By Martin McCoustra and Robert Mather, Heriot-Watt University and Power Textiles Ltd.
Gas plasma treatment technology will be a game changer for processing textiles, and in particular technical textiles. The treatments adapt their surface properties without affecting any of their bulk properties. The plasma technique provides a clean, dry approach that consumes far less energy than do traditional wet treatments, the level of effluent is greatly reduced and, crucially, equipment on an industrial scale is commercially available1.
A rail strike in Germany did little to dampen the enthusiasm for visitors to Techtextil last month, when around 42,000 from 116 countries made their way to Frankfurt am Main. Together with Texprocess, the two fairs hosted 1,662 exhibitors from 54 countries (2013: 1,660 exhibitors from 56 countries). “Not only was there a fantastic atmosphere …
While the technical textiles industry has matured in many respects, the sector continues to grow, spurred on by a myriad of macro-drivers, such as growing populations in developing countries, maturing populations in developed economies.