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Advanced Textiles Source
March 22, 2016
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BeBop Sensors uses smart fabrics to create sensor solutions for OEMs. Photo: Bebop Sensors.

Just how big is the smart fabrics market?

IFAI market research manager Jeffrey C. Rasmussen presented a market overview at the Smart Fabrics Summit.

by Janet Preus

The growth of smart fabrics technologies and applications is no longer a curiosity; it is the new reality of high-tech fabrics and it’s gaining ground at an impressive pace. The size of the smart fabrics market was $1.9 billion worldwide in 2015; it also realized an 18 percent growth rate, which it has achieved each year since 2012. [More]

Test methods for quantifying the UV protection factor of apparel, sunshades and awnings

Ben Mead, Dr. Jan Beringer, Hohenstein Institute, Hohenstein Institute America Inc.

About 3.5 million cases of skin cancer (i.e. basal and squamous cell) are diagnosed in the US each year. Melanoma, a more dangerous type of skin cancer, accounted for more than 73,000 cases of skin cancer in 2015. Given these facts, dermatologists stress the need for preemptive UV protection. Here, textiles offer a much more effective protection against UV radiation than cosmetic sunscreens. [More]
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Electronic-skin display demonstrated by Tokyo researchers

University of Tokyo researchers have developed an ultrathin, flexible, protective layer and demonstrated its use by creating an air-stable, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. The technology will enable the creation of electronic-skin (e-skin) displays of blood oxygen level, e-skin heart rate sensors for athletes and other applications. [More]

Battelle wins $33 million U.S. Army contract

Battelle’s Natick Operations was recently awarded a $33-million Defense Systems Technical Area Task (DS TAT) contract from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Command to provide technical analysis and support for the Special Operations Forces Survival Support and Equipment Systems, Survivability team. [More]


The Zurich-based OEKO-TEX Association has launched ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®, a certification for sustainable textile chemicals that offers textile chemical manufacturers a confidential and independent method to assure their customers that chemicals, colorants and auxiliaries are in line with the industry’s sustainability requirements and initiatives. [More]

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Nano-enhanced textiles clean themselves with light

Researchers at Australia’s RMIT Univeristy have developed an inexpensive and efficient new way to grow nanostructures on textiles that can degrade organic matter when exposed to light. The work paves the way toward nano-enhanced textiles that can clean themselves by being put under a light bulb or worn in sunlight. [More]

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