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 …

Leigh Fibers acquires J.E. Herndon

February 1, 2018

Leigh Delaware Holdings, a global company focused on sustainable product engineering through manufactured, traded, and reprocessed fibers and polymers, has acquired J.E. Herndon Co., a privately held company based in Kings Mountain, N.C. J.E. Herndon reprocesses textile fibers and by-products primarily connected to the cotton industry. The acquisition complements Leigh Fibers’ service and product offerings …

Gerber sponsors professional clothing award

January 31, 2018

Gerber Technology, a leader in integrated software and automation solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, has announced that it will sponsor the 2018 Professional Clothing (PCA) Vision Best Design. Students entering are required to design stylish, functional professional clothing that can be worn for a specific job position in a sector of their choice. …

Concrete Cloth ™ named Top Project

January 30, 2018

Concrete Cloth GCCM, manufactured by Milliken Infrastructure Solutions LLC and distributed by Nuna Innovations, has been recognized for its Myra Falls Ditch Lining project as a Top Project by Storm Water Solutions. The project repaired a diversion ditch at an underground zinc and copper mine. The installation covered 11,125 square meters and was completed between …

Coats acquires Patrick Yarn Mill

January 29, 2018

Coats, an industrial thread manufacturer based in Uxbridge, England, has acquired Patrick Yarn Mill Inc., Kings Mountain, N.C., a manufacturer of cut-resistant and flame retardant yarns. Patrick Yarn Mill’s unique spinning competencies in engineered performance yarns will expand Coats’ existing Performance Materials portfolio and extend its innovation capability. Coats will support Patrick Yarn Mill’s expansion …

Call for editorial submissions: Specialty Fabric Showcase 2018

January 25, 2018

The Specialty Fabrics Review annual Fabric Showcase in the April and May 2018 issues is a great opportunity to give readers a look at new fabrics—natural, synthetic, woven, nonwoven, electronic, interactive or smart—and how they can help your potential customers do their jobs better. We’ll share the information, in print and online, with thousands of …

IFAI Webinar: Smart Fabrics Market, Current Developments

January 9, 2018

January 17, 2018 | 1 p.m. CST $29 Members; $79 Non-Members This IFAI webinar provides a comprehensive overview of recent smart fabric applications used in a number of government, commercial, medical and consumer market segments. The discussion will cover developments in the military, law enforcement, safety and protective markets, the wearable electronics consumer retail market, the …

Narrow fabrics industry faces a shortage of people who “get it”

December 15, 2017

According to textile engineer Connie Huffa, the last year she taught at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (1998), less than 5 percent of the students were studying textiles and the following year the college changed its name to Philadelphia University. This year, the school merged with Thomas Jefferson University, which focuses on health sciences. …

Nonwovens industry outlook

December 13, 2017

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has released a new industry outlook report, “North American Nonwovens Industry Outlook, 2016–2021.” The exclusive content provides analysis across all of the nonwoven end-use markets, including 128 disposable and 127 durable categories, to provide a comprehensive and accurate view of the total North American nonwovens industry. Detailed …

Digital textile printing on rise

December 12, 2017

The global textile printing market is expected to realize a compound annual growth rate of more than 18 percent from 2017 to 2021, according to Technavio’s latest market research. In a recent report, “Global Digital Textile Printing Market 2017–2021,” Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global IoT market in energy grid …