New AATCC test methods

February 1, 2015

The 2015 AATCC Technical Manual is now available, featuring two new test methods, 10 significantly revised methods, and nine editorially revised methods. Published each January, the manual contains close to 150 test methods and evaluation procedures used worldwide to evaluate and characterize fiber and textile materials. You can order it as a cloth-bound book or …

Graphics road show

Installing graphic wraps for motor vehicles is an art and a science, and businesses competing for work need to provide high quality wraps on quick timelines. Mutoh America Inc., a Phoenix, Ariz., manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, joins vinyl film materials company Avery Dennison Corp., Glendale, Calif., in a road show that can give graphic …

Cardiac patch development

A joint project to develop a long-lasting regenerative patch for cardiac-repair applications will receive support from a program created by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to promote collaboration between the medical and industrial fields. Osaka Medical College, Takatsuki, Fukui Warp Knitting Co. Ltd., Fukui City, and Teijin Limited, Tokyo, are working together to …

Design hub grows in Brooklyn

New York City announced a $3.5 million investment in a new Manufacturing Innovation Hub located in Brooklyn in a 160,000-square-foot facility with research, design, development and manufacturing resources for emerging designers and apparel manufacturers. The hub will include a specialized sample-making factory; research and development center; design accelerator to create a pipeline of fashion and …

Apparel study seeks participants

The Textile Protection and Comfort Center (T-PACC) at North Carolina State University’s (Raleigh) College of Textiles is inviting industry members to participate in its Consortium on Outdoor Materials Performance Ensembles, Testing and Evaluation, intending to establish an industry-based collaborative research consortium to study principles of human performance and comfort and the influence clothing provides to …

MPCM market tops $45 million

A study by consultants Frost & Sullivan of Mountain View, Calif., found the market for micro-encapsulated phase-change materials (MPCMs) earned $45.1 million in 2013 and estimates the market will reach $99 million in 2018. The study covers MPCMs incorporated in textile and mattress components such as fibers, yarns, fabrics, foams and gels, reporting that the …

Ameritex doubles production space

Ameritex Fabric Systems, Bradenton, Fla., leased space in Rome City, Ind., two years ago, bringing its engineered canvas enclosures, tops and covers to pontoon and sport boat manufacturers in the upper Midwest. Ameritex will double its regional production space by moving the Rome City operations to a leased facility in Kendallville, Ind., and establishing a …