OSHA training

OSHA administers $11.7 million in training grants

June 22nd, 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor will provide a funding opportunity for $11.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to support the delivery of training and education to help workers and employers identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards. Administered by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the grants will target disadvantaged, underserved, low-income, and other hard-to-reach, […]

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Textile groups urge U.S. to maintain penalty tariffs on China

June 16th, 2022

The Biden administration should maintain Section 301 penalty tariffs on finished textiles and apparel from China or risk reversing once-in-a-lifetime nearshoring trends and undermining critical investments and jobs in the U.S. and Western Hemisphere, three key American textile manufacturing groups said today. In a formal submission to the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office, which is […]

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Expanding the definition of “textile”

June 9th, 2022

The MINIMA MAXIMA installation in Kazakhstan by Marc Fornes is made from composite layers of perforated or ultra-thin powdered aluminum that mimic fabric. Photo: VERYMANYSTUDIO. When is a material a textile? When is a textile a fabric? The unprecedented scope of new materials in development—by academia, government-funded technology groups, and start-ups—is challenging traditional concepts of […]

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PANGAIA and Spiber launch biofabricated hoodie

June 9th, 2022

PANGAIA has partnered with Spiber Inc. to introduce biofabricated garments. Photo: PANGAIA. Materials science company PANGAIA, based in London, introduces the fourth capsule within PANGAIA Lab—a limited-edition sweatshirt made in partnership with Japanese biomaterials manufacturing group Spiber Inc., featuring biotech Brewed Protein™ fibers and organic cotton. The company says this is the first time a […]

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Pilot production of cell-cultivated leather funded

June 9th, 2022

Cell cultivated leather by VitroLabs. Photo: Adam Dillon. VitroLabs has raised $46 million to build and scale what it says is the world’s first pilot production of cell-cultivated leather. The biotech company, based in Milpitas, Calif., says that funding is led by Aronomics; among the additional investors are BESTSELLER’s Invest FWD, global luxury group Kering, Khosla […]

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Dissolving pacemaker just got smarter

June 9th, 2022

All devices laid out together, with the transient pacemaker on the left. Photo: Northwestern University. Just one year ago, Northwestern University scientists introduced the first-ever transient pacemaker—a fully implantable, wireless device that harmlessly dissolves in the body after it’s no longer needed. Now, they have unveiled a new, smart version that is integrated into a coordinated network […]

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Covation Biomaterials launch is announced

June 9th, 2022

Covation Biomaterials, a global company offering bio-based solutions, launched today as an independent business, following the acquisition of DuPont Biomaterials by the Huafon Group. The company says it is creating the sustainable building blocks for customers to make innovative and high-performance, bio-based products accessible globally.  “As a supplier of bio-based materials solutions, we are an important gateway […]

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You call that a textile?

June 9th, 2022

It took me a while to embrace the larger industrial textiles world and get comfortable understanding them—all of them—as “textiles” (or “fabrics,” but that discussion will be for another time). What we may call traditional markets, such as awnings and canopies, tents and architectural structures, signage and other graphics, boat covers and upholstery, all use […]

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Smart stent can transmit blood flow data

May 23rd, 2022

A “smart stent” device developed at Georgia Tech could offer a less expensive and less labor-intensive alternative to gathering data via an angiogram. Photo: Georgia Tech. Stents can make a life-saving difference for people with vascular problems because they open up narrowing blood vessels. An experimental new implant is being developed that goes beyond this […]

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Scientists develop enzyme that breaks down PET 

May 23rd, 2022

A multidisciplinary team based at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), has developed a polyethylene terephthalate hydrolase (PETase) capable of breaking down untreated post-consumer PET in a single week, according to a study published in Nature.Testing included 51 different post-consumer plastic containers, five different polyester fibers and textiles, as well as PET water bottles. All were […]

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