Palmetto Synthetics to manufacture and distribute Unifi’s REPREVE

August 30, 2013

As part of a manufacturing and distribution agreement, Unifi’s REPREVE® chip will be purchased and processed by Palmetto Synthetics into staple fiber and sold under the REPREVE brand name. This will provide the textile industry with a U.S. made REPREVE staple fiber product option. “We have a shared vision with Unifi to provide the textile …

OEKO-TEX® presents webinar on new STeP certification

August 29, 2013

The International OEKO-TEX® Association’s Dr. Sam Moore, who represents OEKO-TEX in North America, will present a webinar introducing the new STeP certification system for sustainable textile production facilities on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at 2:00 PM EST. The webinar is complimentary, and participants may register online in advance. Because of OEKO-TEX’s Elite Sponsor status and …

Steron® surface technology creates innovative surface textures

August 28, 2013

Bauer-Textile and Weyermann Technical Textiles are the strategic partners of BASF SE for the development and distribution of Steron®. The special transfer coating technique is applied to high-quality flexible substrates. Material coated with Steron has a soft handle, is warm to the touch and has an attractive visual appearance. Innovative surface textures can be created …

J. Robert Scott joins Allan Knight in Texas

August 27, 2013

J. Robert Scott, Inc. signed a representation agreement with Allan Knight & Associates, Inc. for the Texas market. The J. Robert Scott brand will occupy approximately 2,500 square feet in Allan Knight’s 40,000 square-foot showroom. “The contemporary atmosphere in Allan Knight’s showroom is flooded with natural light and soaring ceilings and will offer the design …

Huntsman partners with Huamao Group

August 26, 2013

Huntsman Textiles Effects has been awarded preferred supplier status for Huamao Group’s dyes and chemical requirements. This strategic partnership allows Huntsman to proactively support Huamao Group in addressing challenges in its operational and environmental needs. “China is an important market for us,” said Kent Kvaal, vice president of global sales and technical services at Huntsman …

AATCC launches YouTube channel

August 23, 2013

In an effort to find new ways to reach and serve its growing global membership, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) has launched a YouTube channel. At “theAATCC,” visitors will find videos capturing events from the association’s meetings, conferences, student chapter events and more. The channel includes new videos from the AATCC …

Exclusive formula from TMI LLC improves PVC’s workability

August 22, 2013

TMI LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa., has engineered a solution for the difficulties PVC film’s natural tackiness can cause manufacturers. The need for easy PVC separation, folding and unfolding pushed TMI to develop their exclusive Low Cohesion (LC) PVC formula. PVC film has a natural tendency to stick to itself, which can be useful for providing a …

Diamond Brand Mfg. secures exclusive U. S. Army tent contract

August 21, 2013

Diamond Brand Manufacturing, Fletcher, N.C., has announced that it has been awarded an exclusive one-year contract valued at $2.75 million to produce and supply the Soldier Crew Tent to the United States Army. The contract, managed through the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support (DLATS), affirms that Diamond Brand is capable of adhering to the stringent …

Outdoor excellence: WeatherMax fabric for light structures

August 20, 2013

Fabric light structures and shade sails offer beauty and protection to all types of areas and environments. This also means the fabric they’re constructed from needs to be able to endure harsh conditions while still maintaining an attractive appearance. Safety Components WeatherMax fabric combines both qualities. WeatherMax is already used extensively in Europe for shade …

SLINGMAX® heavy-duty sling helps top the Freedom Tower

August 19, 2013

The Freedom Tower, located at One World Trade Center (1WTC), New York, N.Y., is a focal point for American pride, determination and recovery following the destruction of New York City’s Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Freedom Tower’s focal point is its 408-foot silver spire. Raising the spire to the Freedom Tower’s peak required the …

AATCC to sponsor symposium on textile wet processing

August 16, 2013

AATCC’s Chemical Applications Interest Group is sponsoring a symposium Oct. 16-17, 2013. Textile Wet Processing: The Way Forward will be held at the Textile Technology Center in Belmont, N.C. The program sessions will focus on fibers, preparation, dyeing, color communication, finishing and sustainability. As part of the program, attendees will also tour the center, which …

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Avery Dennison and West Coast Customs team up to offer wrapping film challenge

August 15, 2013

Avery Dennison recently announced the launch of the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge, hosted with the support of sponsors West Coast Customs and Croftgate USA. The competition offers professional vehicle wrap installers a chance to show off their skills by creating unique, well-installed car wraps. Submissions to the challenge will include photos and information about …

