H&V’s NanoWave honored with prestigious IDEA13 achievement award

April 30, 2013

Hollingsworth & Vose, a global leader in the supply of advanced materials for filtration, battery separator and industrial applications, today announced that NanoWave® was selected as the winner of the Roll Goods IDEA13 Achievement Award. Three of the most innovative and successful new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries over the past three …

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EFI mourns passing of company founder Efi Arazi

April 29, 2013

EFI™ mourns the passing of its founder and first CEO, Efraim “Efi” Arazi, who died on his 76th birthday, Sunday, April 14. Arazi created his namesake company in 1988 after a pioneering, 20-year career as the founder, president and CEO of the first Israeli high-tech firm, Scitex Corporation. Arazi served as chairman, president and CEO …

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Arlon Graphics launches Series 4600LX for automotive restyling industry

Arlon Graphics has launched a high performance color change wrap film, Series 4600LX, for automotive restyling. Series 4600LX is an ultra-conformable film that allows users to transform the look of their vehicle with multiple colors and finishes. It is designed for full vehicle wraps, vehicle striping and custom accent wraps on vehicles. Arlon’s LX (low …

Vietnam sets ambitious export goals

April 26, 2013

Vietnam’s textile and clothing manufacturers set a goal to become one of the top five exporting nations by 2020, according to a recent report, Textile Outlook International from Textiles Intelligence. According to Money magazine, Vietnam is now one of Asia’s most open economies, with two-way trade valued at 160 percent of the country’s gross domestic …

Teijin develops radiation-shielding aramid fabric

April 25, 2013

Teijin Limited has developed a new aramid fiber fabric that protects users against X-ray and gamma ray radiation. Starting in May, the company will provide samples to selected customers for applications such as protective clothing and sheet materials used in areas with high radiation levels. The new Technora fabric is produced by blending radiation-shielding tungsten …

Asia increasing caprolactam production

April 24, 2013

Caprolactam is a chemical used to produce nylon fibers and resins, and production levels are rising in Asia as demand builds, according to a new report by GBI Research. The chemical is used to manufacture textiles, carpets, industrial yarns, films and engineering plastics. China has emerged as a global caprolactam manufacturing hub, accounting for around …

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Cooley Group expands senior leadership team

April 23, 2013

The Rhode Island-based Cooley Group, a developer and manufacturer of sustainable, engineered membranes and other high-performance solutions, announced in an April 16 press release changes to its executive leadership team. The changes take effect immediately and include the expansion of Cooley’s global leadership team to meet the demands of the company’s growing global customer base, …

H&M recognized for corporate social responsibility initiatives

H&M—the world’s second largest apparel retailer behind Inditex—has been lauded for its commitment to sustainability. According to a report in Global Apparel Markets, from the business information company Textiles Intelligence, H&M is considered one of the most environmentally responsible players in the global apparel industry. Sustainability has been pushed to the forefront of the business …

Somfy Systems wins prestigious 2013 WCMA award

April 22, 2013

Somfy Systems Inc. has announced that it has been awarded the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) award for best new style concept in the motorization category for their DecoFlex WireFree™ RTS custom engraved wall switch. The DecoFlex WireFree RTS battery powered wall switch can be used to control any Somfy RTS motorized product and can …

New textile arts exhibition opens at de Young Museum

April 19, 2013

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have announced the opening of a new exhibition, From the Exotic to the Mystical: Textile Treasures from the Permanent Collection. The exhibition contains approximately 40 objects drawn from the Museums’ extensive holdings of textile arts. This selection represents 15 centuries of textile arts and includes finely detailed English …

German group introduces new certification for laundry service providers

April 18, 2013

The German Certification Association for Professional Textile Services has introduced the RAL Quality Certification Mark, RAL-GZ 992/4 Clothing of Care Home Residents, to help ensure hygiene standards for personal laundry from care home residents. Currently, German regulations only require specific hygiene standards be met for the processing of certain types of laundry from care homes, …

AATCC presents Millson Award for Invention to two military groups

April 17, 2013

In April, the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) honored the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command and scientists at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center as recipients of the 2012 Henry E. Millson Award for Invention. The award was given in recognition of their work to develop camouflage patterns …

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IFAI and Clarion Events North America sign collaboration agreement

