Carolina Nonwovens announces new facility

August 31, 2016

National Spinning Company Inc., headquartered in Washington, N.C., invested in a new facility for its wholly-owned subsidiary, Carolina Nonwovens LLC, in Maiden, N.C., adding 35 new jobs and a state-of-the-art nonwoven production facility to the local economy. “We can now offer quicker turns, a more diverse range of products, and line extension,” says Carolina Nonwovens …

Lectra announces subsidiary

August 30, 2016

Lectra, the Paris-based manufacturer of software, automated cutting equipment and other technologies designed for industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composites, opened a new subsidiary in July: Lectra Vietnam. Lectra has had a presence in Vietnam for 20 years, but, “Thanks to 5.5 percent growth in the first quarter of 2016, Vietnam is one …

Lenzing launches ecological fiber

August 29, 2016

TENCEL® fabric made from sustainable forest wood raw material has received the EU award for the most eco-friendly production process, 99.7 percent closed loop circulation in the production and use of bio-energy. The Lenzing Group, Lenzing, Austria, manufacturer of TENCEL, is taking another step toward ‘circular economy’ solutions for the textile industry with the introduction …

Award recognizes Minnesota Knitting Mills

August 26, 2016

A company’s reputation within its local community is important to its short- and long-term success. The City of Mendota Heights, Minn., south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, recognizes local companies that “enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community.” For the second year running, Minnesota Knitting Mills …

Indian college collaborates on waterless cotton dyeing

August 25, 2016

The NIFT-TEA Knitwear Fashion Institute, Tiruppur, India, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Synthetic and Arts Silk Mills Research (SASMIRA) to develop a waterless cotton fabric dyeing machine. The waterless technology uses liquefied carbon dioxide instead of water. The collaborators will pursue technical innovations, research and information exchanges on new ideas. The two bodies …

Next stop for Unifi: Sri Lanka

August 24, 2016

Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., expanded global availability of its REPREVE® recycled fiber and other premier value-added (PVA) yarns with a new division in Sri Lanka, the Unifi Textiles Colombo Private Limited (UTCL). The expansion comes on the heels of Unifi’s announcement of new distribution channels in Turkey and Taiwan. “Our global footprint for PVA products …

Roland DGA Corporation appoints new president

August 23, 2016

Andrew Oransky has been appointed Roland DGA Corp.’s new president. Oransky has held numerous positions during his time at the Irvine, Calif.-based company. He takes over during an exciting time for Roland DGA. This year, the company launched its most advanced wide-format inkjet printers to date, as well as new dental milling technology.

Proposed ASTM standard will help with inspections of fire resistive materials

August 12, 2016

A proposed ASTM standard will provide a set of guidelines for conducting and reporting on the on-site inspections of fire resistive materials. The proposed standard will offer potential code language that references both existing and new methods to inspect fire resistive materials. ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Anyone interested is invited …

Annual nonwovens report: supply and demand

INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, has published the third edition of its annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report. The document includes key metrics of capacity, production and operating rates, in addition to regional trade. A benchmark for North American capacity, production, and supply information, the report provides a clear view of the all-important …

Teijin develops extra-functional nylon fabrics for expanding athleisure business

August 11, 2016

Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber products converting company, has developed new nylon-based materials and related textiles. DELTAPEAK® and its related textile fabrics are ideal for outdoor, sports and casual wear. Its advantages include lightweight, softness, anti-transparency, strechtability, snag resistance and useful bulkiness. WAVERON™, a new nylon fiber, is suitable for use in …

Leigh Fibers promotes Mason

Leigh Fibers Inc., Wellford, S.C., has promoted Daniel Mason to vice president of sales and purchasing. Previously, Mason was director of sales. He joined the supplier of reprocessed fibers and polymers in 2005 and worked his way up through a number of manufacturing positions as well as management levels. Mason holds a certification as an …

IPG® NovaShield® 400 series listed on CRRC Rated Products Directory

August 10, 2016

Intertape Plymer Group® Inc. (IPG), a Montreal, Quebec and Sarasota, Fla.-headquartered manufacturer of woven coated products, received a listing of IPG’s NovaShield® 400 series (FRU88X-6 white and RU88X-6 white) on the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) Rated Products Directory. The CRRC requires two properties to be measured by an independent accredited lab, Solar Reflectance and …

Huntsman Textile Effects Introduces HIGH IQ ® Repel Program

Huntsman Textile Effects launched the HIGH IQ® Repel brand assurance scheme to help mills, brands and retailers meet global demand for eco-friendly apparel with rain and stain protection. The program was built on a comprehensive range of non-fluorinated water repellents. To create the HIGH IQ® Repel program, Huntsman Textile Effects combined its DWR finishes with technical …

ARA CEO Wehrman honored

August 9, 2016

Christine Wehrman, CEO and executive vice president of the American Rental Association (ARA), Moline, Ill., was honored with the European Rental Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Wehrman, who announced in January that she will retire from the ARA after a successor is named, was presented with the award on June 8 during a special ceremony at …

Santoni sells warp knitting technology to Karl Mayer

Santoni and Karl Mayer agreed that Santoni will transfer its SWD technology to Nippon Mayer, a Japan based producer of seamless warp knitting Raschel machines. Nippon Mayer will take over the complete range of products including patents, the relevant manufacturing equipment as well as the entire stock of machines and (spare) parts.

