Lectra, Johnson Controls extend partnership

April 23rd, 2015

Lectra used exclusively by Johnson Controls for its automotive seating supply business. Lectra, a Paris-based integrated systems manufacturer for technologies used to cut high-ply materials (fabrics, leather and technical textiles) will be used exclusively by Wisconsin-based Johnson Controls Inc. in its automotive seating supply business. The two companies formed a partnership 10 years ago and...

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Congressman Doug Collins visits TenCate Geosynthetics

April 22nd, 2015

Discussions focused on workforce development and new approaches to national infrastructure challenges. TenCate Geosynthetics Americas recently welcomed Congressman Doug Collins, U.S. Representative for Georgia’s ninth congressional district, to its Cornelia manufacturing facility. Collins met with TenCate Geosynthetics leadership, toured the manufacturing facility and spoke with employees. Discussions focused on the need for workforce development, the...

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MFA member Don Racine dies at 61

April 21st, 2015

Don Racine, a longtime Marine Fabricators Association member and supporter, died on April 18 as the result of a heart attack. He was 61. Racine was a frequent presenter at MFA conventions, workshops and IFAI Expo. He was also a regular featured author of instructional techniques in Marine Fabricator magazine and was a past winner...

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International Achievement Award entries due June 30

April 21st, 2015

Annual competition promotes awareness of specialty fabrics. Entries for IFAI’s annual International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition are due June 30. The goal of the competition is to promote awareness of specialty fabrics used in a variety of products and applications. Entries are judged by industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals. Winners are selected...

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In memoriam: Don F. Racine

April 21st, 2015

Don F. Racine of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away April 18 at the age of 61. Racine was an active member of the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) and a frequent presenter at MFA conventions and workshops, as well as IFAI Expo. He was a regular featured author on instructional techniques in Marine Fabricator magazine and a...

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FabricLink announces Top 10 Awards for 2014–15

April 20th, 2015

Winners include manufacturing and production technologies and insulation solutions. The FabricLink Network (FLN) recently announced the winners of its annual Top 10 Innovation Awards, presented to exceptional textile-based materials and technologies that have launched during the past year and are commercially available. The FLN recognizes the research and development effort required to create new products...

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SCORE releases infographic on recruiting, hiring trends

April 17th, 2015

New statistics on how small businesses find new employees and keep them happy. Small business mentoring organization SCORE has released an infographic displaying new statistics that report on how small businesses are finding new employees and keeping them happy. According to the data, 42 percent of small business owners cite hiring new employees as a...

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Fluorine-free solution

April 17th, 2015

Crypton’s C Zero is a new category of environmentally friendly, non-fluorinated performance enhancements. The finish technology provides resistance to water-based stains, such as sodas, coffee and wine, using an innovative, fluorine-free formula. C Zero is a factory-applied process; the entire fabric is immersed to ensure every fiber is treated, and the chemistry is cross-linked for...

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New cotton sustainability assessment tool

April 16th, 2015

Online tool from Textile Exchange measures environmental, economic and social aspects of organic cotton production. Textile Exchange (TE), a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating sustainability in textile manufacturing, has launched the Organic Cotton Sustainability Assessment Tool (OC-SAT), an online tool for assessing the environmental, economic and social impacts of organic cotton agriculture. TE will hold an...

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SMART’s education program reaches 1 million students

April 16th, 2015

Three-year campaign teaches students the importance of recycling used textiles. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), an international trade association for the for-profit used clothing recycling industry, has reached more than 1 million students through its elementary education program. The program, developed with The Education Center LLC, provides grade-appropriate resources for elementary teachers...

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