Seaman launches new website

June 30, 2015

High-performance industrial fabric manufacturer Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, has redesigned its website to improve customer engagement. The company partnered with SyncShow, a Cleveland-based digital marketing firm that helps business-to-business clients improve sales and lead generation strategies, to develop the new site. It’s designed to be user friendly and to attract and engage customers, vendors and …

Vietnam turns down textile projects

Authorities in Da Nang City, Vietnam, recently rejected two foreign-invested projects in the textile, dyeing and garment sector, including a $200 million project registered by an investor from Hong Kong and another registered by an investor from South Korea. They were turned down because of the environmental problems they may cause. The city is focusing …

Sweden Textile Water Initiative expands

June 29, 2015

The Sweden Textile Water Initiative, one of Sweden’s largest public-private partnerships, is expanding to new countries in Asia and Africa after a successful pilot project in India. Through the initiative, 28 Swedish textile and leather companies have cooperated with Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to work toward global sustainable production, educating suppliers and sub-contractors to …

TIC updates export guide

The Trade Information Center (TIC) has updated “A Basic Guide to Exporting,” available for download for free. The book addresses nearly every issue a company looking to export might face. It features charts, lists and definitions that provide in-depth information about the key activities and issues relevant to any prospective exporter, including: getting things rolling; …

Hoffman Awning honored by Hermes Creative Awards

June 26, 2015

Awning manufacturer and installer A. Hoffman Awning Co., Baltimore, Md., was honored with five awards in the 2015 Hermes Creative Awards competition. Hermes Creative Awards, administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), recognizes outstanding work in the industry while promoting the philanthropic nature of marketing and communication professionals. Hoffman Awning—the …

Quinn Flags celebrates 21 years, adds second factory

Celebrating 21 years of business, custom flag and banner manufacturer Quinn Flags, Hanover, Pa., has improved customer service capabilities and added a second factory for flag and banner production, expanding its in-house design and manufacturing capacity. The company has increased staff by 100 percent in the last year to ensure prompt customer service, a seamless …

DSM Dyneema acquires Cubic Tech

June 25, 2015

DSM Dyneema, the Netherlands-based manufacturer of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber branded as Dyneema®, has acquired Cubic Tech Corp. of Mesa, Ariz. Cubic Tech specializes in the custom design, development and production of high-performance ultra-lightweight flexible laminates and fabrics for applications as diverse as racing yacht sails, equipment and apparel for sportswear, outdoor …

Ohio Awning celebrates 150 years

Cleveland-based Ohio Awning and Manufacturing Co. is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a new space and plans for its first customer showroom. The company is leaving its home of 85 years—a 78,000-square-foot factory—for an even larger and more customer-conscious space. To help customers select among hundreds of awning options, the company will open a 4,500-square-foot …

Rieter’s ‘spin center’ opens in China

June 24, 2015

In 2012–13, Rieter Textile Systems, Winterthur, Switzerland, went “all in” on its investment in the short staple fiber spinning industry in China. The major supplier of textile machinery and components capped off its commitment during the grand opening of the Rieter Application and Research Centre for Spinning Technology in Changzhou, China. Among the services available …

Sunesta awnings meet building codes

Sunesta Products, a Jacksonville, Fla., manufacturer of ready-to-install retractable awnings, achieved approval under Florida Building Code PDM 10447 and Miami Dade County NOA #13-1104.18 for all of its retractable awnings: Sunesta, Sunstyle, Sunlight and SunShade. The awnings stand up to 45 mph wind speed when extended and 150 mph when retracted. Building codes enacted after …

Outlast wins Top 10 Textile Innovations Award

June 23, 2015

The trademark of Outlast™ Technologies LLC, a Golden, Colo., maker of phase-change materials, is “… not too hot … not too cold … just right.”™ The FabricLink Network, a trade group for textile businesses, agreed that Outlast’s “Universe” filling material of climate-regulating viscose fibers and downs was “just right” and selected the product as one …

Qatar enlists Birdair for World Cup venue upgrade

Dubai-based Taiyo Middle East LLC, a subsidiary of Birdair Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., will update the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, the site of the 2022 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup. Birdair has a track record with the Khalifa stadium, providing design and supply of the facility’s PTFE membrane roof system during …

