2018 State of the Industry

March 1, 2018

AWNINGS AND CANOPIES In 2017, growth in the awning market increased, in the low single-digit range. Contributing to the growth was an approximate 6.5 percent rise in housing values in 2017; a 4.1 percent increase in home values is anticipated in 2018. Many homeowners used their rising home equity to remodel in 2017. According to …

Tarp and truck cover manufacturers stand at the ready with products designed to keep loads secure and drivers safe

Fabric truck covers, side curtains and tarping systems are enjoying increased attention from an industry looking for advanced solutions to help keep fleets rolling along more efficiently, safely and economically. Several factors are fueling this interest. For one thing, drivers are getting older, says Vincent Merlot Jr., CEO/owner of Merlot Vango® Tarping Solutions Inc., a …

Globe Manufacturing Company helps volunteer fire departments stay safe

Many fire departments across the U.S. are under-funded and volunteer-based. This lack of funding often means many firefighters lack the needed on-scene safety equipment. In response, the world’s leading manufacturer of protective clothing for firefighters is putting its expertise and resources to good use. Globe Manufacturing Company LLC, Pittsfield, N.H., recently awarded 13 volunteer-run fire …

Tougher transparency

Robeco’s newest flexible transparent vinyl provides another film option for the marine and industrial fabrics industries. GlassClear® adds a scratch-resistant coating to both sides of its one-ply 030 Clear Extruded Vinyl product. Supplied in roll form, this newest product option allows users to unroll only what they need for a specific job. This reduces waste, …

Precise pre-treatment

Exact and even pre-treatment of fabrics for pigment inks is essential for providing added color gamuts and wash fastness. Impression Technology’s GoTx® pre-treatment module, designed to run with any direct fabric printer, has a rotational dosing liquid drum that lays the correct amount of pre-treatment solution to the top surface of fabric without wetting the …

Dresses made from waste materials

It’s called deadstock—the fabric left over when clothing is manufactured. It’s a common practice for fashion houses to order more fabric than they need, as a precaution. The problem is that the leftover fabric adds up quickly into billions of square feet of textile waste each year. Much of that ends up in landfills instead …

Polartec unveils cycling apparel kit

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is one of only six riders to win the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana—the Grand Tours of cycling, something he has accomplished more than once. Contador also helps young cyclists develop championship skills through his Alberto Contador Foundation, which manages Continental, Under-23 and Junior cycling …