Reducing the cost of carbon fibers in vehicles

March 1st, 2012

An estimated 90 percent of carbon fibers, which make composite materials of exceptional strength and reduced weight, come from polyacrylonitrile, and their cost is prohibitive for high-volume use in automobile production. Dow® Chemical, Midland, Mich., and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, Tenn., have joined forces to develop a polyolefin-based carbon filter precursor […]

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Waterless dye process promoted

March 1st, 2012

MADE BY, a nonprofit organization that wants to make sustainable fashion common practice and improve environmental and social conditions in the fashion industry, held a seminar in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to promote sustainable textile wet processing and waterless dyeing. Speakers from Greenpeace shared the podium with industry experts to discuss a road map to zero […]

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NMMA Canada boating statistics report

March 1st, 2012

In 2011, 38 percent of Canadian adults went boating, a statistic that should make marine textile manufacturers take notice. This is one of many statistics available from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada, a leading trade group for recreational boating, which recently issued its first Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract for 2010 and 2011. […]

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NRDC says no to nanosilver

March 1st, 2012

Silver is widely used as an antimicrobial in textiles, but a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aims to halt antimicrobial nanosilver used in clothing, bedding and furnishings. In December 2011, the EPA decided to allow HeiQ Materials to use nanosilver in fabrics for four […]

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World of discovery, world of fabric

March 1st, 2012

North Carolina’s new science exhibit encourages learning with colorful fabric signage. By Bruce N. Wright A new exhibit at the Charlotte, N.C.-based Discovery Place science museum called “World Alive” celebrates the incredible biodiversity of earth. Key to helping visitors navigate their way through the exhibit’s hands-on labs and galleries is a series of overhead ribbons […]

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Mutoh celebrates 60th anniversary

March 1st, 2012

Mutoh celebrates its 60th year of business in 2012. The company, founded in Tokyo, Japan, originally manufactured and distributed mechanical drafting products. It pioneered CAD plotters in the 1980s and has since become a leading manufacturer of wide-format printers on a global scale. In recent company news, Mutoh America Inc. expanded from its corporate office […]

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EFI acquires Cretaprint, explores tile printing market

March 1st, 2012

EFI acquired Cretaprint, a developer of inkjet printers for ceramic tile printing. EFI plans to strengthen Cretaprint’s operations in Spain, further its expertise within the tile industry, and increase market presence. The acquisition comes as industry analysts project rapid growth in ceramic tile inkjet printing. A Specialty Graphic Imaging Association membership survey found more than […]

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Designtex acquires Portland Color

March 1st, 2012

The Designtex Group Inc. agreed to acquire the assets of Portland Color, a large format digital printing company that specializes in graphics for retail environments. Portland Color will become Designtex’s Surface Imaging division. The purchase includes Portland Color’s lease of its 26,000-square-foot printing facility based in Portland, Maine, and enables Designtex to further expand its […]

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Versatile PET signage line

March 1st, 2012

Value Vinyls Inc. Rio PET sign media is scrimless and has a smooth, matte finish compatible with screen printing, digital printing and pressure-sensitive lettering. Intended for long-term indoor and short-term outdoor display usage, it is engineered to provide low-curl and vibrant prints when producing hemless signs. Rio PET 16-ounce Opaque Ultra Smooth can be printed […]

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Inkjet ink

March 1st, 2012

InteliCoat Technologies’ Magic Brand inks enable accurate color reproduction and print longevity. The inks are compatible with all brands of inkjet media, delivering the flexibility to print on a wide range of coated and uncoated substrates. Manufactured specifically for Canon imagePROGRAF and Roland Eco-Solvent printers, the water-resistant inks require no flushing and are simple to […]

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