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Technical textile markets: product developments and innovations, June 2017

Technical textile markets: product developments and innovations, June 2017

This report provides information on the latest developments in: composites; fibres for nonwoven fabrics; filters; medical textiles; membranes; nonwoven fabric manufacturing machinery; nonwoven fabrics; textile sensors; textiles made from carbon nanotubes; touch-sensitive fibres; and wearable technology. Also, the report includes information and analysis relating to the following innovative companies and other organisations: Beaulieu Fibres International, Blond McIndoe Research Foundation, Empa (Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, Hartmann, Högskolan i Borås (University of Borås), Linköpings universitet (Linköping University), Metyx Composites, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Nottingham Trent University, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Reifenhäuser Reicofil, Suominen, Technical Absorbents, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Bath, the University of Brighton, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Manchester.


SUMMARY
COMPOSITES
Metyx Composites has developed a new fabric called Metycoremax FS and a webbed carbon
fibre woven fabric
Metycoremax FS
Webbed carbon fibre woven fabric
FIBRES FOR NONWOVEN FABRICS
Beaulieu Fibres International has developed a new fibre called Meralux and will produce short cut fibres for hygiene applications
Meralux
Short cut fibres for hygiene applications
FILTERS
Freudenberg Filtration Technologies has received an Award for its new micronAir blue filter
MEDICAL TEXTILES
A group of researchers has developed fabrics which could be used as artificial muscles
A research consortium has developed a wound dressing which changes colour in response to infection
MEMBRANES
A group of researchers at the University of Manchester has developed membranes which can be used to filter common salts from water
NONWOVEN FABRIC MANUFACTURING MACHINERY
Reifenhäuser Reicofil has developed a new nonwoven fabric manufacturing technology called
RF5
NONWOVEN FABRICS
Suominen has developed a new nonwoven substrate called Fibrella Ultrasoft
Technical absorbents has developed a washable nonwoven fabric and a new range of lightweight nonwoven fabrics
Washable nonwoven fabric
Lightweight nonwoven fabrics
TEXTILE SENSORS
Researchers at Empa have developed fibres which can be used in the manufacture of textilebased sensors
TEXTILES MADE FROM CARBON NANOTUBES
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesised textiles made from carbon nanotubes
TOUCH-SENSITIVE FIBRES
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a touch-sensitive fibre
WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY
Researchers at Nottingham Trent University are working on the development of a glove which can measure levels of vibration
List of figures
Figure 1: Metycoremax FS
Figure 2: Dressing covering healthy wound (left) and dressing covering infected wound (right)
Figure 3: Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of a carbon nanotube (CNT) textile, and coloured schematic diagram showing the architecture of intertwined CNTs
Figure 4: e-glove prototype

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