Tech Talk: Trends in Fiber Material Science & Innovation

By Chris Plotz, Director of Education & Technical Affairs, INDA

Material science plays a huge role in fiber innovation. Whether simple improvements of existing products or entirely novel approaches, the world of fibers is always pushing forward via breakthroughs in material science. There are many drivers to this change, such as reducing plastics in the environment, the pursuit of a more circular economy, and regulatory changes, just to name a few.…Continue Reading »

New Liquid Crystal Polyester Filament Yarns

By Kota Nakamura, Ryosuke Sakae, Hisatoshi Tanaka and Munekazu Matoba, Toray Industries, Japan

Liquid crystal polyester (LCP) filament yarns made from thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer are a type of “super fiber,” which include para-aramid and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE).…Continue Reading »

From Egyptian Cotton to Recycled POY and DFY Filaments – ITMA 2019 Showcased the Advanced Technologies Driving Today’s Fiber Industry Forward

By Adrian Wilson, European Correspondent

Over 105,000 visitors descended on Barcelona, Spain, from June 20-26 for this year’s ITMA textile technology exhibition, which takes place once every four years in Europe. The technologies of the 1,717 exhibitors from 45 countries on display are employed in producing a wide range of fiber-based products, ranging from clothing and home furnishings to more technical products, such as construction materials and reinforcements for composites.…Continue Reading »

The Fiber Year: Market Trends in Fiber Import-Export Countries Worldwide

By Andreas W. Engelhardt General Manager of The Fiber Year GmbH

Most of the top-10 exporting countries lifted their shipments in value terms in 2018 (Figure 1). The recovery of Chinese exports continued with

the total value increasing 4 percent to US $277 billion. However, value-added garment ex­ports remain about 15 percent below their peak 2014 level, without any significant movement over the past three years. Knitwear and woven apparel exports remain among the top-10 Chinese export categories, albeit gradually losing weight as the Chinese economy continues to diversify.…Continue Reading »

Improving the Elastomeric Performance of Bio-Based Fibers

By C. Burgstaller and B.M. Lekube, Transfercenter für Kunststofftechnik, Wels, Austria, and S. Riepler and W. Hermann, IFG Asota, Linz, Austria

In this work, we investigated the suitability of a bio-based elastomer to modify polylactic acid (PLA) towards more elasticity, in combination with a reactive coupling agent.

We found that this is possible in general, but the processing of the materials has to be carried out with care so as not to locally cross-link the materials, which would result in a reduction of properties.…Continue Reading »