What's New?

New weaves, color palette for sling fabrics

November 16, 2018

Serge Ferrari has launched its 2019 collection for two of its sling mesh fabrics, Batyline Duo and Batyline Iso, a recent release says. Batyline Iso is Serge Ferrari’s original sling fabric. Coated high-tenacity polyester yarns are threaded one in warp and one in weft for a square-weave pragmatic construction. Most Iso fabrics are single color, …

Industry News

IFAI Installs Solar Panels Reducing Costs and Pollution

November 14, 2018

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) headquarters, located in Roseville, Minnesota, reduce their electricity usage by installing solar energy panels. Projected savings is $85,000 over the next 20 years, which IFAI plans to reinvest. “One of our core values is to reduce our environmental footprint and the solar array is a big step. We will be …

Featured

E-textiles: where we are

November 12, 2018

With breakthrough technologies and standards under development, it’s been a turning point year for e-textiles. IFAI’s Expo 2018 in Dallas in October offered a good variety of topics in its presentations and a range of products across advanced textiles markets. Medical and health, protective and safety, smart fabrics, solar textiles and military applications were among …

Industry News

Where the textile industry gathers

November 12, 2018

IFAI Expo 2018 delivered new information and opportunities for business connections across textile market areas. Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo (IFAI Expo) offered a variety of exhibitors, events and education and attracted more than 4,350 verified registered participants from IFAI Expo and 500 scanned leads from CAMX to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in …

EcoNote

Textile waste is turned into dye powders

November 12, 2018

Officina+39, an Italian textile chemical company, is preparing to scale up the production of Recycrom colour powders made from used clothing and textile waste. The new technology developed by Officina+39 uses 100 percent recycled materials to create long-lasting colors with a natural washed-out look. The product offers a range of pigment powders using textile fibers …

What's New?

Technical swimsuit expected to break world records

November 12, 2018

California-based swim and triathlon apparel brand TYR Sport has unveiled its new technical swimsuit, which has been designed with the help of a number of Olympic athletes. The TYR Venzo was presented at an event in Laguna Beach, Calif. in October. Among the swimmers present at the launch were five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky and …

My Take

What I think about Expo this year – and every year

November 12, 2018

Every Expo is different. But I’ve attended nine of them now, and every year I see something new, meet someone I didn’t know previously, get a better understanding of new technology and products, make crucial connections for future articles in Advanced Textiles Source—and have a good time. I get to know my writers as people, …

EcoNote

Biodegradable synthetic insulation introduced

November 12, 2018

PrimaLoft Inc. announces that it has introduced PrimaLoft Bio, a synthetic insulation made from 100 percent recycled, biodegradable fibers. The idea was born in 2014 when a PrimaLoft product manager said during a weekly research and development meeting, “Why can’t we just make a jacket insulation that we can bury in the backyard?” PrimaLoft then …

Industry News

BGF Industries relocates to Virginia

November 6, 2018

Porcher Industries’ subsidiary BGF Industries Inc. has announced its planned investment of $7 million to relocate its headquarters and research and development activities from Greensboro, North Carolina, to the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  In early 2019, the company will construct a facility measuring 2,320 square meters at Cyber Park, owned by the …

Industry News

Superior comfort for adventure skiers

November 2, 2018

As part of its FW 2018 collection, Black Crows introduces the women’s Ventus Hybrid Alpha Jacket. Made from Polartec® Alpha® breathable insulation that introduced the concept of active insulation, Black Crows brings a touch of style to this hi-tech and ultra-functional apparel. Originally developed for U.S. Special Forces to create a superior insulation system for …

Expo News

2018 Advanced Textiles Student Design Competition Winners Announced

October 18, 2018

Advanced Textile Products and the Narrow Fabrics Institute, divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), recently selected the winners of the 2018 Advanced Textiles Student Design Competition. The awards were announced during IFAI Expo 2018, held in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 15-18. First Place First-place honors went to J. Walter Lee, Stephanie Wang and Caroline …

Expo News

Testing basics provide key communication points on textile products

October 17, 2018

When you plan to sell a textile product, there are numerous reasons to test it before taking it to market. Many of those testing results tell you what you can ultimately communicate to others about your product, and what they can expect of your product. Dr. Emiel DenHartog, North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, …

