Assessment of SVHC substances in single articles

On 10 September 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) decided that the notification and information obligations relating to SVHC substances (substances of very high concern) for producers, importers and/or suppliers that are necessary for articles under certain conditions within the framework of the REACh regulation are valid for all individual articles that are components of a complex whole product (entire article) and that the SVHC threshold value of 0.1 % by weight and the calculation of a found SVHC substance refer to the examined single article and not to the entire artic

Package to modernise European Trade Mark System

National trade mark registration in the EU Member States was harmonised 20 years ago and the unitary Community trade mark was created more than 15 years ago. Since then, there have not been any major modifications.

Bast fibre identification platform

With the OBSERVATOIRE DES FIBRES LIBERIENNES, CELC (Confédérantion Européenne du Lin et du Chanvre) offers brands and retailers an indispensable tool, capable of analyzing the composition of their products. This platform brings together laboratories with a Textile and Apparel specialization - CENTEXBEL, CENTROCOT, CETELOR, IFTH, BUREAU VERITAS - in a standardized analysis procedure that permits the identification of bast fibres such as linen, hemp and ramie.

New address

The activities of Centexbel Verviers have been moved to Grâce-Hollogne, near Liege. The spacious and modern facilities, and the better geographic location, enable us to further optimize our service to your company.

Durbio: results with POY and PBS extruded yarns

POY yarn extrusion

Melt extrusion of continuous textile fibres is possible by two techniques: (B)CF and POY yarn extrusion. CF extrusion is typically used to produce more voluminous fibre types, for carpet or upholstery yarns. Reinforced POY yarns are suited for technical applications. The (B)CF extrusion process is often prefered because of the lower production costs.

European patents at affordable prices

Under the present regime, European patents, after grant by the EPO, must be validated individually in each country for which patent protection is sought. This results in significant administrative and financial overheads for companies, especially SMEs.

Off-the-shelve seaweed farms on textiles

These turnkey seaweed cultivation plants are the result of the European research project AT~SEA, advanced textiles for open sea biomass cultivation, (FP7 - 2012-2015) in which Centexbel developed, in collaboration and consultation with both industrial and research partners, an advanced coated textile suited for the growth of seaweed in a controlled, efficient and very productive way, yielding far lager crops than what was possible until today. Moreover, the system has been designed to harvest in a very simple and easy way.

Google purchases your patents

Between May 8 and 22, Google conducted a rather peculiar experiment, called the ‘Patent Purchase Promotion’. For this special action, Google created a portal where companies and people can present their patents to Google. Later this month, Google will make an offer to the applicants in order to actually purchase their patents.

Google will evaluate the system and maybe implement it on a permanent basis.

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June 5 is World Environment Day

Reconciling long-term economic growth with a livable planet

Source: - Wednesday, 27 May 2015

This year’s theme is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with care". It aims to make people aware of how the well-being of humanity, the environment and economies ultimately depends on the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. Evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.

European Inventor Award - Nominations 2016

Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2016 are now open. The Award recognises outstanding inventors from around the world, from all technical fields and backgrounds. You don’t have to be an inventor yourself to put forward a nominee. People from industry, research institutes, IP associations and universities, as well as the general public, are all welcome to make a suggestion. So why not go ahead and nominate your favourite inventor? You can even nominate yourself if you want!