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 …

Two new STS inks

September 1, 2013

Boca Raton, Fla.’s STS Inks introduces the only “plug-and-print” compatible ink cartridge solutions of latex inks for the HP DesignJet 25500, as well as eco-solvent inks for the Roland Eco Sol-MAX2. The new solutions are designed to match original inks, enabling customers to introduce them to their printers with no profile change or flush, and …

Digital printing makes a splash

By Jake Kulju Fabric graphics technology has reinvented much of the textile industry by giving customers more options and allowing manufacturers to display a greater selection. Fred’s Tents, Stillwater, N.Y., used fabric graphics to submerge customers in a unique tent experience that incorporated translucent fabric, projected images and digital printing. When Fred’s Tents decided to …

Cotton collection

Liora Manne’s LAMONTAGE™ products are featured worldwide; her unique designs are for the first time being printed on multipurpose upholstery and drapery home décor fabics in a 100 percent cotton collection of home decorating fabrics from P Kaufmann. In order to reproduce her signature dimensional look, she pixelated her designs and used 16 colors per …

Industry recognition for Roland DGA

The European Digital Press Association, representing 14 countries and one million readers in Europe, recognized Roland DGA Corp., Irvine, Calif., in the Best New Generation Solvent Ink Technology category at a ceremony during the Federation of European Screen Printers Associations (FESPA) 2013 conference in June. Eco-Sol MAX® 2 delivers maximum performance in terms of outdoor …

Style 270 polyester knitted mesh

Jason Mills LLC IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4213 New: 60-inch-wide, 100 percent polyester knitted mesh. Advantages: Dyed black, firm finish. Applications for home and office furnishings and automotive industry. Meets Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 302. May be produced to meet Berry Amendment and NAFTA compliant rules. Stocked style, made in the USA. Low minimums …

Popper Interlock Flannel PU

Sommers Plastic Products Co. Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4067 New: Thermochromatic polyurethane that indicates temperature by appearance. Advantages: Below 18 degrees C, the top color (dark brown) appears; between 18-30 (room temperature) the middle color (cinnamon) is evident; above 30 (by human touch or ambient temperature) the base color “pops” through as the top …

Paiho North America offers cable wraps

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Cable covers that open and close. Advantages: A new, advanced cable cover with a hook-and-loop application, allowing wrap to be opened and closed on demand. Long-lasting wrap offers economical cable safety and management.

SM-450-SA-Conveyor from SMRE Engineering

SMRE Engineering IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5063 New: Multiple-roll bonding and cutting machine. Advantages: Processes multiple rolls of technical fabrics in a continuous production cycle—the ideal solution for applications in which multiple rolls are bonded, then cut, for the production of end products of unlimited length. Custom software makes production simple and efficient. Production cycles …

Maji-Shield RF-reduction fabric and film

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: RF-reduction fabric and film. Advantages: For use as a wall covering, the fabric and film contains metal particles to reduce radio frequency (RF) signals in RF-sensitive areas such as hospitals and electronic test facilities. Maji-Shield may be embossed for hundreds of textures and thousands of colors.

American Plastics supplies Dyneema Fabric

American Plastics IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4607 New: Fabric made with Dyneema fibers. The fibers have have been woven into fabric creating a product that can be used for covers for vehicles, outdoor equipment, cut-resistant gloves, sailing and performance apparel. Advantages: With excellent abrasion and fatigue resistance, Dyneema® SK60 has the highest level value of …

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PVC-free premium window films

Berkshire, England-based Lintec Graphic Films presents a range of its latest PVC-free premium window films and durable label substrates for screen and digital applications. Lintec Graphic Films’ range of non-PVC products offers see-through vision, and allows for images of photographic quality to be printed in vibrant colors. The Lumisty window film, which controls what can …

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Learning the basics of printing on fabric

Learn all about the basics of printing on fabric: the technologies, the benefits and the opportunities. By Holly O’Dell For the Brooklyn Plantology garden center in New York, Capitol Awning of Jamaica, N.Y., created a custom awning that showcased a logo, text and a leafy design that captured the essence of the space. The shop …

