AATCC recognizes Varley, Greeson with TCR Service Award

April 30, 2014

H. Kenneth Greeson of Cotton Incorporated and Adam R. Varley of Vartest Laboratories Inc. were honored by the AATCC Technical Committee on Research (TCR) with the TCR Service Award in recognition of their achievements and service to AATCC. The award was presented at the 2014 AATCC International Conference in Asheville, N.C., on April 3, 2014. …

SBA announces National Small Business Week

April 29, 2014

To be held May 12-16, 2014. Aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and others are invited to attend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week events held May 12-16, 2014. Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners and others …

pinta acoustic recognized with 2013 Construction Excellence Award

April 28, 2014

Honoring development of custom triangle baffles installed at ESIF. pinta acoustic inc.,Minneapolis, Minn., has been presented with the bronze 2013 Construction Excellence Award in the acoustical solutions category. The Ceilings and Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA) recognized pinta acoustic for the custom willtec® triangle baffles that are installed at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). …

Smithsonian selects Carnegie fabrics for permanent collection

April 25, 2014

Three wallcoverings are unanimously voted into the collection in New York City. Leading textile manufacturer Carnegie Fabrics, Rockville Centre, N.Y., has announced that three of their wallcoverings have been selected into the museum‘s permanent collection. The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum‘s Collections Committee voted unanimously to acquire three samples of Carnegie wallcoverings into the Museum‘s …

SEAMS to host Supply Chain USA

April 24, 2014

To present the largest Supply Chain USA Pavilion at Texprocess Americas in May Supply Chain USA will feature more than 35 individual company exhibits featuring the complete range of Made in USA supply chain manufacturing, components and services for the diverse fashion and sewn products industries. More than 200 industry professionals will attend the evening …

SDL Atlas offers expanded language interfaces for customer comfort

April 23, 2014

Responding to the needs of the global textile industry, SDL Atlas is now offering an expansion in the choice of user language interfaces on its most popular instruments. Spanish and Turkish have been added to the current English and Chinese Mandarin options on the Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester, Rotawash Colorfastness Tester, PnuBurst Pneumatic Burst …

Tex Visions introduces a new line

April 22, 2014

Tex Visions, Carlisle, Pa., has launched a new line of substrates to complement its new UV printing capabilities. “These new substrates are a welcome and valuable addition to our already popular and profitable product line,” said CEO Marcel Ruhland. “Our resellers have long inquired about UV printing, and I am pleased we are now able …

Nantong Teijin polyester plant celebrates

April 21, 2014

Teijin Group, Tokyo, Japan, has announced that China-based Nantong Teijin Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s polyester textile manufacturing and processing company handling the weaving and dyeing of recyclable polyester textiles and the manufacture and processing of polyester textiles in China, celebrated its 20th anniversary on April 18. Nantong Teijin was established in March 1994 to …

TENCEL® fiber with a “flushable” function

April 18, 2014

With the cellulose fiber TENCEL® as a short-cut type, Lenzing is satisfying trends and customer demand in the nonwovens industry. The fiber is biodegradable and strong but still “flushable,” ideal for high-quality wipes and care wipes. In an increasing number of households one can find practical wipes for hygiene and care applications and the trend …

NCSU professor wins prestigious award

April 17, 2014

Dr. Pourdeyhimi receives TAPPI Nonwovens Division Leadership & Service Award Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Professor of Materials in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, has been named recipient of the Leadership and Service Award and Dow Chemical Company Prize awarded by TAPPI’s Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists (NET) Division. The award recognizes an individual …

SBA seeking nominations for its annual Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame Awards

April 16, 2014

Online nominations must be received by May 2, 2014. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for its annual Tibbetts and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Hall of Fame Awards. Nominations can be submitted online. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT, May 2, 2014. The Tibbetts Awards are presented to small businesses and …

NSRDEC’s Textile Industry Day, June 24-25, 2014

April 15, 2014

Exchange information and ideas to improve understanding of S&T programs. Textile Industry Day describes the textile technology programs and focus areas and specific/unique expertise, facilities, and capabilities of the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center (NSRDEC). The intent is to provide a forum to exchange information and ideas on how academia and …

U.S. Departments of Labor and Education launch the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium

April 14, 2014

Program graduates can turn classroom and on-the-job training into college credits. The U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, have launched the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium, a new effort that will allow graduates of Registered Apprenticeship programs to turn their years of rigorous on-the-job and classroom training into college credits toward …

