Auto racing FR undergarment to be introduced

April 17, 2017

Alexium International Group Limited has partnered with Benwel Inc., a South Carolina–based uniform developer, to introduce a fire retardant undergarment for the auto racing industry. The garment is treated with both Alexiflam and Alexicool technology. The companies expect that the combination of fire retardant and phase change materials in one product will meet the comfort …

Active sportswear spurs waterproof breathables market

April 7, 2017

Market interest in apparel that protects active people from the elements, but doesn’t trap sweat, will continue. Information from Global Market Insights Inc. (GMI), reported in an article by David Bradley on materialstoday.com, suggests consumers’ increased demand for environmentally friendly products, general market growth in sportswear, and more people taking up extreme, mountain-based sports could …

Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 combines two major events

April 6, 2017

More than 2100 attendees and 193 exhibitors gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Fla., March 12-15, for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, the largest show in the geosynthetics industry. This year’s event combined the annual Geo-Congress and the biennial Geosynthetics Conference into an “super-event” held once every six years. “We had a great show and …

IT techies foray into technical textiles

In what seems to be a surprising reversal of a trend, some engineers are switching from information technology to the manufacturing sector. Over the past two decades, India has gained a reputation as an IT giant, with its skilled IT engineers spread across the globe. Now two IT engineers have combined skills and place to …

Growth in reflective materials market projected

April 5, 2017

According to a new report by Grand View Research Inc., the global value of the reflective materials market is anticipated to reach $31.14 billion by 2025. The study notes rising demand in high-visibility fabric for workplace safety and traffic management. Applications for reflective materials include manufacturing architectural glass, solar panels and windows, as well as a range of apparel …

TeXtreme spread tow fabrics for airlines

April 3, 2017

HAECO reports that calculation, simulation and manufacturing support reveal the use of TeXtreme may reduce the weight of the company’s airplane seats by 20 percent while maintaining mechanical properties. Reducing weight within planes promises to create savings in fuel costs for airlines. TeXtreme describes the spread tow fabric as an “ultra-lightweight, carbon fiber product.” The …

Use of smart textiles increases globally

March 31, 2017

Technological collaborations among companies have contributed to the growth of the global smart and interactive textile market, reports www.fashionatingworld.com. On the basis of the end user, the global market is segmented as: medical, healthcare, military, aerospace, transportation, and others. Developments in newly crafted textiles have led innovators to invent many smart textile applications such as color-changing …

FabricLink announces Top 10 Innovations Awards

March 29, 2017

The FabricLink Network’s Top 10 Innovations recognize technical achievements and originality that improve or advance finished product applications and performance. The winners for 2016–17 include new fiber and fabric developments; novel insulation improvements and smart fabric technologies; and a tagging solution using DNA to protect intellectual properties. The winning innovations: The CertainT Platform, developed byApplied DNA …

IFAI’s 2017 Smart Fabrics Program

Channeling exciting ideas into new product development. At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference, four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. The Advanced Textiles Conference, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New …

Student Design Competitions application deadline May 15

March 27, 2017

IFAI appreciates members’ dedication to helping advance the textile industry. We encourage you to further that advancement by passing along the following information to students  who are interested in a textile industry career. Students have until Monday, May 15, 2017, to submit projects for the IFAI Student Design Competitions. Any project completed between May 2016- May 2017 is eligible. …