Lightweight, soundproof material selected for 2016 Toyota Prius

March 31, 2016

Hayashi Telempu Corporation’s V-Wave™ soundproof material made with Teijin Limited’s V-Lap™ nonwoven polyester fabric will be used for soundproofing in the 2016 Toyota Prius. As environmental regulations continue to become increasingly strict worldwide, there are growing demands for solutions that help improve vehicle fuel efficiency, including weight reduction. Made with recycled polyester, the vertically oriented …

Asian market for high-end carpet yarns growing

March 30, 2016

According to a press release from Germany-based filament maker Oerlikon Neumag, consumer demand in the Asian flooring market is enjoying a turnaround, likely attributable to both the currently low price of oil and increased manufacturing capacities in Asia, resulting in a nearly 30 percent reduction in the cost of producing PA6 (polyamide-6) nylon granulate. “The …

HeiQ introduces Real Silk finish

March 29, 2016

Swiss textile technology company HeiQ Materials AG has introduced its HeiQ Real Silk textile-finishing technology. HeiQ Real Silk replicates key properties of silk by applying a minute amount of the natural raw material to the surface of any fabric. HeiQ Real Silk transfers the characteristics and feel of silk to such other fabrics as polyamide, …

Uster introduces TESTER 6

March 28, 2016

Swiss textile-testing and quality-control monitors Uster Technologies has introduced its newest USTER® TESTER 6 model, featuring new sensor technology and other features aimed at right-first-time textile production. For the first time, spinners benefit from a built-in Knowledge Based System and data about twist. The new USTER TESTER 6-C800 features purpose-designed sensors, providing higher accuracy and …

Conwed releases sustainability report

March 25, 2016

Minnesota, U.S.A.-based Conwed, a plastic netting manufacturer, has published its Global Sustainability Report 2016. The company has implemented best practices at all of its locations with the objective of increasing efficiency in their day to day operations and creating netting solutions that require less material and generate less waste. Conwed made a conscious review of …

Electroloom grant put a new spin on textiles

March 24, 2016

San Mateo, Calif.-based fabric developer Electroloom has received a $150,000 National Science Foundation Division of Industrial Innovation & Partnership grant to develop a new method of prototyping textiles, particularly clothing, through the automated desktop manufacturing of clothing with an electrospinning device. A similar process to 3-D printing, the technology has the potential to allow consumers …

A natural sleep solution

A small Nebraska-based company is committed to helping you sleep better—and saving the monarch butterfly at the same time. The Ogallala Comfort Co. in Ogallala, Neb. says they are the largest supplier of wild-crafted, sustainably harvested milkweed products and raw materials. Parent company Monarch Flyway’s first development in milkweed production was Ogallala Comfort Co., which …

Anti-bacterial fabric holds hope for fighting superbug

The widespread use of antibiotics has resulted in the ongoing and ever-increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” contributing to the deaths of many thousands of patients worldwide. Moreover, hospital-acquired infections have become a growing problem. As reported by the online newsletter textilesupdate.com, a consortium of South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and …