Dr. Anthony Atala wins 2011 TAPPI Innovation in Nonwovens Award

August 31, 2011

Dr. Anthony Atala has been awarded the first annual 2011 Innovation in Nonwovens Award for his work using nonwoven scaffolds for regenerative medicine. The award, which recognizes companies/universities/organizations that are moving the nonwovens industry forward and changing the world we live in through innovation, is sponsored by TAPPI’s Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists (NET) Division. The …

SGP gains support in sustainability partnership

Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), a non-profit organization providing sustainability certification in the graphic communications industry, is gaining support as the landscape of today’s print media industry continues to change. Supporting organizations include HP, Durst Image Technology, Top Value Fabrics and DuPont. Chris Fredericks, president of Top Value Fabrics, explains, “We understand that sustainability is …

SBA “Export Matchmaker Trade Fair & Conference” program, Sept. 14

August 30, 2011

The U.S. Small Business Administration will be conducting the second of its Export Matchmaker Trade Fair & Conference series in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 14, 2011. The program is designed specifically to assist small business manufacturers and suppliers with an easy and inexpensive means for exporting their products. The Matchmaker conferences are designed to bring …

Catching cold in surgery: patient warming system

August 29, 2011

The surgical patient waits in minimal clothing in a cold operating theater covered by a sheet, shivering as anesthesia begins to drain consciousness away. During long operations, decreased metabolism and stress can cause a serious reduction in body temperature. The Hohenstein Institute, Böennigheim, Germany, looked at commonly used methods of warming patients before, during and …

New stylish outdoor fabrics from Phifer Inc.

August 26, 2011

Three dozen new fabrics—15 Phifertex® Outdoor Fabrics for sling applications and 21 GeoBella® Cushion Fabrics—have been added to the manufacturer’s extensive Designed Fabrics collection. From stripes to solids, florals to contemporary geometrics, they present a wide array of options to suit any customer demands. Designed Fabrics, durable, antimicrobial and stain resistant, are available in dobbies, …

Symposium: New Frontiers in Fiber Materials Science, Oct. 11-13

August 25, 2011

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), The Fiber Society and the National Textile Center will offer an international symposium on New Frontiers in Fiber Materials Science, Oct. 11–13, 2011, in Charleston, S.C., U.S.A. The symposium is a response to, and reflection of, recent advances in nanoscience and technology. Driven by a growing …

Anchor Industries redesigns website

August 23, 2011

Anchor Industries Inc., Evansville, Ind., has launched its new Drupal-based website at AnchorInc.com. The redesigned site represents Anchor’s forward-thinking mission and commitment to the needs of its customers. Based on research with the sales team and website users, it offers: rich content provided by Anchor staff and customers direct access to sales team members, installation …

Fujifilm textile inks meet Global Organic Textile Standard

August 22, 2011

Fujifilm has announced that more than 50 products from three of its Sericol screen printing textile ink ranges have been approved by the Soil Association Certification to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) for use in organic textile processing. Fujifilm is the first company to have products approved under the Soil Association Certification’s new “Approved …

New York City’s ‘+ Pool’ project: two rivers run through it

August 19, 2011

Three designers are floating a big idea to install public swimming pools in New York City’s Hudson and East rivers. New York architects and idea hamsters Dong-Ping Wong of FAMILY and Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin of PlayLab Inc. propose two + Pool floating swimming pools with walls containing filtration materials that will …

Camira Fabrics celebrates a full year in North America

August 18, 2011

Textile innovator Camira Fabrics has gone from being an unknown new entrant to the North American interiors marketplace to forging a growing reputation for inspirational commercial interior fabrics. During the last 12 months, the company has won a Bloom Award for its celebrated wool-nettle fabric Sting, become a principal member of ACT (Association for Contract …

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Fisher Textiles adds GF 3155 Diamond Mesh (FR) to grand format fabrics

August 17, 2011

Fisher Textiles, a leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added GF 3155 Diamond Mesh (FR) to its line of grand format fabrics for dye sublimation printing. The 3155 Diamond Mesh is a 3-bar lightweight warp knit fabric, 100 percent polyester, with a slight sheen. FR fabric passes the NFPA 701 small scale 1996 …

New AATCC test methods available for download

AATCC test method committees have developed and approved four brand new test methods, plus a newly revised method. Some of these test methods are of interest to companies dealing with performance fabrics with wicking or moisture management properties, and others to companies in the carpet and flooring industries. AATCC Committees RA57, Floor Covering Test Methods …

