Demand for antimicrobial fibers, textiles and apparel growing quickly

March 31, 2014

Demand for antimicrobial fibers, textiles and apparel is set for strong growth, according to Issue No 47 of Performance Apparel Markets from the business information company Textiles Intelligence. It will be spurred primarily by growing awareness among consumers of the importance of personal hygiene and the health risks posed by certain microorganisms. The promotion of …

The Wagner Companies launches new e-commerce website

March 28, 2014

The Wagner Companies, Milwaukee, Wis., has announced the upcoming launch of their new e-commerce website, shop.wagnercompanies.com. The new site will be launching early spring 2014 and offers an improved approach to online shopping for Wagner’s client base. For more than a century, Wagner has made customer experience a major focus across their business. The new …

“Lightweighting” and the automotive supply chain

March 27, 2014

In partnership with The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), Infocast’s inaugural Lightweighting Summit: New Solutions, New Suppliers will bring together the key strategists, decision-makers, innovators and investors in transportation and materials markets to explore how automotive (and indirectly, aerospace) supply chains will realign in preparation for lightweighting factors. Hear from OEMs about their targets, …

Lattie to receive Chapin Award for service to AATCC

March 26, 2014

In recognition of his outstanding service to the association, AATCC has named Robert Keith Lattie as the 2013 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award. A member of the AATCC since 1984, Lattie has served with honor and distinction in the administrative, research and global outreach functions of AATCC. He served as president of the …

SPESA VIP Networking Event to be held in Atlanta, Ga., May 13

March 25, 2014

The popular SPESA dinner and industry networking function will be held at the Georgia Aquarium. The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA), Raleigh, N.C., will host the third biennial edition of its SPESA VIP Networking Event on May 13, 2014, at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga. Held in conjunction with the …

Techmer PM hosts 13th annual Fibertech conference, March 5-6

March 24, 2014

2014 conference theme focused on increasing collaboration among supply chain partners. Techmer PM, Clinton, Tenn., a leading producer of value-added colors and additives for the plastics and fiber industries, hosted its annual Fibertech conference on March 5 and 6 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The conference, held in conjunction with the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) spring …

Woven wire mesh keeps step in style

March 21, 2014

Manatee Technical Institute, with its main campus in Bradenton, Fla., offers post-secondary adult, career and technical education at its four Florida campuses. The Institute celebrated its 50th anniversary in a new state-of-the-art facility in blue, gray and silver reminiscent of its namesake, the manatee or “sea cow,” a big, bulbous plant-eating mammal famous for its …

Aspland to receive Olney Medal, AATCC’s highest award

March 20, 2014

John Richard “Dick” Aspland is the 2013 recipient of the Olney Medal for outstanding achievement in the field of textile chemistry. The Olney Medal, the highest award presented by AATCC, is for outstanding lifetime achievement in a field of major importance to textile science. Aspland’s research has included a wide range of textile chemistry interests, …

Lightweight inflatable boats, mats and accessories from Seamax

March 19, 2014

Inflatable boats have more than 50 years in this industry, used frequently by the military and for commercial purposes. They feature two large buoyancy tubes on either side which contain pressurized gas to keep the boat stable on water without tipping. The lightweight inflatable boat has become a household item for many reasons, becoming much …

Grants to be awarded in support of small business innovation

March 18, 2014

SBA to support R & D; apply through April 11, 2014. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that it will award grants to state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities to support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses under SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program. Applications …

March 19 deadline for new award entry

March 17, 2014

Techmer PM sponsors Royal Society of Arts inaugural Bill Moggridge Award Techmer PM, Clinton, Tenn., a leading producer of value-added colors and additives for the plastics and fiber industries, has announced its sponsorship of the first annual Bill Moggridge Award for Interdisciplinary Design. The award is part of the Royal Society of Arts U.S. (RSA) …

MMI Textiles promotes key employees to management positions

March 14, 2014

Amy Bircher Hammond, president and founder of MMI Textiles Inc., a supplier of custom and stock woven fabrics, has announced the promotion of two employees to management positions. Nickolas Rivera started with MMI Textiles almost eight years ago when the company acquired NDW Textiles in 2006. During that transition, he learned a tremendous amount about …

