OEKO-TEX® supports compliance with REACh regulations

February 28, 2014

OEKO-TEX® Association informs companies of SVHCs found in textiles. In December 2013, the European Chemicals Agency ECHA updated its candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) with an additional seven chemicals. On this occasion, the OEKO-TEX® Association would like to inform all companies that five of the new SVHC substances are also relevant …

Post and beam frames for temporary structures

February 27, 2014

Temporary structure provides comfort for homeless. To help homeless people living in tent cities, inventor Peter Sing designed The World’s Smallest House, a temporary structure that provides more safety, security, space and heating efficiency than standard tent or tarp structures. Sing used what he learned to develop lightweight beams made from vertical-grain wood fiber with …

ACA employer responsibility provisions begin in 2015

February 26, 2014

Future rules will simplify reporting for businesses. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued final regulations implementing the employer responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that take effect in 2015. Final regulations will be issued shortly that aim to substantially streamline employer reporting requirements for employers …

Polyfab USA appoints Tunali Tec new stocking distributor in Mexico

February 25, 2014

Polyfab USA LLC, Manhattan Beach, Calif., has announced that they have appointed Tunali Tec S. de R.L. de C.V. (www.tunalitec.com) a stocking distributor of the Polyfab lines of extra-heavy-duty fire rated knitted HDPE shadecloth, shade sail hardware and shade sail edge webbing. Tunali Tec is a Mexican company specializing in the distribution of hardware, textiles …

H. Dawson Wool to use SigNature T®

February 21, 2014

H. Dawson Wool will use SigNature T® to assure the originality and authenticity of loose wool fiber. Applied DNA Sciences (APDN), Stony Brook, N.Y., a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions, has announced a global exclusive agreement with international wool supplier H. Dawson Wool for the use of APDN’s SigNature T® anti-counterfeiting …

CORDURA® Naturalle™ fabrics honored

February 20, 2014

Multi-functional CORDURA® Naturalle™ fabrics earn Top 10 Honors at ISPO 2014 Textrends Forum. INVISTA’S CORDURA® Naturalle™ fabrics, developed by Huamao Industrial Mill in China are ISPO Textrends Top 10 winners in Membranes and Outer Layer categories for ISPO MUNICH 2014. Developed as a forum focusing on fabric and accessory trends for the outdoor sports apparel …

Tracking down comfort with “Sherlock”

February 19, 2014

Naming competition at the Hohenstein Institute: sweating thermal articulated manikin is called after the British master detective. Customers and employees of the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany, have voted to decide on the name for a new sweating thermal articulated manikin. The latest piece of test equipment in the Clothing Physiology department will now be …

AATCC International Conference 2014, Asheville, N.C., April 1-3

February 18, 2014

With a pre-conference tutorial and presentations featuring industry leaders, plus opportunities to build or expand a professional network, the AATCC International Conference for 2014 is an important event for the industry. IC 2014 will be held at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, N.C., U.S.A., from April 1-3 and feature educational tracks, a poster session, …

SBA amends SBIR and STTR Program Policy Directives

February 17, 2014

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has amended its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Policy Directives in response to public comments and input from all parties involved in the program. These amendments , published on Jan. 8, 2014, in the Federal Register, can be found and reviewed for …

PrinterEvolution launches new user-friendly website

February 14, 2014

PrinterEvolution, a Louisville, Colo.-based wide and grand format printer manufacturer, has launched a new website that is more user-friendly, easier to navigate, and better reflects the brand’s clean, sophisticated and innovative look. The updated website also contains more pertinent information, such as sample request forms and safety data sheets, as well as a separate ink …

Arlon Graphics launches social media automotive restyling photo contest: #Wrapwars

February 13, 2014

Deadline: Feb. 21, 2014. Arlon Graphics, Santa Ana, Calif., invites social media followers to show off their talent and passion for automotive restyling film by participating in Arlon’s #wrapwars competition. Participants must wrap their cars in Arlon Ultimate PremiumPlus™ colors, including: Riviera Blue Gloss, Gunmetal Metallic, Heat Wave or True Blood, and submit their high-resolution …

Mutoh America Inc. partners with Avery Dennison for another year of Car Wrap Training classes

