Teijin’s Green Carpet to roll out at Tokyo International Film Festival

September 28, 2012

Teijin Limited announced today that for the fifth consecutive year it has produced an eco-friendly Green Carpet made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles for the ecologically minded Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held Oct. 20-28, 2012. The Green Carpet is made of Teijin Fibers’ ECOPET recycled polyester fiber, produced from used PET …

NCSU’s Jason Tung awarded TAPPI’s NET Division Scholarship

September 27, 2012

TAPPI’s Nonwovens Engineering & Technologists (NET) Division Scholarship, sponsored by Momentive, has been awarded to Yik Shing (Jason) Tung. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to encourage engineering students to pursue careers in the nonwovens industry and to develop awareness of the industry. TAPPI’s Nonwovens Engineering & Technologists Division covers the global nonwovens business and includes …

Phifer adds window options with new colors and patterns

September 26, 2012

Phifer Inc. has introduced nearly a dozen new, on-trend patterns and colors in its popular Style 5000 Jacquard line of SheerWeave window covering fabrics. These additions—natural, organic weaves in silky finishes—make a smooth transition into this collection of traditional options in hushed naturals and warm earth tones. The new Style 5000 patterns and colors include …

UL-STR to present two Quality Assurance seminars

September 25, 2012

UL-STR, an independent provider of quality assurance (QA) testing, audit, inspection and responsible sourcing services for the consumer products industry, will present two seminars: “An Introduction to Colour Management, Colour Appearance and Assessment” and “REACh and Chemical Compliance for the EU” on Oct. 10, 2012, at its U.K. laboratories. The training courses are part of …

“Pink Flamenco” umbrellas for charity

September 24, 2012

Santa Barbara Designs® (SBD), Oxnard, Calif., has announced that, effective Oct. 1, the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it will make a charitable donation for every “Pink Flamenco” umbrella sold through the rest of 2012. Each new owner of a “Pink Flamenco” (or any other color Flamenco), may select a charitable organization, and …

AATCC Textile Testing Workshop scheduled for Dec. 5-6, 2012

September 21, 2012

For professionals responsible for product evaluation, specifications and quality control for apparel and textile materials, the Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop will be held Dec. 5-6 at the AATCC headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C., U.S.A. AATCC procedures for evaluating colorfastness and physical properties will be discussed and demonstrated by AATCC staff. Colorfastness tests to …

Polartec®, Norrøna partner with REPREVE® to create 100 percent recycled garments

September 20, 2012

Polartec partner brand Norrøna has announced the release of the 100 percent recycled men’s and women’s /29 warm4 up-cycled jackets, built of Polartec® Wind Pro® fleece made entirely of REPREVE 100 yarn. Polartec uses REPREVE 100 yarn from Unifi for more than 50 percent of its domestic production. The REPREVE yarn was made from recycled …

SBA SizeUp helps business owners research data and analytics

September 19, 2012

Small business owners and start-ups across the country can now take advantage of a new business tool to help them compete and grow. The free tool, called SizeUp, helps businesses identify new customers and compare their performance against other businesses in their industry with data collected from hundreds of private and public sources. GIS Planning …

Inspecting the acoustic properties of textile materials

September 18, 2012

Sound-absorbing functions or the suppression of unwanted noise are often an integral requirement of equipment and clothing for military use. The extent of the sound-absorbing qualities of a material and which noises are caused by wind or movement can now be investigated using the acoustic test apparatus at the Hohenstein Institutes in Bönnigheim, Germany. The …

IFAI Expo 2012 ShowStoppers: You be the Judge

September 17, 2012

This year, as part of our celebration of IFAI’s 100th anniversary, we’re inaugurating a new tradition: the ShowStopper awards. We want to recognize the best of the best new products and services from our exhibitors at IFAI Expo 2012: the most pragmatic and the most innovative; the most effective and the most efficient; the most …

Phifer expands SheerWeave Performance + fabric options

September 14, 2012

Phifer’s SheerWeave Performance + collection has added Style 2500 to the family of high-tech interior sun control fabrics. A 1 percent open basketweave fabric, Style 2500 joins styles 2390 and 2410 in a range that combines the performance of a traditional SheerWeave fabric “plus” the highly reflective properties of a metallized coating. Using the latest …

Cooley Group secures $25 million financial commitment

September 13, 2012

Cooley Group, Pawtucket, R.I., and Webster Business Credit Corp. (WBCC), a division of Webster Bank, have announced 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, to be used to further support Cooley’s …

New LEDPOD lighted handrail system from Wagner Architectural Systems

September 12, 2012

Wagner Architectural Systems, Milwaukee, Wisc., has announced the addition of a new component for its illuminated Lumenrail® lighted handrail product group: the Klik System’s LEDPOD. Wagner will be the sole distributor for this product in North America. LEDPOD is an individual LED lighting fixture designed to snap into a 1-1/2 inch to 2-3/8 inch round …