Serge Ferrari in China: an 18-year success story

April 11, 2014

After an 18-year presence in the People’s Republic of China, Serge Ferrari executives had the honor of being introduced to President Xi Jinping at Lyon City Hall on March 26, 2014, during the President’s official visit to France. The meeting was reported as an outstanding sign of recognition and a source of immense pride for …

Skin cancer recognized as occupational illness in Germany

April 10, 2014

Special textiles offer reliable protection from harmful UV radiation. About two and a half million people in Germany regularly work for eight hours or more in the sun. Their risk of developing skin cancer is twice as high as that of employees who do not work outdoors. Only a very few of them wear special …

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GMA’s Geosynthetics Market Report now available

April 9, 2014

Covering U.S. and Canada geosynthetics materials and manufacturing. A comprehensive review of all U.S. and Canada geosynthetics markets has been compiled by the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The Geosynthetics Market Report 2011–2012 is described in an April 4 IFAI press release as “the most comprehensive and …

D-air® design for safer skiing

April 8, 2014

Just in time for the Sochi Winter Olympics, Dainese S.p.A., Vincenza, Italy, and the International Ski Federation (FIS) realized a dream—a wearable airbag to protect competitive skiers from a devastating injury on the slopes. D-air® Ski from Dainese S.p.A., a protective system worn on the torso like a vest, has been race tested by Werner …

Korean-based Daejin receives sustainability accreditation

April 7, 2014

Concept III textiles partner Daejin passes bluesign screening. Continuing a push for eco compatibility by all of its performance textile partners, Concept III textiles, Red Bank, N.J., U.S.A., has announced that Korean-based Daejin has now received bluesign® accreditation. Concept III has been working with the ultra-soft high pile maker since 2009. Switzerland-based bluesign Technologies AG …

Tencate high-tech fabric to protect firefighters

April 4, 2014

Dutch Zaanstreek-Waterland fire brigade chooses TenCate Millenia™ fabrics for fire-fighting suits. The Dutch Zaanstreek-Waterland fire brigade has opted for TenCate high-tech fabrics in their turnout gear: The protective materials from TenCate will be used in 800 new fire-fighting suits for their brigades. The suits will be supplied in partnership with the LHD Group in Germany. …

Weatherproof awning systems increase popularity

April 2, 2014

The trend for outdoor living noted at R+T Stuttgart. New sector solutions for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection systems are presented every three years at R+T in Stuttgart, Germany. The trade fair organizer has already listened to the industry and given a preview of what trends for awnings the visitors can expect next year …

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Textiles and trade

April 1, 2014

NCTO supports Textile Enforcement and Security Act (TESA), Yarn-Forward rule. The Yarn-Forward Rule spurs investment in the U.S. textile industry, according to information from the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). The U.S. textile industry has seen a surge in foreign direct investment over the past eight months. No fewer than eight foreign companies have …

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Covering cricket in eye-catching style

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), owner of the 200-year-old Lords Cricket Ground in London, England, is the world’s oldest cricket club, arbiter of the laws of cricket and keeper of historical artifacts from the sport’s storied past. Lord Byron swung the bat in the first Harrow-versus-Eton match in 1805; His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh …

In memoriam: Robert P. Weingartner Sr.

Longtime owner of Cincinnati-based Queen City Awning Robert P. Weingartner Sr., MFC, passed away on Feb. 15, 2014, at the age of 81. He was an active member of IFAI for many years; in addition to serving two terms on the IFAI board of directors, he also served as chairman of the certification committee, and …

Leather efficiency

A new eco-friendly artificial leather with a bio-content of about 70 percent developed by Flokser Group uses Susterra® 1,3-propanediol (PDO) by DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products as its bio-based building block material. Susterra 1,3-propanediol is certified 100 percent bio-based by the USDA. A peer-reviewed life cycle assessment demonstrates that the production of bio-based propanediol …

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Potable and portable

Manufacturers tackle the world’s growing need for safe drinking water–after disasters, and before. When a chemical storage tank in West Virginia leaked this past January, 300,000 people were unable to drink water from their taps. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent more than 367,000 gallons of water to the nine-county area; the local water …

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Vehicle wraps define NASCAR car stars

