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Advanced Textiles Source
August 2014
The sustainability challenge
Cast-off woolen clothing is sorted in large warehouses in Haryana, India, now into basic color groups, where it’s new value lies. Photograph by Tim Mitchell,

The sustainability challenge

by Sigrid Tornquist

Although people are generally in favor of “green” products and practices, it’s not a simple yes or no issue. One concern regarding sustainability is that the word lacks a shared definition, so it’s not surprising that it can be a fuzzy concept. [More]

Nanowebs go green

Nanowebs go green

by Alisha Seifert

Can electrospun webs be created without organic solvents and without losing breathability or strength? Research conducted at the Nonwovens & Advanced Materials Laboratory, Texas Tech University, indicates clearly that the answer is “yes.” [More]

Photo: Uday Turaga, Nonwovens Laboratory, Texas Tech University

Green is growing

Sustainability is not a niche or a fad. Industry participants at every level are concerned with the broadest interpretation of environmentally responsible processes and materials. [More]

Oxidized Polyacrylonitrile Fiber Properties, Products and Applications

by Alan Handermann, Zoltek Corp.

Oxidized polyacrylonitrile (OPAN) fiber, such as Pyron® fiber, is designed for cost-effective, flame- and heat-resistant solutions in the textile, industrial, aircraft and automotive markets.

The performance features of OPAN fiber include: Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) values between 45–55; unsurpassed flame and heat dimensional stability; easy processability into yarns, wovens, knits and nonwovens; soft, comfortable fabrics; electrically nonconductive and excellent chemical resistance; no halogens and very low toxic gas emissions, upon flame exposure.

Ongoing developments of new and improved Pyron® staple, tow, felt and fabric products, along with carbonized Panex felt and fabrics, enable textile and industrial suppliers and end users to commercialize flame-resistant, high-performance product solutions to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of these diverse markets.  [More]
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Sympatex wins Future Materials Award 2014

Sympatex Technologies has received the World Textile Information Network (WTiN) Future Materials Award 2014 for its Sympatex Phaseable® technology. The award is juried by 20 experts who cited “very interesting innovative construction, and outstanding environmental considerations” in their decision. [More]

Bayer’s eco-friendly textile processing

INSQIN™ from Bayer MaterialScience is a novel turnkey solution for polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics. The company offers brand owners an integrated package of pure waterborne PU technology, material co-development and a certified manufacturer partner program for PU-coated fabrics. [More]
An exhibit with colors you can hear

An exhibit with colors you can hear

What if you could hear color and translate the variety of hues and shades around you into sounds as well? An exhibit called Sound of Light is the joint project of Marco Barotti and Plastique Fantastique for Urban Lights Ruhr 2014 in Hamm, Germany, and it has accomplished just that. [More]
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