Expo News

IFAI Expo 2018: Show Stopper winners on the floor

October 17, 2018

All the best from Texas: Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The seventh annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services …

Expo News

2018 IFF Greater Good Award winner: Service Thread

October 17, 2018

Service Thread, based in Laurinburg, N.C., was awarded the 2018 Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) Greater Good Award at IFAI Expo 2018 in Dallas, Texas. The Greater Good Award focuses on an IFAI member company that does good business—and strives to be a good neighbor, good citizen, and good partner. Nomination criteria were based on the …

Expo News

Advanced textiles market research at Expo

October 17, 2018

Jeff Rasmussen, IFAI market research director, presented a brief overview of the advanced textiles market at IFAI’s Expo 2018 in Dallas this week. His research reveals that steady growth should be expected at 8.8 percent for 2018 (the same as 2017). In his Advanced Textiles Market Update, Rasmussen pointed to the overlay between the smart …

Expo News

Fiber production trends outlined

October 17, 2018

An update on fiber production did not reveal any big surprises, but it did provide some important details assessing the nature of the market today. In a “Campfire” session on the show floor, Darrell Collier, Tecnon OrbiChem, showed participants the growth trajectory and market dominance that polyester since it entered the textile market. Collier also …

Expo News

IFF 2018 Innovation Award Winner: W.L. Gore & Associates

October 17, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) has announced W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., Newark, Del., as the winner of the 2018 IFF Innovation Award. The company’s GORE-TEX® PYRAD® fabric won in the category of Fabrics, Fibers and Films. The award was presented at IFAI Expo 2018 at IFAI’s annual meeting, held Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the …

Expo News

2018 International Achievement Award Winners Announced

October 17, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, announced at the awards breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at IFAI Expo 2018. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in North America, held this year at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention …

Expo News

Sharpen your competitive edge

October 17, 2018

Asking yourself one simple question can help make your business a magnet for new customers, says marketing professional Madeleine MacRae, owner of MM MacRae Coaching & Consulting. “That question is ‘Who is your ideal client?’” In her Oct. 16 Expo session on distinguishing yourself in the marketplace, MacRae says answering this question is the key …

Expo News

GlideWear finds new applications in reducing friction

October 16, 2018

A variety of advanced textile products were discussed in sessions during IFAI’s Pre-Expo Conference Oct. 15. Caroline Portoghese explained how her company’s product, called GlideWear, offers innovative skin protection by reducing friction and shear to prevent skin tears and blisters. The product has been used by athletes, burn patients wearing compression garments, in wheelchair components …

Featured

E-textiles: where we are

November 12, 2018

With breakthrough technologies and standards under development, it’s been a turning point year for e-textiles. IFAI’s Expo 2018 in Dallas in October offered a good variety of topics in its presentations and a range of products across advanced textiles markets. Medical and health, protective and safety, smart fabrics, solar textiles and military applications were among …

Featured

Move over, synthetics

October 22, 2018

There’s a new appreciation for the versatility of natural fibers in high tech fabrics. Since the industrial revolution, textiles have transitioned from natural fibers of cotton, wool, silk and linen, to textiles created from petroleum products and reconstituted wood pulp. Today’s synthetic fibers are stronger, cheaper to manufacture, and have proven easily adaptable to a …

Featured

Natural fibers, unconventional uses

October 8, 2018

Bio-based technologies show promise in addressing textile sustainability concerns. The introduction of new regulations and standards can create a ripple effect that extends far beyond the industry or material group that it is directed at. Europe adopted a European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy earlier this year and is seriously considering the introduction …

Featured

Protecting the protectors

September 24, 2018

The DHS addresses crucial needs with its First Responder PPE Program. First responders—from firefighters to law enforcement to emergency medical services technicians—need to be ready daily to handle any situation they encounter, and they need the appropriate gear to quickly respond to emergencies. They courageously confront risk, drawing on their experience to make sound decisions in …

Featured

HEROES and collaborators

September 24, 2018

Behind every effective PPE are materials designed for specific and critical purposes. When we think of personal protective equipment (PPE), we may first visualize the end applications: a firefighters turnout gear or a soldier’s helmet, perhaps. How these products are constructed is important, but the materials that go into them are equally crucial in making …

