Sports & Outdoor

Supply Chain USA Pavilion at Texprocess Americas increased by 50%

23rd April 2014 0 comment
The SEAMS Association will once again organise the Supply Chain USA Pavilion at the Texprocess Americas trade fair that is co-located with Techtextil North America and will be held from 13-15 May at the Georgia World Congress Center. Dedicated to promoting sound economic growth for the US sewn products companies, the not-for-profit organisation supports the industry through various measures, which includes attending important international trade shows. The Pavilion supported by SEAMS will host 34 exhibiting companies. “Texprocess Americas is proud to have the SEAMS Association organise the Supply Chain USA Pavilion,” commented Kristy Meade, Group Show Director, Messe Frankfurt. “The growth of the pavilion is proof that the US textile and apparel industry is making a positive resurgence in the world market.”

Spacetex project prepares for lift-off

18th April 2014 0 comment
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.

The Wearable Technology Show – London

14th April 2014 5 comments
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).

Despite 2013 numbers, CRAiLAR makes progress towards profitability

9th April 2014 0 comment
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.

Berria Bike launches frames reinforced by TeXtreme

8th April 2014 0 comment
Berria Bike, a manufacturer of high performance bikes, has introduced its new 2014 bikes in Feria de Madrid. The top models, Bravo Team 29 MTB and Team Belador Road, frames are constructed with the carbon fibre material TeXtreme. David Vitoria, R&D Manager, Berria Bike, commented: “We are very pleased to have TeXtreme carbon fibre fabrics in our top range of frames. Together with our technologies Triple Monocoque, EPSS and resins CNT Nanotech, TeXtreme has allowed us to build bike frames that have ultra-light weight combined with for us previously unthinkable high stiffness values. This has improved the reactivity and the feature set of our bikes.”

BASF introduces innovative and efficient solutions at INDEX 2014

7th April 2014 0 comment
The chemical company BASF will present new and efficient solutions for the hygiene industry at the INDEX 2014, the worldwide primary exhibition of nonwovens, which will be taking place from 8-11 April at the Palexpo Exhibition & Congress Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. The company’s experts will inform and advise business professionals about its comprehensive services and product range in the field of innovation, including HySorb new odour control and HySorb Mass Balance approach, binders for fibrous materials and of additives for hygiene, filtration and medical applications.

Craft introduces eVent waterproof fabrics for cycling line

4th April 2014 0 comment
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.”

European nonwovens production exceeds two million tonnes

31st March 2014 0 comment
EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries today disclosed its preliminary European annual statistics for 2013. The release offers a comprehensive picture of the Nonwovens industry in Greater Europe, information which offers significant value a few days before the opening of INDEX 14, the world’s largest nonwovens exhibition.

Date change for ISPO Beijing

27th March 2014 0 comment
Messe München International is moving ISPO Beijing to a time slot one month earlier than usual in 2015. This one-time change had to be made because of the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated during the usual date range for ISPO Beijing. Asia’s most powerful sports business platform will be held from 28-31 January 2015 at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing.

Invista breaks ground for HMD and nylon 6,6 polymer projects in China

27th March 2014 0 comment
Invista has started a construction of new hexamethylene diamine (HMD) and nylon 6,6 polymer plants at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China. These facilities mark a key milestone in the company’s plans for integrated nylon 6,6 facilities in Chinese market. More than 300 people attended the ceremony, including senior government officials from SCIP, the Jinshan government and related authorities, local customers, Invista leadership and employees. “China is one of the most important regions for our growth strategy,” said Jeff Gentry, Invista’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We have seen significant growth in the region in recent years, and we plan to continue to bring our latest innovative technologies here.”