Ultraleatherâ„¢ Pro

Luxurious polyurethane Ultraleather Pro is softest in class but delivers the highest performance values. It’s unaffected by even the most difficult stains and most ballpoint ink, Betadine solution, red wine or mustard. Easy-to-clean surface is exceptionally durable and EPA-certified antimicrobial, with silver ion protection blended into the polyurethane resin compound. Ultraleather Pro maintains its appearance …

Cambodia, Vietnam stand out in export growth

Textile and clothing exports from member countries of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) declined sharply in 2012, according to a report by Textiles Intelligence. Countries recording losses included the Philippines (clothing exports down 12.4 percent); Malaysia (textile and clothing exports down 12.4 percent); Thailand (textiles and clothing exports down 12.2 percent); and Indonesia (textile and clothing …

Style 1925 polyester knitted mesh

Jason Mills LLC IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4213 New: 120-inch-wide, 100 percent polyester knitted mesh. Advantages: Dyed white, medium soft, fire-resistant finish (meets NFPA 701 large scale test). High resolution, high reflective gain, bright luster. Application: simulator impact screen; additional uses include protective apparel and patient slings. May be produced to meet Berry Amendment and …

Spectral plastic film from Sommers Plastic Products

Sommers Plastic Products Co. Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4067 New: Multilayered, 18-inch-wide plastic film with dramatic optical qualities. Advantages: Hundreds of layers of clear PET polyethelene and PMMA plexiglass are produced in atomic thicknesses, laminated to a secondary backing of reflective TPU thermoformable polyurethane. Spectral reflects, refracts and is transparent to light depending on …

Paiho North America drawcords

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Drawcords and shoelaces with three-dimensional designs. Advantages: Complex designs with abundant colors and patterns create three-dimensional presentations on drawcords and shoelaces that are both functional and decorative. Endless combinations of colors and patterns available. For apparel, shoe and sporting goods markets. Different types of materials and …

Wolff Ergonomix Composites Shear 6278M

Wolff Industries Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 3809 New: Ergonomic shear for composite materials. Advantages: Shear stands up to the rigors of cutting the hardest composite materials while decreasing hand stress. Features a flat-faced blade edged at 25 degrees or below to add strength and longevity to each cut, and corrugations on both blades to …

Majilarâ„¢ lightweight fluoropolymer film

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: Lightweight fluoropolymer film. Advantages: Inherently fire-retardant, Majilar™ fluoropolymer film features OSU performance in the single digits. The pliable, vacuum-formable, chemical-resistant decorative laminate exceeds FAR 25.853 requirements for flammability, heat release rate, and smoke and gas emissions for aircraft interiors. Film is 50 percent lighter than alternatives.

Kenan produces Majesty awning fabric

Kenan Signs & Awning Supplies IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5327 New: 17 oz. vinyl-coated polyester backlit awning fabric. Advantages: High-performance, flame-resistant, stain-resistant and waterproof backlit fabric, specifically made for outdoor use. Compatible with all digital printers, the unique bluish-white translucent substrate is for wide-format display and features enhanced clarity for visible image creation. Available is …

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Latex-based ink for textiles

Bordeaux Digital Printink, an Israeli-based innovator of inks and coatings for a variety of inkjet applications, printing technologies and techniques, introduces its EDEN TX latex-based ink for textiles, a water-based ink for digital printing on a very wide variety of natural, synthetic and blended fabrics without pre-treatment, multiple printing devices or several types of ink. …

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Fabric and ink compatibility

Knowing how and why inks and fabrics go together will help improve your printed products. By Michael Labella At a recent apparel show in Guatemala, I attended an interesting series of presentations organized by the Americas Apparel Producers Network. The theme I picked up on as I listened to these sourcing and manufacturing professionals was …

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Win/win success through teamwork

