India cuts customs duty on crude oil and petroleum products

July 29, 2011

On June 24th, the Indian government’s Empowered Group of Ministers slashed the customs duty on crude oil and other petroleum products, which should result in the price reduction of synthetic fibers. “This will definitely benefit the textile industry,” said J. Thulasidharan, chairman of the Southern India Mills Association (SIMA). In a statement released on June …

Sunbrella® fabrics sponsors Southern Living Idea House

July 28, 2011

Sunbrella® fabrics is a sponsor of the 2011 Southern Living Idea House that opened in July in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, with prominent placement on retractable awnings, a loggia and numerous outdoor furniture settings. Austin-based Hill Country Shades of Texas partnered with Sunbrella fabrics for the project, providing the design and installation of the house’s extensive …

CFFA to sponsor seminar on vinyl, coated fabrics, Oct. 12

July 27, 2011

The Chemical Fabrics and Film Association (CFFA), in conjunction with the Performance Products Division, will for the first time sponsor an industry-related educational seminar and industry update to buyers and influencers in the marketplace, according to Jeff Post, CFFA president and vice-president/general manager of CGPC America. The meeting, to take place in Cleveland, Ohio, on …

REDpoint and Genesis Plastics Welding produce PVC-free stabilizing IV sleeve

July 26, 2011

Genesis Plastics Welding, Fortville, Ind., a leading contract manufacturer of radio frequency (RF) welded products, has announced a collaboration with REDpoint Intl., Vancouver, Wash., a medical device company, to produce the company’s latest product, the StedLine™ IV sleeve, a stabilizing device that eliminates the need for glue or tape to secure an intravenous line to …

Top Value Fabrics hires director of print media sales

July 25, 2011

Top Value Fabrics hired Lorna D’Alessio as director of print media sales. With a background in the sign industry, D’Alessio joined Top Value Fabrics to grow the company’s Print Media division. “Lorna has an impressive track record of developing programs and creating positive change in the industry,” said Chris Fredericks, president of Top Value Fabrics. …

Tri Vantage® introduces Coverlight® CSM Coated Nylon

Tri Vantage®, the nation’s largest distributor serving the awning, marine and furniture markets, has introduced Coverlight® CSM Coated Nylon from Trelleborg Coated Systems U.S. Inc. This product is designed for industrial applications that require resistance to abrasion and extremes in temperature, and is capable of retaining its integrity down to negative 50 degrees Fahrenheit and …

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Skaps gearing up for geosynthetics

July 22, 2011

Skaps Industries, Athens, Ga., has partnered with NSC Nonwoven to purchase equipment for a needle punching line that will offer high output while maintaining minimum weight variation and improved fiber orientation for consistent strength in Skaps’ geosynthetic and nonwoven drainage products. The new line will include Thibeau Excelle batt formation, a system for high-speed cross …

U.S. Invista plans nylon plant in China

July 21, 2011

Front-end engineering work has begun for a new U.S. Invista nylon 6,6 intermediates and polymer plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park in China. The plant will have a design capacity of 10,000 metric tons per year and will be completed by 2014. The nylon 6,6 fiber will be used in the manufacture of airbags …

Vestex researchers recognized

July 20, 2011

Vestagen Technical Textiles, Orlando, Fla., has announced that several of its research partners have been recognized for their accomplishments. Infection Control Today awarded the 2011 “Who’s Who in Infection Prevention” to Vestex researcher Dr. Gonzalo M. L. Bearman for his work finding new methods to combat MRSA and C. difficile bacteria. The Association for Professionals …

TIEHH receives grant to continue counterterrorism research

July 19, 2011

The U.S. Army recently awarded a $1.1 million grant to the Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech to continue funding a program for countermeasures against biological and chemical threats. The program recently supported the development of an important patent for the Fibertect® decontamination wipe. > Read the full article in Texas …

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New ORACAL app

July 18, 2011

ORACAL USA released a new application for the iPhone. The app allows ORACAL customers to talk about ORACAL products, the latest tips and tricks, and how to locate the closest authorized ORACAL distributor. The app provides the latest updates on new products, wrap academies, contests, giveaways, latest case studies, pictures, helpful tips and events via …

Glen Raven Sunbrella® manufacturing center plants 25,000 pine trees

As part of a continuing program to improve the wildlife habitat surrounding its Sunbrella® fabrics manufacturing center in Anderson, S.C., Glen Raven Custom Fabrics has planted 25,000 pine trees on adjacent undeveloped land. The tree planting is one of several elements in Glen Raven’s participation in the Wildlife and Industry Together (WAIT) program sponsored by …

