New prototype filament yarn with permanent built-in self-cleaning

January 31, 2013

TWD Fibres GmbH has developed a super-hydrophobic filament yarn with a permanent built-in self-cleaning effect in cooperation with the Institute for Textile Technology and Process Engineering (ITV) and the Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibers (ITCF), both in Denkendorf, Germany. A botanical phenomenon, which can be observed in lotus plants, gave the impulse for …

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Compact, portable imaging spectrocolorimeter supports color quality control

January 30, 2013

The X-Rite RM200QC, a new imaging spectrocolorimeter from X-Rite, is now available through AATCC at a discount for AATCC Association members. The compact, portable, hand-held device measures and compares color to support color quality control throughout the manufacturing process. The X-Rite RM200QC provides AATCC “Gray Scale” measurements for stain and color change assessment on textiles. …

Huntsman Textile Effects and DyTech Taiwan partner to deliver sustainable solutions

January 29, 2013

Huntsman Textile Effects and DyTech Taiwan have announced a collaboration that is set to drive sustainable excellence and world-class standards of high-quality dyes and specialty chemicals for the Taiwan textile industry. Huntsman will work closely with DyTech Taiwan, as its agent in Taiwan, to deliver sustainable, high-performing processing and effects chemicals that have low environmental …

Free publicity for fabric suppliers: Specialty Fabric Showcase 2013

January 28, 2013

The Specialty Fabrics Review annual Fabric Showcase, scheduled for the April and May 2013 issues, will focus reader attention on the special benefits and advantages of the new fabrics available to them from industry suppliers. This is an opportunity for all fabric manufacturers and distributors to get the word out, to readers in markets ranging …

Mexico and China in WTO trade dispute

January 25, 2013

Mexico took the first step in an official dispute resolution process through the World Trade Organization (WTO), claiming that China illegally supports its textile and clothing industry under world trade law. The Mexican government claims that China’s textile and clothing policy breaks the WTO’s subsidies and countervailing measures agreement, the general agreement on tariffs and …

3A Throwing acquires Ames Textile’s Virginia plant

January 24, 2013

Ames Textile Corp. has been producing yarn since 1865, the oldest continuously operating textile company in the United States. Its synthetic yarn plant in Christianburg, Va., may have many more years to run under another banner, following the plant’s acquisition by 3A Throwing, Cookshire, Quebec, Canada. 3A Throwing, a yarn manufacturer that expanded its own …

SBA introduces RFP-EZ to search for government jobs

January 23, 2013

A new experiment in government contracting, RFP-EZ, is an exciting partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows. The intent is to make it easier for companies to sell to the government, and easier for the government to buy from companies. For companies that have never done business …

Bags, bikes and beer in Portland

January 22, 2013

The Portland Movement, as defined by The Oregonian in a Sept. 27 article on fashion, consists of “that trinity of custom-handmade-local.” Rebecca Pearcy resembles that remark, as the Portland, Ore., founder of Queen Bee Creations, a maker of custom bags and accessories and an avid bicycle commuter. Visitors to her shop can watch employees cutting …

UL announces move to new state-of-the-art consumer products testing laboratory

January 21, 2013

UL has announced the move of its Enfield, Ct.-based consumer products testing laboratory to a new, state-of-the-art 48,000 sq. ft. facility in Enfield, more than doubling its capacity and capabilities for quality and safety assurance testing. The relocation will enable UL to more efficiently meet the growing demand for the company’s analytical, physical, performance and …

2013 AATCC Technical Manual available January 2013

January 18, 2013

The 2013 AATCC Technical Manual features multiple revisions of already published methods plus several new methods. New test methods 200-2012, Drying Rate of Textiles at their Absorbent Capacity: Air Flow Method. This method determines the drying rate of textiles based on the evaporation rate that occurs at their approximate absorbent capacity. 201-2012, Drying Rate of …

Alaxi Fabrics’ interior collection: the road to Marrakech

January 17, 2013

Alaxi Fabrics has designed a line of fabrics inspired by the mysterious and exciting destination of Marrakech. Like the market souks of that city, the designs include everything from hints of antique architecture to modern design, as well as reflections of the delicate tile and lacework that is so prominent in the area. The entire …

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Trends study estimates 30.7% compound annual growth rate for digital textile market

Market research and consulting firm, InfoTrends, recently released a study called Transforming Textile Printing that examines the digital textile printing market. The study explores the textile market supply chain, sizes and forecasts the digital textile printing market and focuses on the demand drivers for digital textile production. The potential for digital printing to influence the …

