against India’s textile and garment exports, including labeling, certification and (REACH) Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals requirements. “These issues will also be taken up with the EU in the next meeting of the India-EU …

Carbon cloth for variety of uses

Zorflex® 100 percent activated carbon cloth, first developed for military clothing to protect against nuclear, biological and chemical agents, today has a variety of uses from wound dressings and respiratory masks, to sensor protection, filters for ostomy bags, and in the conservation of artifacts. Zorflex VB and Zorflex VB Plus have been shown to assist …

Functional textile with ultra-thin metal layer

Masa is functional textile with a metal coating just a nanometer thick. This ultra-thin metal layer can give a metallic appearance without changing the original substrate’s properties, such as texture, or air and moisture permeability. For a variety of applications for heat insulation, UV ray blockage and electronic properties. SOURCE Suzutora Corp.

Second Natureâ„¢ sustainability

Fabric collection from Camira covers the spectrum of environmental issues, including the rapid renewability and biodegradability of natural raw materials, carbon offsetting of high content wools for climate balance, and a move away from virgin petrochemical synthetics in favor of recycled product content. The company’s strategic preference is for natural and renewable sources of textile …

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Inkjet cartridge collection

Waste Not International, based in the UK, buys empty inkjet cartridges for wide-format printers. Through its collection program, Waste Not offers a generous return on empty cartridges and covers collection costs from all over the world. Unlike other incentives that offer credit or loyalty points, Waste Not deposits funds directly into participants’ accounts, via transfer. …

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Alternative inks

Panoply Inks from Global Imaging are alternative inks for most solvent and UV printers. The inks are formulated to meet the specifications of the most popular wide- and grand-format solvent and UV printers. They offer no-mess conversions, come in convenient sizes and offer fully compatible cartridges, liter bottles or bulk-ink delivery systems. The inks are …

New resting place for coated fabric waste

A single industrial fabric mill or coating plant can generate 250 tons of trim waste each year, and savvy businesses send uncoated fabric trim to recyclers that turn it back into fiber and yarn. However, economical processes to separate fibers from coated fabrics (used for tents, waterproof clothing or billboards) aren’t available, so the final …

TCL 2010 conference on CD-ROM

The International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating 2010 featured presentations on breakthrough coating, the European technical textiles market, adhesive webs, innovative laminated products and digital inkjet technologies, among others. International Newsletter Ltd. offers the complete conference (presentations and discussion) on CD-ROM at www.technical-textiles.net.

Spunbonded nonwovens

PP spunbonded nonwovens are used in all facets of manufacturing from medical curtains to disposable bags, aprons, backing, liners and other applications. FR theatrical fabrics are opaque and considered black-out fabrics for use in theaters, including home theaters, and for other stage environments. SOURCE Canwil Textiles Inc.

Laminate woven in ultra-tight weave

PV Nylon, a laminate of 500-denier Cordura® nylon fabric and 200-denier Kevlar®, is woven in an ultra-tight weave to maximize wear and tear resistance. The fabric can be used in uniforms and in high-wear areas such as the corners and edges of plate carriers, pouches, and other exposed components. SOURCE TechFiber LLC

Hose and tube blades

Hose Hog™ hose and tube cut-off blades and hand knives, used in production lines or wherever needed, move through the toughest materials and deliver smooth cuts long-term. Made of tough M2 high-speed steel, the blades are engineered to cut through strong materials, including tough wire-reinforced hydraulic hose. Unlike abrasive wheels, which generate heat, smoke and …

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FGA scholarship

The Fabric Graphics Association announced the 2011 Membership Scholarship award in the amount of $2,000. This scholarship provides tuition expenses at an accredited college, university or technical school. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service, financial need and interest in a future career in the specialty fabrics industry. The scholarship …

Eco-friendly ink

Mutoh’s MP Ink offers an eco-friendly printing option. The outdoor ink is made from 60-percent bio-based material and contains no hazardous air pollutants or heavy metals. Capable of a wide color gamut, it has increased adhesive and abrasion and requires little maintenance. MP Ink is suitable for vinyl, banners and a wide range of plastics. …

