Staff changes at Mutoh

November 20, 2017

Mutoh America Inc., a manufacturer of wide-format printers and cutters, has promoted Ryan Arakaki to advertising and events manager, and has appointed Mark Rugen as the new director of training and education. Arakaki will continue leading the company’s vision and brand working alongside the product, training and sales teams. Rugen comes to Mutoh with more …

Apparel Impact Institute launched

November 17, 2017

In an effort to urge collective action in the apparel and footwear industry, industry leaders have launched the Apparel Impact Institute (AII). Designed to work with brands and manufacturers to select, fund and scale projects that improve the sustainability impact of the apparel and footwear industry, the AII will identify promising projects and help bring …

NSF expands sustainable certifications

November 16, 2017

NSF International, a global, independent organization that works to protect the environment and human health, is now an approved certification body for three additional Textile Exchange standards. NSF International’s portfolio of responsible textile certifications helps organizations demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, transparency and traceability. NSF International’s full responsible textile certification portfolio now includes recycled content, …

INDA launches new Directory of Pilot Lines

November 15, 2017

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has launched print and web versions of a new Directory of Pilot Lines for Nonwoven/Engineered Materials Product Development. It is the first and only compendium of pilot facilities that offer commercially available machine time for the necessary trial activity associated with the development of new nonwoven fabrics …

Meeks promoted at Outdura

November 14, 2017

David Meeks has been promoted to vice president, Casual Furniture, at Outdura in Hudson, N.C. Meeks’ career in the furniture and related textiles industries spans 19 years, having served in key leadership roles in the indoor and outdoor markets. In this new role, he will work with Outdura’s sales team and customers nationwide while continuing …

OEKO-TEX ® sustainability labels

November 13, 2017

OEKO-TEX certificates and labels that allow textile manufacturers to prove compliance with environmental and social regulations in their production chains are available on the market. The use of chemicals in production, the continuous improvement of the supplier’s working and production conditions and the safety of the final product can all be independently and credibly verified …

Smart Fabrics Summit 2018

November 10, 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that it will partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to co-host the Smart Fabrics Summit 2018 on April 24 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The Summit provides a forum for public and private sector leaders in technology, apparel and …

Du Chesnay appointed Lectra CFO

November 9, 2017

Lectra, a Paris, France-based world leader in integrated technology solutions, has named Olivier du Chesnay chief financial officer. As deputy chief financial officer of Lectra since May 2013, du Chesnay was already supervising management control, statutory consolidation and audit, headquarters’ accounting, cash flow, credit management and change risk management, as well as sales administration. Prior …

INVISTA awarded Conservation Certification

November 8, 2017

INVISTA’s Seaford, Del., site has demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship and education by achieving a two-year Conservation Certification from the national Wildlife Habitat Council. INVISTA received the certification for its avian and wetlands/water bodies programs. The Conservation Certification program focuses on creating and enhancing the breeding and nesting habitat for the eastern bluebird and …

A&E expands sustainable offerings

November 7, 2017

American & Efird (A&E), a manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer thread and technical textiles, has launched a new recycled, air-entangled, polyester sewing thread: Magic® using REPREVE®. The thread incorporates Unifi’s REPREVE fiber made from recycled plastic bottles, providing an eco-friendly performance sewing thread option for environmentally conscious customers. The thread also provides eco-versatility …

Milliken & Co. launches new website

Milliken & Company, a global textile technology company, has launched a website designed to highlight the advantages of its newly created Specialty Interiors business. The new site, www.millikenspecialtyinteriors.com, provides an overview of the company’s full range of interior textile service and product offerings in the home, office, health care, hospitality and specialty event markets. Convenient …

IFAI magazines win six awards at MMPA ceremony  

November 6, 2017

Awards include two gold and four bronze. IFAI magazines won a total of six awards at the 21st annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association (MMPA) Excellence Awards ceremony held on November 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Excellence Awards competition was created to recognize and foster outstanding publishing achievement. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges …

Honduras transforming textile sector

With a $1.5 billion U.S. investment, Honduras’ textile and apparel sector is investing in cutting-edge technologies to help transform the country into one of the world’s major players in the booming synthetic yarn and activewear market. The funds have been used to modernize sewing machines and other equipment, expand industrial parks, improve port and road …

