Industry leaders engage on sustainable solutions and other hot topics in textile fiber applications and technology

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Considering cotton and natural fiber alternatives

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Elastane materials expand with ‘responsible’ stretch

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Bale wrapping using Durapack polypropylene packaging textiles from Beaulieu Technical Textiles

The use of technical textiles is quietly expanding in the US$850 billion global packaging market – an industry that is on the verge of a transformation with the arrival of new technologies and innovative and sustainable materials. The packaging industry involves goods or products that are contained, carried, stored and/or protected. The sector includes flexible …

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The XiM20 concept car from YFAI

With the global automotive industry facing unprecedented change over the next few decades, suppliers of automotive textiles, including nonwovens and composites, are being challenged to realign their strategies as these major market transformations unfold. As well as advances in electrification, one of the key drivers is the effort to commercialize self-driving vehicles – it is …

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CEO Panel at the 2019 Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress.

Under the backdrop of climate change and environmental pollution, the fiber industry has become a major focal point for the textile and nonwoven industries, as well as along the entire value chain, from sourcing of raw materials through to the manufacture of apparel and technical products. This year’s Global Fiber Congress held in September in …

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Cotton consumes 16 percent of all the insecticides and 7 percent of all herbicides used globally

It feels like synthetic fibers are under siege. The fabrics used to manufacture a major part of the world’s clothing have been shown to shed microfibers that, when laundered, end up polluting the marine environment. As much as 35 percent of microplastics in the world’s oceans are fibers from synthetic clothing – and this amount …

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FR fabrics for emergency responders from TenCate.

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.

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