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Companies push for more sustainable finishing technologies

February 24, 2017

HeiQ and Patagonia have formed an exclusive research partnership to explore sustainable textile finishing technologies to achieve breathable and durable water repellence (DWR). HeiQ reports that recent studies quantify the hazardous effects of perfluorinated chemistries (PFCs) on human health and the environment. Alternatives to PFCs exist, including first-generation nonfluorinated DWRs. The companies’ teamwork may help …

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Stepping up to kinetic energy harvesting

February 24, 2017

Recent university and scientific lab research from around the world has focused on the potential of kinetic energy harvesting methods, but it may be too soon to see wide-spread commercially viable production. “We set out to answer the question of whether you can get useful amounts of electrical power out of something that looks like …

Out There

Thermal conductivity + elasticity = “thubber”

February 24, 2017

Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen of Carnegie Mellon University have developed a thermally conductive rubber material that they’ve nicknamed “thubber.” According to information provided by the Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering, the new material is an electrically insulating composite that exhibits a combination of metal-like thermal conductivity and elasticity similar to soft, biological tissue. And it can stretch over six times …

In the Industry

Outdoor Retailer nixes future shows in Utah

February 24, 2017

Officials from Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Industry Association, Patagonia, The North Face and REI recently met via teleconference with Utah’s governor, Gary Herbert. As a result of the call, Outdoor Retailer will not include the state of Utah in the RFP process for future show locations. “We are doing the work necessary to procure an alternative …

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Smart bandages can help identify infection

February 24, 2017

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced the development of a smart bandage that improves wound management by indicating healing problems. Many of the signs of infection, such as redness, swelling,  and increased temperature and discharge can be subtle and difficult to interpret. The CSIRO bandages respond to the need for early …

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Dealing with dust mite allergy—without permethrin

February 23, 2017

The William Küster Institute for Hygiene, Environment and Medicine at the Hohenstein Institute has tested a new product made by Proneem France that contains active ingredients effective against mites in textiles. The Institute reports that the Proneem product could act as an alternative to permethrin, a neurotoxin that may cause side effects in humans, including …

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Arc’teryx withdraws from Outdoor Retailer show

February 22, 2017

Arc’teryx, a company with a history of supporting the preservation of wild spaces, has announced its withdrawal from Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, Utah, due to the state’s efforts to rescind protection of Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands. The company’s announcement stands in support Patagonia’s decision Feb. 7 to leave Outdoor …

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Lenzing fibres receive USDA Biobased certification

February 21, 2017

Cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has announced that its Viscose and Modal fibres have been granted the U.S. Dept. of Agiculture’s (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label. The company said that this means that all of its standard Lenzing fibres have now been verified as derived 100 percent from nature. Its Lyocell Tencel fibre was certified as …

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Dealing with dust mite allergy—without permethrin

February 20, 2017

The William Küster Institute for Hygiene, Environment and Medicine at the Hohenstein Institute has tested a new product made by Proneem France that contains active ingredients effective against mites in textiles. The Institute reports that the Proneem product could act as an alternative to permethrin, a neurotoxin that may cause side effects in humans, including …

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Nano 7 launched by Reebok

February 17, 2017

Athletes wearing the new Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 recently broke 44 Guinness World Records in 24 hours. According to the company, athletes, Reebok brand partners and volunteers gathered in London, Sydney, Los Angeles and New York City specifically to attempt to break fitness-based records, wearing the Nano 7 shoe. Attempts ranged from 10-year-old Milla Star trying for the most burpees in one minute to Eirik …

Featured

Stepping up to kinetic energy harvesting

February 24, 2017

Recent university and scientific lab research from around the world has focused on the potential of kinetic energy harvesting methods, but it may be too soon to see wide-spread commercially viable production. “We set out to answer the question of whether you can get useful amounts of electrical power out of something that looks like …

Featured

Textile integration of piezoelectric energy harvesting

February 10, 2017

Breathing is the most consistent source of kinetic energy in the human body, as it produces a large circumferential displacement in the chest, even during sleep. This oscillation is one of few mechanisms in the human body that can also be exploited non-invasively for energy harvesting. The National Science Foundation’s ASSIST (Advanced Self-Powered Systems of …

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What “going circular” means for the apparel and textile industry

February 10, 2017

The apparel and footwear industry is forecast to generate double-digit growth to 2020 according to business analysts McKinsey & Co. One of the challenges is reconciling this growth with sustainability initiatives. As this report states it, “Sustainability and rapid business growth are not compatible; to pretend otherwise would be disingenuous.”  The solution proposed is an …

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Stronger possibilities

January 20, 2017

Carbon nanofibers and graphene can play a role in constructing Space habitats using robotics. The use of robotically-assisted additive manufacturing involving a mixture of carbon nanofibers, graphene and other polymer nanocomposites will allow the construction of lightweight and impervious sealant barriers, ultra-strong supports, airlocks and even bulkheads for future Space habitats and colonies within dormant …

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Keeping up with carbon

January 6, 2017

A rapidly growing demand for carbon fiber is stressing market ability to provide. Although carbon fiber as a commodity has been around since the late 1960s, only in the past 10 years can there truly be considered a dynamic market of real substance with steady growth potential. A market report published in Reinforced Plastics Nov/Dec …

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Medical textiles: what’s next?

