Recycle, repurpose, reclaim

April 23, 2019

Companies are finding creative ways to address the growing push toward recycling and repurposing used fabrics. It’s tempting to think that recycling was “invented” sometime in the late 1960s, but that would ignore the fact that back in the 11th century, Japan was figuring out ways to reuse its wastepaper. Recycling today looks much different …

International standard for e-textiles

The AATCC research committee RA111, Electronically-Integrated Textiles, recently approved the evaluation procedure, AATCC EP13, Evaluation Procedure for Electrical Resistance of Electronically-Integrated Textiles. One of the very first international standards for e-textiles, the procedure provides detailed instructions for measuring resistance of e-textiles, a key indicator of functionality. It also includes guidance and calculations for determining change …

Knitted textile supports thin concrete structure

A striking, double-curved pavilion recently on exhibit at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City showcased an experiment with the materials and processes used in construction. The installation was framed using a knit textile that supports its thin concrete structure. Dubbed KnitCandela, the piece is a tribute to Spanish-Mexican architect and engineer Félix Candela, who …

IFAI announces call for board and leadership positions

April 22, 2019

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now seeking candidates for positions on its Board of Directors and Division Advisory Boards. The current 1st Vice Chairman Kathy Schaefer, IFM (Glawe Tent and Awning Co.) is Chairman-elect and will automatically assume the duties of the Chairman of the Board in October. …

Witherell named executive vice president

Creative Ticking, a Beverly Knits company, has named Tim Witherell to be executive vice president. Witherell will be responsible for managing the company’s business, sales, design and product development. Most recently, he was senior director of business development at Hickory Springs Manufacturing.

AATCC officers elected

April 19, 2019

AATCC elected national officers for 2019–2020 at its annual meeting in November 2018 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Research Triangle Park. Kerry King transitioned to president. Harrie Schoots, Ascend Performance Materials, was elected president-elect. The following regional board members were elected to a two-year term: Jack Bare, StarChem LLC, New England Region; Martha Carper, University …

Revitalizing U.S. textiles

April 18, 2019

In a recent article, Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, explains the reasons why a revival in U.S. textile manufacturing is necessary. His discussion with professor Eric Hequet, a renowned cotton fiber quality expert at Texas Tech, details the steady growth of the advanced textile industry including nonwovens while …

Ryan appointed CEO at Zund America

April 17, 2019

Zund America Inc. has appointed Dan Ryan to the position of CEO for Zund’s Milwaukee-based North American operations. His primary focus will be on creating a long-term vision for the company, with efficient business practices, continuous process improvements and strategies for continued, sustainable growth in digital cutting system sales and support services.

ITA webinar to explore export opportunities in Germany

April 16, 2019

The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) is organizing a webinar featuring business opportunities for technical textile companies in the German market. The German textile industry consists of 1,400 mostly SME companies with 135,000 employees and an annual turnover of $39 billion. The market offers great opportunities for high-tech and leading-edge products in …

OEKO-TEX new regulations

In 2019 the goal of the OEKO-TEX Association is to reinforce consumer protection and sustainability along the value creation chain for textiles and leather. Existing guidelines for the OEKO-TEX product portfolio have been amended again and the new regulations went into effect on April 1, 2019. Among the changes are the inclusion of benzene and …