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TECHNICAL LIBRARY

In this section you will find a comprehensive range of articles from WSA magazine, dating back as far as 2000. To obtain the articles online in PDF format, you must first set up an account. Articles cover innovation at different levels in the performance textiles value chain, including developments with polymers, fibres, yarns, fabrics, finishes and final products from the apparel, footwear and equipment ranges of sports and outdoor brands around the world.



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POLYMERS, FIBRES & YARNS

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Botanical performance
The move to replace non-renewable petroleum-based materials with more sustainable plantbased ingredients continues to gain momentum. Occupying a middle ground between natural and synthetic materials, biopolymers appear to strike the right chord for brands looking to lighten their environmental footprint.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2018
GOTS sets organic apart
Sustainability: GOTS The textile industry is not short of initiatives to promote and certify “better” materials. GOTS has been working for more than a decade to convince brands that organic textiles are the best there is.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2018
Against the flow
As the pressure mounts to reduce the clothing industry’s impact on the environment, solutions, new and not-so new, are emerging to turn the tide on the wasteful use of water. Many stages of fibre and textile manufacturing, dyeing and finishing require large quantities of the natural resource.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2018
Growth out of adversity
Game Changers: Laura Colnaghi Calissoni The unexpected death of her husband, Giuseppe, in 2005 and her decision to assume the leadership of the textile group that comprises Carvico, Jersey Lomellina and Eurojersey, did not prevent Laura Colnaghi Calissoni from continuing to compete at a high level in skiing and cycling.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2018
Chance of a lifetime for natural fibres
Sustainability: Natural fibres With public awareness increasing of the problem of pollution from synthetic microfibres, there may never be a better opportunity for wool, cotton, linen and other natural fibres to win the hearts of a new generation of consumers.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2018
Rethinking business as usual
Innovation in technology and work processes is disrupting the traditional sequence of events that bring a product from idea to market. The need to reduce lead times is driving a trend that is also opening the way to new business models.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2018
Home grown wool
The trend can be traced back to New Zealand brand Icebreaker or to Swiss Wool, a label created by Lavalan. Now, the move to use locally-sourced wool is expanding to new pastures.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2018
Performance around the clock
Looking for new fields—innovations initially developed for athletes are set to make an entrance into sleepwear and home textiles.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2018
Fibersort powers up
RISE TO THE CHALLENGE: FIBERSORT. Officially presented this past March, the Fibersort is a semi-automated machine that identifies and sorts textiles by composition. Now close to commercialisation, it could increase the value of used garments and facilitate the recycling of post-consumer clothing into new fibres.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2018
Catalyst for change
GAME CHANGERS: MICHEL CHTEPA. Money talks. The Seaqual 4U managing director brings almost 30 years’ textile industry experience to his role at the recycled polyester fibre producer and says the market for recycled materials will only move forward when evidence of genuine demand from consumers emerges.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2018
Recycled down, as good as new
With many brands introducing recycled down in their autumn-winter 2018-19 collections, demand for the material is up, as is the price of virgin down. Some see this shift to regenerated down as opportunistic, while others believe it helps reduce textile waste and is a rare example of upcycling a post-consumer item into a highly coveted product.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2018
A buzz around merino blends
Merino wool is highly prized by activewear brands, but it’s expensive. In the right hands, blends of merino with core-spun synthetic fibres or with natural fibres such as cotton, Modal and Tencel, can produce circular knit fabrics that tick all the boxes.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2018
Designers asked to get creative with Flexweave
Reebok believes the possible applications of its Flexweave material extend beyond its original use in shoes. It has recruited prominent design groups to explore what it says is “limitless potential”.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2018
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow
Chinese textile group Shandong Ruyi has agreed to acquire the apparel and advanced textiles business of Invista, which includes the Lycra fibre brand. It is one of a number of acquisitions it has made as it seeks greater control over its supply chain.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2018
Loose ends
As more clothes are produced, more waste, or deadstock, is generated. Estimated to be up to 25% of supplies, this excess stock is attracting new attention and is increasingly seen as a reservoir of resources.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2018
Sustainability gets top billing at Titas 2017
Eco-friendly manufacturing techniques, fabrics and fibres derived from natural sources and a new project to recycle full garments: Titas 2017 provided plenty of examples of the Taiwanese textile industry’s commitment to sustainability.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2018
The performance cotton challenge
The next natural fibre in line for a technical upgrade may well be cotton. From traditional suppliers to textile start-ups, many fibre and fabric manufacturers are picking up the challenge.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2018
‘The greatest innovation of the 21st century’
