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Taiwanese innovation showcases performance fabrics

August 16, 2017

Taiwanese textile manufacturers recently presented products at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market at a launch hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council. New-product categories included fabric printing technology; smart textiles measuring heart rate and motion data; textile innovations utilizing fewer chemicals, water and raw materials while preserving function and complex colors; a PFC-free durable …

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Denim North America introduces new product line

August 15, 2017

Denim North America, a division of DNA Textile Group, recently introduced a new product line called FYnesse® Denim. According to the company, the product offers performance stretch with reduced shrinkage for  better fabric utilization and increased garment-to-garment sizing consistency. FYnesse Denim incorporates FYnesse yarn, developed and produced by Fiber & Yarn Products, a division of Poole Co. The …

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DuPont launches Intexar smart clothing technology

August 10, 2017

DuPont Advanced Materials recently announced the availability of its newest stretchable electronic inks and films for smart clothing. The announcement coincides with the launch of a new brand identity, DuPont Intexar smart clothing technology. The company says Intexar creates intelligent garments by connecting fabrics to biometric data including heart rate, breathing rate, form awareness and …

Industry News

Ahlstrom-Munksjö to increase capacity for filtration media

August 9, 2017

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has announced that it will release additional capacity at its Turin, Italy, plant to meet growing demand for engine and industrial filtration media. According to Fulvio Capussotti, executive vice president of Business Area Filtration and Performance, “the plan will include investments on selected assets, reorganization of planning practices and additional staffing.” The Turin plant employs …

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NC Specialty Fabrics will launch at IFAI Expo

August 8, 2017

NC Netting & Upholstery Machines is pleased to announce the launch of its new NC Specialty Fabrics Line. The company has purchased a textile mill and has added capabilities that include fabrication of a variety of narrow fabrics including binding tapes, seatbelts, straps, harnesses, hides and twill tapes. Stocked lines are already in place and …

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Toung Loong Textile creates new line using INVISTA technology

August 7, 2017

According to INVISTA, Taiwan’s Toung Loong Textile is launching a new line of fabrics consisting of a blend of INVISTA’s COOLMAX® AIR technology with LYCRA® fiber. The fabrics are specifically designed to meet the needs of women’s fitness wear. The high-performance fibers are engineered to maximize consumer comfort with moisture-management performance, breathability and fast drying times. …

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Smart glove translates American Sign Language into text

August 7, 2017

Engineers at the University of California San Diego announce that they have developed a smart glove that wirelessly translates the American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet into text and controls a virtual hand to mimic sign language gestures. The device, which engineers call “The Language of Glove,” was built for less than $100 using stretchable and …

My Take

Virtually amazing

August 7, 2017

When I assigned an article on multi-functionality in protective textiles, little did I know that we’d be talking about virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) gaming technologies. But we are. It’s the sort of article that I am more likely to place under our “Out There” tab. That’s where the really novel, sometimes quirky, …

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Extraordinary workwear

August 7, 2017

VR and AR industries offer high-tech solutions for demanding work environments There was a time when “workwear” meant basically suits and coveralls, but the sector is now recognised as covering a broad field that stretches from spacesuits to medical workers. Providing protection, comfort and identification are standard, but it is challenging for the textile industry …

Out There

Fabric-wrapped structure surrounds award-winning “mediateque”

August 7, 2017

A few years ago, the city of Tbilisi in Georgia announced a competition to build “mediatheque” in several spots of the city. The first completed project was in Vake Park, which has now been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. The entire building is surrounded by a fabric-wrapped structure that gives it …

Featured

Extraordinary workwear

August 7, 2017

VR and AR industries offer high-tech solutions for demanding work environments There was a time when “workwear” meant basically suits and coveralls, but the sector is now recognised as covering a broad field that stretches from spacesuits to medical workers. Providing protection, comfort and identification are standard, but it is challenging for the textile industry …

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Antimicrobial use in today’s textile industry

July 24, 2017

Where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. Increased use of woven and nonwoven textiles, as well as growing awareness of microbes and their associated healthcare concerns, has been driving demand for antimicrobial use in textile applications. The inclusion of antimicrobials has especially been emphasized in performance and medical textiles where biological burdens …

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Sustainable solutions in antimicrobials

July 24, 2017

With environmental concerns about traditional treatments, the industry works to offer more eco-friendly options. Antimicrobial properties are fast becoming an expected treatment in textiles for applications that range from hospital drapes and linen, to contract and domestic textiles, as well as clothing. While offering protection from germs is a positive, there has been some disquiet …

