Sunbrella Horizons collection

October 30th

The latest Sunbrella® collection, Horizons, is an inviting contemporary offering with a clean and elegant palette. Colorfastness and cleanability define the performance line, which also offers some unexpected color combinations, such as the use of cool grays with warm tones like taupe, wheat and orange, as well as some new neutrals: Cadet, Taupe and Charcoal....

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Digitally printed carpet

October 29th

By Tim Greene One advantage of some of the new digital printing ink formulations is that they allow direct printing to industrial textiles. The advantage of digital printing is the ability to more cost effectively print short runs or turn jobs around quickly. Recently, I saw some examples of digitally printed carpets. I spoke with...

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New high-tech, functional fabrics

October 28th

Designed for enhanced protection and sustainability, Eschler functional fabrics integrate the latest innovative technologies. The company has introduced a layered comfort system: a new Layer One fabric from 100 percent recycled polyester, implementing antimicrobial technology; and two high-tech knits utilizing Schoeller’s revolutionary coldblack® technology, which reduces heat absorbency in dark-colored textiles and guarantees a high...

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Fabric Graphics Association scholarship awarded

October 27th

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) recently announced the recipient of the 2010 Fabric Graphics Association (FGA) Membership Scholarship. The recipient is Fritz Maddrell, sponsored by Portland Color, Portland, Maine. Maddrell is pursuing a degree in International Business at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. He is an avid photographer and enjoys shooting natural landscapes. The scholarship...

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PGI launches new online customer survey

October 27th

Polymer Group Inc. has launched a new online customer survey available in English, Spanish, Chinese and French as part of the company’s efforts to understand what drives value for its global customers. “In response to our customers, we have invested significant efforts to make sure that our website is bringing them the most complete and...

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ATCAE registration deadline extended

October 26th

The registration deadline for the Atlas® Technical Conference on Accelerated Aging and Evaluation (ATCAE) has been extended until October 30. The conference for the global weathering community will be held Dec. 8–9, 2009, at the Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Ariz. Participants will hear from experts from the solar energy industry, with presentations...

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Architects prepare for disaster

October 26th

New York architects Viraline have a plan for repopulating Manhattan — after the hurricane that hasn’t happened yet hits the NYC shoreline causing Katrina-like damage; it could happen. By Mason Riddle In theory, shelter is such a simple, basic concept. When the need for shelter is thrown into high relief by a disaster, however, it...

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Tires recycled into fashion items

October 23rd

Old tires don’t always roll into landfills; some become long-lasting sheet rubber handbags, portfolios, totes and accessories at Vulcana LLC, Westfield, N.J. The attractive Vulcana bags come in fifteen styles and retail for approximately $79 dollars—a small price to pay for ecological chic. The key to the Vulcana product line is rubbRe™, a patented recycled...

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Maximize your equipment efficiency

October 22nd

When to upgrade and when to buy a new printer: A guide to increasing your efficiency on a tight budget. By Andrea Swensson A downshift in the economy doesn’t necessarily have to mean a downshift in profits, and one of the most important aspects to consider when examining the financial side of your printing business...

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UGA hosts top fiber researchers

October 21st

The University of Georgia will host some of the world’s top fiber researchers next week to discuss their research in the use of fibers in applications ranging from biomedical to the creation of “smart surfaces” that can respond to a variety of stimuli. The Fiber Society conference will be held Oct. 28–30 and many of...

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