Geography and climate drive Australia’s technical textiles industry

September 1, 2020  |  World Views

Developments in geotextiles, renewable energy and recreation stem from Australia’s extreme environment.  By Marie O’Mahony Australia’s geographic isolation puts the country and its technical textile industry in a novel position. The country is rich in natural resources, mining and exporti…
Tips for working with Chinese suppliers and customers

June 1, 2020  |  World Views

In pandemic times and beyond, doing business with the world’s most populous country presents challenges for Westerners. Here are 15 practical tips. By James Chan, Ph.D. With upheavals caused by tariff wars and the coronavirus pandemic, one thing is certain: U.S. businesses still need China as a cu…
Russia is working to expand exports of tent fabrics

April 1, 2020  |  World Views

by Eugene Gerden Ivanovoiskozh, one of Russia’s producers of technical fabrics in the Ivanovo region, is working to become a leading player in the domestic market of tent cloth and to start foreign expansion this year, thanks to the commissioning of new production of multilayer tent cloth with pol…
Byond Disaster Relief New Zealand and OFPANZ work together when disaster hits

February 1, 2020  |  World Views

by Laurie Junker Hardly a month goes by without news of a catastrophic weather event somewhere in the world. Whether it’s a hurricane, tsunami, flood or wildfire, the scenes have become distressingly familiar—homes and businesses destroyed, vegetation laid bare and hundreds if not thousands of d…
Student winners: Textile Structures for New Building 2019

October 1, 2019  |  World Views

A student competition for textile structures highlights the Techtextil show—and presages new building technologies. by Marie O’Mahony The Techtextil student competition is now in its fifteenth year, sponsored by Brussels-based TensiNet, which has provided €8,000 in prize money for the winning …
Fabric technologies and livable cities in the future

August 1, 2019  |  World Views

Sustainability and biodiversity will be key to livable cities, with new technologies leading the way.  by Marie O’Mahony According to the World Bank, city dwellers accounted for more than half the world’s total population in 2007, while the United Nations (UN) warns that by the middle of this c…
China is working to increase technical fabric exports

June 1, 2019  |  World Views

by Eugene Gerden The technical textile and industrial fabrics industry in China may receive a massive impetus for further growth this year, thanks to the recently announced plans of leading local producers and the national government, who are working to create a significant increase of exports in th…
Coming from Russia: Modilen is a new material for medical and sanitary products

April 1, 2019  |  World Views

Russia continues to be active in R&D investments in the field of innovative specialty fabrics and materials. Progress in this area is reflected by some recent industry developments, according to statements by representatives of leading Russian producers of technical textiles, and senior official…