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Interactive Bodyscape lights up movement

June 26, 2017

An interactive, 3D printed high-fashion garment was inspired by the behavior of the human body, says its creator, Behnaz Farahi, Los Angeles–based designer and technologist. As the wearer moves “Bodyscape” lights up with LED lighting controlled by a gyroscope tracking her shoulder movements. Not only a technologically advanced fashion item, it raises fashion to the …

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adidas FORGEFIBER: Personalized stitching for strength and flexibility

June 26, 2017

Through the exploration of how organic cell structures grow, footwear manufacturer adidas has created a design process for uppers based on biomimicry and how the human body moves. Its new FORGEFIBER, a process using TPU-coated yarn, aims to maximize performance when stitched and compressed at various angles and layers for strength in motion. The company’s …

EcoNote

Indian Company debuts cotton for technical textiles

June 26, 2017

South India-based Jayalakshmi Enterprises has developed mechanically processed cotton varieties suitable for use in absorbent technical textile products. Globally, the nonwovens sector is in the lookout for new fibers that are sustainable. To fulfill this need, Jayalakshmi has released two different types of processed cotton that can be used in nonwoven manufacturing processes such as …

Industry News

The future of Philadelphia and smart fabrics

June 26, 2017

Philadelphia, Pa., now has the economic incentives, research capability and talent to regain its status as a textiles giant, advocates said at the first Greater Philadelphia Smart Fabrics Conference at Drexel University. To serve industry collaboration, Drexel is taking the lead in establishing a Fabric Discovery Center, to be based in the Schuylkill Yards innovation zone adjacent …

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Today’s nonwoven sector: an overview

June 26, 2017

Versatility in fiber content can lead to expanding applications. Nonwoven fabrics have become a mainstay in the textiles sector. Compared to commodity textiles, nonwovens, industrial textiles, smart and wearable textiles are relatively new entrants into the industry. But the nonwovens sector is an organized one and has been established for five decades. This sector has …

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Woven textiles for room acoustics

June 23, 2017

Snowsound-Fiber launched a new line of woven textiles intended to optimize room acoustics. The fabrics can be used for window shades, curtains, partitions, draperies, upholstery, canopies and other applications. The Snowsound-Fiber acoustic fabrics will initially be available in 41 texture/color combinations. The textiles come in six different patented microscopic weave geometries, each offering a distinct …

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3M’s Carbon Black introduced

June 22, 2017

Athletic apparel designers have a new, high-performance reflective material from 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective material available to them. C790 Carbon Black stretch transfer film is a deep black-colored material when viewed in daylight, but when illuminated at night, it’s a vibrant, bright, reflective material. This property is durable through wear, stretch or washing. Featuring a low-temp …

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Tintex and BRÜCKNER team up to coat knit fabrics

June 21, 2017

A collaboration of coating expertise from Tintex and machining expertise from BRÜCKNER promises to offer temperature uniformity in the treatment of synthetic fiber blends of knitted fabric and gives Tintex’s R & D department a means to develop new fabrics using the new machinery. At the heart of the collaboration is a stenter with the …

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Polartec® introduces Polartec Power Fill™

June 20, 2017

Polartec® has announced a new material designed as an active insulation solution for the coldest conditions. Power Fill™ is a soft and pliable matrix of spun polyester yarns engineered with a proprietary hollow fiber construction forming thousands of air pockets that continuously capture and contain body heat and maintains an equalized thermal layer between the …

EcoNote

Kingbird introduces STANDARD 100-certified threads and yarns

June 19, 2017

Kingbird recently introduced yarns and threads that meet the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX. This is part of the company’s commitment to adhere to all global quality standards, including the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing, the Business Social Compliance Initiative and SGS quality tests. The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX testing criteria involve assessing the quality of …

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Today’s nonwoven sector: an overview

June 26, 2017

Versatility in fiber content can lead to expanding applications. Nonwoven fabrics have become a mainstay in the textiles sector. Compared to commodity textiles, nonwovens, industrial textiles, smart and wearable textiles are relatively new entrants into the industry. But the nonwovens sector is an organized one and has been established for five decades. This sector has …

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The new nonwovens

June 12, 2017

Improvements in performance include more eco-friendly materials and processes. The global market for nonwovens is expected to grow from its 2015 level of $2.9 billion to $8 billion by 2022, according to Stratistics Market Research Consulting, specialists in global cross-sector market research. Existing market sectors such as health, hygiene and automotive applications are expanding, and …