Gap celebrates International Women’s Day

March 13, 2014

On International Women’s Day, March 8, Gap introduced “One Stitch Closer,” a new program that extends Gap’s long-standing commitment of supporting women. At the center of the program is Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) program, which will expand to provide education and training to even more of the women who make the …

NASA picks small business tech proposals for development

March 12, 2014

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected 108 research and technology proposals from U.S. small businesses that will enable NASA’s future missions while benefiting America’s new high technology-driven economy right here on Earth. The selected proposals will now enter into negotiations for contract awards as part of Phase II of the agency’s Small Business …

Initiative to help small businesses reach next level of growth

March 11, 2014

SBA launches 2014 Emerging Leaders Initiative to assist with quick growth and job creation. For the seventh consecutive year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is looking for small businesses to partake in its highly successful Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative that provides the tools they need to sustain and grow their businesses. The Emerging …

MIMAKI announces SMART schedule

March 10, 2014

Mimaki USA, Suwanee, Ga., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has announced its SMART (School of Mimaki Application and Resource Training) course schedule for RasterLink6 RIP software. The program is designed to help users obtain maximum benefit of the features in RasterLink6 RIP software to drive a variety of Mimaki printers. RasterLink6 …

Committed to increased rental penetration through program work

March 7, 2014

GRA countries represent $73 billion in combined rental revenue. The 12th annual meeting of the Global Rental Alliance (GRA) was held in February at The Rental Show 2014 in Orlando, Fla. All GRA member associations were present, including: Associação De Locadoras, Brazil (ALEC); Canadian Rental Association (CRA); European Rental Association (ERA), Belgium; Hire Association Europe …

Xennia to champion advancements at InPrint 2014

March 6, 2014

New digital manufacturing solutions at industrial print show from April 8-10 Digitizing industrial printing and deposition processes has transformational benefits, making them more flexible and responsive, more efficient, more environmentally responsible and more profitable. Xennia Technology offers advanced digital manufacturing solutions, and will be participating in the InPrint 2014 industrial print show as a founding …

Sportswear company to accelerate speed to market

March 5, 2014

Jonathan & Fletcher uses Gerber’s YuniquePLM system to design and produce competition sportswear Jonathan & Fletcher®, the premier French brand known for its high-performance winter wear and sportswear, has selected Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM® system to improve visibility and accelerate speed to market. The company designs and manufactures lines for prominent sportswear brands including Rossignol, Salomon, …

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Another fine mesh

March 1, 2014

Durable, versatile, printable fabric makes a big impact outdoors. The merging of advanced printing technologies and the broad spectrum of mesh products on the market is allowing fabricators to do more than was possible in previous years, especially with splashy, attention-getting outdoor graphics. Mesh, in an increasing variety of styles and materials, is an ideal …

‘Love Your Melon’-on wheels

Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller, students at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., launched a class project to fight pediatric cancer called “Love Your Melon.” The “Buy one, Give one” strategy involves asking people to buy a knit hat and donate another, which are then distributed with good humor to children hospitalized with …

Enduratex taps Kessler

Enduratex™/China General Plastics Corporation of America (CGPCA), Mira Loma, Calif., has appointed John Kessler as contract manager to oversee growth of the company’s vinyl-coated fabrics in the contract market segment. Kessler previously worked with the Mitchell Group, Kestrel Fabric Products and Omnova Solutions, respectively. He is an Ohio native and a graduate of Bowling Green …

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The energy around us

Energy harvesting researcher Dr. Shashank Priya, Virginia Tech, responds to questions about the status of kinetic energy harvesting technology. What is your assessment of the commercial viability of kinetic energy harvesting? Kinetic energy harvesting prototypes have been demonstrated by several research laboratories and large companies, such as Exelis Inc. There are a variety of platforms …

Wall covering: Italy in Beverly Hills

Oil tycoon Edward Doheny built the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills in 1927 to make a grand statement. Less than 40 years later, his elegant mansion with its formal gardens and European sensibility became a public space, purchased by the City of Beverly Hills as a public park and event destination. Interior design firm L’Esperance …

