IFAI Advanced Textiles Europe 2011 Showcases Exciting New Textile Technologies

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — August 15, 2011 — Leading experts from around the world will gather in Barcelona
at the fourth Industrial Fabrics Association International Advanced Textiles Europe conference. AT
Europe ’11 will co-locate alongside ITMA 2011 with two consecutive morning sessions 26-27 Sept.
2011. ITMA, the world’s largest international textile machinery exhibition, runs 22-29 Sept.


AT Europe 2011 is a unique conference designed to unveil valuable insights on new research
and development, with a balance of actual application-based use. Each session is designed to spark
creative thinking for businesses looking for ways to gain a competitive edge.

This week it was announced that Greggory Crouch, U.S. Consul General Barcelona, will give the
Welcome Address in the opening session on “Market Needs.”


Crouch has served as U.S. Consulate General Barcelona since 25 Aug. 2009. His previous
overseas assignments span the globe, including Hamburg, Germany (2006-2007); Islamabad, Pakistan
(2004-2005); Fukuoka, Japan (1995-2000); Oslo, Norway (1991-1993), and Washington, DC. More.


Following Crouch is Patricia Hualde, Policy Officer for the European Commission, whose talk
is entitled: “The Need of Multi-Disciplinary Innovations for Assuring Sustainable Growth of the
Textile Industry.” Hualde’s presentation sets the tone for the technical textile industry’s future.


A distinguished technical advisory committee headed by Prof. Roshan Shishoo, Shishoo
Consulting AB, has designed this unique technical textile conference. 


Shishoo’s main research activities have been in the areas of physical, chemical and
mechanical properties of fibers and fabrics and since 1979 he specialized in leading basic and
applied research projects in the area of technical textiles and nonwovens including highly
functional fabrics and garments, medical textiles, absorbent hygienic products, automotive
textiles, protective clothing, bedding and furniture and textile composites. 


Prof. Shishoo has published over 200 papers in international scientific and technical
journals and has obtained seven international patents.


Other committee members include Jan Laperre, Centexbel; Mary-Lynn Landgraf, U.S. Department
of Commerce; Jos Van Hattum, Norafin (the sponsoring company of the conference); Ronald Seidl,
Jacob-Mueller; Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries, RWTH Aachen University; Claude Levy-Rueff, IFAI European
Representative; Ruth Stephens, IFAI Safety and Technical Products Division; and Kristy Meade,

The Conference Schedule is as follows: 


Market Needs – 26 September 2011 {1300 – 1630} Monday


In this session the focus will be on market needs for technical textiles in selected the
market sectors: Personal Protection Clothing & Equipment (PPE), Building & Construction,
Automotives and Shipping. In the PPE area the presentations will cover research and needs of
Standardization and Certification from both European and U.S. perspective. The market and business
needs will be addressed in terms of enhancement of innovations in order to assure sustainable
growth of the textile industry.


Opening Presentations –
Setting the tone for the future 

  • Welcome Address by Greggory D. Crouch, Consul General of the United States of
    America in Barcelona
  • Patricia Hualde, EC Enterprise Directorate General, “The Need of
    Multi-disciplinary Innovations for Assuring Sustainable Growth of the Textile Industry”
  • Coffee Break
  • Henk Vanhoutte, Secretary General European Safety Federation, “Personal Protection
    Equipment – European Research & Standardization”
  • Grace & Jeffery Stull, International Personnel Protection, Inc., “Personal
    Protective Equipment – Standards and Certification the US Perspective”
  • Stephania Lombardi, Cannobio Construction, “Membrane Architecture – Insight to
    Problems and the Needs of the Industry”
  • Question and Answer Forum
  • Networking Reception

New Technologies and Manufacturing Processes
– 27 September 2011 {1000 – 1300}


Many emerging technologies such as nanotechnology are already in the industrial pipeline
aiming at becoming an integral part of various manufacturing processes for the production of
advanced and highly functional textiles. Many important technological advances have been made in
fabric manufacturing processes such as weaving, braiding, and nonwovens technology. This session
will provide presentations on these developments as well as on the topic of performance chemicals
and smart coating technology for producing advanced fabrics.

  • Dr. Jan Laperre, Centexbel, “State of the Art on Industrialization of Emerging
  • Kevin Myers, Huntsman Digital Printing, “Advances in Digital Printing Inks and
  • Prof. Thomas Gries, ITA-RWTH, “Latest Developments in Fabric Production”
  • Coffee Break
  • M. Wolfgang Schlide, Manager Competence Center Nonwovens, STFI Research Institute,
    “Latest Developments in Nonwovens Technology”
  • Dr. Walter Nassl, Director Technology and Project Management Chemicals, Huntsman,
    “Performance Chemicals for Advanced Textiles”

New Materials and Products
– 27 September 2011 {1400-1730} Tuesday


This session is divided into two sub-sessions with a special focus on the latest information
about protective textiles and smart textiles. There will be a Q&A period at the end of each
sub-session. Part one will focus on new developments in protective textiles including Natick’s
Future Soldier Systems, Protective textiles in the Security industry and nonwovens based heat and
flame protection materials. 

Part two will focus on smart and interactive textiles. The presentations will analyze some
success stories & bottlenecks in this field and discuss pitfalls in e-textiles area as well as
describe the development of a commercial smart textiles product.

  • Andreas Roepert, Interactive Wear AG, “Smart and Interactive Textiles from the
    Electronics Industry Perspective”  
  • Dr. Thomas Strauch, TexTrace AG, “Smart Textile Products – Woven RFID Labels”
  • Coffee Break
  • Jürgen Graf, Freudenberg Viliestoffe KG, “Nonwovens in Textiles for Heat and Flame
  • Alain Bujold, Mawashi Protection Clothing Inc., “Ergonomics, Biomimicry and
    Protective Textiles in the Security Industry”
  • Dr. Jan Laperre, Centexbel, “Smart and Interactive Textiles – Success Stories and
  • Q&A Forum and conference wrap-up  

AT Europe ’11 attendees can utilize the ITMA 2011 housing and travel bureau at

For more information or to download the AT Europe ’11 brochure visit


Conference Location:


Conference Room: Nexe C Room 4.1 (Hall 4)

Av. Juan Carlos I, 58

08908 L’ Hospitalet de Llobregat

Barcelona, Spain

Posted on August 16, 2011

Source: IFAI