In memoriam: Robert W. Gore

September 22, 2020

Robert W. “Bob” Gore, whose scientific discoveries led to the development of waterproof GORE-TEX® fabric, died on Sept. 17 at the age of 83. Gore was chairman emeritus of the board of directors of W. L. Gore & Associates, a global material science company dedicated to improving lives through advancements in technology. His death was …

APPI explains energy contracts

September 3, 2020

By Kathryn Allen, APPI Energy (Editor’s note: APPI energy services are included in the membership benefit package offered by Industrial Fabrics Association International. The following information was compiled by APPI to help explain their services.) APPI Energy provides our clients a comprehensive way to reduce energy expenses and create budget certainty. Unbiased and independent, we …

Bioplastic textiles market outlook

September 1, 2020

According to ResearchAndMarket’s report “Bioplastic Textiles Market: Global Industry Analysis, Trends, Market Size, and Forecasts up to 2025,” the global bioplastic textiles market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 19.8% over the forecast period. The study on bioplastic textiles market covers the analysis of the leading geographies such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, …

Smarter, safer welding helmet

The Vizor Connect welding helmet communicates with a power source via Bluetooth, allowing it to darken prior to ignition rather than waiting until the arc is lit. This protects the welder’s eyes from the abrupt flash of light that would previously appear before the helmet darkened and reduces tiredness. The helmet also eliminates the problem …

401 Tech Bridge completes $6 million funding round

August 28, 2020

401 Tech Bridge, a newly formed economic development organization, has closed on a $6 million funding round. The organization was founded to connect manufacturers, small businesses, research and development entities, trade organizations, and state and defense agencies to collaborate in the development of new advanced materials and technologies for real-world applications.  Composites and textiles were among the …

Universities join forces to fight COVID-19

August 27, 2020

Researchers around the world are racing to find treatments to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused more than 16 million human infections globally. Researchers at Virginia Tech and the University of Georgia are collaborating to explore whether the tendency of the virus to bind to carbohydrate-based polymers, such as heparin, can be used to develop virus-trapping gels and …

Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation releases confidence index for Equipment Finance Industry

August 24, 2020

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) has released its August 2020 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). The index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $900 billion equipment finance sector. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is …

AATCC announces 2021 “Fashion Evolution” student design competition

August 20, 2020

Students are invited to showcase their design talents to win cash and recognition by participating in the Concept 2 Consumer® Student Design Competition. This year’s theme, Fashion Evolution, showcases AATCC’s centennial: “Celebrating a Century—Focused on the Future.” Fashion Evolution will mirror that theme. From the 1920s, when AATCC was founded, to the present day, students will be …

Expo 2020 Exhibitor Product Preview

August 1, 2020

IFAI EXPO 2020 is going virtual! Here’s your first look at the products and value-added services that await you on the virtual show floor in early November 2020. During the virtual Expo, exhibitors will highlight the latest products and information from the entire textile supply chain, from fibers and fabrics to shade systems and state-of-the-art …

Techtextil N.A., Texprocess Americas shows postponed

July 31, 2020

The organizers of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas have announced that the co-located events have been postponed beyond 2020. “We have been monitoring the global spread of COVID-19 that began earlier this year, and to uphold our commitment to the industry, we postponed [the events] to October 1-3, 2020. However, as coronavirus cases in …