Archroma releases “Color Atlas”

May 31st, 2016

Swiss color and specialty-chemicals developer Archroma has introduced a cotton poplin color library featuring more than 4,300 new shades. Color Atlas by Archroma is a color library directed to stylists and fashion designers, brands and retailers, and their suppliers. The system includes: A “physical library” consisting of more than 4,300 colors, in six volumes. The […]

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Teijin’s Innovation Center earns ISO/TS 16949 accreditation

May 27th, 2016

Tokyo-based composite-materials maker Teijin Ltd.’s Teijin Composites Innovation Center (TCIC) has obtained ISO/TS 16949 accreditation for the application of ISO 9001:2008 for automotive production and relevant service part organizations. TCIC is an R&D and mass-production plant of Sereebo™, Teijin’s proprietary technology for mass producing carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP). ISO/TS 16949 was designed by the […]

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Kytola moves to Minnesota Knitting ownership track

May 26th, 2016

Wade Kytola, vice president and board member of Minnesota Knitting Mills (MKM), will become an “increasing stakeholder” of the company, according to company owner and CEO Harold Kuller. “Wade has been with us 30 years starting in plant management and now heading our sales operations,” Kuller said in a statement. “His overall understanding of knit […]

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Lenzing and The Woolmark Company announce their cooperation

May 25th, 2016

The Lenzing Group, Lenzing, Austria, and The Woolmark Co., Sydney, Australia, signed a cooperation agreement and presented the partnership between the lyocell fiber TINCEL® and Merino wool. The fiber duo introduces a new dimension to high-end textiles and active wear. TENCEL is a fiber made from wood pulp that offers light weight and moisture management […]

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The revitalized North American textile market

May 20th, 2016

A vibrant North American market for industrial and protective textiles is evident at Techtextil/Texprocess. Techtextil/Texprocess N.A., which finished its three-day run May 5, brought North American performance and protective apparel and industrial product manufacturers together with some 519 exhibitors of the latest textile materials and manufacturing processes. The Messe Frankfurt GmbH show took place in […]

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Internet of pants?

May 20th, 2016

You may love your fitbit, but one day your clothes could monitor your fitness levels or even boost your smart phone reception. Developed by researchers at Ohio State University, a new technique using ultrathin electronic thread to embroider circuits into fabric could make this possible. Computer World reports that the researchers have found a way […]

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Smart fabrics: Getting down to business

May 20th, 2016

“You absolutely have to have industry partners,” said Claire King, president of Propel LLC, which develops textile-related technologies for protective applications. “Fashion should find good partners for R&D,” said wearable technology expert Despina Papadopoulos, founder of Principled Design/ Studio 50/50. The theme of partnerships and collaborations was repeated often in the Smart Fabrics Summit’s panel […]

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Recycled plastic becomes gowns for new grads

May 20th, 2016

Some college grads this spring will be picking up their diplomas wearing the same plastic bottles they discarded over the previous four years. Greensboro, N.C.-based yarn developer Unifi is working with Oak Hall Cap & Gown of Salem, Va., to outfit nearly half a million graduates in schools around the country. The gowns are made […]

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Center for Functional Fabrics announced

May 20th, 2016

Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa., announces the new Center for Functional Fabrics (CFF), an organization that will support advanced manufacturing of functional fabrics in the region and beyond. On April 1, the U.S. Dept. of Defense announced that Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), a team led by MIT with strong support from Drexel, was awarded […]

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Candidates misrepresent manufacturing data, economist says

May 20th, 2016

Data contradicts presidential candidates’ claims that America’s manufacturing industry is in dire straits, says Michael Hicks, an economics professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. In a university press release, Hicks, director of Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research, says, “They are peddling untruths. During visits to Indiana for the primaries, these […]

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