New prototype filament yarn with permanent built-in self-cleaning

January 31, 2013

TWD Fibres GmbH has developed a super-hydrophobic filament yarn with a permanent built-in self-cleaning effect in cooperation with the Institute for Textile Technology and Process Engineering (ITV) and the Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibers (ITCF), both in Denkendorf, Germany. A botanical phenomenon, which can be observed in lotus plants, gave the impulse for …

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Compact, portable imaging spectrocolorimeter supports color quality control

January 30, 2013

The X-Rite RM200QC, a new imaging spectrocolorimeter from X-Rite, is now available through AATCC at a discount for AATCC Association members. The compact, portable, hand-held device measures and compares color to support color quality control throughout the manufacturing process. The X-Rite RM200QC provides AATCC “Gray Scale” measurements for stain and color change assessment on textiles. …

Huntsman Textile Effects and DyTech Taiwan partner to deliver sustainable solutions

January 29, 2013

Huntsman Textile Effects and DyTech Taiwan have announced a collaboration that is set to drive sustainable excellence and world-class standards of high-quality dyes and specialty chemicals for the Taiwan textile industry. Huntsman will work closely with DyTech Taiwan, as its agent in Taiwan, to deliver sustainable, high-performing processing and effects chemicals that have low environmental …

Free publicity for fabric suppliers: Specialty Fabric Showcase 2013

January 28, 2013

The Specialty Fabrics Review annual Fabric Showcase, scheduled for the April and May 2013 issues, will focus reader attention on the special benefits and advantages of the new fabrics available to them from industry suppliers. This is an opportunity for all fabric manufacturers and distributors to get the word out, to readers in markets ranging …

Mexico and China in WTO trade dispute

January 25, 2013

Mexico took the first step in an official dispute resolution process through the World Trade Organization (WTO), claiming that China illegally supports its textile and clothing industry under world trade law. The Mexican government claims that China’s textile and clothing policy breaks the WTO’s subsidies and countervailing measures agreement, the general agreement on tariffs and …

3A Throwing acquires Ames Textile’s Virginia plant

January 24, 2013

Ames Textile Corp. has been producing yarn since 1865, the oldest continuously operating textile company in the United States. Its synthetic yarn plant in Christianburg, Va., may have many more years to run under another banner, following the plant’s acquisition by 3A Throwing, Cookshire, Quebec, Canada. 3A Throwing, a yarn manufacturer that expanded its own …

SBA introduces RFP-EZ to search for government jobs

January 23, 2013

A new experiment in government contracting, RFP-EZ, is an exciting partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows. The intent is to make it easier for companies to sell to the government, and easier for the government to buy from companies. For companies that have never done business …

Bags, bikes and beer in Portland

January 22, 2013

The Portland Movement, as defined by The Oregonian in a Sept. 27 article on fashion, consists of “that trinity of custom-handmade-local.” Rebecca Pearcy resembles that remark, as the Portland, Ore., founder of Queen Bee Creations, a maker of custom bags and accessories and an avid bicycle commuter. Visitors to her shop can watch employees cutting …

UL announces move to new state-of-the-art consumer products testing laboratory

January 21, 2013

UL has announced the move of its Enfield, Ct.-based consumer products testing laboratory to a new, state-of-the-art 48,000 sq. ft. facility in Enfield, more than doubling its capacity and capabilities for quality and safety assurance testing. The relocation will enable UL to more efficiently meet the growing demand for the company’s analytical, physical, performance and …

2013 AATCC Technical Manual available January 2013

January 18, 2013

The 2013 AATCC Technical Manual features multiple revisions of already published methods plus several new methods. New test methods 200-2012, Drying Rate of Textiles at their Absorbent Capacity: Air Flow Method. This method determines the drying rate of textiles based on the evaporation rate that occurs at their approximate absorbent capacity. 201-2012, Drying Rate of …