Andrea Lampson and her husband Mark join with employees to retool a struggling business into a solid and vibrant enterprise. By Sigrid Tornquist “I remember the first time I walked onto the production floor and thought: ‘Oh, my.’ There was no water cooler, no refrigerator and no air conditioning,” says Andrea Lampson, executive vice president …

Asia Pacific Nonwovens symposium, Oct. 22

The first-ever symposium on Asia Pacific Nonwovens, “Transforming Nonwovens Business through Technology Innovation,” will be held October 22, 2013, in Shanghai, China. The World Textile Information Network (WTiN) and RISI Inc. will jointly organize the conference, sponsored by the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) and the China Nonwoven and Industrial Textile Association. Presentations …

Style 1998 nylon knitted mesh

Jason Mills LLC IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4213 New: 54/55-inch-wide, 100 percent nylon knitted mesh. Advantages: Dyed gray, medium firm, fire resistant finish (meets FAR 25.853A spec.). Applications: airline seating, seat and literature pockets. May be produced to meet Berry Amendment and NAFTA compliant rules. Made in the USA. Low minimums for specialty colors.

Terrakey synthetic leather from Sommers Plastic Products

Sommers Plastic Products Co. Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4067 New: Synthetic leather comprised of polyurethane-coated fabric. Advantages: Durable polyurethane surface (over 100,000 double rubs) has a strong 60/40 poly/cotton woven backing. Hide texture with overprint is 54 inches wide and exceeds all ACT standards for contract upholstery. Water repellent, stain resistant and easy to …

Paiho North America offers elastic tape

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 4657 New: Stylishly finished elastic tape stretches in four directions. Advantages: Innovative elastic tape is flexible both vertically and horizontally. Inspires creative design ideas for product developers. Four-directional stretchiness lends itself to comfortable body movements. Finished in styles for apparel, shoe and sporting goods markets, tapes are attractive …

Zimmer Austria offers Colaris-NF digital printer

Zimmer Austria IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5639 New: Double-sided digital printer for narrow fabrics. Advantages: The Colaris-NF can print up to 70-millimeter widths, using disperse, acid or reactive inks. Capabilities include patterns, images and solid colors on elastics or rigid narrow fabrics at speeds up to 50 meters per minute.

Majilite offers coated PTFE films

Majilite Corp. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5700 New: Coated film. Advantages: Majilite casts on many fabrics and films, even very thin, slippery and stretchable films such as PTFE. These can be coated on both sides. Allows high-tech properties to be included in applications that require durability from fragile films. A pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) can also …

Digitally Printed Nylon/Spandex with Woodland Camo

MMI Textiles Inc. IFAI Expo 2013 Booth: 5604 New: Digitally printed fabric enables the printing of custom designs or logos for medical, commercial and military customers who want quick turnaround and smaller yardage requirements. Advantages: Product provides a whole host of substrates that can be printed with short runs and short lead times and with …

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Avery Dennison adds color

Avery Dennison of Pasadena, Calif., has added Conform Blue Chrome and Conform Gold Chrome to its Conform Chrome Accent film line. The wrapping films are applicable on side-view mirrors, striping and door handles, and are installed as accents to Avery Dennison’s Supreme Wrapping films for color change wraps or digitally produced car wraps. They are …

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Sports banners score big points

By Dara Syrkin The project: ESPN World Cup soccer banners The company: Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc., St. Louis, Mo. Engineer: Wayne Rendely, PE. Project manager: Jim Knoche, Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures. Marketing firm: Creative Dimensions Inc. The task: Install banners at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., acknowledging the 32 teams advancing to …

Quinceañera birthday bash

[Transformit] , Gorham, Maine, U.S.A. A breathtaking array of tension fabric sculptures and colorful orbs created a one-of-a-kind Quinceañera (15-year) celebration for a Maryland-based pharmaceutical company. The client wanted something truly unique for its Latin-themed event. Transformit designed the project, which transformed the building’s courtyard, designing 3500 square feet of colorful shaded space, using Trapeze …