Cotton consumption may overtake production

April 30, 2015

World cotton production expected to fall to 24.6 million tons, as consumption increases to 24.7 million tons. According to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), world cotton production is forecast to fall 6 percent to 24.6 million tons, which is the lowest volume since 2009–10. At the same time, world cotton consumption is expected to …

A burning interest in graphene surface coatings

Hohenstein Institute research explores how carbon may lead to next advance in personal protective equipment. The Hohenstein Institute is exploring how a single layer of carbon just one atom thick may lead to the next advance in personal protective equipment. Graphene, made of carbon linked in a hexagon honeycomb lattice, conducts heat and electricity and …

Disney Research develops fabric 3D printer

April 29, 2015

Layers of soft fabric create flexible 3D objects. Disney Research, a network of research labs that collaborate with academic institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University, has developed a new type of 3D printer that can form precise, yet soft and flexible 3D objects. Instead of hard plastic, a sheet of fabric forms …

FGA hosting FR code webinar

As an IFAI member-exclusive benefit, the Fabric Graphics Association (FGA) will host a webinar about flame retardancy (FR) standards on May 19 at 11 a.m. EST. It will focus on standards NFPA 701, ASTM E84 and CA Title 19, answering the following questions for each one: What is the code? How is the test done? …

AATCC, SDC announce updates to Colour Index

Subscriptions, products can be managed directly online. The Colour Index, the definitive source for information about dye and pigment classification, is published by the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) and the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), who jointly announced updates. Subscribing companies can create aliases, add and invite new users from …

In memoriam: Theodore “Ted” Wirtz

April 28, 2015

Theodore “Ted” Wirtz, former president of the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), passed away March 29 at the age of 81. Wirtz headed INDA from 1996 until his retirement in 2004. Prior to INDA, he spent most of his professional career in sales, marketing, strategic planning and business development positions with Dexter Corp. …

Sigmatex UK announces major investment

Funding awarded from the U.K. to produce lighter vehicles English carbon-fiber manufacturer Sigmatex has been awarded funding from the U.K. through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) for a project that aims to produce higher volumes of composites in the U.K. to accelerate the building of lighter vehicles. The Sigmatex Lightweighting Excellence Programme (LX) …

Recognition, change at Anchor Industries

April 27, 2015

John Fuchs honored by ARA; Brad Gleason assumes role of COO at ETI; five outside sales representatives hired. John Fuchs, general manager of special events at Anchor Industries Inc. was awarded the 2014 Special Service Award by the American Rental Association (ARA), a trade group for suppliers of rental tents. Fuchs has served on ARA …

TRD hosting boot camp

IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) is hosting an installation boot camp May 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Springfield Police and Fire Training Center in Springfield, Mo. The event will consist of a morning classroom session covering tent types and terminology, proper anchoring, staking and ballasting, field inspections and an International Fire …

Johns-Manville expands capacity for glass fiber production

April 24, 2015

Planned expansion includes new furnace to support next generation of reinforced thermoplastic composites. The increased growth in use of glass fibers in engineered thermoplastic composites convinced Colorado-based Johns-Manville to expand its glass fiber operations plant in Etowah, Tenn. The planned expansion includes a new furnace, due to start up in mid-2016, to support the next …

Lectra, Johnson Controls extend partnership

April 23, 2015

Lectra used exclusively by Johnson Controls for its automotive seating supply business. Lectra, a Paris-based integrated systems manufacturer for technologies used to cut high-ply materials (fabrics, leather and technical textiles) will be used exclusively by Wisconsin-based Johnson Controls Inc. in its automotive seating supply business. The two companies formed a partnership 10 years ago and …

Congressman Doug Collins visits TenCate Geosynthetics

April 22, 2015

Discussions focused on workforce development and new approaches to national infrastructure challenges. TenCate Geosynthetics Americas recently welcomed Congressman Doug Collins, U.S. Representative for Georgia’s ninth congressional district, to its Cornelia manufacturing facility. Collins met with TenCate Geosynthetics leadership, toured the manufacturing facility and spoke with employees. Discussions focused on the need for workforce development, the …

International Achievement Award entries due June 30

April 21, 2015

Annual competition promotes awareness of specialty fabrics. Entries for IFAI’s annual International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition are due June 30. The goal of the competition is to promote awareness of specialty fabrics used in a variety of products and applications. Entries are judged by industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals. Winners are selected …

In memoriam: Don F. Racine

Don F. Racine of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away April 18 at the age of 61. Racine was an active member of the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) and a frequent presenter at MFA conventions and workshops, as well as IFAI Expo. He was a regular featured author on instructional techniques in Marine Fabricator magazine and a …

