Microban announces ruling in AEGIS® suit

July 21, 2017

Greenchem Intl. Co. Ltd. has been ordered to stop using and return all AEGIS® and AEGIS Microbe Shield® products to Microban®. Microban® International Ltd., the supplier of antimicrobials and odor control prevention, announced the ruling. The company has maintained that Greenchem International Co., Ltd. wrongfully obtained the use of its AEGIS® Environmental Management Inc. (a subsidiary of Microban International) …

DuraFiber announces next steps for U.S. plants

July 20, 2017

DuraFiber Technologies a global supplier of high-tenacity polyester fibers, engineered fabrics, sewing threads and advanced materials, has announced that it has taken the next steps to prepare its production facilities in Salisbury and Shelby, N.C., and Winnsboro, S.C., to be idled if a buyer is not identified by September 11. According to the company, this action follows a series …

Toray to buy shares of Hong Kong knitter

July 18, 2017

Knitting Industry reports that Japanese company Toray Industries has agreed to acquire shares in Hong Kong–based Pacific Textiles Holdings. Toray has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 28.03 percent of Pacific Textiles from Far East Asia Ltd. Closing is expected to occur in July. Pacific Textiles has been manufacturing and trading textile products since …

Metlon adds 3M C790 carbon black reflective material

July 17, 2017

Metlon Corp. has announced the addition of 3M’s C790 Carbon Black reflective material to its product lineup. The company expects the material to serve active and leisure apparel applications, including training, running, cycling and motorsports. In daylight, the reflective material appears black. 3M states its “proprietary carbon black technology makes the color inherent to the …

Green Chapel appears in Normandy

July 14, 2017

Parisian architectural firm “town. and. concrete.” has created a temporary chapel constructed largely of inflated spheres. The Green Chapel in Normandy, France, sits in a wooded area—itself surrounded by greenery. The bright green exterior is a combination of flat and round surfaces, made of a polycarbonate material and interrupted by a cross on the front …

What’s that smell?

July 10, 2017

There have been antimicrobial and antibacterial treatments available for textiles for some time now, and they’re effective against a variety of serious pathogens. It’s understandable that the textile industry has focused on tackling dangerous infections rather than … well, stinky clothes. One might expect that a treatment that can kill microbes that cause illness and …

Rethinking odor control

New antimicrobial technologies focus on treatments for ‘permastink.’ It’s everywhere, and it’s not attractive. Permastink—the unpleasant smell that won’t wash out of textile products—has become a topic of conversation for consumers and brands alike. Polyester and other synthetic fibers are the materials of choice for the active performance and athleisure styles consumers now wear throughout …

Biarritz Active Lifestyle Integral Chair launched

Lectra, l’École supérieure des technologies industrielles avancées (ESTIA), the Today Tomorrow Textiles Foundation and JPS Conseil have announced the creation of the Biarritz Active Lifestyle Integral Chair, an initiative dedicated to tomorrow’s innovative and sustainable materials. Over the next three years, the initiative aims to help the fashion industry’s ecosystem—from textile design to clothing sales—transform …

Survey: consumers need information on textile odor control

Swiss textile maker HeiQ has conducted a consumer research study that shows consumers are bothered by smells on their textiles, but they are not aware of anti-odor functionalities in clothing or home textiles. HeiQ has concluded that textile products empowered with odor control technologies should be rethought if the added value is to be captured. …

KI ecobe debuts a modular shoe

KI ecobe has developed a new modular shoe designed to transition from home to outdoors, to work and back again. Each part serves a different function of support or comfort. The ecobe insole, outsole, inboot, shoelaces and KI strap can be mixed and matched for a possible 10,215 combinations of colors and styles. Consumers are …