IFAI Webinar: Smart Fabrics Market, Current Developments

January 9, 2018

January 17, 2018 | 1 p.m. CST $29 Members; $79 Non-Members This IFAI webinar provides a comprehensive overview of recent smart fabric applications used in a number of government, commercial, medical and consumer market segments. The discussion will cover developments in the military, law enforcement, safety and protective markets, the wearable electronics consumer retail market, the …

Grant will support fiber and fabric research at MIT

January 8, 2018

Secretary Jay Ash of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development has announced a $3.9 million state grant to support the Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC) at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. The award will promote the center’s mission of innovating advanced fibers and fabrics for defense applications. “Massachusetts has a long history of supporting …

Nanowear and Secant form partnership in nanosensor technology

Nanowear has entered into an exclusive, worldwide supply-chain partnership agreement with Secant Group for scaled manufacturing and production of its medical-grade, cloth-based nanosensor technology. A year ago, Nanowear acquired FDA approval of its proprietary cloth-based remote cardiac monitoring technology. The Secant Group will help meet Nanowear’s production goals by providing the necessary design, development and …

Coats acquires Patrick Yarn Mill

December 28, 2017

Thread manufacturer Coats reports that the company has expanded its high technology and engineered performance portfolios with the acquisition of Patrick Yarn Mill. Patrick Yarn Mill specializes in cut-resistant, heat-resistant and filtration yarns. Under its EarthSpun trademark, the North Carolina mill produces yarns from recycled fibers. Patric Yarn also uses energy from its solar installation …

Narrow fabrics industry faces a shortage of people who “get it”

December 22, 2017

According to textile engineer Connie Huffa, the last year she taught at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (1998), less than 5 percent of the students were studying textiles and the following year the college changed its name to Philadelphia University. This year, the school merged with Thomas Jefferson University, which focuses on health sciences. …

Entrepreneurs sought for advanced textiles program

December 20, 2017

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) has partnered with MIT Venture Mentoring Service to launch a year-long pre-commercial, part-time program for entrepreneurs with a passion for commercializing important innovations in the advanced fabrics space domestically. The project is now seeking applicants for its Advanced Fabric Entrepreneurship Program (AFEP). People who have an idea for an …

Fitex India acquired by Messe Frankfurt

December 18, 2017

Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India has expanded its portfolio to include Fitex India, an annual fitness and health event on the subcontinent. Messe Frankfurt and Smart Events, which has put on the event up to now, will join forces to create a dynamic platform for fitness, health, nutrition and wellness solutions for the Indian market. …

IFAI Expo 2018 call for presentations

December 6, 2017

IFAI Expo 2018 is looking for presentation topic ideas and interested speakers. Expo will be held October 15-18, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Submit now! The Call for Presentations deadline is January 12, 2018.  Categories Advanced Textiles  Shade and Weather Protection Specialty Fabrics  General Business Benefits of Presenting Build your reputation as an industry expert Share your knowledge …

IFAI Canada Expo 2018

Canada Expo 2018 is like no other event – a unique opportunity to meet manufacturers and businesses face-to-face and immerse yourself in new knowledge and leading edge solutions. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the latest in the specialty fabrics industry through the sights, sounds and innovations of the exhibit floor. Register now! Dedicated Exhibit Hall Hours …

Archroma partners with Fashion Institute of Technology

December 4, 2017

Archroma Color Management Service Business has partnered with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and its Textile Development and Marketing Department to create the first Archroma Color Center. The Archroma Color Center @FIT includes a large-scale color reference that recreates the 4,320 hue Color Atlas by Archroma as a wall-hung, flip-through display; a complete Color Atlas featuring a system of …