What's New?

Teijin Aramid introduces new armoring material

November 20, 2017

Teijin’s new Endumax Shield XF33 is an ultra-high-molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) designed to increase performance-to-weight ratio for body armor and weight-sensitive vehicles and vessels armoring. The new product can be used for hard body armor plates and helmets and rigid panels for vehicles and sea vessels. Teijin Aramid reports that because of the structural nature of …

EcoNote

Huntsman introduces new DWRs for outerwear

November 20, 2017

Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced the new PHOBOTEX RSY non-fluorinated durable water repellent (DWR) providing rain and stain protection for high-performance outerwear. The product responds to consumers’ demand for rain-, stain- and soil-resistant qualities, as well as consumer and industry-level concerns about environmental health and worker safety. PHOBOTEX RSY durable water repellent is based on non-fluorinated technologies …

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 …

Industry News

Schoeller wins Design Prize Switzerland award

November 20, 2017

Swiss company Schoeller Textil AG has won the Design Prize Switzerland 2017/18. The company won the award for Excellent Swiss Design in the textile category for its E-softshell. a laminate consisting of bi-elastic tissue, machined lining and a functional cork shell coating. The heating technology is integrated with the fabric in a diamond-shaped geometrical pattern. …

Featured

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 …

My Take

Getting down to business

November 20, 2017

A good portion of this website is filled with product information, including materials, end products and the companies who make them. Sometimes, however, we should talk business, because if we don’t, all these great products may not survive in the marketplace—or even have the opportunity to try. A company needs to research the market to …

What's New?

  3D device for nanofiber production developed at MIT

November 17, 2017

Nanofiber production may become cheaper due to a new development. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have effectively utilized a less expensive commercially available 3D printer to develop a microfluidic nozzle to produce nanofibers. The 3-D printed device enables the production of uniform nanofibers that can be configured into a variety of meshes. …

Industry News

Gerber partners with Avametric for consumer 3D platform

November 16, 2017

Gerber Technology and Avametric are combining their expertise in fashion technology and fabric simulation and 3D consumer applications to offer an end-to-end 3D platform—from consumer-facing virtual try-on applications to design, development and manufacturing. The partnership aims to offset the billions of dollars the fashion industry spends annually on creating physical samples. The first commercially available application …

Industry News

Zansors and Blauer develop defense wearables

November 14, 2017

Technical Textiles reports that Zansors, a health care innovation company, and Blauer Manufacturing Inc., a maker of uniforms, outerwear, protective apparel and accessories for first responders and military users, will introduce wearable technology in defense textiles. Zansors’ sensor technology will join Blauer’s apparel to create smart gear with mission-specific applications. The gear is expected to …

Industry News

INVISTA to sell apparel and advanced textiles business

November 13, 2017

INVISTA announces that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding to sell INVISTA’s apparel and advanced textiles business, one of INVISTA’s four major business units. The transaction includes: INVISTA’s portfolio of apparel-focused fibers and brands including LYCRA fiber, LYCRA HyFit fiber, COOLMAX fiber, THERMOLITE fiber and insulation, ELASPAN fiber, SUPPLEX …

Featured

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 …

Featured

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 …

Featured

Challenges and opportunities

October 23, 2017

Smart fabrics products may require novel textile substrates. A key takeaway from the Smart Fabrics Program and E-Textiles Workshop at IFAI Expo this September was the symbiotic relationship between smart technologies and the development of suitable textile substrates to facilitate the desired function. While the fashion apparel business has become increasingly commodity-driven, smart fabrics require …

Featured

Military matters

October 23, 2017

Understanding the opportunities in dealing with the U.S. Department of Defense. Military sessions at IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference sought to help attendees make sense of DoD budgets and priorities. One presenter, however, altered his title to read “Making some sense of the DoD budget,” underscoring how complicated it can be. Ron Houle, president of Pivot …

Featured

The importance of size and fit

October 23, 2017

Garment makers are using new technologies to optimize comfort. With the growth of the wearable technology market, innovations in high-tech protective garments and a push by the U.S. military for more comfortable uniforms and gear, the issue of size and fit has also grown in importance. This is not a fashion or aesthetic choice, exclusively; …

Featured

IFAI’s first Hackathon yields novel e-textiles products

October 9, 2017

IFAI launched its first “Hackathon” at Expo 2017, challenging registrants to create a new, e-textiles product in just two days—which was actually just twelve hours of work time, as one participant pointed out. Teams of innovators conceptualized and built a functioning prototype for their product using only those materials and tools available to them in …

Featured

A long and winding road

October 9, 2017

The progress of smart fabrics discussed at IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference. Smart fabrics, generally defined as textiles that sense and react to various individual stimuli to provide desired effects or benefits, are now entering their third decade. Early smart fabrics relied on specially engineered fibers or finishes, while the digital revolution and the Internet of …

Featured

STEM, women and the advanced textile industry

October 9, 2017

by Marie O’Mahony With the U.S. set to overtake China as the most competitive manufacturing nation within five years, according to a new study by Deloitte Global and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, the advanced and smart textile industry has to ensure that it has the skills needed to meet this increasingly high-tech industry. To …

Featured

A path forward

September 25, 2017

Today’s trade issues can impact your business in the future.   Editor’s note:  I asked an expert, Nate Bolin, an attorney with the Washington D.C. law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, to answer my questions about trade issues, our featured topic in Advanced Textiles Source this month. Mr. Bolin advises clients on …

Featured

A new NAFTA?

