Presentation abstracts


Unpicking the threads of Brexit

David McGowan, Counsel, Dentons UK & Middle East LLP (UK)

With the UK scheduled to leave the European Union (EU) only two weeks after the conference concludes, what is the latest position with respect to the negotiations between two of the most important world economies concerning their future trade relationship?

What are the implications for tariffs, custom checks, chemical regulation and the welfare of employees?

How will this impact global trade, particularly for the coating and laminating industry?


Sustainability - how consumers' opinions, government regulations and pressure groups are driving manufacturers' strategies

Martin Cieslik, Head of Marketing and Business Development, Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co KG (Germany)

How well informed are consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable manufacturing?

Does their lack of a complete understanding impact on their buying decisions and how can manufacturers exploit this situation?

What are the regulations industry needs to be wary of?

How are non-governmental organizations (NGOs) driving awareness of sustainable manufacturing?


Water-free finishing, coating and lamination - a case study of sustainable manufacturing

Gary S. Selwyn, CEO, Green Theme Technologies (USA)

How best can suppliers and manufacturers and address the demands of consumers for textiles that are free of hazardous chemicals and produced with minimal harm to the environment?

Why has certification created confusion in market?

What further guidance does the industry need?

How can water-free dyeing and finishing processes contribute to the goal of clean manufacturing for the benefit of mills, brands and consumers?


E-mobility and its key impacts on the coated textiles market

Silke Brand-Kirsch, Executive Partner, Schlegel & Partners (Germany)

Most observers of the transportation markets predict a high market penetration for electric-vehicles by 2030, but what key trends are driving this change and what obstacles are still to be overcome?

How will this market re-alignment impact on the various applications of coated and laminated textiles, particularly with respect to the interior designs and acoustic properties of vehicles.

How important is the need for vehicles to be made lighter in weight?

What are the new opportunities for coated textiles and how should manufacturers prepare for these disruptive changes?


How to respond when competitors steal your ideas or when they accuse you of the same

Deborah Maxwell, Patent Attorney, Potter Clarkson LLP (UK)

How can your company use its intellectual property rights to protect valuable innovations?

What should you do if you discover a rival has stolen your ideas?

How can you defend yourself if a rival claims you have violated its intellectual property?


Graphene and 2D materials: enabling wearable and textile electronics

Felice Torrisi, Lecturer in Graphene technology, University of Cambridge (UK)


Extrusion coating for textiles: a growing technology

George W. Kellie, CEO, Kellie Technologies (UK)

Why has the exploitation of extrusion coating and laminating technology grown significantly in the last decade?

What applications now benefit from its use?

What does the future hold?


Coating and laminating as a means to creating more durable, more functional textile components for automobiles


Matthew Williams, Director of Business Development, and Sadim Sadavarte, Advanced R&D Manager, Haartz Corp (USA)

The value of the market for coated fabrics in automotive interior and exterior trim parts is predicted to grow from US$5.95 billion in 2019 to US$7.42 billion by 2024, but what will drive this growth?

What are the key materials and process technologies in this sector?

What are the principal demands that must be met for future products?

What are the key trends in the automotive industry that are underpinning these new demands?

How can a supplier respond to these changes and needs?


Modular coating as integrated part of Internet of Things and the first step to a fully automated stenter

Jürgen Hanel, Director Technical Textiles, Monforts Textilmaschinen (Germany)

How will automation of production shape the future of the industry?

What will coating lines look like in 2050?


A novel technology for measuring the basis weights of coated technical textiles

Noël Deferm, General Manager, Hammer IMS nv (Belgium)

Why is the industry looking for alternatives to the current technology it uses to measure the basis weights of coatings on industrial lines?  

What are the alternatives and why are they being increasingly adopted?

How can these new technologies be integrated into the smart factories of the future?


Functional and breathable textile coatings based on hot-melt technology

Ralf Lungwitz, Researcher, Saxon Textile Research Institute (Germany)

What are the disadvantages of traditional coating technologies?

How can hot-melt coating offer a better alternative?

What is the state-of-the-art for hot-melt coating?

What products can it be used to create?



The impacts of changes in attitude to global trade and tariffs on the textile machinery industry

Elgar Straub, Managing Director, VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies (Germany)


Advanced applications of phase-change materials

Bob Brookins, CEO, Alexium International (USA)

Why has the use of phase-change materials (PCMs) become one of the leading solutions for textiles that provide thermal management?

What are the latest applications for PCMs?

Why is product design a crucial element in ensuring such textiles are effective?

How can analytical methods be used to support quality control for such products?


Novel mechanisms for delivering thermoregulation

John Ellis, CTO, Devan Chemicals (UK)

What are the important markets for coated textiles that can offer thermoregulation properties?

What are the key demands made of the textiles used in such applications and how can coatings of phase-change materials be adapted to meet them?

What are the alternatives to phase-change material coatings?

How do manufacturers and suppliers measure the performance of textiles in these applications?


Applying printing and coating technologies to develop smart textiles

Anne Schwarz-Pfeiffer, Lecturer & Researcher, Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Why are coating and printing technologies favoured by those developing smart textiles, textile sensors and textile-based electronics?

What products exist?

How can research in this field be translated into commercial opportunities?

What is required of future research projects?


Responsive textiles coatings

Myriam Vanneste, R&D Manager, Centexbel (Belgium)

How can coatings be applied to textiles in order to make materials that respond to their environment?

What sorts of responses can the coated textiles exhibit and what are the stimuli that provoke them?

What are the applications for these coated materials?


New applications for dry impregnation technology 

Jérôme Ville, CEO, Fibroline SA (France)

What are the key principles behind a unique technology for impregnating dry powers?

What are the key environmental benefits of its use?

What are the latest applications to have been realised by this innovative coating method?


Functionalising textiles with advanced particles

Matthew Tipper, Business Director, NIRI (UK) 

What are metal-organic framework (MOF) particles, and how can their large surface areas be exploited to absorb and store volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?

How can MOFs be integrated into textiles to make commercial products?

What structures and forms of MOF are best suited to these products?

What other performance applications can these functionalized fabrics fulfil?


Innovative binder-free antimicrobial coatings for washable textiles

Patrick Cronin, Technical Director, Mica NanoTech Ltd (Ireland) 

How can antimicrobial surfaces help to solve the problems associated with the spread of drug-resistant pathogens?

What are the main considerations to address when coating textiles with antimicrobial particles?

How can a novel binder-free method ensure that the particles are bound sufficiently for laundering?


Coating with nanofibres

Vladimir Rassushin, Chief Scientific Officer, Nanopharma (Czech Republic) 

What are nanofibres and how can we apply nanofibre-based coatings to create textiles/composites with unique properties?

What are the key properties nanofibres can add and what are the potential applications for these composites?

How can these processes be scaled-up to make commercial products? What problems are there in case of sensitive nanofibrous materials?

What new applications and markets are nanofibre composites allowing?