Featured

Understanding the protective textiles market

September 10, 2018

Participants can benefit from strong growth predictions when armed with solid information. The protective textiles sector is expected to grow at an annual rate of 4 percent, according to a recent report by Leeds, U.K.-based WTiN Intelligence Service. Earlier estimates by other market survey agencies, such as Grand View Research, estimated the annual growth rate …

Featured

What textiles could become

August 20, 2018

Three industry leaders talk about innovation in the textile industry and how early adopters impact the development of new technologies and products. IoClothes describes itself as “A Community Fusing Tech & TextilesTM” that exists to support those who innovate by providing information and helping them to establish the right connections to move forward. Managing director …

Featured

Tackling wrinkling in advanced textile composites

August 6, 2018

New research shows breakthroughs in solving a persistent challenge in textile composite manufacturing. The birth of the modern composites industry dates back to the introduction of high performance continuous fibers, including aramid and carbon, in the 1960s. Over the years, the increasing availability of such fibers has allowed the rapid development of a range of …

Featured

Tomorrow’s composites

July 23, 2018

The ability to incorporate new materials into composites could open up another world of possibilities. In material science, strength alone is often found to have its limitations so that a combination of hard and soft, rigid and flexible is an area of increasing interest for a wide range of applications from building, to sports equipment, …

Featured

The world of composites

July 9, 2018

Fiber-based composite development sparks special interest. Composites is a high-growth industry and, according to two major market intelligence groups, will reach more than $100 billion by 2022. Paris-based JEC Composites has estimated that this sector grew from $75 billion to $82 billion in one year during 2015-16 and will reach a value of $103 billion …

Industry News

IFAI Installs Solar Panels Reducing Costs and Pollution

November 14, 2018

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) headquarters, located in Roseville, Minnesota, reduce their electricity usage by installing solar energy panels. Projected savings is $85,000 over the next 20 years, which IFAI plans to reinvest. “One of our core values is to reduce our environmental footprint and the solar array is a big step. We will be …

Industry News

Where the textile industry gathers

November 12, 2018

IFAI Expo 2018 delivered new information and opportunities for business connections across textile market areas. Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo (IFAI Expo) offered a variety of exhibitors, events and education and attracted more than 4,350 verified registered participants from IFAI Expo and 500 scanned leads from CAMX to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in …

Industry News

BGF Industries relocates to Virginia

November 6, 2018

Porcher Industries’ subsidiary BGF Industries Inc. has announced its planned investment of $7 million to relocate its headquarters and research and development activities from Greensboro, North Carolina, to the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  In early 2019, the company will construct a facility measuring 2,320 square meters at Cyber Park, owned by the …

Industry News

Superior comfort for adventure skiers

November 2, 2018

As part of its FW 2018 collection, Black Crows introduces the women’s Ventus Hybrid Alpha Jacket. Made from Polartec® Alpha® breathable insulation that introduced the concept of active insulation, Black Crows brings a touch of style to this hi-tech and ultra-functional apparel. Originally developed for U.S. Special Forces to create a superior insulation system for …

Industry News

Thin, flexible batteries market report released

October 31, 2018

IDTechEx has released a new report, “Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2019–2029.” The report includes information gleaned since 2014 about market progress of flexible, thin-film, or printed batteries, as well as those using novel form factors. The market is complex, a recent release from IDTechEx says, involving solutions from many categories: printed batteries, thin-film …

Industry News

Textile machinery business transfer completed

October 29, 2018

With the final transfer of ownership effective October 1, 2018, Oerlikon Barmag Spinnzwirn became the independent company STC Spinnzwirn GmbH (Starlinger Textile machinery Chemnitz). In May 2018, the Austrian Starlinger Group announced the acquisition of the Chemnitz-based business unit Barmag Spinnzwirn from Oerlikon. STC Spinnzwirn has more than 150 years of textile machinery engineering experience. …

Industry News

Huntsman, Chemours expand alliance

October 25, 2018

Huntsman Textile Effects and The Chemours Company FC, LLC have agreed to expand their long-term alliance in the area of durable water repellence (DWR). The expansion of research and development, marketing, technical support and manufacturing is expected to also expand the two companies’ commitment to sustainability. In addition to fluorinated solutions, the companies will now …