Chemical companies join ChemSec’s Marketplace

November 3, 2017

To facilitate the corporate drive to replace hazardous chemicals in textile products and supply chains with safer alternatives, chemicals expert NGO ChemSec has launched the Marketplace. The web-based platform allows chemical companies to advertise safer alternatives to downstream users and brands. A growing number of large chemical suppliers in the textile sector have recently joined …

Morbern recognized for environmental protection

November 2, 2017

The Vinyl Institute of Canada, in conjunction with Environment and Climate Change Canada, recognized Morbern for its work to protect the environment. Morbern, a manufacturer of vinyl upholstery with corporate headquarters in Cornwall, Ontario, and High Point, N.C., received a letter of achievement for fully implementing the 2008–2013 Environmental Performance Agreement with respect to the …

Anti-graffiti film

November 1, 2017

Mactac’s PermaColor SAG Anti-Graffiti and Window Protection Films are available in three laminate options designed to prevent graffiti, scratches, acid-etching gouges, UV light damage and tagging on smooth surfaces, graphic images, glass and windows. The films are clear with permanent acrylic adhesive and a smooth polyester lining, engineered for easy graffiti removal. The company says …

Atlanta stadium roof utilizes ETFE panels

On Aug. 26, Atlanta fans got to try out the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time when the Falcons hosted the Arizona Cardinals in a preseason NFL game. The two-million-square-foot facility seats 71,000 for football games and can expand to 75,000 for marquee events. Designed by HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning …

Manufacturing fuels innovation

And I know this happens because I took economics, and I’d explain it to ya, but I flunked that course. Not my fault. They taught it at 8 o’clock in the morning. And there is absolutely nothing you can learn out of one bloodshot eye.   ~Lewis Black When I was in college, I took a …

New IFAI chairman Steve Ellington shares his vision for the Industrial Fabrics Association International

With the geopolitical challenges and opportunities the specialty fabrics industry faces, we, as an association, need to make sure that we continue to educate our members and provide them with opportunities,” says Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC, Glen Raven’s distribution and marketing services subsidiary in Glen Raven, N.C. “We need to make sure that …

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Industry 4.0: the new manufacturing

Automation in the textile industry has brought with it an increasing need for better communication within the manufacturing plant, as well as between manufacturers at different stages of the supply chain. Dialogue between people is one thing, but getting machines to speak to one another is a whole new challenge—a digital Tower of Babel that …

IFAI Expo 2017: Report from New Orleans

Despite the hurricanes and wildfires of late summer, IFAI Expo 2017 attracted many new first-time attendees to New Orleans in late September. And exhibitors reported that attendees were more likely than previous years to purchase their products, services and equipment. Aside from exhibitor-attendee interaction, the show floor was a hive of lively “campfire” educational sessions …

Color swatch library

Archroma® has introduced the Color Atlas, a six-volume library of 4,320 color swatches. The accordion-fold design allows for quick browsing of the cotton poplin samples. Also available is a compact version which includes the same color options in two volumes for increased portability. A mobile-friendly Color Atlas Online offers features such as “color-on-the-go”, which allows …

Cut-resistant fabric

Cut-Tex® PRO is a cut-and slash-resistant fabric made from a combination of ultra-high performance molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and other technical fibers woven by special high-density knitting machines. U.K.-based PPSS Group says the fabric offers five times the resistance of fabrics made from Kevlar® and is comfortable and fully machine washable. Current applications include uniforms …

Flexible textile sensors for medical use

Researchers at Empa, the materials research institution in Dübendorf, Switzerland, have produced soft optic fibers for sensors that can be embedded in textiles as a thread. Worn next to the skin, the sensors can, for example, monitor whether a hospital patient is developing bedsores. Previously, polymer optic fibers, used in communication technology, weren’t supple enough …

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Fighting pink stain

The work “pink” brings to mind a little girl dressed as a princess, cotton candy at the county fair and plastic lawn flamingos. But for those in the marine industry, the word takes on a sinister connotation as a stain caused by streptoverticillium reticulum. It’s a far greater menace than a never-washed red garment laundered …

