2011 AATCC Concept 2 Consumer® Design Competition winners announced

June 30, 2011

AATCC has announced the winners of the 2011 AATCC Concept 2 Consumer® Design Competition for students. The seventh annual design competition launched in October 2010, and received 71 entries from 17 schools. “Eco Chic Bag” challenged students to lend their creative touch to the growing market for reusable shopping bags and create a marriage between …

New stain-resistant polyester fabric from Teijin

June 29, 2011

Teijin Fibers Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibers business, announced today that it has developed a new stain-resistant polyester fabric that offers, for the first time, both water absorption to eliminate stickiness and oil repellency to resist oil-based soiling. Polyester is essentially hydrophobic, so it neither absorbs water nor repels oil-based …

RollEase to distribute Alkenz fabric in U.S.

June 28, 2011

RollEase Inc., Stamford, Conn., has been appointed exclusive distributor of Alkenz fabric in the United States, effective immediately, replacing the former distributor, Alkenz USA. “We are very excited about this important addition to the RollEase line of window covering systems, components and accessories. Alkenz shares our values for quality and innovation and we are proud …

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Cooley Group announces new warranty options with Roland DGA Corp.

June 27, 2011

Cooley Commercial Graphics is pleased to announce two new warranty options for Cooley products with Roland DGA Corp. A five-year warranty is available for Cooley-Brite® (20 oz. coated), Cooley-Brite® Lite (16 oz. coated) and Weathertyte® Lite (11 oz. coated) when decorated using Roland AdvancedJET AJ-1000i digital printers and EcoXtreme i inks. A seven-year warranty is …

Designtex adds Eco Intelligence® with Agion® to its new collection

June 24, 2011

The new Josephine Collection from Designtex, a Steelcase Company, adds to the company’s offerings of extreme performance and environmentally designed textiles. The line of healthcare privacy and upholstery textiles incorporates Eco Intelligence® post-consumer recycled polyester with Agion® from Victor Group. A celebration of nature, wellness and the human spirit, this collection is an expression of …

Pantograms offers efficiency and value in the Meistergram PRO embroidery machine

June 23, 2011

Meistergram PRO 1502, distributed by Pantograms Manufacturing, is a 15-needle, 15-color, two-head embroidery machine with a new ergonomic design control panel and 10-inch color LCD monitor with a built-in USB port for increased efficiency in data processing. For convenience, the universal symbolic buttons on the touch screen control panel makes it easy to navigate and …

NILIT® launches invigorating Innergy® fibers

June 22, 2011

NILIT®, Migdal Ha’emek, Israel, a global producer of nylon 6.6, will introduce its revolutionary NILIT Innergy® fiber at the upcoming Interfilière 2011 show, July 9-11, 2011, in the Paris Expo, Port de Versailles, France. The NILIT exhibit will be in Pavilion 1, Stand C10/D07. Garments made with NILIT Innergy yarns invigorate the body and increase …

Eriez® creates consolidated North American sales team

June 21, 2011

Eriez® Erie, Pa., has combined its United States and Canadian sales organizations into a consolidated North American sales team. To support this integration, Dave Heubel has been promoted from national sales manager to the newly-created position of Director—North American Sales. His expanded responsibilities include managing all sales efforts for the light and heavy industry markets …

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Gerber discontinues production of flatbed printers

June 20, 2011

Gerber Scientific Products will exit its flatbed printer business to focus on its industry leading range of thermal printing products. As such, the company will stop manufacturing its UV-flatbed printers, including the Gerber CAT UV and Solara ion. A significant contraction in the size of the flatbed market during the global downturn of 2008, followed …

How to improve your ROI from industry trade shows: free webinar June 30

Marketing professionals wanting to improve their ROI from trade shows should be sure to attend the free webinar sponsored by Marine Marketers of America (MMA) this month. Thaddeus B. Kubis, a nationally known marketing expert, will explore the new world of trade show marketing in a 30-minute webinar scheduled for 11 a.m. (EDT), Thursday, June …

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Hudson Awning celebrates 130th anniversary

June 17, 2011

After 130 years of service, New Jersey’s oldest awning company has reason to celebrate. “We realize what an accomplishment it is to be celebrating our 130th year,” says Ed Burak, president of Hudson Awning & Sign Co., Bayonne, N.J. “We know our loyal customers are to thank for taking us here.” Founded in 1881 in …

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Hilord and 3P to partner on textiles and ink

