Glen Raven sponsors Marine Design Challenge at N.C. State University

December 31, 2012

Fashion design students target female consumers with design innovations for enhanced boating enjoyment. While boating may appear to be a male dominated sport, research studies show that it’s women who often drive buying decisions for watercraft purchases and upgrades. With this bit of consumer research in hand, Glen Raven recently sponsored a Marine Design Challenge, …

AATCC announces 2013 Materials Research Poster Competition

December 28, 2012

AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, has announced the 2013 Materials Poster Competition, and invites students from around the globe studying materials science to participate. The competition, developed by AATCC’as Materials Interest Group, aims to promote innovative product development from a material structures design perspective. Submissions are invited from both graduate and …

NWBC report: How women-owned small businesses weathered recession

December 27, 2012

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) has provided the first in-depth look at how women-owned businesses fared during the economic downturn, concluding in its year-end report that a majority of women-owned employer establishments either expanded employment or remained steady in 2007-2009 despite the shaky economy. In its 2012 Annual Report submitted to the White House, …

Sun Fabrics expands distribution for faster delivery

December 26, 2012

“We had the opportunity to test market Sun Fabrics prior to its official launch, and the market response has been unbelievable,” says Johnnie Burke, principal of Pinnacle Sales, Birmingham, Ala. Enthusiasm about the fabric line’s advanced UV protection and durable, colorfast performance has led Sun Fabrics, the South Florida manufacturer, to sign a distribution agreement …

SK Textile opens new manufacturing facility in Las Vegas

December 25, 2012

Las Vegas is a megacenter for the hospitality industry, and SK Textile, a Vernon, Calif., custom fabricator of drapery, bedding and accessories, hopes to supply custom solutions for hotels and hospitals with its new manufacturing facility in Las Vegas. SK Textile partners with Standard Textile, Cincinnati, Ohio, a leader in health care, hospitality and industrial …

Newlife recycled polyester yarns reaching international markets

December 24, 2012

Newlife™ is a unique, complete and certified system of recycled polyester yarns obtained entirely from used plastic bottles, transformed into polymers by way of a mechanical process to produce 100 percent Made in Italy yarn. The year has seen an extensive schedule of engagements with the international market. The Epro BtoB Award, was presented to …

Teijin’s lightweight, sound-absorbing V-Lap polyester material used in Mitsubishi Outlander

December 21, 2012

Teijin Ltd. has announced that its V-Lap lightweight, sound-absorbing polyester material has been selected for use in the floor carpet of the new Mitsubishi Outlander, a midsize crossover vehicle that launched in Japan last month. The floor carpet was developed by Hayashi Telempu Corp., a manufacturer of interior automotive parts. V-Lap was adopted as the …

Phifer’s Sheerweave Performance + for year-round protection

December 20, 2012

Combining the performance of a traditional SheerWeave® fabric “plus” the highly reflective properties of a metallized coating, Phifer’s SheerWeave Performance + provides year-round interior solar control benefits, helping keep rooms cool and comfortable in the summer months and warmer during the chilly fall and winter seasons. Using the latest technology in metallized coatings, Performance + …

ARA Foundation contributes $6,000 to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

December 19, 2012

When the ARA Foundation board of trustees met recently at the American Rental Association (ARA) headquarters in Moline, Ill., it unanimously voted to donate a total of $6,000—$3,000 each—to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. These agencies are critical to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts for residents in New York, New Jersey and …

OMNOVA Solutions announces new distributor partnership

December 18, 2012

OMNOVA Solutions, a leading global specialty chemicals provider, has announced the appointment of Dowd & Guild Inc. as the distributor for its west coast and southern territories for the following markets: paint and coatings, floor care, fluoropolymers, graphic arts, nonwovens, personal care, tapes and adhesives. The west coast and southern territories include the following states: …

Nonwoven Agent-Q traps hydrocarbons without water pressure

December 17, 2012

C.I.Agent Solutions of Louisville, Ky., has developed patent-pending Agent-Q, a nonwoven composite fabric structure embedded with C.I.Agent solidifier, specially developed for its high hydrocarbon binding and filtration capability. Agent-Q creates no water flow restriction and is not dependent on water pressure. Initial uses include drip pans, scuppers and spill remediation products, as well as filtration …

Heated clothing, insect repellent apparel identified as new growth markets

December 14, 2012

The markets for heated garments and clothing that offers protection against insects are set to grow, according to Issue No 42 of Performance Apparel Markets from the business information company Textiles Intelligence. Heated garments are increasingly in demand for winter sports activities. In response, several new developments have been launched recently by producers of garment …

