Chinese nonwovens market bullish

August 31, 2017

Multiple nonwovens product sectors in China continue to exhibit strong growth and potential for the foreseeable future, according to reports from the biennial China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum held in Shanghai in June. While multiple sectors within China’s nonwovens market are experiencing strong growth, three in particular stand out: hygiene, medical and filtration. Government …

Does “Made in the USA” matter in the sewn-goods industry?

August 30, 2017

A 2015 survey by Consumer Reports indicates that nearly 8 in 10 American consumers would rather buy a product made in United States than an imported one—and 60 percent of them would be willing to pay 10 percent more for it. But the sewn-goods industry faces critical questions about the “Made in the USA” label: …

New goals for India’s textile industry

The government of India has set the goal for the Indian textile sector to reach $650 billion by 2025. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the goal while inaugurating India’s largest ever textile meet, Textiles India–2017 last June in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He said that speed, scale and quality are essential for Indian textiles to compete against …

Pennel & Flipo acquires Fait Plast

August 29, 2017

Pennel & Flipo SA, a Mouscron, Belgium-based designer and manufacturer of ORCA® textiles, has acquired Fait Plast, Brescia, Italy. A European leader in the manufacturing of technical thermoplastic films, Fait Plast’s films are used for applications including ecological thermo adhesives for shirt/T-shirt printing, functionalization of sportswear and underwear, anti-slipping solutions for hosiery and the orthopedic …

Dyestuff Manufacturers Association honors Huntsman

August 28, 2017

Huntsman Textile Effects, a provider of high-quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, has been named a winner in the 2016 Dyestuff Manufacturers Association of India (DMAI) Awards. Huntsman received two awards in recognition of “excellent performance in exports of dyestuffs by a large scale unit” and “excellent performance in pollution control …

Safety suppliers to combine

August 25, 2017

MSA Safety Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., has entered into an agreement to acquire Globe Holding Co. LLC, Pittsfield, N.H. Globe is an innovator and provider of firefighter protective clothing and boots, with annual revenues of approximately $110 million. MSA is a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and …

In memoriam: Robert H. Chapman, III

August 24, 2017

Robert H. Chapman, III, chairman, CEO and treasurer of Inman Mills, Inman, S.C., passed away on August 23, 2017. He was 66. A longtime textile industry leader, Chapman was the fourth generation of the family to run the 116-year-old company. He served in many leadership roles in the textile industry, including chairman of the NCTO …

Croda acquires Enza Biotech

Croda International Plc, a Yorkshire, U.K.-based developer of specialty chemicals, has acquired Enza Biotech AB, a research enterprise established as a spinout company from Lund University in Sweden. Enza Biotech develops next-generation renewable surfactants using carbohydrate-based chemistry. Through the acquisition, Enza Biotech’s patented technology will enhance Croda’s well-established natural and renewable product portfolio, particularly in …

Walmart Details Path to $300 Billion U.S. Manufacturing Increase, 1.5 Million New Jobs

August 16, 2017

Walmart is taking further action in an attempt to boost U.S. manufacturing. In 2013, the company committed to sourcing an additional $250 billion over the course of a ten-year period on products that support American jobs. On Wednesday, the retail giant presented its “Policy Roadmap to Renew U.S. Manufacturing,” a report on the challenges facing …

Sustainable Building and Construction Trade Mission to Mexico

August 15, 2017

The deadline to join the United States Department of Commerce’s Sustainable Building and Construction Trade Mission to Mexico is imminent. This tailored trade mission will include representatives from U.S. companies and U.S. trade associations with members that provide green, innovative, and sustainable products and services to the commercial, industrial, and residential construction sectors from October 16-20, …

Wilson joins Shelter Structures America

August 10, 2017

Sean Wilson has been named Shelter Structures America’s business development manager. Wilson will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles office and will further strengthen Shelter Structures America’s focus on client and account management to increase the company’s presence in new market segments.

Single ply roofing membranes gain market share

August 9, 2017

Polymer-based single ply membranes are gaining market share from bitumen for waterproofing flat roofs, according to a recent study by Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI Consulting), Bristol, U.K. As construction activity has strengthened in Europe over the last few years and the market continues to shift toward lighter weight and faster construction techniques, the growth …

Efficiency of PCM products tested

August 8, 2017

The Hohenstein Institute, Bonningheim, Germany, is investigating the effectiveness of Phase Change Materials (PCM). Researchers developed the first measuring method that allows the effect and efficacy of PCM in textiles to be tested without costly wearer trials. The research project involves testing PCM-containing products from the market and coating textile samples with varying quantities of …

NCTO welcomes NAFTA renegotiation

August 7, 2017

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), a Washington D.C.-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, welcomes President Trump’s decision to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). While NCTO supports NAFTA and believes it is vital to the prosperity of the U.S. textile industry, the organization believes it can be improved to …

