The project will screen the application possibilities and preferred processing conditions of polybutylene succinate (a biobased polymer) in textile applications.
The project aims to improve the logistics and treatment of waste, such as furniture, mattresses, upholstery, textiles and plastic garden products by means of innovative and patented separating techniques that will generate a net profit of 225 euro per ton.
The general objective of FuPLATex is to enable companies of the target group to develop market products made from renewable thermoplastics with a maximum added value. The main attention goes to highly sustainable products with additional functionalities.
The following characteristics are aimed at:
- long service life: along term durability (>10 years) should be guaranteed, via the use of hydrolytic stabilisers
- resistant to ageing in real conditions, via the use of UV stabilisers
CENTEXBEL, the Belgian research centre for textiles and plastics, and IBA, the global leading supplier of electron beam and X-ray solutions for industrial applications, located in Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, are the Belgian partners in BIO4SELF, the newly approved European Horizon 2020 project. CENTEXBEL and IBA will contribute to the development of novel PLA materials for composites together with their European consortium partners from 10 different countries.
The project intends to increase the product range of spun PLA yarns and blend yarns and to improve their properties. Only if high-quality biobased yarns are obtained with properties comparable to non-biobased yarns, an increase of the implementation of biobased spun yarns in a number of applications can be expected.
SeaRefinery will develop eco-friendly chemical and enzymatic processing technologies to extract and purify high value-added components such as antioxidants, antimicrobial components and hydrocolloids from cultivated seaweed species (e.g. Saccharina latissima) in an integrated biorefinery. Bioactive compounds, e.g. phlorotannins, fucoidan, and laminarin, will be selectively tested for bioactivity. In addition, laminarin and marine proteins will be tested in nutraceutical and selected food model systems.
Celfi promotes and supports the development, production, application and recycling of WPC by means of TECHNOLOGICAL CONSULTANCY about raw materials and auxiliaries, standards, test methods, application and assembling techniques related to WPC, about various application fields, including construction, furniture, decoration, transport, packaging and toys, and about recycling techniques and materials.
'Investing into Green Infrastructure (GI) makes sound economic sense – a single area of land can offer multiple benefits, provided its ecosystems are in a healthy condition. Such healthy ecosystems, which are powered by the diversity of life within them, provide society with a stream of valuable, economically important goods and services such as clean water and air, carbon storage, pollination etc. They also play a central role in fighting climate change impacts by protecting us against floods and other environmental disasters.
Source: European Commission, Building a Green Infrastructure for Europe
To give a competitive and ecologically valid answer to the increasing demand of foam polymer products (strong demand of insulation materials, lighter plastics, etc.), it is necessary to reconsider the foaming technology and the chemical agents that are being used.
The main goal of the PLAsticised project is to develop optimised plasticiser-PLA formulations for both existing PLA extrusion applications and newly to be developed applications in coating, printing and hotmelt technology.
Patecs is a CORNET-IWT project aimed at promoting adhesion in textile composite structures.
By developing plasma deposited coatings on textile and polymer materials, with a controllable release of the antibacterial agents, Plasmatex will answer to the need of the medical and health sector for effective antibacterial wound dressings.
Brandgevaar ontstaat wanneer de geschikte omstandigheden aanwezig zijn: brandbaar materiaal, zuurstof en ontstekingsbron. Kunststoffen ontbranden gemakkelijk, bereiken hoge temperaturen tijdens de verbranding en ze geven toxische gassen vrij.
Fouling is the accumulation of unwanted material on surfaces. The fouling material can consist of either living organisms (biofouling) or a non-living substance (inorganic or organic).
Because of the growing concern about the availability and sustainability of raw materials for various manufacturing processes, research & Development of raw materials and energy sources based on renewable resources have become a priority in Europe.
Smart wearable sport and health solutions
ITEA Project 13034
Additive Manufacturing (AM), better known as “3D-printing” is one of the most important technological evolutions of this moment. Additive Manufacturing includes a whole series of techniques to build up an object layer by layer. Different techniques, such as stereolithography, selective laser sintering, fused deposition modelling and electron beam melting... allow to 3D print a varied choice of materials (from metals, plastics, ceramics, paper, food to even concrete).
Sports or physical exercises are known to have a positive effect on chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and osteoarthritis. In the prevention and rehabilitation of these chronic diseases it is important that the patient regularly and correctly performs specific exercises, as prescribed by a therapist. Therefore, it is important that the therapist knows whether the patient performs the exercises at home (adherence), and in which way he performs them (quality).
