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G4 combat uniform by Crye, Invista

February 23, 2018

Crye Precision and Invista’s Cordura brand have teamed up to create a new military uniform. According to Fibre2Fashion, the G4 Uniform is made from Crye Precision’s proprietary VTX rip-stop material and constructed with stretch Cordura Nyco fabric technology. The G4 Uniform features a slim-cut design intended to reduce bulk and enhance wearer comfort under body …

Industry News

Formosa Taffeta Co. to incorporate DuPont’s Intexar

February 22, 2018

A partnership between DuPont Advanced Materials and the Formosa Taffeta Co. (FTC) has been announced. The companies will highlight the use of DuPont’s Intexar Heat, a thin, stretchable ink and film that can be powered to produce heat. The heating solution is designed to be integrated into smart outdoor clothing. According to a DuPont press …

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Eurojersey launches graphene-containing fabric with Directa Plus

February 21, 2018

Directa Plus has teamed up with Italian textile company Eurojersey and sportswear brand Colmar for two collections containing its graphene-based product. Directa says the inclusion of G+ provides a bacteriostatic effect, as well as even distribution of body heat and a heat dispersion effect in hot weather. It is Eurojersey’s first graphene-containing technical fabric, and …

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Rainier Industries announces CEO’s retirement

February 20, 2018

Scott Campbell, President and CEO of Rainier Industries, has announced his retirement. David Traub will assume the role of the company’s CEO. Though the leadership is changing, the company’s values and mission to build high quality products and provide world-class service remain the same. Campbell has been president since purchasing the company now known as …

What's New?

Rock Face releases FR base layers for military markets

February 19, 2018

Base layer clothing brand Rock Face has released flame-resistant (FR) and performance base layer products to enhance their offerings to military and tactical markets. In addition to FR properties, Rock Face’s base layers use Coville’s climaGuard, a textile technology that blends water-attracting and water-repelling fibers that allows garments to breathe, wick moisture and dry quickly. …

Industry News

ELFA announces equipment acquisition trends

February 16, 2018

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) predicts U.S. businesses, nonprofits and government agencies will spend over $1.6 trillion in capital goods or fixed business investment (including software) in 2018. ELFA also says that in 2018, businesses are expected to make their largest capital investments since 2012. The organization assists businesses and financiers in understanding the …

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Massif secures approval for new flight suit

February 15, 2018

Massif, a producer of flame-resistant technical apparel for the U.S. military, has attained Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) approval for its new 2-Piece Flight Suit. Fiber2Fashion reports that the company designed the flight suit using direct user feedback across multiple branches and platforms. The Massif team set out to enhance the capabilities of military service …

Industry News

Huvis and Indorama Ventures plan plant for low-melt fiber

February 13, 2018

A new plant in the U.S. will manufacture low-melt fiber (LMF) and have an annual capacity of 60,000 tons. The plant is an equal partnership of Indorama Ventures Public Company Ltd., a global chemical producer, and Huvis Corp. of South Korea. The location of the plant is being finalized. It’s expected to be operational in …

Industry News

Software and sales experts join forces for sewn products

February 13, 2018

Apparel software developer BYTE Software Services and sewn products automation and marketing experts TexTempo have formed an alliance to broaden digital manufacturing process improvement solutions in the sewn products industry. Under the recent agreement, TexTempo has become the exclusive sales agent for BYTE shop floor control, enterprise resource planning and other manufacturing solutions in North America. TexTempo brings to …

My Take

NASA wants you!

February 12, 2018

About a week ago, SpaceX successfully launched its first Falcon Heavy booster. The private aerospace company may now claim ownership of the most powerful rocket, launched from the same site in Florida that was used for NASA’s Apollo missions. As much as it was a successful flight, the rocket’s second stage sent the rocket’s payload …

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In search of deep space textiles

February 12, 2018

NASA needs textile manufacturing partners to support the success of future missions. While NASA still has its sights set on a Mars mission in the 2030s, a more imminent project is in the works. The Deep Space Gateway is a joint project between the U.S. and Russia to build a miniature space station in lunar …

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Smart Fabrics Summit set for April 24 in Washington D.C.

