Renewed strength in domestic manufacturing

November 1, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Since the pandemic, the world economy has been full of anomalies. With a strong labor market, one normally expects higher demand in daily nonessentials such as clothing, home textiles and home accessories; the financial reports of major retailers, such as Walmart Inc. and Canadian retailer Loblaw Co…
Auxetic knits provide protective, durable solider uniforms

October 1, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

We wear textiles for protection from the elements—walking in the rain, shielding ourselves from the sun, or even removing dinner from the oven. It’s interesting to consider what goes into making these everyday textiles, but it’s also interesting to consider how they are made. What are the step…
Sneaker brands embrace sustainable footwear

August 31, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

When Nike launched its Flyknit trainer in 2012, it kickstarted a new era in sustainable footwear. The one-piece uppers, knit on a flat machine, created 60% less waste than traditional construction. The transition to recycled polyester (rPET) yarns in 2016 added to the brand’s sustainability cred.
Getting new products manufactured and into the marketplace

August 1, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

This year’s Smart Fabric Summit was again organized by the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) and the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University (NC State) in Raleigh, N.C., and took place in April on the NC State campus. A full schedule of education, student project presentation…
Is it the end of polyester (as we know it)?

July 1, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Where would we be without polyester? Fibers created from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are ubiquitous in our apparel, home furnishings, automotive, filtration and personal care industries. In 2021, they represented 57.57% of the global fiber market, according to Fibre2Fashion’s market insight t…
ANDRITZ acquires Dan-Web

June 15, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

International technology group ANDRITZ has signed an agreement with Dan-Web Machinery A/S based in Galten, Denmark, to take over 100% of its shares.
Smart fabric helps the body heal itself

June 1, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

The health and wellness market has been among the first to embrace advances in smart yarns and to take advantage of the versatility of engineered textiles. Supreme Corp., a producer of high-tech textiles and electrically conductive yarn and sewing thread, has created a revolutionary fabric called Th…
Smart textiles for health care and reducing accidents

May 1, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Smart textiles for health and well-being are becoming both more diverse and interconnected. Three key market segments—home health care, health care facilities and work environments—are especially worth noting. Home health care has come to dominate the wearable medical device market globally, wit…