Optitex releases Version 12.2 software

November 27th

Optimizes fabric usage and enhances productivity for users. In this latest version, a new nesting solution (Nest ++ Pro) deploys an improved algorithm utilizing multi—core processing, which increases the efficiency of fabric usage during the nesting process by up to 1 percent. Users of the PDS module can now enjoy increased productivity using new features...

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SBA’s online portal now accepting Small Business Week Awards nominations

November 26th

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) online portal is ready to accept nominations for the 2014 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award. Now in its second year, the dedicated web portal has made it easier to submit and track submissions of nominees for National Small Business...

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Leib Oehmig named COO of Glen Raven Inc.

November 25th

Leib Oehmig, president of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC, the makers of Sunbrella® fabrics, has been named chief operating officer of Glen Raven Inc. as part of a long–range plan for strengthening the parent company’s global operations. In his new role, Oehmig will work closely with Allen E. Gant Jr., president and CEO of Glen...

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Bringing up baby in Grobags

November 22nd

The Gro Company, a Devon, U.K., manufacturer of baby sleeping products, made a name for itself with an award-winning wearable blanket that has revolutionized how parents in the U.K. and Australia put children to bed. The Grobag wraps around the infant, with a long closed bottom for kicking little legs, and does away with blankets...

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Trelleborg engineered fabrics help increase performance of Solving’s air bearings

November 21st

Trelleborg’s Coated Systems business, Trelleborg Engineered Fabrics, has been awarded a contract to supply an engineered fabric for use in American Solving Inc.’s air bearings. This virtually eliminates malfunction and improves air bearing performance while meeting stringent customer specifications. Trelleborg and designer and manufacturer of heavy load-handling systems Solving have worked closely for many years....

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New Seaman Corp. video traces the company’s growth from 1949 to today’s global reach

November 20th

Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, has released a new corporate video presentation, “The Spirit of American Ingenuity,” outlining the company’s growth over the last 64 years to become a global leader in the development and production of high-performance industrial fabrics. The 13-minute video was produced at Seaman manufacturing locations in Wooster, Ohio, and Bristol, Tenn., as...

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Research Alliance formed for the microbial production and application of biopolymers

November 19th

Four Germany-based partners BRAIN, the Hohenstein Institute, Kelheim Fibres and rökona, have announced the formation of a new research alliance for the biotechnical production and modification of specialty alginates. The aim of the alliance is to establish a sustainable microbial bioprocess for the production of specialized alginate components. The biopolymers should serve a dual purpose:...

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Ultraflex introduces “groovy” printing substrates at SGIA 2013

November 18th

Ultraflex Systems Inc., a supplier of quality, digitally printable media from 30 inches up to 196 inches, showcased some “groovy” new products in a Woodstock-themed booth at SGIA 2013, held concurrently with IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 in Orlando, Fla. New products include Ultima Supreme-R, a premium 15-oz. frontlit vinyl-coated substrate designed for the industry’s...

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HP drives growth opportunities with new solutions for large-format print providers

November 15th

HP has announced upgrades, certifications and workflow solutions for its large-format sign and display portfolio, helping print service providers (PSPs) grow their businesses and explore new markets. In recent years, many large-format print shops have transformed their business models, offering new high-value applications to avoid commoditization. This transformation has been driven by technology advances that...

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3M Window Film expands manufacturing in Asia-Pacific region

November 14th

Two new facilities will help meet growing demand. 3M Company, St. Paul, Minn., has completed significant investments in the Asia-Pacific region with the scale-up of world-class manufacturing facilities in China and Singapore to support the growing window film business. The two locations will allow 3M to continue to meet customer needs, both in the region...

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