Challenge accepted: Pete Mogavero and Anchor Industries are keeping craftsmanship up to date

September 1, 2019

Pete Mogavero leads the team at Anchor Industries to meet today’s market demands for quality, craftsmanship, speed and customization. by Jill C. Lafferty Anchor is 127 years old, and we have remarkable traditions here,” says Pete Mogavero, president of Anchor Industries Inc. “I’ve been here for 38 years; we’re a fifth-generation family business in stunning …

Partnerships make a difference in bringing textiles to market

Partnerships along the supply chain support new products and applications.  by Marie O’Mahony British entrepreneur Richard Branson once said, “There are no quick wins in business; it takes years to become an overnight success.” This is certainly true for the development of innovative new textiles. Business owners who succeed in their efforts know that establishing …

Sculpture in the sky

The summer road trip—everything packed into the car for a journey to see the sights across the American landscape. That’s the inspiration for a multifaceted art event that took place in Massachusetts in July. But this excursion traded the automobile for a hot air balloon. The brainchild of Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken, New Horizon …

Washable, weavable sensors

Smart textiles continue to advance into more sophisticated and wearable options. Researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan’s School of Engineering are developing a low-cost, yarn-like sensor that can be woven into fabric and composite materials.  The sensor is microscopic, yet is able to recognize motion as the yarn stretches, due to being treated …

The changing automotive market

Although the automotive industry is subject to ups and downs, one fact remains steady: It’s an attractive market for specialty fabrics by Pamela Mills-Senn In an ever-changing world, there are few constants. But one constant is this—people love their cars. They may grumble about traffic. They may rend their garments over breakdowns and costly repairs. …

Tested marine vinyls

Marine vinyls Surf and Bayside are designed to handle the challenges that long exposure to sun and water bring. Both employ Splash construction, a pink-stain resistant vinyl formulation. With UV protection and four-way stretch, the vinyls for boat interiors and exteriors feature a cold crack rating of -25 degrees Fahrenheit and 1,000 hours of exposure …

Colorful architectural shade

Architectural shade fabric Commercial DualShade® 350 offers maximum durability and superior dimensional stability achieved through a proprietary knit pattern. The fabric features a single color on one side and a complementary color on the opposite side. These two different color yarns combine to form a single, dual-colored fabric that produces a shimmery, iridescent effect in …

Silky endurance

EnduroSilk™ combines the look and feel of silk with endurance in the inaugural collection of this indoor/outdoor fabrics brand. The fabric is bleach-cleanable, stain-resistant, lightfast and durable in abrasion. Inspired by the classic and athletic beauty of sailing and equestrian sports, EnduroSilk celebrates vibrant color reminiscent of jockey silks and regatta flags in its Thoroughbred …

Scalable print solution

The Alpha Series 5 190 and 330 printing systems meet the increased demands of textile digital printing. Featuring improvements in material handling, efficiency and material diversity, the technology platform offers sustainable, flexible and scalable solutions, even enabling waterless one-step production with Durst Advanced Digital Pigment ink. The printers, including dual roll, are equipped with Durst …

Boots on the ground

Since IFAI’s editorial department moved back to the third floor a month or two ago, I’ve had a pile of pennies sitting on my work surface, just waiting for a co-worker (or a visitor, or even an intruder) to ask about it, so I could smile modestly and say “It’s to remind me that change …