Textile construction showcases at Techtextil

April 30, 2015

Filigree design, lightness, corrosion resistance and material efficiency: without these characteristics future architecture is unimaginable. Based on these characteristics, textile institutes and companies have been researching fiber-based alternative building materials and developing marketable products that will increasingly replace conventional materials like steel and offer equal or even better material properties. The future of textile construction …

OEKO-TEX® launches Made in Green label

April 29, 2015

OEKO-TEX® has been a partner for textile companies committed to human- and ecologically-safe products and the implementation of more sustainable manufacturing. The newest addition to its product portfolio is Made in Green by OEKO-TEX, a traceable product label which allows for communication throughout the supply chain all the way to the end-user. The label ensures …

Performance Fibers becomes DuraFiber Technologies Inc.

April 24, 2015

Industrial polyester fiber and fabric maker Performance Fibers of Huntersville, N.C., has completed the sale of its Asia operations to Indorama Ventures PCL, and has changed its name to DuraFiber Technologies Inc. “This sale has enhanced our consolidation of resources to focus on our core business, further strengthened our financial position, and, most importantly, will …

Spinnova develops non-chemical wood-based yarn

Spinnova Ltd., a Jyvaskyla, Finland-based spinoff of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., is developing fiber-to-yarn technology that is totally different from traditional textile yarn production. Spinnova’s technology uses no chemicals to dissolve wood fiber to a polymer level to regenerate cellulosic filaments. Instead, the technology allows the production of novel, low-cost, environmentally friendly …

Drexel researchers spin cotton into capacitive yarn

The possibility of developing a wearable fabric battery is closer to reality,due to the work of researchers at Philadelphia’s Drexel University. The team, led by Drexel doctoral candidate Kristy Jost, is looking at threads that could turn a textile into an energy-storage device. Using a process called “natural fiber welding” (NFW), which was developed by collaborator Paul …

LED fiber research yields color-tunable textile

Researchers have developed thin, light-emitting fibers capable of being woven into color-tunable textiles. Huisheng Peng of Fudan University, Shanghai, and colleagues found that a fiber-shaped PLEC (polymer light-emitting electrochemical cell) could be made by coating a thin steel wire with a layer of zinc oxide nanoparticles. The fibers are around one millimeter thick and can …

FibeRio, VF Corp. partner on nanofiber technology

April 23, 2015

McAllen, Texas-based nanofiber developer FibeRio Technology Corp. has joined VF Corporation—lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories maker—to develop and market performance apparel fabrics leveraging FibeRio’s proprietary nanotechnology. The partnership centers on FibeRio’s Forcespinning® technology which produces nanofiber material in high volume. With headquarters in Greensboro, N.C., VF will incorporate FibeRio’s capabilities and expertise across its three …

GKD to feature mesh constructions at Techtextil

April 22, 2015

Gebr. Kufferath AG (GKD) of Duren, Germany, will present its newest developments in technical textiles and nonwovens at Techtextil, May 4–7, with a focus on the company’s latest material combinations: weaves and mesh finishes, including coatings, hybrid weaves and multi-dimensional mesh constructions. Coatings GKD’s coated mesh constructions optimize separation rates or improve abrasion resistance. Integrated …