Textile Technology section
VDMA: awards for 6 young talents in engineering
On December 2, 2020, Peter D. Dornier, member of the Executive Board of the VDMA Textile Machinery Federation, Frankfurt/Germany, and Chairman of the Walter Reiners Foundation for the Promotion of Young Engineers, honored 6 successful young engineers with prizes of the German Textile Machinery Industry. The VDMA honored the works of young engineers in the categories bachelor, master thesis and dissertation with prizes that are endowed with 3,000 €, 3500 € and 5000 € each.
Philippa Böhnke from the Institute for Textile Machinery and High-Performance Textile Materials Technology (ITM) in Dresden/Germany, was honored for her bachelor or project work for the composite implants for the repair and regeneration of bone defects and Juan Carlos Arañó Romero from the Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University (ITA), Aachen/Germany, for a spinning machine able to produce yarn with material from the moon.
2 promotion prizes in the category master thesis were awarded to Harry Lucas (TU Chemnitz/Germany) for the development of a new knitting head for jacquard knitted fabrics and Maximilian Speiser (Hochschule Reutlingen/Germany) for a solution for increasing energy efficiency in the nonwovens process.
Moreover 2 promotion prizes of the German Textile Machinery Industry in the dissertation category were awarded to Dr. Frederik Cloppenburg (ITA Aachen) for the development of a model for the optimization of roller cards in the nonwovens process and Dr. Annett Schmieder (TU Chemnitz) for a damage analysis system for fiber ropes.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the award ceremony took place as a web conference. The award ceremony 2021 shall take place with physical presence again and is scheduled for May 2021 during the Techtextil in Frankfurt/Germany.
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HeiQ: Swiss Technology Award 2020 for Viroblock
The leading technology prize in Switzerland, Swiss Technology Award, announced the 2020 prizes, and among all the notable finalist innovations of the year, the supplier of finishing technology, HeiQ Materials AG, Zurich/Switzerland, was bestowed the highest honor as 1st prize winner for its breakthrough antiviral textile technology HeiQ Viroblock. This is the most notable recognition for the company’s innovative spirit and technologies as well as its contribution to stemming the spread of the global pandemic.
Developed in record time and launched after the Swiss authorities announced the lockdown in March 2020, HeiQ Viroblock has had a major impact on the global textile industry and is being unprecedently adopted by mills around the world. HeiQ Viroblock is a very efficient and effective antiviral/antimicrobial technology and has been applied by more than 150 brands worldwide to over 1 billion products from face masks, apparels to home textiles, mattresses and curtains to date.
It is among the first textile technologies in the world to be proven effective against Covid-19. HeiQ Viroblock consists of a combination of HeiQ’s patent-pending vesicle and silver technologies. The 2 mechanisms of attack result in an over 99.9% destruction of viruses in 5 minutes.
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