Testing & Standards

  • 14th July 2014

    Oeko-Tex launches MySTeP sustainability management tool at Texworld USA

    The new database facilitates private, transparent communication between customers and suppliers, according to Dr Haug, General Secretary of the International Oeko-Tex Association....

  • 11th July 2014

    Checking product authenticity with Identity by HeiQ

    The Identity technology that makes it possible to track every part of the garment will be presented at the upcoming OutDoor Friedrichshafen....

  • 8th July 2014

    TenCate Mirafi geosynthetic judged best in Montana State University study

    The study findings prove that incorporating TenCate Mirafi RS580i will result in better roadway performance, sustainable use of materials, and faster construction, according to the manufacturer....

  • 7th July 2014

    Hypetex first coloured carbon fibre

    The carbon fibre industry is set for an injection of colour following the launch of Hypetex, the world’s first coloured carbon fibre brand....

  • 4th July 2014

    Textile Terms and Definitions goes digital

    The current online version of the definitive collection of all industry terms includes around 4,000 terms. ...

  • 3rd July 2014

    Textile silver nanocoatings show benefits over regular coatings

    Bernd Nowack and his team of the Empa research institution, have looked at how silver coatings behave in the washing machine and assessed whether they need specific regulation....

  • 25th June 2014

    Lenzing listed in Austrian sustainability index

    Receiving a good rating eighth year in a row, the leading producer of Tencel fibres joins the list amongst 21 other Austrian companies....

  • 24th June 2014

    CEMATEX launches ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award

    ITMA is returning to Milan after 20 years with a new award programme, offering more than a showcase of the latest technology....

  • 24th June 2014

    Reduced textile friction with GLIDER treatment

    HeiQ believes it found the solution to fight friction, as it presents its new GLIDER treatment at OutDoor Friedrichshafen next month....

  • 23rd June 2014

    Aquafil wins 'best fibre' industry award

    The Aquafil’s pride, ECONYL fibre is 50% made from post-consumer waste, and the company aims to take it even further....

  • 11th June 2014

    Textile chemistry and sustainability specialist joins Hohenstein Institute America

    A strong background in textile chemistry and textile sustainability are main advantages of the Hohenstein Institute America new Customer Relations and Technical Specialist, according to the Institute’s Managing Director, Dr Sam Moore. ...

  • 10th June 2014

    Cinte Techtextil China expanded offer boasts nearly 500 exhibitors

    The countdown to Asia’s leading biennial trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens continues as the industry’s leading players prepare for Cinte Techtextil China. Held in September at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, it expects nearly 500 ...

  • 30th May 2014

    Industry Contributors wanted for large scale composites structures study

    The National Composites Centre (NCC), in conjunction with the University of Southampton, Solent LEP and partners, is investigating the need for a centre to research and develop the use of advanced materials in the manufacture of large structures for marine, oi...

  • 28th May 2014

    Swiss textiles go to space

    Dr Gerst is setting off from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, for the six-month long mission at the International Space Station (ISS). He will be responsible for a series of clothing physiology experiments that are expected to shed new light on the inte...

  • 22nd May 2014

    Something for Everyone at Techtextil North America

    According to US textiles industry veteran and Innovation in Textiles correspondent Bill Smith there was something for everyone at last week’s Techtextil North America in Atlanta, GA - and in fact, he says, it was the best edition of the show since it began i...

  • 20th May 2014

    American Ingenuity Sparkles at Techtextil/Texprocess NA

    Debra Cobb visits Techtextil NA and Texprocess Americas in Atlanta and finds out how important Made in America is in technical textiles....

  • 19th May 2014

    Monitoring azo colourants in Australian textiles

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently started monitoring the market for the presence of azo colourants in textiles , in spite of the fact there are presently no defined legal requirements and laws in Australia for products whic...

  • 19th May 2014

    Optimised clothing for wheelchair athletes

    The sports equipment used by wheelchair users, such as monoskis and hand bikes, are one-off products that are individually customised to meet the special needs of the athletes and their particular physical disabilities. In recent years, as part of research p...

  • 8th May 2014

    Technical Textiles Finder – new online directory of technical textiles suppliers and products

    Looking for technical textiles suppliers? Then you need to start your search right here at Technical Textiles Finder. Orange Zero Ltd, the publisher of leading textiles industry news websites www.innovationintextiles.com and www.knittingindustry.com has laun...

  • 8th May 2014

    Nike reduces environmental impact while continuing to grow

    Nike, a leading designer of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities, has released its FY12-13 Sustainable Business Performance Summary, providing an update on performance against current busines...

  • 1st May 2014

    New vapour permeability testing methods for breathable fabrics

    Versaperm, a leading manufacturer of testing equipment, has introduced two ranges of textile permeability testers for measuring the weather and water-proof breathability (vapour permeability) of new and improved textiles. The company’s development is a resp...

  • 21st April 2014

    Lightweight plane to raise energy conservation awareness

    A new scientific and innovative initiative which is also philosophical, in that it aims to raise awaremess of energy conservation awareness, was revealed this week. The latest version of the Solar Impulse an aircraft which is to be the first to travel around t...

  • 18th April 2014

    Spacetex project prepares for lift-off

    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 diffe...

  • 17th April 2014

    Karl Mayer hosts specialist workshop on bionics

    In bionics, animals and plants serve as examples for new creative solutions and innovative technical applications. What these are, is being discussed in the Bionics in operation series of events from the Hessian Bionics Network. In this respect, a specialist...

