Celanese to address economic, social and environmental challenges

September 30, 2013

“Be innovative, committed and collaborative to help make the world a better place.” This is one of the missions of Celanese, a global technology and specialty materials company.This mission is driving the formation of the Celanese International Impact Program, an employee volunteer program of the Celanese Foundation that will help organizations and people around the …

Teijin rolls out eco-friendly Green Carpet for Tokyo International Film Festival

September 27, 2013

Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan, has announced that, for the sixth consecutive year, it will provide an eco-friendly Green Carpet made with ECOPET recycled polyester fiber derived from used polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles for the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF). The event is one of Asia’s most competitive film festivals and will be held at the …

AATCC issues new Stain Release Replica

September 26, 2013

AATCC, based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., has developed a new digitally-printed Stain Release Replica for use with AATCC Test Method (TM) 130, Soil Release: Oily Stain Release Method. The new Stain Release Replica was developed by the association’s RA56 Stain Release Committee Task Force, which conducted testing of the replica across six different labs. …

Gerber Technology unveils breakthrough software solutions

September 25, 2013

The goal: optimizing workflow and maximizing cutting room efficiencies. Gerber Technology, Tolland, Ct., a leading provider of automation technology, has introduced breakthrough software and manufacturing solutions that embody decades of best practices from thousands of users—making them easy to operate, easy to maintain and capable of producing the highest-quality products possible. “We’ve focused on making …

New trade association formed: Composites Germany

September 24, 2013

Umbrella organization is designed to strengthen the German composites industry. The four major organizations within the German fiber-reinforced composites industry have announced the foundation of a joint umbrella organization at the Composites Europe 2013 trade fair: together they will form the trade association Composites Germany. The founding members of Composites Germany, based in Berlin, are …

ShowStoppers 2013 competition at IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo

September 23, 2013

Last year, on IFAI’s 100th anniversary, we inaugurated a new tradition at IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo: the ShowStoppers competition. At this year’s show in Orlando we’ll feature the second annual competition, as we seek to recognize the best of the best new products from our 2013 exhibitors: the newest, the coolest, the most useful and …

Arlon launches Series 2300X Specialty Textured Wrap Film for automotive industry

September 20, 2013

Arlon Graphics LLC, Santa Ana, Calif., has announced the launch of Series 2300X, a specialty textured automotive restyling wrap film. The ultra-conformable textured film allows users to customize vehicles with special effects while maintaining a professional look and finish. Arlon’s X-Scape Technology allows for a quick and easy installation. Apply with heat, and the film …

Designtex operates carbon neutral for the fourth year in a row

September 19, 2013

Designtex, New York, N.Y., has announced that, for the fourth year in a row, it has operated as a carbon neutral company. The surface materials company assessed its full operational footprint and reduced or offset the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its business, resulting in a net-zero footprint. Susan Lyons, president of Designtex, says “Designtex …

D3O launches new range of footwear cushioning materials

September 18, 2013

D3O, the British smart materials specialist, has developed a new range of cushioning materials specifically for footwear applications including athletic, industrial and military markets. D3O is a groundbreaking impact protection solutions company that sells and licenses a range of unique patented smart materials. Company team of chemists and material scientists has engineered a range of …

Strong Man launches new vapor retarder/barrier building products

September 17, 2013

New line emerges from strategic alliance with Raven Industries. Strong Man Building Products Corp., Pompton Plains, N.J., a leading manufacturer of weather and debris enclosures, is expanding its product line with the addition of VaporBlock®. The vapor retarder/barrier products are manufactured by Raven Industries and meet or exceed ASTM E-1745 requirements for water vapor retarders …

Demand for technical textiles fuelling demand for highly specified needles and threads

September 16, 2013

Technical textiles are being used increasingly for the replacement of traditional materials in challenging applications, and their end uses are becoming increasingly diverse. As a result, manufacturers of needles and threads have been faced with the need to develop highly specified products, according to the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Needles must be able …

C-Voltaics wins special edition COMS Young Technology Award

September 13, 2013

During a special international edition of the COMS Young Technology Award, the judges awarded C-Voltaics with 5,000 euros. C-Voltaics was one of six international nanotechnology companies battling for the award at COMS 2013, an annual international conference on commercializing micro- and nanotechnology. COMS focuses primarily on entrepreneurship and marketable solutions, not just science and technology. …