Census Bureau launches business.census.gov to promote the 2012 Economic Census

September 11, 2012

The economic census is the U.S. Government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy. To encourage response to the 2012 Economic Census, the Census Bureau has launched business.census.gov, which includes videos, fact sheets, story ideas and talking points that business associations, chambers of commerce, media and public agencies can use to get the …

UL-STR to present textiles seminar on selling into China

September 10, 2012

UL-STR, an independent provider of quality assurance (QA) testing, audit, inspection and responsible sourcing services for the consumer products industry, will present a textiles seminar, “China GB 18401—Implications for Selling into China,” on Sept. 19, 2012, at its U.K. laboratory in Reading. The textiles training course is part of an ongoing seminar series on the …

TenCate Geosynthetics Americas receives patent for GEOPORT filling system

September 7, 2012

Within the geotextile tube industry, producing a strong and secure textile injection port system has always proved challenging. Neither the sewn attachment nor the final closing method of the ports has ever been as durable as the textile tube itself. TenCate Geosynthetics Americas has developed a rigid, mechanical injection port system (known as Geoport) which …

On the money: The Rental Show 2013 in Las Vegas

September 6, 2012

The Rental Show, which will be held in Las Vegas Feb. 10-13, 2013, is designed with one thing in mind: helping rental businesses make more money. The 57th annual exposition moves to a new venue for 2013, The Sands Expo and Convention Center, located in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. The new site …

ExpeR+T Area: new format for business interaction

September 5, 2012

The international exhibition for roller shutters, doors, gates and sun protection systems—R+T Russia 2012—invites visitors to take part in the ExpeR+T Area, a specialized b2b forum for industry professionals. The program of the ExpeR+T Area includes the latest market overview and key business cases presented by leading Russian and foreign experts: independent market analysts, representatives …

New SBA platform lets small businesses tell their stories

September 4, 2012

Everyone has a story, and now the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is giving entrepreneurs a new online platform to share their stories and showcase their successful and thriving businesses. SBA has launched “Small Business Owners Speak,” an interactive platform featuring videos by entrepreneurs from across the country who have started or grown a business …

Victor products score silver on sustainability

September 1, 2012

The Victor Group, Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada, has completed the first round of an internal assessment of its yarn-dyed panel and health care cubicle platforms to ensure they meet the new sustainability criteria for commercial furnishing fabric, NSF/ANSI 336. According to the voluntary guidelines, Victor’s 100 percent Eco Intelligent® polyester meets the criteria for silver certification. …

New product lines from Erez USA

Erez USA IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1212 New: EVA/PVC blend products and inflatable boat polyurethane membrane. Advantages: A new line of EVA/PVC-blend products designed for enhanced environmental performance and chemical resistance in the inflatable, oil boom and geomembrane markets. In addition, a new inflatable boat polyurethane membrane line designed for rigid inflatable boats, whitewater rafts …

SheerWeave Infinity2

Phifer Inc. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 912 New: Recyclable PVC-free, lead-free window shade fabric. Advantages: SheerWeave® Infinity2 is woven from core yarn of 100-percent post-industrial waste by-product. Offers a thinner, more lightweight fabric for an improved look and easier fabrication. Infinity2’s yarn coating provides the same solar heat and glare control properties as traditional SheerWeave …

Eagle Mobile BF

Adfast Corp. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 700 New: Portable, fully automatic grommet machine. Advantages: Eagle Mobile BF can be moved around large tarps and banners as needed, to set grommets without dirtying or wrinkling the material. Can be used with grommets up to #4 and will go through thick and thin materials without adjustments.

Shutters and screens from Alutech United

Alutech United Inc. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 2112 What: Privacy and security shutters; roll-down, insect, solar and vinyl screens Why: Full line of products for both residential and commercial applications provides protection against sun, weather and insects. SOURCE Alutech United Inc.

