Unifi’s Repreve polyester resins certified as Responsible Source™ products

May 31, 2013

SCS Global Services (SCS) announced that Unifi Manufacturing, Inc., a leading producer of multi-filament polyester, nylon textured yarns and related raw materials, is the first manufacturer of its kind to earn Responsible Source™ certification. Certification was issued for Unifi’s Repreve® products manufactured in the Repreve Recycling Center in Yadkinville, North Carolina. The Responsible Source certification …

Defense company wins contract for armored vehicles using Dyneema ballistic tape

May 30, 2013

DSM Dyneema, manufacturer of the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, Dyneema® announced a new milestone for its lightweight, cost-effective Dyneema BT10 ballistic tape. FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş., a leading producer of armored vehicles based in Turkey, won a major contract from an Asian government to manufacture 8×8 “Pars©” amphibious armored personnel vehicles featuring spall …

Starting a high-tech business?

May 29, 2013

Looking to start or grow your high-tech entrepreneurial venture? Need financing to help fund research and development (R & D) efforts and realize your business potential? The U.S. federal government may be able to help. In 2012, nearly 5,000 small businesses received more than $1.8 billion in federal government grants and contracts to help them …

Nike hosts LAUNCH 2020 Summit to promote sustainability

May 28, 2013

LAUNCH members Nike Inc., NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State convened 150 materials specialists, designers, academics, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and NGOs to catalyze action around one of the world’s biggest challenges—the sustainability of materials and how they are made. Nike president and CEO Mark Parker kicked off the two-day …

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TenCate Geosynthetics completes Mirafi RSi series

May 24, 2013

TenCate Geosynthetics Americas announced its third patent pending geosynthetic for road and railway reinforcement—TenCate Mirafi® RS280i. In 2010, TenCate Geosynthetics Americas introduced TenCate Mirafi RS580i, a highly engineered, high strength geosynthetic product for base reinforcement and subgrade stabilization. This was followed in 2011 with the development of TenCate Mirafi RS380i, a second option for less …

TEXbase introduces restricted substance management system RSL Guardian

May 23, 2013

TEXbase, a provider of web-based compliance, quality and materials management software solutions, has announced the release of RSL Guardian℠, a service developed for brands and consumer product companies to manage restricted substance lists (RSL) across the global supply chain. RSL Guardian is purchased on a standalone basis or as an integrated component of the TEXbase …

Huntsman and DuPont textile alliance launch new stain-repelling finish

May 22, 2013

Huntsman Textile Effects, a division of Huntsman Corporation and global provider of dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, has released a new fluoropolymer available under the brand names Phobol® CP-DP and Phobol CP-DL. This new dual-acting finish system is based on short-chain chemistry—a product development that lessens its environmental footprint. The Huntsman …

Innovative mattress helps allergy sufferers

May 21, 2013

In a two-year field test, scientists from the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany have shown that a new type of mattress is effective at reducing dust mite allergens. The new mattress, named Wellmed, was developed by the institute and bedding retailer Gailing, based in Ludwigsburg, Germany. In the study, 20 people who suffer from dust …

Atmospheric plasma treatment increases breathability of spunbond nonwoven fabrics

May 20, 2013

The Journal of Industrial Textiles has published the results of a study conducted by Texas Tech University and Milwaukee, Wis., based Enercon Industries that determined when spunbond polypropylene nonwoven fabrics are pre-treated with atmospheric plasma the breathability of the fabric increases. Atmospheric plasma treatment increases the number of pores and enlarges the pore size of …

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New video explains energy advantages of fabric awnings and solar shades

May 17, 2013

Saving money, enhancing curb appeal and reducing your carbon footprint are just a few benefits to retrofitting homes with awnings, according to a new video released by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA). The animation provides a simple overview of how awnings benefit homeowners. The video features a discussion of PAMA’s recent nation-wide, 50-city energy …

SelectUSA announces inaugural investment summit

May 16, 2013

United States Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank has announced that the inaugural SelectUSA Investment Summit will be held in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2013. The summit will be the first of its kind, connecting businesses and investors from around the world with economic development organizations (EDOs) from across the country in …

Small Business Administration announces ChallengeHER campaign

May 15, 2013

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced its latest initiative to engage women-owned businesses in the federal procurement process. The campaign, ChallengeHER, was introduced at the Women-Owned Small Business Opportunity Forum Luncheon in Washington, D.C., presented by SBA, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express OPEN. The ChallengeHER campaign leverages the resources …