Unifi’s REPREVE brand is first-time sponsor of X Games Aspen

January 16, 2013

Olympian snowboarder Elena Hight teams up with REPREVE to promote a greener life style. Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., manufacturer of the REPREVE® brand of fibers, has announced that REPREVE will be a first-time sponsor of X Games Aspen, which will take place Jan. 24-27, 2013. As the proud recycling sponsor of X Games Aspen 2013, …

Eastman Machine Co. announces 125 years of innovation

January 15, 2013

Eastman Machine Company, Buffalo, N.Y., begins 2013 celebrating 125 years of making textile cutting fast and efficient for its customers. The company was founded in 1888 by George Eastman following his invention of the first electric fabric cutting machine. Eastman mounted a fractional electric motor to a platform attached to a reciprocating knife mechanism. The …

Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd. and SANITIZED AG form alliance for co-branding

January 14, 2013

Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd. (TAF) and SANITIZED AG have announced the signing of a co-branding agreement and licensing program for Amicor™ fibers. The new alliance covers the co-branding of future product developments using Amicor fibers and yarns and the Sanitized® hygiene function. The Amicor anti-bacterial and anti-fungal intelligent fiber integrated technology was developed by …

SBA and U.S. Labor Department announce new website for self-employment assistance

January 11, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Labor have announced a new website to support state workforce and unemployment agencies in implementing or enhancing Self-Employment Assistance programs. The announcement expands on guidance issued in May, which included $35 million in funding for states to implement or expand these programs made possible …

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Avery Dennison announces 2013 car wrap training schedule

January 10, 2013

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced that it will hold ten Avery Dennison/Mutoh Car Wrap Training sessions throughout the United States and Canada in 2013. The three-day sessions include two days of hands-on wrap instruction and the option to take the Avery Dennison wrap certification exam and a wrap design class. “The Avery Dennison/Mutoh Car Wrap …

Teijin’s bio-derived polyester fiber used in Nissan Leaf electric vehicle

Teijin Ltd. has announced that its ECO CIRCLE Plantfiber bio-polyester has been selected for use in the seats and interior trim surface of the 100 percent electric Nissan Leaf. It is the first time for ECO CIRCLE Plantfiber to be used for the interior of a mass-produced vehicle. The seat and interior trim surface were …

Survey reveals China’s growing desire for green products

January 9, 2013

Chinese consumers express greater confidence in green products than North American consumers. A survey released in December by DuPont revealed a growing understanding of green products among urban Chinese consumers. Seventy percent of respondents expressed confidence in the environmental claims of green products. The findings reflect the potential for green products in the world’s largest …

SilverState Fabrics offers new collection

January 8, 2013

SilverState Fabrics™ has announced its new “Artisan Tribe” fabrics, the latest addition to the performance Sunbrella® collection. Inspired by scenes and patterns from Northern Africa, the collection includes solids, stripes and intricate cultural motifs. Colors of a desert oasis are the forefront of the Artisan Tribe color combinations. SilverState fabrics are available in a variety …

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Roland DGA announces management changes

January 7, 2013

Roland DGA Corp. has announced changes to its executive management team, including the naming of a new president and the promotion of the company’s current president to an expanded international role with parent company Roland DG of Hamamatsu, Japan. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Rick Scrimger, formerly vice president of sales and marketing of Roland DGA, …

Transhield supplies U.S. Army with covers

January 4, 2013

Transhield, Inc. has been awarded a contract to supply 120 protective covers for MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The covers were purchased by U.S. Army Strategic Logistics Activity Charleston (ASLAC) to maintain readiness for MRAPs being placed into prepositioned stocks. The covers will replace vinyl and canvas tarps in order to provide better …

Material movement: chairs that hug, walls that talk

January 2, 2013

Ask Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) assistant professor Neri Oxman what the world will look like in 20 years, and her vision might astound many. “We’re going from an information era to a material era,” she says. “Information will be embedded in the material itself.” Clothing, walls, chairs can be alive and adapt. One Oxman …

Hyde score slitter and perforator blades convert rolls to sheets efficiently

January 1, 2013

A full line of blades designed to cut and finish rolls of paper, film and foil, corrugated materials, textiles and abrasives down to size is available from Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS), Southbridge, Mass. Hyde’s score slitter blades, complemented by a line of perforator blades for finishing products, are engineered to provide clean cuts consistently …

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Banners for a corporate birthday

By Amy Overgaard The project. Hearst Corp. wanted to commemorate its 125th anniversary by incorporating a visual display in the lobby of its Manhattan offices. The company wanted the high-impact display to coordinate with its outside advertising campaign while complementing the interior architectural style of the building. The company. Hearst Corp. approached Color X Inc. …

New EVP at Moss Inc.

