First Line Technology awarded U.S. Army contract

April 27, 2012

First Line Technology, LLC, the 2012 National Defense Industrial Association Small Business Success Story Winner, announced that the company was awarded a contract for Joint Sensitive Equipment Wipes (JSEW) from the Army Contracting Command in support of the Decontamination Family of Systems Program. The JSEWs from First Line contain FiberTect®, an activated carbon wipe for …

ACASPA has a new name: the Specialised Textiles Association

April 26, 2012

Australian Canvas and Synthetic Products Association has changed its name to Specialised Textiles Association. Association manager Ana Drougas says the name change will have minimal day-to-day impact on members. Email or website addresses have changed as follows: Ana Drougas, association manager ana@specialisedtextiles.com.au Mina Geremia, member and events coordinator mina@specialisedtextiles.com.au General enquiries office@specialisedtextiles.com.au Website: www.specialisedtextiles.com.au The …

Srixon uses Teijin’s Nanofront for Pro Tour golf gloves

April 25, 2012

Teijin Fibers Limited, a Teijin Group company, announced that it is supplying Nanofront high-strength polyester nanofiber for the palms of Srixon’s new Pro Tour golf gloves. The gloves (Srixon GGG-S005) are made and marketed by SRI Sports Limited, a major sport equipment manufacturer in Japan, and available in golf shops nationwide. This season the gloves …

OMNOVA’s R&D facility receives Ohio Chemistry Technology Council award

April 24, 2012

OMNOVA Solutions’ Global Technology Center (GTC) in Akron, Ohio received a 2011 Award for Excellence in Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHS&S) Performance from the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council (OCTC). The awards recognize effective, vital and sustainable programs that have resulted in measurable enhancements to company performance, and the commitment to working in close collaboration …

Teijin partners with China Chemical Fibers Association

April 20, 2012

Teijin Limited is partnering with the China Chemical Fibers Association (CCFA) to pursue business opportunities in the fields of chemical fibers and related industries in China. This is the first time for the CCFA to enter into a comprehensive alliance with a foreign private business. Under the basic agreement, collaborations between Teijin group companies and …

JTE introduces new bonding, cutting machine

April 19, 2012

JTE introduces the new SM-450-SA, a custom unwinding, hot air bonding and laser cutting solution for multiple-roll industrial fabrics. The machine integrates three motorized unwinding systems, a conveyor cutting machine with a twin conveyor belt, two hot-air welding heads that transform up to three separate rolls into a single sheet, and twin CO2 lasers to …

AATCC launches Textile JobSite

April 18, 2012

Internet jobs board and career center for the international textile industry The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) is offering a new online employment service: Textile JobSite. Valuable for both textile companies looking for talent and textile professionals looking for work, Textile JobSite is free for job seekers and lists textile positions around …

Conference on European business opportunities for U.S. companies

April 17, 2012

Focus on the aerospace/defense and medical sectors “Europe: Your Gateway to Trade Opportunities” This one day conference will focus on the European economy and business opportunities for U.S. companies, with a specific focus on the aerospace/defense and medical sectors. During this conference European regional experts will discuss topics that include market entry strategies, export financing, …

Teijin’s new fabrics for uniforms: cool in summer, warm in winter

April 16, 2012

Fujifilm adopts the antistatic, recyclable fabrics for 50,000 work uniforms Teijin Fibers Limited, the core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibers business, announced that it has developed new polyester fabrics for work uniforms with enhanced properties that enable facility operators to conserve electrical power in workplaces. The new fabrics, to be marketed by Teijin …

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Fisher Textiles announces Opak Poplin back in stock

Fisher Textiles, a supplier of fabrics for digital printing, announces Opak Poplin for dye sublimation and UV printing is now produced in house and is back in stock. Opak Poplin is a three-layer material consisting of two pieces of style 6248 Poly Poplin bonded to a 100-percent lamination film sandwiched in the middle. The film …

IFAI seeks board candidates

April 13, 2012

The annual “Call for IFAI board candidates” from the Industrial Fabrics Association International was sent to the association’s voting membership on Monday, April 9. Applications are due May 28, 2012. In June, the IFAI board’s Leadership Development Committee meets to consider the qualifications of the candidates. In July, the association’s membership is notified of committee’s …

Fabric Graphics Workshop

April 12, 2012

Learn what it takes to begin printing in your company; increase profitability with a printing revenue stream. Fabric Graphics Workshop Tuesday, July 17, 2012 9 a.m–4 p.m. Mimaki Headquarters Newton (Boston), Mass. Who should attend? End product fabricators from the marine, awning, tent, tarp, fabric graphics, banner and flag markets who want to increase profitability …

