ITA student Mathias Zidda receives the ITMA Research & Innovation Excellence Award

Mathias Zidda, master graduate of Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), won the ITMA Research & Innovation Excellence Award on June 20, 2019 for his 3D braiding machine, which was rebuilt according to the 4.0 industry standard. During his master thesis "Development of a gear-driven 3D rotational braiding machine and its control concept", Mathias Zidda was supervised by ITA doctorate candidate Martin Kolloch.
Fritz P. Mayer, President of CEMATEX and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), handed over the prize money of 10,000 € with certificate to the lucky winner at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.
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ITM: Announcement: Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference 2019 with Partner Country: Great Britain 

The Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference 2019 will take place in Dresden on November 28-29, 2019.
The positive development has inspired the organizing team in cooperation with the program committee to extend our program to now four parallel presentation sessions with a special focus on industry. The program will be avialable online from July 2019.
Interested colleagues and researchers in the field of textile chemistry, finishing & functionalization and textile machinery, manufacturing & composites are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations related to the following topics:  
Current developments and products & market strategies & trends; Best Practices: „Transfer – from idea to practice“; Technical textiles: protective & functional textiles and textile membranes; Innovative materials: polymer materials and functionalization; New markets: fiber-reinforced materials & composites.

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FKT - German Textile Research Council organises International Workshop on Future Perspectives 2035

The Forschungskuratorium Textil e. V. from Berlin is looking to the future and is launching a new future research project. In addition to analyzing the "Perspectives 2025" that have existed since 2012, research needs in new areas and potentials in the user industries are to be identified. We want to find out what influence digitization and AI have on the future of our industry and stimulate and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit with our elaboration. 

In the coming weeks, 5 workshops on different topics will allow us to get a first feel for what awaits us in the future from a variety of perspectives and what role we and textiles will play in it. 

We will meet for the 4th time on 23 September 2019. The theme is "textile industry and textile research international" for this workshop in Frankfurt. Join us in exploring the future of textiles in Europe.
Would you like to become part of this trend-setting process? We cordially invite you to join us. Please register with Alexandra Hesse ( by 12 August 2019.


ITA: SozioTex at the "Industry Tech Innovation Night

The "Industry Tech Innovation Night" took place in Neuss on Thursday, May 9 2019. Startups, companies and scientists presented their digital innovations for the industry though pitches. Current trends around M2M applications, machine learning and digital services were also discussed. The event was organized by Digihub Düsseldorf/Rheinland and the district Rhein-Kreis Neuss. Fabian Schreiber, leader of the junior research group SozioTex, presented the topic "Digital assistance at the machine: participation as a key to success".

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CENTEXBEL: BIO4SELF wins both JEC Innovation and TechTextil Innovation Award 2019

The concept for a biobased self-reinforced thermoformable composite material has been awarded by two of the most prestigious Innovation Awards in the world: JEC World Innovation Award in the category “Sustainability” and the TechTextil innovation Award “sustainable solution”.

BIO4SELF, coordinated by Centexbel, has developed biobased and easy-to-recycle self-reinforced composites based on PLA fibres with an inherent high stiffness, matching the requirements of current commercial self-reinforced polypropylene (PP) composites. As a result, PLA is being upgraded to a material suited for more technical and demanding final applications including automotive and household electronics, and offers possibilities for lots of other applications (sports, transportation, and medical appliances).

Main advantages

  • ·       Biobased: composites made from two PLA grades with different melting temperatures
  • ·       Performance: high mechanical strength, temperature and hydrolytic stability
  • ·       Cost: far below carbon fibre composites, comparable to or even below SR-PP
  • ·       Upscalable: using commercially-available materials and industrial equipment

EoL: re-usable, recyclable or industrially compostable as the composite is made of PLA. 

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