Testing & Standards
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.
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 breakwater applications. This CO2 footprint calculator provides water management customers with background information on several sustainability aspects.
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 being used in a growing number of applications from clothing, through construction to regenerative medicine. Techtextil takes place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June.
Swiss textile innovator Schoeller has launched a new fabrics range called Pyroshell which offers permanent flame protection for polyester and polyamide fabrics.
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 create more profitable and sustainable futures for their businesses.
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 NC state was dead. It’s a full blown TV documentary which lasts 30 minutes but its well worth watching.
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 Innovation Prizes.
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 together the Wool ComfortMeter and Wool HandleMeter are said to allow manufacturers and retailers to produce and market vastly improved next-to-skin garments.
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 at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
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 international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. The following text, provided by the show’s organiser summarises some of the leading technologies which will be exhibited.
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 significantly higher than at the comparable time two years ago.
Germany’s Hohenstein Institute is now offering testing and certification of protective/safety gloves in accordance with a number of industry standards.
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 can help the sector to cope with the tough competition from Asia and several German companies were able to close deals with Turkish customers during the events.
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.
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 project (AiF-Nr. 16676 N), which was based on a study from 2003, which said that 49% of fatalities amongst fire-fighters in the USA were attributable to heat stress.
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 members for sustainable solutions. Key points of the campaign are technologies and products that conserve raw materials, reduce emissions and sustainably improve the living conditions of people.
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 and record attendance of over 800 delegates – the emphasis was very much on what the industry can now contribute over the next fifty years and what major changes are on the horizon.
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 Technology (EMPA) will address the subject Nano Textiles: What can be expected from it?
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 promotion, and flame retardancy.
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; 86% has actually been firmly booked. Never before have we had such a good result at such an early stage”, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies.
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 already been sold and the market leaders are on board.
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 for receipt of the manuscripts is 31 October 2012.
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 Textile and Clothing Industries as “a textile article that contains a substance or a preparation that is intended to be released sustainably on to the different superficial parts of the human body, especially the skin, and which claim particular properties such as cleansing, perfume, change of appearance, protection, maintenance in good condition, or correction of body odours.”
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.
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 sportsmen and women, but more and more active sportsmen and women have reported the positive effects of wearing these special elastic socks.
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.
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 the need to earn money has been inconceivable.
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.
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.
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 year's programme.
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 textiles, textile machinery, nonwovens, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
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 the largest and best technical textiles, nonwovens, textile machinery, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
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.
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.
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 retail in both the UK and the US; and is expanding even more rapidly in the newly-affluent, youth-driven markets of emerging economies. While brand, heritage and style trends contribute to the sales of athletic apparel and equipment, the sporting goods market also relies heavily upon technology as a marketing tool.
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 provide a high-precision medical textile solution able to match the anatomical construction of tendons and replicate performance.
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 responsibility (CSR).
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.
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 the world about the work of the Hohenstein experts.
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, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, have developed an innovative new yarn for knitted textiles.
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 certification scheme for textiles tested for harmful substances.
That was the conclusion of this year's meeting of the heads of
OEKO-TEX institutes, which, in view of the growing number of certificates
issued to production
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 at groups such as soldiers or police units, and even private citizens who require such protection.
According to Teijin Aramid, the new fabric, which is based
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 Rs 1,58,000 crore by 2016-17, with a projected growth of 20%. The industry has grown to Rs 63,000 crore in 2011-12 from Rs 41,000 crore in 2010-11, which is 11%
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 the NFPA 1
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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 incorporated into Techtextil North America. Also in 2012, Texprocess Americas (formerly SPESA Expo) will co-locate with Techtextil North America in adjacent halls providing tremendous value for textile and sewn pro
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 in Frankfurt. Visitors saw a host of innovations presented by 1207 exhibitors from 50 countries.
"This is a great success from both the national and internati
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 transitional period came to an end.
“The OEKO-TEX association would like to take the opportunity
to point out to all companies that OEKO-TEX certification also covers all
textile-relevant SVHCs (substances of very high con
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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 the space used in 2009 had already been booked and there was equal
interest from new and returning exhibitors for the 24-26 May 2011 show.
