International conference on advanced textiles announced

July 31, 2018

The Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women will host an international conference at its campus in Coimbatore, India, in January of 2019 in collaboration with Texas Tech University, which will organize the eighth “Advances in Sustainable Materials, Nonwovens, Technical Textiles and Textile Machinery,” conference (ATNT). The INDO-US collaborative conference will provide …

The world of composites

July 9, 2018

Fiber-based composite development sparks special interest. Composites is a high-growth industry and, according to two major market intelligence groups, will reach more than $100 billion by 2022. Paris-based JEC Composites has estimated that this sector grew from $75 billion to $82 billion in one year during 2015-16 and will reach a value of $103 billion …

Sustainable oil-absorbent mats receive recognition

June 5, 2018

WellGro Tech has recently been recognized as a qualified supplier of pollution control equipment by the Indian Coast Guard. The Indian Coast Guard, under the Ministry of Defense, is the central coordinating agency for oil spill response. The company, based in Chennai, India, developed the biodegradable oil-absorbent pads and mats for oil spill remediation as …

New directions in nonwovens

May 7, 2018

Commercializing innovations and sustainability issues highlighted at recent conference. The nonwovens sector has diversified from being a single-use product industry to an advanced fibrous materials industry. This shift has been underscored by the possible adoption of a new definition for nonwovens: engineered fibrous assembly, based on balloting at the International Organization for Standardization. Regardless of …

Cotton wins big in Space Challenge

May 2, 2018

Experimentation with cotton in the International Space Station (ISS) has received a big boost. The ISS cotton sustainability challenge program sponsored by Target Corp. and supported by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASS) recently selected three projects. Each project will receive up to a million dollar in funding supported by Target. …

Active and smart

April 9, 2018

A range of new materials and technologies are adding functionalities to textiles. Textiles are well established as passive materials offering comfort and protection, as well as design and fashion choices. With strong interest in promoting textile manufacturing and enhancing the utility and performance of textiles, efforts have been initiated by academia and government researchers to …

Biodegradable oil-absorbent mats on the market

April 3, 2018

Microplastics and marine pollution, including oil spills, have been gaining global attention. In response to those concerns, Wellgro Tech, Chennai, India, has recently brought biodegradable and environmentally benign oil-absorbent mats to the market. Oil-absorbent mats have been predominantly synthetic-based. With increasing awareness about marine pollution caused by plastics, Wellgro Tech has developed sustainable, non-synthetic composite …

Deakin U. develops super-capacitor fibers

December 20, 2017

Supercapacitor fibers that can serve as a power source for wearable technologies have been developed recently by a team of scientists from Deakin University, Australia. The researchers have spun two-dimensional “MXene,” into fibrous strands, which can, according to researcher Shayan Seyedin, provide an alternative to bulky batteries for charging gadgets. The scientists from the Institute …

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. …