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YKK DynaPel water-repellant zipper wins best product in ISPO Textrends competition

December 14, 2023

The ISPO Textrends judges have selected YKK’s DynaPel™ water-repellent zipper as the best product in the accessories category. The competition, held twice a year in conjunction with the ISPO trade show, recognizes the most innovative performance textiles, components and apparel. Designed to be compatible with garment recycling systems, the DynaPel zipper uses Green Theme Technologies …

Industry News

Manufacturing Solutions Center visited by Cabinet official

February 28, 2024

On Wednesday, Feb. 21 Arati Prabhakar, Ph.D., director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, toured the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C. and participated in a roundtable discussion about the future of textiles and the positive role that the NC Textile Innovation and Sustainability Engine …

Company News

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. announces new spider silk production facility in Vietnam

February 27, 2024

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. announced that it has taken possession of a new recombinant spider silk production center in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. The new facility is located in the heart of Vietnam’s silk economy and will serve as the center of operations for the company’s growing spider silk production in 2024. Kraig Labs selected …

ATA News

Amy Bircher appointed to advisory committee by President Biden

February 26, 2024

President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint nine individuals as members of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, including former Advanced Textiles Association chairman Amy Bircher Bruyn. The advisory committee provides overall policy advice to the U.S. Trade Representative on matters in connection with the development, implementation and administration of the trade …

Features

AI and textiles: it’s already here

February 26, 2024

Editor’s note: Two researchers with expertise in advanced technologies—and smart textiles, in particular—responded to questions about artificial intelligence and its future in the industry. Irmandy Wicaksono (IW) is a research assistant in the MIT Media Lab and lead author of a paper presenting 3DKnITS. Caitlin Knowles, Ph.D., (CK) is an e-textile device engineer with the Advanced Functional …

EcoNote

Translucent, washable fabric is made from apple waste

February 26, 2024

Japanese studio Sozai Center has developed a process to recycle apple waste, or pomace, to make a product it calls “Adam Sheet.” Made from 100 percent apple pomace from Aomori Prefecture in Japan, one of the country’s leading apple-producing regions, the product is meant to address the amount of discarded apple waste, which poses an environmental problem. …

Out There

Interactive pavilion knitted with smart yarns 

February 26, 2024

An interactive installation that combined textile arts, smart materials and engineering and received a 2023 Black Rock City Honorarium at the 2023 Burning Man. Set against the vast and surreal backdrop of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, Burning Man is an annual gathering that transforms the flat, barren expanse into a vibrant playground for artistic …

What's New?

Nextiles Launches AI-powered Intensity Zones 

February 26, 2024

Nextiles, a smart fabric technology provider for coaches and athletes, has announced its Personalized Intensity Zones, a new algorithm to track stress for Nextiles Arm Sleeve and App users. The new product provides immediate feedback on how hard each athlete throws. The algorithm assigns a zone from 0 to 10 for every repetition and provides coaches an …

In the Industry

PFAS in Textiles Conference is scheduled

February 26, 2024

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) continue to garner significant attention in textile manufacturing, given their prevalent usage in enhancing durable water repellency and stain resistance. But there are also growing health and environmental concerns with their use. In an effort to encourage open collaboration among diverse perspectives and continue discussions on this important topic, the …

Industry News

RISE 2024: Call for presentations and award nominations

February 23, 2024

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) announced a call for presentations and award nominations for the RISE® (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) Conference. RISE will be held October 1–2, 2024, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. RISE is a two-day conference presenting …

Company News

Milliken & Company names Bethany Smith chief human resources officer 

February 22, 2024

Milliken & Company announced Bethany Smith as its senior vice president and chief human resources officer, overseeing all human resource matters on behalf of the global manufacturer. Smith has served as interim chief human resources officer since October 2023, stepping into the position upon the departure of Craig Haydamack. “Bethany stepped up and filled a critical role on our …

ATA News

Messe Stuttgart’s Sun Shading Expo North America moves co-location debut with IFAI Expo to 2022

July 7, 2021

Messe Stuttgart announced that its new U.S.-based show Sun Shading Expo North America will not be held in 2021 as a separate trade show but will instead contribute its expertise in internal and external sun shading systems at IFAI Expo 2021 in the form of expert talks, open discussions and more. IFAI Expo 2021 will still take place …

