Sun-Powered textiles

January 1st, 2017

Fabrics with self-cleaning properties can last longer, require less maintenance and even reduce air pollution.  Sunlight can damage many types of fabrics, yet it can also have a beneficial effect on textiles that are enhanced with self-cleaning technologies. Thanks to functional coatings and pioneering research, self-cleaning properties—powered by the sun—are extending the life of textiles […]

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Sustainable Opportunity

January 1st, 2017

Eric and Angie Riggins create new products and capture new markets to ensure a steady stream of work throughout the year.  We’re always looking for opportunities to grow the business,” says Angie Riggins, co-owner of Alpha Canvas, Charlotte, N.C. “We have to be innovative to set ourselves apart from our competitors—we find ways to meet […]

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Built for comfort, durability, and safety

December 19th, 2016

Fabric manufacturers and upholsterers balance traveler and commuter requirements. Whether for business or for pleasure, people are always on the go. More than 121 million U.S. workers are employed full time, according to 2015 statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor. To reach their work destinations, 85 percent of these workers commute in automobiles, and […]

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Phifer expands social media presence

November 11th, 2016

Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based Phifer, a global textiles manufacturer, launched PhiferTV. PhiferTV is a well-stocked YouTube channel with videos regarding the company’s sun control fabrics, insect screening products, engineered meshes and textiles and indoor/outdoor performance fabrics. YouTube is one of several social media tools Phifer uses to virtually connect with distributors, dealers, installers and consumers. Phifer also […]

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