Berry Amendment threshold to stay at $150,000

September 30, 2015

The text of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act has been released, keeping the threshold to trigger the Berry Amendment (10 USC 2533a), its specialty metal variant and the Kissell Amendment at its current level—the inflation-adjusted figure of $150,000. The Berry Amendment requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to procure certain items, including …

New sponsorships available at Tent Conference

In lieu of tabletop exhibits, new sponsorship opportunities are available at IFAI’s Tent Conference 2016, taking place Jan. 26–28 in Las Vegas, Nev. Companies can choose from several options, including speaking engagements, signage and meal choices. All sponsorships include logo placement on the Tent Conference website and show guide, as well as in email communications. …

EDANA launches nonwovens training program

September 29, 2015

EDANA, the international association for the nonwovens and related industries, has renewed its training course program with “Nonwovens Learning Cycle™,” an integrated approach to nonwovens from the basics to advanced courses and guided development. Developed in partnership with the European Centre for Innovative Textiles (CETI), the courses are delivered in four stages: an introduction to …

New motorized shades from Budget Blinds

Budget Blinds®, a window covering provider based in Orange, Calif., now offers Virtual Cord™ motorized shades through its Signature Series® private label program, with Springs Window Fashions as the exclusive manufacturer. Virtual Cord technology is available for Budget Blinds’ cellular honeycomb shades, and will be made available for additional products later this fall. Virtual Cord …

AATCC releases textile coloration book

September 28, 2015

The Association of Textile, Apparel and Materials Professionals (AATCC) announced the release of a new book titled “Textile Coloration for the Retail Supply Chain,” co-authored by J. Richard Aspland and Ann C. Laidlaw. The book is divided into multiple sections: a discussion of textile coloration designed for a non-technical audience; a glossary of textile terminology; …

Textile companies collaborate to improve sustainability

Textile Exchange (TE), a global nonprofit organization that works to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile industry, released the findings of a comprehensive benchmarking report that measures the progress of 57 leading textile companies in their effort to become more sustainable. Companies ranging from small start-ups to global brands submitted detailed data about their use …

Tent Conference registration now open

September 25, 2015

Registration for IFAI’s Tent Conference 2016, held Jan. 26–28 in Las Vegas, Nev., is now open. Hosted by IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, the conference offers a robust educational component designed to grow businesses; valuable networking opportunities; access to the industry’s top material suppliers; and TRD’s annual …

PAMA seeking board candidates

September 24, 2015

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of IFAI, is seeking candidates for its board of directors. The mission of PAMA is to raise general awareness of awnings as an image-enhancing, energy-savings and attractive addition to a residential or commercial structure. Interested candidates must be awning supplier members of PAMA. They will be evaluated …

H&V begins NanoWave® production in Germany

Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V), a global manufacturer of advanced materials for filtration, battery separators and industrial applications based in East Walpole, Mass., has launched a successful start-up of NanoWave air filter media production in Hatzfeld, Germany. The new production capacity supports the European market demand for high-performance filter media. NanoWave, an extended surface area, multi-layer …

VTT to turn waste cotton into fashion line

September 23, 2015

Effective in 2016, the European Union ban on placing organic waste at landfills is fast approaching. In response, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a cellulose dissolution technique that turns old, worn-out cotton clothing into new fibers for the textile industry. Based on this process, VTT has teamed up with Ethica Ltd. …