AFFOA offers “Fabric- The New Software” networking event

November 22, 2018

Recent breakthroughs in fibers and fabrics are transforming these age-old materials into high tech for the first time in history, creating in the process new opportunities for fabric-based startups and entrepreneurs. Fabrics that can see, hear, sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, monitor health and change color will soon be possible. Interested industry …

Breathable barrier fabric for surgical gowns launched

November 21, 2018

Ahlstrom-Munksjö recently announced the launch of ViroSēl. The new fabric (pronounced Vi-ro-seal) is designed for surgical gowns to keep medical professionals protected and comfortable. ViroSēl is the company’s next generation breathable viral barrier and provides the opportunity to create robust seam seals for critical areas of a surgical gown. The tri-laminate fabric was created to be …

IFAI Installs Solar Panels Reducing Costs and Pollution

November 20, 2018

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) headquarters, located in Roseville, Minnesota, reduced their electricity usage by installing solar energy panels. Projected savings is $85,000 over the next 20 years, which IFAI plans to reinvest. “One of our core values is to reduce our environmental footprint and the solar array is a big step. We will be …

Changing landscape of textile engineering education

November 19, 2018

Cotton and textile engineering education’s landscape has been changing to better reflect the change and growth in the field. Prof. Gajanan Bhat, chair of the Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, at Athens-based University of Georgia (UGA), describes how fiber science and textile engineering education has evolved – and continues to do so. In 2018 …

New weaves, color palette for sling fabrics

November 16, 2018

Serge Ferrari has launched its 2019 collection for two of its sling mesh fabrics, Batyline Duo and Batyline Iso, a recent release says. Batyline Iso is Serge Ferrari’s original sling fabric. Coated high-tenacity polyester yarns are threaded one in warp and one in weft for a square-weave pragmatic construction. Most Iso fabrics are single color, …

IFAI Installs Solar Panels Reducing Costs and Pollution

November 14, 2018

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) headquarters, located in Roseville, Minnesota, reduce their electricity usage by installing solar energy panels. Projected savings is $85,000 over the next 20 years, which IFAI plans to reinvest. “One of our core values is to reduce our environmental footprint and the solar array is a big step. We will be …

E-textiles: where we are

November 12, 2018

With breakthrough technologies and standards under development, it’s been a turning point year for e-textiles. IFAI’s Expo 2018 in Dallas in October offered a good variety of topics in its presentations and a range of products across advanced textiles markets. Medical and health, protective and safety, smart fabrics, solar textiles and military applications were among …

Where the textile industry gathers

IFAI Expo 2018 delivered new information and opportunities for business connections across textile market areas. Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo (IFAI Expo) offered a variety of exhibitors, events and education and attracted more than 4,350 verified registered participants from IFAI Expo and 500 scanned leads from CAMX to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in …

Textile waste is turned into dye powders

Officina+39, an Italian textile chemical company, is preparing to scale up the production of Recycrom colour powders made from used clothing and textile waste. The new technology developed by Officina+39 uses 100 percent recycled materials to create long-lasting colors with a natural washed-out look. The product offers a range of pigment powders using textile fibers …

Technical swimsuit expected to break world records

California-based swim and triathlon apparel brand TYR Sport has unveiled its new technical swimsuit, which has been designed with the help of a number of Olympic athletes. The TYR Venzo was presented at an event in Laguna Beach, Calif. in October. Among the swimmers present at the launch were five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky and …