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|Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:08 pm Post subject: Textile Trends Meeting - Belgium
|TextileTrends took place in the Maritim Hotel in Berlin on February 13-15, 2007. It brought together over 100 textile experts from 14 countries to share information and ideas about new developments in their industry. The organizer, the Materials and Surfaces Training Institute (MSTI), a division of IIR Deutschland GmbH, invited 30 speakers from around the world.
Key Facts Presented:
1. The total volume of wovens produced will climb to over 35 million metric tons by 2010
2. Asia has one of the fastest-growing industries: the leading makers of polyester products are no longer based in Germany or France, but instead in China, India, Taiwan and South Korea.
3. Asian companies snap up over half of the textile machines sold.
4. European textile producers are now concentrating on special fibers such as Elastan, Aramid, high-performance polyamides and synthetic fibers that have applications in nonwovens and technical textiles.
5. Textiles that had been treated with nano or plasma technology to make them stick together like adhesive tape
6. Different new technologies can also be combined to create textile surfaces that keep out oxygen, UV radiation, water, dirt and bacteria.
7. Fabricís durability can be increased by more than a factor of a thousand by giving it a surface consisting of nanoparticles of the hydrocarbon Chitosan and plasma-treated polypropylene.