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Discover the latest research and innovation in the nonwovens sector at the Nonwovens Innovation Academy (NIA)

The NIA is a 2-day conference and tabletops exhibition bringing together academics, students, scientists, engineers and industry experts. The aim is to encourage the sharing of knowledge, research and developments that will support the innovation and growth in the nonwovens and related industries.

Many activities are offered throughout the conference to provide the best breeding ground for innovation, innovation roundtables, a guided tour of the hosting institute facilities, a tabletop exhibitions dedicated to the presentation of Centers of Excellence and a posters area designed by R&D students showcasing academic projects. 

The organisation rotates between nonwovens centres of excellence, with an initial focus on Europe, and particular emphasis on the host’s area of expertise and current research projects. Any research or academic institute or university department interested, is invited to join this network.

“As ever, the value of the Nonwovens Innovation Academy lies in sharing perspectives of various aspects of nonwovens with fellow researchers and industry representatives from across Europe and indeed beyond”
Steven Russell, Director Nonwovens Research Group, University of Leeds

“Subjects presented in the poster session were largely very topical and ultimately of real societal value, from cleaner air filtration, to regenerative spinal cord media, and improved fire protective wear to self-learning optimisation processes that can be used to optimise multiple process operationsEamonn Tighe, Business Development Manager, NatureWorks

Behnam Pourdeyhimi
Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, Executive Director
The Nonwovens Institute
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Amit Rawal has obtained his Ph.D in technical textiles from The University of Bolton, UK. He also received Masters of Philosophy from The University of Manchester, UK.

He is a recipient of Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers for carrying out the research work in the area of nonwovens in Germany. Recently, he has been awarded Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship to initiate collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. In addition, he has received numerous awards including Young Researcher Fellowship from prestigious M.I.T, Cambridge for exemplary research in Computational Mechanics, Fellowship of the Textile Institute, CSIR special research award and Outstanding Young Faculty Fellowship by Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD). Currently, he is working as Professor at the Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi.

He has published more 100 publications in various journals and conferences in the field of nonwoven and braided materials. He has developed various three-dimensional (3D) analytical models for predicting geometrical, mechanical and wetting properties of various nonwoven and allied structures. His research interests  are not only limited to structure, mechanics and wetting behavior of textile and allied materials but also focused on the structure-property relationship of: carbon nanotube sponges, electrospun mats, low surface energy superhydrophobic fibrous mats, geotextiles, composites, auxetic, piezoresistive and piezoelectric materials. 


Wednesday, 16 October
14.40 - 15.25
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Nonwovens: sustainability – challenges and opportunities

  • Sustainability
  • New Materials – Opportunities and challenges
  • PLA, PBS, PHA, PHB, PCL
Jonas Broening
Scientific Researcher
Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University
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Study of mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, with specialization in development and design engineering. After graduating in the summer of 2018 with a masters degree, start of working as a scientific researcher at the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, short ITA.

Currently working in the field of nonwovens, with specialization in natural fibers and sustainability. Also working with recycled carbon fibers in nonwoven applications. Composites consisting in part of nonwovens of the named materials are also part of the work.


Thursday, 17 October
09.25 - 09.50
MATERIALS & RECYCLING

Sizing? No, thanks. compensating the process of resizing recycled carbon fibers

  • Using recycled carbon fibers as high performance material
  • Modified matrix materials for recycled carbon fibers without sizing
  • Ways to compensate the sizing of carbon fibers
  • Production of rCF-nonwovens and sheets
  • Outlook into the future of rCF
Muhammad Cheema
Ph.D. Student
University of Bolton / National Textile University of Pakistan
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I have conducted a Ph.D. in Technical Textiles at the University of Bolton from 2013 until 2017. My thesis was about the development of hydroentangled nonwoven structures for fashion garments. 

