Expanding nonwovens

October 1, 2016

ELASTEX® TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) products are designed to provide maximum elongation and maximum elastic recovery. ELASTEX TPU is highly elastic for use where stretching capability is needed. Material has high air permeability and is resilient to abrasion, puncture, aging and UV; available in various colors. Leading applications include medical, hygiene, sportswear, wraps, filters and films. …

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July 26, 2016

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Pakistani textile exports to Europe increase

August 25, 2015

After receiving preferential access to European Union markets, Pakistan was the fastest growing textile supplier among the EU’s leading 20 textile supplying countries in 2014, according to the latest issue of Textile Outlook International from global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Preferential access has been provided to Pakistan in the form of the EU’s GSP+ …

Snapshot: A case of precision

April 1, 2015

By Sigrid Tornquist When a medical equipment manufacturer needed an intricate case to hold a device to be worn by patients, the company turned to Brown Sales Corp. to help design and manufacture the item. The device was to be worn for extended periods of time, so the case was designed for comfort in addition …

Q&A with Stewart and Ross Brown

By Sigrid Tornquist Q: In addition to manufacturing medical items, Brown Sales Corp. makes products for a broad range of industries, for clients that range from entrepreneurial individuals to publicly traded companies. Where do you draw the line as far as the types of products you will consider manufacturing? A: We get a lot of …

Snapshot: Awning Paradise

March 1, 2015

By Sigrid Tornquist When a customer tells one of Charles Webster’s sales people that he doesn’t like snaps on his boat covers because they break and are difficult to manage, and he’s sick of needing support poles—that’s the beginning of product development for DOWCO® Inc. “Sometimes things can be defined by what they are not,” …

Q&A with Charles Webster

By Sigrid Tornquist Q: You’ve taken your company from one location with 14 employees to four locations with more than 200 employees. How have you changed your management style to accommodate that kind of growth? A: I’ve found that as your company grows, sometimes you have to replace staff—which is difficult to do, but if …

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February 18, 2015

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Q&A with Vernon Schaefer

February 1, 2015

By Sigrid Tornquist Q: You’ve been in the tent and awning industry a long time and have seen it fluctuate. What is your opinion of how the industry is doing now? A: I think as a whole the industry is pretty strong right now as compared to the last couple of years. I think the …

Beyond the boat

Some marine fabricators prefer to stay within their market. Others have branched out, or are exploring doing so. Ameritex Fabric Systems, headquartered in Bradenton, Fla., now provides golf cart enclosures, says Don Zirkelbach, company president. About two years ago, seeing a need for better golf cart enclosures, the company decided to go after this market. …

Top form

January 1, 2015

The first of its kind, the Carnegie Hall Airtent, designed by Pvilion and fabricated by Anchor Industries, is a high-pressure airbeam structure for easy and rapid deployment. The composite airbeams are engineered to meet New York City’s stringent building codes, and the custom PVDF-coated polyester fabric skin is manufactured to be beautiful and functional. The …

A rocking good time

The Wover, a gigantic woven rocker, was a favorite exhibit at the 2014 Seattle Design Festival in October. Created and installed by a team of volunteers, it was designed with two guiding principles in mind. The first, fittingly, was the theme of the festival, Design in Motion. The second was to juxtapose architectural tectonics with …

STS signs Sawgrass agreement

Sawgrass Technologies Inc., Mount Pleasant, S.C., has entered into a long-term license agreement with Boca Raton, Fla.-based STS Refill Technology, under which STS will sell digital inks for sublimation imaging as an authorized Sawgrass licensee. Sawgrass owns a patent portfolio of more than 160 patents issued globally and continues to expand with substantial investment in …

Q&A with Sadao Izumi

December 1, 2014

By Sigrid Tornquist Q: How did you come up with the total heating system for roofs? A: Every winter there are accidents where snow accumulation from roofs falls onto people and they die. My wife is from Osaka where it is not snowy. When we moved to Toyoma, which is snowy, she declared she would …

