Shandong Ruyi to acquire Lycra® brand

December 22, 2017

Chinese textile manufacturer Shandong Ruyi will acquire INVISTA’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business, which includes the global LYCRA® brand. The transaction will be in the form of stock to further solidify Ruyi’s position as a global leader in the apparel and hygiene markets, and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. In addition to Lycra, …

Tougher transparent vinyl

December 21, 2017

Robeco’s newest flexible transparent vinyl provides another film option for the marine and industrial fabrics industries. GlassClear® adds a scratch-resistant coating to both sides of its one ply 030 Clear Extruded Vinyl product. Supplied in roll form, this newest product option allows users to unroll only what they need for a specific job, reducing waste …

Chinese Hygienically Clean certificate

TRSA, the global association for the linen, uniform and facility services industry, launched the Hygienically Clean Healthcare China certification in Shanghai. The Chinese version of Hygienically Clean is based on emerging Chinese health care laundry guidelines and TRSA’s Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification program, which reflects a laundry’s commitment to best management practices and compliance in …

Cleaning process for high-visibility clothing

December 20, 2017

The Hohenstein Group, Boennigheim, Germany, is developing new processes for cleaning high-visibility clothing in order to maintain its value and functionality over time. Employees in high-visibility situations like road or railway workers are protected by the clothing they wear. This clothing can become contaminated by, for example bitumen, tar or buffer grease. Current cleaning processes …

Textile sustainability study

December 19, 2017

The OEKO-TEX® Association, in commemoration of its 25th anniversary, commissioned a global research study to assess consumer attitudes about textile sustainability. The results were released in the report “The Key to Confidence: Consumers and Textile Sustainability—Attitudes, Changing Behaviors, and Outlooks.” More than 11,000 clothing and home textile consumers around the world were surveyed for the …

Devan Chemicals launches antimicrobial line

December 18, 2017

Devan Chemicals, a Belgium-based provider of finishing technologies, launched BI-OME®, a new multifunctional antimicrobial brand that consists of their recently rebranded quat-silane antimicrobial solution, combined with extra features. BI-OME enables textile manufacturers to apply multiple functionalities via one single treatment. In addition, the antimicrobial technology has been combined with other functional finishes and is offered …

2018 trade show to include IFAI booth and members-only delegation

December 15, 2017

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) and the Fabric Structures Association (FSA), will be hosting a booth at the upcoming R + T 2018 trade show floor, the international trade fair for roller shutter, doors/gates and sun protection systems. The event will be held February 27 through March 3, 2018, at the Messe Stuttgart, Germany. …

Berry Global acquires Clopay Plastic Products

Berry Global Group Inc., Evansville, Ind., has acquired Clopay Plastic Products Company Inc., a subsidiary of Griffon Corporation. Clopay is a global supplier of printed breathable films and an innovator in the development of elastic films and laminates. Their product offerings are designed for applications used in a number of markets including hygiene, health care, …

Narrow fabrics industry faces a shortage of people who “get it”

According to textile engineer Connie Huffa, the last year she taught at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (1998), less than 5 percent of the students were studying textiles and the following year the college changed its name to Philadelphia University. This year, the school merged with Thomas Jefferson University, which focuses on health sciences. …

Nonwovens industry outlook

December 13, 2017

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has released a new industry outlook report, “North American Nonwovens Industry Outlook, 2016–2021.” The exclusive content provides analysis across all of the nonwoven end-use markets, including 128 disposable and 127 durable categories, to provide a comprehensive and accurate view of the total North American nonwovens industry. Detailed …