The apparel fabric manufacturing is a growing sector of the global textile industry and the fabrics used in this market are mainly produced by the conventional methods such as weaving and knitting processes. These methods of making apparel fabrics are length and costly. However, because of the advancements in nonwoven technology, nonwoven fabrics are finding a niche market in the clothing industry because of its cost effectiveness and high speeds of nonwoven production processes. We have carried out an extensive study on the development of apparel-like nonwoven fabrics. The resultant hydroentangled fabrics showed improved drape, hand feel, durability and thermophysiological comfort characteristics for apparel applications. Results of the study also showed that the developed hydroentangled nonwoven fabrics showed nearly 200% higher tensile strength than woven fabrics. Furthermore, it also showed improved air permeability. Thus the results of the study indicate that the resultant nonwoven fabrics may be used in a wide range of apparel applications as outer fabric, which can lead to additional benefits in terms of cost and time.

During my PhD, I have also attended seminars, conferences and laboratory training and delivered lectures at universities internationally.   


Thursday, 17 October
14.15 - 14.40
APPLICATION

Durable hydroentangled nonwoven fabric for clothing applications

  • Active role of advanced techniques of nonwoven fabrics in apparel applications
  • Comparison of hydroentangled apparel fabrics with conventional woven fabrics
  • Applications of developed hydroentangled fabrics in clothing industries
Frederik Cloppenburg
Head of Research Group Nonwoven Technology
Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University
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Frederik Cloppenburg graduated with a master degree in industrial engineering at RWTH Aachen University (Germany). He has specialised on textile machinery and engineering. He works the institute for textile technology of RWTH Aachen University (ITA) since June 2014.

His personal research in public funded projects and confidential research projects focuses on the next level automation of nonwoven production processes and the processing of alternative materials. Topic of his PhD thesis is the application of artificial intelligence algorithms on nonwoven cards.

Since 2016 Frederik Cloppenburg leads the research group for staple fibre based nonwovens at ITA. Frederik Cloppenburg is responsible for the research group nonwoven technology at ITA. He shapes the scientific profile of the research group and represents the group towards other universities and the industry.

In 2018 he transformed the research group into a division within the ITA group, working closely together with Prof. Stefan Schlichter in Augsburg. Since 2019 he represents all digitisation topics in the ITA group.

Discover his latest research here


Wednesday, 16 October
17.00 - 17.25
NONWOVENS TECHNOLOGY

Optimization of the carding process based on big data analytics

  • Multidimensional optimization problem in the nonwoven production (quality vs. production cost)
  • Measurement system of quality data, machine settings and surrounding conditions during the process
  • Modelling, simulation and optimization of the product quality and production cost
Martin Dauner
Dr.-Ing - Head of Filament Yarn Technologies, Nonwoven Technologies
Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF)
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Martin Dauner has been managing the research department of filament yarn and nonwoven technologies at DITF since 2000.

His misson: building up of demonstration plants for filament yarn and nonwoven and the development of new or modified nonwoven technologies  Industrial research and small scale production 


Thursday, 17 October
13.25 -13.50
MEDICAL

Designing nonwovens implants

  • Nonwoven implants define space, host tissue or forming a cell barrier.
  • Accordingly, pore size, porosity, drape-ability are more important than strength.
  • The implications of the unconventional needs will be presented based on a current development.
  • The production technology is miniaturized but versatile and in first line easy to clean.
Johann Philipp Dilo
CEO
DiloGroup
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Wednesday, 16 October
15.25 – 15.50
NONWOVENS TECHNOLOGY

“Microneedling” – Intensive needling through highest needle densities and Ffnest barbs – Future alternative to water entanglement

  • Needling instead of water entanglement
  • Crosslapped batt versus carded web
  • MD: CD = 1 : 1
  • No water consumption, low energy requirement
  • Reduced investment
Patrick Engel
Scientific Researcher
Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut (STFI)
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Patrick Engel is a scientific employee at the Saxon textile research institute in Chemnitz/Germany. He is responsible for research projects in the textile sector and the processing of technical nonwovens. During his two years of employment in the institute, he worked with various technical textiles, made of nonwoven material.