February 12, 2018

The event offers opportunities for collaboration and discussion of industry challenges. The U.S. Dept. of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will co-host the Smart Fabrics Summit in April 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The day-long event will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The Summit is designed …

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Mutual benefits

January 22, 2018

From small startups to global corporations, academia and business forge alliances. Just days ago, VF Corp. and North Carolina State University (NC State) announced a strategic, multi-year partnership to “support student development at NC State and advance apparel and textiles innovation within VF,” the company says. It will also bring $1 million to the campus …

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The academia and industry partnership

January 8, 2018

Centers for innovation offer new opportunities for collaborative work. Over the past year there has been noticeable growth globally in the number of innovation centers. The textile industry is grappling with a pace of technological change across all areas, from farming practices and manufacturing equipment to fiber development and retail models. Any one of these …

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The all-encompassing commitment

January 8, 2018

Sustainability is a way of doing business, and certification systems can support the effort. “Sustainable practice in simple terms means looking after workers, using quality materials, minimizing waste and making fair margins.” This statement from the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) does indeed put the topic in simple terms, which is …

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New technology, new standard

December 20, 2017

IPC committee seeks comments on e-textiles industry standard. In July 2017, IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries) hosted the first web meeting of the IPC E-textiles Materials Subcommittee. Formed by volunteers from the e-textiles community, they had approached IPC with interest in developing industry standards for e-textiles. IPC was chosen because it is a developer of …

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A global concern

December 20, 2017

Supplier compliance is a complex issue for sustainable textile companies. The issue of compliance can be complicated for textile companies, which have to comply with various regulatory and voluntary company standards for product safety and restriction of substances. In the U.S., for example, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) contains provisions that aim to …

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The larger sustainability picture

December 11, 2017

  Trends reflect a global interest in natural fibers and ethical practices. The smart and advanced textile industries, while broadly in agreement on the need to be more sustainable, are in less accord when deciding how to address the issue. Cultural and local differences can on one level exacerbate reaching a consensus, but they can …

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Small and essential

November 20, 2017

Narrow and small-scale textiles thrive in collaborative partnerships. The narrow fabrics industry belongs in the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) category, based on the number of employees per organization. The latest United States’ Census Bureau data show that this sector has about 248 companies in the U.S. that employ about 7,840 people, with the average …

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Small scale, big impact

November 8, 2017

Breakthroughs in biomedical textiles will offer high-tech solutions in tomorrow’s medical markets. As the impact of technology gets bigger, some advanced textiles are getting smaller, particularly in the medical market, where biomedical or implantable textiles are having growing success. Because of the versatility of highly engineered textile substrates, medical markets are benefitting from impressive developments …

Industry News

Formosa Taffeta Co. to incorporate DuPont’s Intexar

February 22, 2018

A partnership between DuPont Advanced Materials and the Formosa Taffeta Co. (FTC) has been announced. The companies will highlight the use of DuPont’s Intexar Heat, a thin, stretchable ink and film that can be powered to produce heat. The heating solution is designed to be integrated into smart outdoor clothing. According to a DuPont press …

Industry News

Eurojersey launches graphene-containing fabric with Directa Plus

February 21, 2018

Directa Plus has teamed up with Italian textile company Eurojersey and sportswear brand Colmar for two collections containing its graphene-based product. Directa says the inclusion of G+ provides a bacteriostatic effect, as well as even distribution of body heat and a heat dispersion effect in hot weather. It is Eurojersey’s first graphene-containing technical fabric, and …

Industry News

Rainier Industries announces CEO’s retirement

February 20, 2018

Scott Campbell, President and CEO of Rainier Industries, has announced his retirement. David Traub will assume the role of the company’s CEO. Though the leadership is changing, the company’s values and mission to build high quality products and provide world-class service remain the same. Campbell has been president since purchasing the company now known as …

Industry News

ELFA announces equipment acquisition trends

February 16, 2018

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) predicts U.S. businesses, nonprofits and government agencies will spend over $1.6 trillion in capital goods or fixed business investment (including software) in 2018. ELFA also says that in 2018, businesses are expected to make their largest capital investments since 2012. The organization assists businesses and financiers in understanding the …

