Drexel University launches new startup initiative

February 22, 2021

Drexel Applied Innovation at Drexel University has launched a program to encourage and support the formation of startup companies based on research at the university. The “Drexel Express Startup License” is a startup- and investor-friendly licensing agreement with pre-set terms. This new licensing tool will be used in cases where the startup is partnering with …

Precision Textiles upgrades chemical-free FR portfolio

February 18, 2021

New Jersey-based, Precision Textiles, a supplier of coated fabrics, nonwovens and laminations is keeping ahead of a growing trend by states to tighten fire-retardant (FR) chemical regulations in consumer products. By constantly upgrading its portfolio of chemical-free FR solutions for quilted mattress panels and borders, FR filler cloth, FR sock, cap and laminated FR solutions, the …

brrr° automates with Texbase

February 16, 2021

Bozeman, Mont.-based Texbase, Inc., a cloud-based data management and collaboration platform for the textile and consumer products industries, announces their continued collaboration with brrr°. brrr° is the creator of a fabric technology that is “Proven to Keep You Cooler.” The company’s patented yarns and specialized manufacturing techniques combine natural cooling minerals, active wicking and rapid …

Texas Tech decontamination wipe finds new use helping animals

February 3, 2021

 Two years ago, Brett Huff, an animal decontamination specialist, was looking for a better solution than the diluted-dish-soap-and-water method he was using to clean animals. That’s when a member of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces asked if he’d heard of FiberTectTM. Invented by Texas Tech University professor Seshadri Ramkumar, FiberTectTM was conceived in 2005 as a low-cost decontamination wipe for the …

Acteev technology wins OR Innovation Awards

February 2, 2021

Ascend Performance Materials’ Acteev Protect™ antimicrobial, odor-resisting fabric technology has been named a winner in the 2021 Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards.  Acteev Protect was chosen out of a record number of submissions for its performance across four criteria: Spark: concept, design, appeal Desire: opportunity, differentiation Function: innovation, functionality, insight Impact: cultural, environmental, business Nikki Huffman, the principal …

Messe Frankfurt postpones major trade shows until 2022

January 25, 2021

In September 2020, a decision was reached by Messe Frankfurt and the industries involved to forgo any physical events at its home base in the first quarter of 2021. Now, following close consultation with customers, the company announces that it will postpone the international physical trade fairs planned for April and May as a result …

Insect repellent uniforms donated to JGI in Tanzania

January 20, 2021

Affix Labs, Waste2Wear and Logonet have developed a new high-tech uniform, designed to commemorate the ground-breaking research by the primatologist Jane Goodall and the work carried out by the scientists and rangers at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in Gombe, Tanzania. The partners donated the eco-friendly, insect repellent uniforms to the Institute on its 60th …

IFAI Expo 2021 issues call for presentations

January 11, 2021

IFAI is now accepting presentation topic ideas and interested speakers for Expo 2021 to be held Nov. 2–4 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. Education will take place Nov. 1–4.  There are two presentation types: a 50-minute classroom sessions and 25-minute campfire sessions. Education categories include: Advanced Textiles Shade and Weather Protection Specialty …

Antimicrobial found effective against SARS-CoV-2

December 7, 2020

Sciessent has announced the results of recent tests with its AgionÒ antimicrobial treatment. According to the company, the treatment achieves 99.99 percent inactivation of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in lab testing of medical textiles. The testing was conducted under ISO 18184 protocols and demonstrated that its effectiveness was maintained even after 20 launderings.   The …

A call for policy changes to support U.S. PPE

November 23, 2020

The U.S. textile industry has stepped up to meet the demand for face masks, medical gowns, wipes and other products necessary to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but it needs policy changes from Washington so that the U.S. is not caught off-guard again in a future crisis, according to association leaders speaking at Industrial Fabrics Association …