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Innovations in fibres, textiles, apparel and machinery, November-December 2004
published in Issue 114, November-December 2004
Innovations help firms to differentiate their products and maintain a competitive advantage. Doobon and Hyosun has chlorine resistant elastane fibres and Kimberly-Clark’s multicompartment yarn allows active agents such as skin conditioners to be released slowly in use. A polylactic acid fibre has better properties at high temperatures, and genetically modified sheep could produce wool with less shrinkage and better handle and elasticity. A new route for making splittable fibres could mean lower cost, better quality and more recyclable fine filaments. Toray has degradable polylactic acid based carpet yarns while Prisma has a new method for reducing food and drink stains.
Pro-Fit International offers stretchability along the length of a woven fabric, Harbour Healthcare has a new lightweight weft knitted blanket fabric, and Safety Components has an abrasion- and water-resistant fabric for luggage. In garments Printmark has a new way of avoiding seaming while Dorimi has a way of keeping apparel cool in use.
Procter and Gamble has a new highly hydrophobic coating for textiles using plasma glow discharge. Plasma technology has also been employed by Porton Plasma Innovations to protect clothing against staining. Philips and Procter and Gamble have developed new techniques for reduced wrinkling in fabrics, and Blücher, Reckitt Beckinser, and Robinson Lab have new odour control technologies. Equipment for dyeing fragile garments has been developed, as has a method of dyeing at greatly improved liquor ratios. Milliken has a new method for making multicoloured yarn, and an improved bacteriostatic oxide coating for colouring textiles. New fibre-reactive dyes have been developed for cellulosics and polyamides, and Ciba can dramatically reduce the migration of dyes during laundering. Inkjet printing quality has been improved by pretreating fabrics and Shima has a new ink-jet printer for knitwear and knitted fabrics. Unilever has a treatment for reducing wear during the washing of dark fabrics. Procter and Gamble has a biodegradable softener for use in dry cleaning, as well as an ingenious method of combining the benefits of dry cleaning and wet laundering.
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