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As it looks to diversify its operations, Picanol Group has spent €45.4 million to acquire a minority stake in supplier of systems for spinning short-staple fibres, Rieter Holding AG.

A range of encapsulated, bio-based fragrances that – when applied to fabrics – are released gradually in response to abrasion has been launched by Devan Chemicals of Ronse, Belgium.

A range of industrial sewing threads made entirely from recycled polyester (PES) has been launched by the Champion Thread Co (CTC) of Gastonia, North Carolina, USA.

A flushable, biodegradable pregnancy test has been launched by Lia Diagnostics Inc of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA.

A line featuring Autefa Solutions' latest technologies for the forming and hydroentanglement of fibrous webs, and the drying, cutting and forming of the resultant nonwovens, is available for trials

A method for depositing electrodes on microfibres that could enable the production of thin, flexible smart textiles is being developed by researchers at the Korea Institute of Science and Technolog

Finnish producer of nonwovens, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, has worked with Italian filter manufacturer Virgis Filters Spa to develop high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters for systems produced by Web

A method for coating cotton yarns with enzymes that could enable the production of novel filter media has been demonstrated by researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, USA.

An efficient system for testing the water-repellency of textiles has been launched by James Heal of Halifax, UK.

An online event featuring conferences, competitions, awards ceremonies and opportunities for networking is to be hosted by JEC Group of Paris, France, on 1–2 June 2021.

A textile finish that reduces the presence of the allergens found in cat hairs and dog hairs has also been proven effective against pollen in testing undertaken by independent laboratory BMA-Labor

Fabrics made from fibres coated with particles of silicon nitride inactivate SARS-Cov-2, the virus responsible for the human coronavirus pandemic, shortly after contact, according to the m

Developer of a process that enables fibres to be produced from cellulosic biomass, Spinnova, and wood-pulp producer Suzano are to invest approximately €22 million to build a commercial-scale fibre-

An armband that could be used to monitor the electrical activity of its wearer's heart – eliminating the need for conventional wired electrodes – is being developed by researchers at North Carolina

A fully automated line able to produce up to 50 000 face masks a day has been launched by Autefa Solutions of Friedberg, Germany.

Researchers in the USA are using X-ray microcomputed tomography to capture three-dimensional (3D) images of the surface of fabrics in order to determine how they will interact with human skin.

An antimicrobial additive that can be used with detergent in washing machines to inactivate bacteria, viruses and fungi on textile surfaces during laundering has been launched by Smart Inovation of

A para-aramid nanofibre has been developed as a separator for lithium-ion batteries.


Huntsman Textile Effects is to become the exclusive distributor of Sciessent's antimicrobial and odour-controlling additive and finishes following the signing of an agreement by the two companies.

An extended family of non-halogenated, durable water-repellent (DWR) finishes that are free from alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEOs) and fluorine has been unveiled by Rudolf Group of Geretsried, German