U.S. ITC makes determination on unfairly traded polyester fibers

July 31, 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) recently made a unanimous preliminary determination that unfairly traded imports of fine denier polyester staple fiber (fine denier PSF) from China, India, Korea and Taiwan are causing injury to U.S. producers. The preliminary injury determination means that the anti-dumping duty cases against imports from China, India, Korea and Taiwan, along with the countervailing duty cases against China and India, …

Outdoor brands are EOCA conservation champions

July 28, 2017

The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has named Arc’teryx, Ortlieb and Snugpak as 2017 Conservation Champions, an award given to members that have “gone the extra mile” to support conservation. The 2017 winners are being recognized for having “taken the initiative to raise extra money for and awareness of conservation,” EOCA stated. Canadian outdoor brand Arc’teryx …

NILIT launches a new Nylon 6.6 for apparel

July 27, 2017

NILIT®, a manufacturer and marketer of nylon textile fibers announces the launch of Sensil®, its new Nylon 6.6 brand, and the company’s premium Nylon 6.6 for fashion and performance apparel. The company calls Sensil Nylon 6.6 “the gold standard of manmade fibers.” The product is soft, strong and durable, and retains newness after many wearings and …

Antimicrobial use in today’s textile industry

July 24, 2017

Where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. Increased use of woven and nonwoven textiles, as well as growing awareness of microbes and their associated healthcare concerns, has been driving demand for antimicrobial use in textile applications. The inclusion of antimicrobials has especially been emphasized in performance and medical textiles where biological burdens …

Thermetrics introduces a new baby thermal manikin

Thermetrics LLC’s latest custom thermal manikin has been announced: an 11-zone thermal manikin named “Baby Ruth.” The company designs and manufactures testing and measurement instrumentation systems for a variety of university, commercial and government clients worldwide. The baby manikin is designed to be about the size of a nine-month old child. It’s constructed from a …

IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference begins Sept. 26

IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La., Sept. 26–28, will have an expanded program for industry professionals in the advanced textiles field. Education will feature four tracks: Medical, Military, Smart Fabrics and Testing. Attendees are free to move between tracks for specific presentations of interest, and some sessions are part of more than one track. …

Museum of Modern Art features digitally knit solar installation

A digitally knit structure, installed within the courtyard of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), was the winner of MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. The annual initiative tasks creatives with designing a temporary outdoor installation that provides shade, seating and water. “Lumen,” by the Jenny Sabin Studio is an immersive, interactive pavilion consisting of more than 1 million …

Noble Biomaterials and Lenzing to develop sustainable, anti-odor fabrics

Global companies Noble Biomaterials Inc. and Lenzing Group have teamed up to introduce a range of new high-performance textiles made with Noble’s silver-based anti-odor technology. According to Noble Biomaterials, the collaboration will offer activewear brands a more natural textile alternative to polyester, often used in technical knits. Lenzing’s sustainable fibers, powered by the anti-odor benefits …

Sustainable solutions in antimicrobials

With environmental concerns about traditional treatments, the industry works to offer more eco-friendly options. Antimicrobial properties are fast becoming an expected treatment in textiles for applications that range from hospital drapes and linen, to contract and domestic textiles, as well as clothing. While offering protection from germs is a positive, there has been some disquiet …

Microban announces ruling in AEGIS® suit

July 21, 2017

Greenchem Intl. Co. Ltd. has been ordered to stop using and return all AEGIS® and AEGIS Microbe Shield® products to Microban®. Microban® International Ltd., the supplier of antimicrobials and odor control prevention, announced the ruling. The company has maintained that Greenchem International Co., Ltd. wrongfully obtained the use of its AEGIS® Environmental Management Inc. (a subsidiary of Microban International) …