Teijin new knit shown at Outdoor Retailer

January 29, 2018

Teijin Frontier’s new knitting material was on exhibit at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2018. The company says the new knit material has a glossy, translucent appearance and is “thin, lightweight and compact, as well as stretchable, form stable and moisture permeable.” Other materials meant for high-performance sportswear include a newly developed Deltapeak sweat suit fabric, …

Device tests compression garments during movement

January 26, 2018

Hohenstein Group has developed the next generation of its compression testing device, HOSYcan. The device records and analyzes compression measurements during movement and measures the interaction between different materials. Combined with data from Hohenstein’s 3D scanning database, simulated movement profiles may provide increased accuracy for specific applications. HOSYcan is designed to measure in static and …

Call for editorial submissions: Specialty Fabric Showcase 2018

January 25, 2018

The Specialty Fabrics Review annual Fabric Showcase in the April and May 2018 issues is a great opportunity to give readers a look at new fabrics—natural, synthetic, woven, nonwoven, electronic, interactive or smart—and how they can help your potential customers do their jobs better. We’ll share the information, in print and online, with thousands of …

L.L. Bean and Loomia technology to evaluate consumer use

L.L.Bean will be exploring the applications of blockchain technology with Loomia, a technology company producing smart fabrics. The companies will evaluate how data from Loomia-enabled L.L. Bean apparel can assess the extended use and performance of the outdoor retailer’s products. The first tests will involve incorporating Loomia Electronic Layer (LEL) into L.L. Bean jackets and …

Flexible chip developed for IoT connectivity

January 24, 2018

A collaborative effort between the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and American Semiconductor has created a new silicon-on-polymer chip. The result is a flexible system-on-chip that may create more smart additions to the Internet of Things (IoT). The system combines silicon manufacturing industry expertise in electronics and new efforts in the high-performance electronics 3D printing …

Annual Global Fibers Congress stresses sustainability, responsibility

January 23, 2018

An article in Fashionating World reports that more than 700 participants from over 30 countries took part in the 56th Man-Made Fibers Congress in Dornbirn, Austria. Key areas of discussion included fiber innovations; fibers, textiles and nonwovens for health care and hygiene; protective applications; sports and leisure wear. The three-day event also included a young …

Mutual benefits

January 22, 2018

From small startups to global corporations, academia and business forge alliances. Just days ago, VF Corp. and North Carolina State University (NC State) announced a strategic, multi-year partnership to “support student development at NC State and advance apparel and textiles innovation within VF,” the company says. It will also bring $1 million to the campus …

Fiber-based OLED for wearable displays announced

Wearables are exposed to whatever the wearer experiences throughout a day, and finding reliable light emitter displays that allow textiles to retain flexibility, breathability and comfort can be a challenge. But a team of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) believes that it has found a candidate for meeting the …

Waterproof boots are made from corn

Your new rain boots could offer something quite distinctive; the smell of popcorn while doing chores or stomping through puddles. These nature-inspired, waterproof boots are made from rubber and recycled non-food-grade corn. They’re designed by Sebastian Thies and manufactured by the German company nat-2™ in Italy. Besides the distinct smell of popcorn, the semi-transparent boots …

New product developed to offset “permastink”

“Sanitized® Odoractiv 10 marks the end of permastink in polyester textiles,” says Darrell Burnette, sales manager for SANITIZED (USA) Inc. According to the company, the new product contains a dual-action technology that prevents permastink and minimizes odor intensity during wear. The technology was developed to offset the effects of bacteria that break down perspiration. “The …