Teijin Aramid introduces new armoring material

November 20, 2017

Teijin’s new Endumax Shield XF33 is an ultra-high-molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) designed to increase performance-to-weight ratio for body armor and weight-sensitive vehicles and vessels armoring. The new product can be used for hard body armor plates and helmets and rigid panels for vehicles and sea vessels. Teijin Aramid reports that because of the structural nature of …

Huntsman introduces new DWRs for outerwear

Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced the new PHOBOTEX RSY non-fluorinated durable water repellent (DWR) providing rain and stain protection for high-performance outerwear. The product responds to consumers’ demand for rain-, stain- and soil-resistant qualities, as well as consumer and industry-level concerns about environmental health and worker safety. PHOBOTEX RSY durable water repellent is based on non-fluorinated technologies …

Researchers create an energy-harvesting bio-battery

Researchers at Imperial College London have created a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel by printing living cyanobacteria and circuitry onto paper. The photosynthetic microorganisms have been used as ink and printed onto conductive material. The resulting experiment was able to harvest the sun’s energy and provide small amounts of electricity. An article on TechXplore reported …

Schoeller wins Design Prize Switzerland award

Swiss company Schoeller Textil AG has won the Design Prize Switzerland 2017/18. The company won the award for Excellent Swiss Design in the textile category for its E-softshell. a laminate consisting of bi-elastic tissue, machined lining and a functional cork shell coating. The heating technology is integrated with the fabric in a diamond-shaped geometrical pattern. …

Small and essential

Narrow and small-scale textiles thrive in collaborative partnerships. The narrow fabrics industry belongs in the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) category, based on the number of employees per organization. The latest United States’ Census Bureau data show that this sector has about 248 companies in the U.S. that employ about 7,840 people, with the average …

Getting down to business

A good portion of this website is filled with product information, including materials, end products and the companies who make them. Sometimes, however, we should talk business, because if we don’t, all these great products may not survive in the marketplace—or even have the opportunity to try. A company needs to research the market to …

  3D device for nanofiber production developed at MIT

November 17, 2017

Nanofiber production may become cheaper due to a new development. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have effectively utilized a less expensive commercially available 3D printer to develop a microfluidic nozzle to produce nanofibers. The 3-D printed device enables the production of uniform nanofibers that can be configured into a variety of meshes. …

Gerber partners with Avametric for consumer 3D platform

November 16, 2017

Gerber Technology and Avametric are combining their expertise in fashion technology and fabric simulation and 3D consumer applications to offer an end-to-end 3D platform—from consumer-facing virtual try-on applications to design, development and manufacturing. The partnership aims to offset the billions of dollars the fashion industry spends annually on creating physical samples. The first commercially available application …

Zansors and Blauer develop defense wearables

November 14, 2017

Technical Textiles reports that Zansors, a health care innovation company, and Blauer Manufacturing Inc., a maker of uniforms, outerwear, protective apparel and accessories for first responders and military users, will introduce wearable technology in defense textiles. Zansors’ sensor technology will join Blauer’s apparel to create smart gear with mission-specific applications. The gear is expected to …

INVISTA to sell apparel and advanced textiles business

November 13, 2017

INVISTA announces that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding to sell INVISTA’s apparel and advanced textiles business, one of INVISTA’s four major business units. The transaction includes: INVISTA’s portfolio of apparel-focused fibers and brands including LYCRA fiber, LYCRA HyFit fiber, COOLMAX fiber, THERMOLITE fiber and insulation, ELASPAN fiber, SUPPLEX …