Research & Development, Education
The town of Boennigheim has named a new access road to the internationally Hohenstein Institute after the name of Prof Dr-Ing. Otto Mecheels, the founder of the Institute. Otto-Mecheels-Straße leads from the Schlossfeld residential area to Schloss Hohenstein.
A new building was also named after the textile researcher at the Hohenstein Institute in October.
Technical warp knits specialist Baltex has launched Airospring, a range of lightweight and breathable pressure relieving cushions made from high-tech 3D knitted spacer fabrics. The product is said to be the result of many years of research by Quality of Life - QOL Design with the University of Bolton and Baltex Technical Textiles in the UK.
Using the latest three dimensional fabric technology new products have been developed to push the boundaries of comfort for cushions, Baltex reports.
According to Seshadri Ramkumar, Associate Professor of Non-Wovens at Texas Tech University the textiles sector can benefit from research and development activities in developing next generation functional textiles as more and more scientists are mimicking nature to develop functional properties such as waterproofing, changes in surface adhesion and biocidal characteristics.
In an article for Commodity online Professor Ramkumar reports that the development of broad spectrum and cost effective biocides is a major challenge for the textile and related industries. He goes on to discuss the work of a team of Australian and Spanish researchers led by Elena Ivanova of the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, that have developed nano black silicon biocidal surfaces that has shown to have effective biocidal capabilities against Gram-negative and Gram- positive bacteria and endospores.
The team used the comparison of biocidal activities of nano black silicon and dragonfly wings, which show that they have similar antimicrobial characteristics.
Royal DSM, the life sciences and materials sciences company, has announced that it has won the Erasmus Innovation Award 2013 for the successful transformation of the company.
The award was presented to DSM’s Chief Innovation Officer Rob van Leen at the Annual INSCOPE Conference 2013 in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, on 27 November.
Oeko-Tex has launched a new online buyers guide to its certified companies at www.oeko-tex.com.
When searching for suitable suppliers and production facilities, purchasing organisations and retailers now have at their disposal an extensive network of manufacturers from around the world who can offer a range of textiles in every conceivable quality for the most diverse of fields of application. By using the Oeko-Tex Buying Guide, interested companies can access this international company network, which is in the form of an interactive database with different search filters.
Around 10,000 companies from over 90 countries and at all levels of the value-creation chain currently participate in Oeko-Tex Standard 100 product certification.
V-ZUG AG from Zug, Switzerland, that develops and produces high quality appliances for the kitchen and laundry room, was awarded the quality label of the Hohenstein Institute for their product Refresh Butler.
The device is said to refresh textiles without washing while the new technology also actively reduces microorganisms.
The Hohenstein Quality Label ‘Innovative Technology’ documents that a product has been extensively and independently tested with regard to both functionality and innovation potential.
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.
Four partners, BRAIN, the Hohenstein Institute, Kelheim Fibres and rökona, have formed a new research alliance for the biotechnical production and modification of specialty alginates.
The aim of the alliance is to establish a sustainable microbial bioprocess for the production of specialised alginate components.
Abby Bailey, Marketing and Communications Director of EDANA, the leading association of the nonwovens and related industries, has announced the Association’s updated programme of events scheduled for the remainder of 2013. He has also given an overview of the activities confirmed at this stage for 2014 and 2015.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the leading developer of advanced spider silk based fibres, and Warwick Mills, a leader in the engineering and development of advanced technical textiles and other protective materials, have signed a collaborative development agreement on the development and commercialisation of advanced textiles utilising Kraig's Monster Silk recombinant spider silk technology.
“This collaborative agreement is a big step forward in the development of exciting new textiles with potential applications for the technical textiles and protective textiles marketplace,” commented Charles Howland, President of Warwick.