Fast accesses

Exhibitions (A-Z)

Congresses and events

4. - 7.5.2015, Frankfurt am Main

back to overview Download Print




20.05.2011 Ten innovative developments receive Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Prizes

  • Ten innovative developments receive Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Prizes
  • Award ceremony on 23 May at Congress Center Messe Frankfurt

This year, ten exemplary developments from the fields of materials and product development, as well as new processes and innovative clothing, will be awarded a prize at Techtextil, International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens. The innovative products were selected by an international jury of top-flight experts from more than 80 entries. At the evening ceremony, the Techtextil Innovation Prize will be awarded seven times in all, and the Avantex Innovation Prize three times. Three of the ten prizes will be ‘honourable mentions’. Their purpose is to honour unconventional thinking and to promote the dialogue between research, manufacturers and users. “The high level of innovation shown by the prize-winning developments is representative of the whole sector. Visitors to Techtextil will be able to see this for themselves”, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies, Messe Frankfurt. The award ceremony will be held from 6.15 p.m. onwards on 23 May 2011 at the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt and will thus mark the start of Techtextil from 24 to 26 May 2011. All the award-winning products will be exhibited in Hall 3.1 in the stand areas B11 and J58.

Three of the seven Techtextil Innovation Prizes are awarded in the ‘New Materials’ category and one each in the ‘New Processes’, ‘New Technologies’, ‘Safety + Protection’ and ‘Architecture’ categories. The categories for the three Avantex Innovation Prizes are ‘Safety + Protection’ and ‘Personal Protection’ on the one hand and ‘Comfort + Function’ on the other.

The Techtextil Innovation Prizes:

Safety + Protection
Fly-Bag: explosion-resistant textile luggage container for aircraft cargo holds

The danger posed by international terrorism has prompted the prize winners to develop an explosive-resistant, textile-based luggage container that can protect the aircraft itself in the event of a detonation in the aircraft’s cargo hold and thus ensure the safety of the passengers as well. FLY-BAG, as the prize-winning development is called, massively reduces the effects of on-board explosions. Thanks to the use of textile fibres and composite materials the container is extremely resistant and adapted to almost any application in any type of aircraft. The advantage: the textile, multilayer structure is light and flexible. It attenuates the impact of an explosion and gas wave in a controlled way and defuses it. At the same time, the structure prevents unsecured pieces of luggage from destroying the outer hull of the aircraft.

Award Winners:
Dr. Donato Zangani, Alessandro Bozzolo and Samuele Ambrosetti (D’Appolonia S.p.A., Genoa/Italy)
Dr. Heike Illing-Günther, Dr. Petra Franitza, Ralf-Peter König, Dipl.-Ing.-Ök. Andreas Berthel (Saxon Textile Research Institute -Sächsisches Textil Forschungsinstitut e.V./Germany)
Dr. Andrew Tyas, Dr. Jim Warren, Stephen Fey (Blastech Ltd./UK)
Danilo Bardaro, Rosario Dotoli (Consorzio CETMA/Italy)
Dr. Michael Schneider (Air Tex Solution/Germany)
Alex Carmel (Cargo Network/Netherlands)
Fabio Caronti (Meridiana Maintenance S.p.A./Italy)
Tord Gustafsson (APC Composite/Sweden)
Helmuth Toftegaard, Dr. Hans Lilholt (Riso DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy/Denmark)

Flectofin – Bionic facade shading based on the model of the strelitzia

Flectofin is a convertible structure that is inspired by nature and can be used in architecture. The hingeless and infinitely deformable folding mechanism can gradually adjust the orientation of a planar component (flap) in a likewise infinitely variable manner. The elastic deformation is based on the Bird-of-Paradise flower (Strelitzia reginae) the principle of which has been developed further into shading systems in the field of architecture. The basis is a glass-fibre-reinforced plastic on a polymeric primary structure, which has highly elastic deformation capabilities. The sideways bending of the flap is triggered by the downward inclination of a rod attached to the structure. This steep inclination causes the flap to fold through an angle of up to 90 degrees. This basic principle can be developed into a variety of Flectofin versions since the cinematics are not only easily capable of being scaled, but can also be linked in any number of ways.