NASCAR racing boasts 75 million fans worldwide and more Fortune 500 sponsors than any other motor sport. Vehicles with exciting graphics and logos keep fans watching and sponsors recognized for their ongoing support. That’s why Richard Childress Racing (RCR), a group with more than 200 victories and 15 championships in NASCAR events, partnered with Roland …

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Award-winning geosynthetics

Two IAA-winning projects demonstrate the benefits of geotextile tubes for marine engineering. Award of Excellence TenCate Geosynthetics, Pendergrass, Ga., USA The Embraport Container and Bulk Liquid Terminal was permitted for construction on the north shore of the port of Santos, Brazil, estuary in a tidal zone that would require importing approximately 1.5 million cubic meters …

No greenhouse effect

Phifer SheerWeave® Style 4000, 4100 and 4400 series fabrics made with sustainable DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers are ‘green’ PVC fabrics for interior and exterior shading systems in commercial and residential applications. The plasticizers are made from 98 percent renewable feedstock, reduce greenhouse gases by 40 percent versus traditional plasticizers, and the compounds can be recycled …

Seven steps to success

A professional shares his formula for improved sales and customer relationships that last. By Bill Foster There is certainly no lack of advice on how to increase your sales success. Books and seminars can be counted by the hundreds, and many of these are quite good. Firsthand experience working for others in sales positions and …

Rest easy: clean, soft pillow protections

Sleepers everywhere demand their favorite pillows for everyday use, often bringing the perfect personalized pillow along on camping trips, airplane travel and hotel stays to ensure a good night’s rest. However, when hygiene is the most important consideration in a pillow, comfort can get kicked to the curb. Hospital patients, nursing home residents, hotel patrons …

Strength for clearspans

VentaSpan® and VentaSpan Sun-Bloc® reinforced vinyl laminated fabrics were developed to address the stresses of wide-span structures. The high-strength substrates are engineered to resist UV damage and cold cracking. Available in a variety of construction weights in white, black, blue, green, red and yellow, the standard width is 61 inches; custom widths are available. ABC …

Bio-based performance

Bio-based Xorel® is a high-performance interior textile with a 60 to 85 percent bio-content derived from sugar cane. With the same appearance, performance and price as the original Xorel, the fabric is appropriate for the same applications, including wall coverings, panels or upholstery. Proprietary X-Protect backing allows the user to clean the product aggressively with …

“Smelling” danger

E-nose sensors could make textile substrates into wearable warning systems. When we think “wearable technology” we may think of photovoltaic materials powering small electronic devices, or sensors relating vital signs to health care providers. About a year ago, U.K.-based Peratech announced its involvement in a new project, dubbed “Nose in clothes.” The nature of the …

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Cut-to-fit belts for frequent flyers

StarBelt Collections, manufactured by WeatherTech®, Bollingbrook, Ill., assures all potential customers that the colorful thermoplastic polyolefin and elastomer StarBelts are completely recyclable and “vegan.” These may not be the biggest market advantages StarBelt offers in its competition with leather belts for keeping up the slacks, shorts and knickers of customers. The company insists that it …

Standing up to the elements

Top Notch 9 features solution-dyed yarn for long-lasting color, high tear strength and abrasion resistance for longer life, along with better dimensional stability to reduce stretch and sag. Good for heavy-use applications, including travel covers. Its weight and hand make it ideal for most applications requiring a breathable fabric. Top Notch 9 is Berry compliant, …

Flexible, reuseable packaging

Packa-Tex™ BT-1 and BT-2 material-handling laminated fabrics provide a delicate, flexible method to transport automotive parts, postal packages, glassware and other fragile components or finished goods. Easy to clean, this returnable, reuseable packaging conforms to virtually any product shape, offers easy access to parts, provides protection from hard or abrasive surfaces and is more cost …

Color magic

The Norwegian Opera and Ballet customizes their costumes exactly how they were envisioned, says Kari Alette Baekkevold, the head of the print and dye shop. This approach was used to spectacular advantage for a recent production of Firebird, which required rich, vibrant colors on fine textiles. The Wasatch SoftRIP TX, developed exclusively for textile printing …

Cutting-edge footballs for the Super Bowl

In all of the hoopla around Super Bowl XLVIII, news trended from the weather in New Jersey to Bruno Mars’ performance to whether the defensive Seahawks would triumph over the offensive Broncos, but very few tweets and tidbits focused on the footballs. Wilson Sporting Goods Co. quietly produced 150 official game footballs and 800 official …

