Taking the heat: Thermal control of the automotive interior with phase change material

October 18th, 2016

In order to reduce and stabilize the interior temperature while driving a car, many models are equipped with air-conditioning systems; however providing a sufficient cooling capacity requires a lot of energy. Energy can be saved and the thermal comfort inside a passenger compartment can be enhanced substantially by the use of new textile composite materials […]

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American Textile Company expands

October 18th, 2016

Pittsburgh-based American Textile Company, a leading provider of innovative sleep solutions, has announced an expansion of operations with the addition of new facilities in Dallas, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah. The new facilities add capacity and distribution capabilities to support increasing demand for American Textile Company products sold under bedding brands including AllerEase® and […]

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Water Repellency highly possible without fluorine

October 18th, 2016

Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ, says repellency is all about outdoor textiles staying clean and dry. Centonze was a presenter Oct. 18 at the IFAI 2016 Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Because consumers are beginning to perceive fluorine-based garments as negatively affecting the environment, the textile industry continues to explore fluorine-free options. He adds, “Nature can […]

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EPA regulations complex and not always in sync with each other

October 18th, 2016

Paul Matthai, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), says his agency’s regulations are complicated and often don’t “harmonize” with each other. Despite these complexities, Matthai, who presented an overview of EPA regulations Oct. 18 at IFAI’s 2016 Expo in in Charlotte, N.C., says the U.S. Congress generally strives to write environmental laws that do […]

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Vibrant Coaching

October 18th, 2016

A session by Nicole Greer, a leadership and business coach, focused on the “four elements of success” in learning how to effectively approach and communicate with clients: Earth, Water, Wind and Fire. Your products and manufacturing processes are already excellent, she says, but you need to focus on the last ‘P’; people. Earth: solid, steady, […]

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August new powerboat registrations up

October 18th, 2016

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has announced that its New Powerboat Registrations Report has just been updated with advance August data. Most segments are up year over year (YOY) ranging from 1.7-12.6 percent. The exception is sterndrive boats, which continue to lag, down 1.2 percent for the category overall. Contact Vicky Yu, director of […]

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Dye derived from cotton plants

October 17th, 2016

Cotton Incorporated, Cary, N.C., the research and promotion company for cotton, and Archroma, a Switzerland-based leader in color and specialty chemicals, have collaborated to present what they believe is the first-ever dye derived from cotton plant-residues. Cotton Incorporated approached Archroma to develop a dye option that may represent the first opportunity in modern textile history […]

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H&M funds research

October 14th, 2016

The non-profit H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) have entered into a four-year partnership to develop technologies to recycle blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns. The technology will be licensed widely to ensure broad market access and maximum impact. Apparel and textile products made from blended materials […]

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Sustainability in the Marine Industry conference set

October 13th, 2016

Members of the global marine industry are being encouraged to attend the Sustainability in the Marine Industry conference Nov. 14 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Early-bird registration closes Monday, October 17. The conference will explore sustainable design and construction concepts. The conference will also address progress on boat and yacht disposal and recycling processes. Organized by Quaynote […]

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Sustainable denim jeans

October 13th, 2016

Jimtex Yarns, a division of Martex Fiber Southern Corp., has announced the development of R3 Denim™, a sustainable denim collection, in cooperation with Denim North America (DNA). The launch of the line further advances Martex’s “No Fiber Left Behind—Zero Landfill ™” campaign. The line utilizes certified Martex Fiber Southern Corp. ECO2cotton®, a sustainable fiber solution […]

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