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.

Centexbel lanceert mee de dikkentruiendag

Naar aanleiding van Dikketruiendag 2015 brengt Vlaams minister van Omgeving, Natuur en Landbouw Joke Schauvliege op dinsdag 10 februari een bedrijfsbezoek aan Sioen Industries in Ardooie. Samen met leerlingen van het Instituut Heilig Kindsheid Ardooie maakt de minister kennis met één van de belangrijkste Vlaamse fabrikanten van warmteregulerende en beschermende kledij.

Stijn Devaere van Centexbel geeft de leerlingen en de volwassenen meer uitleg over de technische en wetenschappelijke kant van warmteregulerend textiel: wat is het, wat zit erin en hoe werkt het?

EPO allows reduced fees for certain applicants

A revised system for language-related fee reductions pursuant to Rule 6 EPC was introduced by the EPO on 1 April 2014. Under the previous system, applicants of EPC countries having an official language (admissible-non-EPO language) other than English, French or German were entitled to certain fee reductions irrespective of their size. The revised system is designed to support small applicants by limiting the size of companies eligible for fee reductions.

New peak of patent filings at the EPO in 2014

Although the precise numbers are still being worked on, indications are that we saw over 270 00 filings last year, an increase of approximately 3%. This is in line with the trend observed over the last four years with annual increases between 2% and 4%. Of course, there are big differences when looking more closely at the geographical origin of those filings.

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Six new substances on REACH candidate list

On 17 december 2014 the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added six new substances to the candidate list for authorisation, now including 161 substances.

Only the Candidate List published on the ECHA website is deemed authentic. Companies may have immediate legal obligations following the inclusion of a substance in the Candidate List on this website including in particular Articles 7, 31 and 33 of the REACH Regulation.

Substances on the list:

  • carcinogenic
  • mutagenic