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is pleased to announce a collaborative agreement has been signed with Clarion Events North America surrounding Clarion’s annual ExpoProducción event in Mexico City. The collaboration will include an IFAI Pavilion and Conference to be held within the annual ExpoProducción trade show at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, …

IFAI and Clarion Events North America sign collaboration agreement

April 16, 2013

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is pleased to announce a collaborative agreement has been signed with Clarion Events North America surrounding Clarion’s annual ExpoProducción event in Mexico City. The collaboration will include an IFAI Pavilion and Conference to be held within the annual ExpoProducción trade show at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, …

TenCate certified for corporate social responsibility

April 15, 2013

TenCate has achieved the next step in implementing its sustainability policy. The company has announced that all four of its market groups have been certified in accordance with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Performance Ladder level 3 standards. Accredited certification bureaus have established that business operations at the Dutch production company satisfy the certification standards …

NASA invests in small business innovative research and technology proposals

April 12, 2013

NASA has selected 295 research and technology proposals from 216 American small businesses for negotiations that may lead to contract awards worth a combined $38.7 million. The proposals are part of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR). SBIR addresses specific technology gaps in agency missions while striving …

TenCate acquires Amber Composites

April 11, 2013

The major portion of the global composite market consists of thermoset materials, and Koninklijke TenCate NV, Almelo, The Netherlands, recently acquired Amber Composites Ltd., an English manufacturer of composite materials, to increase its capacity. TenCate Advanced Composites in the U.S. and Europe produce thermoset composites for aerospace applications, and by adding Amber Composites will lower …

Teijin integrates two businesses

April 10, 2013

In a bid to grow global markets in fiber raw materials, apparel and industrial materials, Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan, will integrate two businesses, N.I. Teijin Shoji Co. Ltd. and Teijin Fibers Limited, into a unique hybrid converting company, Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd. The new company will manage development, sales and trading of raw fiber and …

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Printer for small print service providers

HP’s Designjet L26100 Printer is designed for small print service providers interested in the versatility, ease-of-use and environmental benefits of HP Latex Printing Technologies. Featuring HP 792 Designjet Latex Inks, the Designjet L26100 is ideal for high-impact indoor and outdoor applications, including point of purchase displays, temporary textiles and vehicle graphics. The 61-inch printer delivers …

SEAMS 2013 Networking Conference registration now open

April 9, 2013

SEAMS, the National Association for the U.S. Sewn Products Industry, is now accepting registrations for its Spring 2013 Networking Conference planned for April 26-27 at the historic Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C. Entitled “The Reshoring Wave,” the event is expected to attract professionals from virtually every segment of the diverse fashion and industrial sewn …

Seismic “tissue” mutes earthquake impacts

April 8, 2013

During the final week of February 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed 214 earthquakes worldwide, from Russia to the Dominican Republic to the Philippines. Earthquakes are everyday occurrences in areas where major geologic masses collide, and building collapses and falling debris cause the most injuries. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), a public corporation in …

Tips on using social media for disaster recovery

April 5, 2013

Get tips on best practices for creating a crisis communications plan using social media during the April 9 webinar hosted by Agility Recovery Solutions and the U.S. Small Business Administration. As Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeast, emergency managers, utility companies and the public relied on social media to share updates on the path of the …

TenCate Protective Fabrics wins orders from Netherlands fire brigades

April 4, 2013

The IJsselland and northeast Gelderland fire brigades in the Netherlands have chosen the superior protection of inherently heat and flame-resistant materials from TenCate Protective Fabrics. The orders, totaling 1,850 uniforms, are from two European contracts. TenCate has developed new protective fabrics that provide permanent protection as well as a high degree of wearing comfort and …

CORDURA fabrics accepted into Material ConneXion’s Library of Innovative Materials

April 3, 2013

INVISTA’S CORDURA® Denim, Duck and Naturalle™ fabrics were voted into the world’s largest innovative materials library, Material ConneXion. Through a majority vote by a creative and materials professional panel, CORDURA® fabric was awarded three Certificates of Materials Excellence. “The Material ConneXion library contains some of the most advanced and innovative materials in the world,” said …

Former association president and Olney Medal winner named AATCC treasurer

April 2, 2013

Warren S. Perkins, former president of AATCC and textile industry chemist and professor, has been elected by the association’s board of directors to serve as AATCC treasurer. John Y. “Jack” Daniels, executive vice president of AATCC, stated that he and the other officers and board of directors are pleased that Perkins has agreed to accept …