First-ever ShowStoppers awards presented at IFAI Expo 2012

December 13, 2012

Eight exhibitors chosen by attendees as the best new products at the show. By Galynn Nordstrom On Thursday morning, Nov. 8th, the first-ever ShowStoppers awards were distributed on the show floor to this year’s eight winners: Applied DNA Sciences, Cabrio™ Structures, Carlson Design, Consew®, King Tech Industry Corp., Sommers Plastic Products, Thomson Research Associates and …

Panther Graphics offers free vehicle wraps in holiday Facebook promotion

December 12, 2012

Panther Graphics, an Indianapolis-based vehicle wrap, graphic design, sign and promotional branding company, is looking to spice up the holiday season by giving away six free vinyl vehicle wraps through a promotion on the company’s Facebook page. Panther Graphics partner Oracal USA, a leading manufacturer of pressure-sensitive graphic, printing, reflective films and industrial tapes, will …

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Panther Graphics gives free vehicle wraps in Facebook promotion

December 11, 2012

Panther Graphics, an Indianapolis-based vehicle wrap, graphic design, sign and promotional branding company, is looking to spice up the holiday season by giving away six free vinyl vehicle wraps through a promotion on the company’s Facebook page. Panther Graphics partner Oracal USA will be donating all the vinyl used on the six vehicles that are …

Screen-Pro roll-up line meets year-round environmental control challenges

TMI LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa., has announced the expansion of its successful Screen-Pro roll-up screen product line, offering additional versatility for currently installed doors and year-round environmental control solutions. TMI’s current Screen-Pro product line will expand into three distinct end-use applications: Screen-Pro bug screens, Bird-Pro heavy mesh screens and Vinyl-Pro supported PVC doors. Each product line …

Emerald is Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year

December 10, 2012

Will color schemes in 2013 take a cue from the Emerald City? Yes—according to Pantone LLC color experts, who have named Pantone® 17-5641 Emerald as the 2013 Color of the Year. “Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice …

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From building to body: Current research into interactive and technical textiles

December 7, 2012

Highlights from the educational sessions at IFAI Expo 2012 in Boston. By Galynn Nordstrom “Health and well-being in the personal and built environments” was presented by session moderator Marie O’Mahony, professor of advance fashion and textiles, OCAD University, Toronto, Ont., Canada. New fibers such as “memory metal” (plugged into a car battery), technomaterials made of …

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Understanding and working with the Berry Amendment

December 6, 2012

Highlights from the educational sessions at IFAI Expo 2012 in Boston. By Galynn Nordstrom Defense procurement for the U.S. military is budgeted at $17.2 billion per year, 10 percent of which is allotted to clothing, textiles and subsistence. Navigating the organization of the system can be extremely complicated, said IFAI Expo speaker Jeffrey Grover, senior …

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Roland Academy’s December webinar series focuses on Pantone color management

Roland Academy, the training and education division of Roland DGA Corp., has announced a new two-part Tips & Tricks webinar series to be held Dec. 11 and 18, discussing valuable new features in the company’s VersaWorks RIP software. The webinar series will take an in-depth look at brand new VersaWorks features, starting with an overview …

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Fisher Textiles revives ET 9499 Firesafe with whiter, brighter version for printing

December 5, 2012

Fisher Textiles, Indian Trail, N.C., one of the leading suppliers of fabrics for digital printing, has replaced style ET 9499 Firesafe (FR) with a brighter and whiter version in its line of Enviro-Tex fabrics for dye sublimation, UV and latex printing. Enviro-Tex fabrics are eco-friendly and made with recycled REPREVE yarn, which meets FTC guidelines …

Glen Raven’s Allen E. Gant Jr. receives the IFAI Chairman’s Award at IFAI Expo 2012

The award capped the festivities and member recognition at IFAI’s annual meeting in Boston, Nov. 8. By Galynn Nordstrom At IFAI’s annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8th, celebrating the association’s 100th anniversary, wine, cheese, dessert and fellowship marked the end of IFAI Expo’s second day. After a short report on the year’s accomplishments, changes and …

Fisher Textiles revives ET 9499 Firesafe with whiter, brighter version for printing

December 3, 2012

Fisher Textiles, Indian Trail, N.C., one of the leading suppliers of fabrics for digital printing, has replaced style ET 9499 Firesafe (FR) with a brighter and whiter version in its line of Enviro-Tex fabrics for dye sublimation, UV and latex printing. Enviro-Tex fabrics are eco-friendly and made with recycled REPREVE yarn, which meets FTC guidelines …