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IFAI seeks board candidates

April 11, 2012

The annual “Call for IFAI board candidates” from the Industrial Fabrics Association International was sent to the association’s voting membership on Monday, April 9. Applications are due May 28, 2012. In June, the IFAI board’s Leadership Development Committee meets to consider the qualifications of the candidates. In July, the association’s membership is notified of committee’s …

DSM Dyneema appoints Atkins & Pearce as Premium Distribution Partner

DSM Dyneema has appointed Atkins & Pearce, Inc., a U.S.-based supplier to the technical textile industry, as a Premium Distribution Partner for North and Central America and Mexico, effective immediately. Atkins & Pearce will market and distribute ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber manufactured by DSM Dyneema and provide customers in the United States, Canada, …

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Fabric Graphics Workshop

Learn what it takes to begin printing in your company; increase profitability with a printing revenue stream. Fabric Graphics Workshop Tuesday, July 17, 2012 9 a.m–4 p.m. Mimaki Headquarters Newton (Boston), Mass. Who should attend? End product fabricators from the marine, awning, tent, tarp, fabric graphics, banner and flag markets who want to increase profitability …

W. L. Gore & Associates launches new website for protective fabrics

April 10, 2012

W. L. Gore & Associates Inc., has launched a new website that features multimedia demonstrations (videos and animations) to illustrate the science behind Gore’s fabric technology. There is also an improved customer support section, detailing how to buy, care for, and repair Gore fabrics. The Fabric Solutions section of the site includes a full description …

Safe from prying eyes: opaque materials’ decency rating

April 9, 2012

Objective evaluation of opacity of clothing and technical textiles Textiles are meant to maintain decency in many areas of life. On the other hand a certain level of transparency is actually wanted for materials used for clothing, curtains, scaffold sheeting or exhibition stand elements. The scientists at the Hohenstein institutes offer support to clothing manufacturers, …

Glen Raven launches Concept Gallery with special event

April 6, 2012

Customers, trade partners share ideas for global innovation Glen Raven launched its new Concept Gallery with a two-day special event that focused on the latest thinking concerning global innovation. More than 40 Glen Raven customers and trade partners took part in the event at Glen Raven’s corporate headquarters, attending keynote addresses and workshops and sharing …

TenCate Advanced Composites launches app for composite products selection

April 5, 2012

TenCate Advanced Composites launched its first iPad app at the 2012 JEC Composites exhibition in Paris, France. This app focuses on the aerospace and industrial advanced composite product line of TenCate. The new iPad app is available for download to all users through the Apple iTunes Store. The app will also be available shortly on …

Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair

April 4, 2012

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service has granted Trade Fair Certification status to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair taking place May 7-9, 2012 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Join an HKTDC-hosted show floor reception, and industry/ government briefings. U.S. Commercial Service support may include …

Tri Vantage opening Seattle distribution center

April 2, 2012

Tri Vantage, a distributor serving the awning, marine and furniture industries, is opening a Seattle distribution center that will focus on expanded service throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle center is scheduled to begin operations on April 16, 2012. The new 15,000-square-foot center is located in the Southcenter South Industrial Park in Tukwila, Wash., just …

Tax regulations: Deduct, or capitalize?

April 1, 2012

New tax regulations on replacing or repairing business property or equipment. By Mark E. Battersby The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has finally released new regulations to determine whether certain business expenditures are currently deductible as repair expenses, or must be capitalized and deducted over the life of the underlying business asset. The long-awaited expanded regulations …

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NTI Global presents Template Perfect for boat tops, auto covers

Template Perfect™ is a clear, lightweight, waterproof woven material used to make patterns and templates for boat tops or auto covers. Strong and flexible, its unique nonstretch, see-through composition make it easy to use. SOURCE NTI Global Inc.