Advanced solution for hovercraft

Neoprene®-coated polyamide fabric from Trelleborg is designed as a solution for durable hovercraft fabric. Coated on two sides with Neoprene®, the polyamide fabric is engineered to cushion the weight of a hovercraft against seawater, ice and sand, while withstanding the pressure of the air held and providing high abrasion resistance and strength. Trelleborg Engineered Fabrics …

Heat reflection, glare control, design flexibility

E Screen and T Screen with KOOLBLACK™ Technology are high-performance window shade fabrics, designed for architects, designers and building engineers looking for leading-edge products that contribute to higher-performing, lower-emitting and overall healthier buildings. Both fabrics are GREENGUARD Gold Certified and offered with 10-year interior and 5-year exterior warranty. Designed in coordinating front and back colors, …

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“Well, look at that … “

New graphics technologies offer marine fabricators practical and eye-catching options. Customized graphics broadcast personality. “For many boat owners, boats become their babies,” says Rich Thompson, president of AdGraphics in Pompano Beach, Fla. Thompson also made a presentation at the annual Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) national convention in Charleston, S.C., in January. “They have an emotional …

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Vehicle underbody shields coming to U.S.

Ultra-Silent, an innovative fiber under-floor and under-engine shield manufactured by Autoneum Management Ltd., Winterthur, Switzerland, has only been available to European car manufacturers—until now. Autoneum will enter the North American market starting in 2015. The Ultra-Silent systems, consisting of glass-free PET fibers, are water resistant, heat resistant, recyclable and 50 percent lighter than standard plastic …

Extreme performance

XTRM PLY 30 KEE/EIA HP geomembrane from Engineered Polymer Technologies is flexible and workable in extreme hot and cold environments, with excellent resistance to chemicals including acids and hydrocarbons. Unique width capabilities (up to 120 inches) allow for fewer seams to weld. Standard roll goods are available at a thickness of 30.0 mil. with a …

No re-tensioning necessary

Monotec 370 shadecloth uses 100 percent round monofilament HDPE yarns. Because of the strength, stability and positive memory in the yarn, shade structures and sails can be installed and forgotten—no re-tensioning required. Fire retardant and available in 14 vibrant colors, the fabric is ideal for fixed shade structures, car parks, car ports, playgrounds and pool …

Printing performance

The ValueJet 1638X and 1638WX wide-format inkjet printers are 64-inch, staggered dual head models offering faster turnaround times, user-friendly operation and a convenient maintenance door. ValueJet 1638X is a eco-solvent printer and ValueJet 1638WX is a dye-sublimation/aqueous ink unit; both are designed for expanded applications, faster production and improved printing efficiency. Both models feature a …

More workforce training in 2015?

The U.S. Department of Labor has released its fiscal year 2015 budget request, which focuses on preparing workers for ready-to-fill job markets and industries projected to grow in the future. The budget supports reforms to improve training and employment programs to help workers gain skills and return to work quickly. The Department of Labor plans …

Strength in diversity

Advantage MVP 18 Ripstop, the signature 18-ounce coated formula from Value Vinyls, is equipped to handle adverse weather conditions and withstand great physical stress. Constructed with a double reinforced “ripstop” thread to increase tear strength, the fabric is well suited to industrial applications, especially truck tarps. With a soft hand and aesthetic smooth matte finish, …

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2014 Specialty Fabrics Showcase: Part 1

The key word for fabric choices (and the products made from them) these days is performance: fabrics that resist weather of all types; fabrics that enhance; fabrics that protect as well as beautify; fabrics that fight infection; fabrics that generate power; fabrics that are made of recycled materials and can be recycled again; fabrics that …

Adhesion promoters

Supply55 Inc., providing a variety of value-added products to the sign, screen and graphics arts markets, has released AP2155™ and AP3155™ adhesion promoters for use with UV printers. AP2155 is an adhesion promoter, anti-static and cleaner (eliminates fingerprints) for use with UV and LED curable inks when printing on plastic substrates, Coroplast, polystyrene, PVC and …

New Orafol distribution center in Ontario

Orafol Americas Inc., Black Creek, Ga., has expanded its presence in North America by opening a new Canadian distribution center for its pressure-sensitive films and industrial tapes for sign, screen print and digital imaging applications. The 24,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art warehouse in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, will provide fast and effective service to Canadian distributors.