IFAI Webinar: Smart Fabrics Market, Current Developments

January 9, 2018

January 17, 2018 | 1 p.m. CST $29 Members; $79 Non-Members This IFAI webinar provides a comprehensive overview of recent smart fabric applications used in a number of government, commercial, medical and consumer market segments. The discussion will cover developments in the military, law enforcement, safety and protective markets, the wearable electronics consumer retail market, the …

Unifi recycles 10 billionth bottle

In honor of America Recycles Day, Unifi Inc., the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, announced that the company has recycled more than 10 billion plastic bottles. Looking to the future, Unifi plans to recycle 20 billion bottles by 2020 and 30 billion by 2022. In addition, Unifi is launching the REPREVE Champions of …

Top Value Fabrics acquires Pacific Coast Fabrics

January 8, 2018

Top Value Fabrics (TVF), Carmel, Ind., has completed the integration for the acquisition of Pacific Coast Fabrics, expanding the company’s product offerings and strengthening its west coast distribution network for printable textiles. The newest members of the TVF team have moved to the company’s Carson, Calif., office. With the acquisition, the company will nearly double …

Trelleborg expands prototyping capabilities

January 5, 2018

Trelleborg’s engineered coated fabrics business unit has expanded its prototyping capabilities by creating a new Polyurethane Rapid Prototype Center in its Rutherfordton, N.C., facility. This lab will be similar to the existing rubber Rapid Prototype Center, but will focus specifically on water-based and 100 percent solvent-based coatings. It will feature commercially available and custom formulations, …

Techmer receives R&D 100 Award

January 4, 2018

Techmer PM, Clinton, Tenn., was honored for its innovative materials design work in the Process/Prototyping category in R&D Magazine’s 2017 R&D 100 Awards program. Each year, the magazine recognizes outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. Techmer PM earned the award for its work collaborating with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and BASF to design two …

Hohenstein restructures operations

January 3, 2018

The Hohenstein Group, Bönnigheim, Germany has restructured their divisions to better fulfill market demands. Services at Hohenstein range from functionalized textiles and life sciences and comparative product testing to quality verification and textile certification. Dr. Christof Madinger was appointed as the COO for the testing and certification of clothing, home textiles, technical textiles and raw …

Milliken joins Well Living Lab

January 2, 2018

Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, S.C., is a founding member of the Well Living Lab, a collaborative research initiative led by Delos and Mayo Clinic dedicated to studying the impacts of our indoor environments on health and wellness. Milliken joins 18 other building science and medical research leaders in coming together to creating healthier spaces in …

Shandong Ruyi to acquire Lycra® brand

December 22, 2017

Chinese textile manufacturer Shandong Ruyi will acquire INVISTA’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business, which includes the global LYCRA® brand. The transaction will be in the form of stock to further solidify Ruyi’s position as a global leader in the apparel and hygiene markets, and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. In addition to Lycra, …

Tougher transparent vinyl

December 21, 2017

Robeco’s newest flexible transparent vinyl provides another film option for the marine and industrial fabrics industries. GlassClear® adds a scratch-resistant coating to both sides of its one ply 030 Clear Extruded Vinyl product. Supplied in roll form, this newest product option allows users to unroll only what they need for a specific job, reducing waste …

Chinese Hygienically Clean certificate

TRSA, the global association for the linen, uniform and facility services industry, launched the Hygienically Clean Healthcare China certification in Shanghai. The Chinese version of Hygienically Clean is based on emerging Chinese health care laundry guidelines and TRSA’s Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification program, which reflects a laundry’s commitment to best management practices and compliance in …