SDC was delighted to be involved in the Bradford Textile Industry Challenge, which took place in early 2014.
SDC’s Technical Director Andrew Filarowski reports on the week.
The Bradford Textile Industry Challenge was held over the week 27th Jan to 3rd Feb 2014 and facilitated by the SPACE/Bradford Challenge and linked to a £750K European Commission Tempus funded project called INNOLAB. This also explains why a number of visiting students from Ukraine and Belarus were involved. The INNOLAB project is headed by Professor Christos Kalantaridis from the School of Management, University of Bradford, and aims to develop a network of five innovation laboratories (three in Ukraine and two in Belarus) that will be part of undergraduate curricula and regional innovation ecosystems. Students from the University of Bradford and Bradford College made up the teams who competed in the development of innovative ideas for the revival of the textile industry in Bradford.
James Clark from the University of York looks at the Circular Economy and its implications for sustainability.
The truly universal significance of the circular economy concept – today’s waste needs to be tomorrow resource – was brought home to me recently when I collected my car from a local small garage and the owner told me that he is now being offered about a quarter of the full price for old car batteries. The metals in batteries – and so many other common items are becoming valuable enough and scarce enough to make waste electronics and other metal-rich wastes a valuable commodity. It makes sense that rather than rely on a diminishing resource, mostly from regions where either local environmental, labor or political issues make supply problematic, let’s make better use of what we have on our doorstep – and we all have a lot of waste! But is this only an issue for waste electronics and electrical equipment (WEEE)?
Andrew Filarowski, Technical Director, takes a look at SDC’s training.
As many of you will be aware, SDC has offered training on different aspects of coloration for many years, and we have a programme of courses coming up in the UK. A question I’m often asked is “what’s in it for me? It sounds interesting but I’m really busy and it isn’t really a priority is it?” I have been involved in the textile industry for many years and I am passionate about passing on knowledge about textiles and coloration. So I thought I would take this opportunity to talk through some of the questions that are often asked on these courses, and some of the problems the training can help to solve. It is my belief that education and learning results in a host of benefits including, cost reductions, better communication with your suppliers, ultimately making your job easier.