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Adrian Wilson

  • 23rd April 2014

    A billion cars and a big opportunity

    It will come as no surprise that there was a major emphasis placed on the automotive sector at both the JEC Composites Show held in Paris last month and also at the INDEX 14 event for nonwovens held from April 8-11 in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • 20th March 2014

    No glass ceiling – from fracking to wind power

    As I’ve mentioned previously in this column, carbon fibre has some pretty glamorous associations, what with being able to latch onto the Boeing and Airbus superplanes and hundreds of next-generation military and space programmes, in addition to Formula 1 and

  • 26th February 2014

    Nobody saw it coming, let alone in 3D...

    There’s a wealth of know-how in fibres and yarns for technical textiles behind the small Dutch company Applied Polymer Innovations BV (API). Based in Emmen, it has brought together around 20 of the key specialists who have previously worked at now-vanished

  • 11th February 2014

    Follow the paw print...

    It sometimes seems as if every second person in Germany owns a Jack Wolfskin jacket, with its familiar paw logo. The brand – which employs 700 people in Germany and had 2013 turnover of €324 million – is tremendously popular in the country due to the qua

  • 5th February 2014

    Summoning up the future from thin air...

    Some very big claims are being made for the potential benefits of wearable technologies, and not least in the field of mobile health applications, or so-called mHealth. According to Qualcomm Life, headquartered in San Diego, California, this will save the USA

  • 17th January 2014

    iPad interruptions and Windows dressing?

    The Young Creations Upcycling Award display held as part of last week’s 2014 Heimtextil show in Frankfurt was a lot of fun. There were inevitably toilet units and old tyres turned into furniture, the heavy duty clothing of outdoor workers became new beddin

  • 17th November 2013

    Buy carbon, sell glass?

    It seems apt that the week in which the highly successful Composites Engineering show was held at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, culminated in the first BMW i3 electric cars being handed over to their first purchasers over in Munich in Germany. Because the compos

  • 30th October 2013

    The bird’s nest soup of filter media research

    From volcanic rock formations to low temperature plasma-coated membranes for advanced filtration may seem like something of a leap, but geo- and bio-mimicry are now throwing up such connections regularly in the development of new technical textiles and advanc

  • 10th October 2013

    The Future in Confusion

    The big problem with 3D printing as a potentially DIY-driven new force in manufacturing is that not much that’s being produced on an entry-level system so far looks like it’s worth owning – or even throwing away for that matter. How is it possible to ge

  • 23rd September 2013

    Give Coke a fracking chance!

    At recent conferences, I’ve become aware that European manufacturers of manmade fibres, nonwovens and technical textiles are starting to resent the many hoops they’re now obliged to jump through in order to comply with increasingly strict regulations – a

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