New regulations, test criteria for product certification

February 9, 2015

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 updates take effect April 1. Test criteria for OEKO-TEX Standard 100 product certification in 2015 have been updated and will take effect on April 1. The International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile Ecology (OEKO-TEX) researches global regulations that call for reduction or elimination of toxic or harmful …

Dainese and FIS team up to improve skier safety

February 6, 2015

First real-life deployment of D-air®Ski tested by FIS athlete. In collaboration with the International Ski Federation (FIS), Italian retail firm Dainese S.p.A. developed the D-air Ski, a device designed to improve the safety of alpine ski racers, specifically in speed disciplines. The wearable device uses Dainese’s D-air technology, an intelligent protection system that detects dangerous …

APDN granted U.S. patent for pimaTyping® authentication

February 5, 2015

Enables identification of ELS pima cultivars, distinguishing country of origin. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a “Methods for Genotyping Mature Cotton Fibers and Textiles” patent to Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (APDN) for its pimaTyping authentication of extra long staple (ELS) or pima cotton-based products. Unlike APDN’s fiberTyping® patent that identifies the genetic …

Richard Childress, Roland DGA renew partnership

February 4, 2015

Roland printers used to produce wraps, graphics for racecars, transport vehicles, pit equipment. Leading NASCAR race team Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has renewed its partnership with Roland DGA Corp. through 2019. RCR uses Roland wide-format printers and printer/cutters to produce wraps and graphics for the organization’s racecars, transport vehicles, trailers and pit support equipment. The …

Free publicity for fabric suppliers

February 3, 2015

Fabric showcase submissions due Feb. 13. The Specialty Fabrics Review annual Fabric Showcase, scheduled for the April and May 2015 issues, will focus reader attention on the special benefits and advantages of the new fabrics available to them from industry suppliers. This is an opportunity for all fabric manufacturers and distributors to get the word …

Create a crisis communications plan using social media

Agility Recovery and SBA to host free webinar Feb. 10. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will partner with Agility Recovery to provide tips on creating a crisis communications plan using social media. The free webinar will be held Feb. 10 from 2-3 p.m. EST. From snow storms to a power outage or in-house crisis, …

Trendsetter

February 1, 2015

Vern Schaefer is what is known as an “early adopter,” trying new equipment as soon as it’s available. As he transitions company leadership to his daughter, he’s still setting trends. “I don’t believe in being locked into one way of doing things,” says Vernon Schaefer, MFC, CEO of Glawe Awnings & Tents, Fairborn, Ohio. “If …

Backlit film

Drytac® Backlit Film is a 7-mil front print matte polyester recommended for illuminating graphics and effectively displaying messages in commercial or educational settings. The high quality, distortion-free PET film effectively transmits light, dispersing it evenly and consistently across an image. Its brilliant white point yields high print quality on UV and latex printers and also …

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Beds of stone

Case studies highlight marine mattress applications. Marine mattresses are rock-filled containers constructed with advanced UV-stabilized co-polymer geogrid materials. Geogrid panels are laced together to form mattress-shaped baskets that are filled with small stones similar to the construction of gabions. They can also be filled with recycled concrete aggregate to form an effective protective layer against …

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State of the Industry 2015

By Jeff Rasmussen THE WORLD ECONOMY: KEY STATISTICS It was a recovery year, to be sure, but an uneven global rebound kept the lid on the world economy. For the last three quarters of the year in 2013 and 2014, the U.S. has been an economic island, showing noticeable improvement in comparison to other major …