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New Phoenix facility for Sunair® Awnings and Solar Screens

July 15, 2011

Sunair® Awnings and Solar Screens has completed the move to a new facility at 3803 West Thomas Rd. in Phoenix, Ariz. The newly purchased property enables Sunair to increase production of both retractable awnings and solar shades. Sunair West has also invested in new state-of-the-art sewing equipment to produce awning covers with the same high …

Super Absorbent Fibre technology from U.K.-based Technical Absorbents

July 14, 2011

SAF® (Super Absorbent Fibre) polymers are extruded into filaments, dried, cured and precision-cut into a range of staple lengths, producing a white, fibrous superabsorbent material with the appearance and handling characteristics of a textile fiber. It’s produced in a range of absorbency grades, lengths and dtex, as well as in filament and polymer solution form. …

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Arlon Graphics receives Arrow Award at SEGD Conference

July 13, 2011

At the recent SEGD Conference in Montreal, Arlon Graphics was awarded SEGD’s Arrow Award for longstanding demonstration of exemplary service; for advancing technologies and manufacturing in the field of environmental graphic design; and for long-term support of SEGD chapters, events, and educational programs. Kevin Rourke, national account manager for Arlon, attended the event and was …

No Fiber Left Behind: a campaign for domestic textile recycling from Martex

July 12, 2011

Martex Fiber Southern Corp. (MFSC), Spartanburg, S.C., has unveiled its new campaign, “No Fiber Left Behind™,”to stress the importance of ZERO Landfill and support the idea that waste reinvention is possible in the U.S. Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, sums up Martex’s new credo by stating that “Going forward, we want to see …

TMI announces advanced order tracking for real-time access

July 11, 2011

Representatives from TMI, LLC announced the implementation of an advanced order tracking system that provides customers with real-time access to orders placed and processed through TMI’s preferred freight carrier, C.H. Robinson. Orders can easily be tracked through computers, smart phones and tablets. Customers may use TMI’s order tracking system by logging onto www.TMI-PVC.com and clicking …

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Cooley Group names new president

Cooley Group has named Dan Dwight as its president and chief executive officer. Dwight, will be responsible for driving the overall performance of the company. Prior to joining the Cooley Group, Dwight provided strategic, operational and financial leadership to companies at varying stages of development and to private equity and venture capital firms, with 17 …

ATNT 2011 in Coimbatore, India, Dec. 15─17

July 6, 2011

The 7th edition of the international conference, “Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles” (ATNT 2011), will take place in Coimbatore, India, from December 15—17. The ATNT conference originated in 2004 through the efforts of Lubbock-based Texas Tech University and has grown in significance over the years, now attracting more than 200 people from …

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Webinar: Flammability Standards for Fabric Graphic Applications

July 5, 2011

Members of the Fabric Graphics Association welcome you to participate in a “free” to members webinar on Tuesday, July 19 at 11:00 AM EDT. The webinar, “Flammability Standards for Fabric Graphic Applications,” will discuss FR Codes that will keep your clients and your projects from being challenged by fire marshals and other regulatory agencies: NFPA …

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Airbag technology hits the roof

July 1, 2011

Airbags save lives, and side-curtain and other specialized airbags impress safety-conscious car buyers. Now airbag technology has hit the roof; auto-parts supply company TRW Automotive will roll out a roof airbag in a mini-compact European car in 2014. Airbags deployed from the roof replace dashboard airbags, allowing car designers to free up space in the …

Unique webbing cutter

The HKP-H hand-held hot cutter for up to two-inch-wide webbing, cord and hook-and-loop projects provides straight, even cuts by pushing the cutting blade down into the webbing, rather than dragging it across it. Available with separate attachments, such as a curved blade and three tip sizes for grommet setting, sold separately from the handle and …

End cutter creates less selvage, more savings

The Heavy Duty Falcon end cutter from Eastman Machine combines the power of the Cardinal 548 round knife with a heavy duty ball bearing skate and rigid track system. It can be attached to any type of cutting table with an easy-to-use clamping bracket, and it has a “quick-lift” device that allows for manual spreading …

