Chemours releases plant-based Teflon

February 15, 2019

More than 66 percent of global customers say they’d pay more for responsibly sourced clothing, Chemours reports on its website. As a response, the company has released Teflon EcoElite, a nonfluorinated water-repellency finish made with 60 percent renewably sourced materials. The company says that the new finish provides water-repellency and breathability that runners, hikers and …

Record growth for APV Engineered Coatings in 2018

February 13, 2019

In 2018, APV Engineered Coatings celebrated being in business for 140 years. The company also had its highest sales revenue in history. The company experienced the largest year-over-year sales growth in three primary industry segments: aerospace; flexible vinyl, films and textile; and tire and rubber manufacturing. APV credits the success, in part, to responding to …

Apple applies for another fabric patent

February 8, 2019

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently listed a number of newly approved patents for Apple, one of which appears to be a ridged fabric, according to a Fast Company article. A fabric patent for the giant tech company may seem anomalous, but Apple has had other smart-fabric patents approved over the past few years. …

Joint venture gets go-ahead for PET/PTA plant

February 6, 2019

Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL), a global chemical producer, announced recently that its joint venture has received all regulatory clearance required from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the proposed joint asset purchase of M&G USA Corp. and its affiliated debtors. On March 21, 2018, Indorama Ventures, Alpek, and Far Eastern Investment (Holding) …

Flame-retardant apparel market study released

February 5, 2019

According to a new study published by Fact.MR, global flame retardant (FR) apparel sales reached nearly 192 million square meters in 2018, with momentum likely to drive the market to a 6.2 percent year-over-year increase in 2019. The Fact.MR study on the FR apparel market analyzes demand and supply for FR apparel across mining, petrochemical, oil  and gas, power, and automotive and …

Apple applies for another fabric patent

February 1, 2019

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently listed a number of newly approved patents for Apple, one of which appears to be a ridged fabric, according to a Fast Company article. A fabric patent for the giant tech company may seem anomalous, but Apple has had other smart-fabric patents approved over the past few years. …

FlexIC knowledge transfer to benefit designers

January 31, 2019

Researchers in the Sustainable Electronic Technologies Group are working with industrial partner PragmatIC to devise a process design kit (PDK) that will expand the potential for its mass market uses of flexible electronics. The collaboration is between PragmatIC, which creates ultra-low-cost flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs), and the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at …

Devan fabric promotes deep sleep

January 30, 2019

Devan Chemicals, based in Belgium, has added cannabidiol (CBD) to its R-Vital sleep-promoting range of microencapsulated active ingredients that enhance textiles with anti-oxidative effects. The CBD tincture or extract has a balancing effect that helps facilitate a good night’s sleep, the company reports. CBD is extracted from hemp, a non-psychoactive type of cannabis. Encapsulated substances, …

STOLL contributes knitting expertise to a Guggenheim exhibition

January 29, 2019

STOLL, a German 3D knitting machinery company, co-created and manufactured the textile element of “A Tent without a Signal,” a digitally flatbed knitted tapestry. Stoll reports that the tapestry is part of the Guggenheim Museum exhibition, Architecture Effects, which looks at the Bilbao effect in our culture. According to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s co-curators, Troy Conrad …

Bally Ribbon Mills receives ISO 13485:2016 certification

January 28, 2019

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), which designs, develops and manufactures highly specialized engineered woven fabrics, announces that the company has received ISO 13485:2016 certification, the international standard that governs the design and manufacture of medical devices. BRM passed a surveillance audit with zero non-conformances. For more than 50 years, BRM has been supplying high quality medical …