Enduratex announces new vinyl collection: Eel

December 30, 2015

Enduratex, a California-based manufacturer of vinyl-coated fabrics, has announced its latest collection, Eel. Eel is Enduratex’s newest offering to its exotic texture product lines. Subtle colorings are from the marine world with whimsical names such as scampering sandpiper, salty air, fire coral and other sea inspired colors. Eel is fortified with Enduratex’s ForbidSrt (stain-resistant topcoat), …

DAF Products awarded product of the year at SGIA Expo

December 29, 2015

DAF Products was awarded the 2015 Product of the Year Award in the Media–Vinyl (Pressure Sensitive) category for its DAF Gecko Grip. The award was presented at the 2015 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo, held in Atlanta Nov. 4–6. The DAF Gecko Grip allows users to print directly on a micro-suction adhesive. A total …

SheerWeave fabrics keep hospital environments clean and cool

December 28, 2015

Phifer’s SheerWeave shades with Microban antimicrobial protection helps to keep hospital environments clean and cool. The Microban protection helps prevent the growth of stain- (SPACE) and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew that can damage the fabric. Microban won’t wash off or wear away for the lifetime of the fabric. SheerWeave’s light-filtering qualities diffuse light, reduce …

AATCC announces changes to proficiency testing programs

December 23, 2015

The AATCC will be implementing enhancements and changes to the AATCC Proficiency Testing Programs in 2016. The programs offer labs the opportunity to anonymously gauge their performance against that of hundreds of others around the globe. Current program participants were asked what could be improved and some of those suggestions will be implemented immediately. The …

SBA appoints Mark Walsh as head of office of investment & innovation

December 22, 2015

The U.S. Small Business Administration appointed Mark Walsh as its associate administrator for the Office of Investment & Innovation, the office that administers the agency’s Small Business Investment Companies and Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. In his new role, Walsh will oversee the SBIR/STTR program which helps entrepreneurs commercialize their …

In memoriam: Leon Lenney

December 21, 2015

Leon Lenney, Redwood Empire Awning The longtime owner of Redwood Empire Awning, Leon Lenney, passed away on Dec. 14, 2015, at the age of 72, after spending his entire working career with the company that was founded by his father in 1951.The Santa Rosa, Calif.-based company makes quality custom awnings, industrial canvas products and specialized …

Camira launches The Mill Collection

Camira, designer and manufacturer of wool and wool/bast fiber blend fabrics for commercial interiors, launched The Mill Collection, a new value proposition symbolic of sustainable textile design and manufacture. The Mill Collection has a mosaic of 72 color shades created from five patterns—Chicago, Gravity, Haven, L2 and Manhattan. It was designed for a lighter environmental …

Arkema expands Kynar® foam extrusion technology to new markets

December 18, 2015

Arkema is expanding the use of its Kynar® foam extrusion technology into new markets where a chemically resistant, fire resistant and high temperature polymer foam is required. These markets include oil and gas, where chemical and high temperature resistance are key, as well as the transportation market, which requires high temperature/low flame and smoke, and …

Richard Seaman retires, company promotes Crum to CEO

December 17, 2015

Wooster, Ohio-based Seaman Corp. announced in a Dec. 10 press release the promotion of John Crum from president and chief operating officer to president and CEO effective Dec. 9, 2015. After 35 years as president and CEO, the last five as CEO and chairman of the company’s board of directors, Richard Seaman is retiring as …

Disaster loan filing period reopens for Superstorm Sandy survivors

December 16, 2015

On Dec. 2, 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it reopened the filing period for survivors in all states affected by Superstorm Sandy to apply for low-interest disaster loans. The filing deadline for physical damage and economic injury losses is Dec. 1, 2016. The Recovery Improvements for Small Entities (RISE) After Disaster Act of …

Miller Weldmaster wins product of the year

December 15, 2015

Miller Weldmaster won product of the year at 2015 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association Expo in the Finishing Equipment category for its AES1900. The AES1900 is an all-in-one automated finishing solution. It can accommodate a wide range of product sizes and is capable of producing a variety of seam types. The AES1900 is designed to weld …