Diagonal Consulting to conduct Asian market study

Diagonal Consulting (India) has been appointed by a leading nonwovens producer from the MENA region to carry out an Asian market study for the medical and hygiene nonwovens sector. The study will encompass the sector overview and growth potential covering the following Asian countries: India Indonesia Korea Japan Taiwan Malaysia Thailand Pakistan Vietnam Philippines The …

Teijin’s Technora para-aramid fiber plays key role in Space Elevator Challenge

August 14, 2013

Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan, has announced that its high-performance Technora para-aramid fiber will be used for the Space Elevator Challenge, an annual racing event for mock space elevators, to be held in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, August 7-10. Technora will be used as the belt and rope hanging from large balloons positioned at an altitude …

SBA webinar series on new healthcare law

August 13, 2013

Looking for insight about how the Affordable Care Act will affect your small business and your employees? The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering a webinar series focused on what the new healthcare law means for you. The series will touch on both federal and state provisions to help local small business owners understand how …

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Indoor/outdoor, high-performance cushion and sling fabrics from Phifer Inc.

August 12, 2013

Featuring on-trend color combinations and designs in furniture fabrics—from solids and stripes to florals in traditional and contemporary weaves—Phifer’s chic, durable furniture fabrics can easily transition from an outdoor room to interior living spaces. GeoBella™ is Phifer’s unique line of high-end, performance indoor/outdoor cushion fabrics made of 100 percent olefin yarns recycled from post-industrial waste. …

Deadlines nearing for textile student scholarships and grants

August 9, 2013

The AATCC Foundation, Inc., recently announced September deadlines for two programs designed to support students enrolled in university textile programs. The AATCC Foundation Student Research Support Program is awarding grants of $500 to $4,000 to encourage student research in textile chemistry and related fields important to the textile sciences. Grants are available to both graduate …

Global Imaging holds second annual open house

August 8, 2013

Global Imaging recently hosted nearly 30 key industry leaders, manufacturers, reps and company owners at its Workflow Studio Open House. The 6,500 square-foot studio is designed to emulate an entire grand-format production facility, so customers could see the newest cutting edge products available. Global Imaging’s CEO, Greg Lamb, presented a series of informative discussions on …

AATCC launches new free mobile app

August 7, 2013

Staying connected to the latest textile industry news just became easier with the new, free, AATCC mobile app. Available for free download on iphone or Android, the app provides access to feature stories, AATCC news, AATCC events, the association’s Twitter feed and textile industry job listings at AATCC JobSite. “The AATCC app provides the textile …

Supply55 announces the release of Superior Solvent Ink for Mimaki

August 6, 2013

Supply55, Inc., a provider of value added products to the sign, screen and graphic arts market, is pleased to announce the release of Superior Solvent Ink for Mimaki printers. Superior Solvent Ink has been engineered to match the performance, color gamut and chemistry of Mimaki OEM inks. Specifically formulated for use with the Mimaki JV3, …

Teijin teams with Kogakuin University for World Solar Challenge

August 5, 2013

The Teijin Group has announced that two of its business divisions are supporting Japan’s Kogakuin University in developing a car made with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the World Solar Challenge, the world’s biggest solar car race, which will take place in Australia from October 6–13. Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the core company of …

Metlon Corporation updates, launches new website

August 2, 2013

Metlon Corporation updates, launches new website Metlon Corporation updates, launches new website Cranston, R.I.-based Metlon Corporation has launched its new company website, which incorporates new photographs and a more comprehensive, user-friendly experience. The new website is modeled to reflect the company’s three distinct business sectors: reflective products, custom slitting and metallic yarns. Metlon has expanded …

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The carbon footprint of geosynthetic solutions

August 1, 2013

TenCate Geosynthetics, Pendergrass, Ga., developed the durable Geotube® system for large-scale water management projects, such as sludge dewatering and breakwater stabilization. Dewatering contaminated sludge or sediment pumped into a Geotube is simple and conservative; the high-strength, permeable, specially engineered geotextiles allow water to escape while capturing solids for re-use or appropriate disposal. Geotubes packed with …

American & Efird pursues Peruvian market

Textil El Amazonas S.A., Lima, Peru, will manufacture and supply American & Efird Inc. (A&E) industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles to the Peruvian market under a licensing agreement between the two companies. “Peru continues to grow as an international apparel exporter and fashion center, and having the opportunity to serve …