USITC releases Shifts in U.S. Merchandise 2010

August 16, 2011

Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2010, an annual compendium of data and analysis examining changes in trade with key U.S. partners and in important U.S. industries, was released today by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). The independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency releases the information in a web-based format that provides details and reasons for …

Seminars for small businesses entering international markets

August 15, 2011

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is organizing two seminars this autumn—Sept. 29 in Orange, Calif., and Oct. 26 in Miami, Fla.—for U.S. small businesses looking to expand into emerging markets. These ‘Expanding Horizons’ seminars will provide companies with information about the various finance and political risk insurance products offered by OPIC, the U.S. government …

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Spradling Softside marine vinyl offered in three new patterns

August 12, 2011

The Miami Corp., a distributor to the automotive, contract and marine interior and exterior trim products for both manufacturing and aftermarket companies, now offers Spradling Softside® marine vinyl in three new patterns. The new Zander, Marlin and Beluga patterns all have the Permaguard® barrier coating, a stain resistant top coat. Samples of the new patterns …

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Fisher Textiles adds GF 3155 Diamond Mesh (FR) to grand format fabrics

August 11, 2011

Fisher Textiles, a leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added GF 3155 Diamond Mesh (FR) to its line of grand format fabrics for dye sublimation printing. The 3155 Diamond Mesh is a 3-bar lightweight warp knit fabric, 100 percent polyester, with a slight sheen. FR fabric passes the NFPA 701 small scale 1996 …

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Awning fabrication software

August 10, 2011

Tri Vantage’s latest version of its Awning Composer software offers greater clarity, expanded interactivity and improved ease of use. New features include 3-D rendering, a shadow simulator that allows users to determine the awning’s shade footprint, increased detail in fabric selections and the ability to show exact repeats on striped patterns. Fabricators using version 4 …

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Anchor Industries reorganizes to drive clearspan markets

Anchor Industries has announced a strategic reorganization of its special events tenting operations to capitalize on its clearspan success and position it for accelerated growth in the structure marketplace. “The new products and sharpened focus we’ve put into our clearspan business have really helped us and our customers overcome the tough economy we’ve all been …

New VARIANT T1 hot-air fabrics welding machine

August 9, 2011

The sturdy VARIANT T1, from Stanmech Technologies Inc. and Leister Process Technologies, is distinguished by its outstanding top speed of up to 18m/min. Combined with a slim, compact design, the unit offers numerous advancements to the prior generation of fabric welding tools, including the ability to use pre-set welding parameters or the option to set …

Sales of natural fibers for composites to double by 2015

August 8, 2011

Sales of natural fibers for use as reinforcement materials in composites in Europe could increase to 40,000 50,000 tons by 2015 compared with 20,000 tons in 2010, according to a report in the latest issue of Technical Textile Markets—a quarterly publication from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. The global market for natural fiber …

Biodegradable fiber hosts reconstructive fat cells

August 5, 2011

Surgeons performing procedures that remove fat tissue have no adequate substitute to help reshape a patient’s body and fill large soft-tissue defects. Skin flaps tightened over the area become strained and tissue expanders require additional surgical intervention, so neither process is ideal. The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, hopes to develop the ideal solution—a biodegradable biopolymer …

Power-producing fabric sets sail

August 4, 2011

Patents have been granted to a team at Bolton University, Bolton, U.K., for a flexible cloth that can generate electricity from both solar cells (power from sunlight) and piezoelectric fibers (power from kinetic motion). Among the potential applications for the fabric: sails on a schooner that can provide electricity while catching the wind, computer bags …

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Fisher Textiles unveils four fabrics for direct digital printing

Fisher Textiles has added styles SI 310 Paper Backed Flag, DD 1500 Dacron, DD 7299 Poplin (FR) and DD 7860 Heavy Duck (FR) to its lines of coated fabrics for direct digital printing. SI 310 Paper Backed Flag is printable flag fabric for True solvent, Mild solvent, Eco-solvent and UV printers. It gives a decent …

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Teijin recognized for carbon composites technology innovations

August 3, 2011

Teijin Ltd. has announced that its mass production technologies for carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) have been recognized by Frost & Sullivan through their 2011 Global Automotive Carbon Composites Technology Innovation Award. “Teijin’s new CFRP compression molding technology offers a low cost-to-performance alternative, which makes it ideal for metal replacement in large structural body-in-white components,” …

