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A range of superabsorbent fabrics that demonstrate higher strength when wet than conventional superabsorbents is to be shown by Technical Absorbents Limited (TAL) at INDEX 2020.

A cationic-dyeable polyester (PES) yarn and an expanded range of yarns made from plastic bottles recovered from the ocean have been unveiled by Unifi(1) of Greensboro, North Carolina, US

A diaper that detects urine and faeces using electrically conductive fibres has been developed by the Korea Textile Development Institute of Seo-gu, Daegu, South Korea.

Sensor-containing wearables are set to become critical tools in making robots more widely available, an application that is unlikely to have occurred to the early developers of smart fabrics. 

Volkswagen (VW)’s first innovation hub in North America is to be opened at the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Park in Knoxville, USA.

A method for producing dope-dyed antibacterial viscose filament (rayon) for use in the manufacture of medical textiles is disclosed by E. Miroglio of Sliven, Bulgaria.

A nanoporous membrane (called Xpore) for the manufacture of waterproof and breathable textiles has been launched by BenQ Materials of Taoyuan, Taiwan. 

A special nanocoating and advanced colour pigments are being used by ContiTech North America of Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA, to improve the comfort of seating for stadiums.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has introduced what it claims to be the world’s first all-in-one connected babycare system (called Lumi by Pampers) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in

A range of self-heating apparel that can be controlled using an application on a mobile electronic device has been launched by AlphaTauri, the fashion label founded by drinks manufacturer Red Bull.

Carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) backrests have been developed for Guangzhou Automobile Group Co (GAC) Ltd’s ENO.146 electric concept car by the carmaker’s research and development (R&

A method for eliminating the voids in composites based on the use of films of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), rather than expensive and energy-intensive autoclaves, has been developed by a research team i

Freudenberg Group has completed its acquisition of Filc, a producer of needlepunched nonwovens and laminated materials for the automotive and construction industries.

One of Europe’s biggest suppliers of automotive components, Robert Bosch, has been developing structures comprising multiple functional layers of embroidered textiles for the manufacture of flexibl

A patch designed by engineers at the University of Missouri in Columbia, USA, can cool the skin to which it is applied while also monitoring blood pressure, the electrical activity of the heart and

Hexcel Corp and Woodward Inc have signed a definitive agreement to combine through a merger of equals.

A substantial contract for the high-volume production of carbon fibre-reinforced and glass fibre-reinforced plastic cover plates for battery enclosures has been awarded to SGL Carbon of Wiesbaden,

A range of dry unidirectional (UD) carbon fibre tapes have been developed by Hexcel for use in cross-country racing skis manufactured by Madshus.

A light, breathable and thin composite fabric that is claimed to be superabsorbent and leak-proof has been launched by Wazoodle Fabrics for use in a range of hygiene products.

A facility dedicated to the development of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) fan blades and fan cases for use on jet engines has been opened in Bristol, UK, by Rolls-Royce.

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