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Miller Weldmaster achieves major milestone: services 100 nations worldwide

May 31, 2012

Miller Weldmaster, a global provider of heat-sealing technology services and machinery for the industrial welding fabric and thermoplastic market, announced today it has reached a major milestone in history of the company. Miller Weldmaster machines now operate in over 100 nations worldwide. “Reaching this major milestone reflects our global commitment to delivering reliable, quality, on-time …

Noise-reducing textiles lead to more comfort

The extent to which a textile material has a sound-absorbing effect, and which are the noises that cause wind flow, can now be investigated using acoustic test apparatus at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany. Hohenstein scientists in the team working with Dr. Jan Beringer, in conjunction with Hochschule Reutlingen and Rökona Textilwerk GmbH in …

Benefits of bio-based textile enzymes

May 30, 2012

According to an article in just-style.com by Leonie Barrie, the use of bio-based enzymes as an alternative to traditional chemicals in the production of cotton knits can eliminate the need for caustic chemicals, as well as cut water and energy use and overall processing time. Experiments carried out by Cotton Incorporated and DuPont Industrial Biosciences …

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Cooley furthers commitment to sustainability, corporate social responsibility

Cooley strives to lead industry sustainability efforts, better local communities and protect the environment Cooley Group is a designer, developer and manufacturer of high-performance, sustainable, engineered membranes for advertising, chemical containment, military, environmental protection and roofing initiatives. Recently the company announced additional developments that underscore its commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The developments …

Free SBA/Agility Webinar on NOAA’s hurricane forecast

May 29, 2012

Presentation and Q & A session: “Protect Your Business this Hurricane Season” A global climate expert from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will share the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast during a free webinar on May 29 hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery. After the weather discussion, disaster preparedness tips will be presented by …

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EFI demonstrates Cretaprint at Ceramics China

Electronics For Imaging Inc. (EFI), a world leader in digital printing, will be showcasing EFI Cretaprint at Asia’s leading trade show for the ceramics industry, Ceramics China Guangzhou 2012, May 28–31. The event is expected to attract more than 60,000 visitors and exhibitors from more than 20 countries. Industry analysts project rapid growth in ceramic …

Lake Cycling CX331 road shoe features Outlast materials for increased comfort

May 28, 2012

Outlast Technologies, a leader in heat and moisture management technology, and long-time partner Lake® Cycling have introduced the LAKE CX331 road shoe featuring Outlast® materials in the tongue and heel. The Outlast technology in the shoe will proactively respond to changes in foot temperature to help mitigate moisture—before it begins—for increased breathability and sweat reduction. …

BGF announces development partnership with Innegra Technologies

May 25, 2012

BGF Industries, manufacturer of technical fiber materials for global markets has formed a strategic partnership with Innegra Technologies to develop woven products utilizing Innegra S™ fiber. Innegra S is a structural fiber available that provides toughness in a composite structure while also reducing weight. Innegra S is used in both glass and carbon composites. “We …

BC Place roof replacement features TENARA architectural fabric

May 24, 2012

Case study: retractable roof keep BC Place Stadium patrons protected BC Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada, has been transformed into a year-round, open-air facility with an innovative retractable roof featuring SEFAR® Architecture’s TENARA® architectural fabric. The renovated facility is once again an iconic architectural landmark for the province. Elements of design The most prominent element …

REPREVE program helps Ford customers recycle millions of plastic bottles

May 23, 2012

Ford Fusion hybrid customers can donate to the charity of their choice through the REPREVE® Gives Back program—and help recycle 2 million plastic bottles into the innovative seat fabric of the car in the first model year alone. Unifi’s REPREVE brand of recycled fibers are used in the all-new 2013 Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi plug-in …

Nonwoven fabric for growing and plant cover

May 22, 2012

White polypropylene fabric from Zend Nonwoven Co. Ltd. protects vegetables, strawberries and plants against frost, snow, rain, heat and other damage caused by pests and birds, increasing the growing temperature and extending the growing season. Easy to install, it comes in 2 x 10m or 2 x 20m rolls, packed in polybag and labeled. Samples …

New alarm devices improve safety in workspaces and buildings

May 21, 2012

Pfannenberg, a worldwide leader in thermal management and signaling technology, has introduced PATROL Series PA X 5, a new generation of 105 dB(A) industrial flashing sounders. The sounders fulfill numerous requirements for warning individuals about hazardous situations or production problems in factories, water and waste treatment facilities, commercial offices, sports arenas, hotels, and other buildings, …

