2016 Exhibitor Product Preview: Call for entries

May 23, 2016

IFAI Expo Exhibitors: Tell us about the products and services you’ll be exhibiting at IFAI Expo 2016. Product descriptions are featured in the August issue of Specialty Fabrics Review. The August issue of Specialty Fabrics Review will include an advance look at new products and services to be exhibited at IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, …

Exhibitor Product Preview

August 4, 2015

An advance look at new products and services to be exhibited at IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 6–9. This year’s show floor will offer new, dedicated areas for advanced textiles, shade and weather protection, and disaster mitigation and response, as well as several hands-on demonstrations. IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 6–9, …

American & Efird threads offer superior strength retention

August 1, 2013

American & Efird Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4136 What: SunStop® sewing thread Why: For outdoor applications where seam strength retention and fade prevention during UV exposure are required. Twisted multifilament polyester sewing thread provides superior sewability, advanced UV protection and a non-wicking finish. SOURCE American & Efird

Erez provides superior polyurethane membranes for the inflatable boats industry

Erez USA Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4227 What: TPU-2051 polyurethane membrane Why: A superior product for the inflatable boats industry, TPU-2051 provides excellent abrasion resistance, high mechanical strength and superior weather resistance. It also delivers better hydrolytic stability and resistance to microbial attack such as mold growth. SOURCE Erez USA

Kaya Plastik offers knife-coated tarpaulin fabric

Kaya Plastik Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5331 What: PVC knife-coated tarpaulin fabric Why: Versatile and durable material can be used for inflatables, tents, awnings, manufacturing and truck covers as well as for digital and screen printing applications such as block-out, frontlit and backlit. SOURCE Kaya Plastik

North Cutting Systems cutting systems are designed for cutting textiles, laminates, films and composites

North Cutting Systems Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5404 What: alphaBlade Rapid Rotary™ Cutting System Why: Designed for cutting technical textiles, laminates, films and composites, machine features nine highly precise cutting heads—all in one quarter of the footprint of other contemporary conveyor cutters. SOURCE North Cutting Systems

Stafford Textiles polyethylene substrate is engineered for billboard applications

Stafford Textiles LTD. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4663 What: Grandform 5 Meter Seamless Eco-PE™ Why: Strong, lightweight polyethelene substrate is engineered for billboard applications. It has excellent dimensional stability and stretching properties. Prints on UV printers at high speed. Easy to weld using hot air welders. SOURCE Stafford Textiles LTD.

American Plastics supplies a variety of fastening products

American Plastics Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4607 What: Fastening Products Why: Made with raw materials in ISO approved facilities in the USA and abroad. A variety of hook and loop, metal hardware, zippers and fabric products are available, backed by comprehensive customer service. SOURCE American Plastics

Facid offers easy to use aluminum tension frame system

Facid North America Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5230 What: Aluminum tension frame system Why: Easy to use extrusion profiles are the core framework system to achieve basic fabric panels, shaped panels or a complete building envelope. Designed and engineered specifically for fabric architecture applications and environments as an alternative to other forms of cladding. …

Keyston Bros. sells several awning fabrics

Keyston Bros. Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4447 What: STAM 6002 awning vinyl Why: Awning vinyl offers a textured surface aspect with any acrylic looking topcoat. It is a more natural look for franchises or communities that cannot use a plastic or commercial look. What: Dickson Soliel Orchestra collection Why: Awnings and canopies are …

Novelty Bias Binding offers bias binding, vinyls and vinyl binding

Novelty Bias Binding Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4042 What: Bias binding, vinyls and vinyl binding Why: Specialty textiles for consumer and industrial products are available in a wide range of colors. Ideal for apparel, automotive products, indoor-outdoor furniture and sporting goods. SOURCE Novelty Bias Binding Co.

Strategic Edge Imports provides thermal transfer machines

Strategic Edge Imports Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5336 What: Thermal transfer machines Why: Get the job done with machines for a variety of applications. The roll-to-roll transfer model has a three-part self-tensioning system to facilitate alignment of paper, fabric and support paper. For polyester fabric rolls, mixed cotton-polyester, tents, curtains and more. SOURCE Strategic …

A Perfect Print offers dye sublimation printing for narrow fabrics

A Perfect Print Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4647 What: Dye sublimation printing Why: Dye sublimation is recommended for printing on narrow fabrics such as webbing, ribbon and elastic. Company also custom assembles products from lanyards with various attachments to belts, pet collars and leashes, as well as sewn strap assemblies. SOURCE A Perfect Print

