Some of the biggest issues currently impacting on the global nonwovens industry were analysed and discussed at the 2013 Nonwovens Network UK conference.
A keynote from European MEP Timothy Kirkhope addressed the Euro Crisis, how it is affecting business for the UK’s industries and what opportunities are still out there that might just be being missed.
As far as processing is concerned, the potential of 3D printing – precisely building
up materials in layers – is currently exciting manufacturers worldwide. UK company
Tamicare has developed a new technology for nonwoven end-
At the other end of the spectrum, another growing UK company, Knowaste, is implementing
radical measures for dealing with the waste from medical and consumer nonwoven-
And Harrison Spinks, a traditional manufacturer of high-
In addition, Bill Macbeth, CEO at the Textile Centre of Excellence outlined the implications of the new Employer Ownership for Apprenticeship Training Bill.
The UK Nonwovens Network held its summer seminar, which examined The Dynamics of Progress, on Thursday July 12 at Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
We were delighted that The Rt. Hon. Baroness Warsi, co-
The Network has grown progressively over the past 15 years, but it does need continued support to ensure its future.
The industry is the fastest growing sector of the textile industry in the UK and it is becoming more and more diverse in its applications with the growing awareness that these fabrics offer a highly cost effective, frequently superior form of fabric formation for an ever increasing variety of end uses.
In order to keep up, we invited speakers from as many facets of the business that we could accommodate. This ranged from the lightweight fabric end use of the industry in the form of medical textiles, wipes and disposables to those used in the heavier end including wool products and carpets.
Prof. Andrew Day from the University of Bradford will be looking at a business model for supply to the automotive industry and Matthew Tipper of NIRI revisited last year’s ITMA for an update on new developments in the machinery world.
Our expansion into the fashion industry is now well established and our ‘fashionistas’ from the University of Leeds, Lynne Webster and David Backhouse displayed garments as they have progressed throughout the years.
With INDEX, Techtextil and ITMA all taking place within 2011, this is a busy year for major exhibitions and trade shows. With this in mind we decided to replace our usual full day seminar with a compact evening event.
The invited keynote speakers dealt with some of the most important issues affecting
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13th Annual Nonwovens Network Seminar
For our 13th Annual Seminar we decided to take a second look at our previous events and to expand on many of the embryonic papers that have been given in the past to see how they have progressed and the impact they have today. We therefore revisited our involvement in fashion, recycling, geotextiles, extrusion machinery, online measurement, needles, nanotechnology and the all important carbon footprint reinforced by our new look at wool in nonwovens.
We also invited Bill Macbeth from the Textile Centre of Excellence to speak about
the finance available for development of Hi-
The Nonwovens Network is aware of the ongoing economic climate, we are therefore presenting this year’s seminar at last years reduced cost to all who attend, attributing any deficit to the Network’s reserves.
The 12th Nonwovens Network UK conference – ‘21st Century Nonwovens’ – took place in Bradford, West Yorkshire on 25th June 2009.
A special guest was Dr Niall Finn of CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering in Australia.
As a specialist in advanced fibrous materials, Dr Finn explained that the Materials Science and Engineering division formed last year is one of the organisation’s largest, spread over six sites and with a focus on a wide range of manufacturing industries.
Mike Nunney of the BTTG provided information on the labrinthine nature of fire testing,
with between 20-
Eamonn Tighe of NatureWorks spoke of the company’s progress in doubling capacity
for the production of its Ingeo bio-
Speakers at the 12th annual conference (left to right): Tim Gibson, Niall Finn, Mark Pedley,
John Millar, Mike Nunney, Subhash Anand, Eamonn Tighe and Asif Shah.
Asif Shah of Shirley Technologies spoke of ethics and sustainability in conventional textile chains, detailing a number of case studies of the pitiful earnings of cotton pickers, spinners and hand weavers in poorer regions of the world.
Tim Gibson of Scensive Technologies introduced the Bloodhound E-
Bloodhound technology is based on chemical sensor technology developed at the University of Leeds over the last 18 years.
Professor Subhash Anand MBE, of the Centre for Materials Research and Innovation
at the UK’s University of Bolton spoke of the future significance of three-
Also speaking at the event was John Millar, R&D grants manager for Yorkshire Forward, who outlined a number of options for companies seeking sources of finance, and Mark Pedley of SmartLife Technologies.