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The Textile Fiber Products Identification
Act makes it necessary to label the
fiber content of fabrics. The act is the
result of rapid changes in the textile
industry and the creation of synthetic
fibers like polyester.

1961
Glen Raven introduces Sunbrella®
acrylic fabrics for awnings.

1964
Featuring 160 temporary buildings and
pavilions, the 1964 New York World's
Fair strongly represents the American
textile industry. Cooley Inc., Glen Raven
and Graniteville, among others, colored
the scene with brightly colored textile
structures and awnings.

THE PRESENT AND FUTURE
OF SYNTHETIC FABRICS

1965
Stephanie Kwolek
develops Kevlar® while
working as a research
scientist for DuPont. Made
by spinning fiber from liquid
crystalline solutions, it is five
times stronger than steel and has
half the density of fiberglass.

By Sy Hyman, President, Herculite Protective Fabrics Corp., Newark, New Jersey
From his presentation at the 1964 CPAI Annual Convention, Kansas City

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OCTOBER 1964
CPAI 52ND ANNUAL
CONVENTION
OCTOBER 21 THRU 24
KANSAS CITY,
MISSOURI

uring those early years around 1955, not all synthetic fabrics failed.
Many installations did work well. Almost the entire protective covering
industry reacted to the sounds of failure which drowned out the many
quiet successes. Canvas people became exceedingly cautious-and rightfully so!
Many fabricators quietly continued to introduce synthetic fabrics for those easy
applications where it would be beneficial. Meanwhile, manufacturers of coated
synthetic fabrics continued to refine and improve the products. To borrow a
quote from Dr. James B. Conant, "Science moved into industry-and industry
moved into science."
Manufacturers of synthetic alloy fabrics have barely scratched the surface of
their capabilities. A look into the future is a thrilling and exciting experience.
I will mention only a few of tomorrow's fabrics now under development ...
Your imagination will lead you to countless uses.
* Lightweight fabrics that will efficiently filter harmful beta and gamma rays.
* Fabrics with entire surfaces that will generate heat at low wattage inputs.
* Fabrics that will have built-in lighting sources.
* Fabrics that will absorb the energy of the sun-and release it as needed in
the form of heat.
* Fabrics that will have tensile load-bearing properties far in excess of steel-and
yet, be fully flexible for compact storage.
To further illustrate the pace and unusual direction of these developments-I
am holding in my hand a new synthetic fabric that will kill dangerous infectious
bacteria such as Hospital Staph-and this lethal property is permanently built in.
The present and future uses of synthetic fabrics in industry, armed services and
space are limited only by man's imagination. Our job is only just beginning-and
a thrilling job it is! Remember-no man was ever great by imitation.

The federal government approves
Pennsylvania's plan to construct an
inflatable rubber-coated nylon dam
across the Susquehanna River.
A car bomb explodes in front of the
U.S. embassy in Saigon, killing 22
and wounding 183; the U.S. orders
the first combat troops to Vietnam.

1966
Canvas Products
Review magazine
changes its name
to Industrial Fabric
Products Review.

1969
The industrial
fabrics industry
provided the
establishment of the
U.S. space program
with dramatic new
applications for
manufactured
fibers. When Neil
Armstrong took his
"one small step" on
the moon July 20,
1969, his lunar space suit included
multiple layers of nylon and aramid
fabrics. The flag he planted was also
made of nylon.

From the December 1964 issue of Canvas Products Review.

CONVENTION LOCATIONS / 1960-1969
1960

NEW ORLEANS

1961

BOSTON

1962

DENVER

1963

MIAMI BEACH

1964

KANSAS CITY

1965

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ

1966

LOS ANGELES

1967

QUEBEC CITY

1968

BALTIMORE

1969

CHICAGO

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