Women in Textiles Summit Helps Attendees Build Industry Relationships and Leadership Skills

February 28, 2020

The second annual Women in Textiles Summit, held February 19–21, almost doubled in attendance and gave attendees ample opportunities to build new business alliances while learning about emerging trends in the industry. The event, sponsored by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), was held in Nashville, Tenn. “This event was born through the remarkable stories of …

EU Green Deal intends to reduce textile waste by half

The European Union’s “Green Deal” places textiles as a top priority in the EU’s plans to reduce its waste by 50 percent by 2030. Leading the EU’s efforts to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050, Frans Timmermans, the executive vice president of the European Commission, recently spoke to European lawmakers in Brussels about …

Startup makes shape-shifting jacket prototype

February 24, 2020

Startup company Skyscrape plans to makes clothing that naturally adapts to the temperature of both the wearer and the environment with yarn that changes shape as temperatures change, becoming thicker as temperatures drop, which provides more insulation and comfort to the wearer. The company reports that active yarns in the fabric expand and contract and, …

LOOMIA Releases a 4-Wire Bus sample

LOOMIA has recently announced the release of its latest development, the 4-Wire Bus sample. This material innovation demonstrates how the LOOMIA Electronic Layer (LEL) looks and feels on a performance fabric. It is the company’s first test-able sample, making it ideal for engineering groups that need resistance or impedance measurements when validating an e-textile solution. …

Scientists study potential for mycelia homes in Space

Although it cannot be described as a textile, this material could replace some things that textiles provide. A team of scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California is investigating and prototyping new technologies that could grow habitable structures on the moon, Mars and beyond. The technologies rely on fungi and mycelia, the branch-like threads that are …

Kusumgar, DRDO partner on free-fall combat parachutes

Kusumgar Corporates, a manufacturer of technical textiles in India, has partnered with DRDO and acquired the transfer of technology for manufacturing a combat free-fall (CFF) parachute system, a recent news release reports. The CFF parachute system provides solutions for paratroopers jumping from as high as 30,000 feet, and the parachute is designed to allow the user …

Trade: Bring in the experts

by Janet Preus I would not qualify as an expert in textile technology, but for topics discussed in our features, I can generally come up with a correlation that makes sense and provides some illumination from a journalist’s perspective. Then there’s international trade. I’m going to have to go way back in my history and …

Trade, tariffs and textiles

The impact of the Trump administration’s trade actions on the textile industry. by Lawrence A. Ward and Dave Townsend Textile trade has long been complicated, requiring careful attention to the source and production methods throughout the supply chain to determine whether imports were allowed under quotas, or what tariff rate applied to the imports. Although …

Aspirational India and technical textiles

February 21, 2020

By Seshadri Ramkumar The textiles industry has something to cherish in the proposed national budget of India’s finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman. During her presentation to the Indian parliament, which lasted nearly three hours, Sitharaman outlined budget priorities: health care; respecting wealth creators; agricultural growth; happy living and national defense. Amid those priorities is the technical textiles …

Fabdesigns announces new location

February 20, 2020

Fabdesigns has moved to a new location to offer clients more convenient lodging, restaurants and transportation. The owners say the move to their new location, Agoura Hills, California,  was a result of listening to their clients.  Bruce and Connie Huffa started Fabdesigns in 1988 and since then have been providing product development and technical training, developing …