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…