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According to Seshadri Ramkumar, Associate Professor of Non-Wovens at Texas Tech University the textiles sector can benefit from research and development activities in developing next generation functional textiles as more and more scientists are mimicking nature to develop functional properties such as waterproofing, changes in surface adhesion and biocidal characteristics.
In an article for Commodity online Professor Ramkumar reports that the development of broad spectrum and cost effective biocides is a major challenge for the textile and related industries. He goes on to discuss the work of a team of Australian and Spanish researchers led by Elena Ivanova of the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, that have developed nano black silicon biocidal surfaces that has shown to have effective biocidal capabilities against Gram-negative and Gram- positive bacteria and endospores.
The team used the comparison of biocidal activities of nano black silicon and dragonfly wings, which show that they have similar antimicrobial characteristics.
Heimtextil international trade fair for home and contract textiles, taking place from 8-11 January, has enlarged its programme. Renowned architects and furnishing experts will discuss current issues relating to the contract business at the new ‘Contract Square’ area.
Heimtextil also offers information about e-commerce for retailers and IT developments in the hotel business at ‘Lecture Square’. The programme of the leading trade fair for the sector will also include additional conference and lecture themes.
According to CO2 Nexus, the producer of CO2-based textile and garment cleaning solutions, traditional cleanroom laundries and other service centres that launder textiles and garments worn in controlled environments are faced with high capital and operating costs, and create significant sustainability impacts.
The company believes these costs are in large part driven by the water-based infrastructure and processing steps needed to meet cleanroom garment standards.
By replacing water-based methods with liquid carbon dioxide (CO2)-based cleaning methods, operational costs, capital infrastructure, and sustainability impact can all be significantly reduced, according to the company.
The Innovation Takes Root International Conference and Ingeo Users’ Forum, which will be taking place from 17-19 February in Orlando, Florida, has assembled a roster of speakers and developed an in-depth programme covering the latest innovations involving the world’s leading biopolymer – Ingeo.
“Innovation Takes Root is like no other conference because all the attendees and the sessions focus on a single, broadly applied performance bio material,” said NatureWorks President and CEO Marc Verbruggen. “This shared interest generates excitement and lively discussions all throughout the conference hall.”
Speakers represent more than 50 companies, including thought leaders from such organisations as 3M, Unilever, Danone, Lego, Kimberly-Clark, Kodak, the US Green Building Council, the Green Sports Alliance, Green Blue, and European Bioplastics.
Tanatex Chemicals, a leading producer of specialty chemicals, has introduced Fibermate CW, a high performance waxing agent, designed to create surface smoothness in yarns.
The forthcoming Heimtextil exhibition, that is due to take place from 8- 11 January 2014, is set to feature inspiring and innovative textile developments, presented by young companies.
This international trade fair for home and contract textiles has a special platform for start-up companies, putting the spotlight on the next generation of designers. Running under the heading New&Next, the newcomers’ platform will showcase creative product ideas for bathroom, bedroom and dining table textiles.
“With this newcomers’ platform Heimtextil puts a special emphasis on highflyers and on the crystal-clear presentation of excellent designer products,” explained Meike Kern, Director of Household Textiles at Heimtextil.
Luna Innovations has announced an agreement granting UltraTech International an exclusive license to commercialise Luna's new textile repellent technology that can protect first responders from pathogens and industrial workers from contaminants, as well as address the common problem of keeping fabric clean.
Under the agreement, Luna will license exclusive rights to UltraTech to bring the technology to production and market it through its global sales channels.
The commercialisation potential for the technology is broad, the company reports, as it may be sold as a standalone product that can be applied to textiles or as treated fabric with the technology embedded.
The Performance Forum, offering major new trends in the world of functional fabrics and fashion accessories for Winter 2015/16 and Summer 2015, has been reorganised and given a new design to provide purchasers and product managers with an even faster way to find the materials best suited for the desired styles.
The next Performance Days trade show will take place from 19-21 November in Munich. A unique offer of the Performance Days functional fabric fair, the Performance Forum is now said to provide a more accurate assignment of the fabrics, according to their functional ranges.
Most interesting materials at Performance Days will be displayed on the nine tables as well as in the Performance Gate. The reorganised table categories now include: Baselayer, Midlayer, Softshell, Hardshell, 3-Layer, Highdensity & Lightweight, Shirt & Trouser, Casualwear, Workwear, and Accessories.
Archroma, a leader in colour and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, has received the prestigious ICIS Innovation Award for Best Business Innovation for its One Way sustainability service.
It has been recognised for its game-changing approach to textile manufacturing based on the strong conviction that both ecological and economic benefits are reachable, the company reports.
Vertx new 2013/2014 collection features Schoeller’s coldblack technology, which is said to prevent dark textiles from heating up and provide effective protection from UV rays.