Robert Allen debuts new website

March 31, 2015

Stronger color focus, search function and project planning capabilities. The Robert Allen Group has redesigned its website to include new features built to change the way designers approach color and fabric selection online. The new site focuses on color, with a border of clickable Robert Allen swatches at the top of each page and a …

SCORE accepting nominations for outstanding small business awards

Nominations due April 17; winners announced at 2015 SCORE Awards in September. Small business mentoring organization SCORE is accepting nominations for the 2015 SCORE Awards through April 17. Winners will be recognized at the awards gala taking place Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C. The awards recognize U.S. small business owners and nonprofit organizations whose success …

IDTechEx to offer webinar on photovoltaic industry

March 30, 2015

Free webinar will be held April 8. IDTechEx will offer a free webinar entitled “Photovoltaic Industry Outlook for 2015: A Supply and Demand Perspective.” It will be hosted by Paula Mints, chief market research analyst at SPV Market Research, on April 8. The 30-minute webinar will cover the photovoltaic industry, from its capacity to produce …

Kelley joins Trivantage

March 27, 2015

Bret Kelley hired as vice president of sales. After 21 years with Highland Industries Inc., Bret Kelley has moved into the role of vice president of sales for Trivantage, an international supplier of marine, awning and furniture textiles and hardware. Kelley will lead sales associates in providing products and solutions for Trivantage customers, backed by …

Individualized marketing is the future, says new study

Teradata’s 2015 global marketing survey available for free. Individualized marketing is the future, according to 90 percent of those responding to the recently published Teradata 2015 Global Data-Driven Marketing Survey, an international study into trends in the adoption of data-driven marketing. Teradata Corp., a data analytics and marketing application company, found that 90 percent of …

PurThread, Burlington partner

March 26, 2015

Companies will work to provide embedded antimicrobial protection to fabrics. PurThread Technologies Inc., maker of next-generation antimicrobial fibers and yarns, has partnered with Burlington Industries to provide antimicrobial and anti-odor protection to the health care, industrial and apparel markets. Burlington provides textile solutions for technical fabrics and performance and specialty apparel fabrics. The foundation of …

Capasso joins Gerber Scientific

John Capasso hired as CFO John Capasso, former chief financial officer (CFO) for Varel International Energy Services, will join Gerber Scientific Inc. as CFO of the company, which provides sophisticated software and hardware systems to automate product design, manufacturing and life-cycle processes. He will oversee corporate finance, accounting, tax, investor relations and information technology. Source: …

NASA announces 2016 X-Hab Challenge

March 25, 2015

Students invited to help design journey to Mars systems. College students are invited to participate in NASA’s journey to Mars by designing systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through the agency’s Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. The challenge is designed to engage students directly in the design, research and development of functional …

Q-Lab’s Reis elected to ASTM committee

Brad Reis will chair ASTM International’s Subcommittee D01.27 Brad Reis, vice-president of marketing for Q-Lab Corp., was recently elected chair of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Subcommittee D01.27 on accelerated testing for paints and coatings. Q-Lab’s equipment and testing services are extensively used in the plastics industry for R&D, quality control, …

EDANA releases new infographic

March 24, 2015

Preventing healthcare-associated infections with single-use nonwovens. Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) affect more than four million patients and are directly responsible for 37,000 deaths in Europe every year. EDANA, the international association for nonwovens and related industries, emphasizes the impacts of HAI on people and pocketbooks. HAI cost physicians and hospitals an estimated 5.4 billion Euros per …

Three industry veterans assume B&O leadership

Edward Ricci, Ben Galben and Bryan Boulis recruited to the office of CEO. In January 2014, textile converter Brand & Oppenheimer Co. Inc. (B&O) acquired Performance Textiles Inc., which supplies high-performance and engineered fabrics to commercial, government and military markets. Praesidian Capital, B&O’s controlling shareholder, has recruited industry veterans Edward Ricci, Ben Galben and Bryan …

Kelheim Fibres wins ITMA innovation award

March 23, 2015

Its new fiber, Bramante, absorbs more than double its own weight in liquids. The International Textile Machinery Association (ITMA) recently presented its 2014 Future Materials Award for Best Innovation in Medical Textiles to Kelheim Fibres GmbH. The company manufactures viscose specialty fibers from eucalyptus trees, including a new fiber, Bramante, that absorbs more than double …