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Thermal regulation heats up

May 22, 2017

Refined materials and improved processes impact climate control applications. New developments in climate control for technical textiles are seeing the emergence of more refined materials offering enhanced possibilities in a range of industries from automotive to architecture. At the TechTextil trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, in May, a number of these innovations were showcased, reflecting …

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TAPPI meeting showcases innovation and collaboration

May 22, 2017

The Technical Association of the Paper and Pulp Industry (TAPPI) hosted the PaperCon International Conference in April with about 1600 attendees and 75 exhibitors gathered in the Minneapolis Convention Center. The unique feature of this event has been the co-location of the nonwovens conference of TAPPI, referred to as NET Inc. TAPPI has been gaining …

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Thermal control: beyond apparel

May 9, 2017

A range of industries could benefit from new materials, processes and technologies. Recent advances in thermal control for apparel have “grabbed the headlines” in this type of textile technology, but there are highly sophisticated materials and technologies that are less obvious, but at least as impressive. Depending on what the desired outcome is, an approach …

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AATCC conference examines new textile developments

April 24, 2017

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) held its annual international conference in Wilmington, N.C., March 28–30.  It was the largest gathering in ten years with 280 attendees. Enthusiasm was evident during the daytime proceedings and at receptions held in the evenings, which had 20 exhibitors involving testing instrument makers, and chemical and …

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IP for innovators

April 24, 2017

Wearable technology faces rising legal questions. Wearable technology is impacting the college and professional sports industry at every level from fitness training to spectator engagement. With the trend set to increase over the next five years, it is worthwhile to ask, “What could this mean for intellectual property (IP) and data ownership?” Consider the audience …

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Patent law for innovators

April 7, 2017

Protecting the technologies and products that drive growth in the textile industry. Is innovation a key component of your business plan?  Will you distinguish yourself with unique product offerings? Whether protecting our men and women in uniform, advancing the treatment of medical conditions, or adding to a more sustainable tomorrow, innovation fuels the growth of textile …

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Are smart textiles ready for the real world?

March 24, 2017

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a slow but sure evolution of wearable electronics, including smart textiles, designed primarily to monitor body functions and communicate with the Internet of Things. But a great many were not especially wearable, and some never made it out of the lab. The tide, however, seems to be turning. Première …

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Better together

March 10, 2017

Collaborative efforts support growth in the smart textiles industry. The more high tech an industry is, the greater the range of expertise it may need. Advanced textiles, particularly smart materials, are a prime example of this. Textiles often undergo a variety of processes requiring specialized skills and equipment, so collaboration is essential to the industry. …

Industry News

The future of Philadelphia and smart fabrics

June 26, 2017

Philadelphia, Pa., now has the economic incentives, research capability and talent to regain its status as a textiles giant, advocates said at the first Greater Philadelphia Smart Fabrics Conference at Drexel University. To serve industry collaboration, Drexel is taking the lead in establishing a Fabric Discovery Center, to be based in the Schuylkill Yards innovation zone adjacent …

Industry News

Tintex and BRÜCKNER team up to coat knit fabrics

June 21, 2017

A collaboration of coating expertise from Tintex and machining expertise from BRÜCKNER promises to offer temperature uniformity in the treatment of synthetic fiber blends of knitted fabric and gives Tintex’s R & D department a means to develop new fabrics using the new machinery. At the heart of the collaboration is a stenter with the …

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New director named at Hohenstein’s Institute for Life Science

June 16, 2017

Dr. Timo Hammer has been appointed to lead the William-Küster Institute for Hygiene, Environment and Medicine, otherwise known as the Institute for Life Science at Hohenstein’s Research and Service Center. In a recent interview, Dr. Hammer, a textile scientist, outlined some of the services Hohenstein currently accomplishes. These include determining effectiveness of antimicrobial fabrics against various bacteria, …

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NC State opens new nonwovens facility

June 12, 2017

North Carolina State University (NC State) recently celebrated the grand opening of a new nonwovens facility on campus. Nonwovens have long-standing and wide-reaching roots in North Carolina. About 40 percent of the U.S. nonwovens industry is based in the state, reports Behnam Pourdeyhimi, executive director of the Nonwovens Institute at NC State. The new manufacturing facility, …

