Fibers, nonwovens and objectives in research and practice
Colin Purvis, independent consultant and former Director General of the European Man-made Fibres Association (CIRFS), Brussels/Belgium, opened the forum with the presentation "Minimizing the environmental impact: European research and development for fiber innovations". Building on the key questions of whether environmental issues matter in the area of technical fibers, in the optimization of resource efficiency and the role of research and innovation are treated relevantly, he concluded that with a total of around €850 million being spent by fiber producers on research and development, there is a commitment to environmental innovation. Patrick Schiebel of the Faserinstitut Bremen (FIBRE), Bremen/Germany, then gave an overview of the development and potential of products made form carbon fiber reinforced plastics.
George Kellie, KellieSolutions Ltd, Tarporley/ UK, looked at the main application area and the most promising European markets for the sustainable production of nonwovens. He presented his prognoses for Asia with reference to the key drivers and trends. With a detailed look at market sectors and major investments in the region, he showed that the wipes and diapers market in China are set for massive expansion in the near future.
Anticipating future trends was the subject covered by Prof.
Marc van Parys, University College Ghent, Ghent/Belgium,
and Dr. Wilhelm Rauch, Industrievereinigung Chemiefaser
e.V. (IVC), Frankfurt/Germany, assessed the advantages and
disadvantages of REACh, which he concluded to be very work
and cost intensive.
Innovative technical textiles in construction reinforcement
and monitoring and in industrial application were the next
topics of discussion. Prof. Klaus Holschemacher Leipzig
University of Applied Sciences, Leipzig/Germany, talked about
the increasing importance of technical textiles in the construction
industry. Participants were given examples of development
and application potential, and the requirements for the end-users'
point of view. Ilkay Özkisaoglu, Frenzelit GmbH,
Bad Berneck/Germany, gave an insight into an industrial application
using ceramic fibers for fire protection materials, as well
as materials and systems for thermal and acoustic insulation.
first day rounded off with a look at the official standards
for personal protective equipment (PPE). Cornelia Albrecht,
TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH, Cologne/Germany, first gave
an overview of the official guidelines for PPE. An end-user's
view was then given by Hartmut Ziebs, vice president
of the German Firefighters Association, Berlin/Germany. He
showed that theory and practice are most certainly not the
same thing, as the temperatures to which firefighters, for
example, are exposed by far exceed that which the PPE officially
needs to repel. Dr. Matthias Künzel from the Institute
for Innovation and Technology, Berlin/Germany, gave an in-depth
report on public procurement in the safety industry, and finally,
Manuela Bräuning of Eschler GmbH, Bailingen/Germany,
presented the results of a major research project concerning
two of our Forum was kicked off by Prof. Jochen Pampel
KPMG AG, Berlin/Germany, who in his presentation on megatrends
stressed that more sustainability leads to more success. He
was followed by Dr. Thomas Stegmaier, ITV Denkendorf,
Denkendorf/Germany, who spoke about bionics and their use
in textile technology. Research and development are currently
being carried out in various areas such as multifunctional
membrane structures, self-repairing systems and architectural
materials. Wolfgang Frey, from the Architekturbüro
Frey Bahlingen/Germany, then gave a very entertaining presentation
on sustainable urban development, giving a number of examples
of experiences and challenges as an architect. The textile
industry in the second decade of the 21st century
was presented to participants in figures and tables for Northern
Europe by Werner Zirnzak IVGT, Frankfurt/Germany, and
for Southern Europe by Aldo Tempesti TexClubTec, Milan/Italy.
Africa: between workbench and emerging markets
African textile and apparel market were shown from an insider's
perspective by Kassaye Mekuria, Nazareth Garment Share
Company, Addis Ababa/Ethiopia. He emphasized that Africa will
in future take over the role which until now has been played
by China in textile production. The textile industry has always
been mobile, and as prices for labor are now increasing in
China, the obvious place to go is Africa. Stephan Rehlen,
sequa gGmbH, Bonn/Germany, then spoke about the effects of
Chinese involvement in the African textile and garment industry,
and showed examples of best-practice by German companies.
The final key presentation point was dedicated to sustainability
in China. Eric Heymann, Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt/Germany,
talked informatively about the role of green technology with
respect to China's economic growth and sustainability. The
development of cities and transportation politicies, as presented
by Alexander Sohr, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne/Germany,
showed the challenges to resource efficiency and emission
Technology transfer as part of the 12th five-year
plan was presented by Meiting Zhu, SZA Schilling, Zutt
& Anschütz Rechtsanwalts AG, Mannheim/Germany, and
best practice was discussed in terms of filter media for the
Chinese market by Ralf Bauder from Mann + Hummel GmbH,
Ludwigsburg/Germany, after which machinery for mobile textiles
with reference to tire cord for China from Oerlikon was presented
by Georg Stausberg, Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co.
The next Business Forum Technical Textiles will take place in 2014.