Sustainability in the industry: where do we go next?

December 10, 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 …

Changing landscape of textile engineering education

November 19, 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 …

Understanding the protective textiles market

September 10, 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 …

New focus for cotton: mission-linked research

August 29, 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 …

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 …