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Nonwovens for High-performance Applications

CALL FOR PAPERS for the 4th International Conference on Nonwovens for High-performance Applications, Cannes, France  

Following the success of last year's event in Prague, we are holding the next conference at the Novotel Cannes Montfleury in Cannes, France, on 10-11 October 2018.

We have now issued a Call for Papers for potential speakers to present alongside our core panel of invited experts. Click here for full information including the deadline to submit abstracts.

Please put the conference date in your diary, and we invite you to sign up on our conference website to ensure that you are sent the latest information about the programme, early-bird registration details, and other updates as they become available at http://www.technical-textiles.online/NHPA.

Visit the conference website to view programme topics, speakers and attendees from the three previous conferences, and for further information.


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The commercialization of automated tape laying (ATL) and automated fibre placement (AFP) processes is growing rapidly, and these technologies are eclipsing what can be achieved with conventional three-dimensional (3D) weaving or multiaxial knitting, says Adrian Wilson.

Stäubli is best known for its weaving machinery, but sophisticated mechatronic technologies are at the heart of many of the Swiss company's latest developments, reports Adrian Wilson.

Measured in terms of use and production, the global fibres market in 2016 reached 100 Mt for the first time. However, at a meeting announcing these landmark figures, senior industry observers focused on the challenges facing fibre manufacturers, particularly those in Europe. Adrian Wilson reports.

By 2021, the composites industry could be generating 32 kt of carbon fibre waste a year, and re-using this material is both an environmental and an economic necessity.  When UK-based carbon fibre recycler ELG Carbon Fibre (ELG-CF) opened the doors to its factory in Coseley in June 2017, James Bakewell went along to find out how textile technologies are being used to make this happen.