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Pavegen harvests power from footsteps in Washington, D.C.

December 8, 2016

London-based “smart flooring” developer Pavegen Systems, whose system generates energy from pedestrian traffic, is working with the U.S. government on an installation in Washington, D.C. The project includes a trio of Pavegen’s largest “V3” arrays and will be storing the energy from pedestrian footfall at DuPont Circle, one of the city’s most highly trafficked areas. …

In the Industry

Oerlikon, Huitong join in new polycondensation system

December 7, 2016

Despite the continuing market slowdown in China, the new manmade-fibers segment Oerlikon Barmag Huitong Engineering Co. Ltd.—a joint venture of Swiss technology group Oerlikon and Chinese chemicals specialists Huitong Chemical Engineering Technique—recently signed an order for a 60,000-tons-a-year polycondensation system. The system, to be commissioned in China’s Jiangsu Province in the second half of 2017, will be installed …

In the Industry

Gore opens fabrics testing facilities

December 6, 2016

W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., based in Elkton, Md., has opened its new Biophysics and Heat and Flame Protection labs at which engineers can test component materials, Gore laminates and fully constructed garments, and footwear. The new facilities also allow Gore to develop fabrics with distinct functionalities for specific markets. The new facilities feature an …

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bluesign® technologies launches new service platform

December 5, 2016

Swiss textiles chemical-management systems developer bluesign technologies has launched the bluesign® system partner area, which will combine all its services within a one-stop service platform. More than 500 companies already use the applications. The bluesign system partner area includes the applications bluetool, bluefinder, blueXpert and blueguide. A multitude of factsheets, guidance sheets and best-practices information …

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Textile industry eyes natural pigments in autumn leaves

December 2, 2016

Plants have been used as a source for coloring fabrics from their very beginning. Now, researchers at Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre are developing leaf-processing technologies that could be used by the cosmetics, textile, feed and food industries. VTT scientists are looking at autumn leaves for their pigments, carbohydrates, proteins and compounds that inhibit the …

In the Industry

Automotive sector shows potential for airbag yarn

December 1, 2016

Citing estimates by press-release distributor Business Wire, Swiss materials developer Oerlikon notes the demand for airbags will increase by 5 percent annually over the next five years. To date, airbags have been predominantly manufactured using polyamide 6.6 yarns, the company notes. However, there is a noticeable trend with these challenging industrial filament yarns toward polyester. …

In the Industry

China to be key player in the cotton market

November 29, 2016

The United States’ new administration’s policy on China trade will significantly impact the U.S. agricultural export trade, according to Marci Russell, former chief economist for CNBC. Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Lubbock (Texas) Economic Development Alliance, Russell presented four economic-related scenarios with varying degrees of probabilities as a result of the recent election. …

In the Industry

Train-seat materials market expected to hit $1.7 billion

November 28, 2016

Increasing environmental concerns pertaining to greenhouse gas emissions by various modes of transport and increasing demand for high-speed trains in Europe and Chine are expected to drive the global train-seat materials market value to $1.7 billion by the end of 2016. According to a report, “Global Market Study on Train Seat Materials: Fabric Material Type …

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Teijin bows water-repellant MINOTECH

November 25, 2016

Japan’s Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber products converting company, announced it has developed MINOTECH™, a highly water-repellent outerwear material for 2017 spring/summer. Annual sales are expected to rise to about $20 million by the fiscal year ending in March 2019, targeting the Japanese and Chinese markets. MINOTECH was inspired by the design …

In the Industry

Global acoustic-insulation market to reach $14.6 billion by 2022

November 24, 2016

Led by the performance of plastic foam, the global acoustic-insulation market is expected to reach $14.633 billion by 2022, according to new research published by Allied Market Research. Plastic foam material is estimated to dominate the market from 2015 to 2022. Europe led the market, accounting for some 35 percent of the global market in …

In the Industry

Oerlikon, Huitong join in new polycondensation system

December 7, 2016

Despite the continuing market slowdown in China, the new manmade-fibers segment Oerlikon Barmag Huitong Engineering Co. Ltd.—a joint venture of Swiss technology group Oerlikon and Chinese chemicals specialists Huitong Chemical Engineering Technique—recently signed an order for a 60,000-tons-a-year polycondensation system. The system, to be commissioned in China’s Jiangsu Province in the second half of 2017, will be installed …

