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 …

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 …

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 …

Georgia recognizes TenCate manufacturing

August 1, 2011

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 …

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. …

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 …

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, …

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 …