Brigham Young U. researcher wins cotton biotech award

January 30th, 2015

Josh Udall of Brigham Young University (BYU) has been awarded the 2014 Cotton Biotechnology Award for his work developing bioinformatics tools (methods and software) to help understand the cotton genome. The award was presented by Cotton Inc., which funds Udall’s research, at the International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI) workshop held at the recent Plant and […]

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Garmatex launches new golf apparel technology

January 29th, 2015

Vancouver, B.C.-based performance fabric maker Garmatex Technologies has introduced two apparel technologies in January. Prime4orm is a “bio-anatomical” shirt that re-engineers body form and posture; and a new line of smart IceSkin Gear accessories help regulate body temperature in warm weather. The Prime4orm shirt aims to increase suppleness and flexibility of muscles by releasing tension […]

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Oerlikon Neumag presents energy-saving carpet fiber process

January 28th, 2015

Swiss manmade fiber specialist Oerlikon Neumag introduced its new rotating tangle RoTac3 unit at January’s Domotex 2015 flooring show in Hanover, Germany. As opposed to conventional tangle units, the RoTac technology forms tangle knots with a pulsating instead of a continuous air current. The machine’s rotating nozzle jacket has several holes with corresponding spacing determined […]

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The expanding layers of the flexible composites market

January 26th, 2015

The world of composites covers a range of materials and applications. Flexible composites have long been manufactured to perform specific functions in generally demanding environments. Their tremendous strength-to-weight ratio and design flexibility make them ideal in structural components for the transportation industry. High strength, lightweight premium composite materials, such as carbon fiber and epoxies, are […]

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Market research on waterproof, breathable textiles indicates future growth

January 26th, 2015

A new report shows that the waterproof, breathable textiles (WBT) market is expected to be worth $1.73 billion by 2020. A study conducted by market research and consulting company Grand View Research Inc. says increasing preference towards high-performance comfortable apparel should drive market growth over the forecast period. Additionally, rising consumer disposable income and growing […]

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VOORMI unveils CORE CONSTRUCTION™

January 26th, 2015

Pagosa Springs, Colo.-based performance apparel specialists VOORMI, an innovator of precision blended wool, has introduced CORE CONSTRUCTION™ Technology. The innovation moves away from lamination and coating technologies to the integration of weather-resistant barriers and other functional cores directly into textiles, delivering a truly single-layer fabric containing an integrated weatherproofing membrane. Among products being made with […]

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Textum acquires Crawford Textile Fabrications

January 26th, 2015

Textum Weaving Inc., Belmont, N.C., has acquired Crawford Textile Fabrications LLC and has obtained exclusive licensing to Crawford’s patents and patent-pending technologies. The acquisition adds 3D weaving and braiding, and warp knitting to Textum’s existing technical manufacturing capabilities: unidirectional (UD) constructions, 2D wovens, 2.5D (adjacent ply interlock), 3D preforms, knitting and braiding. Textum is a […]

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Posture-improving T-shirt launches in the U.S.

January 26th, 2015

A posture-enhancing T-shirt from Paris-based clothing start-up UpCouture has begun to make an impression internationally. The company formally launched its Up Shirt in the U.S. this month. The shirt aids good posture, according to the company, because of a configuration of very thin elastic strips sewn and bonded into the garment in strategic places. This […]

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Starr Aircraft doubles throughput with Lectra

January 26th, 2015

Paris-based Lectra, provider of integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials, has announced Starr Aircraft will use Lectra's latest automated cutting technology and expertise to boost production capabilities. Starr Aircraft, based in Sherman, Texas, has made aircraft products for the global commercial aviation sector for more than 30 years; its products include interior […]

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Skydiver breaks records with ILC Dover spacesuit

January 26th, 2015

Wearing a space suit designed and manufactured by ILC Dover, Frederica, Del., Google executive Alan Eustace set new skydiving records Oct. 24 when he jumped from a helium-filled scientific balloon 135, 908 feet above Earth’s surface, breaking the sound barrier and hitting a top speed of 822 mph during his four-and-a-half-minute freefall above southern New […]

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