Amann threads available in a variety of strengths and colors

Amann USA Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5233 What: Technical and apparel sewing threads Why: Bonded nylon thread is available in more than 75 colors. Other innovative products are also available, such as Extreme Tech, which offers best-in-class strength, UV and chemical resistance while retaining high-performance sewing characteristics. SOURCE Amann USA

Engineered Polymer Technologies produces strong liners and membranes

DAF Products Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5424 What: Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) expansion bladder membrane Why: Composite of proprietary TPU reinforced with nylon woven fabric for dimensional stability. High-temperature resistance, low C of F properties for easy release. Hot air, RF and wedge welding compatible. Custom widths and lengths available. What: EPT XTRM PLY™ tension …

Kappler Inc. assists in custom fabric development

Kappler Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5817 What: Custom fabric development Why: Kappler can assist with the most demanding fabric project, from sourcing materials to accessing specialists. Whether it’s the chemical barrier technology or reactive technologies from nano to coatings, company offers a network of proven resources for custom jobs. SOURCE Kappler Inc.

Nextrusion hotmelt spun polymers deliver solutions for a range of technical needs

Nextrusion GMBH Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5252 What: Monofilaments Why: Nextrusion uses hotmelt spun polymers such as polyester and polyamide to deliver custom-made solutions for a wide range of technical needs. New AntiStat protects from unwanted static build-up in industrial manufacturing processes in a patented one-step process. Applications include filtration (especially solid-liquid separation), conveyor …

Soyang Technologies full line of textiles suit a broad range of end applications

Soyang Technologies Co. LTD. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 3815 What: Technical textiles Why: A full line of technical textiles to suit a broad range of end applications. Both coated and laminated PVCs are available, with treatments such as UV, FR, anti-mildew, cold crack and a range of surface treatments. Woven PVC-coated polyester and coated …

SuperExpo: covering all bases

SuperExpo 2013 in Australia combined the knowledge and communities of two similar associations. By Nicola Card Held June 5–7 on the Gold Coast, Queensland, the co-location of the Specialised Textiles Association (STA) and the Blind Manufacturers’ Association of Australia (BMAA) showcased 113 exhibitors and hosted more than 4,500 visitors. The show was the largest the …

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The golf club’s crowning glory

Professional golfers, branded from head to toe with logos for athletic apparel and equipment, stride on challenging, sun-drenched courses displaying their skills and their sponsors. Now everyone, from the business manager entertaining clients to the high-school golf team practicing in cut-off jeans, can make a statement on the links. ClubCrown by VIVE is a patented …

Sigmatex appoints Green

Increasing growth in demand for carbon fibers in composite materials has led Sigmatex, Runcorn, U.K., a leading converter of carbon fiber, to expand its commercial team. Simon Green joins Sigmatex with more than 15 years of experience and well-developed relationships with the aerospace, automotive and tooling sectors, all of which are applications that require carbon …

American & Efird threads offer superior strength retention

American & Efird Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4136 What: SunStop® sewing thread Why: For outdoor applications where seam strength retention and fade prevention during UV exposure are required. Twisted multifilament polyester sewing thread provides superior sewability, advanced UV protection and a non-wicking finish. SOURCE American & Efird

Erez provides superior polyurethane membranes for the inflatable boats industry

Erez USA Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4227 What: TPU-2051 polyurethane membrane Why: A superior product for the inflatable boats industry, TPU-2051 provides excellent abrasion resistance, high mechanical strength and superior weather resistance. It also delivers better hydrolytic stability and resistance to microbial attack such as mold growth. SOURCE Erez USA

Kaya Plastik offers knife-coated tarpaulin fabric

Kaya Plastik Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5331 What: PVC knife-coated tarpaulin fabric Why: Versatile and durable material can be used for inflatables, tents, awnings, manufacturing and truck covers as well as for digital and screen printing applications such as block-out, frontlit and backlit. SOURCE Kaya Plastik

North Cutting Systems cutting systems are designed for cutting textiles, laminates, films and composites

North Cutting Systems Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5404 What: alphaBlade Rapid Rotary™ Cutting System Why: Designed for cutting technical textiles, laminates, films and composites, machine features nine highly precise cutting heads—all in one quarter of the footprint of other contemporary conveyor cutters. SOURCE North Cutting Systems

Stafford Textiles polyethylene substrate is engineered for billboard applications

Stafford Textiles LTD. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4663 What: Grandform 5 Meter Seamless Eco-PE™ Why: Strong, lightweight polyethelene substrate is engineered for billboard applications. It has excellent dimensional stability and stretching properties. Prints on UV printers at high speed. Easy to weld using hot air welders. SOURCE Stafford Textiles LTD.

