Books that improved me and my business

June 1, 2021  |  Business

Education is a valuable asset when it comes to success in life and business. Going to college is the standard road map many people use to get an education that helps them succeed, but I never really enjoyed the classroom. I wanted to get out and get busy. I did better with hands-on learning, either…
DITF celebrates 100 years of textile innovation

June 1, 2021  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

The German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) is the largest textile research center in Europe, with roots that go back 100 years to the first German Research Institute for the Textile Industry, established in Reutlingen in 1921. As the institute expanded to additional locations in Stut…
IAAs celebrate 75 years of awarding excellence

June 1, 2021  |  Editorial

What do Tupperware, bikinis and the International Achievement Awards (IAAs) have in common? They are all 75 years old this year. In addition to getting their start in 1946, these innovations seem to signal the dawn of a new era. The Great Depression and a terrible war were over, and a boom was about…
Leather-like upholstery fabric has new grain

June 1, 2021  |  Products

Stamskin® Top Club has a new leather-grain texture for the already popular Stamskin Top upholstery range. Available in 15 modern colors, the fabric emulates the look of worn leather and performs well in demanding environments such as outdoor, marine and hospitality. Rated as a heavy-duty material, …
From shelters to suits, Taiyo Kogyo meets pandemic needs

June 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Efforts to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue worldwide, with companies developing all kinds of innovative medical protective products to fight COVID-19.
Coated upholstery fabric sports team spirit

June 1, 2021  |  Products

Morbern’s Varsity line of vinyls is geared toward the sports enthusiast and designed for the hospitality market and the marine aftermarket. With guidance from the color experts at Pantone, the company selected popular color combinations for teams nationwide. Designed to increase sales by tapping i…
Swiss scientists explore the benefits of robotically ‘knitted’ roads

June 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) are investigating how roads could be more easily reinforced and then recycled after use, using robotics and string.
Alternatives to mattress foam

June 1, 2021  |  Products

As mattress manufacturers grapple with industry-wide foam shortages, Precision Textiles fiber products can be used in a mattress’s top comfort layer as well as an alternative to firmer foams that support spring units. Ecoloft is high-quality quilting fiber, Ecoloft Lux combines down alternative pi…
Bring Back the Trades scholarship program supports a new generation

June 1, 2021  |  Swatches

Even in times of higher unemployment, specialty fabrics businesses can struggle to find skilled workers. Steve Turner, owner of Turner Upholstery, an automobile upholsterer based in Rye, N.H., has faced that struggle, and in 2018 he decided to do something about it.
Durable EMI shielding textile

June 1, 2021  |  Products

Designed for the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding market, Shelter-Rite® RF™ products offer technologically advanced safety and security in situations requiring a rugged and robust RF-shielded material. The high-performance PVC-coated textile allows for the use of the thin RF-shielding…