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Covering a classic car

April 1, 2013

[Bennett Custom Canvas Inc.] Toronto, Ont., Canada For a company that ordinarily works exclusively in marine applications, it was a bit of an adventure to take on a unique automotive project, but the customer drove away with a grin on his face. The customer wanted a waterproof fabric for the top of his Jaguar 1937 …

Soft, strong and warrantied PVC alloy

Breakwater X marine fabric for T-Tops, rigid or soft enclosures, and permanent or semipermanent tops remains soft and pliable for the life of the fabric and will not crack or peel. Its PVC alloy is highly resistant to prolonged exposure to saltwater, UV and heat for strength and durability. Does not rely on plasticizers for …

Designer wallcoverings create a colorful and bold space

Liora Manné’s unique Lamontage™ wallcovering patterns can be used to create a colorful and bold space. Resembling the ancient art of felting, the Lamontage process uses acrylic fibers that are intricately cut, blended and layered by hand and then mechanically interlocked by needle-punching to create custom nonwoven designs. For additional strength, the fibers are needled …

Smart textiles for protective gear

A new book, “Smart Textiles for Protection,” outlines how materials that sense and react to environmental conditions are being integrated into personal protective clothing—and examines a wide range of end-use protective applications. The book explores material types, surface treatments, nanofibers, smart barrier membranes, sensors, actuators and computers in protective wear, and also provides a discussion …

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Better-than-new boat seats

[Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc.] San Juan, Puerto Rico When the owner of a high-profile speedboat wanted a total replacement of its exterior upholstery, Sand Sea and Air Interiors used a vinyl with silver-ion technology for a striking look and durable finish. The seating area had both exposed and recessed hi-lo cushions that could …

PVC material with a low-sheen finish

Soluna 19 oz. polyester reinforced PVC material is extremely waterproof with an aesthetically appealing orange peel, low-sheen finish. Easy-to-clean, resistant to fading, mildew and fungus, it is dimensionally stable to prevent sagging, has superior tensile and tear strength and is flame resistant. Designed for fixed awnings or other outdoor applications. Available in 11 popular colors …

A new look for health care upholstery

OMNOVA Solutions introduces an addition to its Boltaflex® contract upholstery products. The Laurel design features a classic tone-on-tone floral motif updated with shimmering metallic flecks. Designed primarily for the health care market, Laurel’s vinyl construction is resistant to microbial and bacterial attack. It also features OMNOVA’s proprietary PreFixx® protective finish for easy cleaning and disinfecting …

Refurbishing heirloom furniture

[Nickle Ink Upholstery] Sumner, Iowa, U.S.A. An antique sectional that had belonged to the customer’s grandparents was faded and torn. The customer first decided to recover just one of the pieces to use in her home, but when she saw it completed, she decided to have all three pieces done: two corner pieces and one …

PTFE fabric with better light transmission

SEFAR® Architecture’s newÊEL-30-T1-UVÊis an inert, light-transmitting fluoropolymer, 100 percent PTFE fabric forÊuse in exteriorÊshading applications, including membrane and lamellar structures, retractableÊcanopies, umbrellas, sun awnings and screens. With a unique UV-absorbingÊadditive in its coating, reducing the amount of UVA and UVB rays transmitted throughÊthe fabric, it has a sun protection factor value (SPF) of 80, but …

Integrity® fabrics provide cleanroom comfort

Integrity® 1900 and Integrity 1950 are designed to make garments worn by cleanroom workers more comfortable without compromising air quality protection. The fabrics offer improved breathability, heat transmission and moisture vapor transport while maintaining the filtration efficiency necessary for the garments to perform as an effective air quality barrier. Manufactured with a standard finish of …

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Creating the future of textiles: Acoustic invisibility

New cloak provides best protection yet. According to an article by Alexander Movchan published in January 2012 by the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, U.K., “Cloaking devices made of a composite of soft and hard materials can divert elastic vibrational waves around an object as though it wasn’t there.” The accomplishment Movchan …

Dark fabric provides heat reflection

KOOLBLACK™ Technology from Mermet enhances dark-colored yarn’s energy reflectivity by increasing its near infrared reflection (NIR). While conventional dark screen fabric provides superior view through and exceptional glare control, it absorbs the energy that is created. A dark screen fabric with KOOLBLACK enables the fabric to reflect more solar heat and absorb less energy, increasing …