One of the biggest challenges of the industry is to produce in a sustainable way. As a consequence, the reduction, re-use, and upgrade of waste is becoming increasingly important. Moreover, the rising prices of raw materials are pushing the industry to economize on raw materials and energy.
I-TEX richt zich hoofdzakelijk tot B2B textielbedrijven in Vlaanderen die de ambitie hebben om via e-commerce hun business model te transformeren. De transformatie gaat van een model waar producten worden verkocht via tussenschakels naar een business model waar de producten niet enkel via distributeurs, maar ook via e-commerce aan de eindklant worden verkocht.
The aim of the project “Blends 4 Innovation” is to broaden the research on intimate polymer blends in textiles and to demonstrate the value of polymer blends in the textile and composite markets. To this end, the use of polymer blends will be diversified to a larger range of polymer combinations and composition ratios.
InnoQuality will support interior textiles companies by means of an Inno-Guide. The aim of the Inno-Guide is to optimise the innovation flow within the interior textiles companies.
Flemish interior textiles companies find it hard to survive in a very competitive market. These companies must innovate more rapidly and effectively.
Although the companies do not lack ideas, the problem is to select the right ideas that have to be developed into products.
SET offers a package for companies to quantify their energy consumption and the opportunities for improving their energy efficiency based on a technical tool (the SET excel), know-how and a working methodology.
Polyurethane (PU) textile coatings are very versatile and used in various applications with high demanding requirements. For some applications, PU is the only appropriate coating material, thanks to the following properties:
- ability to be used in dry-cleaning
- low temperature flexibility
- high mechanical properties (tensile and tear strength)
- outstanding abrasion resistance
- flexibility and softness
The interest in biopolymers is growing fast. Biopolymers such as TPS (thermoplastic starch), PLA, PHB find more and more industrial applications. While starch based products are most often used in packaging applications, the biopolyester are more often applied in higher value and more durable applications such as for instance technical textiles, or combined with natural fibres in biobased composites. Such types of applications are amongst others investigated in previous or running CORNET projects such as NATUREWINS and Biobased Self Reinforced composites (BIO-SRPC).
Textiles are fulfilling relevant functions in different fields of application. High strength textiles in form of ropes, belts, nets, etc. are used in specific applications for securing objects or people. Examples are securing of cargo ladders, people on construction sites, heavy weight lifting belts and nets, and other applications like mountaineering ropes and parachute strings.
The dyeing of polyester textile materials, used commonly in automotive, with disperse dyes presents a number of practical problems to the textile industry. These problems are principally associated with unevenness, lack of reproducibility, and bare effects, essentially coming from the structural non-uniformities of the polyester yarns. During numerous manufacturing and processing steps prior to dyeing, this material is subjected to various thermo-mechanical treatments which may give rise to variations and non uniformities in structure.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the highest cause of death in the post‐neonatal period (between the 2nd and 6th month of life). In Europe, each year 2400 infants still die of SIDS, an unexpected disease happening to infants who die in their sleep with no evidence of accidental asphysia, inflicted injury or organic disease; being a multifactorial syndrome mainly related to overheating, prolonged apnea, gastroesophageal reflux or inadequate bedding system and posture.
The objective of the project is to demonstrate and to improve the environmental performance of best innovative solutions that are emerging with regard to technical textiles that incorporates nanoparticles in textile finishing industries. Environmental, health and safety impacts will be assessed into its manufacturing operations, and the integration of green technologies will be highly encouraged. The term “green technologies” is defined as “manufacturing processes or product technologies that reduce pollution or waste, energy use and material use in comparison to the technologies that they replace”. The project will be focused on environmental sustainability, notably eco-design of textile finishing processes that incorporate nanoparticles for technical applications in textiles, as for example the biocide, sunscreen, fire-retardants/fireproof, abrasion -resistant, dirt-repellent, self-cleaning, antistatic or hydrophobic and oleophobic finish.
In the last decade, advanced textiles materials have been developed as a result of a number of research and innovation projects addressing in particular the construction sector, which represent one of the biggest markets for textile products.
Planting trees in a more sustainable and efficient manner
Without adequate maintenance, a large part of newly planted or seeded trees will die. This maintenance is expensive and still makes use of unsustainable techniques such as herbicides, fossil fuels or petroleum-based products, and large volumes of water.
Major trade fairs are showing an increasing number and variety of smart textile and wearable intelligence prototypes for all kinds of applications that will eventually alter our lives.
