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Aurora kicks-off program celebrating the benefits of American Manufacturing with July 9 picnic

Employees, local officials attend celebration at company’s Yorkville, Illinois, manufacturing operation to launch ‘Investing in American Manufacturing’ initiative

(Yorkville, Illinois, July 9, 2018……) At Aurora, we’re Investing in American Manufacturing and celebrating that investment with an old-fashioned lawn picnic at our Yorkville, Illinois, manufacturing plant today, July 9, complete with hot dogs, bratwurst, apple pie and a raffle for baseball tickets. Employees, customers, friends and local officials have been invited.

Three years ago, Aurora made the decision to expand US operations by investing in a new plant at home with state-of-the-art, world-class technology to help our customers keep pace with the dynamic, quickly-evolving markets we saw opening in the US and abroad.

Aurora has been successful and today’s picnic kicks-off a six-month program focused on the lessons learned and the multiple benefits to our customers here and abroad, of our investment. Today also celebrates the value this has brought to the local communities, regional economies, US supply chains and global industry sectors we serve.

“Overall, we’ve learned that investing in manufacturing operations at home is both great for local and regional economies and smart business,” said Dan LaTurno, president of Aurora. “In the next weeks, we’ll look at the specific values this brings to our customers here and abroad and discuss the benefits of working with a US-based manufacturer that operates with the highest standards of manufacturing and sustainability.”

Supporting American Manufacturing has always been part of Aurora’s mission as a subsidiary of Meridian Industries, Inc., LaTurno added.

“Today as we celebrate the birth of our nation and the strength and vitality of American Manufacturing, it’s important to add that Meridian’s owner, Bruce Pindyck, has a long history of being an advocate and voice for American Manufacturing and manufacturing jobs for American workers. He believes the United States needs a strong American manufacturing infrastructure to support our military to protect our interests abroad and domestically. Aurora and our associates have been and continue to be a critical part of that infrastructure.”

Photos and videos of today’s event will be available throughout the day.

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Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213


Aurora’s fabrics on display at Digital Printing US 2018 conference in Chicago

Above, Aurora’s Expressions Canvas on Canon’s new Oce´ Colorado UV printer

(Yorkville, Illinois, June 12, 2018……) Aurora’s Expressions Semi-Gloss and Matte products, in addition to Aurora’s Accent Knit fabrics, were recently on display at the IT Supplies networking reception held in cooperation with the Digital Textiles Printing US 2018 conference, June 7 & 8, in Chicago.

Organized by Smithers Pira, Digital Textile Printing US 2018 took a close look at advances in the industry as well as the future of textile digital printing. Presentations included topics on workflow management, color management, new inks, new printing technologies, sustainability and the impact of new advances in the digital printing of textiles for home décor and soft signage applications.

At the IT Supplies networking reception, several of Aurora’s printable textiles were used by printers to demonstrate their printing technologies. This includes Aurora’s popular Expressions Canvas products, which were being printed on Canon’s new Oce´ Colorado UV printer and HP’s 360 latex printer. Meanwhile, Aurora’s Accent Soft Knit 5 was being printed in a dye sub transfer demonstration.

Mark Shaneyfelt, Aurora’s Marketing & Sales Director for Printable Textiles, said the IT networking reception was a great showcase for several Aurora products specifically developed to optimize color and print output at manufacturing speeds on the industry’s latest digital printers.

Shaneyfelt and Marcia Ayala, Vice President of Aurora, attended the conference.

“It was a great forum to network with others …. and learn about challenges and new technologies in the industry,” said Ayala. She added that the growth in printable textiles “was consistently reported as double-digit per year,” and soft signage is a significant part of that growth.

“The future is bright for soft signage,” she said. “We want to continue to serve and offer new products for that market.”

Shaneyfelt added that the conference reinforced how quickly textiles are becoming a mainstream media for digital printing. “If printers are not already printing with textiles,” he said, “they are seriously considering printing on textiles in the near future.”

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Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213


NIU Industrial and Systems Engineering Spring 2018 Senior Design Project sponsored by Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. won awards at the NIU School of Engineering and saved the company money while improving ergonomics.