Hilord Chemical Corp. and 3P InkJet Textiles AG have announced a partnership in which 3P will have distribution rights to Hilord’s textile inks for numerous selected printers. The inks include disperse dye and sublimation for direct and transfer printing in many different mediums, water based, solvent based and oil based, as well as Hilord’s new …

AATCC announces student winners for innovative product development

June 16, 2011

AATCC has announced the winners of its sixth annual Materials Research Poster Competition for students. The competition (developed by AATCC’s Materials Interest Group) aims to promote innovative product development from a material structures design perspective. Submissions were invited from both graduate and undergraduate students. All entries were evaluated on concept originality, research quality, clarity, and …

Developing textile electrodes for flexible solar cells

June 15, 2011

Transparent electrodes for mobile phone touch screens, liquid-crystal displays, LEDs and thin-film solar cells use rare metal alloys (most commonly indium tin oxide) that ratchet up the price of end products and make larger applications cost-prohibitive. Now Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) in Dübendorf, Switzerland, has developed a flexible and transparent …

Textile-reinforced composites 1-001

June 14, 2011

Aachen University Institut für Textiltechnik and KU Leuven of Composite Materials Group announced the return of a certificate course on the use of textile-reinforced composites (TRC), tailored for engineers eager to learn the potential for TRC in new products. The course will include information on material characteristics, textile production technologies, composite processing, design and testing …

Kentucky candidates support industrial hemp waiver

June 13, 2011

During World War II, Kentucky grew industrial hemp for fabrics, ropes and military materials. Two Republican candidates for agriculture commissioner in Kentucky, James Comer and Rob Rothenburger, support re-establishing a hemp industry, despite widespread public concern that legally grown hemp will boost the cultivation and use of its close cousin, marijuana. Hemp contains trace amounts …

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Hilord and 3P to partner on textiles and ink

Hilord Chemical Corp. and 3P InkJet Textiles AG have announced a partnership in which 3P will have distribution rights to Hilord’s textile inks for numerous selected printers. The inks include disperse dye and sublimation for direct and transfer printing in many different mediums, water based, solvent based and oil based, as well as Hilord’s new …

Advanced scanning system for technical textiles from Gerber Technology

June 10, 2011

Gerber Technology, a business unit of Gerber Scientific Inc., has introduced YuniquePLM™, a product lifecycle management tool designed specifically for the business of fashion, and the ContourVision™, advanced scanning system for technical textiles. With YuniquePLM™, FS (fast start) edition, companies of any size can quickly reap the benefits of a product lifecycle management tool that …

Mark Hollingsworth Global Technology Center opens in Suzhou, China

June 9, 2011

Hollingsworth & Vose Co. (H&V) has announced the opening of the Mark Hollingsworth Global Technology Center at the company’s facility in Suzhou, China, on June 8th, 2011. Named for Mark Hollingsworth, who was CEO of H&V from 1960 to 1983 and led the company’s development in the areas of filtration media and battery separators, the …

Teknor and Genesis create new alternative for fabricating medical fluid bags

June 8, 2011

An innovation in radio frequency (RF) plastics welding now enables manufacturers of medical bags and pouches to obtain the clarity, elasticity, and performance advantages of Medalist® medical elastomers while providing a safe and fully compliant alternative to PVC, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), or natural rubber latex. Teknor Apex Co. and Genesis Plastics Welding have jointly announced …

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Verseidag-Indutex GmbH takes control of 3P InkJet Textiles AG shares

The Verseidag seemee business segment and 3P InkJet Textiles will be combining their strengths with immediate effect, the goal being to offer competent solutions for modern digital printing from a single provider. Verseidag-Indutex GmbH will be expanding the existing seemee range with the takeover of the inkjet textile specialist 3P. This merger means that both …

H.P. White Laboratory opens environmental test facility for personal and vehicular armor

June 7, 2011

H.P. White Laboratory Inc. has announced the opening of Cooper Main, a new environmental test facility for personal and vehicular armor. The new laboratory houses four environmental conditioning chambers capable of achieving temperature ranges from minus 75 degrees C to 150 degrees C, and humidity ranges from 10 percent to 98 percent for hard and …

Safety Components features new product-driven website for performance fabrics

June 6, 2011

Innovative, high-quality fabric solutions provider and WeatherMax manufacturer Safety Components, located in Greenville, S.C., recently redesigned its website to provide additional product and application information. More product-driven than before, the new site is still located at www.safetycomponents.com, but now features detailed product information, including spec and comparison sheets, to allow visitors to view comprehensive product …

