Ramping up emergency performance with airplane evacuation slides

October 31, 2013

As a leading supplier of urethane-coated material used in making aircraft evacuation slides, Trelleborg Coated Systems U.S. Inc., Spartanburg, S.C., keeps a close watch on airline industry requirements, which only get stricter over time. In 1960, an evacuation slide had to be deployed in 25 seconds in average weather conditions. Now, the Federal Aviation Administration …

IFAI announces Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo 2014

October 30, 2013

Premier textile event will take place in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 14-16. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), Roseville, Minn., has announced its leading international trade event, Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014, and the expanded Advanced Textiles Expo will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 14-16, 2014. The event is the largest …

IFAI announces 2013 ShowStoppers award winners

October 29, 2013

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2013 ShowStoppers awards for the best of the best new products and services at the Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. IFAI received a total of 97 entries from 53 companies in this …

One brand for Celanese: The chemistry inside innovationâ„¢

October 28, 2013

As customer needs diversify—and the complexity of their solutions increases—identifying the right partners and the right solutions can be the difference between product success or failure. Recognizing this need, Celanese, a global technology and specialty materials company, is simplifying its brand architecture to capture in a single brand the full suite of Celanese technology, resources, …

Huntsman Textile Effects launches EverGlideâ„¢ for active sportswear

October 25, 2013

In studies that reveal what athletes perceived to be important ‘must-have’ effects in their sportswear and first-layer garments, skin friction and comfort came out tops among other effects such as moisture management, odor control and thermal control. Blending innovative science and technology, Huntsman Textile Effects has developed a new textile system that effectively reduces fabric-to-skin …

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IFAI announces the 2013 International Achievement Award winners

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2013 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, that took place Oct. 24 at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. IFAI received a total of 236 entries from …

Designtex debuts Loop to Loop fabric made from recycled textile waste

October 24, 2013

When the wood industry formalized the process called “chain of custody” to shepherd sustainable practices through its supply chain, it illuminated the path from forest to lumber yard to finished product. Now, four companies within the textile supply chain have pioneered a polyester trail that stretches from resin to fiber to yarn, on to fabric …

H&V announces European investment in NanoWave® production

October 23, 2013

Hollingsworth & Vose, East Walpole, Mass., has announced plans to add NanoWave® Filtration Media production capability in its plant in Hatzfeld, Germany, to support the rapid growth in demand for high-performance filter media. NanoWave®, which won the IDEA13 Achievement Award for rolled goods, achieves higher levels of filtration efficiency at reduced pressure drops. The Hatzfeld …

New built-in lightbox technology from Moss Inc.

October 22, 2013

Moss announces Illuminedge™ Lightbox for the EZ Fabric Wall System™ Exhibitors now have access to a simple, worry-free lightbox solution that integrates directly into the premier modular exhibit system. Moss’ new Illuminedge™ Lightbox for EZ Fabric Walls utilizes frame-integrated LED modules to create brilliant scenes with fabric-graphic lightboxes. “The EZ Fabric Wall System, already recognized …

AATCC’s 2014 Concept 2 Consumer® Student Design Contest

October 21, 2013

AATCC student members are invited to showcase their design talents to win cash, prizes, and recognition by participating in the 2014 “Boardwalk” Concept 2 Consumer® Student Design Competition. The themed competition will challenge students to create a swimwear collection for an 18 to 30-year-old target consumer group, either male or female. Collections may include board …

New biobased coated fabric from Chomarat

October 17, 2013

Chomarat, a family-owned textile group with an international distribution, is rolling out the world premiere of a new line of biobased coated fabric called OFLEX™ Bio-based, made from Gaïalene® produced by Roquette. Chomarat, specializing in coated textiles, has developed biobased “Thermoplastic PolyOlefins” (TPOs) by using Gaïalene®, a sustainable thermoplastic plant-based resin. This resin, made from …

PurThread fiber production achieves bluesign® system partner status

October 16, 2013

The award-winning life science and high-performance fabric company PurThread Technologies, Durham, N.C., has announced that it has fully completed the process to be officially designated a bluesign® system partner. This elite status ensures manufacturers, consumers and retailers that PurThread acts as a responsible part of the textile supply chain and works to continuously improve environmental …

AidEx 2013 to spark resilient humanitarian and development aid practices

October 15, 2013

Resilience is key this year when it comes to the delivery of humanitarian and development aid, which is why AidEx 2013 will feature innovative programs, exhibitors and products with the aim of better preparing countries for crises. Currently the number and scale of global emergencies are growing at an alarming rate, whilst at the same …