PAMA education course approved in Canada

June 22, 2015

IFAI division PAMA (Professional Awning Manufacturers Association) has received approval and accreditation for its education course “PAMA 101: Enhancing Your Design with Awnings and Canopies,” by Canada’s Interior Design Continuing Education Council Inc. (IDCEC). The course can now be taught to designers in Canada for education credit. The course covers awning definitions, styles, frames, fabric …

Solair redesigns mobile awning visualizer

As part of the brand’s newly designed website, Solair® Shade Solutions, Glen Raven, N.C., has redesigned its mobile-optimized awning visualizer, offering customers a digital outdoor design experience. With an emphasis on usability for mobile and tablet devices, the awning visualizer allows homeowners to take a photo of their home on their devices and preview a …

Wearables for Good challenge accepting applications

June 19, 2015

UNICEF Innovation, New York, N.Y., has partnered with San Francisco, Calif.-based product strategy and design firm frog and Cambridge, England-based technology company Arm Holdings PLC to launch the Wearables for Good challenge. Open to anyone from students to engineers, the challenge invites the global design, technology, business and social communities to identify and develop solutions …

Serge Ferrari announces new general manager

June 18, 2015

Ilse Beterams has been promoted to general manager of Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Serge Ferrari North America, effective July 1, 2015. Beterams has been with Serge Ferrari for 23 years, most recently as sales manager for northern Europe, managing sales teams in Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, Scandinavia and the U.K. She has worked directly with architects and …

Call for submissions: Disaster mitigation and response

Companies that have contributed to the disaster mitigation and response industry are invited to showcase products highlighting their contribution for a disaster response display at IFAI Expo 2015. All items must include textiles or composite materials with a fabric scrim. Examples include chemical, biological, fire and rescue equipment; emergency shelters; flood and storm protection; and …

Registration open for MFA workshops

June 17, 2015

Registration is now open for three 2015 regional workshops hosted by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA). Held Sept. 12, the Mid-Atlantic Regional workshop will be hosted at Costa Marine Canvas and Enclosures in Egg Harbor City, N.J. The two-day Midwest Regional workshop will take place at Oshkosh Tent and Awning Co. Inc. in Oshkosh, Wis., …

ISO Standards Committee appoints Q-Lab’s Fowler

Sean Fowler, technical marketing specialist at Q-Lab Corp., Westlake, Ohio, was appointed vice chair for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standards Committee on Corrosion. Q-Lab’s specialty is accelerated weathering and outdoor exposure test services, and Fowler developed the new Q-FOG CRH corrosion chamber, which can perform traditional salt spray, Prohesion and most cyclic automotive …

Companies collaborate on closed loop initiative

June 16, 2015

Four companies—Designtex, New York, N.Y.; Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.; Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C.; and Victor Group Inc., Quebec, Canada—have developed a closed loop textile recycling program and are discussing further expansion of the circular economy model. Textile waste from Victor and Designtex products at Steelcase’s Athens, Ala., manufacturing facility is segregated, collected and sent …

Former IFAI Board Chairman and Honored Life Member Don Williams dies at 74

June 15, 2015

Don Williams, southwest sales representative for BondCote Corp., passed away on Tuesday, June 9, at his home in Amarillo, Texas. He was 74. Williams served on the Industrial Fabrics Association International board of directors from 1985–2001 and as chairman of the board from 1997–1999. An IFAI Honored Life Member and a certified Master Fabric Craftsman, …

New ownership at Vermont Tent Co.

Ownership of South Burlington, Vt.-based Vermont Tent Co. has transitioned from John Crabbe Jr. to Mike Lubas, CEO; Lon Finkelstein, CFO; and Mike Solomon, COO, as equal partners. Crabbe Jr. now serves as business development director. Founded in 1975, the company provides tents, awnings, equipment and consulting services for private, corporate, and nonprofit functions. Source: …

Revisions to Technical Bulletin 117 take effect

The Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI) was directed in 2012 to revise flammability standard Technical Bulletin 117 (CA TB 117) for better fire safety without the need for flame retardant chemicals. The new standard for this purpose was renamed CA TB 117-2013 and became mandatory Jan. 1, 2015. …

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Building a military textile knowledge base: MUST

June 12, 2015

Everyone in the industry knows there is a whole range of opportunities to manufacture textile products for the military, but there’s also a lot of frustration around how to do it. Central Michigan University and Maureen MacGillivray, Ph.D., among others, are taking part in a military initiative to help level the playing field so companies, …