Metlon Corp. adds 5535 segmented FR trim from 3M Scotchlite

May 14, 2013

Rhode Island-based Metlon Corp. has announced that it will add 3M™ Scotchlite™ 5535 segmented FR (flame-resistant) trim to its product offerings. This latest release from Scotchlite expands Metlon’s 5500 Comfort Trim Series. Scotchlite 5535 segmented FR trim was developed for manufacturers to provide added comfort for their uniformed workers while offering flame resistance and enhanced …

Teijin Frontier to showcase eco-friendly sports fabrics at Performance Days

May 13, 2013

Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber converting company, announced today that it will showcase a range of sportswear fabrics at Performance Days, a semi-annual trade show for functional sports- and work-wear fabrics, which will take place at the MTC World of Fashion in Munich, Germany, on May 15 and 16. Teijin Frontier will …

Sunbrella launches new interior design video series

May 10, 2013

Sunbrella® has partnered with Lonny Magazine to develop an online video series to showcase the use of Sunbrella fabrics in interior design. Set in Atlanta, the series—“Perspective: Atlanta,”—follows Alex Gaston, design director for Mark Cunningham Inc. in New York, as he reimagines living spaces and seeks to inspire viewers with elegant and practical design solutions …

American & Efird to offer CSI color management platform

May 9, 2013

American & Efird, Mt. Holly, N.C., has joined forces with Color Solutions International (CSI) of Charlotte, N.C., to offer a proprietary technology that recommends thread color matches to customers by using the CSI color management platform. ColorWall™ Seam Link provides development, design, creative and technical teams with accurate thread matches early in the design process, …

INVISTA acquires flame-resistant apparel brand

May 8, 2013

In a move to build its performance materials for work apparel, INVISTA, Wichita, Kan., has acquired Ashburn Hill Corp. and its associated intellectual property, including the TECGEN® brands of flame-resistant apparel. “The TECGEN flame-resistant brands have quickly gained trust in the marketplace, and by coupling that expertise with INVISTA’s existing global work-wear capabilities, we have …

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Arlon Graphics launches WrapItRight website

Arlon Graphics has launched a new training website, WrapItRight.com. WrapItRight.com is a compilation of expert methods for working with graphic films through “how-to” videos. The videos cover topics in areas where installers regularly struggle and provide tips to viewers on the appropriate way to perform installations. In a press release from Arlon Graphics, president Ron …

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SheerWeave fabrics recognized in 2013 WCMA awards competition

May 7, 2013

Phifer Inc. has been recognized by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) for best new technical innovation in the green products—sustainability category for its SheerWeave® Style 4000 series sun control fabrics made with Dow Ecolibrium™ bio-based plasticizers. Sheerweave fabrics incorporate a sustainable, plant-based plasticizer while maintaining the same performance, look and feel of standard SheerWeave …

Arlon Graphics launches WrapItRight website

May 6, 2013

Arlon Graphics has launched a new training website, WrapItRight.com. WrapItRight.com is a compilation of expert methods for working with graphic films through “how-to” videos. The videos cover topics in areas where installers regularly struggle and provide tips to viewers on the appropriate way to perform installations. In a press release from Arlon Graphics, president Ron …

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Avery Dennison offers installation classes for its Supreme Wrapping Film

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced it will offer eight installation classes this year for its Supreme Wrapping Film. The classes are open to students with intermediate to advanced skills and will be taught by Justin Pate, an Avery Dennison certified installer. The installation classes are one-day intensive workshops with a limit of 15 students …

STeP introduced at Prime Source Forum 2013

May 3, 2013

The OEKO-TEX® certification system for Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) was officially introduced at the Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong on Mar. 26, 2013. STeP is a certification system for global brands, retail companies and production facilities that want to communicate their achievements in sustainable production in a transparent and credible way. Around 400 top …

Alvin (Al) Miller, visionary founder of Miller Weldmaster

May 2, 2013

The man who changed the world of industrial fabric welding with his vision and knowledge—Al Miller, founder of Miller Weldmaster (Navarre, Ohio)—passed away April 26 at his home surrounded by family. Miller leaves behind a legacy of building Miller Weldmaster into a global presence in more than 100 countries since he founded the company in …

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A bike cover built for two

May 1, 2013

Bike cover gives fast protection during monsoon rains The monsoon season in South Asia runs from June to September, bringing with it sudden heavy downpours. Boston-based Roof for Two LLC is offering motorcyclists some help with handling this challenging weather pattern with its lightweight, collapsible, detachable roof system that can be deployed in seconds to …

