Antimicrobial coating materials market slated for growth

August 31, 2017

A recent report from Frost & Sullivan says the global antimicrobial coating materials market generated revenues of $701.3 million in 2016 and is expected to register a CAGR of 7.9 percent through 2021. Market drivers include technology advancements, consumer awareness of the benefits of antimicrobial coatings, and the need to tackle the rising resistance of pathogens to antibiotics. “There …

Woolam first certified cotton gin to use DNA traceability system

August 30, 2017

Applied DNA Sciences Inc. has announced that the Woolam Gin in O’Donnell, Texas, was awarded the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS v5.0) certification, making it the first certified U.S. organic cotton gin utilizing Applied DNA’s molecular tagging system, SigNature T. The system tags, tests and tracks organic cotton fibers throughout a certified supply chain. “SigNature T assures …

ZIPPKOOL® supports worker safety

August 29, 2017

Heat safety is often a major concern for workers. Scheduled for release in February 2018, the new ZIPPCOOL® helmet cooler and ANSI Class 3 High Visibility Cooling Jacket aim to keep workers in construction, agriculture and manufacturing cool in hot environments. The company reports that the ZIPPKOOL Cooling Jacket works in hot environments between 80 …

Eco fibers market worth $93.27 billion by 2025

August 28, 2017

The global eco fiber market is expected to reach $93.27 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 12.1 percent, according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc. This market includes bamboo fibers, organic cotton and other products that strive to create environmentally friendly textiles, as well as safe environments and fair wages for workers. A …

Textile coatings market estimated to reach $4.92 billion by 2025

August 25, 2017

A new report by Transparency Market Research says that the global textile coatings market was valued at $3.4 billion in 2016 and is anticipated to reach $4.92 billion by 2025. The report notes that the rise in demand for textile coatings in protective clothing, building and construction, transportation, medical and industrial applications is driving the market. Innovations in adding …

IAAC announces breakthroughs in passive cooling and ventilation

August 24, 2017

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) has developed a series of materials and advanced systems for passive cooling and ventilation, which allow reducing indoor temperatures by up to 5 degrees and air conditioner use by more than 25 percent. These alternatives help to sharply decrease hot indoor temperatures in locations where the weather …

You are your own power source

August 21, 2017

The University of Surrey, U.K., is developing technology that will allow people to act as their own power source by wearing clothing such as smart shirts and shoes that harvest and store electricity. According to information reported in Energy Harvesting Journal, the wearable power sources are triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs)—energy harvesting devices that convert the movements …

2017 RISE Innovation Award finalists named

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) has announced this year’s RISE Award finalists. The award recognizes innovations that use advanced science and engineering principles to creatively solve challenges within the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry. The finalists for 2017: PurPod100™ is a certified 100 percent compostable pod by Club Coffee for the Keurig …

Jewelry functions as little robots

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab are investigating how accessories can be made into mobile, adaptable “assistants.” According to the Media Lab, “Kino” is a collection of jewelry engineered with the functionality of miniature robots that can wander across clothing, change location and reconfigure the garment’s appearance. “This work explores a dynamic …

Fabrics go multifunctional

The development of sophisticated functional fabrics has been a phased process. Textiles have evolved from being just commodity materials to providing an array of benefits, including additional comfort and protection, improved hygiene, and supporting healthcare. The innate nature of fibers can provide certain special characteristics—cotton adds breathability and a smooth hand, and wool offers thermal …