Lenzing pilots new technology to verify garment content

September 30, 2019

Lenzing’s new blockchain technology pilot, presented at the Fashion Summit in Hong Kong in September, enables brands and consumers to identify TENCEL branded fibers across each production and distribution step of finished garment or home textile—from fiber to retail. The technology is reported to allow consumers to verify the garment composition and the underlying textile …

Hohenstein’s WATson measures evaporative cooling of a textile

September 27, 2019

Hohenstein reports that its heat loss device, WATson, can quantitatively measure the evaporative cooling ability of a textile or textile system. It measures the dynamic interaction of textiles and human thermal regulation with customizable climatic conditions and sweat rates.  The 2019 published DIN SPEC 60015, “Quantitative measurement of the evaporative heat loss of smart textile …

Google headquarters tent-like roof takes shape

September 26, 2019

Aerial shots have been released showing the progress on Google’s headquarters expansion. The campus in Mountain View, California, will be covered by a new fabric canopy that measures 595,000 square feet. It was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Heatherwick Studio.   The tent-like roof canopy was designed to regulate indoor climate, air quality and sound. The …

Courtland unveils new manufacturing facility

September 23, 2019

Cortland Biomedical has unveiled a new, purpose-built manufacturing facility designed by textile engineers. The company reports that the new facility has certified clean room manufacturing areas with ISO Class 8 clean rooms for fabric formation and ISO Class 7 clean rooms for assembly, scouring and post-processing.  The new facility supports services to customers in need of …

Hövding launches improved cyclists’ airbag

The third generation of a unique airbag for urban cyclists is launching this month. In an accident, the Hövding 3 airbagby Swedish company Hövding will inflate in 0.1 second to enclose the head and hold the cyclist’s neck in place. The third generation of the product is easier to use, can be adjusted in size and is equipped with …

Coats offers new personal protection fabric

U.K. industrial thread manufacturer Coats is launching a new product targeting the personal protection sector. FlamePro Splash Protect complements the company’s existing range of flame-resistant sewing threads. The company reports the fabric is flame- and heat-resistant and is engineered to be durable yet lightweight and soft. The fabric is designed to incorporate thermal resistance and …

Shima Seiki recognized for Sustainable Development Goals

Japanese company SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD. has been selected by the Cabinet Office of the government of Japan as one of several innovative companies effectively undertaking Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations as a global agenda. At the 74th session of The United Nations General Assembly convening in September 2019, the SDG …

YSL will launch Google Jacquard™ backpack

According to Google, Cit-e Backpack by Saint Laurent (YSL), featuring Jacquard™ by Google Technology, is “the first connected luxury backpack that can control music, drop pins on the go, take pictures, and do more with a simple gesture.” According to digitaltrends.com, the backpack comes with a new, revised version of the Project Jacquard tag, which …

Textiles and the fight against infection

New standards and test methods are needed for medical textiles.   by Matthew Hardwick The spread of infection is a concern for all of us and in many circumstances, but nowhere is it more concerning than in health care. The spread of infection both to and from medical environments is an ever-present problem in hospitals and …

Abercrombie Textiles acquired by Crypton

September 19, 2019

The Crypton Companies (Crypton LLC and Nanotex LLC), providers of performance textile technologies in the contract, home furnishings and apparel markets, announces that it has entered into a formal agreement to acquire the operations of Abercrombie Textiles, the Cliffside, North Carolina-based textile mill.  Abercrombie has been a Crypton-licensed mill partner for 17 years and both companies share a customer …