Luxurious boat flooring

January 1, 2018

Infinity Woven Products LLC has introduced new designs to its Pattern Series collections of Luxury Woven Vinyl™ (LWV) flooring to the marine aftermarket. Manufactured and supplied in America, the newest designs are Current, Flax and Abacá, all created on state-of-the-art jacquard looms which manipulate individual yarns to form vibrant woven designs. Infinity’s LWV flooring is …

Protective packaging

Cortec® has introduced EcoWeave®, a highly durable tarp-like film that protects expensive, heavy raw metal materials and finished products against corrosion. Made from the same type of woven polyolefin film used to wrap lumber, EcoWeave is tough yet lightweight and versatile. It offers a combination of tear resistance, durability, and VpCI® chemistry that works together …

Colorfast inks

Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced a new range of reactive inks that deliver outstanding light- and weather-fastness for digital printing of polyester fibers. TERATOP® XKS HL inks are designed to help mills produce technical textiles with the highest color-fastness performance for the automotive interiors, outdoor furnishings and home textiles industries. Formulated for Kyocera print head …

Durable cushion fabrics

Phifer’s new 2018 GeoBella® cushion and Phifertex® sling fabrics lines are marked by water-inspired blues and greens and varied textures. The GeoBella line of high-end, performance cushion fabrics mirrors the comfort of indoor furniture yet has the stability, strength and durability needed for high-traffic applications. Phifertex fabrics for outdoor seating combine clean lines and a …

Advanced awning fabric

Cooley Group has launched Weathertyte PLUS, a premier product designed for use in commercial awning applications. The product features the benefits of the original flagship Weathertyte® fabric, with a softer hand, superior strength, improved weldability and bolder image quality. It offers the high performance of vinyl with the look, feel and texture of a woven …

Flame-resistant stretch

Mount Vernon FR’s flame resistant (FR) FlexTex fabrics are engineered with stretch for increased comfort and mobility. The collection now includes six denim and four piece-dyed FR fabrics that include many characteristics of traditional nonstretch denim. FlexTex fabrics are made using an elastomeric fiber that adds mobility to fabric, so workers experience increased range of …

Tough marine zip

December 1, 2017

Sunbrella® Performance Zippers feature tape made using 100 percent Sunbrella fibers, giving them the inherent performance characteristics of all Sunbrella textiles—UV and fade resistance, mold and mildew resistance and bleach cleanability—while the specially-designed WX zipper teeth keep wind and water out. The line also features IDEAL Fastener Corporation’s patented QRX technology for quick release with …

Rugged thread

Trivantage has introduced a new line of filament-bonded polyester sewing thread designed for vinyl, canvas and carpet applications. PremoBond features maximum durability, UV protection and colorfastness. With yarn that’s approximately 30 times stronger than the current industry standard, the thread is long-lasting, even in harsh weather conditions. PremoBond’s proprietary bonding blend and custom-formulated dyes ensure …

Upscale upholstery

WG Design Studio created two new vinyl-coated textile designs for Wolf-Gordon’s Performance Upholstery 02 collection. Barras is printed with a robust, weathered-linen look. Zig Zag fools the eye with faux stitching—complete with realistic shadows—for a convincing 3-D effect. Both are bleach-cleanable, heavy-duty materials with excellent ratings for abrasion resistance, colorfastness and coating adhesion—the ability for …

Smarter smart apparel

DuPont™ Intexar™ smart clothing technology is a suite of premium and high-performing stretchable electronic inks and films that transform ordinary fabrics into smart garments that provide biometric data including heart rate, breathing rate, form awareness and muscle tension. Intexar is seamlessly embedded directly into fabric using standard apparel manufacturing processes to create thin, comfortable, form-fitting …

Fabric tester redux

Due to renewed demand from retailers, SDL Atlas has re-introduced the Bean Bag Snag Tester, which is designed to determine the snagging and picking characteristics of fabrics by tumbling fabric pillows containing a weighted bean bag within two separate test cylinders provided with eight pinned bars, rotating at 20RPM for 100 revolutions. Provided with a …

High-powered yarn

Supreme Corporation has introduced VOLT Smart Yarns, a highly conductive yarn capable of sending power, ground and signals to make functional, wearable smart clothing. Capable of high levels of conductivity on the order of 1.9 Ohms per meter, each VOLT Smart Yarn contains up to four wires the diameter of a human hair. Engineered for use …