Partnership to transform carbon fiber

August 4, 2017

Deakin University and LeMond Composites have formed a partnership in a $58 million deal aimed at making carbon fiber more accessible worldwide. Signed by Greg LeMond, three-time Tour de France winner and founder and CEO of LeMond Composites and Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander AO, the agreement allows LeMond Composites to license new …

Ultraflex welcomes new sales managers

August 3, 2017

Ultraflex Systems Inc., the international innovator and leader in PVC and specialty substrates, has named Diane Meyer Western Territory sales manager. Meyer joins Ultraflex with years of experience in sales and service including a diverse background in the digital imaging market. Her past industry experience with wide-format distributors most recently included Polymershapes where she had …

Glen Raven to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills

August 2, 2017

Glen Raven Inc., a global provider of performance fabrics, has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills, a market leader in the design and manufacture of decorative jacquard fabrics. Under the agreement, Sunbury will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Glen Raven Inc. and will operate as part of Glen Raven Custom …

EDANA report on nonwoven statistics

EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has published the “EDANA Statistics Report on Nonwovens Production & Delivery in Europe, 2016.” Available to members, the report offers detailed production statistics and market analysis. Data collected in the report establishes that the overall production of nonwovens in Greater Europe grew by 3.3 percent …

Textile industry files comments on trade agreement violations and abuses

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has filed public comments in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order directing the federal government to investigate violations and abuses of U.S. trade agreements. “A thorough investigation of trade agreement abuses and violations is long overdue and we appreciate President Trump’s desire to finally review this important matter,” …

China’s five-year plan spurs growth

August 1, 2017

China’s 13th five-year plan is boosting production and demand for nonwoven products. A focus on industry upgrades has improved capacity, with output estimated to reach seven million tons in 2020, up from 5.35 million in 2016. Product demand comes from a number of sectors including construction and infrastructure, environmental protection, health care and elderly care, …

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Hybrid technology: a new approach to design and production

When technology and textiles intersect, it’s not surprising that the nomenclature often has us scratching our heads. Just what do we call this stuff? Smart textiles? E-textiles? Something else? Are they all the same? If that’s not enough of a conundrum, we’ve got something else to add to the lexicon: “hybrid technology.” The term was …

Eco-friendly upholstery fabrics

Breathe by Milliken™ textiles are eco-friendly, durable performance upholstery fabrics that repel everyday stains, are easily cleanable, sustainably designed and responsibly manufactured. Breathe fabrics are the industry’s first fluorine-free performance fabrics compatible with both natural and manmade fibers. They emit no VOCs, including PFCs like PFOS and PFOA, or added formaldehyde, which can harm indoor …

Koons’ inflatable graced Rockefeller Center

American artist Jeff Koons, well known for vivid and often whimsical takes on pop culture and everyday life, created a show-stopping inflatable sculpture of a ballerina that was installed at Rockefeller Center from May 12 to June 2, 2017. Seated Ballerina was a larger-than-life version of a piece he did for his Antiquity Series that …

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Choosing the right foam for your seating project

From cockpit cushions with hull angles to bosun’s chairs and boat mattresses, choosing the best solution for cushion foam is a bit of a science. The task can feel daunting given the complexity of choices in foam types, materials, densities and compression factors, but choosing correctly is crucial to a project’s success. Factor in comfort …

Chair knitted using 3-D technology

The Tent Chair from Benjamin Hubert of the London-based experience design agency Layer Design is laid-back and modern. Created for the renowned Italian furniture brand Moroso, the chair’s fabrication is in itself cutting-edge. The chair is knitted in one seamless piece using 3-D knitting technology. The fabric is comprised of more than two million knitted …

Soft robotics virtual reality gloves

Wouldn’t it be great to play the piano like a virtuoso? Now there’s a soft robotics glove that gives you the experience—in virtual reality. Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created gloves that take simulated experiences to a more sophisticated level than existing devices. Using soft robotics technology, they developed light, flexible …

Fabric helps brick-and-mortar retailers take visual branding to another level

The effects of society’s ever-increasing digital dependency, overabundance of shopping malls and shifting spending habits are not doing the retail industry any favors. But its future is not all doom and gloom. A study released earlier this year by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and IBM found that most members of Generation Z—the generation following …

J & J Custom Design helps at-risk boys develop vocational skills

When meeting with the director of Safe Harbor Boys Home and Maritime Academy about volunteer opportunities earlier this year, Jo Ann and John Greco were asked to revive its out-of-service upholstery shop. The couple, who own upholstery business J & J Custom Design LLC, took on the challenge with relish, developing a program to teach …

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How to attract and hire exceptional employees

In the buyer’s market of recent years, it was probably easy for you to attract top-notch job candidates. Not so much today. With new job creation being healthier than expected in 2016, and further increases so far this year, finding and hiring the best candidates for your shop will no longer be a slam dunk. …

Chad Miller keeps American National Manufacturing on top of changing market demands