Martin promoted to Safety Components fire service team

He will focus on expanding Wildland and WeatherMAXâ„¢ FR knit business. Protective textile manufacturer Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc. has added Jamie Martin to its fire service sales and marketing team. Martin has been with the company since 2011 and will focus on supporting garment, distributor and end-use customers. He will also work to expand …

IMI Europe announces 2015 ink jet events

March 20, 2015

Designed to introduce ink jet technology to new users, bring developers of new products and processes together. IMI Europe has announced dates for its 2015 ink jet industry events. IMI Europe Industrial Ink Jet Technology Showcase: June 24-25 in Munich, Germany. It includes keynote presentations on emerging markets; Tech Talks on the latest scientific developments; …

White House launches textile manufacturing initiatives

President Obama has announced nearly $500 million in public-private investment to strengthen American manufacturing by investing in technology through a new, textiles-focused manufacturing institute competition led by the Department of Defense. The initiative will also sharpen the capabilities of small manufacturers through Manufacturing Extension Partnership competitions in twelve states, according to The White House release. …

Carnegie joins Be Original Americas

March 18, 2015

Membership demonstrates commitment to authentic design. New York-based textile manufacturer Carnegie Fabrics has joined Be Original Americas, an organization committed to informing, educating and influencing manufacturers, design professionals and individuals on the economic, ethical and environmental value of authentic design. Carnegie views its practice and support of original design as both a corporate and social …

GOTS announces first international conference

March 17, 2015

Strong Partnerships for Success to be held May 22 in Mumbai. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) will hold its first international conference, Strong Partnerships for Success, May 22 in Mumbai, India. Attendees will learn about brand and manufacturer experiences with GOTS as well as the role of local and international policy. The conference will …

Bellos to receive AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award

March 16, 2015

Sarah Bellos of Stony Creek Colors recognized for regionally-sourced natural dye colorants and pigments. Sarah Bellos, founder and president of Stony Creek Colors, has been named the 2014 recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award. She is being recognized for producing regionally-sourced natural dye colorants and pigments for industrial use. Bellos partnered with Mark Cooley …

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Tensile awnings, by design

Designing and fabricating tensile awnings calls for a special skill set. Craig Flanagan, long-time owner of Shade to Order P/L, Gateshead, NSW, Australia, knows a thing or two about producing tensile awnings and canopies. He has some recommendations for those interested in the market. “In a small factory the fabricator is the sales person, designer, …

Uniroyal Engineered Products launches new website

Interactive features, streamlined navigation offer easy access to Naugahyde® product catalog. Vinyl-coated fabric manufacturer Uniroyal Engineered Products LLC has launched a new, mobile-friendly website for its Naugahyde brand, offering interactive features and streamlined navigation for easier access to the product catalog, sample orders, technical specification and certification downloads. The new site allows visitors to select …

Verdolotti joins Chase Machine

March 13, 2015

Mike Verdolotti hired as electrical engineer. Custom machinery design and manufacturing company Chase Machine & Engineering Inc. has hired Mike Verdolotti as an electrical engineer. Verdolotti most recently worked at Parkinson Technologies as a controls engineer has more than 10 years of experience in programming in addition to his extensive career in controls and systems …

APDN completes DNA marking of 10,000 pima cotton bales

First deployment of APDN’s DNA technology solutions in Asia. Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (APDN), a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology, recently completed a campaign for SigNature® T DNA marking of pima cotton fibers destined for one of America’s largest retailers. More than 10,000 bales of extra long staple cotton were securely marked at the fiber …

GRA holds annual meeting

March 12, 2015

Member associations represent $75.4 billion in combined rental revenue. The 13th annual Global Rental Alliance (GRA) meeting took place at The Rental Show 2015 in New Orleans, La., held Feb. 22-25. All GRA member associations were present, representing Brazil, Canada, Belgium, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. The meeting focused on advancing business …

Milliken & Co. named a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company

March 11, 2015

Ninth consecutive recognition from the Ethisphere® Institute. Milliken & Co. has been recognized as one of the 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a global organization dedicated to defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is Milliken’s ninth consecutive year as an honoree. The World’s Most Ethical Company designation …

