Autonomous sailing vessel to cross the Atlantic

August 31, 2015

“MARS” is not headed to the red planet, although it is unmanned. This vessel is headed across the Atlantic Ocean, powered exclusively by solar technology. The Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship (MARS) is a sailing vessel designed by Shuttleworth Design for unlimited range. Carrying a variety of drones, the vessel will conduct experiments throughout the voyage. …

UltraTech introduces multirepellent EverShield

August 28, 2015

Jacksonville, Fla.-based spill-containment specialist UltraTech International Inc. has added EverShield to its product line. The fabric protection establishes a polymer coating that encases each fiber of the material, increasing durability. The coating—which deflects water, food, oil and more—maintains performance levels of long-chain fluorocarbons using the more environmentally friendly C6 fluoropolymers. The product is also water-based …

Textile chemicals guide available

August 27, 2015

With more customers wanting to know what is in their textile products, and chemical regulations for products becoming more stringent, ChemSec saw the need to provide a guide. The non-profit International Chemical Secretariat in Goteborg, Sweden, is offering the ChemSec Textile Guide to show companies how they can identify problematic chemicals in their production and …

Aquafil, Speedo to recycle swimwear fabric

August 21, 2015

Italian yarn company Aquafil has partnered with Speedo USA to recycle the latter’s swimwear scrap material into Econyl nylon. Speedo’s PowerFLEX Eco swimwear will be made from the nylon 6, creating a closed-loop manufacturing partnership between the two companies. In the swimwear industry, post-production fabric waste has previously been unsuitable for traditional recycling due to …

Seeing the unseen—in color

Co-founder of The Unseen, Lauren Bowker, identifies herself as an alchemist and leads the London-based design studio with a blend of material science and “magick.” The studio recently developed a sculptural jacket that is capable of detecting and reacting to brain activity, the company says, then changing its color based on how the wearer is …

Smart textile market to see dramatic growth

The global market for smart textiles and fabrics is expected to be valued at $1.59 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 24.1 percent from 2013 to 2020, according to a report by market analysts at San Francisco-based Grand View Research. The market is expected to be fueled by the growing …

Thermo-color map reveals weather conditions

[lightbox link=”http://advancedtextilessource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2015/08/Thermo-map2.jpg” thumb=”http://advancedtextilessource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2015/08/Thermo-map2-300×199.jpg” width=”300″ align=”none” title=”Thermo map2″ frame=”true” icon=”image”] Rolled, fabric maps are about as old as maps themselves, but a new map designed by Camilla Hempleman offers additional useful features for visitors and residents in her native Bath, England. The Bath °C Thermo Color Map uses thermo-chromic inks and Tyvek® fabric, and is activated …

Convention eyes wearable tech advances

August 19, 2015

The rapidly growing market for wearable technology will be the focus of Sourcing at Magic, a trade show and conference slated Aug. 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The value of the global wearable-technology market is predicted to reach $20 billion this year and $70 billion by 2025, according to the conference presenters. Wearable …