Pandemic demand drives shade market

February 1st, 2021

While 2020 started as a disaster, pandemic-related business picked up substantially as the year went on. Fabric manufacturers such as Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC were among companies providing shade products, like the Sunbrella® fabric for these shade structures in Miami, Fla., as restaurants moved to outdoor dining. Photo: Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC. For […]

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Solar encompasses endless possibilities

October 4th, 2019

“The building block is fabric, but there are a million possibilities to utilize solar,” says Pvilion founder and CEO Colin Touhey. Touhey gave an introductory presentation October 3 at Expo 2019 on cases for energy generation in fabric products. One of his first projects using solar cells in fabric was architectural in nature when he […]

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A bright future: fabrics that generate electricity

July 1st, 2019

Pvilion’s Colin Touhey is working to forge strategic partnerships to integrate photovoltaic technology into all kinds of fabric products.  by Jill C. Lafferty Every time you are building what you think is a one-off project, you’re probably going to do something similar a second time, a third time, a hundredth time,” says Colin Touhey, CEO […]

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Working innovation: all successful companies innovate to grow, but each approach is unique

January 1st, 2019

If there were a formula for writing a hit song, we could all do it. Efforts have certainly been made to figure out just what’s required to reach the top of the charts, but there simply isn’t a single defined path that can be taken to ensure musical success. In manufacturing, businesses that look to […]

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Multifunctional fabrics and material innovations

October 1st, 2017

What spurs innovation? Does the kernel of a new idea spring forth fully formed from the brow of a genius, or does it gestate over a long, arduous path involving sweat and heavy lifting? Maybe a bit of both, if you dig into the histories of new materials or processes. Often you will find that […]

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Webinar series: flexible solar structures

March 13th, 2017

Learn about solar-powered fabric technology in IFAI's free webinar   ATP is excited to partner with division member Pvilion in a webinar on solar structures. This free webinar for all members and non-members will be held Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Noon EDT.  Pvilion CEO and co-founder Colin Touhey will speak on the company's innovative solar-powered fabric technology. Pvilion is the expert and […]

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Marketing in the digital age

November 1st, 2016

Technology has changed things,  but customer relationships are still paramount. Not long ago, business managers realized that the Internet would change everything,  especially marketing. With the click of a mouse, millions of potential customers could be reached. Although that revolution has come to pass and online platforms have matured, the takeaway for business owners is this: […]

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