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö awarded EcoVadis Gold

June 5, 2017

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has been awarded a Gold rating by EcoVadis following the assessment of the group’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) engagement. EcoVadis assesses performance improvements of four CSR components: environment, labor practices, fair business practices and sustainable procurement. The Gold rating places the company among the top 1 percent of suppliers evaluated across all industries, a …

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“Hackathon” yields Sympatex functional jacket 4.0

June 1, 2017

“How do you imagine the ultimate functional jacket 4.0?” Sympatex Technologies investigated this question during a two-day design “hackathon,” together with a group of 20 outdoor bloggers and influencers at Mittenwald Hut on May 18 and 19. David Bacci, extreme mountaineer and Greenpeace activist; and Joe Stocker, clothing designer, served as mentors and experts for …

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Fabric pavilion is an invitation to all in Sydney

May 31, 2017

As a competition entry for the Archmedium Sydney Rehearsal Follies, French architect Guillaume Mazars submitted a design for a pavilion dedicated to music in the Royal Botanic Garden of Sydney, according to Australian architecture firm Archinect. Mazars’ musical plaza is covered by a large sail suspended by a network of cables tightened between metallic blades. The roof consists …

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Innovation Award 2017 winners announced

May 30, 2017

The 14th annual Techtextil Innovation Awards were presented at the opening ceremony of Techtextil. An international jury chose eight products in four categories in this year’s competition. Winners in the New Application category included: Centexbel: The intelligent knee brace from Centexbel, a nonprofit organization, supports patients during rehabilitation after knee operations. A textile sensor identifies the …

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IFAI Expo 2017 offers e-textile ‘Hackathon’ design challenge 

May 22, 2017

As part of the Advanced Textiles Conference, Smart Fabrics Track, IFAI Expo 2017 introduces its first “Hackathon,” challenging registrants to create the most innovative, new, e-textiles product – with only materials available in the show’s E-Textiles Workshop. Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, students, engineers and artists attending Expo 2017 are invited to participate. This year’s Expo takes …

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Largest technical textiles market predicted to be the Asia-Pacific

May 17, 2017

Future Market Insights’ recent report on the global technical textiles market predicts that the Asia-Pacific region will be the world’s largest market for technical textiles during the forecast period, 2017–2027. The report values the global technical textiles market at nearly $166 billion and anticipates the value to reach $260.3 billion by the end of 2027. The report also states that the …

Of Interest

New jeans stimulate skin revitalization

March 14, 2016

The latest products manufactured in partnership by Italian clothier Calzedonia and Emana®, the smart-yarn developed by the global business unit Fibras of the Solvay Group, look like standard jeans, but feature a polyamide yarn incorporated with bioactive minerals that, in contact with the body, facilitate heat exchange which boosts skin microcirculation, thereby improving the skin’s …

Of Interest

September 2014

September 9, 2014

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Of Interest

June 2014

June 14, 2014

Texworld USA has announced a full roster of complimentary seminars organized by Lenzing Fibers, producer of man-made cellulose fibers Knitting Industry | article Graphene Flagship Announces large influx of partners through competitive call Graphene Flagship | pdf Oct. 1, 2014 deadline for EUREKA water tech Cluster ACQUEAU call for projects Eureka Network | article

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May 2014

May 15, 2014

dd{margin-bottom:.75em;} Researchers look for more eco-friendly chemicals used in textile manufacturing Research and Markets | article Environmentally benign single-layer breathable Nanowebs developed Commodity Online | article “Thinnest feasible membrane” is extremely light and breathable ETH Zurich | article Forbes gets interested in smart textiles and wearable technology Forbes | article

Of Interest

February 2014

February 7, 2014

Electronic textile cushion This short video shows an electronic textile cushion recently produced by Ioannis Anastasopoulos of the Advanced Textiles Research Group, Nottingham Trent University, U.K.. The LED chips and interconnects have been fully integrated into the fabric structure. “Power pocket” could do more than store your phone Scientists at the University of Southampton are …

Of Interest

December 2013

December 16, 2013

Wearable Computing: Adaptive Tech to Blink and Bling Wearable computing, creative use of e-textiles—developed by someone amazingly young! Chinese giant takes control of Pakistan’s Masood Textile Chinese textiles conglomerate Shandong Ruyi Technology Group has acquired a 52 percent share of Masood Textile Mills (MTM) based in Pakistan.

