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Lille Region: creating tomorrow’s textiles

08 Nov 2012 | A region on the move, Advanced Materials

The European Centre for Innovative Textiles (CETI) is the world’s newest research and prototyping center for innovative textiles—a market projected to grow 21% by 2017.

The only platform of its kind in Europe, CETI uses cutting-edge technologies to develop new applications for smart textiles. Unlike other research centers, it steps up the pace of innovation, using creative techniques to develop new solutions from existing practices.

In Phase 1, its current configuration, CETI uses a spinning machine to develop tomorrow’s high-performance fibers—a critical component in ultrafiltration, medical devices, soundproofing and other applications. Worldwide, there are only four machines like it. Meanwhile, the Center’s nonwovens equipment combines technologies in new ways to develop innovative industrial solutions. As CETI moves into Phase 2 in 2013 and 2014, it will focus on manufacturing processes—knitting, weaving and braiding—for the composite and technical fabric markets.

Already CETI is positioning itself as a one-of-a-kind resource with global reach. Its existing equipment rivals that of the Nonwovens Institute, a cooperative textile research and innovation center based in Raleigh in the United States and backed by over 60 major corporations. When Phase 2 is rolled out, CETI will truly come into its own, combining high-tech equipment and cutting-edge research unequalled anywhere in the world.

The Center’s opening was attended by textile luminaries including Arnold Wilkie of Hills, Inc. and Hideki Hoshiro of the Japan Chemical Fiber Association. The program included high-level roundtables and the launch of the Futurotextiles exhibition introducing newcomers to the amazing world of textiles.

 

Source : CETI

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