In the Industry

Gore opens fabrics testing facilities

December 6, 2016

W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., based in Elkton, Md., has opened its new Biophysics and Heat and Flame Protection labs at which engineers can test component materials, Gore laminates and fully constructed garments, and footwear. The new facilities also allow Gore to develop fabrics with distinct functionalities for specific markets. The new facilities feature an …

In the Industry

Automotive sector shows potential for airbag yarn

December 1, 2016

Citing estimates by press-release distributor Business Wire, Swiss materials developer Oerlikon notes the demand for airbags will increase by 5 percent annually over the next five years. To date, airbags have been predominantly manufactured using polyamide 6.6 yarns, the company notes. However, there is a noticeable trend with these challenging industrial filament yarns toward polyester. …

In the Industry

China to be key player in the cotton market

November 29, 2016

The United States’ new administration’s policy on China trade will significantly impact the U.S. agricultural export trade, according to Marci Russell, former chief economist for CNBC. Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Lubbock (Texas) Economic Development Alliance, Russell presented four economic-related scenarios with varying degrees of probabilities as a result of the recent election. …

In the Industry

Train-seat materials market expected to hit $1.7 billion

November 28, 2016

Increasing environmental concerns pertaining to greenhouse gas emissions by various modes of transport and increasing demand for high-speed trains in Europe and Chine are expected to drive the global train-seat materials market value to $1.7 billion by the end of 2016. According to a report, “Global Market Study on Train Seat Materials: Fabric Material Type …

In the Industry

Global acoustic-insulation market to reach $14.6 billion by 2022

November 24, 2016

Led by the performance of plastic foam, the global acoustic-insulation market is expected to reach $14.633 billion by 2022, according to new research published by Allied Market Research. Plastic foam material is estimated to dominate the market from 2015 to 2022. Europe led the market, accounting for some 35 percent of the global market in …

In the Industry

Techtextil Russia to be held annually

November 15, 2016

To address the needs of the technical textiles and fibrous materials market, Messe Frankfurt RUS will turn Techtextil Russia into an annual event. According to textilesupdate.com, Techtextil Russia will be held in Moscow for the ninth time Feb. 20-22, 2017, at the  fairground. Russian Textile Week (Feb. 20-23) will feature Techtextil Russia–International Trade Fair for …

In the Industry

Chomarat works to aid auto CO2 reduction

November 14, 2016

In an effort to assist the automotive industry to fulfill regulatory CO2 reduction objectives, French textiles developer Chomarat is developing non-crimp fabrics based on very heavy tow fibers. Continuous-glass and carbon-fiber composites offer a significant advantage in attaining goals by reducing the weight of structures. Chomarat is working on formatting very heavy tow low-cost carbon …

In the Industry

Birdair membrane tops Coney Island Amphitheater

November 4, 2016

Buffalo, N.Y.-based Birdair Inc. has completed the new Ford Amphitheater at Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Coney Island. The 5,000-seat entertainment venue is part of New York City’s Seaside Park and Community Arts Center—a new community development that aims to bring a mix of year-round entertainment, new businesses and publicly accessible open space along the western portion of …

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

Customizable wearable technology introduced

November 18, 2016

Xenoma Inc. wants to make wearable technology more available to the general consumer. The company’s “e-skin” is a platform-based solution for wearable electronics apparel where the number, type and location of sensors can be fully customizable. A spin-off company from the University of Tokyo, the company is developing human-friendly technologies utilizing study results at academic …

Out There

K-PAK boat goes where you carry it

November 4, 2016

If the idea of storing and hauling a boat has prevented you from enjoying time on the water, a company in North Carolina offers a practical solution: a folding boat. The K-PAK from Folding Boat Co. is a portable, strong and lightweight foldable boat that can easily fit in the trunk of a car to …

Out There

Wearable alcohol sensor developed

October 21, 2016

Engineers at the University of Calif.-San Diego have developed a flexible, wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person’s blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device. The device, worn on the skin, could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, noninvasive and …