(May, 2018, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….) Tasked with reducing changeover times and improving ergonomics at Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, the team of Industrial and Systems Engineering graduates beat 38 other teams in NIU’s capstone competition. Made up of Alex Hurtado, Anthony Skrapits, and Alison Ward, the winning Range II Changeover Optimization project won both the overall Award of Excellence for the Engineering school and first place in the Industrial and Systems Engineering category. The NIU team was able to reduce changeover time and improve the cleaning process by using lean manufacturing tools and engineering skills.

“The NIU senior design project is beneficial to the company and to students”, said Marcia Ayala, Vice President of Aurora. Through observations, data analysis and holding a Kaizen Event with Operators, Engineers, and Scheduling, the team identified ways to reduce the amount of time it takes to changeover from one product to another, including cleaning and preparing for the next product. “We got a lot of enthusiasm from every shift,” John Schuster, Director of Operations said. “That is what led to the success of this project.”

The team of NIU Students and Aurora employees identified tasks that could be done before, during and after changeover to reduce time. The NIU students also analyzed the ergonomics of employees doing the cleaning. Those findings were implemented during the semester. The result was changeover time reduced by at least 30%. The students also made changes to cleaning methods to make it more ergonomically friendly to employees. New cleaning tools and methods not only made the task quicker but prevented employees from having to “crouch in these weird positions for a long time,” Hurtado said.

“It was a win-win situation for the NIU students and Aurora Specialty Textiles”, Ayala said. Congratulations to Alex, Ali, and Anthony on winning the awards that recognize the outstanding work and results from their project. The NIU team thanked Aurora for the cooperation and team work needed to make this project a success.

NIU 1st Place

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Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213


Aurora Hosts Booth at Techtextil NA to Discuss New Product Development & Collaboration

Senior management and members of our R&D team will be on hand to meet customers and discuss Aurora’s next-gen manufacturing and Innovation Lab capabilities

(April 25, 2018, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….) With new textile markets and technologies evolving quickly, Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. (Aurora) is ideally poised to help companies develop new products that help them keep pace with market trends. With this capability in mind, Aurora is hosting a booth at Techtextil North America 2018 to meet with new and existing customers to discuss new product development, custom collaboration and Aurora’s next-gen, wide-width bleaching, coating, finishing and calendering technologies.

Attendees are invited to visit Techtextil Booth 2846 May 22-24, at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to learn about the many market segments that can benefit from Aurora’s advanced manufacturing operations and R&D expertise.

“Aurora continues to capitalize on our new capabilities to customize new products for our customers,” said Marcia Ayala, Vice President of Aurora. “We have a talented product development team and fully-equipped Innovation Lab. I’m looking forward to seeing our customers at Techtextil and meeting potential new customers to learn about their needs for finished and coated textile products and discuss partnering with them to find commercially viable solutions.”

Market segments that have begun to benefit from Aurora’s advanced product development and manufacturing capabilities include print media, nautical, home décor, bedding, outdoor and much more.

Existing and potential customers include companies in the Buildtech, Hometech, Indutech, Mobiltech and Medtech Application Areas at Techtextil. The Product Groups for Aurora at Techtextil include Woven Fabrics, Knitted Fabrics, Nonwovens, Coated Textiles, Canvas Products and Development.

Aurora’s attendance at Techtextil North America 2018 follows two years of growth and expansion following the formal opening in the fall of 2016 of Aurora’s vast, new, state-of-the-art manufacturing operations in Yorkville, Illinois, USA. In step with that move into the future, Aurora also launched a new brand logo, tag line and Mission Statement, and in 2017 announced the roll-out and full commercialization of their entire Expressions Canvas product line.

Aurora’s premium Expressions canvas line — which is quickly becoming known as a perfect option for signage, art and home décor — is available in four different gloss levels. All of the products in the Expressions line are treated with the proprietary Expressions coating engineered by Aurora’s North American R&D group to maximize color pop and visual clarity on today’s latest generation latex, solvent/eco-solvent and UV printers.

Aurora’s Innovation Lab, R&D team and manufacturing operations are in North America, assuring best quality, ease of communication, potential cost savings, reliable turn-around times and the ability to order product as needed.

Show visitors can also follow Aurora on Twitter and Instagram during the show (see social media links below).

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Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213


IFAI 2017

Recently, Aurora Specialty Textiles Group (Aurora) filled a large order from a commercial printer, contracted by Target Corporation to print in-store signage for their spring 2018 women’s denim roll-out.

