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Hans-Werner Oertel

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Guppyfriend Founders Alexander Nolte and Oliver Spieß: “We can’t save the world with our washing bag, but we can make people aware, in a convincing way, of how the smallest pieces of plastic fibres usually end up in our wastewater with every laundry wash.” © Guppyfriend

 
12/08/2019 – No friend of microplastic

No friend of microplastic

Startup Guppyfriend

The Guppyfriend washing bag has been making headlines – even on the BBC – as the first pragmatic solution to microplastic pollution caused by laundry. By  Hans-Werner Oertel
09/08/2019 – Neue textile Flammschutzmittel in Sicht

Neue textile Flammschutzmittel in Sicht

Forschung in der Textilchemie

Halogenierte Flammschutzmittel für Textilbeschichtungen sind seit 2017 mit nur wenigen Ausnahmen verboten. textile network wollte wissen: Was nun? By  Hans-Werner Oertel
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Smart textiles are ready for mass production: global innovation from Lunative. © Messe Frankfurt

 
05/08/2019 – Smart Textiles

Smart Textiles

Visible boost for e-textiles

After the long years of development work, international analysts and market commentators are anticipating a trade in smart textiles worth billions. By  Hans-Werner Oertel
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PET bottles are turned into polyethylene fibres whose first textile use is as protective rainwear … after which they are recycled again into T-shirts. © Carl Weiske

 
19/06/2019 – Sustainability

Sustainability

“We need to get into chemistry”

How would it be if a PET bottle that had been recycled into fibres were then to re-emerge successively as different types of clothing? By  Hans-Werner Oertel
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Crash experiment from a height of 35 metres: would the new fuselage remain structurally intact? © Fibre

 
12/06/2019 – FIBRE – Bremen Fibre Institute

FIBRE – Bremen Fibre Institute

Crash-safe design for light aircraft

The Bremen Fibre Institute took some of its fibre-based expertise to Friedrichshafen where, from 10 to 13 April, innovations in the field of light aircraft ... By  Hans-Werner Oertel
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“Emerging from a textile-electrical niche, we want to use sensors and artificial intelligence in a T-shirt to positively influence people’s body awareness and in doing so, prevent physical discomfort.” © equil

 
11/06/2019 – Startup: equil

Startup: equil

Stiff neck? A problem of the past

The Ulm-based startup equil wants to take care of the widespread disease of shoulder and neck tension – with a smart textile T-shirt. By  Hans-Werner Oertel
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Power-saw protection with a new textile cut-resistant boot © Oertel

 
06/06/2019 – Textile networks

Textile networks

Zooming in on ZIM

Innovation is booming in the field of textiles, as is apparent from the funding statistics from Germany’s Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM). By  Hans-Werner Oertel