TenCate Advanced Armour develops innovative lightweight ballistic inserts

October 14, 2013

TenCate Advanced Armour, Almelo, The Netherlands, has developed the world’s lightest insert for protecting against one of the most common gun threats globally—the AK47 Mild Steel Core. The new TenCate Multi-light™ ultra lightweight ballistic solution offers unmatched protection and user comfort to soldiers and law enforcement personnel while still ensuring high tactical mobility. The 750-square-centimeter …

Techmer PM increases strategic focus on European plastics market

October 11, 2013

Opening of office in Germany and first-time presence at K Fair highlight emphasis on Europe. Techmer PM, Clinton, Tenn., a major producer of value-added colors and additives for the plastics and fiber industries, is increasing its focus on expansion opportunities in the European market as part of its long-term growth strategy. To capitalize on the …

Designtex launches facts™ gold-level certified textile

October 10, 2013

Leading textile manufacturer Designtex, New York, N.Y., has launched an upholstery line that’s so green, it’s gold—achieving the first third-party verified gold level certification under the facts™ ecolabel developed by the Association for Contract Textiles (ACT). This certification recognizes the three styles of the Gold Standard collection—Concept, Pop Art, and Precision—as meeting stringent criteria for …

J. Ennis Fabrics will no longer distribute Tempotest products

October 9, 2013

J. Ennis Fabrics and Pará SPA have decided to end their North American distribution agreement. J. Ennis Fabrics will continue to provide Tempotest® until December 13, 2013. “Tempotest products overlap with our Sunbrella® solution-dyed acrylic line and duplicates inventory in this category. We needed to make this difficult decision to further our long-term vision of …

Toho Tenax’s production technology wins 2013 AVK Innovation Award

October 7, 2013

Toho Tenax Co. Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibers and composites business, has announced that its German subsidiary Toho Tenax Europe GmbH received the 2013 AVK Innovation Award in the category of Innovative Products for its newly developed high-efficiency production technology for thermoset carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). The technology, called Part …

Combat Woodland Jacket now authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps

October 4, 2013

Designed with fabrics from Gore and Milliken to provide enhanced weather protection. The Combat Woodland Jacket (CWJ), manufactured by Short Bark Industries, Vonore, Tenn., and designed with fabrics made by W.L. Gore and Milliken, was recently authorized to wear by the United States Marine Corps. The comfortable, lightweight and windproof soft shell jacket, currently being …

Burlington wins contract for Air Force physical training uniform

October 3, 2013

Unique domestic manufacturing capabilities provide technically advanced textiles. Burlington Industries LLC, Greensboro, N.C., a division of International Textile Group (ITG), has announced that it has been awarded a $5.3 million contract to supply micro denier polyester fabrics to the U.S. Air Force for use in physical training (PT) shorts. These fabrics will be produced at …

Lenzing presents new flame-resistant fiber for upholstery

October 2, 2013

Lenzing has developed a new flame-resistant fiber especially for use in upholstery fabrics in public transportation vehicles. The guidelines that apply to public transportation vehicles are particularly strict; the fabric and materials used in these applications have to satisfy rigorous safety standards. With a newly developed Lenzing FR® fiber, all the safety standards for public …

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Report: going global export guide

October 1, 2013

OTEXA Export Guide for Textiles and Apparel, updated; plus, free webinar on export opportunities in Mexico. The growth of the global economy provides greater opportunities for U.S. firms to seek out new markets and customers. With increased competition from overseas, companies are looking to diversify their client bases and find new ways to grow. The …

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Integrated doors for outdoor life

Outdoor rooms allow life to flow seamlessly between the protection of the home and the freshness of the garden, deck or patio. Key to easy access is a door design that connects the two. Centor® North America Inc., Batavia, Ill., recently introduced its Centor 200 Series, doors that include retractable screens and shades for wide …

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Marching orders for military textiles

Technological developments lead to uniforms and gear that perform double duty: protect the soldier while withstanding harsh environments. By Holly O’Dell When David Accetta entered Army basic training in 1983, the U.S. was still in the throes of the Cold War. Soldiers’ uniforms featured a Woodland camouflage pattern made of dark brown, dark green, black …

