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The yurt as Christmas fantasy

November 30, 2011

The Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog makes headlines each year with a selection of fantasy gifts for the extremely well-to-do, and 2011 is no exception. If a $420,000 trip to several international flower shows with nine close personal friends doesn’t appeal, how about staying earthbound in a $75,000 hand-painted yurt with a crystal chandelier, designer down-filled …

New AATCC Color Guidebook available for download

November 29, 2011

Getting color just right is an ongoing challenge. The AATCC Color Guidebook is a valuable resource to help meet that challenge and expertly manage the color supply chain. The Color Guidebook explains possible problems with color control programs, and offers best practices for managing such programs. Chapters cover color order systems, colorants, textiles, instrumental measurement, …

BondCote Corp. emphasizing information and service through social media

November 28, 2011

BondCote Corp. strives to provide high-performance quality engineered fabrics at a fair price in the military, industrial, athletic, recreation and medical markets. Current and potential customers now have immediate access to new developments and the means to view extensive testing on these developments. The company can now be followed on YouTube and LinkedIn, and the …

Applications for 2012 President’s E-Awards honoring U.S. exporters

November 25, 2011

The President’s E Awards are the highest and most prestigious awards to honor U.S. exporters and organizations that support exporting. Applications will be accepted between Nov. 7, 2011 and Jan. 23, 2012. There are two types of E Awards: The President’s E Award for Exports is awarded to a firm or organization that has made …

iBagâ„¢ fluid management solution

November 24, 2011

Genesis Plastics Welding, a leading medical device contract manufacturer of radio frequency (RF) welded products, has announced a manufacturing agreement with Future Path Medical Holding Company LLC, a medical device company, to produce the company’s breakthrough iBag™ urine management bag, a part of the FDA-cleared iBag Systems. The iBag System combines a disposable, sensor-enabled urine …

“March to Sustainability 2011” report

November 23, 2011

cKinetics, a sustainability accelerator providing operational consulting and strategic services, has announced the launch of its annual sustainability report for the textile sector. “March to Sustainability 2011” highlights sustainability plans of leading brands and retailers for their global textile supply chains. In a global market dotted with increasing regulation and growing consumer preferences for sustainable …

Techmer PM announces new center for design and compounding

November 22, 2011

Techmer PM, a major producer of value-added colors and additives for the plastics and fiber industries, has announced the opening of a new center for the design and compounding of specialty engineering plastics in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., U.S.A. This new business unit of will be called Techmer Engineered Solutions (TES). The concept for TES began …

New absorber systems to improve the quality of laser welded seams

November 21, 2011

As part of a research project, “Absorber systems for laser welding of textiles,” scientists at the Hohenstein Institute are currently working with colleagues from the German Wool Research Institute in Aachen on developing new infrared absorber systems to improve the quality of laser welded seams, both mechanically and visually. This should enable the laser welding …

A&R vice president inducted into Entrepreneurship Honor Society

November 18, 2011

Bud Weisbart, A&R Tarpaulins Inc. vice president, and student employee Ms. Yukasa Shida, in her final year as an MBA student, were inducted into the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society at Cal State San Bernardino. The induction took place during the charter meeting of the Honor Society at the university and was in recognition …

Business Opportunities in Vietnam webinar, Dec. 9

November 17, 2011

Vietnam is a true emerging market, offering ground floor and growing opportunities for U.S. exporters and investors. Join the webinar on Dec. 9, 9-10:15 a.m. EST, and gain knowledge about the export opportunities and best prospects in the market; participants also meet key contacts at the U.S. Commercial Service Offices in Vietnam. This webinar is …

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Anchor Industries Inc. acquires Economy Tent Intl.

November 16, 2011

Anchor Industries Inc., a leading U.S. manufacturer of tenting solutions for the special events industry, has announced the acquisition of Economy Tent Intl., a Miami-based provider of 10-foot to 40-foot wide frame tents with a strong reputation for quality and value, attested to by its nearly $6 million in revenues from a customer base in …

Seaman Corp. announces $7.5 million capital plan in Ohio

November 15, 2011

Crediting support from the State of Ohio and the City of Wooster, Seaman Corp. has announced plans for a $7.5 million capital investment program, which ultimately is expected to protect current employment levels and add more jobs in the near future. With manufacturing facilities in both Wooster, Ohio, and Bristol, Tenn., the company is a …