IMI Europe announces new ownership and leadership

December 14, 2015

Mike Willis, managing director of IMI Europe for 17 years, will step down from his role and sell a majority share of the company. The transaction will close on Dec. 31, 2015. He will become chairman with an advisory role in the company and retain a minority stake in IMI Europe. Dr. Tim Phillips will …

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Tapping into innovation

Innovation doesn’t always come easily, but creating a culture that fosters creativity can improve the process (and results) of continuous improvement. Every company knows that innovation is vital, but knowing how to innovate is a different matter. Why are some companies able to launch one new idea or product after the next while others stagnate? …

TSG Finishing announces new director of operations

December 11, 2015

TSG Finishing hired Charles Gossett as its new director of operations. Gossett will replace Michael Goldman, who is redirecting his efforts to new business development for TSG. Gossett will be a member of TSG’s management team responsible for corporate decisions and strategies. Prior to TSG, Gossett worked in the fiber optic, fiberglass and chemical industries. …

Seaman promotes John Crum to CEO

December 10, 2015

Wooster, Ohio-based Seaman Corp. announced in a Dec. 10 press release the promotion of John Crum from president and chief operating officer to president and CEO effective Dec. 9, 2015. After 35 years as president and CEO, the last five as CEO and chairman of the company’s board of directors, Richard Seaman is retiring as …

Mosaica Group partnerships to provide dye-sublimation solutions

The Mosaica Group has partnerships with Epson, Klieverik, Geo Knight and others to provide a complete line of dye-sublimation solutions from printers, inks, transfer papers, heat presses, fabric and other specialty substrates. The EPSON SureColor® F-Series provides dye-sublimation printer choices for different needs. The Epson SureColor® F6200 dye-sublimation printer can add more revenue items like …

In memoriam: Duane Wood

December 9, 2015

Duane Digger Douglas Wood, former vice president of Coastal Canvas, died at his home under the care of hospice on Dec. 5 at the age of 69. Wood worked at Coastal Canvas Company for 39 years. He was an active member in the Industrial Fabrics Association International and a past president of Zone 4— Virginia …

Gerber Technology announces advancements at ideation2015

Gerber Technology announced advances to its YuniquePLM In The Cloud, and AccuMark 10.1, and enhancements to its AccuMark 3D, and key processes including virtual sample management and a pilot of Internet of Things (IoT) management dashboard. Gerber’s subscription based YuniquePLM In The Cloud provides benefits of the company’s V6.1 software, including the ability to generate …

Xtreme Seal partners with Topfab

December 8, 2015

Wisconsin-based Xtreme Seal LLC, manufacturer of edge seal products for custom covers, announced a new distributor partnership with Topfab Ltd. Topfab will represent Xtreme Seal’s black, white and Pro Seal products with the intent of representing more products in the future. Topfab is a New Zealand-based distributor of outdoor fabrics and marine accessories. Xtreme Seal …

Mutoh America Inc. names Ryan Arakaki MarCom and promotions administrator

Mutoh America Inc., a manufacturer of wide-format printers and cutters, hired Ryan Arakaki as MarCom and promotions administrator. He will report to David Conrad, director of sales and marketing. Arakaki’s main responsibilities will be dealer support, social media, video production, event coordination and website maintenance. He will also work with industry partners one-on-one to support …

DSM Dyneema and ATG collaborate for work gloves

December 7, 2015

DSM Dyneema and ATG® announced a cooperative agreement to combine technology platforms using Dyneema® Diamond Technology for workplace hand protection. ATG will use the cut-resistant properties of Dyneema Diamond Technology to develop styles that provide ultra-thin, cool-to-the touch, dexterity-enhancing hand protection. The partnership creates the ability to develop innovative new work gloves when employed in …

