Bally Ribbon Mills announces line of safety webbing and tapes

August 6, 2018

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), a manufacturer of specialized engineered woven fabrics, has announced its line of safety webbing and tapes, ideal for fire, law enforcement, industrial, military and commercial fall protection personal protective equipment (PPE). BRM’s safety webbing and tapes meet the demands of applications requiring high temperature, fully engineered safety solutions. They can be …

Teijin celebrates centennial

August 3, 2018

Teijin Limited commemorated the 100th anniversary of its establishment on June 17. The company used this milestone to look toward the next hundred years, unveiling a new global message of Future Navigation as it pursues its long-term vision, aiming to be an enterprise that supports the society of the future. Teijin is marking its centennial …

Amada Miyachi America Inc. appoints Shea

August 2, 2018

Amada Miyachi America Inc., a manufacturer of resistance welding, laser welding, marking, cutting, and micro machining equipment and systems, has appointed Stephen F. Shea as southern regional sales manager. Shea will provide sales and technical support for all products in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, …

Quiksilver fights plastic pollution

Quiksilver, the surf brand that recycles plastic to make boardshorts, jackets and other garments, has recycled more than 100 million plastic bottles in collaboration with REPREVE® fabric. The recycled polyester gives a second life to used plastic and reduces the global footprint of a product significantly. On World Surfing Day, June 16, 2018, Quiksilver donated …

Fabrics bring museum exhibits to life

August 1, 2018

Visitors to the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Miss., are bound to be moved by the multiplicity of impressions, sounds, lights and graphic images that could only be presented with the aid of fabric. “This Little Light of Mine,” the name of the main exhibition at the Jackson museum, aims to immerse visitors …

Any messages?

You want to know what to buy? The business that makes an object of desire is now the worst source of information about it. The best source is all of us. Doc Searls, David Weinberger, Two “Cluetrain Manifesto”  authors, Jan. 2015 Communication is content. Markets are conversations. Electronics are (nearly) ubiquitous. And Generations Y and …

A market overview of developments, successes and standards for electronic fabrics

Smart fabrics are still so new to the textile world, relatively speaking, that it’s necessary to start with a working definition. That’s what the first presenter, IFAI’s market research director Jeffrey Rasmussen, did at IFAI’s Smart Fabrics Summit in Washington, D.C. In his overview of the smart fabrics market, Rasmussen said that smart fabrics are …

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Prototypes and progress: The problems of today are the products of tomorrow

  Good companies allocate time, energy, money and resources to the art of product development. Why? Because the products of tomorrow can’t be developed without working through the problems of today. Whether you’re doing product research and development for your own products or you’ve been hired by a customer to conduct the work, there’s a …

O’Sullivan Films’ creek cleanup is the centerpiece of its community work

When employees at O’Sullivan Films work to improve the world around them, they don’t have to go any further than their headquarters in Winchester, Va. Winchester, part of the Shenandoah Valley located 75 miles west of Washington, D.C., is home to Abrams Creek, a stream that runs through O’Sullivan’s campus, which includes offices and a …

Textile strips create a stunning window display

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake’s Spring-Summer 2018 collection takes its inspiration from Iceland’s natural beauty. The collection is fresh, clean and bold with unique textures and shapes in bright blues, greens, whites and yellows. Miyake turned to We+, a Tokyo-based contemporary design studio, to create a window display for the collection at the Matsuya Ginza …