Tauber Institute’s team projects uncover industry improvements

March 24, 2017

The 31 team projects sponsored by 21 global firms, launched recently by the University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute, will compete to find innovative approaches to the industry challenges posed by their sponsoring companies. The team projects pair exceptional students with companies for a 14-week, multidisciplinary, collaborative project. Each two- or three-person team is composed of master’s …

IFAI announces Smart Fabrics Program at Expo 2017

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced an expanded Advanced Textiles (AT) program for its annual Expo, scheduled for Sept. 26-29, 2017 in New Orleans, La. Among the additions is a new Smart Fabrics Program designed to channel the excitement around smart fabrics into new product development, providing attendees with access to experts, materials …

INVISTA evaluating possible sale

March 20, 2017

INVISTA reports it is “exploring strategic alternatives” for its Apparel & Advanced Textiles business, including the possibilities of selling or reinvesting. Brands produced and marketed by the company include Lycra and CoolMax fiber. Carmichael International reported that the main manufacturing assets are in the Lycra Spandex business as well as the nylon textile filament plant …

New clean room processing facility for Aramark

March 17, 2017

Aramark’s new facility in McKinney, Texas, will expand the company’s clean room services and create approximately 120 new local jobs. The facility will provide more service for the company’s customers who require sterile garments and contamination control supplies for the pharmaceutical, medical device, microelectronics, semiconductor and aerospace manufacturing industries. The company offers products for clean …

Kelheim competition winner filters out endocrine substances

March 10, 2017

Viscose fibers manufacturer Kelheim recently organized “100 percent cellulose fibers—rethought,” a competition that invited innovative uses of Kelheim fibers, and the company has chosen the winner. Dr. Jürgen Pettrak of Straubinger Entwässerung und Reinigung, a wastewater authority, received a prize of 2,500 euros for his idea to use filters made of functional viscose fibers to …

Cotton Inc. partners with PurThread for anti-odor fabrics

March 9, 2017

Cotton incorporated has developed a range of cotton-rich fabrics featuring a permanent anti-odor solution from antimicrobial textile technology provider PurThread. It forms part of a project to create cotton-based fabrics that maintain their natural qualities, such as feel and uniform color, while also adding performance characteristics, such as odor resistance. PurThread’s antimicrobial technology incorporates recycled …

Growth projected in cellulose fiber market

March 6, 2017

The cellulose fiber market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of nine per cent over the period 2016-24. An abundance of raw materials, environmental benefits of cellulose fibers and cost effectiveness will boost global cellulose fiber market demand in clothing and apparel over other alternatives, such as polyester and nylon. A shift in fashion …

High tech fabrics grow with sports market demands

March 3, 2017

When you think about high-tech sports and recreation products designed to help athletes hone the competitive edge, equipment rather than fabric likely springs to mind first, but this reaction is behind the times—fabrics have evolved to become essential performance enhancers. And as technology continues to progress, manufacturers of sports and recreation fabrics and fabric-based products …

Outdoor Retailer nixes future shows in Utah

February 24, 2017

Officials from Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Industry Association, Patagonia, The North Face and REI recently met via teleconference with Utah’s governor, Gary Herbert. As a result of the call, Outdoor Retailer will not include the state of Utah in the RFP process for future show locations. “We are doing the work necessary to procure an alternative …