Of Interest

November 2013

November 12, 2013

Structuring shade Shade structure reduces heat gain – for an entire building. The nanosilver debate A court ruling addresses limiting nanosilver in textiles. Call to reduce toxic chemicals Ecotextile online reports that the Natural Resource Defense Council has called for a new ‘Five Step Program’ to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in the global …

Of Interest

October 2013

October 8, 2013

“Knitted Light” A project at the Swedish School of Textiles uses three-dimensional patterns to create textile surfaces with complex properties that are capable of reflecting, filtering and transmitting light. Answer your glove Bluetooth phone gloves have been available in the marketplace for a while. Are they calling to you?

Of Interest

September 2013

September 10, 2013

KYMIRA Sportswear Not every observer buys into the claims of this sportswear company. It uses a new, but quite credible technology. What do you think? New nanomaterial increases yield of solar cells Researchers have optimized the nanostructures so that a solar cell provides more electricity and loses less energy in the form of heat. Paper-thin …

Of Interest

August 2013

July 31, 2013

The ultimate in a customized shoe The ‘DNA 3D printed shoe’ will be designed according to the individual’s foot contours and how that person moves. Under the sea Three Massachusetts research facilities will receive funding to help find out if undersea ”kites” can reliably produce renewable energy. Bountiful bamboo One researcher’s fascination with textile engineering, …

Out There

Interactive Bodyscape lights up movement

June 26, 2017

An interactive, 3D printed high-fashion garment was inspired by the behavior of the human body, says its creator, Behnaz Farahi, Los Angeles–based designer and technologist. As the wearer moves “Bodyscape” lights up with LED lighting controlled by a gyroscope tracking her shoulder movements. Not only a technologically advanced fashion item, it raises fashion to the …

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Plastic is recycled to make architectural mesh

June 12, 2017

Kaynemaile™ architectural mesh, from “Lord of the Rings” set designer Kayne Horsham, draws on the designer’s experience in the art of creating chainmail. During his work on the fantasy trilogy, he wove millions of rings into armor robes for Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom. Horsham experimented with meshes using plastic via an injection molding process, …

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Largest aircraft takes to the sky again

May 22, 2017

Hybrid Air Vehicles recently completed the Airlander 10’s third test flight, which lasted almost three hours. Called the largest aircraft on the planet, it has no internal structure, but maintains its huge barrel shape due to the pressure stabilization of the helium inside the hull and the “smart,” strong Vectran material of which it is constructed. …

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Let your shoes find your way

May 9, 2017

Dominic Wilcox has created functional GPS shoes that promise to guide the wearer to any destination, anywhere in the world. A Global Footprint project in Northamptonshire, U.K., an area famous for shoe making, commissioned Wilcox to create a pair of shoes. As he sketched his way to coming up with a design, he was inspired …

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“Kitty Hawk” makes flying over water accessible

May 5, 2017

An new electric aircraft, designed to be flown over fresh water, has been introduced by Kitty Hawk Corp. Dubbed the Kitty Hawk Flyer, the aircraft has been tested and is legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the ultralight category of FAA regulations. Users won’t need a pilot’s license to operate …

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NASA develops greenhouse for Space

April 27, 2017

Peggy Whitson has now broken the record for longest amount of time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut, with more than 534 days spent in the International Space Station. NASA scientists and agriculture researchers at the University of Arizona are now trying to answer how to feed people who spend even more time in …

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Making any surface an interface

April 24, 2017

The creators of Welle (pronounced vell-uh) wanted to maximize control of devices and applications. The MaxusTech team came up with a way to allow users’ hands to draw letters and other symbols on any surface to create an interface to control smart devices, such as lights, TVs, speakers, doors, thermostats, cameras, curtains and fans. Welle …

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Foldable touch screens could expand sensor capabilities

April 13, 2017

Picture a tablet that you can fold into the size of a phone and put away in your pocket. Or a “skin” that can sense your body’s movements and vital signs. A new sensor developed at the University of British Columbia (UBC) could help make advanced devices with these capabilities common. UBC reports that the …

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Duoskin enables accessible e-tattoos

