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U.S. marine fabric market in calmer waters

August 1, 2011

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …