In the realm of textile coating and finishing, the past year has seen a surge in patent families related to various advancements. Some of the most common patents were for antibacterial textiles, textiles with odor control features, and artificial leather.

2023 patent trends reveal that most innovations in textiles & plastics addressed technologies or applications for mitigation or adaptation against climate change. 

There is an increasing demand for recycled plastics, such as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), for use in caulking cartridges to reduce the use of new plastics as well as the carbon footprint of packaging.

The invention pertains to the technical field of packaging stacked compressible products in a stable manner, in particular packaging disposable absorbent articles such as diapers, incontinence products, pants, sanitary napkins, swim pants which may be pre-packed, e.g., in open cartons which are stacked on a pallet.

This month, we present a selection of patents that solve current pressing challenges in the plastics and textiles sectors related to the circular economy from a material and process perspective.

Method for manufacturing a hot-melt adhesive that is used in the production of recyclable textile products made of polypropylene.

The #centexbelpatentcell selected a series of 8 recently published patents in the field of sustainable additives to be used in plastics.

The EPO study "Innovation trends in additive manufacturing" shows that international patent families in 3D printing technologies grew at an average annual rate of 26.3% between 2013 and 2020 - almost eight times faster than for all technology fields combined over the same period (3.3%).

Blue Print membrane developed a filtration membrane envelope with fine-tuned thickness specifications and improved mechanical properties, which maintain their stiffness, do not delaminate and have good compression resistance.

Gertrude Kignelman selected 8 recently filed patents in the field of PPE.