Hazardous duty

December 18th, 2015

How fabric technology is protecting rescuers against ever-more-dangerous situations. On the hot summer day in 2013 when 19 experienced firefighters lost their lives, the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix, Ariz., spanned 8,400 acres. The trees were dry, the humidity was low and the wind suddenly turned, cutting off escape and creating an inferno. The […]

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Ohmatex offers USB 2.0 textile “ribbon”

December 18th, 2015

Danish company Ohmatex ApS has a new USB 2.0 cable on the market that cuts the weight, bulk and relative inflexibility of current, popular USB cable, and offers added benefits: washable connectors and a ribbon-like cable that’s soft, thin, flat and tangle free. According to the company, the cable is created by weaving conductive wires […]

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TEXbase releases Material Connect software

December 17th, 2015

TEXbase, Bozeman, Mont.-based provider of cloud-based software for the apparel and textile industries, has released Material Connect, an advanced supplier collaboration solution for brands, retailers and consumer product companies. Material Connect eliminates the need to send email attachments to suppliers, receive them back and manually transfer data to a spreadsheet. Instead, the system allows fabric […]

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TSG Finishing taps Gossett to direct operations

December 16th, 2015

TSG Finishing LLC, Hickory, N.C.-based textile-finishing operation, has named Charles Gossett as its new director of operations. He replaces Michael Goldman, who will guide new business development for TSG. Gossett has worked in the fiber optic, fiberglass and chemical industries and has held key management positions in operations, engineering, facilities and maintenance. He is recognized […]

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Serafin Group acquires Hahl-Pedex Group

December 15th, 2015

Technical-textiles developer Serafin Group has acquired the Hahl-Pedex Group, retroactively effective to Jan. 1, 2015. Both companies are based in Germany. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, Florian Kisling, current CEO of the Hahl-Pedex Group, will become CEO of the Group for Technical Textiles. Perlon Nextrusion Monofil GmbH CEO Christlorenz Bundi will join the advisory board. The […]

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Novozymes backs climate change pact

December 14th, 2015

While attending the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21), which ran through Dec. 11 in Paris, Danish biotechnology group Novozymes supported an international agreement between governments on climate change, which seeks to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius, above pre-industrial levels. The company—whose CEO, Peder Holk Nielsen, addressed the international conference—believes an […]

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JEC WORLD unveils new name, venue

December 11th, 2015

Composites exhibition JEC will move to a bigger venue and sport a new name in 2016. The newly named JEC World will take place March 8-10 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center in the Paris suburb of Villepinte. The exhibition and accompanying conferences, which are expected to attract some 1,300 companies from 100 countries […]

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Chomarat launches roofing reinforcement Rotaflam Neo

December 10th, 2015

Paris-based roofing products developer Chomarat has launched Rotaflam™ Neo, which the company calls a new generation of reinforcements for roofing felt. The product was developed in collaboration with hydroentanglement non-woven specialists Norafin, based in Bonn, Germany. Unique in its market, the reinforcement offers the benefits of both glass and polyester and combines the performances of […]

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Reebok introduces ZigKick footwear

December 9th, 2015

Warson Brands has introduced the Reebok ZigKick Tactical line of 8-inch and 6-inch boots and Reebok ZigKick Work line of 6-inch and oxford safety-toe footwear for men and women. Built to meet the demands of law-enforcement professionals, the Tactical line is engineered for performance, comfort and durability, while the work boot wears like an athletic […]

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“Tech Tats” make wearable technology unnoticeable, too

December 4th, 2015

Chaotic Moon Studios, a mobile software design and development studio based in Austin, Texas, is working on a wearable platform that, once it’s in place, the wearer doesn’t have to decide to put on or take off again. The company’s “Tech Tat” biowearable is an e-tattoo made with conductive tattoo paint that integrates into the […]

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