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Innovations in fibres, technical textiles, apparel and machinery, 3rd quarter 2005
published in Issue 62, 3rd quarter 2005
Innovations help firms to differentiate their products and gain a competitive advantage. DuPont has a new fire-resistant fibre blend and a water-blocking acrylic for optical cables. In nanotechnology, Penn State has developed nanofibres for storing hydrogen for fuel cells, Donaldson has developed nanofibres for filtration, and a Japanese innovator is using nanoparticles to prevent pollen from contaminating clothing. An Italian researcher has made it easier to feed elastomers to textile machinery, and a French organisation offers an aramid fabric to protect motorcyclists. Bekaert has a new approach for heated textiles. Seiren’s fire-retardant cloth is able to shield equipment from radiation. University of Delaware’s body armour employs nylon for comfort. BASF’s netting gives protection against insect-borne diseases. 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. 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. EXO2 offers a heated back support for farmers and other outdoor workers. Sicem finds sulphur can eliminate the smell of sweaty feet. DeFeet’s sports fabric offers moisture control and cushioning and Malden Mills’s hydrophilic polyester fabric removes moisture from the skin. Nike’s greatly improved footwear upper incorporates a fusible textile. DADA Corporation has produced a novel sweatband. Foster-Miller and Malden Mills offer a military T-shirt able to transmit data. Nasa is offering a prize for spacewalk gloves. L’Oreal’s new skin composition incorporates fibres. Auburn University has a new nonwoven body armour fabric. Massimo Guarducci’s yarns incorporate perfumes or insect repellents. Suisse Electronique Microtech uses bridging to add biological agents to textiles. A German dryer uses a cushion of air to support the fabric. Bally Ribbon Mills has an automated loom for structures for composites. Medical developments include a novel alginate fibre for dressings and spider silk for sutures, an absorbable suture from Ethicon using ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, a time-saving fibre-reinforced balloon catheter from Ranier and an implanted stent using a nonwoven framework from Mayo.
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