Can we create researchers?

January 27th, 2020

by Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D. How do we create researchers and make manufacturing sectors, such as textiles and materials, competitive? Research needs to continue its progression from intellectual curiosity to transformational—from carrying out activities to creating high-performance textiles that markets will adopt. This progression requires changes in mindsets and skill sets. Strategies can be followed to […]

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Today’s nonwoven sector: an overview

June 26th, 2017

Versatility in fiber content can lead to expanding applications. Nonwoven fabrics have become a mainstay in the textiles sector. Compared to commodity textiles, nonwovens, industrial textiles, smart and wearable textiles are relatively new entrants into the industry. But the nonwovens sector is an organized one and has been established for five decades. This sector has […]

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TAPPI meeting showcases innovation and collaboration

May 22nd, 2017

The Technical Association of the Paper and Pulp Industry (TAPPI) hosted the PaperCon International Conference in April with about 1600 attendees and 75 exhibitors gathered in the Minneapolis Convention Center. The unique feature of this event has been the co-location of the nonwovens conference of TAPPI, referred to as NET Inc. TAPPI has been gaining […]

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AATCC conference examines new textile developments

April 24th, 2017

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) held its annual international conference in Wilmington, N.C., March 28–30.  It was the largest gathering in ten years with 280 attendees. Enthusiasm was evident during the daytime proceedings and at receptions held in the evenings, which had 20 exhibitors involving testing instrument makers, and chemical and […]

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Walmart pushes for technology and talent

April 18th, 2017

As part of reviving manufacturing, Walmart has advocated for developing talent and technology. Speaking recently to a standing room only audience at the 2017 international conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) in Wilmington, N.C., Joe Quinn, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Walmart, presented a case for growing talent and […]

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Biomimetics and biotextiles

October 7th, 2016

Imitating nature offers sustainable choices in new textiles. Nature provides the inspiration for many innovations, including in the field of textiles. Some efforts, however, are quite specific in imitating nature. In fact, an entire field of science has blossomed under the name “biomimetics,” a term first coined in 1969 by Dr. Otto Schmitt, who spent […]

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