Self-sanitizing stretch fabric

November 1st, 2020

Ultima Displays’ self-sanitizing stretch fabric has applications for tension graphic displays and partitions in the retail, exhibition, conference and event industries. The treated stretch fabric uses HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 technology, which has been tested to be 99.99% effective within 30 minutes against coronavirus and is designed to inhibit the growth and persistence of bacteria and […]

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Netted sculpture billows above St. Petersburg pier

November 1st, 2020

The netted sculpture Bending Arc continuously changes shape and color from day to night. Photos: Brian Adams. Artist Janet Echelman used 180 miles of twine and 1,662,528 knots to create the ethereal look of Bending Arc, the aerial sculpture commissioned for St. Pete Pier, a 26-acre destination on the waterfront in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Echelman […]

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Microbe-reducing fabric

November 1st, 2020

Inner Mettle’s IM ViroBac copper-integrated fabric was developed to reduce microbial threats on touch surfaces within a commercial environment. The fabric is suitable for a wide range of commercial applications, such as seating on public transport, bedding used for medical facilities or uniforms for hospitality. Thanks to its versatility, the soft fabric can also be […]

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The pandemic is driving more sustainable PPE

November 1st, 2020

by Debra Cobb Disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) is playing a critical role in fighting COVID-19 infections. But now used masks and gloves are littering parking lots, city streets, country walks and showing up in oceans and waterways. Photo: China Global Television Network. From community masks and health workers’ kits, to hospital gowns, drapes and […]

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The great escape: textile products for the outdoors

November 1st, 2020

As more people embrace outdoor recreational activities during the pandemic, textiles and fabric products are in high demand.  by  Pamela Mills-Senn After months spent hunkered down at home because of the pandemic, people have become restive. They want to participate in life again, yet still follow social distancing guidelines. As a result, many people have […]

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Storage-friendly cover textile

November 1st, 2020

Lightweight Stamoid® Smart 1 is 60 percent more collapsible than standard boat and equipment cover materials, making installation and removal of covers easier as well as taking up less storage space. With a silicone coating on one side, the surface is very slick making it difficult for dirt, debris and pollution to adhere. Suited for […]

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Breaking barriers in the textile industry for people who are blind

November 1st, 2020

National Industries for the Blind creates growth opportunities in the textiles industry for people who are blind or visually impaired. by Holly Eaman For many, 2020 has been a year of recognizing and working to overcome limitations—a technique that partners and employees of National Industries for the Blind (NIB) have mastered since 1938. Headquartered in […]

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Exterior mesh protection

November 1st, 2020

Visiontex™ is a new outdoor mesh solution for domestic and commercial exterior shading. Utilizing the latest technologies in vinyl-coated polyester, these fabrics are made to exacting standards to ensure long-term outdoor performance. Manufactured to Greenguard Gold certification requirements, with no harmful toxins like lead, mercury and chromium, they are available in a variety of shade […]

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Rainier Industries fabricates and installs massive banner

November 1st, 2020

Rainier Industries worked with architects and builders during construction of the 9th &Thomas building in Seattle to have hardware preinstalled to ease the installation of massive banners. Photo: Rainier Industries Ltd. The call for racial justice in the United States took many forms in the summer of 2020. One of those expressions involved an 8½-story […]

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The pop-up canvas camper pandemic theory

November 1st, 2020

Following the 2008 economic crash, lipstick was all over the news. According to the “lipstick recession theory,” consumers facing a recession stop making luxury purchases, like jewelry and high-end vehicles, while still allowing for small indulgences, like lipstick.  But the theory doesn’t hold up to the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Who needs lipstick […]

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