Gerber partners with Avametric for consumer 3D platform

November 16, 2017

Gerber Technology and Avametric are combining their expertise in fashion technology and fabric simulation and 3D consumer applications to offer an end-to-end 3D platform—from consumer-facing virtual try-on applications to design, development and manufacturing. The partnership aims to offset the billions of dollars the fashion industry spends annually on creating physical samples. The first commercially available application …

Zansors and Blauer develop defense wearables

November 14, 2017

Technical Textiles reports that Zansors, a health care innovation company, and Blauer Manufacturing Inc., a maker of uniforms, outerwear, protective apparel and accessories for first responders and military users, will introduce wearable technology in defense textiles. Zansors’ sensor technology will join Blauer’s apparel to create smart gear with mission-specific applications. The gear is expected to …

INVISTA to sell apparel and advanced textiles business

November 13, 2017

INVISTA announces that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding to sell INVISTA’s apparel and advanced textiles business, one of INVISTA’s four major business units. The transaction includes: INVISTA’s portfolio of apparel-focused fibers and brands including LYCRA fiber, LYCRA HyFit fiber, COOLMAX fiber, THERMOLITE fiber and insulation, ELASPAN fiber, SUPPLEX …

Textile industry urges aggressive trade enforcement

November 8, 2017

President Donald Trump is in Asia this November to visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Meanwhile, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) is praising the administration’s recent determination reaffirming China’s non-market economy status for antidumping purposes and calling for even more aggressive U.S. enforcement to crack down on unfair trade practices. “The …

SALTEX 2018 announces focus on smart textiles and HPMs

The premiere SALTEX event, held in October 2017, included 63 exhibitors and around 900 trade visitors from 13 countries, and preparations for the second SALTEX event are underway. The next event will take place Sept. 12–13, 2018, in Austria and will focus on smart textiles and high-performance materials (HPMs). In a press release provided by …

Project Loon balloons bring connectivity to Puerto Rico

November 3, 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Google’s Project Loon has restored some communication in Puerto Rico. The effort includes the launch of a team of balloons from Nevada, to create a communication network. Project Loon personnel have worked with the FCC, the FAA, FEMA, spectrum partners, international aviation authorities and AT&T. The project is reported to have delivered emergency …

Polyester staple fiber market will see steady growth

November 1, 2017

According to a report by Grand View Research Inc., the global polyester staple fiber (PSF) market is expected to reach $39.3 billion by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3 percent. The report says that a growing awareness regarding the environment as well as the cheaper price of PSF (compared to cotton) have increased the …

Cone Denim launches Future BLACK+ Denim

October 31, 2017

A collaboration among Cone Denim, Lenzing and Unifi has created Future BLACK+ denim featuring Lenzing Modal branded fibers and REPREVE® Black recycled fibers. Future BLACK+, a certified fade-resistant black denim, will join Cone Denim’s family of TruTone fabrics. According to Unifi, Future BLACK+ denim utilizes dope dyeing, an energy-saving and environmentally friendly dyeing technique that …

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI president, dies

October 26, 2017

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI board member and president, died October 8th. He served on the IFAI Board of Directors from 1977 to 1989, and as IFAI president (a position now called chairman) from 1985 to 1987. He was involved with the IFAI Awning Division, now called the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association. His obituary appeared in …

EXPO 2017 HUB winners announced

More than a hundred IFAI members took part in the daily prize drawings in the HUB at EXPO 2017. One business card was pulled out of the jar each day of the show and the winner received a $50 VISA gift card. On the last day, the lucky winner received a full registration to EXPO …