Understanding your obligations with Prop 65

October 21, 2019

“Prop 65 is a warning law, not a ban,” said Jeff Post, vice president/general manager, CGPC America/Enduratex™, in his presentation “Proposition 65 and Coated Fabrics” at IFAI Expo. Prop 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  A manufacturer is liable, …

Lenzing pilots new blockchain technology

October 18, 2019

About 80 percent of consumers want brands to disclose their supply chain, the Lenzing Group reported recently. That data is based on a survey conducted by Ipsos MORI in October 2018 on EU consumer attitudes toward sustainability and supply chain transparency in the fashion industry.  Lenzing’s new blockchain technology pilot was presented at the Fashion …

E 2 coated textiles company formed in new partnership

October 17, 2019

Israeli company Engineered Polymer Technologies (EPT) and Erez Technical Textiles, based in Hillside, N.J., have announced the launch of E2, a joint venture that combines U.S. manufacturing capabilities and Israeli ingenuity, an Erez press releases says. The joint venture, operating under the new name, will allow the companies to focus on innovation and expand capabilities. The …

2019 Show Stoppers announced at IFAI Expo

October 11, 2019

IFAI’s Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase a range of best products from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services and end products, shown by exhibitors at IFAI Expo. The 2019 winners are: DITF German Institutes for Textile & Fiber Research took the honors in the Chemicals, Coatings & Compounds category, for UV-curable pigment Inks for inkjet …

First International Conference on Cellulose Fibers scheduled

October 10, 2019

The first Conference on Cellulose Fibers will take place Feb. 11–12, 2020, in Cologne, Germany. Topics will cover the value chain from the lingo-cellulosic feedstock, dissolving pulp, cellulose fibers, such as rayon, viscose, modal or lyocell, a range of applications, woven textiles (clothing) and nonwovens (wipes and technical applications), as well as micro- and nanocellulose …

PPE systems benefit from a developmental approach

October 7, 2019

Marc Mathews recalls his time as a Marine stationed in Iraq, where he wondered about the design and origins of the personal protective equipment (PPE) he wore. “Who made this?” he contemplated. “Who thought this was a good system? Did they test it?” Today, Mathews is a research associate with the Textile Protection and Comfort …

Insecticides in textiles can be life saving

Kiarash Arangdad, PhD, research and development chemist with Elevate Textiles/Burlington, said in his presentation on the topic, “Application, Efficacy and Performance of Synthetic Pyrethroids vs. Plant-Based Insect Repellents,” that “mosquitoes are the most dangerous animal in the world.” Arangdad spoke at IFAI Expo’s Advanced Textiles Conference October 2 in Orlando, Fla. Arangdad said that 80 …

Polartec announces Apex Awards winners

October 2, 2019

Polartec has announced the winners of the 2019 Polartec Apex Awards, an annual design award program. The winning products were selected based on skilled and creative uses of Polartec fabric technologies. The winning designs included jackets that melded Icelandic technical know-how with Danish design and married traditional menswear style to motorsports-inspired fashion.  A technical T-shirt designed …

Lenzing pilots new technology to verify garment content

September 30, 2019

Lenzing’s new blockchain technology pilot, presented at the Fashion Summit in Hong Kong in September, enables brands and consumers to identify TENCEL branded fibers across each production and distribution step of finished garment or home textile—from fiber to retail. The technology is reported to allow consumers to verify the garment composition and the underlying textile …

Courtland unveils new manufacturing facility

September 23, 2019

Cortland Biomedical has unveiled a new, purpose-built manufacturing facility designed by textile engineers. The company reports that the new facility has certified clean room manufacturing areas with ISO Class 8 clean rooms for fabric formation and ISO Class 7 clean rooms for assembly, scouring and post-processing.  The new facility supports services to customers in need of …