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. …

Foldable shade fills a market niche

November 1, 2012

En-Fold roof from Uni-Systems, is a new high-performance retractable roof system designed for large commercial applications such as outdoor dining areas, outdoor event centers, pool decks and sports facilities. The En-Fold system fills a market niche between off-the-shelf and custom one-off retractable membrane structures. Uni-Systems, a leader in the design and integration of large-scale, high …

Innovative and inspiring tents

Small tents push the envelope with high-tech materials. By Glenn W. Strand Ultralight backpacking has gained enthusiastic and nimble participants, even faster than its innovative minimalist gear’s weight has dropped. Tents, usually the heaviest but most critical system carried by backpackers, have been one of the first places to cut weight. At this year’s annual …

Fabric architecture’s material origins

The fascinating and often surprising histories of today’s fabric manufacturers. By Frank Edgerton Martin Many of today’s leaders in industrial fabric began their corporate lives by making something else—mirrors, chemicals, conveyor belt and metal cables. Yet if we consider how these companies grew over the last several centuries, we soon discover that the manufacturing histories …

Awning study offers cool solutions

A new awning energy study shows residential cooling energy savings across the U.S. By Michelle Sahlin The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association’s (PAMA) Awning Energy Study 2012: The Impact on Energy Use and Peak Demand of Awnings and Roller Shades in Residential Buildings provides data on how the use of awnings and roller shades affects cooling …

Swiss art sees the light

Visitors to the Art House Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland, can now experience their art under a new modular illuminated fabric ceiling system by Sefar Architecture. As part of a recent expansion project to the museum, the Art House Uri gallery is a permanent home for the works of local artist Heinrich Danioth. The Uri ceiling, designed …