Global Imaging promotes Martin

Erica Martin assumes a new role at Global Imaging, Louisville, Colo., as visual communication specialist for the wide- and grand-format printing and supplies integrator. Martin, who designed marketing materials and established brand standards for Global Imaging, will have expanded responsibilities in brand marketing and social media. She will lead and direct the design and production …

The origami kayak

A new company is out to “unlock the wonder and discovery of the great outdoors,” even for city dwellers, they say. And they plan to make it a little easier with a kayak that folds up like a suitcase to be transported almost anywhere. Kayakers can keep the Oru Kayak in the trunk of the …

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The sporting world on GreenFields’ turf

The Perth Hockey Stadium is where Australia’s national field hockey teams prepare for and play their most important matches, and Hockey Western Australia wanted the best artificial grass system available for the venue. Following the example of the Royal Netherlands Hockey Association and ten other Dutch hockey clubs, Hockey Western Australia selected GreenFields® TX to …

Crypton recruits Pawlus

Shelley Pawlus has joined The Crypton Companies as a director of Outreach Contract Division, a role that will include planning and implementing Crypton’s corporate outreach programs, which provide strong educational content and valuable sales support. Pawlus received her MBA from the University of Phoenix and has developed strong relationships with the architecture and design community. …

Military e-textiles

Creating textiles that harvest energy lighten the warfighter’s load. “Lightweight, wearable power is very desirable since it will replace some batteries, which add weight to the Soldier’s load,” says Dr. Eugene Wilusz, senior nuclear, biological, chemical scientist in the Warfighter Directorate, U.S. Army Natick Soldier RDE Center. “The key to future advancements is the development …

New iQ on the firing line

Workers in the electric utility, oil and gas, emerging energy and manufacturing lines face daily risk from flash fires, arc flash and related dangers—and often have to trade comfort for safety in their fire-resistant apparel. Bulwark® FR, Nashville, Tenn., part of VF Corp.’s portfolio of brands, makes durable, flame-resistant protective garments, and in partnership with …

Turn here

San Francisco fabricator Liz Diaz scores, designing and building course markers for 2013 America’s Cup races. By Jim Tarbox Even on the water, the old real-estate adage holds true: It’s all about location, location, location. Or, in the case of San Francisco Bay Master Fabric Craftsman (MFC) Liz Diaz, owner of North Beach Marine Canvas, …

Custom wall décor

HP has expanded its suite of custom wall décor solutions, with digital printing options that include a modular range of design software, media, HP Latex Printing Technology, finishing options and industry certifications. The scalable solution allows customers from small printing shops to large wallcovering manufacturers to take the growing trend of customization to the wall, …

The next bright idea: light-activated curtains

A research team led by Ali Javey, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, has created a material that moves quickly in response to light. The team layered carbon nanotubes on a plastic polycarbonate membrane. Light is absorbed into the nanotubes, which convert it to heat and transfer …

High-speed stacking

Schober USA has introduced its Single Spider automated robotic stacking system for rotary die-cutting machines. Specifically designed for precise stacking and counting of products up to 28.5 inches in length, the new delivery technology can be used inline with the RSM Offline Die Cutter for labels and other discrete cut products. It can also be …

Nonwovens in outer space

The European Space Agency launched a satellite in December 2013 that will survey an unprecedented one percent of the 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Technical Fibre Products (TFP), Kendal, England, provided specialty nonwoven fabrics incorporated into the satellite GAIA’s solar shield, part of the multi-layer insulation that manages temperature extremes in space. TFP develops …

Lead-free shadecloth

Polyfab USA LLC has now released to customers a new seal, promoting the fact that the complete range of Polyfab shadecloth is 100 percent lead-free, as well as phthalate-free. The company tested and developed new compounds over several years, replacing the heavy metal in the pigments with lead-free components, but still keeping all variables—FR, color …

‘Landing zones’ for completing TPP

With the year-end 2013 deadline for completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) now passed, the focus has shifted to completing the talks ahead of a visit by President Obama to Asia planned for April 2014. Although TPP negotiators are said to have identified potential compromises or “landing zones” on key outstanding issues last December, they …

