IFAI Expo 2017 offers e-textile ‘Hackathon’ design challenge 

May 22, 2017

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 …

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 …

Wear Sustain calls for efficient wearables

May 11, 2017

Wear Sustain, a collaboration among seven European organizations, is offering funding for teams of creatives and technologists to develop the next generation of sustainable wearables and e-textile ideas. The wearable technology project seeks applications from teams of art, design, technology or engineering practitioners and businesses to co-develop compelling, ethical, innovative and sustainable solutions for wearable …

GOTS-certified facilities increase in 2016

May 9, 2017

In 2016, the number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) increased by 21 percent for a total of 4,624. GOTS-certified facilities are now located in 63 countries around the world. (They were located in 68 countries in 2015.) GOTS certification covers the processing of organic fibers along the supply chain, from …

Samil Spinning closes deal with Buhler Quality Yarns

May 3, 2017

Switzerland-based Hermann Bühler AG has successfully completed the sale of its U.S. subsidiary, Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., to South Korean Samil Spinning Co. Ltd., as of March 20, 2017. Final closing was the end of April. Further details of the transaction were not disclosed. As a key player in the North American yarn market, and …

Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc. receives Boeing award

May 1, 2017

Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc. has been named 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award Winner. The Philadelphia, Pa.-based company was recognized for its support of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security Division, specifically the Boeing H-47 Chinook and V-22 Osprey programs. Ehmke provides engineering, manufacturing and installation support for the design and fabrication of the acoustical insulation …

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: …

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 …