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IFAI Japan seminar to be offered at Expo 2016 in October

A Japan Technical Seminar will be offered at IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, N.C., on October 18 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. to introduce attendees to Japan’s advanced textile technologies, markets and products. Mr. Tamon Akiba, Japan Chemical Fiber Assoc. and Toray Industries Inc., will speak on “The Future of Japanese high-functional and performance fibers. His talk will …

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Nano Dimension uses 3D printing to add conduction to fabric

Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd., subsidiary of Israel-based 3D printed electronics developer Nano Dimension Ltd., has successfully tested 3D printing of conductive traces onto a treated fabric. The project was completed in collaboration with a European functional textiles company, unnamed in a company press release. The test was carried out using Nano Dimension’s unique AgCite™ silver …

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Texas team’s “smart glass” controls heat and light

University of Texas-Austin (UTA) researchers have developed a flexible “smart” window material that could revolutionize architecture and vehicle design. The researchers say that the material makes it possible to control heat and light to improve efficiency, and it has the potential for opening up new solutions for as-yet-unrecognized problems, as well. According to blogger David …

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New bacteria can spin highly conductive wires

Thin and tough “biowires” offer an inexpensive and eco-friendly conductive material. Scientists at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst have reported that they have genetically designed a new strain of bacteria that spins out extremely thin and highly conductive wires made up solely of non-toxic, natural amino acids. Researchers led by microbiologist Derek Lovley say the wires, …

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Welspun secures patent for augmented reality home decor

Indian home-textiles specialist Welspun has secured a patent for its TILT product line. The patent covers a system that has textile material with a design motif and an augmented-reality software application. The software allows a user to scan the design motif on the textile material, and enter an augmented-reality (AR) portal that is thematically related …

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Microban expands testing services to non-partners

Microban® International Ltd., an odor-control and antimicrobial solutions provider based in Huntersville, N.C., has expanded its Microban Microbiology Testing Services to non-partners. The program provides independent testing and verification capabilities for evaluating the antimicrobial performance of products for textiles and polymers. Experts from Microban’s Center of Excellence research facilities will lead companies, associations, universities and …

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Prime Medical donates scrubs to CURE Zambia

Tampa, Fla.-based bactericidal apparel and textiles developer Prime Medical has donated 88 sets of scrubs to CURE International’s Zambia hospital. The scrubs, which kill 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria on contact, will help protect patients and staff from harmful pathogens that can lead to deadly infections. Prime Medical produces the SAF-T™ line of healthcare …

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Nanotex introduces durable wear technology for apparel

Fabric innovator Nanotex®, which provides nanotechnology-based textile enhancements to the apparel, home and commercial/residential interiors markets, has introduced its Nanotex Durable Wear technology for apparel. The patented technology is modified at the molecular level to resist wear and prolong cotton and cotton-rich life by offering abrasion resistance and strength protection durability. Nanotex, based in Bloomfield …

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AsahiGuard repellents offer improved environmental profile

Exton, Pa.-based AGC Chemicals Americas has released a series of AsahiGuard E-Series PFOA-free repellents with improved environmental and biological profiles. Liquid-repelling agents have had a history of sustainability issues, the company notes in a press release, because of their potential to break down and form perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) or perfluorooctane sulfonate. They are used on …

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IFAI offers testing education options at Expo

IFAI will be featuring a three-part testing program at Expo in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 18-21, 2016. Two certificate options will be offered, as well as demonstrations by testing experts on the show floor. The Advanced Textiles Conference Track runs all day Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 in the morning. Participants will be able to improve …

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IFAI Japan seminar to be offered at Expo 2016 in October

A Japan Technical Seminar will be offered at IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, N.C., on October 18 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. to introduce attendees to Japan’s advanced textile technologies, markets and products. Mr. Tamon Akiba, Japan Chemical Fiber Assoc. and Toray Industries Inc., will speak on “The Future of Japanese high-functional and performance fibers. His talk will …

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Microban expands testing services to non-partners

Microban® International Ltd., an odor-control and antimicrobial solutions provider based in Huntersville, N.C., has expanded its Microban Microbiology Testing Services to non-partners. The program provides independent testing and verification capabilities for evaluating the antimicrobial performance of products for textiles and polymers. Experts from Microban’s Center of Excellence research facilities will lead companies, associations, universities and …

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Prime Medical donates scrubs to CURE Zambia

Tampa, Fla.-based bactericidal apparel and textiles developer Prime Medical has donated 88 sets of scrubs to CURE International’s Zambia hospital. The scrubs, which kill 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria on contact, will help protect patients and staff from harmful pathogens that can lead to deadly infections. Prime Medical produces the SAF-T™ line of healthcare …

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Safety apparel market growing at 8.12% CAGR to 2020

