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Student Spotlight: Morphological structure of wool from different breeds

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Band-shaped smooth viscose fiber offers advantages for papers, nonwovens & apparel

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How the US-China trade dispute is affecting cotton markets worldwide

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Scanning Electron Microscope image of wool fiber at 1000x magnification

Subhadeep Paul is pursuing his Ph.D. in Technical Textiles at the Technical Textiles Research Centre, University of Huddersfield. Paul came to Huddersfield after completing his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Textile Engineering and Textile Chemistry, respectively, in India. In his master’s project, Paul developed a multi-functional protective textile that could be used as a UV-resistant, …

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Viscose fibers are manmade fibers produced from 100% cellulose pulp. Although the viscose process was introduced more than 100 years ago, development of new viscose fiber types is still ongoing, driven by a trend to highly functionalized products and lately by an increasing demand for biodegradable fibers based on renewable resources. Due to its high …

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Chart showing ICE cotton futures

As has been the case in many financial markets, the global cotton supply chain has been distorted by the U.S.-China trade dispute. At the fiber level, the dispute has interfered with flows between the world’s largest exporter and the world’s largest importer. Since July 2018, U.S. cotton fiber exports to China have been hit with …

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The 25th CIMFC, held in Bengbu, China, September 2019

At the 25th China International Manmade Fiber Conference (CIMFC), 4-5 Sept. in Bengbu City, Anhui Province, China, experts and executives spoke about advanced materials, new manufacturing technologies, investment, and fashion trends relevant to the manmade fiber industry. Based on the talks at the conference, it is clear that advanced materials are expected to boost the …

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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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