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Innovations in fibres, textiles, apparel and machinery, November-December 2005
published in Issue 120, November-December 2005
Innovations enable firms to differentiate their products and become competitive. An Italian researcher has developed a technique for feeding elastomers to textile machinery and in the USA a new dyeable polyolefin yarn is a replacement for cotton. Healthtex has a polymer-grafted cotton for stain-resistant children’s garments.
Liang Haw in Taiwan has devised a method for preventing pilling. A Japanese innovator is using nanoparticles to prevent pollen from contaminating clothing. Bekaert has a new approach for heated textiles, and Rhône Poulenc has a copolymer system to make textiles non-creasing. A French organisation offers an aramid fabric to protect motorcyclists. Israeli researchers have a highly versatile cleaning cloth. Uster Technologies has an ingenious way of detecting foreign bodies in textiles. Milliken immobilises fibres to give a good handle to fabrics. Malden Mills’ hydrophilic polyester fabric removes moisture from the skin, and DeFeet’s sports fabric offers moisture control and cushioning. Johns Manville International has a glass fibre textile for wallcoverings. Nike’s improved footwear upper incorporates a fusible textile. Bosch Siemens has an air-tensioned apparatus to press garments. London College of Fashion builds soft circuits into fabrics, with ingenious spin-offs. A Japanese robotic suit allows handicapped people to walk and lift objects. Brunel University’s sports shoes calculate their owners’ entitlement to watch television. DADA Corporation has produced a novel sweatband. A US development shows in advance whether a garment might suit a customer. L’Oreal’s new skin composition incorporates fibres. EXO2 offers a heated back support for outdoor workers, including farmers. Massimo Guarducci’s yarns incorporate perfumes or insect repellents. Sicem finds that sulphur eliminates the smell of sweaty feet. Suisse Electronique Microtech uses bridging to add biological agents to textiles. Ciba has a rapid ink-jet technique for textiles and also a novel method of producing stone-washed effects. Clariant can improve the chlorine fastness of textiles, Dystar has a way of modifying the colour of dyed textiles, and Procter & Gamble can restore the appearance of faded fabrics. A German dryer uses a cushion of air to support the fabric. The future of GM rice in China looks promising, but that for GM cotton in India remains debatable.
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