Improvement in cooling vest in development

May 19th, 2016

A team of researchers at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) led by Qing Wang, professor of materials science and engineering, has created nanowire material that could cool with an electric field that is safe for humans. Such nanoarrays are lightweight and flexible enough to be embedded in firefighter gears, athlete garments and for other uses. […]

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Damel bows auto-inflatable water-safety wear

May 18th, 2016

Portuguese textile developer Damel has introduced SeaB2, a maritime clothing system with integrated inflation, and has submitted patent applications for the product in the United States, the European Union and Dubai. SeaB2 is used as a part of regular clothing (jacket, overalls or vest) and is unnoticeable. The inflation system is activated automatically upon hitting […]

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Coolcore signs distribution agreement with ITOCHU

May 17th, 2016

Coolcore, Portsmouth, N.H.-based manufacturer of chemical-free cooling and moisture transportation fabrics, has entered into an exclusive relationship with Tokyo’s ITOCHU Corporation to distribute Coolcore fabric and finished goods throughout Japan. According to the agreement, ITOCHU will be the exclusive Japanese distributor for the entire collection of Coolcore cooling fabrics, designed for the everyday, workwear and […]

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Jeanologia offers laser-based denim treatment

May 16th, 2016

Spanish textile-finishing company Jeanologia has introduce its pollution-free, laser-based Light PP Spray denim treatment, which eliminates the process of potassium permanganate spraying, the company says, replacing the most damaging technique to workers and the environment. It joins the company’s dry and wet ozone and the G2 e-Flow nano bubbles in ensuring zero pollution in the […]

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Buoyant coating and laminating industry on show in Prague

May 12th, 2016

A record number of delegates heard optimistic and encouraging news at the 2016 International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating held at the Novotel Praha Wenceslas Square Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic. More than 130 senior staff from companies in Europe, the Americas and Asia attended the event. “Sustainability” was a key focus of the […]

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Dreamweaver develops technology for nonwoven battery separator

May 11th, 2016

South Carolina-based Dreamweaver International has developed patented technology that will allow it to make the thinnest nonwoven separators known in the world for lithium ion batteries and super capacitors, as low as 10–12 microns. The technology relies on lighter weights and much higher compression than other nonwoven battery separators. It will allow the traditional benefits […]

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Evolving and expanding smart fabrics

May 6th, 2016

Today’s smart fabric products, with embedded or woven technological components, are resonating with consumers, and the market is responding. Woven, nonwoven and knitted textiles are the foundation of the fabrics that make up our daily existence. They’re also the foundation of the relatively new market called “wearable technology” or just “wearables.” Some of us may […]

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The issue of testing

May 6th, 2016

As questions about testing, certification and standards persist, the testing market grows. The market for textile testing, inspection and certification is expected to reach more than $7 billion by 2020, according to a report published by MarketsandMarkets. There has been much debate on the need for standardization in textile accreditation, and rightly so. Testing is […]

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Aurora expands facility and hires new staff

May 6th, 2016

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. (ASTG) announces additions to the company’s senior management and sales staff. ASTG recently invested in a streamlined, state-of-the-art U.S. manufacturing textile plant. The new hires reflect the company’s expansion as it adds new capabilities, including ultra-wide-width coating and finishing, which opens new markets for the company. John Schuster has been named […]

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Prototype smart skin for robots developed

May 6th, 2016

Smart, synthetic skins have the potential to allow robots to touch and sense what's around them, but keeping them powered up and highly sensitive at low cost has been a challenge. Scientists report in the journal ACS Nano, that a simpler and less costly self-powered transparent smart skin has been developed. Endowing robots and prosthetics […]

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