MIT Wormworks: a Silk Pavilion

For centuries, silkworms have built cocoons of fibers that, when boiled, generate silk filaments that can be made into fabrics of beauty and diversity. Scientific breakthroughs have now harnessed the power of 3-D printing, a process of making three-dimensional objects from layers of materials. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Mass., has combined the …

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Sustainability metrics and certifications

The Oeko-Tex® STeP Certification for the textile industry. By Samuel D. Moore, Ph.D. The globalization of the textile industry has created enormous pressure for textile brands, factories and supply chains to demonstrate their ability to manage and continuously improve the sustainability of their products and production facilities. Major retail brands in all sectors of the …

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“Controlled chaos” defines space

The commercial cornerstone event of the London Design Festival is the 100% Design exhibition, staged at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre. Industrial designer Benjamin Hubert was commissioned to design an auditorium space for the September 18-21, 2013, event that would accommodate lectures for participants while not discouraging passers-by. Hubert developed a hanging structure comprised of …

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Small & mighty nanotechnology market

From the fiber level to surface coatings, new developments in nanotechnology impact many specialty fabrics markets. By Sigrid Tornquist Ways of manufacturing specialty fabrics have been around for decades, but what does that mean in terms of opportunities for manufacturers, particularly in regard to coatings? Current applications include military camouflage clothing that can change color …

Indoor sportswear market grows

Global demand for indoor sportswear and fitness apparel will grow rapidly, despite constrained consumer spending, according to Issue No. 45 of Performance Apparel Markets, produced by business information company Textiles Intelligence. Factors spurring the growth of fitness gear are public awareness that links exercise and health, an increase in sports activities by women, more indoor …

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Creating the future of textiles: Auxetics advances

An interview with Advanced Fabric Technologies president David O’Keefe reveals the latest developments in the company’s auxetic technology. by Janet Preus An engineering and design company, Advanced Fabric Technologies focuses on developing material solutions for military and commercial applications that incorporate auxetic architecture. The unique characteristics of auxetic geometry, a negative Poisson ratio, allow a …

Colombian textiles and apparel events

Colombia hosted two major textile and fashion events in 2013 to attract international buyers to its growing textile and fashion apparel industry. The total value of textile exports in Colombia has increased to $342 million, while the overall apparel sector has grown from $595 to $775 million, according to government entity Proexport Colombia. Some of …

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Single shelter (in your shoes)

Sneakers come with a built-in tent for a personal shelter anywhere you go. They could be called “shoe-tent,” “sneaker-shelter” or “mobile habitat.” The creators, an Australian architecture collective, chose “Walking Shelter,” for a pair of canvas high-top shoes that (mostly) conceal enough fabric and findings to fashion a personal shelter, right there on the spot. …

Graniteville Specialty Fabrics is S.C. Manufacturer of the Year

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce selected coated fabrics and specialty coating company Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, Graniteville, S.C., as its 2013 Manufacturer of the Year. The award recognizes companies that strive for manufacturing excellence, make a positive economic impact, commit to workforce development and demonstrate stewardship of their communities. Graniteville Specialty Fabrics makes custom-coated marine …

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Design and function meet

Renovation of a seaside resort included custom awnings, shades and canopies for an elegant finish. By Maura Keller Situated on the bluffs of Watch Hill, R.I., overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean House is an iconic New England seaside resort. Because of its location amidst sand, sea and wind, Ocean House turned to New Haven …

Cooley Group receives ISO 14001 certification

Cooley Group, Nantucket, R.I., manufacturer of high-performance engineered membranes, earned ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Standard Certification in August 2013 from TÜV SÜD America Inc., an international safety testing and certification firm. The certification is the most widely accepted international standard for environmental management systems. Cooley has implemented a GREEN program, with the acronym representing the key …

Color Carnival

The newest Aláxi Sunbrella® fabrics collection, Color Carnival combines a whimsical style of nature with high performance quality. Made from 100 percent solution-dyed Sunbrella acrylic, the fabrics are designed to bring nature to colorful life: the brilliance of an oversized flower, darting minnows, and leaves swaying in the breeze. Offered in 46 skus and 10 …

Winebarger joins Poole Co.

