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Editorial: 2022 Techtextil Innovation Award winners reflect growing pressure to achieve circularity
published in Issue 123, September 2022
There was a heavy emphasis on sustainability at the 2022 edition of Techtextil, held in Frankfurt, Germany, during June 2022and this was reflected in the innovations presented by the nine winners of the 2022 Techtextil Innovation Awards. At the same time, the winners proposed new uses to which technical textiles can be put in order to solve a variety of societal challenges. Researchers at the Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material (ITM) at Technische Universität Dresden (TU DresdenTechnical University of Dresden) presented the world's first seamless woven heart valve, and RBX Créations presented a new fibre based on a novel process for extracting cellulose from oilseed hemp waste. FibreCoat presented a new aluminium coated basalt fibre, and Kelheim Fibres and Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut (STFISaxon Textile Research Institute) presented a reusable cloth diaper made entirely of sustainable materials. CITEVE (Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias Têxtil e do VestuárioTechnological centre for the textile and clothing industry), in collaboration with three Portuguese partners, presented a process for turning natural leather waste and by-products from the tanning industry into new textile coatings, and Centexbel presented bio-based and compostable dispersions for textile coatings and printing inks. Vérabuccia presented a material for fashion accessories which was made by transforming fruit waste using a special process, and OrganoClick presented a range of 100% bio-based binders for nonwovens. Meanwhile, Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF DenkendorfGerman Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf) presented a formaldehyde-free coating system based on non-toxic hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) derived from biomass waste.
Four times a year, Technical Textile Markets provides an overview of the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for technical textiles, and is essential reading for senior executives in (or supplying) the man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile sectors – as well as for those who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis, but who need an authoritative source which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies which are actively involved in this fast-growing sector.
Reports in Technical Textile Markets include:
company and country profiles – giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others, in terms of production, sourcing, import/export, infrastructure and development, and plans for the future.
profiles of the world's top 40 producers of nonwovens – updated each year with details of developments from each of the leading producers, including acquisitions, investments and divestments, and analyses of trends which the "rising stars" are using to their advantage.
statistical reports – including consumption data, by fibre and end-use applications. Regular updates are published for fibre consumption in Japan, the rest of Asia, the USA, and Western Europe.
market sector information – analyses of important commercial end-user applications, and profiles of both established and emerging markets which take into account such innovations and developments as nanotechnology and intelligent textiles.
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reports on new technological developments and other topical issues – with clear, authoritative comments on their economic and commercial significance. The reports bring to your attention the key issues which you can use to develop your business, and provides contact details of useful organisations.
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