Snapshot: Puffer fish playland

By Sigrid Tornquist When Izumi Co. Ltd. was contracted for this March 2014 installation at the FukuFuku Kids hall in Shimonoseki, Japan, Mr. Izumi knew his crew was in for some challenges. The client wanted a children’s play area on the building’s third floor themed after the fugu (pronounced “fuku” locally) puffer fish that the …

Snapshot: Layered protection

November 1, 2014

By Sigrid Tornquist Providing bomb blast solutions isn’t only for situations when a bomb is identified and a bomb tech is sent in to disarm it. There are people searching for bombs, engaged in possible shooting/combat while at risk of explosive devices. There are people walking dogs looking for explosives, people in mine fields looking …

Q&A with Aris Makris

By Sigrid Tornquist Q: What is involved in working with suppliers to source materials that meet the demanding needs of PPE systems? A: The threads of fibers that go into making, weaving or knitting some of the textiles we use undergo a lot of engineering. Med-Eng does not make the fabrics, so we need to …

How to tap into the military market

Where does a company turn when it has technology that could solve a problem for the military? How does it go about making the proper contact? Can it find government funding for a project or does it have to find its own financing? Carole Winterhalter, textile technologist for NSRDEC (Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering …

Manufacturing for other militaries

Manufacturers can produce non-strategic items for the militaries of foreign governments, but just like any other business venture outside the United States, it takes patience and education. “Every country operates differently,” says Ron Houle of DHS Systems LLC, based in Tanner, Ala. “Like our military, they can move very, very slowly at times.” The first …

Snapshot: Nostalgic and relevant

October 1, 2014

By Sigrid Tornquist Taking a cap that is more than 100 years old and making it relevant for today’s consumer was Stormy Kromer’s goal when it introduced its Hardware Caps last year. The original cap was developed out of necessity, and the story of how it came to be is at the foundation of the …

Q&A with Bob Jacquart

By Sigrid Tornquist Q: How has Jacquart Fabric Products’—and Stormy Kromer’s—success affected Ironwood, the town in which they’re located? A: What happened as Stormy Kromer developed was that people started to visit the town that I live in because of it, and it became something even grander than we had imagined. You would be somewhere …

Snapshot: Making the impossible possible

September 1, 2014

By Sigrid Tornquist When Steve Frost of Stamford Tent & Event Services was asked to fit an 80-by-70-foot tent into an 80-by-50-foot space on a yacht club’s seawall, he said no. But when the client persisted, Frost eventually agreed to see if there was a way to make it happen. Inspired by the outriggers of …

Chemicals, coatings & compounds

ShowStoppers 2014 Flame retardant treatments Alexium Intl., Booth A2517 NEW: Eco-friendly flame retardant chemistry for fabrics with high synthetic content. Advantages: Durable treatments are easily applied using conventional textile finishing equipment. Halogen-free, launderable, self-extinguishing, compatible with other fabric treatments, no drip, no melt and backcoating option available. Applications: workwear, military, upholstery, furnishing. +1 864 603 …

End products

ShowStoppers 2014 Marine canvas Ameritex Fabric Systems, Booth 1054 NEW: Brand new canvas manufactured to exact original specifications. Advantages: Original equipment supplier has access to thousands of original boat patterns, allowing the new canvas to be manufactured to exact specifications and fit like a glove when replacing old, worn-out canvas, and saving time, labor, overhead …

Equipment & tools

ShowStoppers 2014 Eagle DT-FV grommet machine Adfast Corp., Booth 929 NEW: Grommet machine installs a #15 stainless steel grommet without precutting the hole. Advantages: The Eagle DT is now able to install up to a #15 stainless steel grommet. It will cut the hole and set the grommet in only one stroke, even in tough, …

Fabrics, fibers and films

ShowStoppers 2014 Packa-Tex™ ABC Industries Inc., Booth 1728 NEW: BT-1 & BT-2 packaging fabrics. Advantages: BT-1 single-sided and BT-2 double-sided, brushed polyester fabrics are engineered for transporting Class A automotive finished goods. Constructed of three-ply and four-ply, respectively, laminated components to conform to virtually any shape. Lighter weight but stronger and more cost-effective than disposable …

