Futurotextiles 3: on the ultra-light, at CETI

October 5th, 2012

Futurotextiles 3 brings together science, technology, design, fashion and art, all used in innovative textiles in sectors such as clothing, transport, sport, housing, architecture, geotextiles, health and safety. Presented as part of the Fantastic festival, in Tourcoing, France, its inauguration will coincide with the opening of the European Center for Innovative Textiles (CETI), with an […]

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Cooley Group awarded 2012 EcoPrint Europe Great Innovation Award

October 4th, 2012

Cooley Group, Pawtucket, R.I., was named winner of the Great Innovation Award at the inaugural 2012 EcoPrint Europe event, held in Berlin, Germany. Bryan Rose, vice president and general manager of Cooley’s Commercial Graphics division, spoke about its newest innovation, EnviroFlex™ PE—a lightweight, 100 percent recyclable print media that offers a 60 percent lower carbon […]

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Energy forum on solar building skins in Italy

October 4th, 2012

The use of photovoltaics (PV) is not only limited to generating electricity but can, in fact, also play a major part in energy-saving strategies. With respect to daylight control, in particular, semitransparent photovoltaics provide a wide range of building façade applications. The transparency of crystalline-based solar modules is determined by the distance between each cell: […]

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Cooley Group awarded 2012 EcoPrint Europe Great Innovation Award

October 3rd, 2012

Cooley Group, Pawtucket, R.I., was named winner of the Great Innovation Award at the inaugural 2012 EcoPrint Europe event, held in Berlin, Germany. Bryan Rose, vice president and general manager of Cooley’s Commercial Graphics division, spoke about its newest innovation, EnviroFlex™ PE—a lightweight, 100 percent recyclable print media that offers a 60 percent lower carbon […]

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European Center for Innovative Textiles opens

October 2nd, 2012

The European Center for Innovative Textiles (CETI) will officially open on Oct. 10-11 in Roubaix (Northern France), and has introduced the CETI International Forum to be held on Oct. 11, 2012: New Technologies for New Markets. The CETI International Forum will give an overview of the new technologies available (extrusion of mono-, bi- and tricomponent […]

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Sinclair acquires PWT International

October 1st, 2012

Frank Sinclair formed his own company, Sinclair Equipment Co., Diamond Springs, Calif., in 1987, developing success in the flooring and industrial fabrics market. In 1979, Sinclair was general manager of Columbine Intl., which developed a strong presence in geosynthetics and rigid plastic fabrication. In March 2012, Sinclair Equipment combined with Columbine’s successor, PWT International, to […]

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Silkworms step up fiber production

October 1st, 2012

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc., Lansing, Mich., produces a proprietary fiber, Monster Silk™, that incorporates features of spider web material into a silk base. The transgenic silkworms, which have had spider genes spliced into their DNA, produce the fiber. The genetically engineered silkworms produced silk that was still 96 to 98 percent silkworm, with only 2 […]

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Progress in protective products

October 1st, 2012

Fabrics offer better comfort and functionality, meeting growing demands for safety in a variety of environments and markets. By Janice Kleinschmidt Work environments of many types pose hazards that can result in injuries. The safety and protective segment of the specialty fabrics industry works to develop high performance products that prevent illness and injury from […]

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Managing health and taxes

October 1st, 2012

Under the Affordable Care Act, every business must provide “minimum essential” and “affordable” coverage, and size does matter. By Mark E. Battersby Like it or not, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, and the so-called “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) is now the law of the land—and the tax code. Soon, every individual must have health […]

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Turning competitors into partners

October 1st, 2012

Marine fabricators discover how working together has benefits for both. By Maura Keller Working with a company that meshes perfectly with your vision—one that’s organized, effective and delivers on promises every time—can be downright startling. That company is the one you turn to time and time again because of its exceptional products, services and business […]

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