In his first research project he developed carrier nonwovens for adhesive tapes, which are used in the automotive sector. The focus of his research is now on biobased fibres for technical applications. For example he managed research projects with the aim of developing acoustic absorbers made of viscose fibres or biobased filtration material for oil absorption.

During the NIA 2019 in Denkendorf, Patrick will present the results of his research work with acoustic absorbent nonwovens made of biobased fibres in a lecture that will take place on 17th October in the afternoon. He will also present results and demonstrator material from his project “nonwoven-based carrier materials for technical adhesive tapes” at the institute´s tabletop.


Thursday, 17 October
15.10 - 15.35
APPLICATION

Structured fibers for porous nonwoven absorber

  • Basics about acoustic, absorption
  • Necessity and aptitude of nonwovens
  • Computation of the acoustic parameters
  • Influence of the fiber parameters (diameter, section, surface etc.) on the sound absorption coefficient
Raphael Geiger
Assistant Professor
University of Southern Denmark
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With passion for composites and manufacturing processes, Raphael Geiger is assistant professor at the University of southern Denmark, SDU. He is heading a 300 sqm composite lab within the Danish drone centre to manufacture composite drones and develop composite production technology. His research is aiming for efficient manufacturing of high performant parts and to increase sustainability within composite manufacturing. Within education he is lecturing about composite materials, applied drone manufacturing as well as advanced materials and manufacturing technologies.  

In his previous position at Spiri ApS, his mission was to manufacture the carbon composite body of Spiri’s electric vehicle on a global scale. As head of composites he was responsible for the composites team. He coordinated manufacturing the carbon composite body structure of the Spiri vehicle with design, matching cost and weight targets, including structural design and composite production processes. Regarding mass manufacturing he cooperated and coordinated international partners and suppliers within EU and global. 

His career started at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in the field of lightweight production, additive manufacturing and functional materials. As a project manager for several years, he leads several projects with large automotive OEM companies as well as publicly funded projects. He contributed to patents, including the “3D fibre printer” manufacturing process. As deputy group leader he coordinated the additive manufacturing research group.  

While studying process engineering at Stuttgart University he focused on thermodynamics at the Institute of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, ITW in Stuttgart and textile processes at the Institute of Textile Technology and Process Engineering ITV in Denkendorf. As final project he built a “hydrofoil sailing boat” made from ultralight carbon fibre, which was awarded with an innovation prize, in the category technical textiles in 2010.  


Thursday, 17 October
13.50 – 14.15
APPLICATION

Sustainable drones – drone-wing production from bio-thermoplastic composites based on 3D needle-punching fabric

  • Drones
  • Thermoplastic bio composites
  • Nonwoven
  • Composite manufacturing
Parikshit Goswami
Director of Technical Textile Research Centre
University of Huddersfield
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Professor Parikshit Goswami (BSc (Tech), MSc, PhD, MRSC, ASDC, C Col, FTI, CText, CMgr, MCMI, FHEA) completed bachelor’s degree in textile technology and then worked within different industries, including a world-leading third-party textile testing and quality certification company. Subsequently, he did his MSc in Advanced Textile and Performance Clothing and his PhD from the University of Leeds. Professor Goswami is the Director of Technical Textiles Research Centre and was the Head of Department of Fashion and Textiles at the University of Huddersfield. Prior to joining the University of Huddersfield, Professor Goswami was the Director of Research and Innovation at the School of Design, University of Leeds and he leads the Fibre and Fabric Functionalisation Research Group.

