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Fabric Graphics Workshop update

June 29, 2012

Mimaki representative Paul McGovern and the Fabric Graphics Task Force of IFAI have rescheduled the Fabric Graphics Workshop due to scheduling conflicts as a result of the later-than-planned arrival of the new textile printing machine and a low ratio of attendees to vendors. The workshop has been rescheduled for September 18, 2012 at Mimaki World …

Safer weld quality for ventilation ducts with VARIANT from Leister

Before Czech engineer Jiri Zajdlík founded Duflex, a company specializing in repair of plastic and rubber products, he studied fire and electric resistance in materials used for air ducts in mining operations. Air ducts are used in underground mines, tunnels, collectors or galleries to reduce explosion hazards from methane gas or dust build-up in confined …

Awnings and exterior shades reduce cooling costs by more than 52 percent

June 28, 2012

An updated energy study conducted by Dr. Joe Huang, a research scientist and president of the consulting group White Box Technologies, has reinforced an earlier study that awnings and exterior shades can provide significant savings on home cooling costs by reducing the load on air conditioners. The new study calculates the impact of awnings in …

OEKO-TEX presents “The Next 20;” keynote address from Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

June 27, 2012

OEKO-TEX presents “The Next 20” Nov. 14; keynote address from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. OEKO-TEX presents “The Next 20” Nov. 14; keynote address from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The International OEKO-TEX® Association, in partnership with Olah Inc., will host textile business leaders at “The Next 20,” an afternoon seminar event featuring experts who will present …

Growth, DIY expansion mark Rowley Company’s 50th anniversary

June 26, 2012

Gastonia, N.C.-based Rowley Company is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012; and while some companies in the decorating supplies industry have struggled, Rowley continues to experience growth and market expansion, even in a challenging economy. History: solutions from the Cape New England-based businessman R.H. Rowley moved to Atlanta in 1962 and bought a small drapery …

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ORACAL USA hires director of sales

June 25, 2012

ORACAL USA has appointmented Thomas Mullin as director of sales. Prior to joining ORACAL, Mullin was a regional sales director for 3M. In his new position at ORACAL, Mullin will lead the territory sales managers and oversee development and management of Oracal’s sales strategies for its broad line of premium graphic marking films, digital printing …

NASA selects five universities for 2013 X-Hab innovation challenge

Five universities have been selected to participate in the 2013 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge led by NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation. These universities will design habitat systems, concepts and technologies that could be used in future deep space habitats. The selection is the first milestone in a year-long process for these …

Students are brighter at night

June 22, 2012

European schools often include knit scarves in school colors in student uniforms, and Genesis Reflective Products, Kibworth, Leicester, England, saw an opportunity to expand into a new market with its reflective yarn products. The company, maker of reflective horse blankets and fire rescue blankets, integrated 3M Scotchlite® yarn into scarves that highlight students walking at …

NFPA documents open for public comment

June 21, 2012

IFAI collecting comments regarding NFPA-701 and NFPA-70E. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) documents open for public comment. A notice was issued by NIST on behalf of the NFPA to anyone interested in submitting comments about existing fire codes and standards and the development of new codes …

Clariant joins the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

June 20, 2012

Swiss-based specialty chemicals company serving the textile industry, Clariant, has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The move is aligned with Clariant’s commitment to uphold sustainable practices in textiles and supports the SAC’s overall vision of addressing social and environmental challenges in the apparel and footwear industry. “Joining the SAC is a natural progression in …