Garments can communicate via vibrations

July 15, 2019

Imagine not seeing anything, nor hearing anything. Such communication obstacles affect all aspects of life. Many people with deaf-blindness communicate via tactile signing and also haptic signals (touch and movement) on the body. Researchers, led by a team at the University of Borås, are working to digitize and integrate these functionalities into a garment. Haptic …

The aerospace market

July 12, 2019

As NASA sets a course for Mars and a return to the moon, and private companies engage in a new space race, textile companies find opportunities for high-performance fabrics and products.  by Amy Goetzman When does a single lemon cost $2,000? When it’s in space. NASA reports that it costs about $10,000 in fuel to …

New line of medical scrubs introduced

July 11, 2019

Medical scrubs need to be practical and comfortable, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish. That’s the proposition behind Barco® Uniform’s Grey’s Anatomy™ collection of medical apparel for women and men. Recently, the company upped its game with the introduction of Grey’s Anatomy EDGE, a new line in the globally popular brand.  EDGE’s secret weapon is …

Helly Hansen and Myant create smart textiles

July 3, 2019

Helly Hansen’s owner, retail group Canadian Tire, announced a partnership with textile computing company Myant to incorporate smart textile solutions, a recent Sportstextiles.com article says.  The solutions are based on Myant’s SKIIN Textile Computing platform, which integrates biometric sensors, heat generation technology and electroluminescence into clothing. The goal is to produce apparel and footwear that can …

Chip-containing fibers: the new fabric frontier?

June 24, 2019

Less than a year after a team of MIT researchers reported successfully embedding electronic devices in fibers, around a quarter of a million semiconducting devices have been embedded, according to a Science and Technology Research News article. The goal for the fibers is to allow fabrics or composites to store and convert energy, sense their environment and …

Archroma announces an improved UV protector

June 10, 2019

Archroma has launched Fadex AS New, a UV protector to make automotive and transportation textiles more resistant to light, the company announces. Automotive components such as the polyester trims of doors and pillars, seat covers, and carpet flooring or head lining, are exposed to high levels of sunlight and UV rays over the lifespan of a …

IKEA will offer curtains that purify indoor air

June 7, 2019

As air pollution continues to be a serious issue, particularly in urban areas, the quality of indoor air is also a concern. The World Health Organization estimates that about 90 percent of people worldwide breathe polluted air, resulting in an estimated eight million deaths each year. With these statistics, mitigating air pollution in homes is …

New interleaving veils improve carbon fiber toughness

May 20, 2019

New Zealand company Revolution Fibres has collaborated with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc. to develop a next-generation nanofiber interleaving veil for improving the toughness of carbon fiber composites. According to the companies, the new material, Xantu.Layr® XLB, has particularly strong application possibilities in the aerospace sector. The product is an ultra-thin nonwoven web consisting of …

JRC-Reflex introduces dual-tone reflective material

May 14, 2019

Light-reflective specialist JRC-REFLEX is presenting two new product ranges at the Performance Days trade show in Munich, Germany, May 8 and 9. JRC-REFLEX has developed an innovative process that gives its products novel two-tonal variations. These new ranges expand on the palette of pastel colors the company launched in 2018.  White Metal and Black Metal …

Speedo + HeiQ = Fastskin

May 6, 2019

Modifying the surface of fabric at the microscopic level is at the heart of Fastskin, an innovation for a swimwear line by HeiQ and Speedo. Competitive swimmers always want to break their own records, according to a news release from HeiQ. Reducing drag as their bodies go through water is one way to accomplish additional …