Rossignol applies dynamic compression to new skiwear 

February 19, 2019

French ski brand Rossignol has introduced a new range of compression skiwear that it says can offer better muscle alignment and efficiency as well as promote more effective recovery. The range, which it calls The Compression, combines Lycra Sport Fabric and Rossignol’s own patented compression technology. It includes race tops and race tights for men …

Chemours releases plant-based Teflon

February 15, 2019

More than 66 percent of global customers say they’d pay more for responsibly sourced clothing, Chemours reports on its website. As a response, the company has released Teflon EcoElite, a nonfluorinated water-repellency finish made with 60 percent renewably sourced materials. The company says that the new finish provides water-repellency and breathability that runners, hikers and …

Study backs up calls for fluorinated textile ban

February 14, 2019

An article in Exotextile News reports that researchers in the U.K. and Sweden have developed a new test method for water- and oil-resistant textiles, which uses an innovative ‘roll-off’ method to assess repellence with movement to more actively reflect how clothes behave in everyday use. As part of this research, it was also found the …

Record growth for APV Engineered Coatings in 2018

February 13, 2019

In 2018, APV Engineered Coatings celebrated being in business for 140 years. The company also had its highest sales revenue in history. The company experienced the largest year-over-year sales growth in three primary industry segments: aerospace; flexible vinyl, films and textile; and tire and rubber manufacturing. APV credits the success, in part, to responding to …

DuPont and NIPI will create a new down fabric 

February 12, 2019

DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) and Natural Insulation Products Inc. (NIPI) are collaborating to create a seamless sheet of down fabric. A recent release from the companies says the partnership will yield a “new category of insulation.” The fabric will use the Thindown proprietary process to combine DuPont bio-based Sorona fibers and Thindown down fabric. The blend is …

Serendipity happens

February 11, 2019

Sometimes when an article possibility doesn’t materialize, it presents a moment of serendipity. I needed someone who could speak from experience and answer questions about intellectual property (IP) law, the importance of patents and related subjects. If you’re like me, you’d think first of patent lawyers, who (I’ve since learned) are not just highly specialized …

Scientists develop fabric to warm or cool the wearer

Innovations in fabric technology have produced high-tech thermal properties that keep the wearer cool or warm, but a fabric that can do both has been elusive. According to information released by the University of Maryland (UMD), researchers there have created a fabric that can automatically regulate the amount of heat that passes through it, depending …

Partnership to curb the impact of microfibers in the environment

Sympatex Technologies, based in Munich, Germany, says that experts believe that a viable future for the global apparel industry lies in a closed loop, in which the raw materials in the textiles are separated, recycled and re-used for new products. While many companies have already begun to align their future product strategies with this view, …

SANITIZED AG announces its solution to permastink

Odor-free polyester, functional clothing is now possible, according to Sanitized AG, which has developed Sanitized Odoractiv 10, a patented, non-biocidal technology. An unwelcome odor can quickly develop in polyester sport and functional clothing, even if freshly washed; this is called “permastink.” It’s a challenge for the textile industry as it generally reduces the attractiveness (and therefore …

Flexible solar cells meld technologies

Scientists have fabricated a flexible solar cell with a power conversion efficiency of 21.5 percent. The project is a collaboration of Solliance and MiaSolé Hi-Tech Corp., an article in Off Grid Energy Technology reports. The new cell uses two thin-film solar cell technologies to create a four-terminal tandem solar cell stack consisting of a flexible …