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Members News - May 2022

Twice a month, dis­cov­er the lat­est news from our mem­bers; events, part­ner­ships, and open calls.

Webinar on modular protection concept

The Netherlands Institute for Public Safety (NIPV) and the European Society of Protective Clothing (ESPC) is organizing in-advance webinar series for the 10th European Conference on Protective Clothing. The title of the 2nd webinar is:

Modular protection concept – starting up the work with future protective clothing for Dutch firefighters.

  • mapping thermo-physiological properties of a presently available clothing system
  • preliminary modelling of exposure limits
  • planning the next steps

The speaker is Assoc. Prof., Dr. Kalev Kuklane (NIPV).
Webinar is held on May 25, 2022 at 13:00-14:30 CET. It is free of charge but registration (deadline May 17) is compulsory.

Browse the programme: ECPC_Webinar2_2022-05-25_Announcement.pdf (

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STFI looks back on 30 years of successful history

The STFI in Chemnitz has been an outstanding innovation partner and service provider for its customers since it was founded in 1992. Textile materials have shaped their activity profile ever since.

First, a growing field of innovation was developed in the area of ​​nonwovens. Milestones in the history of the institute: The founding of the Center of Excellence in Nonwovens and the installation of the spunbonding plant Reicofil® based on the spunbond and aquajet patents. The potential of recycling was also recognised early on.

Furthermore, the areas of technical textiles and functionalisation grew continuously, too. Coordinated by the STFI, the Twenty20 – Partnership for Innovations project "futureTEX - The textile industry as a future model for traditional industries" laid the foundation for the research topics of digitisation and digitally networked production.

Their carbon recycling, which initially started as a niche project, led to the founding of the Center for Textile Lightweight Engineering and successfully combined aspects of nonwovens and recycling research within the field of lightweight construction.

In the future, the STFI will continue along this path and establish the Center for Sustainability in the next step. Additionally, STFI gathered many years of experience and expertise in testing and certifying personal protective equipment (PPE) and certifying geosynthetics.

A celebration week in May 2022 will honor these R&D achievements.

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Sumo & Kelheim develop sustainable and high-performance washable diaper pad

Up to the age of three, every baby needs about 5000 diapers which creates a huge amount of waste.

Kelheim Fibres’ specialty fibres are part of a sustainable, skin-friendly and high-performance alternative that many parents have been waiting for. Together with the German start-up Sumo, Kelheim has developed an absorbent pad for the washable and reusable Sumo diaper that - like the diaper itself - is made entirely of biobased materials.

By creating a needle-punched / thermobonded nonwovens construction based on Kelheim’s specialty fibres, the absorbent pad outperforms synthetic and non-synthetic solutions currently available on the market.

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Symposium 'Health Textile Digital Cluster'

The Neotex Technopark (Monastir) will hold, on May 31st, 2022, the Symposium, including a Matchmaking session, as part of the Texmed Alliances Project Activities.

The symposium aims to bring together key stakeholders of the health textiles sector from Europe and the MENA region to exchange ideas and visions about the next development of the sector.

The Symposium provides an interesting opportunity for SMEs to develop networks, share knowledge and promote businesses with potential partners. Participants have the opportunity to learn and discover products and services thanks to a B2B session, on-site and online.

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Lenzing AG wins Austrian Environmental Prize

For the 35th time, the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (OEGUT) awarded the Environmental Prize for technological and social innovations, which lower energy and resource demand and contribute to social sustainability.

Lenzing was nominated in the category World without Waste with “From linear to circular – circularity in the textile industry”, comprising the textile recycling activities of the company. This also includes the ongoing cooperation with Södra with the goal to scale up the recycling of post-consumer textiles. Lenzing won the award, again highlighting its position as a circularity champion. Additionally, the importance of textile circularity was shown by three nominations in this field.

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CONTEXT Gathering

CONTEXT, the international network of experts in advanced textile materials, led by AEI Tèxtils, gathered more than 25 experts from 16 countries in Ghent on March 21st and 22nd to participate in the annual Management Committee meeting and the working groups' meetings.

Main activities conducted over the last 3,5 years include organisation of an international conference in Barcelona and a training school, the launch of 11 calls for STSMs with 39 grants awarded, the launch of 6 calls to participate at international conferences with 8 grants awarded, organization of 3 thematic workshops and publication of 5 state-of-the-art reports and scientific articles.

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The stars of Renewable Materials meet in Cologne

The answer to your search for renewable materials and innovations: The Renewable Materials Conference 10 – 12 May 2022, Cologne, Germany (hybrid event). 60 Speakers from leading companies have already confirmed their participation, more than 400 participants are expected. The unique concept of presenting all renewable material solutions at one event hits the mark: bio-based, CO2-based, and recycled are the only alternatives to fossil-based chemicals and materials. The full programme and the nominees for the Innovation Award are already available.

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Cut-resistant ski undergarment protects against sharp edges

When it comes to ski accidents, we think primarily of leg and ligament injuries, but there seems also to be an increased risk of cut injuries from the razor-sharp ski edges. Cut injuries are often severe and can in worst cases even be life-threatening. The German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) carry out cutting tests on materials for the textile manufacturers and FIS, the International Ski Federation. Cut-resistant protection undergarment is awarded a FIS label if the minimum recommended protection level is achieved.

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What do clothes, AI and coal have in common?

This was the question posed by futurologist Kai Gondlach at the opening event of the "WIRKsam - Shaping economic change in the Rhenish textile and coal region with artificial intelligence" competence center on the evening of March 29, 2022. After welcoming addresses from federal and state ministries, a distinguished panel of experts discussed issues surrounding the use of artificial intelligence to support work. Hopes and fears were just as much a topic as questions from the circle of over 200 guests connected online.

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