Global yarn and fabric production figures released

October 21, 2019

Global yarn production has increased by 17 percent between the final quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019, according to the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), a recent article in knittingindustry.com said. Higher output levels were observed in Asia (+18 percent), Brazil (+18 percent), the U.S. (+3.2 percent) and Europe (+1.6 percent). The …

Lenzing pilots new blockchain technology

October 18, 2019

About 80 percent of consumers want brands to disclose their supply chain, the Lenzing Group reported recently. That data is based on a survey conducted by Ipsos MORI in October 2018 on EU consumer attitudes toward sustainability and supply chain transparency in the fashion industry.  Lenzing’s new blockchain technology pilot was presented at the Fashion …

E 2 coated textiles company formed in new partnership

October 17, 2019

Israeli company Engineered Polymer Technologies (EPT) and Erez Technical Textiles, based in Hillside, N.J., have announced the launch of E2, a joint venture that combines U.S. manufacturing capabilities and Israeli ingenuity, an Erez press releases says. The joint venture, operating under the new name, will allow the companies to focus on innovation and expand capabilities. The …

SMX develops textile recycling technology

October 16, 2019

Security Matters (SMX), an Australian-listed Israeli technology solutions company, believes it can help keep some textiles and garments from being incinerated or placed in landfills.  Sorting materials so they can be recycled is the fashion industry’s greatest hurdle when it comes to creating a circular economy, a recent Knitting Industry article reported. To address this issue, SMX has …

Schoeller launches biodegradable textile line

October 15, 2019

Schoeller Textil AG has introduced its new PROEARTH™ collection of biodegradable textiles.  The company says that the new collection is composed of bluesign® approved fabrics using biodegradable polyester; it debuted as part of the company’s FTC line, a joint venture between Schoeller Textil and the Taiwanese Formosa Taffeta. The company says that the PROEARTH line as a continuation …

New study addresses microplastic fibers in effluents

October 14, 2019

The Hohenstein Institute published a study this month describing a new analytical approach for the determination of fibers in effluents.  The detection of shedded fibers in effluents from textile washing has attracted attention due to its reported contribution to microplastic pollution. Commonly used analytical methods for fiber detection in liquids are based on filtration with …

Funding innovation: the Rhode Island Advanced Materials Innovation Center

October 11, 2019

Governor Gina Raimondo recently joined with University of Rhode Island (URI) President David Dooley to announce $1 million in funding for the creation of the 401 Tech Bridge, the Rhode Island Materials Innovation Center. Industry partners will be able to work in the 401 Tech Bridge Center with the University of Rhode Island and entities …

2019 Show Stoppers announced at IFAI Expo

IFAI’s Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase a range of best products from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services and end products, shown by exhibitors at IFAI Expo. The 2019 winners are: DITF German Institutes for Textile & Fiber Research took the honors in the Chemicals, Coatings & Compounds category, for UV-curable pigment Inks for inkjet …

First International Conference on Cellulose Fibers scheduled

October 10, 2019

The first Conference on Cellulose Fibers will take place Feb. 11–12, 2020, in Cologne, Germany. Topics will cover the value chain from the lingo-cellulosic feedstock, dissolving pulp, cellulose fibers, such as rayon, viscose, modal or lyocell, a range of applications, woven textiles (clothing) and nonwovens (wipes and technical applications), as well as micro- and nanocellulose …

Avalanche rescue garment wins 2019 Competition

October 7, 2019

The Advanced Textile Products and Narrow Fabrics Institute, divisions of IFAI, recently selected recipients of the 2019 Advanced Textiles Student Design Competition. University of Minnesota–Twin Cities students, Ian Harris, Warda Moosa and Mary Xiong took first place honors for their project “Emergency Avalanche Transceiver Garment.”  This project was developed for skiers and snowboarders who may …