Professor Goswami’s domains of research are product development using flexible materials and application of chemistry for functionalising textiles. Professor Goswami manages a large profile of research concerned with fibre/polymer science, nonwovens, medical textiles (implantable materials and non-implantable materials), sustainable materials (fundamentally understand the properties of new material), application and development of nano/submicron fibres for novel applications, and plasma treatment for functionalising textiles and textile chemistry. He is a member of Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), Education, Qualifications and Accreditation Board (EQAB), and is a member of EDANA’s R&D working group.


Wednesday, 16 October
17.50 - 18.15
NONWOVENS TECHNOLOGY

Nonwovens as a tool to a sustainable topical innovations

  • New materials and new applications from a sustainability perspective
  • Clean chemistry for nonwovens
  • Cellulose and other polysaccharides for nonwovens
Dietmar Hietel
Head of Department Transport Processes
Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM
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I have studied Mathematics in Darmstadt at the university of technology. After the diploma in 1987 I worked there at the department of mathematics and got my Ph.D. with focus on scientific computing in 1991. In 1996 I changed from a post-doc position in Darmstadt to Kaiserslautern, Germany.

At the institute for industrial mathematics – Fraunhofer since 2001 – I have been one of the first employees. I have built up the field fluid-structure interaction.

Since 2003 I have been vice head and since 2016 I am head of the department transport processes. Our work confirms permanently that mathematics is technology – the slogan of Fraunhofer ITWM. Modelling and simulation for fiber and nonwoven processes is a permanently increasing topic for us.


Thursday, 17 October
11.10 - 11.35
SPINNING TECHNOLOGY

Modeling and simulation of meltblown processes for fine fiber nonwovens

  • Breakthrough in physical modeling and simulation of spinning processes for meltblown nonwovens
  • Deep understanding of upper uniaxial drawing and additional stochastic stretching by coupling with turbulent air flow
  • Analysis concerning resulting fibre diameter distribution and laydown behavior
  • Optimization potential concerning designated mean and spread in fibre diameter distribution
Karin Lindqvist
Researcher
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
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With background in chemical engineering Karin Lindqvist has worked in the field of Materials Science and Chemical processes for more than 30 years. Environmentally sustainable processes and recycling has been of increasingly importance in her work for more than 10 years.

Plastics, Textile and Nonwoven Recycling through depolymerization is a topic of growing interest which also has become Karins specialization. Scientific studies in this field with development of the processes has recently led to demonstrations of new applications based on recycled nonwoven as raw material.


Thursday, 17 October
09.50 - 10.15
MATERIALS & RECYCLING

Chemical recycling of textile waste and nonwoven by depolymerization through glycolysis

  • Production waste was successfully depolymerized with high yield using an inorganic catalyst
  • Carbon black pigments and other contaminations could be separated from the monomer in the process
  • Analyses show high purity of the obtained white monomer
  • Re-polymerization results in PET suitable for melt spinning of new polyester fibers
Christian Möbitz
Scientific Researcher
Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University
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Christian Möbitz studied Mechanical Engineering with a focus on plastics technology (especially injection moulding and foam injection moulding) at Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung an der RWTH Aachen University, Germany. After his degree in 2014, he joined the “Institut für Textiltechnik’s” department of Spinning Preparation / Nonwoven Technology.

His focus is on automation, energy efficiency and electronical functionalization as well as new materials. Christian Möbitz is currently tasked with research and development projects in the field of image processing, machine learning, energy efficiency, electromagnetic shielding using carbon fibre nonwovens as well as process and fibre development.

His PhD-Thesis will be finished by 2020, discussing possibilities for increased energy efficiency of pneumatic fibre transport systems.


Wednesday, 16 October
15:50 - 16.15
NONWOVENS TECHNOLOGY

Self-optimizing efficiency in pneumatic staple fibre transport by development of innovative measurement

  • Pneumatic fibre transport in nonwoven production causes high energy consumption and is mostly operated at 100%
  • Research has been done to measure the transport quality using innovative measurement
  • Based on transport quality, transport fan speed can be lowered to save at least 30 % of energy
  • Industrial trials have been performed for validation
Ting Yang Nilsson
Senior Scientist Textiles
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
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Dr. Ting Yang Nilsson is a senior scientist at group Textile at Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) IVF, Mölndal, Sweden. She received her PhD degree in polymer engineering at Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, 2012. She joined RISE IVF 2016 and retain as an adjunct principal research engineer at Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University, Sweden.

