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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

Polartec has eliminated per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) from the durable water-repellent (DWR) treatments it applies to its fabrics. 

An antimicrobial additive that has been proven effective against the 229E strain of human coronavirus (a surrogate for SARS-Cov-2, which is responsible for the human coronavirus (covid-19)

As it looks to limit the environmental impact of its operations, global fastenings manufacturer YKK is to use a perfluorinated compound (PFC)-free finish to make its zip-fasteners water-repellent,

Hollow-fibre nanofiltration membranes from NX Filtration are to be used in the treatment of wastewater generated by Indian denim manufacturer Kewal Kiran Clothing Ltd (KKCL).

Belgian private equity fund Pentahold has sold Devan Chemicals to Pulcra Chemicals of Geretsried, Germany. 

In preparation for the launch of its precise, high-throughput digital finishing technology (called Novara) for technical textiles, Alchemie Technology has formed a partnership with developer and ma

Liver-surgery patients could soon be protected from heavy bleeding by a haemostatic patch made using an advanced textile-impregnation technology.

A pair of finishes derived from vegetable oils  – a softener and a finish that improves the sweat-wicking performance of fabrics – has been launched by Devan Chemicals of Ronse, Belgium.  

Natural leather treated with an antimicrobial finish has been launched for use in the aviation, bus, coach and rail sectors by Muirhead of Glasgow, UK.

Devan Chemicals is working with Jeanologia to reduce the amount of water consumed during the application of its BI-OME antimicrobial finishes(

A silver-based antimicrobial treatment for textiles that is durable for fifty washes has been launched by Noble Biomaterials of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA.

Self-sanitising textile signage for use in such as shops and showrooms has been launched by Marler Haley of Wellingborough, UK.

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 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

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

Developer of systems for waterless dyeing and high-throughput digital finishing, Alchemie Technology of Cambridge, UK, has received financial backing from At One Ventures and H&M Group's invest

Durable, antimicrobial finishes can be applied to textiles using an ultrasound-based technology being commercialised by Sonovia, Brückner Textile Technologies and Weber Ultrasonics.

An antimicrobial finish developed by HeiQ can be applied to fabrics during washing now that the company has formed a partnership with a provider of industrial laundry services, Girbau.

A silicone-based durable water-repellent (DWR) finish has been launched by Dow of Midland, Michigan, USA.

A partially bio-based, perfluorocarbon (PFC)-free durable water-repellent (DWR) finish for yarns made from a wide variety of fibres has been launched by CHT Group of Tübingen, Germany.

The first industrial-scale installation of a spray-dyeing line that slashes the consumption of fresh water, energy and chemicals, as well as reducing wastewater, by as much as 90% when compared wit

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.

A dry, bio-based, electrospun beauty mask that, in short trials on human volunteers, has been shown to reduce the presence of forehead wrinkles and crows-feet wrinkles and to moisturise the skin ef

Sciessent has revealed test results that show that its antimicrobial additive (Agion) completely inactivates SARS-Cov-2, the virus responsible for the human coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic

A deodorising finish for application to everyday apparel, bedding and workwear has been launched by Toray of Tokyo, Japan. 

A range of fabrics treated with antimicrobial and water-repellent finishes has been launched by Argar Srl of Milan, Italy.

Turkish finisher of knitted fabrics, Sezginler Tekstil of Çorlu, says that it has improved the efficiency and consistency of its processes for applying softening finishes, while reducing its use of

An additive for textiles and coatings has been shown to be highly effective against enveloped viruses, such as SARS-Cov-2, in independent testing.

Commercialising, validating and supplying a vital treatment

From the beginnings of the current pandemic in China in late 2019 to the present, our industry has responded swiftly to provide the vital personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by frontline workers and the public. By forming partnerships, increasing production and developing new products, it has contributed significantly to help prevent the uncontrolled spread of the virus responsible. Editor Nick Butler picks the as-yet unfinished story of HeiQ’s commercialisation of a new anti-viral textile treatment as a prime example among many impressive achievements.

In preparation for the re-opening of ice-hockey stadiums in Switzerland, Hockey Club Ambrì-Piotta (HCAP) and HeiQ have unveiled branded, antiviral face masks for the protection of fans.

An aqueous flame-retardant (FR) dispersion that is free from solvents and is suitable for application to textiles has been launched by Songwon of Ulsan, South Korea. 

A single-layer antiviral face mask has been launched by Gorilla Protect, which claims the product's surface eliminates more than 99.99% of the 229E strain of human coronavirus (part of the same fam

Baldwin Technology Co Inc of St Louis, Missouri, USA, has successfully installed six of its precision-spray finishing and sanforizing systems. 

Business consultant Frost & Sullivan has lauded Devan Chemicals for its development of a wash-durable antimicrobial finish that can reduce the presence of SARS-Cov-2 on a textile sampl

An antimicrobial finish developed by Schutzen Chemical Group has been proven to deactivate 99.9% of human coronavirus 229E (a surrogate for SARS-Cov-2, which is responsible for the human c

Two self-sanitising fabrics for the production of shop signage have been launched by Ultima Displays of Corby, UK. 

A wash-durable antimicrobial finish based on silane quaternary ammonium compounds (Si-quats) has been proven in independent testing to reduce the presence of SARS-Cov-2, which causes covid

An alternative to chromium dyes for the finishing of wool is safe, reliable and delivers consistent results according to its developer, Huntsman Textile Effects of Singapore.

A recently unveiled jacket features numerous elements treated with an antiviral and antimicrobial finish proven effective against the strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) responsible for the COVID-19

An antiviral and antimicrobial treatment proven effective against the strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic is to be incorporated into yarns and threads by Coats.

Technology that imparts a cooling function to textile- and foam-based consumer products, such as bedding, has been launched by Alexium International Group.

A Finnish company claims to have developed a long-lasting surface treatment capable of killing the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

A multivitamin blend has been added to Devan Chemicals' range of microencapsulated active ingredients for application to fabrics (R-Vital).

An antiviral and antibacterial treatment for textiles proven effective against the strain of

A hybrid binder for the formulation of waterborne inks that imparts durability, colour-intensity and opacity to screen-printed designs on fabrics made from synthetic and natural fibres has been lau

A treatment for textiles developed by Livinguard AG of Zug, Switzerland, has been shown to deactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the human coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Biotechnology company Proneem of Marseilles, France, has developed a textile treatment that it claims is capable of neutralising SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, on textile surfaces.