Unifi’s Repreve polyester resins certified as Responsible Source™ products

May 31st

SCS Global Services (SCS) announced that Unifi Manufacturing, Inc., a leading producer of multi-filament polyester, nylon textured yarns and related raw materials, is the first manufacturer of its kind to earn Responsible Source™ certification. Certification was issued for Unifi’s Repreve® products manufactured in the Repreve Recycling Center in Yadkinville, North Carolina. The Responsible Source certification...

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Defense company wins contract for armored vehicles using Dyneema ballistic tape

May 30th

DSM Dyneema, manufacturer of the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, Dyneema® announced a new milestone for its lightweight, cost-effective Dyneema BT10 ballistic tape. FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş., a leading producer of armored vehicles based in Turkey, won a major contract from an Asian government to manufacture 8×8 “Pars©” amphibious armored personnel vehicles featuring spall...

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Starting a high-tech business?

May 29th

Looking to start or grow your high-tech entrepreneurial venture? Need financing to help fund research and development (R & D) efforts and realize your business potential? The U.S. federal government may be able to help. In 2012, nearly 5,000 small businesses received more than $1.8 billion in federal government grants and contracts to help them...

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Nike hosts LAUNCH 2020 Summit to promote sustainability

May 28th

LAUNCH members Nike Inc., NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State convened 150 materials specialists, designers, academics, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and NGOs to catalyze action around one of the world’s biggest challenges—the sustainability of materials and how they are made. Nike president and CEO Mark Parker kicked off the two-day...

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TenCate Geosynthetics completes Mirafi RSi series

May 24th

TenCate Geosynthetics Americas announced its third patent pending geosynthetic for road and railway reinforcement—TenCate Mirafi® RS280i. In 2010, TenCate Geosynthetics Americas introduced TenCate Mirafi RS580i, a highly engineered, high strength geosynthetic product for base reinforcement and subgrade stabilization. This was followed in 2011 with the development of TenCate Mirafi RS380i, a second option for less...

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TEXbase introduces restricted substance management system RSL Guardian

May 23rd

TEXbase, a provider of web-based compliance, quality and materials management software solutions, has announced the release of RSL Guardian℠, a service developed for brands and consumer product companies to manage restricted substance lists (RSL) across the global supply chain. RSL Guardian is purchased on a standalone basis or as an integrated component of the TEXbase...

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Huntsman and DuPont textile alliance launch new stain-repelling finish

May 22nd

Huntsman Textile Effects, a division of Huntsman Corporation and global provider of dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, has released a new fluoropolymer available under the brand names Phobol® CP-DP and Phobol CP-DL. This new dual-acting finish system is based on short-chain chemistry—a product development that lessens its environmental footprint. The Huntsman...

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Innovative mattress helps allergy sufferers

May 21st

In a two-year field test, scientists from the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany have shown that a new type of mattress is effective at reducing dust mite allergens. The new mattress, named Wellmed, was developed by the institute and bedding retailer Gailing, based in Ludwigsburg, Germany. In the study, 20 people who suffer from dust...

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Atmospheric plasma treatment increases breathability of spunbond nonwoven fabrics

May 20th

The Journal of Industrial Textiles has published the results of a study conducted by Texas Tech University and Milwaukee, Wis., based Enercon Industries that determined when spunbond polypropylene nonwoven fabrics are pre-treated with atmospheric plasma the breathability of the fabric increases. Atmospheric plasma treatment increases the number of pores and enlarges the pore size of...

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New video explains energy advantages of fabric awnings and solar shades

May 17th

Saving money, enhancing curb appeal and reducing your carbon footprint are just a few benefits to retrofitting homes with awnings, according to a new video released by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA). The animation provides a simple overview of how awnings benefit homeowners. The video features a discussion of PAMA’s recent nation-wide, 50-city energy...

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