University of Rhode Island announces innovation center

October 31, 2019

Rhode Island’s governor joined the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) president to announce $1 million in funding for the creation of the 401 Tech Bridge, the Rhode Island Materials Innovation Center. The center will provide opportunities and resources to galvanize technology commercialization efforts to meet changing demands for national defense, infrastructure and health care. 401 …

Strong market demand for nonwovens

October 30, 2019

A report published by INDA and EDANA forecasts strong market demand for nonwovens materials through the next five years, according to the “Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry, 2018-2023.” The report provides in-depth information and analysis of global nonwoven macro drivers, supply and demand forecasts and statistics and regional trade analyses. The sixth edition of …

Wearable technology report available

October 29, 2019

IDTechEx has released its most comprehensive report covering the wearable technology industry. “Wearable Technology Forecasts 2019-2029” includes historic market data back to 2010 and 10-year market forecasts for 48 different types of wearable electronic products. It also includes information covering each of the key product areas, including smart watches and fitness trackers, electronic skin patches …

Rental revenue to exceed $71 billion

October 28, 2019

The five-year forecast from the American Rental Association (ARA) calls for equipment and event rental revenues in North America to surpass $71 billion in 2023, including $64.7 billion in the U.S. and $6.4 billion in Canada. For 2019, equipment and event rental revenue in the U.S. is expected to be $55.7 billion, up five percent …

State of the U.S. cotton industry

October 25, 2019

The 2020 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC), to be held Jan. 8-10, 2020, at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, will update attendees on the latest research and technology in the industry. Coordinated by the National Cotton Council, the BWCC annually brings together university and USDA researchers, extension personnel, consultants and industry sales and support personnel. …

Archroma joins ZDHC

October 24, 2019

Archroma, a leader in color and specialty chemicals, has joined the ZDHC Foundation as a contributor. The company will join nearly 30 brands working to drive industry-wide change in responsible chemical management. Archroma has already uploaded and published more than 1,020 products on the chemical module of the ZDHC gateway, the online search tool that …

New headquarters for Mutoh America

October 23, 2019

Mutoh America Inc. has relocated its North American headquarters to Phoenix, Ariz. The new headquarters will a state-of-the-art learning center featuring the latest in printing technology from Mutoh. The dedicated space is designed to cater to the company’s valued resellers, end users and industry partners to use for training seminars, personal demonstrations, meetings and application …

Polyurethane Innovation Award finalists

October 22, 2019

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry has announced Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond Football Helmet Liner and Dow AQUACHILL™ Cool Coating for Comfier Bedding as the finalists for this year’s Polyurethane Innovation Award. Riddell and Carbon partnered to produce a digitally printed liner for the SpeedFlex Precision Diamond football helmet, using data gathered from five million …

Milliken earns Facts® certification for sustainability

October 21, 2019

Milliken & Company’s Specialty Interiors business has earned the Association for Contract Textiles’ Facts® certification. The Facts certification process analyzes eight core areas—fiber sourcing, safety of materials, water conservation and water quality, energy, recycling practices, air quality in manufacturing and social accountability—to determine whether a textile has met NSF/ANSI 336, a multi-attribute sustainability standard that …

Producing polyamide microfibers

October 18, 2019

Oerlikon Barmag has signed contracts for two orders with a total of 120 spinning positions for manufacturing polyamide POY yarn with Chinese yarn manufacturers. All spinning positions will be equipped with the EvoQuench radial quenching system for polyamide; two well-known yarn manufacturers are now committing to the EvoQuench concept to produce polyamide yarn, equipping themselves …