National Women’s Business Council to host online event

December 4, 2015

The National Women’s Business Council will hold an online public meeting Dec. 8 from 2-4 p.m. EST to discuss strategies for reaching the government-wide prime-contracting goal of 5 percent for spending with women-owned small business. The meeting will include a panel discussion, updates and highlights on recent efforts and a sneak peak into their not-yet-released …

Global Imaging announces Leslie Herrmann as Workflow Studio manager

December 3, 2015

Global Imaging, integrator of wide- and grand-format printing systems and supplies, promoted Leslie Herrmann to manager of its Workflow Studio. For two years, Hermann has been the Workflow Studio production and applications specialist where she was responsible for the maintenance of all equipment, production of samples and assisting on-site selling efforts. Her new position will …

SBA, Agility Recovery to host webinar: 10 mistakes for businesses to avoid when dealing with a disaster

December 2, 2015

The Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a webinar on Dec. 8 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. ET that will focus on the top 10 most common mistakes business owners make when dealing with a crisis. With businesses everywhere operating on limited resources, the survival of a company—especially when faced with …

Sensient Imaging Technologies announces launch of Ultra Black ink

December 1, 2015

Sensient Imaging Technologies S.A. announced the launch of the Ultra Black version of Sensient® Xennia® Amethyst™, a digital textile printing ink for cotton and viscose. The Sensient Xennia Amethyst range of digital textile inks is designed for high performance production of cotton and viscose apparel and homeware textiles. It is compatible with high production digital …

A six-letter word

Fabricators take a dim view of extending credit to customers … sort of. On the surface, it seems like a slam-dunk decision for a shop not to extend credit. “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 …

Wicking mesh

Fisher Textiles has added ETP 2319 Athletic Mesh to its digital apparel fabric line for dye sublimation printing. ETP 2319 is comprised of Repreve® recycled yarns, produced from recycled plastic PET bottles, and 100 percent post-consumer waste. The fabric contains wicking, a moisture management system that allows perspiration to move away from the body, dries …

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Domes of discovery

Detectors at the HAWC Gamma Ray Observatory are protected by custom domes made of military grade fabric. We have learned a lot about the universe by looking out from our planet. Scientists are discovering much can be learned about outer space by looking at our immediate surroundings as well. One of the most effective ways …

Animated ceiling moves into Mexican mall

The El Toreo shopping center is Mexico City’s largest retail center, built on the site of a former bullfighting arena to revitalize an area overtaken by urban sprawl. The project architect Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos specified a modern, glass ceiling with a central dome almost 200 feet in diameter that moves to adapt to climate conditions. …

Light regulation

Interior sun control fabrics SheerWeave® styles 7400 and 7450 offer blackout and light-filtering options. With a face of subtle texture and a unique foamed backing, the Style 7400 blackout fabric collection is comprised of eight neutral colors for office settings and residential applications. It is Greenguard certified, PVC-free and flame retardant. SheerWeave 7450 is a …

Alternative agriculture

Sergio Gamborini is the president of the Ocean Reef Group, companies based in Genoa, Italy, and San Marcos, Calif., that specialize in producing scuba diving gear and safety equipment. He is also an avid scuba diver, and while exploring underwater sights on a vacation three years ago, got an idea that many considered absurd—establishing underwater …

Cut-resistant fabric

Cut-Tex® PRO is a durable, high-performance, cut-resistant fabric exceeding the maximum EN388 level 5 cut resistance of 20N by 139 percent. It is made of a combination of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and other technical fibers weaved by special high-density knitting machines. Designed for uniform and tactical apparel manufactures, Cut-Tex PRO is as flexible …

Village on a cloud

Roxim Group, a property development and management company in Montpellier, France, planned a fitness center in the growing hub of local activity, Port Marianne. The company envisaged elements that would “turn it into an essential part of city life, just like the Roman baths where people went for reasons of personal hygiene, body care, exercise, …

Returnable packaging

Headliner, Tyvek® and colored pouch fabrics are specifically designed to transport Class A automotive finished goods. Headliner is a 12 oz./yd.², 4-ply laminate available in 60-inch-wide rolls and featuring ABC Industries’ signature blue-brushed tricot material on milky clear reinforced laminated vinyl. Tyvek offers low abrasion and easy cleaning. The white Tyvek on milky clear vinyl …

