VRNA rolls out workwear to U.S.

January 8th, 2016

Viz Reflectives North America (VRNA) of Lunenburg, Mass., has launched its patent-pending Vizlite(®) Dual Technology workwear to the U.S. market. The apparel line incorporates both retro-reflectivity and phosphorescence into seven new garments, including a lightweight birdseye T-shirt; a waterproof and breathable rain jacket and pant set, as well as four vests in both American National […]

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ERCA unveils innovations at ITMA

December 3rd, 2015

Italy-based chemical collective ERCA introduced a pair of innovations at the International Textile Market Association’s ITMA 2015 trade show in Milan in November. ReactEVO® is a process based on a new post-treatment concept in dyeing with reactive dyestuffs that allows drastic reductions in energy and water consumption that also cuts treatment time. All ReactEVO auxiliaries […]

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ITMA names Sustainable Innovation Award finalists

September 4th, 2015

CEMATEX (European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers) has announced six finalists among its 30 entries for two ITMA Sustainable Innovation Awards: the Industry Excellence Award and the Research and Innovation (R&I) Excellence Award. The new awards program is part of a continuing effort by CEMATEX to recognize contributions to sustainability efforts in developing the global […]

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INVISTA and workout attire for the workplace

July 7th, 2015

As activewear becomes more common in the workplace, Wichita, Kan.-based fiber maker INVISTA has joined emerging designers to explore the fashion potential of outdoor wear. Based on consumer insights, and with help from fashion tech startup Manufacture New York (MNY), INVISTA combines new designs with fabric and fiber innovations, namely T400® technology by LYCRA® and […]

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“Wearables for Good” challenge accepting applications

June 29th, 2015

UNICEF Innovation, New York, N.Y., has partnered with San Francisco, Calif.-based product strategy and design firm frog and Cambridge, England-based technology company Arm Holdings PLC to launch the “Wearables for Good” challenge. Open to anyone from students to engineers, the challenge invites the global design, technology, business and social communities to identify and develop solutions […]

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BeBop Sensors that measure physicality wins award

June 19th, 2015

“Smart fabric” developer BeBop Sensors Inc. of Berkeley, Calif., has won a 2015 Frost & Sullivan North American Technology Innovation Award for its fabric sensor technology. The company uses a proprietary Monolithic Fabric Sensor Technology that integrates sensors, traces and electronics into a single piece of fabric. The approach affords greater sensitivity, resolution, range of […]

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Partnerships eyed as innovation spur

June 5th, 2015

As funding is more difficult to obtain and lending is tighter, companies are looking into collaborating with suppliers to lower financial risk, speed up the pace of innovation and open new markets, according to a survey conducted by Sweden-based Trelleborg AB. The survey by Trelleborg’s engineered fabrics operation found that 50 percent of manufacturers say […]

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AATCC conference focuses on sustainability and innovations

April 27th, 2015

The historic city of Savannah, Ga., hosted a gathering of more than 200 people, who participated in deliberations on the latest developments in consumer trends, textile chemicals, fiber and material innovations. The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Conference had three distinct tracts: concept-to-consumer issues, chemical applications and materials. There were 44 papers […]

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Bayer MaterialScience and IAF collaborate

March 3rd, 2015

Germany’s Bayer MaterialScience and the International Apparel Federation (IAF) of the Netherlands are collaborating to improve innovation and sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. The partners recently ran a series of INSQIN workshops addressing the concerns of brand owners that use polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics—for example, PU synthetic leather. INSQIN is Bayer MaterialScience’s solution […]

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PPG’s Innofiber XM honored

December 19th, 2013

PPG Industries’ Innofiber® XM fiberglass was honored in the Materials category of the Ringier Technology Innovation Awards 2013. The awards were presented by Ringier Trade Media, a Swiss-based publisher in the composites industry. The product was cited for its innovation and potential to contribute to the development of the Chinese composites market. “Innofiber specialty glass […]

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