Uster Technologies issues limited-edition yarn clearer

January 29th, 2016

Uster, Switzerland-based fiber-producing monitor Uster Technologies Ltd. has introduced the USTER® QUANTUM 3 Anniversary Edition yarn clearer to mark 50 years of yarn clearing on automatic winders. Released in November 2015, only 300,000 of the clearers are available, on a first-come-first-served basis. The anniversary edition includes extra defect classes, correlated to the USTER CLASSIMAT 5. […]

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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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CRAiLAR panel to study strategic moves

June 17th, 2015

CRAiLAR Technologies Inc., a Victoria, British Columbia-based company that develops bast fiber-based products, has announced its board of directors has appointed a committee to identify, examine and consider strategic and financial alternatives. The company said it seeks to reduce operating overhead at all locations, and right size the manufacturing of CRAiLAR fiber. The company says […]

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Oerlikon Barmag presents innovative solutions for HMLS polyester yarn

May 27th, 2015

Swiss technical-textile maker Oerlikon Barmag introduced its high-modulus low-shrinkage (HMLS) yarn at Techtextil 2015 offering a polyester to be used in tire cord. One of two companies worldwide that produces machine solutions for the production of HMLS yarn—the material is tear resistant, but elastic and temperature stable—used predominantly in high-speed tires. Oerlikon Barmag’s polyester tire […]

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Spinnova develops non-chemical wood-based yarn

April 24th, 2015

Spinnova Ltd., a Jyvaskyla, Finland-based spinoff of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., is developing fiber-to-yarn technology that is totally different from traditional textile yarn production. Spinnova’s technology uses no chemicals to dissolve wood fiber to a polymer level to regenerate cellulosic filaments. Instead, the technology allows the production of novel, low-cost, environmentally friendly […]

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Experiencing textiles

February 7th, 2014

A Danish design firm rethinks how responsive textiles can adapt to context, moods or environmental changes. by Michel Guglielmi, co-founder, Diffus Design Diffus has always been committed to combining theory and practice. The success of combining research and experimentation soon implied that we had to extend our activities and get involved in the making of design […]

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Nylon fabric proven to cool wearers

April 2nd, 2013

NILIT® Breeze is a nylon 6.6 fiber proven to cool wearers by almost one degree Celsius in comparison to fabrics knitted with standard fibers. The yarn’s cooling effect comes from a special cross section—the insertion of an inorganic additive in the polymer itself and a unique texturing process. This combination gives fabrics efficient ventilation capabilities […]

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