Beating the pink stain problem in marine fabrics

October 20th, 2016

What’s known as pink stain is a common problem on light colored vinyl. Marine fabricators know exactly what pink stain looks like on cushions and other applications, but the problem also occurs in flooring, bedding and other vinyl surfaces. Thomas Robitaille, global technical marketing lead at Lonza Inc., presented an overview of pink staining Oct. […]

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Marine shop features efficiency and organization

October 19th, 2016

Rick’s Custom Marine Canvas and Sail Repair, Cornelius, N.C., was the second stop on the IFAI Specialty Fabrics tour Oct. 19. The tour was as part of the IFAI 2016 Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Rick Berkey, owner of Rick’s Custom Marine, welcomed tour participant to look around his new shop that is behind his home. […]

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Springs Creative marries old with new via digital printing technology

October 19th, 2016

“What’s Next. Now,” is how Springs Creative in Rock Hill, S.C., brands itself. And a tour to the Springs Creative site on Oct. 18 left all participants wanting to know a lot more about what’s next for this innovative company that offers digitally-printed textiles, product design, brand development, and merchandizing. The Specialty Fabrics tour was […]

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Water Repellency highly possible without fluorine

October 18th, 2016

Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ, says repellency is all about outdoor textiles staying clean and dry. Centonze was a presenter Oct. 18 at the IFAI 2016 Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Because consumers are beginning to perceive fluorine-based garments as negatively affecting the environment, the textile industry continues to explore fluorine-free options. He adds, “Nature can […]

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