Knowledge transfer is a process by which knowledge, ideas and experience move from the source of knowledge to the recipient of that knowledge. Knowledge transfer and knowledge sharing are used interchangeably.

Centexbel-VKC shares or transfers its knowledge and acquired expertise by several means.

TECHNOLOGICAL CONSULTANCY

Our technology consultants are your personal coaches throughout any project or trouble shooting operation, maintaining a close collaboration with your company at all times. To give you the best possible advice they rely on a solid team of researchers and lab assistants.

Hygiene and Medical

Hygiene is an important aspect of textiles used in hospitals and healthcare.

Medical devices are developed to maintain the integrity and comfort of people who are ill or of people with functional deficiencies or of injured or burnt people. Some devices aim to support the body and are able to replace deficient organs.

Medical devices are a group of products including implants, ortheses, classic or smart protheses, tissue reconstruction, care products, invasive protheses, sensors, passive or active stimulators... but also less sophisticated products such as bandages and compresses...

These medical devices are used in applications related to health and well-being. They don't include medecins.

Technical Textiles, Interior Textiles & Upholstery

Technical textiles can be divided into many categories, depending on their end use.

The classification system developed by Techtextil, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, is widely used in Europe, North America and Asia, and specifies the following application areas:

Agrotech, Buildtech, Clothtech, Geotech, Hometech, Indutech, Medtech, Mobiltech, Oekotech, Packtech, Protech, and Sporttech, Architech (Architectural textile), Military textiles, Autotech (Automobile textiles), Smartech (Smart Textiles), Wearable computers.

Sustainable Processes, Coating and Finishing

By coating textile substrates or by treating the surface of materials, the producer considerably increases the product's added value.

New application fields, social trends and market shifts are pushing companies to anticipate these challenges in a flexible and efficient manner by applying new techniques, polymers or additives and/or by adapting their products to new assembling techniques, such as welding, adhesion...

The consultancy service supports companies to defy these problems or challenges and is primarily focused on increasing the competitive and innovative forces of the companies.

Yarn engineering

Every type of textile, whatever its application or functionality, is made from fibres and/or yarns, available in all sorts of forms and types.

The main distinction is the one between natural fibres and man-made artificial and synthetic fibres.

Because fibres and yarns have a crucial role in determining the final properties of a textile material, a lot of innovation is taking place in yarn engineering resulting in the marketing of many novel fibre and yarn types each year.

By following up these new types, Centexbel keeps its database up-to-date.

Centexbel's laboratory and scientific collaborators are experts in characterising yarns and fibres by means of chemical, physical and microscopic techniques.

Centexbel also advises and guides companies in the selection of fibres and yarns to obtain the desired comfort properties, mechanical properties, chemical functionalities, burning behaviour, etc.

Each fibre has its own properties and functionalities. Selecting the right one is therefore crucial to the final product!

Floor and decorative wall coverings

Textile, laminate and resilient floor coverings (wall-to-wall, tiles and planks) and decorative wall coverings (in the form of rolls and panels) fall within the scope of building materials and are therefore subject to the European Construction products Regulation (CPR) 305/2011.

The technological consultant informs you about legal regulations, European and international standards and technical requirements. You can also contact him for information and assistance related to innovation, research, product analyses and all other technical and practical issues.

Sustainable Products and Quality

Sustainable products are products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health and environment over their whole life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal.

Eco-consultancy

Because of the growing importance of ecological production processes, Centexbel supports the industry by means of a varied offer of relevant research projets, by a constant follow-up of the environmental legislation and by the organisation of training sessions, the publication of the montly Milieufax and by accompanying individual companies.

REACH consultancy

REACH is short for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 - REACH - wants to guarantee the safe use of chemical substances and preparations throughout the entire industrial production chain and therefore imposes not only obligations on the producers and importers of chemicals concerning the gathering and distribution of information on the characteristics of the substance, but also on the downstream users, such as textile manufacturers. After all, each downstream user has to assure the proper safe use of chemicals and see to it that the necessary information is sent to the chain, also about substances contained in articles.

The Centexbel consultant guides you through all practical issues and testing programmes concerning hazardous substances.

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Innovation is anything, but business as usual. [Anonymous]

INNOVATION CONSULTANCY

Centexbel-VKC assists companies in their search for new, original and successful niche products, the development of new products and/or applications of new technologies.

Sustainable Chemistry

Sustainable chemistry is a major concern for the textile and plastic converting industry. Therefore, Centexbel-VKC is an active member of Catalisti. As the new ‘Spearhead Cluster for Chemicals and Plastics’ of the government of Flanders, Catalisti aims to stimulate sustainable innovations in chemistry through intensive and cross-sector collaboration initiatives.

Factory of the future

The future of the Belgian and European textile manufacturing and plastic converting industry largely depends on its ability to guarantee top quality, to make small series affordable and profitable and to run large volumes in an efficient, rapid and sustainable way.

A Factory of the Future excels in how it handles energy and materials. Creative, involved workers use smart, sustainable production processes in state-of-the-art facilities.

STANDARDISTATION

Standards provide a reliable basis for people to share the same expectations about a product or service and help to
 
  • facilitate trade
  • provide a framework for achieving economies, efficiencies and interoperability
  • enhance consumer protection and confidence

IPR - PATENT CELL

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

IP is protected in law by, for example, patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create. By striking the right balance between the interests of innovators and the wider public interest, the IP system aims to foster an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish.

TRAINING & INFORMATION SESSIONS

Centexbel is a training centre recognized by the Flemish - kmo-portefeuille - # DV.O101549 and the Walloon Region - chèques d'entreprise - and organises various training sessions from rather general topics to highly specialized thematic seminars.

Legal notice

The training sessions Centexbel organises, such as the HORIZON EXPLORATIONS and the BREAKFAST SESSIONS are subject to the kmo-portefeuille and are given with indirect state funding. We are referring to the (EC) directive 1998/2006 of the Commission of 15 December 2006. This directive states that the total amount of the de-minimis support accorded to a single company may never exceed 200000 Euro over a period of three successive fiscal years. If this limit is exceeded, the total sum of the service shall be paid, without any claim to this indirect state funding.

Seminars, work groups, information sessions...

Knowledge, creativity and innovation are key issues to Centexbel. Therefore Centexbel organises seminars, work groups, information sessions, technical committees... often in collaboration with colleague centres of expertise to disseminate the most recent information on its research and services to its industrial partners, the textile industry.

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In-company training

Centexbel organises in-company training on demand of the industry. By doing so, we can target the transfer of knowledge to the particular needs of your company.

VME training cycle

Professional training course for environmental coordinators, organised by Centexbel, Cobot, Febeltex, and FBT, the Belgian Federation of Textile Care.

This initiative answers to the need of actual and directly useful information in the rapidly changing field of environmental legislation. This very practical cycle directly oriented to the textile industry is therefore very successful for over a decade.

The cycle is in conformity with the mandatory in-service training of environmental coordinators on the basis of 30 hours a year. The participants receive a certificate at the end of the cycle.