Jamie Hunt, co-founder and director of product development for Australia-based 2XU, would like to see an industry standard for the term ‘compression’ to stop others using it incorrectly.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2018
The bigger picture
Finch Designs recently became the first China-based company to receive the Project Just ‘Seal of Approval’ for its commitment to sustainability and transparency. All its swimwear is made using Repreve recycled fibres from Unifi.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2017
Graphene’s many gifts
Often dubbed a miracle material, graphene possesses a unique combination of properties: thermal and electrical conductivity, strength, antibacterial and UV blocking. These are being put to the test in the first graphene-based textiles coming to market.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2017
Spinning threads from green gold
The Finnish and Brazilian companies are developing a cellulosic fibre that uses a mechanical process to turn the fibre into yarn, doing away with the need for most chemicals, water and energy.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2017
Mass microfibre migration
The microscopic fibres that garments of all types shed during manufacture and laundering are now regarded as one of the most insidious forms of pollution in the world’s waterways. Unfortunately for the outdoor industry, fingers are pointing to polyester fleece clothes as prime offenders. The issue is much more complex, as studies are showing.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2017
Fibre production passes major milestone
Global fibre production is up and specialist European industry body IVC says manmade fibre manufacturers in Austria, Switzerland and Germany deserve to grow their market share, claiming theirs is the greenest and most innovative production in the sector.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2017
Chain reaction
Warmer or cooler, faster wicking or additional air permeability, and now, possibly even shape-shifting, materials that adjust their properties to varying conditions are paving the way for the next generation of smart clothing.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2017
Food waste and fashion
The agrifood and agri-processing sectors produce an abundance of waste material and fibrous residues that are being used as a new source of raw materials for fibres, plastics and chemicals.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2017
Great balls of fibre
Rise to the Challenge: Freudenberg & Napapijri: Lightweight air-trapping microspheres have allowed outdoor brand Napapijri and its performance materials partner Freudenberg to develop an effective and versatile alternative to natural down.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2017
Closing the polyester loop
Research into the recycling of plastic PET bottles into virgin-grade polyester for textile end-uses continues. The new chemical and biotech techniques in development claim to be more flexible and cost-competitive than mechanical processes.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2017
Persistence pays off for Gore
A new Environmental Chamber at WL Gore’s headquarters in Maryland will help the company test new ideas for using its membrane technology in footwear and apparel.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2017
Eye on the horizon
Recent innovation in fibres, fabrics and films points to lighter, stronger and smarter solutions for performance clothing.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2017
Cotton needs to be “hipper” to grow demand
Cotton is losing its share of the global fibre market and the industry has to become “much younger, much hipper” if it is to reclaim some of the lost ground.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2017
More than just hot air
Researchers from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have teamed up with knitting machine manufacturer Stoll to help athletes tackle cold winter weather.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2017
Seamless outerwear by design
The weaving or knitting of patterned jacquard fabrics makes it possible to vary textures and compositions in a single textile to make seamless multifunctional clothes. After baselayers and shoes, the technology is now being applied to outerwear.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2017
Innovation debate at Intertextile Shanghai
The autumn 2016 edition of Intertextile Shanghai took place in October. At one of the many events the organisers put on, WSA editor, Stephen Tierney, moderated a lively panel discussion on the subject of innovation in performance textiles.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2017
Leave no trace
When it comes to considering a product’s sustainable end of life, there are basically two options: recycling or decomposing. Though the case for biodegradability is rarely brought up in performance fabrics, the situation may change as synthetic fibres engineered to disintegrate in controlled conditions come to market.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2017
Saturation point
A functional baselayer strives to keep its wearer comfortable and dry at all times. But what happens if it becomes thoroughly soaked and saturated? The choice of fibre and the fabric structure can make a difference, depending on the activity and the environment.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2017
Brand Profile: Teton Bros
Teton takes on Mother Nature: Japanese apparel brand Teton Bros is on a mission to help outdoor enthusiasts overcome the most challenging conditions on the planet.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2017
Rise to the Challenge: adidas and Fenc
Taiwanese partner helps adidas make waves: As adidas extends its use of recycled ocean plastic into performance products, the relationship it has with Taiwanese company FENC looks set to become even more important.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2017
Silk, the forgotten performance fibre
Riding on the success of athleisure and on the growing popularity of natural fibres in active sportswear, the luxury fibre is making a discreet comeback in functional fabrics.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2017
Titas marks anniversary with biggest-ever event
It was evolution rather than revolution for many exhibitors at Titas 2016, but biomonitoring garments, breathable neoprene and fabrics made from cinnamon extract indicate that the pace of innovation in Taiwan’s textile industry shows no signs of slowing.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2017
