China to be key player in the cotton market

November 29, 2016

The United States’ new administration’s policy on China trade will significantly impact the U.S. agricultural export trade, according to Marci Russell, former chief economist for CNBC. Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Lubbock (Texas) Economic Development Alliance, Russell presented four economic-related scenarios with varying degrees of probabilities as a result of the recent election. …

Train-seat materials market expected to hit $1.7 billion

November 28, 2016

Increasing environmental concerns pertaining to greenhouse gas emissions by various modes of transport and increasing demand for high-speed trains in Europe and Chine are expected to drive the global train-seat materials market value to $1.7 billion by the end of 2016. According to a report, “Global Market Study on Train Seat Materials: Fabric Material Type …

Teijin bows water-repellant MINOTECH

November 25, 2016

Japan’s Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber products converting company, announced it has developed MINOTECH™, a highly water-repellent outerwear material for 2017 spring/summer. Annual sales are expected to rise to about $20 million by the fiscal year ending in March 2019, targeting the Japanese and Chinese markets. MINOTECH was inspired by the design …

Global acoustic-insulation market to reach $14.6 billion by 2022

November 24, 2016

Led by the performance of plastic foam, the global acoustic-insulation market is expected to reach $14.633 billion by 2022, according to new research published by Allied Market Research. Plastic foam material is estimated to dominate the market from 2015 to 2022. Europe led the market, accounting for some 35 percent of the global market in …

Experts urge modern dyeing chemicals in Bangladesh

November 23, 2016

Experts participating in a seminar titled “Greenline Information Day-2016” have called upon textile industries in Bangladesh to use modern dyeing chemicals in their mills, as it can reduce industrial water consumption by 30 percent, and reduce hazardous chemical discharge in the environment. The seminar was organized by Greenline Environmental Technology, a Hong Kong-based textile consultancy …

Patagonia steps up use of recycled materials

Outdoor brand Patagonia has launched a collection made from more recycled materials. The Re/collection range features ten items, including shirts, coats, fleece vests and skirts, designed to keep the wearer warm, which also use more environmentally responsible materials. Among the recycled materials used are 100 percent recycled down, 100 percent recycled wool and 100 percent …

Self-powered textile could be woven into smart clothes

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. and the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in China have made the first hybrid self-charging power textile system that can harvest both solar energy and the mechanical energy from a person’s movements. These energies can then be stored as chemical energy in fiber-shaped supercapacitors. …

Customizable wearable technology introduced

Xenoma Inc. wants to make wearable technology more available to the general consumer. The company’s “e-skin” is a platform-based solution for wearable electronics apparel where the number, type and location of sensors can be fully customizable. A spin-off company from the University of Tokyo, the company is developing human-friendly technologies utilizing study results at academic …