Charting a course

Incoming IFAI board chair Katie Bradford takes the helm, using business expertise and networking know-how to lead the association. “I believe good leadership encourages participation and embraces differences,” says Katie Bradford, MFC, IFM, incoming chair of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and owner and president of Custom Marine Canvas, Noank, Conn. “IFAI membership is …

Printed with precision

The U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team (USA Synchro) performed high-energy swim routines in a 17,000-gallon multi-colored swim tank in New York City’s Times Square to kick off two important events. The first is the “Road to Rio,” a series of public performances preceding the team’s competition in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de …

Disco dynamo

Architen Landrell Associates created a giant inflatable disco ball for the annual Bestival Festival on the Isle of Wight. Remember the last disco ball you had sparkling overhead as you danced to the soundtrack of “Saturday Night Fever ”? First used in nightclubs and dance halls in the 1920s, the mirrored balls were typically 18 …

Comfortable, versatile—and smart

Interest, investment and applications in wearables show robust growth. With wearable technology continuing to thrive, IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in October offered attendees a variety of opportunities to learn about the current and projected market, new product offerings and breakthrough technologies. IFAI’s market research manager Jeff Rasmussen reports that the worldwide smart …

Odor control

Agion Active XL™ and Lava XL™ technologies from Sciessent are designed to provide longer-lasting, self-regenerating odor control for some of the most challenging applications, capturing body odor on everything from sweat-soaked apparel to hunting gear. Lava XL, a standalone odor adsorption product and key component of Agion Active XL, goes beyond just attracting and adsorbing …

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Hazardous duty

How fabric technology is protecting rescuers against ever-more-dangerous situations. On the hot summer day in 2013 when 19 experienced firefighters lost their lives, the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix, Ariz., spanned 8,400 acres. The trees were dry, the humidity was low and the wind suddenly turned, cutting off escape and creating an inferno. The …

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The age of automation

Sewn or sealed, automation is trending as U.S. companies strive to increase efficiency and decrease costs. The art of sewing textiles is lacking in U.S. manufacturing as lower-cost labor in Asia has helped meet consumer demands for competitive retail prices. But automation technology is slowly advancing, helping companies bring production costs down while keeping quality …

Durability inside and out

Ultrafabrics’ Indoor/Outdoor collection offers 40 colors of polyurethane upholstery fabric in four collections: Cora, Brisa®, Brisa® Distressed and Promessa. Greenguard certified and designed for maximum durability, the fabrics feature solar endurance properties that withstand extended periods of direct sunlight exposure without fading or spotting, and climate control technology that protects against temperature change. Other properties …

Advantage, shade, for 2015 U.S. Open

Every year, the best tennis players in the world congregate at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, N.Y., to play and watch the U.S. Open, one of the legendary four Grand Slam tournaments that have made Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic household names. The weather in late August and early September varies considerably, but with …

Inventing the game

The Last Word Inventing the game Sy Hyman, company founder and retired CEO of Herculite®, is a long-time member of IFAI and became an Honored Life Member in 2014. He shared with us some insights about the challenges of marketing laminated synthetics with a start-up company when no market existed: about learning from customers, production …

Custom hammocks charm chimps

When your natural setting is Africa, an enclosure in the St. Louis Zoological Garden probably gets a little predictable. So the staff at the St. Louis Zoo considered how to jazz up the chimpanzee exhibit and decided that hammock swings might get the place rocking. Zoo officials went to Lawrence Fabric and Metal Structures Inc., …

Turning green

The University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels battled the Fighting Illini September 19 in a Kenan Stadium awash with lime green T-shirts, rally towels, cheerleader togs and dance team costumes; even the Tar Heel mascot, Rameses, wore a lime green jersey. The fabric greenery in the scenery was made from Repreve® recycled fiber, manufactured …