Teijin’s mass-produced aramid nanofiber

May 18, 2012

Teijin Techno Products Limited, a Teijin group company producing advanced aramid fibers, has announced its development of the world’s first mass-producible aramid nanofiber to offer reliable heat and oxidation resistance together with high quality. Until now, aramid nanofibers have been produced only in laboratories, so this first commercially viable product represents a significant step forward …

Twitchell celebrates 90th birthday

May 17, 2012

In May 2012, Twitchell celebrates 90 years in business. Since 1922, Twitchell has been a leader in quality yarns and fabrics across a variety of industries. The company has grown into a multi-national manufacturer of some of the world’s most innovative fibers, textiles and coatings. Its commitment to its customers hasn’t changed over the years; …

Copenhagen Fashion Summit bonds glamour and sustainability

May 16, 2012

Under the patronage of the Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, the recently concluded Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2012 brought together leading figures from the fashion and textile industry who pursue a common vision of eco-friendly and sustainable business. Once again a huge success, the event—with an impressive roster of speakers and the presence of …

NAFTA webinar series

May 15, 2012

Export.gov presents webinars on the intricacies of NAFTA. A basic overview of NAFTA is the purpose of the webinar on May 16, titled Basic Guide to Exporting: Taking Advantage of NAFTA. More webinars in the near future include: Roles and responsibilities of the importer, customs broker and freight forwarder June 13, 2012; 2–3 p.m. EDT …

SBA offers free live webcasts

May 14, 2012

Town hall and forum topics include social media, exporting and contracting. Small business owners looking for ways to develop their businesses are invited to take part in National Small Business Week’s free networking and educational forums and dialogue with leading business experts during National Small Business Week, May 20-22 in Washington, D.C. The free forums …

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Hikes in raw materials prices hit U.S. and E.U.

May 11, 2012

Textile and clothing import volumes affected U.S. and E.U. textile and clothing import prices rose sharply in 2011 reflecting hikes in raw material prices, according to Issue No. 155 of Textile Outlook International from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Between March 2009 and March 2011 the average cotton price rose by 346 percent …

New OEKO-TEX test criteria come into force

May 10, 2012

Certification helpful step towards REACH compliance In early January, OEKO-TEX® proposed criteria and limit values for tests on harmful substances in the textile industry. The test requirements are now part of OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and were implemented on April 1, 2012. The test requirements consider all Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) from the European …

SBA hosts business matchmaking

May 8, 2012

Linking small businesses with federal contract opportunities during National Small Business Week The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a business matchmaking event allowing small businesses to discuss procurement opportunities with major corporations and federal agencies during National Small Business Week on May 22 in Washington, D.C. The event will give small business owners from …

DSM Dyneema completes new ballistic tape facility

May 7, 2012

DSM Dyneema announces accomplishments at its ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber manufacturing facility located in Greenville, S.C. DSM Dyneema’s continues its commitment to the defense, law enforcement and civilian protection sectors through life protection innovations that “lighten the load” and increase peace-of-mind protection. Hugh Welsh, President of DSM North America, said, “We are …

Spring commencements go green giving new life to nearly seven million bottles

May 4, 2012

Herff Jones’ Renew Collection to feature graduation gowns made from REPREVE recycled fiber Herff Jones chooses REPREVE®, made by Unifi Inc. to help make spring commencements greener. This year, students from colleges and universities can feel even better about their commencement ceremonies because they will be wearing REPREVE-based graduation gowns. More than 140 colleges and …

AATCC, Textile Research Conference examine sustainability, innovation

May 3, 2012

AATCC and Southern Textile Research Conference examine sustainability, innovation and opportunity Conference takes place May 20-22, 2012 in Pawley’s Island, S.C., USA The American Association of Textile Colorists and Chemists’ (AATCC) Chemical Applications Interest Group is partnering with the Southern Textile Research Conference (STRC) to offer a joint conference May 20–22, 2012 in Pawley’s Island, …

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Graphics installers achieve Avery Dennison Car Wrap Certification

Avery Dennison announced that four graphics installers passed the Avery Dennison Car Wrap Certification exams given in Pompano-Beach, Florida, and Dallas, Texas this year. The certification is a two-part test that includes a written exam and hands-on vehicle wrap installation demonstration. Since launching the program in 2011, over 40 installers across the U.S. and Canada …

Launching a new equipment product?

