SALTEX planned for Sept. 2018

January 17, 2018

The second SALTEX trade fair will be held Sept. 12–13, 2018, at the Dornbirn Exhibition Centre in Vorarlberg, Austria. The event will include a trade fair and a symposium on smart textiles and high-performance materials. The emerging smart textiles industry is a key technology of the future and a growing interest among industries outside of …

Polymer demand in Asia

January 16, 2018

Long regarded as the powerhouse of plastics processing, Asia accounted for over 46 percent of global polymer demand in 2016. China accounts for the largest polymer demand, and with manufacturing costs remaining relatively low, this this trend is likely to continue. AMI Consulting’s latest report in the global polymer demand series, “Polymer Demand in Asia,” …

Hygienix™ calls for presentations

January 15, 2018

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, is seeking presentations for the fourth edition of Hygienix, the premier event for industry professionals in the absorbent hygiene and personal care markets. The conference will be held Nov. 5–8, 2018, at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, in Orlando, Fla. The event will feature three days of program …

Elastomer-coated fabrics report

January 12, 2018

The elastomer-coated fabrics market is projected to reach $11.85 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 4.16 percent for the period according to a new report by Research and Markets. Increased demand from end-use applications such as transportation, protective clothing, industrial and others is largely driving the market. The use of solvents in the production …

Drexel hosts innovation center

January 11, 2018

Drexel University, in collaboration with Department of Defense-supported Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), is establishing a statewide center that will help companies, entrepreneurs and innovators take their advanced-textile concepts from prototype to product. The Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center is the first hub located outside of AFFOA’s home state of Massachusetts. It will be part …

Growth of natural fiber-reinforced plastics

January 10, 2018

More than 30 compound companies produced over 80,000 tons of granulates with wood and natural fibers in Europe in 2017 according to the nova-Institute. In total, more than 30 compound producers from Europe with different polymers and natural fibers are currently producing several hundred formulas. While the number of applications and total production is increasing, …

IFAI Webinar: Smart Fabrics Market, Current Developments

January 9, 2018

January 17, 2018 | 1 p.m. CST $29 Members; $79 Non-Members This IFAI webinar provides a comprehensive overview of recent smart fabric applications used in a number of government, commercial, medical and consumer market segments. The discussion will cover developments in the military, law enforcement, safety and protective markets, the wearable electronics consumer retail market, the …

Unifi recycles 10 billionth bottle

In honor of America Recycles Day, Unifi Inc., the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, announced that the company has recycled more than 10 billion plastic bottles. Looking to the future, Unifi plans to recycle 20 billion bottles by 2020 and 30 billion by 2022. In addition, Unifi is launching the REPREVE Champions of …

Top Value Fabrics acquires Pacific Coast Fabrics

January 8, 2018

Top Value Fabrics (TVF), Carmel, Ind., has completed the integration for the acquisition of Pacific Coast Fabrics, expanding the company’s product offerings and strengthening its west coast distribution network for printable textiles. The newest members of the TVF team have moved to the company’s Carson, Calif., office. With the acquisition, the company will nearly double …

Trelleborg expands prototyping capabilities

January 5, 2018

Trelleborg’s engineered coated fabrics business unit has expanded its prototyping capabilities by creating a new Polyurethane Rapid Prototype Center in its Rutherfordton, N.C., facility. This lab will be similar to the existing rubber Rapid Prototype Center, but will focus specifically on water-based and 100 percent solvent-based coatings. It will feature commercially available and custom formulations, …