Federal regulations finalized for solvent-soiled industrial wiping cloths

September 12, 2013

For nearly 30 years, the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), Bel Air, Md., has awaited final publication of federal regulations governing the storage, handling and disposal of solvent-soiled industrial wiping cloths. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published in the Federal Register its final “solvent-contaminated wipes rule,” a.k.a. the “wiper rule.” …

J.J. Threads introduces interactive shirting

September 9, 2013

J.J. Threads launched an interactive portal where members can build their own one-of-a-kind shirts. As part of the digital community experience, users can also share their designs, follow other users on the site, utilize others’ designs as an inspiration for new ideas or even purchase those designs outright. “I want J.J. Threads to be more …

Study on clothing, comfort and human performance

September 6, 2013

Scientists observe the brains of test persons while wearing tight clothing—and significant differences appear in terms of alertness. In a pilot study on the neurophysiological perception of textiles on the skin, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute and at Neuromarketing Labs investigated thinking processes while test persons wear business underwear: the test winner was from German …

Teijin’s polyester now used in ANA’s bedding

September 5, 2013

The Teijin Group’s high-performance polyester materials, including Nanofront high-strength ultra-fine nanofiber, are now used in All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) first- and business-class comforters and pillows. Passengers flying between Japan and either Europe or the U.S. will enjoy the comfort of these bedding items. Teijin’s Nanofront polyester nanofiber measures just 700 nanometers in thickness. The bedding …

Graniteville Specialty Fabrics receives Manufacturer of the Year Award

September 3, 2013

Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, a recognized leader in the production of specialty coatings and coated fabrics, has announced that the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce has selected their company as the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year. Recipients of the Manufacturer of the Year Award continually strive for manufacturing excellence, make a positive economic impact, remain committed …

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Ultraflex names sales manager

September 1, 2013

Print-media supplier Ultraflex Systems has named Andrea Hypes as its new inside sales and customer service manager. She brings more than 15 years experience in customer service and sales. Ultraflex 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 …

Managing symptoms better with pressure

Deep-pressure vest offers an alternative to drug therapy and other treatments for some mental health disorders. It looks like a sturdy vest, to be sure, but it is nothing so ordinary. Developed by Therapeutic Systems CEO Brian Mullen, Ph.D., the Vayu Vest uses the concept of deep pressure therapy to treat children with autism spectrum …

Pop-up parks: rooting for the community

Coshocton is a mid-Ohio city of approximately 11,000 people with a restored village located next to the former Ohio and Erie Canal. In response to a local committee’s concern about the city’s deteriorating urban forest, the local Pomerene Center for the Arts and its partners came up with a new concept: Root Ball parks. These …

STANMECH adds sales representative

STANMECH Technologies Inc., Burlington, Ont., Canada, recently appointed Jamie Martin as technical sales representative of the company, which specializes in plastic forming and joining methods (hot air and extrusion) for industrial applications. Martin will provide local service in western Canada, working out of Calgary. STANMECH distributes Leister Process Technologies, JetAir Technologies and Secomak equipment and …

E Screen with KOOLBLACKâ„¢

Mermet Corp IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4835 New: Window shade fabric with heat reflective properties and glare control. Advantages: Traditionally, a white-colored shade provides heat reflectivity, and a dark color gives superior glare control. E Screen with KOOLBLACK merges these attributes, offering up to 23 percent improvement in blocking heat. FR class: NFPA 701-10 TM …

A+ Products offers metal No-Slip® suspender clips

A+ Products Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4647 New: Metal suspender clip, various sizes and finishes. Advantages: Suspender clip will never slip, slide or fly off, no matter how much the user bends or twists. The center pin pierces the fabric like a needle, locking into the waistband material without cutting or damaging the fabric. …

CutPlan software from Optitex

Optitex U.S.A. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5633 New: Software package for textile manufacturing. Advantages: Software package that lets you easily manage different sizes, colors and types of fabrics. May be used alone or in combination with Optitex Marker Nesting Queue to reduce time and labor of order planning, as well as fabric costs. Automatically creates …

BAK PlanOn® Digital Hot-Air Welding Machine

HAPCO Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5352 New: Hand-held hot-air welding machine with extended warranty. Advantages: Welder is offered with a two-year extended warranty at no additional cost, over and above manufacturer’s one-year warranty in North, Central and South America. Allows precise and accurate welding of seams with digital readouts of welding speed and temperature. …

Aquaguard® Vislon®—Bridge Top

YKK USA Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4209 New: Innovative zipper with bridge-top stop. Advantages: The bridge-top stop prevents a gap between the slider and zipper end, enhancing water repellency. Lets user know when zipper is completely closed with an audible confirmation.

