Global demand rising for technical textiles

March 1, 2012

As new applications and markets are discovered for technical textiles, growth in the industry is likely to be strong—5 percent per year, according to the latest issue of Technical Textile Markets from publisher Textiles Intelligence, Rockville, Md. The automotive, construction, environment, energy and medical sectors may see the most growth in technical textile demand. In …

California law requires transparency in supply

In an unprecedented effort to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from the supply chain used by large retailers and manufacturers doing business in California, the state passed the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2012. Apparel and footwear retailers and manufacturers with annual gross receipts of more …

New software calculates thread demand

Manufacturers lose money if they tie up working capital in raw materials, and a new software module provides a scientific and consistent mathematic solution for accurate measurement of thread demand. Amann & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG, Bönnigheim, Germany, a thread manufacturer, has joined forces with GSD Ltd., Preston, England, a costing and productivity consultant, …

Quality vs. price: building bigger pies in business

By Pat Hayes, CPP During a recent management meeting, our vice president of marketing presented a global business plan. In the process, he did an analysis of our competition over the past 10 years. It was interesting to note the companies that fell by the wayside. I would say the majority failed due to tough …

Reducing the cost of carbon fibers in vehicles

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Waterless dye process promoted

MADE BY, a nonprofit organization that wants to make sustainable fashion common practice and improve environmental and social conditions in the fashion industry, held a seminar in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to promote sustainable textile wet processing and waterless dyeing. Speakers from Greenpeace shared the podium with industry experts to discuss a road map to zero …

NMMA Canada boating statistics report

In 2011, 38 percent of Canadian adults went boating, a statistic that should make marine textile manufacturers take notice. This is one of many statistics available from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada, a leading trade group for recreational boating, which recently issued its first Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract for 2010 and 2011. …

NRDC says no to nanosilver

Silver is widely used as an antimicrobial in textiles, but a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aims to halt antimicrobial nanosilver used in clothing, bedding and furnishings. In December 2011, the EPA decided to allow HeiQ Materials to use nanosilver in fabrics for four …

A comfortable heart-monitoring harness?

Sudden heart failure is the number one cause of death in the western world, and cardiac insufficiency (a weakness of the heart) affects 1.3 million people in Germany alone. Metrax GmbH, Rottweil, Germany, manufacturer of defibrillators, developed a textile harness with integrated dry electrodes for heart monitoring and (in emergencies) defibrillation to combat these serious …

Protecting gear in outer space

Dutch European Space Agency astronaut André Kuipers joined a Russian cosmonaut and a NASA engineer on a December 2011 mission to the International Space Station, carrying a set of gear pouches full of sensitive, scientific hardware. The pouches, developed by Dutch companies Schonenborg Space Engineering BV, Noordwijk, and TenCate Protective Fabrics, Nijverdal, feature attributes that …