New FR apparel from G&K Services

August 22, 2014

G&K Services Inc., Minnetonka, Minn.-based provider of uniforms and facility services programs, has introduced a new line of vented flame-resistant (FR) uniforms and knit garments. The uniforms also feature enhanced visibility striping, offering added protection and safety for employees operating in limited-light conditions. G&K’s FR, vented, enhanced-visibility coveralls and work shirts are made with 4½-ounce …

Leister acquires Seamtek

Swiss plastic-welding and hot-air equipment manufacturer Leister Technologies AG has acquired Seamtek Inc. of Sandpoint, Idaho. Seamtek has provided hot-air welding/seaming equipment to the technical textile industry since 1996. Leister will debut the new digitally controlled Leister SEAMTEK 36 stationary welder at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo in Minneapolis, Oct. 14–16. Leister Technologies’ plastic-welding products …

From textile waste to improved fabrics

Facing a January 2016 deadline ending the disposal of textile waste in landfills, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing methods to restore worn-out fiber to good-as-new condition. Scientists are currently working on methods for separating the cellulose molecules contained in textile waste, such as cotton, using solvents. VTT, Aalto University and Tampere …

Kynar fibers availability expands

Johnson City, Tenn.-based specialty-fabrics producer MiniFIBERS Inc. announces that Kynar polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) multifilament and precision-cut staple fibers are now commercially available to address a growing demand for high-performance synthetic fibers. Kynar PVDF fibers have traditionally been used in environments that require chemical resistance, weatherability and durability, but have recently found interest in new markets. …

Royal DSM announces PFC-free membranes for clothing

Royal DSM announces the introduction by Toyota Tsusho of a new generation of high-performance membranes for clothing made from its Arnitel® VT, a flexible thermoplastic polyester-based elastomer. The new membranes contain no perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), and are 100 percent recyclable, breathable and waterproof in all circumstances, despite being only a few microns thick. Brands in …

Since your baby can’t talk …

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NCSU to launch new testing and evaluation program

COMPETE (Consortium for Outdoor Materials & Performance Ensembles Testing & Evaluation) is a new initiative being organized by the Textile Protection and Comfort Center (T-PACC) housed at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Textiles. Methods, standardization, education, communication, research, training and innovation are the focused areas. According to information provided by NCSU, the …

CORDURA debuts Alex Valdman designs

August 21, 2014

CORDURA, a fabric brand of INVISTA, will introduce its Combat Wool fabric with the launch of a new multipurpose jacket and pant designed by Alex Valdman at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City in October. A rising star in the fashion world, Valdman has worked with the likes of rapper Kanye West and …