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What can 2018 teach us about the future?

A fish's view of the natural world in 2018? Throughout the year, we reported how synthetic textiles and plastics were capturing global attention for all the wrong reasons. Industry's response in 2019 will be crucial.

Commentators frequently use December as a convenient pause, a chance to reflect on the previous year while looking forward to the next. It is an artificial pause, however, as political and technological developments do not follow the convenient cycle of a calendar. This reflection on 2018 and its attempt to make predictions about 2019 illustrates the point well, because the major upheavals reported during the last 12 months remain unresolved and will continue seamlessly to focus attention into the new year and beyond.

Major political upheavals, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) and the Trump Administration’s withdrawal of the USA from several crucial agreements, have and will continue to re-write the rules books concerning trade affecting all the major regions of importance to our industry. Meanwhile, global concerns about plastic waste, ignited during the past year, will also continue to make significant impacts on the way business is conducted and regulated in 2019.

Other ongoing issues include disruptive changes in the automotive sector, where the imminent arrival of autonomous cars and cars linked to one another via the Internet, as well as the growth in sales of electric-powered cars, all offer considerable opportunities to innovators in the textile industry. Moreover, this issue has prompted the publisher of technical-textiles.net to organize a new conference dedicated to these possibilities, Textile Opportunities in a Changing Automotive Industry.

Other key industry events in 2019 will highlight important trends too. JEC, Techtextil/Texprocess and ITMA, for instance, will take place in rapid succession, in March, May and June, respectively. All will confirm the manufacturing industry’s enthusiasm for automation and the exploitation of data exchange via computer networks.

One issue that has been a long-standing part of many observers’ annual reflections is that of the anticipated breakthrough of smart textiles into consumer markets. As such only a foolhardy commentator would predict that for 2019, but the industry continued to invest in such developments during 2018 and this observer is prepared to say these commitments will continue to grow and to reap increasing rewards. The use of smart textiles in healthcare, for instance, is a sector to watch or better still be involved in.

Finally, reflecting on 2018 also reminds us to expect the unexpected, which no-one can help you prepare for, but with our stable of specialist publications and reportsour online information resources, and industry-focused conferences, we are best placed to make you aware of all the key developments as soon as they occur. We look forward to keeping you informed and helping you succeed in 2019.

Programme announced

We are pleased to announce the programme for the next International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, TCL2019.

TCL2019 will be held at the Novotel Berlin Am Tiergarten where speakers from senior positions in some of the most influential companies in this sector from around the world will gather in Berlin on 14-15 March 2019 to present to delegates.

The conference brochure, including programme details and delegate registration form, is available for download; click on the image below. 

             

Visit the conference website to view the presentation abstracts and speaker biographies, and to register as a delegate. 

Textiles Coating and Laminating Supplement

TTNet is pleased to make available our special Textiles Coating and Laminating supplement. Please click here to access a complimentary PDF of this supplement from the publisher of Technical Textiles International magazine.

The articles in this supplement outline the latest cutting-edge technologies and materials creating an impact in the sector, and insights into how suppliers, customers and competitors are dealing with changes forced on the industry by concerns for the environment, and health and safety. With updates from presentations given at the last International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, (Nov 2017), this new supplement delivers a wealth of ideas relevant to the textiles coating and laminating industry.

Early-bird registration is now open

The next International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating will take place on 14-15 March 2019, visit the conference website for more information and to register.

Now available: World Markets for Technical Textiles To 2022

World Markets For Technical Textiles To 2022 is the ONLY current comprehensive survey of the international technical textiles industry and its future development. The report will help you to identify future business opportunities in the changing market for technical textiles. It will give you detailed and reliable information in a single volume, saving you and your company time and money.

Available now for immediate download in PDF format, or ensure your printed copy by ordering today. Click here for full information on the report and to order.

 

From camouflage for daytime and night-time operations in a variety of environments to flame-retardant materials, the latest developments in textiles and textile technologies remain key factors in providing protection and reasonable comfort for military personnel, reports Adrian Wilson.

Following a series of acquisitions over the past few years, Lydall has grown to be a leader in high-performance nonwovens and related materials, according to Adrian Wilson.

FilSpec, a spinner specializing in high-technology yarns wants to harness its propensity for innovation to expand into growth markets around the world, particularly Europe. Senior managers for the Canadian company revealed their plans to John McCurry.

IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries, a body representing the electronics industry’s supply chain, has taken up the challenge of developing standards for electronic textiles (e-textiles). IPC’s Chris Jorgensen describes the progress to date and makes an appeal for more companies involved with e-textiles to contribute.

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