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January 1, 2022  |  Features

The pandemic may be loosening its stranglehold in many parts of the U.S. but its effects are still being felt across the country in the form of supply issues, logistic and transportation challenges, and labor shortages. The latter may be the most vexing of all for business owners who see the jobs co…
Finding balance

January 1, 2022  |  Features

There’s always challenges to running a successful business—keeping a step ahead of the competition, anticipating the changing needs of the customer, paying attention to the financials.
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Ask the Expert: Disinfectants are in the Hot Seat in the Upholstery Market

January 1, 2022  |  Ask the Expert

Extreme testing parameters of quaternary ammonium salts on contract seating fabric drives need for super high-performance lacquers The Quat Compound Upholstery fabric used in the contract seating market in mass transit, medical, and hospitality applications can breed harmful bacteria with widespread…
Providing your own power

January 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Power and efficiency are important drivers in energy harvesting technology for e-textiles, but there is much more to consider. Bulk, weight, flexibility, sustainability, ease of integration and scalability are also among the important factors. The complex requirements for energy harvesting e-textile…
Toward Circularity

January 1, 2022  |  Editorial

We often hear the word circularity used in conjunction with sustainability. It is the idea that, at the end of its lifecycle, a product can be broken down into its basic components and be reused rather than destroyed. That’s a big issue right now for the textile industry, which is increasingly und…
Good gossip

January 1, 2022  |  Markets

What’s the best way to market your small upholstery shop? It comes down to one simple concept, “word of mouth.” It doesn’t matter whether your shop is in Arizona, New Hampshire or New Zealand, the approach doesn’t change—reputation is the most significant factor in growing a successful b…
Fabric has near field communication properties

January 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Most of us have experience with some form of near-field communication. Whether it is a smart phone, a “prox card” to unlock a room, or a contactless credit card that you wave in front of a reader, the technology has become ubiquitous. But what if you could pay for your purchases not with a card …
Pink stain-resistant value-priced vinyl

January 1, 2022  |  Products

Morbern’s Voyager and Sandpiper vinyls for marine upholstery deliver high performance at a value price point. Both employ Splash construction, a pink stain-resistant vinyl formulation, the gold standard in the marine industry. With UV protection, cold crack resistance and four-way stretch, they ar…
User-friendly ‘Photoshop for textiles’

January 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Dutch textile maker Byborre has created a digital tool that allows anyone to design complex 3D-knittes fabrics. Dubbed Byborre Create™, the tool is being called “Photoshop for textiles” because of its user-friendly platform that offers free access to pioneering textile technology.
Value-packed desktop printer/cutter

January 1, 2022  |  Products

Roland DGA’s new VersaSTUDIO BN-20A desktop printer/cutter delivers the same ease of use, print quality and versatility of the original BN-20, but by removing the recirculating specialty color channel for white and metallic inks, this value-packed “business in a box” combines functionality, re…