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Flax fibre has been used by Composites Evolution of Chesterfield, UK, to reduce the cost of carbon fibre-reinforced epoxy mould tools.

SKIINCore is a pair of self-heating base layer garments for use in cold weather developed by Myant of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and launched by the company on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

Ineos Enterprises of Runcorn, UK, has agreed to acquire the entire composites business of Ashland Global Holdings Inc of Covington, Kentucky, USA, for US$1.1 billion.

Nonwovens producer Technical Fibre Products (TFP) of Kendal, UK, is to increase its production capacity by 50% by 2020 in response to increasing demand for its products. 

A lightweight and efficient heating system based on multilayer webs of highly aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) could be used to prevent ice from building-up on aircraft.  

Membrane technology that actively draws sweat away from a wearer's inner garments is being used by Swiss sports brand Kjus in its latest ski jacket (7sphere Hydro_Bot). 

Carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRPs) that are able to provide data on their own structural integrity are being developed by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, USA

Production of glass fibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP) in Europe will have grown by around 2% (compared with 2017) to

Ongoing research led by the US Department of Energy (DoE)'s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, could lead to the use of a biomass-derived acrylonitrile (ACN) precursor

A carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) chassis developed by KW Special Projects (KWSP) is to be used by Swedish car company Uniti of Lund for its affordable electric vehicle (EV), the Unit

McLaren Automotive has opened its £50-million Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield, UK.

BeBop Sensors of Berkeley, California, USA, has been been presented with the Best New Material Award at the IDTechEx Wearable USA 2018 Awards.

A flame-resistant fabric that is lightweight and complies with the relevant industrial standards for such personal protection garments has been developed by Invista of Wichita, Kansas, USA.

A lightweight and flexible protective padding system that can be incorporated into clothing has been developed by Hexaflex of Bernay, France.

A method for imparting long-lasting function to spunlaid fabrics has been developed by the Thüringisches Institut für Textil- und Kunststoff-Forschung (TITK) of Rudolstadt, Germany.

A pair of stiff and strong reinforced polyamides (PAs) for additive manufacturing applications has been launched by DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers of Wilmington, Delaware, USA.

An apparel start-up company that uses automated manufacturing techniques to produce customized denim jeans on demand has developed a method of creating curvature in woven fabrics.

A cheap way to electrospin nanofibres with nanoparticles of electrolytes embedded in their surfaces has been developed by researchers at Edinburgh University in the UK.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the USA have developed a method for embroidering charge-storing patterns that they claim can be applied to any garment.

Lightweight, easy-to-use carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger dummies have been developed by Indupol of Arendonk, Belgium.

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