People often ask if we make a particular product, and the answer is often no. But can we? To that, the answer is yes,” says Chad Miller, director of contract manufacturing of American National Mfg. Inc. and formerly co-owner of Plas-Tech Sealing Technologies, Corona, Calif. “We have everything we need to make new products. All …

Recycled thread

American & Efird (A&E) now offers Perma Core® using REPREVE®, an eco-friendly, high-performance sewing thread option. Unifi Inc., manufacturer of REPREVE, turns plastic bottles into 100 percent recycled polyester fiber, which is then made into products sold by leading consumer brands and retailers. Perma Core using REPREVE combines a recycled continuous filament polyester core and …

Toronto theater gets a facelift

The Toronto Centre for the Arts needed a facelift; managers wanted to reconfigure the main theater, which was underutilized. Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects divided the 1800-seat space into two smaller spaces: a 300-seat black box theater and a 574-seat proscenium stage. Color and drama were added to the proscenium theater in the form of an …

Super-format textile printer

The ITI3200-TXK 3.2-meter, dual-production mode super-format textile printer from Inkjet Technology Inc. is built for large-run production. The newest model comes configured with Kyocera KJ4B high-speed production print heads for speeds up to 2,195 sq.ft./hr. It incorporates an advanced media handling system in the rear of the printer to accommodate both transfer paper and direct-to-fabric …

Two new graphics films

Arlon Graphics LLC has launched two new innovative products and a new technology for vehicle and fleet applications. SLX™ Cast Wrap is a premium gloss white repositionable cast film with FLITE Technology™. Designed for the single installer, the film allows for a fast wrap and superior repositionability. FLITE Technology is a light contact system allowing …

MIT researchers design breathable workout suit

It seems counterintuitive that something associated with dampness and sweaty aromas could be used to help keep the body cool and dry. But a team of MIT researchers is looking at bacteria in a fresh way and using it in apparel that provides ventilation in response to body heat and sweat. According to the researchers, …

Sneakers for Mars

Maybe someday, along with cruise wear, there will be a special fashion category: space wear. It could be sooner than later, given that SpaceX, the space exploration company started by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, recently announced plans to fly two tourists around the moon in 2018. Shoes for space travel have already gotten off on …

Fabric pots for everyday gardening

Why use heavy, breakable terra cotta or nonporous plastic pots for plants and flowers when you can use pots made of breathable fabric? That’s the idea behind Jardisac, the all-fabric containers. Jardisac pots are permeable, allowing water to run through the soil for maximum air circulation and drainage to keep the plant’s roots healthy. The …

The latest at IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. ~Abraham Lincoln I can’t believe it’s August already. Next month we’ll gather in New Orleans to celebrate the people, products and ideas across our industry, from specialty fabrics and fabrication, shade and weather protection and advanced …

Nonwoven advances in performance and sustainability

The global market for nonwovens is expected to grow from a 2015 level of $2.9 billion to $8 billion by 2022, according to Stratistics Market Research Consulting, specialists in global cross-sector market research. Existing market sectors such as health, hygiene and automotive applications are expanding, and others are being added, with much of the growth …

IFAI EXPO 2017 Show Preview

IFAI Expo 2017 is the event that brings together thousands of textile industry experts, exhibitors, educators and you! IFAI is excited to offer more at this year’s event for all professionals in the specialty fabrics, advanced textiles and shade and weather protection fields. What’s New at IFAI Expo Mentor Meetings—An opportunity for you to meet …

Transparent curtain fabrics

Two new transparent curtain fabrics from Swiss textile producer Création Baumann intricately filter light to create delicate shadows in any room. Karneol is designed with a repeating pattern of slightly irregular rectangles to create an organic motif. Celeste’s pattern of embroidered circles presents a consistent rhythm of shapes in a variety of colors. Made from …

Artwork-inspired home interiors

Aboriginal art is one of the world’s oldest art forms, dating back 50,000 years. Today, it expresses the richness of Aboriginal culture and a diversity of experiences and beliefs. The sacred connection to the land is often expressed in the artwork, which depicts the landscape, plants and animals of Australia’s central desert. Bay Gallery Home, …

Sturdy shade fabric

Trivantage® is offering SolaMesh® fabric, an innovative new fabric using polymer technology, recommended for shade sails and other shade structures. Tested in the world’s harshest environments, the shade sail fabric is made from highly stable HDPE monofilament and tape, providing best-in-class strength, value and longevity. Available in 16 colors, it offers a 10-year warranty. Trivantage, …

Crossover skills give upholsterers business opportunities in many markets

The president of the Professional Upholsterers’ Association of Minnesota proudly states that she was the fifth woman to graduate from an upholstery curriculum at Minneapolis Technical College in 1977. “It was considered a man’s field back then,” says Diana Shroyer Guenther, owner of Shroyer Custom Upholstery in Coon Rapids, Minn. She worked one year for …