Industry News

IFF 2018 Innovation Award winner announced

October 22, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) has announced W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., Newark, Del., as the winner of the 2018 IFF Innovation Award. The company’s GORE-TEX® PYRAD® fabric won in the category of Fabrics, Fibers and Films. GORE-TEX PYRAD is a revolutionary new technology that offers weather protection utilizing a waterproof, windproof and breathable GORE-TEX …

Industry News

Advanced textiles market research presented at IFAI Expo 2018

October 22, 2018

IFAI market research director Jeff Rasmussen told his audience at IFAI’s Expo 2018 in Dallas that the 8.8 percent growth in the advanced textiles market reported in 2017 will also be true of 2018. In his Advanced Textiles Market Update, Rasmussen pointed to the overlay between the smart fabrics and the advanced textile products (ATP) …

Industry News

Advanced Textiles Student Design Challenge winners announced

October 22, 2018

Advanced Textile Products and the Narrow Fabrics Institute, divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), recently selected the winners of the 2018 Advanced Textiles Student Design Competition. The awards were announced during IFAI Expo 2018, held in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 15-18. First-place honors went to J. Walter Lee, Stephanie Wang and Caroline Albers from …

Out There

Robotic skin can animate objects

October 22, 2018

Scientists at Yale University have developed a robotic skin that can be applied to inanimate objects seemingly bringing them to life. The elastic “skin” sheets are embedded with a variety of sensors and actuators capable of animating the legs of a stuffed animal or causing a foam tube to flex. This type of robotic technology …

Out There

Eco-friendly, acoustic panels made of hemp husks

October 18, 2018

Russian design studio Aotta presents a new sound-absorbing and lightweight panel made of hemp husks. A completely organic material, the husks are routinely disposed of as useless waste. That means the material is a cheap resource. Aotta’s hemp husk panels are a naturally porous membrane for absorbing sound reflections, and it can regulate the humidity …

Out There

Researchers investigate seeds’ natural “armor”

October 8, 2018

Biomimicry has revealed ways that nature can be copied to create new products and improve existing ones. Recently, a team of researchers from the University of New Hampshire in the U.S. has shown how the seed coats of certain plants could help in the development of flexible materials that are strong and resilient. An article …

Out There

Printing 3D sand: strength and design freedom in concrete

August 20, 2018

Researchers in Switzerland have fabricated a lightweight 80-square-meter concrete slab ceiling that uses 3D sand printing for its formwork. The ceiling consists of 11 segments of Smart Slab, which is 20 millimeters at its thinnest point and is reported to be less than half the weight of a conventional concrete ceiling, although even at half …

Out There

Giant space blanket serves a communal purpose

August 6, 2018

Moscow-based designer Alex Shtanuk will be contributing a piece of space travel nostalgia to the 2018 Burning Man gathering later this summer in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, while giving festival attendees a place to escape the desert heat. A giant “space blanket” will provide a casual place for festival goers to find a …

Out There

Functioning QR codes are woven into a jacket

July 23, 2018

Artist Julie Helles Ericksen has created a jacket with QR codes woven into it that can access digital information as the wearer shares it. According to Ericksen, “We communicate to others through what we wear, what we post on social media and what we choose to hide. We curate ourselves to present different versions.” Ericksen …

Out There

Wearable controller tracks hand and finger gestures

July 10, 2018

A hand-wearable device called Kai enables the wearer to control any digital device by tracking hand and finger gestures. Human augmentation start-up Vicara has created the device, a smart band that fits over the hand, that’s meant to increase productivity. Kai features gesture-based computer interaction technology that is compatible with any bluetooth-enabled device, including laptops, …

Out There

Facial recognition technology used in adidas display

June 25, 2018

Adidas has commissioned designer Behnaz Farahi to create a display case with the ability to “read” facial expressions and respond to them. According to the designer, the emotive display called “Mesolite” was designed to showcase an adidas concept shoe. The name is a reference to Mesolite crystals, which it closely resembles in its appearance. The project is …

Out There

Textile art pays homage

June 19, 2018

Textile artist Tamara Kostianovsky’s latest creations, a series called Tree Stumps, uses strips of fabric gleaned from her late father’s clothing. The intricately layered detailed forms are an allusion to her father’s body returning to the environment after his passing. Kostianovsky was inspired by Andean people who believe that Mother Earth is embodied in the surrounding …

Out There

Fabric has user-controlled color and pattern function

June 11, 2018

The College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) announces that it has produced a fabric that allows the user to change the color or pattern of the fabric via smartphone. According to the university, CREOL’s ChroMorphous technology can be applied to large, woven fabrics and cut-and-sewn textile products. Each …

What's New?