Source Outdoor partners with Chella Textiles

March 10, 2015

Relationship extends Source Outdoor’s reach into indoor furniture sector. Outdoor furnishings producer Source Outdoor has entered into a strategic vendor partnership with Chella Textiles, a textile manufacturer offering high-performance luxury weaves for indoor and outdoor applications. Designers, purchasing agents, developers and other trade professionals will experience a more streamlined design and ordering process between furniture …

Mimaki USA announces Print with Compassion program

March 9, 2015

Hands-on training at International Sign Expo will help give back to community. Mimaki USA will launch Print with Compassion, a series of educational sessions and hands-on training using Mimaki products, at International Sign Expo 2015, held April 9-11 in Las Vegas. The program will produce real-world objects and materials for use by local communities and …

AATCC names Chapin, Olney Award recipients

March 6, 2015

Recognition for outstanding service, significant research will be presented at International Conference. The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) has named Kantilal “Kanti” A. Jasani as the 2015 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award for his outstanding service to the organization, and S. Haig Zeronian as the 2015 recipient of the Olney …

Microban expands textile category leadership

March 5, 2015

Lisa Owen named senior director of global business development for textiles. Antimicrobial solution provider Microban International Ltd. has named Lisa Owen senior director of global business development for textiles. Owen’s experience includes specialty and commodity plastics, fibers and chemicals; development of successful strategies and implementation of product, technology, marketing, commercial and business plans; and building …

HP Latex Mobile app now available

Remotely monitor printers, track job status and receive printer alerts. Unveiled four months ago, the HP Latex Mobile application is now available for download worldwide. The app offers remote monitoring of HP Latex 310, 330 and 360 Printers, including job information, print status and alerts. It is available for free from Google Play and the …

ND Graphics named Drytac distributor for Canada

March 4, 2015

Responsible for business growth in the sign and large-format graphic markets. Adhesive-coated product manufacturer Drytac has appointed ND Graphics as its exclusive national branded distributor for Canada. After its 2013 acquisition of a second manufacturing and coating operation in Toronto, Canada, Drytac has focused on creating stronger brand awareness and expanding the markets to which …

Clariant releases ColorForward Interiors 2016

March 3, 2015

Full color palette presented in PP, polyamide and polyester fibers. Specialty chemicals company Clariant has released ColorForward Interiors 2016, the third annual trend and color forecasting guide for the fiber and textile market. Expanded this year to reach those serving the carpeting, upholstery, automotive and interior decoration sectors, the tool defines four trends expected to …

Mobile marketing for small businesses

March 2, 2015

SCORE releases infographic depicting new data on mobile optimization. New statistics gathered by small business mentoring organization SCORE show the importance of mobile optimization for small business websites and how small business owners can convert mobile visitors into customers. According to the data, consumers use their smartphones to make buying decisions at every step of …

Your taxes at work

March 1, 2015

The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.

The passage of the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 late last year retroactively extended 54 tax breaks—but only for the 2014 tax year. The so-called “tax extenders” law opens the door for specialty fabric professionals to claim many of these popular (but temporary) tax incentives when 2014 tax returns are filed, or even after they have been filed…

Expansion in layers

Flexible composites are finding practical application in a growing number of industries. The world of composites covers a range of materials and applications. Flexible composites have long been manufactured to perform specific functions in generally demanding environments. Their tremendous strength-to-weight ratio and design flexibility make them ideal in structural components for the transportation industry. High …

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Energy for the future

Flexible and durable power-generating textiles are poised to make a difference in meeting tomorrow’s energy requirements. Looking forward, before imagination meets prototype, the next generation of energy-producing products seems unattainable. Looking backward, after such innovations are readily available, the development process seems logical—and simple. It’s the “hindsight is 20/20” phenomenon. While photovoltaic power-harvesting technologies are …

Snapshot: Awning Paradise

By Sigrid Tornquist When a customer tells one of Charles Webster’s sales people that he doesn’t like snaps on his boat covers because they break and are difficult to manage, and he’s sick of needing support poles—that’s the beginning of product development for DOWCO® Inc. “Sometimes things can be defined by what they are not,” …

