Acteev experts to share trends in medical textiles at two expos in US

October 31, 2023 - United States Of America

Acteev experts have been tapped to share their knowledge at two upcoming expos, Advanced Textiles Expo and Functional Fabric Fair. Cristina Acevedo, will discuss trends in health care at the Advanced Textiles Expo in Orlando, and Nikki Huffman will present on sustainability in textiles at the Functional Fabric Fair in Portland.

Acevedo's seminar ‘What's Next for Textiles in the HealthCare Industry’, will focus on the evolution of material requirement demands in the medical industry. "Fabrics no longer need to simply cover a wound or offer support," Acevedo said. "Today, textiles are expected to regulate moisture, help manage temperature and contribute to recovery – all without including unnecessary chemicals or harming the environment."

Attendees will learn about changing needs in compression and other wearables, using new and traditional fabric constructions and evolving reimbursements that may drive trends.

Huffman's seminar ‘Sustainability Through Functionalisation: How the Right Fabric Choices Can Help Brands Meet Their Goals’, is geared toward brands looking to balance performance and the planet.

"Brands can meet both sustainability and performance goals," Huffman said. "Creating materials to manage odours, fight static, repel pet hair and stand up to extra wear and tear can be done without unnecessarily taxing the environment."

Acteev recently announced a major brand expansion, according to parent company Ascend Performance Materials. The line now offers solutions for a wider range of textiles and soft goods, including high-tenacity nylon, an anti-static fibre and a certified bio-based nylon in addition to its successful odour-fighting and health care offerings. Each product in the Acteev line is available in a low-carbon offering.

Acevedo is a business and technology executive in antimicrobial material for the health care space. As the director of Acteev MED, she has expanded that focus to include applications for compression and wound care that could benefit from functionalised fabrics. She holds a doctorate in organic chemistry from Purdue University and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her presentation, part of Advanced Textile's show floor education series, is scheduled on November 1. The expo will run from November 1-3.

Huffman, director of Acteev's textiles division, is an award-winning innovator with 25 years of experience in fashion and materials development. She leads the brand partnership efforts, working with brands to develop yarns and fabrics that meet sustainability goals without sacrificing performance. She earned a chemical engineering degree from the University of Alabama.

Huffman is scheduled to speak at the Functional Fabric Fair on November 2. The show will be held from November 1-2, and the Acteev team will be exhibiting at stand 132.