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Compression wear market to expand
Specialty Fabrics Review
Looking healthy, athletic and toned are benefits the hard-working performance apparel buyer appreciates, but compression wear does more than show off a buffed physique. Sportswear manufacturers claim that compression garments can give athletes a competitive edge by improving their performance, reducing the risk of injury and accelerating recovery during and after exercise.
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Making nonwovens from pineapples
Nonwovens Industry
Before you know it, pineapples won’t be just for eating. The company Ananas Anam has figured out a way to turn leaves from the tropical fruit into a sustainable nonwoven textile, a leather alternative, dubbed Piñatex. Social entrepreneur and designer Dr. Carmen Hijosa founded Ananas Anam in 2011. She owned her own leather goods company from 1978-1995, and it was in the 1990s while working as a consultant to the Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines when she discovered the qualities of pineapple leaf fibers, including their fineness and strength.
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US manufacturing faces a 2 million worker shortage
Reliable Plant
The United States faces a need for nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs over the next decade, and 2 million of those jobs are likely to go unfilled due to a skills gap, according to new research from Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute. Two parallel studies — "The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing: 2015 and Beyond" and "Overwhelming Support: U.S. Public Opinions on the Manufacturing Industry" — draw perspectives from U.S. manufacturing executives and the American public to reveal that American manufacturing companies face a significant skills gap over the next decade, largely fueled by baby boomer retirement and too few young people who see the industry as a career destination.
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  EasyWeb™ Torque Controller Holds Tension

Use the EasyWeb torque controller to maintain tension during unwinding or winding operations on printing and web finishing lines. As a lower-cost alternative to the high-precision transducer-based tension controllers DFE offers, the EasyWeb works from a diameter calculator signal to continually adjust winding torque and achieve roughly consistent running tension throughout the process. MORE

Vestex protective scrubs win endorsement from American Hospital Association
Innovation in Textiles
American Hospital Association has awarded its exclusive endorsement to Vestex Active Barrier protective health care apparel, developed by Vestagen Technical Textiles, a specialist in performance textile products and technologies. The endorsement is based on an extensive due diligence process that assessed Vestex's ability to protect health care workers and reduce the bacteria on clothing that contribute to the risk of health care-acquired infections in patients and hospital staff.
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EDANA launches updated sustainability report
Nonwovens Industry
EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, launched its fourth edition of the Sustainability Report. The fourth edition builds on EDANA’s 2011 Report, which already expanded beyond hygiene products to encompass all application areas, and the entire value chain for nonwovens and related products. The new report also shows the conscious effort by durable applications to balance communication and reporting.
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Successful technical textiles (Part 2)
Textile World
Based on production levels from 2007 to 2013, the European technical textiles sector — including nonwovens and textile-reinforced fiber composites — have grown slightly more strongly than the gross domestic product. However, said Grebe, "Economic influences clearly had an impact in the crisis years of 2008 and 2009, causing a sharp drop of the production in all three sub-segments. The main factor here was the economic downturn in Europe as a consequence of the European debt crisis, as well as the global economic slowdown."
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Freudenberg gets certified for biodegradability of textile
Freudenberg Interlining, market leader for nonwoven products, is the first German company to get certification for the biological degradability of a textile product, by the Hohenstein Institute in Bonnigheim. Biodegradability describes the decomposition of organic materials under the effect of water, air, and microorganisms in the soil. This determines how long the process of rotting down takes and whether any substances are released during the decomposition that are hazardous for plants or animals.
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On route to self-powered smart suits
Nanwerk News
Harvesting energy from tiny mechanical motions such as heartbeats, breathing, footsteps and even blood flow through arteries, is an enticing prospect. Another exciting development are nano-sized generators that have piezoelectric properties that allow them to convert into electricity the energy created through mechanical stress, stretches and twists of fabrics. Such energy-scavenging fabrics could eventually lead to wearable 'smart' clothes that can power integrated electronics and sensors through ordinary body movements.
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