The fact we could respond quickly and fulfill this order in a very short time frame was a major reason we received the order.

Target’s signage was printed on our newest product, Expressions Canvas. What made this especially unique was the fact that the width supplied to the printer (122”) was far wider than the comparable canvas products that any of our domestic competitors could process or provide.

The picture to the left was taken at a Target store just one mile from our Yorkville, Illinois, USA, plant, but stores throughout North America have retail banners printed on the same Aurora-made product. We expect to participate in future point-of-purchase promotions by Target and other retail outlets.


At SGIA Expo 2017, Aurora to introduce Expressions Décor, the latest addition to their acclaimed Expressions Canvas line

Visit us Oct. 10-12 at Booth 1059 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana

(September 20, 2017, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….)Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. (Aurora) will introduce their exciting new Expressions Semi-Gloss Décor Canvas at SGIA Expo 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Made in North America but available now to global markets, Expressions Semi-Gloss Décor Canvas is a lightweight, 100% polyester, high-output canvas that utilizes Expression’s proprietary, enhanced acrylic coating for excellent ink coverage. It’s the perfect medium for print reproductions sold through mid-range retailer, and used in mid-range hotel chains and office settings.

Although a lightweight, high-output canvas, color output has not been sacrificed. In fact, Expressions Semi-Gloss Décor Canvas has been engineered to deliver a wide color gamut and vibrant, eye-popping color combined with a much higher level of consistent print-ability than comparable canvas print products.

Manufactured on state-of-the-art equipment with state-of-the-art technology in Yorkville, Illinois, USA, Expressions Semi-Gloss Décor Canvas competes with inexpensive commodity canvas products. But with Expressions Semi-Gloss Décor, printers do not have to sacrifice print quality, or print output, or worry about costly coating inconsistencies.

Expressions Semi-Gloss Décor Canvas is the latest addition to Aurora’s acclaimed Expressions Canvas line, which includes the full range of gloss levels. Designed to meet the majority of the canvas market’s printing needs, the Expressions Canvas Line includes: Expressions Matte, Expressions Satin, Expressions Semi-Gloss, Expressions Gloss and now Expressions Semi-Gloss Décor.

Treated with a new proprietary coating developed by the Research and Development team at Aurora, Expressions has been engineered to maximize print output and throughput with today’s newest digital printing equipment.

Expressions is also cross-compatible with the latest generation of latex, solvent/eco-solvent and UV printers without sacrificing quality or productivity. In addition, independent testing confirms that Expressions has the industry’s leading print output with regard to outstanding color reproduction and broadest color gamut.

“Aurora is committed to continuing to expand and enhance our Expressions line of canvas products to keep pace with the ever-changing needs and demands of the digital print canvas market,” said Mark Shaneyfelt, Director of Sales and Marketing for Printable Textiles at Aurora. “In addition to our new Expressions Semi-Gloss Decor, we will soon introduce more additions to our Expressions line, so stay tuned. As a full, wide-width, North American manufacturer, we have the capabilities to customize a canvas product to meet specific needs and requirements.”

Ample inventories of the full Expressions Canvas line are now in stock and profiling for HP Latex (300 and 3000 Series) printers and Epson SureColor printers is complete. Free, downloadable online profiles for HP Latex (300 and 3000 Series) printers and Epson SureColor printers are available for Expressions through the Aurora website.

You can learn more about Expressions at http://auroratextile.com/print-media-products/. Profiles can be found at http://auroratextile.com/hp-printer-profiles/ and http://auroratextile.com/epson-printer-profiles/.

The entire line is in stock through Aurora’s Yorkville, Illinois, USA, warehouse in widths up to 122” in standard roll lengths of 50 yards. Produced in the United States, and customized roll widths and roll lengths are available on demand.

