E-fibers and yarns have haptics and security applications

May 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Electronic or e-yarns are a natural development within e-textiles as the sector strives toward greater miniaturization, flexibility and a more seamless integration of electronics and textiles. What has started to emerge in a relatively short time is the added value and novelty that it can bring to b…
Incremental or disruptive?

April 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Addressing the challenges of COVID-19 has underscored the importance of having faith in the ability of science and technology to make our lives better. While the textile industry has been an integral component of the manufacturing sector before COVID-19, people generally would not have realized that…
New Year, new reasons to know your supply chain

March 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

On December 23, 2021, President Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) which will significantly raise the stakes for any company importing from or doing business with China. Most significantly, once the statute fully comes into effect in 2022, importers of a wide range …
Environmentally speaking

February 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

We are standing at an inflection point in world history. We can create an environment that raises the standard of living around the world,” President Joseph Biden said in his speech at COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference. “This is a moral imperative, and it is also an econom…
Providing your own power

January 1, 2022  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Power and efficiency are important drivers in energy harvesting technology for e-textiles, but there is much more to consider. Bulk, weight, flexibility, sustainability, ease of integration and scalability are also among the important factors. The complex requirements for energy harvesting e-textile…
Textiles that support energy conservation fill a growing need.

November 1, 2021  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Although many people are not aware of it, textile materials are important components of the energy and sustainability equation. Not long ago, the public, generally, knew little about the textile materials in products such as layered fabric face masks. That all changed as the entire world turned to w…
Flexible hybrid electronics and textiles create possibilities for warfighters

September 1, 2021  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) technology combines the flexibility and low cost of printed electronics technology with the performance of semiconductor devices to create a new category of electronics. No longer constrained by rigid, bulky and nonconforming printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs)…
Top trade challenges and opportunities in 2021

July 1, 2021  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

The list of trade issues facing Washington policy makers in 2021 is long and complex. How these issues will be addressed affects a range of industries, and the textile industry is no exception. With member companies driving innovation in materials essential to health care, advanced technologies and …