  • 16th April 2014

    Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb joins SAC

    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 Easter...

  • 14th April 2014

    Bayer supports development of coated textiles

    Bayer MaterialScience, the leading polymer company, has inaugurated its state-of-the-art textile coating pilot line in Shanghai, China. At its headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany, the company has also installed new lab facilities, among them a lab coater. Al...

  • 9th April 2014

    EDANA announces winners of Index 14 Awards

    Index14, the largest meeting place for the nonwovens supply chain and its customers, has started yesterday, with a ceremony to showcase excellence in the nonwovens and related industries. EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related ...

  • 8th April 2014

    BMSvision monitoring systems at ITMA Asia 2014

    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 ...

  • 3rd April 2014

    Freudenberg spunlaids achieve recycled content certification

    SCS Global Services (SCS), a leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, has certified the high level recycled content claim of Lutradur products manufactured by the Freudenberg Spunweb Company. Three specific styles of polyester sp...

  • 28th March 2014

    Demand for antimicrobial fibres, textiles and apparel is set for strong growth

    Demand for antimicrobial fibres, textiles and apparel is set for strong growth, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence – Antimicrobial fibres, fabrics and apparel: innovative weapons against infection . ...

  • 27th March 2014

    TenCate Millenia fabrics selected by Dutch fire brigade

    The Dutch Zaanstreek-Waterland fire brigade has opted for TenCate high-tech fabrics in their turnout gear. The protective materials from TenCate will be used in 800 new fire-fighting suits that will be supplied in partnership with the LHD Group in Germany. T...

  • 21st March 2014

    The 89th Textile Institute World Conference opens for submissions

    The Textile Institute has announced that its next World Conference will take place in at the Lake View Garden Hotel Wuhan, China, from 2-6 November 2014. Jointly organised by The Textile Institute and Wuhan Textile University, the organisers invite submission...

  • 20th March 2014

    Second edition of ACIMIT Green Guide published

    The new edition of the ACIMIT Green Guide has been available since early March. It provides a summary of the actions taken by Italian textile machinery firms in the field of sustainability, in terms of savings in resources used during the textile production pr...

  • 19th March 2014

    Special textiles may offer protection from harmful UV radiation

    About two and a half million people in Germany regularly work for eight hours or more in the sun, the Hohenstein Institute reports. Their risk of developing skin cancer is twice as high as that of those employees who do not work outdoors. Only a very few of ...

  • 14th March 2014

    ‘Spacetex’ project takes functional textiles into outer space

    On 28 May 2014, the six-month Blue Dot space mission lifts off. A German astronaut from ESA will be among those on board the International Space Station ISS, who will be carrying out about 40 experiments. These will include the Specatex project, the first clo...

  • 6th March 2014

    EDANA announces nominees for the INDEX14 Awards

    INDEX 14, the largest meeting place between the players in the nonwovens supply chain and its customers, will once again showcase the INDEX 14 Award Excellence in the nonwovens and related industries on 8 April, the opening day of the exhibition that will take...

  • 5th March 2014

    Hygiene and safety with RAL quality certification marks

    About 380 member companies of the German Certification Association for Professional Textile Services are especially committed to the hygienic processing of laundry from retail, trade, industry, hotels, restaurants and the health services. The hygienic proces...

  • 3rd March 2014

    Call for Papers for FILTECH 2015

    With the FILTECH Show taking place from 24th-26th February 2015, the City of Cologne in Germany will turn into the top-meeting-place for all those involved with filtration and separation and adjacent sectors. ...

  • 1st March 2014

    India releases Compendium on Standards for Technical Textiles

    The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in collaboration with Ministry of Textiles and Bureau of Indian standards has held a second National Seminar on Standards in Technical Textiles that took place on 25 February at Mayfair Banquet...

  • 28th February 2014

    FICCI urges formulation of standards in technical textiles

    FICCI has urged its Ministry of Textiles and BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) to expedite the formulation of standards in technical textiles for health, safety and environment reasons. Speaking at the second National Seminar on Standards in Technical Textiles...

  • 19th February 2014

    New surgical 'smart patch' for shoulder injury to be tested

    An innovative 'surgical patch' that promotes rapid regrowth of tendon tissue could transform the success of shoulder repair operations. The patch will be used by surgeons to repair torn tendon tissue, and patient trials are expected to begin this year. Made ...

  • 19th February 2014

    Tracking down comfort with ‘Sherlock’

    A new sweating thermal articulated manikin, built to look like a 175 cm tall man and with fully jointed limbs, has been named ‘Sherlock’ by customers and employees of the Hohenstein Institute. The latest piece of test equipment in the Clothing Physiology...

  • 6th February 2014

    Vestagen obtains rights to patented Schoeller technologies

    Vestagen Technical Textiles has obtained worldwide rights from Schoeller Technologies to certain technologies that are integral to the unique properties of Vestex, the first of its families of active barrier protective fabrics that are clinically proven to pre...

  • 31st January 2014

    Japanese smart clothing that monitors your heart-rate

    Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo and materials developer Toray have been working on joint projects and have now announced one called Hitoe, which means ‘one layer’ in Japanese. It is a cloth that contains Toray's nanofibres that are coated in a transmit...

