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New conference announcement

We are pleased to announce the date and venue of the first of a new conference series:

Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry

Jaguar Experience Centre, Birmingham, UK - 5-6 February 2020

The automotive industry is facing the most disruptive transformation in its history. The advent of electric vehicles, autonomous driving, restrictions on car use in urban areas, lightweighting, environmental regulations, end-of-life recycling, safety and in-vehicle health monitoring, and other changes will impact directly on the manufacture, use and development of textiles and nonwovens in this sector.

Suppliers of woven and knitted fabrics, smart textiles, nonwovens and composites will all need to address these trends and satisfy radically new demands, for interior and exterior applications on vehicles.

Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry - the 1st international conference will address these issues, bringing together the key players in the industry, from OEMs and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers to raw material manufacturers, as well as builders of textile manufacturing equipment.

Presentations will examine in detail how these trends are already reshaping the automotive industry, and its supply chain, and will continue to do so in the next decade and beyond.

Key impacts of change

Speakers at the recent textiles coating and laminating TCL conference in Berlin outlined likely areas of impact that change would have on automotive textiles. Watch their presentations on the conference website to gain a better understanding of the issues and topics that this conference will address.

The conference will be held at the Jaguar Experience Centre near Birmingham, UK, a hub of the global automotive industry and the centre of significant commercial developments in many of these fields.

Early-bird delegate registration is now open - click here to register as a delegate.

To receive more information on this conference please complete the webform on the conference website at https://www.technical-textiles.online/TOAI

ITMA 2019 preview

TTNet is pleased to make available our preview of the ITMA exhibition (20-26 June, Barcelona, Spain). Please click here to access a complimentary PDF of these preview articles as they appear in our sister publication Technical Textiles International magazine.

Improvements in the technologies employed, increases in capacity, an end to the structural problems that have plagued the industry since its inception and a voracious home market all combine to indicate that China’s domestic suppliers of carbon fibre have a very bright future, reports Jason Chen.

Exhibitors of digital printing technology at the latest ITMA (which was held in Barcelona, Spain, on 20–26 June 2019) did brisk business and showed plenty of innovations, according to Adrian Wilson.

Technical Textiles International’s preview of ITMA 2019 (in Barcelona, Spain, on 20–26 June) continues with the latest developments in software, and auxiliary equipment and machinery. James Bakewell picks his highlights.

With both Heimtextil (8–11 January 2019, in Frankfurt, Germany)(1) and FESPA (14–17 May 2019, in Munich, Germany) having taken place recently, one would be forgiven for thinking that manufacturers of digital printing machinery might be running short of new products to launch at ITMA (20–26 June 2019, in Barcelona, Spain). However, this is an innovative and fast-moving sector, and there will be a number of interesting exhibits at the show. James Bakewell previews.