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Members News - October 2021

Twice a month, dis­cov­er the lat­est news from The Tex­tile ETP mem­bers; new projects, events, part­ner­ships, and open calls. 

ITA Group becomes ITA Group International Centre for Sustainable Textiles

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls for urgent action to safeguard the future of our planet. Therefore, the ITA Group - consisting of the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen (ITA) with several spin-offs and branches - presents itself as the International Centre for Sustainable Textiles.

Their objective is the biotransformation of textile technology and the use of biological principles for cycle-oriented value creation processes. The aim is to develop a biobased and sustainable raw material base for plastics, their application in the textile industry, and to address an overall societal change towards a bioeconomy. Important flagships are the innovation space BIOTEXFUTURE and the flagship project Bio4MatPro.

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Digital printing on textiles: the first online training

ESMA and the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) organise the first online course on digital textile printing. During three afternoons participants will learn all aspects of digital printing technology for textile applications. The course consists of eight blocks dedicated to the printing process, textile chemistry and pre-treatment, ink formulation, curing techniques, colour management, printing quality, and characterisation of textile substrates.

Organisers welcome printers, print service providers, textile manufacturers, suppliers, developers, chemists, and all those impacted by the shift to digital production processes.

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Call for 'Cellulose fibre of the year 2022'

nova-Institutehas opened the Call for Innovations for the “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2022” award until 15 November 2021.

All producers, inventors, and pioneers along the entire value chain from feedstock to the final product are invited to enter the competition. Developments of new technologies and applications are welcome. Six nominees will get the chance to present their unique products.

The competition will take place at the “International Conference on Cellulose Fibres 2022” (Hybrid Event) will be held on 2-3 February in Cologne, Germany, and online.

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2nd International conference 'Challenges and Advances of Composite Structures and Materials'

The second edition of the International Conference on Composites - Challenges and Advances of Composite Structures and Materials - on October 19 and 20, 2021, will bring together industrial innovators, technology providers, researchers, economic promoters, and other actors of the Composite Industry from all over Europe.

Go to the Centexbel website agenda for programme and practical info Organisation by Bernard Paquet.

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Cost-reducing solvents for better occupational safety in the fibre industry

ITA scientist Dr. Stefan Peterek was awarded the Paul Schlack Prize 2021 on 15 September 2021 for his dissertation 'Cost-efficient wet spinning of polyacrylonitrile fibres with alternative solvents'. The award ceremony took place during the digital opening event of the Dornbirn GFC Global Fiber Convention on 15 September 2021 in Dornbirn, Austria.

Dr. Peterek developed innovative technological solutions in his dissertation 'Cost-efficient wet spinning of polyacrylonitrile fibres with alternative solvents' in cooperation with industry partners. These technologies, namely a reverse osmosis water recovery system and an innovative spinning head design for 'large tow' production help to reduce production costs and improve fibre qualities.

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International Summit 2021 Big DO Design Hackathon


On 26 October, Textile & Fashion 2030 will live broadcast the International Summit 2021 Big DO Design Hackathon to inspire companies and increase insight among decision-makers about the challenges and opportunities related to sustainability within the textile and fashion industry.

Among the keynote speakers:

  • Ulrika Modéer, Assistant Secretary-General & Director of Bureau of External Relations & Advocacy at UNDP;
  • Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia, Inc.;
  • Håkan Juholt, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden, Pretoria, South Africa.

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