Inhibiting microbes with topcoat technology

February 1, 2020

When compounded performance additives in vinyl aren’t enough, antimicrobial lacquers and topcoats offer extra protection. By Hugh Barrett Microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, can live on a surface for months. Manufacturers of flexible vinyl, films, fabrics and textiles use engineered antimicrobial (AM) lacquers and barrier topcoats to offer an extra level of protection against …

Sustainable practices in today’s textile industry

 by Marie O’Mahony The story of sustainability in the textile industry has grown and changed, particularly in the last decade. The concept of “circularity” is now driving sustainability across the materials sector. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “A circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and …

Seizo Shimamaki, chairman of Yamaten, dies

October 14, 2019

Seizo Shimamaki, chairman of Yamaten Co. Ltd., Osaka, Japan, died September 22nd.  Shimamaki was a great supporter to IFAI Japan since its original establishment in 1994, and he had attended IFAI Expo several times. According to Manabu Shimamaki, his son and president of Yamaten, a farewell gathering will be held November 8 at the Hotel New Otani …

GoFundMe account set up for Value Vinyls employee

September 4, 2019

Value Vinyls Inc. has set up a GoFundMe account for longtime employee Willie Cheatham. Cheatham is battling a traumatic health issue and will be in long-term care. The fund is available at 

Setting a high standard: Owens Corning

June 1, 2019

Owens Corning’s philanthropic efforts, charity work and progressive employee policies have produced impressive results. By Paul Johnson For more than 40 years, Owens Corning, a developer and producer of  insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites, has been a supporter of a wide range of philanthropic endeavors and a key partner assisting charitable organizations across the globe. …

Building a better umbrella

May 1, 2019

Umbrellas come in different shapes and sizes, but often the chief problem is that they don’t hold up to wind. Consider estimates that more than one billion umbrellas are broken every year: That’s enough polyester waste to cover New York City. Enter Hedgehog Carbon, an umbrella that is wind-tested to 70 miles per hour. The …