ShowStoppers 2015

August 24, 2015

IFAI Expo 2015 will feature the fourth annual ShowStoppers competition, created to recognize the best of the best on the show floor. All IFAI Expo exhibitors are eligible to enter their new products and services for the chance to be awarded as a ShowStopper. A committee of industry specialists will choose the finalists in each …

Safe Reflections opens new office in Taiwan

Safe Reflections Inc., a St. Paul, Minn.-based provider of reflective solutions to the safety, active apparel and military training markets, has opened a new headquarters for its Asia business unit in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The new facility is located in the Tucheng District near the Taiwan Textile Research Institute, bringing Safe Reflections closer to …

Should you extend credit?

Fabricators stress caution when extending credit to customers. On the surface, it sure seems like a slam-dunk decision for a marine fabrication shop to not extend credit to customers. “Let’s see, when you write off thousands and thousands of dollars—maybe even $100,000 over the 30-year life of the company—you start to think about giving anybody …

Ultraflex offers soft, stretchy signage

Developed by Ultraflex Systems Inc., Randolph, N.J., polyester and spandex knitted fabrics VorTex™ Stretch D229 and Super Stretch D231 are specifically treated for direct disperse, latex, dye-sublimation transfer and UV printing. Both fabrics are available in 126-inch roll widths in standard 164-foot rolls, offering single direction stretch, fire resistance and opacity. D229 is recommended for …

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Attachment issues

August 21, 2015

Connecting a tent to a building poses a set of challenges for tent installers. Stability, weatherproofing, auxiliary HVAC systems and custom flooring all need to be accounted for. These projects almost always require customized solutions that take the unique environment of the building and the tent site into consideration. One of the biggest considerations is …

BASF transfers textile chemical business to Archroma

BASF, a Singapore-based global chemical company with sales of 74 billion euros in 2014, has divested its global textile chemical business to Archroma, a Swiss specialty chemical supplier to the textile, paper and emulsion industries. BASF will continue to manufacture and supply textile chemical products to Archroma. The transaction includes BASF Pakistan Ltd., Karachi, but …

Minnesota Knitting Mills hiring

August 20, 2015

Minnesota Knitting Mills is hiring a knitting machine mechanic. The mechanic will be responsible for the upkeep of the knitting machines and other duties related to the operation of the knitting machines. Minnesota Knitting Mills is a privately held knit manufacturing company located in Mendota Heights, Minn. Applicants can inquire about the position by calling …

SPESA hosting educational conference Sept. 17

The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) will host its fourth “Advancements in Manufacturing Technology” educational conference on Sept. 17 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport in Charlotte, N.C. The non-commercial, educational-only event is targeted at mid-level and upper-level managers, and will provide information to help improve quality and manufacturing efficiency while at …

EFI acquires Reggiani

August 19, 2015

Inkjet textile printing promises to be a high-growth industry, and Electronics For Imaging Inc. (EFI), Fremont, Calif., took a leading role in the transition from analog to digital textile printing with the acquisition of Reggiani Macchine, Bergamo, Italy. Reggiani provides industrial inkjet printers using water-based inks for fabric printing. The new EFI Reggiani will offer …

Ryze Renewables sets up shop in Texas

Ryze Renewables has announced that the newly formed company will bring its textile recycling business to Port Arthur, Texas, investing $200 million in two different business lines. The first will collect textile scrap to make medical and personal care products, luxury garments and packaging. The second will take waste from the first process and use …