INDA welcomes new board members

March 5th, 2021

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced the membership election of seven industry leaders to serve on its board of directors for a three-year term. The professionals represent a cross-section of INDA membership and bring a high level of expertise and insight to the management of the association. Richard Altice, president and CEO, […]

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Durable EMI shielding textile

March 4th, 2021

A military command center in Afghanistan. The Shelter-Rite® RF™ shielding material can be used to fabricate a variety of products, including military tents. Photo: Seaman Corp. Designed for the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding market, Shelter-Rite® RF™ products offer technologically advanced safety and security in situations that require a rugged and robust RF-shielded material. With a […]

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Vanguard Durst Digital Printing expands distribution

March 4th, 2021

Vanguard Durst Digital Printing, a manufacturer of wide format UV and dye-sublimation printers, has announced a national dealership agreement with Graphic Solutions Group (GSG) based in Dallas, Texas. Vanguard Durst Digital will include GSG's sales and service expertise to accelerate in the marketplace. Vanguard Durst Digital's format UV digital flatbed printers combine technology features with […]

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Ballenger joins Milliken & Company

March 3rd, 2021

Milliken & Company has hired Alice Ballenger as director of strategy for its Textile Division. She will be responsible for supporting the division’s business growth and overall strategy.  With industry experience across multiple global markets, working both independently as a business strategist as well as in senior-level roles with Glen Raven, Ballenger brings an abundance […]

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Milliken & Company acquires Zebra-chem

March 2nd, 2021

Milliken & Company has acquired Zebra-chem GmbH, a global chemicals company known for its peroxide and blowing agent masterbatches. With more brands and governments globally setting goals to increase their use of recycled materials, plastics manufacturers are faced with the challenges of using recycled plastics effectively. Peroxide masterbatches, like those from Zebra-chem and Milliken, make […]

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Coats to host sustainability webinar

March 1st, 2021

On March 12, 2021, Coats will host the live panel discussion “Targeting Circularity” with members from its sustainability delivery team. Panelists will explore Coats’ sustainability agenda, industry challenges and the shift towards circularity, and innovations to enable a more sustainable future. Headquartered in the U.K., Coats is a leading industrial thread business that employs 17,000 […]

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Specialty Fabrics Review gets a new look

March 1st, 2021

A newly designed website for Specialty Fabrics Review magazine launched in February, providing a mobile-first experience with easier access to the latest news stories, more features, the popular “Swatches” section, and new products. The goal of this initiative is for SpecialtyFabricsReview.com to provide the same great content in a better package.Textile experts rely on Specialty Fabrics […]

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COVID-19 survey: Labor and supply chain challenges dominate pandemic struggles

March 1st, 2021

More than a year after the declaration of a global pandemic, it’s no surprise that a majority of companies in the industrial fabrics industry were negatively affected by the events of 2020. But the struggles were uneven, with some companies pivoting to new markets and others experiencing a positive effect. Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) […]

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COVID year 1: What just happened? And where are we headed?

March 1st, 2021

When I think back on the second week of March 2020, I laugh athow naïve I was. Or rather, I would laugh, if it wasn’t all so devastating. Even after major events started cancelling, and my kids’ school shifted to distance learning, and IFAI staff were directed to work from home, I could only imagine […]

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Designer knits biodegradable children’s shoes

March 1st, 2021

In a day when fast fashion is the norm, and so much of what we wear ends up in landfills, one designer has a fresh idea: biodegradable knit shoes for children that come with an expiration date. Shahar Asor created “Best Before” using biodegradable thread that can disassemble at a pre-defined time frame. Made on […]

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