With more than 30 years in the nonwoven fiber industry, Craig Winebarger has joined fiber manufacturer Poole Co., Greenville, S.C. Winebarger will be responsible for business development and growth in the nonwoven fiber sector of the company. His experience has included sales, marketing, new business development, product developing and manufacturing; David Poole, company CEO, says …

Solair® Power Screen

Available through Trivantage™ LLC, Solair Power Screen adds versatility and a sleek, modern design to the Solair Shade Solutions line. The motorized exterior screening system transforms any patio, deck, lanai, veranda or balcony into a cool, comfortable and pest-free environment. Available in 10 frame colors, the aluminum and nylon Power Screen system expands outdoor living …

Springs Creative hires Fleming

James “Jimmy” Fleming has joined Springs Creative, Rock Hill, S.C., as technical sales representative for the company’s Specialty Products Group. A supplier of fabrics and chemical treatments for the mattress industry, Springs Creative sought a leader and innovator. Fleming has more than 20 years experience in the textile industry, most recently with Tietex International as …

Circle Mesh

Circle Mesh applies the durability, versatility and aesthetic appeal of architectural mesh to new circular weaves, surpassing the circle patterns created by perforated metal. The weaving process produces very little scrap, according to the manufacturer, and delivers quality, sustainability and visual appeal in a new design package. Woven with the same wire as traditional architectural …

Dubay to lead sales for Recasens USA

Recasens USA, a manufacturer of solution-dyed acrylic and vinyl-coated awning, marine, casual and specialty fabrics, recruited Doug Dubay to lead the U.S. sales team as national sales manager. Dubay brings 25 years of experience in awning and marine industrial textile markets to Recasens USA, based in Blue Bell, Pa. He has served most recently as …

Versatile framing

Reusable textile frame systems from REXframe are recyclable, lightweight, high-grade billet aluminum display solutions that are completely customizable in size, shape and lighting choices. Recommended for any type of indoor fabric display and exhibit graphics from frames to lighting to accessories, they are easy to build, install and re-use. Versatile aluminum frames are simple, fast …

ABC Industries regional sales manager

ABC Industries Inc., Winona Lake, Ind., has hired Rob Jones as the regional sales manager for the company’s Industrial Textile Fabrics division. Jones will be responsible for building and managing customer accounts and new product development. ABC Industries produces industrial textiles for the recreational vehicle, automotive, structure, packaging and military markets.

A colorful wrap

3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080 is now offered in five new matte metallic colors for standout vehicle wrapping—red, pine green, charcoal, brown and copper—for a total of 50 finish, texture and color variations. The film is ready for wrapping right out of the box, with no need for printing or an overlaminate. It’s easy to …

Ultraflex Systems builds sales team

Eric Kaufman will assume a new role as eastern U.S. territory sales manager for Ultraflex Systems Inc., a Randolph, N.J., supplier of large-format print media. Kaufman brings 12 years of experience as a reseller, manufacturer and distributor in the sign and graphics industry, along with a comprehensive knowledge of hardware, software and media sales.

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Sales support driving the way

Alex Kouzmanoff translates customer service into customer satisfaction—by listening. By Sigrid Tornquist “When someone is totally incentivized by sales, there is no backup after the sale is made,” says Alex Kouzmanoff, vice president, Aztec Tents, Torrance, Calif. “We wanted to focus our sales efforts on service and making sure that, whether or not the sale …

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Science, art and industry come together in Paris

Exhibitions showcase pioneering developments in fabrics designed for a sustainable future. By June Bisantz In Paris this summer, two ground-breaking exhibitions explored the rapidly blurring boundaries between art, science and textiles. En Vie/Alive: New Frontiers? at La Fondation EDF (Environmental Development Foundation) presented experimental and developing concepts in textiles, while Futuro textiles: Surprising Textiles, Design …

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Googling from great heights

Rural, remote and developing areas of the world may soon have access to the Internet, if a promising pilot project recently launched by Google takes flight. Google is working with Raven Industries Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D., on a plan to use high-altitude balloons with equipment that will provide high-speed wireless internet access to locations everywhere. …

First STeP Certificate for German textile company Mattes & Ammann GmbH

Hohenstein Institute certifies the company’s exemplary social responsibility and exceptionally sustainable production. At the end of July 2013, the Swabian knitted fabrics manufacturer, Mattes & Ammann GmbH & Co. KG, became the first textile company in Germany and the EU economic area to be awarded the OEKO-TEX® Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) certificate. The family-run medium-sized …

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Discarded chairs molt into ‘Hybreeds’

An industrial designer in London, England, admits to having close personal relationships with chairs. “Not every chair speaks to me,” says Charlotte Kingsnorth. “There are special characters. Sometimes I will find beautiful chairs just dumped on the side of the road with a missing spindle or worn upholstery. I can’t resist bringing them back to …