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ShanghaiTex to see cutting-edge knitting technology
Oct '17
Courtesy: ShanghaiTex
Courtesy: ShanghaiTex
ShanghaiTex 2017, to be held during November 27-30, 2017 in Pudong, Shanghai, is all set to explore the cutting-edge knitting technology and applications to stimulate innovation and inspiration among textile manufacturers. The knitting technology to be showcased at the show includes knitting and hosiery, functional fibres and wearable electronics.

The technology to be presented at the fair will target manufacturers of sportswear, sport shoes, wearables, fashion and home textiles.

Emerging technology of functional fibre processing has improved the properties of knitwear, such as elasticity, air permeability, softness, and anti-wrinkle. The combination of fashion and function has delivered excellent performance and aesthetics of the apparel. For example, the Coolmax fibre from DuPont; Triactor fibre from Japanese manufacturer Toyobo; and the Coolplus fibre from ZTE, are all developed with a special cross-section shape to foster capillary action for better moisture transfer and sweat removal.

Yet, a lot more value-added properties are to be considered in developing functional wear, such as waterproof and UV resistance, thermal balance, moisture wicking, radiation protection, high tensile strength, etc. Buyers can explore the latest technologies of different functions at ShanghaiTex 2017.

With the development of textile technology, the apparel industry has made some breakthroughs in terms of comfort and warmth retention. The revolutionary integration of electronics and textiles has enabled Smart Textiles to sense and react to a changing environment, which has triggered a revolutionary change in the industry. Wearable technology refers to smart electronic devices (with microcontrollers) that can be worn on the body as implants or accessories. The designs often incorporate practical functions and features. Wearable equipment is not only about hardware, but also incorporates software support, data and cloud interaction to achieve its function, bringing huge changes to people’s lives and perceptions.

Cute Circuit, a British wearable technology company, has developed the world's first "smart skirt" which was made of graphene. With a built-in sensor, it can respond to the wearer's breathing rate to change colours.

ShanghaiTex 2017 will unveil the wisdom and challenges behind smart textile, bringing topics such as conductive fabrics and soft batteries under the spotlight.

The emphasis on versatility, convenience, fashion and comfort is generating a strong demand for sports and fitness textiles. There will be a Sports Textiles Technology Zone. This segment is expected to generate the fastest growth. Sports textile is a combination of electronic technology and sports apparel with the aim of meeting the needs derived from sport and playing its unique function. The majority of sports textiles are characterised by combining functional performance with electronic high-tech features to achieve more innovative products in line with humanistic demands.

The newly launched "Sports Textiles Technology Zone" at ShanghaiTex 2017 will highlight the technology and equipment used in sports textile. A series of conferences and activities in this field will also explore cutting-edge design and trends for sportswear, footwear, fashion, smart fabric developers and other industry professionals. (SV)

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