Nonwovens industry seeks great IDEAs

December 1, 2012

Nominations opened in October for the IDEA13 Achievement Awards, organized by INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabric Industry, and Nonwovens Industry magazine. Every three years, INDA presents awards in five categories at the IDEA International Engineering Fabrics Exposition and Conference (this year on April 23-25, 2013, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida). …

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Tracking social media payback

It can be done—sort of—but watch out for the downside. By Marc Hequet What’s the first thing a couple does when they get engaged? These days, they probably go on Facebook and tell all their friends. And, of course, this newly engaged couple will probably need a tent for their reception. So if you happen …

Miller wins TiE award

The Ohio Chapter of The International Entrepreneur (TiE) has announced that Scott Miller of Miller Weldmaster, Navarre, Ohio, has received the 2012 TiE International Entrepreneur award, which was created to recognize the achievements of entrepreneurs who started businesses in Ohio and built them into global companies. Award criteria considered in selecting the finalists include business …

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Closing a gap in the retractable market

The 2012 IFF Innovation Award winner closes a gap in the retractable market. By Janet Preus The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) has presented its 2012 Innovation Award to Uni-Systems, Minneapolis, Minn., for a new retractable fabric roof product called En-Fold. The award was presented at the IFAI Annual Meeting at IFAI Expo 2012 in Boston, …

Pezold named B&O president

Brand & Oppenheimer Co. Inc., a leading textile converter for the U.S. military, has appointed Dan Pezold as president. With 35 years of experience in the industry, Pezold most recently served as senior vice president of military and government fabrics for Duro Textiles LLC of Fall River, Mass. He also held senior positions at International …

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Technical textiles time slip

The technical textiles market works its way back to prerecession production. By Adrian Wilson The birth and evolution of the technical textiles sector was largely a result of more companies in industrialized nations altering the nature of their businesses because they could no longer compete on price. They sought, instead, to exploit skills, investment capital, …

Michael Hoadley joins BondCote

BondCote Corp. has announced that Michael Hoadley has been named chemist. Hoadley has a B.A. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, as well as an Associates Degree in Biology. BondCote, Pulaski, Va., has been a leading industrial fabric supplier since 1949, providing quality performance engineered coated, laminated, and composite fabrics for military, trucking, recreation, …

In memoriam: Robert Ray Dennis Sr.

Robert Ray Dennis Sr., 75, died at his home in Uhrichsville, Ohio, on September 17, 2012, of cancer. Dennis retired from a successful career at Snyder Manufacturing Inc., Dover, Ohio, a manufacturer of laminated fabric, coated mesh and extruded films. He was a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, an avid collector of antique and classic …

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Reinventing architecture with fabric “interventions”

Dutch artist and designer Petra Blaisse believes in “the reanimation of desolate buildings,” and her latest “intervention” at the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy, uses daylight, shadow and space-transforming curtains to bring a vacant exhibit space new life. Blaisse founded Inside Outside, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a design studio that specializes in textiles, light and …

‘Perfect Engine’ award to lean Seaman

The TBM Consulting Group, a global operation improvement consultant, recognized Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, for its commitment to LeanSigma® statistics-based quality and efficiency improvement with its 2012 “Perfect Engine” award. TBM’s founder and CEO, Anand Sharma, wrote a book titled The Perfect Engine about his efforts to implement lean business systems in companies worldwide. Seaman …

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On the water: redevelopment in fabric

The City of Owensboro, Ohio, has been developing its riverfront over the past 10 years, making it a cultural hub for tourism. At the end of the walkway to the river is an overlook area featuring a landmark fan-shaped tensile fabric structure. Integrated atop a stage area, the dynamic structure was designed as a performance …

N.C. Manufacturer of the Year: Glen Raven

McGladrey LLP (a tax-consulting service), Fifth Third Bank and the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce honored small, medium and large businesses that have contributed to a strong manufacturing climate in the state. Glen Raven Inc., Burlington, N.C., has been a linchpin of manufacturing in the region, and recently was named North Carolina Manufacturer of the …

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A comfortable canvas for cushion art

Canadian Lesley Pennington, a computer design specialist, moved to Sweden to find love, family and a new career path. After purchasing an IKEA sofa, she launched a new business creating designer covers for IKEA sofas and armchairs, using natural, machine-washable fabrics. Bemz, based in Stockholm, Sweden, now sells a variety of fabric covers online and …

Sattler AG consolidates U.S. operations

Two U.S.-based subsidiaries of Sattler AG, headquartered in Graz, Austria, will be consolidated under a reorganization that will be completed Oct. 1, 2012. Sattler North America Corp., located in Melville, N.Y., was established in 2006 as the sales and warehouse distributor for Sattler AG’s awning fabrics and sun-shading products. Sattler AG acquired Outdura Corp. in …

