Soft automotive top stands up to extreme cold

July 26, 2021

To demonstrate the resilience of the Lexus LC Convertible under extreme weather conditions, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) recently froze the vehicle at – 18 C (-40 F). While in deep freeze at the Millbrook Cold Weather Chamber, the convertible was outfitted with a high-performance Sonnenland A5B/DS soft top material from Haartz Corp. that shielded its interior components …

ESA seeks ways to make spacesuit underclothes more hygienic

July 12, 2021

The European Space Agency (ESA) is working on a more hygienic kind of underclothing worn by astronauts in their spacesuits. The ESA reports that the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) will work with the Vienna Textile Lab on the BACTeRMA project to test textiles with improved anti-bacterial properties for spacesuits used on long-duration space missions. As …

AR Tech products support Delta IV Heavy rocket launch

When a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base recently, it was carrying the NROL-82 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). AR Tech, a division of A&R Tarpaulins Inc., Fontana, Calif., provided essential products in support of this mission. AR Tech creates multi-layer and single-layer insulation blankets …

IFAI Expo to celebrate 100 years

June 28, 2021

For a century, IFAI Expo has been the industrial fabrics industry’s flagship show. More than 4,000 industry participants gather to learn, conduct business, share ideas and make the connections necessary to support their businesses.  The Advanced Textiles (AT) Conference is an integral part of the event. Following a welcome lunch and plenary session Nov. 1, the conference is underway …

Lectra completes acquisition of Gerber Technology

June 11, 2021

Lectra recently finalized the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Gerber Technology. This strategic combination, of which all stages have now been successfully completed, has led to the creation of a global Industry 4.0 player for the fashion, automotive and furniture markets, the company reports.  “The union of our respective innovative expertise, our state-of-the-art offers …

Solmax finalizes TenCate Geosynthetics acquisition

June 3, 2021

by Todd R. Berger Montreal-based geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax has finalized the acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics, headquartered in Pendergrass, Ga. Jean-Louis Vangeluwe, president of Solmax, spoke with IFAI’s Geosynthetics magazine about the acquisition and what he envisions from the newly formed company, which will be the largest manufacturer, seller and distributor of geosynthetics in the world. The questions and …

AFFOA to launch project call on June 1

May 24, 2021

The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) announces the launch of Project Call 2.0 (PC 2.0) via webinar on June 1, 2021. AFFOA plans to fund approximately $3 million in new development to expand technology capabilities and jumpstart key areas of strategic technology growth towards the scaling of advanced functional fiber and fabric technologies.    Topics …

Face masks “critical until herd immunity”

May 6, 2021

by Seshadri Ramkumar Vaccinations and other countermeasures such as face masks and physical distancing are critical to conquer the pandemic, as indicated by the second pandemic wave ravaging India.  A single day recently saw 352,991 new cases, making it a global record since the beginning of the pandemic.  Global infectious disease experts emphasize the importance of …

Protective clothing conference set for May 2021

April 26, 2021

German textile testing, certification and research company Hohenstein will host the 9th European Conference on Protective Clothing (ECPC) May 10-12, 2021, in Stuttgart, Germany. The conference may also be live-streamed.  The ECPC conference is a platform to exchange and discuss research and project development for personal protective equipment (PPE). It aims to foster cooperation and networking between …

Understanding masks – up close

A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently studied the masks people have been wearing to slow the spread of COVID-19. The masks work by blocking some of the virus-filled droplets and smaller particles called aerosols that an infected person exhales. They also offer some protection to the wearer …