  • 30th January 2014

    Harmful substances in children's clothing

    Oeko-Tex Association has stated that children's clothing that meets the strict requirements of Oeko-Tex Standard 100 does not pose any health risks for consumers, following a study published by the environmental organisation Greenpeace. In its paper entitled ...

  • 16th January 2014

    OEKO-TEX test criteria: New regulations for 2014

    At the start of the year, the OEKO-TEX Association has, as usual, updated the valid test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with its OEKO-TEX Standard 100. The following new regulations have been provided with comment from OEKO-T...

  • 8th January 2014

    Thermore at ISPO Munich

    Leading Italian producer of thermal insulation for apparel and sleeping bags Thermore will be showcasing its Aria thermal padding at the ISPO Munich trade fair that will be taking place from 26-29 January. The company has developed its innovation, which is n...

  • 21st December 2013

    Successful DNA-marking of cotton

    Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions, has successfully completed a large-scale trial of its new SigNature T anti-counterfeiting platform to assure identity and originality of textiles...

  • 20th December 2013

    PPE testing against molten metal splash

    Workers in metal foundries are exposed to many dangers, including not only the extreme heat but also splashes of molten metal. Products designed to give protection against this hazard must be tested for compliance with, among other standards, DIN EN ISO 9185. ...

  • 18th December 2013

    Vehicle seats and interior equipment put to the test

    Vehicle designers and engineers, who place great importance on the design of the interior, and in particular the seats, are supported by the scientists from the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim, Germany....

  • 18th December 2013

    Quality-controlled product development in the clothing industry

    Faults in product development can be expensive for clothing manufacturers, researchers for the Hohenstein Institute report. Inconsistencies in the materials, pattern, workmanship and function in the creative design process are said to put the efficiency of mea...

  • 12th December 2013

    Identifying textile materials with new DNA technology

    Applied DNA Sciences has announced the rollout of SigNature T, a new DNA-based security platform specifically for textiles and apparel, made by a proprietary (patent pending) technology that is said to enable the company to identify textile raw materials as we...

  • 9th December 2013

    Town honours founder of the Hohenstein Institute

    The town of Boennigheim has named a new access road to the internationally Hohenstein Institute after the name of Prof Dr-Ing. Otto Mecheels, the founder of the Institute. Otto-Mecheels-Straße leads from the Schlossfeld residential area to Schloss Hohenstein....

  • 5th December 2013

    Flushable wipes awarded quality certificate

    A nonwovens fabric jointly developed by Voith Paper and Truetzschler Nonwovens, has successfully passed the official INDA and EDANA test, becoming certified as ‘flushable’. Voith and Truetzschler Nonwovens have been successful in producing wet laid and hy...

  • 5th December 2013

    German Resource Efficiency Award 2013 for STFI

    The Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) has been awarded with the German Resource Efficiency Award 2013 for the research project ‘CarbonWasteCycle – recycling concept for carbon fibre waste’. The objective of the project is the re-use of carbon fibr...

  • 4th December 2013

    Ultrasonic technology compliant with NIJ waterproof standards

    Sonobond, a leader in the application of ultrasonic bonding and welding technology, will showcase its ultrasonic equipment for assembling body armour, including the SeamMaster High Profile Ultrasonic Sewing Machine, at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHO...

  • 2nd December 2013

    Dragonfly's wings inspire development of biocides in textiles

    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 natu...

  • 28th November 2013

    Online database of certified Oeko-Tex suppliers

    Oeko-Tex has launched a new online buyers guide to its certified companies at www.oeko-tex.com. When searching for suitable suppliers and production facilities, purchasing organisations and retailers now have at their disposal an extensive network of manufact...

  • 28th November 2013

    WINGS winder to increase productivity by 20%

    Oerlikon Barmag claims to have set a new benchmark for the efficient production of polyester fibres with its new yarn winder WINGS POY 1800. The new winding unit is said to boost productivity by a further 20 % using virtually the same amount of production spa...

  • 28th November 2013

    IAF and AAFA to host free webinar series

    In a first-ever effort to foster greater collaboration between the EU and US apparel and footwear industries, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) will host a two part webinar series that explores ...

  • 27th November 2013

    CO2-based solutions for laundering clean room textiles

    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 cos...

  • 27th November 2013

    V-ZUG receives quality label for Refresh Butler device

    V-ZUG AG from Zug, Switzerland, that develops and produces high quality appliances for the kitchen and laundry room, was awarded the quality label of the Hohenstein Institute for their product Refresh Butler. The device is said to refresh textiles without was...

  • 23rd November 2013

    Composites UK celebrates industry achievement

    Composites UK has celebrated industry achievement by presenting the UK Composite Industry Awards 2013 at the annual awards dinner on 12 November at the Crowne Plaza, NEC Birmingham UK. The prestigious black-tie dinner coincides with the Composites Engineering...

  • 21st November 2013

    IPS Testing to offer full flushability testing services

    Wisconsin-based IPS Testing has become one of just two independent labs in the US and North America to administer industry-initiated testing standards on behalf of suppliers and manufacturers, in an effort to educate consumers about which disposable wipe produ...

  • 18th November 2013

    Fit for fitting at A+A

    The new dress at work is fashionable, cool and sportive. More than ever work wear and protective wear has been inspired by outdoor wear and sportswear thus adding elasticity, moisture management, UV-protection and anti-odour properties to a stylish look. ...

  • 18th October 2013

    Measuring energy transmittance may help optimise products

    The Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim, Germany, has expanded its current range of tests to allow modern office and living spaces to achieve needed climate control with minimum energy use. According to the institute, manufacturers of textiles, windows and m...