Rise To The Challenge: Patagonia and Primaloft
Eco extras for the Nano Puff: Partners Patagonia and PrimaLoft have worked together to develop a new synthetic insulation material that offers the required performance attributes while incorporating post-consumer recycled content.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2016
Net assets
Open-structured textiles play a key role in performance sports clothing. Added airflow speeds up the evaporation of moisture and enhances thermoregulation. New developments in this product category are raising the bar on what mesh fabrics can do.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2016
Cellulose regenerated
An upswing in demand has cellulosic fibre producers increasing production capacities while a handful of enterprising start-ups is slowly making progress in recycling fabric waste into lyocell-type fibres.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2016
Game Changers: Joseph Gerber
A true inventor: In an unusual column for this series, we speak to David Gerber about his father, Joseph Gerber, the founder of Connecticut based software and automation solutions provider Gerber Technology
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2016
Something in the air
Rise to the Challenge: Repreve and Eagle’s Nest Outfitters - A self-inflating airbed has given Unifi a new application for its Repreve recycled polyester fibre and its partner ENO an opportunity to enhance the sustainability credentials of its newest product.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2016
Versatility in elasticity
It is well known that a little bit of elastane can go a long way in an item of clothing. Now the yarn is incorporating new properties, from odour-management to heat-generation, and including recycled content, to further boost its appeal.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2016
A classic upgraded
Skin care and endurance-enhancing clothing are part of a high-tech revamp at French clothing brand Damart.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2016
Newcotton yarn process offers 80% water saving
Sustainability: Ecotec - Earlier this year cotton yarn manufacturer Marchi & Fildi launched what it says is the first “smart” cotton yarn to be made in Italy.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2016
The future of fashion
Rise to the Challenge: Space Textiles - Couture in Orbit, a project organised by the European Space Agency, tapped into the skills of students from some of Europe’s top fashion colleges to generate clothing designs inspired by space exploration.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2016
Game Changers: Janice Wang, Alvanon
A fitting tribute: Alvanon first brought its sizing and fit technology to the global apparel market in 2001 and is now famous for high-tech mannequins. Chief executive, Janice Wang, is proud of being (with her brothers) a third-generation representative of a hands-on garment-making family. She is equally proud of leading Alvanon’s wider efforts to help its clients in 89 countries use data to improve their businesses internally and engage more effectively externally with existing and new customers.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2016
A new twist on cork
From the sidewalks to the catwalks, cork is in the midst of a revival. Its insulating properties, among other performance attributes, makes it a surprisingly high-tech material whilst its low, some say negative (in the best possible sense), environmental footprint makes it a compellingly sustainable choice.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2016
Rise To The Challenge: Directa Plus, Vittoria And Colmar
Graphene makes an outdoor apparel breakthrough: Part of a famous list of accidental scientific discoveries and of a separate list of innovations that have led to Nobel prizes, graphene made a long-awaited commercial breakthrough into the sports and outdoor markets at the start of 2016 thanks to joint projects involving Italian companies Directa Plus, Vittoria and Colmar.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2016
Odour under control
Everybody wants synthetic baselayers and sports shoes that don’t smell, but usually prefer not to hear about the microbes that produce smells or the biocides used to reduce them. Many antiodour products are based on silver, which inevitably brings to mind nano, a term no brand wants to be associated with. Many seek solutions that do not involve biocides. Legislation is complicated and ever-changing. This is the tricky context that antibacterial textile additives face.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2016
Sustainability: Restricted Substances
Green chemistry blues: The founder of Swiss certification group certification group Bluesign, Peter Waeber, has said that, although everyone in the textile and apparel industry would like to have greener chemistry, no one wants to pay for it. Improvements in the way companies across the supply chain manage restricted substances are no solution to this fundamental problem, he fears.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2016
Filling up with nature
Synthetic insulation materials are facing new competition as wool-based alternatives come forward. Innovation is also found in the natural down category with several materials vying to change the rules.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2016
Breakthroughs in wearable technology
Which ideas will help make wearable technology more mainstream? We pick out three smart garments that could soon help sports enthusiasts everywhere measure health and performance.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2015
Innovators: Dr Gunter Pauli
Blue future: Dr Gunter Pauli generates genuine innovation everywhere he goes and is determined to keep getting projects off the ground and keep generating jobs, including in textiles.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2015
Beyond biomimicry
By any measure silk is special. Technically, it is nature’s only continuous filament, and the only natural fibre that is spun, not grown. Add to these unique traits the high tensile strength and elasticity of the special type of silk that spiders spin and you have a highly coveted material. Biotech laboratories around the world are making progress in reproducing this wonder silk and some may even be close to commercialisation, all involving genetic engineering.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2015
