IFAI finalizes plans for 2020 Smart Fabrics Summit

February 10, 2020  |  In the Industry

Registration is open for the Smart Fabrics Summit to be held April 16-17 in Washington, D.C. This year’s event provides a forum for professionals in the industrial textiles industry to discuss, examine and understand how to bring a “smart” product to market, under the theme “Ideation to Comm…
Diapers, agriculture drive super absorbent polymer market

February 7, 2020  |  In the Industry

The global super absorbent polymer (SAP) market size is poised to reach $12.10 billion by 2025, according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc. Growth is expected to yield a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3 percent.  Rising demand for baby diapers, adult incontinenc…
Growth projected for industrial fabrics

February 4, 2020  |  In the Industry

The compound annual growth rate through 2021 is expected to increase significantly for industrial fabrics made of natural and synthetic materials, woven and nonwoven, for processing, automotive, filtering, printing and belting applications, according to a report by Radiant Insights. The polyester fi…
AATCC conference focus is sustainability

January 23, 2020  |  In the Industry

Going Green in Greenville is the theme of the AATCC’s 2020 International Conference being held March 10–12 in Greenville, S.C. The conference includes presentations and speakers addressing topics from five areas: sustainability, technology, e-textiles, comfort and wellness, and protective t…
Toray reunites with Patagonia

January 22, 2020  |  In the Industry

A revamped Torrentshell 3L line of waterproof/breathable jackets will launch spring 2020. According to Toray, the debut marks the resumption of a long-standing partnership between Toray and Patagonia.  The 2020 Torrentshell 3L line has three layers and a new hydrophobic membrane, custom-designe…
Regional supply chains and global trade

January 21, 2020  |  In the Industry

According to a recent Behind the Seams article, the regional production and trade network (RPTN) concept says that geographically proximate countries form regional supply chains, with three primary textile and apparel regional supply chains in operation: Asia, European and Western Hemisphe…
Sioen acquires Glen Raven PVC

January 16, 2020  |  In the Industry

Sioen Industries announced it will acquire the Glen Raven Group PVC coating activities, according to a Behind the Seams article. The PVC coating activities production unit is in France and the sales office is located in the U.S. The acquisition is expected to strengthen both companies’ p…
Register for IFAI’s Outlook Conference 2020

January 13, 2020  |  In the Industry

IFAI’s Outlook Conference will be held April 26–28, 2020, in Asheville, N.C. The conference offers attendees opportunities to network, learn and connect with key executives in their industries. Attendees will learn about new trends from experts; access U.S. material suppliers and end users;…
Polyester fiber market growth predicted

January 9, 2020  |  In the Industry

According to a report by Global Market Insights Inc., polyester fiber market revenue is anticipated to cross $190 billion by 2026. The report asserts growth will be due to rapid urbanization around the globe and more polyester being used in home textiles and apparel. E-comme…
MMI Textiles Names Jeff Papalia vice president

January 7, 2020  |  In the Industry

Westlake, Ohio-based MMI Textiles Inc., a global diversified supplier of industrial and custom fabrics and textile components with military and tactical, medical, commercial and apparel expertise, has named Jeff Papalia, Vice President for MMI Textiles.  Jeff will be located in North Carol…