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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/

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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


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