Expo News

Registration is open for IFAI Expo 2021

May 10, 2021

Registration is open for IFAI Expo 2021. IFAI Expo celebrates the 100th anniversary of the show this November, and you won’t want to miss it! After a long hiatus of in-person events, this year’s show is the perfect place to reconnect with your industry. Register now to get the Early Bird rate! Early Bird rates end …

Expo News

Standard for active illumination developed in Europe

November 16, 2020

In a session at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020, “Smart Textiles Standardization, Active Illumination,” Dr. Jan Beringer, senior scientific expert Hohenstein Group, explained the new standard for active illumination that will soon be implemented in European Union countries.  Organizations worked together to develop the standards. It is notable, he said that both textile and electronics industries …

Expo News

Textile industry leaders call for policy changes to support U.S. production of PPE

November 13, 2020

The U.S. textile industry has stepped up to meet the demand for face masks, medical gowns, wipes and other products necessary to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but it needs policy changes from Washington so that the U.S. is not caught off-guard again in a future crisis, according to association leaders speaking at Industrial Fabrics Association …

Expo News

The larger issues in respiratory protection

November 12, 2020

Dr. Bryran Ormond, assistant professor, Wilson College of Textiles, NC State explained respiratory protection in an “Ask an Expert” session with Jing Liang, Medical PPE Consulting LLC. Dr. Ormand has typically worked in the area of chemical and biological protective equipment, but with the onslaught of the pandemic, began to focus on respiratory protection generally, …

Expo News

Surgical gowns require extra manufacturing considerations

November 11, 2020

All surgical gowns are not created equal, and a Nov. 11 presentation at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020 helped sort out the differences. The finer points of surgical gowns were discussed by Dr. Martin King, a professor at the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, and Jing Liang, president of Medical PPE Consulting LLC. …

Expo News

Rodgers: Textiles are the “T” in STEM

November 11, 2020

How do you create a channel from research to application? How do you create a pathway toward understanding complex human problems across supply chains and market sectors? STEM—a curriculum based on teaching science, technology, engineering and math—has branched out from basic chemistry and biology and physics classes, into collaborative efforts, including textiles, according to Stephanie …

Expo News

E-textile testing and standards are evolving

November 11, 2020

At the 2020 Virtual Expo session, “Ask the Expert: Textile Electronics Testing and Standards,” Jesse Jur, a professor at the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, discussed how standards and testing continue to evolve due to the evolution of textile-based electronics (e-textiles). Jur said that standards have long been a vital resource for …

Expo News

Guidance offered in commercial insurance market

November 10, 2020

Wildfires, hurricanes, a pandemic and civil unrest have wreaked plenty of chaos on the commercial insurance market in 2020. Steve Christenson, with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, offered guidance to business owners Nov. 9 at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020. “The business insurance market has been going through several changes this year,” says Christenson, with U.S. …

Expo News

How to make your business attractive to a buyer

November 6, 2020

Thinking about selling your business—either to an outside party or the next generation? Then it’s time to start considering how your equipment and processes fit into your succession plan. Jonathan Palmer, the second-generation owner and CEO of equipment supplier Autometrix, and Autometrix director of global sales Truy Pham, led an educational session at IFAI Virtual …

Features

AI and textiles: it’s already here

February 26, 2024

Editor’s note: Two researchers with expertise in advanced technologies—and smart textiles, in particular—responded to questions about artificial intelligence and its future in the industry. Irmandy Wicaksono (IW) is a research assistant in the MIT Media Lab and lead author of a paper presenting 3DKnITS. Caitlin Knowles, Ph.D., (CK) is an e-textile device engineer with the Advanced Functional …

Features

AI’s promise for the textiles industry

February 12, 2024

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a kitchen table discussion point these days in many households, and it’s gained global prominence since serious discussions on this subject surfaced in the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. While AI has been touted as an enabler of growth, concerns are surfacing regarding privacy issues and hence the …

Features

Looking ahead: the big picture

January 29, 2024

Trends in the textile industry are apparently not easy to pin down; market researchers who study trends as a business agree on some, but not all. The degree of detail researched impacts the outcome, of course, and even market niche investigations generate hefty reports. Given the extensive reach of textile materials and products in the …

Features

2023: The year that was

January 15, 2024

If one was to run a political, economic, social, technology (PEST) analysis on the smart and advanced textile industry for the year, “P” would dominate, as politics has impacted all sectors.  But that is not to diminish important developments that have taken place in the industry, in some cases because of the conflicts, and in others despite them.  PEST itself …

