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Graphene for wearable electronic devices

Centexbel participated in a European research project on the creation of wearable electronic devices. The research consortium made a major breakthrough. Read all about it in the article published in ScienceDaily!

SIOEN & CENTEXBEL win Innovation Award

At Techtextil, the largest European fair on technical textiles, At~Sea partners SIOEN and CENTEXBEL have won the Innovation Award in the category New Materials.

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FORCE7: Mopping up oil spills

Engineers have successfully demonstrated a new technology to clean up oil spills, which could reduce the environmental danger of drilling for oil in cold, rough seas, such as those in the Arctic. Centexbel participated in the European research project FORCE7 that developed the textile material to wipe the oil off the surface of the sea. The video clip includes a testimony by our colleague Monika Rymarczyk.

The final Force7 textile mop prototype has been presented at the Techtextil Fair (4-7 May 2015) at Centexbel (Hall 4.1 stand 52) and D’Appolonia.

Smart textiles prevent pressure ulcers

Valencia (3rd March 2015) - The European research project PUMA (Pressure Ulcer Measurement and Actuation) technically coordinated by the Biomechanics Institute (IBV) has developed an innovative portable and non-invasive device to prevent and early detect the risk of Pressure Ulcer (PU) development and revert its onset for Tetraplegic Spinal Cord Injured (T-SCI) individuals relying on wheelchairs.

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EU framework for protection of trade secrets

The new framework aims at making it easier for national courts to deal with the misappropriation of confidential business information, remove the trade secret infringing products from the market and make it easier for victims to receive compensation for illegal actions.

Nonwoven Production in 2014

Nonwoven Production in Greater Europe Grew by 4.7% in 2014

Needlepunch and hydroentanglement processes showed strongest growth in 2014.

EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries today released preliminary European annual statistics for 2014, offering a comprehensive picture of the nonwovens industry in Greater Europe. This information, released to the industry earlier than ever before, shows an overview of the industry’s strength and resilience across Greater Europe.

Strategische ecologiesteun

Sinds 11 maart 2015 is met het optrekken van de steunpercentages de strategische ecologiesteun opnieuw gestart, nadat de steunpercentages in juni vorig jaar op 0 % werden gezet. Er werd gekozen voor een vereenvoudigde subsidietabel voor de drie types van investeringen (milieu-investeringen, investeringen ten behoeve van energiebesparing en investeringen ten behoeve van energie uit hernieuwbare energiebronnen of hoogrenderende warmtekrachtkoppeling).

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Benelux Patent Platform

The Benelux Patent Platform is a large-scale project implemented for the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg) in the field of patents. It constitutes a set of IT applications and infrastructure for supporting the establishment, processing and tracking of each of the key patent elements throughout all the stages of the patent life-cycle.

The Benelux Patent Platform is at your disposal since the end of 2014 and helps you to retrieve and check the validity of Belgian patents very easily.

Curing with UV-LED

The experiment

The prepregs and composites that are discussed in this article have been prepared by impregnating UD glass fibers with 3 types of UV curable resin formulations via padding followed by UVA-LED curing.
The 3 types of formulations were all 100 % systems and polyurethane, epoxy and polyester based. We determined the flexural modulus and strength of the composites and compared the results and we examined the influence of the monomer concentration on the flexural properties of the epoxy composite.

Experimental setup

Biobased textile coating and finishing

Centexbel develops antibacterial and antifungal textiles based on biological coatings & finishes

In the Bio-AmiCoFitex project finalised at the end of 2014, Centexbel developed bio-based antibacterial and antifungal textile finishes and coatings complying with the criteria of the new biocide regulation that urges the textile to apply non-hazardous alternative biocides. Biocides are used to prevent the growth of microorganisms.