  • 16th October 2013

    Protective knits offer top performance in industrial laundering

    Italian protective fabrics producer Argar Technology, a division of Argar S.r.L, will launch a new range of highly functional certified protective knitted fabrics which can be industrially laundered at this year’s A+A Safety, Security & Health At Work 2013 s...

  • 13th October 2013

    Oeko-Tex’s STeP Certification at IFAI Expo

    Dr Sam Moore, from International Oeko-Tex Association in North America, will present Oeko-Tex’s new STeP certification for sustainable textile production facilities at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 in Orlando, that will be held from 21-25 October 2013...

  • 2nd October 2013

    Messe Frankfurt and JEC announce co-location for US shows

    The organizers of the Techtextil North America technical textiles show and JEC America composites show plan to co-locate their 2014 events at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA from 13-15 May 2014....

  • 27th September 2013

    Secant Medical at the BioInterface 2013 Annual Conference

    Josh Simon, PhD, Business Development Manager at Secant Medical, will be giving a presentation at the BioInterface 2013 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, to demonstrate Secant Medical's commitment to biomaterials research and development. Dr Simon will discus...

  • 25th September 2013

    Texprocess Americas 2014 Symposium to address technological advancements

    The latest technology, applications, and advancements in the sewn products industry will be presented by experts and leaders during the Texprocess Americas Symposium that will be held from 13-15 May at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, concurrently...

  • 24th September 2013

    TenCate geotextiles in new drinking water system

    Twenty innovative sustainable drinking water systems called ‘GreenSource. Sports for Water’, produced using the high-grade synthetic turf and geotextiles by TenCate, will be installed in South Africa, with The Advanced Materials Manufacturing Oost-Nederlan...

  • 23rd September 2013

    Give Coke a fracking chance!

    At recent conferences, I’ve become aware that European manufacturers of manmade fibres, nonwovens and technical textiles are starting to resent the many hoops they’re now obliged to jump through in order to comply with increasingly strict regulations – a...

  • 23rd September 2013

    Using the Physics of Acoustics to Reduce Weight in Cars

    As automotive manufacturers continue to push for improved fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions, they are squeezing every single gram of weight out of every single part that goes into a car. Meanwhile, however, the pressure to save money and create a sm...

  • 19th September 2013

    Brands urged to use Do Not Flush logo

    INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the American Public Works Association (APWA) have agreed to work together to reduce the burden of non-...

  • 19th September 2013

    Meeting the Challenge - by Bill Smith

    “Everything that can be invented has been invented” is a comment often attributed to Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899. He never said any such thing, of course but some did express similar ideas over the years… As it turned out, ev...

  • 17th September 2013

    Tessiture Pietro Radici awarded for environmental and H&S management systems

    Tessiture Pietro Radici, RadiciGroup ancestral production company and leader in the production of artificial grass yarn and nonwoven spunbond, was awarded two important certifications: UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management systems and BS OHSAS 18...

  • 11th September 2013

    New testing methods for vehicle seats

    Optimally designed vehicle seats are said to be at the basis of providing the driver with the necessary comfort during their journey, the Hohenstein Institute reports. They may allow drivers to assume an ergonomic seating position and feature good climate pr...

  • 5th September 2013

    Brain tests show tight clothing may affect wearer’s focus

    A recent Hohenstein Institute study may help to develop or optimise specific clothing, meant to help the concentration of the wearer, for example in CI wear or military clothing, after it confirmed that clothes can affect the person’s focus. The research ...

  • 3rd September 2013

    First STeP Certificate for German knitter

    Mattes & Ammann, the Swabian knitted fabrics manufacturer, became the first textile company in Germany and the EU economic area to be awarded the Oeko-Tex Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) certificate in July this year. Prof Dr Stefan Mecheels, head of th...

  • 26th August 2013

    Hohenstein quality label for Coolcore

    The temperature-regulating fibres made by Coolcore LLC, a company based in Portsmouth, NH, are the first product worldwide to be awarded the Hohenstein Quality Label ‘Innovative Technology - Cooling Power’. With the award, the scientists at the internatio...

  • 21st August 2013

    SILVADUR Antimicrobial recognised by R&D Magazine

    SILVADUR Antimicrobial has been named by R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced during the past year. SILVADUR Antimicrobial was introduced by Dow Microbial Control, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, in...

  • 20th August 2013

    New work on development of a fat implant to assist in reconstructive surgery

    Dr Marina Handel, of Hohenstein Institute, has successfully completed her doctorate work on in cell and molecular biology, where she explored a thesis on the development of a fat implant for the treatment of wounds, as an alternative to the current methods us...

  • 13th August 2013

    Applications widen for FR nylon technology

    Alexium International Group has announced the completion of a process of expanding its database on vertical burn performance of its Ascalon technology by independent certification of Flame Retardance (FR) performance. The aim of the independent testing is to p...

  • 12th July 2013

    Innovation and commercialism

    In my years in the technical textiles industry, I have seen many new ideas and products, many innovative and creative, get substantial coverage in the press as “pathways to the future”, never to reach commercial status. Many of the high performance fibers...

  • 9th July 2013

    Fongs confirms One Way sustainability calculation system

    The effectiveness of Clariant’s new One Way sustainability calculation system has been confirmed in physical tests carried out by leading machine builder Fong’s. The test results verified the accuracy of the calculations and measurements obtained from Cla...