Sunbrella® yarn manufacturing center adding solar energy installation

June 3, 2011

Glen Raven Inc. has begun construction of a solar energy installation on the roof of its Sunbrella® yarn manufacturing center in Norlina, N.C. The solar array will be the largest so far under Progress Energy’s SunSense® Commercial PV (photovoltaic) program, generating electric power roughly equivalent to the annual electricity usage of 47 typical homes. The …

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Fisher Textiles names new president

June 2, 2011

Fisher Textiles, a supplier of fabrics for digital printing, named Scott Fisher as its new president. Fisher will be the second generation to assume leadership of the family owned and operated business that was founded in 1988 by Larry Fisher. Scott Fisher graduated from North Carolina State University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in …

Lift-off! Smithsonian ‘Suited for Space’ exhibit

Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy made his historic 1961 “Man on the Moon” address to the U.S. Congress, the Smithsonian launched a new exploration—a traveling exhibit that chronicles the evolution of space suits and the materials that make them. The five-year tour, beginning at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, is …

Cotton prices spur strike in Egypt

June 1, 2011

More than 4,000 workers and a factory owner in Mahalla, Egypt, marched on the city council to announce a strike involving 1,300 factories and fabric workshops squeezed by cotton prices, which have increased from £12 to £43 thousand per ton in the past six months. Among the changes sought by striking companies and textile workers …

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High-speed fabrics

Value Vinyls, Grand Prairie, Texas, now offers improved Ad-Flex 8-ounce and Ad-Flex 12-ounce materials for printing with UV or solvent inks at high speeds, achieving high quality print results with single pass printing to keep ink costs down. Available in black back as well as white back with matte and gloss finishes, it’s well suited …

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Heat transfers and pressure-sensitive media

ObiKnit Graphics heat transfers and pressure-sensitive media offer new aesthetic and performance values in textile decoration: the images are applied to proprietary textile and film base materials and then cut into the final shapes. Four dimensions of design development—sublimation printing, knit textile surface patterns, artwork special effects and precision cutting—work together to create new graphic …

JM Nonwovens invests in sustainable materials

Johns Manville (JM) Nonwovens Europe recently launched an intensive R&D and capital expenditure program to boost its use of raw materials from renewable sources and recycled materials in the manufacture of its products. One project involves converting recycled PET into durable applications such as the DuraSpun carrier for roofing membranes. Another project will be investing …

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Driving the future of fabric structures

Today’s advanced technologies will drive the future of fabric structures. By Blaine Brownell Fabric is one of the oldest materials humans have used for shelter; it remains an important material with diverse applications in design and construction today, and it will play an even more important role in the constructed environment in the future. Predictions …

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Eco-friendly shades

GreenScreen® Revive window shade fabric provides excellent sun control, reducing heat and glare while offering a clean view through its finely knitted weave. Fire-retardant PVC-free fabric is constructed of 100 percent polyester yarn, with a minimum of 89 percent REPREVE® (recycled and recyclable) polyester. Revive is RoHS compliant (free of heavy metals) and GREENGUARD Children …

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Canadian printers invest in digital technology

The signage and display industry in Canada has been purchasing more wide-format digital imaging platforms in the last 12-15 months, according to Durst Image Technology U.S. LLC, Rochester, N.Y. Several significant purchases of Durst Rho UV production inkjet printers in Canada suggest that production digital imaging has become the primary technology used for signs and …

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David Nickerson encourages industry guidelines

David Nickerson applies high standards to building fabric structures and encourages industry players to set collective guidelines. By Sigrid Tornquist “At the end of the day, I want to be able to look myself in the mirror,” says David Nickerson, president of Rubb Inc. in Sanford, Maine. “And that means designing to the building code—period.” …

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Polyurethane performance fabric

Sta-Kleen® is the first polyurethane performance fabric that allows for complete erasing of marks and stains that could permanently damage other upholstery materials. “Erasable Man” presents an entertaining example to designers and manufacturers, demonstrating how stains such as ballpoint pen, permanent marker and mustard are erased from his trademark Sta-Kleen jacket. The performance fabric meets …

EPIC agreement expands green footprint

EPIC Green Solutions, a Blaine, Minn., company specializing in water-saving subsurface irrigation and drainage systems, has entered into an agreement with Firestone Building Products Co. to distribute its products in North America. The Environmental Passive Integrated Chamber (EPIC) technology helps provide sustainable water irrigation systems and stormwater management for urban landscapes, green roofs, parking lots, …

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Bringing products from lab to market