Features

The critical role of standards for advanced textiles

December 18, 2023

In its final declaration, the recent COP28 called for countries to transition away from fossil fuel, signaling textile and other manufacturing sectors to explore greener methods and products. Furthermore, emerging regulations, greater momentum in the adaptation of artificial intelligence, as well as developments in textiles and related disciplines, necessitate new standards and labeling. Additionally, greater …

Features

The long road to smart fabric standards

December 11, 2023

“Smart textiles” that utilize specialized polymers, chemical additives or electronics to react with their environment are changing textile technology in the 21st century. E-textiles or “wearables” have been particularly promising due to their ability to monitor and communicate data to provide sensory feedback, promote health and safety, and improve athletic training. Some early examples of wearables, …

Features

Building on NASA’s storied history

November 27, 2023

NASA has a long history of backing the research necessary to deliver fabrics that could withstand the extraordinary rigors of Space. Evelyne Orndoff is the Soft Goods Development and Testing Lead, Crew and Thermal Systems Division, for NASA. In her presentation at the Emerging Technologies Conference at ATA’s Expo, she discussed these historical fabrics, explaining …

Features

Taking on the wearables challenges

November 13, 2023

The Emerging Technologies Conference, part of the Advanced Textiles Association’s annual Expo, revealed the diversity in advanced textiles’ markets and applications and tackled big questions that need answers to move this segment into a future that many envision. As much as it appears that exciting, new functionalities are nearing breakthroughs, speakers at Expo were entirely …

Features

Bioagents and textiles

October 23, 2023

Medical and military needs are coming together in a shared requirement for fabrics that offer protection against biological threats in healthcare environments and, for warfighters, the threat posed by chemical warfare. The challenges faced are complex; protection against multiple agents could be needed, and the agents may even be unknown. Against such obstacles, the development …

Features

Small solutions – big impact

October 9, 2023

Editor’s note: In a Q & A format, researcher Vikram Iyer, Ph.D., University of Washington, shares the accomplishments and possibilities of a tiny, new device that could offer just the right textiles a surprising opportunity. His work, he says,“takes an interdisciplinary approach to connect ideas between different engineering domains and biology to build end-to-end wireless …

Industry News

Manufacturing Solutions Center visited by Cabinet official

February 28, 2024

On Wednesday, Feb. 21 Arati Prabhakar, Ph.D., director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, toured the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C. and participated in a roundtable discussion about the future of textiles and the positive role that the NC Textile Innovation and Sustainability Engine …

ATA News

Amy Bircher appointed to advisory committee by President Biden

February 26, 2024

President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint nine individuals as members of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, including former Advanced Textiles Association chairman Amy Bircher Bruyn. The advisory committee provides overall policy advice to the U.S. Trade Representative on matters in connection with the development, implementation and administration of the trade …

Industry News

RISE 2024: Call for presentations and award nominations

February 23, 2024

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) announced a call for presentations and award nominations for the RISE® (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) Conference. RISE will be held October 1–2, 2024, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. RISE is a two-day conference presenting …

Company News

OFPANZ announces name change

February 21, 2024

The Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) announced that the association’s name will gradually change to Advanced Textiles Association New Zealand (ATA NZ) over the next year. The executive board finalized the name change this month after it was initially approved by OFPANZ members at the OFPANZ 2023 Conference on Aug. 26, 2023, …

Company News

Fiberpartner ApS and Stein Fibers LLC announce partnership

February 16, 2024

Fiberpartner ApS, a global supplier of fiber solutions in Vejle, Denmark, announced that it is entering a partnership with Stein Fibers LLC, a distributor of fibers and materials in Charlotte, N.C. The partnership is designed to make new and innovative fiber solutions widely available and accessible and to contribute to a more sustainable future, supporting …

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RNWBL and Durability Engineers win U.S. Department of Energy award

February 9, 2024

RNWBL® and Durability Engineers (DE) announced their collaboration and award for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Turbine Materials Recycling Prize. The award aims to address the environmental impact of wind turbine materials, specifically focusing on recycling solutions for fiber-reinforced composites and critical minerals. This initiative aligns with the White House sustainability goals of reducing …

