Welcome to ACASPA

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The Australian Canvas and Synthetic Products Association is a not-for-profit organisation that provides training, support and information to the synthetic products and textile industry.

On our about page we have a brief history of our humble organisation as well as the current operations of the association.

For a little more brief overview of our mission you can read it in just a few sentences over here

If you are looking to become a member, you can find a FAQ on membership here and download an application form

And finally if you are looking for some of the best training in the industry – you’ve come to the right place. Our certification track is second to none.


Solar Panels on Your Manufacturing Facility

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People these days are encouraged to find other sources of energy instead of the usual reliance and dependence on fossil fuel. It is a fact that the world has been relying too much on these fuels as sources of energy and it is not doing the environment a lot of good. It is a fact that these are fuels that have their energies harnessed through combustion. The process is very much known about how it is causing the emission of harmful chemicals in the environment. So, the search for a good alternative energy source is on.

With the sun being an infinite source of energy, it s not really a surprise to see a lot of scientists advocating on the use of the energy from the sun by capturing it in solar panels and converting it into a renewable energy source. This is a good idea since it is a fact that people can access the energy of the sun whoever they are. It is after all the main source of energy of the world. All they need is to have the right tools that can be used to get this energy harnessed along the way.

Manufacturing plants are well known for having to consume huge amounts of energy in order to churn through manufacturing processes with power-hungry machinery, engaging Sydney solar power company would be a smart move if your bills are more than $1,000 per quarter, you can see some real savings.

What is good in using solar panels and installing them at home is the fact that they make it a lot easier for you to get them to be used for numerous applications. For instance, it can be used as a source of energy to help power those electrical appliances that you have at home. It is also possible for you to use the energy form the sun as your source of heating for your home. This makes this an ideal energy source due to the fact that the applications that it can be used for is not just limited to one.

The initial costs for the installation of the solar panels can be a little high. But one will find that it is actually going to be an amount that one can get back after a while. In fact, one s able to enjoy the savings from using this alternative energy source the moment that it is running and operational. The fact that one is no longer reliant on the power grid all the time is going to cause a lot of savings on the monthly utility costs that he has to cover this is something that can be expected moving forward too. So, the savings are only going to increase along the way.

Expect your home to have a higher value when you will get these panels added to it. If you are hoping to get a better market value for your residence in the hopes that you can sell it for a very attractive price in the future the installation of this alternative source of energy will definitely help you get the job done. You will be able to enjoy a higher value for your home without having to deal with higher taxes. In fact, you are likely going to end with more financial incentives if you will decide to get a solar energy systems installed in your home.

Artificial Grass Manufacturing Process

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Raw Materials

One thing that determines the performance of a turf system is the quality of the raw materials used. Almost anything that has ever been used as carpet backing, and these materials range from jute to plastic to polyester, can be used as the backing material for turf grass. However, you will find that high-quality artificial turfs tend to have polyester tire cord as backing.

Fibers that make up “grass” blades are made from either polypropylene or nylon and are manufactured in many different ways. Nylon blades are often produced in thin sheets cut into strips or are extruded through molds to create fibers with an oval or round cross-section. When made through extrusion, the resulting blades look, feel and act like natural grass.

Cushioning systems, on the other hand, are made from either polyester foam or rubber compounds. In some instances, rubber tires are used in the structure of the rubber base with some of the materials being used in backing coming from rubber or plastic recycling programs. The threads used to sew together the pads, and the top fabric panels have to meet the same standards of color retention, durability, and strength as the rest of the system. Experience and care need to be applied to the selection of adhesives to be used to bond all components together.

The Manufacturing


The part of a turf system that acts as the “grass” is made using the same tufting techniques employed in the making of carpets.

1. The first thing to be done is the blending of the proprietary ingredients in a hopper. Chemicals and dyes are then added to give the turf a green color and to protect it from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

2. Once the batch has been meticulously blended, it is then fed into a huge steel mixer where it is mixed until it achieves a thick, taffy-like consistency.

3. The resulting viscous liquid is then placed in an extruder, where it is shredded into long, thin strands.

4. The strands are then placed on a carding machine where they are spun into loose ropes. These ropes are then pulled, straightened before being woven into a nylon yarn. This yarn is then rolled into large spools.

