The ethical dilemma of ransomware attacks

December 1, 2021  |  Business

The recent proliferation of well-publicized cyberattacks has revealed ransomware to be a serious national security threat. Still largely hidden from public view, however, are the attacks on small businesses, including many within the industrial, specialty and advanced textile industry, that don’t …
Crowdsourcing funds a new modular tent system

December 1, 2021  |  Markets

Take an established business with a solid customer base, add a great idea for product expansion and what do you get? The need for capital. Product development takes cash—even when developing the product from the foundation of a thriving business. For Diamond Brand Gear in Fletcher, N.C., developin…
Working together to solve problems

December 1, 2021  |  Editorial

An event like last month’s Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo in Nashville, Tenn., is a good way to check the pulse of an industry. And if anything was clear at Expo, it was that textile manufacturers are ready and eager to get back to work. Exhibitors and attendees at Expo were cle…
DIY printable wall coverings

December 1, 2021  |  Products

TexStyles® FashionWalls is a line of 100 percent knit polyester printable fabric wall coverings that allows customers to create their own designs to fit any environment. The wall coverings are durable, washable, abrasion resistant and stand up to washing and scrubbing with minimal to no staining. A…
Upholstered pods offer spot for creative immersion

December 1, 2021  |  Swatches

With commissioned work coming to a halt last year because of the pandemic, artist Liam Hopkins set out to design his own project—a venue that would inspire and evolve. The result is Lazerian Space, a combination art gallery and cafe on King Street in Manchester, England. 
Digitally printed silicone upholstery

December 1, 2021  |  Products

The new Sta-Kleen Silicone Digital Print collection offers the same environmental, performance and cleaning qualities as the award-winning Sta-Kleen Silicone upholstery fabrics. The initial offering is seven digitally printed patterns, including Lino Circles shown here. Pigments used in digital prin…
Composite fabric protects against biological, chemical threats

December 1, 2021  |  Swatches

A research group at Northwestern University has created a versatile composite fabric that has the potential to deactivate both biological threats, such as novel coronaviruses, and chemical threats, like those used in chemical warfare.
Durable yet delicate fabric

December 1, 2021  |  Products

Gramercy from Enduratex is a luxurious yet durable fabric with a delicate chambray-like look. The coated fabric is free of phthalates and antimicrobial and flame retardant additives. Available in 14 SKUs in versatile colors, the fabric is appropriate for hospitality, residential and corporate uphols…
Growing textiles from algae

December 1, 2021  |  Swatches

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe recently announced that the global fashion industry accounts for as much as 10 percent of global carbon emissions and creates pollution and waste. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency says that only about 15 percent of textiles are recycl…
Antibacterial artificial leather

December 1, 2021  |  Products

Teijin Cordley Limited has developed a new antibacterial and antiviral artificial leather incorporating a long-lasting antibacterial agent using a unique surface treatment technology. The technology allows the new antibacterial and antiviral artificial leather to be treated with the same process as …