Integrated cutting machine

The new Autometrix Advantage cutting machine offers highly integrated electronics, smart button user interface and dual-tool cutting head in a less expensive flatbed machine. With simplicity in mind, it’s both easy to use and maintain, and comes with PatternSmith software, the complete vacuum table base and pump. Smaller tables can be ordered as a kit …

NCTO elects chairman and directors

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) represents the entire spectrum of textile sectors in advocating domestic trade and policy that supports U.S. companies. During the eighth annual NCTO meeting in May, members elected William L. Jasper, chairman and CEO of Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., as chairman for the trade organization. His first duty was …

Trim remover

The Vicar Door Trim Remover from Vicar International Inc., Union, N.J., is designed for heavy duty construction. With extra-long length, forged hardened-steel shank and easy-grip plastic handle, it’s well suited for use in automotive, marine and upholstery applications. SOURCE Vicar International Inc.

Large-space ventilator

Unlike high-volume, low-speed ceiling fans, Schaefer’s 72-inch BIGDOG® ventilator moves a lot of air at high speed for efficient and effective summer personnel cooling in shop and warehouse environments. With a variable speed motor, the BIGDOG can cool a 7,000-square-foot area. Also effective for moving heated air down from the ceiling for dramatic heat savings …

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Printer offers custom metallic color

Roland has introduced the VersaStudio BN 20-inch metallic, eco-solvent printer/cutter, combining the versatility and advanced features of Roland’s latest inkjet technology into a compact, desktop, affordable device. Integrated print and cut technology allows VersaStudio to contour cut graphics without additional die-cutting equipment. VersaStudio can be configured with Eco-SOL MAX in either CMYK only, or with …

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Tyvek® printer list authorized

DuPont™ Tyvek® Graphics has identified a network of wide-format printers skilled in working with Tyvek media—and ensuring that Tyvek is recycled and reused. The Wilmington, Del., chemical giant has approved 17 companies as part of its LifeCycle Based Solutions Authorized Printer Network, to “help select the right style of Tyvek to meet each customer’s unique …

Pinking machine

The Model 12P Swatch Boss portable sample cutting and pinking machine from Sewmaster Inc., Hinton, W.V., has an all-steel, rust resistant assembly, double guide-ruled tables and extra wide work plates. Accurate cutting gauges, adjustable knuckle for cutting penetration of the material and evenly spaced teeth provide ravel-proof samples in minutes. SOURCE Sewmaster Inc.

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Flag and banner printers

GO FlagMaster 64 and FlagMaster 44 printers distributed by Graphics One offer a new integrated and synchronized on-line heat fixation unit for exellent curing, in addition to an ink control gutter tray, front heater for quick fabric drying, high performance media feeding unit and take-up system with adjustable tension control. The 44-inch printer is designed …

Welder for various uses

The T-300 Flex from Miller Weldmaster is configured for a wide variety of overlap and edge seams for the production of tents, tarps, covers, awnings and other products. SOURCE Miller Weldmaster Corp.

Capturing fabric waste in the ‘Green Loop’

Two reprocessors of fiber and textile byproducts recently joined forces to increase the volume of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW) removed from landfills and incinerators. Trans-Americas Textile Recycling, Clifton, N.J., works with retailers, municipalities and charitable groups to recover an estimated 70,000 pounds of PCTW daily. Leigh Fibers Inc., Wellford, S.C., reprocesses PCTW and exports recycled …

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Jerry Grimaud stays ahead of the game

Jerry Grimaud risks changing products and policies based on market trends. By Sigrid Tornquist Today’s business challenges are different than they were four years ago,” says Jerry Grimaud, president of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc. in St. Louis, Mo. “The market is tight, with smaller margins, and as business picks up we have to …

Sewing filter tubing

Newly developed for the filter products industry, the double needle cylinder bed machine from Dürkopp Adler is designed for sewing support rings into long tubular filters. Exclusive features include underbed thread trimming that decreases the frequency of changing the bobbin, automatic lubrication throughout and an optional turning drum that assists in the handling process. SOURCE …

Entry-level laser option

The Preco Golden Laser line offers an entry-level laser option for cutting and marking of a host of applications and materials, including industrial fabrics. Users can attain precise cuts and patterns in a matter of seconds. This photo of shades showcases continuous web cutting and the sealed edges where the laser cut. SOURCE Preco Golden …

Unifi invests in recycled fiber facility

A new $8 million Repreve Recycling Center will turn more than 400 million post-consumer plastic bottles into recycled fibers in 2012, according to Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C. The 50,000-square-foot Yadkinville, N.C., facility will produce recycled polyester and nylon fibers for apparel, automotive applications, seating and paneling fabrics. Sustainable features of the new Center include skylights …

Specialty Fabrics Review interviews Jerry Grimaud, president of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc.

