Manufacturing Solutions Center visited by Cabinet official

February 28th, 2024

Arati Prabhakar, Ph.D., visits the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) in Hickory, N.C. Feb. 21, 2024. Image: MSC 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 […]

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

February 27th, 2024

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc.'s Monster Silk®, which is spun by lines of transgenic silkworms and composed of a combination of spider silk protein and silkworm silk protein. Image: Kraig Labs 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 […]

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Amy Bircher appointed to advisory committee by President Biden

February 26th, 2024

Amy Bircher at IFAI Expo 2021 in Nashville, Tenn. 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 […]

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AI and textiles: it’s already here

February 26th, 2024

This image relating to digital design was generated using OpenAI’s text-to-image generative AI tool, DALL-E. Provided by Caitlin Knowles/AFFOA. 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 […]

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Translucent, washable fabric is made from apple waste

February 26th, 2024

Adam sheet is a translucent, washable fabric made of recycled apple waste. Photo: Sozai Center.  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 […]

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Interactive pavilion knitted with smart yarns 

February 26th, 2024

The Living Knitwork Pavilion developed by MIT researchers was an interactive architectural installation combining textile arts and engineering. Photo: © Irmandy Wicaksono |MIT Media Lab. 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 […]

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Nextiles Launches AI-powered Intensity Zones 

February 26th, 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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PFAS in Textiles Conference is scheduled

February 26th, 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 […]

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RISE 2024: Call for presentations and award nominations

February 23rd, 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 […]

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Milliken & Company names Bethany Smith chief human resources officer 

February 22nd, 2024

Bethany Smith, Milliken & Company's new senior vice president and chief human resources officer. 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 […]

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