Seaman Corp. completes $50 million capital investment

August 29, 2014

Government and business leaders attend dedication ceremonies. Seaman Corp. held dedication ceremonies Aug. 18 at its headquarters in Wooster, Ohio, to mark the completion of a 10-year, $50 million capital improvement program, capped with a $15 million investment over the past three years. Key government and business leaders were among the 240 attendees. The project …

Breakthrough in hydrophobic insulation

August 28, 2014

Down Decor introduces DownTek™ Zero. Down Decor has introduced a breakthrough in hydrophobic insulation: DownTek Zero, a water repellent down that uses a nature-inspired approach to achieve water repellency without the use of perfluorocarbons (PFC). Instead of PFCs, DownTek Zero uses natural triglycerides and fatty acids similar to the fats and oils found on the …

Birdair selected for new San Diego Airport project

August 27, 2014

Specialty contractor to provide a curbside cover for car rental center. Birdair, a leading design-build specialty contractor for custom tensile architectural structures, has been selected to design and install 17 inverted cone structures for the San Diego International Airport’s consolidated rental car center, set to open in 2016. The 2 million-square-foot structure will house 12 …

INNOVATEXT under new management

August 26, 2014

Dr. Pál Pataki retires as institute director. Effective July 1, Dr. Lívia Kokas Palicska assumed leadership of INNOVATEXT, a Hungarian MSZ EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited textile test and research institute. Former director Dr. Pál Pataki retired after 23 years of service. He will continue to serve as an adviser for the institute and as president of …

Stahl holds Sustainability for Leather seminar

A push for the use of water-based chemicals. Pakistan’s Minister of Environment, Shuja Khanzada, emphasized the importance of reducing environmental pollution at the Sustainability for Leather seminar held in Lahore, Punjab, by chemical company Stahl. Khanzada called on tanners to replace harmful chemicals with water-based chemicals and to adopt modern principles for waste management, as …

Developments in advanced fabrics

August 25, 2014

IFAI Expo 2014 will host a seminar about current research and innovation in advanced fabrics. By Prof. Marie O’Mahony IFAI Expo 2014 will host a seminar about current research and innovation in advanced fabrics, chaired by Prof. Marie O’Mahony, OCADU, and Bruce Wright, AIA, University of Minnesota. IFAI Expo 2014, scheduled for Oct. 13-16, 2014, …

Gabriel A/S is OEKO-TEX® Company of the Month

August 22, 2014

Fabric supplier is a leading European manufacturer of upholstery fabrics. Gabriel A/S has been chosen as the OEKO-TEX Company of the Month for August 2014. The fabric supplier is one of the leading European manufacturers of high-quality furniture upholstery fabrics and materials. Based in Aalborg, Denmark, Gabriel A/S develops innovative textiles for furniture manufacturers around …

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Detroit Lions partner with Unifi

August 21, 2014

Players will wear Repreve® jerseys. The Detroit Lions National Football League (NFL) team has selected Unifi’s Repreve recycled fiber brand as its official sustainability partner. Yarn manufacturer Unifi transforms recycled materials, including post-industrial waste and used plastic bottles, into a recycled fiber named Repreve. Lions players will wear Repreve jerseys, each made from 21 recycled …

Global Imaging holds third annual VIP event

August 20, 2014

Industry leaders across the U.S. learn about the latest printing technologies. Nearly 40 industry leaders, manufacturers’ reps and owners of some of the largest and mid-size U.S. companies attended the third annual Workflow Studio VIP event, hosted by Global Imaging. The latest innovations in printing technologies were demonstrated with products that included: the PrinterEvolution Evo33 …

A call for immediate action on currency manipulation

August 19, 2014

Leading manufacturing organizations seek U.S. government action. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) joined with the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC) and the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) to seek U.S. government action to stop currency manipulation. NCTO called upon lawmakers to adopt meaningful legislation to stop predatory currency practices, and upon the …

Applied DNA Sciences teams up with Pillar Technologies

August 18, 2014

Partnership for DNA marking of packaging and original products. Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (APDN), a biotechnology firm that provides DNA-based authentication and security solutions and services, has signed an agreement with Pillar Technologies for a new business partnership for marking and authenticating original products and packaging with SigNature® DNA. Pillar Technologies is a business unit …

