Wittek-Design-Weberei GmbH upholstery fabric shifts to DIOLEN®SAFE yarns

August 31, 2012

The shift of the high-quality Wittek-Design-Weberei upholstery fabric collection to DIOLEN®SAFE yarn qualities has recently been completed. Eight years ago the owners of the company, Evelin und Walter Wittek, both professional textile designers, expanded their studio business by purchasing the weaving company Heger, with the goal of even more individual and flexible support of exclusive …

Enduratexâ„¢ launches Design Center APP

August 30, 2012

Enduratex (China General Plastics Corp. of America), Mira Loma, Calif., has gone live with the proprietary Enduratex Design Center APP, according to Jeff Post, vice president and general manager of CGPC America. The Design Center APP, available through the APP Store, may be used with iPads, iPhones and other iOS compatible devices. “With designers increasingly …

AATCC to host symposium, Oct. 10-11

August 29, 2012

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) will host a symposium on advances in nonwovens, technical textiles and sustainable materials from October 10-11 in Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A. The program will feature papers on protective performance materials, sustainable materials, multifunctional material additives and engineered fibrous materials. Mary Hennessy, president and CEO, Industrial Fabrics Association …

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Front-row seats for Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary

August 28, 2012

For 75 years many tourists have, like crooner Tony Bennett, left their hearts in San Francisco at the iconic, international orange Golden Gate Bridge. The National Parks Conservancy celebrated the bridge’s anniversary on May 27, 2012, with lights, fireworks, tributes and special events. To provide a memorable evening for the 600-plus event sponsors, the Conservancy …

BASF, Cargill and Novozymes target commercial bio-based acrylic acid process

August 27, 2012

BASF, Cargill and Novozymes have signed an agreement to develop technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. Currently, acrylic acid is produced by the oxidation of propylene derived from the refining of crude oil. BASF-The Chemical Company, Cargill and industrial biotechnology company Novozymes will develop bio-based technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable …

Hohenstein Institute: quality label for bedding encasings

August 24, 2012

Bedding encasings are a great relief to those suffering from house dust allergies. Barrier textiles prevent the smallest particles of mite feces and the allergens contained within them getting into indoor air. The effectiveness of encasings can be established in many different ways. The experts in the specialist “Function and Care” department at the Hohenstein …

AATCC Wins 2012 Tabbie Award for article on textile industry sustainability

August 23, 2012

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has won another Tabbie award, this time for an in-depth feature article on environmental issues entitled “Staying Alive: Making Textiles Sustainable.” The article was published in the November/December 2011 issue of AATCC Review, the journal of AATCC, and was written by Maria Thiry, the association’s publications …

Response to the 2012 drought; SBA recovery assistance available

August 22, 2012

The White House Rural Council recently met to focus on a coordinated response to historic drought conditions that are affecting communities across rural America. The goal at the SBA and across the Administration is making sure that these hard-hit rural communities have the tools and the resources they need to navigate and recover from these …

Camira goes from fabric to farming to secure bast fiber supply

August 21, 2012

Textile innovator Camira Fabrics has stepped back into the supply chain to work directly with farmers who grow the innovative raw material input for the company’s sustainable bast fiber fabric Hemp. The fabric uses hemp cultivated as agricultural crops to provide 40 percent of the fiber blend; the rest comes from wool. Camira’s hemp is …

Phifer introduces eco-friendly SheerWeave® Infinity™ fabrics

August 20, 2012

Phifer Inc. has unveiled eco-friendly SheerWeave® Infinity2™, 100 percent recyclable, PVC- and lead-free window shade fabrics. Infinity2 is woven from the only core yarn, synthetic or natural, that is born out of post-industrial waste by-product. Through production advancements, it offers a thinner, more lightweight fabric over its predecessor, SheerWeave Infinity, for an overall improved look …

ORACAL releases Android App for customers

August 17, 2012

ORACAL USA, Black Creek, Ga., has announced the release of a new ORACAL application for Android. The free app, developed by Smack Dab Studios of Savannah, Ga., allows customers to talk about ORACAL products, learn the latest tips and tricks, and locate the closest authorized ORACAL distributor. “These days, mobile devices are like wallets; almost …

Census Bureau to host webinar on foreign trade regulations

August 16, 2012

The U.S. Census Bureau is hosting a free in-depth webinar series that provides the tools necessary for a strong foundation in the fundamentals of exporting. “Foreign Trade Regulations—Demystifying the Rules of Exporting,” the fourth webinar in the eight-part series, will clarify your roles and responsibilities in an export transaction. The event will consist of a …