Leigh Fibers to close Canadian facility

November 14, 2011

Leigh Fibers has announced that its fiber reprocessing facility in Montreal—Leigh Textile Company—will cease operations in December due to the declining number of customers for recycled textiles in Canada and the northeast United States. “It was a difficult decision to close an operation that has been part of the Leigh family since 1948,” said Keith …

ASPIRATIONS premium faux leather from Enduratex

November 11, 2011

Enduratex (China General Plastics Corporation of America) has introduced ASPIRATIONS faux leather: attractive and utilitarian, with exceptional hand and weight, according to the manufacturer. The next thing to reality, ASPIRATIONS is from the Enduratex Premium Faux Leather Collection and brings the most innovative development in faux leathers, featuring a lighter weight and excellent drape, which …

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New web performance from Sattler

November 10, 2011

The solar protection sector of Sattler is now presenting itself in a new way: on www.sattler-elements.com, visitors can find all information about the company’s new products, and have a go at the Sattler awning finder. Through the country-specific access to www.sattler-elements.com, each user can meet specific needs. The awning finder allows customers to choose quickly …

InterfaceFLOR forms new SITA partnership to re-use carpet tiles

November 9, 2011

InterfaceFLO, a global leader in the manufacture of innovative modular flooring, has signed a pan-European agreement with waste management specialist SITA. The sustainability leaders have joined forces to recover end-of-life carpet tiles from customers across Europe and maximise their use. Rather than being sent to landfills, the tiles will be returned to InterfaceFLOR to be …

Lenzing sponsors—and clothes—champions at the World Police & Fire Games 2011

November 8, 2011

The protective fiber Lenzing FR® and the workwear fiber TENCEL® proved themselves by winning two recent world championship titles. Lenzing sponsored the Austrian firefighter Herbert Krenn with clothing made of Lenzing FR® and police officer Gottfried Post with T-shirts of TENCEL® at the World Police & Fire Games 2011 in New York. Both athletes won …

Specialty Fabrics Review magazine wins six MMPA Excellence Awards

November 7, 2011

At the 15th Annual Excellence Awards Gala of the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association, Nov. 3rd, Specialty Fabrics Review was one of three IFAI publications to take home honors for the night, winning one bronze award (third place), three silver awards (second place), and two gold awards (first place), including the award for “Overall Excellence.” …

Texas Tech University involves high school students in nonwovens research

November 4, 2011

The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University has made history for the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry’s (TAPPI) nonwovens division due to the university’s involvement of high school students in its cotton nonwovens research. Kahan Chavda, a senior from St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas; Aarav Chavda, …

RIMA names Cooley Group 2011 Manufacturer of the Year

November 3, 2011

Rhode Island Manufacturers Association names Cooley Group 2011 Manufacturer of the Year Rhode Island Manufacturers Association names Cooley Group 2011 Manufacturer of the Year The Cooley Group, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance commercial fabrics based on sustainable chemistry, has announced that it has been chosen by The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA) to …

Waterproof, breathable medical fabrics

November 2, 2011

A full line of fabrics for OEMs and contract manufacturers of healthcare products such as wheelchair cushions, mattresses, and orthopedic braces has been introduced by Eastex Products Inc. of Holbook, Mass. Eastex medical fabrics include 100 percent polyester and polyester-nylon blends offered in several stretch and nonstretch constructions, with different coatings to match specific product …

SSM Industries expansion adds jobs

November 1, 2011

Textile manufacturing jobs in Tennessee and Georgia began trickling away 10 years ago, presaging a grim future for the industry in that region. After some lean years, SSM Industries, a manufacturer of flame-resistant fabric, is reversing the trend by expanding its Spring City, Tenn., plant and adding 13-25 new employees to its workforce. The expansion …

Federal labor law and OSHA posters

Compiled by Juli Case Where can we get copies of Federal labor law and OSHA posters? Businesses in the USA are required to post information for employees on federal labor law and safety issues. You have three options for obtaining posters. First, you can simply print them from a government site and use as is. …

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2012 Fabric Substrates for Digital Printing guide now available

Fabric Graphics magazine has released the 2012 Fabric Substrates for Digital Printing guide, a comprehensive reference about fabrics for printing, ink sources and application methods. The guide provides fabric specifics, including construction, coatings, graphics compatibility, FR and UV ratings, and ink receptivity. The 2012 version has been expanded significantly to put printers, designers and fabric …