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Custom-designed tarp covers vehicle for South Pole expedition

The depth of polar ice has implications for history, paleogeology and climate science, and while much is known about the North Pole ice cap, South Pole ice proves more difficult to measure. Harp’s Tarps (Glenn Harp and Sons Inc.) in Tucker, Ga., is sending a custom-designed product where few tarps have gone before—a South Pole …

Cheryl Gomes emphasizes safety throughout the manufacturing process

Cheryl Gomes tracks quality and reliability from process through life-saving product. By Sigrid Tornquist “If you make a mistake when you’re developing safety and protective products, people could be injured or die,” says Cheryl Gomes, lead principal materials engineer for QinetiQ North America’s Survivability Group in Waltham, Mass. “So it becomes even more important to …

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Small Business Administration offers several advantages

Selling products and services to the U.S. government? It’s a big market, and potentially a very lucrative one; in fact, Uncle Sam buys nearly 100 billion dollars worth of goods and services from small businesses each year. Selling to the government, however, is different from selling in the commercial sector. The Small Business Administration (SBA) …

Lacing and webbing from Offray

Up to 25 percent stronger than grommets, E-Z Lace Supreme features wide lacing holes woven right into the fabric. Durable enough to secure awnings, yet flexible enough to protect bimini tops, it offers quick installation and design flexibility, with mildew and UV-resistance. For boat and sail covers, awnings, tents cushions, wind barriers and privacy shields. …

Nonwovens growth predicted

A new Freedonia Group industry study, World Nonwovens Industry, forecasts an increase of 6.9 percent annually in global sales of nonwoven fabrics, with personal hygiene products such as adult incontinence wear, feminine hygiene, diapers and training pants leading the way. The study provides forecasts for 2015 and 2020 by web formation process, market, application, world …

Myths and misunderstandings about international distribution agreements

By Mary K. McCormick We all routinely, and often unconsciously, make assumptions. They allow us to function smoothly as we go about our daily activities, but they can also get us into trouble when it turns out that they’re not well grounded in fact. Incorrect assumptions about the laws of other countries and how they …

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High performance drives growth in industrial applications

Expanded product lines and new performance requirements drive growth in industrial applications. By Barb Ernster Industry changes have prompted manufacturers of end products used in industrial applications to expand into new markets and diversify their product lines. With growing demands to meet new performance requirements in health, safety and environmental protection—at affordable prices—end product manufacturers …

Phifer presents PHIFERTEX and Sheerweaves

PHIFERTEX® quick-drying outdoor fabrics infused with Microban® fight bacteria, mold and mildew while enduring extreme weather conditions. For outdoor furniture, awnings and umbrellas, and GREENGUARD certified. SunTex® 90 Design, a vinyl-coated polyester, deters mold and mildew while offering stylish, design-friendly heat and glare protection. For use on windows, doors and porches, it comes in seven …

Asian partners adopt bluesign® standard

The newest system partners to adopt the bluesign® sustainable textile standard include 12 clothing and accessory manufacturers from Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan and China, according to the independent Swiss bluesign organization. Founded in 2000, bluesign advocates maximum resource productivity as the process to achieve maximum consumer protection, product safety and economic success. Recently, bluesign …

Recyclable cushion fabrics

Phifer’s GeoBella® cushion fabrics meld style and comfort, made of 100 percent olefin yarns recycled from post-industrial waste. Also 100 percent recyclable, the outdoor furniture fabrics feature a soft, touchable texture that offers the stability, strength and durability needed for outdoor use. Offered in combinations of coordinating hues and touchable weaves for decorating flexibility, the …

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Flexible fabrics, functional lighting

The combination of fabric and lighting creates beautiful, economical, efficient and fully functional results in interior and exterior applications. By Holly O’Dell In 2004, Minnesota resident Jay Maynard went online and unveiled his homemade “Tron” costume—an ode to the 1982 science fiction film. The getup (spandex covered in electroluminescent wiring) made its wearer a cult …

Café Noir #35 Edge Webbing from Polyfab

Café Noir #35 Edge Webbing is a new addition to Polyfab’s line of shadesail edge webbing. Providing an accurate color match with Polytex®, Comtex® and Architec 400® heavy-duty shadecloths, Polyfab edge webbing is available in 20 colors, including Café Noir. SOURCE Polyfab U.S.A. LLC

Strict country-of-origin rules in TPP

Negotiations continue on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which involves the U.S. and eight Pacific Rim nations: Vietnam, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and Peru. However, a new global group, Textile and Apparel Alliance for TPP (TAAT), has formed to call on trade negotiators to ensure that strict textile rules are part …

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Contour tape layer

Low-rail gantry Charger™ contour tape layer will produce wings, horizontal stabilizers and central wing boxes for COMAC Shanghai Aircraft commercial passenger jets. The automated tape layer deposits composite tape at industry-leading speeds, while achieving aerospace grade placement accuracies on complex contours. Charger series machines lay 75, 150 or 300 mm (3, 6 or 12 inches) …

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Creating the future of textiles: Developments in medical textiles

Medical textiles meet the growing need for protection and comfort in health care apparel. By Ben Favret What are the newest, most exciting or intriguing developments in the industry in advanced textiles? Active barrier protective fabrics are a game changer for medical textiles and a tremendous leap forward because they provide vital protection to health …

