Rock Face releases FR base layers for military markets

February 19, 2018

Base layer clothing brand Rock Face has released flame-resistant (FR) and performance base layer products to enhance their offerings to military and tactical markets. In addition to FR properties, Rock Face’s base layers use Coville’s climaGuard, a textile technology that blends water-attracting and water-repelling fibers that allows garments to breathe, wick moisture and dry quickly. …

ELFA announces equipment acquisition trends

February 16, 2018

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) predicts U.S. businesses, nonprofits and government agencies will spend over $1.6 trillion in capital goods or fixed business investment (including software) in 2018. ELFA also says that in 2018, businesses are expected to make their largest capital investments since 2012. The organization assists businesses and financiers in understanding the …

Massif secures approval for new flight suit

February 15, 2018

Massif, a producer of flame-resistant technical apparel for the U.S. military, has attained Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) approval for its new 2-Piece Flight Suit. Fiber2Fashion reports that the company designed the flight suit using direct user feedback across multiple branches and platforms. The Massif team set out to enhance the capabilities of military service …

Huvis and Indorama Ventures plan plant for low-melt fiber

February 13, 2018

A new plant in the U.S. will manufacture low-melt fiber (LMF) and have an annual capacity of 60,000 tons. The plant is an equal partnership of Indorama Ventures Public Company Ltd., a global chemical producer, and Huvis Corp. of South Korea. The location of the plant is being finalized. It’s expected to be operational in …

Software and sales experts join forces for sewn products

Apparel software developer BYTE Software Services and sewn products automation and marketing experts TexTempo have formed an alliance to broaden digital manufacturing process improvement solutions in the sewn products industry. Under the recent agreement, TexTempo has become the exclusive sales agent for BYTE shop floor control, enterprise resource planning and other manufacturing solutions in North America. TexTempo brings to …

NASA wants you!

February 12, 2018

About a week ago, SpaceX successfully launched its first Falcon Heavy booster. The private aerospace company may now claim ownership of the most powerful rocket, launched from the same site in Florida that was used for NASA’s Apollo missions. As much as it was a successful flight, the rocket’s second stage sent the rocket’s payload …

Textile coating system without C8 developed

In response to the imminent ban on C8 fluorocarbon technology, due to emissions of PFOS and PFOA, Nano-Care Deutschland has developed a new textile coating system for water and oil repellency. The company set out to retain high standards of oil repellency while eliminating long-chain fluorination, the company says. The result is based on what …

In search of deep space textiles

NASA needs textile manufacturing partners to support the success of future missions. While NASA still has its sights set on a Mars mission in the 2030s, a more imminent project is in the works. The Deep Space Gateway is a joint project between the U.S. and Russia to build a miniature space station in lunar …

UMASS Lowell partners on buildings and bridges research

A University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMASS Lowell) research team is working to create sensor-laden fabrics that monitor the structural health of buildings, roadways and bridges.The university has partnered with a research and development company to create new, cost-effective, sensor-laden textiles that can be used to monitor the structural health and integrity of vital infrastructures, including …

Smart Fabrics Summit set for April 24 in Washington D.C.

The event offers opportunities for collaboration and discussion of industry challenges. The U.S. Dept. of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will co-host the Smart Fabrics Summit in April 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The day-long event will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The Summit is designed …