Universal Fibers® offers post-consumer recycled carpet fiber

August 2, 2011

refreshfiber® from Universal Fibers® now offers post-consumer recycled carpet fiber and permanent stain resistance, among other key benefits, in addition to being an award-winning example of the company’s EarthSmart® commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. Permanent stain resistance represents a key benefit for carpet manufacturers, architects and designers, facility managers and end use customers who …

ITMA hosts sustainability event

August 1, 2011

The International Textile Machinery Association (ITMA) 2011 exhibition set in Barcelona, Spain, in September will feature the Sustainable Textile Leaders Roundtable Dialogue as its kick-off event. “Besides focusing on innovation and creativity, industry players need to tackle pressing environmental issues to ensure the long-term sustainability of their businesses,” says Sylvia Phua, CEO of conference organizer …

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Salmon skin leather

Touted as a guilt-free luxury furnishing, salmon skin leather offers an eco-friendly upholstery suitable for the finest yacht interiors. German company Nanai sources the skins from fish raised on organic salmon farms in Ireland. The salmon hides look similar to python skin and easily pass as an exotic leather once thoroughly treated and deodorized. The …

Versatile rotary die cutting

The RSM750, the newest addition to Schober’s line of rotary die cutting technology, offers a working width of 29.5 inches to support web widths from 10–36 inches and maximum roll diameters of 39.4 inches. Recommended for rotary die cutting and embossing, it includes an integrated packaging line for the production of cotton pads and other …

One EU, one patent system

An agreement reached by the EU Competitiveness Council clears the way for an EU unitary patent, allowing patent applicants to apply for a single patent that will be valid in 25 European nations. “A unitary patent and court system will save businesses time and money whether they are patent holders or those seeking to challenge …

High-sheen satin

GF 2328 Satin from Fisher Textiles is a high sheen satin fabric that’s 100 percent polyester and weighs only 3.8 ounces per square yard. Recommended for banners, roll-up banner stands and trade show exhibits, the fabric is fire-resistant and meets NFPA 701 standards. SOURCE Fisher Textiles

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Roll-to-roll UV inkjet printer

The 5-meter Durst Rho 500R UV grand-format roll-to-roll UV inkjet printer is equipped with Durst’s Quadro® 30D Array print head technology, which doubles the number of nozzles per color to 2,048, regulates ink temperature at the nozzle, and delivers sharp, saturated, color-accurate images at very high speed. Machine prints six-color, 600dpi images on a wide …

Texas cotton in record drought

The worst drought in a century may lead Texas cotton growers to abandon a record number of acres full of damaged plants, according to reports by Bloomberg online news. Approximately 55 percent of Texas cotton fields were in poor or very poor condition as of June 26, following “exceptional” drought in the Panhandle and South …

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Keith Purves customizes tools to streamline projects

By Sigrid Tornquist “It’s usually after I’ve banged my head a few times when facing a problem that I think: There’s got to be an easier way,” says Keith Purves, MFC, owner of Riverside Covers in Ft. Myers, Fla. “And then I just try it.” About five years ago Purves and his wife took over …

Heavy-duty stitcher

Consew Model 2050 Heavy Duty Harness Stitcher is designed for stitching with large thread through extremely thick material such as that used in horse saddles, harnesses, stirrups, safety gear or military drop zone parachutes. Equipped with special narrow feet for close edge work and perfect quality thread tensions for tightly sewn finished goods. Cylinder arm …

U.S. Congress introduces textile bills

In an effort to bolster U.S. textiles and apparels, the U.S. Congress will take up three measures introduced to solve pressing problems that hamper industry growth. The American Textile Technology Innovation and Research for Exportation (ATTIRE) Act (H.R. 2275) would create a $5 million competitive grant program at the U.S. Department of Commerce to fund …

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Interior fabrics know how to perform

From antimicrobial properties to ultra durability, textiles for interiors show they have more than good looks. By Holly O’Dell Uses for fabrics in interior applications are seemingly endless, from soft signage to wall treatments to window coverings. Although commonalities exist among fabrics, not all textiles are created equal. Furthermore, what’s needed in a clinic is …

ACW expands products, services

Business is growing for American Cord and Webbing (ACW), Woonsocket, R.I., as well as its manufacturing capacity and management staff. By expanding and streamlining operations, ACW hopes to increase its custom design and manufacturing services—and its research and development team. Wendy Horowitz, textile engineer and business development specialist, is an expert on specialty fibers for …

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Profiting from strategic alliances

