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A lightweight, durable and comfortable fabric has been launched by Carrington Textiles, of Adlington, UK, for the production of military uniforms. 

A computer-controlled jacket that could one day make its wearer invisible to infrared (IR) cameras is being developed by researchers in the UK, who have created a prototype to test the concept. 

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. 

A camouflage sheet renders soldiers virtually invisible to the naked eye and thermal imaging equipment, claims its developer, Polaris Solutions of Givat Haim, Israel.  

A soft-armour vest made primarily from Royal DSM's unidirectional (UD) ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE, Dyneema) is to be supplied to Sao Paulo police by MKU Ltd.   

Gentex Corp of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, USA, has signed a US$20.6-million contract to supply sets of equipment that protect against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats to

A range of ballistic body panels made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibres is – for its level of performance – the thinnest and lightest currently available, say its US dev

Apex Mills explores the potential of trailblazing knitting technology

Specialising in state-of-the-art knitted technical textiles currently offers incredible challenges as well as numerous opportunities. As competitors fail, for instance, manufacturers can acquire new capabilities and new customers. One such company, reports John McCurry, is Apex Mills, which made its first acquisition in 2019.

3M has completed the sale of its ballistic-protection business to Avon Rubber Plc for US$91 million.

Military funding continues to be a big boost for innovation

Textiles remain at the forefront of the ongoing global race to protect military personnel from existing and emerging threats, particularly smart textiles, and particularly in the USA, according to Sarah Gibbons.

Flame-retardant (FR) polyamide (PA)–cotton fabrics are being developed by Alexium and Pine Belt Processing for use by the US Military.

3M is to sell its advanced ballistic-protection business to Avon Rubber Plc for US$91 million. 

A lightweight yet effective ballistic protection material that is more comfortable to wear that existing solutions has been developed by Blücher of Erkrath, Germany.

Textile innovations continue to help keep military personnel safe

From camouflage for daytime and night-time operations in a variety of environments to flame-retardant materials, the latest developments in textiles and textile technologies remain key factors in providing protection and reasonable comfort for military personnel, reports Adrian Wilson.

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.

Slow, but safe—the latest innovations in antiballistic fabrics

Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Charlotte Brandt from technical textiles specialist Arville reviews the advances that have been made in the development of antiballistic fabrics, examining the challenges that continue to be met by manufacturers.

Manufacturers striving to improve the design of their body armour could find guidance from the work of a group researchers in the USA.

Researchers in the USA have developed an experimental device to test the durability of high performance and robust polymers that appear to strengthen themselves under a rapid series of impacts.

The first samples of a spider silk produced by genetically engineered silkworms have been delivered to the US Army for independent testing.

A US company has developed a patented range of coloured retroreflective materials.

Having raised £13 million in private equity funding, D3O has just opened The Lab—its new global headquarters and dedicated innovation, development and testing centre in Croydon, UK.

UK technology and design consultancy Cambridge Design Partnership has developed a wearable device that measures and monitors the vital signs of multiple trauma patients for emergency response in di

Six customers in the European markets for automotive, workwear and military fabrics, with a combined sales potential of US$15–20 million in the next 12–18 months, are already being

A private equity firm in the USA has completed the acquisition of Point Blank Enterprises, a specialist in soft armour and anti-ballistic protection.

The core antiballistics component of a new system for soldiers in the US Army is to be supplied by Point Blank Enterprises of Pompano Beach, Florida, USA.

A lightweight solar panel system for military forces was unveiled by IDG Europe of Lidingo, Sweden, at the Innovative Energy Solutions for Military Applications (IESMA 2014) conference and exhibition

Market trends favour lightweight polyethylene fibres for armour

The emerging trends in the markets for body and vehicle armour strongly favour lightweight materials and, Nick Butler reports, DSM Dyneema has responded by developing a technology to make its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibre a stronger candidate for such applications than ever before.

An anti-ballistic spall liner for the interior of military vehicles was launched by Teijin Aramid at the defence and security exhibition DSEI, held in London, UK, on 10-13 September 2013.
A formulation that can be applied to a glove to allow the wearer to operate touchscreen devices has won recognition by the US Department of Defense (DoD).
TenCate Advanced Armor of Newark, Ohio, USA, says it has signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the US Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) that w

Military cuts prompt urgent responses from US textile suppliers

As the US military significantly reduces the amount of fabric it is buying, mostly from domestic suppliers, John McCurry investigates how some companies are responding to a loss of orders that have helped sustain their industry over many years.

Suppliers of smart materials, including textiles that incorporate electronics, have until 12 April 2013 to respond to a call for research proposals issued by the UK Government's Ministry of Defence (M
Italy's navy is set to order thousands of garments developed by a UK company to provide next-to-theskin protection and performance in action.
Alexium International Group Ltd has won a contract from the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Tyndall, Florida, USA, to test and demonstrate the effectiveness of a fabric treatment developed
The US Army is testing a nonwoven wipe containing activated carbon for decontaminating equipment exposed to chemical agents.
Trials of combat uniforms by Australia's Defence Forces are to continue with an additional 10 000 uniforms to be supplied by Crye Precision of Brooklyn, New York, USA.
TenCate Protective Fabrics of Union City, Georgia, USA, has won two contracts to supply flame-resistant (FR) fabrics to Canada's military forces.
Backpacks used by soldiers to carry water have been made lighter by the use of Invista's Cordura fabrics.
Milliken & Co's Abrams flame-resistant (FR) textile has been chosen as the only approved fabric for the US Army's improved Combat Vehicle Coverall (iCVC).
Kermel, a French manufacturer of protective clothing, is to supply its Kermel(r) V50 and VMC40 camouflage fabrics to the French Army.

A new armour product inTenCate'sAresshield(r) range was introduced at Milipol (held in Paris, France from 9-12 October 2007).

A team at the US Marine Corps has a developed a socalled "disruptive camouflage" suitable for use in the visible and infra-red (IR) ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum.
A German inventor has proposed the use of a dye with chlorophyll-like reflectance in the infra-red (IR) region of the electromagnetic spectrum for fibres intended to produce camouflage fabrics for the
A material specifically designed for mobile field hospitals, tent liners, and protective covers has been launched by Industrial Textiles & Plastics Ltd, Easingwold, UK.