Hardware, findings & accessories

ShowStoppers 2014 Awning assist brace Awning Assist Brace Sys. Inc., Booth 1119 NEW: Sturdy retractable awning support. Advantages: Powder-coated aluminum pole ensures in-use retractable awnings remain secure while helping to reduce wear and tear to the awning caused by wind, as well as under-awning noise caused by wind resistance. Easy to assemble and install, designed …

Hardware, findings and accessories

August 1, 2014

2014 Exhibitor Product Preview Products that are also ShowStoppers entries are designated by **, and they will be featured in the September issue. The third annual ShowStoppers awards competition will feature innovative products and services in a special voting display where they are judged by industry peers in attendance. Hardware, findings and accessories ACW CO. …

Services to manufacturers

2014 Exhibitor Product Preview Products that are also ShowStoppers entries are designated by **, and they will be featured in the September issue. The third annual ShowStoppers awards competition will feature innovative products and services in a special voting display where they are judged by industry peers in attendance. Services to manufacturers BUSINESS ADVANTEDGE Booth …

Chemicals, coatings and compounds

2014 Exhibitor Product Preview Products that are also ShowStoppers entries are designated by **, and they will be featured in the September issue. The third annual ShowStoppers awards competition will feature innovative products and services in a special voting display where they are judged by industry peers in attendance. Chemicals, coatings and compounds ALEXIUM INTL. …

End Products

2014 Exhibitor Product Preview Products that are also ShowStoppers entries are designated by **, and they will be featured in the September issue. The third annual ShowStoppers awards competition will feature innovative products and services in a special voting display where they are judged by industry peers in attendance. End Products AIRTEX SOLUTIONS Booth 645 …

Equipment and tools

2014 Exhibitor Product Preview Products that are also ShowStoppers entries are designated by **, and they will be featured in the September issue. The third annual ShowStoppers awards competition will feature innovative products and services in a special voting display where they are judged by industry peers in attendance. Equipment and tools ADFAST CORP. Booth …

Fabrics, fibers and films

2014 Exhibitor Product Preview Products that are also ShowStoppers entries are designated by **, and they will be featured in the September issue. The third annual ShowStoppers awards competition will feature innovative products and services in a special voting display where they are judged by industry peers in attendance. Fabrics, fibers and films ABC INDUSTRIES …

Snapshot: If you build it…

July 1, 2014

By Sigrid Tornquist In the town of Kenora in northern Ontario, Canada, a waterfront initiative to create a space for people to gather and attend events became a memorable collaborative effort for James Gallagher and Tensile Integrity Inc. Using city, federal and community funding, Tensile erected the Harbourdome Project in the spring of 2011, since …

Snapshot: Designed for speed

June 1, 2014

By Sigrid Tornquist Upholstery styling on a high-performance power boat that can reach more than 70 mph should be equal to its sporty abilities. When a customer brought his 22-foot Donzi with factory original upholstery to Racine Design to be reupholstered, he gave Don and Carole Racine free rein on the design. After discussing ideas …

Weather-resistant flexibility

May 1, 2014

VCM™ 9 x 12 from Bruin Plastics features all the flexibility and durability of a mesh, with the weather-resistant benefits of vinyl. Breathable, lightweight and abrasion, UV and mildew resistant, the fabric may be used for tennis court and athletic field windscreens, truck tarps, privacy and shade screens, landscaping tarps, construction fencing, bags and more. …

Temperature activated color

ChroMyx™ Nonwoven is a biocompatible, temperature-activated, polyurethane membrane nonwoven for disposable applications in health care, cosmetics, personal care and pediatrics. With multiple color indicators that respond to even a slight variation in temperature, the product may be customized to specific temperatures and colors. ChroMyx™ Soft Touch is a soft, durable polyurethane artificial leather offering an …

Nighttime visibility

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material reflects vehicle headlights, making the wearers of jackets, shirts, vests and other outerwear more visible to drivers at night. Tough, high-quality, flame-resistant material holds up through multiple washings to maintain visibility, durability and comfort. ANSI/ISEA 107 and 207 worker safety compliance is critical; comfort and breathability increases the likelihood of the …