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Series 2300X, an exceptional wrap film

Series 2300X is an exceptionally conformable specialty textured wrap film for the automotive restyling industry from Arlon Graphics that allows vehicle customization while maintaining a professional look and finish. Quick and easy to install, the material will stretch around simple and moderate curves from bumpers to mirrors. Available in brushed metal and carbon fiber finishes. …

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Korean artist transforms space with threads and black light

The installations of Jeongmoon Choi, a Korean artist currently working in Berlin, Germany, transform rooms, walls or even staircases into new territory for the imagination. Choi’s drawings and sculptures consist of wool or cotton threads arrayed in darkened rooms; the threads glow when illuminated with black light. In her most recent outdoor public installation in …

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Roland DG opens plant in Thailand

Roland DG Corp. announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Bangkok, Thailand, for its digital printing equipment. The company’s first to be located outside Japan, the new production center, primarily for manufacturing large-format inkjet printers, is expected to strengthen the company’s capabilities. The facility became fully operational in October 2012.

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Shade sails got you covered

Shade sails on New York City’s Pier 5 park project add visual appeal and sun protection. By Barb Ernster The growing rate of skin cancer, now the most common form of cancer in the United States, and rising summer temperatures have Americans looking for shade and protection from the heat and sun. This has created …

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Enduratex fabrics have look of tweed

Berwick Tweed replicates the look of real tweed fabric and, because of the brushed loop backing, the hand is soft and supple like fabric. It’s the newest line in the British Ale Collection, launching with 20 new SKUs. Enduratex provides vinyl-coated fabrics to the automotive, hospitality, marine, health care and spa industries. FORBID, the recently …

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Fleas and fish eggs: testing textile breakdown

Textile products at the end of their useful lives often end up buried in landfills, where water combines with eager microorganisms to break down organic molecules in natural fibers and polymers. This natural decomposition process generates carbon dioxide as a waste and also releases organic molecules to the soil while rotting away the volume and …

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Two years and counting for PrinterEvolution

Two years ago, PrinterEvolution, the Colorado-based printer manufacturer, introduced its Evo33 repurposed dye-sub printer to a market in need of a less expensive, high-performance alternative to more costly industrial printers. Since its debut, PrinterEvolution has improved the speed and resolution of the Evo33 printers, as well as introduced orange and violet gamut expansion inks that …

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Printable film with air release

Oralite® Series 5650RA Fleet Engineering Grade Reflective Film with RapidAir® technology is designed to make fleet applications easier by reducing the incidence of bubbles common with large reflective graphic applications. This 5-mil, 7-year film is ideal for vehicle applications over flat surfaces, rivets and simple curves. Available in 30-, 48-, 54- and 60-inch widths and …

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Odyssey Collection offers vibrant colors

The Odyssey Collection of upholstery fabrics from Johnston Textiles offers 12 vibrant colors for each pattern: Apollo in bright, lively colors for high-fashion hospitality; Kratos in earth tones for commercial seating; Zeus in a bright mix for an upscale look; and Athena in modern earth tones for office seating. Developed for commercial customers needing dependable …

A cut above: Hockey socks

Most fans watching their favorite National Hockey League (NHL) players zoom, weave and crash on the ice probably don’t realize that some of these consummate athletes aren’t wearing socks. Hockey players regard many styles of protective socks as inhibiting their connection to the ice and, therefore, their performance. However, in a sport where razor-sharp skates …

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New east territory sales manager for Ultraflex

Ultraflex Systems announced that Bill Bieger is the company’s new Eastern Territory sales manager for states Conn., D.C., Del., Mass., Maine, N.H., N.J., N.Y., Pa., R.I., Va., Vt., and Ontario, Canada. Bieger has more than 20 years in color output solution sales in software and inkjet industries.

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Dynamic digital exhibit pulls in customers

By Amy Overgaard Inspired by shadows and the way they change, Fabric Images Inc., of Elgin, Ill., fabricated an organic, changeable exhibit environment for Grupo Escato of Mexico. Grupo Escato was looking for a modular and multi-purpose display that could be used at various events over a two-year period. Fabric Images created seven organic tension …

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Lark International vinyl fabrics

Vinyl fabrics with more plasticizers from Lark International offer flexibility and less permanent creasing at a competitive price. Well suited for tents, sidewalls, inflatables and banners. SOURCE Lark International Inc.