FabricLink announces Top 10 Awards for 2014–15

April 20, 2015

Winners include manufacturing and production technologies and insulation solutions. The FabricLink Network (FLN) recently announced the winners of its annual Top 10 Innovation Awards, presented to exceptional textile-based materials and technologies that have launched during the past year and are commercially available. The FLN recognizes the research and development effort required to create new products …

SCORE releases infographic on recruiting, hiring trends

April 17, 2015

New statistics on how small businesses find new employees and keep them happy. Small business mentoring organization SCORE has released an infographic displaying new statistics that report on how small businesses are finding new employees and keeping them happy…

Fluorine-free solution

Crypton’s C Zero is a new category of environmentally friendly, non-fluorinated performance enhancements. The finish technology provides resistance to water-based stains, such as sodas, coffee and wine, using an innovative, fluorine-free formula. C Zero is a factory-applied process; the entire fabric is immersed to ensure every fiber is treated, and the chemistry is cross-linked for …

New cotton sustainability assessment tool

April 16, 2015

Online tool from Textile Exchange measures environmental, economic and social aspects of organic cotton production. Textile Exchange has launched an online tool for assessing the environmental, economic and social impacts of organic cotton agriculture…

SMART’s education program reaches 1 million students

Three-year campaign teaches students the importance of recycling used textiles. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association has reached more than 1 million students through its elementary education program…

MTEX expands to North America

April 15, 2015

New facilities located in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut tri-state area. MTEX® Solutions, a European wide-format digital textile print solutions manufacturer, has launched MTEX America LLC…

Huntsman, Daechun sign pact

April 14, 2015

Huntsman Textile Effects will support the growth of Daechun Co. Ltd. with sustainability model. Agreement will streamline operations and train technical staff at its textile mill in Gyunggi Province…

Avery Dennison adds new car wrap colors

Three new films created through a collaboration with Diko Sulahian of WTW Corp. Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has added three new colors to the Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film™ portfolio…

USPTO confirms MJS ownership of dark fabric transfer patents

April 13, 2015

Arkwright Advanced Coating barred from making, using, selling transfer media intended for use with dark fabrics. In 2012, Arkwright Advanced Coatings Inc., a division of Sihl Digital Imaging, initiated a proceeding at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office…

Roland launches video contest

Customers invited to submit videos showing how Roland products improve their business. Roland DGA Corp. has launched a “With Roland” video contest, giving its customers the chance to win prizes by submitting 5- to 60-second YouTube videos…

Housing for IFAI Expo 2015 is now open

April 10, 2015

Exhibitors and attendees may book hotel rooms online or via phone or email. Exhibitors and attendees of IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim may now book their hotel rooms online or via phone or email. Room blocks are secured at the Anaheim Marriott and the Hilton Anaheim. ConferenceDirect is the only official housing company for IFAI …

NFI, USIFI attending Lobby Day event

April 9, 2015

Registration for member-exclusive event is open through May 1. Two IFAI divisions, the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI), are co-participating in a Washington, D.C. Lobby Day event June 16–18, to meet with key policymakers and strengthen relationships. Registration is open through May 1, and there is no cost for …

Drytac® introduces easy-to-install products

April 8, 2015

Solutions for indoor and outdoor signage. Drytac, a manufacturer of products for graphics finishing and display, has introduced three new products that are easy to install and remove: ChalkMate™, WipeOut™ and Reveal™. Recommended for chalkboard displays or restaurant menus that require continuous refreshing, ChalkMate is a PVC film with a black chalkboard finish. It is …

Idaman Eramandiri named OEKO-TEX® Company of the Month

First textile company in Southeast Asia awarded with STeP certification for environmentally friendly production facilities. Yarn manufacturer PT. Idaman Eramandiri was named OEKO-TEX Company of the Month for March 2015. Since 2007 the entire range of products provided by the company has fulfilled the requirements for human-ecological safe textiles in accordance with OEKO-TEX Standard 100. …

Free publicity for equipment manufacturers

April 7, 2015

Equipment showcase will be featured in upcoming issue of Specialty Fabrics Review. The July issue of Specialty Fabrics Review will feature an equipment showcase, focusing reader attention on the special benefits and advantages of new products available to them from industry manufacturers…

Performance Fibers completes sale of Asia operations

April 6, 2015

Company renamed DFT DuraFiber Technologies Inc. Industrial polyester fiber and fabric manufacturer Performance Fibers has completed the sale of its Asia operations to Indorama Ventures PCL, and has changed its name to DFT DuraFiber Technologies Inc. Frank Papa serves as chief executive officer (CEO) of the company. Performance Fibers has succeeded in a major business …

Arlon announces social media contest

Arlon Graphics LLC has launched #PrintItWrapIt, a social media photo contest focusing on Arlon’s digital films for applications including exterior and interior wall wraps and full and partial vehicle wraps. The company invites its social media followers and customers to submit high-resolution photos of their work featuring one of the above applications for a chance …

