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Session plénaire du jeudi

Thursday 24 June, 2010

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Plenary session

Chair: Jan Laperre, Centexbel

Innovation in the Sporting Goods Industry: Materials &
Technologies against Rules & Regulation
Robert-De-Kock-small.jpg Robbert de Kock, World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, CH
WFSGI represents the most influential members in the sporting goods industry in both brands and production.
The sporting goods industry is permanently looking for new materials but is faced on the other side by rules and regulations that may influence the choice. This presentation presented ways and opportunities to deal with this.
Textiles in Extreme Circumstances
Dixie-Dansercour-small.jpg Dixie Dansercoer, BE
Taking Polar Expeditions not only as a metaphor, but as a case study for textiles in extreme environments, Dixie Dansercoer illustrates that the protective power of textiles is not a luxury when it comes to relying on the thin layer of protection from the elements.
Nature still holds the power to defy our intellect and be our ‘predator’, so to say, and warm-blooded animals as we are, we need protection from temperatures down to -50°C in order to survive in the Polar regions. Comparing the animal hides used by the Inuit in the past and today’s high tech fibres used by modern-day explorers offers great insight in the evolution of protective clothing. Other materials such as tent fabric, sled covers, stuff-bags, dry-suits and other enabling equipment are wonderful tools to allow these pioneering expeditions to become successful.
As Dixie is preparing a new ambitious expedition for 2011-12 (www.aamexpedition.org ), textiles used to produce the prototypes of ultra-light kites are now being studied.
Innovations in Textiles - Enabling Novel Sports Experiences
Guy-Buyle-small.jpg Guy Buyle, Centexbel, BE
Ultrafast sailing, practicing golf in your own living room, unprecedented ball control in tennis, extraordinarily breaking of swimming records, feedback on your football performance from the football field itself, exercising in your personally designed outfit,… These seemingly unconnected sports experiences have one thing in common: textile technology. Indeed, in one way or another, these are all made possible due to research and development in textile materials, be it in combination with other technologies (e.g. material science, composite technology or electronics).
Centexbel actively takes part in these developments and stimulates and helps companies in doing the same by setting-up combined research projects and by offering relevant testing expertise. Main topics are thermal comfort (e.g. addition of PCM’s via the coating or extrusion process), integration of sensors, fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites, development of speciality coatings, measuring and quantifying comfort properties...
Quality Programmes in Artificial Turf.
Cradle-to-Cradle Applications in Artifical Turf
Marc-Vercammen-small.jpg Marc Vercammen, Desso Sports Systems, BE
The synthetic turf market has known a major growth over the last decade. The introduction of revolutionary new systems has lead to a larger acceptance, mainly in football, American football and rugby. Obviously the recent economic recession has put this growth temporarily on hold. There are however other challenges the synthetic turf industry is facing. The fast growth of the industry has attracted many new players in the market, which unfortunately lead to a price war and lower turf quality, which in turn affects the quality image of synthetic turf and brings further market growth in danger.
Industry associations like ESTO and STC as well as leading sports governing bodies such as FIFA, IRB and FIH have therefore set new quality standards and implemented new initiatives to ensure improved product quality over years. These quality programmes are necessary to ensure the success of the synthetic turf industry in the coming years.
Furthermore the quality producers challenge themselves through setting new development goals in their aim to continuously improve and innovate their products and turf systems and through searching new applications for synthetic turf.
Active Curling
Tom-De-Bondt-small.jpg Tom De Bondt, Debomat, BE
Active Curling is a relative unknown sport where a partnership between a Swedish company and Debomat in Belgium is producing several new innovations.
Enterprise Europe Network
Magali-Parent-small.jpg Magali Parent IWT, BE & Case Witness, Devan, BE
For companies it is important to be innovative, creative and international with their products, processes and services to remain competitive. Small businesses however, often do not have the resources to fully assess the innovative and market potential of their products or explore new business and cooperation opportunities. Whether you are looking for technological, commercial or research partners: via the Enterprise Europe Network, an initiative from the European Commission, your company can extend its network and establish contacts with potentials partners. The Enterprise Europe Network consists of more than 500 organizations, including chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, research institutes and development agencies, from 45 countries.
IWT, the agency for Innovation by Science and Technology, is partner in the Flemish Consortium and helps to find suitable innovation partners in Europe for Flemish organizations.

Supported by

the Belgian Sportstechnology Club
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