Bonar building new manufacturing facility in China

May 29, 2014

Low & Bonar’s division Bonar, a multinational group of producers and suppliers of performance technical textiles operating worldwide, has announced that it will be building a new factory at Changzhou, in the Yangtze river delta near Shanghai, China. The new factory will use Bonar’s unique Colback technology to supply the fast growing and important carpet …

Springs Creative announces new FR border solution for mattresses

May 28, 2014

Springs Creative Product Group, Rock Hill, S.C., has announced the launch of VERGE™, a new FR border solution for the mattress industry. VERGE represents a proprietary new FR technology that delivers the best in border design capabilities with a new level of FR protection. The all-in-one solution avoids quilting or laminating and can be sold …

Free webinar: “Safe for sensitive skin,” June 23, 2014

May 27, 2014

Attract new customers with skin-friendly and non-allergenic products. Testing for allergenic effect and skin-friendliness guarantees products that are completely safe. That is an important sales argument for allergy sufferers and people with sensitive skin. For manufacturers, allergy sufferers and people with sensitive skin represent an interesting target market that it is worth attracting with the …

Graphic flexibility: 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 3658G and 3M™ Scotchcal™ Matte Overlaminate 3660M

May 23, 2014

Warranty for finished graphics with new overlaminates provides coverage for up to nine years of outdoor use. 3M Commercial Graphics, St. Paul, Minn., has introduced two new overlaminates to give graphics professionals maximum flexibility, and to give their customers peace of mind. With 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 3658G and 3M™ Scotchcal™ Matte Overlaminate 3660M, sign …

Webinar, June 11: The transition process

May 22, 2014

Preparing the next generation and passing the torch. The next generation of your family likely has many important roles to play-within their lifetimes they may be an owner, employee, manager, leader or director. And certainly, all along, they’re an important part of your family, as well as your family business. How do you equip them …

Minnesota company recognized as 2014 Small Business Exporter of the Year

May 21, 2014

Baby Elephant Ears Inc., a Cambridge, Minn.-based small business, was honored May 16 by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Exporter of the Year at the 2014 National Small Business Week (NSBW). The annual event is hosted by the SBA to recognize the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions. This …

Quality of laser-welded seams improved on technical textiles

May 20, 2014

New absorber systems improve the quality of laser-welded seams on technical textiles New absorber systems improve the quality of laser-welded seams on technical textiles As part of the research project “Absorber systems for the laser welding of textiles,” scientists at the Hohenstein Institute (Bönnigheim) and the DWI Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials (Aachen) have developed …

Grondin receives 2014 TAPPI Innovations in Nonwovens Award

May 19, 2014

Pierre Grondin of Polymer Group Inc. has been presented the 2014 TAPPI Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists (NET) Division Innovations in Nonwovens Award. The award recognizes an individual who is moving the nonwovens industry forward through innovation. The award, sponsored by Herty, was presented at the opening session of the 2014 NETINC (Innovative Nonwovens Conference) on …

NWBC welcomes new executive director Amanda Brown

May 16, 2014

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) has announced its new executive director: Amanda Brown. Brown was most recently the national political director for Rock the Vote. She is a Forbes 2014 30-under-30 recipient and has previously served as an Advisor for Strategic Planning to the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “I believe that …

$53M in grants available to expand and test workforce development strategies

May 15, 2014

Applications due by June 18, 2014. The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of up to $53 million in grants through the Workforce Innovation Fund, an initiative designed to strengthen public job training programs by: delivering employment and training services more efficiently and effectively, facilitating greater cooperation across workforce programs and funding streams, …

Fujifilm introduces Forge Guard® security label

May 14, 2014

Full-color hidden image is designed to combat counterfeiting in the garment industry. Breaking new ground in the war against the expansion of counterfeit products, Fujifilm Electronic Materials U.S.A. Inc. has introduced Forge Guard® for the first time in the U.S. The unique security label offers garment manufacturers the highest level of brand and anti-counterfeiting protection …

Funding for job-driven training program

May 13, 2014

$150 million available to states for implementing or expanding programs for laid-off workers. The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of up to $150 million in funding through a new Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program to train workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand …

U.S. Commercial Service offers webinar series

May 12, 2014

Learn about defense opportunities in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. In these webinars, supported by Avascent and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), learn where the new defense opportunities will be across the region’s top markets. Each webinar will address a separate area: Asia, the Middle East or Europe. These webinars support …

Uniroyal Engineered Products introduces BeautyGard® Supreme stain-resistant topcoat

May 9, 2014

Uniroyal Engineered Products LLC, manufacturer of Naugahyde® performance coated fabrics, has introduced BeautyGard® Supreme, a stain-resistant protective topcoat that preserves fabric beauty, extends product life and reduces maintenance and replacement costs. BeautyGard Supreme passes blue-jean staining method ISO 26082, creating a robust barrier between the vinyl and most other harsh staining agents such as blood, …

How’s your hardware?