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Sticky Stuff printable polyester wall graphics

Sticky Stuff printable polyester wall graphic fabric, in 4 and 8 ounce weights, features a premium polymer coating on the print side and a repositionable/removable microsphere adhesive on the back side. Superior print performance yields a broad color gamut, with richness and depth. The adhesive is strong enough to stay in place when in use, …

Shirts with microfiber for smartphones

Smears on the iPhone, dust on the computer tablet and grease on the sunglasses: these inevitable irritations provoke a common response among neat freaks on the move. People use their shirt-tails to buff off fingerprints or fuzz. Nat Disston, a designer with New York-based clothing line VoyVoy, realized the implications of this universal cleaning ploy …

Bieger joins Ultraflex

Ultraflex Systems, a supplier of quality print media, has hired Bill Bieger as its new eastern territory sales manager for parts of the U.S. and Canada. Bieger offers more than 20 years in color output solution sales in the software and inkjet industries, and is well versed in building relationships with media, software and printer …

American Plastics supplies a variety of fastening products

American Plastics Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4607 What: Fastening Products Why: Made with raw materials in ISO approved facilities in the USA and abroad. A variety of hook and loop, metal hardware, zippers and fabric products are available, backed by comprehensive customer service. SOURCE American Plastics

Facid offers easy to use aluminum tension frame system

Facid North America Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5230 What: Aluminum tension frame system Why: Easy to use extrusion profiles are the core framework system to achieve basic fabric panels, shaped panels or a complete building envelope. Designed and engineered specifically for fabric architecture applications and environments as an alternative to other forms of cladding. …

Keyston Bros. sells several awning fabrics

Keyston Bros. Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4447 What: STAM 6002 awning vinyl Why: Awning vinyl offers a textured surface aspect with any acrylic looking topcoat. It is a more natural look for franchises or communities that cannot use a plastic or commercial look. What: Dickson Soliel Orchestra collection Why: Awnings and canopies are …

Novelty Bias Binding offers bias binding, vinyls and vinyl binding

Novelty Bias Binding Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4042 What: Bias binding, vinyls and vinyl binding Why: Specialty textiles for consumer and industrial products are available in a wide range of colors. Ideal for apparel, automotive products, indoor-outdoor furniture and sporting goods. SOURCE Novelty Bias Binding Co.

Strategic Edge Imports provides thermal transfer machines

Strategic Edge Imports Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5336 What: Thermal transfer machines Why: Get the job done with machines for a variety of applications. The roll-to-roll transfer model has a three-part self-tensioning system to facilitate alignment of paper, fabric and support paper. For polyester fabric rolls, mixed cotton-polyester, tents, curtains and more. SOURCE Strategic …

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Insectiban Thread with anti-bed bug treatment

Coats has developed threads and zips with an anti-bed bug treatment based on naturally occurring durable plant extract and oils. The treatment is harmless to humans and pets but fatal to bed bugs after extended exposure (about four days). As bed bugs use the seams and tape edges of mattresses and other furniture to hide …

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“Soft House” for cleaner living

The row house is a staple of urban development, creating side-by-side neighbors with at least one sidewall in common with the next house. In March, the International Building Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, displayed a new twist on the row house—the newest Soft House, designed by Kennedy & Violich Architects Ltd. (KVA) MATx, Boston, Mass., and …

Weeden joins Chase Machine

Jim Weeden’s extensive experience in the nonwovens and textile product markets make him a valuable addition to Chase Machine & Engineering Inc., a custom machinery design and manufacturing company in West Warwick, R.I. As Chase’s sales executive, Weeden will develop new strategies to expand the company’s client list. He formerly served as sales and marketing …

A Perfect Print offers dye sublimation printing for narrow fabrics

A Perfect Print Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4647 What: Dye sublimation printing Why: Dye sublimation is recommended for printing on narrow fabrics such as webbing, ribbon and elastic. Company also custom assembles products from lanyards with various attachments to belts, pet collars and leashes, as well as sewn strap assemblies. SOURCE A Perfect Print

Fiber-Line high-performance fibers offer carbon fiber for industry use

Fiber-Line LLC. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5731 What: High-performance fibers Why: Carbon fiber offers many benefits over traditional materials, including high tensile strength, enhanced stiffness, low weight, better energy absorption in a crash and improved chemical resistance and temperature tolerance. For use in industries including electrical and energy storage, pressure vessels, oil and gas, …