Thin, flexible batteries market report released

October 31, 2018

IDTechEx has released a new report, “Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2019–2029.” The report includes information gleaned since 2014 about market progress of flexible, thin-film, or printed batteries, as well as those using novel form factors. The market is complex, a recent release from IDTechEx says, involving solutions from many categories: printed batteries, thin-film …

Fabrics and textiles are giving electronics a softer look

October 29, 2018

An article on Slate says that a number of companies are opting for using textiles in the electronic products they make. While much of the tech world is still made of glass, aluminum, plastic, and composites, textiles are emerging as a stylish way to accessorize and protect the tech used by consumers in their homes. A “smorgasbord …

Textile machinery business transfer completed

With the final transfer of ownership effective October 1, 2018, Oerlikon Barmag Spinnzwirn became the independent company STC Spinnzwirn GmbH (Starlinger Textile machinery Chemnitz). In May 2018, the Austrian Starlinger Group announced the acquisition of the Chemnitz-based business unit Barmag Spinnzwirn from Oerlikon. STC Spinnzwirn has more than 150 years of textile machinery engineering experience. …

Sustainability in women’s wear

October 25, 2018

Eastman Chemical Co. recently launched Naia, a cellulosic yarn, into the women’s wear market. Naia’s origins are traceable and sustainably sourced wood pulp; Eastman holds FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody certification. According to the company, the cellulosic yarn is produced in a closed-loop process that involves recycling solvents for reuse within the system. In …

Huntsman, Chemours expand alliance

Huntsman Textile Effects and The Chemours Company FC, LLC have agreed to expand their long-term alliance in the area of durable water repellence (DWR). The expansion of research and development, marketing, technical support and manufacturing is expected to also expand the two companies’ commitment to sustainability. In addition to fluorinated solutions, the companies will now …

Move over, synthetics

October 22, 2018

There’s a new appreciation for the versatility of natural fibers in high tech fabrics. Since the industrial revolution, textiles have transitioned from natural fibers of cotton, wool, silk and linen, to textiles created from petroleum products and reconstituted wood pulp. Today’s synthetic fibers are stronger, cheaper to manufacture, and have proven easily adaptable to a …

IFF 2018 Innovation Award winner announced

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) has announced W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., Newark, Del., as the winner of the 2018 IFF Innovation Award. The company’s GORE-TEX® PYRAD® fabric won in the category of Fabrics, Fibers and Films. GORE-TEX PYRAD is a revolutionary new technology that offers weather protection utilizing a waterproof, windproof and breathable GORE-TEX …

Advanced textiles market research presented at IFAI Expo 2018

IFAI market research director Jeff Rasmussen told his audience at IFAI’s Expo 2018 in Dallas that the 8.8 percent growth in the advanced textiles market reported in 2017 will also be true of 2018. In his Advanced Textiles Market Update, Rasmussen pointed to the overlay between the smart fabrics and the advanced textile products (ATP) …

Award-winning projects recognized at IFAI Expo 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, which were announced at the awards breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at IFAI Expo 2018 in Dallas, Texas. For seven decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation. The organization’s goal is to …

Robotic skin can animate objects

Scientists at Yale University have developed a robotic skin that can be applied to inanimate objects seemingly bringing them to life. The elastic “skin” sheets are embedded with a variety of sensors and actuators capable of animating the legs of a stuffed animal or causing a foam tube to flex. This type of robotic technology …