AmazonSmile promotion

March 22, 2018

If you shop on Amazon, be sure to take advantage of the AmazonSmile promotion. From March 12–31, 2018, AmazonSmile will triple the donation amount to 1.5 percent to Industrial Fabrics Foundation. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/52-2164483. For additional details about the promotion, click here

BAT USA announces GIANT, a retractable awning

March 14, 2018

BAT USA’s GIANT is a retractable awning on 2″ square steel bar. The aluminium brackets grant resistance and compactness, while the aluminum covers give it a great elegance, reinforced by style and Italian-made quality. Volume, design and big projections make this awning a perfect cover for public and private spaces and a great upgrade for …

Sattler hires Hans Schwieger as Northeast Sales Manager

Sattler has hired Hans Schwieger as Northeast Sales Manager. Hans’ career in the performance textiles industry spans 20 years, having served as a sales manager in the outdoor market. Hans joined Sattler on February 24, 2018 and will serve in a key role for the Sattler sales organization. “Hans has outstanding knowledge and experience in …

UMASS Lowell partners on buildings and bridges research

A University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMASS Lowell) research team is working to create sensor-laden fabrics that monitor the structural health of buildings, roadways and bridges. The university has partnered with a research and development company to create new, cost-effective, sensor-laden textiles that can be used to monitor the structural health and integrity of vital infrastructures, …

Textiles add mood and character to entertainment spaces

March 1, 2018

Fabric and lighting have an ages-old relationship that elicits something visceral, and when done skillfully there’s a quality to backlit fabric that nothing else can provide,” says Eric Bury, director of project development for the Toronto, Canada-based custom architectural fabrication company Eventscape. Bury acknowledges that of all the construction materials his company uses to create …

Parisian building features advanced shading

The unique façade of the Be Open building, the showpiece of a new complex in Paris’ Rive Gauche development area, features an undulating form that seems to change in color and shape as the sun and sky evolve throughout the day. Designed by the architectural firm Brenac & Gonzalez & Associés, Be Open’s edifice is …

IFAI Video Technical Library now open

IFAI brings the experts to you! Visit the new IFAI Video Technical Library and explore a rich collection of manufacturing knowledge. Solve problems, train employees and educate yourself about new equipment-all on your own schedule. “This new technical library provides DIY learning anytime and at any location,” says Magda Ronningen, national program manager for IFAI’s …

Fabric Images Inc. wins IAA Award of Excellence

Fabric images Inc., Elgin, Ill., recently received the 2017 International Achievement Award of Excellence for a rooftop pool deck. As part of the renovation of a pool deck in Chicago, a 15-by 30-foot acoustical canopy was developed that would embody fluid motion and energy, provide a visual contrast of form and color, and control the …

Polyfab Australia acquired by Nolan Group

Polyfab Australia, an originator of heavy-duty knitted HDPE shadecloth for protection from the sun, has been acquired by the Nolan Group. Company founder Barry Jamieson will continue to play an active role in management of Polyfab. The Nolan Group is one of Australia’s largest suppliers of commercial and industrial textiles, with six branches located throughout …

Selling a business depends on good record keeping and planning

No matter where in the world we run our businesses, we aspire to be successful, profitable and happy. We have either started the business from nothing, purchased an existing enterprise or taken the reins of the family business. Often, we begin with limited skills, have minimal formal industry training and largely “learn by our mistakes.” …