Techtextil highlights innovations in the growing Mobiltech sector

Last month, the biennial Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, attracted 1,322 exhibitors from 48 countries, a 10% increase over the previous event in 2011, while the number of visitors at 27,500 from 97 countries also amounted to a 10% increase.

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Collision protection and self-healing structures

While some people enthuse about the “steel of the 21st century”, others warn against expecting too much from the use of carbon fibre materials in large-scale motor vehicle production for reasons of technology and cost.

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Sustainability and functionalisation discussed at IFATCC congress

At the 23rd triennial congress of the International Federation of Associations of Textile Chemists and Colourists (IFATCC), held in Budapest, Hungary, the main topic was the development of textile chemical processes targeted towards environmentally and consumer friendly technologies.

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VIAM Manufacturing to expand production facility

VIAM Manufacturing’s facility in Manchester, Tennessee, USA, plans to add 75 new jobs and expand by 3,400 m2.

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Desso designs sustainable carpets for KLM Business Class

Desso has designed a special carpet for KLM for its newly refurbished World Business Class. The carpet was developed in partnership with the design studio of Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. From July, the carpet will be installed on board the aircraft, starting with the 22 Boeing 747s.

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Japanese car makers recall 3.4m vehicles for Takata airbag flaw

Four Japanese automakers, including Toyota and Nissan, are recalling 3.4m vehicles sold worldwide because airbags supplied by Takata are at risk of catching fire or injuring passengers.

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High-tech fibres for cars and aircraft

Manufacturers of cars and aircraft are committed to the use of fibre reinforced plastics. The common denominator here is technical textiles, with fibres made from carbon, aramid, glass and sustainable raw materials providing the backbone for many duroplastic and thermoplastic materials.

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Future demands in innovative automobile and aircraft seating

Future demands in automotive and aircraft seating, smart and lightweight textiles, and the benefits and costs of using lightweight materials were the main themes of the recent Innovative Seating 2013 conference held in Bonn, Germany, and organised by IQPC.

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TRW unveils seatbelt concept at Geneva Motor Show

TRW Automotive Holdings revealed a new seatbelt concept in collaboration with Rinspeed at last month’s Geneva Motor Show.

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Johnson Controls expands interiors facility in South Africa

Johnson Controls has announced the expansion of its interiors plant in East London, South Africa. The East London plant currently supplies interior components, including headliners and instrument panels for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It will create 200 new jobs and will also supply door panels in the future. The new building has 13,000 m2 of space for three assembly lines.

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