December 22, 2016

“Health in hands,” is one of the catch phrases that illustrate a new focus in health care today. Proactive health care by monitoring and managing health issues continues to gain broader acceptance, particularly in developed and developing economies. Textiles of many kinds enhance health care products and contribute to the next phase of improvements. The …

In the Industry

Outdoor Retailer nixes future shows in Utah

February 24, 2017

Officials from Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Industry Association, Patagonia, The North Face and REI recently met via teleconference with Utah’s governor, Gary Herbert. As a result of the call, Outdoor Retailer will not include the state of Utah in the RFP process for future show locations. “We are doing the work necessary to procure an alternative …

In the Industry

Katharine Morgan becomes president of ASTM International

February 15, 2017

ASTM International announces that Katharine “Kathie” Morgan has began her tenure as president of the worldwide standards development organization. She succeeds James A. Thomas, who served as president for 25 years. Morgan has been involved with ASTM International for 33 years. For the last two years, she has been the executive vice president. Prior to that, she was …

In the Industry

U.K. textile academy trains next generation

February 9, 2017

The Textiles Growth Programme, a U.K. initiative designed to support the country’s textile industry, has provided funding of £30,000 to establish a new textile academy in Keighley, West Yorkshire. The academy will be on the campus of Keighley College, an offshoot of Leeds City College. Colin Booth, CEO and principal of Leeds City College, says the academy …

In the Industry

New line of air-lay nonwovens from Bouckaert

February 8, 2017

Textile World reports that Bouckaert Industrial Textiles has acquired a new 3.4-meter-wide air-lay line from Laroche S.A. and TechnoPlants S.r.l. The material will primarily serve the thermal and acoustical insulation markets and, secondarily, specialty filtration and conveyor belting. The line represents an investment of more than $3 million. The company expects to produce 8 million …

In the Industry

Polartec relaunches PolarFleece

February 3, 2017

Polartec invented PolarFleece in 1981, and since then, the company says that the invention has been “relentlessly copied.” Now the company is bringing back the brand. The relaunch began with the PolarFleece Pullover, which will combine Polartec Classic 200 with Polartec Power Stretch and use Polartec Hardface reinforcements at the collar, pocket, waist and cuffs. …

In the Industry

Huntsman forms spin-off company

February 2, 2017

Huntsman has formed a spin-off company named “Venator,” the Latin word for “hunter,” intended, in part, to acknowledge the Huntsman legacy. Venator shares are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker VNTR after the distribution to Huntsman’s shareholders, which remains targeted for the second quarter of 2017. Meanwhile Huntsman continues …

In the Industry

DuPont will spend $200 million on Experimental Station

February 1, 2017

DuPont chief executive officer Ed Breen recently announced his company will spend $200 million to upgrade and modernize the Experimental Station, the birthplace of DuPont products Nylon, Kevlar, Tyvek and Neoprene. DuPont’s 114-year-old research facility is located in Alapocas, Delaware. In the interests of supporting the incubation of ideas and products, renovations will enhance laboratory space …

In the Industry

J. Ennis Fabrics hires Byron Yonce

January 30, 2017

Ennis Fabrics, Plainfield, Ind., has announced that Byron Yonce has joined its sales team. Yonce has more than 25 years of industry experience, especially with specialty fabrics. He has served on various boards of directors: as president of the Midwest Fabric Products Association; chairman of the Fabric Graphics division of IFAI; and chairman of the …

In the Industry

Report out on industrial protective clothing fabrics

January 25, 2017

A recent report on industrial protective clothing fabrics market forecasts new growth in China, India and Brazil, which are likely to make up a much larger portion of the industrial protective clothing manufacturing segment during the next decade. The report says that Europe currently leads in production of and demand for industrial protective clothing fabrics. ReportLinker …

In the Industry

Mitsubishi Rayon buys U.S. carbon fiber plant

January 20, 2017

Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. has acquired the SGL Carbon Fibers site in Evanston, Wyo. Composites World reports that the addition of this site will expand Mitsubishi Rayon’s North American business to meet the growing demand for composites in wind turbine blades and automotive applications. SGL Group upgraded production lines in Muir of Ord, Scotland, which …

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

Thermal conductivity + elasticity = “thubber”

February 24, 2017

Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen of Carnegie Mellon University have developed a thermally conductive rubber material that they’ve nicknamed “thubber.” According to information provided by the Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering, the new material is an electrically insulating composite that exhibits a combination of metal-like thermal conductivity and elasticity similar to soft, biological tissue. And it can stretch over six times …

