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Innovations in fibres, technical textiles, apparel and machinery, 4th quarter 2007
published in Issue 71, 4th quarter 2007
In fibres and yarns, Teijin has developed a false-twist yarn with longlasting antistatic properties. Fiber Innovation Technology (FIT) is producing a new flame retardant fibre based on GE Plastic’s polyetherimide resin which meets strict regulations on flame retardance, smoke and toxicity and has good dyeability. Kufner has invented a novel stretchable yarn with electrical conductivity for heated car seats, and Nicca has come up with a technique for removing oligomers from polyester fibres. TrapTek has developed a new encapsulation technique which protects against the deactivation of performance enhancing particles during melt spinning.
In fabrics, developments include a method for improving cleaning cloths and protective clothing used in industrial clean rooms, and a new material from Malden Mills (Polartec) which employs plaited polyester for moisture transport and a refractory carbide for insulation.
In the field of technical apparel, Kimberly-Clark has invented an incontinence garment which resembles conventional boxer shorts. Phild is incorporating titanium powder in clothing to enhance the health of the wearer. Cedric Brochier has an improved method of weaving optical fibres into fabrics in order to produce luminous clothing. Improvements in protective clothing include: a siloxane rubber coating from Konversipol which gives dramatic improvements in flame resistance; new, lighter weight garments for the US Army which give protection against armour-piercing bullets; and new military suitings for chemical warfare from Blücher which offer improved flexibility and hence mobility. Greater flexibility has also been achieved in the case of a glass fibre yarn for industrial gloves while a UK company has developed clothing which protects against attack by stun guns.
In the case of other textile products, an Italian firm has developed a chemical-free glove for household dusting while Albarrie has come up with a novel textile barrier for containing oil and petroleum spills. BMW, meanwhile, has patented a fabric which offers an alternative to metal vehicle body panels and which has wide-ranging possibilities.
In the coloration and finishing field, Padaluma has overcome the difficulty of dyeing glass fibres for nonwovens while Polymer Group Inc (PGI) has developed a nonwoven fabric with improved softness for use in diapers and feminine hygiene products, and Hills has a method of spinning polymer fibre mixtures for use in the manufacture of nonwoven filters.
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