NCTO files public comments regarding NAFTA

June 29, 2017

Recently, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) filed public comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative outlining the U.S. textile industry’s priorities in the forthcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NCTO Chairman William V. McCrary Jr. said that the U.S. textile industry welcomes the U.S. president’s decision to …

The future of Philadelphia and smart fabrics

June 26, 2017

Philadelphia, Pa., now has the economic incentives, research capability and talent to regain its status as a textiles giant, advocates said at the first Greater Philadelphia Smart Fabrics Conference at Drexel University. To serve industry collaboration, Drexel is taking the lead in establishing the Fabric Discovery Center to be based in the Schuylkill Yards innovation zone adjacent …

Tintex and BRÜCKNER team up to coat knit fabrics

June 21, 2017

A collaboration of coating expertise from Tintex and machining expertise from BRÜCKNER promises to offer temperature uniformity in the treatment of synthetic fiber blends of knitted fabric and gives Tintex’s R & D department a means to develop new fabrics using the new machinery. At the heart of the collaboration is a stenter with the …

New director named at Hohenstein’s Institute for Life Science

June 16, 2017

Dr. Timo Hammer has been appointed to lead the William-Küster Institute for Hygiene, Environment and Medicine, otherwise known as the Institute for Life Science at Hohenstein’s Research and Service Center. In a recent interview, Dr. Hammer, a textile scientist, outlined some of the services Hohenstein currently accomplishes. These include determining effectiveness of antimicrobial fabrics against various bacteria, …

NC State opens new nonwovens facility

June 12, 2017

North Carolina State University (NC State) recently celebrated the grand opening of a new nonwovens facility on campus. Nonwovens have long-standing and wide-reaching roots in North Carolina. About 40 percent of the U.S. nonwovens industry is based in the state, reports Behnam Pourdeyhimi, executive director of the Nonwovens Institute at NC State. The new manufacturing facility, …

Ahlstrom-Munksjö awarded EcoVadis Gold

June 5, 2017

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has been awarded a Gold rating by EcoVadis following the assessment of the group’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) engagement. EcoVadis assesses performance improvements of four CSR components: environment, labor practices, fair business practices and sustainable procurement. The Gold rating places the company among the top 1 percent of suppliers evaluated across all industries, a …

“Hackathon” yields Sympatex functional jacket 4.0

June 1, 2017

“How do you imagine the ultimate functional jacket 4.0?” Sympatex Technologies investigated this question during a two-day design “hackathon,” together with a group of 20 outdoor bloggers and influencers at Mittenwald Hut on May 18 and 19. David Bacci, extreme mountaineer and Greenpeace activist; and Joe Stocker, clothing designer, served as mentors and experts for …

Fabric pavilion is an invitation to all in Sydney

May 31, 2017

As a competition entry for the Archmedium Sydney Rehearsal Follies, French architect Guillaume Mazars submitted a design for a pavilion dedicated to music in the Royal Botanic Garden of Sydney, according to Australian architecture firm Archinect. Mazars’ musical plaza is covered by a large sail suspended by a network of cables tightened between metallic blades. The roof consists …

Innovation Award 2017 winners announced

May 30, 2017

The 14th annual Techtextil Innovation Awards were presented at the opening ceremony of Techtextil. An international jury chose eight products in four categories in this year’s competition. Winners in the New Application category included: Centexbel: The intelligent knee brace from Centexbel, a nonprofit organization, supports patients during rehabilitation after knee operations. A textile sensor identifies the …

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 …