Award Winners:
Larissa Born B. Eng., Julian Sartori B. Sc., Dr. Ing.Markus Milwich, Dr. Ing. Thomas Stegmaier, Prof. Dr. Heinrich Planck, Dipl. Ing. Anja Walter (Institute of Textile Technology and Process Engineering Denkendorf/Germany - Institut für Textil- und Verfahrenstechnik Denkendorf)
Dipl. Biol. Simon Poppinga, Dr. Tom Masselter, Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck (Plant Biomechanics Group, University of Freiburg/ Germany)
Dipl. Ing. Julian Lienhard, Simon Schleicher M. Arch., Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers (Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design, University of Stuttgart/Germany)
Eberhard Brumm, Marc Jansen, Klauss Vogg (clauss markisen Projekt GmbH/Germany)

New Materials
FogHa-TiN – Development of three-dimensional textile material for the recovery of water from fog aerosols

This R&D project for developing innovative, textile based fog catchers using the third dimension is modelled on nature. The aim of the development was to take the principle behind the highly efficient separation of fog droplets found in plants and their ability to quickly drain off the fluid collected in this way, and to apply that principle to water catchment. The 3D textiles, which are available under the brand name FogHa-TiN, can be used throughout the world not only for the recovery of water from fog for decentralised supply and agricultural irrigation but also for technical applications. For example, they can also be used for oil mist separation in exhaustion systems for cutting machines using cooling lubricants or for the separation of harmful aerosols from vapours.

Award Winners:
Dr. Jamal Sarsour, Dr. Michael Linke, Prof. Dr. Heinrich Planck, Dr.-Ing. Thomas Stegmaier (Institute of Textile Technology and Process Engineering Denkendorf/Germany - Institut für Textil- und Verfahrenstechnik Denkendorf/Germany)
PD Dr. Anita    Roth-Nebelsick (Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History – Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart/Germany)
Dr. Martin Ebner, Tatiana Miranda M. Sc. (Department of Geosciences at the University of Tübingen – Institut für Geowissenschaften der Universität Tübingen/Germany)
Christoph Larsén-Mattes (Mattes & Ammann GmbH & Co. KG/Germany)
Dr. Jannis Stefanakis (Solarenergie Stefanakis/Germany)

New Technologies
Open Reed Weave Technology

In November 2010, Lindauer Dornier presented its innovative Open Reed Weave Technology (ORW) for the first time. This new weave technology makes it possible to produce innovative technical textiles with a high level of sophistication. Dornier looms using the revolutionary ORW technology cover a total of three areas in the production chain for the manufacture of technical textiles. For example, it is possible to manufacture lattice-weave textiles using leno binding with stable loops for use in Geotech, Agrotech and Indutech applications as well as for static reinforcements for prefabricated concrete components. The main use for ORW technology, however, is in the manufacture of multiaxial interlaid scrims. One especially interesting extension to this technology is the weaving of partial reinforcements. These could be used as a ‘local reinforcement’ for ballistic fabrics (protective vests) or as ‘frame reinforcement’ for composites in the aerospace and automobile industries. This method also makes it possible to produce conductive wires for the manufacture of heatable textiles.

Award Winner:
Dr. Adnan Wahhoud (Lindauer Dornier Gesellschaft mbH/Germany)

New Materials
Polyester fibre made of Phase-Change-Material (PCM)

Outlast fibres, fabrics and coatings were originally developed for NASA and contain patented microencapsulated phase change materials, so-called thermocules, that absorb, store and release excess body heat. Outlast will now present a world first: a climate-regulating polyester fibre that uses Phase Change Material (PCM), or more specifically: a bi-component fibre with a PCM core and a polyester coating. The new Outlast fibre combines the patented PCM for climate regulation and the characteristic advantages of polyester fibre. The benefits: low moisture absorption, faster moisture release, crease resistance, extreme lightness, water and wind resistance and above-average durability. The temperature management fibre is ideally suited for use with underwear or with clothing worn next to the skin.

Award Winners:
Volker Schuster (Outlast Europe GmbH/Germany)
Mark Hartmann (Outlast Technologies, Inc/USA)

Honourable Mention: New Processes
Sustainably manufactured latex free carpet for automotive industry manufactured with powder coating wastes

Fibroline has developed and patented a latex-free, cost-effective automobile carpet using a sustainable production method. As a replacement for the latex a powder binder is used that is a waste product from the powder-coating industry. The advantage of the binder is that it makes the end product a good deal lighter. The patented dry-powder impregnation technique consumes far less energy than the conventional methods. The new composite method also allows the materials to be separated again, so that they can once more become part of the recycling process.

Award Winner:
Jerome Ville, Vincent Bonin (Fibroline France SARL/France)

Honourable Mention: New Materials
Pyrotex – the new safety fibre

Pyrotex combines a large number of positive properties, is well in advance of current standards and, thanks to its wide-ranging characteristics, cannot be compared to any other currently available flame-resistant fibres. The functions of the acrylic fibre were modified to meet a wide diversity of requirements. These include flame and heat resistance, acid and alkali resistance, resistance against UV-rays and against solvents. Apart from these properties, the acrylic fibre does not melt or drip and does not produce any toxic fumes. It is therefore suitable for clothing as well as the production of technical textiles. It can be processed on all known systems and spinning machines and converted into a non-woven fleece. It is Oeko-Tex certified and can be dyed. It can be used as a single fibre or combined with other fibres – natural as well as synthetic.

