CENTEXBEL: SMARTpro - From intelligent prototypes to industrial products

A few years ago, researchers were developing eye-catching ‘Smart Textiles’ demonstrators. Now, they are slowly entering the mainstream market of consumer goods.

Due to their complexity and demanding applications it is not straightforward to enter Smart Textile products in the market. The production process of textile-electronics combinations requires adaptations to allow mass production and adequate durability and reliability. A multi-disciplinary approach is essential to design, develop and produce Smart Textiles.
Therefore Centexbel, together with eight Belgian research partners with extensive expertise in textile, electronics and ICT, have recently started the project SMARTpro to assist companies in upgrading their prototypes to the production stage. This will be achieved by increasing their cross-sectorial awareness and by investigating new product design and manufacturing methods. Read more


ITM: Aachen-Dresden International Textile Conference, Register online 

The Aachen-Dresden International Textile Conference held on November 27-28, 2014 is one of the most important textile meetings in Europe. It will bring together experts in the fields of textile chemistry, finishing and functionalisation, and textile machinery, manufacturing and composites. More than 700 participants attended each of the previous conferences. With this year‘s partner country South Korea, we offer a platform to explore opportunities for research co-operations and networks outside of Germany.

The 8th „Aachen-Dresden“ will comprise about 70 lectures and 100 poster presentations focusing on:

•             Composites
•             Protective Textiles
•             Textile Construction with Membranes and Textile-reinforced Concrete
•             Chemistry for Composites, Protective Textiles, and Textile Construction
•             Transfer Session „From Idea to Practice“
•             Saxomax - Textile Innovations Read more


FITEX: Comfort&Care  

The main objective of the Comfort&Care project is the development of new textile fabrics geared to market needs (identified by the partners involved in the consortium). They should have more comfort, low maintenance (related with durability, washing and ironing) and be environmentally friendly.

In order to achieve the this objective, the R+D project activities are focused on:

  • New yarn materials (from natural and organic fibres)
  • The optimization of the knitting process in order to maximize thermal and mechanical comfort
  • Finishing processes (dyeing and printing) more environmentally friendly
  • The use of novel analytical tools to parameterize comfort 

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MDB-Texinov: Presentation at ISF 2014, Tokyo

Structural modifications of poly(butylene succinate) a biobased and biodegradable polymer for the preparation of melt-spun fibers.

Agrotextiles are an alternative to pesticides to improve quality and safety of agricultural products. However, these textiles are mainly prepared from polypropylene or polyethylene. These textiles must be collected after the growing season and generate disposal cost. An ideal agrotextile would be left into the soil at the end of the growing season. These requirements can be achieved by using biodegradable polyesters. Among them, Poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) shows desirable properties including mechanical properties similar to polyethylene. The spinning of PBS modified by several approaches like chain extension or branching was evaluated in this study for the production of biodegradable yarns. Read more: or contact Dr Nadège Boucard, R&D Manager


STFI: CORNET - Project ResCoTex

The CORNET-project ResCoTex “Resource-efficient coating technologies for improved durability of high strength textiles with special safety relevance” launched on 1st January 2014 had its second meeting on 9th July at Centexbel including a visit of the Belgian company Tiscotex. 

Objective of the project is the development of a detection system for the remaining strength of the textile structure by using different indicator principles. Furthermore, the improvement of the resistance of the textile structure towards influences like UV/sunlight, heat, humidity or abrasion by applying functionalised textile coatings and finishes using resource efficient techniques is in the focus of the project. Additionally, evaluating the life-time and remaining strength of high strength textiles used for securing applications shall be realised by improved test methods taking into account the real conditions of usage. Read more: CENTEXBEL and STFI