Translucent roofing inspires at German airport

April 1, 2018

Lilienthalhaus, a new building at the Braunschweig Research Airport in Braunschweig, Germany, is named after pioneer aviator Otto Lilienthal. Known as the “flying man,” Lilienthal was the first person to successfully carry out unpowered flights. The designation is fitting; the design of the four-story building embodies the same inventive spirit as the adventurous pilot. Designed …

Economic growth projected for shade markets

Editor’s note: A brief summary of IFAI’s State of the Industry report appeared in the March 2018 issue of Specialty Fabrics Review. The summaries for the awnings/canopies and fabric structures appear here. For the summary of all 11 market areas covered by IFAI, visit www.SpecialtyFabricsReview.com. To purchase the entire report, visit www.ifai.com/marketresearch. Economic growth in …

IAA submissions due June 30

The International Achievement Awards (IAA) are an annual competition with a goal to promote awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications ranging in size and shape. For more than six decades, the awards have recognized innovation, technical skill and design excellence. Entries are judged by industry experts, editors, architects, educators …

Mosque in Dubai features fabric and tranquility

A newly constructed mosque in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, makes unique use of fabric to create a tranquil setting aglow with filtered light. Mosque of the Light features a spacious, spare design that also relies on fabric to divide and organize the space. Designed by the Dubai-based architecture firm, Studio Niko Kapa, the 4,800-square-meter building …

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, …

IFAI Video Technical Library now open

March 1, 2018

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 …