OEKO-TEX® to present Sustainability Awards

August 15, 2012

In 2013 the International OEKO-TEX® Association will, for the first time, present the OEKO-TEX® Sustainability Award to companies who have achieved outstanding performance and innovations in the area of sustainability. All manufacturers and retailers who are certified worldwide according to OEKOTEX Standard 100, 1000 or 100plus are eligible to apply—a total of more than 9,500 …

OMNOVA Solutions recognizes employee innovations

August 14, 2012

OMNOVA Solutions has announced its 2011 Technology Award recipients. This annual award program recognizes exemplary technological contributions by associates in OMNOVA’s research and development, sales and marketing, technical service, operations, product management and LEAN SixSigma organizations. These innovations in product development and process improvement include performance chemicals for oil and natural gas drilling, paper and …

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Cooley secures $25 million in new financing

Cooley Group and Webster Business Credit Corp. (WBCC), a division of Webster Bank, announced in an Aug. 13 press release that WBCC is providing Cooley with $25 million in new financing. The five-year financing package includes a combination of a revolving credit facility, a long-term note and a capital expenditure line, and will be used …

Providing phthalate-free films for medical products

August 13, 2012

Nearly a year after Genesis Plastics Welding and Teknor Apex announced a breakthrough in PVC-free manufactured medical bags and pouches, O’Sullivan Films joins in the collaboration to offer medical device, equipment and supplies companies a medical grade, PVC-free film. O’Sullivan Films, a producer of medical-grade films used in the health care industry, is now able …

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Roland introduces heavier glossy photobase paper

Roland DGA Corp. introduced SCM-GPP2 glossy photobase paper to its media offerings for digital printers. With its high gloss and excellent contrast characteristics, this 10.5-mil paper is designed to enhance image quality and maximize the eye-catching effects of metallic graphics. SCM-GPP2 paper works well with Roland’s Eco-Sol MAX solvent inks, making it suitable for fine …

High-tenacity yarn from Raditeck

August 10, 2012

Developed for applications in the technical textiles sector, Raditeck® Fine and Raditeck® Dyna polyamide 66 yarns offer improved tear and abrasion resistance with light stability—even in critical applications. Applications for these products include sails, parachutes and hot-air balloons, as well as sportswear, workwear, footwear, backpacks and suitcases. RadiciGroup has added new fine and medium counts …

Schoeller’s corkshellâ„¢ wins OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD 2012

August 9, 2012

The new corkshell™ technology from Swiss fabric and technology specialists Schoeller Textil AG won an OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD 2012 in the Material Innovation category at the OutDoor Fair Friedrichshafen. In the competition, organized by iF International Forum Design, 48 entrants from a total of 322 submissions from 25 countries were recognized with an OutDoor INDUSTRY …

Joyce McCauley is plant manager at KAPCO

August 8, 2012

Joyce McCauley has joined the Kent Adhesive Products Co. (KAPCO) team. McCauley has held several positions since the beginning of her career as an industrial engineer, including production manager, materials manager, manufacturing services manager, manager of productivity improvement and supervisor of outsource planning. She will be responsible for overseeing the plant operations including production, personnel …

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ORACAL releases app for Android

ORACAL USA released a new ORACAL Application for Andriod. The free app allows users to join the growing number of ORACAL customers talking about ORACAL products, learning the latest tips and tricks, and locating the closest authorized ORACAL distributor. “In an effort to obtain information more quickly, applications like this make life easier,” said Randy …

Compression textiles for muscle recovery

August 7, 2012

Hohenstein Institute investigates effectiveness of compression clothing Wearing knee-length compression socks was long viewed by sports enthusiasts as uncool, but more and more active sportspeople have reported the positive effects of wearing compression garments. Various sportswear manufacturers are advertising the many therapeutic effects of compression clothing during and after sport. However, the benefit of the …

Antimicrobial handrails from InPro Corp. protect health care environments

August 6, 2012

The double-barreled risk of inadequate hand hygiene and ineffective cleaning led InPro Corp. to launch its new SureContact™ line of handrails. In an article by the American College of Emergency Physicians, “Efforts to cajole healthcare personnel to clean their hands frequently have just about topped out.” The article cited a recent study by Dr. Philip …

See the latest products at Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2012

