German advancements in textiles

December 1, 2020

Developments in technical textiles in Germany grow from industry and international partnerships. By Marie O’Mahony Globalization “is already behind us,” according to Michael O’Sullivan, author of The Levelling: What’s Next after Globalization (2019). O’Sullivan sees the future as a multipolar world dominated by large regions such as the United States and the European Union.  However, …

Geography and climate drive Australia’s technical textiles industry

September 1, 2020

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 exporting coal, iron ore, petroleum gas, zinc ore and other materials. The mining industry directly and …

Tips for working with Chinese suppliers and customers

June 1, 2020

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 customer and as a supplier. The world’s most …

Russia is working to expand exports of tent fabrics

April 1, 2020

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 polymer and PVC coatings, according to recent …

Byond Disaster Relief New Zealand and OFPANZ work together when disaster hits

February 1, 2020

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 displaced people seeking the basic necessities of fresh water, food …

Student winners: Textile Structures for New Building 2019

October 1, 2019

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 submissions. In his opening remarks at the show, Professor Stefan Schäfer, chair of the …

Fabric technologies and livable cities in the future

August 1, 2019

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 century they will account for two-thirds of …

China is working to increase technical fabric exports

June 1, 2019

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 this market. At present, China remains the world’s …

Coming from Russia: Modilen is a new material for medical and sanitary products

April 1, 2019

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 officials of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (a state agency that controls …

Fabric banners, signage and displays help guide visitors—and are getting smarter all the time.

February 1, 2019

Advances in digital and interactive technologies are heralding a new era in museum graphics, banners and signage, creating opportunities for the printed banner industry from conventional signage printing markets to crossover areas such as interactive displays. A combination of factors is contributing to this: We are seeing incremental improvements as well as new developments in …