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 …

Cargill acquires BioBased Technologies®

June 22, 2017

Cargill, Minneapolis, Minn., has bolstered its biobased polyol product offerings by purchasing Rogers, Ark.-based BioBased Technologies’ vegetable-based polyol product line, Agrol® and other assets. Cargill’s Industrial Specialties business and BioBased Technologies are leaders in the development of soybean-based polyols that replace petroleum-based polyols enabling manufacturers to create more sustainable products. Cargill’s BiOH® product line produces …

LENZIP releases No. 12 Marine Grade UV Zipper

June 21, 2017

LENZIP Manufacturing Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial and commercial grade zippers based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., has released the LENZIP No. 12 Marine Grade UV Zipper. No. 12 gauge is larger than the industry standard No. 10, but smaller than LENZIP’s BIGZIP® No. 15 gauge. The No. 12 gauge is available with 316 stainless steel …

Losberger acquires De Boer Structures

Losberger Holding GmbH, Bad Rappenau, Germany, has acquired De Boer Structures Holding BV, Alkmaar, the Netherlands, to create a leading global provider of temporary space solutions. The company will be called Losberger De Boer Group to fully capitalize on the strengths of both brands. The relationship will position Losberger as a leading company in the …

NAUE Asia accredited for geosynthetics

June 20, 2017

NAUE Asia testing laboratory, founded by the international geosynthetics manufacturer NAUE GmbH & Co. KG, has achieved SAMM testing accreditation for geosynthetics. The accreditation means the Malaysia-based facility fulfills its duties competently and in accordance with strict quality standards. It also means the laboratory can serve external clients. NAUE’s primary manufacturing focus in this plant …

Branch Technology awarded for project

June 19, 2017

Branch Technology won top marks during NASA’s 3-D Habitat Centennial Challenge for a project submission that uses technology that could be used to develop future habitats from materials on other worlds. Working with Foster+Partners, a global architectural and design firm, Brand Technology used materials developed by Techmer PM to fulfill the required task: creating a …

DuPont’s William Feehery to kleynote ACS Conference

June 16, 2017

DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) president William F. Feehery, Ph.D. will keynote the American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute’s 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference on Tuesday, June 13 at 8:45 a.m. EST. Dr. Feehery will address other business leaders, policy makers, educators, students and professionals from the scientific and academic community to …

NAFTA re-negotiations impute

June 15, 2017

USTR Representatives will be in Los Angeles June 20th for several roundtable discussions regarding NAFTA.  If your company manufactures apparel/textiles products and sells to Canada or Mexico your impute is requested.  Tentatively we plan on holding the discussions at the New Mart in Downtown Los Angeles.  Details to follow;  If your organizations would be interested …

The Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference will be held on June 20

June 14, 2017

The 8th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference will be held on June 20, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL in conjunction with Techtextil North America. ​The one-day conference will focus on “Understanding the Technology of Things” in the manufacturing of apparel and non-apparel sewn products, flexible materials, and technical textiles. ​Understanding ToT will help transform the …

RITIN to launch new initiatives

The Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN), a trade organization whose mission is to guide the future growth of Rhode Island’s textile industry, announced that it has secured funding to launch the following initiatives in the fall of 2017: Conduct an industry survey to better understand Rhode Island’s supply chain and identify job skills needs. …

Reynolds receives award

June 13, 2017

Cody Reynolds, CEO and co-founder of Addictive Drug-Delivering Devices Inc., is the recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award. He is being recognized for developing patents that allow drugs to be added to uniquely formed bi-component fibers that elute the drugs in an even, time-controlled manner to fight surgical-site infections. Reynolds currently works as technology …

Advanced materials research in the UK

June 12, 2017

The United Kingdom is investing more than $290 million to establish the Henry Royce Institute, a national center for advanced materials research and innovation. The institute will enable the UK to grow its research and innovation base in advanced materials science, which is fundamental to all industrial sectors and the national economy. The institute will …

MacClamrock wins AATCC award

June 9, 2017

Carla MacClamrock is this year’s recipient of the AATCC Technical Committee on Research Service Award. She was recognized for her contributions in the development of a new test method for formaldehyde determination. MacClamrock led the effort to develop a test method that uses a water submersion technique to determine formaldehyde content in textiles. This test …

