Henderson Sewing Machine celebrates 50 years

March 29, 2018

Henderson Sewing Machine Co., headquartered in Andalusia, Ala., was established 50 years ago by James F. Henderson as a supplier of products to the apparel market. Current owner Frank Henderson joined his father’s company in 1976 after graduating from college with the goal of growing the company and continuing his father’s emphasis on customer service. …

Keyston Bros. turns 150

Keyston Bros. celebrated its 150th birthday in Atlanta, Ga., home to the corporate headquarters for Keyston Bros., Keyston Outdoor and KB Contract. The company started in San Francisco, Calif., in 1868 as a small family-owned business manufacturing and selling whips and lashes. Today, Keyston Bros. is a leading supplier and innovator of fabrics, vinyls, leathers and …

General Fabrics joins with Brand & Oppenheimer

March 28, 2018

Brand & Oppenheimer Co. Inc., a leading textile converter, has acquired General Fabrics Co., a leading wholesale designer, packager and distributor of printed textiles. General Fabrics services a wide variety of markets, notably quilting and crafting resellers. Its products are known for a breadth of designs from the 1800s to contemporary urban graffiti offerings. All …

Alpha acquires Fairprene®

March 27, 2018

Alpha Engineered Composites LLC, Lakewood, N.J., has acquired the Fairprene business unit from Virginia-based Longwood Elastomers, a Wabtec Company. Fairprene is knownacross the automotive, fluid sealing, petrochemical and aerospace industries for itstechnical niche in performance sheet stock, coated fabrics and specialty composites. Alpha Engineered Composites is recognized for its significant expertise in calendering and curing …

DuPont receives sustainability award

March 26, 2018

DuPont Industrial Biosciences received the Henkel Laundry & Home Care Sustainability Award for its enzyme technology. The award was presented to DuPont’s Home & Personal Care business. DuPont provided Henkel with a high-performance enzyme for best-in-class wash results in a broad range of detergents. DuPont’s enzyme technology outperformed other products, allowing Henkel to reduce the …

Smart fabrics: getting smarter on April 24, 2018

March 23, 2018

Register for the 2018 Smart Fabrics Summit by April 23, 2018 The 2018 Smart Fabrics Summit will be held on April 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the goal of the summit is …

AmazonSmile promotion

March 22, 2018

If you shop on Amazon, be sure to take advantage of the AmazonSmile promotion. From March 12–31, 2018, AmazonSmile will triple the donation amount to 1.5 percent to Industrial Fabrics Foundation. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/52-2164483. For additional details about the promotion, click here

Trelleborg acquires Dartex

March 20, 2018

Dartex Coatings Inc. has been acquired by Trelleborg Coated Systems, a Milan, Italy-based business area of Trelleborg AB, Sweden. The Slatersville, R.I., transfer coater and custom laminator will continue to operate from its existing premises in Slatersville and will retain its existing management team.

Managing director at Lectra Japan

March 19, 2018

Lectra, a technological partner for companies using fabrics and leather, has named Akihiko Tanaka managing director of Lectra Japan. Based in Osaka, Tanaka will support Lectra’s Japanese fashion and apparel and automotive customers as they undergo transformations related to Industry 4.0. Tanaka has more than 20 years of experience as a sales director in the …

Growth in equipment rental industry

March 16, 2018

The American Rental Association (ARA) expects equipment rental industry revenue to grow, resulting in total revenue of $59.6 billion in 2021. Revenue in the U.S. is expected to grow 4.5 percent in 2018 to reach $51.5 billion, 5.6 percent in 2019, 5 percent in 2020 and 4.4 percent in 2021. In Canada, revenue is expected …