Fabric Link Network Reports Textile Conference Reports

FabricLink Network’s TheTechnicalCenter.com reports on The Smart Fabrics Conference and the Techtextil North America/Tex touting the newest textile innovations and pending supplier issues.

Fabric Link Network Reports The Smart Fabrics Conferenceand theTechtextil North America/Texprocess Americas Show Overview

Tarzana, CA. May 29th, 2012, FabricLink Network’s TheTechnicalCenter.com (TTC) continues to grow its reputation as an important networking and promotional platform for the specialty fabrics industry.Understanding that innovation drives these markets, the FabricLink Network attended two recent events: The Smart Fabrics Conference, which was held on April 17 – 19, 2012, in Miami, and Techtextil North America / Texprocess Americas, duel tradeshows that co-existed at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on April 24-26, 2012.

The two events included symposiums presented by leading industry professionals, touting the newest textile innovations offered by textile producers and suppliers, as well as addressing some of the most current issues facing the wearable technology and the specialty products industries. FabricLink was there to cover the latest in news and trends in textiles and related products.Included in this report are a sampling of our findings, summarized for your convenience. Additional information can be found at the following links on FabricLink’s TheTechnicalCenter.com:

    Smart Fabrics Conference

    ·Techtextil North America / Texprocess

    Highlights of Information and Products Presented at the Smart Fabrics Conference:

    “Market Opportunities for Wearable Electronics”

    ·HEATwear – Keep the technology simple and innovate the details.

    ·Use of computerized knitting systems, such as Shima Seiki, for the production and mass customization of wearable technology. Knitted electronic components, such as sensors, circuitry, capacitors and antennas can be seamlessly integrated into garments.

    ·Future for E-textiles – Interfacing smart clothing to the Smart Phone for measuring calorie intake, alcohol consumption, and body activity.

    Highlights of Products Presented at Techtextil North America / Texprocess Americas:

    Techtextil North America:Presentations covered new technologies in automotive, high performance composites, military developments, sustainability, protective textiles, technical non-wovens and technical sports textiles.Techtextil North America also incorporated ATME-I (American Textile Machinery Exhibition-Intrnational) to provide a broad view of textile machinery, equipment and service providers.

    Texprocess Americas:Presentations for this show covered such topics as sourcing to the European Market, sourcing in the Americas, new product developments, sustainability, manufacturing technology, doing business with the US government, the world supply chain, and an international trade update.

    ·Consolidated Fibers, Inc. highlighted its new, more affordable PLA fiber, which is made in Mexico through a lower-cost value chain.Consolidated Fibers has developed this new staple fiber from Ingeo™ for such common-use applications as bedding, furniture, fiberfill, baby wipes, auto interior parts, and filtration.

    ·Offray Specialty Narrow Fabrics promoted it newest development, OFFRAY FR-FLEX™ Elastics.The collection is available in blends of Kevlar®, Nomex®, PBI®, etc. in a variety of widths and thicknesses, with a no melt/no drip quality.

    ·Shima Seiki U.S.A. Inc. announced its joint agreement with Drexel University.Shima Seiki will provide its flatbed knitting machines for Drexel University’s new Excite Laboratory for the purpose of developing innovative knitted products that will utilize a wide range of specialized yarns.

    ·SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) maintained a booth at the show to promote the association to suppliers of the fashion and sewn products industry.SPESA members comprise manufacturers and distributors of machinery, equipment, parts and supplies, systems, technologies and supply chain solutions.

    Show summaries and textile articles in full length are available at www.fabriclink.com.

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    Kathlyn Swantko, a textile advocate and educator, is president and founder of FabricLink.com and TheTechnicalCenter.com on-line textile resources, which make up the FabricLink Network. FabricLink.com (trade to consumer) and TheTechnicalCenter.com (trade-to-trade) provide information about new products and marketing opportunities for specialty textiles, textile-based products and services.The two sites offer valuable content and technical information; news releases on innovations; fabric descriptions; usage and care; supplier history and contacts. Seven Searchable indexes make the FabricLink Network websites the “go to” resources for developers of textiles, fashion designers, and researchers. In addition, the Network offers effective platforms for all businesses, from small niche-based companies to large broad-based textile manufacturers, to reach other businesses within the supply chain and the consumer. Visit the FabricLink Network (www.fabiclink.com and thetechnicalcenter.com) on twitter at FabricLinkNet, and on facebook at FabricLink.com.

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