Herculite products earn HP Latex certification

August 15, 2014

Bantex® digital media fabrics profiled and listed on the HP Media Selector. Herculite Products Inc. has announced HP Latex certification for the following Bantex high-performance banner substrates: 13 oz. 2S, a two-sided, 100 percent blockout banner media with an identical face/reverse for high-end printing applications. 10 oz. and 13 oz. Curl Free 2S, two-sided, 100 …

SMART promoting the adoption of new EPA rule

August 14, 2014

Officials of nearly 40 states say they plan to adopt industrial wiping cloth rule. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) is working with environmental officials in every state, promoting the adoption of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule on industrial wiping cloths that was nearly 30 years in the making. The EPA rule …

SBA joins Millennial Trains Project

Promoting entrepreneurship from coast to coast. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has teamed up with The Millennial Trains Project (MTP), traveling from Portland, Ore., to New York City, Aug. 7-17 to take part in a coast-to-coast mobile business incubator to help inform, educate and explore opportunities in entrepreneurship. MTP promotes diverse groups of entrepreneurial, …

Chella design is a celebration of new technology

August 13, 2014

New fabric woven on a loom that pleats as it weaves. Included in Chella Textiles’ 2014 designs is Dashing, a new fabric that features a pleat woven directly into the fabric, creating a permanent texture that will never wash or wear out, for home and hospitality applications. Chella performance textiles are engineered for carefree living …

Nonwoven cotton could become the new oil spill absorbent

August 12, 2014

Texas Tech researchers discover it picks up 50 times its weight in oil. Researchers at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, recently discovered that low-grade cotton made into an absorbent nonwoven mat can collect up to 50 times its own weight in oil. During the four-year project, scientists studied the effect of fiber structure and basic …

Army announces new camouflage pattern

August 11, 2014

Scorpion W2 to replace Universal Camouflage Pattern. The Army has selected a new Operational Camouflage Pattern to begin fielding next year. Named Scorpion W2, it will replace the Universal Camouflage Pattern, a pixelated combination of green, gray and tan, offering better concealment to enhance force protection and survivability for soldiers. The pattern will be used …

Miller Weldmaster acquires Sinclair welding line

August 8, 2014

Acquisition includes hot air, Triad and Spec products. Miller Weldmaster, a leading manufacturer of heat seaming solutions, has announced the acquisition of the Triad Wedge Welder, Spec Wedge Welder and Roof Welding Tool product line from Sinclair Equipment Co. The expansion allows Miller Weldmaster to service a greater range of equipment for fabricators within the …

Amplitude G2 Fabric named top high-tech product

August 7, 2014

Flame-resistant apparel honored in 2014 R&D 100 Awards. The iQ Series Comfort Knit Amplitude G2 Flame Resistant Fabric from Bulwark® FR was recently named one of the top 100 high-technology products introduced this year as part of R&D Magazine’s 2014 R&D 100 Awards. The fabric was developed in partnership with Milliken & Co and debuted …

AATCC revising dry cleaning test methods

August 6, 2014

Updates to include environmentally-friendly solvents. The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) is seeking participation in the revision of AATCC test methods related to dry cleaning. The current perchloretheleyne solvent used in several AATCC test methods has been identified as potentially dangerous and is being phased out of use in some regions. AATCC …

Vietnam is fastest growing textile supplier

August 5, 2014

Rising costs in China cause Western buyers to find alternative production locations. Western apparel brands and retailers are cutting back on sourcing from China, due to rising costs there, according to issue 169 of Textile Outlook International from global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Buyers have limited options, however, as no other single country is …

Roland DGA Announces Creative Awards Contest

August 4, 2014

Each winner to receive a free trip to imagiNATION™ 2014. Roland DGA will begin accepting entries Aug. 11 for its Creative Awards Contest, a competition designed to showcase the creative work of Roland end-users. One winner will be selected each week over a three-week period, Aug. 11-29. Winners will receive a free trip, including round-trip …

Digital sign system

August 1, 2014

Designed for print service providers, the Roland DisplayStudio™ digital sign system is both complete and affordable, allowing traditional sign shops to increase profits by adding digital signage to the product mix. Turnkey system transforms a wide variety of graphics into eye-catching digital presentations that can be changed on demand, and managed remotely if desired. Includes …

