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Membrane structure for special events and conferences

August 1, 2013

[Lonas Lorenzo SA de CV] Guadalajara, Mexico Lonas Lorenzo created this spacious and elegant structure for special events and conferences hosted by the State Workers Union Federation in Mexico. The 1480-square-meter membrane is mounted without inside columns for aesthetic appeal, providing functional space that is protected from the hot Guadalajara sun.

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Supporting disaster relief

Companies respond to catastrophic situations when demand spikes for specific goods. By Janice Kleinschmidt Tents should be for parties and festivals. Bags should be for gifts and carrying groceries. Curtains should be for showers and window dressing. Yet these and many other fabric-based items play an important role in situations far removed from those idyllic …

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Interior textiles

Fabric technology has taken designers from tents and art installations to a mainstream commercial business in hospitality and retail spaces. By Nicholas Goldsmith With the advent of the turbulent 1960s, there was a departure from the hard-edged architecture of the 1950s to more organic and softer forms inspired by nature. Along with the nonporous pneumatic …

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Breaking ground in Africa

July 1, 2013

A big, wide-open market equals growth opportunity for the tent business. By Barb Ernster Having grown up in Uganda until age seven, Nick Lavy, managing director at Röder UK Ltd., says, “There’s something about the lure of Africa that brings you back. It gets in your blood.” From his office in Cambridge, U.K., Lavy can …

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Raising the bar from tent rentals to event services partner

June 1, 2013

Dan Nolan III expands services to bring clients what they need and want. By Sigrid Tornquist “We don’t want to plan your event; we want to support your event,” says Dan Nolan III, managing partner of Tents Unlimited Inc., Marietta, Ga., and chairman of IFAI’s Tent Rental Division. “We offer turnkey services so clients don’t …

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Kenafine recyclable coated fabric for architectural structures

PTFE- and PVC-coated fabrics are often used in tents and membrane structures, but have been difficult to recycle due to the difficulty of separating the fibers from the coating resins. Taiyo Kogyo has developed Kenafine™ for architectural structures, a “green” fabric made by weaving kenaf bast fiber with polyester fiber as a base fabric; it …

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BetterVue screen enclosures from Phifer Inc.

BetterVue® Improved Visibility Insect Screen is recommended for all screening applications: windows, doors or porches. Its increased openness and smaller yarn diameters offer increased protection against insects and maximize the outward view, making it sharper and more brilliant. Phifer Inc. provides a variety of options for screen enclosures—fiberglass, aluminum, bronze or stainless—in a range of …

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Arena Group acquires Karl’s Event Services

Arena Group acquires Karl’s Event Services Karl’s Event Services, Oak Creek, Wis., has been acquired by the Arena Group, a global provider of temporary structures, seating, design and overlay services for live events. Arena operates from multiple locations in the U.K., Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain and now the U.S. Karl’s has supported events throughout …

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Röder HTS Höcker pushes the limits for AUDI

May 1, 2013

[Röder HTS Höcker GmbH] Kefenrod, Germany Röder HTS Höcker pushed the limits with this modern temporary structure used by AUDI during a European DTM Car Races tour. The project required ground-breaking concepts in building design to meet client requirements, including a three-day install and two-day takedown time to accommodate the schedule. The 600-square-meter complex made …

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Baytex big top artistry

[Baytex Manufacturing Co. Ltd.] Mt. Maunganui, New Zealand Extra high peaks and striking graphics make this 40-meter circus big top an impressive center stage for performers and thrill-seekers. Designed to complement a 24-meter foyer tent, Baytex Manufacturing made the circus tent from Ferrari Big Top fabric and its graphic elements from Ferrari 502 PVC, which …