Rethinking odor control

July 10, 2017

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 …

Today’s nonwoven sector: an overview

June 26, 2017

Versatility in fiber content can lead to expanding applications. Nonwoven fabrics have become a mainstay in the textiles sector. Compared to commodity textiles, nonwovens, industrial textiles, smart and wearable textiles are relatively new entrants into the industry. But the nonwovens sector is an organized one and has been established for five decades. This sector has …

The new nonwovens

June 12, 2017

Improvements in performance include more eco-friendly materials and processes. The global market for nonwovens is expected to grow from its 2015 level of $2.9 billion to $8 billion by 2022, according to Stratistics Market Research Consulting, specialists in global cross-sector market research. Existing market sectors such as health, hygiene and automotive applications are expanding, and …

Thermal regulation heats up

May 22, 2017

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 …

TAPPI meeting showcases innovation and collaboration

The Technical Association of the 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 …

Thermal control: beyond apparel

May 9, 2017

A range of industries could benefit from new materials, processes and technologies. Recent advances in thermal control for apparel have “grabbed the headlines” in this type of textile technology, but there are highly sophisticated materials and technologies that are less obvious, but at least as impressive. Depending on what the desired outcome is, an approach …

AATCC conference examines new textile developments

April 24, 2017

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 …

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 …

Patent law for innovators

April 7, 2017

Protecting the technologies and products that drive growth in the textile industry. Is innovation a key component of your business plan?  Will you distinguish yourself with unique product offerings? Whether protecting our men and women in uniform, advancing the treatment of medical conditions, or adding to a more sustainable tomorrow, innovation fuels the growth of textile …

Are smart textiles ready for the real world?

March 24, 2017

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a slow but sure evolution of wearable electronics, including smart textiles, designed primarily to monitor body functions and communicate with the Internet of Things. But a great many were not especially wearable, and some never made it out of the lab. The tide, however, seems to be turning. Première …