Interview with Eugene Deleplanque

Eugene Deleplanque
Eugene Deleplanque
Dickson Group
Dickson Group

How can you say that Dickson is No 1 in outdoor technical textiles?

In 1969, the Dickson textile mill merged with the Eugene Constant weaving company, operating in Lille since 1913. The union between these two French protagonists of the French textile scene led to the birth of a dynamic, innovative company, which quickly established a reputation as the benchmark for quality awning fabrics. In 1998, Dickson joined the American group, Glen Raven, the world's No.1 for outdoor fabric. The resulting technical and marketing synergies enabled the company to provide its customers with top quality customized service all around the world.

How can outdoor technical textiles be used in solar protection, outdoor living spaces, interior decorating and boating equipment?

Applications are numerous *Solar protection: fixed awning, drop arm awning, Pergola, exterior velum, sail shade, conservatory blind *Outdoor living spaces: outdoor seats, cushions, curtains, parasols *Indoor living spaces: cushions, blinds, curtains, bed covers, seats, floor coverings *Boating: spray hood, fly bridge, dodgers, campure enclosures, console covers, winter covers, cushions

What newer applications of outdoor technical textiles will contribute significantly in coming years for the industry?

We have developed special finishes for instance in the Orchestra Max, which are produced with self-cleaning technologies, and protect in all circumstances. We find that more and more specific qualities are being looked for in the higher segment market. Also, we are with our technology contributing in a very important way to the improvement of energy efficiency in buildings. Thanks to our continuous work and commitment, solar shading is now considered as an essential building technology and is moving to solar management including smart technology. "Energy consumption for cooling is expected to increase sharply by 2050 - by almost 150% globally, and by 300% to 600% in developing countries" says the International Energy Agency in a recent publication (Technology Roadmap Energy Efficient Building Envelopes, December 2013) and it concludes, among other 'key findings and actions', that "new office buildings should be fitted with integrated facade systems that optimize daylight while minimizing energy requirements for heating, cooling, artificial lighting and peak electricity use. Exterior shading, proper orientation and dynamic solar control should become standard features globally in new buildings and can also be applied to existing buildings; in new buildings, window-to-wall ratios can also be optimized. Pilot projects have demonstrated that such systems can enable energy savings of up to 60% for lighting, 20% for cooling and 26% for peak electricity".
Published on: 31/03/2014

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