RÖJK makes a pledge for the planet

November 30, 2017

The Swedish apparel company RÖJK has announced that by 2020 all of its products will be 100 percent biodegradable and natural. The pledge extends to using no synthetic colors or chemicals. Instead, the company will primarily attain colors from recycled foods, such as nuts, vegetables and spices, from the food processing industry. RÖJK acknowledges that …

Vizient Innovative Technology designation recognizes VESTEX products

November 29, 2017

Standard Textile announced that VESTEX Active Barrier apparel received a 2017 Innovative Technology designation from Vizient Inc., a member-driven healthcare performance improvement company. This year marks the inauguration of the Innovative Technology designation. The designation was based on direct feedback from hospital experts who interacted with VESTEX at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange in Denver in September. VESTEX Active Barrier apparel …

New Reebok military boot is introduced

November 28, 2017

  Warson Brands has introduced the Reebok Sublite Cushion Tactical Boot for military personnel. To create the boot, Reebok reports that the company built on input from wearers of Reebok boots designed for law enforcement professionals. Details include a lace garage to tuck away laces when blousing pants; a full rubber outsole with rope guard designed …

2017 APEX Design Award winners announced

November 27, 2017

Polartec has chosen the winners of its 2017 APEX Awards, an annual program recognizing products made from Polartec fabrics and the designers behind them. The winning products were selected based on skilled and creative uses of Polartec fabric technologies. The winners are: Adidas Terrex Agravic Alpha Hooded Shield Jacket, a women’s outdoor jacket made with …

Teijin Aramid introduces new armoring material

November 20, 2017

Teijin’s new Endumax Shield XF33 is an ultra-high-molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) designed to increase performance-to-weight ratio for body armor and weight-sensitive vehicles and vessels armoring. The new product can be used for hard body armor plates and helmets and rigid panels for vehicles and sea vessels. Teijin Aramid reports that because of the structural nature of …

Huntsman introduces new DWRs for outerwear

Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced the new PHOBOTEX RSY non-fluorinated durable water repellent (DWR) providing rain and stain protection for high-performance outerwear. The product responds to consumers’ demand for rain-, stain- and soil-resistant qualities, as well as consumer and industry-level concerns about environmental health and worker safety. PHOBOTEX RSY durable water repellent is based on non-fluorinated technologies …

Researchers create an energy-harvesting bio-battery

Researchers at Imperial College London have created a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel by printing living cyanobacteria and circuitry onto paper. The photosynthetic microorganisms have been used as ink and printed onto conductive material. The resulting experiment was able to harvest the sun’s energy and provide small amounts of electricity. An article on TechXplore reported …

Schoeller wins Design Prize Switzerland award

Swiss company Schoeller Textil AG has won the Design Prize Switzerland 2017/18. The company won the award for Excellent Swiss Design in the textile category for its E-softshell. a laminate consisting of bi-elastic tissue, machined lining and a functional cork shell coating. The heating technology is integrated with the fabric in a diamond-shaped geometrical pattern. …

Small and essential

Narrow and small-scale textiles thrive in collaborative partnerships. The narrow fabrics industry belongs in the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) category, based on the number of employees per organization. The latest United States’ Census Bureau data show that this sector has about 248 companies in the U.S. that employ about 7,840 people, with the average …

Getting down to business

A good portion of this website is filled with product information, including materials, end products and the companies who make them. Sometimes, however, we should talk business, because if we don’t, all these great products may not survive in the marketplace—or even have the opportunity to try. A company needs to research the market to …