May 2, 2012

With a focus on the equipment used by end product manufacturers in their shops, the July issue of Specialty Fabrics Review offers an especially good opportunity for equipment manufacturers to provide potential buyers with information about their new products. Part of this special feature issue will be devoted to new equipment, tools and accessories available …

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Eco-friendly printer

May 1, 2012

Graphics One’s GO EcoMax 44 printer uses SEPIAX resin inks to print graphics on nearly any substrate, including coated and uncoated medias. SEPIAX inks are water-based and free of eco-solvents, HAPs and SVHs. The printer uses GO OT stretchable transfer film, which transfers bright, colorful graphics onto light and dark fabrics. The printer comes with …

The future for smart textiles

According to the latest issue of Performance Apparel Markets by Textiles Intelligence, Wilmslow, U.K., smart textiles and wearable technology are poised for rapid growth, if key issues with power sources and laundering can be resolved. Internet-savvy younger users want connectivity, speed and multiple-function communication options. The aging population will benefit from wearable technology that monitors …

Performance textiles suitable for indoor and outdoor settings

Chella’s new pale performance textiles, Click Track, Coco Tweed and Spiral Matelasse, are 100 percent solution-dyed acrylics that are lightfast, mildew and stain resistant, and machine washable. Suitable for upholstery, draperies and pillows in both indoors and outdoor settings, and available in several new pastels. SOURCE Chella Textiles

IFAI Canada Honours Program 2012 winners exemplify quality craftsmanship

IFAI Canada Honours Program 2012 winners exemplify quality craftsmanship IFAI Canada Honours Program 2012 winners exemplify quality craftsmanship Each year at IFAI Canada Expo, the Canada Honours Program winners for the year are announced. The program recognizes the best and latest in design and manufacturing in the Canadian specialty fabrics industry, with entries judged on …

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Printable substrates

Ultraflex Systems Inc.’s DSS Pro blockout banner material is printable on both sides. With its low-curl formula, the material is ideal for roll-up banner stands, POP and indoor hanging graphics. Pole Banner Pro is a fire-rated, heavy-duty blockout banner material for two-sided applications. MultiTex C220 fine art canvas is a 100-percent polyester fabric that can …

Body armor sales survive budget cuts

A new report by Visiongain, a London-based provider of industry and business intelligence, indicates that military body armor and personal protective gear will be a $1.07 billion market in 2012, despite defense budget cuts planned by many nations, including the U.S. “An underlying desire and responsibility to provide the best protection to military personnel will …

Banner material and wallscape solution

Blox-Lite® Chrome is a metalized, moisture-resistant banner and sign material compatible with sewing, grommeting, double-face tape, Velcro® and suction cups, for hanging signs, banners, posters, front-lit displays, and window and tradeshow signage. EnviroScape Mural® Plus! HD-Textured, a heavy-duty wallscape solution, provides a sustainable option for wall, window and rigid surface installations, and with a textured …

An energy-efficient military

A joint hearing in Washington, D.C., examines energy issues. With gas prices near record highs across the country, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) held a joint hearing on March 27, 2012, to examine how U.S. armed forces are working to diversify the nation’s fuel supply and become more energy efficient, and …

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Direct disperse printing fabric

Fisher Textiles added DD 2300 Satin and DD 7908 Suede (FR) to its line of fabrics for direct disperse printing. The 100-percent polyester DD 2300 is a high-sheen, lightweight satin. The fabric is 4.3 ounces per square yard and 72-inches wide. DD 7908 Suede is a brushed tricot knit, 100-percent polyester fabric that passes NFPA …

DSM invests in energy nanotechnology

Concerns over global climate change and a rise in energy prices are likely to create opportunities in nanotechnology discoveries in the energy sector. Royal DSM N.V., Heerlen, The Netherlands, has invested in NanoHoldings LLC, Rowayton, Conn., a company that specializes in nanoenergy breakthroughs and research. DSM Venturing is focused on teaming up at early stages …

Polyesters for furnishings, awnings, wide displays

GF 6640 Poly Canvas (FR) replaces GF 6640 Poly Linen for home furnishings, banners and table coverings. Whiter than the original, it has passed NFPA 701 tests for flame retardance. GF 7176 Supreme Knit, a polyester 2-bar warp knit, is suitable for photographic backdrops and wide displays. GF 3155 Diamond Mesh, a polyester 3-bar warp …

FDA-compliant laminating films

Drytac’s Emerytex® laminating films are now certified to be compliant with FDA regulations governing materials that can be used for surfaces that come in contact with food. The clear, PVC-based laminating film can be used for applications such as place mats, coasters, menu boards, countertops and wall and tabletop graphics. Non-glare, pebble-textured Emerytex has a …

