President Obama visits Techmer PM, announces manufacturing hub

February 10th, 2015

New institute to strengthen U.S. leadership in advanced composite materials. When U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced the creation of a $250 million manufacturing innovation hub in Tennessee, the backdrop could not have been more appropriate to the message. In January the president visited Techmer PM LLC, a Clinton, Tenn., family-owned...

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New regulations, test criteria for product certification

February 9th, 2015

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 updates take effect April 1. Test criteria for OEKO-TEX Standard 100 product certification in 2015 have been updated and will take effect on April 1. The International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile Ecology (OEKO-TEX) researches global regulations that call for reduction or elimination of toxic or harmful...

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Dainese and FIS team up to improve skier safety

February 6th, 2015

First real-life deployment of D-air®Ski tested by FIS athlete. In collaboration with the International Ski Federation (FIS), Italian retail firm Dainese S.p.A. developed the D-air Ski, a device designed to improve the safety of alpine ski racers, specifically in speed disciplines. The wearable device uses Dainese’s D-air technology, an intelligent protection system that detects dangerous...

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APDN granted U.S. patent for pimaTyping® authentication

February 5th, 2015

Enables identification of ELS pima cultivars, distinguishing country of origin. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a “Methods for Genotyping Mature Cotton Fibers and Textiles” patent to Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (APDN) for its pimaTyping authentication of extra long staple (ELS) or pima cotton-based products. Unlike APDN’s fiberTyping® patent that identifies the genetic...

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Richard Childress, Roland DGA renew partnership

February 4th, 2015

Roland printers used to produce wraps, graphics for racecars, transport vehicles, pit equipment. Leading NASCAR race team Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has renewed its partnership with Roland DGA Corp. through 2019. RCR uses Roland wide-format printers and printer/cutters to produce wraps and graphics for the organization’s racecars, transport vehicles, trailers and pit support equipment. The...

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The IFAI Marketplace

February 3rd, 2015

Several manufacturers call IFAI’s INFOcentral throughout the year, looking for suppliers. IFAI member companies are a part of this referral program and will receive the most relevant sales leads and sourcing support by ensuring the codes used to identify their business are updated. There are hundreds of industry codes to choose from to best describe...

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NFI market report now available

February 3rd, 2015

Members of the Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) recently received an in-depth market research report titled “The Overview of the Narrow Fabrics North American Market.” This report was commissioned by the division on behalf of its membership and is also available for purchase in the IFAI Bookstore. The report includes methodology and demographics about companies surveyed,...

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Create a crisis communications plan using social media

February 3rd, 2015

Agility Recovery and SBA to host free webinar Feb. 10. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will partner with Agility Recovery to provide tips on creating a crisis communications plan using social media. The free webinar will be held Feb. 10 from 2-3 p.m. EST. From snow storms to a power outage or in-house crisis,...

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Free publicity for fabric suppliers

February 3rd, 2015

Fabric showcase submissions due Feb. 13. The Specialty Fabrics Review annual Fabric Showcase, scheduled for the April and May 2015 issues, will focus reader attention on the special benefits and advantages of the new fabrics available to them from industry suppliers. This is an opportunity for all fabric manufacturers and distributors to get the word...

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Glen Raven remembers Allen Swers

February 2nd, 2015

Allen Swers, a furniture industry leader who first championed the Sunbrella® brand as a casual-furniture fabric more than 30 years ago, died this week, having created a legacy of innovative thinking and perseverance that helped to revolutionize the Sunbrella brand and the entire outdoor products industry. “Allen was pivotal in the history of Glen Raven...

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