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Nine innovations receive Techtextil & Avantex award 2007

Jun '07
The Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Prizes have been awarded a total of nine times this year. The jury of international experts decided on six Techtextil Prizes and three Avantex Prizes, which will be presented to the winners during the official opening ceremony of the International Techtextil and Avantex Symposiums in Frankfurt am Main during the evening of 11 June.

The aim of the two Innovation Prizes is to draw attention to new ideas and advances in the field of high-tech textiles. The prizes aim to promote not only the transfer of new developments between research, industry and users but also to provide an opportunity for new networks to be established. Moreover, innovative products help open up new and promising markets for the textile sector.

One of the Techtextil Innovation Prizes falls in the category of new material developments, four in new areas of application and one in new products. All three Avantex Innovation Prizes relate to innovative apparel.

The Techtextil Innovation Prize 2007 is being awarded for the following projects:
Technical blade of grass: the potential areas of application for the bionically optimised composite fibre material lie in fields where there is a demand for tube-shaped structures, e.g, in the aerospace, auto¬mobile, building and apparatus-engineering sectors, as well as for medical purposes, such as prosthetics.

Prize winners: Dr. Markus Milwich, Prof. Heinrich Planck, Dr. Thomas Stegmaier, Institute for Textile Technology and Process Engineering, Denkendorf (Germany), Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck, Dr. Olga Speck, Plant Biomechanics Group, University of Freiburg (Germany).

Intelligent impact protection: this textile is an alternative to hard armouring and becomes solid at the moment of impact. As long as protection is not required, the textile permits freedom of movenment.

Prize winners: Dr. Liz Mallen, Dr. Steve Robson, Graham Budden, Rich Sibbick, Dow Corning Corporation, Barry (Great Britain).

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