Specialty Fabrics Review April 2022 - 46

[ MARKETS ] ADVANCED TEXTILES
 Researchers at the University of
California, Irvine have integrated
advanced metamaterials into flexible
textiles to create a system capable of
battery-free communication between
articles of clothing and nearby devices.
Photo: University of California, Irvine
Incremental or
disruptive?
A new path for innovating
products and technologies.
by Seshadri Ramkumar
A
DDRESSING THE CHALLENGES OF COVID-19 HAS
underscored the importance of having faith in the ability
of science and technology to make our lives better. While
the textile industry has been an integral component of the
manufacturing sector before COVID-19, people generally would
not have realized that textile products can be lifesaving.
In addition to vaccines, face masks are now part of our everyday
lives. One would have thought that the use of face masks would
come to a stop once vaccinations were available and the majority
of the global population was getting vaccinated. But this has not
been the case. The recent Omicron surge has enhanced the need for
high-quality masks that could provide higher filtration efficiency,
good fit and better comfort.
" Innovation is a mind-to-market game achieved through an
amalgamation of diverse knowledge stakeholders, " says Ganesh
Srinivasan, CEO of Bengaluru, India-based Resil Chemicals. The
evolution of face masks, from being a surgical filter to filtering
facepiece respirator, is a prime example of innovation and may
be termed disruptive in its own way.
Driving innovation forward
The economics of manufacturing commodity products didn't
support the manufacturing industry in developed economies in
the past four decades. It is puzzling how high-tech products (the
manufacturing of integrated chips, for example) moved to a less
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