Polartec unveils new workwear

October 27, 2017

Polartec recently unveiled its new fabric collections specifically engineered for contractors, electricians, and oil and gas professionals. The company reports it has worked for years with the U.S. military and workwear markets to develop the new product lines. Each collection was designed to address daily on-site work performance needs without

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Challenges and opportunities

October 23, 2017

Smart fabrics products may require novel textile substrates. Industry participants had many opportunities to listen to presentations by smart textiles experts and have informal discussions in “Campfire Sessions” on the show floor at IFAI Expo. Photo: Mark Skalny Photography A key takeaway from the Smart Fabrics Program and E-Textiles Workshop

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DuPont and Unifi to create eco-friendly apparel insulation

October 23, 2017

DuPont and Unifi Inc. have announced a collaboration to create high-performance, renewably sourced, cold-weather garment insulation combining DuPont Sorona polymer and Unifi REPREVE®. DuPont Sorona is made from 37 percent renewable plant-based ingredients and is reported to use 30 percent less energy with 63 percent fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,

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The importance of size and fit

October 23, 2017

Garment makers are using new technologies to optimize comfort. The Hohenstein Institute has developed a volume-based pattern development based on 3D scans to optimize basic patterns for use in pattern-cutting. Photo: ©Hohenstein Gruppe With the growth of the wearable technology market, innovations in high-tech protective garments and a push by

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STEM, women and the advanced textile industry

October 16, 2017

Jobs in STEM subjects outnumber applicants in contrast to employment opportunities elsewhere. Photo: Change the Equation (CTEq) by Marie O’Mahony With the U.S. set to overtake China as the most competitive manufacturing nation within five years, according to a new study by Deloitte Global and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness,

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