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World Congress on Textile Coating

Introducing the First Edition of the World Congress on Textile Coating (WCTC), 18-19 February 2021

The organisers of the successful and long-running conference series Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL) are pleased to announce its expansion and refocus as the World Congress on Textile Coating (WCTC). The event will debut in Berlin, Germany on 18-19 February 2021.

In the modern textile industry, coating, surface modification and laminating are the key means to tailor textiles and nonwovens to create functional products for specific, often high-performance, applications. The expanded event will take the necessary wide perspective on all these processes.

Unlike other events, it will not be an academic research-based meeting, but a practical, industry-focussed conference, and participants will be encouraged to share real-world problems with the assembled experts and their fellow attendees in the dedicated discussion forums.

With major speakers from around the world, looking at novel applications and processes of textile coating from a practical industry perspective, WCTC promises to be dynamic and lively, attracting delegates from companies on every continent.

Click here to view the conference programme to date.

For further information and to book your delegate place or Sponsorship package at the current Early-bird rate, click here. Early-bird places are limited, book now to benefit from the current offers. 

A growing appreciation by engineers of the benefits of using fibreglass in a range of industries (notably wind-energy generation, automotive and construction) is predicted to lead to a boom in sales for the material, reports Sarah Gibbons. At the same time, this demand is also stimulating a market for recycled and re-used fibreglass.

The global covid-19 pandemic has resulted in shortages of disposable face masks and triggered manufacturers to ramp-up their production urgently. In addition, the development of new products that could offer greater protection than existing ones – or be cheaper and faster to produce – continues at a rapid pace, reports Adrian Wilson.

The haptic Internet – which will allow the sense of touch to be transmitted over long distances, with or without visual feedback – is close to commercial reality and smart fabrics will have a significant role to play in its far-reaching impact, writes Adrian Wilson.​

A boom in civil engineering and building projects, rapid growth in the healthcare and automotive sectors, the expanding scope of agrotextiles, a growing interest in sustainable manufacturing and protection of the environment, and the present Government’s policies have given fresh hope to India’s technical textile industry, reports Samuel Joseph.