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Outer Limits: the aerospace exhibit at IFAI Expo 2013

December 6, 2013

By Galynn Nordstrom This year’s Specialty Fabrics Showcase on the exhibit floor at IFAI Expo featured a 1,000-square-foot display of aerospace products made from specialty fabrics: everything from an eye-grabbing hang glider from Gray Bird Air Sports and an astronaut cooling suit from the University of Minnesota to a debris shield (Aerospace Fabrication & Materials), …

Top 10 mistakes for businesses to avoid when dealing with a disaster

December 5, 2013

Business continuity strategies offered at free SBA/Agility webinar, Dec. 10. What are the biggest and most common mistakes business owners make when dealing with a disaster? Whether it’s property damage caused by a flood or the loss of sensitive data thanks to a hacked email account, how you respond within the first few hours of …

The 2013 ShowStoppers winners from IFAI Expo in Orlando

December 4, 2013

Eight exhibitors chosen by attendees as the best new products at the show. By Galynn Nordstrom For our second annual ShowStoppers competition, IFAI received a total of 97 entries from 53 companies that were exhibiting at IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 in Orlando. These eight products received the most votes from show attendees on opening …

Cellulosic fiber production set to grow

December 3, 2013

Strong growth predicted as uncertainty in the cotton market persists. Cellulosic fiber production is set to continue growing rapidly in the coming years, according to Issue No 165 of Textile Outlook International from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Faced with soaring raw cotton prices in 2011, many textile and apparel producers switched to …

Trends you should watch, from the Marks Group P.C.

December 2, 2013

By Galynn Nordstrom “Successful people think ahead,” says Gene Marks, president of sales and marketing consultant company The Marks Group P. C. Speaking on political, economic and tech trends at IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 in Orlando, Fla., he emphasized three basic things that should be on every business person’s mind. First—watch C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public …

Pinto joins Scovill board

December 1, 2013

Scovill Fasteners of Clarkesville, Ga., has appointed James I. Pinto to Scovill’s board of directors. The company manufactures high-performance fasteners for apparel and industrial applications, and Pinto has held operational and supply-chain roles in aerospace and industrial businesses, including Textron Lycoming, Greenlee Textron, Textron Fluid and Power and Tyco Intl. He earned a Six Sigma …

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Narrow fabrics North American market report

The Narrow Fabrics Institute, a division of IFAI, has published its commissioned report “Overview of the Narrow Fabrics North American Market.” The 34-page report provides an overview of the current North American rigid and elastic narrow fabrics market; coverage includes the United States, Canada and Mexico. In addition, the report provides information on the overall …

Mutoh’s ValueJet printers win SGIA award

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) product of the year award went to the ValueJet 1638 64-inch wide-format printer, made by Mutoh America Inc., Tokyo, Japan. This is the second year the Mutoh ValueJet line has walked away with honors in the Test Print Shoot Out Poster Size, Solvent or Latex Ink category, announced this …

All the energy fit to print…

Trials began in September by the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) in Australia to develop flexible, large area, cost-effective printable plastic solar cells. The trial aims to speed manufacturing of organic solar cells “printed” onto polymer in much the same way as money is printed on paper. The potential to mass-produce solar cells cheaply …

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Cargo nets help airline, reduce fuel, emissions

While flights that are full with passengers or freight reflect a successful and sustainable customer base, flights that are heavyweight pose problems. More weight equals more fuel used by the aircraft; more fuel consumed in flight equals more CO2 emissions. Anything an airline can do to reduce weight will save money and reduce greenhouse gases. …