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Roland receives gold certification

Three Roland DGA Corp. products—Eco-Sol MAX ink, Eco-Sol MAX 2 ink and WallFlair removable fabric—received Greenguard Gold UL 2818 certifications from UL Environment, a unit of Underwriters Laboratories. The certification means the products meet standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds into indoor air. Such certification is a key factor for a growing number …

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New tools, old school

A long-term family business embraces new methods to set the stage for future growth. By Jarrett Schechner Awning Works Inc. serves customers throughout our home state of Florida and nationwide. We recently expanded into general contracting with a new start-up firm called ABuilt Inc. Using today’s tools to build on a strong company background has …

X-GLOO air and water power

Skywalk GmbH and Co. KG, based in Marquartstein, Germany, likes the fresh air. The company’s products, including paragliders, kite boards and inflatable event tents, all depend upon the power of air to propel or shape them. The X-GLOO event tent system, made up of one or many interconnected igloo-shaped tensioned fabric units, recently added a …

Management changes at Moss Inc.

Sarah Browning assumes a new role as director of product management at Moss Inc., Chicago, Ill., after distinguished achievements during her 14 years with the exhibit, event, sports and retail interiors display company. Browning implemented Moss’ computer-aided pattern and quality assurance programs as a product manager at the company. She holds an M.B.A. from the …

Paiho North America offers webbing

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Functional and decorative trims. Advantages: Special spun polyester material is applied to give a cotton-like look for reliable availability, consistent qualities and stable costs. Various raw materials may be applied to create different looks for all styles of designs. Applications include apparel, shoe and sporting goods …

Universal pin connectors from Cast Connex®

Cast Connex® IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4163 New: Clevis-type standardized fittings. Advantages: Designed to connect to hollow structural section (HSS) or pipe elements for use in architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS) applications. Sculpted to provide smooth transitional geometry otherwise unachievable using standard fabrication practices. Simplifies the design, detailing and fabrication of critical architecturally exposed structural …

NEST ++2 from Optitex

Optitex U.S.A. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5633 New: Advanced automatic nesting application. Advantages: Intelligent algorithm for marker nesting optimization beats manual operation. Control the run time, obtain fast results and generate precise cost proposals for clients. Nesting queue generates complete, multiple nests automatically using unattended, overnight processing. Data is organized in spreadsheet format for comparison …

MPanel Shade Designer Site Checker

MPanel Software IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5543 New: Web app for on-site measurements. Advantages: Allows shade sail designers to enter the pole-to-pole dimensions onto the Web app running on any smart device. App checks the dimensions, discovers measurement errors on site and emails the site dimensions to users in a format suitable for MPanel Shade …

Altopel F³ by Bolger & O’Hearn

Bolger & O’Hearn IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5329 Advantages: Altopel F³ by Bolger & O’Hearn is an advanced fluorinefree finish that gives textiles a high degree of durable water repellency. The environmentally friendly fluorocarbon-free aqueous product is based on a hydrophobe-fortified polymer and propriety additives, and provides a green alternative without sacrificing performance. Altopel F³ …

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HP introduces new large-format digital press

HP’s new Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press shifts retail graphics and corrugated display applications from analog to digital. As demand for shorter runs and faster turnaround times has increased, print service providers have found it more difficult to profitably produce these applications with analog printing presses. Other applications required a combination of higher print quality and …

Greenhouse screening

OMBRA-DLS®, the result of a partnership among Contechma, Penn Textile Solutions and Karl Mayer, is an elastic screening system that maintains a constant climate, providing optimum conditions for plant growing in greenhouses. The permeability of the textile net, made from slit-film yarns, is automatically adjusted in relation to the amount of sunlight by stretching and …

