Pests are a hazard and a nuisance, but did you know that, worldwide, mosquitoes claim close to a million lives each year? Swamp fever or malaria is a disease that results in death for both children and adults and is brought about by the female anopheles, a specific genus of mosquito known for transmitting the malaria virus. The Zika virus, which might prove to be fatal if it afflicts pregnant women, is also borne by mosquitoes. More than 33 nations have been plagued by Zika, and since its spread is relatively recent, the scientific community is struggling to come up with adequate prevention and cure. Continue reading
If you’ve noticed the speed at which technology is growing, you’re not alone. We’re on the fast track with innovations that are changing the world in which we live.
Within the textile industry, there’s increased demand for smart fabrics – fusing fibers and yarns with integrated circuits, LEDs, solar cells and other devices to create textiles that can sense, communicate, transmit information, regulate temperature, monitor health, change color, etc. Catching the eye of many product engineers are “wearables” and “nanotechnology” – active wear with sensors to monitor heartrate or functional fabrics that help regulate body temperature and measure sleep patterns.
The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) released a comprehensive analysis on the State of the Industry. Overall, growth in the U.S. specialty fabrics industry was approximately 2.4% in 2015, and is expected to reach 2.6% in 2016. Growth, however, is contingent upon the continuation of a low unemployment rate, an increase in consumer spending – a path in which we are on, and sustained low oil prices. Continue reading
January is the time to reflect on the past 12 months and look towards the new year. In 2015, Apex Mills addressed the many ways that industries use textiles in their products and showcased the importance and relevance they have in day-to-day life. Continue reading
The past few years have seen a resurgence in U.S.-based manufacturing. The textile industry, once a driving factor of the economy, suffered greatly during manufacturing’s downturn, but the industry is making steady strides to regain its market share.
One reason for an improving outlook is that the industry is innovating and developing new fabrics to meet the demands of emerging industries and their associated applications. Continue reading
Major industries that experienced significant slow-down during the recession are now poised for growth and expansion. In fact, all signs point to a better economy and industrial growth.
This is especially true of the construction industry. According to the 2015 Dodge Construction Outlook, commercial building will increase 15%, industrial building will advance 9%, and single family housing will also rise 15% in dollars spent. A new report on the global construction industry shows a “regained growth momentum,” and predicts the market will be worth $8.5 trillion this year. Continue reading
If you’re like the millions of other Netflix-loving Americans, you are currently in the middle of a binge-watching session featuring everyone’s favorite bad girls. That’s right: Piper, Alex, Nicky, and the rest of the Orange characters finally returned (early) on June 11th, meaning drama-filled marathons at minimum-security (maximally-entertaining) Litchfield Penitentiary – the setting of “Orange is the New Black.” Continue reading
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Textiles surround our daily lives – from something as simple as an article of clothing to an object as in depth as the parts that make up the laptop you’re reading this on.
Maintaining a safe work environment is critical to the manufacturing industry, and our focus today is on the prominent role textiles play in safety. Continue reading
As temperatures rise and the sun warms the air, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. After all, for many parts of the country, it was an especially brutal winter. Now that the snow has melted and we’re heading out to the beach, we must remember the residual effects that both extremes have not only on our bodies, but also our cars. Continue reading