Textile chemicals guide available

August 27th, 2015

With more customers wanting to know what is in their textile products, and chemical regulations for products becoming more stringent, ChemSec saw the need to provide a guide. The non-profit International Chemical Secretariat in Goteborg, Sweden, is offering the ChemSec Textile Guide to show companies how they can identify problematic chemicals in their production and […]

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Finnish cellulose project enters second phase

June 19th, 2015

Research to develop new biomaterial applications within the Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) 2.0 project has entered its second phase. The effort is coordinated by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., an Espoo-based research and technology company. Textile applications, such as 3D printing of cellulose, are being developed […]

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LED fiber research yields color-tunable textile

April 24th, 2015

Researchers have developed thin, light-emitting fibers capable of being woven into color-tunable textiles. Huisheng Peng of Fudan University, Shanghai, and colleagues found that a fiber-shaped PLEC (polymer light-emitting electrochemical cell) could be made by coating a thin steel wire with a layer of zinc oxide nanoparticles. The fibers are around one millimeter thick and can […]

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Kelheim Fibres wins ITMA award

March 18th, 2015

Textile and garment machinery exhibition ITMA presented its 2014 Future Materials Award for Best Innovation in Medical Textiles to Kelheim Fibres GmbH, Kelheim, Germany. The company manufactures viscose specialty fibers from eucalyptus trees, including a new fiber called Bramante that absorbs more than double its own weight in liquids and retains it in the fiber. […]

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Huntsman Textile Effects offers energy-saving processes

February 26th, 2015

Huntsman Textile Effects, a provider of dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, has introduced its eCool70 concept to make it possible for mills to achieve a range of brilliant shades while using less water and energy for better environmental performance, lower processing costs and enhanced productivity. The new concept provides brands and […]

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Sympatex presents sustainable alternatives portfolio at ISPO 2015

February 11th, 2015

Textile specialists Sympatex Technologies presented numerous combination possibilities from its product portfolio at the ISPO (International Sporting Goods Trade Show) early in February. The ecological alternative among functional textile specialists, the company headquarted in Unterföhring, Germany, offers a sustainable material mix, different treatment options and individualized backings and tapes. Its new Digital Sales Tool offers […]

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The energy around us

February 7th, 2014

Researchers are making progress on energy harvesting technologies and are identifying where improvements are needed. Editor’s Note: I had a phone conversation with prominent energy harvesting researcher Dr. Shashank Priya, Virginia Tech, about the status of kinetic energy harvesting technology. My goal was to get a sense of where the research sits currently, and what […]

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