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Innovations in Technical Textiles
published in Issue 76, 1st quarter 2009
Rayonier has developed a highly absorbent cross-linked cellulose fibre for use in incontinence garments, Weyerhaeuser has patented an economical biodegradable superabsorbent fibre, and SRI International has a range of novel biodegradable polyolefin copolymers. Hills has a method for forming ultra-fine spunbond fibres for fabrics and nonwovens. Autoliv has developed an improved airbag to protect vehicle occupants, and Johnson Controls has a novel idea for integrating a seamed textile airbag into car seats. Coroplast Fritz Müller has patented a needlepunched nonwoven adhesive tape for taping cable looms in car engines, and Triosyn Holding has a novel electrostatic nonwoven filter designed to kill entrapped microorganisms.
In the area of personal protection, a new laminate for face masks protects against toxic materials while Milliken and SSM Industries have each developed improved flame resistant fabrics for protective clothing. Innovative Textiles has a high visibility flame resistant textile employing modacrylic fibres while a flame resistant nonwoven composite fabric which is both durable and economic has been developed by another inventor for military combat garments. An exciting development at the University of Zürich provides extremely water-repellent clothing, including swimwear, by coating polyester fibres with silicone nanofilaments. MMI-IPCOs unitary thermal fabrics provide variable insulation over different areas of the body by using phase change or biomimetic materials.
Researchers at William Marsh Rice University have devised an ingenious single-step process for converting carbon nanotubes to macroscopic carbon fibres for composites and electrical connectors. Textronics has produced composite yarns for smart textiles which can conduct electrical, optical, magnetic or thermal energy. Thermal Solutions offers heated clothing controlled by a wireless sensor, and Dhama Apparel Innovations has a sophisticated method for heating or cooling apparel using a thermoelectric device and evaporative cooling.
A new system for illuminating outer clothing for safety purposes has been invented, while 3M has an improved fluorochemical dirt-repellent treatment for carpets and medical nonwovens. Other textile treatments include a polyacrylate treatment from Nano-Tex which renders synthetic fibres hydrophilic and provides greater comfort. Kimberly-Clark has a new method of improving the exhaustion of dyes on to cellulosic fibres using a polyvinylamine link between dye and fibre. The method also improves fibre properties. G&K Services has developed an updated method for inspecting sanitised garments used in the food industry.
Four times a year, Technical Textile Markets provides an overview of the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for technical textiles, and is essential reading for senior executives in (or supplying) the man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile sectors as well as for those who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis, but who need an authoritative source which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies which are actively involved in this fast-growing sector.
Reports in Technical Textile Markets include:
company and country profiles giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others, in terms of production, sourcing, import/export, infrastructure and development, and plans for the future.
profiles of the world's top 40 producers of nonwovens updated each year with details of developments from each of the leading producers, including acquisitions, investments and divestments, and analyses of trends which the "rising stars" are using to their advantage.
statistical reports including consumption data, by fibre and end-use applications. Regular updates are published for fibre consumption in Japan, the rest of Asia, the USA, and Western Europe.
market sector information analyses of important commercial end-user applications, and profiles of both established and emerging markets which take into account such innovations and developments as nanotechnology and intelligent textiles.
regular updates on innovations in fibres, technical textiles, apparel and machinery including developments in the following categories: fibres and yarns; technical textile fabrics for industrial applications; machinery; technical textiles for apparel; composites; other technical textile products; and technical textile treatments and finishes.
reports on new technological developments and other topical issues with clear, authoritative comments on their economic and commercial significance. The reports bring to your attention the key issues which you can use to develop your business, and provides contact details of useful organisations.
So whether you are involved in man-made fibres, nonwovens or technical textiles in manufacturing, converting, import/export, or end use or if you are in education or consultancy or investment or finance a subscription to Technical Textile Markets will tell you what you need to know about the key trends in the industry.
Technical Textile Markets is available on subscription either in printed format only, or in printed and electronic format. If you choose the printed only option, you will receive 4 printed publications a year. Each issue contains five research-based reports (see above) and an editorial.
Electronic supplement If you choose the printed and electronic option, you will receive an extra service. You will still receive each issue in printed format, delivered to you by traditional post.
In addition, you will be able to download PDF files containing the same information but the PDF files will be available immediately on publication, so you dont have to wait for the printing and mailing. You also have all the benefits of electronic files: instant access even when you are away from the office; convenient storage in your PC or laptop; portability; electronic search facility; and copy/paste facility.
You will also receive a monthly update of business news, called "Technical Textiles Business Update" delivered to you by email, free of charge.
Technical textiles are used in a wide range of end-use applications and markets, including agricultural; automotive; building/ construction/ engineering; medical and hygiene; packaging; protective clothing; sports and sportswear; and transport. A subscription to Technical Textile Markets will support your decision making, and provide the information you need to expand into new markets.
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