New product: MedTextra fabric system

November 11, 2013

Stay-wet fibers for high-value filters and fabrics Imagine a fabric that creates a balance between moisture, airflow, and virus-scale filtration. A textile that is able to do all three has been developed by Minnesota entrepreneurs—the MedTextra Fabric System, according to an Oct. 25 press release. MedTextra is produced as woven or nonwoven fabrics using current …

Small Business Administration kicks off Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 4-11

November 8, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the kick-off of Veterans Small Business Week, an initiative on the part of SBA to reach out to veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners. Veterans Small Business Week will be held from November 4 to 11 and is part of SBA’s work throughout the year to make …

Globe Canvas Products Company to merge with D.C. Humphrys Company

November 7, 2013

During the 2013 Specialty Fabrics Expo in October, agreements were signed to merge the assets and personnel of Globe Canvas Products Co., Yeadon, Pa., into Philadelphia-based D.C. Humphrys Co. In a letter dated Oct. 28, Globe Canvas Products’ president Kevin Kelly, IFM, MFC, CPP, said: “Globe will continue as an operating division of Humphrys. I …

Webinar on export opportunities in Mexico

November 5, 2013

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 2:00 pm EST, the U.S. Department of Commerce and ExpoProducción Mexico will co-host a webinar on export opportunities in Mexico for U.S. textile and apparel producers. The webinar will feature information on the Mexican market and business culture, an overview of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and …

NASA seeking student science experiments for balloon flight

November 4, 2013

NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space aboard a high-altitude scientific balloon. This balloon flight competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE) in Baton Rouge, La. NASA is targeting fall 2014 for the next flight opportunity for the …

Fabric, flexible, photovoltaic

November 1, 2013

Solar energy-collecting fabric products offer major potential to impact energy use—and make businesses in the industry hugely successful. Coal and oil have superbly fueled and helped enable the extraordinary growth of modern civilization. Their supply is reaching its peak, though, and will soon start to decline—while our population continues to grow and its energy needs …

Creating the future of textiles: wear and forget

New smart textile products will need to collect and quantify information for the user—and offer comfort and durability at a competitive price. What are the most exciting or intriguing developments in the industry in advanced textiles? Although advanced textiles are expanding in many directions, there’s a common thread among recent developments: giving sensory capabilities to …

Responsive textiles vs. reactive façade systems

Research illuminates the possibilities for creating textile second building skins that can be “controlled” by the environment and user preferences. Structures are designed and built to offer people protection and comfort. New research seeks to change views concerning how people may interact with buildings and buildings with their environment—not if, but how. This research demonstrates …

Urban renewal

City officials are choosing fabric structures as part of revitalization programs that energize struggling urban neighborhoods—to spruce up degraded spaces, provide shelter and act as inspirational focal points. “We get a lot of requests from architects for urban renewal projects,” says Architen Landrell’s Jason Smith. “Tensile structures are brilliant for urban renewal because you can …

Alfresco elegance

By Sigrid Tornquist Creating outdoor spaces that have the coziness of being inside combined with the natural light and fresh air of the outdoors is a continuing trend that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down—for both residential and commercial clients. Polyfab’s HDPE sail cloth is a popular choice for alfresco applications, and for the …