IFAI announces call for board and leadership positions

April 22nd, 2019

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now seeking candidates for positions on its Board of Directors and Division Advisory Boards. The current 1st Vice Chairman Kathy Schaefer, IFM (Glawe Tent and Awning Co.) is Chairman-elect and will automatically assume the duties of the Chairman of the Board in October. […]

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New sneakers made from coffee

April 18th, 2019

German shoe brand nat-2 has created a means to recycle coffee into sneakers. The 100 percent vegan, unisex sneaker uppers are made from sustainable recycled coffee, coffee beans and coffee plants. The coffee is applied to a layer and retains its natural coffee scent. The material covers up to 50 percent of the shoe’s surface, depending […]

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UniFirst on Barron’s Most Sustainable Companies list

April 17th, 2019

UniFirst Corp. has been included on Barron's second annual list of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the United States, a recent release announced. Barron's partnered with Calvert Research and Management to analyze the 1,000 largest publicly held companies by market value with headquarters in the U.S. Each company was assessed against 300 performance indicators […]

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ITA webinar to explore export opportunities in Germany

April 16th, 2019

The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) is organizing a webinar featuring business opportunities for technical textile companies in the German market. The German textile industry consists of 1,400 mostly SME companies with 135,000 employees and an annual turnover of $39 billion. The market offers great opportunities for high-tech and leading-edge products in […]

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Printed Electronics World event in November

April 16th, 2019

On Nov. 20 and 21, 2019, end users and suppliers from around the globe will gather for a Printed Electronics World event to explore the technology capability and opportunities of printed, flexible and hybrid electronics. The event will focus on end-user case studies, needs and opportunities; the latest technology and product road maps, capabilities and […]

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Smart textiles market growth is predicted

April 12th, 2019

The global smart textile market size is expected to reach $5.55 billion by 2025, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.4 percent over the forecast period, according to a new report by Grand View Research Inc. Key findings from the report include the prediction that the defense and military segment is anticipated to […]

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Stella McCartney + adidas + Carbon = 4D shoes

April 11th, 2019

German footwear manufacturer adidas andSilicon Valley–based Carbon are furthering their partnership and line of shoes that use Futurecraft 4D technology. Now the companies are also collaborating with British fashion designer Stella McCartney to work on the AlphaEdge 4D silhouette, a  3D Printing Industry article says. Like other shoes in the line, the AlphaEdge 4D features a 3D printed midsole, tailored […]

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Agroforestry supports sustainable fabrics and communities

April 8th, 2019

The principles of agroforestry are guiding a Brazilian startup’s creation of sustainable fabrics. FarFarm uses a system that involves deliberate planting of multiple species of trees and other plants. According to a Sportstextiles.com article, this type of agroforestry encourages the sharing of resources among compatible species. The benefits include lower consumption of water, increased carbon […]

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Hohenstein now offers wastewater testing

April 8th, 2019

Following its recent recognition by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program as a partnering wastewater testing laboratory, Hohenstein now offers customers the security of ZDHC-compliant manufacturing. As an internationally accredited testing laboratory, service provider and research partner of the textile industry, Hohenstein is pleased to further support the objectives of the ZDHC and […]

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IFAI’s Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit is May 14-15

April 8th, 2019

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) hosts the Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit May 14-15. This online event will provide a forum for public and private sector leaders in technology, apparel and textiles to highlight recent developments in the smart fabrics industry, identify opportunities for collaboration and discuss key industry challenges. Participants may register for one […]

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