Educate the Professor seminar set on using fabrics as building materials

June 30, 2017

The Fabric Structures Association (FSA) and the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), both divisions of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), are hosting an introductory two-day Educate the Professor seminar on the fundamentals of using fabric and films as building materials. Professors who attend these courses can bring their knowledge to students at their respective institutions. …

Action urged on trade deficit

Four U.S. textile trade associations, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA), Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI), and United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI), have outlined the causes of the $95 billion U.S. trade deficit in textiles and apparel. They also have suggested remedial actions for the Trump administration to boost …

VTT expands pilot center

June 29, 2017

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is expanding the operation of the Bioruukki pilot center from thermochemistry to novel ways of biomass utilization, recycling of textile fibers and green chemistry technologies. Located in Espoo, the pilot center will develop into a new kind of an ecosystem, welcoming companies and research organizations to develop their ideas …

Layers of safety: textile innovations offer protection when disaster strikes

A suit of plate armor weighing up to 100 pounds. A 10-foot-thick stone fortress wall. A thin piece of highly engineered fabric. Whether the danger is a force of nature or a manufactured threat, all three provide protection. But much has changed since medieval days of storming the castle and the logic that “the heavier …

Thermal control technology in textiles expands to a wide variety of industries

Recent advances in thermal control for apparel have grabbed the headlines in this type of textile technology, but there are highly sophisticated materials and technologies that are less obvious, but at least as impressive, especially in building interiors and exteriors and other energy-saving applications in everyday life. Depending on the desired outcome, an approach to …

Sustainable housing for eco-friendly living

Living sustainably often means challenging the status quo to develop new, more eco-friendly alternatives. That’s the case with Breathe—MINI Living, a unique housing prototype introduced at Milan Salone del Mobile 2017. Designed by New York-based architects SO-IL for MINI Living, Breathe—MINI Living challenges people to think about how much space they need, how the space …

OnPoint Manufacturing partners with Mack and Daniel

June 28, 2017

OnPoint Manufacturing, Inc., a Nashville, Tenn. leader in on-demand apparel manufacturing, is partnering with Mack and Daniel Clothing to produce their children’s clothing line. Through this cooperative effort, Mack and Daniel Clothing will utilize OnPoint’s innovative on-demand manufacturing solution. OnPoint Manufacturing specializes in Purchase Activated On-Demand Mass Customization of apparel. The company has developed technically …

Mimaki inks receive sustainability certification

June 27, 2017

Mimaki original Sb54/310/410 and Sb320/420 sublimation inks, produced by Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd., have achieved the ECO PASSPORT certification from OEKO-TEX®. ECO PASSPORT is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in sustainable textile production. It authenticates the safety of chemicals used during the production of textile dyes, …

Ehmke Manufacturing wins excellence award

June 26, 2017

Ehmke Manufacturing Company, Inc., a Philadelphia, Penn.-based industrial textile manufacturer, has received the 2016 Performance Excellence Award from the Boeing Company. Ehmke was chosen among an international supplier base of approximately 13,000 companies. The award was given for Ehmke’s support of the Boeing H-47 Chinook and V-22 Osprey programs. Ehmke provides engineering, manufacturing and installation …

PremEx Solutions’ latex fabrics debut

June 23, 2017

PremEx Solutions introduced their latest HP DuraVibe latex fabrics at the International Sign Association Expo in Las Vegas where they were well received. HP, after thoroughly testing, is embracing the fabrics for decor, with more offerings to come in the near future. DuraVibe was also praised in the HP Lounge at the 2017 Coachella Valley …