Global Footwear Sustainability Summit in Shanghai

August 15th, 2019

The eighth Global Footwear Sustainability Summit will be held August 29–31, 2019, at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao. The event’s organizer, Shanghai-based Copex Global, says the summit is expected to attract more than 300 participants from the management of global footwear brand companies, as well as senior executives from sourcing, corporate social responsibility(CSR) and supply chain […]

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Glen Raven announces new chief marketing officer

August 13th, 2019

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella®, announced the hiring of Steve Pawl as its first chief marketing officer. Pawl has a track record of developing growth strategies and strengthening brands for global companies including Husqvarna Group, Fruit of the Loom, Newell Brands and Pfizer. He will direct the global brand strategy, positioning and activation […]

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Scientists test “artificial muscle”

August 12th, 2019

A group of researchers from China and the U.S. have enabled a foil paper doll to do sit-ups, by adding a crystalline organic material to a polymer to make it more flexible. The polymer covalent organic framework, or polyCOF, was used by the scientists to build their version of an artificial muscle. To make conventional COFs, the scientists […]

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Touch-sensitive robotic e-skin developed

August 12th, 2019

Robots and prosthetic devices may soon have a sense of touch equivalent to, or better than, the human skin with the Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin (ACES), an artificial nervous system developed by a team of researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Sciencedaily.com reports that the new material has high responsiveness and robustness to […]

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AATCC offers textile testing workshop

August 12th, 2019

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) will present the Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop Sept. 25–26, 2019, at the organization’s headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The workshop is designed for people who are responsible for product evaluation, specifications and quality control for apparel and textile materials. According to information from the […]

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Energy for smart materials and systems

August 12th, 2019

New developments address power and its integration into the production process—for whatever applications can be imagined. by Marie O’Mahony The means chosen in energy provision for smart textiles is largely dictated by the application, or, more precisely, the needs and behavior of the user. This is a meaningful development, taking it from the typical questions […]

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Conductive origami creates novel light switch

August 12th, 2019

Industrial designer Yael Akirav has explored a new way of turning on light fixtures by using 3D printing of conductive filament directly on a textile, which is then folded using origami techniques. When the printed material conducts electricity, the origami-like intersecting folds of the fabric turn on the light by contracting and stretching the structure. Photo: Ofek Avshalom. The […]

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Imagining a new normal in energy

August 12th, 2019

by Janet Preus Every so often I put the “energy” topic on the calendar. I’m fascinated with the idea that textiles of various kinds will be a critical part of new developments, especially for wearables and other small-scale applications, as well as transportable products. Solar energy seemed the most encouraging, with new photovoltaic fabrics and […]

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Wearable air conditioning in development

August 9th, 2019

The Sony Startup Acceleration Program has generated a new textile technology. The Reon Pocket is a small device designed to provide wearable air conditioning. Operating via Bluetooth, the device slips into an undershirt that includes a pocket at the base of the neck and connects to an app that gives users control of the temperature via a […]

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Lemon fragrance released in a textile will mask sweat

August 8th, 2019

Researchers at the University of Minho in Portugal have modified cotton fabric to emit a lemon smell upon contact with sweat. A story in sportstextiles.com reports that Carla Silva, Artur Cavaco-Paulo and colleagues wanted to develop two strategies for releasing citronellol, a lemongrass-derived scent used in some insect repellents. The first approach involved an odorant-binding protein (OBP) […]

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