AmazonSmile promotion

March 22nd, 2018

If you shop on Amazon, be sure to take advantage of the AmazonSmile promotion. From March 12–31, 2018, AmazonSmile will triple the donation amount to 1.5 percent to Industrial Fabrics Foundation. Go to For additional details about the promotion, click here

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SYFA Presents USA Textile Technologies Conference

March 21st, 2018

The Synthetic Yarn and Fabric Association will hold its next technical conference April 26 and 27, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. The conference, titled “USA Technologies: New Materials, Design and Applications,” will offer presentations on cyber security, sustainable textile technology, improving the scourability of fiber lubricants and about the marine debris challenge, among other topics. Speakers […]

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Backpack designed for peace of mind, smart power

March 20th, 2018

A backpack by VIP could provide better peace of mind for travelers with unusual features that are designed to prevent theft. The VIP Anti-Theft Backpack from U.K.-based is made of slash-proof material and has hidden zippers for private storage areas. Another feature that may gives travelers a sense of security is the integrated external […]

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Texas Tech’s Prof. Ramkumar receives two prestigious awards

March 19th, 2018

Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor in Texas Tech University Dept. of Environmental Toxicology and lead investigator in the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory, has recently been awarded two of the most prestigious honors in the textiles field: a fellowship with The Textile Institute, U.K. and the 2017-18 Professor W. B. Achwal Oration lecture from the Institute of Chemical Technology, […]

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Chomarat develops multiaxial glass non-crimp fabric

March 16th, 2018

Chomarat, the composite reinforcement specialist group, has developed multiaxial glass non-crimp fabric (NCF) for thermoplastic composites. According to a report in Technical Textiles, the patented stitching yarn can withstand processing temperatures up to 400° Celisus, making it an innovative industrial solution for thermoplastic composites and alternative to the woven reinforcements used in the automotive sector. […]

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GOTS hosts U.S. textile industry roundtable

March 15th, 2018

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) hosted a roundtable for the textile industry in Charleston, S.C., in March, headlined “Making a Business Case for GOTS Certification.“ The event attracted brands, trade associations, textile manufacturers, organic certification agencies and organic cotton farmers. They heard and discussed presentations on topics ranging from general 2017 GOTS progress—particularly in […]

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SGL Group develops new carbon fiber for aerospace

March 14th, 2018

SGL Group has developed a new carbon fiber, SIGRAFIL C T50-4.8/280, which is characterized by a high Young’s modulus, making it ideal for aerospace applications. Pressure vessels, drive shafts, profiles and sheet molding compounds (SMCs) are other applications for the fiber, which has good mechanical properties due to high stiffness and strength. The high Young’s […]

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WL Gore launches Silicon Valley innovation hub

March 13th, 2018

WL Gore has announced the establishment of an Innovation Centre in California’s Silicon Valley district, an area known for its abundance of high-tech start-ups and venture capital companies. The new 11,000-square-foot facility will offer start-ups the chance to collaborate with Gore scientists on a range of advanced materials science challenges. The purpose is to help start-ups […]

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OIA launches new sustainability platform

March 12th, 2018

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announces that it has launched a new education and content platform under its sustainability pillar on The platform provides tools and resources created by the OIA Sustainability Working Group (SWG), which has been addressing supply chain issues for over a decade. The site launch coincided with Outdoor Retailer + […]

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U.S. textile and fiber trade associations announce merger

March 12th, 2018

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and the American Fiber Manufacturers (AFMA) announced a merger of their respective organizations effective April 1, 2018. NCTO chair William V. McCrary Jr. said, “The NCTO merger with AFMA strengthens the U.S. textile industry’s ability to influence federal policy. It brings new members and financial resources to NCTO […]

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