Anti-graffiti film

November 1, 2017

Mactac’s PermaColor SAG Anti-Graffiti and Window Protection Films are available in three laminate options designed to prevent graffiti, scratches, acid-etching gouges, UV light damage and tagging on smooth surfaces, graphic images, glass and windows. The films are clear with permanent acrylic adhesive and a smooth polyester lining, engineered for easy graffiti removal. The company says …

Color swatch library

Archroma® has introduced the Color Atlas, a six-volume library of 4,320 color swatches. The accordion-fold design allows for quick browsing of the cotton poplin samples. Also available is a compact version which includes the same color options in two volumes for increased portability. A mobile-friendly Color Atlas Online offers features such as “color-on-the-go”, which allows …

Cut-resistant fabric

Cut-Tex® PRO is a cut-and slash-resistant fabric made from a combination of ultra-high performance molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and other technical fibers woven by special high-density knitting machines. U.K.-based PPSS Group says the fabric offers five times the resistance of fabrics made from Kevlar® and is comfortable and fully machine washable. Current applications include uniforms …

Tougher knits

M Plus from Guilford on Maine is a new high-performance polyester knit upholstery textile that is soft to the touch but reliably durable, bleach cleanable and withstands 200,000 double rubs. The line features top-selling colors (black, navy, red and tan) as well as two fresh looking heathered colors; silvery charcoal and dark brown. As a …

Latex ink-friendly fabric

Top Value Fabrics has expanded its textiles for latex printing with a new line of coated fabrics called Latex Performance Textiles, specifically engineered to create durable, high-quality production graphics utilizing HP Latex Technology. The fabrics are constructed with a proprietary coating that provides a print-receptive treatment for maximizing the beauty of printing with latex ink …

Caffeinated textiles

S.Café® technical composite fiber products from Singtex Industrial contain eco-friendly coffee oil extracted from spent coffee grounds. Both the AIRMEM™ membrane and AIRNEST™ bio-foam are comprised of 25 percent coffee oil, which replaces petroleum-based materials with a more sustainable alternative. The high-performance products are used in home textiles, garments, shoes and many other applications. S.Café’s …

Karellis 11301 blackout fabric

October 1, 2017

The Karellis 11301 blackout fabric by Mermet® is available in a width of 300cm, one of the widest blackout fabrics on the market. The 100 percent opaque PVC-free coated polyester is an elegant and environmentally friendly option for internal blinds. The fabric blocks 100 percent of the light and UV rays, and offers excellent thermal …

AllergoProtect bedding

AllergoProtect is a trio of products—mattress topper, duvet and pillow—which hold 99.5 percent of dust mite allergens inside the filling and the cover, even when shaken. This means allergens are not breathed in and no longer cause allergic reactions. The German research group Hohenstein developed a negatively-charged textile finish that attracts the positively-charged allergens like …

Top Notch FR solution-dyed fabric

Marlen Textiles’ Top Notch FR® solution-dyed fabric is flame retardant, incorporating the industrial fabric industry’s first halogen-free flame-retardant system. The fabric is environmentally friendly, durable and soft, and can be used for many outdoor residential and commercial applications, including awnings, tents and canopies. In addition to lowering the risk of halogen exposure, Top Notch FR …

Mimaki USA TX300P-1800B direct-to-textile printer

Mimaki USA’s TX300P-1800B direct-to-textile printer features an advanced belt transport system to ensure stable feeding of stretchy and thin fabrics.The 74-inch-wide direct-to-fabric printer includes many features found in high-end direct-print models and is suitable for users creating samples or short-run pieces. It includes new print heads with a high gap setting that maintain accurate ink …

HarborTime Edge marine-grade fabric

HarborTime® Edge marine-grade fabric from Trivantage® is an innovative double-coated fabric powered by Perfecta Marine® technology, which keeps surfaces cooler and reduces interior temperatures. Made from acrylic-coated polyester, the fabric is suited for harsh environments with exceptional abrasion resistance and minimal shrinkage and stretch while remaining highly mildew- and UV-resistant as well as water-repellent. For …

Ultraleather Pearlized collection metallic fabrics

The metallic and pearlized color trend expands with seven new colors in the Ultraleather® Pearlized collection from Ultrafabrics®. An addition to its signature Ultrafabrics collections, the Ultraleather Pearlized line highlights a classic natural grain with a subtle luminescence that provides a hint of luxury and refinement. Recommended for everything from restaurants and lounge areas to …

This year’s Show Stopper winners

September 28, 2017

All the best from New Orleans: Thursday morning at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The sixth annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services and …

