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AT Europe showcases exciting new textile technologies
Aug '11
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.

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, IFAI.

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.

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