Crypton vinyl

June 11, 2015

Crypton offers its first vinyl product, Revl, a high-performance coated textile engineered with stain-resistant technology. Revl is targeted toward hospitality, healthcare, commercial and civil industries. Revl resists permanent marker, denim dye transfer and food stains and withstands repeated cleanings, thwarts bacterial and fungal growth, and protects against cracking and wear. Revl has also received GREENGUARD® …

Bayer MaterialScience to become Covestro

June 10, 2015

Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa., will be separated from Leverkusen, Germany-based Bayer AG later this year with the intention of being floated on the stock market as a separate company by mid-2016. The company has chosen Covestro as its new name, effective Sept. 1, 2015. Its vision is to make the world a brighter place …

Deadline extended for IFF Innovation Award entries

The deadline to submit entries for the IFF (Industrial Fabrics Foundation) Innovation Award has been extended to June 26. The goal of the award is to inspire companies around the globe to not only come up with great ideas, but to make them happen, sharing their stories from innovative concept to inspired product. There are …

AATCC offers on-site test method training

June 9, 2015

The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) now offers on-site test method training, bringing customized training to the client’s facility. The client chooses the date, location and test methods, and AATCC provides hands-on instruction for AATCC test methods, ASTM textile testing methods and related topics. Training programs include lectures, hands-on demonstrations and question-and-answer …

Felix Schoeller adds sublimation paper to product portfolio

Felix Schoeller, a division of the Osnabruck, Germany-based specialty paper manufacturer Felix Schoeller Group, is now offering sublimation papers. S-RACE, its new sublimation paper, uses a microporous ink-receiving coating to offer significantly shorter drying times, and its unique composition gives the paper greater air permeability. It is also able to absorb water quickly, which means …

Mutoh hosting RIP Software workshop series

June 8, 2015

Mutoh America Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., will be hosting one-day RIP (raster image processor) software workshops to teach the ins and outs of how to optimize Flexi, Caldera and ONYX textile RIP software. The workshops are broken into two sessions: an introduction to RIP software from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by in-depth training from 1–4 …

SCORE releases infographic on B2B sales processes

Small business mentoring organization SCORE has released an infographic featuring statistics on which sources are providing small businesses with the best business-to-business (B2B) sales leads and what percentage of leads convert to each stage of the sales funnel. It also presents data on the most effective sales practices for small businesses, including the average number …

Research team creates electronic textile using graphene

June 5, 2015

An international research team has developed a new technique to embed transparent, flexible graphene electrodes into fibers commonly associated with the textile industry, such as polypropylene. The team includes experts from the Centre for Graphene Science at the University of Exeter in England; the Institute for Systems Engineering and Computers, Microsystems and Nanotechnology (INESC-MN) in …

China project targets green manufacturing

June 4, 2015

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Changzhou (China) National Hi-Tech District’s Textile and Dyeing Industrial Park will implement a series of innovative approaches to water management to boost social and economic sustainable development and gradually turn the Taihu basin into a model of proper ecological management and governance. The project is expected …

New OEKO-TEX® requirements take effect

The International OEKO-TEX Association, Zurich, Switzerland, announced that 10 companies received STeP (Sustainable Textile Production) certification between November 2014 and February 2015. The certification demonstrates their commitment to environmental protection, sustainability and social responsibility in accordance with STeP by OEKO-TEX. The companies include Bangladesh-based Mondol Knit-Tex Ltd.; Quanzhou Suntex Garments Co. Ltd. and Loftex China …

Registration open for IFAI Expo 2015

June 3, 2015

Registration is now open for IFAI Expo 2015, the most comprehensive industrial and technical textiles event of the year. This year’s event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 6–9. Programming begins Oct. 6; trade show opens Oct. 7. Attendees can save up to $300 when registering by July 4 …

National SBIR/STTR Conference to be held June 14–17

The National SBIR/STTR Conference and the third annual National Innovation Summit and Showcase will be held in parallel with the 17th annual TechConnect World Conference, at the Gaylord Convention Center, Harbor, Md., June 14–17. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs encourage small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and …

“Re-Clothe NY” receives environmental award

A statewide campaign to promote textile recycling in New York, “Re-Clothe NY” received a 2015 U.S. EPA Environmental Champion Award for its significant contribution to improving the environment. The campaign is collaboration between the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3), and the Council …

