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President Obama launches competition for new textiles-focused manufacturing innovation institute
The White House
The President is announcing nearly $500 million in public-private investment to strengthen American manufacturing by investing in cutting-edge technologies through a new, textiles-focused manufacturing institute competition led by the Department of Defense, and by sharpening the capabilities of small manufacturers through Manufacturing Extension Partnership competitions in twelve states. The White House, as detailed in a new report, is also launching a Supply Chain Innovation Initiative focused on building public-private partnerships to strengthen the small U.S. manufacturers that anchor the nation’s supply chains.
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This Japanese company built a 'disaster-proof' factory
Manufacturing.net
Japan is famous for innovation. But, like many countries in the Pacific, it must also cope with fierce forces of nature. Now one local company has merged insights from both and built what could be one of the first "disaster-proof" factories. The residential housing builder Sekisui House has redesigned its plant in the north-eastern town of Miyagi so that it can shelter as many as 250 people for a week.
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Energy-generating nanopatterned cloth could replace batteries
Nanowerk News
From light-up shoes to smart watches, wearable electronics are gaining traction among consumers, but these gadgets' versatility is still held back by the stiff, short-lived batteries that are required. These limitations, however, could soon be overcome. In the journal ACS Nano ("Nanopatterned Textile-Based Wearable Triboelectric Nanogenerator"), scientists report the first durable, flexible cloth that harnesses human motion to generate energy.
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5 future-focused tech trends of SXSW Interactive
Mashable
There's been a great deal of speculation about the highly anticipated trends of this year's 2015 conference, and from a technology perspective, we're not disappointed. One of the noticeable trends related to wearables at SXSWi included technologies pushing the boundaries of simple fashion — with a focus on innovation from a global and social good angle, more and more wearable technologies appear to be tackling larger social issues. For example, the world's first "smart band-aid," aimed at helping in the fight against Ebola, was unveiled at this year's conference.
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Researchers create 'nanofiber gusher'
Phys.org
Creating large amounts of polymer nanofibers dispersed in liquid is a challenge that has vexed researchers for years. But engineers and researchers at North Carolina State University and one of its start-up companies have now reported a method that can produce unprecedented amounts of polymer nanofibers, which have potential applications in filtration, batteries and cell scaffolding. In a paper published online in Advanced Materials, the NC State researchers and colleagues from industry, including NC State start-up company Xanofi, describe the method that allows them to fabricate polymer nanofibers on a massive scale.
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Associations collaborate to launch improved 'flushability' guidelines to reduce impacts of improper wipes disposal
Water Online
A group of five associations, representing the water sector and the nonwoven fabrics industry, announced recently that they are working collaboratively on the joint development of a new edition of guidelines that will influence product design and support the marketing of nonwoven products as "flushable," with no adverse effects on wastewater systems. The associations also announced a meeting to take place March 26, in Washington, D.C., where they will explore the establishment of a collaborative product stewardship initiative to promote greater responsibility for the proper disposal of nonwoven products, including wipes not designed to be flushed.
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Smart polymer applications entering mainstream markets
By Don Rosato
Properties inherent in shape memory polymers and other smart polymers have the potential to be game-changers across many industries. In the automotive field, these advanced materials may eventually lead to vehicle subsystems that can self-heal in the event of damage, or that can be designed to change color or appearance. Smart fabrics and intelligent textiles that make use of smart polymers and clever electronics currently in embryonic stages are poised for tremendous growth.
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FILTREX Asia discusses role of filtration in battle against pollution
Innovation in Textiles
EDANA, the leading association serving the nonwovens and related industries, brought the FILTREX Asia conference and tabletop exhibition to a close today, registering more than 150 attendees. The 2015 edition of FILTREX Asia included presentations, which highlighted not only the valuable opportunities present in the sector, but also the ongoing need for filter media in their essential role to resolve pollution challenges, and to improve the quality of life.
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Looking to get published this year?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Caught In the Net, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of TAPPINET, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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