Industry News

Huvis and Indorama Ventures plan plant for low-melt fiber

February 13, 2018

A new plant in the U.S. will manufacture low-melt fiber (LMF) and have an annual capacity of 60,000 tons. The plant is an equal partnership of Indorama Ventures Public Company Ltd., a global chemical producer, and Huvis Corp. of South Korea. The location of the plant is being finalized. It’s expected to be operational in …

Industry News

Software and sales experts join forces for sewn products

February 13, 2018

Apparel software developer BYTE Software Services and sewn products automation and marketing experts TexTempo have formed an alliance to broaden digital manufacturing process improvement solutions in the sewn products industry. Under the recent agreement, TexTempo has become the exclusive sales agent for BYTE shop floor control, enterprise resource planning and other manufacturing solutions in North America. TexTempo brings to …

Industry News

UMASS Lowell partners on buildings and bridges research

February 12, 2018

A University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMASS Lowell) research team is working to create sensor-laden fabrics that monitor the structural health of buildings, roadways and bridges.The university has partnered with a research and development company to create new, cost-effective, sensor-laden textiles that can be used to monitor the structural health and integrity of vital infrastructures, including …

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Heat-conducting ink to keep Olympians warm

February 8, 2018

Ralph Lauren has designed a bomber jacket and parka that use heat-conducting ink to generate warmth. The U.S. Winter Olympics team will be sporting these new jackets, which give a nod to textile innovations of the past, denim and leather, and include today’s technological innovations, says a recent article in Wired. Winter temperatures in South …

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Brückner awarded Algerian mega-mill contract

February 5, 2018

Brückner Textile Technologies has been awarded the contract for the supply, installation and commissioning of machines for dry finishing at a new mill in Algeria. An article in Knitting Industry says the joint venture between state-owned Algerian companies Groupe C&H, TEXALG, and SNTA and the Turkish Tay Group will result in one of the biggest …

Industry News

Call for editorial submissions: Specialty Fabric Showcase 2018

January 25, 2018

The Specialty Fabrics Review annual Fabric Showcase in the April and May 2018 issues is a great opportunity to give readers a look at new fabrics—natural, synthetic, woven, nonwoven, electronic, interactive or smart—and how they can help your potential customers do their jobs better. We’ll share the information, in print and online, with thousands of …

Of Interest

New jeans stimulate skin revitalization

March 14, 2016

The latest products manufactured in partnership by Italian clothier Calzedonia and Emana®, the smart-yarn developed by the global business unit Fibras of the Solvay Group, look like standard jeans, but feature a polyamide yarn incorporated with bioactive minerals that, in contact with the body, facilitate heat exchange which boosts skin microcirculation, thereby improving the skin’s …

Of Interest

September 2014

September 9, 2014

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Of Interest

June 2014

June 14, 2014

Texworld USA has announced a full roster of complimentary seminars organized by Lenzing Fibers, producer of man-made cellulose fibers Knitting Industry | article Graphene Flagship Announces large influx of partners through competitive call Graphene Flagship | pdf Oct. 1, 2014 deadline for EUREKA water tech Cluster ACQUEAU call for projects Eureka Network | article

Of Interest

May 2014

May 15, 2014

dd{margin-bottom:.75em;} Researchers look for more eco-friendly chemicals used in textile manufacturing Research and Markets | article Environmentally benign single-layer breathable Nanowebs developed Commodity Online | article “Thinnest feasible membrane” is extremely light and breathable ETH Zurich | article Forbes gets interested in smart textiles and wearable technology Forbes | article

Of Interest

February 2014

February 7, 2014

Electronic textile cushion This short video shows an electronic textile cushion recently produced by Ioannis Anastasopoulos of the Advanced Textiles Research Group, Nottingham Trent University, U.K.. The LED chips and interconnects have been fully integrated into the fabric structure. “Power pocket” could do more than store your phone Scientists at the University of Southampton are …

Of Interest

December 2013

December 16, 2013

Wearable Computing: Adaptive Tech to Blink and Bling Wearable computing, creative use of e-textiles—developed by someone amazingly young! Chinese giant takes control of Pakistan’s Masood Textile Chinese textiles conglomerate Shandong Ruyi Technology Group has acquired a 52 percent share of Masood Textile Mills (MTM) based in Pakistan.

