Know-how now

July 24th, 2017

PUAM held one of its meetings at Twin Cities Upholstery in Fridley, Minn., where attendees were given a demonstration of a computerized cutting table. Photo: Professional Upholsterers’ Association of Minnesota. Experienced upholsterers consider the loss of training in their trade, and how to bring in new talent. With 39 years in the upholstery industry, Chip...

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An education in upholstery

July 24th, 2017

Cynthia Bleskachek, owner of The Funky Little Chair in St. Paul., Minn., offers pointers to a student in one of her upholstery classes. Photo: Steve Foley. The owner of The Funky Little Chair sets out to preserve quality and services by offering upholstery classes at her shop. “The Funky Little Chair” could be the title...

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President Trump issues executive order establishing advisory council on infrastructure

July 24th, 2017

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order July 19, 2017, ordering formation of a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure in the Department of Commerce. The advisory council is tasked with prioritizing U.S. infrastructure needs, accelerating the preconstruction approval process, developing funding options, developing methods to increase public-private partnerships, and promoting advanced manufacturing and infrastructure-related...

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A&E Corporate sustainability report

July 24th, 2017

American & Efird (A&E), a leading manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, has released its “2016-2017 Corporate Sustainability Report.” This year’s report reflects the three concepts that drive A&E’s industry-leading sustainability program: transparency, traceability and trust. It also highlights the company’s accomplishments in the areas of safety,...

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ATP Webinar: Can Your Global Supply Chain Keep a (Trade) Secret

July 24th, 2017

Free to all industry professionals. In partnership with Finnegan, LLP. Manufacturers of textiles and other innovative materials are going beyond traditional features to incorporate more functional and interactive technologies into their products. To efficiently and cost-effectively respond to this enhanced scope of work, companies are frequently relying on a global supply chain of materials and...

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TRB accepting papers for 2018 Annual Meeting

July 21st, 2017

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is accepting papers for consideration for the program for the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting, January 7–11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). All papers must be submitted in PDF format to the TRB’s paper submission website by August 1, 2017. To...

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Bio-based materials of the year

July 21st, 2017

The Nova-Institute, Hürth, Germany, has presented the innovation award, Bio-based Material of the Year 2017, to three innovative materials in specific applications. The competition focused on new developments in the bio-based economy, which have had (or will have) a market launch in 2016 or 2017. The winners were elected by the participants of the 10th...

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Early-bird registration opens for textile coating and laminating conference

July 20th, 2017

The organizers of TCL2017, the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, have announced that discounted early-bird rates are now available for delegates to the event, which will take place in Berlin, Germany on November 8-9 2017. Registrants should simply visit the conference website at www.intnews.com/TCL to secure their place at this special rate. At...

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HUESKER offers webinar on geosynthetic embankments on soft soil

July 20th, 2017

HUESKER is presenting a free webinar on using geosynthetics for embankments on soft soil on August 10, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Hosted by HUESKER Engineering Department head Lilma Schimmel, the webinar will offer an overview of solutions for embankments founded on poor soils utilizing high-strength geotextiles, geogrids and geotextile-encased columns as deep foundations. For...

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Geomembrane used at South Africa’s first black-woman-owned manganese mine

July 19th, 2017

A geomembrane provided by Zambia’s Kaytech Engineered Fabrics and installed by South Africa’s Aquatan Lining System was used at the Kalagadi Mine, near Hotazel, Northern Cape province, South Africa, about 675 miles (1,085 km) northeast of Cape Town. Kalagadi is the first manganese mine owned by a South African black woman, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, known as...

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