Declare independence from drab design

The curve and flutter of Bowflag® banners, developed by Tex Visions, Carlisle, Pa., have gained the colorfully printed displays a strong following among businesses flying outdoor flags to entice customers into their shops. Now, Tex Visions offers a new option, Bowflag Custom Shape, to add unique visual “call outs” to Bowflags that convey action, motion …

STOPfakes

Safeguard your intellectual property, in the U.S. and overseas. By Dr. James Chan Theft of intellectual property (IP) causes U.S. manufacturers and service organizations $25 billion in lost sales and 75,000 jobs each year. This is a central message in a series of nationwide “STOPfakes Road Shows” sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, the trade …

“Global Beat” fabrics

Silver State Fabrics has introduced Global Beat, adding a “bump” of color, a “twist” in pattern and a “shout” of style to the new collection. Using durable Sunbrella®, the vibrant collection offers 67 SKUs: stunning stripes, coordinated solids, twills and textured weaves. Offered in a variety of textures, patterns and colors, durable and fade-resistant, the …

High Roller, within the rails

In brassy, sassy Las Vegas, bigger is always better, so the LINQ hotel, entertainment and shopping district created a landmark that has visitors standing in line. The 500-foot High Roller takes customers on a 30-minute ride above a panoramic view of the Las Vegas strip. Each of 28 spherical cabins on what amounts to the …

Chemicals, coatings and compounds

2014 Exhibitor Product Preview Products that are also ShowStoppers entries are designated by **, and they will be featured in the September issue. The third annual ShowStoppers awards competition will feature innovative products and services in a special voting display where they are judged by industry peers in attendance. Chemicals, coatings and compounds ALEXIUM INTL. …

Laser Templator

The next evolution for templating in specialty fabrics: the LT-2D3D Laser Templator handles complex jobs such as dodgers, trailer covers, awnings, enclosures and other end products. On most jobs, just point and click; the onboard CAD software can be edited in the field or exported as a 3-D wireframe to the manufacturer’s flattening software, which …

Flexible antimicrobial technology

Ag Flex Technologies, Cranbury, N.J., has commercially launched Flexsil, a silver-based antimicrobial that can be woven, knit, carded or spun into any construction—and retain its effectiveness well beyond that of surface treatments. Ag Flex metalizes the base substrate (nylon 66), which then integrates the antimicrobial advantage into the fibers through a process called coordination bonding. …

End Products

2014 Exhibitor Product Preview Products that are also ShowStoppers entries are designated by **, and they will be featured in the September issue. The third annual ShowStoppers awards competition will feature innovative products and services in a special voting display where they are judged by industry peers in attendance. End Products AIRTEX SOLUTIONS Booth 645 …

TenCate geosynthetic tests best

Mirafi® geosynthetic outperforms others in Montana State University study. TenCate Mirafi RS580i performed the best out of all geosynthetics tested by the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. The independent, full-scale unpaved roadway performance study, entitled “The Relative Operational Performance of Geosynthetics Used as Subgrade Stabilization,” was fully funded by nine …

Fabric touch tester

The new Fabric Touch Tester (FTT) from SDL Atlas is the first device to objectively and quantitatively measure fabric hand and skin-touch comfort. Innovative equipment permits quality control and research/development labs to measure and predict the comfort perception of fabrics, from product designs to processing control to end products for consumers. Comprehensive, sophisticated design of …

SBA adjusts small business size standards

An additional 8,400 businesses will become eligible for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) financial and federal government procurement assistance programs, following the issuance of an interim final rule by the SBA. Small business size standards (based on receipts, assets, net worth and income) will be adjusted for the first time since 2008 for inflation. These …

Equipment and tools

2014 Exhibitor Product Preview Products that are also ShowStoppers entries are designated by **, and they will be featured in the September issue. The third annual ShowStoppers awards competition will feature innovative products and services in a special voting display where they are judged by industry peers in attendance. Equipment and tools ADFAST CORP. Booth …

Working with difficult clients

Pre-solve problems by anticipating conflicts before they arise. By Melynda Norman-Lee So you have a client you don’t like to work with. Have you taken the time to figure out why? What is it about working with this client that bothers you? Is it the client’s lack of communication? Or too much communication from the …

