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Technical textiles are now centre stage at ITMA

Karl Mayer's stand at this year's ITMA in Milan.

From 12 to 19 November, a substantial part of the global textiles industry will be found in Milan, Italy, touring ITMA 2015 to learn about the latest developments from the world’s leading machinery builders. To help those looking for the latest technology with which to make and process technical textiles, we have just posted a number of feature-length articles previewing the Editor’s choice of highlights from among the exhibitors’ plans:

In addition to helping our readers find the exhibits and exhibitors relevant to their needs, these articles also help to illustrate a number of key trends:

  • that the needs of the manufacturers of technical textiles are increasingly driving these developments;
  • the emergence of digital printing for the decoration of textiles, which will inevitably be followed by the development of this technology to apply functional finishes;
  • the increasing use and sophistication of automation and computer control, which originally were intended to reduce the need for labour, but are now finding applications in making high-performance textiles and nonwovens;
  • the development of systems to collect, analyse and store data for quality control, of crucial importance to high-performance textiles;
  • the ongoing drive to save water, energy and raw materials, and to recycle and re-use textiles and waste, which is particularly significant for manufacturing involving high-value materials;
  • the continuing trend for machine builders to offer complete lines, by extending their own portfolios or by establishing long-term partnerships with others along the supply chain.

However, our work is far from complete and among the throng at the event will be our editors, looking for more revelations to bring you during and after this key exhibition.

Textile Coating and Laminating Conference - Conference Programme announced

The next International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating will be held on 16-17 March 2016 at the Novotel Praha Wenceslas Square in Prague, Czech Republic.
Next year’s event will include presentations covering the key economic and technology trends, including the state of the industry, techniques and materials, technology for growth, and new opportunities. Speakers from senior positions in some of the most influential companies in this sector from around the world will gather in Prague to present to delegates.

Early-bird registration is now open, click here for special rates on delegate registration.

The Conference Programme has been announced, please see below for programme highlights.  Updates and additions will be posted on the conference website

Keynote presentation: Sustainable lamination - Michael Kamm, Chief Executive Officer, Sympatex Holding GmbH (Germany)

Coating and lamination technology - a guide to where we are going - Barry Goodwin, Managing Director, Amba Projex Ltd (UK)
How to exploit the Indian market's potential - K.S. Sundararaman, Executive Director, Shiva TexYarn Ltd (India)
Antimicrobials with built-in marker technology - Heinz Studer, Sales Manager, Sanitized AG (Switzerland)
Advances in on-line measurement and control for optimizing coating and converting applications - Chris McGowan, Director of Systems Sales, NDC Technologies Ltd (UK)
Environmentally friendly manufacturing of window light-management materials - Frans Goossens, Marketing and Sales Director, Fait Plast SpA (Italy)
Multifunctional coating and laminating machines - advantages of diversity - Clemens Disch, Area Sales Manager, Werner Mathis AG (Switzerland)
Flame retardants in coating and laminating - speaker to be advised
Polyurethane technologies for high quality coatings - Frederik GoethalsCentexbel (Belgium)
Technical properties of cellulose powder-coated textiles - Gizem ManasogluUludag University, Department of Textile Engineering (Turkey)
Hyperbaric dry finishing technology for sustainability combined with high-performance - Gary S. Selwyn, President, Green Theme Technologies (USA)
Novel short chain (carbon C6) fluoroproducts with improved properties - Fikri Alemdaroglu, Business Manager Surface Modification, Daikin Chemical Europe GmbH (Germany)
Development of solvent free textile coatings - Gert Raeymackers, Operations Director, Vetex BV (Belgium)
Hot-melt adhesives - a perfect combination for laminating - Guido Schürmann, Market Manager Coating & Laminating and Product Assembly EMEA, ITW Dynatec GmbH (Germany)
Cross laminated oriented nonwovens for coating and laminating - an update - Arkadiusz Borowiec, Area Sales Manager, JX Nippon ANCI SAS (France)
Advances in breathable membranes - speaker to be advised
Responsive coatings - Brecht Demedts, Researcher Textile functionalisation and surface modification, Centexbel (Belgium)
Hydrophobic textiles in hospital design – a study on the cleaning and disinfection possibilities of coated textiles in hospital interior design - Jeppe Emil Mogensen. VIA University College (Denmark)
Advantages and drawbacks using nanomaterials in coatings - Aleksandra Lobnik, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor (Slovenia)
Integration of electronic functionalities into textiles by lamination technology - Margreet de Kok, Senior Researcher, Holst Centre (Netherlands)
Digital printing and coating - opportunities with commercial graphics - Bryan Rose, Vice President & General Manager, New Business Development, Cooley Group Inc (USA)

Each session of presentations will be followed by an intensive discussion workshop centred on a key topic of concern to industry.

(Programme subject to change. International Newsletters Ltd reserves the right to make amendments and additions as necessary).

The presentations of proceedings from the Conference on Nonwovens for High-performance Applications (March 2015) and the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (November 2014) are available to purchase on a CD-Rom as PDF files.

NHPA2015, the second Conference on High-performance Applications, concluded that significant growth is anticipated for high-performance nonwovens. NHPA2015 was held in Cannes, France 4-5 March 2015. The 19 presentations as given at the conference are now available on a CD-Rom in PDF format, plus the audio files of the discussion workshops. For more information on the papers and speakers click here

TCL2014, the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, was held in the Novotel Montfleury in Cannes, France, 4-5 November 2014. More than 100 senior staff from around the world attended to hear two days of expert presentations and engage in workshops and discussions. The 21 presentations as given at the conference are now available on this CD-Rom in PDF format. For more information on the papers presented click here  


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