Water Repellency highly possible without fluorine

October 18th, 2016

Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ, says repellency is all about outdoor textiles staying clean and dry. Centonze was a presenter Oct. 18 at the 亿博体育app 2016 Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Because consumers are beginning to perceive fluorine-based garments as negatively affecting the environment, the textile industry continues to explore fluorine-free options. He adds, 鈥淣ature can […]

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Road work ahead

October 1st, 2016

In the November 1933 issue of The National Canvas Goods Manufacturers Review, Manager-Editor McGregor said, 鈥淯nregulated competition was wasting natural resources, ruining worthwhile business enterprise, and exploiting human labor. 鈥 We live in a highly integrated business civilization requiring a new set of industrial principles.鈥 In the November 2015 issue of Specialty Fabrics Review, our […]

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Doing well, doing good

August 1st, 2016

Someone recently asked me: 鈥淲hat value do we (亿博体育app and the specialty fabrics industry) bring to the larger community?鈥 It caught me by surprise. I have a deep and personal interest in the success of our industry. 亿博体育app staff and volunteers work every day to advance, promote and protect it. I believe that the companies […]

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Benefit sharing

June 29th, 2016

Every year at this time, we start pulling together our editorial calendars, compiling a list of important products, key markets and vital industry issues. This year鈥檚 鈥渋ssues鈥 roster for the Review includes (but is not limited to): multifunctionality in high-performance fabrics; sustainability, inside and out; smart marketing and managing social media; adding value; the next […]

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Special delivery

June 1st, 2016

Mass customization is defined online as a marketing and manufacturing technique that combines the flexibility and personalization of 鈥渃ustom-made鈥 with the low unit costs associated with mass production鈥攕ometimes with the qualification added that the customization is intended to take place at the last possible production stage before the product meets the customer. The concept started […]

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An intelligent ecosystem

May 1st, 2016

Last Friday (April 22), I鈥檇 meant to wear my original 鈥淓arth Day鈥 button, purchased in 1970 as a callow youth in Morris, Minn.; but as a jaded professional in Minneapolis, Minn., I remembered to grab earrings but left the button sitting next to one that says 鈥淐THULHU FOR PRESIDENT: If you鈥檙e tired of voting for […]

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Warp speed

April 1st, 2016

One of my friends emailed me this morning to ask about some research she was doing into the history of women鈥檚 participation in 鈥渢echnological鈥 careers, wondering what was considered 鈥渉igh tech鈥 30, 40 and 50 years ago, and reminiscing about professional life before cell phones and computers and a global communications network. When I started […]

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Forethought: The next job

March 1st, 2016

Back in September 1999, I wrote my first editorial for the Industrial Fabric Products Review. At the time, I described myself this way: 鈥淚鈥檓 a rabid science fiction fan and a relentless afficionado of robust red wines, and I have no children, no pets, six slowly petrifying house plants, and only a fading hope that […]

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Forethought: Waging wars

February 1st, 2016

Last week鈥檚 blizzard was officially the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in more than 60 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). On Jan. 20, NASA and NOAA reported their analyses that Earth鈥檚 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880, with 15 of the 16 […]

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Forethought: The once and future industry

November 1st, 2015

As a life-long science fiction fan, I tend to think of the past in terms of the future (and vice-versa). So as I have spent the last ten months researching the history of an industry in the archives of this magazine, I kept compiling important events and themes in my head and letting them bubble […]

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