26/11/2019 – Top 10 – innovations 2019 — auf Deutsch lesen
Several new technotextile developments hit the headlines during this year of big trade fairs. One of our Top 10 developments is an illuminated textile.
The Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, short ITA, developed an illuminated textile by using light-guiding fibres. This is ideally suited to design illuminated surfaces in the interior, e.g. in the automotive or home sector. This textile solution (polymer optical fibres – POF) offers a flexible, drapable surface with a soft, pleasant feel in a limited space. ITA provides the fibre and process development. The key partner is Mentor GmbH & Co. Präzisions-Bauteile KG in Erkrath, Germany. The polymer optical fibre (POF) demonstrator was developed as part of an ongoing cooperation between Mentor and the ITA. This is a research & development model which is linked to a doctorate at ITA and at the cooper-ation partner. This model offers ITA’s industrial partners the opportunity to conduct targeted research in a specific field and to train qualified employees.