TCBL aims to renew the European Textile & Clothing sector by exploring new ways to design, make, and work together. TCBL is building a global community open to anyone interested in innovating business systems to build a more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous production ecosystem in Europe and throughout the world.
Centexbel and the Belgian SME Bivolino applied together to the public call organised by the H2020 project TCBL and … were selected. 

For more information, contact: Guy Buyle


ITA won first prize at RWTH Innovation Award, Aachen, Germany 

The scientific employees Dr. Valentine Gesché, David Schmelzeisen and Kristina Simonis of ITA under the leadership of Prof. Thomas Gries won RWTH Innovation Award for their project „4D textile – additive manufacturing of hybrid materials for temporarily shape shifting applications” on 8 February 2017 in Aachen, Germany.
In this project, microstructures were printed in textiles using a 3D printer. The composite system reacts to external influences with deformation. Thus, a deformation is created without external energy input, because the required power will be saved through preloading in the textile itself. A change of environment leads to a change of shape of the printed microstructure and to a movement of the hybrid material 4D textile.
More information here.



ITM was awarded the German Resource Efficiency Price 2016 

The Institute for Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology (ITM) was awarded with the German Resource Efficiency Award 2016 on February 16, 2017 with the project “Resource-efficient reuse of recycled carbon fibers by developing a technology for the industrial production of hybrid yarns for use in high-strength CFRP components".
The high-performance rCF hybrid yarns offer almost the same tensile strengths of primary carbon fibers in composite. With these unique technologies, an industrial scale mass production of highly load-bearing complex CFRP components in reproducible quality with very low cycle times is possible, e.g. for electro mobility. More information here.



UNITEX: Call for Papers 9th Inernational Textile Coating Congress 2017

9th edition International Textile Coating Congress 2017
Re-invent the Textile Coating Industry of Tomorrow
Venue Ghent-Belgium     Date 21-22 September 2017


We cordially invite you to give a lecture during this international conference. Last edition (2015) attracted 265 attendees.
Conference topics:
Sustainable coating and laminating technologies (magnetron sputtering, digital, plasma, hot melt…), Radiation technologies (UV – LED – EB), Advanced and specialty polymers and processing additives, Ecological and economical issues, Nanotechnologies, Smart coated textiles and applications, Sustainable technologies for maintenance coated textiles
Send title, name of speaker and short abstract (1/2 page) to before: 10 April 2017



ITV-Denkendorf: Be part of the Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference in Stuttgart, November 30 – December 1, 2017 

Since 2007, the textile research institutes of the regions of Aachen and Dresden have jointly organized the Aachen-Dresden International Textile Conference. With more than 700 participants most recently, this conference countsas one of the most important textile conferences in Europe. As from 2016, the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) are co-organizers. Thus,the Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile  Conference will take place in turn annually at one of the three sites.
The conferences are directed to experts from the fields of materials science, chemistry, refining and functionalization as well as mechanical and textile engineering, process engineering and composites.
In the course of two days we will present you with a sophisticated program in three parallel sessions with renowned national and international speakers. Top-class experts from industry and research will share their perspectives, give new insights for your own products and innovations and broaden your perspective.
The call for papers is
accessible here. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 March 2017. Conference website:

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