Fiber-Line high-performance fibers offer carbon fiber for industry use

Fiber-Line LLC. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5731 What: High-performance fibers Why: Carbon fiber offers many benefits over traditional materials, including high tensile strength, enhanced stiffness, low weight, better energy absorption in a crash and improved chemical resistance and temperature tolerance. For use in industries including electrical and energy storage, pressure vessels, oil and gas, …

King Tech Industry reflective fabric increases visibility and safety

King Tech Industry Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5619 What: Lumitech reflective fabric Why: Increase visibility and safety with fabric that can be detected by drivers at a minimum critical distance of 140 meters. Reflective system is applicable to various base materials including polyester, nylon and cotton. SOURCE King Tech Industry

Optitex supplies virtual prototyping software

Optitex Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5633 What: 3-D Virtual Prototyping Software Why: 3-D Creator for Pattern Design System allows draping of patterns on a model in the software or on the designer’s model. 3-D Digitizer enables user to digitize a contour onto a draped garment in 3-D, creating an internal contour on the 2-D …

Sunair magnetic screen lock devices keep Sunair exterior rolling screens in position

Sunair Awnings and Solar Screens Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4631 What: Magnetic screen lock device Why: Keep Sunair exterior rolling screens in position. Magnetic lock keeps the screen fabric taut when screen is lowered. If a wind gust lifts the hem bar, the lock releases the screen fabric from the pressure and automatically repositions …

Apex Mills provides spacer fabric for braces and slings

Apex Mills Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5208 What: 3D Spacer Fabric Why: Designed for shoulder braces and slings, 3D Spacer Fabric keeps patients cool and comfortable. Moisture is captured and moved away from the skin to another layer of fabric for quick evaporation. Antimicrobial finish inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. SOURCE Apex Mills

Forsstrom offers high-frequency welding machines and arched tubes

Forsstrom HF AB Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4904 What: TG-Flex high-frequency welding machine Why: Welder can rotate 360° and travel up to 1200 mm laterally for easy material handling. It’s also equipped with servo-driven motors for increased precision and a remote control for easy positioning and welding. What: Tubeflexx arched tubes Why: New production …

Leister Technologies offers Variant T1 tape welders

Leister Technologies Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: SGIA 3228 What: Variant T1 tape welding machine Why: Tape welder is designed for welding reinforcement and anti-vandalism tapes in truck tarpaulin fabrication, and can also be used for difficult-to-weld tie-down straps. Easy to use with a lift-up device that ensures simple movement and accurate positioning. SOURCE Leister …

PD-Interglas supplies architectural membranes

PD-Interglas Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5825 What: Atex architectural membranes Why: Glass-woven fabrics feature an excellent strength-to-weight ratio and a quality matte lacquer finish that has been developed specifically for use in architecture. SOURCE PD-Interglas

Tencate offers woven geosynthetics for soil stabilization and base course reinforcement

Tencate Geosynthetics Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5222 What: Mirafi® H2Ri woven geosynthetic Why: For soil stabilization and base course reinforcement applications where differential settlement occurs due to heaving in the subgrade soils. Geosynthetic provides wicking capability, reinforcement strength, separation and filtration, and durability. SOURCE Tencate Geosynthetics

A+ Products sells a complete line of hardware and fasteners

A+ Products Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4647 What: Metal and plastic hardware Why: Complete line of competitively priced hardware and fasteners for tents, tarps, inflatables, emergency medical, orthopedics, apparel, truck hardware and more. SOURCE A+ Products

NuImage Awnings sells high-quality, retractable awnings

Futureguard NuImage Awnings Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4339 What: Retractable awnings Why: High-quality awnings are available to fit every application and budget. They feature drop-forged arm components for a clean fit and finish. Choose from traditional to a partial cassette, to the sleek, fully cassetted model. SOURCE Futureguard NuImage Awnings

Lenderink Technologies supplies molds, adhesives and lamination

Lenderink Technologies Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5334 What: Mold or fold 3-D Why: Flat, sewable or bondable core stock or backer can be heated and molded into most any 3-D shape and remain in that shape upon cooling. Ideal for vests, signs, covers and structures where shape is needed. What: DryFilm Adhesive Why: Thermoset …