August 3, 2012

Leading ink jet technology providers will be presenting and displaying their latest developments and products at IMI’s Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2012 on Sept. 5-6, 2012, at the Hyatt Rosemont in Rosemont (Chicago), Ill. According to IMI president Al Keene, “The rapidly expanding use of ink jet technology in printing and manufacturing requires constant attention …

New Balance uses Nanofront® nanofiber for replacement insoles

August 2, 2012

Teijin Fibers Limited, the core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibers business, has announced that it is supplying its high-strength polyester nanofiber Nanofront® for use in replacement insoles for running shoes made by New Balance. The insoles will be marketed by New Balance Japan and sold in its directly owned shops in Tokyo and …

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Fabric roof lets the light into school courtyard

August 1, 2012

It “takes a village to raise a child,” and the school design selected by Coopers Edge Primary in Gloucester, England, included a Village Square for children to play and the greater community to assemble. The plan called for a covered courtyard that would “inspire and enable people, while energizing the community and enhancing [their] quality …

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Converting a classic car interior

[Automotive Concepts] New Hope, Minn., U.S.A. Automotive Concepts does a lot of car restoration, and car interiors are a big part of their business, but only about a dozen a year are fully custom restoration projects for a vintage beauty like this 1964 Chevolet Impala. A Minnesota sports celebrity hired the company to do a …

Comfortable protection for the workplace

For work environments that pose risks, Kimberly-Clark Professional* has launched Jackson Safety* G60 Level 2 polyurethane-coated cut-resistant gloves and Level 5 cut-resistant sleeves with Dyneema® fiber. Offering protection with comfort, the products (jackets are also available) protect against minor cuts and abrasions, offer a barrier against oil penetration and provide excellent dexterity for improved productivity. …

Moving media façade illuminates “One Ocean”

Eight million visitors will travel to Yeosu, South Korea, this summer to see Expo 2012 “The Living Ocean and Coast,” focused on a global vision for restoring sustainable life to the world’s marine environments. Participants from 100 nations will discuss rising sea levels, the loss of biodiversity, acidification and pollution threatening seas and coasts in …

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Set sail in a folding fabric boat

[Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL)], Switzerland Created by Thibault Penven, a student at ECAL, the Ar Vag (which translates as “boat” in Brittany) is a folding fabric vessel with oars. Designed for use as a shuttle between the shore and a larger vessel, it functions well on a lake or in quiet seas for …

Fabrics bring air cargo to new heights

By Holly O’Dell Just as in road freight, air cargo relies on fabric-based applications to secure the transport of materials. AmSafe Bridport in Bridport, Dorset, England specializes in the manufacture of cargo restraint products, such as pallet nets and main deck barrier nets, used in commercial aviation. “Historically, we have used nylon and polyester for …

China doubles down on textile output

The China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) recently released an aggressive plan to double the country’s textile output from 2010 levels by 2020. Rising demand for fiber products, especially among China’s citizens, will accelerate the transformation of the textile industry through innovation, technology upgrades and branding. In 2011, urban Chinese spent an estimated $265 …

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Creating the future of textiles: Multifunctional textiles

It will take teamwork among supply chain partners to develop multifunctional solutions for safety and protective applications. By David Ronner What are the most exciting or intriguing developments in the industry in advanced textiles? Multifunctional fibers, yarns and fabrics are leading the way in advanced textiles. The end user has become accustomed to multifunctional devices …

NCTO leadership elections

At the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) ninth annual meeting, members elected William L. Jasper, chairman of the board and CEO of Unifi Inc., to a second term as NCTO chairman. James C. Self III, president and COO of Greenwood Mills, will serve his second term as NCTO vice chair. Jasper announced appointments to …

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Jeri Perillo turns walk-in requests into revenue

Jeri Perillo has had her share of odd walk-in requests—followed by growing revenue streams. By Sigrid Tornquist “The relationships we’ve built that have resulted in revenue streams weren’t something we went looking for; they came to us,” says Jeri Perillo, president of Custom Canvas of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. “And I think that if you …

Fine fiber implants for tendon repair

Each year, 32 million repetitive and traumatic tendon/ligament injuries are reported, and current synthetic replacement options are limited. Biomedical Structures LLC (BMS), Warwick, R.I., recently announced a new medical textile solution that shapes bio-absorbable and permanent fibers to resemble tendons by developing precise dimensions and load-bearing in a functional shape that mirrors natural geometry. New …

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Truck cover and tarp markets pick up speed

Renewed demand for these niche markets helps support growth By Holly O’Dell Like many industries, the trucking industry has had to deal with the effects of the slow economy. American Trucking Association recent statistics indicate that truck tonnage fell just 0.7 percent in May 2012 after dropping 1.1 percent in April. The numbers, however, show …

