International Convention
for Technical Textile and Soft Functional Materials

> May 16 & 17, 2018
Troyes, France

Preliminary conference program

Innovative functionalizations for new purposes

Wesnesday, May 16, 2018
10:20 - 11:00

Lecture 1: THE OUTLOOK IN TEXTILE

Benoit Savourat
President of la Chanvrière

  • As a model for sustainable development, industrial hemp is an exceptional crop that respects the environment, promoting all its co-products in the field of special papers, materials, mulching or food and feed.
  • Textile uses are in full revival thanks to the efforts made since 2011 by La Chanvrière: cotton fiber, combed-carded ribbon are 2 of the last innovations of La Chanvrière to allow to produce threads or reinforcements for the textile industry, clothing or composites.
  • This dynamic has been amplified in recent years by La Chanvrière, the leading European cooperative in hemp production, based in Bar sur Aube in connection with its 430 members growing 8,000 ha of hemp. It is part of the ongoing doubling of production capacity in Saint Lyé (10), which should be effective by the 2nd half of 2020. "

 

 
     
11:40 - 12:20

Lecture 2: THE DIGITAL TO AMPLIFY OUR USE OF TEXTILE

Christine Browaeys
Engineer « Texturgiste » - Director T3Nel

Artificial environments to help us on a daily basis
With the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), textile products can become interactive and collaborative. They create artificial environments that help us proactively and responsively.
Indeed, this digital continuity allows to simultaneously manage several levels of personal involvement, and therefore increases our ability to interact with the environment, bringing us a "virtual amplification" of reality.

A communicating material in which data are disseminated
The textile material can be conceived of as a complex network incorporating a lattice of micro-channels of fibers, like the veins and nerves that criss-cross the human body. Textile could therefore become intrinsically communicative and embark on intelligence. The fields of application are multiple: traceability, control and self-repairability, home automation...

Textile for more sensitive digital communication mode
It is the senses of sight and hearing that communications technology has sought to extend through the networks. But our perceptive being is composed of our body augmented by the space around it. Calculation and manipulation of data could create visual or tactile experiences transmitted remotely to the wearer of the smart garment.

 
     
15:40 - 16:20

Lecture 3: PROMOTING NATURAL TUNISIAN FIBERS IN TEXTILE AND PARA-TEXTILE APPLICATIONS

Jalel BEN HAJ KHALIFA
Cluster 2TS

Ramzi ZAMMALI
Cluster 2TS

Soufien DHOUIB
Tunisian Association of Textile Researchers

Mounir JAOUADI
Higher Institute of Technological Studies of Ksar Helal

Different Tunisian natural fibers have been the subject of in-depth research topics to determine the proper process for their extraction, characterization and enhancement in textile and para-textiles applications. This research concerns the agave, alfa, Kenaf and Tunisian camel loofah fibers.
The ultimate fibers of Agave show a unique micro-structure of helical type, very extensible, that can be valued in technical applications. Alfa Kenaf and Luffa fibers have great potential for industrial exploitation in consolidation applications of composite materials thanks to their good mechanical properties, their abundance and their relatively low cost price. An industrial machine was designed in the laboratory for the separation of camel fibers which has allowed for their exploitation on an industrial scale, for the production of yarns for the manufacture of textiles with attractive effect and high added value.

 
     
17:00 - 17:40

Lecture 4: DRY WAY FUNCTIONALIZATION OF TEXTILES -  EXAMPLES OF TECHNOLOGY AND APPLICATION

Isabelle FERREIRA
PhD, Research & Innovation Manager – Materials - Surface & Interface, IFTH
www.ifth.org

Michel HUET
Project Coordination Manager, Institut Carnot MICA
www.mica

Like many other sectors, textiles are moving more and more towards products with one or more functionalities. This corresponds both to a consumer demand while inducing an appreciation usually necessary to maintain competitiveness.
The entire Textile-Clothing sector is concerned, since this functionalization can be introduced at all stages of the sector: use of new fibers, implementation of appropriate textile structures, application of original formulations or new chemistries, use of breaking technologies, crafting textiles.
Dry way functionalization techniques are disruptive technologies, as opposed to traditional methods. These treatments are made without water, require less energy (no need to eliminate water) and a mastery of consumables. The textile products thus obtained are presented as new products, because of their mode of functionalization.
Will be presented some dry way functionalization technologies (principle, operation, interest) and possible uses in textile trades.

