Blocking the escape of microfibres
10/04/2019

Blocking the escape of microfibres

Microplastics have become a huge social problem. Particles that are invisible to the human eye are now present in abundance in the world’s oceans. Textiles and clothing made from synthetic fibre are among the major causes of environmental pollution. They release microfibres during wet processing at the manufacturing stage, in use and when washed. The [...] Read more...

A digital way to sustainable clothing
28/03/2019

A digital way to sustainable clothing

Resource-saving and sustainable clothing manufacture is not possible without digitisation. Software solutions and smart systems make supply chains more transparent and utilise the latent potential for making improvements at all stages of production. Fast fashion has become the byword for an industry that operates irresponsibly. Ever since the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in [...] Read more...

What became of ….?
15/03/2019

What became of ….?

In 2017, the Swedish firm Coloreel won the Texprocess Innovation Award in the ‘New Technology’ category for their instant-dyeing process for textile yarns used in industrial embroidery. How bright and colourful has life been, then, for the innovative Swedish company in the two years since then? Colourful. More colourful. Chameleon-like. Whilst humans are restricted to [...] Read more...

“The trends in the industry are driven strongly by the demands of consumers “
20/02/2019

“The trends in the industry are driven strongly by the demands of consumers “

Once again, Texprocess will be bringing together international processors of textile and flexible materials in Frankfurt from 14 to 17 May. How is the industry? What subjects occupy the attention of the processors? Elgar Straub, general manager of the VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies, gives an insight. Mr. Straub, how do you gauge [...] Read more...

Textiles evolve by themselves
23/01/2019

Textiles evolve by themselves

If a pair of jeans lets in ventilation in summer (intentionally!) without any help from its wearer, we are talking about a ‘4D textile’ – for some people, this is the next generation of textiles. David Schmelzeisen from the Institute of Textile Technology (ITA) at RWTH Aachen University explains what it’s all about. David, we [...] Read more...

Washday
30/10/2018

Washday

Washday, when, once a month, kilos of dirty washing would have to be boiled, trampled, swung, rinsed and wrung, was not something that people particularly looked forward to in the past. The invention of the washing machine turned this back-breaking job into a thing of the past. But the notion of ‘washday’ remains. “For us, [...] Read more...

Dyeing with fruit and rhubarb
26/09/2018

Dyeing with fruit and rhubarb

Anyone, who has removed the seeds from a pomegranate and, in doing so, has inadvertently got some of the delicious juice on their clothes, knows that the accidental batik-like colouring is damnably intense. No wonder, then, that this fruit has something of a reputation in the world of dyeing. “The pomegranate has been used to [...] Read more...

Automatically to China
05/09/2018

Automatically to China

For many years, China was regarded as the ‘extended workbench’ of the West. However, these times are over. With enormous investments, the Middle Kingdom is being transformed into a high-tech nation. And this change is being felt by German textile-machinery manufacturers in the form of increased demand. In 2017 alone, around € 226 billion was [...] Read more...

Architects of the Digital Textile Micro Factory
12/05/2017

Architects of the Digital Textile Micro Factory

“Here, we now have flexible processing technology with well-wired multifarious partner landscapes”, says Christian Kaiser describing the smart factory. However, pre-defined interfaces and a good plan are necessary until something like this can work. Kaiser is a research assistant at the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf and has fully interlinked the Micro [...] Read more...

Inspired by nature
01/11/2016

Inspired by nature

Water and dirt repellent garments are often criticised on the grounds of sustainability. Outdoor clothing especially often still derives its functionality from per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs). An interdisciplinary research product undertaken by German textile research institutes addresses this specific issue and takes its inspiration from fungi. Whether you are hiking, cycling or on the [...] Read more...

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Automatically to China

For many years, China was regarded as the ‘extended workbench’ of the West. However, these times are over. With enormous investments, the Middle Kingdom is being transformed into a high-tech nation. And this change is being felt by German textile-machinery manufacturers in the form of increased demand. Ronny Eckert Read more...

Kautschuk - photo Camilla Coutinho

Rubber – a comeback in shoes

If Sébastien Kopp has his way, a shoe’s sustainability will not begin and end merely with its biodegradability. According to the co-founder of French sneaker label “Veja”, the entire production chain should be put on the “green test bench”. We spoke to him at “FashionSustain” in Berlin in July. Ronny Eckert Read more...

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Hightech made in Germany in the USA

To establish closer contacts in the USA and to find new customers, three companies from the German textile-processing industry have showcased at Texprocess Americas in Atlanta as part of the “High Tex from Germany” show. For which Expert Systemtechnik, RSG Automation Technics and Strobel Spezialmaschinen are highly rated in the USA. Kirsten Rein Read more...

Textil vernetzt Source: Competence center Textil vernetzt

Digitalisation ‘live’

In the future, being networked – across the entire value-added chain, if possible – will also be a necessity in the textile processing industry. But where do small and medium-sized companies begin? Textil vernetzt supports medium-sized enterprises with digitalisation and provides opportunities for them to experience the topic ‘live’. Kirsten Rein Read more...

Stricken Knitting Techtextil Texprocess photo Messe Frankfurt Exhibition

3D knitwear of tomorrow

How can we describe the future for the knitting industry? What does the latest research have to say about it? What kind of action should be encouraged? How should we move forward? The latest research findings on the subject from Dr. Thomas Fischer of the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research (Deutsche Institute für ... Read more...

Blend Rewind_photo Mistra Future Fashion

Mistra Future Fashion: Blend Re:wind

Back to the future: The “Blend Re:wind” project, from the interdisciplinary research initiative Mistra Future Fashion, was created in 2011 by three partners: Chalmers University of Technology, the RISE Research Institute of Sweden, and the international forest-industry group Södra in Sweden. For six years, under the direction of researchers Dr. Hanna de la Motte and ... Read more...

Steitz Care / Kirsten Rein

Individualisation from scratch

The more individual a product is, the more its owner identifies with it. This is not just the case with personalised gifts, for example, but it is also true in daily life and, above all, working life: because personal protective equipment (PPE) only gets worn if it fits properly. This particularly applies to shoes. You ... Read more...