IFAI seeking candidates for board of directors

April 3, 2015

Applications due May 25 The IFAI Leadership Development Committee is seeking candidates for the following positions on the IFAI Board of Directors: first vice chairman (two-year term); second vice chairman (two-year term); and two director positions (three-year terms). Contact Cherie Schmit at +1 651 225 6985 or 800 225 4324 to obtain an application. Candidates …

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An awning of a different color

April 2, 2015

Carrying the load: Framed awnings and tensile awnings must meet different engineering and code standards. Erik Jarvie, structural engineer and sales manager for TensionStructures (a division of Eide Industries Inc., Cerritos, Calif.) lays it out straight on the curvy business of tensile awnings: “Tensile awnings typically have fabric that is under a significant amount of …

IFF Innovation Award entries due June 6

Winners will be featured at IFAI Expo 2015 Presented annually by the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF), the Innovation Award aims to encourage companies around the globe to not only develop fresh, creative ideas, but to make them happen. Companies within every market segment of the specialty fabrics industry are invited to submit their stories of …

SBA to offer free webinar on supply chain disaster preparedness

Strategies and best practices for engaging suppliers, vendors and partners. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), along with co-sponsor Agility Recovery, will host a free webinar titled “Disaster Preparedness & Your Supply Chain” on April 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. EST. The discussion will focus on proactive steps companies can take to mitigate the …

Forethought: The division of labor

April 1, 2015

Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
~Abraham Lincoln

Gardens, gunpowder and grace

An 1805 former gunpowder store in the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens, London, U.K., became the unlikely beneficiary of the Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation’s gift to the Serpentine Gallery—the largest single gift ever received by the internationally known gallery of modern art, architecture and design. The generosity of these patrons effected a Cinderella-like …

Climbing with gecko-tech

Stanford University mechanical engineering graduate student Elliot Hawkes wanted to find out how geckos (small tropical lizards) climb walls. Many geckos have specialized toe pads that allow them to climb smooth vertical surfaces. Now Hawkes is climbing sheer glass buildings on campus, testing a controllable adhesive system that sticks to glass and supports a person’s …

Capturing philanthropy

Janet Echelman’s large-scale, aerial creations of thread have captured attention worldwide, so when the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Wash., wanted a sculpture that expressed the spirit of the foundation…

Stick-on sugar sensor

Diabetics monitor blood glucose levels with devices that draw blood, analyze data and display numbers that signal levels outside the normal range. The “finger pokes” are never comfortable…

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Building with textiles

A report from the TextielMuseum exhibition: the current and future potential of textiles in architecture. The use of textiles in buildings is by no means new, with early examples of dwellings made using branches and animal furs…

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Specialty Fabrics Showcase

Aesthetics, antimicrobial protection, conductive properties, sound reduction, strength & durability and UV resistance. The global specialty fabrics market is growing, encouraging fabric manufacturers to continue their development of problem-solving products that perform…

Path to success

FiberTect® illustrates a successful strategy for commercializing a new technology. “Applied research deserves Nobel prizes,” proclaimed the editorial of Nature Materials in January 2010…

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At face value

Despite the hype, it isn’t all about social media. Contrary to popular belief, social media isn’t the only way to communicate with the masses.

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Behind the curves

Tensile structures add exciting new dimensions —and distinct engineering challenges— to the commercial shade products market. It could be said, like the mythical Greek lion-goat-snake beast the chimera, that the tensile awning is a creature of blended ancestors. Not long ago, structures with tensile fabric characteristics started appearing in places often reserved for framed awnings …

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Keeping on top of trucking

Tarp manufacturers stay up to date with the needs of the transportation industry. Some folks see a semitrailer and think of it as nothing more than an object to pass before the next exit. Tyler Birden sees an object of curiosity…

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Stretching colorful options

Here is a winning formula for wide-format print shops: Produce vibrant, high-quality graphics quickly and easily on a variety of materials and in a more environmentally friendly manner. What’s the catch? There doesn’t appear to be one, which is why latex printing is increasingly becoming the choice for many commercial and industrial printing applications. The …

Productivity paired

Father and son team Stewart and Ross Brown embrace the challenge of change by making the most of their strengths.

Cocktails under the sea

A birthday celebration at a private Beverly Hills estate became a lush, colorful ocean display for an opening day cocktail party, thanks to Revelry Event Designers, Los Angeles, Calif. A 120-foot-long brilliant undersea landscape…

Mesh “lasso” rounds up data in space

Space is the final frontier, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) just sent a mechanical cowboy into orbit around the earth to round up data about the planet’s soil moisture. NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite has three main parts: radar, a radiometer and the largest rotating mesh antenna ever deployed in …