Cotton and jute markets in India

January 1st, 2010

India’s Union Minister for Textiles, Dayanidhi Maran, has announced that he will seek a temporary ban on cotton export to ensure raw materials for domestic spinning mills. In a speech at the Southern India Mills Association (SIMA) in November, Maran acknowledged that the current 1.5 million ton global shortage of cotton has adversely affected cotton […]

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Fiber drywall tape fights mold

January 1st, 2010

Household mold is a major indoor air pollutant, and grows in damp, humid or flooding conditions in carpets, furniture and paper-clad drywall. Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics, Grand Island, N.Y., offers an alternative to standard paper tapes used to join drywall—FibaFuse™ glass mat fiber drywall tape, an ideal choice for bathrooms, kitchens and other areas where moisture […]

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Urban zoo benefits from steel mesh roof

January 1st, 2010

A major urban center on a busy harbor may be a unique location for a zoo, but Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia, established Wildlife World to attract both animal lovers and architectural students alike. The urban zoo’s tensioned stainless steel mesh roof draws visitors’ attention, allows sunlight to sustain the created natural habitats and provides […]

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Nano-coated boots march into Paris

January 1st, 2010

Magnum Boots, a manufacturer of safety and tactical gear, got its newest boots wet at the Milipol Paris 2009 military conference in November. Magnum allowed potential customers to test its Elite Force 8.0 WPi boots in a water box to signal the company’s confidence in the waterproofing ability of ion-mask™ liquid repellent nano-coating. P2i Inc., […]

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Pinwheel-shaped panels for backdrops

January 1st, 2010

Tom McPhillips of Atomic Design, Lititz, Pa., became fascinated with the pinwheel shape while staging a Japanese music festival for his rental display and stage fabrication company. “It’s such a fantastic dimensional shape, both simple and complex at once,” says McPhillips. His absorption has now emerged as a modular Pinwheel Panel, a two-by-two-feet square panel […]

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Creating computational textiles

January 1st, 2010

It’s called a LilyPad Arduino, and designer Leah Buechley and a team of educators and scientists plan to show more than 400 students how to combine it with traditional fabric arts to create computational textiles—computers embedded into fabrics. Buechley, director of the “High-Low Tech Group” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, developed […]

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Multi-functional structures aid agricultural producers

January 1st, 2010

Cattle need fresh air, sunlight and protection from cold, damp conditions. ClearSpan Fabric Structures International, South Windsor, Conn., offers a range of custom-designed arched, fabric-covered shelters that can accommodate animal pens, stalls, nurseries or seclusion areas, designed from 25 to 200 feet wide and in any desired length. For smaller agricultural producers, ClearSpan partner FarmTek, […]

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Tensioned fabric sculpture on display in Sydney

January 1st, 2010

The Eora aborigines viewed the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 from the current location of the Sydney Customs House, Sydney, Australia, which has served as a gateway to people and goods entering the country since 1844. Now this historic building hosts events and exhibitions, including a five-story, translucent green tensioned-fabric sculpture dubbed the […]

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Tensioned canopies cover outdoor escalators

January 1st, 2010

[Fabritec Structures] Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. In 2008, California adopted an ordinance that mandates the covering of outdoor escalators to control water run-off during rainstorms. To that end, Fabritec designed tensioned canopies to cover four escalators in downtown Oakland, Calif. Fabritec’s design differed from the traditional barrel-type covers most often used for this type of application […]

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Artistically designed awning meets customer needs

January 1st, 2010

[Miami Awning Co.] Miami, Fla., U.S.A. Miami Awning took an exceptionally artistic approach to designing this 12-by-12-foot awning for an exclusive 26th-floor penthouse residence overlooking the bay and Atlantic Ocean. The awning covers a marble-topped bar area and is designed with flowing curves and accents that conform to the customer’s discriminating taste and love of […]

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