Smart Textiles & Nanotechnology
A team of scientists from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has reported advancements in textile battery structures, which exhibit comparable electrochemical properties with metal foil cells and also have some of the features of textiles.
The new research, featured in a recent issue of Nanoletters, is said to help to address the problem of lack of textile properties such as drapability and wash durability of smart textiles containing electronic materials.
When I mentioned I was going to an event called Stretch-Flex, there were a few raised eyebrows among those who know me but had never imagined me at a yoga retreat. Indeed, walking through Eindhoven’s impressive High Tech Campus en-route to the Holst Centre on a quiet, clear November morning, the setting would have been quite appropriate had that been the case. The Flex-Stretch conference and workshop, however, were definitely not for those seeking a Zen state of calm. Instead a blistering pace of presentations, hands on demonstrations and poster displays was designed to stretch the grey matter and flex the jaw muscles of the delegates and it did so very successfully.
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.
Hollingsworth & Vose has announced plans to add NanoWave Filtration Media production capability at its plant in Hatzfeld, Germany to support the rapid growth in demand for high performance filter media.
The organizers of the Techtextil North America technical textiles show and JEC America composites show plan to co-locate their 2014 events at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA from 13-15 May 2014.
The latest technology, applications, and advancements in the sewn products industry will be presented by experts and leaders during the Texprocess Americas Symposium that will be held from 13-15 May at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, concurrently with the exhibition.
Developed to address the needs of the sewn products industry, the Symposium will contain ten sessions with more than 60 presentations that will cover a wide range of topics.
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 – as well as pressure from NGOs – that don’t apply elsewhere in the world.
The evolving bioplastics industry is a case in point.
Coca Cola’s development of Bio-PET 30 is a revolutionary concept that has kick-started a scramble towards so-called ‘drop-in’ polymers as the basis for a new ‘non-synthetic’ fibres chain, as well as one for plastics.
As automotive manufacturers continue to push for improved fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions, they are squeezing every single gram of weight out of every single part that goes into a car. Meanwhile, however, the pressure to save money and create a smoother, quieter driver experience is also increasing.
“Everything that can be invented has been invented” is a comment often attributed to Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899. He never said any such thing, of course but some did express similar ideas over the years… As it turned out, everything had not yet been invented. And innovators, including those in technical textiles, have led the way in making our lives and products so much better…
The latest research, technology, applications, and the overall direction of the technical textile and nonwovens industry will be presented by experts and leaders from around the world during the Techtextil North America Symposium that will be held from 13-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Held concurrently with the exhibition, the symposium will contain twelve sessions with more than 60 presentations that will cover a wide range of topics from new fibre technology, intelligent textiles, medical research and application, nanotechnology real world applications, protective and military, high performance fibres and fabrics for sports and outdoor to nonwoven advancements.