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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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IT techies foray into technical textiles

April 6, 2017

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

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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

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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

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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

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