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Rethinking odor control

July 10, 2017

New antimicrobial technologies focus on treatments for ‘permastink.’ It’s everywhere, and it’s not attractive. Permastink—the unpleasant smell that won’t wash out of textile products—has become a topic of conversation for consumers and brands alike. Polyester and other synthetic fibers are the materials of choice for the active performance and athleisure styles consumers now wear throughout …

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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 …

Industry News

Ahlstrom-Munksjö to increase capacity for filtration media

August 9, 2017

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has announced that it will release additional capacity at its Turin, Italy, plant to meet growing demand for engine and industrial filtration media. According to Fulvio Capussotti, executive vice president of Business Area Filtration and Performance, “the plan will include investments on selected assets, reorganization of planning practices and additional staffing.” The Turin plant employs …

Industry News

NC Specialty Fabrics will launch at IFAI Expo

August 8, 2017

NC Netting & Upholstery Machines is pleased to announce the launch of its new NC Specialty Fabrics Line. The company has purchased a textile mill and has added capabilities that include fabrication of a variety of narrow fabrics including binding tapes, seatbelts, straps, harnesses, hides and twill tapes. Stocked lines are already in place and …

Industry News

Celliant® gets medical and wellness FDA approval

August 7, 2017

Hologenix LLC, maker of Celliant®, a clinically tested responsive textile technology, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined Celliant products are medical devices and general wellness products, as defined in Section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug and, Cosmetic Act. This determination was reached because the products temporarily promote increased local blood …

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Saint-Gobain acquires German manufacturer, Kirson

August 4, 2017

Saint-Gobain reports that it has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of the equity capital of Kirson. Founded in 1963 and located in Bavaria, Germany, Kirson makes reinforcement scrim and combination products of scrim and nonwoven fabrics. These products primarily serve the waterproof roofing, floor covering and construction panel markets. In 2016, Kirson’s …

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Projected growth in Lyocell fiber market

August 3, 2017

A new industry growth report by Global Market Insights Inc. says the lyocell fiber market is set to exceed $1.5 billion by 2024. Current applications for lyocell fibers include baby diapers, home textiles, apparel, automotive filters, surgical products and others. The antibacterial and moisture-management properties of cellulose are expected to add new growth to the lyocell fiber market. …

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PPE market to be worth $58.34 billion by 2022

August 2, 2017

A predictive report, “Personal Protective Equipment Market by Type (Hands & Arm Protection, Protective Clothing, Foot & Leg Protection, Respiratory Protection, Head Protection), End-Use Industry (Manufacturing, Construction, Oil & Gas, Healthcare) – Global Forecast to 2022” was recently published by MarketsandMarkets. According to the report, the market is expected to be valued at $42.67 billion in 2017 and …

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U.S. ITC makes determination on unfairly traded polyester fibers

July 31, 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) recently made a unanimous preliminary determination that unfairly traded imports of fine denier polyester staple fiber (fine denier PSF) from China, India, Korea and Taiwan are causing injury to U.S. producers. The preliminary injury determination means that the anti-dumping duty cases against imports from China, India, Korea and Taiwan, along with the countervailing duty cases against China and India, …

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IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference begins Sept. 26

July 24, 2017

IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La., Sept. 26–28, will have an expanded program for industry professionals in the advanced textiles field. Education will feature four tracks: Medical, Military, Smart Fabrics and Testing. Attendees are free to move between tracks for specific presentations of interest, and some sessions are part of more than one track. …

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Microban announces ruling in AEGIS® suit

July 21, 2017

Greenchem Intl. Co. Ltd. has been ordered to stop using and return all AEGIS® and AEGIS Microbe Shield® products to Microban®. Microban® International Ltd., the supplier of antimicrobials and odor control prevention, announced the ruling. The company has maintained that Greenchem International Co., Ltd. wrongfully obtained the use of its AEGIS® Environmental Management Inc. (a subsidiary of Microban International) …

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DuraFiber announces next steps for U.S. plants

July 20, 2017

DuraFiber Technologies a global supplier of high-tenacity polyester fibers, engineered fabrics, sewing threads and advanced materials, has announced that it has taken the next steps to prepare its production facilities in Salisbury and Shelby, N.C., and Winnsboro, S.C., to be idled if a buyer is not identified by September 11. According to the company, this action follows a series …

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

Of Interest

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

Fabric-wrapped structure surrounds award-winning “mediateque”

August 7, 2017

A few years ago, the city of Tbilisi in Georgia announced a competition to build “mediatheque” in several spots of the city. The first completed project was in Vake Park, which has now been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. The entire building is surrounded by a fabric-wrapped structure that gives it …

