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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.
The Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) has been awarded with the German Resource Efficiency Award 2013 for the research project ‘CarbonWasteCycle – recycling concept for carbon fibre waste’.
The objective of the project is the re-use of carbon fibre cuttings or waste or bad batches for (extreme) lightweight construction using suitable recycling processes.
“Because sustainability is an important matter from a researcher’s perspective, we are proud to be honoured with this award,” said Andreas Berthel, Managing Director of the STFI.
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.
Having last reviewed the Smart Fabrics conference in 2009, but attended several in between, I anticipated an interesting event and wasn’t disappointed; Barcelona 2013 was, I felt, the best curated and most inspiring conference yet.
Around 120 delegates attended for 3 days (2 half days and one full) and as ever at the Smart Fabrics conference, the audience cross section was as interesting as the speaker selection; For those in the business or new to it, Smart Fabrics still represents one of the best networking opportunities in the calendar. Four years ago, I recall both the agenda and audience being largely academic. Perhaps reflecting how far the industry has evolved since then, the bias of this year’s conference was firmly commercial. Even the academic delegates tended to be from the commercial rather than research departments of their respective universities.
Composites UK has celebrated industry achievement by presenting the UK Composite Industry Awards 2013 at the annual awards dinner on 12 November at the Crowne Plaza, NEC Birmingham UK.
The prestigious black-tie dinner coincides with the Composites Engineering Show each year and is one of the premier networking events on the calendar. Over 150 industry players joined the showcase of UK achievement.
TenCate Advanced Armour has been selected by aerospace manufacturer Embraer as the supplier of aerospace armour for the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano military aircraft. The aircraft will be supplied in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) as the prime contractor for the aircraft.
TenCate Advanced Armour and local partner Aerotron Brazil are working closely together with Embraer in the Joint Development Phase to finalise the design and prototypes of the ballistic protection, according to the time schedule, weight and performance requirements for the Super Tucano military aircraft programme.
METYX Composites has acquired the North American Bus Industries’ (NABI) former production facilities in Kaposvar, Hungary.
“We look forward to integrating METYX Composites Hungary into our company and to delivering composites solutions that continuously enhance the competitiveness of our customers across industries,” said Ugur Ustunel, Co-Director METYX Composites.
The transaction includes a state-of-the-art composites manufacturing facility and ancillary buildings totalling 12,000 square metres of closed space, as well as over 230,000 square meters of industrial land, and a skilled workforce.
Multiple sectors within the UK’s advanced engineering and high value manufacturing community converged in record numbers last week at the Advanced Engineering UK 2013 group of events, taking place at the NEC Birmingham.
These included Aero Engineering Show 2013, Composites Engineering Show 2013, Automotive Engineering Show 2013, Auto Electronics 2013 and Printable Electronics for Industry.
Boasting a record total attendance of some 12,000, this year’s Advanced Engineering UK group of events recorded a massive 30% attendance increase.
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 composites industry is currently in love with carbon.
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.”