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Technology is weaving itself into the very fabric of the textile industry. Its decades old processes are being revolutionised by digital technology – use of Big Data and the Internet of Things leading towards more efficient and cost-effective production. Technological advancements are the drivers of change that is breathing new economic life into the textile industry. An Oxford University report estimates that the incorporation of automation could see the industry boost its annual revenue by $4.9 trillion by 2030.
Worker is assigned to a new high-tech machine in a textile factory
While the manufacturing process itself is reaping the benefit of technology, aesthetically as well the industry is enjoying a renaissance with digitalisation. New and innovative high-tech textiles, with multiple material combinations and functionalities, are constantly introduced as needs and trends dominate the industry. Interestingly, as we push forward into the digital future, an emerging textile trend is leading towards natural fibres and fabrics, fuelled by an increasingly environmentally conscious consumer with strong regards for sustainability. This blending of the natural world with futuristic technology is pushing boundaries aesthetically in the textile industry, evidenced by the focus in recent industry shows, with emphasis on bio-sourced materials and simultaneously exploring the impact of digital technology on the industry’s future.
Technology is revolutionising the fashion industry by replacing traditional sewing materials like thread with stitchless technologies thus enabling more flexible and intricate designs with better fit and precision. Furthermore, the use of adhesives can reduce water and chemical usage, lower energy consumption, and shrink garment wastage. Such advantages from design as well as manufacturing standpoint are seeing the growing significance of adhesives in the textile industry. Technologies like thermoplastic adhesive bonding, and polyurethane reactive (PUR) technology are a clear move towards better productivity, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability.
Fabric textile with new properties research concept
Bostik’s commitment to its partners can be seen in its aim to constantly advance its adhesive technology. Like its innovative adhesive solutions SG 6160 and SG 6169. These polyurethane hot melt adhesives are developed for stitchless garments with their short opening time (25-30s), low dispensing temperature, good dispensing stability, low activation temperature (50-55℃), high bonding strength, and water resistance. The SG6160 is especially suitable for undergarment, performance apparel and sportswear applications with its excellent jetting performance, lower viscosity, lower dispensing temperature, better stability, and lower activation temperature. The SG6169 has excellent elastic performance, high elasticity, good elastic recovery and soft hand-feeling.
Bostik’s adhesive solutions for the textile industry will be showcased at the upcoming Cinte Techtextil China 2023 taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, from September 19th till 21st.
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