Women and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

June 8, 2017

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) contracted with Washington CORE to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem model that can be adopted by local stakeholders to evaluate their regional economy, identify significant actors and activities, and provide opportunities to consider how to strengthen the system of support for women business owners. Once the model was developed, NWBC …

Hellstern named CEO

June 7, 2017

Americhem Inc., an international provider of color and additive solutions for polymeric products, has appointed Matthew Hellstern as CEO of the Americhem Group of companies. The group includes Americhem, Infinity LTL Engineered Compounds and Vi-Chem Corporation. In his new position, Hellstern will provide strategic direction to the organization and will ensure that the strategic plans …

OEKO-TEX® issues leather standard

June 6, 2017

For the first time, the OEKO-TEX Association is introducing a standard for the leather sector. The first certifications are being carried out with the sheepskin producers G.L. Bowron and Gerberei Hofbrucker, as well as with the retail chain LIDL. Additional certificates will be granted soon. As of January 2017, the association is inspecting and certifying …

Heytex and BondCote new hires

June 5, 2017

Heytex and BondCote Corporation named Cathleen Mook national sales representative for North American Sign sales. Mook is assuming responsibility of the Heytex Family of sign products sold to OEM’s as well as distributors nationwide. Steve Moses has been named purchasing/materials manager. He will be responsible for the cross-plant global purchasing strategy of Heytex and BondCote, …

Krzeminski named executive vice president

June 2, 2017

Shelter Structures America, a distributor of Shelter temporary clearspan tent structures with offices in Los Angeles, Calif. and Roanoke, Va., has appointed Keith Krzeminski to be executive vice president. Krzeminski brings deep knowledge of the special event rental industry and strong expertise and experience in temporary clearspan tent systems to the position. He will be …

Innovation road tour

June 1, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched an 11-state, 15-stop National Innovation Road Tour. It is led by the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, with participation from 11 other federal agencies. Now in its third year, this year’s tour, “Seeding America’s Future Innovations,” is a national …

Continuous cutting

The new intelligent Vector iQ features Eclipse continuous cutting, previously available only on higher-end models. With the addition of predictive maintenance and patented continuous cutting, Eclipse can increase productivity by up to 10 percent, according to the manufacturer, because it cuts without interruption as the material automatically advances. The increased reliability and productivity of the …

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Sustainability: good business

Rainier Industries succeeds with a light footprint and a firm handshake. For Rainier Industries Ltd., sustain-ability is more than just a buzzword—it’s a way of doing business. Although often associated with high expenses, Rainier president and CEO Scott Campbell considers sustainability an initiative that makes business sense. “It’s actually pretty easy and saves money,” he …

Can you go home again?

Artist Do Ho Suh often explores the meaning of home, transience and identity in his work. His own journey, which led him from his native South Korea to New York and now London, was the inspiration for Passage/s, a recent exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery in London. Passage/s explored the idea of home and …

Innovative ink

The DuPont™ Artistri® Xite S1500 dye-sublimation ink is now available for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and roll-to-roll printers, offering superior product consistency, jetting reliability and color print performance for printing on polyester textile substrates. Also available are Artistri Brite inks for the direct-to-garment market, for a variety of print heads from low to high viscosity, …

Couture goes digital

More and more, fashion designers are looking to technology for their designs. To demonstrate the possibilities, Epson partnered with 13 designers from North America and Latin America to create one-of-a kind fashions using the company’s textile printers. The designs were showcased at the third annual Epson Digital Couture Project event held in February in advance …

Transitioning to new leadership for the family business

Kate Mitchell transitions her diverse fabrics business on the Alaskan frontier to her children- who value a courageous past and anticipate a bright future.  We didn’t homestead like the Kilcher family from Discovery Channel’s ‘Alaska: The Last Frontier,’ but we were here before the roads were paved,” says Kate Mitchell, founder and co-owner of NOMAR …

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Cutting-edge fabric innovation: technology that serves the customer

The cutting edge of fabric innovation—generating energy, stopping bullets, fighting pollution and keeping feet happy at the same time. Partnering against pollution It’s no longer just a prototype: The first adidas running shoe made almost completely out of plastic recovered from the ocean officially launched earlier this year. The company hopes to sell 1 million …

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A sculptural fabric roof for a high-end mall in Mexico