High impact

DHJ Intl. offers a number of its Decoprint® fabrics, including bestsellers such as Pearl, with the Oeko-Tex 100 label for the digital print market. Pearl is designed for high-impact digitally printed graphics used in backlit lightboxes and frame systems. Allowing for unattended printing on wide-format UV printers, additional benefits include superb light diffusion, fire retardance …

Sharper images

Direct Print Textiles from Top Value Fabrics provide an advanced printing platform for banners, flags, exhibit graphics, fine art reprints and advertising displays. The media in this high-performance line is constructed with a superior print-receptive treatment for direct printing. The fabrics provide consistent color, sharp images and a wide color range. Fire retardant and REACH …

Snapshot: Big storage, big business

By Sigrid Tornquist Of the many and diverse projects Calhoun Super Structure has designed, manufactured and installed, the project for Cavendish Farms in Fort Fairfield, Maine, is one that Jeremy Calhoun is especially proud of. “Cavendish Farms is one of the largest land owners in North America,” Calhoun says. “And this was the first VP …

Striking graphics

Named for its rubber-acrylic backing and polyester duck print side, GF 610 Rubber Ducky (FR) is compatible with dye sublimation and UV-curable printing. With a waterproof treatment for outdoor use, the fabric’s black, opaque backing makes a nice finish for banner stand applications. Also appropriate for pop-up displays in trade show exhibits and retail advertising. …

Superior strength, supple hand

Top Gun 9 is a 62-inch wide, 9-ounce per square yard acrylic-coated polyester that features superior strength while maintaining a supple hand to work with. Abrasion resistant and water repellent, it’s available in stock in 20 popular colors, the fabric can be used for such diverse end-products as winter boat covers, ATV enclosures, bimini tops …

Vibrant and crisp

Seemee Mesh Solution from Verseidag Seemee US is a PVC-coated lightweight mesh that offers vibrant and crisp imaging. Competitively priced and compatible with solvent and UV printing, Seemee Mesh Solution is ideal for building wraps and indoor advertising. Seemee Vario allows users to stock just one product for backlit and frontlit jobs. The German made, …

On-trend color combinations

Phifer’s Designed Fabrics collections are as chic as they are eco-friendly. The 58 new fabrics feature a wide selection of on-trend color combinations and designs, from solids to stripes to florals in traditional and contemporary weaves. The GeoBella line is an extensive collection of indoor/outdoor performance fabrics made of 100 percent olefin yarns recycled from …

Comfortable, stylish activewear

The Algitex line from Niggeler & Küpfer Textile S.P.A. combines fine natural yarn and advanced synthetic fibers to form quality fabrics for chic sportswear. Algitex features a variety of smooth jacquard fabrics, fanciful graphic print patterns, mixed floral and animal patterns and different qualities of smooth fabrics ready for dyeing. The Principio Attivo line for …

Classic and contemporary upholstery

The skai Linen collection from O’Sullivan Films offers 12 colorways featuring a crisp look with textured fabric feel and a classic but clean modern aesthetic. The skai Sketch collection offers eight colorways featuring a modern crosshatch, integrating elegant coordinate shades and freeform lines to produce a contemporary design. Fabrics in both collections are designed for …

Timeless design, modern appeal

The new Sunbrella® Icon Collection of Sunbrella Upholstery Fabrics is based on iconic patterns and colors from Glen Raven’s rich design history of the 1960s and 1970s. From vintage stripes to solid plain weaves, from the muted mid-century tones of the 1960s to the vibrancy and pops of color from the 1970s, the timeless designs …

Easy to handle

TMI’s Low Cohesion Premium Grade PVC has an exclusive additive that makes the material less clingy and tacky. Easy to slide, roll or fold, the fabric is soft, exceptionally clear and fire retardant. Complies with the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act restricting the use of phthalates and lead. Appropriate for any application that requires a …

Marine and more

Aquatime for Rochford Supply is a long-lasting, water repellent and UV-resistant fabric for bimini tops and T-tops, mooring and travel covers, splash curtains, marine, automotive and industrial applications. The acrylic coated 100 percent polyester marine fabric features a unique color coating, enhanced with proprietary clear coating on both sides, virtually eliminating any possibility of color …