CINET Texcare Forum: The future of textiles and functions – opportunities for PTC


CINET Texcare Forum: The future of textiles and functions – opportunities for PTC
Published: 27/05/2016 – Ref #21.433


Visit the Texcare Forum during Texcare International on Sunday June the 12th from 14:00 to 16:00 pm, in Room Symmetrie, Hall 8.1.The Forum will highlight that the added value of textiles and textile services are the key for end users. The last couple of years CINET carried out a vast number of research studies. These studies covered PTC market assessments, business drivers, applied and scientific research on (new) technologies, innovation, legislation and bench mark studies. They involved all major PTC markets around the globe. The main results were laid down in documentation and publications in the series “The World of PTC”. The studies indicate an accelerated pace of PTC innovation and new applied technologies, resulting in a tremendous increase of market potential and opportunities. The future is not about decreasing markets but about grasping market opportunities, developing new innovative business models addressing current, but most of all new target groups and (potential) clients. The key topics for the forum are:

Sustainability and context engineered textiles as added value for the leasing laundries, their customers and the end users by Mr. P. Beirholm, Beirholms Væverier A/S – Denmark
Customer markets are increasingly demanding sustainability and products manufactured under ethical conditions. The laundries have come a long way here, as their rental service concept outperforms the alternatives of customer-owned linen on use of resources and sustainability. The market is moving towards sustainability permeating the entire product lifecycle. The laundries are able to accommodate this via Context Engineered Textiles – market-fit, operational-fit and manufacturing-fit products – that also have the potential to significantly reduce the laundries’ production costs, boost their market share and increase satisfaction among their customers.

“Quality and hygiene: do innovative textiles and standardization alone create a market?” by Mr. S. Schöppe, LEO System GmbH
This presentation takes a brief look at the role of textiles used in healthcare settings in the acquisition and transmission of healthcare-associated pathogens. It asks if only technological interventions can reduce the risk of transmission of micro-organisms that are associated with the healthcare environment. Or if maybe already existing developments / innovations serve this purpose efficiently and should be communicated more proactively by the Textile Service company, supported by the manufacturer? Is sufficient hygiene regulation for hospital textiles and reprocessing in place, is hygienic knowledge being transferred to standardization and regulation in order to act as a sufficient regulatory basis for the Textile Service companies?

Creating added value by textile innovations in PTC by Dr. ir. H. Gooijer & ing. T. Lucassen, TKT
A lot of developments are going on in textile industry and textile materials. The most important development is the ever-growing market share of polyester as a result of the limited growth possibilities for cotton. Furthermore, polyester varies with improved comfort are brought to the market, as are new types of renewable fibers like PLA. New developments in the textile production chain, e.g. inkjet printing, digital finishing and 3-D body scanning, will lead to a digital textile production with enlarged flexibility and shorter time-to-market. A third important development is going on in the integration of electronics in textiles to create smart textiles. Apart from the smart textiles themselves, promising developments are going on in data processing and data management. The sustainability of a textile product during its life cycle will be determined and demonstrated by the LCA Ecotool.

Preservation and renewal of finishes of multifunctional PPE in industrial reprocessing by Dr. A. Schmidt, Hohenstein Institute
Personal protective clothing (PPE) is worn by the worker and during the daily work the clothing is contaminated. These contaminations can influence the protective function and may lead to additional risks to the health and safety of the workers. Depending on the kind of PPE, various special laundry processes are necessary to ensure the protective function. However, to proof the functionality or the comfort of the protective clothes after laundering is often difficult, because there are no adequate test methods available.