Gore announces softer, more durable outdoor fabric

November 24, 2014

W.L. Gore & Associates has developed new GORE-TEX products with Gore C-KNIT Backer technology specifically engineered for hikers, trekkers and free riders, offering the ruggedness of a three-layer laminate with the look and feel of a soft fabric: waterproof, windproof and breathable garments for all outdoor enthusiasts. Jackets made with the new product technology will …

2014 IFF Innovation Awards recognize four top entries

The Innovation Award is presented annually by the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) to one exemplary company for an entry that is distinctive from other products currently manufactured or processes in use; benefits the specialty fabrics industry or consumer; is practical; and is cost-effective. The purpose behind the Innovation Award is to inspire companies from all …

Game Changer boot wins Outdoor Life accolades

Rocky Boots’ Rocky Athletic Mobility Game Changer has been named an Editor’s Choice among knee-high boots by Outdoor Life magazine. Featuring a liquefied-polyether upper that is thinner than most rubber boots, the boots weigh less than 1.5 pounds each and fit more like athletic footwear than rubber boots. One style features the Retain heating system, which utilizes a …

Sigmatex selects South Carolina plant site

Carbon-fiber-textile maker Sigmatex has selected Matthews Industrial Park in Orangeburg County. S.C., as the location for its next facility, which is expected to be in operation by mid-2015. The company will invest $12 million and create 50 jobs over the next five years. Sigmatex will be the first company to locate in the John W. …

UNC joins #TurnItGreen campaign

With a goal of driving awareness and education about the importance of recycling among students, faculty, fans and alumni, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s UNC Athletics Division becomes the first collegiate athletics program to join REPREVE’s #TurnItGreen movement. The initiative will branch across UNC Athletics with REPREVE-based activations at major sporting events; …

Louvers with fabric create a stunning and functional facade

For its new headquarters built outside of Bern, Switzerland, SBB Railway wanted to create a unique facade. The company also wanted to save energy and provide its employees with a superior working environment. All goals were achieved by installing moveable glass louvers, with metallic fabric laminated in between, on the outside of the building. The …

Owens Corning release free fabrics guide app

November 21, 2014

Orlando-based Owens Corning has released a U.S. version of its Technical Fabrics Guide app for industrial, marine and transportation applications. The free app, which was launched in Europe in March, has been updated for the U.S. market and is available for both Apple and Android mobile devices. The guide includes product characteristics, benefits and resin …

Settlement announced in weight-loss shapewear claims

November 20, 2014

Trade Commission (FTC) charges that slimming claims for their caffeine-infused products were false and not substantiated by scientific evidence. The proposed orders settling the FTC’s complaints bar Norm Thompson Outfitters Inc., and Wacoal America Inc., from making false and unsubstantiated claims about their shapewear and require them to pay a total of more than $1.5 …

Disrupt or be disrupted

November 11, 2014

At IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Expo in October, Dr. Benham Pourdeyhimi from NCSU’s Nonwovens Institute concluded his presentation with this admonition: “Disrupt or be disrupted.” (See “Keynotes offer overviews” on this site.) Nonwovens markets are growing, but they are also undergoing significant change, with new engineered products making an impact in the nature of growth in …