DRIFIRE partners with Australian FR provider

September 29, 2015

Chicago-based high-performance, flame-resistant (FR) apparel developer DRIFIRE® has partnered with Australian Defence Apparel PTY Ltd. (ADA) of Coberg, Victoria, in providing state-of-the art protective FR clothing solutions to Ergon Energy and the rest of the Australian electrical-services market. DRIFIRE’s 4.4™ fabric and garments feature lightweight, inherent, arc and flash-fire protection. The company provides high-performance flame-resistant …

Thule Adventure Team chooses TeXtreme for kayaks

September 28, 2015

Sponsored by equipment-transit specialist Thule of Malmo, Sweden, the multisport Thule Adventure Team is now using kayaks reinforced by TeXtreme®. TeXtreme, based in Boras, Sweden, specializes in carbon-fiber spread tow reinforcements for ultralight sports equipment. The Thule Adventure Team races K1 kayaks; “K1” designates a boat for a single racer. TeXtreme carbon-fiber material is based …

USA Rugby to use SKINS compression wear

September 25, 2015

Encinitas, Calif.-based sports compression-wear developer SKINS has partnered with USA Rugby, the sport’s national governing body in America, as an official supplier of compression product. SKINS will provide USA Rugby men’s and women’s national teams with compression garments for training, travel and recovery. SKINS compression garments have been engineered to apply the greatest amount of …

French fitness center wrapped in a bubble-like façade

September 23, 2015

Known for his extensive portfolio in furniture, product and industrial design, Phillipe Stark has stepped into the field of architecture with his Le Nuage (The Cloud) fitness and wellness building in Montpellier, France. The notion of transparency was the theme in creating the distinctive façade. Recognized as “the first inflatable building in France,” the exterior …

Milliken & Co. acquires Springfield LLC

September 18, 2015

Spartanburg, S.C.-based Milliken & Company has acquired Springfield LLC, manufacturer of technical, performance and flame-resistant (FR) fabrics for the safety apparel, fire service, military and occupational markets. The acquisition is the latest initiative in Milliken’s expanding presence in the global industrial workwear and military fabrics markets. Springfield’s portfolio of FR and non-FR fabrics provides Milliken …

IFAI’s 2015 Advanced Textiles Conference runs Oct. 6–7

In two full days of sessions, IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference Oct. 6–7 in Anaheim, Calif., offers three programming tracks, more than 25 speakers and presentations of particular interest to advanced textiles industry participants. One track includes market forecasts for wearable electronic devices; stretchable electronic ink and smart clothing; garments as computers; the future of 3D printing; and …

Polyfab Comtex shades the U.S. Open

Retractable roof system is a technological first. Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based Polyfab USA has provided a temporary shade cover on Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, N.Y., for the 2015 U.S. Open tennis championships. More than 50,000 square feet of Polyfab’s Comtex® White were used along with high-performance Dyneema® tensioning cables, all engineered and fabricated by Solar …

European committee decides on PFOA restriction

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has backed proposals by Norway and Germany to restrict the manufacture, marketing and use of PFOA, (pentadecafluorooctanoic acid) its salts and PFOA-related substances, as well as articles and mixtures containing these substances. A byproduct of perfluorocarbons, PFOAs are often used in oil and water-repellent fabrics. The report released September 15 …