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Kathryn Fitts and Dennis Smith are the new management team at Messe Frankfurt in Atlanta, USA, taking over from John Gallagher. The company manages the Techtextil North America trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens as well as other events.
Detlef Braun, the Messe Frankfurt Executive Board member responsible for North and South America, said: “Kathryn Fitts and Dennis Smith are now the management team at the helm of our subsidiary Messe Frankfurt Inc. And we are absolutely convinced that the new management will contribute in the company’s future growth in the whole North American region.”
With immediate effect, Fitts and Smith have been appointed Presidents. Fitts will concentrate on Finance and Administration, while Smith focuses on Shows and Operation.
Messe Frankfurt is expanding its Techtextil brand to the growing technical textile markets in the Middle East. After a successful few days earlier this year at Techtextil Frankfurt, UK-based Technical Absorbents Limited (TAL), a leader in superabsorbent product technologies, has opted to take a stand on the Techtextil pavilion at this inaugural event.
The Techtextil Middle East Symposium and the associated Techtextil Pavilion is expected to provide a greater opportunity for TAL to expand its activities within the region and provide robust platforms for access into the market.
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre-based materials company, has launched Ahlstrom AceBlade, a new product for the wind energy market.
AceBlade is an unidirectional glass fibre reinforcement with superior fatigue resistance and enhanced mechanical properties. The wind energy industry is facing a challenge of producing longer and lighter blades and patent-pending AceBlade addresses this market need, the company believes.
On January 1, 2014 Karl Mayer will acquire the majority of the ownership of LIBA Maschinenfabrik GmbH, which will be integrated into the Karl Mayer group.
IFAI, the Industrial Fabric Association International represents the interests of a broad range of industrial or technical textiles, producers and suppliers - and their Expo 2013, and the accompanying Advanced Textiles conference, held October 23-25 in Orlando, FL, well demonstrated those efforts. Over 5300 registrants from 65 countries helped IFAI continue its “track record of great success.”
Doing trade shows and finding the next big is easy right? Not according to Bill Smith it’s not...
How do you do a trade show? Usually, one walks the aisle the first day, looking briefly at each booth and moves on if they don’t see at once anything new or of interest. All too often, I have known attendees do that, perhaps stopping at a few they came to see, and then go away saying “I didn’t see anything new or worthwhile”. Little do they realize what they may have missed, often spending thousands of dollars to travel and attend such a show only to get little or nothing out of them.
Messe Frankfurt is restructuring the Texprocess trade fair on the organisational side. Previously part of the ‘Technology & Production’ Division, it has been transferred to the ‘Textiles & Textile Technologies’ Division.
The leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials has been organised by a separate team parallel to the work on Techtextil, the leading trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens.
Both Techtextil and Texprocess will remain independent brands. Responsibility for the Texprocess brand will be assumed by Michael Jänecke, who has been in charge of the Techtextil brand since 1993.
The carbon textile solutions company Sigmatex has become an industrial member of the NCC, the National Composites Centre. The firm develops and manufactures carbon fibre textiles for composite material applications.
Scott Tolson, CEO of Sigmatex, said: “As a recognised global leader in providing carbon textile solutions we are delighted to be joining the NCC and working together with the existing members. Combining the significant recent investments in our new state of the art production process based in Sigmatex own premises and the development opportunities of the impressive facilities at the NCC will enable us to accelerate the use of composite materials in both existing and exciting new applications.”
Visitors to the Composites Engineering 2013, that is due to take place from 12-14 November at the NEC in Birmingham, will have an opportunity to experience the latest ground-breaking engineering developments over the two days through the many exhibitor stands and the open forums.
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 advanced materials in general.
As the keynote speaker at this year’s Filtech conference – held last week in Wiesbaden, Germany – Professor Kuo-Lun Tung, of the Centre for Membrane Technology at the National Taiwan University, went right back to Leonardo Da Vinci in citing examples.