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Global Nylon 66 market to reach $6 billion by 2026

July 20, 2018

The global Nylon 66 market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 3 percent from 2018 to 2026 and reach more than 4.0 million tons, in terms of volume, by 2026, according to a report by Transparency Market Research (TMR). The new report, “Nylon 66 Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, …

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“Sensitive” fabrics feature in new Northwave apparel

July 19, 2018

Italian cycling footwear and apparel brand Northwave used the 2018 Eurobike exhibition in riedrichshafen, Germany (July 8-10) to present new products made using fabrics from Eurojersey’s “Sensitive” range. According to www.sportstextiles.com, the product ( a jersey and a bib short) come from Northwave’s Spring-Summer 2019 collection. It markets them as part of a collection it …

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Gore rainsuit, uniform at Farnborough Airshow

July 18, 2018

W.L. Gore & Associates Inc will showcase aerospace and defense textile solutions at the Farnborough International Airshow, July 16–22, 2018. A recent release states that Gore’s innovations involve combining dielectric expertise with fluoropolymer materials to create protection and safety for aerospace and defense applications. The company will be showcasing GORE Military Fabrics for clothing and footwear created to …

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Roberson named Lakeland’s new CEO

July 16, 2018

Lakeland Industries has announced the appointment of Charles D. Roberson to the position of chief operating officer. Roberson’s appointment is a promotion from his role as the company’s senior vice president, head of international sales, and research and development. He joined Lakeland in 2004 as technical marketing manager and later served as international sales manager. He has …

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Milliken & Company announces leadership transition

July 11, 2018

Milliken & Company’s board of directors has announced the appointment of Halsey M. Cook Jr. as president and CEO effective September 1, 2018. J. Harold Chandler will return to his role as chair of the board of directors. “The board of directors is confident that Halsey is the right leader for Milliken’s next era,” says …

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Skin patches: the advantages of the ultimate wearable

July 11, 2018

Electronic skin patches could well be described as the ultimate wearable electronic devices. They deploy electronic components, including sensors and actuators with appropriate processing, energy storage and communication, directly onto the body, typically attached using an adhesive. Therefore, along with smart apparel and perhaps implantable devices, they serve as one of the most direct means …

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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, …

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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 over $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 by …

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IPC E-Textiles 2018: education and networking

July 9, 2018

In partnership with leaders of the e-textiles industry, IPC has created a one-day workshop for innovators, technologists and brands to come together to collaborate on solutions, identify partners and help propel growth for the e-textiles market. IPC E-Textiles 2018 will take place Sept. 13, 2018, in Des Plaines, Illinois. The workshop will be an opportunity …

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Ubiquitous, for good reason

July 9, 2018

I’m going to guess that you use some kind of textile composite every single day—maybe many times a day. (Here’s a hint: if you’re caring for a baby or small child, it’s even more likely.) We are dependent upon textiles being a part of the material makeup of flexible composites (obviously) and rigid composites (not …

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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 over $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 by …

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Textile-based robots

June 25, 2018

Harvard researchers collaborate in developing soft, wearable robotics for hands. Soft, wearable robotics is an emerging field which looks at methods of enabling functional, powered support to assist human movements using lightweight, low-profile and flexible materials such as textiles. A diverse team of researchers in the Harvard Biodesign Lab at the Wyss Institute for Biologically …

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Rethinking robotics

June 11, 2018

Soft robotics and exoskeletons offer human-centric solutions. On March 19, 2018, the New York Times ran a headline that said, “Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam.” Although the science of robotics has made impressive strides, robots are having something of a crisis of identity. For more than a century science fiction …

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The smart clothes future

May 21, 2018

LOOMIA’s technology launches in major menswear line this fall. While wrist-worn mini-computers are now commonplace, a New York, N.Y.-based company is investing in a different wearables future, where technology is woven directly into clothes. LOOMIA designs and manufactures soft, flexible circuitry that can heat, light, sense and track data, while integrating—seamlessly—into soft goods with its …