Finding inspiration on the show floor
There were a great number of interesting products on display at the recent outdoor and sportswear-focused events in Germany and the US. We pick out a handful.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2015
A Retrospective Part 2
20th Anniversary: Two decades of change: In the second part of WSA’s 20th anniversary celebrations, industry insiders discuss how the magazine has kept them informed of market developments, and give us their views on the changing face of the outdoor and sports market, and what lies in store.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2015
WSA - The Second 10 Years
A brief timeline in textiles and sports, Part 2.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2015
20 in 20: Textiles and Apparel
20th Anniversary: 20 in 20: Textiles and apparel. In the 20 years since we began publishing WSA there have been many landmark moments in the field of innovation in outdoor and sports products. In the second of two articles, we look at 20 important developments in the last 20 years in textiles and apparel for athletic and sports. There is no order of preference and nor is the timeline important. These are simply stories centred around fibre, yarn, fabric and finished product developments that created headlines in WSA and beyond and helped define the shape of the performance apparel industry today.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2015
Innovators: Anke Domaske
Milking the benefits: The search for a skin-friendly fabric led QMilk’s German founder to casein, a product whose uses are multiplying the more she researches.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2015
Anniversary Perspective: 20 years on
Looking into the future market with the benefit of hindsight: In 1995, textile management consultant David Rigby outlined his thoughts on present and future markets for sports- and leisurewear in WSA’s first issue. Twenty years on, Alexandra Zakharova decided to focus on the same markets and review the factors that have contributed towards their growth. Using Rigby’s original article as a starting point, it has led her to consider multiple areas of activity and highlights the importance of the ‘Millennials’, especially women, for the sector’s further development.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2015
20th anniversary: A retrospective
WSA hits the spot: As part of WSA’s 20th anniversary celebrations, some of the big players in the textiles and sportswear supply chains share their views on the advances of the past two decades and consider where we are headed, and explain how the magazine has helped inform them.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2015
WSA - The First Ten Years
A brief timeline WSA in textiles and sports.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2015
How materials measure up in the Higg Index
Central to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s broad push to promote sustainable practices in the apparel and footwear industries, the materials section of the Higg Index strives to gauge the environmental impact of textiles and raw materials. This ambitious, innovative and concerted effort to rate and compare textiles raises as many questions as it answers.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2015
Maximising next-to-skin comfort
Thermo-physiological comfort is the main focus of performance baselayers. Each new generation calls on increasingly sophisticated fibre and fabric constructions engineered to keep the skin dry and the body warm. In this mature and highly competitive product category, it is suggested that research should now focus on the sensorial properties of textiles as a possible innovation strategy.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2015
Rise to the Challenge: The North Face and Unifi
The North Face boosts green credentials: The US brand’s iconic Denali jacket is now utilising three of Unifi’s greenest processes, and it has improved manufacturing output in the process.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2015
Rise To The Challenge: Outlast-Kelheim Fibres
Partners show that PCM is fill-friendly: Thick viscose fibres cut short may not be the ideal vehicle for phase change material (PCM) in many garment applications, but partners Outlast Europe and Kelheim Fibres have found that these fibres work well in combination with down in a new fill product, Universe. The key is being able to pack in higher quantities of PCM.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2015
Far-infrared: the science behind the magic
Far infrared (FIR) reflecting fibres and fabrics are said to provide a subtle form of warmth that affects blood flow, which in turn is believed to have cosmetic and energising properties. To win over sceptics, suppliers are now backing these promises with clinical studies.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2015
Sustainability: Harris Tweed
Island storytellers attract global audience: In terms of performance textiles, Harris Tweed would seem not to rank very highly, although longlasting and traditionally fashionable, and early attempts to scale Mount Everest certainly proved that wool has a place in helping to survive inclement situations. Its continuing story illustrates an example of sustainability and why authenticity is becoming increasingly important.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2014
New shades of green in biosynthetics
Step by step, major fibre producers, including Invista and Toray, are investing in new technologies that trade petroleum for renewable resources in the production of synthetic yarns. This signals a possible shift from niche to mainstream for bio-based materials.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2014
Sustainability: Parx Plastics
Star start-up to make ‘antibacterial’ easier: A start-up company based in the Netherlands and Italy has developed a technique to use zinc as a means of adding antibacterial functionality to any polymer. It has high hopes of sparking interest among sports apparel manufacturers.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2014
Rise to the Challenge: JRC-Reflex and Massebeuf
A new spin on retro-reflection: Two very different fields of expertise, spinning and coating, were needed to create CRY (Coated Reflective Yarn), believed to be the world’s first round – not flat – yarn with retro-reflective properties. It is the newest product to be released by JRC-Reflex and was co-developed and patented with high-tech yarn manufacturer Massebeuf.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2014