Of Interest

November 2013

November 12, 2013

Structuring shade Shade structure reduces heat gain – for an entire building. The nanosilver debate A court ruling addresses limiting nanosilver in textiles. Call to reduce toxic chemicals Ecotextile online reports that the Natural Resource Defense Council has called for a new ‘Five Step Program’ to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in the global …

Of Interest

October 2013

October 8, 2013

“Knitted Light” A project at the Swedish School of Textiles uses three-dimensional patterns to create textile surfaces with complex properties that are capable of reflecting, filtering and transmitting light. Answer your glove Bluetooth phone gloves have been available in the marketplace for a while. Are they calling to you?

Of Interest

September 2013

September 10, 2013

KYMIRA Sportswear Not every observer buys into the claims of this sportswear company. It uses a new, but quite credible technology. What do you think? New nanomaterial increases yield of solar cells Researchers have optimized the nanostructures so that a solar cell provides more electricity and loses less energy in the form of heat. Paper-thin …

Of Interest

August 2013

July 31, 2013

The ultimate in a customized shoe The ‘DNA 3D printed shoe’ will be designed according to the individual’s foot contours and how that person moves. Under the sea Three Massachusetts research facilities will receive funding to help find out if undersea ”kites” can reliably produce renewable energy. Bountiful bamboo One researcher’s fascination with textile engineering, …

Out There

Waterproof boots are made from corn

January 22, 2018

Your new rain boots could offer something quite distinctive; the smell of popcorn while doing chores or stomping through puddles. These nature-inspired, waterproof boots are made from rubber and recycled non-food-grade corn. They’re designed by Sebastian Thies and manufactured by the German company nat-2™ in Italy. Besides the distinct smell of popcorn, the semi-transparent boots …

Out There

“The Shoe That Grows” designed for children

January 8, 2018

In 2007, Kenton Lee was living in Nairobi, Kenya. One day he noticed a little girl wearing shoes that were way too small for her feet. Lee wondered, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a shoe that could adjust and expand, so that kids always had a pair of shoes that fit?” And “The Shoe …

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NASA’s BEAM textile module will stay on the ISS

December 20, 2017

NASA has decided to keep the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on the International Space Station (ISS). The textile module will stay attached to the ISS through 2020, or possibly longer. The ISS crew’s studies have shown that soft materials can perform as well as rigid ones for habitation volumes and that BEAM has performed …

Out There

Soft robot “muscles” draw inspiration from origami

December 11, 2017

Researchers from the Wyss Institute, Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed origami-inspired robot muscles that can lift up to 1,000 times their own weight. According to TechCrunch, the researchers say that the new, soft, robotic artificial muscles can be constructed in as little as 10 minutes …

Out There

Pleated fabric canopy tops a floating church

December 6, 2017

The Diocese of London has commissioned architecture studio Denizen Works to design an unusual means of reaching church-goers: a floating church. The studio will collaborate with Turks boat builders to construct a canal boat church, meeting parishioners and neighbors where they are along the waterways. A canopy of translucent pleats crafted from sail material mimics …

Out There

Researchers create an energy-harvesting bio-battery

November 20, 2017

Researchers at Imperial College London have created a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel by printing living cyanobacteria and circuitry onto paper. The photosynthetic microorganisms have been used as ink and printed onto conductive material. The resulting experiment was able to harvest the sun’s energy and provide small amounts of electricity. An article on TechXplore reported …

Out There

New loom promises make-at-home textiles

November 8, 2017

“Doti” desktop loom may add scale to cottage industry weaving. The Dot-Matrix Fabric Printer, nicknamed “Doti,” is an open-source, desktop jacquard loom designed for textile production at home. Pamela Liou is developing Doti as a project resident at Eyebeam, a nonprofit studio for collaborative experiments with technology located in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Doti loom is …

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Saving money by 3D printing at home examined

November 7, 2017

Michigan Tech researchers set out to determine if the average U.S. home could save money by using a desktop 3D printer versus buying products from online retailers. An article by Beau Jackson at 3D Printing Industry outlines the findings. The researchers used NinjaFlex filament in an upgraded FlexyStruder extruder. The material was loaded into a …

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Carbon fiber roof appears to float

October 23, 2017

A lens-shaped carbon fiber roof weighing 80.7 tons seems to float above the lobby of the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, Calif. The project was a partnership between international architecture and design firm Foster and Partners, headquartered in London, and Apple Inc. The lobby is reported to be the largest glass-supported structure …

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Architectural exhibit is an ultra-thin, self-supporting structure

September 25, 2017

Architect and artist Marc Fornes has created “minima | maxima,” a site-specific installation made of ultra-thin powdered aluminum in composite layers. Not exactly “fabric,” but the TED Fellow’s concept in construction mimics the behavior of fabric, but with a structural strength that almost defies gravity. The exhibit in Astana, Kazakhstan, was first presented during the …

What's New?