May 8, 2014

Get your name into print in the July Specialty Fabrics Review. In our July 2014 issue of Specialty Fabrics Review, we’ll be focusing on hardware and accessories. We’d like to gather opinions from both suppliers and users of hardware and accessories in our editorial coverage. If you manufacture or distribute hardware and accessories, will you …

Light-filled balloons: replacing the moon?

May 7, 2014

Pierre Chabert, French inventor and co-founder of Airstar, Le Champ-Pres-Froges, France, had a break-out year in 1996, when his spherically shaped lighting balloons floated 150 feet in high winds over the nighttime shots of James Cameron’s mammoth hit film, “Titanic.” The rest is history: Airstar now is represented by more than 120 distributors and 13 …

Composites Germany joins the European Composites Industry Association

May 6, 2014

Composites Germany, a trade association founded in 2013, has replaced the AVK – Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) as a member of the EuCIA (European Composites Industry Association). Through its membership in the EuCIA, Composites Germany will be able to represent the interests of the German composites industry even more broadly at …

SHOP Tax Credit Estimator to benefit small businesses

May 5, 2014

When you buy health coverage for your employees through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace, you may qualify for a tax credit worth up to 50 percent of your premium contributions. The new SHOP Tax Credit Estimator can tell you what that credit might be worth to your business. Here are some key …

Eliminate glare on laptop screens and monitor

May 2, 2014

Today we’re seeing laptop and monitor screen technology incorporating higher screen resolutions and rapidly moving toward touchscreens. While these advancements increase the usefulness of these devices, they also have a downside of causing increased screen glare issues due to the glass surfaces needed for these new displays. From under the harsh fluorescent lights found in …

First impressions…last chance?

May 1, 2014

First (and fast) impressions can have lasting impacts on customers and business relationships. First impressions are often lasting impressions. When you meet a business acquaintance for the first time—a customer, a colleague, a vendor or a manager—you make an impression on that person. When a potential client or customer (or future partner) comes into contact …

Industry coalition strengthens Berry Amendment

The Berry Amendment Textile Coalition (BATC), funded by the U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI), worked closely with U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) and Congressman Mike McIntyre (D-NC) to beef up the Berry Amendment. The Berry Amendment requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to procure certain items, including textiles and clothing, made …

Easy to handle

TMI’s Low Cohesion Premium Grade PVC has an exclusive additive that makes the material less clingy and tacky. Easy to slide, roll or fold, the fabric is soft, exceptionally clear and fire retardant. Complies with the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act restricting the use of phthalates and lead. Appropriate for any application that requires a …

Supporting small business

SBA awards funding entrepreneurship training for veterans; Surety Bond Guarantee program contracts increase 61 percent in 2013. As part of its “Boots to Business” program, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that it has awarded a $3 million grant to Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) to deliver entrepreneurship education …

Aurora Specialty Textiles consolidates operations

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc., manufacturer of fabrics for tape, graphics, apparel, home furnishings, industrial and medical applications, has centralized all textile processing operations in its Aurora, Ill., headquarters and plant. “With minimal disruption to ongoing operations and order fulfillment, we have transitioned out of our Travelers Rest, S.C., plant,” said company president Bob Matz. …

Marine and more

Aquatime for Rochford Supply is a long-lasting, water repellent and UV-resistant fabric for bimini tops and T-tops, mooring and travel covers, splash curtains, marine, automotive and industrial applications. The acrylic coated 100 percent polyester marine fabric features a unique color coating, enhanced with proprietary clear coating on both sides, virtually eliminating any possibility of color …

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Living easy

Fabric solutions turn the outdoors into practical and pleasureable spaces with all the beauty and comfort of a room indoors. This was the winter that earned bragging rights for much of the U.S. and Canada. So at the first drip of a melting icicle, folks started thumbing through seed catalogs and searching for the perfect …

