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A robot that can mimic coughing, sneezing and breathing is being used by researchers in Finland to determine the effectiveness of face masks and air-purification systems, and to verify the accuracy

A line for the coating of bi-elastic knitted fabrics (which stretch in both warp and weft directions) has been developed by German textile machinery manufacturer Brückner Textile Technologies GmbH

A scheme through which used personal protective equipment (PPE) such as disposable face masks can be recycled into durable plastic boards is being trialled in the UK using waste from the Royal Corn

A high-tenacity lyocell fibre made from cellulose derived from industrial organic and agricultural waste has been developed by Nanollose Ltd and Grasim Industries Ltd. 


An instrument that can accurately and repeatably measure the energy transferred by flame through a sample of fabric has been launched by Thermetrics of Seattle, Washington, USA.

Romanian company Minet SA is to produce nonwovens for the hygiene market for the first time using a hydroentanglement (spunlace) line from Andritz Group. 

A viscose fibre embedded with minerals that convert body heat into infra-red (IR) radiation has been launched by Hologenix and Kelheim Fibres. 

Johns Manville (JM) has completed the first phase of work to increase production of glass-fibre pipe insulation at its plant in Defiance, Ohio, USA.

A short course introducing the technical aspects of the web-forming processes used for the production of meltblown and spunbond nonwovens – used for the manufacture of such as face masks – has been

As part of a plan to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, Lenzing is to build a 55 000-m² ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plant in Upper Austria. 

Face masks made from antimicrobial polyamide (PA) fabrics developed by Ascend Performance Materials (APM) are to be sold on a website set-up by importer and distributor of industrial raw materials

Thermally insulating nonwovens based on fibres extracted from milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), a plant native to North America, are being produced on a commercial scale by Eko-Terre Inc of Co

Airbond is doubling the size of its product range with the introduction of twelve splicing systems for difficult-to-join fibres and yarns, such as those used in the composites industry. 

Kordsa is supplying carbon fibre fabrics to TRB Lightweight Structures for the mass-production of parts of battery enclosures for electric vehicles (EVs). 

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) Ltd has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a developer and manufacturer of electrochemical materials used in fuel cells and in the creation of hydrogen, P

Following close consultation with its customers, Messe Frankfurt of Germany has postponed the trade fairs it had originally planned for April and May 2021—including Heimtextil, Techtex

The use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRPs) could lower the cost and improve the performance of wind-turbine blades if the materials are tailored specifically for the application, according

US companies Microban International and Manchester Mills have expanded a partnership established initially to produce and sell antimicrobial textiles for the healthcare industry to include the hosp

A range of seamless garments – including base layers, leggings, tops, sweaters, gloves and helmet liners – warp-knitted from an antimicrobial polyamide (PA) yarn has been launched by CIFRA of Veran

A pair of durable water-repellent (DWR) coatings made from natural materials has been launched for application to textiles by the Rudolf Group of Geretsried, Germany.