Commercialization progress

November 14, 2022  |  Features

At the Advanced Textiles Conference in October in Charlotte, N.C., Anil Kircalianli, head of automation, Orbital Composites (OC), discussed the important role of textiles as a driver for sustainability, particularly in footwear design. Kircalianli argued that the company’s use of 3D printing and r…
Focus on sustainability

October 24, 2022  |  Features

In the midst of the industry’s push to be more sustainable, one expert says, “There are no sustainable materials.” What Dr. Andrew Dent means is the goal for achieving circularity is to make the best choice in material (or materials) for that application. There are many variables in understand…
The R & D answer

October 10, 2022  |  Features

Global markets have been unsettled, at least, with fears of recession following steep inflation that needed monetary intervention for correction. Meanwhile, governments are proposing fiduciary interventions for growing the economy. Support in terms of R & D tax incentives and investments to supp…
The complex wearables market

September 26, 2022  |  Features

Manufacturing to scale is arguably the most significant challenge facing the smart materials and wearable technology industries—and it’s not just desirable, but essential for growth and survival. Without full commercialization, the drive for new developments and research are in jeopardy. There i…
Tomorrow’s textiles

September 12, 2022  |  Features

Historical branding of textiles has led the general population to think that textiles are anything but advanced. As anyone in the textile industry can appreciate, textiles are not simple or basic, but are platforms that facilitate a human’s ability to blur the line between creativity and engineeri…
What to know about e-textile standards 

August 22, 2022  |  Features

As the e-textiles industry continues to grow, it will be essential that there are consensus-based international standards to support the industry to ensure reliability of materials and products and best practices used in design and manufacture.
Translational research to market success

August 9, 2022  |  Features

Unexpected demand, raw material price volatility, market fluctuations and other factors have created a stressful scenario for the commodity textiles sector. In countries like India, where textile exports contribute to major export incomes, such volatile situations create a panic in the entire supply…
Breaking out of the bubble

July 25, 2022  |  Features

In seeking to promote growth in the textile industry, it’s important to identify value-driven markets that our capabilities, or core-competencies, can address. Our inspirations concerning the industry come from different sources. Most recently, a blog post on this site, by Advanced Textiles Source…