Serge Ferrari project creates an outdoor oasis

December 14, 2018

Improving the water system on Penn State University’s main campus included replacing the water tower, and with its replacement came the opportunity to create an oasis-like area. The new water tower includes a seating and stage area covered by Flexlight Xtrem TX30-III membrane from Serge Ferrari, the company says. Initial design of the tensile structure …

Huntsman and Chemours expand alliance

December 13, 2018

Huntsman Textile Effects and The Chemours Company FC LLC have agreed to expand their long-term alliance in the area of durable water repellence (DWR). By combining the strengths of both companies, the expanded cooperation unlocks the full potential of the alliance to develop and deliver new, sustainable DWR solutions and chemistry. The alliance puts them …

Teijin develops breathable textiles

December 12, 2018

Teijin Frontier has developed a polyester, high-gauge knitting material laminated with a breathable film to produce thin, lightweight and breathable textiles. Textiles laminated with breathable film are widely used for functional sportswear, due to their waterproofness and stretchability. The new material is compact, form-stable and moisture-permeable. It has a glossy, translucent appearance and a smooth …

Thrace Group commits to sustainability

December 11, 2018

In response to the European Union’s call for voluntary pledges for the uptake of recycled plastics, Thrace Group submitted a pledge to substitute more than 8,500 tons of virgin raw material with recycled materials by 2025. This represents Thrace Group’s contribution to the goal of significantly increasing the quantity of plastic waste that will be …

Today’s tree huggers

December 10, 2018

There was a time when terms such as “ecology,” “sustainability,” “environmentalist” and “eco-friendly” belonged to a group (perceived to be small) of “tree-huggers” with ideas that many thought were radical, unnecessary or even just silly. However, I don’t think this was ever a small group. There were millions, at the time, who wouldn’t have used …

Artist grows fungi into lamp shades

London-based designer Nir Meiri selects materials for his creations that most would not consider. Recently, the Nir Meiri Design Studio presented Mycelium Lights at the London Design Festival 2018. According to designboom.com, this is its latest project—the result of ongoing material research in mycelium, the vegetative part of the fungus, which has led to the …

BeBop Sensors wins Time magazine award for smart gloves

BeBop Sensors, a creator of smart fabric sensor technology, has won Time magazine’s Best Inventions 2018 Award for its Forte Wireless Data Glove, a recent release announced. The wireless data glove incorporates haptics and sensing designed for applications in the industrial, medical, virtual reality (VR), gaming and design markets. Patrick Lucas Austin, technology columnist for Time, thinks the ability …

Sustainability in the industry: where do we go next?

Textiles are part of a larger, more comprehensive sustainability picture. Sustainability may be understood as a way to judiciously consume resources while leaving, or even enhancing, the availability of resources for future generations. The term “sustainability” has developed a powerful vibe that impacts our society in general and the business community, specifically. Environmental contamination stresses …

Applications open for 2019 Student Design Challenge

The Advanced Textile Products Student Design Challenge encourages college and university students of design, textiles engineering and allied curricula to solve safety and protection problems using technical textiles and narrow fabrics in functional designs. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) offers this annual challenge to honor and recognize the innovations of students who work in …

New “barefoot” performance socks launched

December 6, 2018

The KinisTM Nomad 804 is the latest offering of barefoot performance socks from Kinis, designed to allow the wearer’s feet to move freely and function naturally. The company says that ncorporating the Nomad 804 in training exercises will gradually strengthen the wearer’s feet, which ultimately will support overall improved mobility and balance. The Kinis Company …