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 …

Walmart pushes for technology and talent

April 18, 2017

As part of reviving manufacturing, Walmart has advocated for developing talent and technology. Speaking recently to a standing room only audience at the 2017 international conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) in Wilmington, N.C., Joe Quinn, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Walmart, presented a case for growing talent and …

IT techies foray into technical textiles

April 6, 2017

In what seems to be a surprising reversal of a trend, some engineers are switching from information technology to the manufacturing sector. Over the past two decades, India has gained a reputation as an IT giant, with its skilled IT engineers spread across the globe. Now two IT engineers have combined skills and place to …