Mountain outerwear certifiably “green”

An outdoor apparel manufacturer located in Grenoble, France, Lafuma has introduced its new Eco Life Parka line, demonstrating its commitment to nature by using Newlife™ yarns made 100 percent from post-consumer bottles converted by mechanical, not chemical, processes. Newlife polyester, produced by Saluzzo Yarns S.r.l., Saluzzo, Italy, is certified in accordance with Global Recycling Standards, …

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Merger of two US operations

ORAFOL Europe GmbH announced the merger of ORACAL USA and ORAFOL Americas effective July 1 to form ORAFOL Americas Inc. The merger positions the combined company as a leading manufacturer of PSA films, reflective materials and industrial tapes in the Americas.

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Improved noise reduction with SheerWeave

SheerWeave® BASIC 3%, Style 2500 and Performance + Style 2500 interior sun control fabrics show beneficial performance ratings of 50-60 percent as measured by the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) for their ability to absorb sound, and they’re infused with Microban® antimicrobial protection. Suitable for many types of window treatments including roller and roman shades, they …

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Low static with TENCEL

For the first time, TENCEL® fibers are being used in upholstery fabric for a distinctive sheen and intense colors. But it’s not just the beautiful appearance of TENCEL Botanic Lounge that is important. A moisture level of 13 percent, compared to polyester that may have just 1 percent, prevents static electricity and, with good dimensional …

Phoning it in: smart accessories for fitness

The Apple Store offers dozens of sports coaching and fitness applications for the company’s iPhone, iPod and iPad technologies, including 321 Run, iSmoothrun and Runtastic. Using those apps while on the move can be challenging—unless athletes add a Runalyzer blue from Runware, Saint-Denis, France, to their accessory kit. Lightweight, ultra-thin, flexible and comfortable, Runalyzer blue, …

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Cooley introduces sustainable media

The Cooley Group, Pawtucket, R.I., announced it will develop, manufacture and distribute its 100-percent recyclable, non-PVC banner and signage media solutions utilizing ColorPRO Technology for use with HP latex and UV inks. Initial products will include an HDPE-reinforced banner and Tyvek™ (up to 126 inches wide) with an expected availability in late summer 2013. ColorPRO …

Spacer fabrics for sound control

In Karl Mayer’s acoustic-damping, warp-knitted spacer textiles a monofilament yarn is used in the spacer layer and the outer surfaces are made from a textured yarn for effective sound absorption. The upper and lower sides, with microscopic roughness, reflect impinging sound waves; the space between the two surfaces of the textile provides a dissipation zone …

FR performance in a thinner profile

Sentry FR elastic collection comes in blends of Kevlar®, Nomex®, PBI and other fibers and offers heat degradation resistance more than 20 times better than current elastic. Its no melt/no drip performance and greater design flexibility for assembling thinner and flatter profiles makes it especially well suited for firefighter and military apparel. SOURCE Offray Specialty …

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Olympic spinning athletes ride under world-class screen

The London 2012 Olympic Games gave Great Britain a chance to celebrate with the world. Now a tensile fabric specialist, Base Structures, Bristol, England, has permission to display an Olympic portfolio with temporary Olympic structures developed from 2009 to the opening day in 2012. The company earned £4.4 million for developing four major venues, including …

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Mutoh adds to media

Mutoh America Inc. announced the expansion of its print media line with the addition of Mutoh Banner, Mutoh Ready2Print and Mutoh Vinyl media. Mutoh Banner is designed for indoor and outdoor applications with high durability requirements; Ready2Print is a pre-grommeted and pre-welded gloss banner media designed for creating finished signs faster and more efficiently; Vinyl …

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Extra wide, less waste with Ennis 1974

Ennis 1974, a PVC-coated polyester with acrylic finish, is designed to withstand extreme environments for commercial awnings, tents, canopies, tension and inflatable structures. In addition to thermal insulation, superior chemical aging resistance, fire resistance, UV and gamma radiation stability, and excellent properties in tension and deflection, it also offers soundproofing. A highly weldable product, it …

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Crypton 2.0 fabrics are GREENGUARD SelectSM certified

Soft, luxurious and beautiful, Crypton 2.0 contract upholstery fabrics offer pliability, loft recovery and repel-and-release cleanability to protect against ground-in stains. The fabric also includes bio-based materials and is GREENGUARD SelectSM certified. Crypton 2.0 also requires less energy and results in lower greenhouse gas emissions. SOURCE Crypton Inc.

Fog-catching fabrics collect water

Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China, turned a cotton fabric into water-collecting material by coating it with a polymer that changes its microstructure when air temperatures change. The spongy fabric absorbs moisture directly from the air when it is foggy, releasing it as water when the material …