“The mood is good
following Techtextil 2009, which set a new r
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 years now, the list of criteria has provided
effective protection against undesirable chemical substances and it is used
very successfully by the textile and clothing industry and many retailers and
distributors for quality control in this area,
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
Standardization (ISO), a worldwide federation of national standards bodies
representing some 130 countries.
"Strata Geosystems takes its quality performance
commitment to customers very seriously," said Narendra Dalmia, CEO an
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 label for use
on its products in September by Silke Off, Head of the Laboratory for Clothing
Physiology at the Hohenstein Institute, who had played an important part in
designing, developing and introducing the n
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 requirements laid out
in the Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 governing materials used in
contact with food, as well as the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Regulation
(EC) No 2023/2006. DSM Dyneema’s UHMWPE fibre
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 Fabrics Association International hosted 70
participants from Europe and the U.S. at the 2010 conference, which focused on
major applications of technical textiles and investigated new technology
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 evening, the Hohenstein "Award for
Entrepreneurial Excellence in Global Textile Services" had been presented
to Christine Krautschneider, long-standing managing partner and now Chair of
the Supervisory Board of Salesi
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 institute
TESTEX, effective 1 July 2010. At the
same time, he will continue to offer his experience, extensive knowledge and
contacts in the industry to the association as an advisor for strategic issues,
- 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 Products Industry Week in an effort that is said to
have provided tremendous value for textile and sewn products industry
professionals at all levels of the textile and sewn products manufacturing and
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 Environmental
Protection Agency as of 29 May.
According to First Line Technology, which is commercializing
the product, Fibertect CS may now prove useful in recovery efforts in the
British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon
Groz-Beckert has been awarded the third
place prize at the Kyocera Environment Prize for its Litespeed system
helps save energy and resources in high speed circular knitting by
needle geometries. Prize giving took place on 29 April at the Economics
organised by the Federal Association of Medium-Sized Companies e.V.,
Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the World Conference Centre at
former German Bundestag in Bonn.
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 important structural change concerns company
visits which are now binding for all certificate holders, and which will form an
integral part of each Oeko-Tex product certification.
In addition, the Oeko-Tex label templa
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 conference theme is ‘Fibers and
Textiles for a New Decade’.
Dina Dunn, who oversees the Oeko-Tex marketing efforts in
North America, will present an overview of the Oeko-Tex fibre and textile
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 all
vertical aspects of the technical textile industry from research and
development, through raw materials and production processes, to conversion,
further treatment and recycling.
Some of the highlights of the
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
The latest technology, applications, and the overall
direction of the technical textile and nonwovens industry will be presented by
experts and leaders from around the world during Techtextil North America Symposium
being held from 18-20 May 2010 at the Georgia World C
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 2010. As
of December, the Oeko-Tex certificate contains a notice advising that the
"certified articles meet the requirements of Annex XVII of the REACh
regulation (including the use of prohibited azo dyes, nickel e
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 behaviour of a wide range of both natural and synthetic fibres, examines
tensile characteristics, tensile failure of textiles fibres and factors that
affect tensile properties and discusses microstructures and each
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 Bannari Amman
Institute of Technology in India (BIT), will run from 7-9 December at the
institute’s campus in Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu, South India. The conference
will feature papers from natural fibres to
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
The department will be managed by Dr. Andreas Schmidt who
will be succeeding Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Umbach. Dr. Umbach will be retiring
from his active role as Director of the Clothing Physiology department
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 skin cells to determine whether it is likely to induce an allergic
reaction or skin irritation in the wearer. Textiles that pass the test series
may be certified by Hohenstein as hypoallergenic, skin-friendly fabric
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 development
“Guided by Invista’s strong focus on innovation, we have
used this research facility in the past to explore new ideas for fibre and
fabric applications,” said Robert Dzielak, North
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 – Clothing - Technical Textiles Industry”, an
Information Day which will take place on 31 March 2009 in Brussels,
The event will be focused on the importance of innovation
for the future of the te
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
Carolina and will provide in-country support to U.S. textile products
manufacturers, sourcers, and retailers.
“Establishing Hohenstein America is an investment in our
commitment to our U.S. customers,” say
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 laboratory providing consumer product testing,
environmental analyses, food analyses and microbiology. Porst & Partner is
also a well-known provider of engineering services including evaluation and