Q&A with Charles Webster

By Sigrid Tornquist Q: You’ve taken your company from one location with 14 employees to four locations with more than 200 employees. How have you changed your management style to accommodate that kind of growth? A: I’ve found that as your company grows, sometimes you have to replace staff—which is difficult to do, but if …

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Energy for the future

Flexible and durable power-generating textiles are poised to make a difference in meeting tomorrow’s energy requirements. Looking forward, before imagination meets prototype, the next generation of energy-producing products seems unattainable. Looking backward, after such innovations are readily available, the development process seems logical—and simple. It’s the “hindsight is 20/20” phenomenon. While photovoltaic power-harvesting technologies are …

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Shade sales: Just add water

The resurgence in boating and the concern over sun safety have been a boon for marine fabricators offering products that protect and beautify without spoiling the fun, or the view. People are taking to the water in record numbers, encouraged in part by plummeting gas prices. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, approximately 89 …

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State of the Industry 2015: Part 2

It was a year of respectable growth in the specialty fabrics industry and hope for an even better future, grounded in promising statistics. IFAI surveys specialty fabrics industry end product manufacturers (EPMs) once a year to learn how they are doing and what they anticipate for the future. All but one of the traditional end …

Expansion in layers

Flexible composites are finding practical application in a growing number of industries. The world of composites covers a range of materials and applications. Flexible composites have long been manufactured to perform specific functions in generally demanding environments. Their tremendous strength-to-weight ratio and design flexibility make them ideal in structural components for the transportation industry. High …

Your taxes at work

The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014. The passage of the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 late last year retroactively extended 54 tax breaks—but only for the 2014 tax year. The so-called “tax extenders” law opens the door for specialty fabric professionals to claim many of these popular (but temporary) tax incentives when 2014 …

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Automatic upholstery

Giving cars a winning look. The best meals are cooked from scratch, the wildest adventures take place off the map, and some of the most impressive auto upholstery restoration projects are done without a template. Two entries in the upholstery category of the 2014 International Achievement Awards were just such projects, transforming torn, tattered and …

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The value of collaboration

Turning today’s students into tomorrow’s engaged and educated industry professionals. While textile students are the future designers and manufacturers for the textile industry, students in areas such as architecture and product and graphic design are our future textile specifiers. Multi-disciplinary design has become a buzzword in education, but unless students are convinced this can help …

Flexible flooring

Launched in conjunction with Congoleum, Mercerville, N.J., ZON flexible flooring provides a durable surface and dimensional stability and is designed specifically for use in high traffic residential and commercial applications…

Fast, accurate printing

The JV150 Series printer is available in two sizes: 54-inch JV150-130 and the 64-inch JV150-160. It features advanced piezo technology print heads capable of print speeds up to 605 square feet per hour and…

On pointe

Practice sessions among professional dancers often take place in rooms with floor-to-ceiling mirrors that allow performers to observe choreography, assess synergy among the corps and monitor their own technique. Graphic and product designer Lesia Trubat, Barcelona, Spain, brings science to self-evaluation with prototype ballet shoes called E-traces that capture the pressure and movement of a …

Outdoor embroidery thread

Designed for outdoor applications, Sunbrella® Embroidery Thread features UV color fastness, fade resistance and weather durability. Recommended for applications including patio furniture, pool-side and water-front products, awnings, tents, boat tops and covers, bimini tops, flags, specialty apparel and sporting goods. Recommended needle size is 90/14, as it is larger than typical embroidery threads and not …

To the rescue

The Haaglanden Safety Region challenged Spark Design & Innovation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with finding a solution guaranteeing the Dutch fire service a raft that would allow a safe water rescue up to 650 feet from shore. Spark went to work, developing the Rescue TIP-Board® inflatable safety raft with unique properties that allow Dutch fire teams …

Color reflective

Brilliant® Color Reflective is a highly reflective, wash-durable color reflective that uses 3M™ Scotchlite™ technology to provide design flexibility by incorporating visibility and style in the same offering. It produces colored rolls with more than 300RA brightness from any glass-beaded retroreflective input material. About 30 percent of the glass bead surface remains exposed, allowing light …