New weaves, color palette for sling fabrics

November 16, 2018

Serge Ferrari has launched its 2019 collection for two of its sling mesh fabrics, Batyline Duo and Batyline Iso, a recent release says. Batyline Iso is Serge Ferrari’s original sling fabric. Coated high-tenacity polyester yarns are threaded one in warp and one in weft for a square-weave pragmatic construction. Most Iso fabrics are single color, …

What's New?

Technical swimsuit expected to break world records

November 12, 2018

California-based swim and triathlon apparel brand TYR Sport has unveiled its new technical swimsuit, which has been designed with the help of a number of Olympic athletes. The TYR Venzo was presented at an event in Laguna Beach, Calif. in October. Among the swimmers present at the launch were five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky and …

What's New?

Fabrics and textiles are giving electronics a softer look

October 29, 2018

An article on Slate says that a number of companies are opting for using textiles in the electronic products they make. While much of the tech world is still made of glass, aluminum, plastic, and composites, textiles are emerging as a stylish way to accessorize and protect the tech used by consumers in their homes. A “smorgasbord …

What's New?

Award-winning projects recognized at IFAI Expo 2018

October 22, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, which were announced at the awards breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at IFAI Expo 2018 in Dallas, Texas. For seven decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation. The organization’s goal is to …

Expo News

GlideWear finds new applications in reducing friction

October 16, 2018

A variety of advanced textile products were discussed in sessions during IFAI’s Pre-Expo Conference Oct. 15. Caroline Portoghese explained how her company’s product, called GlideWear, offers innovative skin protection by reducing friction and shear to prevent skin tears and blisters. The product has been used by athletes, burn patients wearing compression garments, in wheelchair components …

What's New?

NAFTA replacement has textile chapter

October 10, 2018

The United States, Mexico and Canada have concluded negotiations on a trade agreement to replace NAFTA. The text of the deal, referred to as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, was released by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. “The U.S. textile industry is pleased the United States, Mexico and Canada have reached an agreement because …

What's New?

Mechanical exoskeleton developed for manual workers

October 8, 2018

Italian technology and innovation company Comau has created MATE (muscular aiding tech exoskeleton), a wearable ergonomic support device that eases the strain of repetitive movements. Developed in collaboration with ÖSSUR, an Icelandic noninvasive orthopedic company, and IUVO, a spin-off company of the Italian BioRobotics Institute specializing in wearable technologies, the MATE Exoskeleton is able to …

What's New?

Origami kayak for two launched

October 1, 2018

Oru Kayak’s latest folding watercraft is a tandem—the first of its kind, says the company. The largest of Oru’s origami-inspired models, the Haven goes from box to water in about 10 minutes, an article on designboom.com reports. Oru chief designer and company co-founder, Anton Willis, explained that the new foldable kayak was “designed with families …

What's New?

Reversible, all-season tent introduced

September 24, 2018

The makers of a new, unique tent call it “revolutionary,” but what may be most revolutionary about the company is what it does with its tents. Billion Bricks Ltd., a Singapore-based nonprofit design and technology studio, says its weatherHYDE tent is the world’s only reversible, all-season, family tent. While campers and outdoor enthusiasts are likely …

What's New?

Wūru Wool brings blister prevention secrets to the U.S.

September 12, 2018

Outdoor and endurance athletes may appreciate the blister-preventative properties of loose lanolin-rich wool, to be available this fall from New Zealand by Salt Lake City based brand, Wūru Wool. While New Zealanders have used loose wool for decades to reduce soreness, minimize blisters, regulate temperature, and keep feet dry, Wuru says that it’s the first …