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Coating and laminating

Waterproof, breathable three-layer hardshell and softshell laminates made using bio-based materials have been developed for outdoor apparel and workwear by Trans-Textil of Freilassing, Germany. 

A coating that reduces the amount of microfibres that are shed when clothes made of synthetic fabrics are washed is being developed by researchers at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

For the production of protective workwear, W.L.

Manufacturer of bedding products, Standard Fiber, is to use a silver-based antibacterial (Ionic+) from Noble Biomaterials in its home textiles, following the formation of an exclusive partnership b

A cost-effective and scalable screen-printing process that enables electrodes to be deposited on flexible substrates, such as textiles, is being developed by researchers at Washington State Univers

A method for precisely depositing a durable coating that can detect and neutralise toxic compounds onto fabrics is being developed by researchers at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA

3M is to stop manufacturing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and will work to eliminate the use of PFAS in its products by the end of 2025. 

W.L. Gore & Associates is to launch two double-layer laminates (Gore-Tex) featuring a textile (Bionic) made from plastic waste collected from coastal environments. 

A partially bio-based and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS)-free waterproof membrane has been launched by Polartec of Andover, Massachusetts, USA.  

A wide variety of technologies for the finishing of technical textiles are to be showcased by Monforts at ITMA ASIA + CITME, which takes place in Shanghai, China, on 20–24 November 2022.

Aurora Specialty Textiles successfully navigates supply-chain challenges

Established in 1883, Aurora Specialty Textiles specialises in applying coatings and finishes to textiles. In an interview with John McCurry, Aurora’s President, Marcia Ayala, describes the company’s business philosophy, the challenges posed by the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic and her plans for the future. 

Creating functional textiles through finishing, coating and laminating

A wide range of functionalities can be imparted to textiles through the use of finishing, coating and laminating technologies. Editor James Bakewell picks-out some of the highlights from the busy show floor at Techtextil.

In light of recent, sharp increases in the costs of gas and oil, Brückner Textile Technologies of Leonberg, Germany, is to highlight a range of energy-efficient technologies for the finishing of te

New York is moving to ban the sale of clothing containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) after the passing of a bill in its State Senate and Assembly. 

Supplier of finishing machinery to the textiles industry, Navis TubeTex, has purchased manufacturer of foam-coating lines, Gaston Systems Inc.

Supplier of industrial vacuum-coating equipment, AGC Plasma Technology Solutions, has installed a roll-to-roll pilot line for the coating of textiles at its demonstration centre in Lauenförde, Germ

Finishing and coating technologies for the production of technical textiles are to be highlighted by Monforts, of Mönchengladbach, Germany, at Techtextil North America.

A cost-effective and convenient way to apply a silver-based, clear antimicrobial coating to new and existing textiles is being developed by researchers at the University of Tokyo in Japan. 

An inexpensive, non-toxic antimicrobial coating that can be applied easily to almost any fabric is being developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.  

Technologies that could enable training shoes to be produced in a more environmentally sustainable way than is currently possible have been demonstrated by partners in Germany and China. 

A coating that can be used to impart antibacterial and antiviral functionality to various types of surfaces, including textiles, has been developed by Nippon Shokubai of Osaka and Tokyo, Japan, and

LifeLabs of Sunnyvale, California, USA, has launched what it claims to be the world's warmest jacket. 

A partially bio-based version of a waterproof and breathable fabric that can be laminated directly to, for instance, the upper materials of shoes has been launched by Altexa Srl and GHS Holdings. 

A metallic coating that adheres well to fabrics – including those used to produce face masks – and eradicates 99% of several common pathogens on its surface within five minutes of exposure has been

An expanded-polyethylene (ePE) film is now part of the range of the Fabrics Division of W. L. Gore & Associates.

Distributor of speciality chemicals, IMCD NV, has signed an agreement to acquire Aquatech Speciality (Shanghai) International Trading Co Ltd and Aquatech Speciality (Guangzhou) Trading Co Ltd in Ch

A waterborne coating that completely inactivates SARS Cov-2 – the virus responsible for the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic – and could be applied to face masks has been developed by

A metallic, radiant barrier coating for textiles from HeiQ of Zurich, Switzerland, is being used for the production of gloves and mitts for the first time.  

The viability of a dry powder-impregnation process for enhancing the properties of filter media is being explored by its developer, Fibroline of Ecully, France. 

Developer of bio-based antimicrobial coatings for textiles, NordShield of Espoo, Finland, has secured investments totalling more than €4.2 million in its latest financing round, which concluded on

A coating for leather that can inactivate the SARS Cov-2 virus responsible for the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic has been developed by Brazilian companies JBS Couros and Nanox.  

A thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that can be easily extruded and laminated to polyamide (PA) and polyester (PES) textiles – such as those used to produce raincoats – to create a protective, durab

Distributor of speciality chemicals, IMCD NV, has purchased Chinese distributor of coatings and inks, Shanghai Yuanhe Chemicals Co Ltd.

A surgical mask coated with a thin layer of copper that rapidly deactivates bacteria and viruses – including the SARS-Cov-2 virus responsible for the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic

An antimicrobial biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) laminating film inactivates and inhibits the proliferation of the SARS-Cov-2 virus responsible for the human coronavirus (covid-19)

A bio-based alternative to the resorcinol formaldehyde latex (RFL) adhesives typically used to ensure that a good bond is formed between mechanical rubber products and the yarns reinforcing them ha

A range of polyurethanes (PUs) that are produced using feedstocks derived from carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from industrial processes has been developed by Stahl of Waalwijk, The Nether

Annabel of Ghent, Belgium, is now using a halogen-free coating to render its textiles for use in furniture flame-retardant.

A waterproof fabric for the production of awnings has been rendered flame-retardant through the application of a transparent, halogen-free polyurethane (PU) coating.

Flammability in Textiles and Polymers is the latest addition to in the Digital Labs series of educational online events being organised by the American Association of Textile Chemists and

A nanocoating that enables air filters to capture airborne or aerosolised droplets of liquid containing SARS-Cov-2, without inhibiting the flow of air through them, is now being used by su

A face mask coated with particles of silicon nitride that inactivate respiratory viruses could be launched later in 2021 following the signing of a licensing agreement between the producer of the p

Copper nanoparticles could be used to create coatings capable of inactivating the SARS-Cov-2 virus responsible for the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, according to a team of researc

A family of self-sterilising polymers that are effective at inactivating coronaviruses, including SARS-Cov-2 – the virus responsible for the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic – has bee

Re-usable, water-repellent coveralls designed to be worn in cleanrooms could serve as protective clothing for medical personnel, according to research undertaken by Krüss GmbH of Hamburg, Germany.

A device that enables the haptic properties of coated and uncoated textiles to be measured objectively is to be presented at the World Congress on Textile Coating (WCTC)

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 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. 

A polymer that could be used as a building block for polyurethane (PU) has been created from the second most abundant sugar in nature, xylose, by researchers at the University of Bath in the UK. 

Saving every last drop—dyers innovate to save precious resources

Spray application and other water-free technologies have the potential to save the textile industry from its most wasteful processes, according to Adrian Wilson.