Water-free dyeing is in the works

August 7th, 2015

Tokyo-based zip manufacturer YKK is working on a new “eco” dyeing process using supercritical fluid dyeing (SFD) technology, which the company says will allow it to use almost no water in the dyeing process. YKK’s technology uses carbon dioxide (CO2) as a dyeing medium that can be collected and recycled. It also does not require […]

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Vital signs to watch in medical textiles

August 7th, 2015

The majority of research and development in smart materials research and development come from transport. Health and wellbeing have great need of responsive technologies, so why does it command one of the smallest sectors of the market? The length of time and finances involved in bringing a product to market are key factors, as well […]

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House in Brisbane, Australia protected with shadecloth wrap

August 6th, 2015

Responding to the subtropical climate of the new farm peninsula area in Brisbane, the Australian firm, James Russell Architects developed the Oxlade Drive House. Protected from floods, and designed to have a protracted life span, the family home is configured as a series of two volumes that sit in between a landscaped courtyard and pool […]

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JK Group acquires Sawgrass Industrial

August 5th, 2015

Charleston, S.C.-based sublimation and pigment-ink specialist Sawgrass Industrial, the business division of Sawgrass Technologies, is joining the JK Group to extend the group’s technology capabilities. JK Group brands include Kiian Digital and J-Teck. Sawgrass Industrial makes high-end digital sublimation and water-based pigment inks featuring the SubliM and M-Inks brands. Its main applications are fashion, sportswear […]

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Vicar announces new distribution partnership

August 4th, 2015

SEM Products, a leading manufacturer of interior paints and refinishing products for leather, vinyl, plastic, and carpets is expanding its distribution by forming a strategic partnership with Vicar International. Vicar will be stocking three lines to the automotive, upholstery, marine, RV and golf cart industries for indoor and outdoor applications. The initial lines that will […]

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