A project to turn textile waste, including manufacturing scraps, unwanted clothing, and cotton gin trash into new products, has been supported by the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Institute for Future Environments (IFE) Catapult program. The program aims to turn textile waste into carbon material for potassium ion batteries (KIB). As a significant waste stream, … Continue reading Textiles to be turned into potassium ion batteries
To enable decision makers respond to uncertainty in global value chains, the World Economic Forum has released a Strategic Value Framework in partnership with the United Nations Develop Programme (UNDP). Taking a case-study approach to understanding the rapid changes affecting global trade and supply networks, the framework looks at the cotton industry, the electronics industry, … Continue reading Framework to plan for global uncertainty
The potential for hemp fibres to be used in industry is the subject of a new taskforce, created by the Victorian government. Today, the food industry uses hemp products, however, the taskforce hopes to expand the number of industries that can use the environmentally friendly and sustainable product. “Hemp has huge potential in so many … Continue reading Taskforce to investigate hemp for industrial uses
Representatives of Deakin University, textile technology company Xefco and Proficiency Contracting have agreed upon a joint project for advanced coating technologies that will improve durability for textile coatings while reducing energy, water and chemical consumption. The $3.4 million project will be supported by the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) and was developed, tested and … Continue reading Textile coating technology takes the next step
Pillow, quilt and doona manufacturer Tontine, which is part of Pacific Brands, is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
The first graphene factory in the country has been opened in Geelong, which can “consider itself the graphene capital of Australia” according to the company behind it.
A novel solution to the $US 600 billion problem of counterfeit fashion has been invented, using cryptocurrency-inspired technology to help authenticate shoes. Fastcodedesign reports that fashion software authentication company Chronicled and 3D printing company Origin teamed up to create smart tags for sneaker company Greats. The 3D printed tags contain both a unique ID code … Continue reading Passports for shoes a new answer to counterfeiting problem
Industrial thread and craft company Coats Group has announced the acquisition of Gotex and Fast React Systems.
Fashion brands should take responsibility for underpaid workers in their supply chains, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance has said, ahead of the annual International Labour Organisation conference in Geneva, Switzerland. AAP reports that the AFWA’s Anannya Bhattacharjee has said a living wage was needed, though is not provided by most Asian countries. The continent produced … Continue reading Fashion brands should act to provide living wage: AFWA
Bendigo and Melbourne based apparel manufacturer, ADA, has reported a 12.5% increase in staff over the past 12 months. ADA is now operating the largest dedicated uniform manufacturing facility in Australia out of Bendigo. ADA CEO Matt Graham said that ADA’s Bendigo factory has long been a quiet achiever, opening in 1991 with just 40 … Continue reading Victorian uniform manufacturer defies negative textile trends
Garment printing business The Print Bar plans to expand its local manufacturing capacity, and hopes the fall of the Australian dollar delivers a boost in sales.
A 27-year-old wool jumper manufacturer, one of the country’s last, has decided to call it quits.
Pacific Brands has achieved an improved result for the financial year, in which it focussed its business by selling off over $200 million in assets.
Pacific Brands has announced an upgrade in its predicted earnings for the full year.
A novel 3D printing project launched on Kickstarter late last week can create sheets of polyester cotton fabrics using an electric field.
Workers will protest today outside the Footscray factory of Workwear Group over a decision to cancel an Australian Defence Force uniform order.
A New Zealand company has launched a range of textile-based “’sexy’ incontinence knickers”.
Only a tenth of the companies selling garments within Australia could assure their overseas suppliers were paying a living wage.
Australia’s only maker of hot air balloons has created nearly 500 balloons, which take about three months each to manufacture.
The Australian dollar went under US 76 cents, for the first time since May 2009, yesterday, as the economy adjusts following the mining boom.