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Myant Inc., And CarlisleIT Announce Strategic Partnership For Next-Generation Conductive Yarns And The Future Of Textile Computing
July 2, 2018
Toronto, ON, Saint Augustine, FL; Toronto-based Myant Inc., the world’s leader in the design, development, and production of Textile Computing products, and Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Inc. (CarlisleIT), a division of Carlisle Companies Inc., are pleased to announce the launch of a strategic and exclusive collaboration agreement towards the use and development of next-generation conductive yarns and connectors for use in textile computing applications.

Founded in 2010, Toronto-based Myant Inc. is creating the world’s first textile computing platform that connects humans to the world around them through textile-based solutions. By doing so, Myant is enabling Industry 5.0 and truly seamless, continuous and ambient human-computer interaction.

Myant’s SKIIN textile computing platform is produced through patented knitting techniques, and results in smart garments and smart textiles embedded with biometric sensors and actuators (heat and stimulus) that can accurately detect signals from the body 24/7, deliver bi-directional feedback, and in doing so enable better health, better performance, and better wellness.

This exclusive agreement with CarlisleIT guarantees Myant exclusive access to satisfy its requirements for millions of feet of the world’s highest quality and highest efficiency conductive yarn for this emerging new market. Alongside Myant’s exclusive partnership agreement for advanced knitting technology signed with Stoll A.G., Myant is now strategically positioned as the world’s go-to provider of textile computing expertise and manufacturing capacity with solutions that apply to industries including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, health and safety, military, performance apparel, and more.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of high-performance wire and cable, including conductive yarns and connectors. Since 1940, CarlisleIT has grown its product portfolio to include specialty and filtered connectors, contacts, cable assemblies, complex harnesses, racks, trays and installation kits.  CarlisleIT’s ARACON conductive yarns are ideally suited for use in smart textiles, with unparalleled washability, conductivity, and the strength of DuPont™ Kevlar®. ARACON yarns and braided EMI shields offer superior shielding effectiveness versus traditional copper wire solutions and provide significant weight savings in military, automotive and other smart textile applications.

As part of the agreement, Myant and CarlisleIT will combine their respective expertise related to textile computing and high-quality fibers and connectors to develop specific applications for use across industries. The two companies will also develop a collaboration for ongoing innovation towards next generation yarns and connectors.

In announcing the partnership, Tony Chahine, founder and CEO of Myant Inc., notes “Our partnership and exclusive agreement with CarlisleIT solidifies Myant’s leadership of the textile computing category, and our efforts to connect each of us to the world around us, and in so doing create proactive and anticipatory solutions for health, wellness and everyday living.”

He adds, “This partnership guarantees Myant access to the most conductive, high-quality computing yarn on the market, with a significant ability to scale production alongside Myant’s growth.”

John Berlin, President of CarlisleIT, notes that “our agreement with Myant puts us at the leading edge of a quickly evolving industrial category – textile computing – with significant potential to immediately impact CarlisleIT’s existing client base with new innovations and processes.  We expect this deal will be significant to CarlisleIT’s short and long-term success in textile computing applications.”

Together, Myant and CarlisleIT are at centre of a transformation of advanced manufacturing and the culture of “making” in North America. As part of this agreement, CarlisleIT becomes a partner in Myant’s Digital Textile Factory initiative that seeks to democratize access to textile computing knowledge and assets. The Digital Textile Factory will give entrepreneurs, innovators and established industry players access to a virtual factory for ideation, research & development, access to yarns and connectors, and design and manufacturing at scale.  In so doing, this initiative will propagate and democratize advanced manufacturing techniques and access to the most advanced textile computing machinery in the world. The Digital Textile Factory will also help establish and export standards related to textile computing and its use as a platform across industries.

About Myant Inc. – Founded in 2010, Toronto-based Myant Inc. is creating the world’s first textile computing platform that ambiently connects humans to the world around them through textile-based solutions. With an extensive patent portfolio, a talented, multidisciplinary team of data scientists, biomechanical engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, programmers, fashion designers and knitting machine technicians, and over 80,000 square feet of advanced manufacturing capacity, Myant is turning everyday textiles into bidirectional mediums for human-computer interaction. For more information about Myant, the SKIIN Platform, and the Digital Textile Factory initiative please visit: Myant.ca.

About Carlisle Interconnect Technologies – Carlisle Interconnect Technologies is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of high-performance wire and cable, including optical fiber. Since 1940, we have grown our product portfolio to include specialty and filtered connectors, contacts, cable assemblies, complex harnesses, racks, trays and installation kits. In addition to our vast product breadth, we provide our customers a higher level of support by offering engineering and certification services for the commercial aerospace, military and defense electronics, industrial, test & measurement, and medical industries. For more information visit www.CarlisleIT.com.

Contact: Ilaria Varoli, EVP Operations, Myant Inc., Etobicoke, Ontario, ilaria.varoli@myant.ca

  • Nov 23, 2015: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND THE INDUSTRIAL FABRICS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL TO HOST FIRST-EVER SMART FABRICS SUMMIT

    WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it will partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to host the first-ever Smart Fabrics Summit on April 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will provide a forum for public and private sector leaders in technology, apparel, and textiles to highlight recent developments in the smart fabrics industry, identify opportunities for collaboration, and discuss key industry challenges.
     
    Recent advances in technology have brought together the apparel, technology, and textile industries to develop new capabilities in fabrics with the potential to change how athletes, patients, soldiers, first responders, and everyday consumers interact with their clothes and other textile products. Known as 'smart fabrics', these new high-tech products have the capability to interact with their user or environment, including tracking and communicating data about their wearer or environment to other devices through embedded sensors and conductive yarns. The applications for this new technology are broad, with most smart fabric product development seen in the fields of defense, fitness, health, and public safety.
     
    In the upcoming years, the smart fabrics industry will continue to make technological advances and expand into new, untapped markets. The world market for smart clothing is projected to grow from a base of $17.2 million in 2013 to approximately $600 million by 2020, according to research firm Tractica LLC.
     
    As "America's Innovation Agency", the Department of Commerce plays a unique role in facilitating greater collaboration between the public and private sector leaders to spur new advancements in the industry and encourage the creation of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. The Smart Fabrics Summit is an opportunity to discuss critical topics impacting the Smart Fabrics industry including research and development funding, intellectual property rights, standards, classification, and health regulations.
     
    The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is the leading trade organization representing the advanced textiles industry. Founded in 1912, IFAI represents over 1500 member companies including manufacturers and suppliers of smart fabrics, shade fabrics and other specialty textiles.
     
    For more information about attending or sponsoring the Summit, please visit: http://smartfabricssummit.com

  • Aug 31, 2015:  Drew Freed Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Micro-Coax  (text here)

  • March 8, 2014:  The Economist magazine publishes overview article about conductive fibers and your trade association.  Read the story here.

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