Out There

Backpacks adjust in size and shape

October 7, 2016

A new collection of bags by Dutch product designer Casper Notenboom was inspired by the way some Chinese residents package and transport their belongings, often carrying them on their back or on a bicycle. The designer used this observation, while serving an internship in China, to create a practical way for people to adjust the …

Out There

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

September 23, 2016

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

September 9, 2016

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

August 22, 2016

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

August 5, 2016

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

July 22, 2016

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

July 8, 2016

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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Textile industry eyes natural pigments in autumn leaves

December 2, 2016

Plants have been used as a source for coloring fabrics from their very beginning. Now, researchers at Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre are developing leaf-processing technologies that could be used by the cosmetics, textile, feed and food industries. VTT scientists are looking at autumn leaves for their pigments, carbohydrates, proteins and compounds that inhibit the …

What's New?

Teijin bows water-repellant MINOTECH

November 25, 2016

Japan’s Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber products converting company, announced it has developed MINOTECH™, a highly water-repellent outerwear material for 2017 spring/summer. Annual sales are expected to rise to about $20 million by the fiscal year ending in March 2019, targeting the Japanese and Chinese markets. MINOTECH was inspired by the design …

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Self-powered textile could be woven into smart clothes

November 18, 2016

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. and the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in China have made the first hybrid self-charging power textile system that can harvest both solar energy and the mechanical energy from a person’s movements. These energies can then be stored as chemical energy in fiber-shaped supercapacitors. …

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DNA Technical Fabrics introduces Inherent Plus+ FR Denim

November 11, 2016

DNA Technical Fabrics, a Columbus, Ga.-based division of DNA Textile Group, has introduced a new collection of INHERENT PLUS+ FR Denim fabrics. The collection utilizes a patent-pending dual FR technology to provide layered FR (flame resistant) protection. The new product can be enhanced through laundry applications including hand sanding, whiskers, enzymes and stonewashing to achieve …

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ITW Dynatec introduces Simplicity hot melt adhesive

November 10, 2016

Hendersonville, Tenn.-based bonding and sealing developer ITW Dynatec will unveil the latest version of its Dynamelt™ S Series adhesive supply unit (ASU) at Pack Expo 2016. It also will preview its recently developed Simplicity ASU product line. The compact Simplicity unit features single board control and ease of operation, eliminating the need for extensive or …

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Dyneema marries fiber to carbon for strength, durability

November 9, 2016

Dutch high-performance fiber developer Dyneema has introduced a carbon composite-fiber hybrid it says significantly improves the performance of pure carbon composites in terms of weight, impact resistance, ductility and vibrational dampening. While pure carbon is stiff, lightweight and easy to mold, it is not highly resistant to impact, and splinters when it breaks. Combing carbon …

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Stretchable smart sensors adjust to applications

November 4, 2016

The advanced textiles area on the show floor at IFAI Expo 2016 was not only larger than previous years, it also offered an impressive variety of products and services, including an entire section on testing with demonstrations and other learning opportunities. The testing area was ringed with exhibitors showing products for a range of markets and …

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Gore introduces new safety apparel

October 21, 2016

Elkton, Md.-based protective outerwear developer W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. has introduced a line of GORE® FR Apparel products featuring its GORE-TEX® PYRAD® fabric, flame-resistant (FR), foul-weather outerwear, which are designed to meet the needs of oil and gas workers. A jacket, bib and detachable hood combination offers protection from incidental flame exposure and weather protection …

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Kelheim Fibres develops static dissipative viscose fiber

October 17, 2016

German specialty-fiber fabricator Kelheim Fibres GmbH announces the development of a viscose fiber which provides static dissipation. The fiber receives its specific properties by the incorporation of electrically conductive additives into the fiber’s core. As a result, the company says, functional additives are evenly distributed throughout the whole fiber, while at the same time the …

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DermaTherapy bedding helps reduce pressure ulcers

October 14, 2016

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Standard Textile’s DermaTherapy® bed linens are now being marketed to hospitals and health-care centers to help reduce the production of pressure ulcers, commonly known as bedsores. The DermaTherapy technology was specifically developed to create the healthcare bedding. The company notes in a press release its silk-like fibers help regulate the patient’s “microclimate”—a combination …