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Heathcoat Fabrics of Tiverton, UK, has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its development of a high-performance parachute fabric

A T-shirt made from a polyethylene (PE) fabric that is transparent to infrared (IR) radiation – thereby keeping its wearer cooler than they would be wearing cotton clothing – has been launched by L

A range of durable fabrics made from pre-consumer recycled polyamide (PA) 66 fibres has been launched by Invista, of Wichita, Kansas, USA, through its Cordura brand.   

A comfortable knitted fabric that responds to the presence of perspiration by changing its structure three-dimensionally in order to increase its breathability has been developed by Teijin Frontier

A smooth and supple fabric made from polyester (PES) yarns with the structure of hair and wool has been launched by Toray of Tokyo, Japan. 

Manufacturer of textiles for workwear, Carrington Textiles of Adlington, UK, has launched eight fabrics that feature sustainable fibres – including recycled polyester (PES) and cotton – and synthet

The lenses of eyeglasses will remain free from fog for twelve hours after being cleaned using the Toraysee microfibre cloth, according to its developer, Toray Industries of Tokyo, Japan. 

Fabric samples that will serve as the basis for apparel made from spider-silk fibres have been delivered for the first time to  Spydasilk Enterprises by Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. 

Fabrics made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) are excellent conductors of heat, meaning that they could serve as a cooling interface between human skin and wearable electronic

Novel textiles are to be developed through a partnership formed by a manufacturer of stretchable and/or thermoregulating fibres and fabrics, The Lycra Co of Wilmington, Delaware, USA, and a develop

A range of antimicrobial polyamide (PA) fabrics that are elastic, soft to the touch and comfortable to wear has been launched by Maglificio Ripa of Spino d'Adda, Italy. 

A durable, stretchable and inherently flame-retardant (FR) fabric for the production of protective clothing for workers in such as electric power stations has been launched by Daletec of Dalekvam,

Freudenberg Performance Materials of Weinheim, Germany, is to showcase two fabrics for sportswear made using recycled polyester (PES) at Performance Days (to be held online on 17–21 May 20

Royal DSM of Heerlen, The Netherlands, has entered into partnerships with seven mills that will manufacture fabrics using its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), Dyneema.

A washable, comfortable and antiviral polyester (PES) textile from Toray Industries of Tokyo, Japan, has been proven effective against the SARS-Cov-2 virus responsible for the human corona

A textile suitable for the production of composting tarpaulins has been launched by Alpex Protection, a manufacturer of waterproof, breathable and flexible materials based in Saint-Chamond, France.

A high-performance textile developed by Heathcoat Fabrics of Tiverton, UK, for the production of parachutes has enabled the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Perseverance ro

An elastic, polyester (PES)-based tricot fabric that can be easily recycled has been developed by Karl Mayer of Obertshausen, Germany.

The developer of a base layer produced from a durable, non-shedding antimicrobial fabric of continuous polyamide (PA) filaments has been presented with an ISPO Textrends Award.

In order to commercialise its range of antimicrobial polyamide (PA) yarns, fibres and fabrics (Acteev Protect(1)),

A polyester fabric (brrr° Pro) that instantly and continuously draws heat and moisture away from the skin has been launched for the production of sportswear by Brrr.

A fabric made from a combination of goose-down and fibres of polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) has been unveiled by its developers, Natural Insulation Products Inc (NIPI) and DuPont. 

A washable, comfortable and antiviral textile has been developed for the manufacture of apparel, workwear and sportswear by Toray of Tokyo, Japan. 

A polyester (PES) fabric that combines the softness, smoothness and comfort of synthetics with the natural feel and random unevenness of traditional Japanese paper has been developed for use in app

A fabric that is designed to capture heat from the sun and trap warmth has been launched for the production of jackets by Columbia Sportswear of Portland, Oregon, USA. 

A range of fabrics made from cellulosic and polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) fibres has been launched by Eastman and DuPont Biomaterials.