5. The resulting yarn is then heated to give it a twisted shape.

6. The yarn is then taken to a tufting machine where it is put on a reel or skewer behind the machine. From there, it is fed through a tube that leads to the tufting needle. This needle pierces the turf’s primary backing and pushes the yarn into a loop.

A flat hook or looper seizes and releases the nylon loop while the needle pulls it back up; the backing is then shifted forward allowing the needle to pierce it one more time. This process is done by several hundred needles that make several hundred rows of stitches per minute. At the end of this process, the nylon yarn is turned into an artificial turf carpet.

7. Once completed, the artificial grass carpet is then rolled under a dispenser that applies a latex coating on its underside. At the same time, an extra, much stronger backing is also coated using the latex. The two are then rolled on to a marriage roller that sandwiches them sealing them together.

8. The turf is then put under heat lamps. This is done to ensure that the latex cures.

9. It is then fed into a machine that clips off all tufts rising above the turf’s uniform surface.

10. The turf is then rolled into large v-lengths and packaged for shipping to merchants and sellers.


The installation and maintenance of an artificial turf is as significant as its construction. When you are installing synthetic grass in Sydney you need to follow a stringent process to ensure the durability and functionality of your turf.

1. The installation’s base, which is either compacted soil or concrete, should, first of all, be leveled using a bulldozer before being flattened using a steam roller. As long as there are any uneven surfaces, there will always be bumps once the turf is applied.

2. In the event the turf is being placed outdoors, it is important that special drainage systems be installed since the surface below the turf will only be able to absorb very little water.

3. Turf systems can either be unfilled or filled. Filled systems are designed in a way that once it is installed, materials like rubber pellets, sand, or crumbled cork, or a mixture of all the above, are spread over the turf before being raked down between the fibers. These materials help support the turf’s blades and creates a surface that has more give, allowing for it to have a more natural feel like that of a natural grass surface. However, filled systems possess some limitations. For instance, a filling material like cork could break down while other filling materials could become contaminated with dirt, making them more compact. Either way, when this happens, the turf blades end up not having the support they need. As such, maintenance may require the removal and replacement of all the filling materials.

2015-2016 Limited Cotton Consumption Growth

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Following a reduction in the price of polyester and an increase in the prices of cotton in China, cotton spinning has become less competitive. This is so because China is the world leading consumer of cotton.

Meanwhile, the price of polyester and the Cotlook A index have remained equal during most parts of the 2000s.Thus; cotton has at times remained a cheaper option.

Cotton PlantFrom 2009 -2010, the price of cotton has remained above that of polyester.

As calculated by the China Cotton Index, the prices of the domestic cotton went down by the time of constructing the official reserves. This was after the government said it would discontinue buying cotton from its stockpile. At that time, the china cotton index stood at 144cents/lb. This notwithstanding, the domestic prices have plummeted and by august 2015, they averaged at 95 cents /lb. It implies that the gap has been narrowed compared to the prices at the international level. Note that polyester prices have continued to fall over the same period and have helped to maintain the spread between cotton and polyester.

The turmoil in the stock markets coupled with diminishing prices of cotton has curtailed the growth of china’s cotton spinning industry.

So far, the projections for consumptions stand at around 7.7 million tons which is definitely below the peak of ten million mark achieved in 2000s. Also, the mill use has shifted to countries whose production cost is low especially the Asian countries because cotton spinning has become less competitive in China. It is estimated that by 2015-2016, the consumption of the product across the globe will grow at a slower pace because the international cotton prices have remained higher compared to the price of the manmade fibers.

Further, it is expected that the consumption of cotton, will grow by 2 % and attain the level of 25million tons in the world. This implies that the volume consumed will remain below that attained prior to the global economic recession. Other than China, Pakistan and India remain the largest consumers of cotton. The three countries account for 64 percent of the cotton consumed in the world.

Note that the reduced growth in demand is unlikely to affect the worlds ever reducing stock that is expected to reduce by 6% or slightly more than 1 million tons to about 20.4 million tons.

Flashback: Asbestos Used in Textiles

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Raw asbestos can be spun and woven into material fabrics and clothes. This is in view of its small and fibrous nature that also makes them tough enough to resist high temperatures, fires, and destructive substances. However, this doesn’t mean that they are indestructible- they can be cut or torn. The fire resistant quality of asbestos has made it a perfect material to use in protective clothes, for example, protective jackets for firefighters and the mitts and aprons worn by foundry workers. Weaving asbestos strands alongside other fibers enhanced the tensile strength of fabric products.