Moss Inc. has appointed Dan Patterson to the new post of executive vice president, business development, and chief marketing officer for the company’s products and services to the event, exhibit, sports and retail interior industries. Patterson formerly served 10 years as senior vice-president and general manager for George P. Johnson, primarily responsible for global delivery …

Top-coated for architecture

Seaman Corp. has two new additions to its architectural product line: Shelter-Rite® Brite™ fabrics with two high-end top coats, Kynar® fluoropolymer (Arkema) and Tedlar® fluoropolymer (DuPont). The top coats, combined with the proven high-strength Shelter-Rite base fabric, offer superior weathering, color fastness and cleanability for a new level of performance. In addition to serving as …

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Selling from strength

By Sam Richter If your company is like most businesses, over the past few years you’ve probably spent thousands of dollars perfecting your messaging. You’ve hired marketing people to craft your website and brochures. You’ve hired trainers to critique your phone scripts. You’ve practiced your sales pitch countless times in your head, or in front …

Avoid fearsome fees

With interest rates so low, many lenders are finding other ways to profit from loans. By Mark E. Battersby Recently the Federal Reserve announced plans to pump up to $40 billion a month into the economy. While the Fed plans to purchase mortgage-backed securities, the strategy may make more money available for specialty fabric products …

Hohenstein India promotes Amalraj

Vignesh Amalraj has been appointed business development manager of Hohenstein India Pvt. Ltd., the official Hohenstein Institute representative for India. As the former head of one of five Hohenstein contact offices in India and Sri Lanka, Amalraj is experienced in marketing the institute’s testing and certification services to manufacturers and target groups. Amalraj holds credentials …

LED railing system lights your way

The Lumenrail® System from Wagner Companies, in components or custom assemblies, features mechanical, non-weld connections and multiple infill options. ETL-listed luminaries produce brilliant cool or warm white light and come in lengths from 6 to 60 inches. Fixtures can be installed indoors or out in both wet and dry conditions. Stainless steel hand rails and …

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X-Rite invests in science

X-Rite Incorporated has forged a relationship with the University of Bonn and acquired Sensible Graphics GmbH with the goal of furthering knowledge in the science of digital appearance. The technology developed by the founders of Sensible Graphics promises high-quality surface rendering information to produce photo-realistic virtual prototypes of products for the automotive, fashion, advertising and …

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California penguins have it made in the shade

A crew of Magellanic penguins, a species native to Brazil that wouldn’t recognize an ice floe, recently made its debut in Long Beach, Calif.—and not as extras in a “Happy Feet” movie. The temperate-climate penguins instead star in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, the first penguins in the Aquarium of the Pacific’s collection of more …

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Party under a ‘floating halo’

[Fabritecture] Kingscliff, Australia In a trendy suburb famous for its entertainment venues and nightlife, it takes a novel idea to impress. A nightclub near Kingscliff, Australia, improved its facilities by adding a weatherproof rooftop bar and lounge area, which allows the venue to be enjoyed by guests all year round, even in the colder months. …

H&M to accept clothing for SMART recycling program

The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) has recognized the recent announcement by the fashion company H&M that it will begin accepting clothing for its global recycling program. Beginning in February 2013, the program will operate in select stores in the retailer’s 48 worldwide markets. “We’re reaching a ‘critical mass’ of clothing retailers who …

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matchmycolor names business development manager

matchmycolor LLC has named industry veteran John Sweeney as its business development manager in the Americas. matchmycolor focuses on cloud-based color specification and communication systems. “In the future, everything that can be moved from private enterprise to the cloud will be. The Colibri® Gateway allows brand owners to specify, communicate and monitor color reproduction, not …

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Evening gown lights up with Twitter messages

The glitzy launch of EE, Britain’s new 4G mobile network, delivered power to the people. EE staged its launch party at the Battersea Power Station on the South Bank of the Thames in London, an art deco design masterpiece now undergoing redevelopment, and invited singer Nicole Scherzinger to perform. CuteCircuit, a London fashion company designing …

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Awning creates beach ambience

