“Adventuretainment” company jumps into sports market

January 1, 1970  |  Advanced Textiles

Enthusiasts at all levels can focus on their sport with products that assure a safe environment for competition or recreation. By Holly O’Dell Four years ago, “adventuretainment” company Sans Gear NZ, with locations in Los Angeles, Calif., and Orlando, Fla., introduced a safety tec…
Using the air (apparent)

January 1, 1970  |  Fabric Structures

Inflatable buildings have their own unique advantages, especially portability and easy set-up. By Bruce Wright, AIA Inflatable buildings can have some special requirements-such as air pumps to fill the structural fabric tubes-unlike any other type of structure, but they also have advantages for relo…
Customers’ desks present advertising opportunities

January 1, 1970  |  Graphics

By Roy Katz How would you like to own a small—but prime—piece of real estate on your best customers’ desks? You can with the creative use of advertising specialties, premiums, and giveaways. “Advertising specialties have lasting impact and help reinforce a connection with you…
Business opportunities in India

January 1, 1970  |  Feature, Markets

Investment-friendly policies are welcoming specialty textile manufacturers to India. By Seshadri Ramkumar Right now, the timing is excellent for the global technical textiles industry to explore opportunities beyond U.S. and European borders. With the economy hitting many businesses hard in the Unit…
Sheltering Haiti

January 1, 1970  |  Tents

By Jill C. Lafferty The earthquake in Haiti mobilized relief efforts from around the world to respond to a disaster measured in many thousands of lives. In the end, however, it is a continuing story about the plight of individuals and the companies that are making a difference in their lives. Althou…
Next-generation fabricators

January 1, 1970  |  Marine

The economy has not been the biggest problem for marine fabricators; it’s the lack of qualified workers to carry on the craft—this and the need to incorporate new equipment that can speed up the process and help small shops run more efficiently. “These are the two ‘evils&rsqu…
Fungi-fighting yoga mats and heat-seeking swampstools

January 1, 1970  |  Advanced Textiles, Products

The classic yoga warrior pose combines grace and strength, and a new product developed by Sommers Plastics showcases those same attributes. Sommers Plastic Products Company Inc., Clifton, N.J., manufactures specialty polyurethanes, lenticulars, holographics, fake furs and faux leathers; its newest l…
Anatomy of a fabric structure

January 1, 1970  |  Fabric Structures

By Samuel J. Armijos, AIA The percentage of the overall cost of a fabric structure can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the design, the material chosen, the location and access of the site, the cost of labor and equipment, and the amount of material needed to be shipped. Fabric stru…
Determining a schedule of values

January 1, 1970  |  Fabric Structures

By Samuel J. Armijos, AIA The best way to understand the cost of a fabric structure is to request a schedule of values (SOV) or a breakdown of the major costs. Design (5-15%) Design development to construction document. Percentage varies depending on design/build vs. plans and specification approach…
Recycled garment line saves money

January 1, 1970  |  Advanced Textiles, Products

Problem: Disposable garments from clean environments, such as those used in silicon chip production, are unnecessarily thrown away. Solution: Durable Tyvek® fabric made from HDPE is hard to tear or puncture, yet it functions as a breathable membrane that allows body heat and sweat to escape whil…