Vitabri Canopies joins Ins’TenT Industries

Vitabri® Canopies has earned a respectable place in the U.S. market since its move from France in 2010 with popular pop-up event tents that deploy in 30 seconds. The company has joined Ins’TenT Industries, Huntington Beach, Calif., retaining its established brand while Ins’TenT supports its fast growth. Ins’Tent Industries was launched by Vitabri Canopies CEO …

Long-lasting color

Lumera Landscape is woven with CBA (Clear Brilliant Acrylic) fiber, a specially developed acrylic multifilament fiber that results in a one-third higher water repellency rating and a denser appearance. Fifty percent less dirt adheres to Lumera in comparison to conventional awnings thanks to Sattler’s unique TEXgard-Easy-Clean finish, which promotes long lasting, brilliant colors for residential …

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Global expansion

Practical advice from an expert on how to get started selling your products and services internationally. By James Chan, Ph.D You don’t have to be a big company to do business internationally. What you need to succeed are high-quality, niche products or services, management commitment and good timing. The hardest part of global expansion is …

Base Structures partners with Remaster BR in South America

Base Structures, a U.K.-based specialist in design, manufacture and installation of technically challenging tensile-fabric structures, has developed a strategic partnership with Remaster BR, a specialist sub-contractor with locations in Brazil and Colombia. Remaster will act as the “face” of the British firm, while Base will provide technical expertise, specialist training and manufacturing of lightweight, architectural …

Light but durable

Top Gun 1S is a 60-inch coated, water-repellent polyester. The acrylic coating on one side virtually eliminates rub-off when its underside comes in contact with vinyl cushions. Top Gun 1S is extremely light yet durable—recommended for pontoon boat covers, mooring covers and trailer covers. Stocked in eight popular colors. Manart-Hirsch Co. Inc. +1 516 887 …

Interactive “Sky Painting”

Janet Echelman’s recent installation in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, is an enormous spectacle, even by the artist’s standards. This one spanned 745 feet between the 24-story Fairmont Waterfront and the Vancouver Convention Center. Constructed of twisted nylon, braided polyester and interactive, colored lighting, “Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks” is a complex matrix of 860,000 hand and …

Mosaica Group with Top Value Fabrics

As a distributor of graphic arts equipment, software and supplies, The Mosaica Group, Sussex, Wis., offers customers its Achieva™ line of wide-format media products. The company has now partnered with Top Value Fabrics, Carmel, Ind., to expand its selection of banner vinyl and fabrics for digital print and sublimation applications. The increased print media options …

Textured finish

Stam 6002 is manufactured with a specialized coating process to create a textured surface that mirrors the look of a woven textile with the benefits of being waterproof, for awning, tent, shade sail, marine, houseboat, structures and signage applications. The textured finish features one of the tensile structure market’s best surface finishes in S2—a weldable …

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New frontiers

Improvements in radiation protective textiles for earth and beyond. With close to $1.46 billion in investments since 2008, the commercial space industry is blasting ahead at speeds close to their supersonic vehicles. Key players include former Paypal co-founder Elon Musk, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and Virgin’s own celebrity Sir Richard Branson. Promises of breathtaking views …

Silver UL Environment certification for Sunbrella

The Association of Contract Textiles (ACT) instituted a sustainability standard for commercial furnishing fabrics, and Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, Glen Raven, N.C., self-certified two of its fabrics under the standard in 2011. Now, Glen Raven has received third-party certification by UL Environment, a company providing independent validation for green marketing claims, for 50 patterns in …

Weather-resistant flexibility

VCM™ 9 x 12 from Bruin Plastics features all the flexibility and durability of a mesh, with the weather-resistant benefits of vinyl. Breathable, lightweight and abrasion, UV and mildew resistant, the fabric may be used for tennis court and athletic field windscreens, truck tarps, privacy and shade screens, landscaping tarps, construction fencing, bags and more. …

Snapshot: Big storage, big business

By Sigrid Tornquist Of the many and diverse projects Calhoun Super Structure has designed, manufactured and installed, the project for Cavendish Farms in Fort Fairfield, Maine, is one that Jeremy Calhoun is especially proud of. “Cavendish Farms is one of the largest land owners in North America,” Calhoun says. “And this was the first VP …

Andres Imaging merges with Moss Inc.

