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Innovations in fibres, textiles, apparel and machinery, November-December 2002
published in Issue 102, November 2002
Entrepreneurs continue to seek new ideas which can give them a competitive advantage. The innovations outlined in this report show how actively such ideas are being developed and implemented at all stages of the textile and apparel pipeline—from fibres through to consumer products.
In fibres, the wider availability of Cargill Dow’s polylactic acid (PLA) fibre offers the prospect of wider use of biodegradable synthetic fibres made from natural, renewable raw materials. Collaboration with Penn Nyla is expected to result in a range of fabrics based on spun, textured, flat and micro-denier yarns. Elsewhere, attempts to make synthetic fibres more natural have led to the development of polyester fibres with improved moisture absorbency—which could replace cotton in apparel—and cotton-like meltblown lyocell fibres.
Other innovations include: a polyolefin fibre modified to give better dyeability, so making it more suitable for apparel uses; a slow release insect repellent treatment for fabric; and socks that reduce the risk of blisters.
Also featured in this report are a number of innovations in manufacturing. These include an improved method of producing yarns from staple fibre, a system offering higher productivity in yarn twisting, and a method of producing apparel fabrics by hydroentanglement.
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