In research institute, she has learned various fiber spinning techniques and focuses on using cellulose based materials for solution blown nonwoven for medical and organic electronics applications. In academia, her research focuses on lignin and cellulose for organic electronics. Ting enjoys the beautiful west coast of Sweden and kayaks around the Gothenburg archipelago.


Thursday, 17 October
11.10 - 11.35
SPINNING TECHNOLOGY

Solution blown: the novel versatile technique for crosslinking hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) hydrogel nonwoven and Mmcrocapsules cellulose nonwoven

HPC nonwoven and crosslinked HPC hydrogel nonwoven

  • Preparation of the HPC hydrogel nonwoven
  • Characterization and analysis of the microstructures of fibers of hydrogel nonwoven, swelling and wetting behavior

Microcapsules cellulose nonwoven

  • Candidate solution blown nonwoven systems for introducing microcapsules in the cellulose-based nonwoven
  • Introducing model and active substances encapsulated microcapsules in nonwoven fibers
Heather Owston
Research Fellow
Clothworkers Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare - University of Leeds
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Thursday, 17 October
13.00 - 13.25
MEDICAL

Nonwoven-hydrogel membrane technologies for spinal cord and orthopaedic tissue regeneration 

  • Clinically led development of nonwoven electrospun membranes
  • Tuning of fibre alignment to drive neurite extension and inclusion of neural cells into a hydrogel for spinal cord applications
  • Development of a barrier membrane, with random fibre alignment allowing for spontaneous mesenchymal stem cell alignment for surgical treatment of critical size bone defects
Dr. Amit Rawal
Professor
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
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Amit Rawal has obtained his Ph.D in technical textiles from The University of Bolton, UK. He also received Masters of Philosophy from The University of Manchester, UK. He is a recipient of Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers for carrying out the research work in the area of nonwovens in Germany.

Recently, he has been awarded Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship to initiate collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. In addition, he has received numerous awards including Young Researcher Fellowship from prestigious M.I.T, Cambridge for exemplary research in Computational Mechanics, Fellowship of the Textile Institute, CSIR special research award and Outstanding Young Faculty Fellowship by Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD).

Currently, he is working as Professor at the Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi. He has published more 100 publications in various journals and conferences in the field of nonwoven and braided materials. He has developed various three-dimensional (3D) analytical models for predicting geometrical, mechanical and wetting properties of various nonwoven and allied structures. His research interests  are not only limited to structure, mechanics and wetting behavior of textile and allied materials but also focused on the structure-property relationship of: carbon nanotube sponges, electrospun mats, low surface energy superhydrophobic fibrous mats, geotextiles, composites, auxetic, piezoresistive and piezoelectric materials. 


Thursday, 17 October
15.35 - 16.00
APPLICATION

Carbon nanotube sensors for structural health monitoring of nonwoven materials

  • Ensembles of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) decorated on the glass fiber based nonwoven materials were prepared and optimized using a vacuum filtration process
  •   Real-time in situ monitoring of damage evolution in nonwoven materials using network of carbon nanotubes
  • Sensing the evolution of various types of nonwoven damages (horizontal cut, inclined cut, vertical cut) by network of carbon nanotubes
Matthias Renka
Technical Service Manager
Synthomer Deutschland
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After his apprenticeship at Henkel KGaA - Düsseldorf in summer 2002, Mr. Matthias Renka started his further education at the vocational school Stadtmitte in Mülheim a.d.R., which he finished in 2005 as state certified chemistry technician. Additionally, he obtained in January 2009 his BSc. in Chemistry & Biotechnology from the Niederrhein University of Applied Science - Krefeld, Germany.