Carpet recycler closing the loop

Recycling statistics ticked upward when companies such as Interface Inc., Atlanta, Ga., developed technology to separate carpet yarn from backing and reuse both as raw material for new products. Now the modular flooring division of the company, InterfaceFLOR, Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands, plans to close the lifecycle loop with ReEntry 2.0, a process that recovers every …

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New Graphics One solutions, new website

Graphics One LLC, Burbank, Calif., now has its 20 new portable display products available on a website that allows customers to find information in a streamlined and intuitive way. The company’s new website, www.graphicsonedisplays.com, encourages users to browse the simple-to-use portable displays, accessories, news, downloadable product information, videos and more.

100 percent polyester for numerous applications

S/4192/2 greige, 100 percent polyester is well suited for drapes, roller shades, pleated shades, filtration products and bridal veils. S/5420/1 greige, 100 percent polyester is designed for drapery blackout lining, tablecloths, flags, banners, aprons and high visibility safety vests. Both fabrics can be pressure beam dyed, jet dyed, and digitally, heat transfer or rotary printed. …

Moisture control textile for apparel

H2O® moisture control textile for apparel features vertical capillary technology that pairs a soft hand and natural appearance with permanent moisture control and durable antibacterial and deodorizing properties. Dry-Zone® for performance apparel is a moisture-sensing smart fabric that is breathable, moisture-wicking and waterproof. MegaHeat® is an intelligent, heat-creating fabric for apparel and other uses. SOURCE …

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Textured geomembrane

Dura-Skrim® Textured K-Series is a new line of unique textured, reinforced geomembranes available in polyethylene or flexible polypropylene. Exclusive GeoGrip™ technology consists of a durable random spike pattern with bidirectional bars to provide uniform stabilization and increased friction between various soil and geosynthetic layers, allowing for steeper slope designs. The series is designed for applications …

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Fabric pricing factors

By Jeff Leagon If you are in the specialty fabrics industry, you’re aware of the sharp price increases that have occurred in recent months. As a buyer, you anticipate the increases and try to minimize them. As a seller, you pass through the increases in a way that is consistent with what your competitors are …

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Clear, UV ink

Mimaki added clear ink to its line of LH-100 hard UV ink for UJF-3042, JFX plus series and JFX series of UV LED curable inkjet printers. The ink allows for both glossy and matte finishes. It can be layered multiple times. SOURCE Mimaki

Introducing enzymes into PET textiles

The University of Ghent, Belgium, will coordinate an effort partly funded by the European Union to introduce enzymes into PET textiles to give them special medical properties. The BIOTIC project (biotechnical functionalization of biopolymeric textile surfaces) will modify PET materials by altering the surface and incorporating biocatalysts into the fibers. The enzymes will catalyze reactions, …

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Hybrid boat features get wakeboarding enthusiast back on the water

[Iverson’s Design] Olympia, Wash., U.S.A. When a wakeboarding enthusiast wanted an alternative to the usual tall and bulky wakeboard tower, Iverson’s Design needed to hybridize several functions to get the customer back on the water: a boat top to protect the driver and passengers in the cockpit; the point of attachment to pull the wakeboard; …

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Outdoor furniture fabrics

Twitchell Corp.’s outdoor furniture fabrics from Custom Cut Fabrics, including Textilene Sunsure and the Leisuretex line, withstand the wear and tear of everyday use and prolonged exposure to the elements—rain or shine, from the elegant Bellezza for the ultimate in outdoor seating, to Diversatex, a value cushion line offering fabrics made with recyclable yarns. Some …

Flexible vinyl for multiple uses

Well suited for automotive, marine, aircraft and residential interiors, UniSuede is fire and abrasion resistant, and has high tensile and tear strength. Crystal Clear polished, flexible vinyl for furniture and cushion covers, enclosures and marine furniture offers UV and mildew resistance. Sun & Sea vinyl laminate is resistant to mildew and UV rays for awning, …