Rental revenue to exceed $71 billion

December 24, 2018

The American Rental Association (ARA) five-year forecast projects that equipment and event rental revenues in North America will surpass $71.7 billion in 2022, including $65.4 billion in the U.S. and $6.3 billion in Canada. The latest quarterly forecast again projects greater revenue gains than the previous forecast released in late May for each year from …

Beverly Knits expands operations

December 21, 2018

Beverly Knits Inc., Gastonia, N.C., has expanded its manufacturing footprint with a new finishing division. Commission finishing will be available through the new company, Altus Finishing LLC, which will offer finishing services for the bedding, industrial and apparel markets. Services will include dyeing, heat-setting, tumbling, shearing and specialty coatings. The new division will complement the …

Amada Miyachi America expands Detroit facility

December 20, 2018

Amada Miyachi America, a manufacturer of resistance welding, laser welding, marking, cutting, and micro machining equipment and systems, has expanded and enhanced its Detroit technical center. The updated facility features 5,500 square feet of laboratory space devoted to application development services for welding, marking, ablation, scribing and texturing of metals and plastics. Also on site …

Copland Industries to close

December 19, 2018

Copland Industries, a Burlington, N.C., textile manufacturer, will close at the end of 2018. The company, which has operated for 77 years, citied competition in the form of less expensive fabrics from China and increasing costs as reasons for the closure. Copland has paid its 200 employees through the end of the year and will …

BeBop Sensors win IDTechEx award

December 18, 2018

BeBop Sensors, Berkeley, Calif., won the IDTechEx Wearable USA 2018 Awards–Best New Material Award for its wearable fabric sensor technology. With over two million units shipped, BeBop’s fabric sensors comprehend force, location, size, weight, bend, twist, and presence across any size, resolution and geometry to make things “knowable.” They are used in a wide variety …

In memoriam: Curtis C. Crawford

December 17, 2018

Curtis C. Crawford passed away on December 11, 2018, at age 86. Crawford was director of operations for Precision Dynamics and became an independent management consultant upon retirement. He served on the IFAI board of directors from 1987-1993 as director, and again from 1997-2001 as first and second vice chair. Crawford was recognized as an …

Advanced nonwovens conference

December 14, 2018

The fourth Conference on Nonwovens for High-performance Applications, organized by International Newsletters Ltd., took place in Cannes, France, in October 2018. The event gave participants the opportunity to meet and discuss many areas of the emerging high-performance end of the nonwovens industry. Attendees heard about the way in which technology is creating new markets with …

Strong economy predicted

December 13, 2018

The U.S. economy is expected to stay strong according to a survey of corporate sales executives participating in a recent study commissioned by the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association. In the study, 78 percent said they were “very optimistic” or “somewhat optimistic.” Less than half of manufacturer sales executives expect increased sales to trigger any increase …

Simmons joins Columbia board

December 12, 2018

The board of directors of Columbia Sportswear Co. elected Sabrina Simmons to serve as a director and member of the nominating and corporate governance and compensation committees effective immediately. The board intends to nominate Simmons for election by the company’s shareholders to a full term as a board member at the company’s 2019 annual meeting …

Coated fabrics market growth

December 11, 2018

The ResearchAndMarkets.com report “Coated Fabrics Market by Product (Polymer, Rubber and Fabric-backed wall coverings), Application (Transportation, Protective Clothing, Industrial, Awnings, Roofing and Canopies, Furniture & Seating) and Region – Global Forecast to 2023” is now available. It details the growth rate of the global coated fabrics market, which is expected to grow from $23.93 billion …