Mr. Matthias Renka started his professional career at Alberdingk-Boley GmbH – Krefeld in February 2009, where he worked as R&D Scientist for Acrylic- and Polyurethane dispersions in the field of Adhesives. In July 2010 he switched to GER aquapolymer GmbH – Würselen, where he was head of Technical Service and R&D for Adhesives, Construction & Coatings.

In July 2013 Mr. Matthias Renka joined Synthomer Deutschland GmbH – Marl, where he held several positions in Sales and Technical Service for Adhesives. Since 2018 he is Technical Service Manager Textiles in the SBU Functional Solutions / Industry Segment Textiles.

Mr. Matthias Renka is the co-patentee for several patents in the adhesive and textile sector. Additionally, he held some publications and conference papers on various aspects of pressure sensitive adhesives and technical textiles. 


Wednesday, 16 October
17.25 - 17.50
NONWOVENS TECHNOLOGY

Tackling the formaldehyde challenge: new latex binder innovation for technical textiles

  • Why formaldehyde emission is critical and where it is coming from?
  • Why crosslinking is necessary and what benefits it brings?
  • Introduction of novel FA-free self-crosslinking platform for various chemistries
  • Proof of concept using application examples
  • Outline the advantages for the nonwovens industry
Anjum Saleem
Scientific Researcher
Hochschule Kaiserslautern
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Licentiate of Science (Technology), Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Scientific research coworker at University of Applied Sciences,Kaiserslautern since March 2017

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Luisa A. Medina
Professor at the Department of Textile Engineering in University of Applied Sciences, Kaiserslautern since 2016.


Thursday, 17 October
09.00 - 09.25
MATERIALS & RECYCLING

Bast/ basalt fibre hybrid structures as reinforcement in polymers to improve the mechanical performance profile of natural fiber reinforced composites

  • Thermoset and thermoplastic composites with bast and basalt fibers
  • Manufacturing
  • Tensile, flexural and energy absorption properties analysis
Dr. Thomas Stegmaier
Dr.-Ing - Head of Technical Textiles, Surface Technology, Environmental Technologies, Bionics Coordinator
Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF)
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Study at the University in Stuttgart in Mechanical Engineering with main topics in Automation / Control systems and Textile Technology.

Since 1999 coordinator of the “Centre of Excellence for Technical Textiles Denkendorf”, 

Head of research groups “Technical Textiles / Surface Treatment / Environmental Technology / Bionics” at DITF Denkendorf

2015 Habilitation at Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT)

Involved in several German and European working circles and scientific committees.

Vice president of the “International Society of Bionic Engineering - ISBE”


Thursday, 17 October
16.00 - 16.25
APPLICATION

Development of biomimetic simulation-based textile structures for novel solutions for moisture evaporation, separation and supply of plants in greenhouse

  • Biomimetic
  • Solar collector, water evaporation, condensation, water storage, capillary forces, greenhouse, water circle
Ingo Windschiegl
Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF)
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Since 2013, Ingo Windschiegl has been a  Research associate at ITV Denkendorf in nonwoven and filament yarn technologies. 

His main responsabilities are meltblow, centrifuge spinning, solutionblow, calendering, water-jet entangling

He followed a Master of Science in Process Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. 


Thursday, 17 October
10.45 - 11.10
SPINNING TECHNOLOGY

High temperature webs go to finest fibres

  • Meltblow webs of PPS and PEEK with new exxon type die concept to reduce fiber size within increasing polymer throughput
  • New nozzle concept with single die quenching compared to meltblow
  • Impact of water entangling vs. calendaring regarding advantages for different applications
Activities

Many activities are proposed throughout the conference to provide the best breeding ground for innovation: 

Innovation roundtables 

Get inspired by industry’s leading experts and innovate together around a table with a coffee! 
Discover the 6 guest speakers and their topic for discussion here

The roundtables are a powerful way of communicating, triggering interesting exchanges and learning about innovation, its opportunities and challenges. Six tables, each of them animated by a respected industry professional who will share during maximum 5 minutes their views, learnings, best practices, insights on one idea,challenge or opportunity pertaining to an innovative product, service or process their company deals with. Another 10 minutes is then devoted to questions or sharing of the participants around the table.