Phifer offers two options for window shade fabrics

Phifer Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4412 What: SheerWeave® Infinity2™ fabrics Why: 100-percent recyclable PVC- and lead-free window shade fabrics are woven only from the core yarn, synthetic or natural, born out of post-industrial waste by-products. Fabric is thin and lightweight with heat and glare control properties. What: SheerWeave® fabrics with Dow Ecolibrium™ bio-based …

Texas Thread manufactures waxed thread and artificial sinew

Texas Thread Manufacturing Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5830 What: Waxed thread and artificial sinew Why: A full line of waxed threads ideal for stitching leather goods or anything that requires waterproofing and knot retention. Also available is artificial sinew for making Native American crafts including dream catchers, and monocord for stringing beads. SOURCE …

Applied DNA Sciences DNA markers authenticate originality of fabrics

Applied DNA Sciences Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5719 What: SigNature® T Botanical DNA Markers Why: Authenticate originality and verify provenance on fibers, yarn fabric, and garments by marking them with a unique and secure DNA signature. Ideal for brand protection, raw material source compliance and authenticity verification in critical application situations. SOURCE Applied DNA …

Gerald Schwartz provides thousands of textile trims, findings and notions

Gerald Schwartz Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4851 What: Textile trim, findings and notions Why: Choose from thousands of hardware, trim, fabric, findings and other items, all available for same-day shipping. Company offers problem-solving support for a broad spectrum of sewn products including military gear, medical products, safety/protective and industrial textile applications. SOURCE Gerald …

Luray Textiles products offer protection from heat and chemicals

Luray Textiles Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5806 What: Terry Kevlar® Why: Apparel knitted with 100 percent Kevlar yarns protects wearer from cuts, abrasions and heat. Available in various weights and widths, and in interlock and tubing. What: Nomex® Why: Textile knitted with 100 percent 450 Nomex has excellent thermal, chemical and radiation resistance. …

Plastatech Engineering provides rugged geomembranes

Plastatech Engineering LTD. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4745 What: Plastaflex® geomembranes Why: Guaranteed to withstand extreme temperatures, deliver exceptional tensile and puncture strength, and resist even the harshest chemical attacks. For waste management, chemical processing, oil, natural gas and aquaculture industries. SOURCE Plastatech Engineering LTD.

Thomsom Research Associates provide antimicrobial technology

Thomsom Research Associates Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5821 What: Antimicrobial technology Why: Used by the world’s leading brands, Ultra-Fresh and Silpure antimicrobial treatments control the growth of unwanted microbes in consumer and industrial products. Technology controls odors and protects from staining and product degradation. SOURCE Thomsom Research Associates

Bally Ribbon Mills offeres shuttle loom weaving for narrow fabrics

Bally Ribbon Mills Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5612 What: Shuttle loom weaving for narrow fabrics Why: Traditional method of weaving produces a woven substrate of a uniform architecture and thickness across the entire width of the material, including the edges, for superior durability and strength. SOURCE Bally Ribbon Mills

Gold Eagle fabric supplies cleaner and fabric guard

303 Products – Gold Eagle Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5730 What: 303® Fabric/Vinyl Cleaner™ Why: Premium cleaner is specially formulated to clean all indoor and outdoor fabrics, carpeting and upholstery while rinsing residue-free. Designed to handle even the toughest cleaning jobs safely, using no harsh chemicals. Recommended by leading outdoor fabric manufacturer Sunbrella®. …

Marlen Textiles dyed fabrics have high tear strength

Marlen Textiles Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5218 What: Broadway flame-retardant fabric Why: Ten-oz. solution-dyed fabric has excellent tear strength, abrasion resistance and water resistance compared to other solution-dyed fabrics with FR specification. Available in 12 colors. What: Top Notch Elite breathable fabric Why: Nine-ounce solution-dyed fabric features better tear strength and abrasion resistance than …

Polyvision sells tarpaulin and illuminated banners

Polyvision Co. LTD. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5228 What: Tarpaulin / Sol Tarpaulin Why: Often used with lattice sticks across a roof rafter because it offers superb weather and heat resistance. Uses include truck covers, tents, side curtains, air domes, roof materials, boat fabrics and container bags. What: Banners Why: Attract more attention with …

TMI offers a low-cohesion PVC film and auto pads

TMI LLC. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4233 What: Low-cohesion PVC film Why: Film was engineered to provide a solution for the difficulties PVC film’s natural tackiness can cause manufacturers. The result is a PVC film much easier to use, roll, unroll and unfold. What: Auto pads Why: Driver’s side floor mat will be used …

BAT USA Corp. Ombralsun awning is compact and easy to install

BAT USA Corp. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4610 What: Ombralsun Why: Self-standing awning is compact and easy to install and regulate. Unique Roller-Bat tube makes set-up easy at different sizes while limiting obstructions. A full-length cassette, which encloses both sides of the awning when retracted, completes the system. SOURCE BAT USA Corp.