Award Winner:
Robert M.P. Jarausch (PyroTex GmbH/Germany)

Avantex Innovation Prize Winners:

Personal Protection
Sensor-based personal protective equipment for forestry work with dangerous machinery and tools (power saws)

The award-winning research project substantially increases safety in the use of power saws in forestry through an innovative extension of existing protection technologies. The sensor-based cut-protection clothing kicks in to prevent injuries from cuts by automatically switching off the power saw. This is achieved by means of proximity sensors incorporated into the fabric of the protective clothing. The highly sensitive magnetic field sensors can register even the weakest field strengths. Possible future applications are the integration of other sensors, for example, temperature or acceleration sensors combined with a diagnostic function that emits a warning signal if the machine overheats. The textile sensor layer is invisible and unnoticeable to the wearer. The material can be processed just like any standard textile material in the clothing industry.

Award Winners:
Martin Rupp, Angela Mahr-Erhardt (Hohenstein Institute für Textilinnovation e.V./Germany)
Christoph Breckenfelder (University of Bremen, Center for Computing and Communication Technologies – Technologie-Zentrum Informatik und Informationstechnik – TZI/Germany)
Dmitriy Boll (University of Bremen, Institute for Microsensors, -actuators and systems – Institut für Mikrosensoren, -aktoren und -systeme – IMSAS Bremen/Germany)

Comfort + Function
Luxicool Performing Yarn in Sofileta Cooling Fabrics

In a joint project, the Belgian Luxilon company and Sofileta, the French knitwear company, have developed a new generation of comfort textiles based on the Luxicool yarn. Unlike existing products, the cooling effect is created by the molecular structure of the polymer which, among other things, makes it suitable for use in sportswear, workwear and protective clothing or in medical textiles. The cooling behaviour of the completely new Luxicool monofilament is based on the evaporation of moisture due to the special molecular composition of the polymer, which consists of a regular sequence of hydrophilic and hydrophobic blocks. This leads to a constant absorption and evaporation of the water, creating an improved feeling of comfort. The yarn also possesses excellent thermal conductivity, which ensures the rapid dissipation of thermal energy. Luxicool is elastic and can be used in all standard textile technologies such as weaving, knitting and braiding. On the basis of the Luxicool technology, Sofileta has developed a number of textile sheaths under the Sofileta Cooling Fabrics brand which support and reinforce Luxicool’s properties.

Award Winners:

Herbert De Breuck, Nico Van Malderen (Luxilon/Belgium)
Gabriele Honstein, Benoît Bouret (Sofileta/France)

Honourable Mention: Safety + Protection

Tex-Vest is an interactive vest with an illuminated textile design for use in police work. It was developed to substantially increase the safety of police officers during road checks and traffic control. The textile converts hand signals into clearly understandable light signals that are easy to see in bad weather or darkness as well as in daylight. The example presented at Techtextil 2011 shows how the textile, which is based on an LED lighting technology, converts hand signals into clearly understandable light signals, for example, the red stop sign or a green arrow pointing to the left or right. The system can visualise a total of six signs. The light signals on the vest are produced by simple movements that are picked up by sensors and translated into signs.

Award Winners:
Jaka Plesec, Prof. Dr. Zane Berzina, Prof. Carola Zwick (Berlin Weißensee School of Art – Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee /Germany)
Dr. habil. Andreas G. Neudeck, Dr. Uwe Möhring, Frank Thurner (The Institute for Textiles and Special Materials TITV Greiz – Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen-Vogtland e.V./Germany)

Techtextil, International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens
Techtextil, the leading trade fair, will be held from 24 to 26 May 2011. Regarded as the sector’s international highlight, the trade faire concentrates all product groups and fields of application on one central venue. This is where industry, research and trade can find the entire range of topics and disciplines covered by technical textiles and nonwovens on an innovation platform that is unique worldwide. To be held in parallel to Techtextil are Material Vision, Trade Exhibition and Conference on Materials for Product Development, Design and Architecture, and, for the first time, Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials (24 to 27 May 2011). So three of the major fairs in this sector will be held at the same place and at the same time: interesting for exhibitors and visitors not only in terms of the synergies they create, but also in terms of the time and cost involved. This constellation and the concentrated sector know-how it provides can be found in this form only in Frankfurt am Main during Techtextil. More information about Techtextil 2011 at: