Graphene-coated jacket prototypes released

August 30, 2018

Graphene is invisible and a single atom thick, yet reported to be the strongest, most conductive and lightest material ever discovered. But it is also expensive to produce at scale, difficult to work with and is found primarily in research labs. Despite the hurdles of working with the substance, Vollebak is releasing graphene-coated jackets as …

New focus for cotton: mission-linked research

August 29, 2018

Mission-linked research encompassing basic and applied research to promote the advantages of cotton and bring new opportunities for cotton will be the next phase for research in the cotton sector. The new effort will bring expertise from different scientific fields, such as genomics, molecular biology, chemical engineering and textile science, to work on strategic projects …

IPC E-Textiles Committee releases e-textiles washability white paper

August 28, 2018

IPC’s D-70 E-Textiles Committee has released IPC WP-024, IPC White Paper on Reliability and Washability of Smart Textile Structures – Readiness for the Market. This white paper provides insights from a team of researchers on e-textiles washability testing parameters and initial results from those tests. It’s expected to be the first in a series of …

Superflex rebrands as Seismic Powered Clothing

August 27, 2018

As part of an evolution of its powered clothing platform, the company known as Superflex has rebranded as Seismic and has acquired the intellectual property (IP) of Lumo Bodytech, a motion science offering posture-correcting and fitness devices. Lumo’s products include the Lumo Lift Posture Coach and Lumo Run Running Coach, both designed to track body …

Peelaways sheets for home and health care launched

August 24, 2018

After more than three years in development, Peel Away Labs has presented its waterproof multilayer bed sheet, a recent release announced. Peelaways sheets are designed to be changed by simply pulling down the sheet from one corner, to peel away the old sheet and reveal a fresh one underneath. Health experts say sheets in the home …

International nonwovens conference will be in Cannes, France

August 23, 2018

The fourth Conference on Nonwovens for High-performance Applications will be held Oct. 10–11, 2018, in Cannes, France. Conference presentations will explore a range of topics: Perceived benefits of natural over manmade fibers. Transformation of nanofiber structures from niche material to mainstream source of innovation. Definition and role of superabsorbent nonwovens. Successful meltspinning of high-melt viscosity polymers. Myriad …

Industrial fabric market worth $153.60 billion by 2023

August 22, 2018

A new report projects the industrial fabrics market will grow from $120.94 billion in 2018 to $153.60 billion by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9 percent. Marketsandmarkets writes that the flame-resistant apparel application segment is projected to register the highest CAGR in terms of value and volume during the forecast period. The increasing industrial activities …

What textiles could become

August 20, 2018

Three industry leaders talk about innovation in the textile industry and how early adopters impact the development of new technologies and products. IoClothes describes itself as “A Community Fusing Tech & TextilesTM” that exists to support those who innovate by providing information and helping them to establish the right connections to move forward. Managing director …

Data-storing shirt is possible, researchers say

Imagine a standard shirt that functions as data storage. Researchers from the University of Washington were recently successful in developing a smart textile made with conductive yarn that works without any external power source, so that a garment made from it can be washed and ironed. In a report on Knittingindustry.com the researchers believe that …

The right word

As a writer it’s irksome to run out of words to say what you want to say. I don’t run out of words, generally, but sometimes I can’t find just the right word to say exactly what I mean. In the English language, you would think that would never happen, but I use a handful …