Kappler offers an economical disposable biohazard suit

May 25, 2018

Protective apparel maker Kappler has developed an economical suit to protect healthcare responders against the Ebola virus and other biohazards. Technicaltextiles.net reports that the NFPA-certified suit, ProVent Plus, a use-and-dispose product, provides protection for emergency responders and healthcare workers faced with Ebola-infected body fluids and other biohazards. The product is distinctive for being economical and …

Lenzing to produce EcoVero™ in China

May 23, 2018

The Lenzing Group marks a new milestone in its sustainability journey: It is introducing the eco-responsible process for the production of Lenzing™ EcoVero™ branded viscose fibers in Nanjing, China. The environmental awareness of consumers has been steadily growing over the past decade, and especially more recently in the fashion and textile industry. Textile consumption is …

Gains expected in protective clothing market

May 22, 2018

Millioninsights.com, a distributor of market research reports, expects a surge in the demand for protective clothing. The rising concerns regarding the safety of workers and increasingly stringent government regulations are leading factors driving this market, the report says. The booming demand for multifunctional protective clothing from end-user industries is also propelling the market, as well …

Polymer from the ocean used in water-based fabrication

May 21, 2018

Under the leadership of designer and architect Neri Oxman, a group of researchers from the Mediated Matter group at MIT have developed a water-based digital fabrication platform using a renewable polymer from the ocean. The process combines an age-old, crustacean-derived material with robotic fabrication and synthetic biology. This biologically derived digital fabrication process creates forms that use graded material properties …

The smart clothes future

LOOMIA’s technology launches in major menswear line this fall. While wrist-worn mini-computers are now commonplace, a New York, N.Y.-based company is investing in a different wearables future, where technology is woven directly into clothes. LOOMIA designs and manufactures soft, flexible circuitry that can heat, light, sense and track data, while integrating—seamlessly—into soft goods with its …

Textile finish to regulate body temperature launched

Textile finishing company Devan Chemicals has launched its patent-pending “Moov&Cool” technology. Called a “cool comfort technology,” the innovation has the potential to improve athletic performance for both amateurs and professionals by helping to regulate core body temperature. The product consists of a multi-functional polymer technology that absorbs heat during performance and improves the moisture management …

U.S. textile industry calls for China tariffs 

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) president and CEO Auggie Tantillo testified as a witness at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) public hearing on proposed China 301 tariffs in Washington, D.C. May 17. “The U.S. textile industry strongly supports the Trump administration’s Section 301 case to sanction China’s rampant intellectual property rights (IPR) theft,” Tantillo said. …

Understanding implantable textiles

How textile-based biomaterials and medical devices support human body repair. Textile-based biomaterials or biotextiles have the longest history in the field of biomaterials. In ancient China and Egypt as far back as 2000 B.C., natural fibers such as linen, silk, bark, horsehair and dried guts were used as suture materials for wound closure. The introduction of …

Silk used to stabilize skull bones in surgery

May 17, 2018

Researchers at a Shanghai laboratory have transformed silk into screws to stabilize skull bones during brain surgery, according to a report in www.technicaltextile.net. After extracting silk proteins from the cocoons of the Bombyx mori silkworm, the scientists converted them into fixing devices like screws and linking stripes. After animal trials, the devices’ properties, such as …

Nike offers customizable 3-D upper for shoes

May 15, 2018

Nike’s first 3D printed textile upper, FlyPrint, is promising greater breathability and less weight. The shoe upper is a TPU filament melted and applied in layers that can be customized for specific regions and individual athletes, according to a recent Engadget article. Compared to previous textiles, Nike has shaved off 0.38 ounces, a significant figure …