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Govt to further development of technical textile & nonwoven sector
Oct '09
The first China International Forum for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens will be held in Shanghai on 22 October 2009 at the Purple Mountain Hotel and will run parallel to the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics taking place from 20 – 23 October 2009. Featuring a panel of international experts, the Forum will provide an invaluable opportunity for networking amongst trade professionals.

This is a precursor event to Cinte Techtextil China, Asia's leading technical and nonwoven textile trade fair which will take place next year from 19 – 21 October 2010 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, again in parallel with Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics.

Over the last 20 years, China's consumption of technical and nonwoven textiles has increased annually by 10% and 30% respectively. In 2008, the total output of China's technical textile industry was 6,062,000 tons, while imports of technical textiles were up 14% on the year before. Going forward, the demand for such items will only increase as the Chinese government's Revitalisation of The Textile Industry Adjustment Plan seeks to promote the application of technical textiles as an important component of its textile industry. The plan outlines efforts to speed-up the development of industrial technical textiles over the next three to five years, and will focus on water conservancy, transportation, construction, agriculture, medical and environmental protection.

Industry heavyweights to introduce new technologies and applications
Facilitating new business cooperation opportunities through the exchanging of ideas and market intelligence, industry experts, entrepreneurs and academics will share their knowledge
of new technologies and applications in the areas of medical and health textiles, eco-friendly textiles, intelligent textiles, transportation and green energy-related textiles. Highlights of the forum include:
- Stretchable and washable electronics for integration in textiles.
Speaker: Mr Thomas Vervust, department Center for MicroSystem Technologies, Ghent University, Belgium

- A new approach to small intestine replacement by textile composite materials.
Speaker: Mr Thorsten Deichmann, Head of Department Medical Textiles/Biomaterials, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

- High strength PLA meltdown for use as wipes and filters.
Speaker: Mr Larry Wadsworth, University of Tennessee and U.S. Pacific Nonwovens Industry Ltd, U.S.A

- General trend of China technical textiles and nonwovens.
Speaker: Zhu Minru, China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association

- Personal protective equipment and intelligent textiles.
Speaker: Shi Meiwu, The Quartermaster Equipment Institute of the General Logistics Department of the PLA

- Application and development for geosynthetics in construction
engineering of China.
Speaker: Bao Chenggang, Yangtze River Scientific Research Institute

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