TRIVANTAGE refocuses on service for customers

November 12, 2012

TRIVANTAGE has rolled out a new customer service vision that emphasizes a commitment to quality products and fair pricing backed expert service. To communicate this vision to the industry, TRIVANTAGE announced a new tagline—Order. Done. Good Call.—and identity at the IFAI Expo Americas 2012 in Boston, Mass. Improvements include the development of redesigned catalogs that …

IFAI announces 2012 ShowStoppers award winners

November 9, 2012

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the 2012 ShowStoppers awards for the best of the best new products at the IFAI Expo Americas 2012, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Mass. IFAI received a total of 84 entries from 4 countries that were submitted by 56 companies in this year’s competition. Winners …

IFAI announces 2012 International Achievement Award winners

November 8, 2012

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) 2012 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications ceremony took place Nov. 7 at the IFAI Expo Americas 2012, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Mass. This year’s competition included 30 categories. IFAI received a total of 335 entries from companies in …

Cooley Group earns ISO certification

November 7, 2012

Cooley Group, a global developer and manufacturer of high-performance, sustainable-engineered membranes, has completed certification as an ISO 9001:2008-compliant organization. The certification is an International Quality Standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a worldwide federation of national standards bodies representing over 120 countries. “Our company has an 85-year history of proven performance, and …

IFAI announces Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013, new Advanced Textiles Conference

November 5, 2012

Premier textile event will co-locate with SGIA Expo 2013. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced a new designation for its leading international trade event: IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and the new Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 23-25, 2013. …

White paper: Fabric using kenaf fiber

November 1, 2012

By H. Toyoda Abstract Both polytetrafluoroethylene(PTFE)-and polyvinyl chloride(PVC)-coated fabrics are employed today in different type of tents and architectural membrane structures all over the world. However, there is no easy and effective recycling method for these fabrics because of the difficulty of separation of the fibers from the coating resins. From the environmental viewpoint, Taiyo …

Driving the future of fabric structures

Today’s advanced technologies will drive the future of fabric structures. By Blaine Brownell Fabric is one of the oldest materials humans have used for shelter; it remains an important material with diverse applications in design and construction today, and it will play an even more important role in the constructed environment in the future. Predictions …

Solar fabrics bring power to the people

Commercial success for large-scale flexible solar fabrics may be just around the corner. By Michael Lotti Fabrics that capture energy are gaining traction in the consumer marketplace. Solar backpacks, solar umbrellas, solar purses and even solar clothing can be ordered with a few mouse clicks. But what about awnings, rooftops, boat covers and other large-scale …

London 2012 Olympic Stadium wrap

As a major American corporate sponsor of the London 2012 Olympics, the Dow Chemical Co. was committed to the rigorous sustainability and environmental standards set by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Dow sponsored the wrap called for by the stadium architects, Populous. A collaboration between the Cooley Group and …

School’s roof lets in natural light

Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA), a new secondary school, is part of the UK government’s initiative to roll out academies across the country. Designed by Atkins Global architects, the design features a cable-supported, single skin ETFE roof over an unheated internal street with classrooms facing the street. The roof, fabricated by Base Structures Ltd., besides …