EuroNanoTex 2004 (ENT 2004)
Venue: Hotel Colon
|Event Date/Time: Jun 28, 2004||End Date/Time: Jun 29, 2004|
|Registration Date: Jun 28, 2004|
|Early Registration Date: May 14, 2004|
Europe’s First Nano Textile Conference
The EU is the world’s largest exporter of textile products with a 15% share in 2001 and the world’s second largest exporter of textile and clothing accounting for a 11% share just behind China. In 2001, the EU imported € 72 billion of textile and clothing goods, or around 20% of total world imports, second after the US which accounts for 24% of world imports.
In the EU, some 120,000 textile and clothing companies employ more than 2 million people, accounting for 7.6% of total employment of EU manufacturing industry. While European industry is increasingly outsourcing more labour-intensive operations to Eastern Europe and Asia, there is a drive for more ‘knowledge enabled’ high added value products to be produced within the EU.
Nanotechnology is already being applied across a range of industries with the aim of making them more competitive. Nanotechnology offers significant opportunities in these industries for lowering of costs, improving margins, and developing access to new markets.
As part of this wider industry adoption, the textile industry around the globe is now beginning to turn to nanotechnology solutions to help find a way to produce higher value products and to ease competitive and economic pressures.
In order to examine the twin issues of competitiveness and nanotechnology in the European textile industry, the European NanoBusiness Association is organising a two day conference to examine
· The key economic drivers for technological change in the European textiles sector
· The effect of technology on the competitiveness of the sector
· The ways in which nanotechnology is already being applied to the textile industry
· Future trends and directions
Why attend EuroNanoTex 2004?
For the Textile Industry
· Learn how nanotechnology is already affecting the businesses models of textile producers from the US to China
· Gain an insight into the range of options available from fibre modification to finishing techniques
· Understand the possibilities and limitations of the use of carbon nanotubes
· Meet with government decision makers, researchers and technology providers
For Policy and Decision makers
· How can Europe respond to the twin threats of high tech ‘knowledge enabled’ textiles and low cost Asian production
· Understand how governments are helping textile industries in Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan to become more competitive
· Acquire the knowledge necessary to direct both research spending and regulation
· Evaluate the options from the viewpoints of both industry and research
For the Technology Community
· Understand the technology requirements of the European textile industry
· Meet with producers and users of textiles
· Learn how the growth of smart textiles is attracting interest from consumers, technology companies and the military
· Gain access to global funding programs and end users
09:00 Opening and welcome
SESSION 1: What happens when a 7000 year old industry meets the worlds newest?
09:10 Meeting the challenge of quota-free trade.
09:40 Textiles and Technology. A discussion of the shifting patterns of textile manufacturing and the influence of technology thereon.
10:10 What is nanotechnology? an introduction.
10:40 Applications of Nanotechnology in the Textile industry. Can nanotechnology revitalise the textile sector?
SPEAKER: Tim Harper
SESSION 2: The impact of nanotechnology in the Textile Industry
11:30 Polymer industry. Working at the nano-scale.
12:00 Market Potential
13:00 Industry evolution or revolution?
13:30 Lunch break
16:00 SPONSOR TALKS (1 or 2 hours max. Speakers will have 15 min. for their presentation).
SESSION 3: Macroeconomics
17:30 The role of the textile industry in the European economy.
18:30 Regulation issues. The response from the textile industry.
19:00 Threat or opportunity? Increasing European Competitiveness
19:30 Welcome cocktail.
SESSION 4: Can nanotechnology revitalise the textile sector? Capturing the value.
09:00 Finishing techniques
09:30 Smart textiles – sensors, displays etc.
10:00 Military Applications
10:30 New and non apparel markets.
11:00 Coffee break
ROUND TABLE: Improving the performance of textiles and the competitiveness of the European Industry using Nanotechnology
11:30 Conclusions and Open Discussion.
13:00 Close of conference