  • 5th July 2013

    Alternative water resistance textile testing

    The recent dramatic growth in outdoor sports and activities has seen a blossoming in the outdoor clothes and textiles markets covering everything from high-performance clothing to high-fashion and from technical textiles to tents. The drive to create new and ...

  • 17th June 2013

    Techtextil & Texprocess set new records

    Around 40,000 visitors from 113 countries attended Techtextil and Texprocess trade fair duo last week to find out about the latest innovations and trends. A total of 1,652 exhibitors from 56 nations presented their latest products and innovations. “Techte...

  • 17th June 2013

    A stitch in time: Texprocess 2013

    The garment making-up industry has always been the labour-intensive ‘bottleneck’ of the conventional textile chain, despite attempts such as the Leapfrog EU7 project to streamline and automate all of its processes into a single-line system....

  • 3rd June 2013

    SCS certifies Unifi’s Repreve

    SCS Global Services (SCS) has announced that Unifi Manufacturing, a leading producer of multi-filament polyester, nylon textured yarns and related raw materials, is the first manufacturer of its kind to earn Responsible Source certification. ...

  • 31st May 2013

    Sanitized launches advanced antimicrobial additives

    Sanitized AG, the leading worldwide producer of antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection for textiles and plastics will be launching two new advanced additives designed for the protection of plasticised PVC. Introducing the two new products, Mar...

  • 27th May 2013

    Fitting solution for all sizes

    New fitting tests designed to address the challenges faced by the ready-made-clothes manufacturers and their customers have paid off, according to Stephanie Müller, expert for fitting tests at the Hohenstein Institute....

  • 21st May 2013

    Objectively evaluating fabric handle

    The UK’s University of Leeds has developed an innovative system for the objective evaluation of fabric handle, which uses established and proven test equipment underpinned by scientific principles, which account for key material properties. ...

  • 10th May 2013

    TenCate’s carbon footprint calculator for water management

    In response to the increasing awareness of the positive environmental aspects of geosynthetics and geosystems, TenCate Geosynthetics’ business unit Water & Environment, has developed the TenCate Geotube carbon footprint calculator for use with dewatering and...

  • 7th May 2013

    Techtextil: Nanotechnology gains traction in technical textiles

    In the run in to Techtextil, the leading trade fair for technical textiles and industrial nonwovens, organisers Messe Frankfurt have published the following article on the spread of nanotechnology in technical textiles. The article shows how nanotechnology is ...

  • 3rd May 2013

    Permanent flame protection for synthetic fabrics

    Swiss textile innovator Schoeller has launched a new fabrics range called Pyroshell which offers permanent flame protection for polyester and polyamide fabrics....

  • 2nd May 2013

    New advisory services from David Rigby

    Well known industry consultant David Rigby (formerly David Rigby Associates) is now providing personal advisory and consulting services to business owners, CEOs and senior managers in technical textiles and industrial nonwovens, with the aim of helping them c...

  • 28th April 2013

    Still Standing – The real story of North Carolina’s textiles industry

    This video was made by Robert Newton a TV documentary producer whose family were in textiles in North Carolina for generations. Newton got the idea for the documentary after he found himself constantly correcting people who said that the textiles industry in N...

  • 26th April 2013

    Techtextil & Avantex Innovation Prize winners announced

    Energy efficient membranes, silicone-coated textile fibres, a new master batch for tintable polypropylene or new technologies for integrating systems into apparel – these are just some of the inventions of the ten winners of the Techtextil and Avantex Innova...

  • 22nd April 2013

    New tests for better next-to-skin wool garments

    According to Australian wool industry experts, the’ next-to-skin’ wool garment industry is set to be transformed by two ground-breaking new fabric testing devices available for commercial use through the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA). Used toget...

  • 18th April 2013

    Positive atmosphere at Techtextil North America

    The overall response from the exhibitors and visitors at the latest edition of Techtextil North America was confirmation that they were pleased with the show and venue, organisers say. The tenth edition of Techtextil North America took place from 19-21 March a...

  • 21st March 2013

    Texprocess 2013: New technologies for innovative sportswear

    Market leaders in the sportswear sector will present specialist technologies at Texprocess, the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials from 10-13 June this year in Frankfurt, Germany, in co-location with Techtextil, the ...

  • 15th January 2013

    Techtextil 2013 to be biggest yet

    Its official - the next edition of Techtextil will be bigger than ever before. According to organiser Mess Frankfurt, the number of exhibitor registrations for the trade fair, which will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already signific...

  • 21st December 2012

    Hohenstein introduces testing for protective gloves

    Germany’s Hohenstein Institute is now offering testing and certification of protective/safety gloves in accordance with a number of industry standards....

  • 23rd November 2012

    VDMA: German technology meets Turkish textiles

    25 German textile machinery manufacturers presented their latest solutions at two VDMA conferences this month in Istanbul and Gaziantep in Turkey. Almost 600 participants from the Turkish textiles industry used the opportunity to learn how German technology ca...

  • 20th November 2012

    Chemical protective clothing market set for growth

    The market for chemical protective clothing is set for robust growth over the next few years, according to Chemical protective clothing: providing a life-critical barrier a new report from the business information company Textiles Intelligence....

  • 26th October 2012

    Developing high-tech fabrics to combat heat stress

    Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, in conjunction with several industry partners, have developed special functional underwear for fire-fighting deployment teams. The functional underwear was developed under the framework of the research p...