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Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213

More About Expressions Semi-Gloss Décor Canvas

  • With Expressions Décor, you have the advantage of domestic quality control standards. The results are reduced ink usage, lower ink costs, higher printer productivity, less downtime and higher confidence and reliability than currently available from commodity canvas sources in the same category.
  • In addition to cost savings, Expressions Décor offers printers peace of mind from knowing they are using a reliable canvas that will help secure customer loyalty.
  • With Expression Décor, you have the outstanding cross-platform printer performance customers have grown to expect from Aurora’s Expressions full canvas line.
  • Expressions Décor has coating consistency and customization with regard to width and length.
  • The line is available in quantities that printers need, whether small or large. Customers can buy “as needed” and are not forced to buy large shipping containers of product that they may or may not need.
  • If there is a problem, this canvas can be returned to Aurora and replaced. This is often not the case with off-shore canvas products.
  • It’s made from 100% polyester available in widths up to 122” 6.5 ounce per square yard, plain weave, white, with a semi-gloss coating level at 0.015 inches in thickness.
  • Test Method for weight: ASTM D3776; Test Method for thickness: ASTM D1777.

With New Hires, Aurora Continues Building Dedicated In-House Sales Staff to Meet Growing Market Demand for Printable Textiles

The new hires bring extensive industry experience plus unique skill sets to help printers find solutions to the changing requirements and needs of this rapidly evolving market

(August 24, 2017, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….)Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. In response to the growing demand for custom-coated printable textiles engineered to work optimally on today’s latest digital print equipment, Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. (Aurora) today announced the addition of two new fulltime employees to the company’s Printable Textiles sales organization.

The newly created jobs represent the building of a dedicated in-house sales force to meet the growing global demand for printable textiles.

In July, Aurora welcomed Eric Hanson as the company’s newest hire. Hanson — who brings a solid 20 years’ experience within the adhesive tape, wide format printing, signage and wall covering sectors — is now the North-East Region Sales Manager. Hanson is the former Vice President, Graphics Division, for Presto Tape and is also the former District Sales Manager for MACtac (a Bemis Company.) His region covers Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee as well as the Quebec and Ontario Provinces of Canada.

Adam Wood joined Aurora in June as the West Coast Sales Manager for Printable Textiles. He brings 15 years’ experience in the inkjet and digital printing technology sectors. He is a former technical sales manager for Fujifilm Graphics Systems North America and the Direct Sales Manager for Flag Crafters, Inc. His region covers California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

“Both Adam and Eric bring great industry experience and unique skill sets to enhance Aurora’s expertise in offering cutting edge printable textiles to best meet the demands of this growing and evolving market segment,” said Mark Shaneyfelt, Director of Sales and Marketing for Printable Textiles at Aurora.

“Within the past year we made the capital investment in equipment and our new manufacturing plant to meet the growing demands of this market. We are now continuing that investment by building a dedicated in-house sales organization,” said Shaneyfelt.

Both Wood and Hanson report to Mark Shaneyfelt.

This announcement coincides with the recent expansion of Aurora’s Expressions Canvas product line, which is now complete and fully commercialized. Treated with a new proprietary coating developed by Aurora, Expressions has been engineered to maximize print output and throughput with today’s newest digital printing equipment. The entire line is cross compatible with the latest generation of latex, solvent/eco-solvent and UV printers without sacrificing quality or productivity. In addition, independent testing confirms that Expressions has the industry’s leading print output with regard to outstanding color reproduction and broadest color gamut. Expressions includes the full range of gloss levels.

You can learn more about Aurora Specialty Textiles Group:   instagram      

Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213


Aurora to Showcase Custom Coating Capabilities at Techtextil, 2017, Chicago

(June 14, 2017, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….)Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. (Aurora) will showcase our state-of-the-art product development expertise as well as our wide width bleaching, coating, finishing and calendering capabilities at Techtextil 2017, June 20-22, at McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Attendees are invited to visit us at Booth 1307 to learn more about the many market segments that can benefit from Aurora’s advanced capabilities. In addition to the latest technologies, Aurora’s product development and technical staff are available to discuss your new product needs and product performance enhancements.

Market segments that have begun to benefit from Aurora’s wide width custom coating expertise include print media, nautical, home décor, bedding, outdoor and much more.

“Over the past year we have seen a significant interest from the home décor and nautical sectors for our wide width custom coating and finishing capabilities,” said Marcia Ayala, Vice President of Aurora. “Our ability to provide a wide variety of finishes including FR, antimicrobial and water resistance to products such as bedding, draperies, boat covers and awnings has proven invaluable to our customers. With our next-generation technology and textile science expertise we look forward to serving new markets.”