Glen Raven supplies Sunbrella

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 518 What: Sunbrella® Renaissance Unity Why: Vintage inspired and created with post-industrial fabric waste, awning fabric is crafted for shade applications that benefit from subtle textures and distinctive detail. What: Sunbrella® Clarity Why: Durable, water-resistant polyurethane undercoating and special finish use natural elements of sunlight and rain …

Variety of fabrics available from MarChem

MarChem CFI IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1350 What: Aqua-Tite® Green Why: New formula made with silicone, a superior water repellent, as the active ingredient. Performs as well as the original Aqua-Tite but still conforms to all known VOC requirements. What: Broadway solution-dyed awning fabric Why: Meets all relevant flame-retardant specifications. Offers long-lasting fade and fire …

Shanghai Shenda Kobond New Materials produces coated fabrics

Shanghai Shenda Kobond New Materials Co. Ltd. IFAI Expo 2012 Booths: 1743, 1745 What: PVC-coated fabric Why: Producer of different types of coated fabrics made from PVC, TPO and TPU. Applications include tarpaulins, tents, banners, inflatable boats and marine, membrane structures and waterproofing materials, roller doors, oil boom and roofing underlayment. SOURCE Shanghai Shenda Kobond …

Zhejiang Hongshida New Material Co. offers PVC tarpaulin

Zhejiang Hongshida New Material Co. Ltd. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 922-A What: PVC tarpaulin Why: Waterproof, UV-resistant, flame-retardant tarpaulin with excellent tensile, tear and adhesion strength. Used in boat covers, inflatable toys, waterproof bags, tents, truck covers and awning applications. SOURCE Zhejiang Hongshida New Material Co. Ltd.

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Creative commercial interiors: take large-format digital inside

Digitally printed fabrics can take an office, hospitality or retail setting from average to astounding. By Holly O’Dell Printing on fabrics affords a new approach to traditional commercial interior design. White walls can become murals. Run-of-the-mill artwork can become custom pieces. Permanent messaging can rotate out with soft-sided alternatives. “Fabrics are an easy way to …

VersaTube and Worldwide Shelters partnering

At the Aid and International Development Forum in 2011, VersaTube® Building Systems, Collierville, Tenn., and Worldwide Shelters, a nonprofit agency providing shelter to disaster victims and refugees, cemented a new charitable partner agreement. Worldwide Shelters recommends the custom-made, steel-framed VersaTube shelters to its contacts around the globe, and a portion of volume purchases comes back …

FR Flex 3003

OFFRAY Specialty Narrow Fabrics® IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1654 New: 45 percent FR Flex/55 percent PBI®/ Kevlar®. Advantages: FR Flex 3003 offers users additional comfort when the elastic product is added to parts of a uniform such as suspenders, turnout gear and elastic inline for fire boots. Passes NFPA Testing 1971/1981 Heat Test, NFPA Testing …

Soltex awning fabric

Keyston Bros. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1820 New: One-piece, heavy-duty extrusion-coated awning fabric. Advantages: With a high strength, wick-resistant polyester scrim, Soltex is finished with a polyurethane topcoat, resulting in an easy-to-clean and durable product. The fabric offers UV resistance, dimensional stability, and is available in 27 colors; custom colors can be run in as …

ExactFlat Design Studio

ExactFlat IFAI Expo 2012 Booths: 1258, 1260 New: Screen to machine software. Advantages: Built for the CAD/industrial fabrics markets, ExactFlat Design Studio enables manufacturers to design, flatten, nest and cost within leading 3-D CAD platforms. Manufacturers can start with 3-D digitized images or models, quickly generate flat patterns for production, set markers and other sewn …

American & Efird offers polyester sewing thread

American & Efird LLC IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1308 What: SunStop® polyester sewing thread Why: Premium UV-protected, non-wicking polyester sewing thread for outdoor product markets, made in North Carolina. Offered in two common industry thread sizes for furniture, umbrellas, lightweight fabrics, and awnings and marine applications. SOURCE American & Efird LLC

Keder from Haining Keder & Tent Material Manufacture Co.

Haining Keder & Tent Material Manufacture Co. Ltd. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1022-C What: Keder Why: Constructed from heavy-duty, PVC-coated fabric with UV resistance. Single or double flap, available with inner diameters from 6 to 13 millimeters. For tents, sails, tarpaulins, awnings and other products requiring reinforced sides. SOURCE Haining Keder & Tent Material Manufacture …

Reduce supply chain costs with MFI International’s contract manufacturing services

MFI International IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1102 What: Contract manufacturing services Why: Reduce supply chain costs and improve time to market with cost-effective manufacturing. Turnkey textile assemblies in northern Mexico for the aerospace, automotive, athletic apparel and equipment, home furnishings, furniture, medical, pet products, consumer products and specialty apparel industries. SOURCE MFI International

Sinclair Equipment offers a complete line of fabrication tools

Sinclair Equipment Co. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 338 What: Fabrication tools Why: Leader in versatile, portable thermoplastic and fabric welding equipment. Complete line of fabrication tools for in-house or in-field welding. New products have expanded wedge welding capabilities and automatic hot air welding machines. SOURCE Sinclair Equipment Co.

