The “sweat without feeling wet” jacket

February 19, 2018

Osmotex has tested its new HYDRO_BOT technology in a prototype jacket. It expects the technology to be used in sportswear brands’ garments sometime this year. Photo: Osmotex. Osmotex launched the technology with a group of partners last year. KJUS has been the primary product development partner and confirmed then that

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Gerber sponsors professional clothing award

February 9, 2018

Gerber Technology, a leader in integrated software and automation solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, has announced that it will sponsor the 2018 Professional Clothing (PCA) Vision Best Design. Students entering are required to design stylish, functional professional clothing that can be worn for a specific job position in

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Whats being done to Save the Domestic Industrial Sewing Work Force? IFAI’s Vision to Rebuild

January 25, 2018

Reposted from insidefashiondesign.net Industrial sewing has reached a critical point. An aging workforce combined with a lack of incoming talent has created a worker shortage that threatens to shutter long-standing American businesses and stifle growth in a billion-dollar industry. We spoke with someone on the front lines of the battle to

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IFAI Webinar: Smart Fabrics Market, Current Developments

January 9, 2018

January 17, 2018 | 1 p.m. CST $29 Members; $79 Non-Members This IFAI webinar provides a comprehensive overview of recent smart fabric applications used in a number of government, commercial, medical and consumer market segments. The discussion will cover developments in the military, law enforcement, safety and protective markets, the wearable

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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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Choosing the right foam for your seating project

August 16, 2017

A comfortable custom exterior seating design for one client’s site-specific alcove. Photos: Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc. From cockpit cushions with hull angles to bosun’s chairs and boat mattresses, choosing the best solution for cushion foam is a bit of a science. The task can feel daunting given the

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Eco-friendly upholstery fabrics

August 16, 2017

Breathe by Milliken™ textiles are eco-friendly, durable performance upholstery fabrics that repel everyday stains, are easily cleanable, sustainably designed and responsibly manufactured. Breathe fabrics are the industry’s first fluorine-free performance fabrics compatible with both natural and manmade fibers. They emit no VOCs, including PFCs like PFOS and PFOA, or added

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Textile industry files comments on trade agreement violations and abuses

August 16, 2017

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has filed public comments in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order directing the federal government to investigate violations and abuses of U.S. trade agreements. “A thorough investigation of trade agreement abuses and violations is long overdue and we appreciate President Trump’s desire to

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How to attract and hire exceptional employees

August 16, 2017

In the buyer’s market of recent years, it was probably easy for you to attract top-notch job candidates. Not so much today. With new job creation being healthier than expected in 2016, and further increases so far this year, finding and hiring the best candidates for your shop will no

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Chad Miller keeps American National Manufacturing on top of changing market demands

August 16, 2017

Photos by Steve Giraud Photography, Inc. People often ask if we make a particular product, and the answer is often no. But can we? To that, the answer is yes,” says Chad Miller, director of contract manufacturing of American National Mfg. Inc. and formerly co-owner of Plas-Tech Sealing Technologies, Corona,

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