 
     
Thursday, May 17, 2018
10:20 - 11:00

Lecture ° 5: OPPORTUNITIES OF FUNCTIONALIZATION USING WARP KNITTED FABRIC

Nadège Boucard
PhD, R&D Manager
MDB Texinov-56 Route de Ferrossières-38354 La Tour du Pin
www.texinov.fr 

Isabelle FERREIRA
PhD, Research & Innovation Manager – Materials - Surface & Interface, IFTH
www.ifth.org 

The technical textiles sector is a fast-growing market regardless of the thread crossing technology used: weaving, knitting, braiding. Among all these technologies, warp knitted fabric technology has an important role to play, making it possible to obtain structures with very particular performances.

However, like many other sectors, technical textiles must nowadays be multifunctional, forcing technical textile manufacturers, including MDB Texinov, to diversify and complete its historical knitwear expertise through skills in materials, interfaces and chemistry, functionalization... and this in diversified market sectors: Geotextiles, Agrotextiles, Textiles for composite structures and textiles for medical devices.

The main function is provided by the material used to make the textile. This choice is decisive for satisfying primary functions. The warp knitted fabric offers the possibility of working with all types of materials: synthetic and / or natural polymers, metals, glass fibers / basalt / carbon, optical fibers for illuminated textiles...
The properties of the materials combined with the multiple possibilities of armor are a first matrix of choice. Some examples of innovative products from these many combinations will be presented.

However today we must multiply even more innovative ways to bring multifunctionality. This is why warp knitted fabrics are also good chemical functionalization supports in order to fix / graft molecules of interest or to convey active principles. The 3D structures obtained by the warp knitted fabric technology open in this area possibilities of performance. Some examples of products under development will be presented through MDB Texinov / IFTH collaborations.

 
     
11:40 - 12:20

Lecture 6: MULTILAYERS COMPLEXION TECHNIQUES

Pierre-Yves Jaubard
Business Development manager, HB Fuller

Working on multilayering now offers many opportunities to add new features to its products.
The speaker will present the textile markets and the different techniques for multifunctional multilayers complexes.

By deepening the following markets,

  • Technical clothing
  • Lingerie
  • Bonding with reactive films

The choices of adhesives and their modes of application will be detailed according to the specifications of the final product.

 
     
14:00 - 14:40

Lecture 7: ECOCONCEPTION AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY / RETEX PROJECT

Jeanne Meillier
R&D Engineer, UpTex

There is no textile to lose! - Make RETEX - www.dotheretex.eu

The UP-tex competitiveness cluster presents you with the RETEX project which aims to integrate the circular economy into the textile sector, by working on both recycling and eco-design.
RETEX is an ambitious Euroregional partnership funded by Interreg France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen that transcends the boundaries of textiles. How? By developing new collaborations, other business models, as well as sharing knowledge to generate added value. The goal is simple: reduce textile waste and stimulate innovation.
The project started in October 2016 and will end in September 2020.

The cluster will present the context and the description of the project with the partners involved on both sides of the Franco-Belgian border. After one year of project we were able to identify deposits of available textile materials (end-of-life textiles and production falls) on which we are working to develop processing routes and outlets. The subject will be illustrated by a state of the art in textile recycling highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of currently available or emerging technologies and opportunities considered. It is about creating "value chains", from material to article to develop a sector that will reduce waste through ecodesign and ways to recover these materials from recycling. The RETEX project is building links with other European projects that develop similar and complementary initiatives in the textile circular economy.

The cluster supports companies in their innovation strategy with many projects in the field of recycling.

 

May 16 & 17, 2018

17th edition