Heavy-duty marine zipper

September 1, 2017

LENZIP has a brand new zipper for the marine canvas, outdoor gear and portable (temporary) shelter markets: the LENZIP No. 12 Marine Grade UV Zipper is larger than the industry standard No. 10, but smaller than Lenzip’s BIGZIP® No. 15 gauge. The new No. 12 gauge is available with 316 stainless steel sliders in auto …

Invisible netting

The new 26-foot-wide Nebula™ net from Rose Brand Inc. provides a high gain, see-through projection surface that’s virtually undetectable to an audience. Projected objects seem to float in midair or appear out of nowhere. The Nebula net can be used for stunning visual effects such as layered projections for concerts, dramatic reveals for corporate events …

Tougher shears

Wolff Industries’ Premium KAI series multipurpose shears are made from high-quality Japanese steel. With steel throughout the handles, the soft Santoprene insert cushions the user’s hands for increased comfort. The shears are made from A-8 High Carbon stainless steel with a Rockwell hardness rating of approximately 60, one of the hardest and smoothest available. These …

Flame-retardant reflective tapes

The Coats Signal line of premium fire-resistant and flame-retardant retro reflective tapes are designed for maximum heat and flame protection, for great visibility and resistance to extreme conditions. When illuminated by a light source, the reflective tapes provide enhanced visibility at nighttime, during difficult weather conditions, as well as in low light for protective clothing …

Shadow strength

Enduratex has introduced Overshadow, its first combination TPO fabric with a PU topskin and a new offering in its earth-friendly Puretex collection. The high-performance fabric with applications in the contract and hospitality markets has UV-stabilized pigments that last a minimum of 300 hours, an abrasion resistance on the Wyzenbeek of 100,000 cycles #10 Cotton Duck, …

Awning upgrades

Herculite’s NATURA® awning fabric has new features including surface improvements that reduce crazing and make the appearance of the face and reverse of the fabric virtually identical. The new proprietary core-stabilized system reduces edge curl, inhibits seam leakage and offers excellent dimensional stability. The new NATURA now features 10 designer colors and a softer hand …

Eco-friendly upholstery fabrics

August 1, 2017

Breathe by Milliken™ textiles are eco-friendly, durable performance upholstery fabrics that repel everyday stains, are easily cleanable, sustainably designed and responsibly manufactured. Breathe fabrics are the industry’s first fluorine-free performance fabrics compatible with both natural and manmade fibers. They emit no VOCs, including PFCs like PFOS and PFOA, or added formaldehyde, which can harm indoor …

Recycled thread

American & Efird (A&E) now offers Perma Core® using REPREVE®, an eco-friendly, high-performance sewing thread option. Unifi Inc., manufacturer of REPREVE, turns plastic bottles into 100 percent recycled polyester fiber, which is then made into products sold by leading consumer brands and retailers. Perma Core using REPREVE combines a recycled continuous filament polyester core and …

Super-format textile printer

The ITI3200-TXK 3.2-meter, dual-production mode super-format textile printer from Inkjet Technology Inc. is built for large-run production. The newest model comes configured with Kyocera KJ4B high-speed production print heads for speeds up to 2,195 sq.ft./hr. It incorporates an advanced media handling system in the rear of the printer to accommodate both transfer paper and direct-to-fabric …

Two new graphics films

Arlon Graphics LLC has launched two new innovative products and a new technology for vehicle and fleet applications. SLX™ Cast Wrap is a premium gloss white repositionable cast film with FLITE Technology™. Designed for the single installer, the film allows for a fast wrap and superior repositionability. FLITE Technology is a light contact system allowing …

Transparent curtain fabrics

Two new transparent curtain fabrics from Swiss textile producer Création Baumann intricately filter light to create delicate shadows in any room. Karneol is designed with a repeating pattern of slightly irregular rectangles to create an organic motif. Celeste’s pattern of embroidered circles presents a consistent rhythm of shapes in a variety of colors. Made from …

Sturdy shade fabric

Trivantage® is offering SolaMesh® fabric, an innovative new fabric using polymer technology, recommended for shade sails and other shade structures. Tested in the world’s harshest environments, the shade sail fabric is made from highly stable HDPE monofilament and tape, providing best-in-class strength, value and longevity. Available in 16 colors, it offers a 10-year warranty. Trivantage, …

