Erreà 3DWear to outfit French rugby club

December 22, 2014

Technical base-layer garments produced by Italian sports equipment manufacturer Erreà, based near Parma, will be worn by members of Stade Toulousain, France’s premier rugby team. The four-year agreement between Erreà 3DWear and the Stade Toulousain, also known as “Toulouse,” was signed in May. Erreà 3DWear has designed a range of customized products for the team; …

Patagonia launches new “Truth to Materials” collection

Patagonia is launching a new collection called Truth to Materials, a capsule collection containing seven styles which explore new methods of manufacturing, born from a desire to reimagine the first stage of a product’s life: the source of raw materials. The collection honors the purest form of a material possible, with minimally processed cashmere and …

Indorama will acquire Performance Fibers

Bangkok, Thailand-based petrochemical producer Indorama Ventures PCL will acquire automotive-fiber producer Performance Fibers Asia, including all of its Asian manufacturing operations and the right to continue using the name Performance Fibers. Indorama acquiring the business from an affiliate of private investment firm Sun Capital Partners Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though its …

3M featherless ‘down’ honored

3M Thinsulate Featherless Insulation has been named a “Top 10 Insulation” by ISPO Textrends at Germany’s 2015 ISPO Awards. 3M Thinsulate Featherless Insulation-600 Fill Power (which measures the volume, in cubic inches, that an ounce of insulation creates at maximum loft; the higher the fill power, the lighter, fluffier and more insulating it is) is …

Glass woven fabrics featured in major architectural projects

Atex® architectural membranes, produced by Valmiera Glass UK Ltd., were used in a recent project (fall 2014) completed at Terminal 2 in London’s Heathrow Airport. Atex fabrics were used extensively in the ceiling panels that covered about 50,000 square meters of space. The company worked with LuisVidal & Co. and Maffeis Engineering S.p.A. on the …

AXSON will open center for PUR formulations

AXSON, high-performance polymer formulation producer, will open the Axson Merylithe Technical Centre for developing innovative PUR formulations. Located in Méry (Savoie, France) will enable AXSON customers to carry out tests and trials beginning in early 2015. The announcement follows AXSON’s acquisition of Merylithe, a move that has strengthened the company’s expertise in polyurethane elastomer formulations. …

Apparel study seeks participants

December 19, 2014

The Textile Protection and Comfort Center (T-PACC) at North Carolina State University’s (Raleigh) College of Textiles is inviting industry members to participate in its Consortium on Outdoor Materials Performance Ensembles, Testing and Evaluation. According to a press release from the university, “T-PACC intends to establish an industry-based collaborative research consortium to study principles of human …

Partnership aims to prevent spread of illnesses in hospitals

December 18, 2014

Vancouver, British Columbia-based performance fabric developer Garmatex has joined medical biotech firm Diagnomics of San Diego, Calif., in a five-year partnership to develop healthcare apparel and linens that use anti-microbial fabric technologies to limit pathogen transfer that can contaminate healthcare environments. At present, hospital-acquired infections (“HAI”) affect some 2 million patients in the United States, …

PrimaLoft joins sustainable apparel coalition

December 17, 2014

Materials science company PrimaLoft Inc. of Latham, N.Y., has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement tool, the Higg Index, to drive environmental responsibility across its supply chain. PrimaLoft, which specializes in developing high-performance insulations and fabrics, will contribute both data and resources to support the Higg Index, which …

FlexForm Technologies expands into Korea

December 16, 2014

Natural fiber composite developer FlexForm Technologies of Elkart, Ind., has formed FlexForm Korea Ltd. for the acquisition and operation of factories and production lines in Jeonju City and in Cheonan, South Korea. The acquired Korean operations previously manufactured composite materials for the automotive industry; they will expand to such industries as workspace panels, furniture and …