The Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum, ITMA 2015

SDC member Dr Ian Holme reports on The Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum, which took place at ITMA 2015.

The Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum organised by the technical committee comprising members from SDC (Andrew Filarowski), IFATCC (J Marek), AICTC (A Gigli), Janak Mehta (DMAI) and Enrique Meltzer (FLAQT) and organised with MP International and held during ITMA 2015 at Fiera Rho, Milan saw 130 delegates attending.

In order to increase sustainability in textiles and clothing, all stakeholders need to work together, delegates at the Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum heard.

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Photochromic and thermochromic applications

With thanks to SDC member Adam Pursell for reviewing this recent North of England region event, which took place at the University of Leeds.

The evening started out with a tour of the School of Design, led by Prof Chris Carr. Attendees were shown around the state of the art facilities that the School had to offer, including a testing house, fibre spinning facilities, weave/knit facilities and ultra-modern design spaces. The tour was enjoyed by all, and proved Leeds University to truly be a world leader in the field of fibre/fabric technologies.

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Textiles and DNA – what’s the connection?

Andrew Filarowski takes a fresh look at an intriguing connection.

It has been argued that the discovery of DNA as well as our understanding of its structure and functioning may well be the most important discovery of the last century. The effect of the discovery of DNA on scientific and medical progress has been enormous, whether it involves the identification of our genes that trigger major diseases or the creation and manufacture of drugs to treat these devastating diseases. In fact, the identification of these genes and their subsequent analysis in terms of therapeutic treatment has ultimately influenced science and will continue to do so in the future.

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