AATCC launches student intern jobsite

June 28, 2013

Finding the right intern, or the right internship opportunity, can be a daunting task. For students working in the apparel, materials, or textile industries, it can involve checking dozens of websites and mailing lists. And for employers, it can mean sifting through hundreds of resumes, including many from students who may not be directly qualified. …

New blades from Hyde cut across wide array of packaging operations

June 27, 2013

New v-tooth serrated straight blade technology from Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS) promises a long production life delivering clean cuts through plastics and plastic films. The Southbridge, Mass.-based company designed the new blades to perform in a wide variety of packaging manufacturing operations, from vacuum-form packing to sealing. The blades also reduce waste by minimizing …

Enduratex extends Vineyard Collection with Roble

June 26, 2013

Enduratex™ has released the newest extension of the popular Enduratex Vineyard Collection, Roble. Roble delivers a like-leather product with a braided grain and features the same softness and performance specifications as sister Vineyard collections, Crianza, Rancio and Gran Reserva. The Vineyard series was developed to give the appearance of genuine leather from both the front …

DAK Americas consolidates operations, closes Cape Fear site

June 25, 2013

Charlotte, N.C.-based DAK Americas LLC has announced the planned closure of all operations at its Cape Fear site, near Wilmington, N.C. The site was built in the late 1960’s and acquired by DAK Americas in 2001. Approximately, 350 full service employees and 250 contract workers are employed on-site to produce PTA, PET resins and polyester …

Fiber and yarn producer Century Rayon shows dedication to sustainability

June 24, 2013

As companies and consumers increasingly demand eco-friendly product manufacturing, suppliers around the world are stepping up to meet the demand. Fiber and yarn manufacturer Century Rayon, based in the city of Shahad, India, offers many products that meet the human health and safety requirements of OEKO-TEX® Standard 100. Century Rayon produces special fibers and yarns …

Open house at Karl Mayer

June 21, 2013

Halfway between the international textile machinery exhibition ITMA 2011 in Barcelona and ITMA 2015 in Milan, Karl Mayer will be presenting its latest machine developments during an open house event on Sept. 25 at two locations in central Germany. One open house will be held at the company’s development center in Obertshausen, where its warp …

In the eye of the beholder

June 20, 2013

The human eye is a powerful instrument that can distinguish over 350,000 shades. While this color sensitivity unquestionably enhances the human experience, it can also be a source of conflict between suppliers and customers where color consistency is vital. Sabrina Köhler, who runs the colorimetric laboratory at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany, says the …

New PFOA-free* water/oil repellent for textiles and nonwovens from AGC

June 19, 2013

Exton, Pa.-based AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. has introduced AsahiGuard AG-E550D, a water- and oil-repelling product for advanced textiles and nonwovens that is free of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) at or above detection limits. When formulated into nonwoven textiles and textile finishes for high-performance outdoor and work clothing, AsahiGuard AG-E550D provides excellent water and oil repellency and …

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Roland introduces its fastest large-format printer

Roland’s new SOLJET® XF-640 64-inch printer incorporates two mirrored print heads, newly designed take-up and pinch roller systems, and other advanced features that enable it to deliver vibrant, detailed prints at speeds up to 1,098 square feet per hour. Roland DGA Corp., Irvine, Calif., unveiled the XF-640 in April at the ISA International Sign Expo …

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IAA deadline extended to June 30

June 18, 2013

The deadline for the annual International Achievement Awards presented by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has been extended to the end of this month—June 30, 2013. For the 2013 awards, there are thirty categories. Since many former entrants expected the traditional IAA deadline of July 15, as it has been for years, the deadline …

Wagner adds Bystronic laser cutting system

June 17, 2013

Milwaukee, Wis.-based Wagner Companies has added the Bystronic BySprint Fiber laser cutting system to its manufacturing operation. The BySprint Fiber laser relies on high-tech fiber-optic technology to cut varying metals with precision and speed. The BySprint Fiber provides high efficient cutting, integrated automation and is highly energy efficient. It can cut thin to medium-thick sheet …

TenCate joins east Netherlands business collaboration

June 14, 2013

Seven large companies in the east Netherlands have formed an industrial partnership with the aim of accelerating technological innovation of new high-tech materials, products and systems and introducing these to international markets. This collaboration is being promoted by the recently established AMMON foundation (Advanced Materials Manufacturing Oost-Nederland [East Netherlands]). AMMON had its beginning in 2010 …

