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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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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Gary Barnes solves customer problems—and creates opportunities

October 1st, 2012

Gary Barnes taps into tenacity and creativity to solve customer problems. By Sigrid Tornquist “In the Navy when the ship’s underway and there’s a problem, you can’t just say ‘I’ve got a headache and I’ve got to go home.’ You’ve got to do something,” says Gary Barnes, MFC, CDR, USN-Ret., co-owner of Tropical J’s Inc. […]

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In memoriam: Baird Gray Holker

October 1st, 2012

Baird Gray Holker, 80, of Englewood, Fla., passed away on Aug. 27, 2012, following an extended illness. Holker, who served as president of several companies throughout his career, including Central Fabric Engineering Inc., H/H Marketing and Business Management Concepts, was president (chairman) of the Industrial Fabrics Association International in 1988–1989, and became an Honored Life […]

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Creating the future of textiles: Electronic textiles

October 1st, 2012

Lessons learned from smart phone success can be applied to e-textile development. By Patricia Wilson, Ph.D. What are the most exciting or intriguing developments in the industry in advanced textiles? The transition of nanotechnology to scale up production and applications research is an exciting development to keep tabs on. One of the challenges in electronic […]

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Conferences feature textile innovations

October 1st, 2012

The TCL2012 International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, Spain; Innovation for Textile Resource Efficiency conference, Brussels. TCL2012, the original international conference on the coating and laminating of textiles, will be held on Nov. 15–16, 2012, in the beautiful and historic city of Valencia, Spain. Over nearly 20 years, the International Conference on Textile Coating […]

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Fabric roof transforms Bries beach club

October 1st, 2012

A double-layer fabric roof helps solve the seasonal issue for a beach club on Holland’s coast. By Mark Zeh Recently a new type of trendy nightclub and restaurant has appeared on the coast of Holland: the beach club. The words beach club normally evoke thoughts of summer heat, light dress and casual eating fare, so […]

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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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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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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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