September 11, 2017

How trade deals currently in discussion could impact the textile industry As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to improve U.S. trade deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since taking office and after threatening to withdraw the United States from NAFTA unless its terms were renegotiated, President Trump has cajoled Mexico and …

Industry News

Schoeller wins Design Prize Switzerland award

November 20, 2017

Swiss company Schoeller Textil AG has won the Design Prize Switzerland 2017/18. The company won the award for Excellent Swiss Design in the textile category for its E-softshell. a laminate consisting of bi-elastic tissue, machined lining and a functional cork shell coating. The heating technology is integrated with the fabric in a diamond-shaped geometrical pattern. …

Industry News

Gerber partners with Avametric for consumer 3D platform

November 16, 2017

Gerber Technology and Avametric are combining their expertise in fashion technology and fabric simulation and 3D consumer applications to offer an end-to-end 3D platform—from consumer-facing virtual try-on applications to design, development and manufacturing. The partnership aims to offset the billions of dollars the fashion industry spends annually on creating physical samples. The first commercially available application …

Industry News

Zansors and Blauer develop defense wearables

November 14, 2017

Technical Textiles reports that Zansors, a health care innovation company, and Blauer Manufacturing Inc., a maker of uniforms, outerwear, protective apparel and accessories for first responders and military users, will introduce wearable technology in defense textiles. Zansors’ sensor technology will join Blauer’s apparel to create smart gear with mission-specific applications. The gear is expected to …

Industry News

INVISTA to sell apparel and advanced textiles business

November 13, 2017

INVISTA announces that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding to sell INVISTA’s apparel and advanced textiles business, one of INVISTA’s four major business units. The transaction includes: INVISTA’s portfolio of apparel-focused fibers and brands including LYCRA fiber, LYCRA HyFit fiber, COOLMAX fiber, THERMOLITE fiber and insulation, ELASPAN fiber, SUPPLEX …

Industry News

Textile industry urges aggressive trade enforcement

November 8, 2017

President Donald Trump is in Asia this November to visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Meanwhile, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) is praising the administration’s recent determination reaffirming China’s non-market economy status for antidumping purposes and calling for even more aggressive U.S. enforcement to crack down on unfair trade practices. “The …

Industry News

SALTEX 2018 announces focus on smart textiles and HPMs

November 8, 2017

The premiere SALTEX event, held in October 2017, included 63 exhibitors and around 900 trade visitors from 13 countries, and preparations for the second SALTEX event are underway. The next event will take place Sept. 12–13, 2018, in Austria and will focus on smart textiles and high-performance materials (HPMs). In a press release provided by …

Industry News

Project Loon balloons bring connectivity to Puerto Rico

November 3, 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Google’s Project Loon has restored some communication in Puerto Rico. The effort includes the launch of a team of balloons from Nevada, to create a communication network. Project Loon personnel have worked with the FCC, the FAA, FEMA, spectrum partners, international aviation authorities and AT&T. The project is reported to have delivered emergency …

Industry News

Polyester staple fiber market will see steady growth

November 1, 2017

According to a report by Grand View Research Inc., the global polyester staple fiber (PSF) market is expected to reach $39.3 billion by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3 percent. The report says that a growing awareness regarding the environment as well as the cheaper price of PSF (compared to cotton) have increased the …

Industry News

Cone Denim launches Future BLACK+ Denim

October 31, 2017

A collaboration among Cone Denim, Lenzing and Unifi has created Future BLACK+ denim featuring Lenzing Modal branded fibers and REPREVE® Black recycled fibers. Future BLACK+, a certified fade-resistant black denim, will join Cone Denim’s family of TruTone fabrics. According to Unifi, Future BLACK+ denim utilizes dope dyeing, an energy-saving and environmentally friendly dyeing technique that …

Industry News

Octopus inspired Camouflage Material

October 26, 2017

Recent research shows that biomimetic approaches can help with the development of sophisticated, high-performance textiles. A team of researchers from Ithaca, N.Y.-based Cornell University and Woods Hole, Mass.-based Marine Biological Laboratory have borrowed inspiration from cephalopods, such as octopus, in devising camouflage materials. A nonwoven textile material was used in conjunction with elastomeric silicone membranes …

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

.of-interest dd { height: 1.25em; overflow: hidden; margin-bottom: .75em; } Schiller Bikes “baycycle” is engineered for the water Schiller | product Forbes magazine takes note of smart textiles Forbes | article

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

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 …

Out There

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 …

Out There

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 …

Out There

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 …

Out There

Floating Cloud is also a lamp

September 6, 2017

Floating Cloud, a magnetically levitating ambient lamp, merges the levitation technology developed by Dutch company Crealev with the form and function of the Cloud product of Richard Clarkson Studio LLC, Brooklyn, N.Y. The result of the collaborative project is a lamp, constructed of PETG (Polyethylene terephthalate), polyester fiber, magnetic and electrical components, resembling a cloud hovering above …

