Dyeing with supercritical CO2 – finally a success story?
Dyeing in supercritical CO2 could finally be on track for success after 25 years of development. Originally an idea of German universities, it was developed and brought to market by the Dutch start-up company DyeCoo. With this innovative, environmentally friendly and water-free dyeing technology, today sportswear textiles made of polyester are produced in Asia for the brands of adidas and Nike. Continue reading
Latest technological developments in the digital printing space for textile
Digital printing on textile is driven by technology and innovation. It is presently one of the most exiting segments in the whole textile processing. The article covers latest technological developments in the textile printing space released for ITMA 2015 in Milan, Italy. Continue reading
Gravitational waves discovered as predicted by Einstein
The discovery of gravitational waves, observed from the merger of two black holes, is a confirmation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Continue reading
Strong M&A activities in the textile digital printing space
The textile printing market is undergoing a transition from conventional printing (rotary screen or flat bet printing) to digital printing (ink jet printing). In 2014/15 some key mergers and acquisitions took place in the digital textile printing sector. Private equity financial investors as well as strategic investors and large US corporations have entered the technology driven European digital printing space. Continue reading
Nanocrystals and Smart Building Materials of the Future
Nanocrystals represent a key to the next generation of building materials. Nanocrystals are aggregates of anywhere from a few hundred to tens of thousands of atoms that combine into a crystalline form of matter known as a cluster. Continue reading
Graphene, the wonder material for a new industrial revolution?
Graphene is the most promising new development of material sciences, due to its unique combination of properties, which opens a way for exploitation in a wide spectrum of applications. Yet there are many obstacles for the commercial exploitation of this new nano material. One of the greatest challenges today in commercializing graphene is how to manufacture high quality material, on a large scale, at commercially acceptable cost. Continue reading
NASA’s Kepler mission claims discovery of “Earth 2.0”
In a press conference, NASA announced the discovery of a planet which has the closest match of any exoplanet ever examined to Earth. The planet, called Kepler-452b, is likely rocky and orbits in its star’s habitable zone where liquid water can exist. Continue reading
Innovations in technical textiles and nonwovens awarded
The winners of the Techtextil Innovation Award 2015, presented for innovative ideas and future-oriented developments in the field of technical textiles, nonwovens and functional apparel textiles, were announced at the Techtextil / Texprocess fair in Frankfurt, Germany. These great innovations illustrate exiting new application for technical textiles and nonwovens Continue reading
Will the textile industry move out of China?
The textile industry in China, challenged by increasing labour cost, may be bound to move to other countries. The article discusses the cost structure in the textile industry and the importance of China for the global textile industry. Continue reading
Camouflage colours inspired by nature
Another brilliant example of a new material for camouflage colour effects, inspired by nature. Scientists at the University of California have created a thin, flexible material that changes colour when stretched or bent. It has potential for the future of camouflage, Continue reading