Backing up the Black Sabbath revival

After more than 30 years, Black Sabbath (along with the band’s famous, or infamous, Ozzy Osbourne) launched a North American tour in July, and the staging had to capture the crowd. Production company Silent House designed the towering, free-form set units, then called on Sew What? Inc., Rancho Dominguez, Calif., to create the massive three-dimensional …

Concept to creation

Exciting developments highlight new applications for technical textiles and nonwovens. By Marie O’Mahony Universities and research institutions all over the world are progressing with innovative and notable developments in medical and “well-being” products and applications, with research ranging from a tissue-engineered heart valve to a smart energy-efficient architecture membrane based on the skin of a …

PHIFER’s SheerWeave Acoustical

PHIFER Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4412 New: Fabric shade options with acoustical properties. Advantages: SheerWeave® BASIC 3 percent, 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. Increased absorption among human …

TrazeTag RFID labels by Etiflex

Etiflex Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 3936 New: RFID labels for harsh and hazardous environments. Advantages: Flexible and durable construction allows these RFID labels to be attached in many ways: from fasteners and adhesives to stitching and heat sealing, or even with a lanyard. Raised, molded text for easy reading and abrasion resistance. May be …

Optitex pattern design system

Optitex U.S.A. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5633 New: Pattern design software. Advantages: Intuitive and powerful software tools designed to work with patterns at every step of the production cycle. Draft pieces from scratch with drafting and editing tools, digitize existing hard-copy patterns with tools, and edit and finalize existing digital patterns, all within the same …

Herculite® Excel M Series™

Herculite IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4327 New: Hybrid architectural textile. Advantages: Herculite® Excel M Series™ blends the flexibility and softness of European-style architectural fabrics with highly engineered American performance. Made in the USA, the textile is graphics receptive and has exceptional tear and tensile strength. Surface is protected with the new RainKleen Fluoropolymer™. Suitable for …

C-Voltaics presents SCHN

C-Voltaics Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5519 New: Self-Cleaning Hydrophobic Nanocoating Advantages: C-Voltaics has developed a new range of Self Cleaning Hydrophobic Nanocoatings (SCHN) pronounced “shun.” The coatings are completely transparent and very robust, having covalently linked, bonded structures. PFOS free (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) and PFOA free (C8 or Perfluorooctanoic acid) that can be used to …

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Global Garage marks 4 years

With total sales of more than $10 million in 2012, and some 300 customers in 37 states and 25 countries, online printing-equipment reseller Global Garage celebrates four years in business, providing new, third-party used and reconditioned parts. The company also offers print-head cleaning services, the company’s fastest growing segment. Print-head cleaning improves the print quality …

Dye sublimation calenders

Guardian Calenders™ are an affordable, easy-to-use solution for dye sublimation paper transfer and direct-to-fabric thermo fixation applications. Intuitive design assures quicky and easy use, maintenance and cleaning, saving user time on production. Other features include: solid, all-steel construction, low electrical consumption, fast warm-up and cool-down and precision temperature control. ROHS compliant, with no heavy metals, …

CPFG seeks OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification

Three of the Precision Fabrics Group’s fabrics are used in therapeutic and protective applications, so the Greensboro, N.C., business selected OEKO-TEX Standard 100 to provide comprehensive textile product safety certification to ensure that they contain no chemicals harmful to human health. DermTherapy fabrics are used in therapeutic bedding for people with skin problems, Pristine fabrics …

Mock woven fabric in mid and light weights

Darlington Fabrics IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5239 New: Mock woven fabric in mid and light weights. Advantages: Durable; an excellent alternative to stretch woven fabric.

PHIFER’s GeoBella Canvas

PHIFER Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4412 New: Designed Fabrics Canvas Collection for outdoor furniture. Advantages: Collection of 20 colors and 10 coordinating stripes is inspired by the vintage style of grain sacks, burlap and linen. The newest collection to join the GeoBella® Cushion Fabrics line, these fabrics are made of 100 percent olefin yarns …

FACID tension frame and clip

FACID North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5230 New: Tension frame and clip system for fabric structures. Advantages: Easy-to-use extrusion profiles are the core framework system for basic fabric panels, shaped panels or a complete building envelope. New construction and retrofit applications benefit from the use of fabric as a complete systems approach with a …