Industry News

WOW International Conference 2024 opens registration

February 8, 2024

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) announced that registration and tabletop exhibit reservations are open for the World of Wipes® (WOW) International Conference. WOW 2024 will take place June 17-20 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minn. The theme for this year’s event is “Wipes Innovation & Sustainability – From Inception to Perfection.” …

Industry News

ITMF award applications open for 2024

February 6, 2024

The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) announced that it is launching another edition of the ITMF Awards. There are three different award categories that companies/organizations can apply for: The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2024. The winners of the ITMF Awards 2024 will be presented during the ITMF Annual Conference 2024 from September 8-10, …

Company News

Solesis to open new site in Costa Rica

February 2, 2024

Solesis, a custom designer, developer and manufacturer of textile- and polymer-based health care solutions for the medical device and biopharmaceutical industries, has announced plans to build a new manufacturing site in Costa Rica. This is the first site dedicated to producing implantable textile components, polymer-based devices and components and single-use technologies. The Solesis family of …

ATA News

Herculite launches health care fabric e-commerce website

February 1, 2024

Herculite® Products Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance and custom fabrics, announced the launch of a new e-commerce website offering a full selection of its Sure-Chek® antimicrobial health care fabrics. Features of the platform: Visit www.surechek.com to register for an account or more information.

Out There

Interactive pavilion knitted with smart yarns 

February 26, 2024

An interactive installation that combined textile arts, smart materials and engineering and received a 2023 Black Rock City Honorarium at the 2023 Burning Man. Set against the vast and surreal backdrop of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, Burning Man is an annual gathering that transforms the flat, barren expanse into a vibrant playground for artistic …

Out There

Augmented reality T-shirts demonstrated at Art Basel

January 15, 2024

Avery Dennison has completed a project with NRVLD, a community-based agency comprised of artists, technologists and media personalities supporting disruptive innovation. Innovation in Textiles reports that the company created limited edition augmented reality T-shirts worn by the NRVLD executive team during an immersive event held during Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2023. The 30 …

Out There

New inks make it possible to draw stretchable LEDs

September 11, 2023

Although we’re hearing more about stretchable electronics, the fabrication of such devices’ components is far beyond most people’s abilities. Now, however, scientists have created inks that let anyone draw stretchable LEDs onto various surfaces, including fabric, using regular ballpoint pens. The inks were produced at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., by a team led by Assoc. …

Out There

Streetwear is made from preserved seaweed 

June 12, 2023

Inside The Reykjavik EDITION hotel in Iceland, fashion designers Tanguy Mélinand and Drífa Líftóra unveiled their collection of clothes stitched from harvested and preserved Icelandic seaweed. The designers collaborated with SEAWEEDWORKS, a project founded by creative director Charlie Strand, to spotlight the potential uses of seaweed in art, fashion, design and technology for the special exhibition. Before Tanguy Mélinand conceived his pieces, he …

Out There

Biomimetic soft “seed robot” can navigate through soil

May 8, 2023

Researchers at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genova have created what they say is the first 4D-printed, biomimetic, biodegradable, soft robot that changes shape in response to humidity and can navigate through soil. The researchers say the device has great potential as a new means of monitoring the environment. Photo: Istituto Italiano di Tecnología. 4D …

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Zebra stripes inspire smart, wearable electricity source

April 24, 2023

The zebra’s distinctive appearance has been the source of much scientific debate, from its role in predator confusion, to how it can deter horsefly bites. More recently, it was found that the animals can raise the fur of their black segments to transfer heat away from the skin for temperature regulation. Scientists are taking the zebra debate in this …

Out There

Re-defining soft robotics with self-healing, conductive gel

April 10, 2023

A new material could help produce self-healing and conductive robotic devices that are also soft. Developed by a team of scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, the substance consists of a gelatinous polyvinyl alcohol-sodium borate base, embedded in which are silver microflakes and gallium-based liquid metal droplets. It’s also infused with ethylene glycol, to keep it …

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Columbia U. researcher turns soil into textiles

March 27, 2023

Researchers at Columbia University have succeeded in creating a fabric that’s made from at least 60 percent dirt. Penmai Chongtoua, working with Columbia’s Natural Materials Lab director Prof. Lola Ben-Alon, began to explore the possibility of wearing “earth.” After graduating from the MA in Climate and Society program at the Columbia Climate School in 2022, Chongtoua came to work …

