IFAI Expo 2020 celebrates 100 years – virtually

September 14, 2020

IFAI Expo has reached a milestone: it is 100 years old and it will host this annual event virtually. IFAI Virtual Expo 2020 offers a safe way for the industry to come together, participate in important discussions, learn about new research and developments, meet new people and find help in growing a business in a …

401 Tech Bridge completes $6 million funding round

August 24, 2020

401 Tech Bridge, a newly formed economic development organization, has closed on a $6 million funding round. The organization was founded to connect manufacturers, small businesses, research and development entities, trade organizations, and state and defense agencies to collaborate in the development of new advanced materials and technologies for real-world applications.  Composites and textiles were among the …

IFAI Expo will go virtual in 2020

August 10, 2020

Given the continuing uncertainty with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of the health and safety of the entire textile community, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will transition IFAI Expo 2020, set for Nov. 3-6, 2020 in Indianapolis, Ind., to an online-only, virtual event. IFAI Virtual Expo will take place over …

Freudenberg partners with NC State to supply face masks

August 7, 2020

Freudenberg Performance Materials has partnered with the Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University (NC State) to manufacture face masks for UNC system universities, N.C. government organizations and hospitals.  As the fight against coronavirus continues, the need for essential face coverings continues to rise. Together with the Nonwovens Institute at NC State, Freudenberg will begin …

Industry coalition releases statement on PPE policy

July 27, 2020

An industry coalition representing the full spectrum of domestic personal protective equipment (PPE) production released a statement outlining policy principles and objectives needed for reshoring and safeguarding domestic PPE manufacturing. The Industrial Fabrics Association International was among the 21 associations signing the joint statement.  The COVID-19 pandemic, which exposed severe shortages in our nation’s PPE …

Colback Nonwovens collaborates in Dutch face mask project

Colback Nonwovens has helped to solve the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in healthcare institutions in the Netherlands. In a public/private enterprise, Low & Bonar’s Colback production site in the Netherlands offered its support after a call from the Dutch government. Colback nonwovens are now included as a reinforcement layer in FFP2-certified medical face …

Techtextil N.A., Texprocess Americas shows postponed until next editions

July 23, 2020

The organizers of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas have announced that the co-located events have been postponed beyond 2020. “We have been monitoring the global spread of COVID-19 that began earlier this year, and to uphold our commitment to the industry, we postponed [the events] to October 1-3, 2020. However, as coronavirus cases in …

AAFA calls for standardized federal face mask guidelines

July 21, 2020

In a letter to President Trump, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) requested that the administration institute federal face mask guidelines to assist retail stores as the country continues efforts to safely reopen. Versions of the letter were also sent to the heads of the National Governors Association, National Association of Counties and the …

Ascend to produce anti-viral surgical mask

July 13, 2020

Ascend Performance Materials announced recently that it has submitted its first FDA 510(k) for clearance to market its patent-pending Acteev™ technology in the U.S. in a medical device: a surgical mask under a new brand called Acteev Biodefend™. Independent laboratory testing has found Acteev materials to achieve greater than 99 percent efficacy at deactivating bacteria, …

Textile outperforms N95s in face mask tests

June 22, 2020

According to AKAS Textiles, a recent study titled “Effectiveness of Common Fabrics to Block Aqueous Aerosols of Virus-like Nanoparticles,” shows that in an aqueous media under positive pressure of 20 Kilo Pascal, stimulating the sneeze or cough found that the top performer face mask was one constructed using fabrics manufactured by AKAS, a Pennsylvania-based textile …