Validation and commercialisation of improved solutions for rest systems from ALL4REST Project
The integrated solutions developed during the previous ALL4REST project (tactile/thermal comfort improvement, quantitative and qualitative evaluation of comfort or sleep quality) were based on new biofibres, the integration of thermoregulating systems, and on the use of new hotmelt adhesives, heatable textiles and microencapsulated scents for aromatherapy.
Electroluminescent light bulbs (EL) and organic led (OLED) are efficient, thin and eco-friendly light sources. The existing systems are usually based on hard glass sheets. Flexible lamps on thin metal of plastic foils are being investigated. However, they only allow a bent shape or show a poor mechanical strength.
In times of rapidly increasing energy prices and growing eco-consciousness, textile finishing looks for modern, eco-friendly, energy and cost effective application and curing systems. To date, the textile industry still uses energy-consuming techniques for water and solvent removal and as well as for curing after (wet) chemical treatments.
The interest in biopolymers is growing fast. Especially PLA finds interesting industrial applications, more and more in durable end products like technical textiles and not only in disposables. Previous research has shown that PLA fibres can be made to have very good mechanical properties, including high tenacity and a much higher elongation than neat PLA. The fact that there are multiple PLA grades with a range of melting points opens up the possibility of developing self-reinforced PLA composites, a domain which has previously not been explored.
Future key-technology to upgrade textiles and plastics processing
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a term defining the production of tangible objects by means of digital tools. This approach, often called 3D-printing, differs in a radical manner from conventional production methods in that it produces the objects by the selective layering of materials instead of by machining or casting methods.
In samenwerking met Centexbel startte het Textiel onderzoeklabo TO2C van de vakgroep Mode-, textiel- en houttechnologie van de Hogeschool Gent op 1 februari 2013 het IWT TETRA-project ProCOM op. Zowel in de normalisatiecommissies, tijdens de productontwikkeling als bij de aankoop van werkkleding wordt te weinig aandacht besteed aan de comforteisen van de eindgebruiker. Ook het wassen/onderhoud heeft een grote invloed op zowel de kwaliteit als het comfort van werk- en beschermende kleding.
The aim of Bio-AmiCoFitex is to develop bio-based antibacterial and antifungal textile finishes and coatings complying with the criteria of the new biocide regulation. Because the rules and procedures to introduce biocidal products on the market will become much stricter, the textile industry has to look for non-hazardous alternative biocides. Biocides are used to prevent the growth of microorganisms.
Hydrophobic/Oleophobic functionalisation via PLAsma polymerisation coating of 2D and 3D textile materials
Within H/OPLA, we will use plasma coating for hydrophobic and oleophobic coating of high added value textiles.
The novel approach will be research and developed for two types of products:
Textile products with electric functionalities are being marketed as “smart textiles”. The European standardisation organism, CEN, has installed a workgroup TC248/WG31 where experts discuss the standardisation proposals related to ‘smart textiles’. At this very moment, a new work task is examining and developing the standardisation of conductive textiles.
Standards on fire retardancy and flammability are becoming increasingly severe because of the high number of lethal casualties due to fire. It is therefore of vital importance to add flame retardant products to textiles.
The main goal of the project is to develop filaments and yarns with improved mechanical properties by introducing thermoplastic microfibrillar reinforcements. These structures can be obtained by melt-processing technologies of specialty polymer blends.
Several European FP6/FP7 smart textiles projects resulted in a variety of high market potential developments. Representative NMP projects are SAFE@SEA–advanced personal protective clothing; POLYTECT–smart textile materials for reinforcing and monitoring infrastructure and DEPHOTEX–flexible photovoltaic textiles.
Flanders and the French regions of Nord-Pas de Calais and Somme have a large maritime industry, with worldwide activities. In order to reinforce their competetive position in a globalising economy, this industry is looking for opportunities to set up synergies with other industrial sectors. This is one of the objectives of both the Flemish Maritime Cluster FMC (Flanders) and AQUIMER (France).
Sustainable wastewater reuse and residual flow recovery
Because of the scarcity of water sources, more and more companies are “reusing” wastewater. However, the present wastewater treatment techniques allow only a partial water recuperation. This also leads to concentrate flows for which it is increasingly difficult to obtain a waste disposal licence. The lack of an appropriate treatment technique of concentrate flows that often prevents the implementation of a far reaching water reuse.
The PowerWeave project will develop a fabric to harvest and store electrical energy within its fibrous matrix, to fulfil a need for an easily deformable, storable and transportable power supply.This will be achieved through the development of PV fibres and energy storage fibres integrated with control electronics into a textile.
Flame-retardant textiles 2015: how to reconcile legislation, ecology and economy?