Interview by Sigrid Tornquist What is the most recent piece of equipment your company has purchased, and how has it impacted your company? It had been three years since we bought anything new because of the recession. In February we bought a router. It has done wonders so far not only in the production of …

Five-function cutting tool

The Sheffield model HC-51M-P is a unique machine offering five functions in one machine; it’s a hot and cold strip cutter with hole punching, and has top and bottom line marking. The HC-51M-P will improve quality, consistency and increase productivity while lowering labor costs, since line marking and hole punching won’t need to be done …

Sealing system features multiple settings

The new Sinclair Impulse Sealing System is designed for PVC and acrylic-coated material welding. Featuring 20 programmable settings to produce a strong bond and smooth surface, the control panel provides uniform temperature and a proper cooling cycle. The machine is recommended for digital print finishing, awning fabrication and the manufacture of window screens and blinds. …

Mining new markets for mesh

MineMesh™, a polyester yarn mesh grid manufactured by Glen Raven Technical Fabrics LLC, Burlington, N.C., has been accepted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration as a flame-resistant reinforcement fabric over mine rib surfaces to prevent hazards from falling rock. The product is lightweight (nearly 28 pounds less than a comparable …

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The right tools

Running an efficient operation means asking the right questions—and securing the right equipment to help you answer them. By Galynn Nordstrom & Sigrid Tornquist For thousands of years, our tools have defined our progress. When they’re well designed and specifically matched to the task, they’re also an integral part of our profits. Tools for specialty …

Stationary RF welder

FORSSTROM’s new XP stationary RF welder is a free-arm machine that can weld with tool sizes down to 1 cm2. It has no welding table and works with two electrode arms that hold the material in place. The ForFlexx makes it possible to join flexible, coated PVC and PU fabrics with metal attachments using RF …

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Dye-sublimation printer for soft signage

The Mutoh ValueJet 1628TD/2628TD is a dye-sublimation printer designed for soft signage applications such as trade show graphics, POP displays and fine art murals. SOURCE Mutoh America

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California artist foils Norwegian opera fans with fabric

The Snøhetta Opera House overlooks Oslo fjord, a modern statement, a Norwegian landmark and a foundation for urban development. Its unique design includes perforated aluminum-clad walkways, glacial glass walls, white stone, carved wood and a stage curtain woven of cotton, wool and polyester that is not what it seems. Los Angeles artist Pae White scanned …

2010 Recognition Award for AR Tech

After completing 50 launches of reconnaissance and weather satellites for the U.S. Government, United Launch Alliance (ULA) LLC, Centennial, Colo., knows a high-flying company when it meets one. ULA recently awarded AR Tech, a subsidiary of A&R Tarpaulins Inc. of Fontana, Calif., its 2010 Small Business Recognition Award for excellent service in providing high-tech blankets …

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Tools for setting up shop

End product manufacturers offer insight about the equipment and tools that got them this far—and where they want to go next. By Janice Kleinschmidt Custom Canvas Alaska LLC set up shop in 2005 with a sewing machine, computer and file cabinet. Then they built a workbench and racks and installed a frame bender. Then they …

Printer features unique textile feeding system

The Dgen Teleios GT, a large-format, direct-to-fabric printer, has a unique textile feeding system for easy printing on textiles without curvature or twisting. With a large volume ink cartridge, the GT allows 24/7 printing and easy color control without loss of quality. An eco-friendly machine, there’s no paper, phenol or solvents needed; Dgen inks fulfill …

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Grocery shopping in tents

Food shoppers like space to browse, compare and discuss apple varieties, dessert cheeses or the merits of a hearty rye versus a French baguette. When EDEKA Handels-gesellschaft in Freiburg, Germany, commissioned a temporary sales hall to keep its grocery customers happy during a business renovation, the retailer wanted patrons to have room to roam. Two …

OMNOVA earns environmental award

OMNOVA Solutions’ performance chemical facilities in Mogadore and Akron, Ohio, won the 2010 Award for Excellence in Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Performance from the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council in April 2011. OMNOVA, a manufacturer of emulsion polymers, reduced its city water use by almost 20 percent, well water use by almost 40 percent and …