Hapco Inc. supplies welding machines

Hapco Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5352 What: Bak PlanOn® digital hot-air welder Why: Lightweight hand-held welder is simple to use due to its fail-safe, robust design. Now available with an industry-exclusive two-year extended warranty over and above the manufacturer’s one-year warranty. What: TarpOn automatic welding machine Why: Compact and handy, automatic welder for …

Made In America supplies textile reinforcements

Made In America Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4010 What: Keder reinforcements Why: Textile reinforcement product can be used in many applications that require reinforced sides due to tension and forces. Uses include sides, borders and edging of banners, tents, awnings, marine products and textile cloths. SOURCE Made In America

Preco Golden conveyor laser system processes roll materials

Preco Golden Laser Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 3841 What: Inspire 140C conveyor laser system Why: Designed for processing roll materials, system has a cutting area of 55 by 35 inches. It offers conveyor formats in different lengths and widths to accommodate a variety of material requirements. Different laser powers are also available. SOURCE Preco …

Top Value Fabrics supplies new fabrics for flags, tents and activewear

Top Value Fabrics Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5244 What: 3.2-oz. flag polyester Why: Constructed specifically for flag manufacturers, fabric provides an advanced platform for superior printing. Applications include flags, banners and interior décor. Flame resistant and lightweight. What: Mid-weight nylon taslan with micro-porous coating Why: Waterproof, breathable and DWR, nylon taslan is also available …

Bolger & O’Hearn supplies OdorArmor for textiles

Bolger & O’Hearn Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5329 What: OdorArmor™ Why: Textiles treated with OdorArmor absorb and lock in body odors and outside environmental odors on contact. Antimicrobial component prevents bacterial growth. SOURCE Bolger & O’Hearn

Herculite sells awning fabric and banner material

Herculite Products Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4327 What: Excel M Series™ awning fabric Why: High-performance PVC textile features exceptional pliability and matte PVDF eight-year finish. Fire resistant, heat sealable and completely waterproof, it protects from both harsh UV rays and inclement weather. What: Bantex® two-sided curl-free banner material Why: Flame-retardant laminated two-sided banner material …

Megaplast offers high-quality transport tarps

Megaplast Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4951 What: Transport tarps Why: High-quality tarps are available in a variety of colors, for every job. Choose from lumbar, steel, coil and smoke tarps all in 16-oz., vinyl-coated, waterproof fabric. SOURCE Megaplast

The Quality Thread & Notions Co. supplies antimicrobial and UVR-enhanced threads

The Quality Thread & Notions Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4404 What: Guardian with Microban® Why: The first thread on the market that has antimicrobial protection to fight odor-causing bacteria that can lead to mold and mildew. Ideal for outdoor markets, hospitality furniture and health care products. What: Vision UVR-enhanced embroidery thread Why: Formulated …

UFP Technologies provides outdoor pool thermal covers

UFP Technologies Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5607 What: Thermal pool cover layer Why: Cut down on energy consumption and save money on cleaning chemicals with thermal covers for outdoor pools. Advanced methods of lamination produce material with enhanced bond line integrity for increased durability and useable lifetime of the cover. SOURCE UFP Technologies

Bonar Inc. produces a variety fabrics and support materials

Bonar Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5823 What: Enka® Solutions mats and composites Why: Enka engineered fabrics and mats are resilient and conform to any surface. Open matrix structure allows for free movement of air, water, resins and foam. Nylon allows for high heat range. What: EnkaFusion® flow medium Why: The various thicknesses of …

Humphrys Coversports offers tarps and protective covers

Humphrys Coversports Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5434 What: Tarps and protective covers Why: Manufactured for industrial, military or sports surface applications, tarps and protective covers up to 225 by 400 feet can be custom made to specification. Also available are geomembrane liners fabricated using the IncrediSeal™ factory seaming process for flexibility and durability. SOURCE …

Mermet windows shades offer both superior heat reflection and glare control

Mermet Corp. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4385 What: E Screen with KOOLBLACK™ Technology Why: Dark window shade fabric offers both superior heat reflection and glare control for crisp views to the outside. Available in five dark and lustrous colors. SOURCE Mermet Corp.