Enter the 2016 International Achievement Awards

March 21, 2016

The 69th Annual International Achievement Awards are open for entries. Industrial fabric companies from around the world are encouraged to compete in new categories that showcase innovation, technical skill and design excellence. The competition has changed a bit this year. Each of the seven major categories will now have a brand new “Best in Category” …

Architects Praise House Passage of HR 1471, the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act

March 7, 2016

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act on Feb. 29. The legislation reauthorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency and calls for a major review of disaster cost trends that will include proposals for mechanisms and incentives to reduce disaster …

Sunbrella® Contour available from Trivantage®

March 1, 2016

Trivantage® has added the shade sail fabric, Sunbrella® Contour, to its product offering. The knit-textured fabric can also be used in canopies, windscreens, casual furniture and marine applications. Sunbrella Contour fits a wide variety of shapes and angles found in shade sail designs, but it can also be used for casual furniture and marine applications …

FSA Student Design Challenge

Fabric Structures Association (FSA) announced a fabric-in-architecture student design challenge for the 2015–2016 academic year. The program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of fabric in design. Fabric should be used as a primary material with special emphasis placed on …

PAMA Student Design Challenge

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) is holding a student design challenge for the 2015–2016 academic year. The program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of fabric in design. Students are required to: Use fabric as a major component. Design …

Serge Ferrari North America introduces Stam 6002L

Stam® 6002L, announced at IFAI Expo last October, is now available in North America through Serge Ferrari’s distribution partners TriVantage and Keyston Bros. Stam 6002L is an evolution of the Classic version of Stam 6002, a material for awnings, canopies, fixed umbrellas, small tents and other light structures. The new product has similar performance characteristic …

Vicar stocks Cooltra Shade Desert Sand

Vicar International is now stocking Cooltra Shade in the popular Desert Sand color. Genplus Corp. has been manufacturing Cooltra Shade for more than 15 years and supplying this product to harsh areas all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Middle East Asia and the U.S. To eliminate material shrinkage after installation, this mesh is …

Infinity Canopy Inc. receives U.S. Utility Patent

The U.S. Patent Office issued patent number 9,255,441 covering the features of Infinity Canopy that allow it to adapt to any space, be installed quickly and changed after installation. This is the first patent issued to Infinity Canopy with additional utility and design patents pending. “We claimed to have revolutionized the canopy, and this patent …

Open-air restaurant

It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic and exotic land than the island nation of the Republic of Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean southwest of the southern tip of India and only five degrees north of the equator. A double chain of 26 atolls strung along a submarine mountain ridge, the Maldives atolls compose …

Leadership changes at Ronstan

Ronstan, an Australian based global player in sailboat hardware and architectural markets, made changes to its top-level management. Scot West will take over from long-time managing director, Alistair Murray. Murray is stepping down after 19 years in the role and will take over as chairman. West has been in charge of Ronstan’s USA operations for …