 

 

Guided Tour of DITF Research Laboratories

Join us for a guided tour of the DITF facilities, led by experienced staff working in nonwovens to learn more about nonwoven technologies and innovative developments in areas of urban living, filtration, medical, composites and technical textiles in general.  The DITF form the largest textile research center in Europe with more than 300 scientific and technical staff. Covering an area of more than 25,000 m², the DITF work right across the textile production and value chains. Since 1921, we have been across all the major fields within textiles. We are among the leading research institutions worldwide. We carry out applied research across the entire production chain. Through product and technology-oriented innovations and modern management concepts, we contribute to the competitiveness and safeguarding of the German and European economies. From brainstorming all the way through materials research, prototype and production process development to pilot production and testing, we are an important R&D partner for both industrial and service enterprises. We are a major source of innovative know-how, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises who do not have their own R&D departments.

 

Centres of Excellence exhibition

As participant, you will be able to enjoy the tabletop a area where you can interact with representatives from different European  Centres of Excellence. Check the tab "Exhibitors" to see their profile. 

 

Posters session by young researchers

The nonwovens posters session hold during the Nonwovens Innovation Academy allow young researchers and scientists to present their research to experts from the nonwovens industry.
For more information Student grants & Research Posters

 

Student grants

EDANA actively supports students that are looking to do a career in the nonwovens and related industries by providing different platforms to present their work and research to the industry. In the frame of the Nonwovens Innovation Academy, EDANA provides R&D Student grants. It covers the registration fee to the conference, two hotel nights, and agreed travel expenses.
For more information Student grants & Research Posters

CETI – Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants
Table contact : Simon Frémeaux
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DITF – Deutsche Institute Für Textil + Faserforschung
Table contact : Martin Dauner
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NIRI – Nonwovens Innovation
Table contact : Matt Tipper
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Ri.se
Table contact : Mårten Alkhagen
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STFI – Sächsisches Textil Forschungs Institut
Table contact : Bernd Gulich
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Technical Textiles Research Centre - University of Huddersfield
Table contact : Sohel Rana
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The Nonwovens Institute – NC State University
Table contact : Behnam Pourdeyhimi
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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Table contact : Pirjo Heikkilä
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Media
Fastmarkets RISI
Provides its clients with the understanding and actionable insight they need to operate in a changing global marketplace
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Middle East North Africa Financial Network
It provides financial content and financial technology platforms to institutions and consumers around the Arab world
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MET Magazine
An information portal for professionals in the tissue and nonwovens industry with emphasis on the Middle East region
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Sustainable Nonwovens
Bi-monthly magazine and website which provides environmental news and technical innovation in the nonwovens sector
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Times International
Circulates different magazines in India and South East Asia featuring trade and technology in relations to manufacture of nonwovens
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World Textile Information Network
An information provider, delivering intelligence and insight into the global textile manufacturing industry
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Previous edition

2019 Nonwovens Innovation Academy - Over 100 pioneers gather for innovation incubator

The Nonwovens Innovation Academy 2019 (NIA), held at the DITF (Deutsche Institut für Textil and Faserforschung) in Denkendorf on 16th - 17th October, demonstrated once again that the nonwovens and related industries harbours a talented and thriving research community.

Over 100 R&D and innovation managers, product developers, researchers and students from Europe to the Middle East, India and North America gathered for an intense conference programme and networking. Read more

Students and researchers participation in the research poster area

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