Roland introduces its fastest large-format printer

June 13, 2013

Roland’s new SOLJET® XF-640 64-inch printer incorporates two mirrored print heads, newly designed take-up and pinch roller systems, and other advanced features that enable it to deliver vibrant, detailed prints at speeds up to 1,098 square feet per hour. Roland DGA Corp., Irvine, Calif., unveiled the XF-640 in April at the ISA International Sign Expo …

Joe Ruggiero adapts the best of global cultures for new Sunbrella home décor fabrics

June 12, 2013

Globetrotting is once again front and center for Joe Ruggiero and his newest Sunbrella® fabrics debuting during June Showtime in High Point, North Carolina. From France, America and Italy to Sweden, England and Japan, Ruggiero is adapting the best of global cultures for new Sunbrella fabrics for home décor. “I’ve been fortunate to have travelled …

TMI’s converting services cut lead times, streamline manufacturing process

June 11, 2013

Advanced bulk material conversion increases the efficiency of manufacturers; performing material bulk roll modifications in advance eliminates the expense of preparing material on site. TMI’s free new, comprehensive conversion services brochure details its wide range of available services. From customized cutting and resizing to hand-crafted sewing and heat-sealing, TMI provides services to customize material for …

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Avery Dennison’s car wrap films featured in West Coast Customs 2013 TV season

Avery Dennison® Graphics Solutions has announced a new partnership with West Coast Customs through which all graphics or car wraps created during the 2013 season of “West Coast Customs,” the new Fox Sports television series, will feature top-of-the-line Avery Dennison vehicle wrap films and overlaminates. “Color change and vehicle wraps are growing in popularity, and …

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Report dissects market in medical, hygiene textiles

June 10, 2013

A new 200-page report, “Medical and Hygiene Textiles: Initiatives for Growth,” takes a close look at an evolving and profitable market sector and the principal companies dominating the landscape. Among the topics explored: information on more than 45 main participants in the industry, how those companies weathered global economic crises, strategies to survive this competitive …

What to do before, during and after a hurricane

June 7, 2013

As hurricane season begins, take a few minutes to review guidelines on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane. If you live in certain regions of the United States—including Hawaii and coastal areas along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico—preparing for a hurricane may be especially critical. The high winds and heavy …

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Infrastructure development driving geotextile boom

June 6, 2013

As economies in China, India and Russia grow, so does the need for better highways, railways and landfills, all of which increase growth in the geosynthetics textile market, according to Textiles Intelligence’s “Technical Textile Markets” report. China dominates the market because of its large population, amount of available land and ambitious plans for future infrastructure. …

ABC Industries launches new website

June 5, 2013

Winona Lake, Indiana, based ABC Industries, Inc. has unveiled a revamped, more user-friendly website, www.abc-industries.net. The update comes in response to customers’ evolving needs and to improve the resources offered through website. It now offers: Logical, straightforward navigation that allows visitors to quickly and easily find products. Informative product pages that include specifications, downloadable documents, …

AATCC India conference offers international platform

June 4, 2013

AATCC in collaboration with Bangalore, India, based TecniTex Nonwovens Pvt Ltd., is organizing a major international conference in Mumbai October 1–2, 2013. The conference will provide a platform for technical papers on industry innovations and provide marketing and networking opportunities. Dr. Peter J. Hauser, AATCC President, and Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, Chairman of AATCC’s Materials Interest …

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Custom RVs: homes on the road

June 1, 2013

As sales of RVs trend upward year after year, so do the opportunities for fabricators in custom shops. By Carla Waldemar The news for custom shops that tap into the RV market just seems to get better. Shops that connect with this group of ardent road enthusiasts could enjoy a comfortable niche—and a boost in …

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BetterVue screen enclosures from Phifer Inc.

BetterVue® Improved Visibility Insect Screen is recommended for all screening applications: windows, doors or porches. Its increased openness and smaller yarn diameters offer increased protection against insects and maximize the outward view, making it sharper and more brilliant. Phifer Inc. provides a variety of options for screen enclosures—fiberglass, aluminum, bronze or stainless—in a range of …

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Arena Group acquires Karl’s Event Services

Arena Group acquires Karl’s Event Services Karl’s Event Services, Oak Creek, Wis., has been acquired by the Arena Group, a global provider of temporary structures, seating, design and overlay services for live events. Arena operates from multiple locations in the U.K., Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain and now the U.S. Karl’s has supported events throughout …

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Mobile software solutions keep you on site and on the job

Enterprise mobility software is next generation, real-time supply chain integration. By John A Blasman Jr. The ongoing innovation and technology advancements of smartphones and tablets have given software solutions providers a natural opportunity to develop a new generation of Web-based enterprise mobility applications. “Enterprise mobility” software can be categorized as offering solutions that provide the …

