A new NAFTA?

September 11th

How trade deals currently in discussion could impact the textile industry As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to improve U.S. trade deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since taking office and after threatening to withdraw the United States from NAFTA unless its terms were renegotiated, President Trump has cajoled Mexico and...

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Covering the environment

February 20th

Eco-concerns increase in truck and tarp industry These days, nearly every business is burdened with some kind of environmental challenge. These challenges include cutting landfill deposits, disposing toxic-laden wastes in a proper manner and educating employees on workplace recycling. Nearly every company has pressures from regulators and customers to change their products and processes to...

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The growing ground for durable nonwovens

October 11th

Evolon® replaces coated woven textiles to provide an anti-mite mattress encasing that is coating- and rustle-free, breathable and soft. Photo: Freudenberg Performance Materials. David Nelson was devoted to nonwoven technology at 3M when the Minnesota-based corporate powerhouse became a charter member of The Nonwovens Institute, which launched in 2007 at North Carolina State University. Nelson...

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New materials take portable structures to another level

October 1st

A collection of temporary structures throughout the “Google on the Beach 2015” (GoB) event in Cannes, France, featured small fabric-roofed pavilions using atypical materials. Photos: Google. For Harry Osborne, creative lead at “brand experience agency” SET Live, headquartered in London, the graphic applications and collection of temporary structures throughout the “Google on the Beach 2015”...

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Advanced textiles in Russia

October 1st

Government invests $300 million to expand applications in the defense, aerospace and geosynthetic industries. The Russian government plans to invest up to $300 million USD in 2016 and 2017 toward developing the technical textiles industry, according to recent statements by Denis Manturov, Russia’s Minister of Industry and Trade. Manturov is responsible for the development of...

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Bob Koerner has devoted more than 40 years to geosynthetics industry

October 1st

Koerner is the founding director (now director emeritus) of the Geosynthetic Institute. He has a list of accomplishments that is long and impressive—and he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down in his fervor to advance the field. Photo: Dennis Degnan. When Dr. Robert M. Koerner talks about geosynthetics, the cadence of his speech quickens...

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Applications for durable nonwovens

September 19th

Sandler’s liquid- and dirt-repellent sawasorb® exterior nonwovens are used as lightweight acoustical absorbers for automobile applications such as engine covers and wheel-house liners. Photo: Sandler AG. Nonwovens may be best known for their role in disposable products; but, with advances in technology, these engineered fabrics are reaching further into markets where traditional textiles have been...

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Enhancing the “legitimacy” of portable structures

September 16th

A collection of temporary structures throughout the “Google on the Beach 2015” (GoB) event in Cannes, France, featured small fabric-roofed pavilions using atypical materials. Photos: Google. The concept of a portable structure seems contrary to normal expectations. A building, after all, should be grounded with a solid footing and not move! Nevertheless, Aaron Betsky, architecture...

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Faith in the details

September 6th

When it comes to specifying hardware for shade structures, fabricators and clients can rely on the wisdom of “sweating the details.” Commuters on the metro transit bus system in Mesa, Ariz., can appreciate the relief from the sun provided by the West Mesa Park and Ride. A dynamic crisscrossed row of curved red steel masts...

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A steel-framed fabric building shelters, protects and stores

September 1st

Mosaic Esterhazy K3 mine, located outside of Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada, is the largest potash mine in the world, with an annual capacity of 5.3 million tons. Photo: Greg Huszar Photography. With the global population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, agriculture must overcome myriad demands required to feed so many people. A mineral known...

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