Huntsman and Chemours expand alliance

December 13, 2018

Huntsman Textile Effects and The Chemours Company FC LLC have agreed to expand their long-term alliance in the area of durable water repellence (DWR). By combining the strengths of both companies, the expanded cooperation unlocks the full potential of the alliance to develop and deliver new, sustainable DWR solutions and chemistry. The alliance puts them …

Applications open for 2019 Student Design Challenge

December 10, 2018

The Advanced Textile Products Student Design Challenge encourages college and university students of design, textiles engineering and allied curricula to solve safety and protection problems using technical textiles and narrow fabrics in functional designs. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) offers this annual challenge to honor and recognize the innovations of students who work in …

EuroFibers introduces sister company, EuroFabrics

December 4, 2018

EuroFibers, a Dutch supplier of high-performance fibers, introduced its new sister company EuroFabrics, a recent release announces. EuroFabrics is a key distributor in Europe, the Middle East and Africa of American SuperFabric, an abrasion-resistant and cut-resistant fabric, and it is a supplier of BodyShield. EuroFabrics offers performance fabrics with features like cut, slash, abrasion or …

Coloreel wins SKAPA prize

November 29, 2018

This year’s winner of the SKAPA prize is Joakim Staberg who developed Coloreel, a machine for digital thread coloring that dyes threads while in production, a recent release says. Joakim Staberg received this year’s award of 500,000 krona from the Foundation SKAPAs chair, Minoo Akhtarzand, and one of Sweden’s well-known innovators, Håkan Lans. The award …

NCTO testifies at USMCA public hearing

November 27, 2018

The U.S. International Trade Commission held public hearings in Washington, D.C., as part of its investigation into the likely impact of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on the U.S. economy. National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) president and CEO Auggie Tantillo testified on the General Manufacturing panel on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, the hearing’s second day. Tantillo prefaced his …

AFFOA offers “Fabric- The New Software” networking event

November 22, 2018

Recent breakthroughs in fibers and fabrics are transforming these age-old materials into high tech for the first time in history, creating in the process new opportunities for fabric-based startups and entrepreneurs. Fabrics that can see, hear, sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, monitor health and change color will soon be possible. Interested industry …

IFAI Installs Solar Panels Reducing Costs and Pollution

November 20, 2018

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) headquarters, located in Roseville, Minnesota, reduced their electricity usage by installing solar energy panels. Projected savings is $85,000 over the next 20 years, which IFAI plans to reinvest. “One of our core values is to reduce our environmental footprint and the solar array is a big step. We will be …

Changing landscape of textile engineering education

November 19, 2018

Cotton and textile engineering education’s landscape has been changing to better reflect the change and growth in the field. Prof. Gajanan Bhat, chair of the Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, at Athens-based University of Georgia (UGA), describes how fiber science and textile engineering education has evolved – and continues to do so. In 2018 …

IFAI Installs Solar Panels Reducing Costs and Pollution

November 14, 2018

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) headquarters, located in Roseville, Minnesota, reduce their electricity usage by installing solar energy panels. Projected savings is $85,000 over the next 20 years, which IFAI plans to reinvest. “One of our core values is to reduce our environmental footprint and the solar array is a big step. We will be …

Where the textile industry gathers

November 12, 2018

IFAI Expo 2018 delivered new information and opportunities for business connections across textile market areas. Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo (IFAI Expo) offered a variety of exhibitors, events and education and attracted more than 4,350 verified registered participants from IFAI Expo and 500 scanned leads from CAMX to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in …