Heartbeat Monitoring Pajamas
Researchers at the University of Massachuesetts (USA)  have developed pyjamas embedded with self-powered sensors that provide continuous monitoring of heartbeat, breathing and sleep posture. The garment called "Phyjama" could give ordinary people as well as clinicians useful information to help improve sleep patterns. The key to the smart pyjamas is a process called reactive vapour deposition, according to the findings presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Spr...
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An Accident Leads to a Booming On-Demand Print Business
How an accident started a print on demand business that’s now a fast growing company. It was 2011 and Jared Fullinfaw had just finished university and was hoping to become an actor.  It soon became apparent that his stage options were limited and he needed to do something to support himself.At the time, the Australian online printing scene was still in its infancy, focusing mainly on business cards and promotional materials.When a friend of Jared’s band was doing a gig and ...
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Lectra's Innovation Lab Let's Diverse Teams Collaborate
Lectra announced the opening of its Innovation Lab, created by Philippe Ribera, vice president of innovation for Lectra. The Innovation Lab is located in the heart of the company’s technological campus in Bordeaux-Cestas.The mission of Lectra’s Innovation Lab is to capture emerging trends, anticipate evolutions and enhance its future technological solutions. The breakthrough innovations resulting from this work are aimed at the fashion, automotive and furniture markets.The teams in t...
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New No Micro-Fiber (NMF) Insulation
Heat-MX Worldwide (Canada) has introduced NMF (No Micro-Fiber) Technology developed for environmental benefits in its Loft MX, Stretch MX, and Vegan Down MX product categories. “We are facing large man-made environmental issues due to microplastic contaminations in our water systems globally. According to recent studies, microplastics are found in 93% of bottled water around world and beer, on average, has 4.05 man- made particles, mostly plastic fibers, per liter. Ingesting micr...
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At FASHCON: 20 Issues Impacting the Industry - and How Execs are Reacting
FASHCON (Hong Kong, March 22) brought together leading buyers and suppliers to discuss sustainability, sourcing shifts, consumer experience strategies and e-commerce solutions."We found FASHCON to be a very informative and excellent sharing of very interesting insights from some highly skilled peer professionals," said Franco Fung, Senior Sourcing Director at Amer Sports."All in all a great conference...the speakers were very informative and inspiring!" added Hans Joachim Isl...
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HeiQ Launches Its First Visible Textile Technology
HeiQ (Switzerland) has launched HeiQ XReflex is a radiant barrier technology on high performance fabrics to create warmth without bulk and allow the user to “Wear Less in Winter.”Humans lose about 60% of body heat through thermal radiation. In order to stay warm, insulations made out of down, synthetic or fleece are typically used in outerwear.The thicker the insulation, the less heat loss and the warmer the person. For the active person or traveler, the goal is to find the same warm...
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A research team at Donghua University in Shanghai has uncovered a way to achieve the continuous and scalable manufacture of amphibious energy yarns and textiles, which could pave the way for smart clothing.A paper titled Continuous and Scalable Manufacture of Amphibious Energy Yarns and Textiles was published on Nature Communications, an international peer-reviewed scientific journal, in February.  According to Gong Wei, the first author of the paper, the amphibious energy yarns and textile...
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Uzbekistan Looks to Value-Added Product
Uzbekistan wants to progress from being an exporter of raw cotton to developing value added products.  With that in mind,  President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree to deepen reforms in the textile industry to fully reprocess raw cotton domestically and increase export potential of the country. "My biggest goal is to provide people with work, a source of income. From now on, we will export less cotton, process it in the country and produce value-added products," Presi...
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The Link Between Quality Assurance and Business Success
Most people think of quality assurance as inspection and testing of the finished product.  However, it really begins much earlier. The product’s life-cycle starts from the moment an order is placed with the supplier - beginning with specs indicating which raw materials are to be used by the mills, and the required process to construct the fabric, through to the manufacturer, the shipping, and every step in between.It’s a 360-degree approach, according to Stephane Boivin, Fo...
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The Quest for Newness, The Challenge of Paying For It
Spinexpo Shanghai is always an excellent window on what’s really happening in the knitwear industry.   The fair offers extensive trend forums and installations.  If you can't find inspiration here, you're definitely not trying.Here's what we saw and heard at the Spinexo Shanghai (March 5-7): What People Were SayingThe markets in US, Europe and China are all slow right now.Despite slow markets, people are optimistic about 2019.Bangladesh is steadily growing a...
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