Because of the high number of victims and damages caused by a fire, it is logical that the standards regarding fire retardancy and inflammability are becoming increasingly severe. Therefore it is essential that flame-retardant agents are added to textiles. However, the use of these FR-products is strictly controled for several reasons: strict European legislation (REACH, CLP), strict requirement of eco-labels (European Ecolabel, Oeko-Tex® 100…). It goes without saying that the sector voices its concern. The textile industry insists on the development of alternative products and treatments complying with all these requirements.
Lately, the scientific as well as practical (application-oriented) interest in the so-called ionic liquids (IL) has been growing. IL represent an important class of materials, called “Green Solvents”. In general, IL are to be understood as ionic substances, that are already fluid from room temperature up to 120°C and that are often thermo-stable far beyond 200°C. IL excel by their extremely low vapour pressure, which makes them easy to handle in contrast to organic solvents.
Durable Biobased Plastics
Applications of biobased plastics in extrusion processes for durable end products
A successful transition of oil-based polymers to biopolymers demands that the (mechanical) properties of the latter can compete with those of synthetic polymers and that the stability of the products can be guaranteed over a longer period.
Rapid deployable kits as seeds for self-recovery
Most humanitarian organisations use stand-by emergency response units (ERU), to meet the immediate needs of people hit by disaster. Each ERU has a specific function, e.g. medical care, sanitation, energy provision, or water supply. S(P)EEDKITS aims at speeding up the emergency response and at providing the seeds for future development.
This project aims at the characterisation of barrier textiles in view of their classification, for a better and easier product selection by their users.
Development of a controlled degradation of synthetic or biopolymer textiles for special applications
The degradation of textile materials in carbon dioxide is an interesting route to resolve the end-of-life issues of a number of applications. In the case of agro- or geotextiles it is not always feasible to recover or remove the products in a quantative manner. For these applications natural fibres can be used, although their processing into specific structures is not so easy. Another alternative is the use of biopolymers but these materials do not always have the appropriate (bio)degradation profile either.
Enzymatic functionalisation of collagens for medical applications
The aim of this precompetitive project is to develop new methods for the enzymatic functionalizing of native collagen structures and to use these structures as scaffolds in tissue engineering and drug delivery systems.
Development of improved PolyOlefin MELt ADhesion fibres and yarns and their implementation in textile applications
The control of the melting and weakening trajectory and the adhesion of polyolefin fibres is becoming more and more important for many textile applications. Examples can be found in composites, where the polyolefin fibres are compressed to a composite structure. In new type of composites, the matrix and the strengthening fibres are made from the same family of materials. The combinations of many polyolefin materials lead to various possibilities for different types of composites.
Development of test methods to determine phthalates in textiles
The coating of flexible PVC’s is an important industrial activity in the Belgian production of floor coverings, cables, tarpaulins, (car) seats, dashboards, sun visors, clothing and tapes. PVC owes its economic importance to its durability (very high stability), the relatively low costs and large production runs.
Hernia operations are among the most common surgical procedures performed today with over 20 million cases annually worldwide. Hernia incidents are associated with pain and poor quality-of-life for the patient and lead to enormous healthcare costs, exceeding US $48 billion in the US annually.
With the SmartNets project, Centexbel wants to study SME networking for the development of new products. We work together with the Belgian partners LAMPE TEXTILES and DEVAN CHEMICALS and several other European partners.
SmartNets is a European FP7 project.
Research on the suitability of biopolymers textile and packaging applications
Biopolymers have become a topical theme and are becoming increasingly important in the European textile sector. Therefore, Euratex has incorporated them in their "strategic research agenda" for textiles.
Research for the development of fully renewable thermoplastic bio-composites
Europe has set forward a new goal: the development of composites based on (nearly) 100% renewable products. This implies that both the fibre reinforcement and the matrix fraction (thermoset or thermoplastic) have to be bio-based.
Integrated solutions for an improved sleep quality
ALL4REST, is focused on the development of comfort‐improved sleep systems, using non‐obtrusive technologies promoting a deeper and better recovering sleep and preventing nocturnal awakenings. The successful solutions will reduce the number of awakenings and/or the time to fall sleep after an awakening and reduce sleep onset latency (the length of time that it takes to accomplish the transition from full wakefulness to sleep).
Imagine a lamp that is not fixed to the ceiling, but that can be designed into any shape, or even blend into the surroundings. This would give a tremendous design freedom. Think of curtains that emit light to mimic the natural, daytime situation, children with illuminating jackets to safely bike home from school, or even bandages that shine light on the body to treat skin diseases or for infrared massage.
