Bringing innovative textiles to market

June 24, 2019

Partnerships all along the supply chain lend critical support in achieving goals.  by Marie O’Mahony Rita McGrath, associate professor at Columbia Business School, advises that “change is not the dangerous thing, stability is.” In this second of two articles on innovation, the focus is on factors that can influence the way that innovative textiles come to market. …

Bally Ribbon’s Thermal Protection System featured

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) highlighted its Woven Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) for space, missile and hypersonic system insulation at the National Space & Missile Materials Symposium. This is a U.S.-citizens-only conference, held recently in Henderson, Nevada.                                            BRM’s innovative TPS provides insulation and protection to a number of NASA programs. The Orion spacecraft has been equipped …

Chip-containing fibers: the new fabric frontier?

Less than a year after a team of MIT researchers reported successfully embedding electronic devices in fibers, around a quarter of a million semiconducting devices have been embedded, according to a Science and Technology Research News article. The goal for the fibers is to allow fabrics or composites to store and convert energy, sense their environment and …

Candiani recognized for sustainable innovation

Candiani SpA has won the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award for Re-Gen, its “circular denim” fabric created from regenerated and recycled raw materials, a recent release from ITMA reports. The Candiani Re-Gen denim was created to commemorate the company’s 80th anniversary. Re-Gen is composed of 50 percent Tencel x Refibra Lyocell made of pulp from cotton …

Eastman to acquire INACSA

Eastman Chemical Company announces that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Industrias del Acetato de Celulosa S.A. (INACSA), a Spanish producer of cellulosic yarn.  The INACSA yarn business and assets are expected to support continued growth of Naia cellulosic yarn for the apparel market and will become part of the global fibers segment …

Seafood shells for better plastic, packaging and textiles

Scientists are tackling the world’s need to keep plastics out of landfills and waterways. One method may be found in making the most of seafood waste. A Science News article reports that the shells of crustaceans contain chitin, a material that has many of plastic’s desirable properties, but it can take weeks or months to biodegrade, rather …

WRAP to support textile recycling ideas

June 21, 2019

UK-based campaign group WRAP has announced details of a new grant program to support projects that provide infrastructure and technologies with the potential to significantly increase recycling capacity for difficult-to-recycle plastic packaging or textile materials. According to information reported on sportstextiles.com, WRAP is looking for organizations that are creating new methods for recycling plastics or …

Ecco and BASF work on 3D printing for footwear

June 20, 2019

Danish shoe manufacturer Ecco and German chemistry firm BASF are partnering on a new footwear project. Trials have taken place at Ecco’s research and development center in Denmark to test the combination of BASF 3D printing materials and Origin’s open additive printing platform. An article on sportstextiles.com says that Ecco’s goal for the project is …

Nonwovens conference, RISE 2019, set for Sept. 24-25

June 19, 2019

The Association of Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) presents RISE 2019 Sept. 24–25 at North Carolina State University (NC State) in Raleigh, N.C. The conference is designed to be two days of in-depth technical exploration into “what’s next” and “what’s needed” from leaders in materials research and innovative science as applied to engineered fabrics, the organizers of …

Covestro TPU expansion in Taiwan

June 18, 2019

Covestro has completed the expansion of its thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) capacity at its Changhua manufacturing site in Taiwan, according to Knitting Industry.com. The company predicts that the plant will cater to the Asia Pacific region’s market needs, including providing bio-based TPU. TPU is used for flexibility and performance in the footwear and automotive markets as …