Sleeping Bag Sleeve wards off mosquitos

May 22, 2017

The new OFFIS Textile Ltd. Sleeping Bag Sleeve is meant for use in wet conditions, especially high-flood areas, where insects are widespread. Most serious fever diseases, such as yellow fever, malaria and the Zika virus, are transmitted by insects, notably mosquitoes. The company says that its new 240-by-80 cm sleeping bag sleeve will reduce mosquitoes landing …

Largest aircraft takes to the sky again

Hybrid Air Vehicles recently completed the Airlander 10’s third test flight, which lasted almost three hours. Called the largest aircraft on the planet, it has no internal structure, but maintains its huge barrel shape due to the pressure stabilization of the helium inside the hull and the “smart,” strong Vectran material of which it is constructed. …

Thermal regulation heats up

Refined materials and improved processes impact climate control applications. New developments in climate control for technical textiles are seeing the emergence of more refined materials offering enhanced possibilities in a range of industries from automotive to architecture. At the TechTextil trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, in May, a number of these innovations were showcased, reflecting …

IFAI Expo 2017 offers e-textile “Hackathon” design challenge 

As part of the Advanced Textiles Conference, Smart Fabrics Track, IFAI Expo 2017 introduces its first “Hackathon,” challenging registrants to create the most innovative, new, e-textiles product – with only materials available in the show’s E-Textiles Workshop. Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, students, engineers and artists attending Expo 2017 are invited to participate. This year’s Expo takes …

TAPPI Meeting showcases innovation and collaboration

The Technical Association of Paper and Pulp Industry (TAPPI) hosted the PaperCon International Conference in April with about 1600 attendees and 75 exhibitors gathered in the Minneapolis Convention Center. The unique feature of this event has been the co-location of the nonwovens conference of TAPPI, referred to as NET Inc. TAPPI has been gaining prominence …

Hyosung launches MIPAN Robic fine

May 19, 2017

Hyosung has announced a new yarn that it says has 15 to 20 percent higher tenacity than regular nylon in the same deniers. The MIPAN Robic Fine yarn family ranges from 7–15 denier. Hyusong envisions the new yarns will be used for higher tensile strength and abrasion resistance in workwear, military uniforms and bags, backpacks, …

Pitch a tent in a boat

May 18, 2017

Raptor Boats Platform XL combines a boat and a tent, providing anglers with shelter from the elements. The boat is designed for a two-person tent, but the Platform XL features 15 D-rings to accommodate a range of tents or bivouac sacks. The platform is constructed of four inflatable air decks that form the boat’s base. Eight …

Largest technical textiles market predicted to be the Asia-Pacific

May 17, 2017

Future Market Insights’ recent report on the global technical textiles market predicts that the Asia-Pacific region will be the world’s largest market for technical textiles during the forecast period, 2017–2027. The report values the global technical textiles market at nearly $166 billion and anticipates the value to reach $260.3 billion by the end of 2027. The report also states that the …

Cordura and Südwolle to develop performance wool yarns

May 16, 2017

Functional fabric developer Cordura, owned by polymer fiber manufacturer Invista, will collaborate with Südwolle Group to create yarns that blend its nylon 6.6 fibers with wool, including a yarn that incorporates Merino wool. The yarns will be available in a range of counts and styles, and are designed to offer enhanced abrasion resistance, as well …

Plastic debris spun into adidas running shoes

May 15, 2017

Adidas and Parley for the Oceans are turning plastic debris into performance footwear as part of a two-year partnership. Parley for the Oceans is an organization dedicated to bringing creatives together to help end the pollution of our oceans. The new UltraBOOST running shoes will repurpose an average of 11 found plastic bottles per pair …