Conference agenda set for Printed Electronics USA 2014

October 31, 2014

IDTechEx event will focus on emerging photovoltaic technologies. IDTechEx’s printed electronics and energy harvesting event, Printed Electronics USA 2014, will be held Nov. 19-20 in Santa Clara, Calif. The co-located event will cover printed electronics, energy harvesting, supercapacitors, wearable technologies and 3-D printing, attracting more than 2,500 attendees and 200 exhibitors. The focus will be …

Free webinar will focus on U.S.-Mexico business connection

October 30, 2014

Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and ExpoProducción Mexico on Nov. 19. The U.S. Department of Commerce and ExpoProducción Mexico will co-host a free webinar on deepening the business connection with Mexico for U.S. textile and apparel exporters at 2:00 p.m., EST. The webinar will provide information on the Mexican market and business culture, …

Bayer MaterialScience partners with bluesign technologies

October 29, 2014

Strategic alliance for a sustainable textile industry. Bayer MaterialScience AG, Leverkusen, Germany, and bluesign technologies ag, St. Gallen, Switzerland, have joined forces to create a more sustainable textile industry with the goal of advancing their initiative globally. The objective is to ensure safe production processes and working conditions along the entire value chain. A global …

Global Imaging hosts Workflow Studio event

October 28, 2014

First VIP event to focus exclusively on digital textile printing. Global Imaging, Louisville, Colo., hosted more than 60 key industry leaders, manufacturers’ reps and owners of U.S. printing companies at its Workflow Studio VIP event held Sept. 10-11. It was the first time the event focused specifically on digital textile printing, from file prep to …

Huntsman Textile Effects introduces new whitening agent

UVITEX® BHA LIQ achieves brilliant white shades on cellulosic fibers. Huntsman Textile Effects, headquartered in Singapore, has introduced a fluorescent whitening agent to help textile mills achieve brilliant white shades on cellulosic fibers. The new UVITEX BHA LIQ high-affinity stilbene whitener has high acid stability between pH 4 and pH 5 and acid fastness down …

PID conference to be held Nov. 26-27

October 27, 2014

Organized by ESMA, the conference connects construction and printing industries. Organized by the European Specialist Printing Manufacturer’s Association (ESMA), the Printed Interior Decoration (PID) conference will be held Nov. 26-27 at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Dusseldorf, Germany. Printed interior decoration is a new area for large format printing. PID will present many innovative …

SMART announces upcycled Halloween costume contest

October 24, 2014

First, second and third place winners will receive Amazon gift card. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) has announced its first annual SMART Upcycled Halloween Costume Contest for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card, encouraging people to create an upcycled costume using recycled materials they already have rather than purchasing …

Durst announces new large-format UV inkjet printers

October 23, 2014

The Rho 1312 and Rhotex HS improve print quality and productivity. A leader in industrial inkjet design and manufacturing, Durst Phototechnik AG, Brixen, Italy, has added two machines to its line of large-format digital UV inkjet printers: the Rho 1312 and the Rhotex HS. The Rho 1312 is the latest addition to the Rho 1000 …

Hohenstein Institute offers allergen-resistance testing

October 22, 2014

Endorsed materials receive “House dust and mite barrier” quality label. The Hohenstein Institute now offers allergen-resistance testing of mattress and bed covers using real dust mite excrement as an accredited service. During the test, all components of the encasing are covered with dust mite excrement and the movements of someone sleeping on it for eight …

IAC hosting free webinar Oct. 22

October 21, 2014

Odor capture and antimicrobial technologies will be discussed. The International Antimicrobial Council (IAC) will offer a free webinar entitled “Odor Control for Today’s Consumer: Understanding the Technology and the Market” on Oct. 22 at 12:00 noon EST. The IAC is a scientific association that supports manufacturers, brands and retailers committed to the safe and effective …

New ASTM textiles standard proposed

October 20, 2014

Test method will be useful in measuring thermal properties of textiles. A proposed new ASTM International standard will test the thermal effusivity of materials. Thermal effusivity is a measure of how a material exchanges heat with another material with which it is in contact. Measuring this will reveal the rate at which a fabric absorbs …

