Small and essential

November 20, 2017

Narrow and small-scale textiles thrive in collaborative partnerships. Workers in dangerous construction environments depend on safety equipment that uses high-tech narrow fabrics. The narrow fabrics industry belongs in the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) category, based on the number of employees per organization. The latest United States’ Census Bureau data

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Small scale, big impact

November 8, 2017

ELUTE® Fiber by TissueGen can be loaded with standard pharmaceuticals and is suitable for woven, knit or braided applications in implantable medical textile devices. Photo: TissueGen. Breakthroughs in biomedical textiles will offer high-tech solutions in tomorrow’s medical markets. As the impact of technology gets bigger, some advanced textiles are getting

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Challenges and opportunities

October 23, 2017

Smart fabrics products may require novel textile substrates. Industry participants had many opportunities to listen to presentations by smart textiles experts and have informal discussions in “Campfire Sessions” on the show floor at IFAI Expo. Photo: Mark Skalny Photography A key takeaway from the Smart Fabrics Program and E-Textiles Workshop

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Military matters

October 23, 2017

Understanding the opportunities in dealing with the U.S. Department of Defense. U.S. Marine Corps PFC. James Fish conducts training in a Level A Vapor Protection suit A course at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in June 2017. The purpose of the training was to provide familiarization on the new equipment. Photo: U.S.

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The importance of size and fit

October 23, 2017

Garment makers are using new technologies to optimize comfort. The Hohenstein Institute has developed a volume-based pattern development based on 3D scans to optimize basic patterns for use in pattern-cutting. Photo: ©Hohenstein Gruppe With the growth of the wearable technology market, innovations in high-tech protective garments and a push by

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IFAI’s first Hackathon yields novel e-textiles products

October 9, 2017

Hackathon teams had to work quickly to conceptualize, design and build a  new e-textiles product in just two days. This illustrates the beginning stages of the winning team’s work. IFAI launched its first “Hackathon” at Expo 2017, challenging registrants to create a new, e-textiles product in just two days—which was

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A long and winding road

October 9, 2017

The progress of smart fabrics discussed at IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference. Smart fabrics, generally defined as textiles that sense and react to various individual stimuli to provide desired effects or benefits, are now entering their third decade. The Gartner Hype Cycle represents the stages of emerging technologies. Photo: Gartner Research.

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STEM, women and the advanced textile industry

October 9, 2017

Jobs in STEM subjects outnumber applicants in contrast to employment opportunities elsewhere. Photo: Change the Equation (CTEq) by Marie O’Mahony With the U.S. set to overtake China as the most competitive manufacturing nation within five years, according to a new study by Deloitte Global and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness,

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A path forward

September 25, 2017

Today’s trade issues can impact your business in the future.   Editor’s note:  I asked an expert, Nate Bolin, an attorney with the Washington D.C. law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, to answer my questions about trade issues, our featured topic in Advanced Textiles Source this month.

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A new NAFTA?

September 11, 2017

How trade deals currently in discussion could impact the textile industry Credit: NCTO As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to improve U.S. trade deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since taking office and after threatening to withdraw the United States from NAFTA unless its terms were

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