Nano-Tex Develops Nanotechnology-Based Treatments for Textiles - Read This and More in August 2005 Issue of Performance Apparel Markets
More than a thousand organisations working at the forefront of innovative textiles took advantage of the opportunity recently afforded by the Avantex and Techtextil exhibitions, held in Frankfurt on June 7-9, 2005. This was the first time that the two exhibitions had been run jointly. Many companies launched new products and promoted their ranges of existing lines while others exhibited future developments and prototypes. Avantex is an international forum for innovative apparel textiles. It focuses on the latest developments and trends in intelligent garments and clothing with additional functionality. The motto for Avantex 2005 was "face your visions-discover the future of clothing". The event attracted 41 exhibitors from nine countries, including 13 from Germany, ten from Portugal, six from the UK, five from Switzerland, three from Italy and one each from Taiwan, Sweden, Hong Kong and the USA.
“face your visions-discover the future of clothing”
-- Product developments and innovations
-- Fibres and yarns for performance apparel
-- Fabrics and membranes for performance apparel
-- Wearable technology
-- Fabric treatments
-- Smart fabrics
-- Sports apparel
-- Flame resistant fibres and fabrics
Smart and interactive textiles
In 20 years' time clothes made from smart and interactive textiles which can think for themselves may be commonplace. Such textiles have integrated technology or have new functions or capabilities. Some of the key methods which are being used and developed for smart textiles in performance apparel are wearable electronics, nanotechnology, phase change materials, and shape memory materials. Applications range from the highly complex life support systems to the convenient or fun, and from life saving military uniforms to stain resistance or entertainment on the go. Currently, the market for smart and interactive textiles is in its infancy. According to the US technology market research and strategy consulting firm Venture Development Corporation (VDC), it was worth about US$340 mn in 2004. At present, many products are being launched in search of a market. The main areas of focus for smart and interactive textiles are the military, healthcare, and performance sportswear. Within the next few years, however, rapid growth within these sectors is likely to double the size of the overall market for smart and interactive textiles. A large proportion of the funding for research and development comes from governments in Europe, Asia and notably the USA. Much of the US government funding is being ploughed into developing a military uniform capable of looking after the wearer and the uniform itself. But developments in this field also have commercial uses in other sectors such as medical and sportswear. Numerous companies from a diverse range of backgrounds--such as communications, textiles and science--are vying for attention in this market. Their future success hinges on effective collaboration between professionals from a wide range of disciplines.
Profile of Nano-Tex: a leader in nanotechnology-based textile treatments
Nano-Tex develops nanotechnology-based treatments for textiles, licenses mills to use those treatments, and provides them with the chemistry which enables them to apply the treatments to fabrics. The treatments include spill and stain resistance, moisture management and anti-static capability. Because they are based on nanotechnology, the treatments form part of the fabric and do not affect the natural look and feel of the material. The company combines strength in science with commercial awareness to ensure that its products satisfy the requirements of some of the largest and fastest growing segments of the apparel industry. More than 100 leading apparel and interior furnishing brands around the world use its treatments. So far Nano-Tex has relied on venture backing to fund its seven-year development. However, it has no shortage of potential investors. As performance apparel moves beyond the traditional areas of outerwear and activewear into everyday clothing, the company is well placed to continue its growth and retain its lead in the field of nanotechnology based textile treatments.
-- Business update
-- Joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution agreements
-- Mergers, acquisitions and divestments
-- Sports participation
-- Financial results
-- Trade fairs and conferences
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