Boltwear: clothes with a jolt

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, widely regarded as the fastest person ever recorded since fully automated time measurements became mandatory at the Olympic games in 1977, has inspired a new PUMA® athletic wear line with powerful extras. The sleek designs are made of polyester fibers embedded with a patented natural mineral blend from Hologenix LLC, Santa …

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OMNOVA Solutions renames division

Engineered Surfaces is the new name of OMNOVA Solutions’ decorative products business segment, producer of coated fabrics, laminates and films. OMNOVA Solutions, Fairlawn, Ohio, wants to emphasize the technology and innovation that give its products durability, cleanability, stain, abrasion, and chemical resistance, and on-trend design options. Among the innovative decorative products developed by OMNOVA are …

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Outstanding in the field: fabric finds a home on the range

Agricultural operations are reaping the benefits of innovative structural solutions for crops, grain and livestock. By Janice Kleinschmidt Twenty years ago, the Calhoun family started another business on their beef farm: selling tarps for hay storage. Somewhere around 1996 or ’97, president Jeremy Calhoun recalls, the aging farmers who were their customers said, “I can’t …

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Scientific pay-off from long duration balloons

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) obtains data about the evolution of the universe and elements in the polar atmosphere using scientific balloons made of polyethylene film as thin as sandwich wrap, filled with the same helium used in party balloons. New developments in balloon materials, however, helped NASA launch a mission in Antarctica …

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Mount Vernon Mills expands FR division

Expansion in the flame-resistant division of Mount Vernon Mills, Mauldin, S.C., has led to creation of three new management roles to support a growing market. Melanie Sumner brings 17 years experience in Mount Vernon Mills’ finishing plant to her new role in research and development of yarns and fabric finishes. Ernie Terrell, FR technical specialist, …

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Creating the future of textiles: Bearable lightness

Building energy research in Germany finds inspiration from polar bears. By Mark Zeh Fabric materials offer quite a few advantages in the construction of roofs, such as efficiency of material use, ease of transport and good light transmissivity, but a big disadvantage is their poor thermal insulation performance. Over the last several years, many advances …

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Comfortable, functional wood-framed marketing

As summer approaches and outdoor bars, restaurants, pools and beaches gear up for fun in the sun, nothing gets attention like a comfortable chair made of fabric printed with color custom advertising. Tex Visions, Carlisle, Pa., manufacturer of display hardware and custom textile printing, recently introduced a line of comfortable natural beechwood collapsible chairs with …

Lenzing to produce lyocell fibers

In 2007, Lenzing AG of Lenzing, Austria, granted a license for pilot production of new types of man-made cellulose (lyocell) specialty fibers to smartfiber AG, Rudolstadt, Germany. The cooperative venture paid off, and in the future Lenzing will exclusively produce the specialty fibers smartcel™ and SeaCell®, both developed by smartfiber AG. SeaCell fibers contain active …

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Architects, biologists and students in Stuttgart weave a structural web

New digitally-driven technology explores what it means to build buildings. The strikingly beautiful pavilion at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, gets most of its attention on closer examination. Its digitally woven skin is the product of ongoing research collaboration among architects, biologists and students at the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of …

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Soundforms brings indoor acoustics to outdoor band shells

Soundforms brings indoor acoustics to outdoor band shells Light-filled summer days and starry nights bring outdoor music events to parks and playgrounds, where tuneful performances float over audiences lazing on blankets and lawn chairs. One drawback to these idyllic outdoor concerts is sound quality, which is often unpredictable, diffuse and out-of-sync when channeled through multipurpose …

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Non-PVC banner materials from Cooley Group

Non-PVC banner materials from Cooley Group Cooley Group, a Pawtucket, R.I., manufacturer of banner substrates, announced in April that it would make and distribute its 100-percent recyclable, non-PVC banner materials for use with HP latex and UV inks. Initial products will include an HDPE-reinforced banner and Tyvek, both using ColorPRO Technology that meets industry-leading performance …

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Marine fabricators translate skills to other markets

Upselling works with marine fabrication skills that transfer to other applications. By Barb Ernster Terri Madden moved to Puerto Rico 18 years ago and established a marine fabrication business servicing the marina located near her shop, Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc. in San Juan. In the entrepreneurial spirit, she was determined to grow her …

