Technical textile markets: product developments and innovations, February 2020

Technical textile markets: product developments and innovations, February 2020

This report provides information on the latest developments in carbon fibres, carbon fibre components, composites, environmentally sustainable performance fibres, medical fabrics, nanofibres, performance fibres, protective materials and wearable technologies. The report includes information and analysis relating to the following innovative companies and other organisations: Aalto University, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Composites Evolution, Drexel University, ELG Carbon Fibre, Honeywell, Magma Structures, Royal DSM (DSM), SGL Carbon, Solvay, Toray Industries (Toray), Universität Bayreuth (University of Bayreuth), the University of Birmingham, the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Huddersfield, and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.


SUMMARY
CARBON FIBRES
Toray Industries (Toray) has developed carbon fibre with a continuous porous structure which could be used in support layers for gas separation membranes
CARBON FIBRE COMPONENTS
A consortium of UK-based companies and universities has developed a carbon fibre bogie
COMPOSITES
Composites Evolution has developed a range of flax reinforced prepregs for use in the manufacture of composite components for motorsport applications
Researchers at Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a bio-based composite material which could be used as an alternative to plastic
SGL Carbon and Solvay will commercialise composite materials which incorporate large tow intermediate modulus carbon fibre
ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE PERFORMANCE FIBRES
Royal DSM (DSM) will produce Dyneema fibre using bio-based feedstock
MEDICAL FABRICS
Ahlstrom-Munksjö has developed a new range of protective medical fabrics called TrustShield
NANOFIBRES
Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed nanofibres derived from cotton waste materials
PERFORMANCE FIBRES
Researchers at Universität Bayreuth (University of Bayreuth) have developed a synthetic fibre which has properties comparable with those of spider silk
PROTECTIVE MATERIALS
Honeywell has developed a new ballistic composite material for use in the manufacture of soft body armour
WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES
Researchers at Drexel University have developed a method for coating cellulosic yarns with highly conductive MXene flakes

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