February 11, 2014

Program focuses on in-depth understanding of graphic installation and certification. Mutoh America Inc., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has announced its partnership with Avery Dennison to offer the Car Wrap Training Program in ten cities across the United States in 2014. Classes will be hosted by master installer Justin Pate. Dates …

Phifer Inc. showcases new fabrics, website, logo at 2014 International Window Coverings Expo

February 10, 2014

Leading interior sun control fabric manufacturer Phifer Inc. unveiled several fresh fabric offerings, its company website redesign and a sleek new SheerWeave brand mark at the International Window Coverings Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 4-6. Phifer’s newly redesigned website, www.phifer.com, features an attractive layout, lots of handy product information and more streamlined, user-friendly navigation. …

Diamond Brand supports U.S. military

February 7, 2014

WNC company makes donation to families of fallen soldiers through the Night Stalker Association. Diamond Brand Manufacturing, Arden, N.C., has announced a donation in support of families of fallen soldiers and the Night Stalker Association: the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). Diamond Brand has supported various arms of the U.S. military through its manufacturing …

SWIFA 38th Annual Convention

February 4, 2014

The Southwest Industrial Fabrics Association (SWIFA) will hold its annual conference this year in Grapevine, Texas, at the Embassy Suites and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor. The event will feature informative meetings and round table discussions and manufacturing tips covering awnings, marine and truck tarp-related products. Historic Grapevine also offers an inviting collection of shops, restaurants …

Free publicity for fabric suppliers: Specialty Fabric Showcase 2014 in the Review

February 3, 2014

The Specialty Fabrics Review annual Fabric Showcase, scheduled for the April and May 2014 issues, will focus reader attention on the special benefits and advantages of the new fabrics available to them from industry suppliers. This is an opportunity for all fabric manufacturers and distributors to get the word out, to readers in markets ranging …

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The failsafe questions

February 1, 2014

John Conroy ensures project success by asking the right questions. “We design projects by thinking about how they could fail,” says John Conroy, owner of House of Canvas, Ottawa, Ont., Canada. “By considering all the things that could possibly go wrong, before even starting the project, we minimize surprises.” While in high school, Conroy began …

TenCate wins “dry feet” award

The Rivierenland Water Board, a Dutch entity responsible for dike safety in The Netherlands, teamed with TenCate Geosynthetics to develop a vertical sand-tight geotextile to prevent a specific threat of dike failure, piping. Piping occurs when the water pressure from the higher-water side of the dike seeps through sand to the lower-water (polder) side, creating …

Specialty Fabrics Review interviews John Conroy

Interview by Sigrid Tornquist How do you balance meeting deadlines and running the company within the reasonable hours of the day? You have to realize that there’s life outside the company, and as soon as you fail to see that, something’s going to suffer. The best way to address that challenge is by proper planning …

Canadian patent issued for WeatherMAXâ„¢

WeatherMAX™ high-performance fabric for outdoor applications offers water repellency, mildew resistance, breathability, durability and long-term color and strength retention. Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc., Greenville, S.C., was issued a Canadian patent for WeatherMAX, ensuring that it remains a one-of-a-kind product. Safety Components has brought technological advances to textiles used in military, structural, firefighting and automotive …

Snapshot: Learning curves

By Sigrid Tornquist Taking on the more challenging projects is one of the things John Conroy enjoys about running House of Canvas. “Often we get jobs other companies have passed on because they’re just too difficult,” Conroy says. One such project Conroy and his team took on was designing and installing a canopy for outdoor …

Crypton acquires Nano-Tex

For 20 years, Crypton Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Mich., has manufactured environmentally friendly performance fabrics with stain resistance, moisture management and antimicrobial properties for health care, hospitality, commercial and residential applications. In a strategic move to expand into the performance apparel market, Crypton has acquired Nano-Tex®, with its nanotechnology performance finishes that provide apparel qualities ranging …

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Fleece “fronds” define winning stage design

The World Stage Design 2013 (WSD2013) brief for its design competition, held every four years, challenged the ingenuity and sustainability credentials of participants. “We asked for a venue that was eco-conscious, could seat up to 150 people, host a variety of events and be self-built, all for an outlay of less than £20,000,” said Ian …

Wagner Companies hires Gesell

Lisa Gesell, Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), has joined the Wagner Companies, Butler, Wis., as a buyer. She will procure materials, supplies and sub-contractor services, as well as undertake process improvement, cost reduction and vendor sourcing. Gesell brings more than 15 years of purchasing, planning and supervisory experience to Wagner, a manufacturer and supplier …