Blends bring new stories into merino wool
As the market for performance clothing made from merino wool matures, new blends with Tencel and Cordura, among others, seek to keep the natural fibre’s popularity alive and offset some of its shortcomings.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2014
Thermal solutions explore new territories
From the high-loft puff jacket, with or without genuine down, to the slim, never-need-to-take-it-off thermal layer, the insulation category is breaking new ground with solutions that are as varied as they are versatile.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2014
One giant leap for textile innovation
With the first new space suit design for 30 years under construction at NASA, one of the designers tells WSA about the importance of material developments. Across the Atlantic, Hohenstein Institute and Schoeller Textiles have embarked on a mission of their own: sending textiles into space to boost understanding on earth.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2014
Sustainability: Forest to fashion
New additions to the lyocell family: Growing demand for cellulose-based fibres along with the evolution of the paper industry are attracting investment and research into new processes and raw materials for lyocell, a fibre many believe has some of the best eco-credentials.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2014
Rise to the challenge: Kodak And Purthread
Kodak’s new moment: Fresh out of bankruptcy, the photographic specialist is developing a new future: supplying its antimicrobial expertise to Purthread to make ‘odour-free’ garments.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2014
Fabrics: the next step in 3D printing?
In the brave new world of 3D printing, makers and tinkerers dream up, scan, code, digitise and print out objects of all sorts. Some experiment with flexible plastics and chain-mail fabrications. Many would like to print out a material suitable for clothing.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2014
New wools in stock
Alpaca, yak and mohair are a few of the fibres vying for a position in performance clothing. Like merino, these alternative wools have good stories to tell, and they also have unexpected performance features.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2014
Next-generation membranes
Just 3 nanometres thick and weighing a mere 5 g/m2, non-woven, electrospun membranes are setting new standards in lightweight protection.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2013
Ask the expert: Recycling polyester
Fibre industry must hit the bottle: Our question-and-answer series on topics of interest to technical textiles and apparel professionals continues,with recycling polyester from postconsumer- use plastic bottles as the subject this time. Answering this time is Gail Baugh, a lecturer at San Francisco State University and at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, with a specialist interest in reusing existing apparel in mass production of new products.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2013
Bridging the gap between performance and aesthetics
From ultra-slim summer insulation and far-infrared reflecting materials to patterned trimming, new textiles pack multiple features in ever more compact formats for innovative sportswear designs.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2013
Ask the expert: Coolness in fibres and fabrics
Sweat is your friend: Our question-and-answer series on topics of interest to technical textiles and apparel professionals continues, with coolness in fibres and fabrics as the subject this time. On hand to answer our enquiries is Dr Jan Beringer, head of research and development in the department of function and care at the Hohenstein Institute for Textile Innovation in southern Germany.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2013
CETI paves the way for next-generation textiles
With its cutting-edge spinning and nonwovens equipment, the CETI is the place where the technical textile industry plans to develop new processes, products and markets to brighten the future of a region with a strong heritage in advanced textiles.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2013
Ask the expert: Microencapsulation
Built-in benefits: Microencapsulation in textiles is the theme for this article, with the answers coming from Dr Jaime Rocha Gomes, a professor at the department of textile engineering at the Minho University in Portugal.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2013
Flax: reaping the benefits
The fibre is being touted as the answer to a shortfall between cotton demand and supply. The Canadian company behind Crailar is targeting activewear applications, and its properties are also being harnessed in other areas of the sports sector.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2013
Casting a new line in polyester
New market conditions are encouraging European polyester manufacturers to invest in mechanical recycling, solution dyeing and local sourcing.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2012
The age of plasma
Despite promising potential in terms of performance and reduced use of water and chemicals, the textile industry appears reluctant to shift from traditional wet finishes to plasma processing.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2012
Ask the expert: Adding function to fibres
Right from the start: Our question-and-answer series with prominent textile academics continues, with Professor Raechel Laing, director of the Clothing and Textiles Centre at the University of Otago in New Zealand, answering questions on the subject of adding function to fibres.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2012
The many facets of soft shells
Soft shells first appeared in the late 1990s and were initially promoted as a new, multifunctional single-layer garment merging the thermal and outer shell of protective apparel. Since then, the concept has evolved into a vast and versatile family of fabrics and garments that defies categorisation.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2012
New generation natural fibres
New developments in bamboo, flax and hemp fibres are being presented as ecological alternatives to traditional cotton.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2012
Rise to the challenge: Aitex and Tex-Petrel
