Technology gives fabrics the power to act and react

July 1, 2008  |  Advanced Textiles, Business, Products

Adapting shoes to weather conditions Wet feet? Never again. German companies IQTEX and BASF have jointly developed a unique, intelligent system that adapts shoes to suit weather conditions. To make this possible, IQTEX has processed a special superabsorbing fleece from BASF into an innovative ventil…
Concrete Cloth applications may save lives

July 1, 2008  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets, Products, Tents

A pair of young British engineers were hoping for some design competition money when they began brainstorming new uses for concrete. In the end, their innovation—Concrete Cloth—may already be saving lives. Peter Brewin and William Crawford were studying for post-graduate degrees in London in 200…
Treated fabric provides sun protection

June 1, 2008  |  Products

Problem: Children exposed to too much solar UV radiation are at increased risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Solution: Fabric treated with High IQ® Sun Protection for Kids provides the highest level of protection against both UV-A and UV-B rays. High IQ (for innovation and quality) has o…
Fabric provides lightweight, decorative storm protection

June 1, 2008  |  Advanced Textiles, Products

Problem: Customers want lightweight yet attractive hurricane protection systems at a reasonable price. Solution: Storm-A-Rest™ hurricane protection systems are made of Supreme Protector®, one of the world’s strongest commercially woven fabrics, to be lightweight (2.5 ounces/square foot) and 15 …
Solution-dyed nylon fabrics meet military specifications

June 1, 2008  |  Advanced Textiles, Products

Problem: Soldiers deployed in hostile territory want to maintain concealment, and fabrics that don’t hold camouflage color or reflect a visible near-infrared (NIR) signature put them at greater risk. Solution: To enhance concealment, the exact color and NIR signature are permanently built into sol…
Motorization provides effortless lifestyle for homeowners

June 1, 2008  |  Awnings & Canopies, Products

Show, don’t tell is one of the first maxims writers learn, and Somfy Systems Inc., Boca Raton, Fla., took that lesson to heart when designing its new Home Motion Center interactive home. The facility features automated window coverings, rolling shutters and awnings powered by Somfy, including the …
Printable fabric wall coverings allow instant redesign

June 1, 2008  |  Graphics, Products

The only thing worse than installing wallpaper is removing it, but the days of seams and glues—and maybe even paint—may be over, if Lokai ! Design’s printable fabric wall coverings take hold. Lokai ! Design, Dietzenbach, Germany, installs a tenter frame system on walls or ceilings, which are t…
Tough vinyl film engineered for screen printing

June 1, 2008  |  Graphics, Products

SX ReadyCal 1001 Promotional Film is a tough, scuff-resistant, flexible, white calendered vinyl film specifically engineered for screen printing. Designed to show off colorful and bright promotional graphics and make messaging stand out, it’s recommended for novelty and promotional decals, product…
Victor Group announces exclusive distribution of GreenShieldâ„¢ finishing

June 1, 2008  |  Products

Victor Group Inc. has announced that it will be the exclusive mill distributor of GreenShield™ finishing from G3 Technology Innovations LLC (G3i), an ecological nanotechnology-based stain and water repellent. Eco Intelligent® Polyester fabrics finished with GreenShield are certified Cradle to Cra…
PGI introduces green acoustic materials

June 1, 2008  |  Markets, Products

In 2007, Polymer Group Inc., Charlotte, N.C., introduced new Silonyx™ substrates as acoustic barriers in automotive trunks and wheel-well liners. This year, Silonyx will be integrated into package trays, hush panels, dash insulators and HVAC ducts, illustrating how a product that is economical and…