The show follows a major year of growth and expansion at Aurora. Last fall, Aurora officially celebrated the opening of their vast new, state-of-the-art manufacturing operations in Yorkville, Illinois. In step with that move into the future, Aurora also launched a new brand logo, tag line and Mission Statement, and this month announced the roll-out and full commercialization of their entire Expressions Canvas product line.

Aurora’s manufacturing operations are in North America, assuring best quality, potential cost savings, reliable turn-around times and the ability to order product as needed.

Show visitors can also follow Aurora on Twitter and Instagram during the show (addresses below).

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Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213


Full Commercialization, Testing and Profiling Complete for Aurora’s New Expressions Canvas Line

(June 12, 2017, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….) Today, Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. (Aurora) announced that the roll-out of their entire Expressions Canvas product line is complete and fully commercialized.

Ample inventories are now in stock and in addition to finalizing extensive field testing, profiling for HP Latex (300 and 3000 Series) printers and Epson SureColor printers is complete. Free, downloadable online profiles for HP Latex (300 and 3000 Series) printers and Epson SureColor printers are available for Expressions through the Aurora website.

Treated with a new proprietary coating developed by Aurora, Expressions has been engineered to maximize print output and throughput with today’s newest digital printing equipment. The entire line is cross compatible with the latest generation of latex, solvent/eco-solvent and UV printers without sacrificing quality or productivity. In addition, independent testing confirms that Expressions has the industry’s leading print output with regard to outstanding color reproduction and broadest color gamut.

The Expressions line includes the full range of gloss levels designed to meet the majority of the canvas market’s printing needs and includes: Expressions Matte, Expressions Satin, Expressions Semi-Gloss and Expressions Gloss.

The entire line is available and in stock through Aurora’s Yorkville, Illinois, USA, warehouse in widths up to 122” in standard roll lengths of 50 yards. Aurora produces Expressions in the United States, and customized roll widths and roll lengths are available on demand.

“Expressions was formally introduced to global markets last September at SGIA 2016 and in the months that have followed has become a favorite of printers who report improved color output, increased printer throughput and decreased ink usage,” said Mark Shaneyfelt, Director of Print Media Sales and Marketing at Aurora. “With all four gloss levels fully commercialized and in stock, the Expressions line is now up and fully operational. In addition, the outcome of a recent competitive analysis confirms the multiple benefits our customers can expect from Aurora’s Expressions line of canvas.”

Independent trials conducted in the summer of 2016 by Color Concepts in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, demonstrated that Expressions Semi-Gloss — when tested against three leading, respected, commonly used, high quality canvas brands — outperformed the competition in the following critical areas:

  • Superior performance across multiple platforms, allowing Print Service Providers (PSPs) the ultimate flexibility in procuring and inventorying one canvas to meet all of their printing needs.
  • Broadest color gamut, making Expressions the premium canvas of choice for discerning customers looking for optimal color output.
  • Fastest print speeds for commercial quality – Expressions consistently demonstrated the ability to achieve commercial print quality at 6 to 8 passes, compared to other premium canvas brands, which required 10 to 12 passes to achieve similar quality. The ability to run at high-speed modes increases productivity by as much as 40% and reduces ink costs.

Expressions is also OBA-free, demonstrating very good archival properties without sacrificing whiteness. Expressions is made from a premium high-quality poly/cotton fine Oxford weave (2-over-1), which is 35% cotton/65% polyester.

The line is produced in North America with the latest, state-of-the-art technology and has proven product consistency across multiple platforms. With Expressions, printers with multiple printer platforms can buy one canvas without sacrificing print quality on any of the devices.

You can learn more about Expressions at http://auroratextile.com/print-media-products/. Profiles can be found at http://auroratextile.com/hp-printer-profiles/ and http://auroratextile.com/epson-printer-profiles/

You can learn more about Aurora Specialty Textiles Group:   sgia15-exh468x60      

Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213


Mohawk expands wide format inkjet portfolio with new line of printable textiles and canvas ‘Engineered by Aurora’

To be introduced at Dscoop 2017, the announcement reflects increased demand in the traditional North American paper distribution channel for high quality, price-competitive digitally printable textile and canvas media

(Feb. 28, 2017, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….) Today, two highly respected, well-known, US-based manufacturers serving the growing digital print market — one that manufactures paper and sells to the traditional North American paper distribution channel; the other that coats and finishes textile substrates for printing — are combining expertise to bring a full range of textile printing substrates optimized for today’s digital printing technologies.

