Automotive sector shows potential for airbag yarn

December 1st, 2016

Citing estimates by press-release distributor Business Wire, Swiss materials developer Oerlikon notes the demand for airbags will increase by 5 percent annually over the next five years. To date, airbags have been predominantly manufactured using polyamide 6.6 yarns, the company notes. However, there is a noticeable trend with these challenging industrial filament yarns toward polyester. […]

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ROJK rebrands outdoor apparel

January 7th, 2016

Stockholm-based outdoor apparel specialists Rojk has “re-engineered” as well as re-named a variety of its specialty clothing. Formerly called the Bomber Pile, the newly named PrimaLoft Micro Pile jacket is both lighter and more multifunctional than its predecessor. Its in-house developed fabric gives the Micro Pile improved wicking and insulation due to the PrimaLoft Polyester […]

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3D printed shoe is made from ocean plastic waste

December 18th, 2015

At the Parley Talk at COP21, Adidas and Parley for the Oceans demonstrated how the industry can rethink design and help stop the growing problem of ocean plastic waste. The result is an innovative footwear concept: a shoe 3D printed from waste plastic found in the ocean. “World leaders forging an agreement is wonderful, but […]

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Chomarat launches roofing reinforcement Rotaflam Neo

December 10th, 2015

Paris-based roofing products developer Chomarat has launched Rotaflam™ Neo, which the company calls a new generation of reinforcements for roofing felt. The product was developed in collaboration with hydroentanglement non-woven specialists Norafin, based in Bonn, Germany. Unique in its market, the reinforcement offers the benefits of both glass and polyester and combines the performances of […]

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Patagonia introduces Merino Air

August 7th, 2015

Ventura, Calif.-based performance-clothing maker Patagonia has introduced the Merino Air base layer that it says offers more warmth, breathability and better fit than conventional merino base layers, while maintaining the natural odor-fighting properties of wool. To create Merino Air, Patagonia refined three steps driven by the company’s commitments to technical innovation and protecting the environment: […]

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Plant inspires repellant fabric coating

June 16th, 2015

Harvard University researchers say they have modified cotton and polyester fabrics with a coating that repels almost any type of substance. Inspired by the carnivorous Pitcher plant, which uses a mixture of fluids and a mechanical trap to ensnare insects, SLIPS Technologies, also based in Cambridge, Mass., developed its Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces, which launched […]

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Skier and snowboarder safety

June 3rd, 2015

Skiers and snowboarders gear up for winter sports with the best looking, high-performing and protective products they can afford—and if products are eco-friendly, so much the better. Picture Organic Clothing, Gerzat, France, designs its sportswear with two goals in mind: the product must contain a minimum of 50 percent recycled or organic materials and it […]

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Performance Fibers becomes DuraFiber Technologies Inc.

April 24th, 2015

Industrial polyester fiber and fabric maker Performance Fibers of Huntersville, N.C., has completed the sale of its Asia operations to Indorama Ventures PCL, and has changed its name to DuraFiber Technologies Inc. "This sale has enhanced our consolidation of resources to focus on our core business, further strengthened our financial position, and, most importantly, will […]

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Archroma offers water-repelling Smartrepel Hydro

April 3rd, 2015

Swiss color and specialty chemicals producer Archroma has introduced its Smartrepel Hydro line for polyester, polyamide and cotton-based textiles used in outdoor applications. The Smartrepel Hydro line supports the increasing adoption of eco-advanced materials and production processes by textile producers and brand owners adhering to industry initiatives such as the Joint Roadmap towards Zero Discharge […]

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Vicar unveils new threads

March 30th, 2015

Vicar International of Union, N.J., has added new colors to its Aqualon #92 polyester thread line. Now expanded to 32 colors, Aqualon thread matches the most popular acrylic colors available in the marine marketplace, including Sunbrella marine acrylic colors. Aqualon is specifically constructed for outdoor applications, such as awnings, patio furniture and automotive convertible tops. […]

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