The Fiber Year: Fiber Industry Faces Economic Headwinds

By Andreas Engelhardt, The Fiber Year GmbH

The world economy started off on an optimistic note in 2018, following growth in manufacturing and trade the previous year. But optimism gave way to a downturn from midyear, as the International Monetary Fund revised down its 2018 projections for most advanced economies and predicted significantly lower growth expectations for 2019.…Continue Reading »

The Challenge of Digitalization – Revolution or Evolution?

By Adré wissenberg, Vice President Head of Marketing, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment

Today, Industry 4.0 is already making its mark at many companies across the globe – and it is here to stay. The Age of Digitalization has also arrived in the textile sector – manifesting itself in the production of customized apparel within a mere few hours in microfactories or in the form of cost-optimized, self-controlled …Continue Reading »

Automation Tops the Atlanta Agenda

By Adrian Wilson, International Correspondent

The combined Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas shows, which took place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from May 22-24, drew together some 536 exhibitors from 32 countries, setting new records for both exhibitors (up 26%) and square meters of space sold (up 14%).

The event was dominated by Germany’s 1,300-square meter High-Tex showcase featuring the technical textile technologies …Continue Reading »

Revolutionary Rapid Fiber Measurement System

Diamscope uses the light microscopy method to automatically scan and analyze fibers in water, measuring diameter (from 0.2 µm), curvature and length (less than 0.5 mm). The water helps disperse the fibers evenly and rapidly.

The whole measurement process takes less than two minutes to prepare the sample and measure up to 20,000 fiber snippets. The system is self-cleaning and self-contained, …Continue Reading »

Enhanced Occupational Safety Drives Protective Textiles Market

By Geoff Fisher, European Editor

The second half of the 20th century saw a dramatic increase in the need for personal protection. The rise of health and safety requirements in the workplace has required the use of protective apparel for workers in many industries, while the threat of chemical and biological terrorist attacks, as well as natural pandemics, have become key political issues.…Continue Reading »