Japanese-inspired fabrics

July 1, 2017

The Azuma textile collection, from KnollTextiles, is inspired by the balance and harmony found in Japanese design philosophy and culture. The four upholstery fabrics in the collection, Kabuki, Sashiko, Zen Wave and Kaya, celebrate bold graphic forms and simple, subtle beauty. The fabric designs include striking geometric elements, vivid colors, subtle embroidered patterns, wave motifs …

Coats Epic Metallic thread

Coats Epic Metallic thread is a specially developed metallised sewing thread consisting of a metallised yarn twisted together with a durable polyester core spun thread. The thread is especially suitable for decorative stitching on denim wear, apparel and leather goods that have not been treated with tannins. The metallic elements are available in gold, silver …

Soggy-free foam

The Bellbloc fabric liner system improves the performance of fabrics in upholstery applications by protecting foam inserts from the elements, extending the useful life of foam cushions. Developed specifically for the outdoor, hospitality, contract, long-term care and residential markets, the innovative liner is engineered to resist moisture, mold and mildew while reducing foam compression in …

Compact sewing table

The Merrow® Helmsman Table is designed to be easy to assemble, lightweight and durable. The narrowest table on the market, it features an adjustable-height frame seated atop locking wheels. Ergonomically friendly and highly transportable, it can be adjusted for any location or environment and can be used with an air, clutch or servo motor. The …

Professional printing

Next-generation SureColor S-series 64-inch S40670, S60670 and S80670 high-performance, roll-to-roll eco-solvent printers are the first large-format signage printers powered by Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead technology, for printing of photographic quality images for the signage, vehicle graphics and fine art reproduction markets. The new line incorporates the fourth-generation Epson Ultrachrome GS3 solvent ink, designed to reduce ink …

The graphic edge

Fisher Textiles, a supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has introduced DD 4444 Domination®, a new fabric for frontlit Silicone Edge Graphics (SEG) applications that is specially treated for UV-curable, direct and transfer sublimation printing. DD 4444 Domination is very stable with a gorgeous sheen that can also be used for banners, exhibit graphics, photographic …

Innovative ink

June 1, 2017

The DuPont™ Artistri® Xite S1500 dye-sublimation ink is now available for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and roll-to-roll printers, offering superior product consistency, jetting reliability and color print performance for printing on polyester textile substrates. Also available are Artistri Brite inks for the direct-to-garment market, for a variety of print heads from low to high viscosity, …

Chameleon-like thread

Coloreel’s Embroline is a unique thread-coloring attachment for the embroidery industry: a unit that can easily be used with any embroidery machine without modifications. Color changes on the thread can be made rapidly, from one solid color to another or gradually, to make smooth transitions. Embroline provides the embroidery market with a versatile solution to …

Modern polka dots

Designed by Sebastian Herkner in collaboration with Nya Nordiska, the Lou fabric was a winner in the Wallpaper® Design Awards 2017 in the category “Best Piercings.” With a modern pattern of polka dots in a disciplined graphic composition, the lightweight, laser-cut polyester fabric plays with the contrast between transparency and opacity. Contemporary fabric is recommended …

It’s curtains …

ELINA is the latest fabric collection from Création Baumann; the laser-cut curtain fabric has a vertical design counterbalanced with a delicate horizontal stripe at regular, well-spaced intervals. Semi-transparent material is flame-retardant polyester, available in white and black. The clean lines filter incoming light to produce a serene symmetrical pattern, recommended for contemporary architecture. A 10 …

2017 Specialty Fabrics Showcase: Part 2

May 1, 2017

Fabric means performance—the qualities that customers demand. For this feature, we asked our contributors to send us information about their latest high-performing fabrics: fabrics that protect against weather, pests, disease, use and abuse for years—and look good doing it. We’ve organized the product information into performance categories, and Part 2 is included here: we’ll cover …

2017 Specialty Fabrics Showcase

April 4, 2017

FABRIC MEANS PERFORMANCE—THE QUALITIES THAT CUSTOMERS DEMAND. For this feature, we asked our contributors to send us information about their latest high-performing fabrics: fabrics that protect against weather, pests, disease, use and abuse for years—and look good doing it. We’ve organized their product information into performance categories, and Part 1 is included here. In Part …

Attention-getting activewear

March 1, 2017

Shockwave is Top Value Fabrics’ newest addition to its line of polyester fabrics for active wear applications. The 92/8 Polyester Spandex Space Dye Jersey Fabric is soft to the touch and allows for good lateral movement and comfortable wear. Popular applications include yoga apparel, hoodies, sports bras, leggings, headwear and athleisure wear. Top Value Fabrics …