MAGIC show spotlights U.S. textile promotion

The August 2011 MAGIC international trade show for apparel, accessory and footwear manufacturers attracted 60,000 fashion and textile industry visitors to Las Vegas, and U.S. textile companies hosted an Americas Pavilion and summit to promote exporting. In 2010, the U.S. exported $19.7 billion in textiles and apparel, up 18.9 percent from 2009, and Francisco Sanchez, …

Scissor arms for awnings

Compiled by Juli Case We have a customer who wants us to replace an old retractable awning system with something similar. The problem is that their old system has scissor arms and projects 13 feet. Any idea of who might have this? Scissor arms are a style more popular in Europe than in the U.S., …

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Geotextiles in pipeline construction

Pipelines carrying oil, gas or sewage traverse all kinds of topology, including areas with high water tables, flood plains, marshes, tidal areas, rivers and lakes. These watery environments can cause pipes to float, so standard pipeline construction includes weights made of concrete, steel rebar and lifting hooks, welded wire mesh and fabric to protect the …

Title 19 certification for fabric

Compiled by Juli Case How do I get my fabric certified to Title 19? Title 19 is the flammability document for the state of California, although it’s referenced by other parts of the U.S. as well. The certification process is managed through the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM). The process as it is now is …

New biopolymer research center in Germany

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Thuringian Institute of Textile and Plastics Research (TITK) has inaugurated a 1.5 million euro center to develop biopolymers—new fibers made from renewable raw materials. The Rudolstadt, Germany-based Institute employs around 100 scientists and researchers generating annual sales of €15 million. Through its research department, TITK helps small …

Acoustically reflective fabric

Compiled by Juli Case We’ve got a job where we’ve been asked to use a fabric that is acoustically reflective. What kind of material is that? Sound waves tend to bounce around an open space. A hanging fabric, such as a banner or fabric sculpture, can disrupt or even absorb that wave; fabric is more …

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Bonded leather becoming popular for upholstery

Upholstering automotive interiors and furniture with genuine leather involves paying top dollar for irregularly shaped hides that are hard to handle. Rising leather prices “have made it next to impossible to hit key opening retail price points of $799 to $999 with top-grain leather,” according to Don Hunter, senior vice president at Jackson Furniture Industry …

Fabric offers three-season durability

WeatherMax 80 fabric uses solution-dyed yarns that are fade-resistant and stand up to the abuse of UV radiation, snow and cold—two reasons that it was chosen by Stoett Industries to fabricate three-season rooms. Because Stoett’s vertical panels are pulled up and down frequently, the fabric must also be lightweight and durable. WeatherMax is stronger and …

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Smart fabric dimmer switches add unique style

[Sunmaster of Naples Inc.] Naples, Fla., U.S.A. Sunmaster of Naples installed a variety of sizes of exterior retractable Titan Screens™, made with Textilene Super Screen 17/20 from Twitchell Corp., on a south Florida residence. The company also provided stack-mounted roll shutter storm protection within one concealed space so the homeowner could choose which product to …

Testing mannequins

Performance textiles need testing to assure safety, protection and comfort for users. Cad Modelling Ergonomics s.r.l. has developed anthropometric solutions to offer a useful tool to manufacturers. Active and SuperActive FORMAX® mannequins are available with a higher degree of articulation on hips, back, knees and shoulders, and can be sensorized according to customer requests to …

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Retractable screens create shade by the sea

[Miami Awning Co.] Miami, Fla., U.S.A. Miami Awning Co. created a 70-foot by 18-foot retracting canopy with Eclissi fabric by Corradi USA for a terrace restaurant. The custom project transformed the space from one that had limited use into one that’s usable throughout the day and allows guests to enjoy the ocean view all year …

Rental management software

Designed to reduce IT expenses for rental operations, iAlert EasyPro™ is now available in a Cloud version, in partnership with iRent LLC. Since there is no locally installed software, the program eliminates the need for servers, backups or upgrades to end-user PCs. Data security is assured through co-location at redundant data centers, multiple daily backups …

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Flip-up awning protects boat from the elements

[Lake Gaston Awning] Bracey, Va., U.S.A. Lake Gaston Awning created a flip-up awning for a client who wanted to protect his boat from sun and weather, and provide a protected spot for friends and family to enjoy his dock. The company designed and fabricated a unique hinged panel to meet both of the client’s needs. …

