April 01, 2004

Whither or Wither the European Textile Industry?

While NanoTex and U-Right are grabbing the headlines, a whole host of other companies and academics are busy working on textile applications of nanotechnology. While it may be fun to integrate sensors and displays into moisture and crease resistant clothing, this is the tip of the iceberg.

The European textile industry is facing a number of challenges, from the removal of tariffs next year to the competition the low cost manufacturing in China, and is looking for technology to open up new markets and products. The question is relatively simple. We canít compete purely on cost of production, so how do we integrate more knowledge into the products to add more value?

EuroNanoTex 2004 in Barcelona should go some way to answering this question for the 120,000 companies and 2 million people involved in the European textile industry.

Posted by Cientifica at April 1, 2004 04:54 PM | TrackBack

Many research centres are trying to introduce nanotechnology to textile industry, however the task is rather difficult and a progress not so fast as could be expected.Do you really think european textile industry will be competitive toward asian one owing application of nanotechnology?

Posted by: Ludomir Slusarski at April 9, 2004 01:51 PM
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