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Safety and protection

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

Lightweight and thin carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body armour able to protect its wearer from attacks with blunt, edged and pointed weapons has been unveiled by

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.

Honeywell of Morris Plains, New Jersey, USA, is increasing its capacity for the production of its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre (Spectra) by more than 20%.

Manufacturing and testing protective fabrics for workwear

Carrington Textiles specialises in the development of fabrics and finishes that provide protection and comfort in demanding workplaces. Quality Assurance Manager Sean Moore describes the company’s approach to making sure its products are fit for purpose.

Labels for workwear and uniforms designed to show that their safety, quality and durability have been thoroughly tested have been launched by Hohenstein of Bönnigheim, Germany.

A textile composite suitable for use as the outer layer of a garment for professionals working in hazardous environments has been developed by WL Gore & Associates (Gore) of Newark, Delaware, U

FREE CONTENT: How slash-resistant clothing can protect security staff

Society has a duty to protect those that protect us. Fortunately, there is now a wide range of high-performance personal protective equipment available to do so effectively. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the world’s leading suppliers, PPSS Group of Wetherby, UK, Robert Kaiser offers his opinions on slash-resistant clothing.

A lightweight ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre-reinforced composite for the production of combat helmets has been unveiled by Honeywell of Morris Plains, New Jersey, USA.

Highest standards required for arc-flash protective clothing

A range of inherently flame-retardant fibres are employed in fabrics for shielding workers from arc flashes, one of the most dangerous, complicated and demanding of applications in the safety and protection sector, according to Adrian Wilson.

Virgin Galactic and Under Armour (UA) have unveiled the spacesuits to be worn by passengers on Virgin's commercial sub-orbital spaceflights.

Boom in oil and gas exploration drives demand for protective clothing

The oil and gas exploration industry is a rich market for protective textiles and garments. Sarah Gibbons reviews some of the latest product developments, introduces the companies behind them and discusses the factors driving growth in the sector.

Energy sector provides a timely boost for Mount Vernon FR

Mount Vernon FR’s massive manufacturing complex in the northwest corner of Georgia, USA, has become one of the leading suppliers of flame-retardant fabrics over the past decade, recently driven by the rapid growth in North America’s energy exploration sector, reports John McCurry.

A pair of fabrics designed to offer comfort, ease of movement, and protection for firefighters and first responders has been launched by Arville of Wetherby, UK.

A breathable, heat-reflecting textile that can be worn by firefighters, rescue workers and military personnel working in close proximity to fires has been developed by Heathcoat Fabrics of Tiverton

Specialist in the production and supply of arc-flash protective clothing, Skanwear has secured a new contract with ABB North America.

A flame- and heat-resistant fabric that is lightweight, soft, flexible and durable has been launched by Coats of Uxbridge, UK.

Protective clothing that is comfortable and provides a high level of protection from electric arc (arc discharge) has been developed by DuPont of Wilmington, Delaware, USA.

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

A multifunctional protective fabric made from high-strength fibres has been developed by Shadow Works Group of Lorton, Virginia, USA.

Researchers in the USA have demonstrated that vehicle armour made using composite metal foam (CMF) can stop large-calibre ball and armour-piercing rounds as effectively as conventional steel armour

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

Spinning mill Filidea and its automotive components and technical apparel partner Sparco, both based in Piedmont, Italy, have worked with Team McLaren Honda F1 in the development of what is claimed

After a 10-year research and development (R&D) effort, an anti-mosquito masterbatch for use in long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) designed to counteract the increasing resistance of

A coating for polypropylene (PP) fibres that can capture toxic industrial chemicals and chemical warfare agents, even in highly humid environments, has been developed in the USA.

A fire-retardant fibre can be produced from a mixture of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) using a method developed by Aksa Akrilik of Çiftlikköy-Yalova, Turkey.

Protective garments made from a composite fabric with high cut- and puncture-resistance have been co-developed by UK-based Optipro and Lars Petter Andresen of Norway.

A polyamide (PA) staple fibre with a high load-bearing capacity has been developed by Invista.

Flame-resistant (FR) textiles manufacturer Westex by Milliken and aramid fibre producer Teijin Aramid have formed a joint technology and commercial partnership covering Southeast Asia and Australas

A flame-resistant fabric that is lightweight and complies with the relevant industrial standards for such personal protection garments has been developed by Invista of Wichita, Kansas, USA.

A lightweight and flexible protective padding system that can be incorporated into clothing has been developed by Hexaflex of Bernay, France.

A fire-resistant textile developed by Arville Textiles of Wetherby, UK, could be used to manufacture clothing for use by firefighters, military personnel and police officers.

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.

Carrington Textiles of Adlington, UK, is set to launch its first stretchable flame-retardant (FR) fabric (Flameflex 275).

A textile that provides improved ballistic protection, particularly against fragments released by detonation/explosion and/or against ballistic objects, has been developed by Blücher of Erkrath, Ge

A method for manufacturing a flame-resistant (FR) textile for protective clothing, particularly for firefighters, is disclosed by Trans-Textil of Freilassing, Germany.

A yarn that enables the production of an improved electromagnetic shielding fabric for use in the manufacture of protective clothing has been developed by

A three-dimensional (3D) knitted fabric that offers high abrasion, cut, tear and/or puncture resistance has been developed by glove manufacturer Granberg of Bjoa, Norway.

A lightweight ballistic protection structure that contains a textile layer of synthetic fibres has been co-developed by two Italian companies, SAES Getters of Lainate (Milan) and Gruppo Rold of Ner

A flame-resistant (FR), high-visibility fabric for use in safety apparel and apparel components has been disclosed by Davey Textile Solutions of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Worldwide Protective Products has developed a protective garment to provide cut, slash, abrasion and/or wear resistance, as well as being thinner and better ventilated than existing products on the

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc says it has won official permission for the establishment of a subsidiary in Vietnam from t

Fibres and fabrics get ready to enter the new Space Race

In their attempts to conquer space travel, today’s private companies backed by entrepreneurs have a rich legacy of development work from the USA’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to draw on, writes Adrian Wilson

Bekaert—a specialist in metal and metal alloy textiles

Founded in 1880, Bekaert of Zwevegem, Belgium, has grown to become a worldwide company with around 30 000 employees specializing in steel wire and coating technologies. For more than 40 years, an important part of this activity has been in developing, making and supplying metal/metal alloy fibres, textiles and semi-finished products, reports Nick Butler.

Safariland Group of Jacksonville, Florida, USA, is using a composite based on ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibres to change the way antiballistic glass is installed in handheld

DSM has successfully defended its patent on its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology for soft body armour.

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.

Protective clothing for use in industrial tasks involving electricity has been developed by researchers from Servis Group, Moscow, Russia.

Ahlsell is cementing its position as a supplier of workwear and personal protective equipment (PPE), snapping-up two companies operating in this market in the space of a week. 

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