Mohawk Fine Papers, in collaboration with Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, is launching a line of textiles for digital printing. Called Mohawk Printable Textiles and Canvas, Engineered by Aurora, the product line includes a wide variety of high quality textile products engineered to work optimally on the latest digital print technologies for a broad range of end use applications.

At the same time, Aurora will continue to serve its existing channels as they have in the past. This includes direct customers and the sign and display channel with Aurora’s preferred distribution partners.

The collaboration reflects the rapidly growing demand in North America for textile substrates such as specialized canvas products for digital printing. The move also reflects Aurora’s leadership position as a North American developer of high quality textile printing products, and Mohawk’s global leadership in the digital printing industry.

“Aurora is very excited to partner with Mohawk in providing the North American paper distribution channel with access to a full range of printable textiles and canvas engineered to perform on today’s newest digital printing equipment,” said Mark Shaneyfelt, Director of Sales & Marketing, Printable Textiles, at Aurora.

“Our partnership combines Aurora’s textile coating and finishing manufacturing expertise with Mohawk’s market-leading knowledge in serving the digital needs of the North American paper distribution channel. In summary, our collaboration provides that channel with a “one stop” shop for all their digital print media needs.”

Aurora specializes in developing specialized textile substrates for the latest digital printing technologies and their products are designed for printing on latex, UV, solvent and dye sublimation printers.

Aurora has an established, full line of products to meet every application need from wall graphics, wall coverings, front lit and backlit displays to fine art. Their R&D department is continually introducing new textile products specially developed to meet the exact requirements of the new printers entering the market.

Mohawk has an established, best-in-class history of manufacturing excellence in the North American paper distribution channel and a network of warehouses located across North America, plus comprehensive expertise in research and development and a skilled staff of digital specialists with experience in helping their distribution partners successfully use new substrates and printers. With this collaboration, Mohawk is providing one-stop-shopping for digital print customers.

Both companies are highly respected in their industries with strong organizations, are privately owned by US-based families, and are established manufacturers with US plants committed to maintaining North American operations and supporting the communities that rely on their companies for jobs and economic viability. In addition, both have invested in state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies and are committed to sustainable manufacturing practices.

Mohawk and Aurora are also dedicated to supporting the US supply chain in their categories and providing customers with a quality, price-competitive product line developed in the US under the highest standards.

“Mohawk is pleased to partner with Aurora to expand our wide format product offering. Aurora offers a best-in-class portfolio of printable textiles and canvas that allows Mohawk to truly serve as a one-stop-shop for our customer’s wide format printing needs,” said Mike Madura, Vice President, Digital, Mohawk.

Media Notes:
Product Line:

  • Mohawk Printable Canvas Expressions, Engineered by Aurora (Five new products/finishes available: Cotton Natural, Gloss, Semi-gloss, Matte, Satin)
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Linen FR, Engineered by Aurora
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Decoprint Pearl from SENFA
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Premium Poplin LX with ColorPRO Technology, Engineered by Aurora
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Sticky Stuff 8 oz., Engineered by Aurora
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Poly Banner Plus, Engineered by Aurora
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Cotton Natural Canvas, Engineered by Aurora
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Poly Woven 8oz., Engineered by Aurora
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Triple White FR, Engineered by Aurora

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ABOUT AURORA SPECIALTY TEXTILES GROUP
Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213

ABOUT MOHAWK
Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail. Mohawk fine papers and envelopes include the signature brands Mohawk Superfine® and Strathmore®, as well as proprietary treatments Inxwell® and i-Tone®. With a culture of innovation, Mohawk’s business model now extends beyond paper manufacturing into new areas of growth, including digital substrates, which connect designers and printers to new markets.

As a leader in environmentally and socially responsible business practices, Mohawk was the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with wind power renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production. Mohawk’s portfolio of recycled papers is certified by Green Seal and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Mohawk is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Cohoes, New York, with global sales and operations located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.mohawkconnects.com.


