Fabric banners, signage and displays help guide visitors—and are getting smarter all the time.

February 1, 2019  |  World Views

Advances in digital and interactive technologies are heralding a new era in museum graphics, banners and signage, creating opportunities for the printed banner industry from conventional signage printing markets to crossover areas such as interactive displays. A combination of factors is contributin…
The development of the membrane structure industry in China

December 1, 2018  |  World Views

In past decades, with the rapid development of the Chinese economy, noticeable progress has been made for both theoretical research and practical applications of spatial structures in China. New forms of shell and spatial structures have been used in sports facilities, convention and exhibition cent…
Sustainable recycling: from textile waste to chindi rugs

October 1, 2018  |  World Views

In India, the most common meaning for chindi is ‘torn cloth’; encountered either as a waste byproduct in the textile industry (post-industrial) or, more commonly, as the end-of-life residue of fabrics in use in households (post-consumer). For generations, this form of textile waste, torn strips …
A market overview of developments, successes and standards for electronic fabrics

August 1, 2018  |  World Views

Smart fabrics are still so new to the textile world, relatively speaking, that it’s necessary to start with a working definition. That’s what the first presenter, IFAI’s market research director Jeffrey Rasmussen, did at IFAI’s Smart Fabrics Summit in Washington, D.C. In his overview of the …
Consumers and textile sustainability

June 1, 2018  |  World Views

Consumers around the world are thinking more and more about sustainability, and not just where food is concerned. In fact, thanks to the sustainability efforts in the food industry, consumers are much more aware of and interested in topics like harmful chemicals, third-party certifications and under…
Fachada Foro Chiapas has a tensile fabric façade that invites spectators

April 1, 2018  |  World Views

An iconic new performance space in southern Mexico demonstrates the ability of tensile fabrics to make a cultural statement—and thrill an audience. The power of suggestion is one of an architect’s most eloquent tools. With a meaningful combination of shape and material, a design can meet physica…
Investments in technical fabrics for the Russian military

February 1, 2018  |  World Views

The Russian government will allocate $300 million for the development of new types of specialty fabrics and technical textiles The Russian government plans to allocate US $300 million for the design of new types of specialty fabrics and technical textiles for the needs of the Russian army during the…
Industry 4.0: the new manufacturing

November 1, 2017  |  World Views

Automation in the textile industry has brought with it an increasing need for better communication within the manufacturing plant, as well as between manufacturers at different stages of the supply chain. Dialogue between people is one thing, but getting machines to speak to one another is a whole n…
Folded fabric roof for a French art gallery and winery

October 1, 2017  |  World Views

What could be more agreeable than a glass of French wine while viewing French art in the landscape of southern France, a landscape made famous by the 19th-century Impressionist/proto-Cubist painter Paul Cézanne? This conflux of ideal conditions melds perfectly in the recently completed Château La …
Smart building systems with textiles

September 1, 2017  |  World Views

The Canadian Printable, Flexible, Wearable Electronics Symposium (CPES2017) was held on the outskirts of Toronto in May this year. Buildings, and smart buildings in particular, were a hot topic both in presentations and in the poster exhibition that accompanied the three-day event. Ronald Zimmer, pr…