April 7, 2017

In her research as an engineer and artist, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao blends aesthetic and cultural perspectives into the design of on-body electronics. Currently a Ph.D. student at the MIT Media Lab, she is leading a project to make on-skin interfaces accessible to everyone.  MIT’s Duoskin is a process that enables anyone with access to a …

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Design studio develops new shape-shifting materials

April 4, 2017

Universal Everything has developed a series of short, pasted-hued films, each featuring a different product idea that the studio describes as “emerging technologies of flexible displays, shape-shifting materials and context-aware functionality.” The films have been used on plates that can display the nutritional makeup of the food placed on them and as architectural pillars that …

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adidas FORGEFIBER: Personalized stitching for strength and flexibility

June 26, 2017

Through the exploration of how organic cell structures grow, footwear manufacturer adidas has created a design process for uppers based on biomimicry and how the human body moves. Its new FORGEFIBER, a process using TPU-coated yarn, aims to maximize performance when stitched and compressed at various angles and layers for strength in motion. The company’s …

What's New?

3M’s Carbon Black introduced

June 22, 2017

Athletic apparel designers have a new, high-performance reflective material from 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective material available to them. C790 Carbon Black stretch transfer film is a deep black-colored material when viewed in daylight, but when illuminated at night, it’s a vibrant, bright, reflective material. This property is durable through wear, stretch or washing. Featuring a low-temp …

What's New?

Polartec® introduces Polartec Power Fill™

June 20, 2017

Polartec® has announced a new material designed as an active insulation solution for the coldest conditions. Power Fill™ is a soft and pliable matrix of spun polyester yarns engineered with a proprietary hollow fiber construction forming thousands of air pockets that continuously capture and contain body heat and maintains an equalized thermal layer between the …

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MISSION launches new cooling towel

June 12, 2017

MISSION has recently unveiled a new temperature-control technology that the company says provides 30 percent greater cooling power than its original cooling towels. MISSION’s products are designed to help athletes combat the effects of heat and over-heating. “HydroActive Max” is made of a durable, soft-touch fabric that is machine washable and has built-in chemical-free technology. …

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New SABIC filaments portfolio

June 8, 2017

SABIC has unveiled a new portfolio of six high-performance filament grades for fused deposition modeling. The new filaments, designed for use with Stratasys Fortus printers, are based on the company’s Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin, Cycolac acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resin and Lexan polycarbonate (PC) resin and offer the same composition as the company’s injection moulding grades. Manufacturers can use the filaments to produce a range …

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Starlinger unveils eight-shuttle circular loom

June 7, 2017

Starlinger has introduced a new loom that operates with eight weaving shuttles and features a newly constructed reed. The FX 8.0 circular loom is used for the production of heavy-duty tape fabric. Designed for the production of tubular and flat fabrics with up to 260 grams per square meter, the loom can process polypropylene, HDPE …

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Jackets and packs repair themselves

June 6, 2017

Lifestyle brand Imperial Motion, based in Tacoma, Wash., is offering a new line of jackets and backpacks made of self-healing fabric. The company’s Nano Cure Tech Fabric is a lightweight, waterproof nylon ripstop, combined with a double-sided coating, that has resealing and repairing capabilities. When activated by the heat of a person’s fingers, small holes and …

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Collaboration develops wearable exosuit

May 26, 2017

Virginia Tech and nationwide retailer Lowe’s have collaborated to develop a lift-assisting wearable exosuit, designed to increase safety for store employees as they lift products. The technology uses soft and flexible electronic elements, making the suit wearable. Alan Asbeck, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, with a team of eight …

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Sleeping Bag Sleeve wards off mosquitos

May 22, 2017

The new OFFIS Textile Ltd. Sleeping Bag Sleeve is meant for use in wet conditions, especially high flood areas, where insects are widespread. Most serious fever diseases, such as yellow fever, malaria and the Zika virus, are transmitted by insects, notably mosquitoes. The company says that its new 240-by-80 cm sleeping bag sleeve will reduce the …

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Hyosung launches MIPAN Robic fine

May 19, 2017

Hyosung has announced a new yarn that it says has 15 to 20 percent higher tenacity than regular nylon in the same deniers. The MIPAN Robic Fine yarn family ranges from 7–15 denier. Hyusong envisions the new yarns will be used for higher tensile strength and abrasion resistance in workwear, military uniforms and bags, backpacks, …