Stretchy LEDs may have clothing, packaging, biomedical uses

November 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Building on previous research that created stretchable inkjet LEDs, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., have reformulated the ink to come out of a pen for writing by hand as well, much like layering writing with multicolored pens. 
Watching out for greenwashing in your supply chain

November 1, 2023  |  Markets, Product Trends

In a world where consumers are concerned about sustainability, being environmentally conscious and seeking ethically sourced products, textile manufacturers need to ensure that companies throughout their supply chain aren’t engaging in misleading or deceptive environmental or sustainability claims…
Marine fabricators’ shade innovations

November 1, 2023  |  Industry in Focus, Markets

Changing consumer trends, evolving boat designs, and fabric and materials advancements are giving marine fabricators ample opportunity to exercise their creative muscles. Interestingly, the pandemic’s supply shortages also forced some fabricators to juice up their innovation with excellent results…
Renewed strength in domestic manufacturing

November 1, 2023  |  Advanced Textiles, Markets

Since the pandemic, the world economy has been full of anomalies. With a strong labor market, one normally expects higher demand in daily nonessentials such as clothing, home textiles and home accessories; the financial reports of major retailers, such as Walmart Inc. and Canadian retailer Loblaw Co…
Growing demand for graphics

November 1, 2023  |  Features

While ushering the world into a new digital era, the COVID-19 pandemic also rekindled a desire for bigger, bolder in-person connections. This change couldn’t be more welcome across the tent and event rental services industry.
RFID technology: If textiles could talk

November 1, 2023  |  Features

The casino industry uses it, as do cattle ranchers. Retailers depend on it to track movement of products, as do rental car companies. What is it? Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID technology, and it’s making its mark on all facets of the textile industry—from manufacturing to production to…
Banner Canvas’ Faith Roberts on the value of ATA networking

November 1, 2023  |  Features, Perspective

Although Faith Roberts’ business has been mostly a one-woman show for almost 40 years, she has always been a firm believer in the power of networking.
Lighter, flexible chemical protective suit being developed

November 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Workers at the risk of exposure to chemical, biological or radioactive hazards often need to wear heavy, bulky suits for protection. Researchers at the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF), in partnership with several companies and fire departments, are working to develo…
Bacterial cellulose used to make biodegradable packaging

November 1, 2023  |  Swatches

Scientists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have developed an edible and biodegradable material that may be an alternative to conventional plastic food packaging.
John Goodman Amphitheatre at MSU wins design award

November 1, 2023  |  Projects

The applause isn’t coming only from Missouri State University (MSU) theater patrons following performances in the university’s new alfresco space, the John Goodman Amphitheatre. This summer, design and development firm Fabritecture won the STA Special Commendation (Internationally Fabricated Pro…