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NeoCon2010: Commercial market shows signs of life

CHICAGO—After more than a year of feeling the affects of a recession that played havoc with the residential market for nearly four years, the architectural and design community is beginning to see signs of life. That was the prevailing sentiment at NeoCon 2010, which was marked by an uptick in attendance, standing-room-only carpet showrooms, gains in exhibitors and exhibit space and, most importantly, immeasurable optimism. Continue reading NeoCon2010: Commercial market shows signs of life

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Mills, suppliers advance yarns’ performance, softness and textures

Can technology be utilized in order to achieve art, or an art form, as it relates to carpet fiber? With all that fiber producers can do nowadays with the technology at their fingertips, why not?

According to Bart Rich, director of brand management for Mohawk Industries, the mill’s newest fiber innovations include both nylon and polyester advancements that focus on enhancing durability and softness. “In nylon, Mohawk introduced WearDated SoftTouch featuring our new soft fusion technology. This proprietary process combines the benefits of superior durability along with ultra-soft comfort. We market it as the softest soft nylon in carpet. This fiber gives consumers an irresistibly comfortable carpet that is tough-tested and long lasting. Continue reading Mills, suppliers advance yarns’ performance, softness and textures

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Invista invests $14 million in R&D capabilities

KENNESAW, GA.—Invista announced plans for a $14 million capital investment in research and development (R&D) at its nylon fiber manufacturing facilities in Dalton; Camden, S.C., and Kingston, Ontario, Canada with the money geared toward expanding its Stainmaster and Antron branded fibers.

Of the three sites, the one in Camden is getting more than $5 million, which is also expected to add 10 jobs at the facility. The remainder of the $14 million is being divided between the other sites, though Invista did not disclose exact details. Continue reading Invista invests $14 million in R&D capabilities