“Luci” brings power to the people

Approximately 1.6 billion people lack access to electricity (the majority of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia) and another 1.5 billion have intermittent access to the electrical grid. MPOWERD™ Inc., a New York City benefit corporation (a for-purpose, rather than for-profit business model), wants to end energy poverty with its cheap, lightweight collapsible …

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Cindy Boersema adapts to the unexpected—and succeeds

Cindy Boersema takes an unexpected partnership dissolution and builds a sound sole proprietorship. By Sigrid Tornquist “I think the most significant lesson I’ve learned over the past couple of years is not to get too comfortable,” says Cindy Boersema, owner of The Nautical Needle in Holland, Mich. “Being a business owner is not about relying …

Fabrics for high-performance comfort

Merino State Intimates offer the silky touch of modal and Tencel® combined with the warmth and comfort of Merino. Available in textured jacquard designs, it offers a feminine new look for base layers. M-Fleece, a poly/Merino super fleece, has a hard-wearing polyester jersey face with a warm and soft brushed back for an economical, functional …

Air bags for the ski slopes

Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Vonn took a gruesome fall in the alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, in February, suffering serious knee damage and a broken leg. The trend in skiing, as in swimming, running and auto racing, is more and more speed. Dainese & AGV, Molvena, Italy, develops protective gear for athletes who …

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Manufacturers of aeronautics go above and beyond

Manufacturers of aeronautics and aerospace products fill demanding and diverse performance requirements. By Janice Kleinschmidt Sources remain mum on what it is about the fabric in Superman’s cape that allows him to fly faster than a speeding bullet. However, we know quite a lot about the Red Bull Stratos pressure suit that allowed Felix Baumgartner …

Nylon fabric proven to cool wearers

NILIT® Breeze is a nylon 6.6 fiber proven to cool wearers by almost one degree Celsius in comparison to fabrics knitted with standard fibers. The yarn’s cooling effect comes from a special cross section—the insertion of an inorganic additive in the polymer itself and a unique texturing process. This combination gives fabrics efficient ventilation capabilities …

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Rubber Duck floats into Sydney’s Darling Harbor

An iconic bath pal of children everywhere, the rubber duck, floated into Sydney’s Darling Harbor to oversee the Australian city’s annual art festival in January 2013. This Rubber Duck, designed by artist Florentijn Hofman of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, stirred responses from awe to hilarity; it is as tall as a five-story building and dwarfs boats …

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Driving the upholstery market

Durability and cleanability top the performance list for transit upholstery fabrics, but style, comfort and safety (and economy) aren’t far behind. By Holly O’Dell When a news organization hired a university biology lab to examine the wool-covered seats within the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in the San Francisco, Calif., area, the results weren’t …

Premium performance fabrics

Polyester Micro Fiber Spandex Woven 4-Way Stretch offers excellent flexibility for freedom of movement in performance wear for sports requiring quick and extreme movements, including wrestling and ultimate fighting. Tightly woven, it performs better and is more durable than many competing knitted fabrics and is quick drying for beach and water sports. With an upscale …

The next generation of nanotubes

It looks like black cotton thread, but it conducts electricity and heat like a metal wire and is as strong as carbon fibers. This next-generation nanotechnology has emerged from the intertwined efforts of top-tier researchers from Rice University, Houston, Texas; Teijin Aramid, Amhem, The Netherlands; the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel; and the Air …

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Avoiding seven common mistakes of website design

By William J. Lynott Deciding to create a website for your business was the easy part. Virtually every business now has an online presence. The tough part is finding a way to make the site generate profits as it educates and informs potential customers. The first commercial websites were designed by early computer experts. These …

Curtain fabric traps more pollen

Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber-product converting company, has developed a polyester curtain fabric that traps double the amount of pollen as conventional material. The material was created by modifying the polyester fiber structure with crimps rather than conventional adhering agents. Functionality doesn’t deteriorate after repeated washing and it retains its characteristic properties, …

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Wine rack crafted from awning fabric

Artist Aaron Hunzinger, who is making a name for himself as a designer of custom lamps fabricated with Glen Raven Inc. Sunbrella® awning fabric scraps, recently introduced his newest piece: Il Vino Cremagliera (the wine rack). The CFL-illuminated creation holds five bottles and wine glasses, while providing a warm golden glow through and around integrated …