AATCC Newsletter

  • 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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  • What Happens When Our Clothes Talk Back to Us?

    Guest April 21, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    What does Google’s April announcement of the closure of their Jacquard project mean about the future of e-textiles? Google’s Jacquard technology (revealed in 2015) embedded touch sensors and haptic feedback into clothing that, when paired with a smartphone, allowed wearers — through gestures on the garments — to perform smartphone activities such as make and […]

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  • Innovation in Digital Color Management for Textiles 

    Guest March 14, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    Digital textile printing has been around for two decades. But it has never played a major role in the rather conservative prevalent analogue textile market. Until recently! The Digital Textile Printing Market Outlook (2022-2029) reveals an expected annual growth of 16.3% to US$8 billion, and synergistic innovation is crucial. As Malaysian Knitting Manufacturers Association (MKMA) […]

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  • Fibers and Fabrics of the Future

    Guest February 14, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    Fibers: Threads of Life Natural fibers were key to early human development, mobility, and survival, with the oldest known example, flax, dating back 34,000 years. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, humans discovered how to create their own fibers, such as artificial silk (rayon) and nylon. Methods of yarn construction also evolved, whereby hand […]

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  • AATCC Committee Updates

    Diana Wyman February 14, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    As an international standards body, AATCC follows 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. AATCC research committees meet at least twice per year to develop and update textile standards, […]

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  • PPE: Where Do We Go from Here?

    Guest January 30, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    The recent Covid-19 pandemic has placed medical personal protection equipment (PPE) in the limelight. PPE not only played a critical role in helping protect healthcare workers during the pandemic, but face mask requirements also made it a necessity for the general public. As Covid-19 continues to be a presence and people continue to use face […]

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  • An Odor-Free Future

    Guest January 12, 2023 AATCC Newsletter

    When you think about technology, do you imagine yoga pants or bath towels? Probably not. But thanks to textile researchers, antimicrobial technologies are poised for a huge positive impact on your wardrobe, the used clothing industry, and the environment. How Are Antimicrobial Technologies Developed and Why Are They Important?   Creating textile treatments that safely […]

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