Out There

Museum of Modern Art features digitally knit solar installation

July 24, 2017

A digitally knit structure, installed within the courtyard of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), was the winner of MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. The annual initiative tasks creatives with designing a temporary outdoor installation that provides shade, seating and water. “Lumen,” by the Jenny Sabin Studio is an immersive, interactive pavilion consisting of more than 1 million …

Out There

KI ecobe debuts a modular shoe

July 10, 2017

KI ecobe has developed a new modular shoe designed to transition from home to outdoors, to work and back again. Each part serves a different function of support or comfort. The ecobe insole, outsole, inboot, shoelaces and KI strap can be mixed and matched for a possible 10,215 combinations of colors and styles. Consumers are …

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 …

Out There

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, …

Out There

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. …

Out There

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 …

Out There

“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 …

Out There

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 …

Out There

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 …

What's New?

Taiwanese innovation showcases performance fabrics

August 16, 2017

Taiwanese textile manufacturers recently presented products at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market at a launch hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council. New-product categories included fabric printing technology; smart textiles measuring heart rate and motion data; textile innovations utilizing fewer chemicals, water and raw materials while preserving function and complex colors; a PFC-free durable …

What's New?

Denim North America introduces new product line

August 15, 2017

Denim North America, a division of DNA Textile Group, recently introduced a new product line called FYnesse® Denim. According to the company, the product offers performance stretch with reduced shrinkage for  better fabric utilization and increased garment-to-garment sizing consistency. FYnesse Denim incorporates FYnesse yarn, developed and produced by Fiber & Yarn Products, a division of Poole Co. The …

What's New?

DuPont launches Intexar smart clothing technology

August 10, 2017

DuPont Advanced Materials recently announced the availability of its newest stretchable electronic inks and films for smart clothing. The announcement coincides with the launch of a new brand identity, DuPont Intexar smart clothing technology. The company says Intexar creates intelligent garments by connecting fabrics to biometric data including heart rate, breathing rate, form awareness and …

What's New?

Toung Loong Textile creates new line using INVISTA technology

August 7, 2017

According to INVISTA, Taiwan’s Toung Loong Textile is launching a new line of fabrics consisting of a blend of INVISTA’s COOLMAX® AIR technology with LYCRA® fiber. The fabrics are specifically designed to meet the needs of women’s fitness wear. The high-performance fibers are engineered to maximize consumer comfort with moisture-management performance, breathability and fast drying times. …

What's New?

Smart glove translates American Sign Language into text

August 7, 2017

Engineers at the University of California San Diego announce that they have developed a smart glove that wirelessly translates the American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet into text and controls a virtual hand to mimic sign language gestures. The device, which engineers call “The Language of Glove,” was built for less than $100 using stretchable and …

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Improved 3D knitted carbon fiber preforms developed

August 1, 2017

A U.K.-based manufacturer of weft-knitted technical textiles has developed the ability to commercially manufacture 3D carbon fiber preforms for composites that require no post knitting fabrication or cutting. Inside Composites says that Preform Technologies completed a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with the University of Derby to modify and adapt a Stoll CMS 822 HP …

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NILIT launches a new Nylon 6.6 for apparel

July 27, 2017

NILIT®, a manufacturer and marketer of nylon textile fibers announces the launch of Sensil®, its new Nylon 6.6 brand, and the company’s premium Nylon 6.6 for fashion and performance apparel. The company calls Sensil Nylon 6.6 “the gold standard of manmade fibers.” The product is soft, strong and durable, and retains newness after many wearings and …

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Thermetrics introduces a new baby thermal manikin

July 24, 2017

Thermetrics LLC’s latest custom thermal manikin has been announced: an 11-zone thermal manikin named “Baby Ruth.” The company designs and manufactures testing and measurement instrumentation systems for a variety of university, commercial and government clients worldwide. The baby manikin is designed to be about the size of a nine-month old child. It’s constructed from a …

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Metlon adds 3M C790 carbon black reflective material

July 17, 2017

Metlon Corp. has announced the addition of 3M’s C790 Carbon Black reflective material to its product lineup. The company expects the material to serve active and leisure apparel applications, including training, running, cycling and motorsports. In daylight, the reflective material appears black. 3M states its “proprietary carbon black technology makes the color inherent to the …

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Making the cooling effect of textiles measurable

July 1, 2017

Hohenstein Institut für Textilinnovation (HIT) has set out to measure the cooling effect of intelligent textiles. The Institute has created thermophysiological methods and models to objectively determine comfort levels for the wearer. The Institute’s new physical measuring method includes a heat release tester called WATson. The HIT thermophysiological evaluation system will compare the results of …