Despite the fact that the utilization of asbestos in fabrics can be dated back to 2500 B.C., it wasn’t until the late 1800s that it was mass produced in the US. One of the first firms to make asbestos materials was Johns Manville, which started working on it the year 1884. As the demand for asbestos products accelerated – and with it being woven using the same technique as cotton some textile plants that were constructed to process cotton were changed over to asbestos processing plants during the early 1900s.


Different grades of asbestos strands of were blended in a fiber blender as per details of the proposed product. The filaments are then made into a fiber mat. The mat is pressed and layered to form an arrangement of fiber mats known as a lap. The lap is then used to make thin ribbons known as roving. At this step, other strands like cotton or rayon can be included. The roving is spun further to form a yarn. The yarn is which can produce thread. The thread can now be processed into the many different products such as clothing, rope, wicking or even tape.

In the US, the Carolinas were especially instrumental in the business. There were huge deposits of naturally occurring asbestos in both the North and the South, and plants were built up in previous cotton factories close to the mines. One such plant was the Southern Asbestos Manufacturing Company plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1920, the firm bought a cotton processing plant and changed it over into an asbestos plant that produced yarn and fabric. In only two years, the firm’s profits dramatically multiplied.

The utilization of asbestos in making fabric and clothes declined because asbestos is poisonous. Presently, a wide range of fire resistant materials are utilized in the manufacture of fabrics and protective clothing. While people in this day and age are searching for safe asbestos removal Sydney for their homes and commercial buildings – a little more difficult than throwing out a jacket. Continue reading “Flashback: Asbestos Used in Textiles”

Dragon Silk: No It has Nothing to do with GOT

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When I first read the word Dragon Silk, my eyes widened, thinking there was some Game of Thrones related textile on the market!!

I was wrong.

As a developer of the advanced spider silk based fiber, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories inc. Has announced that it has filed an additional patent in partnership with the University of Notre Dame aimed at strengthening its intellectual property protection. This is to safeguard its transgenic spider and silkworms technologies.

Not that kind of Dragon Silk
Not that kind of Dragon Silk

The patent application is choreographed to protect the creation of the Kraig Labs chimeric spider silk as well as transgenic silkworm. So far, the company has open patent actions in about ten countries including those that produce and consume silk.

It is worth noting that Kraig labs has remained committed to the innovation spirit and does not belief in giving ‘’we cannot’’ answers. This is according to Kim Thompson who doubles as a company founder and a CEO. This pursuit is what has led to a series of inventions including the recently announced Dragon Silk genetic line. These two patents are therefore meant to protect the creativity and the value of the job done by Kraig labs and other shareholders. It is believed that the patents will work hand in hand with the existing market development plans.

Stoll Partners With Shang Gong Group

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The renowned German flat knitting company Stoll has signed a partnership deal with Shangai based Shang Gong group (SGG), a company that specializes in sewing and textile welding. The two companies are committed to developing innovative solutions along the textile value chain. The two companies are also committed to developing innovation solutions along the textile value chain.

In addition, the two companies share the vision of industry 4.0 in the textile industry and other fields for technical textile applications.


Despite the changes, Stoll has reiterated that all its current corporate values such as innovation, support, quality, service and responsiveness will remain its priorities. This partnership is geared at supporting the future growth, sustainability and is the basis for further expansions and new product development. On the other hand, Stoll will benefit by increasing its presence in Asia and enhance its knowhow.

It is necessary to understand that SGG is a strong international company that has a deep understanding of the textile industry. Its German brands Durkopp Addler , KSL Keilmann SGG and Pfall industrial are famous and enjoy a significant presence and operation in Europe. Also, SGG facilitates deeper access to the Chinese and Asian markets.

SGE (Shang Gong Europe) is a subsidiary of SGG. It is expected to team up with KG, H.Stoll AG &Co. as a minority share holder in terms of capital increase. In addition, SGE have one member in stroll’s supervisory board while Stoll will keep its majority in the company. The formal partnership will take effect after the merger has been cleared by relevant merger control authorities