Energy storage systems printed onto fabric

One of the downsides of smart wearables has been the need to carry a battery pack to recharge electronics. Researchers at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom have developed technology that could make the cumbersome packs a thing of the past. The team was able to print a flexible battery-like device known as …

Tougher knits

M Plus from Guilford on Maine is a new high-performance polyester knit upholstery textile that is soft to the touch but reliably durable, bleach cleanable and withstands 200,000 double rubs. The line features top-selling colors (black, navy, red and tan) as well as two fresh looking heathered colors; silvery charcoal and dark brown. As a …

Manufacturing for Good demo booth debuts at Expo 2017

A new addition to IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La., was the Manufacturing for Good booth. Workers at the live manufacturing booth made 70 bright red duffel bags from start to finish. The bags were donated to Raintree Children & Family Services, a nonprofit organization that has assisted at-risk children and youth in the greater …

Pineapple pavilion pops up in UK garden

The well-ordered gardens belonging to the grand country houses in Georgian England often included statuary, temples and other architectural details called “eye-catchers,” garden buildings designed to delight visitors. As part of a restoration plan for the walled garden at Great Britain’s National Trust’s Berrington Hall in Herefordshire, it was only fitting to respect that tradition. …

Pigment system reduces fabric surface temperature

What if you could reduce the temperature in a tent or other fabric structure by as much as 30 degrees (F) simply by choice of fabric? A new technology may have the answer. INCA Technology, Atlanta, Ga., has introduced Solar Off-Loading Technology (SOLT), a pigment system that significantly reduces surface temperature. SOLT employs a proprietary …

Liquid storage containers resist Arctic temperatures

Imagine that it’s 50 degrees below zero and there’s an oil spill that needs to be contained. It’s no surprise that the right equipment is critical to success. Enter FASTANK® Arctic, a liquid storage container designed specifically for low arctic conditions. Available from Fast Engineering Ltd., manufacturer of FASTANK portable containment systems, the storage container …

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Tension tents hold their ground while offering an aesthetic edge

One of many crucial questions tent rental providers must help clients planning upscale outdoor events answer is whether they want a tension or frame-supported tent. Several factors influence the decision, from aesthetics to weather and space restraints to pricing. And while more clients are choosing the latter, tension tents are not without significant advantages. Center …

Latex ink-friendly fabric

Top Value Fabrics has expanded its textiles for latex printing with a new line of coated fabrics called Latex Performance Textiles, specifically engineered to create durable, high-quality production graphics utilizing HP Latex Technology. The fabrics are constructed with a proprietary coating that provides a print-receptive treatment for maximizing the beauty of printing with latex ink …

Caffeinated textiles

S.Café® technical composite fiber products from Singtex Industrial contain eco-friendly coffee oil extracted from spent coffee grounds. Both the AIRMEM™ membrane and AIRNEST™ bio-foam are comprised of 25 percent coffee oil, which replaces petroleum-based materials with a more sustainable alternative. The high-performance products are used in home textiles, garments, shoes and many other applications. S.Café’s …

Fabrics go multifunctional

October 31, 2017

Textiles have evolved from being commodity materials to providing an array of benefits, including additional comfort and protection, improved hygiene and support for health care. The innate nature of fibers can provide certain special characteristics—cotton adds breathability and a smooth hand, and wool offers thermal comfort, for example. But due to the growing need for …

Electricity-generating yarns

What if the shirt a patient wears could monitor breathing with no special power-driven applications—because the yarn it’s made of produces electricity? A research team led by scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas and Hanyang University in South Korea are developing these high-tech yarns. The twistron yarns create electricity when twisted and stretched. …

Biomimetics: Fabrics borrow from nature to solve problems

For most people, arriving home from a hike covered in burrs would likely cause aggravation. But for George de Mestral, the burrs became an inspiration. Curious about how they clung so stubbornly to his clothes, the Swiss electrical engineer put them under a microscope, which revealed hundreds of “hooks” that attached to anything with a …