Nonwoven fabric Galaxy central to solar water desalinization

The World Health Organization estimates that more than one billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and energy-intensive purification technologies (such as reverse osmosis membranes) use an estimated $10.96 in oil to produce 264 gallons of clean water. A simple, solar-powered panel made with a viscose nonwoven fabric, Galaxy®, may revolutionize water purification in …

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Raising the bar from tent rentals to event services partner

Dan Nolan III expands services to bring clients what they need and want. By Sigrid Tornquist “We don’t want to plan your event; we want to support your event,” says Dan Nolan III, managing partner of Tents Unlimited Inc., Marietta, Ga., and chairman of IFAI’s Tent Rental Division. “We offer turnkey services so clients don’t …

Full-circle nylon 6 recycling achieved with Econyl

In 2010, the U.S. and European Union produced approximately 15 million tons of textile waste, including an estimated 1 million tons of nylon 6, used in various polymers and yarns. The Aquafil Group, Arco, Italy, introduced the Econyl® processing project in 2011, and in its first two years has recovered 16,000 tons of post-consumer waste …

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Underwater tenting helps advance marine science

Clear vinyl pyramids are proving to be a valuable tool for checking reef health. By Lynn Keillor It may seem that Dr. Nichole Price has a job in paradise: cruising between remote tropical, often deserted, islands in the South Pacific, doing a bit of diving and pitching tents. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps …

Yarn reaches new artistic heights

The city of St. Louis Park, Minn., commissioned artist Randy Walker to create an outdoor sculpture derived from the city’s historic Peavey Haglin grain elevator, an 1899 experimental circular concrete grain-storage facility. Walker’s installations feature rich networks of string or yarn that use color and space to create depth and movement. Walker’s creation, “Dream Elevator,” …

Flying high with TonySuit Wingsuits

[TonySuit Wingsuits] Zephyrhills, Fla., U.S.A. The Apache Rebel Wingsuit, created by Tony Uragallo, was the first wingsuit to be landed in May 2012 by stunt man Gary Connery, and was used by Jhonathan Florez to break the skydiving world records for wingsuit freefall time and distance in June 2012. One month later, Uragallo won first …

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Sustainable Textile Coalition leads industry toward sustainability

In February 2013, a group of leading home textile retailers and manufacturers (including Target and Williams-Sonoma) launched the Sustainable Textile Coalition, an initiative to lead the industry toward greater sustainability. The mission is to build a shared vision of sustainability and a common approach for measuring and evaluating textile product sustainability performance. The Sustainable Apparel …

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Dorsal LLC creates sailing sunrise

[Dorsal LLC] Sturgeon Bay, Wis., U.S.A. The owner of a 30-foot Sea Sprite boat wanted the appearance of sunrise over the water for the craft’s sail. Dorsal LLC created a custom-designed solution with Challenge’s Fibermax 44, a ¾-ounce ripstop nylon. The sail is a classic-type spinnaker that uses a spinnaker pole for stabilization. Dorsal also …

Biosteel artificial spider silk fiber

AMSilk, a spin-off company using research developed at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), Munich, Germany, has produced artificial silk fibers entirely made of recombinant spider silk proteins. Prototypes of the fiber, named Biosteel® for its formidable tensile strength, are smooth to the touch, shine like silk and are brilliant white (but can be dyed with …

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Art and recreation intersect with The Drift art installation

[Canvasland] Levin, New Zealand The Drift, designed by artist David Cross and created by Canvasland New Zealand, was an art piece that asked audience members to rethink their experience of the urban environment and perform a curiously different passage through this frenetic city thoroughfare in Sydney, Australia. This participatory installation consisted of a yellow tunnel-shaped …

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Shrimp-shell biopolymers clean wastewater

A combination of chitosan (derived from crustacean shells) and dendrimer nanostructure produces a bioadsorbent that has been shown to be very effective in removing dye from textile wastewater, according to researchers at the Amirkabir University of Technology and the Institute for Color Science and Technology in Tehran, Iran. Parameters that affect the dye-removal process include …

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Kenafine recyclable coated fabric for architectural structures

PTFE- and PVC-coated fabrics are often used in tents and membrane structures, but have been difficult to recycle due to the difficulty of separating the fibers from the coating resins. Taiyo Kogyo has developed Kenafine™ for architectural structures, a “green” fabric made by weaving kenaf bast fiber with polyester fiber as a base fabric; it …

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India approves 21 new textile parks

In a move to build capacity and employment in the textile sector, the Government of India has sanctioned 21 new textile parks. These parks are planned centers for textile production, and will include all facets of the industry, including spinning, weaving, knitting, processing and garment manufacture. India’s Minister of Textiles, Anand Sharma, predicts that the …