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Affordable laminators

Guardian laminators for the sign, screen and graphic arts market offer affordable, easy-to-use finishing. The system’s intuitive design is simple to use, easy to clean and maintain, saving valuable production time. Features include all-steel component construction, variable speed (up to 23 ft/min), easy loading drop-in supply shafts, removable feed table, crowned, high quality silicone rollers …

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Jim Miller unleashes innovation

Jim Miller experiments with improbable concepts until they become a reality. By Sigrid Tornquist “We love working with architects because they often have great ideas and challenge us more than anyone else,” says Jim Miller, president of J. Miller Canvas Inc. in Santa Ana, Calif. “Sometimes I think we should probably say ‘no’ to some …

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Printable flag fabric

Designed for true solvent, mild solvent, eco-solvent and UV printers, SI 310 Paper Backed Flag has a removable paper backing that alleviates feeding issues, prevents bleeding onto the printer and is easy to remove after printing. The fabric is 3.2 oz/sq.yd, 54 inches wide; the paper backing is 2.35 oz/sq.yd. Other new coated fabrics for …

Massive floating structure featured at XIX Commonwealth Games

The largest tethered aerostat ever made created the world’s largest projection surface and became the centerpiece for one of the greatest shows on earth, watched by millions of people worldwide. The XIX Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi, India, Oct. 3–14, 2010, and included a total of 6,081 athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and dependencies …

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Packaging shade solutions

Despite challenges, the retractable shading industry remains optimistic about the steady growth in consumer awareness and sales. By Holly O’Dell The retractable awnings and shades/screens industry comprises many layers that make it an attractive market, with natural appeal to consumers, yet it’s not without its intricacies. Buyer awareness has steadily progressed in the last decade, …

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Performance fabrics available in sophisticated patterns

Phifer’s Designed Fabrics Jardin de Rose Collection conjures images of Paris with a selection of cushion and coordinating sling outdoor furniture fabrics that pair deep reds like merlot with warm gray and charcoal, reminiscent of weathered stone walls and limestone wine cellars. Sophisticated patterns in stripes, solids and traditional florals, using light- and medium-weight linen-like …

Metal mesh media makeover for Manhattan

The New York Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) is the busiest in the world, with 7,200 buses arriving in midtown Manhattan every day. The PABT’s 1970s industrial steel façade has earned the building the dubious distinction of being nominated by VirtualTourist.com as one of the world’s 10 ugliest buildings. Now a facelift consisting of 6,000 …

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How to market retractable awnings

By Jamie Swedberg Some shops make a good living selling retractable awnings. They have managed to make retractables their bread and butter, while others simply maintain a thriving retractable awning trade as part of a larger custom awning or patio furniture business. Yet across the specialty fabrics industry, many sellers find retractables troublesome. Some say …

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Perforated vinyl

DaVinci Technologies PanoRama Innova 40 is a window-perforated vinyl, with a Universal Print Liner designed to be compatible with Latex, UV curable, solvent and eco-solvent inks. Innova 40 is made of polymeric vinyl, equipped with clear, semi-permanent adhesive. Available in 54-inch by 164-foot rolls, it offers 40 percent open area, printable bright white front side …

Bicycle helmet offers style and safety

Bicycle helmets protect riders from head injuries, but those turtle-shaped plastic and polystyrene lids turn any ensemble except striped spandex into nerdwear. A pair of enterprising designers, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, started Hövding Sverige AB, Malmö, Sweden, to manufacture a fix that provides both safety and fashion acumen—the Hövding bicycle helmet. The Hövding looks …

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Controllable awnings and exterior solar screens

High-tech automation guides retractable exterior solar shading. By Jamie Swedberg Custom retractable awnings and exterior solar screens have particular appeal for a high-end clientele—a savvy group of consumers who expect to be able to control the environment in their homes and work spaces with the touch of a button. It also tends to be a …

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Eco-solvent printer

Mutoh America Inc.’s ValueJet 1204GA Eco-solvent printer is designed to print on Mutoh’s Ready2Print 24-inch, 36-inch, and 48-inch by 72-foot pre-grommeted and pre-welded banner material at speeds up to 140 square feet per hour. The 1204GA also prints other roll-to-roll media types. SOURCE Mutoh America Inc.

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Clear spheres provide clear view

In a natural setting, the view from every spot in a CristalBubble is spectacular with nothing more than a turn of your head. The clear spheres made by BubbleTree of Nanterre, France, are based on minimum energy and material and maximum comfort and interaction with the environment. Though they have only been available for rent …