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Weaving magic in ‘The Space between Us’

Janet Echelman’s art installations create an almost mystical connection between earth, light and air, appearing over the skylines in venues from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to Sydney, Australia. GLOW 2013, an organization sponsoring a dusk-to-dawn art celebration held in Santa Monica, Calif., commissioned Echelman to help transform the beach into a “playground for thoughtful and participatory, …

Rimbey is new TMI CEO

David Rimbey, formerly vice president of operations at TMI Intl. LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa., will transition into the role of president and CEO for the manufacturer and supplier of PVC-based products. In his new role, Rimbey will manage customer environments for safety, cleanliness, comfort, efficiency and energy savings. Prior to joining TMI, he served as manufacturing …

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Making an artful dodger

Jason Iverson’s approach is anything but business as usual. Jason Iverson is passionate about his business. It’s obvious when he talks about the details of his designs and how he works with his customers. He has been able to combine two of his passions—product design and sailing—to launch Iverson’s Design Inc., a successful business designing …

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ with canvas

Rural turn-of-the-century Australia and Hollywood in the 1960s are bound together by a book, P. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins, in a new Disney movie starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks.” Re-creating the two distinctive locations through ads, signs and décor elements fell to Martin T. Charles of SagaBoy Productions, Santa Monica, Calif., …

Jones joins Techmer PM

Techmer PM, Clinton, Tenn., a producer of colors and additives for the plastics and fiber industries, has announced that Mark Jones has joined the company as global nonwovens market manager. Jones will lead Techmer PM’s global nonwovens activities related to strategy, marketing, product development and sales. With more than 25 years working in the nonwovens …

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“Recycling Rangers”

SMART’s free lesson plans for students; new OEKO-TEX® test criteria for 2014. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) has announced the launch of its Recycling Rangers program for elementary school teachers. The goal of this year’s educational program is to heighten student, teacher and family awareness of clothing and textile recycling by engaging …

A new meaning for closet cleaning

After a long day of work or play, the active person’s clothing tends to be wrinkled, smelly, germy or damp. It may be time for a laundry load or another visit to the dry cleaners. But wait! A Swiss appliance manufacturer has an innovative shortcut to cleaning clothing: Refresh Butler. The appliance, which can be …

In Memoriam: Bill Phythian

William (Bill) Phythian, president (1989-1991) and long-time board member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), died peacefully on December 28, 2013, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at the age of 82. Phythian joined the Calgary Police Service in 1955, but left law enforcement in 1957 to work at Calgary Tent and Awning Ltd., where he …

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Smart—and comfortable—clothes

Wearable technology requires pairing reliable functionality with a comfortable garment. What if a person’s heart rate, respiration and body mechanics could be monitored during various activities without being observed in person or via video feeds? What if that data could be collected and evaluated remotely? Dr. Tom Martin, co-director of the Electronic Textiles Lab at …

Federal procurement process and FPI

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 that would remove current language requiring purchasing from Federal Prison Industries (FPI) and bar FPI from receiving contracts reserved for small businesses. Military purchasing of clothing, footwear, tents, protective gear and other fabric products is a lucrative source of business …

Crisco to run for Congress

Keith Crisco, president and chairman of AEC Narrow Fabrics (Asheboro Elastics) of Asheboro, N.C., is seeking the Democratic party’s nomination to run for the Second Congressional District of North Carolina. Crisco, also a member of Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA), will face opposition in the 2014 primary election, but brings to …

Just “hanging” around

Playoffice, Madrid, Spain, designs and creates themed spaces for children to “develop creativity, emotional intelligence, psychomotor activity and cohabitation. Spaces that stimulate specific skills or hobbies for children, such as visual arts, music, nature or sport,” the company’s website says. The point is to encourage learning through playing. For a recent project in a family …

Polymer coating wins technology award

Even after washing, textiles can retain unpleasant odors, the metabolic byproducts of bacteria that survive the laundry cycle. SANITIZED AG of Basel, Switzerland, developed a new technology, Sanitized® Pluma, to coat textiles with a special polymer that retains a thin film of water on the surface of the material. The film prevents bacteria from docking …