Andrés Imaging & Graphics, Chicago, Ill., a retail industry leader in wide-format digital printing and dimensional signage, has merged with Moss Inc.’s retail division, Elk Grove Village, Ill., bringing its expertise to enhance Moss’s retail, exhibit, event and sports signage, structures and lightbox products. The move will promote creative in-store design and merchandising through unique …

Temperature activated color

ChroMyx™ Nonwoven is a biocompatible, temperature-activated, polyurethane membrane nonwoven for disposable applications in health care, cosmetics, personal care and pediatrics. With multiple color indicators that respond to even a slight variation in temperature, the product may be customized to specific temperatures and colors. ChroMyx™ Soft Touch is a soft, durable polyurethane artificial leather offering an …

The structure of success

Jeremy Calhoun builds strong dealer networks to support customer service. By Sigrid Tornquist Our strength is in our structure,” says Jeremy Calhoun, president of Calhoun Super Structure Ltd., Tara, Ont., Canada. “And that structure includes our diligent pursuit of excellence in product design, manufacture and supply—and also our ability to build long-term, long-standing relationships with …

MMI Textiles promotes Rivera, Grant

Two key employees of MMI Textiles, Westlake, Ohio, were promoted to management positions in the textile supply company in March. Nick Rivera joined MMI Textiles when the company acquired NDW Textiles Inc. in 2006, working in customer service for a year before being promoted to production manager. He was recently named director of operations and …

Nighttime visibility

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material reflects vehicle headlights, making the wearers of jackets, shirts, vests and other outerwear more visible to drivers at night. Tough, high-quality, flame-resistant material holds up through multiple washings to maintain visibility, durability and comfort. ANSI/ISEA 107 and 207 worker safety compliance is critical; comfort and breathability increases the likelihood of the …

Outdoors in style-and luxury

In the middle of the Korean countryside, valleys, lakes and streams co-exist with organic structures that resemble strangely compelling giant mushrooms or cream-colored pupae cases from some fantasy insect. The units are places to live in harmony with the outdoors while enjoying contemporary design aesthetics. They are created for “glampers”: campers with glamour. Designed by …

New president, CEO for Moss Inc.

Effective in April, Dan Patterson assumed the post of president and chief executive officer of Moss Inc., headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Patterson will be responsible for the revenue and profit growth of Moss’s four operating divisions, Moss Exhibits, Moss Retail, Moss Events and Moss Sports. His 25 years of experience in the exhibit …

High impact

DHJ Intl. offers a number of its Decoprint® fabrics, including bestsellers such as Pearl, with the Oeko-Tex 100 label for the digital print market. Pearl is designed for high-impact digitally printed graphics used in backlit lightboxes and frame systems. Allowing for unattended printing on wide-format UV printers, additional benefits include superb light diffusion, fire retardance …

Inflated tunnel takes convention by (and through) storm

The world’s largest vendor-sponsored trade show, Dreamforce 2013, closed Howard Street in San Francisco, Calif., to traffic for four days and opened it to more than 130,000 cloud computer aficionados from 65 countries. Host business Salesforce.com scheduled the mammoth event for November and commissioned inflatable structure experts from Tectoniks Ltd., Shropshire, England, to protect conference …

Jimison joins Tempotest USA

Italian fabrics producer Pará, headquartered in Milan, Italy, has announced the appointment of Jeff Jimison as national sales manager of its Tempotest USA division’s line of performance fabrics for awning, casual furniture and marine applications. He previously served as vice president of business development for Sattler Corp., where he helped develop the Outdura brand. “Jeff’s …

Sharper images

Direct Print Textiles from Top Value Fabrics provide an advanced printing platform for banners, flags, exhibit graphics, fine art reprints and advertising displays. The media in this high-performance line is constructed with a superior print-receptive treatment for direct printing. The fabrics provide consistent color, sharp images and a wide color range. Fire retardant and REACH …

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“Boss” poster breaks Guinness world record

Akshay Kumar, film actor, producer and martial artist, is big news in India, where he’s starred in more than 100 Hindi films, some of them blockbusters. Kumar (also called the King of Bollywood) has a big fan club, and “Team Akshay” wanted to celebrate release of his new movie, “Boss,” in a big way. They …