TAMK University of Applied Sciences
in Tampere, Finland, has developed a unique warp knitted textile based lighting
system intended for use in commercial greenhouses. The light required by the
plants is produced by means of LED technology and is placed between the rows of
plants. It is estimated that in the future the method will achieve savings of
up to one half of the present vast need for energy in hothouses.
The curtain of light between the rows of plants is an
The summer 2011, collection
highlights of Swiss knit fabric manufacturer Eschler include three highly
functional fabrics integrating innovative technologies. Eschler has introduced
a new ‘Layer One’ quality from 100% recycled polyester incorporating an
antimicrobial technology. The Swiss brand also presents two extremely high-tech
knits utilizing Schoeller’s revolutionary coldblack technology, which reduces heat
absorbency in dark coloured textiles and guarantees
Software suite for
tricot and technical textiles
Knitted fabrics are
used above all in the manufacture of outer garments such as leisure clothes or
sportswear. The area of industrial textiles, which nowadays accounts for around
40% of total production, is also proving to be a highly interesting segment of
While lace and openwork fabrics are used largely on outer
garments, accessories and in home textiles, the range of applications of
industrial textiles is virtually unlimited.
textures in close-up
The display and evaluation of three-dimensional textures at
the development stage is made possible by ProCad warpknit 3D, the
ground-breaking latest addition to ourtried-and-tested ProCad product family.
Through rotation and zooming, even the smallest detail of these intricate three-dimensional
images is made available for close examination.
Technically sophisticated algorithms enable realistic
reproduction of elastic effects in pattern designs. Single
Despite the current global economic woes, textile machinery makers
remain confident about the long-term prospects of the textile industry in Asia,
especially China. They have given the show owners of ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 a
vote of confidence by signing up for space in the second combined show.
forms were only issued last month (the deadline for submission is September),
show owners CEMATEX and its Chinese partners - the Sub-Council of Textile
Nilit, a global leader
in the production of nylon 6.6, will be exhibiting at Techtextil in Frankfurt next
week for the first time ever.
Nilit’s booth will be located in Hall 4.1, Stand H58, at this
year’s show, which will be held 16-18 June, in Frankfurt, Germany. Techtextil
Frankfurt is the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and
“We look forward to showcasing woven and knitted fabrics and
finished garments made wi
Messe Frankfurt is to launch Texprocess,
a new machinery, equipment and process exhibition which will compliment Techtextil,
the leading technical textiles and nonwovens show. Texprocess will make its
debut in Frankfurt in parallel with Techtextil from 2011.
investment-goods fair for the textile and fashion industry, Texprocess will be
the meeting place for over 500 exhibitors and around 25,000 visitors from all
over the world”, explains Detlef Braun, Me
Leading fabric finishing
machinery manufacturer Brückner, will show a novel direct coating system for knitted
fabrics amongst its latest innovations at ITM 2009 in Istanbul in June. The
company’s Opti-Coat coating unit is designed to coat functional fabrics and
especially stretch fabrics.
The market for functional textiles for sports and outdoor
wear has grown considerably in recent years and breathable garments in
particular have been in demand. These
Techtextil – 16 to 18
June 2009, Frankfurt Am Main,
Innovation in Textiles,
an online news and technical resource for the technical textiles and nonwovens
industries and sister site to KnittingIndustry.com, is bringing
its readers, visitors to the exhibition and exhibitors, a preview of the latest
technical developments in fibres, yarns, fabrics and machinery and equipment,
which will be shown at Techtextil from 16 to 18 June 2009.
In addition, Innovation
Cath Rogan reports from Rome
Intertech Pira’s excellent annual Smart Fabrics conference
is now in its 5th year and this year (March 10th-12th 2009, Rome) welcomed over
150 delegates to an agenda packed with practical advice, inspirational ideas
and of course, a handful of spectacular but occasionally entirely baffling
scientific data charts.
Stacey Burr, CEO of Textronics Inc. opened the conference
with a highly motivating keynote speech outlining how the E-textiles small
business sector is �