Training textile employees in lean manufacturing

South Texas College in McAllen, Texas, received a $600,000 job-training grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to train more than 300 employees of Santana Textiles in lean manufacturing, supply chain management and Six Sigma process-improvement strategies. Santana Textiles, one of the world’s largest denim producers, operates facilities in Brazil and Argentina; the company will open …

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Awnings provide cool solutions for homeowners

PAMA’s Awning Energy Study II shows residential cooling energy savings in fifty U.S. cities. By Michelle Sahlin The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association’s (PAMA) Awning Energy Study II: The Impact on Energy Use and Peak Demand of Awnings and Roller Shades in Residential Buildings provides data on how the use of awnings and roller shades affects …

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New uses for silkworm cocoons

Silkworm cocoons, which are extremely light, tough and plentiful, are “ideal for the development of bio-inspired composite materials,” according to Oxford University researchers David Porter and Fujia Chen. Potential applications for cocoon-based materials are protective armor and fabricated car panels, especially in the booming car markets of China and India. Silkworm cocoons are sustainable, carbon …

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Inflatables on the rise

Inflatable vehicles and structures are gaining ground with advances in materials and manufacturing. By Barb Ernster The sophisticated technology behind modern inflatable structures puts them in a category that can be almost as exciting to watch as the development of modern communications—at least for those in the specialty fabrics industry. Advertising blimps and bouncy houses …

ComWest invests in Ploughboy

ComWest Enterprise Corp., Winnipeg, Canada, announced its initial equity investment of $1 million in Ploughboy Organics™, a Raleigh, N.C., company with a patent-pending technology that can convert the tobacco plant into dyes, fibers, textiles and other products. The global market for textile dyes alone is projected to reach $5.5 billion by the year 2015, and …

Travel with techno-power

How to make your next business trip into the most productive week of the year. By Richard Ensman You probably use technology to build productivity and effectiveness every day in the office—but do you take full advantage of it when you travel for business? Next time you attend your association convention or trade show, use …

Greenville celebrates centennial of Dunean Mill

The Dunean Mill in Greenville, N.C., has been owned by many companies since it opened in 1912. The mill’s current owner, Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc., helped the Greenville County Council celebrate Dunean Mill’s 100th anniversary on April 15, 2012, now proclaimed Dunean Mill Day. “We hope it will celebrate another 100 years of innovation,” …

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A better picture: Fabric graphics markets

U.S. and Canadian fabric graphics fabricator and print shop markets continue to show solid improvement. By Jeffrey C. Rasmussen A market research survey of fabric graphics markets in the U.S. and Canada conducted recently by IFAI shows a decidedly more positive outlook for fabricators and their suppliers and confirms changes in the way that print …

Mount Vernon Mills doubles FR capacity

Mount Vernon Mills, Trion, Ga., invested more than $15 million in capital equipment to double its capacity to produce flame-resistant fabrics for its customers on a consistent six to eight week delivery window. Mount Vernon’s FR fabrics are used in garments to protect workers from hazards in the electrical energy and oil refining industries. “We …

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Inflatable storage barns are heating up

Portable, inflatable storage barn opens up new opportunities in agriculture. By Lynn Keillor After making its mark as a manufacturer of portable, inflatable aircraft hangars, employees at Shropshire, England-based Lindstrand Technologies Ltd. learned a new language: the vocabulary of potatoes. “You’d think it was a very dull subject,” says Fred Neale, who works in finance …

ORACAL USA appoints Mullin

Thomas Mullin, former regional sales director for 3M, has joined ORACAL USA, Black Creek, Ga., as director of sales. Mullin will lead territory sales managers and oversee development of ORACAL’s sales strategies for its line of premium graphic marking films, digital printing media and industrial tapes throughout the Americas. He holds a B.S. in marketing …

Fall events and education opportunities

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1994 by IFAI’s board of directors to support the association’s efforts to promote the specialty fabrics industry; it’s now separately incorporated and governed by an independent board of directors. IFF’s educational scholarship and research grants are supported entirely by individual and corporate tax-deductible contributions. …

Strickland joins Mount Vernon Mills

Mount Vernon Mills, Mauldin, S.C., named John (Bud) Strickland as the new director of product development for the company’s denim division. Strickland has 38 years in the industry, including product development at the Cone Denim Division of International Textile Group, Liberty Denim and Cone Mills. Strickland graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. …