Equipment rental revenue set to top $57 billion in 2020

August 8, 2016

The five-year forecast for the equipment rental industry released by the American Rental Association (ARA) projects a compound annual growth rate in revenue of 4.9 percent to reach $57.3 billion in the U.S. in 2020. Updated at the end of July, the numbers in the forecast are slightly modified compared to ARA’s quarterly forecast in …

Dodge named COO of Leigh Fibers and ICE Recycling

Harlow Frederick Dodge has been named Chief Operating Officer of Leigh Fibers and ICE Recycling. Dodge joins the Leigh family of companies after working with numerous Fortune 500 companies in the building products, paper, chemical, mining and textile industries as well as small private equity groups driving aggressive EBITDA growth through performance improvement. Dodge will …

Textile finishes reduce allergen load

August 5, 2016

In a joint pilot study, scientists from the William Küster Institute at the Hohenstein Institute, Boennigheim, Germany, and CHT R. Beitlich GmbH in Tübingen, Germany, have established principles for pollen management on textile surfaces. Researchers developed two anti-pollen textile-finishing treatments. The biofunctional finishes work in opposite ways: either repelling the pollen or binding it in. …

Serge Ferrari North America Welcomes New Specification Manger

August 4, 2016

Serge Ferrari North America recently named Angie Barraza as its new specification manger. Barraza will be working in the yachting and solar markets for the Southeast United States. She brings nearly 10 years of sales support experience to the company and is a graduate from Broward College. In her new role, Barraza will be responsible …

Europe adopts wipes disposal symbol

EDANA, the Brussels-based global association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has released the results of a review of wipes packaging in Europe, showing that companies are voluntarily adopting the industry’s Flushability Guidelines for testing and the labeling Code of Practice for wipes packaging. EDANA checked 229 individual packages in 11 countries and found that …

Innovative textiles from Turkey

August 3, 2016

Turkish textile producers are developing innovative fabrics, including those with antibacterial, antimicrobial and photovoltaic capabilities, as part of an effort to expand to new markets. The new products were introduced at an Uludag Textile Exporters’ Association (UTIB) gathering in Bursa, Turkey, in May 2016. The UTIB International Textile and Apparel Sector International R&D Brokerage event …

New partners for Techmer PM

August 1, 2016

Techmer PM, a Clinton, Tenn., materials design company, has created customized materials to help tag and authenticate polymer-based fiber materials as part of a partnership with Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) Inc., a Stonybrook, N.Y., provider of DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting, genotyping and anti-theft technology; and Palmetto Synthetics, Kingstree, S.C. ADNAS’ SigNature T DNA molecular tags …

FITScrubs® set to launch

Developing fibers and fabrics to help keep health care workers safe. During his 12 years as an emergency department paramedic, Arthur Lucero had to purchase his own scrubs. He thought he could make a better product, and tried bamboo fabric for its organic nature, antimicrobial properties and comfort. But the drape was too heavy, it …

Futuristic fabrics

Emana® technology is now enhancing two collections by Myshapes, an Italian company. Emana smart yarn was developed by Fibras of the Solvay Group and manufactured and distributed in Europe exclusively by Fulgar, an Italian company that produces nylon and covered yarns worldwide. The two collections are Active for women and S-Man Fire for men. The …

High-grade leather substitute

Teijin Cordley Limited, the Teijin Group’s manmade leather business, has developed Maestley™, a new high-grade leather substitute. Maestley has a texture and richness equivalent to natural leather. The company plans to expand the Maestley lineup by leveraging its production technologies for high-end shoes and bags with improved comfort, durability, breathability and moisture permeability. It will …

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Sheltering safety standards

Rain or shine, fabric roofing structure allows a crash test facility to continue research year-round. Earlier this year, the National Safety Council estimated motor vehicle deaths to be 8 percent higher in 2015 than they were in 2014—the largest year-over-year percentage increase in 50 years. While a multitude of factors contribute to vehicle crashes, safety …

Antique sewing machine museum attracts Expo attendees

  One of the special attractions being offered to attendees at this year’s IFAI Expo in Charlotte, as a fundraiser for the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF), is an opportunity to see a unique private collection of antique sewing machines: almost 600 machines, originating from the early 1850s to the early 1940s, not only from the …

International flair

Home décor authority Joe Ruggiero’s latest collection of Sunbrella® fabrics is titled “Exotic Lands.” Persian influences can be seen in Delhi and Delhi II, which feature large-scale, floating “buta,” or “paisleys” as the Persian droplet-shaped motif is called in English. Persian flair can be seen in the bold colors of Berry, Indigo, Pesto, Wren and …

