Trelleborg purchases Uretek Archer

December 31, 2014

The Trelleborg Group, Lodi Vecchio, Italy, a producer of engineered polymer-coated fabrics to protect critical systems in aerospace, automotive, recreation and fluid-handling sectors, enhanced its Trelleborg Coated Systems business by acquiring Uretek Archer LLC Group, consisting of Uretek LLC, a specialist in heat-sealable polyurethane-coated fabrics (New Haven, Conn.), and Archer Rubber Company LLC, a manufacturer …

Advanced performance paying off in garment textiles

December 30, 2014

Consumer demand for greater performance properties in sports and casual wear may drive a new enthusiasm among clothing manufacturers and retailers for moisture management fabric technology, according to Issue No. 49 of Performance Apparel Markets from Textiles Intelligence. Research on high-tech methods of enhancing moisture management, UV protection, antimicrobial qualities and stain resistance are paying …

FDA approves low-dose radiation implant

December 29, 2014

Brachytherapy, a form of radiation therapy in which a radiation source is implanted next to the area requiring treatment, is at the core of CivaTech Oncology®, Research Triangle Park, N.C., products. The company’s second low-dose rate (LDR) implantable device, CivaSheet™, has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treatment of …

Special PVC used to create an “Air Bubble” performance space

The Collectif de la Meute (Collective of the Pack), Douarnenez, France, is an affinity group enthusiastic about creating art—theater, visual arts, digital productions, circus acts, architecture and urban planning—in public spaces. The transitory nature of modern life inspired “the Pack” to create a movable public space: the Air Bubble, “a temporary, nomadic and living shelter, …

TAPPI celebrates 100 years

December 25, 2014

2015 marks TAPPI’s 100th year and their Centennial Celebration, to be held April 18-25, will bring association members, volunteers and industry leaders together in Atlanta, Ga. The event will feature a series of outreach events and educational offerings showcasing the history of the global pulp, paper, tissue, packaging and related industries as well as a …

Zimmer America reports sales record year

December 24, 2014

Zimmer America Corp., Spartanburg, S.C., reports that 2014 will be a sales record year in the North American market for Zimmer Austria’s ChromoJet digital carpet jet printing systems. Zimmer America has sold the state-of-the-art ChromoJet carpet printers to customers in Suwanee, Ga. (Millenium Mat Company); Calhoun, Ga. (Marquis Industries); Scottsboro, Ala. (Maples Industries Inc.), and …

Phase-change fabrics market tops $45 million

December 23, 2014

A study by consultants Frost & Sullivan of Mountain View, Calif., finds the market for micro-encapsulated phase-change materials (MPCMs) earned $45.1 million in 2013 and estimates the market will reach $99 million in 2018. The study covers MPCMs incorporated in textile and mattress components such as fibers, yarns, fabrics, foams and gels. The report says …

QMilk expands products and production in 2014

In Hanover, Germany, QMilk (Qmilch IP GmbH) is finding new ways to use not-for-consumption milk products. It has developed a bio-based polymer consisting of the milk protein casein from the 1.7 million tons of non-food milk that are thrown out each year in Germany. The 100 percent natural textile fiber is used for fashion, sportswear …

A self-defense surveillance suit

The Aposematic Jacket is a wearable, self-defense, surveillance system designed by Shinseungback Kimyonghun, a Seoul, Korea-based artist group formed by Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun. The well-tailored, interactive jacket is equipped with an assortment of tech features that could aid in preventing possible theft or assault, including a built-in-security alarm that the wearer …