Out There

Smart phone app helps design a custom dress

February 10, 2017

The H&M-backed Swedish fashion house Ivyrevel has teamed up with Google and MediaMonks to create a personalized garment based on data gathered by a smartphone app. Ivyrevel calls the technology “Coded Couture.” The company says it works on the philosophy that fashion and technology go hand-in-hand. When you want a new dress to wear to …

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Interactive jacket designed for connecting

January 6, 2017

Design entrepreneur Henk-Jan Room has created an interactive jacket that’s meant to promote more meaningful human connections. The jacket connects to a smart phone and to social media via an app. The wearer can select preferences with the app, and based on these choices, the jacket communicates through light with other people as soon as …

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‘Luma’ pendant is a fuzzy fiber-optic light ball

December 19, 2016

For artists Kevin Siwoff and Lisa Park, light is a material that can be pulled apart, strand by strand. In their latest collaboration, the two have created the “Luma” pendant—a sculpture that emits a calming and dreamlike light through thousands of fiber optic hairs. Siwoff and Park’s work is directly influenced by their 2015 sound-responsive installation “Luma,” …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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Smart bandages can help identify infection

February 24, 2017

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced the development of a smart bandage that improves wound management by indicating healing problems. Many of the signs of infection, such as redness, swelling,  and increased temperature and discharge can be subtle and difficult to interpret. The CSIRO bandages respond to the need for early …

What's New?

Dealing with dust mite allergy—without permethrin

February 23, 2017

The William Küster Institute for Hygiene, Environment and Medicine at the Hohenstein Institute has tested a new product made by Proneem France that contains active ingredients effective against mites in textiles. The Institute reports that the Proneem product could act as an alternative to permethrin, a neurotoxin that may cause side effects in humans, including …

What's New?

Dealing with dust mite allergy—without permethrin

February 20, 2017

The William Küster Institute for Hygiene, Environment and Medicine at the Hohenstein Institute has tested a new product made by Proneem France that contains active ingredients effective against mites in textiles. The Institute reports that the Proneem product could act as an alternative to permethrin, a neurotoxin that may cause side effects in humans, including …

What's New?

Nano 7 launched by Reebok

February 17, 2017

Athletes wearing the new Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 recently broke 44 Guinness World Records in 24 hours. According to the company, athletes, Reebok brand partners and volunteers gathered in London, Sydney, Los Angeles and New York City specifically to attempt to break fitness-based records, wearing the Nano 7 shoe. Attempts ranged from 10-year-old Milla Star trying for the most burpees in one minute to Eirik …

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HYDRO_BOT manages moisture in clothing

February 16, 2017

A research facility and industry team have created a product they call HYDRO_BOT, aimed at transporting moisture to match human sweat rates in various climates, conditions and activity levels. The electronically controlled moisture management technology will be applied to sports, work and protective clothing. Osmotex, a Swiss-Norwegian startup, has been developing HYDRO_BOT for ten years. …

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Swedish researchers develop textile “muscles”

February 10, 2017

Researchers at Linköping University and the University of Borås in Sweden have developed electro-active textile muscle systems that turn everyday apparel fabrics into artificial external musculature. The technology may aid people with disabilities, laborers and others who need a boost when lifting and pulling. Seeker and www.phys.org report how the system works: Lightweight apparel fabric …

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Smart fabric mimics bone tissue

February 10, 2017

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) announces that biomedical engineers at the University have woven a “smart” fabric that mimics the properties of the bone tissue periosteum, a soft tissue sleeve that envelops most bony surfaces in the body. The complex arrangement of collagen, elastin and other structural proteins gives periosteum marked resilience and provides …

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Polartec announces launch of MtnLogic

February 6, 2017

MtnLogic recently launched its line of apparel built by world-class mountaineers in collaboration with Polartec. MtnLogic founder Peter Whittaker and guides at RMI Expeditions worked directly with Polartec to develop the new alpine workwear. Whittaker says that traditionally, technical gear is driven by merchant demand, price and trends. For this brand, Whittaker and the guides …

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Antibiotic synthetic spider silk using E. coli developed

January 27, 2017

Interdisciplinary work has resulted in a functionalized, artificial, antibiotic spider silk using E. coli bacteria. Scientists at Nottingham University in the U.K. have utilized a concept called “click chemistry” to synthesize the spider silk. Prof. Neil Thomas of the School of Chemistry collaborated with life scientist Dr. Sara Goodacre and her team in the research. …

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The Dyneema Project showcases new alpine jacket

January 26, 2017

Technical apparel designer Conroy Nachtigall was commissioned by The Dyneema Project to develop an alpine jacket using Dyneema® composite fabric. The short documentary “Sending It” includes responses from athletes testing the jacket in Squamish, B.C., Canada. Nachtigall noted that the Dyneema material suited his design goal of shifting perceptions. The material is high-tech, but its …