  • 8th October 2012

    Monforts’ Blue Competence trio

    Monforts’ Klaus A. Heinrichs talks about his company’s participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative. Blue Competence is an initiative launched by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) to demonstrate the know-how and experience of its member...

  • 2nd October 2012

    Dornbirn 2012: The future’s for sharing

    In marking its 50th anniversary in 2011, the Dornbirn Conference celebrated the contribution of the manmade fibres industry to society over the last half a century. At the 2012 event in Austria from September 19-21 – with over 100 individual presentations a...

  • 3rd September 2012

    Nanotextiles speaker confirmed for TCL2012

    International Newsletters has announced that the speaker on nanotextiles has been confirmed for its TCL2012, International Conference on Textiles Coating & Laminating. Dr. Dirk Hegemann from the prestigious Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and ...

  • 31st August 2012

    RST technology adds function to temperature sensitive fibres

    Alexium announced this week that it has successfully demonstrated its Reactive Surface Technology (RST) treatments for functionalizing temperature-sensitive fibres such as high-performance polyolefins to add new properties such as antimicrobial, adhesion promo...

  • 30th August 2012

    Techtextil 2013 almost fully booked

    With ten months still to go, Techtextil, the International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already almost fully booked. “Over 90% of the exhibition space occupied in 2011 has been reserved; 8...

  • 30th August 2012

    Texprocess 2013 - 50% of space already sold

    All the signs are that Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June 2013, will be a success. With a year still to go before the doors open, over 50% of exhibition space has ...

  • 20th August 2012

    2013 Techtextil and Avantex Symposiums: Call for papers

    Experts wishing to give a lecture at the symposiums during Techtextil in Frankfurt, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens being held from 11 to 13 June 2013, are invited by the organisers to submit their manuscripts. The deadline fo...

  • 14th August 2012

    Cosmétotextiles at a Crossroads

    The recent symposium on cosmétotextiles held at Interfilière Paris highlighted the growing success of these hybrid fabrics, as well as posing questions about their future. A cosmetic textile is defined by the French Office for the Standardisation of Textil...

  • 20th July 2012

    Building the scientific credentials of wool

    Wool’s credentials as a textile fibre that promotes health and wellbeing were presented by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) at the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) World Congress this week in Melbourne....

  • 16th July 2012

    Research shows compression hosiery assists muscle recovery

    According to the Hohenstein Institute, 50 % of everyone in Germany practices sport at least once a week, which is still fourth place in a European country comparison. Wearing knee-length compression socks, the institute says, was long viewed as uncool by sport...

  • 29th June 2012

    From rags to riches – World of Wipes 2012

    Many of the benefits of disposable nonwoven wipes in the workplace over laundered and reusable cleaning materials (what are referred to in the US as ‘shop towels’) have been pretty well demonstrated over the past 30 years....

  • 19th June 2012

    Sustainability as the key to economic success

    All over the world there are do-gooders who give their all to serve a noble cause. In the management of an enterprise, however, they would become a liability because the primary goal of an enterprise is to earn money. For a long time, combining benevolence and...

  • 1st June 2012

    Dates released for 2014 US shows

    Messe Frankfurt has announced that the eleventh edition of Techtextil North America and the second edition of Texprocess Americas will be held from 13-15 May 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia....

  • 31st May 2012

    Conference addresses man-made fibres future

    The 51st Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress will take place from 19 – 21 September 2012 in Dornbirn in the Vorarlberg region of Austria, where over 700 delegates from more than 30 countries will meet to discuss the future of the man-made fibres industry....

  • 28th May 2012

    London welcomes GOCarbonFibre conference

    Production is now underway for the 2012 GOCarbonFibre conference, due to take place in London this October. Organisers Smithers Apex says it is excited about the return to Europe, and building on last year's resounding success it has a fresh new angle for this...

  • 25th May 2012

    Texprocess Americas exceeds expectations

    The first edition of Texprocess Americas took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Techtextil North America and aimed to create a synergy making the largest and best technical textil...

  • 24th May 2012

    Techtextil North America returns to pre-recession levels

    The ninth edition of Techtextil North America, now incorporating ATME-I, took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Texprocess Americas which resulted in a dynamic synergy creating th...

  • 21st May 2012

    New tests for acoustic and aeroacoustic properties of textiles

    Hohenstein scientists led by Dr. Jan Beringer, in conjunction with Hochschule Reutlingen and Rökona Textilwerk GmbH in Tübingen, have developed innovative test methods to investigate the acoustic and aeroacoustic properties of textile materials....

  • 17th May 2012

    Formax gets DNV materials qualification

    UK headquartered Formax, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality reinforcements has been awarded the distinguished DNV materials qualification for its entire range of carbon multiaxial fabrics....

  • 14th May 2012

    Testing the Limits of Sports Technologies

    The global sporting goods market—including sports apparel, athletic footwear, and sports equipment—is on track to reach sales of $ 303 billion US by 2015 (according to a report by Global Industry Analysts), with a growth curve outperforming that of total r...

  • 9th May 2012

    New class of textile implant solutions

    Developer of biomedical textiles for medical devices, Biomedical Structures (BMS), has introduced a new advanced tapered medical textile solution for tendons, ligaments and other orthopaedic applications. The company says its advanced weaving capabilities prov...

