Pre-treatment of bandages may improve the antibacterial properties of nanoparticles

January 11th, 2017

Pre-treating the fabric surface of the bandages used to treat burns with enzymes and polyethylene glycol or cellulase may promote the adhesion of antibacterial nanoparticles and improve their bacteria-repelling ability. Nanoparticles can be used to introduce antimicrobial properties into the textiles used in dressings. Further studies into the combination of bactericidal polymers with bacteria-killing metal-oxide […]

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Recycled fiberboard and pulp could be sources for electricity

January 10th, 2017

Recycled cardboard fibers and pulp, when developed into triboelectric generators can produce electricity. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are advancing the field of “roadside energy harvesting” by getting help from recycled paper boards and pulp based cellulose nanofibers. Integrated triboelectric fiberboards were developed using cellulose nanofibers triboelectric generator embedded in fiberboards developed using recycled […]

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InTents Buyer’s Guide cover contest

January 9th, 2017

We asked for your best work, and you gave it to us! InTents put out an open call for cover images for the 2017 InTents Buyer’s Guide. And so many gorgeous pictures of tent installations came in, we can’t decide! We’ve narrowed the choices to three, and now we need your help to select the […]

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Meridian brings wool carpet yarn production back to North America

January 9th, 2017

Meridian Specialty Yarn Group, Inc. (MSYG) has begun production of wool and wool/polyester blend carpet yarns at the company’s newly expanded Ranlo, N.C. plant. This is a new product line for MSYG, and also represents the return of wool carpet yarn production to North America. The wool yarns produced will serve the high end, tufted […]

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J. Ennis Fabrics hires Steve Toth

January 6th, 2017

J. Ennis Fabrics welcomed a new addition to their sales team. Steve Toth will brings a wealth of industry experience, which will serve him well as the new US specialty regional sales manager. Toth comes to J. Ennis Fabrics with over 30 years of leadership experience in the specialty products market. Starting first with The […]

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Natural pigments and useful raw materials from autumn leaves for industry

January 6th, 2017

Autumn leaves contain a range of interesting substances such as pigments, carbohydrates, proteins and compounds that inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing leaf-processing technologies. Pigments from autumn leaves can be used to color cosmetics and textiles. Compounds obtained from the leaves may be suitable for use as […]

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Huntsman partners with Jihua Group

January 5th, 2017

The Textile Effects division of Huntsman Corporation and Jihua Group, Zhejiang Province, China, signed an agreement to cooperate in a wide range of areas to jointly capitalize on the growing need for dye and chemical solutions for China’s textile sector. The partnership will help the two companies speed up their supply chains to react more […]

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NCTO to host 14th annual meeting

January 4th, 2017

NCTO will host their 14th annual meeting at the Capital Hilton, Washington D.C., March 21-23. Themed "New Directions, New Opportunities," the meeting's interactive program will focus on the policy priorities of the new Trump administration and how they may affect the U.S. textile industry. Tuesday, March 21, will consist of official NCTO business followed by […]

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Airbag yarns on the rise

January 3rd, 2017

The demand for airbags is expected to grow five percent annually over the next five years, according to estimates from Business Wire. While airbags have been predominantly manufactured using polyamide 6.6 yarns, there is a trend towards polyester, due to the challenging nature of industrial filament yarns. With the interest in this potential growth market, […]

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Cotton prices rose in 2016

January 2nd, 2017

Cotton prices increased over the summer and have remained at levels higher than in 2015. The rise can be attributed to several unique factors. One is seasonality; nearly 85 percent of the world’s cotton is produced in areas where only one harvest per year is possible. The market tightened as this warehoused supply dwindled over […]

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