FGA to host latex printing webinar Aug. 4

July 31, 2015

As an IFAI member-exclusive benefit, the Fabric Graphics Association (FGA) will host a latex printing webinar Aug. 4, 2015, at 10 a.m. CT. Timothy Mitchell, a latex experience solutions architect at Hewlett-Packard, and Chris Jackson, president of Cold Fire Signs, will answer the following questions: What textiles work well with latex inks? Why print on …

Carnegie launches new Xorel™ collection

July 30, 2015

Textile manufacturer Carnegie Fabrics, New York, N.Y., has announced the launch of Xorel Refresh Your Palette, a vibrant, high-fashion textile collection inspired by colors that are essential to everyday life. Four new Xorel patterns feature exotic bright accents, transparent watercolor effects and earthy soft textures. Havana—a large scale, multi-colored, textural stripe, Circuit—a classic textile with …

JK Group acquires Sawgrass Industrial

Sawgrass Industrial, the business division of Sawgrass Technologies, Mount Pleasant, S.C., operating in sublimation and pigment inks for industrial applications, is joining Italian company JK Group S.p.A, the company which includes the brands Kiian Digital and J-Teck, to extend the group’s technology capabilities. The acquisition expands JK Group’s portfolio of advanced inks, which are compatible …

Sympatex announces new VP for North America

July 29, 2015

Derek Spingler has been named vice president of North America for Sympatex Technologies, Unterfohring, Germany, a producer of membranes, laminates and functional textiles. Spingler brings more than 20 years of experiences in the outdoor industry to his new role, where he is responsible for overall sales and marketing management with a special focus on creating …

Enduratex introduces new fabric for hospitality market

Stingray, a new Exotics collection from Enduratex™, Mira Loma, Calif., is designed specifically for the hospitality market. Featuring a subtle, pebbly texture, the fabric offers a soft hand and has a FORBID topcoat, making it resistant to stains such as mustard, ink and denim dye transfer. Stingray is 100 percent virgin vinyl and available in …

Student Design Challenge sponsorships available

July 28, 2015

Sponsorships are available for IFAI’s 2016 Student Design Challenges, which are offered in four categories: Advanced textiles; awnings and canopies; fabric graphics; and fabric structures. Sponsoring companies will be recognized on IFAI’s websites and in promotional material throughout the year. Companies that register to sponsor by Aug. 10 will also be included on signage at …

SEM Products partners with Vicar

July 27, 2015

SEM Products, a Rock Hill, S.C.-based manufacturer of interior paints and refinishing products for leather, vinyl, plastic and carpets is expanding its distribution by forming a strategic partnership with Vicar International, Union, N.J. Vicar will stock three lines to the automotive, upholstery, marine, RV and golf cart industries for both indoor and outdoor applications. The …

PA Group software enhances Phifer operations

PA Group USA, Chattanooga, Tenn., has fully implemented manufacturing software at one manufacturing division of Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based Phifer Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aluminum and fiberglass insect screening. The machine monitoring, planning and scheduling, and product life cycle management software solutions will enhance lean manufacturing practices. The three software components are part …

Unifi expands recycling center

July 24, 2015

Unifi Inc., the Greensboro, N.C., manufacturer of Repreve® recycled fibers, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its planned 85,000-square-foot addition to its Repreve Recycling Center in Yadkinville, N.C. The expansion will increase capacity to produce Repreve and other premier value-added products (PVA) by up to 60 million pounds. The recycling center addition is estimated to be …

Schoeller, The Lost Explorer partner

July 23, 2015

Schoeller Textil AG, Sevelen, Switzerland, is collaborating with environmentalist David de Rothschild and his company, The Lost Explorer, to launch a garment collection named “Goods, apparel and things you didn’t know you needed.” The collaboration will be on a longtime partnership basis. Schoeller is supporting the garment collection with fabric developments as it strengthens its …