The look of leather

The Mitchell Group has introduced a new, improved ReCast® polyurethane collection, formulated with polycarbonate polymers that contain the strongest resins available for coated fabrics. Designed for contract, hospitality and residential applications, the technically advanced recycled leather product exceeds 30,000 double-rubs for abrasion; top-grade, economical, highly durable polycarbonate opens a number of design possibilities where a …

India is second-largest textile exporter

Data released by the Apparel Export Promotion Council, the industry body for garment exporters, show that India is the number two textile exporter in the world, with estimated exports of $40 billion in 2013. China still leads the pack, with an estimated $274 billion in exports in 2013. Textiles are defined as fiber, yarn, fabric, …

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2014 Exhibitor Product Preview

An advance look at new products and services to be exhibited at the 2014 IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo in Minneapolis, Oct. 14–16. Products that are also ShowStoppers entries are designated by **, and they will be featured in the September issue. The third annual ShowStoppers awards competition will feature innovative products …

Economic influence

A bill for women-owned small businesses; SBA award winners; new AAFA president. Legislation to encourage women’s business ownership and give women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) more opportunities to win federal contracts was introduced in late June by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH), Maria Cantwell (D–WA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D–NY). The Women’s Small Business Procurement Parity Act …

Vertical lifter

Dynamic ATL Vertical Lifter offers a lifting capacity of up to 1,600 kg and absorption of torque up to 4,000 Nm, with diverse, high-quality drive concepts with pneumatic balance controls or electrical chain hoists. The ceiling-based lifting solution is made up of an XA crane system and a telescopic lifting device combined with a customized …

Validating OEKO-TEX

Complex supply chains make it difficult for companies buying materials, developing products or checking compliance to know whether certifications exist or are up-to-date. Now, there’s an “ap” for that. OEKO-TEX® has developed an application programming interface (API) that enables validation of certificate data to be integrated into online portals, cloud applications or databases used within …

Fabrics, fibers and films

2014 Exhibitor Product Preview Products that are also ShowStoppers entries are designated by **, and they will be featured in the September issue. The third annual ShowStoppers awards competition will feature innovative products and services in a special voting display where they are judged by industry peers in attendance. Fabrics, fibers and films ABC INDUSTRIES …

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First do no harm

Performance upholstery fabrics need not come with a steep environmental cost. New fabrics, blends and treatments are making sustainability an affordable option. By Sigrid Tornquist On an even playing field, when faced with a choice between an environmentally friendly upholstery fabric versus a toxic one, would anyone ever choose the toxic one? And when faced …

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Partners in leadership

Susan Shields and Mike Miller foster leadership skills and personal accountability to pursue entrepreneurial excellence. By Sigrid Tornquist Business is a bit of a roller coaster, especially when you’re talking about private label on the retail end and OEM on the B2B side. Landing contracts is never a sure thing,” says Mike Miller, CEO of …

Staying awake at the wheel

Car seats using knitted sensors to warn drivers when they start to fall asleep are now being developed as part of a study being done by a research team at Nottingham Trent University. Prof. Tilak Dias and William Hurley of the university’s Advanced Textile Research Group will be working with electronic sensor developer Plessey, Devon, …

Hardware, findings and accessories

2014 Exhibitor Product Preview Products that are also ShowStoppers entries are designated by **, and they will be featured in the September issue. The third annual ShowStoppers awards competition will feature innovative products and services in a special voting display where they are judged by industry peers in attendance. Hardware, findings and accessories ACW CO. …

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Getting creative

Certified green “There are 107 textile environmental labels in our markets,” says Paul Taylor of Camira Fabrics Ltd. “You have to balance trying to drive the improvement of the product or process with how much it takes in resources to get the label.” These four certifications are among the most widely recognized: NSF/ANSI 336 NSF/ANSI …

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Preventing rain checks, castled

The courtyard of Weitra Castle, tucked into the Austrian-Czech border just north of Vienna, features a three-tiered arcade supported on granite columns, and its Renaissance style makes the courtyard a perfect setting for evening events—as long as it doesn’t rain. SEFAR® Architecture, Depew, N.Y., set out to protect the courtyard from rain checks with a …

New partnership: Archroma, M. Dohmen SA

Archroma, a specialty chemical company based in Reinach, Switzerland, acquired 49 percent of the shares of M. Dohmen SA, San Vittore, Switzerland, an international producer of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel sectors. Archroma specializes in applications in textiles, paper and emulsions; the partnership expands the reach of both companies and …