A sculptural fabric roof complements the expansion of a high-end mall. Cuernavaca is the capital of Mexico’s Morelos state, located in the lush Tepozteco Mountains just south of and bordering Mexico City. With a warm, stable climate that ranges year-round from 20–30 degrees C (68–86 degrees F), it has legitimate claim to “City of the …

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Management plans for innovation in process and product

Centering business processes on continual improvement clears the path for innovative ideas to become innovative products. Every industry-changing product started as a great idea. But without an effective organizational structure in place, not every great idea has the opportunity to come to fruition. A good manager knows this. An innovative manager puts it into practice. …

A portrait in tulle

Artist Benjamin Shine is known for creating distinctive pieces using fabric and other unique materials. The British designer, whose great-grandfather was a tailor, started early in the clothing industry working for a fashion company when he was a teenager. That experience sealed his interest in using fabric as a medium. Shine started working with tulle …

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Business innovation throughout the textile supply chain

Pushing, planning and budgeting for innovation relies on creativity, construction, communication and collaboration throughout the industry. It was a tough night for firefighters called out to three major blazes overnight. One exhausted man slogged back to the rig in his soaking-wet turnout gear. When another firefighter touched his shoulder, he screamed. It’s a steam burn—moisture …

Building the best teams and the best practices to put innovation to work

By building the best teams, improving continuously and putting the customer first—always—companies that put innovation to work keep customers coming back. When Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple, introduced the iPhone in 2007, his name became synonymous with innovation—a business practice and marketing advantage that isn’t particular to any one industry. Nor is it …

The only strategy

At the recent MMPA (Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association) Summit & Expo, focused this year on digital publications, I attended a session on how to enforce trademark and copyright laws when much of the public feels that anything found online is free for the taking. According to our speaker, a patent attorney, if you find …

Patent law for innovators

Protecting the technologies and products that drive growth in the textile industry. Is innovation a key component of your business plan?  Will you distinguish yourself with unique product offerings? Whether protecting our men and women in uniform, advancing the treatment of medical conditions, or adding to a more sustainable tomorrow, innovation fuels the growth of textile …

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Wearable technology for safety in the mining industry

In the mining industry, safety challenges demand the latest developments in wearable technology. The Chilean mining disaster of 2010 saw 33 workers trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days. Their ordeal made headlines across the world, and amidst the jubilation of their survival there was a stark reminder that mining remains one of the most …

Chameleon-like thread

Coloreel’s Embroline is a unique thread-coloring attachment for the embroidery industry: a unit that can easily be used with any embroidery machine without modifications. Color changes on the thread can be made rapidly, from one solid color to another or gradually, to make smooth transitions. Embroline provides the embroidery market with a versatile solution to …

A ‘frames and fabrics’ approach

These days, tradeshow booths are evolving to be more adaptable and sustainable by using unique materials. Now Netherlands-based Van Straaten Group and its North American member, Cees Smit Inc., have departed from the norm and developed an eco-friendly trade show booth that is completely wood-free. Using the “frames and fabric” approach, the booth is constructed …

Modern polka dots

Designed by Sebastian Herkner in collaboration with Nya Nordiska, the Lou fabric was a winner in the Wallpaper® Design Awards 2017 in the category “Best Piercings.” With a modern pattern of polka dots in a disciplined graphic composition, the lightweight, laser-cut polyester fabric plays with the contrast between transparency and opacity. Contemporary fabric is recommended …

It’s curtains …

ELINA is the latest fabric collection from Création Baumann; the laser-cut curtain fabric has a vertical design counterbalanced with a delicate horizontal stripe at regular, well-spaced intervals. Semi-transparent material is flame-retardant polyester, available in white and black. The clean lines filter incoming light to produce a serene symmetrical pattern, recommended for contemporary architecture. A 10 …

Clothing with a cause

Working for the ROTC at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Tech. Sgt. Jim Lewis interacts with active-duty service members and veterans as well as new recruits. He started to see a pattern among some of the veterans he met; too many of them who suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were not being treated for …

Driving business during the slow season: entertaining clients

Everyone appreciates the time of year when things start to slow down. But after a recuperation stage, tent rental companies may find themselves twiddling their thumbs, waiting for clients to call. What do you do to drive business at these times? Many operations host a showcase or an open house, blending strategy and celebration. One …