Parallel session on Sustainability


Chair: Francis Verstraete, Groep Masureel Veredeling

Sustainability in Sports: a Matter of Endurance
Stijn-Devaere-small.jpg Stijn Devaere, Centexbel, BE
Sustainability and sustainable development have become wide-ranging terms that can be applied to almost every facet of activity on earth, from a local to a global scale. Sport can be considered as sustainable when it meets the needs of today’s sports community while contributing to the improvement of future sports opportunities for all and the integrity of the natural environment on which it depends. This requires the reconciliation of environmental, social and economic demands, better know as the 3P’s (planet, people and profit).
This presentation looks at all three aspects (planet, people and profit) of sustainability in sports. More specific for the environmental part of sustainable development we are looking on how innovation can help to reduce the impact on the environment of all kinds of textiles used in sport. The use of thermoplastic bio-composites and different biopolymers is becoming more and more integrated in sports, and clearly have a big beneficiary effect on the reduction of the impact of sports equipment and infrastructure. Textiles used in all kinds of sports can also have a positive effect at the level of waste-management and prevention, recycling, energy-efficiency …
New Digital Developments for Printing of Sport Articles
Marc-Van-Parys-small.jpg Marc Van Parys, TO2C, BE
Recent innovations have allowed to create new UV inks, tailor made for textile with advanced adhesion, elongation, flexibility, water-resistance properties and without bad odours. The UV-inks are inline cured with UV-LED systems making an an off-line heattreatment. it fulfils the demands for flexibility and versatility, making printing on nonthermoresistant supports such as PO (PE, PP) possible with acceptable rub and light fastness properties. Also the development of a UV-curable lacquer, jettable using the same piëzo technology allows us to create multilayer structure (read: new 3D-creative prints). Beside product promotion another topic to be discussed deals with the digital printing of functionalities with advanced inks. Printed functionality means adding new functionalities into flexible substrate in addition to regular graphical properties by using printing methods.
Functionality can be on the surface of the substrate or within it, or both. Printed functionality can be IR-inks for anti-counterfelting purposes. Furthermore, printed functionality can also be visual effects and images, as well as sensors and indicators (f.e. photochromic inks indicating over exposure to sunlight of for product promotion).
Flax Woven Fabrics in Composite Material
Dominique-Andries-small.jpg Dominique Andries, Libeco & Lineo, BE
The use of natural plant fibers as reinforcement in composite materials for making engineering materials has generated much interest over the last years. Manufacturers are looking under pressure of environmental legislation as well as consumer pressure for alternatives to replace the conventional non-renewable reinforcing materials such as glass fibers and others. Flax is one of the most ecological fibers grown today, with a very low impact on the environment. All components of the flax plant are used and the fiber can be totally recycled.
Innovations in Coated Textiles
Bert-Groenendaal-small.jpg Bert Groenendaal, Sioen, BE
Coated textiles have been known for decades. Their applications range from truck tarpaulins to pool covers and from tents to roofing materials. Although the majority of products is based on PVC as coating material, several other polymers are being applied such as polyurethanes and silicone rubbers. As textile (reinforcement material) one mainly uses polyester, glass and polyaramide.
At this International Congress on innovations in sport textile Sioen Industries presents its recent developments in the area of coated textiles which are directly or indirectly linked to sports. The examples range from new top coat materials for textile architectures (e.g. sports halls) to phthalate free sports mats and from integrated lighting in coated textiles to new materials for sports clothing.
Possibilities of Fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites for sport applications
Sandra-De-Decker-small.jpg Sandra De Decker, Centexbel, BE
Fibre reinforced materials are a group of materials that exist already some years. But most of all thermoset composites are produced for high demanding applications. Beside the thermoset composites, a rather new type of fibre reincorfed materials is growing. More exactly, the fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites. In this presentation the difference between the two groups of composites materials is explained. What type of raw materials is used, what are the advantages and disadvantages, how is it processable. Also a closer view is given of possibilities of the use of thermoplastic composites in sport applications. Because thermoplastic fibre reinforced composites is a rather new group with a lot of textile possibilities, Centexbel is performing different researches towards this topic. And this as well on collective as on private base.