Top Value Fabrics launches new print media website

October 17, 2014

Redesign is more engaging, makes searching easier. Top Value Fabrics, Carmel, Ind., has launched a new print media website, with the goal of showcasing its product lines while keeping the customer at the center. The website is designed to be more engaging and easily searchable. Three new search methods are available, allowing printers to search …

Teijin’s CFRTP technology transforms manufacturing

October 16, 2014

New, recyclable thermoplastic resin helps speed up production. In 2011 the Japan-based Teijin Group built the body structure of a four-seat concept car using its carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP). The body was formed in one minute and weighs only 47 kilograms, a fifth of a comparable steel structure, achievements that represent a new world …

U.S. Department of Labor awards 2014 WIF grants

October 15, 2014

Eleven organizations in nine states awarded $50,744,449. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $50,744,449 in Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) grants to improve federal job training programs. The grants will be used to deliver services more efficiently, facilitate cooperation across federal and state workforce programs and funding streams, and expand partnerships with specific employers …

BeA Fasteners USA debuts new website

October 14, 2014

Redesign delivers cleaner look, easier navigation. BeA Fasteners USA, Greensboro, N.C., has launched its new website. The redesigned site allows visitors to easily find the appropriate tool for their fastening application. In-depth information about pneumatic tools, including product sheets, high resolution and 360 degree images, videos and spare part schematics, as well as information on …

IDTechEx forecasts energy storage market through 2025

October 13, 2014

Wearable tech and IoT to drive $300 million market. The energy storage industry is being driven by the emergence of new market categories such as wearable electronic devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), which demand thinness and flexibility. These needs add a new force to current market drivers such as cost reduction and power …

Apprion partners with BASF Corp.

October 10, 2014

Real-time information application installed for emergency situations. Apprion, Mountain View, Calif., has partnered with the BASF Corp. site in Freeport, Texas to further enhance safety, security and operational excellence at the BASF manufacturing facility by deploying the Apprion ION Mustering Application. The application provides real-time information and communication about the status of employees and contractors …

AATCC announces new L2 lightfastness control fabric

October 9, 2014

Updated lightfastness test methods available immediately. The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) has announced the availability of L2 lightfastness control fabric. The AATCC Blue Wool Lightfastness Standard is “one of a group of dyed wool fabrics distributed by AATCC for use in determining the amount of light exposure of specimens during lightfastness …

SDL Atlas responds to ASTM revision

October 8, 2014

Modified automatic gas controller available immediately. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International has revised the D6413/D6413M Standard Test Method for Flame Resistance of Textiles. This test method determines the vertical flame resistance of a textile in response to a standard ignition source, deriving measurement values for afterflame time, afterglow time, and char …

SBA awards $1.12 million to resource partners

October 7, 2014

Funding will sustain entrepreneurship training for transitioning service members. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has entered into a cooperative agreement with America’s Small Business Development Centers, SCORE and the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) to provide a combined $1.12 million of funding to sustain and expand the resource partners’ participation in SBA’s Boots …

Tweet and win

October 6, 2014

IFAI launches the #IFAIExpoPrize Twitter Contest at Expo. This year at Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo, IFAI offers a new way for participants of the annual conference and trade show to get involved-with the chance to win a brand-new Apple® iPad. The procedure is simple: use Twitter at the show with a unique …

SPESA Executive Conference to be held in November

Fresh perspectives on the sewn products industry. The SPESA 2014 Executive Conference will be held Nov. 5-6 at the Westin Georgetown Hotel in Washington, D.C. In line with its theme, “Fresh Perspectives on the Sewn Products Industry,” the conference will focus on various “Made in America” perspectives that will stimulate thought and conversation among speakers …

Unilux introduces first H2LED Series handheld strobe light

October 3, 2014

Faster, more flexible response to production and maintenance inspection needs. Unilux, Saddle Brook, N.J., has added the first handheld strobe light, the LED-12, to its H2LED Series of second-generation LED inspection lights for the printing, converting, papermaking, metals and textiles industries. The lights are designed for additional applications, including maintenance, speed measurement, machine vision, camera …

SBA accepting 2015 National Small Business Week nominations

October 2, 2014

All nominations must be submitted by Jan. 5. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced its online portal is now accepting nominations for the 2015 National Small Business Week awards. This is the third year SBA has used the online portal submission process, which provides all the submission guidelines and makes it easier to …