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Understanding implantable textiles

May 21, 2018

How textile-based biomaterials and medical devices support human body repair. Textile-based biomaterials or biotextiles have the longest history in the field of biomaterials. In ancient China and Egypt as far back as 2000 B.C., natural fibers such as linen, silk, bark, horsehair and dried guts were used as suture materials for wound closure. The introduction of …

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New directions in nonwovens

May 7, 2018

Commercializing innovations and sustainability issues highlighted at recent conference. The nonwovens sector has diversified from being a single-use product industry to an advanced fibrous materials industry. This shift has been underscored by the possible adoption of a new definition for nonwovens: engineered fibrous assembly, based on balloting at the International Organization for Standardization. Regardless of …

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Addressing the issues in smart fabrics

May 7, 2018

IFAI’s Smart Fabrics Summit in Washington attracts a large audience of industry participants. In addition to the presentations, the Smart Fabrics Summit held in Washington D.C. on April 24 proved to be a great way to connect with people in all areas of the smart fabrics industry. The Summit was co-sponsored by the Industrial Fabrics …

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce shares insights at Smart Fabric Summit

April 26, 2018

IFAI and the Dept. of Commerce sponsored the event April 24 in Washington, D.C. “I’m taking this up there with me,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross told his interviewer, Amit Kapoor, as the two of them stepped on stage for the Secretary’s “fireside chat” at IFAI’s Smart Fabrics Summit April 24. Kapoor is chair …

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Developing the xEMU for deep space exploration

April 23, 2018

NASA’s next generation spacesuit will require new textiles to meet extreme demands. Human space exploration is one of the most ambitious and exciting endeavors upon which mankind has ever embarked, and it has always been an integral part of the U.S. space program. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sent our first astronaut, Alan …

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Active and smart

April 9, 2018

A range of new materials and technologies are adding functionalities to textiles. Textiles are well established as passive materials offering comfort and protection, as well as design and fashion choices. With strong interest in promoting textile manufacturing and enhancing the utility and performance of textiles, efforts have been initiated by academia and government researchers to …

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Global Nylon 66 market to reach $6 billion by 2026

July 20, 2018

The global Nylon 66 market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 3 percent from 2018 to 2026 and reach more than 4.0 million tons, in terms of volume, by 2026, according to a report by Transparency Market Research (TMR). The new report, “Nylon 66 Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, …

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Roberson named Lakeland’s new CEO

July 16, 2018

Lakeland Industries has announced the appointment of Charles D. Roberson to the position of chief operating officer. Roberson’s appointment is a promotion from his role as the company’s senior vice president, head of international sales, and research and development. He joined Lakeland in 2004 as technical marketing manager and later served as international sales manager. He has …

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IPC E-Textiles 2018: education and networking

July 9, 2018

In partnership with leaders of the e-textiles industry, IPC has created a one-day workshop for innovators, technologists and brands to come together to collaborate on solutions, identify partners and help propel growth for the e-textiles market. IPC E-Textiles 2018 will take place Sept. 13, 2018, in Des Plaines, Illinois. The workshop will be an opportunity …

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Glen Raven Technical Fabrics to merge headliner fabric operations with Shamut Corp.

July 9, 2018

Shawmut Corp., a global developer of high performance composites, and Glen Raven Technical Fabrics (GRTF), a global provider of technical fabric solutions, have agreed to terms to merge GRTF’s automotive headliner and specialty industrial fabrics business into Shawmut, a recent press release says. The merger will fully integrate Shawmut’s composite development capabilities and global lamination …

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Georgia-Pacific to sell European nonwovens business

July 6, 2018

Georgia-Pacific LLC announced recently that it has reached an agreement to sell Georgia-Pacific Steinfurt GmbH, the company’s European nonwovens business, to Glatfelter, a global manufacturer of specialty papers and engineered products headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, according to a report in Textile World. The proposed transaction includes the Steinfurt, Germany, nonwovens operations as well as the …