New OEKO-TEX® test criteria

At the start of the year, the OEKO-TEX® Association has, as usual, updated the valid test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with OEKO-TEX® Standard 100. A number of new regulations come into force on April 1, 2014, for all certifications, following a three-month transition period, including: The specifications for perfluorooctanic acid …

Ballasting act

TRD-developed ballasting tool provides an accurate way to calculate ballast weights. By Jake Kulju Poet Maya Angelou is known for saying, “When you know better, you do better.” Tent installations may be an odd application for a poet’s inspirational words, but the quote succinctly describes the tent rental industry’s new approach to accurately calculating ballast …

Embedded antimicrobials from PurThread

Eastman Kodak Co. developed proprietary technology derived from its expertise in photosensitive materials that works as an antimicrobial agent in textiles. In November, PurThread Technologies Inc., Durham, N.C., announced an exclusive agreement to use Kodak’s antimicrobial agent in high-performance and medical textiles. The antimicrobial is embedded into synthetic fibers before they are spun into yarn …

Shaking up London

An oversized snow globe showcases—and protects—a Piccadilly Circus icon. By Lynn Keillor In Greek mythology, Eros may be the mythological god of love and Anteros the god of requited love, but there is no love for vandals who deface this popular London statue. The delicate aluminum Anteros statue (more commonly called Eros), located in the …

Mix ‘n’ Match interiors

New Mix ‘N’ Match Collection from Carnegie Fabrics consists of simple, versatile basics that can dress up or down any interior designer’s palette. Collection includes upholstery, window and panel fabrics that meet essential performance standards for commercial interiors in hotels, offices, health care facilities and retail spaces. Four new upholstery patterns, including “Allure 6468” versatile …

Reshaping hydrophobic textiles

A team of scientists led by Professor Kripa Varanasi from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is testing super hydrophobic materials that work by reshaping the surface of textiles so water droplets can bounce faster and are 40 percent less likely to reach the fabric surface. If less water reaches the fabric, the surface dries much …

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The top ten winning innovations

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation recently announced its annual awards to industry standouts. The IFF Innovation Award seeks to honor companies that are developing groundbreaking ideas with the potential to transform markets in the industrial fabric industry. The award encompasses innovative projects and processes that have, or will have, a significant impact on the industry or …

Power Stretch FR

GF 4607 Power Stretch (FR) is now being offered at 104 inches wide for dye sublimation printing. Also available at 122 inches wide, the fabric has a brighter white point that improves print performance and provides better color definition. Popular uses include geometric displays, pop-up booths, silicone edge graphics and photographic backdrops. Flame retardant fabric …

Wearable batteries stand up to folding

Flexible and rechargeable textile batteries developed by a research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology continued to hold 91.8 percent of electricity even after being folded 5,500 times in prototype testing. The flexible solar-recharged battery, which can be mass-produced on assembly lines, will enhance the use of wearable electronic devices in …

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Going to extremes

Despite worldwide climate issues, fabric structures meet the environmental challenges. News of a 100-year “polar vortex” in the U.S. midwestern states, increasing tsunami destruction in the Caribbean and coastal Japan, typhoons in Southeast Asia—one could begin to believe that “extreme climate conditions” is an oxymoron, because it seems that the unusual is becoming the usual. …

Eco-solvent printer/cutter

The VersaCAMM VSi Series of wide-format inkjet printers offers high-quality eco-solvent inks, integrated contour cutting, ease of use, versatility and dependability—with added performance and a fresh new look. With a newly designed 8-channel Piezo inkjet print head, variable droplet inkjet printing and the latest inks, the VSi delivers stunning images with exceptional detail at all …

OEKO-TEX STeP webinar online

Earlier this year, the International OEKO-TEX® Association introduced its STeP certification, a voluntary, independent certification that evaluates a textile production facility’s sustainability in six key areas: quality management, environmental management, social responsibility, safety, environmental performance and chemical management. A webinar available for viewing at any time on the OEKO-TEX website describes the new certification for …

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Part 2: The state of the industry

Part II focuses on five end-product markets, primarily in the U. S.: safety and technical products, narrow fabrics, geosynthetics, truck covers and tarpaulins, and fabric graphics. Safety and technical products The global safety and technical products market was estimated to be $22 billion in 2013. Growth worldwide is 6 percent annually. Slow economic growth worldwide …