PrimaLoft Inc and Shanghai Challenge Textile Co Ltd have entered into a global partnership agreement that will see the pair develop performance fabrics from thermally insulating synthetic microfibr

A fabric that absorbs sweat, dries quickly, traps warm air and is comfortable to wear next to the skin has been developed by Teijin Frontier Co Ltd.

As the aerospace industry renews its focus on space travel, there is a growing need for innovation in the area of thermal protective systems (TPSs) says Tex Tech Industries of Portland, Maine, USA.

A collection of fabrics made predominantly from bio-based fibres has been launched by Lenzing and DuPont Biomaterials.

Flame-retardant nanoclay-modified fabrics that can be used as flame barriers in mattresses and bedding have been developed by Precision Custom Coatings and Precision Textiles of Totowa, New Jersey,

Polyester (PES) fabrics that are both biodegradable and recyclable have been launched for the commercial interiors market by Duvaltex of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Expanding opportunities for knitted, woven and laminated fabrics

Innovation by manufacturers of knitted, woven and laminated fabrics continues to flourish. Nick Butler provides some examples to look for during Techtextil.

A range of soft, comfortable and stretchable fabrics made from cellulosic and elastane fibres are to be launched for use in sports- and underwear through a partnership between Lenzing and Hyosung.

A highly stable fabric for waterproof roofing membranes has been developed by Booyoung Textile of Chilgok-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea.

A synthetic fabric for sports-, fashion- and workwear that has an appearance similar to fabrics produced from natural fibres has been developed by Teijin Frontier of Osaka, Japan.

A thermally insulating fabric has been launched that sheds five-times fewer fibres than its competitors, according to its developer Polartec of Andover, Massachusetts, USA.

Sleepdeep of London, UK, is promoting its range of sleepwear of the same name as having been physiologically and psychologically proven to improve its wearer's quality of sleep.  

Evolon New Generation fabric from Freudenberg Performance Materials has been awarded a European seal of quality for anti-mite bedding items.

A fabric reinforcement that enables composites made with it to avoid detection with radar has been developed by Richard Chi-Hsueh of San Diego, California, USA.

More than just a manufacturer—Glen Raven embraces change

John McCurry interviewed Leib Oehmig, Glen Raven’s new Chief Executive Officer, and Harold Hill, the President of its Technical Fabrics division, to learn about a company determined to remain one of North America’s foremost manufacturers of specialist fabrics.

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst is currently conducting physiology experiments aimed at improving the performance of functional cooling fabrics on board the International Spac

A durable, stretchable and colour-fast black denim has been developed by Invista's Cordura brand, Lenzing and Artistic Milliners.

By optimizing conventional dyeing and lamination technologies, Teijin Frontier has been able to use non-crimped threads to produce a high-gauge polyester (PES) knitted fabric for the manufacture of

Spectra ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWE) fibre might be best known for its use in body armour, but at the homeland security event Milipol its developer Honeywell will revea

Carrington Textiles is to launch a flame-retardant (FR) fabric (Flametech 300AS) in multiple high-visibility colours at this year’s A+A in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 17–20 October. 

Hexcel is launching a UK Government-backed £7.4-million research and development project on multiaxial fabrics for composites and is expanding its manufacturing facility in Narborough, UK. 

New prospects for superabsorbent fibres as washable fabrics

The development of a superabsorbent fibre has already created many market opportunities for Technical Absorbents Ltd, but the company continues to innovate and, at a recent conference, Product Development Specialist James Docherty revealed the latest innovation—washable fabrics.

US companies race to commercialize technologies for cooling fabrics

John McCurry reports that demand for fabrics providing cooling effects has led to the foundation of a great many companies in the USA eager to fulfil the market’s needs. Together with some longer-term players, they have an abundance of new technologies to choose from and commercialize in order to provide such functionality.

A standard (PDESP21) for highly aesthetic spread-tow carbon fibre fabrics has been developed by Oxeon of Boras, Sweden.

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