The aim of the Bacteriosafe consortium is to construct, test and develop a unique active wound dressing, which incorporates novel colourimetric sensor and active therapeutic processes for detecting and counteracting pathogenic bacteria in wounds.
The advent of globalisation has urged the European textile industries to implement new technologies to maintain the cost-effectiveness of the sector. One such development is the application of of thin silane finishes on textiles, a development that has been introduced during the last decade. The extraordinary properties of these (functionalised) finishes include a.o. enhanced abrasion resistance and omniphobicity.
The research project’s aim is twofold: on the one hand, the acquisition of further knowledge is needed to apply the exceptional properties of CNTs in the best way; on the other hand, there is a growing need of highly and durably conductive textiles that are easy to process.
The applications of CNTs within the scope of this project are mainly situated in the field of conductivity. The level of conductivity depends on the application method (extrusion, coating, textile finishing) and the desired end product.
Assembly of an artificial ovary combining isolated human ovarian follicles, fibrin and a textile pocket
The objective of this project is the development of a 3D biodegradable matrix allowing the graft of autologous ovarian tissue or isolated follicles in patients with impaired fertility following a gonadotoxic treatment. This biofunctional fibrin-based matrix will limit the follicular loss due to post-transplant ischemic stress and will help to induce the formation of an extracellular ovarian-like matrix by promoting cell migration, cell proliferation and vascularization.
The objective of the FAFEX project is to integrate the finishing step in an earlier process phase, and more in particular during the yarn extrusion phase by applying an aqueous polymer solution onto the filament's surface during melt spinning.
In the CleanCloth project, we propose to develop a superior cleaning cloth with constant and continuous antibacterial effect, ensuring that no bacteria is left in the cloth and making bacterial re-growth impossible, without need for special and time-consuming hygiene procedures. This will be accomplished by a unique technology with antibacterial agent integrated into the microfiber of the cloth. The advances in this technology will allow significant reduction of cross-contamination and bacterial regrowth. Infectious diseases arising in the home setting are a significant concern.
CILAB (Composite Innovation LABoratory) is a 4 years project dedicated to innovation in the field of composite materials and structures including research, development and improvement of manufacturing processes (eg. liquid resin infusion, vacuum assisted processes, hybrid composites - continuous fibres and short fibres - with thermoplastic matrices, braided structures, ...), materials (eg. bio-composites), non destructive inspection techniques (eg.
The main objective of Safe@Sea is to develop a new generation of advanced personal protective clothing for the fishing industry that will lead to a significant increase in safety without reducing work performance.
In order that the market can grow to the profit of the local industry, good (and therefore reproducible) standards are needed to evaluate medical textiles, and more in particular textiles used in operating theatres subject to European regulations. Textiles used in operation theatres are considered as medical devices and must therefore meet certain requirements (EN 13795) in the framework of CE labelling.
Fibre-reinforced plastics or composites are applied in an increasing number of products all over the world.
NoTeReFiGa aims at developing novel temperature regulating fibres and innovative textile products for thermal management, selected by the SME segment of the European textile industry. The temperature regulating effect will be realised by incorporating large amounts of phase changing materials (PCM) into textile fibres.
Currently the world of polymeric composite materials is exclusively based on fossil derived components. This fact represents a strong issue, as the non-renewable global oil resources are being exploited year after year, also as a consequence of the ever growing demand for plastics engineering materials. As a concrete answer to the increasing volumes of building and construction materials processed and transformed by industry in almost all sectors, renewable resources need to be exploited in order to reduce the depletion of oil reservoirs, and the associated ecological issues deriving, provided they can grant quality standards comparable with the currently available materials.
DIMETEX is part of an Interreg IV cross-border cooperation programme for the textile industry and regroups players from the Walloon Region of Belgium as well the Nord-Pas de Calais and Picardy Regions of France.
The medical segment is one of the main segments to demonstrate many assets and a strong power of attraction for producers of technical textiles.
Three areas of study have been identified in an effort to represent the major opportunities for the development of SMEs within the region.
3 to 4% of the population suffers from sleep disorders, often causing severe health problems.
The MONSOTEX projects aims at developing a system for (remote) sleep monitoring, based on the use of smart textiles with several embedded psychometric sensors (electro-cardiogram, respiration, temperature...).
Textiles with a variety of integrated sensors for comfort assessment, remote heath monitoring, and home healthcare
Envimedia/ Platform for health and environment
Open platform integrating lasers, sensors, technological components and systems for the detection, measurement and recognition for air quality monitoring, noise pollution monitoring, healthcare monitoring of the elderly at home, imaging and medical care.