Lenzing refines REFIBRA

December 20, 2019

Lenzing’s latest REFIBRA technology features a scaled production of virgin TENCEL Lyocell fibers using post-consumer cotton waste, stated a recent news release. The first phase of the technology upgrade increased the composition of pulp made from upcycled cotton scraps collected from the garment manufacturing process to up to 30 percent. Now in the second phase, Lenzing …

Climashield teams with Yagi in Japan

December 19, 2019

Climashield has announced a partnership with Yagi & Co. as their official supplier for the Japanese market, according to a recent news release. Yagi will work with Japanese customers to provide Climashield’s full portfolio of customized insulation products. The company cited the benefits of the partnership by noting Yagi’s extensive local market network and more …

China reported to be the biggest textile market

December 16, 2019

China is the world’s biggest textiles exporter and market, and it has “advanced manufacturing and additional investments placed by Chinese companies around the world.” This and other findings were discussed at the latest Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Fair and reported in an article in Knitting Industry. In his keynote in Shanghai, “The Current Situation of …

New trade agreement could benefit U.S. textile producers

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) welcomed the deal on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade pact reached between the U.S. administration and House Democrats on Dec. 10. The House and Senate must vote on USMCA and all three countries must ratify the trade deal before it can be implemented, a recent news release …

Biobased Xorel achieves Living Product Challenge certification

Carnegie Fabrics textile Biobased Xorel, sourced from sugar cane, has garnered Living Product Challenge certification, according to a recent news release. The Living Product Challenge is a program of the International Living Future Institute. The program assesses a product’s life cycle, social equity and material health effects. This framework aims to help manufacturers design and …

Making protective apparel safer

New standard reduces exposure gaps to multiple hazards by Glenna B. Musante Improving safety apparel for workers operating in hazardous situations is a constant effort by the textile industry, but a task not always easily accomplished. Hazardous materials professionals can be exposed to any number of chemical, biological and flammable materials in the same environment, …

Really good gets even better

by Janet Preus First of all, if you’re not just a little bit amazed that a textile (a textile!) can protect from fire, hazardous chemicals, high heat and other dangers, you are either so immersed in the protective products industry that it’s routine for you, or you’ve never had the opportunity to take note of …

Changes to Trend + Design Center for Outdoor Retailer announced

December 13, 2019

Outdoor Retailer’s announcement about the merger of Winter Market and Snow Show into Outdoor + Snow Show, January 2020 also includes changes to the fabric displays within the Trend + Design Center. The new focus will be on product categories and the functional qualities, according to a news release. The Trend + Design Center provides education and enables …

China holds sustainability conference

December 12, 2019

Hosted by Wuhan Textile University, the conference for the international apparel and home fashion industry is scheduled for Dec. 13–17. It will cover sustainable product development, innovation and technology.   The conference is supported by the China Textile and Apparel Education Society and will feature environmental protection design competitions and joint exhibitions of sustainable development design …

Covestro material enables fully recyclable shoes from TPU

December 9, 2019

Polymer manufacturer Covestro has developed a material using thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), enabling the automated, lower-cost production of fully recyclable shoes. Traditional shoe manufacturing requires several steps, because a variety of materials need to be sewn and glued together. This makes production time consuming and expensive, but it also impacts end-of-life recyclability. 3D printing, however, has paved …