The secret sharer

October 1, 2014

There are some not-so-obvious benefits to attending industry events. You already know why your upcoming convention and trade show is important: it’s a chance to discover new products and new suppliers, discuss emerging industry trends and best practices, and learn from the people who make up your industry, as they learn from you. New products, …

Power napping: heads first

At first glance, a power napster wearing the Studio Banana® Ostrich Pillow® while reclining on an airport bench might be mistaken for a sleeping masked burglar, a space alien or an escaped prisoner. Relax, say Ostrich Pillow designers Key Portilla-Kawamura and Ali Ganjavian (Studio KG), and try one on for size. The pillow, which fits …

Freeman honored for 30 years at TVF

Carmel, Ind.-based Top Value Fabrics is recognizing senior sales consultant Suzanne Freeman for 30 years with the company. Freeman, who has been named Sales Consultant of the Year nine times by Top Value Fabrics, is being lauded for outstanding customer service, technical knowledge and attention to detail. Freeman’s success is due in large part to …

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Reclaiming the industry

Overall trends in the once-again growing specialty fabrics industry. After years of struggles, there’s optimism in the U.S. textile industry. The recent recession took its toll, but growth was already flagging from increased off-shore production and a shrinking skilled workforce, among other things. While the textile industry is many faceted and complex, it’s safe to …

Blanket protections

The introduction by Protecht LLC, Edmond, Okla., of the Bodyguard Blanket, a bullet-resistant backpack-type blanket, struck a chord with media outlets worldwide that have covered school-shooting tragedies such as the Newtown, Conn., massacre and the murder of 67 campers on an island near Oslo, Norway, by a lone gunman. While school shootings occur infrequently (thank …

Gillcrist joins Brand & Oppenheimer

Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Red Bank, N.J., a leading textile converter, has announced that Lizz Gillcrist has joined the company as business development and marketing manager for protective fabrics. Gillcrist will be responsible for global expansion and new market segments for protective fabrics, as well as providing education about Glen Guard® FR Hi Vis products.

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Covering all the bases

Today’s tents and fabric structures aren’t just safe shelter; they’ve become key contributors to memorable events and are providing semi-permanent and permanent structural solutions. “Give me something different.” It’s a request event planners have been fielding much more often. Although it’s always been desirable that tents should make a good first impression—after all, an aesthetically …

Cots to canvas—decade of care

A 10-year partnership between Phifer Inc. and World Vision has provided immediate and long-term aid to families in need all over the world—in the form of sleeping cots and hammocks to dividing walls in homes to fabric “canvas” for school children’s art activities, as well as on windows for insect and sun protection. A global …

New managing director at Xennia Technology

Effective in July 2014, John Anderson assumed the post of managing director of Xennia Technology LTD, headquartered in Letchworth, U.K. Anderson will be responsible for further developing sales globally for the industrial inkjet manufacturer. Xennia provides complete application solutions tailored to customer requirements based on the company’s expertise in high-performance inkjet inks and fluids, and …

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Outer limits

High-performance fabrics and finishes stretch the capabilities of athletes and recreational sports enthusiasts. Once upon a time, recreational sports were pretty tame: croquet, badminton, golf, rowing. But as humans eyed what new technology afforded them in the way of action, they began pushing the physical limits. When ESPN launched the X Games in 1995, it …

Apparel Innovation Consortium formed

The Apparel Innovation Consortium (AIC) arose from an urgent need to upgrade the textile and garment industry infrastructure in emerging markets worldwide. News media coverage of factories with frequent strikes, egregious pollution violations, deadly fires and building collapses serves to illuminate the sweatshop conditions of many facilities in developing nations. The AIC touts a practical, …

Scoring at the World Cup

Fabric helps meet tensile architecture, bioclimatic facade and acoustic needs for three 2014 FIFA World Cup™ stadiums in Brazil. By Jake Kulju World Cup excitement reached a fever pitch in the summer of 2014 when soccer giant Brazil hosted the global event. The tournament returned to South America for the first time since 1978, and …

Don’t forget your boots

Eco-friendly, practical boots fold up for easy packing and stowing. ‘Sardines,’ by designer Estel Acaraz, are foldable rain boots that can be folded up, secured with a flexible strap and stowed away or packed for travel. Made of injection-molded thermoplastic polyurethane—a highly elastic, recyclable plastic—the boots squash down to just a fifth of their original …

