Into the future

November 7, 2014

Smart textiles drive developments in many of the applications most desired by the military. The military continues to be one of the markets most interested in adopting smart textile technologies. In fact, military applications represented 21 percent of the smart fabric market in 2013. This year, the U. S. Army Natick Soldier RD&E Center (Natick) …

Garmatex, BASE360 Inc. launch protective sports apparel

November 5, 2014

Vancouver, B.C.-based fabric developer Garmatex Technologies and BASE360 Inc., manufacturer of safety products for high risk sports, will offer new protective hockey wear to the Canadian market. The apparel is designed to save lives through the use of new fabric technologies. BASE360 Inc. was founded to provide a better form of body protection on the …

SBI secures license for Unequal’s military-grade protection

SBI Inc.—a supplier of armor, apparel and accessories to the military, government and police—has signed a worldwide exclusive agreement with Unequal Technologies Co. to launch the EXO Skeleton line of tactical protective apparel and equipment. A military-grade version of Unequal’s patented composite of coated Kevlar and Accelleron, EXO Skeleton is a thin, lightweight, flexible barrier …

Crypton® textiles added to Victor Group’s Facts-certified products

Victor Group announces that it has completed a comprehensive third-party certification project based on the new Facts sustainability certification program for its commercial fabrics using patented Crypton® technology. To achieve Facts certification, products must meet the multi-attribute requirements of the NSF/ANSI 336 standard. Facts, a new mark, is owned by the Association for Contract Textiles …

Suitable for space

November 4, 2014

New spacesuit design could replace bulky pressurized suits. According to an article written for www.commodityonline.com by Seshadri Ramkumar, professor at Texas Tech University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are a step closer to develop active “second-skin” space suits. MIT professor of aeronautics Dava Newman and her collaborators have developed active, spring-like coils made from …

ITMA innovation award nominees set

Five companies are finalists for the International Textile Machinery Association (ITMA) Innovator of the Year award, and another five were named finalists for Launch of the Year. More than 50 companies are nominated in 10 “best innovation” categories, and three will be cited as “company of the year,” determined by size. Awards will be presented …

Bayer MaterialScience and bluesign form partnership

Bayer MaterialScience and bluesign technologies have agreed to enter into a strategic alliance to help ensure safe production processes and working conditions along the entire textile value chain. The bluesign® system defines criteria for chemicals use, including the responsible use of resources, effective hazardous materials management and the elimination of all dangerous substances. Bayer MaterialScience …

IAC free webinar on odor-control technology, markets and regulations

The International Antimicrobial Council (IAC), will offer a webinar entitled “Odor Control for Today’s Consumer: Understanding the Technology and the Market” Oct. 22, the first in a series of educational webinars the IAC is producing to improve understanding of the benefits of antimicrobials, as well as the provisions for responsible use. “It is important for …