Workstation crane

The XA Aluminum Workstation Crane is designed to meet and exceed the requirements of most modern lifting demands in a variety of industries. Lightweight unit can handle low loads up to two metric tons for cost-efficient labor solutions. System has a modular design to reduce downtime during installation, expansions or upgrades. High structural stiffness, small …

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OEKO-TEX sustainability tracking tool

Textile companies have a new option to have production plants independently evaluated and certified as using sustainable technologies and social working conditions. “STeP by OEKO-TEX®” certification helps brand providers, manufacturers and retailers select textile companies that meet their sustainability principles and requirements. Now, OEKO-TEX, Zurich, Switzerland, makes supply chain sustainability tracking even easier with a …

SureColor printer

The Epson® SureColor™ F7170 dye-sublimation printer is designed for the roll-to-roll digital textile market, offering new levels of performance, reliability and image quality for the fabric production and soft signage markets. Optimized print head and ink system ensures high-quality printing for a range of dye-sublimation applications, with superior dot control, precise and repeatable performance and …

Textile finishes fight viruses and bacteria

The “cure for the common cold”—as well as other viral and bacterial infections that cause bronchitis and diarrhea—is prevention through good hand washing, covering aerosols produced during sneezes and keeping surfaces clean. The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnnigheim, Germany, has demonstrated the benefits of copper-based fabric finishes in surface wipes that absorb 91 percent of viruses and …

Upholstery expressions

New lighthearted, textural upholstery patterns from Johnston Fabrics & Finishing are designed to add visual appeal to any interior, hospitality or corporate settings. The Cheerio pattern (shown) has a fluid design of solid, circular markings and an inviting color palette that will make an instant impression. Lulu is a floral pattern influenced by a range …

Marlen Textiles products Berry compliant

Following an internal review, New Haven, Mo.-based Marlen Textiles Inc. has determined that its entire product line is now in compliance with the Berry Amendment, which requires that certain purchases by the U.S. Defense Department comprise American-made end products made with American-made parts. It specifically covers textiles, food, and hand and measuring tools. “We have …

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Positively powerful

Kisha Moldovan builds relationships with sincerity and enthusiasm to boost business and advance the industry. “I don’t think about other awning companies as competition or in any way as a negative, because the more people who are spreading the word about awnings, the more we all have an opportunity to be successful,” says Kisha Moldovan, …

Top Value: 40 years and counting

Top Value Fabrics, based in Carmel, Ind., has been supplying textiles for the industrial, activewear and print media markets since 1974. Now, after reaching its 40-year milestone, Top Value continues to grow as an employee-owned business through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. “This really is our business, and we would like to take this opportunity …

Snapshot: A new shade of pink

By Sigrid Tornquist When Victoria’s Secret began searching for a new look for their flagship store in 2012, they turned to Capital City Awning to find them a new shade of pink. After months of presenting pink swatches to the company, including digitally printed fabrics that cost $200 a yard, Victoria’s Secret opted for the …

Auburn certifies ‘Made in the USA’

Auburn Mfg. Inc. (AMI), Mechanic Falls, Maine, takes its “Made in the USA” commitment seriously, now issuing its own Company of Origin certificate with each price quotation it provides. The AMI certificate attests that the products are made in the USA, from yarn to finished product, at the company’s manufacturing facility in Maine. In addition, …

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The healing textiles

Advancements in fiber development result in new and better applications for biomedical textiles. Biomedical textiles are one of the fastest growing segments in the textile industry, according to Dr. Martin King, professor of textiles at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and an expert in biotextiles. But what exactly are biomedical textiles? What’s driving development? And …

Face time at the Olympics!

Asif Khan, an award-winning designer and architect dubbed “London’s anti-starchitect,” accepted a commission from MegaFon, a Russian telecom company, to create a pavilion at the entrance of the Sochi Olympic Park for the Winter Games. Intrigued with the immediacy of communication in the digital age—“selfies,” emoticons, blogs, tweets and Facebook posts—Khan wanted to “harness that …

Victor Group achieves FACTS certification

The Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) owns the new Facts certification mark, which recognizes contract textiles that meet the multi-attribute NSF/ANSI 336 standard. To carry the Facts mark, a textile must be assessed by an independent third party for eight sustainability attributes: fiber sourcing, safety of materials, water conservation, water quality, energy, air quality, recycling …