Zhejiang Hongtu Warpknitting New Material Co. offers warp-knitted fabric

Zhejiang Hongtu Warpknitting New Material Co. Ltd. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1022-A What: Warp-knitted fabric Why: Excellent base material for lamination and coating for end uses in banners, membrane structures, truck covers, tents, inflatables and conveyor belts. SOURCE Zhejiang Hongtu Warpknitting New Material Co. Ltd.

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Trends in fabric printing technology

By Maura Keller As with many industries, technological advancements continually evolve the way fabric graphic professionals do business. From innovative printer technology to significantly improved ink disbursement, new advancements are revolutionizing the industry as a whole. According Julie Gederos, product manager for Roland DGA Group, sublimation is still the primary technology of choice for today’s …

A&R Tarpaulins certified for big aerospace business

A&R Tarpaulins Inc. became compliant with Revision C of the AS9100 certification, the international management system standard for the aircraft, space and defense industry. The certification, according to Kenny Weisbart, A&R general manager, allows A&R to do business with such giant aerospace entities as Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, ULA, Northrop, Raytheon and Orbital Sciences Corporation. “Whether we …

FR Flex 3015

OFFRAY Specialty Narrow Fabrics® IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1654 New: 100 percent Nomex® binding tape Advantages: In an aesthetically pleasing herringbone pattern, FR Flex 3015 applications include base and binding for seats for the aerospace industry. FR Flex 3015 maintains inherent flame resistance after being exposed to repeated cleanings. Other benefits include user comfort when …

SUNWORKER CRISTAL

Dickson® Constant IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 518 New: Micro-perforated fabric for shade. Advantages: With an additional transparent PVC sheet, SUNWORKER CRISTAL is simultaneously waterproof and translucent, blocking heat and UV rays. Available in a 300 cm width, SUNWORKER CRISTAL is designed for awnings, shade sails, tensile structures, kiosks and pergolas.

Forsstrom iQ welding monitoring software

Forsstrom High Frequency AB IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 722 New: Welding monitoring software. Advantages: Forsstrom iQ software allows customers to monitor and analyze high frequency welding manufacturing. With real-time monitoring and reporting tools, Forsstrom iQ users are constantly informed about the actual situation in the HF welding department. Windows-based software includes online assistance and problem-solving …

American Colors sells dispersions and intermediates

American Colors Inc. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1060 What: High-quality pigment dispersions and intermediates Why: Toll manufacturing of custom formulations and packaging of private label coatings for automotive, agriculture, aerospace, construction, mining, marine, industrial and consumer markets. SOURCE American Colors Inc.

Haining Taiwei New Material Co. supplies fabrics

Haining Taiwei New Material Co. Ltd. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1022-B What: Tarpaulin, mesh, block-out and PVC flex fabrics Why: Three production lines for cold and hot lamination as well as coated fabrics. Mesh available with or without a liner, blockout or one-way vision. PVC film also available. SOURCE Haining Taiwei New Material Co. Ltd.

Milco Industries offers custom fabrics

Milco Industries Inc. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1742 What: Custom fabrics Why: Milco style 10273 is 100-percent nylon with antimicrobial and anti-abrasion properties. Style 19202 is a microfiber polyester-based antimicrobial yarn with WIKAWAY moisture manager. Style 19109 is offered in polyester spandex and nylon spandex configurations for specialty apparel. Additional fabrics and a wide product …

SM Techtex offers grid, screening and strapping materials

SM Techtex Co. Ltd. IFAI Expo 2012 Booths: 1723, 1725 What: COATVE Grid Why: Used in retaining walls, ground stabilization, erosion control and asphalt reinforcement. Two variations available: woven polyester geogrid coated with PVC and polyester geogrid coated with HDPE. What: COATVE Insect Screen Why: Woven from fiberglass yarn coated with PVC, screen is well …

Zhejiang Huasheng Warpknitting New Materials Co. offers industrial fabric

Zhejiang Huasheng Warpknitting New Material Co. Ltd. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1104 What: PVC tarpaulin and industrial fabrics Why: PVC-coated, laminated and drop-stitch fabrics used in truck covers, container curtains, tents, marquees, oil booms, inflatable boats and inflatable pools. Camouflage PVC available. SOURCE Zhejiang Huasheng Warpknitting New Material Co. Ltd.

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The best insurance policy?

By Matthew Davis Don’t automatically assume you’re protected—or that your insurance is right for your business. According to one national survey, nearly 60 percent of businesses are seriously underinsured. In the event of a major claim, the survey showed that those who are underinsured could find that the upper limit of their policy payout is …

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Building a green roof in Bogotá

[Cidelsa] Lima, Peru Cidelsa created a cover for the indoor courtyard of the District Department of Environment, Bogotá, Colombia, designed to protect vistors and workers from the elements in the common leisure areas. Part of the first green building in Bogotá, the membrane serves an integral role, collecting rainwater that is carried through the two …