“The chemistry inside innovation™” from Celanese Corp.

July 31, 2013

Technology and specialty materials company Celanese Corp., Dallas, Texas, will showcase the scope of its diverse products at K 2013 Oct. 16-23 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Designed to help drive innovation in mobility, water, energy and infrastructure, healthcare and consumer products, the company has chosen the theme, “Celanese – The chemistry inside innovation™.” “Attendees will see …

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, …

Printing large solar cells

July 30, 2013

Scientists have produced the largest flexible, plastic solar cells in Australia—10 times the size of previous materials—thanks to a new solar cell printer installed at Australian research institution CSIRO. The printer has allowed researchers from the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) to print organic photovoltaic cells the size of an A3 sheet of paper. …

Unifi and Palmetto Synthetics announce agreement

July 29, 2013

Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., has announced its first manufacturing and distribution relationship, to be held with Palmetto Synthetics LLC. Under this relationship, Unifi’s REPREVE® chip, produced at the REPREVE Recycling Center, will be purchased and processed by Palmetto into staple fiber and will be sold under the REPREVE brand name. This will provide the textile …

How smart are your clothes?

July 1, 2013

Canadian researcher imbeds interactive electronic functions in new composite fibers. From corsets to caftans, we have seen dramatic changes in popular style over the past 100 years. New research from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, now brings the future of fashion into focus by taking a closer look at the next quantum leap in textile design: …

July 2013

Embroidering techniques for smart textiles The Smart Textiles Design Lab at the Swedish School of Textiles offers articles about graduate students’ research. This one is about incorporating embroidering techniques as a way to create a new aesthetic for smart textiles. Balance is key to making quantum-dot solar cells work Quantum dots breakthrough suggests there’s a …

From the editor

Welcome to Advanced Textiles Source, published by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Our goal is to be the source for relevant, engaging and timely content in an attractive and easily consumable format. There is a place to fill in the advanced textiles world between tightly focused and highly technological information, and general consumer news …

Carbon fiber: A decades-long phenomenon

High technology products and markets often have long and costly development times, areas usually left to large companies to pursue. Carbon fiber (CF) fabrics and products are such segments. Carbon fiber reinforced composites (CRFP) are replacing steel, aluminum and fiberglass composites in a growing list of product ranges. Because of the steep material prices and …

Freudenberg showcases eco-friendly nonwovens

Freudenberg Nonwovens introduces its innovative and eco-friendly nonwoven product Lutradur® ECO made with REPREVE® recycled PET resin. REPREVE is a brand made with recycled materials, including plastic bottles, to the highest quality standards in the industry, with certifications that ensure product integrity. Lutradur ECO has the same outstanding product properties, such as dimensional stability, high …

Testing antimicrobial textile effects on skin

Textiles that incorporate silver or other antimicrobials seemed to be a perfect fit for sports clothing worn close to the skin, preventing odors after strenuous, sweaty workouts. The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, performed an extensive field study several years ago to ensure that skin’s natural flora were not adversely affected by antimicrobial fiber products. Recent …