Wide format graphics rebound

August 1st, 2022

A Beaver Paper Group banner made from TexStyles® NatureSeries™ was used on the front of the New York Stock Exchange. Photo: Beaver Paper Group To get a handle on how the wide format fabrics graphics industry is faring these days, as the worst of the pandemic fades, a good source to ask is Bill Farquharson, […]

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Vertilux celebrates 40th anniversary

June 10th, 2022

Vertilux celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, including an open house at its new Miami headquarters, conferences, training sessions, meetings and more. Vertilux was founded in 1982 in Miami, dedicated to the business of light protection products for windows. By 1985, in a world that was still not concerned about environmental impact and people’s health, […]

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The greening of outdoor fabrics

June 1st, 2022

Batyline Elios from Serge Ferrari is an outdoor upholstery fabric that holds the Greenguard label, is UV and mold resistant, extremely cleanable and provides abrasion resistance of more than 50,000 cycles. Photo: Serge Ferrari ©Marie Allain Green. Sustainable. Environmentally friendly. These issues are top of mind for manufacturers of all kinds, and outdoor fabric manufacturers […]

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Environmentally speaking

March 1st, 2022

Speaking of sustainability at Expo’s Advanced Textile Confernce last fall are, (from left to right) Ben Mead, managing director of Hohenstein Institute America; Meredith Boyd, senior VP of Technology, Innovation & Sustainability at Unifi Manufacturing; Lauren Choi, founder and CEO of The New Norm Fabric; and Stephanie Rodgers, director of Advanced Product Development at Apex […]

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New textile solutions for thermal management

January 1st, 2022

Coolwave's shape-shifting technology creates a true bidirectional thermal textile. The Coolwave technology opens or closes the fabric's pores to cool or warm the wearer. Photo: Faye Levine, University of Maryland. Life on Earth—as we know it—would not be viable without managing the temperature levels of our personal climates, our environments and the perishable materials we […]

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Covering climate change

August 1st, 2021

The MakMax TensoSport Sports Canopy is designed to provide protection to large-court sporting facilities, such as tennis or basketball (shown here). The canopies are fabricated with high-translucency architectural-grade PVC fabric with PVDF coating, or with high-translucency, long-life PTFE woven fiberglass with fluropolymer coating. Photo: MakMax Australia Pty. Ltd; photographer: Grant Kennedy, We Shoot Buildings. Broiling […]

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Laminated fabric for distinctive building design

August 1st, 2019

Laminated fabric provides improved thermal performance and adds a unique depth to the facade of the Horw Secondary School. Photos: Franz Rindlisbacher, Zurich. The Horw Secondary School located in Lucerne, Switzerland, was ready for a facelift. Built in the 1970s, the dated building needed to join the modern world, including meeting the requirements of Minergie, […]

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‘Mass to membrane’ continues to influence the future of architecture

August 1st, 2018

Nicholas “Nic” Goldsmith, FAIA, has been a major player for more than 40 years in the development of fabric architecture in North America and around the globe through his leadership of the innovative architectural/engineering firm FTL Design Engineering Studio, based in New York City. I’ve known Nic for more than 20 of those years, and […]

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Tracking supplier compliance is a tricky for sustainable textile companies

June 1st, 2018

The issue of compliance can be complicated for textile companies, which have to comply with various regulatory and voluntary company standards for product safety and restriction of substances. In the United States, for example, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) contains provisions that aim to improve the safety of children’s products. The European Union […]

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Glen Raven’s solar commitment boosts sustainability

February 1st, 2018

For textile manufacturers that operate energy-intensive machinery, solar-generated energy provides a way to save on energy bills and reduce carbon footprint. Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC, best known as the makers of Sunbrella® fabrics, recently debuted a 3,076-panel solar array at its flagship manufacturing facility in Anderson, S.C. The one-megawatt project was designed to power […]

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