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FGA member Thompson named to FESPA Hall of Fame

Fabric Graphics Association board member Rich Thompson, president of AdGraphics, was recognized by the Federation of Screen and Digital Printers Association (FESPA) as World Print Champion for FESPA 2012 Hall of Fame. Located in Pompano Beach, Fla., AdGraphics is a leader in large format printing and signage, including vehicle wrap graphics and lettering. It was …

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Pigment-based ink

Sawgrass Industrial’s M-XTR pigment-based inks are designed to handle the high speeds of today’s inkjet printers. Rheological Modified Ink (RMI) technology generates a unique cylindrical jetting characteristic for a more consistent ink drop shape, which creates sharper images with greater color fidelity. RMI allows higher pigment concentrations for richer, higher-density colors and faster drying times. …

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New markets for needlepunch nonwovens

Needlepunch nonwoven fabrics are a popular choice for applications as varied as furniture construction and oil spill containment. Thrace-LINQ Inc., Summerville, S.C., has supplied woven and nonwoven geosynthetic technical fabrics, but is now expanding into new markets, including industrial, automotive, building materials, absorbency, furniture and bedding. The company’s advanced fiber processing capabilities allow it to …

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High performance blackout structure

Architent EXCEL® high performance blackout structure and tent fabric is flame resistant, waterproof and durable. Made for hydrostatic and cold crack resistance, it has a tensile strength of 400 lbs. and tear strength of 180 lbs. Coated with Rain Kleen® Pearl Coat for protection against airborne particulates and UV degradation. SOURCE Herculite Inc.

Protective tapes

To combat substructure corrosion in aircraft interiors, 3M™ Polyurethane Protective Tapes cover the seams in floor panel joints, and are also offered in wider versions to protect larger areas exposed to moisture. The flame-retardant tapes, constructed of a tough, puncture-resistant thermoplastic elastomer coated with pressure-sensitive adhesive, provide a high-quality, durable moisture barrier with a long …

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Miller Weldmaster appoints marketing manager

Miller Weldmaster appointed Peter C. Parker to the role of marketing manager. Parker will lead all marketing initiatives including global brand development. His responsibilities include product positioning, segment marketing, branding, marketing communications, customer development, business research, marketing strategy and business development.

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Printer monitoring software

Mutoh America’s ValueJet Status Monitor (VSM) software monitors the status of Mutoh ValueJet printers. Offered free to Mutoh customers, the software checks if the printer’s functions are running at a consistent output. If there is a problem, the system notifies the operator via email or smartphone. Operators can check the ink level and heater temperatures …

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Composite roof is bright and efficient

[Birdair Inc.] Amherst, N.Y. The Talisman Centre for Sport and Wellness in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is sporting a new roof that may look like its original, but it’s quite different. Birdair Inc. served as the roofing subcontractor, replacing the 162,000-square-foot tensile roof installed in 1983 with an updated Tensotherm™ with Lumira™ aerogel roofing system. The …

Five-meter rolled products for printing

Customers’ requests prompted HEYtex to offer five-meter rolled products, including the highly translucent HEYblue® digitex® heylux backlit indoor textile for solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex inks; and HEYblue digitex flexible, an acrylic-coated polyester that is stretchable, tear resistant and shows excellent printing results. SOURCE HEYtex Technical Textiles

Dielectric rope

Hy-Dee Brait dielectric rope from Yale Cordage is the first rope on the market to meet the newly published ASTM standard for ropes with special electric properties, according to the manufacturer. It has also achieved EN Standard CE 62192 certification, indicating that the product meets European safety, health and environmental protection requirements. The 8-strand bi-polymer …

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Aurora wins SGIA sustainability award

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. was awarded the prestigious 2012 SGIA Sustainability Recognition Award for the second consecutive year. The Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) created the awards program to recognize member companies that develop a sustainable business ethic. Awards are presented annually to facilities that qualify based upon submission of required program information and …

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Kid-friendly exhibit installed in a horse stall

By Mara Whitten The project. Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., remodeled its former Draft Horse Barn into the Kids’ Barn, a collection of interactive exhibits geared towards children. The park approached a number of equine organizations, universities and businesses to help construct exhibits in each of the barn’s 20 standing stalls. The companies. Morehead …

Down that stays dry

[Down Décor] Cincinnati, Ohio Down is universally regarded as an efficient natural insulator, used for decades in apparel and sleeping bags. The central flaw of down, however, is that once it is wet, it loses its loft and insulation factor, making it difficult to dry and compromising the comfort and safety of outdoor athletes. Working …