Amazon patent on virtual mirror



Amazon has obtained a US patent on a mirror allowing customers to virtually fit garments before ordering them online. The patent is an extention of the previously patented Echo Look camera.

Michèle Sioen is manager van het jaar 2017

Michèle Sioen, de CEO van het West-Vlaamse textielbedrijf Sioen Industries en voormalig voorzitter van het VBO, kaapt de trofee weg voor de neus van negen andere absolute toppers.

© Foto Made in West-Vlaanderen

De jury baseerde zich op criteria als managementtechnieken, bedrijfsresultaten, ondernemerschap, deugdelijk bestuur, duurzaamheid van het parcours en engagement buiten de bedrijfsmuren.

BIO4SELF Newsletter 3

Bio4SELF newsletter Volume 3 is now available including articles by Lien Van der Schueren, Guy Buyle (Centexbel) and other scientists from colleague research centres on:

Guidance document new PPE Regulation

The transitional period has raised a number of questions and doubts by market surveillance authorities of the Member States on how to practically implement those provisions, in particular with respect to the validity of EC type-examination certificates.

Centexbel on Nando!

Centexbel is the first Belgian Notified Body (# 0493) to be recognized to apply the new EU Regulation 2016/425/EEC that harmonizes the legislation of the EU member states with respect to Personal Protective Equipment.

Praktische gids circulair bedrijfstextiel

OVAM gaf Centexbel de opdracht om onderzoek te voeren naar de voornaamste "verdoken" bedrijfstextielstromen. Op basis van de resultaten van dit onderzoek werd een guideline opgesteld. Deze gids wil producenten, leveranciers en gebruikers van bedrijfstextiel inspireren en aanmoedigen om het circulaire verhaal een stevige boost te geven!

EPO reduces patent fees

The EPO Office put forward a series of ground breaking proposals to reduce EPO fees. If adopted by the Organisation’s Member States in December, the measures will lower a number of costs in the patent application process and help reinforce a more business friendly-approach in support of innovation.

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For all your patent related questions, contact the Centexbel patent cel

LIFE-FLAREX chosen as best LIFE16 project

EASME highlighted the LIFE-FLAREX project as the best LIFE16 project in terms of policy impact among the projects in the Air and Health session. Centexbel is one of the research partners.


Read the press release, published by AEI TÈXTILS, the coordinator of LIFE-FLAREX

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Dichlorobenzene in flexible PU foams

A recent production run of TDI* has been polluted by dichlorobenzene. As a result, some end products may also be contaminated by dichlorobenzene, a chemical element that is also listed by Oeko-Tex®.

This contamination of the TDI may therefore result in the emission of dichlorobenzene concentrations surpassing the limit values prescribed by Oeko-Tex®, Ikea, and specific organisations.


Centexbel at Tech Lane Ghent Science Park-Campus A

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Since last week new totems labelling the names of the buildings located at Tech Lane Ghent Science Park (= Technologiepark) will indicate the way to Centexbel.