Xennia names new sales director

Xennia Technology Ltd., Letchworth, U.K., has appointed Barbara Borgars as sales and marketing director. Trilingual in English, French and Spanish, she has more than 30 years of experience in global sales in the printing and graphic industries, including digital sublimation inks. An ink supplier for industrial digital inkjet processes, Xennia Technology was recently sold to …

Miller Weldmaster opens customer support center, announces new hires

June 2, 2015

Miller Weldmaster of Navarre, Ohio, has opened a new Resolution Center, giving customers access to technical service and support for their Miller Weldmaster machines after point of sale. Customers who call the company will speak with someone from the Resolution Center for responsive, personalized customer service. Technical representatives are available for customer needs in many …

Transhield, Kennon partner to produce military covers

Transhield Inc., Elkhart, Ind., and Kennon Products Inc., Sheridan, Wyo., have formed a partnership to deliver protective covers to the military aircraft market. The agreement allows Transhield and Kennon to provide cost-effective and affordable solutions for the protection of military aircraft assets. Transhield produces advanced-technology protective covers made of durable, waterproof, lightweight, UV-resistant and VCI+b …

Stretchable inks

June 1, 2015

Stretchable electronic ink materials are designed for use in smart clothing applications and other wearable electronics, providing an elegant, manufacturing-ready alternative to traditional methods of embedding electronics in clothing. They deliver stable performance, and a third party evaluation of fabrics incorporating the materials showed them to be washable, durable and capable of withstanding up to …

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Shade sails on ice

A goal of the restoration of New York City’s Riverbank State Park ice rink, completed in December 2014, was to extend the season for the ice by protecting it from increased sun exposure it experienced in late winter. Considering the facility’s high visibility due to its location—69 feet above the Hudson River, on top of …

Chairless Chair looking for a seat at the table

Factory production lines aren’t ideal spaces for chairs; standing in one place while performing repetitive tasks isn’t a great way to maintain human comfort or health. A start-up company aiming to become a leader in wearable ergonomic, mechatronic and assistive devices, noonee AG, Rüti, Switzerland, took these two problems and found a solution. The Chairless …

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Big tent browsing

In April 2014, rain and hail inundated Mexico City, flooding the building that housed the Mercado Rio Blanco, a huge public market in downtown Mexico City that was home to 450 vendors. City officials knew they’d need seven or eight months to rebuild, but they didn’t intend to let the vendors down in the meantime. …

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Canopied corporate strolls

Office workers in Auckland, New Zealand’s Highbrook Business Park can be found most days lingering over lunch or strolling outside at The Crossing, an open-air plaza. The large, open-air green space is home to cafes, bars and retail spaces. But when the weather doesn’t cooperate, pedestrians able to seize the chance to get outside don’t …

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Lessons in community, ecology

The Longbush Ecosanctuary protects native plants, birds and wildlife in a rare lowland bush near Gisbourne, on New Zealand’s eastern coast. Longbush Ecological Trust wanted an inviting environmental education space to serve as a symbolic gateway to the 296-acre sanctuary and commissioned architect Sarosh Mulla to design and build the shelter. Mulla, whose doctoral research …

Creativity colors ‘Digital Couture’ for N.Y. Fashion Week

Advanced dye-sublimation printers achieve eye-popping color on a wide range of fabrics, and Epson America Inc., Long Beach, Calif., challenged select fashion designers to use its Epson® SureColor® F-Series printing technology to wow audiences with its capabilities during New York Fashion Week in February. The 11 designers, most from South America, are early adopters of …

Product, then procurement: MUST

FORETHOUGHT By Mary Hennessy Something very exciting and potentially game-changing is occurring in the military market: IFAI members will soon have the opportunity to get into the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) supply pipeline before contracts and specifications are issued. It’s called MUST—Military Uniform System Technology. The initial demonstration and proof of concept of MUST is …

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Bubbling beauty

Pedestrians passing by an otherwise common-looking concrete wall in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture now get the chance to see an ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) film and cushion system installation in all its beauty. Architect Endo Shuhei of Osaka, Japan-based Endo Shuhei Architecture Institute designed the 99-square-meter structure, and the system was fabricated by Covertex Membranes (Shanghai) Co. …

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Transformed by textiles

Two case studies highlight the use of fabric to renovate and convert stadium spaces. By Jake Kulju Cities are full of movement and change. Parks, public spaces and businesses all reflect the shifting tastes and trends of their urban neighborhoods. To adapt, many urban planners, business owners and architects are incorporating industrial fabrics into their …