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Aurora Specialty Textiles opens new plant in response to growing print media market

This state-of-the-art line will dramatically expand Aurora’s production capacity as well as coating and finishing capabilities.

26th June 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Yorkville, IL

Industrial, Interiors, Clothing/​Footwear

This state-of-the-art line will dramatically expand Aurora’s production capacity as well as coating and finishing capabilities. It is also said to allow ASTG to manufacture all print media textiles at widths of up to 130”, allowing for optimization of operating efficiencies while maximizing economies of scale.

New manufacturing capabilities

“We are excited about our new manufacturing capabilities, along with our ability to provide an expanded range of products customized to perform in all the major print technologies  including latex, solvent/eco-solvent, UV, dye sublimation transfer and direct dye sublimation,” said Mark Shaneyfelt, Director of Sales and Marketing, Print Media. 

“Our expanded operations also make it possible for us to customize products that best meet our customers’ performance and optimal roll size requirements.”

Multi-million dollar investment

ASTG’s new equipment and plant represent a significant, multi-million dollar investment and include the EHWHA ultra wide width coating and finishing line. The EHWHA works with fabrics up to 130” wide (3.4m) and fabric weights from 85 to 407 gsm. It also has a finishing pad, weft straightener, Matex Coating Head with high precision knife over roll and knife over air coating and a reverse roll coater. 

Functional capabilities include bleaching, fabric preparation, singeing, sanding, finishing, coating, calendering, slitting, dyeing and sheeting. Topical finishes include flame retardants, water-repellents, non-wicking agents, release coat agents, soil and stain release agents, antimicrobials, a full range of starches, prepare-for-print, crease-resistant finishing and wrinkle-free finishing.

 Overall, the EHWHA enhances Aurora’s ability to serve both current and new customers, including those in the print media industry.

Partnership with HP

An example of ASTG’s commitment to provide textile print media that optimize performance on today’s latest digital print equipment is its ColorPRO partnership with HP. 

ASTG recently launched the Premium Poplin LX W/ ColorPRO product, a luxurious premium polyester fabric suitable for retail soft signage, banners and trade show applications. Premium Poplin LX W/ColorPRO has been optimized for use with HP latex printers to ensure ideal ink saturation, colour sharpness, print durability and scratch resistance.

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