Out There

Jewelry functions as little robots

August 21, 2017

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab are investigating how accessories can be made into mobile, adaptable “assistants.” According to the Media Lab, “Kino” is a collection of jewelry engineered with the functionality of miniature robots that can wander across clothing, change location and reconfigure the garment’s appearance. “This work explores a dynamic …

Out There

Fabric-wrapped structure surrounds award-winning “mediateque”

August 7, 2017

A few years ago, the city of Tbilisi in Georgia announced a competition to build “mediatheque” in several spots of the city. The first completed project was in Vake Park, which has now been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. The entire building is surrounded by a fabric-wrapped structure that gives it …

Out There

Museum of Modern Art features digitally knit solar installation

July 24, 2017

A digitally knit structure, installed within the courtyard of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), was the winner of MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. The annual initiative tasks creatives with designing a temporary outdoor installation that provides shade, seating and water. “Lumen,” by the Jenny Sabin Studio is an immersive, interactive pavilion consisting of more than 1 million …

Out There

KI ecobe debuts a modular shoe

July 10, 2017

KI ecobe has developed a new modular shoe designed to transition from home to outdoors, to work and back again. Each part serves a different function of support or comfort. The ecobe insole, outsole, inboot, shoelaces and KI strap can be mixed and matched for a possible 10,215 combinations of colors and styles. Consumers are …

What's New?

Teijin Aramid introduces new armoring material

November 20, 2017

Teijin’s new Endumax Shield XF33 is an ultra-high-molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) designed to increase performance-to-weight ratio for body armor and weight-sensitive vehicles and vessels armoring. The new product can be used for hard body armor plates and helmets and rigid panels for vehicles and sea vessels. Teijin Aramid reports that because of the structural nature of …

What's New?

  3D device for nanofiber production developed at MIT

November 17, 2017

Nanofiber production may become cheaper due to a new development. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have effectively utilized a less expensive commercially available 3D printer to develop a microfluidic nozzle to produce nanofibers. The 3-D printed device enables the production of uniform nanofibers that can be configured into a variety of meshes. …

What's New?

Smart fabric design uses magnetics

November 8, 2017

New technology may put the ability to unlock your home or office with your clothes. Scientists at the University of Washington have found a way to create a smart fabric using conductive thread, without using additional electronics. According to information from the University, it’s the first smart fabric design that harnesses the ferromagnetic properties of conductive …

What's New?

Teijin develops cooling vest for firefighter safety

November 2, 2017

Teijin Ltd. has announced its development of a cooling vest that includes the use of small electric fans to help protect firefighters from heat stroke. The company reports the cooling vest reduces body temperature and heart rate through sweat absorption, quick drying and moisture permeability. The electric fans pull in outside air for up to …

What's New?

Polartec unveils new workwear

October 27, 2017

Polartec recently unveiled its new fabric collections specifically engineered for contractors, electricians, and oil and gas professionals. The company reports it has worked for years with the U.S. military and workwear markets to develop the new product lines. Each collection was designed to address daily on-site work performance needs without inhibiting everyday comfort or style. …

What's New?

Wi-Care innovation: my-DBuddy dementia jacket

October 19, 2017

Can you design a jacket for people with dementia?” That question from Helga Rohra, a renowned activist promoting a better life for people living with dementia, inspired an innovation by Wilma Verhoeks, owner of Wi-Care, a Dutch company specializing in fashion for people with special needs. Verhoeks designed “my-DBuddy,” a jacket that addresses multiple needs …

What's New?

Teijin Aramid Introduces flame-resistant Teijinconex

October 18, 2017

Teijin Aramid has introduced a new flame-resistant fabric for workwear. According to the company, Teijinconex® single-layer fabric combines personal protection with performance sports textiles. The fabric is reported to quickly absorb perspiration without losing its flame resistance. Designed for comfort and breathability, the fabric feels like cotton and allows sweat to move from the body to …

What's New?

Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard now available

October 17, 2017

The Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google is now available. The jacket has been designed with urban cyclists in mind. Jacquard Threads woven into the sleeve create an interactive surface that responds to the wearer’s gestures. When paired with a smart phone, a brush or tap on the sleeve can let users interact …

What's New?

Innovative new products shown at IFAI Expo 2017

October 9, 2017

The Advanced Textiles section of the IFAI Expo show floor was the central gathering point for industry participants engaging in lively discussions with their colleagues, listening to presentations by textiles experts and getting a first-hand look at some of the newest products and technologies available on the market. Advanced Textiles Source will run stories throughout the …

What's New?

Hexcel launches new carbon fiber fabrics project

October 6, 2017

Hexcel will launch MAXIM, a new government-backed 7.4 million pound research and development project, and expand its manufacturing facility in Leicester. The Multi Axial Infused Materials (MAXIM) project will explore the manufacture of new, cost-effective carbon fiber fabric forms and resins that can be made into parts without the need for autoclaves. Hexcel is installing …