Research & Development

2024-02-22

STFI presents lightweight construction innovations at JEC World in Paris

At this year's JEC World, STFI will be presenting highlights from carbon fibre recycling as well as a new approach to hemp-based bast fibres, which have promising properties as reinforcement in lightweight construction. Visit us at the joint stand of the Saxony Economic Development Corporation and talk to our team of lightweight construction experts.

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Research & Development

2024-02-22

Coating with polyhydroxyalkanoates: Biopolymers from bacteria protect technical textiles

The DITF are researching materials from renewable sources that are recyclable and do not pollute the environment after use. Polymers that can be produced from bacteria are of interest here.

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Research & Development

2024-02-15

Objective sports bra testing fills a gap in the market

A new Hohenstein test method scientifically measures the support level of sports bras, a previously subjective claim. The new method, developed by the fit experts at Hohenstein, creates reproducible, independent results, without human influence. The neutral data will help bra manufacturers and brands improve products and communicate verified claims.

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Research & Development

2024-02-15

DITF honored with JEC Composites Innovation Award

Hermann Finckh received the prestigious award in the category Equipment Machinery & Heavy Industries for the innovation MAXIMUM WEIGHT REDUCTION OF COMPOSITE TOOLS.

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Research & Development

2024-02-08

Hohenstein becomes part of the AI hotspot IPAI

The testing service provider and research partner Hohenstein is joining the Innovation Park for Artificial Intelligence (IPAI) in Heilbronn. The topic of artificial intelligence is nothing new for the company: there are already points of contact with AI applications in some interdisciplinary research projects. In addition, there is the cooperation with the Munich-based start-up Sizekick and its AI-based technology for size recommendations, which aims to reduce size-related returns in online fashion retail.

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Research & Development

2024-02-08

RPI researchers engineer bacteria that eat plastic, make multipurpose spider silk

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a strain of bacteria that can turn plastic waste into a biodegradable spider silk with multiple uses. Their new study marks the first time scientists have used bacteria to transform polyethylene plastic — the kind used in many single-use items — into a high-value protein product. That product, which the researchers call “bio-inspired spider silk” because of its similarity to the silk spiders use to spin their webs, has applications in textiles, cosmetics, and even medicine.

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Research & Development

2024-02-08

Navigating a renewable carbon future with the program of the CO?-Based Fuels and Chemicals Conference 2024

With a current capacity of over 1.3 million tonnes for CO2-based products and steadily growing demand, smart Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) technologies are helping to establish CO2 as a renewable carbon feedstock. Innovative technologies and materials are crucial to meet the increasing demand for fossil-free carbon, e.g. derived from CO2 or biomass, especially in the chemical and fuel sector.

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Research & Development

2024-02-01

SA-Dynamics wins KUER.NRW business plan competition 2023: bio-based aerogel fibres replace synthetic insulation materials

The Aachen-based start-up SA-Dynamics is developing sustainable, bio-based and biodegradable insulation materials made from aerogel fibres, thereby setting new standards in resource-saving construction. Dr Sascha Schriever (Institut für Textiltechnik ITA), Maximilian Mohr (ITA), Dr Jens Hofer (ITA Postdoc) and Dr Christian Schwotzer (Department for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering IOB), who trained at RWTH Aachen University, were awarded first place in the KUER.NRW Business Plan Competition 2023 and prize money of €6,000.

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Research & Development

2024-01-25

PAPIEREVENTS - Recyclable event and trade fair furniture made of paper

A lot of waste is generated in the trade fair and event industry. It makes sense to have furniture that can quickly be dismantled and stored to save space - or simply disposed of and recycled. Paper is the ideal raw material here: locally available and renewable. It also has an established recycling process. The German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) and their project partners have jointly developed a recycling-friendly modular system for trade fair furniture. The "PapierEvents" project was funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU).

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Research & Development

2024-01-18

Hohenstein releases 2023 sustainability report

With the publication of its sustainability report for 2023, testing provider Hohenstein is providing greater transparency. The report details sustainability efforts at its Boennigheim headquarters and targets for 2024.

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Research & Development

2024-01-18

Carpets - flame retardant and yet recyclable

Textile-based carpets with flame retardants reduce the risk of fire. Such carpets are used in large quantities in commercial buildings. However, it is difficult to recycle these materials because the carpets consist of several interconnected layers and the established flame retardants are usually ecologically problematic.

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Research & Development

2023-12-21

Looking back at the Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference 2023 in Dresden

On November 30th and December 01st 2023, the Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference took place in Dresden. 500 participants from Germany and abroad accepted the invitation to attend the event located at the International Congress Center.

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Research & Development

2023-12-21

Hohenstein and Under Armour present test kit for textile microfibre shedding

In cooperation with testing provider Hohenstein, Under Armour is launching a new fiber-shed test kit. It will help textile companies along the supply chain to develop lower shed materials. The companies can use the test kit on their own or commission Hohenstein to test in the lab.

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Research & Development

2023-12-21

Amelie Pörschmann wins 2023 DNFI Award

Amelie Pörschmann a student at Hochschule Hof, University of Applied Sciences, Hof/Kronach/Münchberg/Selb, Germany has won the 2023 Discover Natural Fibres Initiative Innovation Award for the development of The Regrow.

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Research & Development

2023-12-21

Towards advanced CO2 utilisation and a defossilisation of the chemical industry

Leading experts will be meeting at world’s hybrid key event in Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) from17-18 April 2024 in Cologne, Germany. The preliminary programme of the “CO?-based Fuels and Chemicals Conference 2024” is available now.

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Research & Development

2023-12-14

Young engineers honoured in Dresden

As part of the Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference in Dresden, the Chairman of the Walter Reiners Foundation of the VDMA, Peter D. Dornier, presented awards to four successful young engineers. Two promotion prizes and two sustainability prizes were awarded in the Bachelor and Diploma/Master categories. Academic works in which solutions for resource-saving products and technologies are developed are eligible for the sustainability prizes.

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Research & Development

2023-12-14

Self-driven and sustainable removal of oil spills in water using textiles

Researchers at the ITA, the University of Bonn and Heimbach GmbH have developed a new method for removing oil spills from water surfaces in an energy-saving, cost-effective way and without the use of toxic substances. The method is made possible by a technical textile that is integrated into a floating container. A single small device can remove up to 4 liters of diesel within an hour. This corresponds to about 100 m2 of oil film on a water surface.

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