Clothing & Footwear
On 28 May 2014, the German ESA astronaut Dr Alexander Gerst will take off from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, in Kazakhstan, bound for the International Space Station (ISS).
During the six-month Blue Dot mission, Dr Gerst will be responsible for almost 40 different experiments including the Spacetex project, the first clothing physiology experiments to be carried out in a weightless environment.
Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb, a subsidiary of Freudenberg Nonwovens, has reached another milestone on their way to higher social and ecological responsibility, by joining the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the company believes.
Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb will continue to focus on sustainability and environmental friendliness and will act now as a part of a global association of companies from the apparel and footwear industries committed to comply with fixed criteria in the areas of environmental protection and sustainability.
Lin Gowming, President of Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb Company, commented: “It is important to us to be part of the growing dynamics in our industry and actively shape this vital dynamic development. The aspect of sustainability plays an increasingly important role in the apparel and footwear industries. Only by using common benchmarks, our values become measurable and our performance will be quantifiable. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition offers an ideal platform to do this.”
Champion Thread, a leading producer and supplier of industrial sewing threads, yarns, narrow fabrics, and product identification solutions, will be showcasing its products at the Texprocess Americas 2014 trade fair that will be held from 13-15 May in Atlanta, GA.
As part of the Supply Chain USA pavilion, the company will exhibit a complete range of polyester, nylon, cotton, and flame retardant industrial sewing threads as well as its engineered, specialty and technical yarns.
What’s the collective noun for a group of Futurists? A “ponder” perhaps? I’ve never knowingly met one before but there were a whole bunch at London’s wearable technology show, which took place at Olympia last month. Inevitably, there were also quite a few Google Glass explorers (a “gaggle” of glass…? No? OK. I’ll stop that now).
Since its 1998 Canadian origin as a manufacturer of environmentally-friendly and ethically-produced clothing, CRAiLAR Technologies has focused on the development of a revolutionary, sustainable natural textile fibre. CRAiLAR’s technology is an enzymatic process for bast fibres such as flax and hemp that renders them as soft, durable, and absorbent as cotton.
Requiring less water and cultivation than cotton, bast fibres are believed to have the potential to fill an expected gap in the global demand for cotton.
The Supervisory Board of Lenzing has appointed Thomas Riegler to serve as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer for the next three years starting on 1 June 2014.
Born in Graz, Thomas Riegler studied business administration and has accumulated more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of financial management. He worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and held top international management positions in the Daimler Group.
BMSvision will exhibit the latest version of its Manufacturung Execution Systems (MES) for weaving, knitting, tufting and spinning, at ITMA Asia 2014 that will be taking place in Shanghai from16-20 June.
All of these systems include software modules for real time machine monitoring, production scheduling, fabric inspection, yarn inventory management and traceability.
Meryl Hyaluronan, the anti-ageing fibre produced by Nylstar, has been selected as the fibre to develop GT Calze’s new and exclusive Yaluronica cosmeto-textile product line.
The new product line was showcased during Cosmoprof Bologna 2014, which took place at the weekend. The launch is expected to mark a new direction for the cosmeto-textile segment.
RadiciGroup will exhibit its product lines – Dylar polypropylene spunbond nonwoven specialties and Dorix, and Radilon Staple Fibre staple products – at the Index 2014 international nonwovens exhibition that will be held from 8 to 11 April in Geneva, Switzerland.
“We have always been in the nonwovens market with our Radilon nylon staple portfolio. Now, showcasing our products at Index is an excellent opportunity for us, since it is an additional display window for our nylon staple products,” explained Filippo Bona, of Radici Yarn R&D.
“For a couple of years now, we have been considering certain industrial applications for our nonwovens, optimising our Dorix products specifically for these kinds of uses. Now, we are introducing a wide range of nylon 6 and 6.10 products to this particular market segment and are aiming at extending our portfolio with products having even better performance over a range of properties by the end of this year.”
Craft has introduced eVent fabrics in its Tech Rain Jacket for cycling enthusiasts for Spring 2014 season, adding to eVent’s family of sporting goods brands that use the original air permeable and waterproof technology.
Mattias Carlsson, Craft’s Product Manager for its bike category, commnted: “eVent fabrics has fantastic moisture transportation, combined with a lightweight feeling. We cannot compromise on function, and in eVent we found what we were looking for.”
“In some situations, we are aware that the Tech Rain Jacket might even be a lifesaver for riders at the very highest level in the worst conditions. When our team riders received the new jacket they were absolutely thrilled and think it’s a one-of-a-kind.”