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NCTO’s Tantillo receives Chapman Award

July 2, 2018

Augustine Tantillo, president and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), has been given the Chapman Award by the Southern Textile Association (STA). The annual award recognizes individuals for exemplary service to the textile industry. By vote of the STA Board of Governors, Augustine Tantillo received the award during the joint annual meeting …

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Devan Chemicals launches natural technology to make textiles free from pet allergens

June 30, 2018

Over the past few decades, pets have been climbing up the social ladder and have moved from outdoor protectors to indoor family members. The American Pet Products Association estimates that 65 percent of U.S. households own a pet, with cats and dogs being the most popular. In Europe, more than 30 percent of households own …

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NCTO applauds tariffs, asks for further action

June 29, 2018

The National Council of Textile Organization (NCTO) praised the Trump administration’s announcement imposing Section 301 tariffs on China related to the transfer of American technology and intellectual property, a recent release from NCTO says. “As per our recommendation, NCTO is pleased that almost all textile machinery products were removed from the final list of tariff …

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Archroma signs agreement with UET Lahore

June 22, 2018

Archroma and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan, have signed a memorandum of agreement, a recent release stated. Both partners will prepare students for the challenges of the textile industry through in-house training sessions, developmental projects, and research in textile applications and methodologies. The memorandum of agreement was officially signed at a …

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Pvilion collaborates on solar-powered bags

June 18, 2018

Pvilion announces that it has recently launched , a new solar-powered tote and clutch, its second collaboration with the Tommy Hilfiger brand. The removable solar clutch allows easy access to mobile charging, incorporating a battery and a USB port to power a mobile phone. The tote showcases a front panel design with star-shaped cutout, allowing …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Snake skins used in tribology study at Drexel University

June 11, 2018

A Drexel University professor is studying snakes and their skins to better understand traction and to help engineers improve the design of textured surfaces such as engine cylinder liners, prosthetic joints and even footwear. Hisham Abdel-Aal, Ph.D, an associate teaching professor in Drexel University’s College of Engineering, believes that snakes offer an excellent means to study …

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Paradiddle: a 3D-printed drumming prosthesis

June 6, 2018

An open-source 3D-printed upper-extremity prosthesis gives drummers who have lost a hand or arm a new way to play. Working with renowned drummer Greg Anton, who lost his left hand, “Paradiddle” designer Dominic Siguang Ma developed unique features that allow the drummer to play intuitively and comfortably. One of Siguang Ma’s main challenges was to design a mechanism that can …

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Fabric sculpture purifies the air

May 7, 2018

A giant, air-purifying sculpture is not just art; it has the ability to absorb emissions from 90,000 cars per year, its creators say. “Breath/ng” by Kengo Kuma, initially on display during Milan’s 2018 Design Week, is composed of 120 hand-folded panels inspired by Japanese origami and made of an innovative fabric called The Breath®. Italian …

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Shoes are hand-made from fungi

April 23, 2018

Engineering firm nat-2 has developed fungi footwear made of “mushroom leather” that has a vintage look and is reported to be very soft. The leather-like material is created from the trama of the tinder sponge, fomes fomentarius, which grows on dead or weak birches and beeches. The material is organic and chemical-free and the fungus gives it …

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“SHIFT” from acoustic panel to shelving

April 9, 2018

Benjamin Hubert’s London design agency LAYER will be launching a flexible, retail shelf system for Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat. The system called “SHIFT” is LAYER’s first collaboration with Kvadrat and the result of ten prototypes over a period of six months. The shelving is made from Kvadrat’s Really Solid Textile Board, a material made of …

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Digitally woven textiles copy origami paper structures

March 26, 2018

Studio Samira Boon collaborated with the TextielMuseum’s TextielLab in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and Professor T. Tachi from the University of Tokyo to translate traditional paper folding into digital weaving techniques. The computerized origami structures are able to incorporate smart properties to adapt to their surroundings, including being responsive to light, heat and sound. Archi Folds, …

