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Stijn Devaere at Compliance Tuesday - ProductIP

September 11th, 2012

Mr Stijn Devaere of Centexbel presented textile regulations and Oeko-Tex on Compliance Tuesday in cooperation with ProductIP at Ede, The Netherlands.

ProductIP offers an internet based expert system to manufacturers, importers, traders and retailers that helps them to create, manage and share technical compliance files in a structured way.

In memoriam Jean Stryckman

Jean Stryckman, directeur général d’honneur de Centexbel et senior membre du GEDRT (présidé par Centexbel) est décédé dimanche, le 9 septembre.
Son enterrement a lieu le vendredi 14 septembre à 11 heures à Grammene (Deinze) dans l’intimité.

JEAN STRYCKMAN: 42 ans au service de la recherche scientifique en textile

CEN/TC 207 WG 9

Paris Meeting 19/20 June 2012

Sitting furniture / test methods burning behaviour

  1. round robin RIP cigarettes (Reduced Ignition Propensity)
  2. revision EN 1021-1 (cigarette test) and EN 1021-2 (flame test) of sitting furniture
  3. revision EN 597-1 (cigarette test) and EN 597-2 (flame test) of mattresses

RAPEX info exchange on consumer health and safety

RAPEX is the EU rapid alert system that facilitates the rapid exchange of information between Member States and the Commission on measures taken to prevent or restrict the marketing or use of products posing a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers with the exception of food, pharmaceutical and medical devices, which are covered by other mechanisms.

Figures prove fiscal benefits patent incomes

First figures on fiscal benefices of patent incomes published

The Belgian authorities have published the first figures on the special fiscal measure on incomes generated through patented products. In 2011, Centexbel already organised a workhop on this topic.

essenscia Innovation Award Competition

Your invention may win 30.000 euros

This year, essenscia (the Belgian federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences) will hand out its first Innovation Award.
On the essenscia website you will find further practical information about the competition.
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City of Kortrijk and Eurometropole visit Centexbel

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(form left to right) Bob Vander Beke (sales director at Centexbel), Stef Vande Meulebroucke (general manager Eurometropole), Chris Lecluyse (chef de cabinet of Stefaan De Clerck, Mayor of Kortrijk), Thomas Seynaeve (Seynaeve nv and president of Centexbel), Francis Verstraete (Masureel Veredeling nv and past-president Centexbel) and Jan Laperre (general manager Centexbel) photo : Fa Quix (general manager Fedustria)

China the biggest patent filer in the world in 2011

It was only a question of time before China filed more patents per year than the USA and Japan. After a growth of 25% in 2009, they were almost there, but with the extra growth of 33% in 2010, the number of filed patents was set at 1.63 million !

Does this mean that China is now not only an economic world power, but also a world inventor? Not necessarily: the Chinese authorities have been pushing their companies for a while to file patents, for in their view, the number of patents represents the level of innovation.

New OEKO-TEX® test criteria finally come into force

OEKO-TEX® Certification as a helpful step towards REACH compliance

After the expiry of the three-month transition period, the criteria and limit values published by the OEKO-TEX® Association in early January for tests on harmful substances for textiles according to the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 finally came into force on 1 April 2012 for all certification procedures.

Determination of formaldehyde

Important notice

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Because of a change in the Japanese industrial standard JIS L 1041(July 2011), the Oeko-Tex® method (Oeko-Tex® standard 201 M-8 based on JIS L 1041) for the determination of the content of formaldehyde, will be modified accordingly.