[Awnings of Hollywood Inc.] Hollywood, Fla., U.S.A. An Awnings of Hollywood client wanted a combination entry and dining canopy for his beachfront restaurant that would stand out on the Hollywood, Fla., beach boardwalk, accent the ocean environment and add cachet to the building. The company devised an attractive blue wave design and a structure system …

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Global Imaging sells Zund cutter to Rainier

Rainier credits the Zünd G3 3XL-3200 10-foot wide cutter for increasing sixfold its production of banners. The machine allows the company to cut and sew double-sided banners with top and bottom pole pockets with perfect image registration at the hems in less time. The cutter’s working area is 126 square inches. Its capabilities include fabrication …

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Maine welcomes with dazzling fabric structures

Ocean Gateway is the terminal for cruise ships and buses visiting Portland, Maine, and the Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau wanted an exuberant entry portal to the city and state. Tensioned fabric sculptor Cynthia Thompson, president of Transformit, a company based in Gorham, Maine, was given carte blanche with the design. “The impression I …

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A simple and stylish residential awning

[Shades (Thailand) Co. Ltd.] Muang, Phuket, Thailand A homeowner wanted a set of awnings for the front (and sea-facing) wall of his new residence to solve the issue of rain running down the windows. The client had a preference for clean lines, so the Shades Co. Ltd. design team drew a set of simple designs …

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Color-Logic certifies Kolorcure, Reich

Screen printing inks manufactured by Kolorcure-, a supplier of ultraviolet inks to the printing industry, have been awarded certification for their results with Color-Logic’s Process Metallic Color System. Also, Paper Shine Pearl Digital and Shine Silver Digital substrates from Reich Paper have been certified for use with the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System on HP Indigo …

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‘Safe to Sea’ gear goes overboard

The Spanish fishing fleet is the largest in the European Union, employing approximately 80,000 sailors, most working on small vessels with few crew members. Sailors falling overboard due to a boat’s slippery deck, sudden change of direction or shift in equipment face life-threatening peril—especially without safety gear. Scio IT, a Spanish research and development company …

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Kevin Kelly turns process to profit

Kevin Kelly increases productivity by implementing forecasting, planning and process strategies. By Sigrid Tornquist “Once we started opening our eyes to process, we were really able to take a big leap forward in productivity,” says Kevin Kelly, MFC, IFM, CPP, president of Globe Canvas Products Co., Yeadon, Pa. “Today we’re able to build more product …

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Fisher Textiles updates and adds styles to direct disperse line

Fisher Textiles has added three styles to its digital printable fabric line for direct dye sublimation printing. Style DD 7866 Vistatex (FR) and updated styles DD 7817 Soft Knit (FR) and DD 7880 Heavy Knit (FR), have a special coating that allow for direct printing onto the fabric and do not require heat transfer paper. …

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Fabric canopy collects the rain at ASU

Fabric architecture covers urban plazas, school yards, park gathering spots and rooftop restaurants, providing protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays and unexpected precipitation, while allowing light and air to move. Arizona State University in Scottsdale, Ariz., took the idea a step further, working with FTL Design Engineering Studio, New York, N.Y., to design SkySong, …

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Increase selling value with shading solutions

Sun protection, rain protection, health, comfort, energy savings, economy, flexibility and style: they’re all part of the package. By William Atkinson For many residential and commercial customers, awnings and shade products are still valued for their aesthetics as much as for their shade, with maybe some consideration of health, comfort, energy savings and weather protection …

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Hand-held spectrocolorimeter identifies color differences

The hand-held RM200QC spectrocolorimeter is used to identify color differences between samples and standards, opacity and grayscale assessment, and highlight how colors may change in appearance under daylight and household lighting. The instrument illuminates from three directions while recording 27 color-accurate images, eliminating shadows and interference inherent to patterned and textured materials. Measurements can be …

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Growth for carbon fiber composites market

A joint study by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Munich, Germany, and the VDMA Forum Composite Technology, Frankfurt, Germany, predicts a bright future for high-strength carbon fiber components, a market projected to grow 17 percent per year until 2020. Demand for lightweight, high strength composites in the automotive, aeronautics and wind energy industries will fuel some …

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Choice shade solutions

Finding the right shade and weather protection for a customer may mean assembling the right combination of products. By Jamie Swedberg Sometimes it’s relatively easy to figure out the shade solution that will suit a customer’s wants and needs. “There are people who have been getting the exact same awning for years,” says Andy Morse, …