Expanding possibilities—and profitability—through strategic alliances. By Jamie Swedberg A great many companies in the specialty fabrics industry are small businesses. Two people, 10 people, 50 people—they can only do so much in a day. Crosslink, a materials development company based in St. Louis, Mo., is one such small business, with fewer than 30 employees spread …

Mattresses as sleep monitors

The International Classification of Sleep Disorders identifies 80 distinct sleep problems, which affect an estimated 35-40 percent of the population. The Bekaert Textiles Group, Waregem, Belgium, manufactures mattress covers, but is moving into sleep research and solutions. Its latest product, Smart Wrap, is a mattress cover with built-in sensors that monitor a sleeper’s breathing. If …

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Invigorate email marketing with social media

Each effort should include an element of the other. By Joe Dysart Specialty fabrics businesses trying to get a handle on social media as a promotional tool have found one easy solution: simply integrate the medium into existing email marketing programs. For some, this fusion of social media and email marketing seems inevitable. For example, …

Ninety years of tear testing

Armin Elmendorf, a mechanical engineer working for Thwing-Albert Instrument Co. in West Berlin, N.J., invented a machine in 1921 that would test the tearing strength of paper. Ninety years later, Thwing-Albert celebrates the development of the Elmendorf Tear Tester into a worldwide standard for measuring tear-resistance of paper, textiles, roofing products, film, foils and more. …

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U.S. marine fabric market in calmer waters

The U.S. marine fabric market hit rough seas during the recession, but solid improvement is underway. By Jeffrey Rasmussen Although the U.S. marine fabric end product manufacturer market has experienced negative annual growth since 2008, it is now working its way toward firmer footing in 2011. The marine market hit with an economic downturn in …

Georgia recognizes TenCate manufacturing

North Georgia Technical College has nominated the TenCate Corp. Geosynthetics Cornelia Plant, Cornelia, Ga., as 2011 Manufacturer of the Year for riding “the peaks and valleys of the local economy and report[ing] increased production during the last several quarters,” according to college vice president Dr. Mark Ivester. The Cornelia Plant uses resin pellets to manufacture …

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Latin America builds fabric structures

Support for tension structures evidenced in international symposium; fabric wins in Brazil’s sports stadia; mesh “immersion enclosure” brings visitors and birds together. By Frank Edgerton Martin and Víctor Hugo Roldán Held April 6–8 in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the Faculty of Architecture, Universidad de Montevideo, the IV Simposio Latinoamericano de Tensoestructuras brought together more than 275 …

Specialty fabrics businesses revamp websites

Steril Mfg., Atlas Awning and Tent Event are co-located in Omaha, Neb., and together this family of companies manufacture, sell, rent, repair and service commercial and residential tents, awnings, shade screens and related products. All three businesses recently revamped their websites to provide more product information, social media features for more customer interaction and, of …

Open Innovation Center Advanced Materials officially opens

On July 7, 2011, the Open Innovation Center Advanced Materials (OICAM) was officially opened in Nijverdal, The Netherlands. This new innovation center is a network of companies and knowledge institutions, inside and outside the province of Overijssel, that focuses on sharing knowledge, research and development concerning high-grade materials and materials technology. Through innovative research, the …

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New ownership for Tents Unlimited

Three event industry veterans, each with more than 20 years experience in tent and event rental, have formed a new ownership group to purchase Atlanta-based Tents Unlimited Inc., Event Rentals Unlimited Inc. and Event Flooring Unlimited Inc. The ownership group includes Dan Nolan III, who guided Tents Unlimited Inc. to success and helped establish Event …

Duty-free, quota-free imports?

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched an investigation to assess the probable economic effect of allowing products from the world’s least-developed countries (LDCs) to enter the United States free of all duties and quotas. The investigation, “Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty-Free, Quota-Free Treatment for Imports from Least-Developed Countries, 2012 Report,” was requested …

Vestex effective against infection

Three research studies on Vestex™ VTT003 fabric treated with Semeltec™ antimicrobial were presented at the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA 2011). Cornell University researcher Thomas Walsh, M.D., gave VTT003 five standard tests for healthcare products: water resistance, hydrostatic pressure, synthetic blood, dry bacterial penetration and wet bacterial penetration. The study suggests that “further …

Mold/mildew on fabric rolls

Compiled by Juli Case We go through a lot of cotton canvas per month, and the rolls typically come with a protective plastic packaging. During the last year and a half, when we’ve opened some of the rolls, we’ve found mold/mildew half a dozen times. We’ve checked our storage area and there are no signs …