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Tenderness at the Beaux Arts Ball

Since its launch in 1913 by the Society of Beaux Arts Architects as “the most artistic entertainment of the kind ever given in New York,” the Beaux Arts Ball in New York City has provided unique themed environments not to be missed by the beau monde. This year’s theme was “tender” and two businesses took …

Covercraft supports breast cancer research

In a tribute to women in the automotive industry—repair shop owners, retail employees and car buyers—Covercraft Industries, Pauls Valley, Okla., will donate a portion of its custom vehicle cover sales to breast cancer awareness and research organizations. The “Covers for Causes” program includes a pink version of the NOAH® car cover fabric made by Kimberly-Clark …

Headwear comforts women in cancer treatment

Hair loss, a common side effect of cancer chemotherapy and radiation treatment, adds insult to injury, affecting a woman’s privacy, comfort and self-esteem. Researchers at Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design worked with textile company Murray Hogarth Co. Ltd., Selkirk, Scotland, to develop smart textile scarves that assist cancer patients by concealing hair loss …

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Parachute-style roof covers stadium

[Hightex Group PLC] London, U.K. The BC Place Stadium in downtown Vancouver, B.C., was completely updated recently, including the replacement of its air-supported roof with a tensioned cable net roof. Hightex Group PLC designed it with a fixed PTFE/glass tensile membrane and a retractable central section, with a narrow glass ring between the two. Due …

EU issues new rule on biocides

Substances that act to reduce or eliminate bacteria, viruses or mold—and products treated with such biocides—will be subject to a new European Union (EU) regulation (528/2012) that takes effect on Sept. 1, 2013. The new regulation focuses on improving the safety of consumer products by controlling biocide marketing and use. The three main requirements for …

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Pavilion performs beautifully

[Structurflex LLC] Kansas City, Mo., U.S.A. Sitting on top of an underground parking garage, a performance pavilion designed and engineered by Structurflex is a steel frame-supported PTFE-glass fabric tensile structure with cellular polycarbonate paneling. The fabric, Sheerfill® from Saint-Gobain Performance Textiles, has a 12 percent translucency to allow internal illumination to create a glowing “lantern …

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Report on trends in technical textiles

The recession forced many leading technical textile companies to shed non-core businesses, such as nonwoven consumer hygiene products, to focus on industrial markets, according to a new report by textiles journalist Adrian Wilson. “Strategies of Leading International Technical Textiles Companies, 3rd Edition” cites the separation of nonwoven fabric businesses as one example of the worldwide …

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Tensile sculpture “flies” over an amphitheater

[G.H. Bruce LLC] Tucson, Ariz., U.S.A. “Where Flying Fishes Play” is a tensile sculpture created to shade a corporate amphitheater in Phoenix, Ariz. The project, managed by G.H. Bruce LLC, features four HDPE canopies of silver Comtex® from Polyfab™ USA. Three layers of 1½-inch Sunbrella® webbing provide the perimeter structure of each canopy. The amphitheater …

USDA lab launches nanocellulose production

U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary Harris Sherman helped launch a $1.7 million production facility for renewable, forest-based nanomaterials in August. The U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory will produce nanocellulose made from wood fiber, a material with high strength and low weight that has potential applications in the personal protection, automotive, aerospace and other industries. …

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Creating the future of textiles: Environment and performance qualities

Textiles offer limitless possibilities in creating the environment and performance qualities the marketplace desires. By Maureen MacGillivray, Ph.D. What are the most exciting or intriguing developments in the industry in advanced textiles? There are no longer any limits on how textiles can be developed to meet the needs of consumers, whether those needs are medical, …

Textile Institute selects Dinsdale as president

Dr. Peter Dinsdale, a retired specialist in the fiber, textile and garment industries, will lead The Textile Institute, Manchester, U.K., an international network of professionals in the fiber, fabric, garment, footwear, interior textile and technical textile industries. Dinsdale recently retired as principal textile industry specialist at the World Bank/International Finance Corp., where he continues in …

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Marc Shellshear puts shade expertise and management skills to work

Nicknamed Dr. Shade, Marc Shellshear is an employee who thinks like a business owner—putting shade expertise and management skills to work. By Sigrid Tornquist “If you can’t put yourself in the shoes of the person speaking you’re not going to understand what they want,” says Marc Shellshear, IFM, senior vice president of administration for USA …

SBA offers hurricane assistance

Individuals and businesses in 22 Louisiana parishes and 10 Mississippi counties are eligible for disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA), chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has issued comprehensive guidance on how to access the assistance, which includes low-interest loans, up to …