  • 3rd May 2012

    Committed to fairness

    In this third part of a three part feature on sustainability Sabine Anton-Katzenbach discusses how retailers, producers and importers have begun campaigning for working conditions that are socially sustainable, within the scope of their corporate social respon...

  • 1st May 2012

    Nilit cooling yarn verified in independent tests

    Leading Israeli Nylon 6.6 producer Nilit announced today that its innovative patent pending Nilit Breeze speciality yarn is available as a performance fibre for sportswear, hosiery, underwear, shapewear, socks, outerwear and workwear. ...

  • 12th February 2012

    Hohenstein opens testing lab in Hong Kong

    On 9 December 2011, Prof. Stefan Mecheels, Head of the Hohenstein Institute, opened the new test laboratory at the International Textile Testing and Service Centre in Hong Kong. It was an opportunity to tell the approximately 70 invited guests from all around ...

  • 9th February 2012

    Innovative yarn for sportswear and leisure wear

    German scientists have developed a new versatile functional yarn which aims to give maximum comfort and has excellent thermal insulation properties. Working in partnership with Zwickauer Kammgarn GmbH and Helmut Peterseim Strickwaren GmbH in Mühlhausen, resea...

  • 16th November 2011

    OEKO-TEX General Managers plan for 2012 and beyond

    With 11,283 certificates issued in the last year alone, and more than 9,500 companies involved in the scheme in over 90 countries, the OEKO-TEX organisation says its OEKO-TEX Standard 100 has once again confirmed its position as the world's leading certific...

  • 19th October 2011

    Twaron UD41 offers extra protection for police and military

    Teijin Aramid introduced its latest unidirectional laminate fabric, Twaron UD41 at the A+A show in Dusseldorf yesterday, which has been specially developed for bulletproof vests to provide extra protection from different types of attack. Twaron UD41 is aimed ...

  • 10th October 2011

    Strong growth predicted as Techtextil India 2011 opens

    India's technical textiles industry is expected to grow to a value of Rs 1,58,000 crore by 2017, a senior government official said at the opening of Techtextil India 2011 in Mumbai, Moneycontrol reports. "The technical textiles industry is forecast to grow at...

  • 22nd July 2011

    Are we at the technological limit for fire gloves?

    The recent media attention on The Glove Corp. Blaze Fighter structural gloves again raises the question about what is "practical" and appropriate when it comes to the trade-off between thermal protection and dexterity in structural gloves. As the chairman of ...

  • 16th June 2011

    Techtextil North America Symposium 2012 - Call for Papers

    The ninth edition of Techtextil North America Symposium will be held from 24-26 April 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in at Atlanta, GA. "We are pleased to announce that in 2012, ATME-I (American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International) will be i...

  • 9th June 2011

    Techtextil extends lead as innovation powerhouse

    Techtextil, the world's primary event for generating business between manufacturers and users of technical textiles and nonwovens has extended its industry leading position with more than 24,500 visitors from 96 countries attending last month's Techtextil 2011...

  • 6th April 2011

    New OEKO-TEX test criteria become mandatory on 1st April

    The new test criteria for product certification under OEKO-TEX Standard 100 which were published by the International OEKO-TEX association at the beginning of the year became mandatory for all certification processes on 1 April, when the three-month transit...

  • 31st March 2011

    Business Information: Technical Textile Markets reports

    Innovation in Textiles is now offering readers the opportunity to buy online, business information reports on the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. The reports are compiled and published by Textiles Intelligence, a highly respected and leading ...

  • 31st March 2011

    Business Information: Textile Outlook International reports

    Innovation in Textiles is now offering readers the opportunity to buy online, business information reports on the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. The reports are compiled and published by Textiles Intelligence, a highly respected and leading p...

  • 31st March 2011

    Business Information: Performance Apparel Markets reports

    Innovation in Textiles is now offering readers the opportunity to buy online, business information reports on the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. The reports are compiled and published by Textiles Intelligence, a highly respected and leading p...

  • 12th January 2011

    Exhibitor space at Techtextil selling fast

    According to Messe Frankfurt, the current number of registrations for Techtextil 2011, International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, indicates yet another successful exhibition. The organiser says that by the end of December, over 90% of ...

  • 4th January 2011

    OEKO-TEX test criteria 2011

    4 January 2011, Zurich - The International OEKO-TEX Association has, as usual at the start of the year, updated its criteria and limit values for use when testing textiles for harmful substances in accordance with the OEKO-TEX Standard 100. “For many ye...

  • 8th November 2010

    Strata Geosystems India awarded ISO 9001 certification

    Strata Geosystems India, a subsidiary of North Carolina based Glen raven Inc., which produces high-tenacity geogrids, has received the ISO 9001:2008, the internationally accredited standard which was developed by the International Organization for Standard...

  • 29th October 2010

    First wellness label awarded to German sportswear producer

    German manufacturer of knitted sportswear Schneider Sportswear OHG from Albstadt in Baden-Württemberg has been awarded the Hohenstein Institute’s first Wellness Label for textiles and clothing. The company’s senior management was presented with the lab...

  • 27th September 2010

    Dyneema cut resistant gloves for food processing get EU approval

    Dyneema ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibres can now be used in cut resistant gloves for the food processing industry in Europe. Within the European Union, materials and items used in food contact applications need to comply with strict requireme...

