ASICS GT-1000 2 Is Runner’s World’s “Best Buy”

November 29, 2013

In just its second generation, ASICS GT-1000 2 running shoe has been named Runner’s World magazine’s “best buy” in its 2013 Winter Shoe Guide. The magazine cited the shoe’s cushioning and new design, along with a price tag of $100, among its winning attributes. An update on the previous version of the shoe, the GT-1000 …

Australians join forces in new facility

November 28, 2013

Australian fabric-structure specialists Atkins Fabrication and Structureflex have joined forces to build a fabrication facility in the Philippines. Featuring more than 5,000 square meters (16,000-plus square feet) of space, Glarfab (Global Architectural Fabrications Subic Inc.) offers decades of experience at competitive Asian prices. Glarfab exclusively supplies premium fabric architecture products and services to specialist trade, …

Transhield receives $8.3 million defense contract

November 27, 2013

Transhield Inc. recently announced that it has been awarded an $8.3 million contract, the largest in the company’s history, to supply protective covers for more than 4,500 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in the U.S. Army fleet. The contract also includes covers for 217 U.S. Navy MRAPs, U.S. Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs), …

Unifi reports first-quarter growth

November 12, 2013

Greensboro, N.C., yarn maker Unifi Inc. reports that its first-quarter net income was at $8.9 million, up from $2.3 million during the same period a year ago, which can be attributed, according to the company, to gains from improved margins, lower interest expenses and higher earnings from the company’s unconsolidated equity affiliates, offset in part by higher …

Norafin develops heatable nonwovens

Within the scope of a research and development process, Norafin, with its partners, has been able to successfully develop new, energy efficient and functional heatable nonwovens. These nonwovens have minimal heating times in low voltage areas, minimal weight and a homogeneous heat distribution during the heating and cooling phase. These features open up new application …

Dyneema predicts “game-changers” in protective textiles

The performance and endurance of military, law enforcement and security personnel have always been affected by the weight of their gear. Trends are underscoring the need for new, lighter materials that can deliver top protective performance and usability. Multiple global government initiatives are underway to reduce the weight of personal protective equipment for soldiers. DSM …

A sandless sandbag wins student design honors

Peyton Robertson at just 11 years old has come up with a simple but effective alternative to traditional sandbags, which are used to contain flooding. His solution: a lightweight, sandless sandbag, an idea that won the $25,000 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, and awarded Robertson the title, “America’s Top Young Scientist.” The problem with …

Advanced textiles professionals gather in Orlando

With two full days, the IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference covered a lot of territory about new technologies and processes, business topics, markets, and sustainability issues. Sessions were well attended, with presenters fielding many questions from attendees. The interaction continued at two luncheon meetings that featured keynote addresses and at a casual reception for all participants. …