Analysts at the Pune, India-based Sandler Research online market research firm report the global safety-apparel market will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 8 percent through 2020. The report says use of nanotechnology to improve worker safety will be a key trend for market growth. North America is expected to be …

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Advanced Textiles Conference focuses on automotive market and testing

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) presents the Advanced Textiles Conference Oct. 18-19 in Charlotte, N.C. The special two-day event is in conjunction with IFAI’s Expo running through Oct. 21. A special focus on automotive textiles, specific performance capabilities and applications will be covered in sessions throughout the day Tuesday, Oct. 18. Joachim Starke, product …

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Teijin shows carbon and aramid fiber solutions in Shanghai

High-performance-fiber developer Teijin Group has announced that its Toho Tenax Co. Ltd., the group’s carbon-fibers and composites business, and Shanghai-based Teijin Aramid Asia Co. Ltd., its aramid fibers business, presented at China Composites Expo 2016, Asia’s largest composites exhibition, in Shanghai. Some 470 exhibitors took part in the annual show. Teijin showcased new applications for …

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Dept. of Commerce promotes U.S. companies at Land Forces 2016

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) has announced that 15 U.S. manufacturers of textiles and apparel for military, defense and security will be featured in its sponsored sample booth at Land Forces 2016, Australia’s land defense exhibition and forum for Australia, Asia and the Indo Pacific September 6-8 in Adelaide, …

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Joint project focuses on improved automotive composites

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), in partnership with DuPont Performance Materials, Fibrtec Inc. and Purdue University, has announced the launch of the first project selected with a dual focus on decreasing the cost of manufacture and increasing design flexibility for automotive composites. Advancements in both areas can open up new opportunities and become …

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Asia nonwovens conference shows strong growth

The largest nonwovens exhibition in Asia, the Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference & Exhibition (SINCE)—to be held Nov. 8-10, 2017, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center—will show a 35 percent growth over the previous expo, demonstrating the growth in Asia’s nonwovens market. Hosted by UBM China, the exhibition will feature some 450 companies …

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Hexcel’s multiaxial fabrics reinforce Dasyc’s hangar

Hexcel’s HiMax™ glass fiber fabrics were selected by Greek company Dasyc SA for the manufacture of its Composite Modular Transportable Hangar. Constructed from prefabricated composite sandwich panels, the structure can be employed in a variety of civil or military applications. The use of the quadaxial reinforcements, made by Hexcel Reinforcements UK Ltd. (formerly Formax), enabled …

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New jeans stimulate skin revitalization

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 …

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September 2014

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June 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

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February 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 …

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December 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.

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November 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 …

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October 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?

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September 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 …

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August 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, …

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Texas team’s “smart glass” controls heat and light

University of Texas-Austin (UTA) researchers have developed a flexible “smart” window material that could revolutionize architecture and vehicle design. The researchers say that the material makes it possible to control heat and light to improve efficiency, and it has the potential for opening up new solutions for as-yet-unrecognized problems, as well. According to blogger David …

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New memory device developed for future wearables

Last spring, the artificial intelligence (AI) program AlphaGo beat Korean Go champion LEE Se-Dol at the Asian board game. “The game was quite tight, but AlphaGo used 1200 CPUs and 56,000 watts per hour, while Lee used only 20 watts. If a hardware that mimics the human brain structure is developed, we can operate artificial …

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Step up your game with e-sneakers

In case you’ve been wondering how you might enhance your Pokémon Go experience, there is a startup company ready to offer you a solution this fall. Vixole is combining footwear and technology to help people step up their Pokémon Go game, with what the shoe company describes as “e-sneakers.” Furthermore, the company says these are the first customizable e-sneakers with …

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“Muscle Shirt” responds physically to wearer’s activity

The wearable, concept Muscle Shirt, by German designer Simone Schramm, measures the level of athletic performance by detecting the heartbeat with a sensor integrated into the fabric. If physical activity is measured, the fabric contracts, gathering on the back of the shirt. In this way, the wearable physically transforms in response to the wearer’s activity. …

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LG textile can measure pressure

South Korean technology company LG Innotek has developed a concept textile that can be used to measure the pressure on a surface. The material can be bent and folded, giving it a significant advantage over other commercial pressure sensors and making it suitable for use in clothing and accessories. The LG sensor is made from …

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Inflatable Fabric Prism responds to light

An inflatable and immersive-color installation in Providence, R.I., called “Fabric Prism” is built around the fundamental properties of light and color. The domed structure, made from an architectural double membrane, was designed and built by Pneuhaus, a design collective based in Providence. The group works in the fields of event structures, spatial and object design, and …

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High-tech Baggizmo bag incorporates several textiles

Sometimes the best ideas “repurpose” existing ones. The new Baggizmo textile bag is a lesson in how to take advantage of the properties of several performance textiles to create an ingenious new product. Baggizmo offers a unique way of carrying your personal items. The carrying bag is organized to accommodate a tablet, two smartphones, keys, …

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Robot weaves a carbon-fiber pavilion

A new, biologically inspired, carbon-fiber pavilion in the courtyard of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum was woven by … a robot. The installation was designed by architect Achim Menges with collaborators Moritz Dörstelmann, Jan Knippers and Thomas Auer. According to a report on the online design and technology website Gizmodo, the structure comprises 40 hexagonal …

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Internet of pants?

