Mark Schechter rejoins KB Contract

July 31, 2017

Mark Schechter has been named senior vice president of sales Midwest and new markets for KB Contract, a division of Keyston Bros. Schechter briefly was associated with Shafer Seating, prior to which he had been a long-time employee of Keyston Bros. and KB Contract. A long time Denver resident, Schechter will manage his new responsibilities …

Vectorply opens high-tech facility

July 28, 2017

Vectorply Corporation, a Phenix City, Ala.-based manufacturer of high-performance composite non-crimp fabrics, opened the doors of their new Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center in June. The 53,000-square- foot facility features 38,000 square feet of manufacturing space dedicated to producing the company’s VectorUltra™ line of advanced multiaxial reinforcements. In addition, the new facility is home to the …

Lenzing invests in Thailand

July 27, 2017

The Lenzing Group plans to build a state-of- the-art lyocell fiber production plant in Prachinburi, Thailand, by the end of 2020. The plant is part of a strategy to substantially increase Lenzing’s share of specialty fibers as a proportion of total revenue. The company established a subsidiary in Thailand and is purchasing a commercial property …

Cotton for absorbent textiles

July 26, 2017

Jayalakshmi Enterprises, based in South India, has developed two mechanically processed cotton varieties for use in absorbent technical textiles products. One has a soft silken touch and the other variety is high end. The two different types of processed cotton can be used in nonwoven manufacturing processes such as needlepunching and hydroentangling to develop absorbent …

Bluestar Silicones becomes Elkem Silicones

July 25, 2017

Elkem, a leading producer of silicon-related advanced materials, is assuming responsibility for Bluestar Xinghuo Silicones and Yongdeng Silicon Materials and integrating them into the Elkem Group. Previously, the two plants were owned by Elkem owners, China National Bluestar. This move further develops Elkem’s integrated silicone value chain from upstream quartz mining to silicon, silicones and …

Know-how now

July 24, 2017

Experienced upholsterers consider the loss of training in their trade, and how to bring in new talent. With 39 years in the upholstery industry, Chip Lueck recalls a vast pool of shops around the country with talented upholsterers. “It’s not there anymore,” says the owner of Recovery Room in Panama City Beach, Fla. “I’ve talked …

An education in upholstery

The owner of The Funky Little Chair sets out to preserve quality and services by offering upholstery classes at her shop. “The Funky Little Chair” could be the title of a children’s book, but Cynthia Bleskachek’s lessons are for adults. “If people want to be a professional upholsterer, they have to dig in and figure …

A&E Corporate sustainability report

American & Efird (A&E), a leading manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, has released its “2016-2017 Corporate Sustainability Report.” This year’s report reflects the three concepts that drive A&E’s industry-leading sustainability program: transparency, traceability and trust. It also highlights the company’s accomplishments in the areas of safety, …

Bio-based materials of the year

July 21, 2017

The Nova-Institute, Hürth, Germany, has presented the innovation award, Bio-based Material of the Year 2017, to three innovative materials in specific applications. The competition focused on new developments in the bio-based economy, which have had (or will have) a market launch in 2016 or 2017. The winners were elected by the participants of the 10th …

Early-bird registration opens for textile coating and laminating conference

July 20, 2017

The organizers of TCL2017, the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, have announced that discounted early-bird rates are now available for delegates to the event, which will take place in Berlin, Germany on November 8-9 2017. Registrants should simply visit the conference website at www.intnews.com/TCL to secure their place at this special rate. At …