Branded vans: special delivery

November 1, 2014

As part of its rebranding effort, LSO, formerly Lone Star Overnight, is having a bit of fun with its fleet of vans. They are wrapped in a series of new motifs–tie-dyed, argyle and camouflage–and include clever messages to connect customers with the quality and reliability of its delivery service in an original way. The redesign …

Cool on the course—no sweat

Members of the U.S. team at the PGA Ryder Cup held in Perthshire, Scotland, this September may have felt the heat from the pressure of competition, but it wasn’t from the sun, thanks to temperature-regulating hats. Developed by Outlast® Technologies, a Golden, Colo.-based leader in proactive heat management, the hats are the product of a …

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U.S. equipment rental industry grows

The U.S. equipment rental industry is expected to grow 7.6 percent in 2014 to generate $35.8 billion in revenue and outpace gross domestic product (GDP) by more than four times, according to the American Rental Association’s (ARA) latest forecast from the ARA Rental Market Monitor™. Total equipment rental revenue is forecasted to grow 10.5 percent …

New textile waste recycling methods

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing new methods for handling large quantities of textile waste material. The European Union Directive set in 1999 contains quantitative restrictions regarding biodegradable waste deposited at landfill sites, and the practice of taking textile waste to landfill sites must end when regulations take effect in Finland Jan. 1, …

China commits to greater sustainability

A new report by Textiles Intelligence details the rise in the use of bioresins and biofibers in China’s nonwovens industry in the coming years. Published in the latest issue of Technical Textile Markets, the report credits a commitment to greater sustainability in manufacturing and biodegradable products on the part of the Chinese government. As GDP …

The future of structural electronics

Imagine aircraft and cars with “nervous systems” that alert to touch and damage. Or, a smart skin made of insulating fiber composites on vehicles, buildings and other structures that can perform functions like electricity generation and storage, or diversion of lightning strikes. This brave new world of structural electronics is not so distant in the …

Development subsidy awarded to Factory of the Future

A consortium including TenCate and Norma was granted 1.5 million euros from the Province of Overijssel in the Netherlands for smart production in the Factory of the Future. The funding will be used to make the production of advanced TenCate materials, such as protective fabrics, even more efficient, sustainable and smart. One of the main …

Registered Apprenticeship offers workforce solutions

It may sound like an old-fashioned idea, but in today’s workplace apprenticeships are a thoroughly modern option. Registered Apprenticeship is a national system of industry-driven, on-the-job training delivered through partnerships with individual companies. This “earn-and-learn” training model combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. Registered Apprentice has a network of …