Testing program to be offered at IFAI Expo

April 24, 2017

Once again in 2017, IFAI Expo will offer a Testing Program in cooperation with the North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Textiles, this year supported by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC). It will feature two certificate options, as well as demonstrations and Q&As for new market segments. The program includes: …

AATCC conference examines new textile developments

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) held its annual international conference in Wilmington, N.C., March 28–30.  It was the largest gathering in ten years with 280 attendees. Enthusiasm was evident during the daytime proceedings and at receptions held in the evenings, which had 20 exhibitors involving testing instrument makers, and chemical and …

Making any surface an interface

The creators of Welle (pronounced vell-uh) wanted to maximize control of devices and applications. The MaxusTech team came up with a way to allow users’ hands to draw letters and other symbols on any surface to create an interface to control smart devices, such as lights, TVs, speakers, doors, thermostats, cameras, curtains and fans. Welle …

Mesh draws water from the sky

UN-Water, the United Nations’ water agency, estimates that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be affected by water scarcity, according to an article in Smithsonian magazine. The article says that scarcity disproportionately affects women and girls, who in many regions are responsible for finding water—often for hours each day. A series of mesh fog collectors may be …

IP for innovators

Wearable technology faces rising legal questions. Wearable technology is impacting the college and professional sports industry at every level from fitness training to spectator engagement. With the trend set to increase over the next five years, it is worthwhile to ask, “What could this mean for intellectual property (IP) and data ownership?” Consider the audience …

New polyester dyeing process developed

Swiss companies Schoeller and Textilcolor have collaborated to create a new auxiliary concept used in polyester dyeing. “Ecodye” technology is said to accelerate the dyeing process and, in turn, cut costs and preserve the environment. Used on polyester yarns and piece goods, Schoeller says that it will shorten the heating phase, which can accelerate the …

Danish recycling company announces transaction

April 21, 2017

Really, a Danish sustainable materials company founded by Wickie Meier Engström, Klaus Samsøe and Ole Smedegaard in 2013, recycles wool and cotton from the fashion and textile industries to create new materials. The company announced that Danish manufacturer of design textilesKvadrat had acquired 52 percent of the operation. Really’s products are tapping symbiotic relationships in the textile …

Biosteel in adidas performance shoes introduced

April 20, 2017

The adidas Futurecraft Biofabric prototype shoe was unveiled as adidas and AMSilk announced a partnership that will explore the use of Biosteel fiber in performance products on a larger scale. adidas notes that this innovation as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability within the sports textile industry. The shoe features an upper made from …

Oerlikon enters strategic partnership

April 19, 2017

The Manmade Fibers segment of the Swiss Oerlikon Group is entering into a strategic partnership with the Italian company Teknoweb Materials s.r.l., which is aimed at extending both companies’ nonwovens portfolio to include disposable nonwovens. Teknoweb uses its Arvell Technology manufacturing process to produce spunbond-airlaid nonwoven wipes. Arvell Technology dispenses with hydroentanglement and subsequent drying, …

Walmart pushes for technology and talent

April 18, 2017

As part of reviving manufacturing, Walmart has advocated for developing talent and technology. Speaking recently to a standing room only audience at the 2017 international conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) in Wilmington, N.C., Joe Quinn, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Walmart, presented a case for growing talent and …