Pavegen harvests power from footsteps in Washington, D.C.

December 8th, 2016

London-based “smart flooring” developer Pavegen Systems, whose system generates energy from pedestrian traffic, is working with the U.S. government on an installation in Washington, D.C. The project includes a trio of Pavegen's largest “V3” arrays and will be storing the energy from pedestrian footfall at DuPont Circle, one of the city’s most highly trafficked areas. […]

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Oerlikon, Huitong join in new polycondensation system

December 7th, 2016

Despite the continuing market slowdown in China, the new manmade-fibers segment Oerlikon Barmag Huitong Engineering Co. Ltd.—a joint venture of Swiss technology group Oerlikon and Chinese chemicals specialists Huitong Chemical Engineering Technique—recently signed an order for a 60,000-tons-a-year polycondensation system. The system, to be commissioned in China’s Jiangsu Province in the second half of 2017, will be installed […]

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Gore opens fabrics testing facilities

December 6th, 2016

W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., based in Elkton, Md., has opened its new Biophysics and Heat and Flame Protection labs at which engineers can test component materials, Gore laminates and fully constructed garments, and footwear. The new facilities also allow Gore to develop fabrics with distinct functionalities for specific markets. The new facilities feature an […]

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bluesign® technologies launches new service platform

December 5th, 2016

Swiss textiles chemical-management systems developer bluesign technologies has launched the bluesign® system partner area, which will combine all its services within a one-stop service platform. More than 500 companies already use the applications. The bluesign system partner area includes the applications bluetool, bluefinder, blueXpert and blueguide. A multitude of factsheets, guidance sheets and best-practices information […]

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Textile industry eyes natural pigments in autumn leaves

December 2nd, 2016

Plants have been used as a source for coloring fabrics from their very beginning. Now, researchers at Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre are developing leaf-processing technologies that could be used by the cosmetics, textile, feed and food industries. VTT scientists are looking at autumn leaves for their pigments, carbohydrates, proteins and compounds that inhibit the […]

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Automotive sector shows potential for airbag yarn

December 1st, 2016

Citing estimates by press-release distributor Business Wire, Swiss materials developer Oerlikon notes the demand for airbags will increase by 5 percent annually over the next five years. To date, airbags have been predominantly manufactured using polyamide 6.6 yarns, the company notes. However, there is a noticeable trend with these challenging industrial filament yarns toward polyester. […]

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