  • 20th August 2010

    Latest textile advances presented at Paris conference

    Building on the success of the first two IFAI Advanced Textiles conferences (in Berlin and Brussels), IFAI presented a third successful edition in Paris 16-17 June, in the modern Congress facilities of UICP (right next to the Eiffel Tower). The Industrial ...

  • 28th July 2010

    4th Hohenstein Institute Innovation Exchange

    Article written by the Hohenstein Institute On Thursday 10 June 2010, Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels welcomed nearly 80 people with an interest in the textile industry and research to the 4th Innovation Exchange at the Hohenstein Institute. On the previous ...

  • 14th July 2010

    Oeko-Tex says farewell to Secretary General Raimar Freitag

    After more than 17 successful years at the helm of the International Oeko-Tex Association, Raimar Freitag has transferred his responsibilities as Oeko-Tex Secretary General to his long-time colleague Dr. Jean-Pierre Haug, COO of the Swiss textile testing in...

  • 4th June 2010

    Techtextil North America 2010 considered best textile show in years

    - The seventh edition of Techtextil North America, which took place May 18 – 20, 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia as part of a co-location effort with both the ATME-I show and SPESA EXPO creating the first ever Textile & Sewn ...

  • 2nd June 2010

    Fibertect CS approved by US Environmental Protection Agency

    Fibertect Cotton-Soaking (CS), a three-layer flexible, inert, nonwoven, non-particulate decontamination system that has been proven to be successful in absorbing and adsorbing chemical warfare agents has been officially approved by the United States Environ...

  • 12th May 2010

    Groz-Beckert awarded Kyocera Environment Prize

    Groz-Beckert has been awarded the third place prize at the Kyocera Environment Prize for its Litespeed system which helps save energy and resources in high speed circular knitting by optimizing needle geometries. Prize giving took place on 29 April at t...

  • 22nd April 2010

    Oeko-Tex changes for 2010 now in force

    Changes affecting the testing for harmful substances as per the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which were approved by the Oeko-Tex Association, went into effect on 1 April. In addition to the customary annual adjustments of test criteria and limits, the most impo...

  • 21st April 2010

    Oeko-Tex addresses sustainability at SYFA Spring Conference

    The International Oeko-Tex Association is to present ‘Sustainability and Value Creation in Textiles’ at the Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association 2010 Spring Conference to be held 20-21 April at the Sheraton Airport Plaza in Charlotte, NC.  The SYFA conf...

  • 14th April 2010

    TTNA 2010 showcases latest developments in technical textiles

    Leading technical textile and nonwovens companies from around the world will showcase the latest products and advanced technologies in textiles, nonwovens and materials during Techtextil North America 2010 next month in Atlanta, Georgia. The show represents...

  • 22nd February 2010

    Techtextil NA names Kim Glas as keynote speaker

    Techtextil North America Symposium 2010 has announced that Kim Glas, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles and Apparel, is to be its Keynote Speaker at its forthcoming event. The latest technology, applications, and the overall direction ...

  • 11th January 2010

    Oeko-Tex 2010 Test Criteria

    Based on a joint resolution adopted by its 14 member institutes, the Oeko-Tex Association has again revised and expanded the applicable test criteria, limits and by-laws of the product certification process as per Oeko-Tex Standard 100 effective 1 January ...

  • 8th January 2010

    Handbook of Tensile Properties of Textile and Technical Fibres

    Research and Markets Ltd has added a guide to the tensile properties and failure of textile and technical fibres to its catalogue. The book titled ‘Handbook of Tensile Properties of Textile and Technical Fibres’, provides an overview of the tensile beh...

  • 4th November 2009

    Texas Tech hosts ATNT conference in India

    The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University is to host the 6th annual international conference on Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles, (ATNT) 2009. The event, held in collaboration with Ban...

  • 2nd October 2009

    Hohenstein gets new Function & Care department

    Commencing yesterday, the Hohenstein Institute will be combining its Clothing Physiology and Textile Services & Innovations sections to create new Function & Care department which will provide research and testing services to the textiles industry. The de...

  • 2nd July 2009

    Hohenstein offers hypoallergenic certification

    New textile testing methods developed by scientists at the Hohenstein’s Institute for Hygiene and Biotechnology now enable Hohenstein to certify textile products as hypoallergenic. A unique testing process analyzes a fabric’s interaction with living sk...

  • 31st March 2009

    Invista research facility expands offering

    Invista’s apparel customer service facility for North America has moved to its Applied Research Centre in Newark, Del., now offering brand standards testing, customer-inquiry analysis and in-process management, in addition to its existing research and dev...

  • 18th February 2009

    AITEX Information Day on R&D in textiles and clothing

    New Textiles. Research  and Development in the Textile-Clothing-Technical Textiles Industry 31 March 2009, Hotel Sofitel, Place Jourdan 1, Brussels The Textile Industry Research Association AITEX  is organizing “New Textiles, R&D in the Textile...

  • 17th February 2009

    Hohenstein Institute opens in US

    Hohenstein Institute, one of the world’s leading textile research and testing laboratories, has established Hohenstein Institute America, Inc. in response to its rapidly growing U.S. customer base. Hohenstein America offices will be located in Elon, North...

  • 8th January 2009

    Intertek acquires Porst & Partner

    Intertek, a leading international provider of quality testing services to a wide range of industries, today announced its acquisition of Porst & Partner GmbH, located in Fürth near Nürnberg in Bavaria, Germany. Porst & Partner is a highly recognised labo...

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