Archroma marks three years of innovative sustainability

October 31st, 2016

Swiss color and specialty-chemicals developer Archroma marks its third anniversary in October with innovations that point to sustainability. Based in Basel, Switzerland, Archroma began with the acquisition of Clariant’s textile, paper and emulsions businesses. In 2014, Archroma acquired 49 percent of M. Dohmen, an international group specializing in the production of textile dyes and chemicals […]

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IFAI Expo 2016 closes successful show with near-record attendance

October 31st, 2016

IFAI Expo 2016, the textile industry's show of record, attracted 5,023 participants to the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., from Oct. 18-21. IFAI Expo is the largest display of specialty fabrics and technical textiles in the Americas. Attendees were treated to four days of product demonstrations, education, networking, exhibits and awards recognizing industry achievement. "We […]

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Teijin to acquire Continental Structural Plastics

October 28th, 2016

Tokyo-based high-performance fiber developer Teijin Ltd. will acquire Continental Structural Plastics Holdings Corp. (CSP), an automotive composite supplier in North America, for $825 million. CSP will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Teijin. Through this acquisition, Teijin intends to establish the foundations of an automotive composite products business in North America. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, […]

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Global nonwovens market eyes $66.8 billion in 2024

October 27th, 2016

The global consumption of nonwoven fabric spun is estimated to witness a year-over-year growth rate of 8.3 percent, reaching a total market value of $66.8 billion by 2024, according to a market analysis by Persistence Market Research. The report by the New York City research firm also notes that the polypropylene segment is estimated to […]

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Messe Frankfurt launches events in Africa

October 26th, 2016

Trade show organizer Messe Frankfurt has partnered with Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week to include three of its events in the next edition. Texworld, Apparel Sourcing and Texprocess will be integrated in the 2017 edition of the event, which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “Due to increased wages and growing domestic demand within […]

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Wearable alcohol sensor developed

October 21st, 2016

Engineers at the University of Calif.-San Diego have developed a flexible, wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person’s blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device. The device, worn on the skin, could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, noninvasive and […]

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Expanding textile testing to meet today’s technical requirements

October 21st, 2016

The expectations of today’s technical textiles are changing rapidly, requiring the creative use of textile testing to validate the functionality of protective clothing and active wear, as well as establishing new standards for wearable electronics and textile products with unique functional characteristics. The Advanced Textiles Testing Track at IFAI Expo examined textile testing in light […]

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Gore introduces new safety apparel

October 21st, 2016

Elkton, Md.-based protective outerwear developer W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. has introduced a line of GORE® FR Apparel products featuring its GORE-TEX® PYRAD® fabric, flame-resistant (FR), foul-weather outerwear, which are designed to meet the needs of oil and gas workers. A jacket, bib and detachable hood combination offers protection from incidental flame exposure and weather protection […]

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Sustainable wearables

October 21st, 2016

Overcoming issues of energy and consumer engagement. Over the past decade, environmental issues have become a major concern for the textile, clothing, footwear and related industries. For wearable technology, the energy needed to operate devices and refinements in the technologies and fabrics has been in focus for decades. But now that significant development in these […]

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Bio-inspired swimsuits under research

October 21st, 2016

A team of researchers from Cambridge-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and visiting scientists from France took inspiration from beavers, a semi-aquatic rodent, to derive a mathematical model that could be used to develop swimsuits and functional coating processes. Beavers keep themselves dry and warm with the help of fur arranged in two forms with […]

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