The State of the Industry, Part II

February 20th, 2015

IFAI’s 2015 State of the Industry report discusses key markets, issues and trends in the U.S. and global specialty fabrics marketplace. Part II focuses on six markets, primarily in the U.S.: advanced technical products, military markets, narrow fabrics, geosynthetics, truck covers and tarpaulins, and industrial fabric equipment. This article will cover advanced technical products, military […]

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DCI’s fabric system used in Virtual Interactive Engagement Wall

February 20th, 2015

When 180,000 employees around the world took in the webcast of Schneider Electric's Leadership Forum in Paris, they viewed the French company’s first webcast using its Virtual Interactive Engagement Wall (VIEW). The 40-foot-long, 10-foot-high wall housed seven touchscreen monitors that together presented the presentation in a consistent, easy-to-maintain, relevant and highly engaging way. Dimensional Communications […]

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Under Armour eyes digital gains, posts record results

February 20th, 2015

High-performance sportswear maker Under Armour has posted a 32 percent increase in sales for 2014 to $3.1 billion and has announced its intentions to create the world's largest digital health and fitness community. The Baltimore, Md.-based company has purchased Endomondo and MyFitnessPal to add to its MapMyFitness Community, creating a community of 120 million unique […]

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HDT Global acquires DHS Technologies

February 20th, 2015

Solon, Ohio-based HDT Global (HDT), provider of equipment to government, military, commercial and industrial customers, has acquired the business and assets of DHS Technologies LLC, from investment firm Kanders & Company of Stamford, Conn. DHS provides rapidly deployable expeditionary equipment, including its DRASH shelters. As part of the transaction, Kanders & Company will retain minority […]

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Argar introduces protective knitted fabrics

February 19th, 2015

Argar Technology of suburban Milan, Italy, has introduced Tes-firESD-HV, a new range of protective knitted fabrics featuring flame retardant, antistatic, arc flash protection and high visibility properties. The fabrics comply with the specifications of EN1149, EN11612, EN61482, EN20471 and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class II Certifications rules. Tes-firESD-HV knitted fabrics are used for protection in both […]

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Johnson Controls, Lectra extend partnership

February 18th, 2015

Paris-based Lectra, provider of integrated technology solutions for soft-materials industries, and automotive-seating supplier Johnson Controls of Milwaukee, Wis., have extended their partnership for three more years. Under the agreement, Johnson Controls will acquire all of its high-ply fabric-cutting equipment and related services exclusively from Lectra. During the first 10 years of the partnership, Lectra supported […]

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Fabric canopies light up Staten Island Ferry Terminal

February 17th, 2015

Twelve torch-shaped canopies glowing with diffused lights have made New York’s St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal a more functional–and beautiful–commuter experience. The ferry transports 22 million people per year between Staten Island and Manhattan, but the St. George Staten Island Esplanade was showing its age, and the New York City Department of Transportation sought […]

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Auburn Manufacturing’s Leonard attends State of the Union

February 16th, 2015

Kathie Leonard, president and CEO of Auburn Manufacturing (AMI) of Mechanic Falls, Maine, attended President Obama’s State of the Union Address January 20 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. She was a guest of U.S. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine). Leonard is founder and owner of AMI, which provides high-temperature textiles to the petroleum, shipbuilding/repair, […]

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Inflatable installation projects the night sky

February 13th, 2015

The light and air pollution in large cities makes gazing at the stars virtually impossible; this awe-inspiring sight is available only to those who live in rural areas, or can escape to the wilderness. Until now. London-based studio Loop.pH designed and constructed “Osmo,” a large silver sphere with the universe projected inside it. Inflated and […]

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Völkl upgrades performance wear with DWR BARRIER ECO by HeiQ

February 12th, 2015

German based sports equipment and clothing brand Völkl has incorporated the fluorine-free DWR technology BARRIER ECO by the Swiss textile technology company HeiQ in its next performance wear collection. BARRIER ECO provides the collection with environmentally-friendly water-repellent features. Inspired by ducks’ natural ability to stay warm and dry in the wettest and harshest of conditions […]

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