You may love your fitbit, but one day your clothes could monitor your fitness levels or even boost your smart phone reception. Developed by researchers at Ohio State University, a new technique using ultrathin electronic thread to embroider circuits into fabric could make this possible. Computer World reports that the researchers have found a way …

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Prototype smart skin for robots developed

Smart, synthetic skins have the potential to allow robots to touch and sense what’s around them, but keeping them powered up and highly sensitive at low cost has been a challenge. Scientists report in the journal ACS Nano, that a simpler and less costly self-powered transparent smart skin has been developed. Endowing robots and prosthetics …

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Nano Dimension uses 3D printing to add conduction to fabric

Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd., subsidiary of Israel-based 3D printed electronics developer Nano Dimension Ltd., has successfully tested 3D printing of conductive traces onto a treated fabric. The project was completed in collaboration with a European functional textiles company, unnamed in a company press release. The test was carried out using Nano Dimension’s unique AgCite™ silver …

What's New?

Welspun secures patent for augmented reality home decor

Indian home-textiles specialist Welspun has secured a patent for its TILT product line. The patent covers a system that has textile material with a design motif and an augmented-reality software application. The software allows a user to scan the design motif on the textile material, and enter an augmented-reality (AR) portal that is thematically related …

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Nanotex introduces durable wear technology for apparel

Fabric innovator Nanotex®, which provides nanotechnology-based textile enhancements to the apparel, home and commercial/residential interiors markets, has introduced its Nanotex Durable Wear technology for apparel. The patented technology is modified at the molecular level to resist wear and prolong cotton and cotton-rich life by offering abrasion resistance and strength protection durability. Nanotex, based in Bloomfield …

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Hohenstein Institute develops cooling textile finish

Scientists at Germany’s Hohenstein Institute, an industrial research and marketing firm, report having developed a textile finish that provides a “sensory cooling effect.” The organization says the term is used to describe a chemically induced sensation of coolness on the skin, which results from the triggering of cold receptors in the nerve ends close to …

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Stanford scientists develop a fabric that cools

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a fabric, using nanotechnology, that can literally cool down the wearer’s body. Potential advantages, they say, include cutting down on air-conditioning in a steadily warming world. The development was recently reported in the journal Science. The Stanford team was led by professor Yi Cui of the Department of Materials …

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Textiles can relieve mite-generated skin inflammation

Current labeling allows people who are allergic to house dust to know when the textiles around them offer protection against dust mites. In the future, patients suffering from neurodermatitis may also find goods that can help control the condition. German scientists testing neurodermatitis patients for dust-mite allergy found 90 percent of sufferers were also allergic …

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CoolVisions® dyeable filament fabrics feature creora® eco-soft

Functional fabrics featuring CoolVisions® dyeable polypropylene filament have now been developed with additional benefits provided by creora® eco-soft, a low-heat settable spandex from global synthetic fiber manufacturer, Hyosung. While the cool, silky hand, ease of dyeing, and inherent lightness of polypropylene filament brings a new look and feel to performance fabrics, the addition of creora …

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Bugatti Chiron shows off its carbon-fiber skin

Bugatti’s Chiron, introduced last winter at the Geneva Motor Show and boasts a classy, blue-tinted carbon-fiber paneling. Now available, about 200 of the limited production of 500 cars already have been ordered—at an entry-level price of $2.6 million. Though the carbon-fiber body makes the car “lighter,” it still weighs in at 4,400 pounds, but will …

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New Birdair roofing ready for U.S. Open tennis tournament

With the U.S. Open Championships beginning Aug. 29, Birdair Inc. announces the completion of a series of renovations to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park in Queens, N.Y. The enhancements include Arthur Ashe Stadium’s new retractable roofing system with 210,000 square feet of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane, as well as the …

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Textiles could repair themselves and neutralize chemicals

Someday, chemically protective suits made of fabric coated in self-healing, thin films may prevent farmers from exposure to organophosphate pesticides, soldiers from chemical or biological attacks in the field and factory workers from accidental releases of toxic materials, according to a team of researchers at Pennsylvania’s Penn State University. “Fashion designers use natural fibers made …