Industrial wipes rule moves forward

The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) is working state-by-state to promote the adoption of an EPA rule that clarifies the handling and disposal of solvent-contaminated industrial wiping cloths. To date, nine states—Alaska, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia—have implemented it. Officials in the majority of other states indicate …

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Kinetic architecture

Retractable fabric systems are poised to transform outdoor spaces. So you thought retractable fabric structures were a late 20th century phenomenon sheltering sports stadia, outdoor shopping malls, and en plein air cafes? Think again. Forms of retractable fabric roof systems date to Roman times. The Coliseum’s vast seating area, the cavea, was covered with a …

EVO PU coating is environmentally friendly

As more fashion, interior design and automotive industry brands seek to lower the environmental impact of their products, Stahl now offers a complete EVO range, the next generation polyurethane coatings for shoes, bags, upholstery and automotive interiors. The Netherlands-based producer of chemicals for leather products and performance coatings offers 100 percent water-based EVO topcoat and …

Automated design/cutting

Enhanced appearances and time saved. New turnkey solution from Autometrix facilitates the automation of awning design and cutting; new bundled package includes Eclipse 3D exclusive awning design software used to create dome, waterfall and traditional awnings with features for strip alignment and adding custom valances. The software exports a flattened pattern to the cutter, reducing …

Collaborating on smart textiles

Smart textile and wearable intelligence prototypes for all kinds of applications with the potential to alter people’s lives are increasingly being seen at major trade shows. Safety and intervention, (home) care and medical, military, sports and leisure applications are believed to be the major growth markets for these products. To greater understand the technology and …

Multipurpose overlaminates

Enhanced appearances and time saved. Interlam Pro™ pressure-sensitive laminating films from Drytac® are designed for direct application to UV printed output. The multipurpose overlaminates have a pressure-sensitive aqueous acrylic adhesive and UV stabilizers to prevent discoloration and degradation of both the film and adhesive. Available in several finishes, including 3-mil glossy, lustre and matte, as …

Reusable vs. disposable textiles

Certain reusable textile products are better for the environment than their disposable counterparts, according to a recent study commissioned by TRSA, an international commercial textile services trade organization located in Alexandria, Va. The research showed that mid-priced or upscale restaurant napkins, shoulder-to-shin gowns to protect clothing in a hospital and industrial wipers for cleaning up …

Metallic Details

Enhanced appearances and time saved. Carnegie has expanded the aesthetic possibilities of Xorel®, its environmentally sound textile solution for commercial interiors, with the new Details collection. Xorel Details offers textural relief through the use of bulkier yarns and denser weave structures. Metallic color blends combined with surface texture give vertical spaces increased impact. Six styles …

ITMA innovation award nominees

Five companies are finalists for the International Textile Machinery Association (ITMA) Innovator of the Year award, and another five were named finalists for Launch of the Year. More than 50 companies are nominated in 10 “best innovation” categories, and three will be cited as “company of the year.” Nominees for Innovator of the year include …

Boldly genuine

Bob Jacquart uses the “power of pluck” to expand his company and build a strong brand identity. “If you’re going to really ramp up your business you have to have that world of brand strategy experts look you over,” says Bob Jacquart, CEO of Jacquart Fabric Products Inc. (JFP) in Ironwood, Mich. “You have to …

U. S. nonwovens capacity expands

According to a new report by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the North American nonwovens industry has quadrupled over the past 23 years, increasing an average of 6.9 percent yearly. Between 1990 and 2013, the industry added 1.84 million tons. The rate outpaces the United States GDP, which grew at 2.5 percent over …

Snapshot: Nostalgic and relevant

By Sigrid Tornquist Taking a cap that is more than 100 years old and making it relevant for today’s consumer was Stormy Kromer’s goal when it introduced its Hardware Caps last year. The original cap was developed out of necessity, and the story of how it came to be is at the foundation of the …

Combined boating and outdoors show

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is combining the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show with Strictly Sail Chicago to create one boating and outdoors event: the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show. Scheduled for Jan. 14–18, 2015, the combined show is a result of market demand for a one-stop shop for all …