Careful planning and tenacity take a new product from the idea stage to successful commercialization. By Barb Ernster From grassroots efforts to sophisticated business processes, companies are finding the means to bring new technologies and products from the lab to the marketplace. Those that are successful in commercializing their ideas have done their homework well, …

Textile base offers stretch protection

The Stretch Kermel® textile base, both elastic and thermostable, provides a balance between comfort, safety and aesthetics, while offering a high level of mechanical and technical performance for law enforcement personnel. Uniforms are now worn longer and require optimal mobility; the Stretch Kermel fabric facilitates ease of movement and significantly reduces the friction produced by …

Two Rhode Island medical textile firms merge

Biomedical Structures LLC and Concordia Manufacturing LLC, both of Warwick, R.I., have combined to expand further into the medical textile manufacturing sector. Both companies specialize in braided and woven fabrics, such as knit mesh used in hernia and urologic surgery, and see opportunity in the rapidly growing fields of orthopedics and regenerative medicine. The new …

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The real costs of doing business

You’re in business to make money. That means knowing costs and pricing jobs realistically. By Marc Hequet This job’s a tough one; the design is different, the material expensive. The customer is haggling. Can you price it to meet your target margin? Do you know what your target margin is? Can you even price it …

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Living History: Putting a face on civil war

While working in Guatemala in 2009 with ArtCorps, a nonprofit group operating in Central America, artist Alayna Wool came up with an idea that may help change the future of its indigenous people by finally making the past visible. Wool’s project, “Living History—A Photographic Montage,” features 2,000 rescued photographs of victims killed, tortured or “disappeared” …

U.K. awards AmSafe RPG protection contract

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defense awarded AmSafe Industries Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., a $4 million contract for the company’s rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) protection system, Tarian QuickShield, a lightweight textile net used to replace damaged or missing bar armor. The net can be stored in a vehicle and deployed immediately to repair damaged armor in the …

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Brand success

Smart branding helps to build strong connections with customers. By Brenda Haines What prompts a customer to choose one company over another? For many companies, the frustrating answer is price. To avoid competing exclusively on price, companies must build a strong emotional connection with customers and prospects. Effective branding will help them look beyond price …

On sail: energy-saving ship propulsion

Cargill transports more than 185 million tons of agricultural and other commodities by ship each year, and in 2012 plans to pilot technology that could reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in ocean-going vessels by using wind power. SkySails GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Germany, manufactures kites that can reduce fuel by up to …

Sunbrella® partners with Southern Living magazine

A marketing deal between Glen Raven Inc., Glen Raven, N.C., manufacturer of the Sunbrella® performance fabric line, will bring the popular awning fabric into the pages of Southern Living magazine. A Southern Living Idea House under construction in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, will feature Sunbrella awnings in gardens, porches, outdoor dining areas and a boathouse. The …

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Desert dwellings

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision, architecture students create fabric dwellings at his Taliesin West campus. By Simón De Agüero Frank Lloyd Wright, visionary architect of the late 1800s and early 1900s, tested his radical design ideas on his personal projects before incorporating his design decisions into clients’ projects. This experimental approach is one of …

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Patented marine sunshade keeps it cool

SureShade LLC, Philadelphia, Pa., has announced final acceptance of the company’s U.S. patent for the arched roller canvas shade assembly, a hands-free system that uses a boat’s existing t-top, hard top or bridge as a platform for rolling out additional shade coverage. The assembly’s framework is self-supporting and doesn’t interfere with fishing, boarding or docking …

Milliken wins Ethisphere recognition

Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, S.C., continues to impress the Ethisphere Institute, a think tank dedicated to the advancement of best practices in business ethics. For the fifth consecutive year, Milliken’s textile, chemical and floor-covering business was named to Ethisphere’s 2011 “World’s Most Ethical Companies” list. Ethisphere reviewed thousands of companies in a multi-step analysis that …

Price increases in polyester

Rising oil prices, cotton shortages and increased demand are driving unusual price increases in polyester. By Lynn Keillor For years, the primary indicator of polyester fiber or filament cost was the fluctuation in petroleum prices. If the price of a barrel of oil increased, so did the price per pound of the base synthetic ingredient: …

Antimicrobial respiratory mask cuts MRSA risks

Health care personnel from surgeons to first responders encounter increasing danger from antibiotic-resistant bacteria (such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA) and virulent strains of influenza virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently cleared the new SpectraShield™ 9500 Surgical N95 respirator mask for commercial use, and …