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Bold predictions: What’s realistic for smart textiles

The words smart textiles have generated much discussion in the industry and the media recently. India-based market research firm Markets and Markets has estimated that the value of this high-tech textile sector will grow to $4.7 billion by 2020. Given that the smart textile industry was estimated to be less than $1 billion in 2014, …

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Getting the word out about fabric graphics

Fabric graphics have become a marketing and branding essential. As they go outside to play, the medium is definitely part of the message. Fabric graphics are a perfect vehicle for our branding-obsessed culture, providing the ability to transmit messages in fun, colorful, impactful and attention-getting ways. Fabrics and fabric graphics are at home everywhere indoors, …

Space-themed fashion explores possibilities

To mark the 2014–2016 European Space Agency (ESA) mission to the International Space Station, European fashion schools from the astronauts’ home countries explored the future of fashion and all its technical possibilities. “Couture in Orbit” was a project of ESA and the Science Museum of London. It brought together students from the Fashion Akademiet in …

For leather and webbing

The 70TT is a butane-powered handle that burns for approximately 30 minutes on mid-setting and is refillable; it comes with a hole-burning tip that works on synthetic materials and is useful for trimming close threads. Eight additional attachments are available. Slightly smaller, Model 25TT burns about 20 minutes on its mid-setting, and comes with a …

Providing “shady deals” since 1972

Debbie Lacy, general manager of The House of Canvas Inc., Glendale, Ariz., takes pride in her family owned and operated custom awning business. From residential and commercial window awnings to shade screens and roll curtains, everything from start to finish is done in-house. Here, Lacy shares her thoughts about the business, her predictions for the …

Smooth stretching

The Rosebud Stretcher Frame System is designed to fix the extreme hour-glassing and puckering often encountered with scrims, bobbinettes, vinyl, projection screens and muslin backdrops. Hour-glassing naturally occurs when fabrics stretch vertically, causing the sides to pull in, and in some cases, puckering occurs. Key features of the frame include fast and easy attachment to …

The Third Dimension

John Bland revolutionizes marine fabrication by applying 3-D CAD principles to the design process. Look at the motor industry—you wouldn’t be happy driving a car that was spec’d 20 years ago,” says John Bland, managing director of Tecsew Ltd., Gosport, Hampshire, U.K. “It’s the same in the textile industry. Whether it’s in the finish, materials …

Protective footwear for sports makes a splash

People who enjoy board sports like body boarding and surfing, or other outdoor activities like rock climbing, trail running or volleyball, will tell you they prefer to be barefoot for better balance. But there’s a problem with that: cuts, abrasions and other injuries are always a possibility. Swiss Barefoot Company, Landschlacht, Switzerland, has solved the …

Ultimate PremiumPlus Gloss Effects colors

Eight new Ultimate PremiumPlus Gloss Effects colors have been introduced: Daytona Blue, Thundercloud Metallic, Hornet Metallic, Gunmetal Metallic, Bronze Metallic, White Metallic, Black Metallic and Metal Gear Blue. Line features superior gloss retention upon stretch, improved repositionability during installation and guaranteed conformability into deep channels. Arlon’s Low Profile X-Scape Technology allows for easier repositionability and …

Doing well, doing good

Someone recently asked me: “What value do we (IFAI and the specialty fabrics industry) bring to the larger community?” It caught me by surprise. I have a deep and personal interest in the success of our industry. IFAI staff and volunteers work every day to advance, promote and protect it. I believe that the companies …

Glass curtainwall gives great transparency

The UCLA School of Medicine’s South Tower building is undergoing a major renovation to convert nine of the former hospital’s 12 floors into a research lab. Known as the South Tower Seismic Renovation project, the four-phase initiative includes reinforcing the building’s structure, making interior improvements and exterior upgrades to comply with new energy requirements, all …

Motorcycle racers confront danger in D-air®

Motorcycle racing isn’t for the faint of heart, and the 2016 Supersport World Championship is a top-tier competition for international riders on production-based motorcycles of 600 to 750 cm³ displacement. Czech rider Ondrej Ježek finished in 14th place at the Motorland Aragon race in Spain, but made history nonetheless by being the first to wear …

Photographs tell a Texas-size tale

Haltom City, Texas, is a community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with a long history. It was the county seat of the early Birdville Settlement, which was established four years before Texas became a state. It remained the Tarrant county seat until 1856 when Fort Worth won the designation in an election. The Haltom City …

Space under pressure

The first inflatable structure designed for human use in orbit was attached to the Tranquility module of the International Space Station (ISS) in April. A collaboration between Bigelow Aerospace, Las Vegas, Nev., and NASA, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was delivered to the ISS in the trunk of an unmanned Dragon cargo ship. Using …

Satellites and silk conjure earthly delights

It’s called the “overview effect”—a term coined by space philosopher and writer Frank White in a book of the same name. It’s the mental shift that happens to astronauts in space when they see Earth as a tiny, fragile ball of life. National boundaries vanish and the reality that we are all passengers on the …