Textile technology is constantly changing. From wovens to non-wovens, chemically-bonded to industrially-made, today’s dizzying array of commercially available textiles is difficult to comprehend. What are the most exciting developments in the pipeline for textile technology this year?
B&W Fiberglass takes a look at the tech trends to watch for 2017.
“Smart Textiles” Take Over
It was only a matter of time before the Internet of Things merged with textiles. Between interlinked LED lights and solar-powered self-heating elements, clothes – among other things! – are benefitting from developments in intelligent textiles. As the demand for light, flexible materials grow in unprecedented industries like computers and hardware, textile innovators are working to create fiber products that conduct, sense, and transmit. Silver coatings seem to be the material du jour for efficient smart textile conduction, but other metals and compounds are being tested for veracity as well.
Sustainability in Textiles
Many of the industry’s biggest trade shows are incorporating a “sustainability” category for 2017. Increasingly, manufacturers are looking to outside vendors for objective testing and quality controls in regards to environmental impact. Eco-responsible textiles are most commonly being seen commercially in the clothing space, particularly in athletic wear. High-performing woven and non-woven textiles industry-wide are branding themselves (or branches of their business) as “earth friendly” or “green” to boot.
Healthcare and the textile industry have never been more overlapping. Nanotechnolgies are enabling heathcare devices and sensors to be more flexible than ever, and everything from surgical tools to self-monitoring wound dressings are in the R&D phase. Textile science, particularly in the non-woven textile field, is increasingly being holistically incorporated into the research phase of medical technology.
Industrial Yarn Production
Across the world, demand for industrially-produced yarns has never been higher. Businesses are finding industrial yarns to be a cost-effective and nimble solution that when done on a boutique scale providing the ultimate in flexibility. Industrial yarn technology now allows every run to be tailored to each client’s specifications as well as easier prototyping capabilities in the non-woven and woven sectors.
Wondering how these textile trends will impact your business? B&W Fiberglass is a leader in innovative textile solutions. Call our team today to find out how technological advancements are out there that can save you money.