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Conductive rubberized fabric
U.S. TRADE
BeTEX conductive fabrics by Burlan
Manufacturing LLC are designed to
replace more expensive and heavier
metal fiber products. The company has
now added a conductive rubber material
to its product line. It also has a conductive
knit that's flame retardant, flexible and
lightweight. The company's narrow
woven fabrics are easily integrated
into wearables, the company said.
Photo: © Mark Skalny Photography.
POLICIES OUTLINED
panel lead by trade attorney Nate
Bolin, partner, DLA Piper, with the
Hon. Bill Jackson, assistant U.S. Trade
representative for textiles, and John
Macisso, legal counsel and director
of global trade compliance, Albany
International Corp., discussed priorities
of the Biden administration and how they
will likely impact the textile industry.
Jackson said the administration wants
New processes for new products
P
art of the effort to bring e-textiles and e-textile products to successful
commercialization is focused on new materials and processes that make
commercialization more viable.
Prof. Jesse S. Jur, N.C. State University and director of ecosystem technology
with AFFOA, explained his research in inkjet printing of e-textiles. With
multiple variables, it's a complex process, but it has its advantages, such as the
ability to do patterning, Jur said.
His research group has worked with
various inks, processes and substrates
that will make the conductive ink
behave differently. Process control,
conformity of the ink deposition and
adhesion have been challenges.
In the end, " It's the multi-layer
The number of print passes and drop spacing
impacts the nature of the coverage when
using an inket printing process for e-textiles.
Photo: NC State University.
structure that we're doing, " Jur said,
that is most impactful in the current
research. " And to access all this work
in the flexible film world and convert
it into the textile world. "
Nextiles founder and CEO George
Sun is promoting a " problem-first "
approach for solutions in new
technologies. " I truly believe that textiles can serve as a Moore's-like law in terms
of innovation, " he said. His company is working on an integrated approach in
e-textile products that includes a software development kit (SDK) so all the
device capabilities " talk to each other. " For now, Nextiles is focusing on the
sports market, but Sun envisions many more applications, including sensing
in self-driving cars, diagnostics in healthcare, soldier health monitoring and in
geriatrics for remote monitoring and injury prevention.
In the end, he sees his company is something like Intel in a computer. " You
wouldn't buy a Nextiles shirt, " he said. " You'd buy a Nike shirt, for example, that
has Nextiles technology in it. "
to shift its focus to one that puts the
interests of workers and disadvantaged
groups first. Trade agreements and
supply chain issues are also in the
forefront, particularly those that relate
to critical products such as high-tech
components and PPE.
Concern about the root causes of
migration coming from central American
countries is part of the discussion in the
Central America Free Trade Agreement
(CAFTA), Jackson said. " We know
that textiles are a big industry there.
[There are] jobs on both sides of
that supply chain. "
Although there has been some
pressure from U.S companies to allow
importing more products from countries
outside of U.S. trade agreement partners,
that is " not consistent with what
we're doing, " said Jackson. " You can't
attract new investment in growth with
the participants if they don't have the
advantages of the agreements in place. "
He is confident that growth will
happen. " We have a tremendous capacity
here in the western hemisphere to
actually produce more in this region-
competitively, " he said. " China will
continue to be a big player, but we've
had too many eggs in the China basket.
We're seeing a once in a generation
opportunity to shift that production
to the U.S. "
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