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“Sensitive” fabrics feature in new Northwave apparel

July 19, 2018

Italian cycling footwear and apparel brand Northwave used the 2018 Eurobike exhibition in riedrichshafen, Germany (July 8-10) to present new products made using fabrics from Eurojersey’s “Sensitive” range. According to www.sportstextiles.com, the product ( a jersey and a bib short) come from Northwave’s Spring-Summer 2019 collection. It markets them as part of a collection it …

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Gore rainsuit, uniform at Farnborough Airshow

July 18, 2018

W.L. Gore & Associates Inc will showcase aerospace and defense textile solutions at the Farnborough International Airshow, July 16–22, 2018. A recent release states that Gore’s innovations involve combining dielectric expertise with fluoropolymer materials to create protection and safety for aerospace and defense applications. The company will be showcasing GORE Military Fabrics for clothing and footwear created to …

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Skin patches: the advantages of the ultimate wearable

July 11, 2018

Electronic skin patches could well be described as the ultimate wearable electronic devices. They deploy electronic components, including sensors and actuators with appropriate processing, energy storage and communication, directly onto the body, typically attached using an adhesive. Therefore, along with smart apparel and perhaps implantable devices, they serve as one of the most direct means …

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Sensors measure small amounts of metabolites to detect disease

June 27, 2018

Australian National University (ANU) scientists have designed tiny optical sensors that could allow doctors to diagnose people’s health in real time. The sensors are reported to be 50 times thinner than a human hair and are expected to help doctors detect diseases such as diabetes earlier, and to better manage a range of chronic diseases, …

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AstroRad radiation protection vest to travel around the moon

June 25, 2018

Protective equipment manufacturer StemRad announced recently that NASA and the Israel Space Agency have signed an agreement for the launch of StemRad’s “AstroRad” radiation protection vest aboard NASA’s EM-1 mission around the moon. AstroRad is the company’s second product, built on the technology of StemRad 360 Gamma, a wearable shield developed to provide protection from …

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NFPA-certified terrorism response suit launched

June 25, 2018

Protective apparel manufacturer Kappler has introduced DuraChem 500, a terrorism response suit certified by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). According to the company, the new suit meets the NFPA 1994 Class 1 Chem-Bio standard, designed to protect first responders against chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) hazards. DuraChem 500 is certified to the Class 1 …

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Cork thread proves versatility in design win

June 20, 2018

Lexus International announced 12 finalists for this year’s Lexus Design Award. Among the young designers’ projects to be recognized, was DIGITALAB’s “CO – RK system,” which was one of the four prototype winners. The creators call it a generative system that connects cork thread, a low-tech, sustainable material, with generative design to create products and …

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MIT develops pressure-sensing photonic fibers

June 11, 2018

Compression stockings and bandages are essential elements in the treatment of various medical conditions, and applying the optimal pressure to stimulate blood flow for a given condition is a key to successful treatment. Now a team of MIT engineers led by assistant professor Mathias Kolle has developed pressure-sensing photonic fibers that some day may be …

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New Brooks shoe built on biomechanics

June 1, 2018

Brooks Running Company has announced that the company’s first personalized running shoe, the Brooks Genesys, will be available in the U.S. in early 2019 and globally soon after the U.S. launch. The shoe is created based on an individual’s biomechanics captured by HP Inc. FitStation technology, which gathers data from 3D foot scans, dynamic gait …

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Kappler offers an economical disposable biohazard suit

May 25, 2018

Protective apparel maker Kappler has developed an economical suit to protect healthcare responders against the Ebola virus and other biohazards. Technicaltextiles.net reports that the NFPA-certified suit, ProVent Plus, a use-and-dispose product, provides protection for emergency responders and healthcare workers faced with Ebola-infected body fluids and other biohazards. The product is distinctive for being economical and …