Bamboo lining for sweet-smelling shoes: Textile technology institute Aitex and footwear component manufacturer Tex-Petrel, both from the footwear-manufacturing province of Alicante in Spain, have combined to produce a new shoe-lining material, Gootex. Based on bamboo fibre, the new product offers high levels of antimicrobial properties, plus a range of other benefits.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2012
New heights for knits
Summer 2013 and Winter 13/14 knit fabrics address athletic sportswear needs from new angles, providing physiological well-being or improved protection, from first to outer layers.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2012
Ask the expert: Comparative fibre structures
Structural advantages: Dr Julie Soden, a specialist in constructed textiles and 3D woven composites at the School of Art and Design at the University of Ulster, Belfast, gives her answers to questions on fibre structures.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2012
New yields in castor oil polyamides
Castor oil has long been a non-food-crop source of biopolymers for fibres and plastics, specifically Arkema’s Rilsan (PA 11) and Pebax. The options are now expanding as Toray and Radici are both working on polyamide 6-10, partially derived from castor oil, introducing a new eco-material that sports brands tend to eye favourably, and making progress in the textile industry’s often proclaimed intentions of ‘greening’ its processes.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2012
Catalyst for cleaner air
A professor promotes apparel that can purify the air we breathe.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2012
Sustainability: Recycling
Proof that the story is more than a yarn: Recycling fibres and fabric is far from a new idea, but current times and the global economic situation are combining to spark new initiatives and give extra impetus to existing ones.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2012
Fresh solutions in the quest for coolness
Keeping athletes cool in the course of exercise or competition is the goal of a series of new developments in fibres, finishing and fabrics.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2012
Sustainability: Qmilch
Casein makes a comeback: A German start-up is working on a new version of casein, a fibre derived from milk protein, introducing a new production method that, it claims, avoids some of the fibre’s traditional draw backs.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2012
Why we can’t take weight off our minds
Garment manufacturers and brands continue to shout about their achievements in making fabrics, components and finished products lighter. Product weight is now a mega-trend in the industry.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2012
Rise to the challenge: Aquafil and TCX
Riders stay comfortable under pressure: 2012 continues the series examining the work that ingredient brands carry out in partnership with clothing brands to make better clothing and footwear products for sports and outdoor activity. In this issue, we look closely at the joint efforts of Aquafil and TCX to put polypropylene microfibre Dryarn into technical underwear for motorcycle enthusiasts.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2012
Encapsulating the future
From moisturising and slimming to healing, performance textiles are experimenting with new ingredients and techniques, opening the way to an emerging family of therapeutic textiles.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2011
Softer side of durability
A new collection of fabrics that Invista has launched under its Cordura brand have, the company claims, a look and feel similar to those of natural fibres, making them suitable for ready-to-wear applications.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2011
Predictions for 2012 and beyond
An experienced commentator on the performance textiles sector and applications in sports and outdoor apparel has spoken about a series of issues that he believes will prove important for companies in the industry in the year ahead.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2011
Seamless dreams
Lenzing has introduced Seamless, which combines its Tencel fibre with a new construction technique that it says promises garments with high levels of comfort.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2011
Ask the expert: Performance & comfort
Comfort zone: Performance apparel manufacturers and brands know that consumers are likely to come back for more if their clothes offer comfort as well as functionality, but how best to engineer comfort in is an ongoing discussion.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2011
Ask the expert: Moisture management
No sweat: The textile industry has been addressing moisture management issues for some time, but the flow of new ideas and applications still threw up an interesting series of questions for our expert this time, Mark Hartmann.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2011
Rise to the challenge: Nilit/Lincspun
A twist in the tale: A new yarn called Trinomax AQ is the fruit of a relationship that two manufacturers in different parts of the world struck up at an industry event two years ago. They say the difference Trinomax AQ will make to the sports apparel market will be “revolutionary”.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2011
New yarn delivers real performance
A common commitment to innovation has allowed Luxilon and Sofileta to offer an award winning fabric that can cool athletes down.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2011
Comfort can mean competitive advantage
Outlast Technologies has achieved a long-desired breakthrough in making its phase change material (PCM) temperature-controlling technology available in polyester fibre. The implications for extending the technology’s use in sports and activewear are clear.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2011
Counting sheep
The ispo 2011 trade show highlighted the increasing popularity of using wool in performance apparel. With natural properties and eco credibility, wool is fast becoming a luxurious alternative to the most commonly used fibres.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2011
Mapping the future
Sports clothes being made from more than a single type of textile material may not be new but research into body mapping technology is revealing new possibilities for achieving maximum performance and comfort.