Congressman tours new wide width manufacturing operations at Aurora Specialty Textiles Group in Yorkville, Illinois

(Feb. 13, 2017, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….) U. S. Representative Randy Hultgren (Illinois 14th Congressional District) toured the new textile manufacturing operations at Aurora Specialty Textiles Group (ASTG) in Yorkville, Illinois, USA on Friday, February 10, 2017.

The visit included a question and answer session with several members of the plant’s senior management staff and a tour of the plant’s new 124,000 square foot manufacturing operations led by Dan LaTurno, president of ASTG. The tour also included ASTG’s new ultra wide width coating operations.

“It was a distinct honor to host Congressman Hultgren today and display our world-class textile processing operation,” said Dan LaTurno, president of ASTG. “We at Aurora strive every day to prove that a successful textile operation can operate in North America. Thanks to Meridian’s continued support and investment in next generation textile technologies, our mission to double our sales by 2021 is well within reach.”

Founded in 1883 on the west side of the Fox River in Aurora, Illinois, USA, ASTG operated solely as a bleaching operation before adding finishing, dyeing and coating capabilities by the late 1950’s. Today, the company provides a wide range of coating, finishing and dying capabilities to the global textile industry and manufactures a wide range of printable textiles designed to work optimally with the latest digital print technologies.

Up until about a year ago, the company maintained operations solely in the Aurora plant. But seeing new opportunities emerging–and the need to invest in new equipment and technology to support ultra wide-width coating–company leadership decided to invest in a new plant and equipment. At the same time, they felt it important to maintain operations within commuting distance of the existing plant and began looking for facilities nearby. With the move to Yorkville, ASTG also began adding new employees, while training existing employees to operate a new generation of textile equipment.

The new plant features the EHWHA ultra wide-width coating and finishing line, which works easily with a broad range of woven and non-woven materials up to 134” wide. The EHWHA enhances Aurora’s ability to serve both current and new customers.

Today, Aurora is poised to move into a leader position in several new, expanding textile markets.

Said Rep. Hultgren: “Every time I visit one of the many flourishing manufacturers in the 14th District, I am amazed by the innovation that’s taking place right here in Illinois. I am proud of Aurora Specialty Textiles Group’s rich history of manufacturing and continued job creation and expansion in the Yorkville area.”

“We must continue to support our manufacturers and their ability to expand and hire more workers through smart legislation.”

Background on U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, Illinois’ 14th Congressional District
http://hultgren.house.gov/newsroom/press-kit

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Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213


Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Named to Digital Output’s 22nd Annual Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards

(Nov. 17, 2016, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….) Aurora Specialty Textiles Group today announced its inclusion in Digital Output’s 22nd Annual Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards. Each year Digital Output’s readers select the top 50 winners and ten honorable mentions.

Using the magazine’s website metric system, DOdirect.net, the magazine tallies readers’ interest in companies throughout the year. This is done via requests made on print and Web editorial and advertisements as seen in the magazine, on the website, or in Digital Output’s weekly newsletter the Digital Queue.

“Aurora is very honored to be chosen as a recipient of Digital Output’s Top 50 Readers’ Choice Award,” said Mark Shaneyfelt, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Aurora takes great pride in our long history as a US-based provider of innovative textile solutions. Our recent expansion reinforces our continued commitment to be a supplier of choice for the North American market.”

You can go to digitaloutput.net to see the 2016 Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards winners list, which was released with the magazine’s November issue as both a print and the digital publication.

Aurora’s selection reflects the leadership position the company has taken providing high quality printable canvas products to US and Global markets.

Over the past two years, Aurora has invested millions in a new, state-of-the art North American textile manufacturing operation and has launched several new products, including its Expressions printable canvas line. The company’s operations feature the new EHWHA ultra wide-width coating and finishing line, which works easily with a broad range of woven and non-woven materials up to 134” wide.

As Aurora’s Mission Statement says:

“Here at Aurora, we serve a growing number of markets and take pride in being a North American leader in wide-width finishing and coating of textiles. We are dedicated to helping our customers succeed in today’s highly dynamic, ever-changing world through our investment in world-class manufacturing capabilities, state-of-the-art technologies and comprehensive Research & Development expertise. To this end, we strive every day to earn our customers’ trust as the coating and finishing partner they can turn to for innovation and high quality product solutions.”

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Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213