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 …