Printed, practical and appealing

June 1st, 2015

Fabric graphics projects enhance public spaces thanks to their aesthetic, acoustic and eco-friendly properties. When 114 million viewers tuned in to watch Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015, they partook in a visual feast of fast-moving plays, dazzling electronic displays and big-screen graphics. TV viewers and fans in attendance at University of Phoenix Stadium […]

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Graphics that stick

June 1st, 2015

New to the B•free® Gruv™ collection, GV428P and GV429P are 3.2-mil, soft, white calendared PVC films designed for solvent, latex and UV printing for indoor and outdoor medium-term general purpose graphics. Available in gloss or matte finishes, the opaque permanent adhesive employs MACtac’s B•free air-egress adhesive for easy installation, allowing them to stick to almost […]

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Window films

June 1st, 2015

High-performance, 4-mil cast vinyl, perforated window films give graphics manufacturers the option to print cross-platform, including UV, latex, solvent ink jet and screen printing. With a 50/50 perforation pattern, 3M™ Window Graphic Film 8170-P50 offers balanced viewing from both sides of the film and is optimal for vehicle graphics, while 3M™ Window Graphic Film 8170-P40 […]

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Powered parking

June 1st, 2015

When London-based business park owner Clearbell Capital LLP wanted to create solar-covered parking areas for 15 of its car parks, Perry Carroll knew just what to do. A tensile fabric structure was the obvious choice, Carroll says. After all, he does own The Solar Cloth Co., of Cambridge, England, a maker of tensile photovoltaics. The […]

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Understanding the textile supply chain

June 1st, 2015

AATCC conference focuses on sustainability and innovations. By Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D. The historic city of Savannah, Ga., hosted a gathering of more than 200 people who participated in deliberations on the latest developments in consumer trends, textile chemicals, fiber and material innovations. This year’s American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Conference had three […]

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Sustainable safety

June 1st, 2015

Skiers and snowboarders gear up for winter sports with the best looking, high-performing and protective products they can afford—and if products are eco-friendly, so much the better. Picture Organic Clothing, Gerzat, France, designs its sportswear with two goals in mind: the product must contain a minimum of 50 percent recycled or organic materials and it […]

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Celebrating excellence

June 1st, 2015

The IFAI Canada 2015 Honours Program winners. By Galynn Nordstrom Five winners were selected this year by the Canada Honours Program at the IFAI Canada Expo, held Mar. 12–13 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Entries are open to members of IFAI Canada, and judged on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and […]

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Superhydrophobic coating

June 1st, 2015

NeverWet Outdoor Fabric treatment protects and preserves outdoor clothing, shoes and furniture against moisture, repelling water from textiles including polyester, polycotton blends, canvas, leather and suede. The solvent-based technology is breathable, dries odorless, keeps items dry longer and provides a clear finish that will not change the feel or appearance of treated items. Applications include […]

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Metropolitan mesh

June 1st, 2015

Apedestrian-only city center, ONE City Plaza in Greenville, S.C., is the city’s newest mixed-use hub, featuring retail, dining and university and office spaces. The space is designed to draw people downtown. Greenville was once known as the “textile center of the world,” and Denver, Colo.-based Civitas Inc., designer of ONE City Plaza, wanted to pay […]

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Dancing in the street

June 1st, 2015

Street banners are typically used as a marketing device, advertising an upcoming neighborhood event or the like. But when Sydney, Australia’s five-block Martin Place promenade was transformed into a sparkling, shimmering, disco-light display during the December 2014 holiday season, street banners stood in for the classic metal disco ball. Twenty-three banners, transformed into a disco-art […]

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