Technology

Firewall® Passes All Flame Codes According to Preferred Finishing

BLACKSBURG, South Carolina – Preferred Finishing, Inc. has created Firewall barrier fabric for use in upholstered furniture in three variations to produce "no-fail" upholstery when it comes to passing fire codes, the company said.

Firewall K-300 (4.5-5 ounce weight) is a lightweight version of the product which complies with British Standard 5852 and California Technical Bulletin 133, the makers said.

Enduratex Offers New Authenticity Promise

CITY OF INDUSTRY, California - Producers of vinyl-coated fabrics, Enduratex, has introduced an authenticity plan in order to prevent imitation and knock-off sales that have become a global concern.

The new backing to the fabric will include a stamp which reads ''Authentic Enduratex'' and will be introduced to the marketplace during the first quarter of the year.

Boyd Retires from Transprint USA

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, California – Chief Executive Officer of Transprint and highly-respected textile veteran, William Boyd, has announced his retirement from the company.

Due directly to Boyd's influence and guidance, the company grew into the world's largest producer and supplier of top quality heat transfer paper in the U.S. for design, fabric and finished goods. The company was purchased by Colorep, Inc. in 2007 and is now expanding its global reach.

Advansa Expands Production Capacity

UENTROP, Germany – Polyester fibre manufacturer, Advansa, has announced some significant investments in its Turkish operations in Adana, expanding the capacity to produce hollow, conjugated, siliconised polyester fibres (HCS) at the facility.

Partnership Between Huntsman and Genecor International Creates Sustainable Results

BASEL, Switzerland - Hunstman Textile Effects, a chemical and dye plant, has just paired with California-based Genecor International, a developer of eco-friendly enzyme technologies, to create more sustainable solutions for the textile industry that are set to launch later this year.

Commonwealth Expands Thermalogic Line

MONTREAL, Canada – Commonwealth Home Fashions has announced the addition of new textures and fabrics to its Thermalogic energy-efficient curtains for the upcoming New York Home Fashions Market. The line minimizes drafts and heat loss, as well as muffles sound and darkens rooms.

"These days, smart consumers are increasingly focused on managing their home heating costs," said Barry Goodman, vice president of national accounts. The line has been expanded to include textured solids and woven black-outs.

Hotel of the Future: Industry Eyes New Technology

OSSINING, New York – In last year's Hotel Of The Future article, published in Spring, 2007, ELA Lighting's director of sales and operations, Scott Jones, told C/HN, "I'd like to say everyone will own a hovercraft, but that's just not realistic…We usually just come back to what we're secure with." As we look to the next generation of hotels, we notice the very nature of "reality" drastically changing. Soon, hotel patrons will be able to explore the world from high above the land or from below it, without ever leaving their guestrooms.

GLM Adds Incentives to Shows

NEW YORK, New York – New developments by George Little Management, LLC, feature collaborative shows and educational programs to call attention to two May textile tradeshows.

SURTEX, owned and managed by GLM, will feature a conference program titled "The Business of Art…Fundamental Strategies for Success." In addition, GLM and Immagine Italia & Co. have announced a partnership that will exhibit at the 2008 Global Home Textiles show.

Girrbach Leaves Trevira's Marketing Post

FRANKFURT, Germany – Fabrics & Furnishings International has learned that Dr. Ulrich Girrbach, director of marketing and sales for Trevira GmbH worldwide, has resigned his post in the Frankfurt, Germany based marketing office after an 18-year career in order to take a new marketing position at an international chemical company in Dusseldorf, outside of the textiles industry.

W.A.C. Cuts Ribbon for New Facility

DONGGUAN, China – W.A.C. Lighting's three years of planning and development paid off this month with the grand opening of the company's state-of-the-art global manufacturing facilities and campus in QingXi.

The opening not only marked the company's leap into a larger space to accommodate a growing business; it was also a celebration of W.A.C.'s 10 years of manufacturing its product line abroad. The day's events included a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local officials and dignitaries, a parade, luncheon and dinner.

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