Plant-based finishes from Devan

January 17, 2020

Devan Chemicals, the Belgium-based developer of finishing technologies for textiles, is launching two bio-based solutions at the Heimtextil trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, Jan. 7–10, the company says. The new solutions include a bio-based antimicrobial, BI-OME Natural, and bio-based phase change materials (PCMs), Tones of Cool Bio. The goal of BI-OME Natural is to provide freshness and hygiene for …

Sioen acquires Glen Raven PVC

January 16, 2020

Sioen Industries announced it will acquire the Glen Raven Group PVC coating activities, according to a Behind the Seams article. The PVC coating activities production unit is in France and the sales office is located in the U.S. The acquisition is expected to strengthen both companies’ positions in the market for PVC-coated technical fabrics for transport, industry, …

Safe travels with wearable bug repellent

January 13, 2020

New Orleans-based Pang Wangle has partnered with Insect Shield© to reimagine travel wraps and leggings as wearable bug repellent. This is in response to the threat of dengue and other diseases spread by insects. CEO Jennifer John says that not many people are aware of the option and are happy to try it, once they realize that …

Cuttlefish inspires soft material turbines

Inspired by the cuttlefish’s undulating fin motion, startup company Undula Tech LLC has developed a turbine using soft material that can harvest the energy in flowing air and water. The goal, is to make renewable energy accessible and affordable worldwide.  Its Undula Generator is, by design, more adaptable, sustainable and cost-effective than rotary turbines and solar …

BeBop Sensors launches VR/AR haptic glove

BeBop Sensors announces the Forte Data Glove, a virtual reality (VR) haptic glove designed to provide users realistic experiences when touching a table or robot as well as a piece of velvet or a person’s face.  The new glove is integrated and designed for Oculus Quest, Oculus Link, Oculus Rift S, Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality, HTC Vive Cosmos, HTC Vive Pro, …

Insights into the year ahead

Industry experts point to market need, collaboration and sustainability to drive textile markets this year.  by Marie O’Mahony The start of a new year is a time to consider what might lie ahead and what might be the trends, technologies and global events that could offer opportunity for the industry or conversely create a barrier …

Register for IFAI’s Outlook Conference 2020

IFAI’s Outlook Conference will be held April 26–28, 2020, in Asheville, N.C. The conference offers attendees opportunities to network, learn and connect with key executives in their industries. Attendees will learn about new trends from experts; access U.S. material suppliers and end users; share ideas with industry executives; and take home tactics and advice that can …

PG Denim touts cooler, water-saving dye process

January 10, 2020

Italian denim maker PG Denim has teamed up with a shirt supplier to recycle its viscose to create a flocked denim fabric. In a recent release, the company says that it also worked with chemical company Officina+39 and a Mexican manufacturer on a new cooler dye process.  Generally, large quantities of water and chemicals are …

Polyester fiber market growth predicted

January 9, 2020

According to a report by Global Market Insights Inc., polyester fiber market revenue is anticipated to cross $190 billion by 2026. The report asserts growth will be due to rapid urbanization around the globe and more polyester being used in home textiles and apparel. E-commerce and a booming home décor industry are expected to augment the sale of polyester fibers …

Blueprint for nanomaterials in wearable sensors published

January 8, 2020

Physicist Dr. Conor Boland at the University of Sussex has published a “blueprint” to help scientists understand how to evaluate and optimize the effectiveness of nanomaterials used in real-time health monitoring devices, a recent article in Printed Electronics World reported.  Dr. Boland’s paper explores the dilemma concerning the fact that the further a material can be stretched, …