Opus Roof Blanket and geotextiles from Propex

Opus® Roof Blanket can replace felt paper and plastic sheeting as a roofing underlayer. Offering a tear-free guarantee, it provides safer walking traction, has superior fastener retention, is stable in high heat and can be exposed for 30 months. For use with many roofing materials, including metal, tile and asphalt. PERC™, made from 100 percent …

Heart valve replacements on fiber frame

Dyneema Purity® fiber technology from Royal DSM NV, Heerlen, The Netherlands, will serve as a support scaffold for a prototype heart valve replacement developed by the University Medical Center (UMC) of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Dyneema Purity’s polymeric biomaterial features properties that make it a promising foundation for artificial heart valves that must remain in the …

New textile effect

Adaptive, a new textile effect from HeiQ, allows fabrics to effectively read and respond to the wearer’s body temperature and moisture levels, offering dynamic moisture control and thermoregulation for greater wearer comfort. The technology is based on a unique hydrofunctional polymer with moisture transport properties that change in response to temperature. Adaptive transports and releases …

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Volvo Ocean Race participants enjoy inflatable venue

An inflatable venue by AirClad offers the Volvo Ocean Race followers a place to hang out. By Jan M. Brenny PUMA®, the sport and lifestyle company, wanted a practical and high profile venue when it enlisted Inflate Products Ltd., a U.K.-based manufacturer of inflatable fabric pods, cubes and domes, to design a temporary structure for …

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Grand Cayman and Aqua Gun: marine upholsteries from Rochford

Nautolex Grand Cayman, finished with easy-to-clean protective PreFixx, is a durable marine upholstery fabric. Resistant to staining, abrasion, and scuffing, it is suited for both indoor and outdoor marine applications. Aqua Gun, solution-dyed 840 denier polyester, combines the fade resistance and softness of acrylic with the strength and weather resistance of polyester. Offered in multiple …

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BMW invests in carbon fiber plant in U.S.

Lightweight cars sporting nonwoven carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components are achieving new records in fuel consumption and performance. BMW has entered a joint venture with SGL Carbon SE, Wiesbaden, Germany, to build a state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, Wash., to use exclusively for BMW’s new i3 vehicle, set for launch by …

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Downloadable color control

Downloadable software color palettes for Arlon’s Series 2100 Opaque Cast Vinyl and Series 2500 Translucent Cast Vinyl Film are now available from the manufacturer’s website at www.arlon.com/ColorPalettes. Designed to work with software programs Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Corel Draw, Flexi and SignLab, the palettes will help designers to show the Arlon vinyl colors they’re using …

Cooley’s awning fabrics; heavy-duty urethane for deep water spills

Weathertyte® awning fabric is now available in 54- and 60-inch widths, as well as standard 74-inch, making it compatible with large format printers. The waterproof, textured fabric can be used in awnings, canopies, flags and banners and provides the look and feel of a woven fabric. PermaBoom is a heavy-duty urethane fabric engineered for containing …

WeatherMax outdoor fabrics now more eco-friendly

WeatherMax fabric is now more eco-friendly. The new HydroMax finish uses C6 chemistry; traditional C8-based finishes have detectable amounts of PFOA, a carbon-chain solvent used in non-stick cookware. Recyclable and breathable, Weathermax is guaranteed to retain its color for a minimum of five years and is well suited for marine, awning and other outdoor applications. …

Specialty Textiles Inc. receives expansion grant

In Kings Mountain, N.C., city council members awarded Specialty Textiles Inc. (STI), a local textile goods manufacturer, a $15,000 grant to support its planned expansion in the community. The expansion will bring an estimated 62 new jobs and $5 million in taxable investment into Kings Mountain. Mayor Rick Murphrey cited Kings Mountain assets, such as …

Fiber replicates look and feel of natural sod

EasyTurf®’s Revolution fiber uses a state-of-the-art process that closely replicates the look and feel of natural sod. The supple softness of the fibers is made possible by 11 exterior and seven interior ridges crossing the width of the blade, allowing the fibers to flex, twist and rebound like natural grass blades. State-of-the-art polymer formula creates …

Covin’s Sundown 100 percent solution-dyed acrylics

Sundown 100 percent solution-dyed acrylics for boat covers, bimini tops, awnings and other outdoor products are made to withstand the sun’s rays for a long period of time. Its tightly woven surface also offers improved water repellency, and a “beefier” hand makes it easier to sew without puckering. Now in more than 50 solid colors …