Business owners expect growth

February 9, 2018

SCORE, the Washington, D.C.-based mentoring organization that assists America’s small businesses, has released new survey data that shows entrepreneurs remain optimistic about business growth in 2018. However, small business owners also expressed a few areas of concern around policies that favor large businesses, difficulties in finding qualified workers and struggles to provide desirable salaries and …

AATCC releases 2018 Technical Manual

February 8, 2018

The latest addition of the “AATCC Technical Manual” is now available. It includes new test methods, as well as revisions and updates of existing methods and evaluation procedures for textiles. Two of the new test methods include one for seam twist in garments before and after home laundering and a hydrostatic pressure test using a …

Rose Brand wins award for Nebula™ Net

February 7, 2018

Rose Brand, Secaucus, N.J., won the award for best debuting product at this year’s LDI show in Las Vegas for the Nebula™ Net, a see-through floating projection surface that is virtually undetectable to the audience. The new 26-foot Darknet projection fabric made its debut at the Rose Brand LDI booth at the Las Vegas Convention …

Baldwin acquires QuadTech

February 6, 2018

Baldwin Technology Company Inc., a St. Louis, Mo.-based leader in process automation solutions, consumables and services for the print, packaging, textile and corrugated industries, has acquired QuadTech Inc., from its parent company, Quad/Graphics. With this acquisition, Baldwin adds QuadTech’s technology and strategic locations across the Americas, Europe, China, Japan and India. QuadTech, Sussex, Wisc., is …

Makers Division Webinar 2 of 5: Prototypes and Timing–Setting A Realistic Timeline with Clients

February 5, 2018

Discover the eight phases of setting a realistic timeline for prototype development including design inputs, engineering, proposals, validation and more. Prevent surprises in the manufacturing process with key information to assess and determine before you establish a timeline for clients or for yourself. Presenter: Chad Miller, director of contract manufacturing, American National Manufacturing Inc. IFAI …

Brunel named VP at Lectra

February 3, 2018

Nathalie Brunel has been appointed vice president of sales, fashion and apparel at Lectra, a Paris, France-based leader in integrated technology solutions. Brunel will support Lectra’s subsidiaries as they conduct the group’s new strategy that integrates product lifecycle management and the cutting room of the future. Brunel has more than 20 years of experience in …

Polyfab Australia acquired by Nolan Group

February 2, 2018

Polyfab Australia, an originator of heavy-duty knitted HDPE shadecloth for protection from the sun, has been acquired by the Nolan Group. Company founder Barry Jamieson will continue to play an active role in management of Polyfab. The Nolan Group is one of Australia’s largest suppliers of commercial and industrial textiles, with six branches located throughout …

Weighing sustainability

February 1, 2018

Trends reflect a global interest in natural fibers and ethical practices. The smart and advanced textile industries, while broadly in agreement on the need to be more sustainable, are in less accord when deciding how to address the issue. Cultural and local differences can on one level exacerbate the difficulty in reaching a consensus, but …

Beefy marine hardware

Trivantage has added SolaMesh™ hardware to its shade sail and structure product offerings. The new line of hardware complements SolaMesh fabric with a wide range of D-rings, shackles, stainless steel rope, rope connections and mounting options for all installations. The hardware offers eye-on-eye, jaw-on-jaw and hook-on-hook turnbuckle options to suit a variety of preferences and …

Solar jacket charges itself to glow

Nick and Steve Tidball, twin brothers and founders of Vollebak, have created a jacket made from material that can be charged to glow in the dark by exposing it to almost any light source. The Solar Charged Jacket stores light to glow in the dark, and protects from driving rain and winds. The company, Vollebak, …