G4 combat uniform by Crye, Invista

February 23, 2018

Crye Precision and Invista’s Cordura brand have teamed up to create a new military uniform. According to Fibre2Fashion, the G4 Uniform is made from Crye Precision’s proprietary VTX rip-stop material and constructed with stretch Cordura Nyco fabric technology. The G4 Uniform features a slim-cut design intended to reduce bulk and enhance wearer comfort under body …

What's New?

Rock Face releases FR base layers for military markets

February 19, 2018

Base layer clothing brand Rock Face has released flame-resistant (FR) and performance base layer products to enhance their offerings to military and tactical markets. In addition to FR properties, Rock Face’s base layers use Coville’s climaGuard, a textile technology that blends water-attracting and water-repelling fibers that allows garments to breathe, wick moisture and dry quickly. …

What's New?

Massif secures approval for new flight suit

February 15, 2018

Massif, a producer of flame-resistant technical apparel for the U.S. military, has attained Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) approval for its new 2-Piece Flight Suit. Fiber2Fashion reports that the company designed the flight suit using direct user feedback across multiple branches and platforms. The Massif team set out to enhance the capabilities of military service …

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The “sweat without feeling wet” jacket

February 12, 2018

One year after the Swiss-Norwegian company Osmotex AG announced the innovative HYDRO_BOT technology, it is showcasing a jacket with embedded electronic moisture management that allows the wearer to sweat without feeling wet. Managing director and executive chairman, Joacim Holter said he has tested a prototype jacket “under demanding conditions in the Norwegian mountains” and found …

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Adidas’ base layer Alphaskin introduced

February 2, 2018

Sportswear company adidas has launched Alphaskin, a base layer that moves with “the critical areas of athletes in motion.” The product was developed on the ARAMIS (Augmented Reality Application for Maintenance, Inventory and Stowage) motion-capture system, which analyzes strain and tension and is used by NASA on its Space Shuttle. Rob Lee, vice-president of design …

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Device tests compression garments during movement

January 26, 2018

Hohenstein Group has developed the next generation of its compression testing device, HOSYcan. The device records and analyzes compression measurements during movement and measures the interaction between different materials. Combined with data from Hohenstein’s 3D scanning database, simulated movement profiles may provide increased accuracy for specific applications. HOSYcan is designed to measure in static and …

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L.L. Bean and Loomia technology to evaluate consumer use

January 25, 2018

L.L.Bean will be exploring the applications of blockchain technology with Loomia, a technology company producing smart fabrics. The companies will evaluate how data from Loomia-enabled L.L. Bean apparel can assess the extended use and performance of the outdoor retailer’s products. The first tests will involve incorporating Loomia Electronic Layer (LEL) into L.L. Bean jackets and …

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Flexible chip developed for IoT connectivity

January 24, 2018

A collaborative effort between the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and American Semiconductor has created a new silicon-on-polymer chip. The result is a flexible system-on-chip that may create more smart additions to the Internet of Things (IoT). The system combines silicon manufacturing industry expertise in electronics and new efforts in the high-performance electronics 3D printing …

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Fiber-based OLED for wearable displays announced

January 22, 2018

Wearables are exposed to whatever the wearer experiences throughout a day, and finding reliable light emitter displays that allow textiles to retain flexibility, breathability and comfort can be a challenge. But a team of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) believes that it has found a candidate for meeting the …

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New product developed to offset “permastink”

January 22, 2018

“Sanitized® Odoractiv 10 marks the end of permastink in polyester textiles,” says Darrell Burnette, sales manager for SANITIZED (USA) Inc. According to the company, the new product contains a dual-action technology that prevents permastink and minimizes odor intensity during wear. The technology was developed to offset the effects of bacteria that break down perspiration. “The …