WSA - Issue3 - May/Jun 2011
The price is far from right
We live in interesting times. Record high prices for key raw materials are already making a big impact on the sports and outdoor supply chain but are giving some companies extra confidence in their quest to stand out from the crowd.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2011
Rise to the Challenge: Tanatex And Tosi
New bleaching process is greener: A new, simpler process, developed by chemical firm Tanatex and one of its customers, offers hope of an easier, more environmentally friendly and more economical way of bleaching yarn without compromising on whiteness.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2011
Ask the Expert: Mike Sweet, Polygiene
In this new feature series, Ask The Expert, we will aim to answer readers’ questions on a list of hot topics in the world of textile innovation for sports and outdoor applications. The six subjects Ask The Expert will cover in the course of 2011 are: antimicrobial properties in textiles; seamless technology; compression garments; developments in moisture management; combining comfort and performance and, finally, new fibres and fabrics.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2011
The ‘Wellness’ stamp of approval
A sports apparel manufacturer in Germany was recently awarded a new label which was developed to evaluate the comfort of clothes and the ease with which they can be looked after
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2011
The next level of all-conditions comfort
After the launch of its Power Shield Pro waterproof breathable fabric last year, Polartec has stepped up the technology to produce NeoShell, offering higher levels of protection against the elements and greater air permeability.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2011
Rise to the Challenge: Coolvisions/The North Face
Shirts show promise of dyeable polypropylene: After 18 months of development, The North Face brought to market this autumn a selection of outdoor shirts made from a combination of cotton and CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene fibre. This article, the sixth in our series highlighting supply chain collaboration, explains the hard work that went into the project.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2011
Omni-Heat: the new hot topic at Columbia
Snow might have been in short supply in Vancouver at the start of the XXI Winter Olympic Games, but new technology from Portland, Oregon, might still have been welcomed by the spectators.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2010
Attempts to add functionality pay off for cotton
Textile innovations such as Wicking Windows and TransDry that reduce cotton’s natural absorbency and make it quicker drying are helping the fibre win greater market share in the sports apparel sector.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2010
Advances worthy of Olympians
A look at some new textile and fibre ideas that made their way into athletes’ clothing at the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2010
Rise To The Challenge: Cotton
Time for cotton to toughen up: Two bioscience firms, Bayer CropScience and Performance Plants Incorporated, are teaming up to apply drought-tolerance technology to cotton.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2010
Focus On Winners: Ulrike Schwalbe
Fast changes are essential: Our series giving the views of elite athletes on the clothing and equipment they wear continues with Ulrike Schwalbe, high-profile duathlon, triathlon and Ironman champion from Germany.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2010
Café culture
Last year, Taiwan-based fabric manufacturer Singtex launched a new product derived from recycled coffee grounds. The new fabric, S.Café, which offers a series of performance qualities— including fast drying, UV protection and odour and moisture management—quickly caught the imagination of apparel designers like Noemi Ivanova who also like S.Café’s green cachet.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2010
Wearable oxygen chambers for all
Performance fibre manufacturer Hologenix believes it made a breakthrough earlier this year when its Celliant product came out positively in a clinical trial in a California hospital. The company feels strongly that this will give it a platform for making quick progress in sports apparel and other market areas.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2009
Research institutes: Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong comes up with the money: Thanks to generous funding from the Hong Kong government, the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at the special administrative region’s Polytechnic University has been able to embrace a whole series of cutting-edge projects with a firm focus on sports.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2009
Performance properties for Prêt-á-Porter
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2009
The lighter the better
Demand for lightweight fabrics is growing rapidly, both within the sport and outdoor industries. The challenge for manufacturers is to produce lighter and lighter fabrics and finished goods without sacrificing the performance benefits to which people have become accustomed. Properties such as breathability and durability must always be available, even in the lightest of fabrics.
