Fibres, Yarns & Fabrics
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.
Nylstar, one of the leading suppliers of nylon 6.6, known for its Meryl yarns brand, has announced it will investment more than Euro 1.2 million to enable it to significantly increase its annual production capacity from 15,000 to 17,000 tons.
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has been working towards advancing its global partnerships and enhancing member access to new markets, by sponsoring the Asia-Pacific Nonwovens Symposium held on 22 October in Shanghai.
INDA President Dave Rousse delivered an opening welcome to the group and spoke individually with several of the Asia-based senior executives from North American companies attending the Symposium. INDA’s strategic partner in China, CNITA, the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association, was also a sponsor and speaker.
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the programme for the Vision 2014 Consumer Products Conference that will be held from 27-30 January 2014 at The Westin Galleria in Dallas, Texas.
Major trends affecting the nonwovens and engineered fabrics consumer products industry will be highlighted in the two and a half day programme.
“For the past 13 years, the Vision Consumer Products Conference has kept the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industries abreast of the trends that impact business worldwide for consumer products,” explained Dave Rousse, President of INDA. “Vision 2014 gives professionals the information they need to further their organisation’s interests and product portfolios.”
Biomimetics has been the subject of curiosity recently to develop new materials that could mimic nature for applications varying from medicine to textiles.
A team of scientists from United States, lead by Professor Kripa Varanasi from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has reported a new development in super hydrophobic materials.
The Innovation Takes Root International Conference and Ingeo Users’ Forum, which will be taking place from 17-19 February in Orlando, Florida, has assembled a roster of speakers and developed an in-depth programme covering the latest innovations involving the world’s leading biopolymer – Ingeo.
“Innovation Takes Root is like no other conference because all the attendees and the sessions focus on a single, broadly applied performance bio material,” said NatureWorks President and CEO Marc Verbruggen. “This shared interest generates excitement and lively discussions all throughout the conference hall.”
Speakers represent more than 50 companies, including thought leaders from such organisations as 3M, Unilever, Danone, Lego, Kimberly-Clark, Kodak, the US Green Building Council, the Green Sports Alliance, Green Blue, and European Bioplastics.
Sioen Industries, a producer of technical textiles, fine chemicals and high-tech protective clothing, has announced its year-to-date results.
At the end of the third quarter, the Sioen Industries Group realised sales from continuing operations of EUR 243.3 million compared to EUR 244.7 million over the same period in 2012, resulting in a slight decrease of 0.6%.
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.
DuPont Protection Technologies, the producer of the original DuPont Kevlar fibre, has launched two new products at Milipol trade fair, that took place from 19-22 November in Paris.
Drawing on analysis from its extensive relationship with global customers, the next generation of innovations made with Kevlar - DuPont Kevlar AS450X and DuPont Kevlar XPS104 - demonstrate the company’s ability to extend its range of protective solutions for the military, police and security market, DuPont reports.
EDANA, the leading international association representing the nonwovens and related industries has announced the categories for the prestigious INDEX14 awards for innovative achievements in nonwovens, with now less than six months until the INDEX14 nonwovens exhibition.
Companies can now download an application, which must then be completed and returned with samples and supporting details to EDANA before the 31 January 2014.