Out There

NEWFACET turns to AI for garment design concept

January 9, 2023

Bridging the evolving leaps and bounds in technology with garment design, NEWFACET offers an innovative initiative imagining a conceptual clothing campaign. The designer makes use of an artificial intelligence (AI) program to explore ways of optimizing workflow and creative processes in visualizing unique concepts and cuts. The result is a series of highly realistic shots that depict AI-created …

Out There

Designers launch bullet-resistant loungewear 

November 28, 2022

Designer duo Tian Wang and Teague Miller have launched “Kickback,” a line of bullet-resistant loungewear and accessories prompted by the more than 100 firearm fatalities a day in the U.S. Handcrafted from heavy duty Kevlar©, the ‘Kickback’ bathrobes are lined with bulletproof body plates, offering protection and peace of mind. The collection also includes slippers and a …

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Nextiles Launches AI-powered Intensity Zones 

February 26, 2024

Nextiles, a smart fabric technology provider for coaches and athletes, has announced its Personalized Intensity Zones, a new algorithm to track stress for Nextiles Arm Sleeve and App users. The new product provides immediate feedback on how hard each athlete throws. The algorithm assigns a zone from 0 to 10 for every repetition and provides coaches an …

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Artificial muscle fibers could serve as cell scaffolds

February 12, 2024

In two new studies, North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers designed and tested a series of textile fibers that can change shape and generate force like a muscle. In the first study, the researchers focused on the materials’ influence on the artificial muscle’s strength and contraction length. The findings could help researchers tailor the fibers …

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Exoskeleton helps Parkinson’s patients overcome “gait freeze”

January 29, 2024

People with Parkinson’s disease frequently develop a problem known as “gait freeze,” in which their legs simply stop stepping forward as they’re walking. A new powered exoskeleton, however, has proven to be very effective at keeping the legs going. Building upon a previous project, the experimental soft-bodied device was developed by scientists from Harvard and Boston …

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Bio-materials company announces first shipments of commercial Fine Mycelium™

January 15, 2024

MycoWorks, a San Francisco-based biomaterials company and maker of new mycelium-grown materials, has announced that its commercial-scale Fine Mycelium™ plant has successfully harvested over a thousand sheets of the company’s luxury leather-alternative biomaterial, achieving a level of product quality exceeding that of its California pilot plant.  The company says this has allowed it to move …

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Sleep health technologies to be launched

December 18, 2023

Sleep technology brand DeRUCCI Group has announced that it will be launching a new line of sleep health technologies in January 2024, including smart mattresses, anti-snore pillows, intelligent height adjustable pillows and other smart sleep solutions.   The company says its T11 Pro and MWI1 Smart Mattresses warn users about potential health issues before they are …

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Side-by-side conductivity and flexibility

December 18, 2023

Electrically conductive “smart fabrics” have many potential applications, but their specialized fibers typically aren’t as soft and flexible as those made of regular materials. An experimental new two-faced fiber, however, is both flexible and conductive. Developed by a team of scientists at Washington State University, the fiber is made of two substances: an existing conductive synthetic polymer …

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Shirt helps deaf and hard-of-hearing people enjoy opera 

December 11, 2023

Opera is everything all at once: music and drama, poetry and dance, grandeur and intimacy, spectacle and sound. But for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who are blind or have low vision, attending an opera can be a frustrating experience.  A pilot program at the Lyric Opera of Chicago is …

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Sensor yarns for health monitoring

November 27, 2023

Smart textiles have so much possibility in the medical field, including wound healing and vital signs monitoring. Sensor yarns are a part of this future, as discussed by representatives of the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) at the recent Advanced Textiles Expo in Orlando. Bastian Baesch, head of sensors and actuators …

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Bionic hand restores quality of life to amputee

October 23, 2023

The world is edging closer to creating fully functional prosthetic limbs with the first clinical bionic attachment connected directly to the nervous and skeletal systems. Incorporating artificial intelligence (AI), the “Mia Hand” has restored about 80 percent of daily use to the user’s hand and fingers. Led by Professor Max Ortiz-Catalan, head of neural prosthetics …

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Bionic silkworms produce full-length fibers 

October 9, 2023

For the first time, scientists have successfully produced full-length spider silk fibers using genetically modified silkworms. Newatlas.com reports that this silk has the potential to provide a scalable, sustainable and better-quality alternative to current synthetic fibers like nylon. “Silkworm silk is presently the only animal silk fiber commercialized on a large scale, with well-established rearing …