Puma steps up with a self-lacing shoe

February 28, 2019

Puma has announced its first self-lacing shoe in the Fi (Fit intelligence) collection. The shoe is intended for workouts and light running. A micromotor powers the cable system that laces the shoe. The motor is activated with the swipe of a finger on the module located in the tongue of the shoe. The sneaker’s smart …

Shima Seiki targets pointelles for ventilation

February 27, 2019

Shima Seiki is engineering pointelles for targeted breathability and ventilation. The company says that its new samples showcase the pointelles for comfort as well as design elements. The pointelles are placed in underarm and back sections and can be knit in patterns to spotlight brand names. The company’s functional base layer for men features wool …

Kimberly Glas to head NCTO

February 25, 2019

On April 29, 2019, Kimberly Glas will become the new president and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). Glas will succeed Augustine “Auggie” D. Tantillo, who announced his decision to step down. Glas has more than 20 years of experience in government policy development and advocacy. Her multifaceted career includes spearheading manufacturing …

AATCC publishes new standard for e-textiles

AATCC research committee RA111, Electronically-Integrated Textiles, recently approved its first evaluation procedure. AATCC EP13, Evaluation Procedure for Electrical Resistance of Electronically-Integrated Textiles, is one of the very first international standards for e-textiles. The procedure provides detailed instructions for measuring resistance of e-textiles—a key indicator of functionality. It also includes guidance and calculations for determining change …

Beyond patents

Advice for innovators from an experienced entrepreneur Editors note: Claire King, president of Pawtucket, R.I.-based Propel LLC, was interviewed to be part of a feature with other entrepreneurs. In the course of our conversation, she brought up a number of important related points that I felt merited inclusion in a feature on IP law. Her …

Research in self-cleaning, sunproof silk progresses

To give silk hydrophobic and UV-blocking properties, researchers from Wuhan Textile University have experimented with in-situ synthesis of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods on fabrics made of natural silk. A Materials Today article says that the team’s report, which appeared in Materials Letters, says they’ve produced super-hydrophobic silk without the addition of seed particles or the …

Communicating with your attorney

Tips for working effectively with your intellectual property counsel. Preparation for meeting with counsel and healthy communication can help maximize an inventor’s intellectual property protections. For example, when seeking patent protection, inventors should always think carefully about the “big picture” benefit offered by their invention and communicate that benefit to their patent attorney. This ensures …

IFAI’s Women in Textiles Summit March 6–8

The Industrial Fabrics Association International is sponsoring the Women in Textiles Summit March 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Georgia. The event creates time and space for women to take a close look at creative approaches to industry challenges.  The summit gathers leaders in the textile industry, but it is also a place for …

Sustainability Charter gains support in Europe

February 21, 2019

The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has secured further international backing for its Sustainability Charter with four national associations from Poland, Spain, The Netherlands and Russia signing up for the initiative, which calls for good corporate citizenship and environmental responsibility among its member associations. The Ecotextiles News report also says that nearly 75 percent of the …

Noble Biomaterials notes fiber technology products and partnerships

February 20, 2019

Noble Biomaterials Inc., a manufacturer of odor elimination and smart fabric solutions, has announced a number of products using Noble’s platform of inherent fiber technologies. Noble Biomaterials anti-odor solutions are being used in active apparel and base layers as well as sleepwear.  Noble’s XT2 uses the properties of silver ions to kill odor before it …