WSA - Issue6 - Nov/Dec 2009
Stretch fabrics: the game changes
Fibre manufacturer Invista launched a new concept, Lycra Sport, at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City in July. It expects consumers’ expectations of stretch garments to change as a result.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2009
Focus On Winners: Helen Thayer
Wonder woman: Helen Thayer has spent more than 60 years tackling some of the toughest terrains on earth. At 71, her appetite for trekking, hiking, kayaking and cycling remains as keen as ever.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2009
Dyable polypropylene offers 'endless possibilities'
Scepticism in the wider market about dyeable polypropylene may not have gone away entirely, but with one fibre manufacturer now producing high volumes of it, and outdoor apparel brands building fabric from the fibre into their latest collections, the evidence is becoming harder to deny.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2009
HeiQ on the high road at last
Founded four years ago, Swiss textile effects technology provider HeiQ has now launched two products and has convinced Radici Fibres and Mammut to become early adopters.
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2009
Research institutes: Hohenstein Institute
View from the castle
WSA - Issue5 - Sept/Oct 2009
Goodbye to bad bacteria
At a recent IFAI Advanced Textiles conference in Brussels, Gerhard Havranek, head of marketing Trevira CS and strategic business development, Trevira GmbH, gave a detailed and interesting presentation on bioactive fibres for antimicrobial textiles. Since 2004, Trevira has been part of the Indian Reliance Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of polyester preliminary products and fibres. Mr Havranek explains that Trevira is a small division focused on specialties, including bioactive fibres for antimicrobial textiles.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2009
Portuguese breakthrough in football shirts
A research project at Minho University in northern Portugal has led local sports brand Lacatoni to apply the findings to the football shirts it supplies to seven of the country’s top football teams.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2009
BBC to present technical textiles to new generation
A new series for schools called The Design World includes a specially made programme that looks at how textile innovations often make an impact in the sports and outdoor arena first before pushing into the ready-to-wear market.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2009
Food for thought
Fibre and fabric manufacturers, under pressure like every industry to rely less on petrochemicals, are becoming more and more creative in sourcing new raw materials. In the course of 2009, there has been a series of announcements highlighting new textile materials derived from different kinds of food.
WSA - Issue4 - Jul/Aug 2009
Bright future for nanotechnology in textiles
Scottish nanotechnology portal Nanoposts has issued a new report on the impact the technology is making on the textile industry. Nanoposts expects that 24.6% of all textile products available in 2015 will incorporate some form of nanotechnology and that the market by then will be worth almost $3 billion.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2009
Natural selection
Since the 1960s, synthetic fibres have caused natural fibres to lose a lot of their market share. While synthetic fibres certainly offer new and different attributes for the textile sector, the United Nations General Assembly and its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has deemed 2009 the International Year of Natural Fibres in a bid to raise awareness and stimulate demand for natural fibres.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2009
Dolomite and Dryarn unite tradition and innovation
Italian outdoor brand Dolomite is the latest textile firm to incorporate Aquafil’s Dryarn into its garment collection. The company showcased its Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) line at the most recent edition of Pitti Immagine, in mid-January. The bright, clear colours used were chosen by the company to reflect natural elements, such as, red for fire, blue for sky, white for snow and grey for rock. However, it is the collection’s technical attributes that really sets it apart.
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2009
Research Institutes: Kansas State University
There’s no place like IER. To many people, Kansas is known for the infamous tornado that whisked away Dorothy and her little dog Toto in the 1930’s film The Wizard of Oz. If only that tornado had torn through a few decades later, Dorothy may have been more adequately outfitted for her windy trip. Kansas, you see, is now home to the United States’ top facility for research on the thermal comfort properties of fabrics, clothing, and sleeping bag systems: the Institute for Environmental Research (IER) at Kansas State University (KSU).
WSA - Issue2 - Mar/Apr 2009
Research Institutes: University of Leeds
Ideas and action. In this brand new section, we look at the most interesting people, ideas and inventions to have to come from academic institutions around the world that devote themselves to performance textiles, starting with the Centre for Technical Textiles at the University of Leeds.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2009
Linen back in the line-up
As the popularity of sustainable apparel increases—especially in the outdoor sector—demand for high-quality, locally sourced linen fabrics, spun from locally grown flax is on the increase in Europe. Recent technical developments to enhance linen’s natural appeal may help it make even more of an impression on the textile market in the near future.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2009
Kraig spins a widening web with spider silk
For many people spiders are one of the most terrifying creatures on the planet. Nevertheless, they certainly seem to have their uses. They kill irritating flies and in some countries are considered a delicacy at the dinner table. Venom from certain types of spider can even be used as less harmful alternatives to pesticides. However, arguably their best attribute is their ability to spin ultra strong webs, which have many functions including catching prey, protecting their offspring and suspending themselves in mid air. This technology is now being translated for, and used in, the growing technical textiles sector.
WSA - Issue1 - Jan/Feb 2009

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