Small and essential

November 20, 2017

Narrow and small-scale textiles thrive in collaborative partnerships. The narrow fabrics industry belongs in the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) category, based on the number of employees per organization. The latest United States’ Census Bureau data show that this sector has about 248 companies in the U.S. that employ about 7,840 people, with the average …

  3D device for nanofiber production developed at MIT

November 17, 2017

Nanofiber production may become cheaper due to a new development. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have effectively utilized a less expensive commercially available 3D printer to develop a microfluidic nozzle to produce nanofibers. The 3-D printed device enables the production of uniform nanofibers that can be configured into a variety of meshes. …

Octopus inspired Camouflage Material

October 26, 2017

Recent research shows that biomimetic approaches can help with the development of sophisticated, high-performance textiles. A team of researchers from Ithaca, N.Y.-based Cornell University and Woods Hole, Mass.-based Marine Biological Laboratory have borrowed inspiration from cephalopods, such as octopus, in devising camouflage materials. A nonwoven textile material was used in conjunction with elastomeric silicone membranes …

Fabrics go multifunctional

August 21, 2017

The development of sophisticated functional fabrics has been a phased process. Textiles have evolved from being just commodity materials to providing an array of benefits, including additional comfort and protection, improved hygiene, and supporting healthcare. The innate nature of fibers can provide certain special characteristics—cotton adds breathability and a smooth hand, and wool offers thermal …

Indian Textile Industry Aims to Reach US$650 Billion by 2025

July 6, 2017

Narendra Modi, Honorable Prime Minister of India heralded the strength and capacity of the Indian textile industry at Textiles India 2017 recently in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. The event was India’s largest-ever textile industry gathering. Speaking extemporaneously in Hindi and English the prime minister addressed a large audience in Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, providing statistics about India’s …

Indian company debuts cotton for nonwovens

June 26, 2017

South India-based Jayalakshmi Enterprises has developed mechanically processed cotton varieties suitable for use in absorbent technical textile products. Globally, the nonwovens sector is looking for new fibers that are sustainable. To fulfill this need, Jayalakshmi has released two different types of processed cotton that can be used in nonwoven manufacturing processes, such as needlepunching and …

Today’s nonwoven sector: an overview

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 …

Collaboration develops wearable exosuit

May 26, 2017

Virginia Tech and nationwide retailer Lowe’s have collaborated to develop a lift-assisting wearable exosuit, designed to increase safety for store employees as they lift products. The technology uses soft and flexible electronic elements, making the suit wearable. Alan Asbeck, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, with a team of eight …

TAPPI meeting showcases innovation and collaboration

May 22, 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 …

AATCC conference examines new textile developments

April 24, 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 …