Baldwin acquires Ahlbrandt System GmbH

October 30, 2017

Baldwin Technology Company Inc., a leader in process automation solutions, consumables and services to the print, textile and film industries, has acquired Ahlbrandt System GmbH, Lauterbach, Germany. Ahlbrandt’s 87 team members and Corona treatment, spray coating and hot air-drying products complement the Baldwin team and their broad product and service portfolios. In addition, Baldwin plans …

Microban names Texchem UK distributor

October 27, 2017

Microban International Ltd., a leader in textile odor control and prevention, has named textile chemical manufacturer Texchem as a United Kingdom distributor. Texchem will distribute Microban’s entire range of odor control and anti-microbial solutions, including the AEGIS® product line, to apparel, furnishings, home textile, technical textile and healthcare retailers and brands in the U.K. and …

EXPO 2017 HUB winners announced

October 26, 2017

More than a hundred IFAI members took part in the daily prize drawings in the HUB at EXPO 2017. One business card was pulled out of the jar each day of the show and the winner received a $50 VISA gift card. On the last day, the lucky winner received a full registration to EXPO …

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI president, dies

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI board member and president, died October 8th. He served on the IFAI Board of Directors from 1977 to 1989, and as IFAI president (a position now called chairman) from 1985 to 1987. He was involved with the IFAI Awning Division, now called the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association. His obituary appeared in …

FiberVisions commemorates 50 years

FiberVisions, a leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing polyolefin staple fibers for nonwoven applications, has operated at its Covington, Ga., location for 50 years. The plant began in 1967 as Hercules Incorporated, providing polypropylene fibers to the carpet and upholstery industries. In the early 1980s, Hercules’ focus shifted to staple fibers for the hygienic and …

VTT introduces recycled fiber

October 25, 2017

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has introduced a new fiber by dissolving worn and discarded cotton and using it as a raw material. The first product models demonstrate that recycled fiber can be transformed into a yarn and comfortable fabric. Based on a carbamate dissolution process, the technology has been used to produce …

ECO-PASSPORT accepted by ZDHC

October 24, 2017

OEKO-TEX ® ECO-PASSPORT certification is now accepted by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme as an indicator of conformance with the organization’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) in connection with the ZDHC Gateway—Chemical Module. The ZDHC’s MRSL covers chemical substances that are limited or banned from intentional use in the production of apparel …

Family Governance Forum to take place in Chicago

October 20, 2017

The Family Governance Forum will be held October 19 and 20 in Chicago. It is a two-day, interactive experience that connects family leaders and influencers to support the growth, development and success of their families’ legacies. The program is designed to lead participants through learning, discussion and planning to heighten their effectiveness as leaders in …

Landex Coat Flame Retardant Clear is the world’s first aqueous transparent flame retardant coating

October 19, 2017

Dainichi Giken, Daimaru Kogyo and Teijin have co-developed the world’s first aqueous transparent flame retardant coating for a wide range of combustibles. Landex Coat Flame Retardant Clear significantly improves the flame retardancy of diverse combustibles, including timbers, papers, fibers, rubbers and plastics. The transparent coating is simply applied to the surface to maintain the material’s …

National Women’s Business Council releases study on women entrepreneurs

October 18, 2017

The National Women’s Business Council released a second part of an important study on the necessity of entrepreneurs who are women, titled Necessity as a Driver of Women’s Entrepreneurship: Her Stories. The study offers observations derived from case studies of nine diverse women business owners. For the report, the nine women discussed their entrepreneurial experiences in context …

SCORE publishes infographic on collaboration tools for small businesses

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, has published an infographic showing how small businesses that use online collaboration tools see 26 percent faster growth and 21 percent higher profits. Among businesses with fewer than 100 employees, 12 percent currently use online collaboration tools, while 17 percent plan to use these tools …

Commerce Dept. to discuss textile industry assessment findings in October 18 Webinar

October 17, 2017

In 2016, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) undertook its first comprehensive survey and assessment of the health and competitiveness of the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry since 2003.  The BIS team is now prepared to share preliminary findings of this critically important study that will be unveiled later this …

AATCC announces 2018 student design competition

The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) is inviting students to showcase their design talents to win cash and recognition by participating in the 2018 Concept 2 Consumer ® Student Design Competition. The 2018 “All Day Adventures in Activewear”- themed competition will challenge students to design a line for a specific outdoor or …