Hardware is in the details

October 27, 2016

When it comes to specifying hardware for shade structures, fabricators and clients can rely on the wisdom of “sweating the details.” “Ideally, the fabricator and architect should be working together from the schematic phase,” says Erik Jarvie, PE, sales engineer with Tension Structures, a division of Eide Industries Inc., Cerritos, Calif. “The knowledge of a …

Marc Shellshear joins Value Vinyls

October 24, 2016

Grand Prairie, Texas-based Value Vinyls, a provider of  industrial and structure fabrics, welcomed Marc Shellshear as its new director of sales—structure fabrics. Shellshear brings more than 20 years of expertise in the specialty textiles, architectural, engineering and construction industries to his new role. Previously, he was vice president of commercial sales at Gale Pacific Inc. …

IFAI Expo 2016: Show Stopper winners

October 21, 2016

Thursday morning at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year—including the 2016 winners of the Show Stopper program, recognizing the most innovative new products in the exhibit hall. Thomson Research Associates was recognized for Ultra-Fresh DM-25 in the category of chemicals, coatings and compounds. Fenetex won for its Adjustable Tracks for …

Protect your competitive advantage using intellectual property

According to Art MacCord, a patent lawyer with MacCord Mason, marketplace winners are those whose products are unique and desirable. MacCord shared information about protecting your company’s competitive advantage and product differentiation using intellectual property during a campfire session on Oct. 20 at IFAI Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Intellectual property law cannot bestow desirability, but …

IFAI announces International Achievement Award winners

October 20, 2016

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded seven 2016 Best in Category International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications at the 2016 IFAI Expo. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held this year at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. For more than …

Fabric Structures Association announces Student Design Challenge recipients

The Fabric Structures Association, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, announced the recipients of the 2016 Fabric Structures Student Design Challenge. Association representatives announced the winners at IFAI Expo 2016, held Oct. 18–21, in Charlotte, N.C. Pedro Ortiz and Christian Scungio from Roger Williams University won first place for their project titled “Top …

Serge Ferrari North America welcomes new middle atlantic regional sales manager

October 11, 2016

Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Serge Ferrari North America, a manufacturer of flexible composite membranes, welcomes Nick R. Ferrante Jr. to its sales team as the new sales manger for the middle atlantic region. Ferrante comes to Serge Ferrari with 20 years of sales experience. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree majoring in business administration from Seton Hall …

Herculite welcomes new western regional sales manager for awning and marine distribution

October 7, 2016

Emigsville, Pa.-based Herculite Products Inc., the leading innovator in high performance and custom fabrics, hired Buddy Silva as their new western regional sales manger-awning and marine. Silva comes to Herculite with many years of sales and business development experience. He earned the Marketing Excellence National Award and is a present/past director on two textile industry …

APV Engineered Coatings to exhibit VYNGUARD® product line at IFAI Expo

October 3, 2016

APV Engineered Coatings will exhibit its re-released VYNGUARD® performance coatings line at IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 19–21. The line now includes specialty fabrics and leather hide applications. Originally launched for use with non-woven, vinyl substrates, the new line includes seven base chemistries the company custom formulates for each customer: VYNGUARD® Anti-Graffiti VYNGUARD® …

WeatherMAX 80 fabric warranty extended to 10 years

Safety Components has extended the limited warranty of its WeatherMAX 80 technical fabric to 10 years. The change became effective October 1. UV-resistant WeatherMAX 80 is woven from 100-percent pigment solution-dyed fibers. It has a breathable finish that resists water, dirt and mildew, and is available at 8 oz per sq/yd. The fabric holds U.S. …