Hidden textiles

March 25th, 2019

Infrastructure and construction textiles grow in importance and focus on more sustainable alternatives. Infrastructure textiles are an important, but often overlooked, category within advanced textiles, but these functional fibrous structures are gaining importance. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) reports that construction textiles are a growth area. In its 2018 State of the Industry […]

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Complete comfort

January 9th, 2019

A systems approach is needed to meet all the requirements of high-performance garments. Comfort for the human body needs to be comprehensive. This complicates the technologies that are available to reach the ultimate goal of providing physiological, environmental and psychological comfort. A definition that fits technologically well to clothing is a “feeling of relief.” In […]

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Sustainability in the industry: where do we go next?

December 10th, 2018

Textiles are part of a larger, more comprehensive sustainability picture. Sustainability may be understood as a way to judiciously consume resources while leaving, or even enhancing, the availability of resources for future generations. The term “sustainability” has developed a powerful vibe that impacts our society in general and the business community, specifically. Environmental contamination stresses […]

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Changing landscape of textile engineering education

November 19th, 2018

Cotton and textile engineering education’s landscape has been changing to better reflect the change and growth in the field. Prof. Gajanan Bhat, chair of the Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, at Athens-based University of Georgia (UGA), describes how fiber science and textile engineering education has evolved – and continues to do so. In 2018 […]

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Understanding the protective textiles market

September 10th, 2018

Participants can benefit from strong growth predictions when armed with solid information. The protective textiles sector is expected to grow at an annual rate of 4 percent, according to a recent report by Leeds, U.K.-based WTiN Intelligence Service. Earlier estimates by other market survey agencies, such as Grand View Research, estimated the annual growth rate […]

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New focus for cotton: mission-linked research

August 29th, 2018

Mission-linked research encompassing basic and applied research to promote the advantages of cotton and bring new opportunities for cotton will be the next phase for research in the cotton sector. The new effort will bring expertise from different scientific fields, such as genomics, molecular biology, chemical engineering and textile science, to work on strategic projects […]

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International conference on advanced textiles announced

July 31st, 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 […]

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The world of composites

July 9th, 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 […]

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Sustainable oil-absorbent mats receive recognition

June 5th, 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 […]

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New directions in nonwovens

May 7th, 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 […]

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