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Walmart may use drones in stores to help customers

US retail giant Walmart has been granted a patent to use drone inside its store to help customers get products they want in their basket. It is yet to be decided when the company will actually implement this as companies often file for patents to protect ideas they’ve never used. The patent entitled ‘Method to carry an item within a retail shopping facility’ states, “In a typical application setting the flight path of the airborne […]

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Adidas adapts in-store custom-knit sweater technology

Taking envision to whole new level, Adidas is adapting new way to fickle the trend for fast fashion industry with in-store technology – ‘Knit For You’, dedicated to make customized sweaters. The sweaters would cost 200 euro (US $215) for customers within the day in order to tap into fast fashion with a personal twist. Explaining the technology, Adidas reports that a shopper first has to enter a darkened room where swirling camouflage and spider […]

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Indian apparel exporter Superhouse believes innovation drives success

“To have a mindset for innovation is what keeps you always ahead of others,” believes Mohd. Faiz, Owner of Superhouse Limited, a US $ 200 million group. With the competition getting tough each day, the only attribute that gives any company an edge over its competitors is its ability to think differently feels Faiz. Also, the company believes in using new technology in order to save costs on garments. “Saving costs on garments is also […]

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Aegle Gear introduces healthcare performance apparel

Healthcare apparel company Aegle Gear has introduced antimicrobial healthcare apparel in the market powered by Protx2™ technology. The company claims the apparels have in-built design functions which are often found in sportswear and now the medical industry, in a bid to change the mindset of healthcare institutions and industry professionals when choosing their uniforms, are coming up to adopt the technology. As per Aegle, Co-founders of Aegle Gear George Brown and Uli Becker have used […]

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Trelleborg installs Rapid Prototype Centre for engineered fabrics

Headquartered at Sweden, Trelleborg’s Engineered Coated Fabrics Operation has installed a new state-of-the-art Rapid Prototype Centre (RPC) in its facility at Rutherfordton, North Carolina, USA. The prototype equipment offers the latest technology in the rapid prototyping field and will help the company bring new products to market faster and at a much lower cost. According to the company, RPC reduces the time and cost of creating functional coated fabric samples that are highly-correlated to large-scale […]

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Steiger Textil launches ‘Stitch Lab’

Switzerland-based flat knitting machine manufacturer, Steiger textil, has launched a new facility called ‘Stitch Lab’, for experts in knitting and programming to work together with clients on developing their future applications. Using the Stitch Lab, Steiger technicians and their partners will be able to work together via the machine’s 3D simulation software Model Plus (M+). The software will simulate the creation of the stitches, row by row with the use of the virtual knitting machine […]

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SolTech+ Apparel unveils UVTR technology-enabled clothing

SolTech+ Apparel has unveiled the first apparel enabling you to naturally enjoy the sun’s benefits year-round… The UVTR technology-enabled clothing will help boost vitamin D in the wearer’s body, get a perfect natural tan, and stay extra warm. “SolTech+ is an innovative apparel line with breakthrough technology aiming to redefine how the world interacts and reconnects with sun in cool weather,” reads a statement from the company. The TanRound is the first apparel line with […]

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Japan’s Takram develops smart fabrics using ‘augmented reality’

Japanese design innovative firm, Takram, has developed a new smart fabric with Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities. The fabric being is designed to capture performance data for a London Transport Museum (LTM) project. The data captured by the fabric, which is firstly integrated into AR technology with internet of Things (IoT) connected live data, is believed to offer insight into customer behaviour as well as to alert about the maintenance issues. The prototype is developed for […]

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Optitex rolls out new software to simplify textile industry workflow

Optitex, a leading provider of integrated 2D CAD and 3D digital product solutions for the textile industry, is providing O/Pro Cutting Room Optimization Suite and Marker Making Suite, to save time and cost at every step in the textile industry workflow. O/Pro Cutting Room Optimization Suite provides end-to-end visibility of cutting room operation with in-built automated nesting which increase efficiency by 3.5 per cent. Additionally, the software optimizes the minimal required number of tables and […]

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Xeros launches ‘near waterless’ PPE laundering system

UK-based textile laundering supplier Xeros has launched a ‘near waterless’ laundry system for firefighters’ personal protective equipment (PPE). This system is compliant with NFPA 1851 (National Fire Protection Association’s Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting) and claimed to use 80 per cent less water, 50 per cent less energy and 50 per cent less chemical while laundering. Lieutenant Stephen Horvath of Prince William County […]

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“Lincell will have better acceptance in the market than linen in coming years”

With cost cutting to stay competitive being a norm today, effective substitutes or new options to hitherto expensive raw materials is something the apparel industry is aggressively looking at. In regards to fabric blends, there are some interesting options and one of them is lincell which is touted as the best substitute of linen. Lincell has been available in the industry since the last 3½ years and is being offered in India by Sundarams Texventures […]

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Japanese firms develop advanced apparel to detect wearer’s drowsiness

Two Japanese firms, textile maker Toyobo Co. Ltd., and medical device manufacturer Union Tool, have developed a new set of undergarments made up of Toyobo’s “Cocomi” functional material. The product is claimed to be potential lifesaver for drowsy drivers and overheated construction workers as well as sports-persons. The undergarments, when worn, can collect and transfer biological data to smartphones and other devices, triggering an alarm if the information indicates danger. The system combines an under-shirt […]

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Lenzing develops ‘Refibra’ from recycled cotton

Lenzing, an Austria-based nonwovens cellulose fibres and textile manufacturer, has developed a new Tencel variant based on cotton scraps and wood. Known as Refibra, the new development is described as the first cellulose fibre featuring recycled material on a commercial scale. Refibra stands for ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ with a strap line of ‘Reborn Tencel Fibre’ and is expected to build Lenzing’s reputation as a leader in the field of environmental fibre technology and push […]

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A&E launches new reflective industrial sewing thread

American & Efird (A&E), a global leader in industrial sewing thread manufacturing, has announced the official launch of a new product in reflective innovation, Anefil™ Reflector having polyester fibre type. A&E’s Anefil™ Reflector is an industrial sewing thread designed and engineered for reflective visibility. Ideal for creating a decorative, reflective seam in cover-stitch and over-edge stitch applications, Anefil™ Reflector can be used in a wide variety of apparel categories including, Activewear, Workwear, Safety Apparel, Swimwear, […]

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Colmar launches innovative jacket line

Colmar, the high-end sportswear company, has launched a new collection of ski jackets containing the Directa Plus’s graphene-based product. Directa Plus is one of the largest producers and suppliers of graphene-based products. The new collection consists of three ski jackets that have been designed by enhancing some of Colmar’s most successful ski jacket styles, reflecting Colmar’s established fashion heritage, with the inclusion of the Company’s G+ graphene technology. The Technologic G+ jacket is padded with […]

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