“Smart” bandages in development

May 16, 2014

New Zealand smart fabrics developer Footfalls & Heartbeats has embarked on the development of a bandage that could potentially measure its own tightness and convey information to medical staff via color changes, noise or another kind of alert. Possible applications are in the care of the elderly; for injury monitoring of workers in high-risk environments, …

May 2014

May 15, 2014

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IFAI Japan event July 17

IFAI Japan will sponsor a forum and product showcase July 17 at the KKR Hotel Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan. Manufacturers are invited to introduce their products to Japanese industry peers with a presentation and showcase. New this year is a desktop exhibit area in the reception room, giving presenters additional face-to-face communication at the buffet …

QMILK

The QMILK® fiber pilot run has started and the production plant is now in operation. The company says it is now focusing on adjusting the installation in order to meet the different requirements of its partner companies that will produce a variety of end products. With a focus on sustainability objectives, the QMILK production process …

Patagonia invests in CO2Nexus Inc.

May 14, 2014

Patagonia has announced a strategic investment in CO2Nexus Inc., a company that has developed a sustainable method of processing (cleaning, disinfecting and coating) textiles and garments using liquid carbon dioxide. Using no water, the process consumes less energy and generates very little waste. This marks a significant investment by Patagonia through its $20 Million & …

Safer on the ice

May 9, 2014

Hunter Sportswear has launched a new safety glove for ice-skaters. The glove represents a breakthrough in hand safety, as it offers users the highest level (class 5) of cut resistance, as well as lightweight comfort, similar to a standard sports glove. The enabling technology behind the new glove is Dyneema® Diamond Technology, a patented fiber …

Johnson Controls FreshPer4mance Coating keeps seat covers clean

Johnson Controls, a global industrial company, has developed a coating for fabrics that keeps automotive seats clean and hygienic. The coating repels dirt and liquid, protects passengers from microbes and static and can be applied to all cover fabrics. For optimum long-lasting protection, the company coats the entire fabric, not just one side, in the …

EmBraced in Comfort founder named Young Entrepreneur

Christina Beauvais, founder and president of Akron, Mich.-based EmBraced In Comfort, has been named Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC). The award was presented to Beauvais at the AATCC’s International Conference in Asheville, N.C. AATCC’s Young Entrepreneur Award recognizes young entrepreneurs operating in the textile …

Everyday, but not ordinary

Protective textile products are hard workers in industrial environments. Around the world, countless people start their work day following a critical routine by donning protective apparel: a hard hat, fire-retardant coverall, safety glasses, cut-resistant sleeves or gloves, high-visibility vests or jackets, clean-room garments, breathing masks. It may seem ordinary just because it’s common, but fire …