Powered retractable roofs for boats

January 1, 2014

Boat builders and buyers want convenience on a vessel in which both invest time and money, and automated power roofs are becoming a must-have. Taylor Made Systems, Gloversville, N.Y. and its partner company, Ameritex Fabric Systems, Bradenton, Fla., have the boating industry covered, literally, with a new range of glass and canvas power sunroof systems …

Façade wrap suits to a ‘T’

As a purveyor of high-end travel goods, Duty Free Shoppers (DFS) Group Ltd. of Hong Kong kept its revised branding strategy for a worldwide network of shopping centers under wraps—literally. The DFS shopping center in Honolulu, Hawaii, cloaked its new identity beneath an 8,752-square-foot temporary building façade that built anticipation for the gala brand unveiling …

Specialty Fabrics Review interviews Andy Moon

Interview by Sigrid Tornquist Baraboo Tent & Awning is located near the Wisconsin Dells—a Midwest tourist destination built around the confluence of three rivers and known for its water parks. How has being located near the parks affected business? The Dells is full of “wow.” We’ve got the water parks, restaurants, hotels—which need signage, awnings …

Protective coating tested with live chemical agents

Alexium International Group, Cottesloe, Western Australia, developed its Cleanshell CB repellency treatment to apply to fabric used for chemical and biological protective wear. Working with the U.S. Air Force, Alexium has been testing the fabric treatment with simulated chemical warfare agents (CWAs). The results show dramatically increased repellency of treated fabrics to simulants such as …

New heat-resistant fiber from Teijin

A new meta-aramid fiber offering a high level of heat resistance combined with excellent dyeability will be manufactured by Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan, at a new facility to be built in Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. The fiber will strengthen the company’s profile in the protective apparel market, where demand for high-performance materials is increasing. Teijin will …

Fresh and clean

Fabric diffusers give commercial kitchens an air makeover. Restaurants and other commercial food service operations face a common challenge: adequately ventilating cooking areas that can create a lot of grease, heat and smoke. Four-way metal diffusers typically used in commercial kitchens produce high air velocities that flow across the cooking exhaust hood, reducing its ability …

The important role of credit

Why you need to establish and protect your business credit. By William J. Lynott In the specialty fabrics industry, credit used wisely can be a profitable friend; credit used carelessly can be a destructive enemy. When your business has an excellent credit score, you are likely to be offered the most favorable rates if you …

Net gains: saving marine life

Interface Inc., a worldwide designer and manufacturer of carpet tiles and environmental recycling champion with European headquarters in Paris, France, recently joined “Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear” program to recover and re-use abandoned fishing nets. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), there are approximately 640,000 tons of abandoned fishing nets …

Hungiville joins Serge Ferrari North America

Serge Ferrari North America has announced the hiring of Beth Hungiville as the design specifications manager for the company’s 100 percent recyclable Batyline® outdoor furniture mesh, Stamskin® contract upholstery faux leather and Soltis® contract solar protection textile membranes. “We are especially excited to have Beth join our team given her vast industry experience and skills,” …

Stay warm, keep cool

Novel temperature-regulating, bi-component fibers in garments can maintain the balance between heat loss and heat generated. By Bengt Hagström Thermal comfort is dependent upon both environmental and individual factors and is influenced by the core and skin temperatures of the body. The thermo-neutral zone for naked resting subjects has been defined to lie between 28–30°C. …