AATCC Newsletter

  • Near-Shoring and the Future of the Textile Industry

    Guest September 19, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    In recent years, the textile industry has been undergoing significant changes. A tough lesson many apparel brands learned through the Covid-19 pandemic is that inexpensive but distant production and jammed ports of entry can wreak havoc on production timelines, inventory levels, and time to market. Further complicating the matter, the new prevalence of work-from-home and […]

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  • Are Nanotechnology Textiles Sustainable?

    Guest September 18, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    Millie is 20. She’s quite the purveyor of fast fashion. But she’s also a conscious consumer.  And as a matter of fact, she’s also into nano-coated wearables. Nano-coatings are thin films in the nanoscale range (around 1-100 nm) that are applied to surfaces to enhance various features such as antibacterial and anti-fouling capabilities, corrosion resistance, […]

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  • Shape the Textile Industry

    Diana Wyman September 6, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    Passion matters! Everyone interested in “an innovative, informed, and sustainable future” for the global textile community can make an impact by participating in AATCC committees. AATCC has provided standards development, testing materials, educational resources, and professional networking to the global textile industry for more than a century. And it’s all done by volunteers! Committee meetings […]

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  • Project Updates from AATCC Research Committees

    Erika Simmons August 30, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    AATCC is an international standards organization, following the Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations defined by the World Trade Organization (WTO). The first of these principles is Transparency—keeping members and the industry informed of standards-related projects. The second is Openness—interested parties are welcome to participate in all aspects of the standard development process. […]

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  • 2024 Proficiency Testing Programs for Textile Labs

    Diana Wyman August 28, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    Labs can now register for all 2024 AATCC Proficiency Testing Programs (PTP). The online registration process allows labs to complete registration and credit card payment in one easy step. Just add PTP registration(s) to your cart along with quality control materials, standards, and other items. Register now to avoid the rush. The first registration deadline […]

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  • AATCC Announces David Hinks as 2023 Textile Discovery Summit Keynote Speaker

    Matthew Brennan August 28, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    AATCC is pleased to announce that the Wilson College of Textiles Dean, David Hinks, will be headlining the 2023 Textile Discovery Summit, slated for September 12-14 in Greenville, South Carolina. Background and Education David Hinks was born and raised in Derby, England. Hinks worked for Courtaulds Research from 1984 to 1986 prior to attending the […]

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  • 2023 Midyear New and Revised AATCC Standards

    Erika Simmons August 28, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    AATCC publishes standards that have been approved since the new year release of the AATCC Manual of International Test Methods and Procedures. The standards are available for download from the AATCC store. Get access to either the full set of midyear standards or individual standards. This year, twenty-one (21) approved standards have been developed or […]

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  • Turn It Up!

    Guest August 25, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    What’s new in the acoustic fabric market.   With so many uses, it’s not surprising both main sectors of the acoustic market are currently growing. Researchers estimate the fabric acoustic panel industry will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.2% between 2021 to 2030. And the global automotive acoustic materials market is expected […]

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  • Fashion Is Still Flirting with Smart Fabrics

    Guest July 25, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

                      Early this year, during Paris Fashion Week, Japanese design house Anrealage debuted color and texture changing clothes for their AW 23/24 collection. Described as “a scientist of fashion,” Kunihiko Morinaga presented his own wearable take on Umwelt (German for ‘environment’ or ‘surround-world’), a 19th-century concept developed […]

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  • Wildland Firefighter Protection—Taming Extreme Environments

    Guest May 19, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    As humans continue to encroach into wildlands, fire risks to property and health can result. This is especially true in the Western United States, where drought, high winds, and lightning strikes often lead to these disastrous fires. In 2022, 66,255 fires burned 7,534,403 acres in the United States. Wildland firefighters serve on the front lines […]

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  • Last Chance for 2023 AATCC Proficiency Testing Programs

    Erika Simmons May 11, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    Registration deadlines are approaching for AATCC Proficiency Testing Programs (PTP). Most AATCC PTP modules are offered twice per year. It’s not too late to register for the second round of each module! Just add PTP registrations for the remainder of 2023 to your online cart along with quality control materials, standards, and other items. PTPs […]

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  • 3D Printing for Textiles

    Guest May 1, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    3D Printing: Definition and Development   Three-dimensional (3D) printing, or additive manufacturing, is a one-step process during which filaments or materials are applied in layers according to a geometric configuration using a digital file. The process originated in the 1980s when Hideo Kodama developed a prototyping device whereby ultraviolet (UV) lights were used to harden […]

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