WIRE)--Oct. 10, 2005--International textile giants
such as Zegna, Marzotto, and Ziche will be convening
next month in Padua, Italy to discuss what they are
expecting nanotechnologies to deliver to help make
their businesses stay ahead of the competition.
Representatives from these textile companies along
with the leading providers of nanotechnology solutions
will be part of EuroFutureTex ( www.eurofuturetex.com )
a conference to be held in Padua, Italy on November
The European textile industry has been experiencing
major changes in the business environment as a result
of the introduction of quota-free trade since the
beginning of the year, and the competition from cheaper
Asian imports is already having an effect.
As a result, the European textile industry is taking
a closer look at the ability of nanotechnologies
to innovate, add value and create new products. Current
applications range from enhanced properties such
as stain resistance to the integration of textile
technologies with sensors and electronics to create
major new market opportunities.
European textile companies are likely spurred in
their interest in nanotechnologies by US-based Burlington,
which has experienced a turnaround from the brink
of bankruptcy after its success with Nano-Tex.
Among the technologies that will be discussed at
EuroFutureTex next month will be nanotechnologies'
- Material treatments
- Coatings for high-functional textiles, self-cleaning
textiles, and antimicrobial textiles
- Enabling wearable electronics
- Military applications
- Biomimetic materials
EuroFutureTex has open registration. The conference
is produced by Cientifica ( www.cientifica.com )
and Veneto Nanotech ( www.venetonanotech.it ).
EuroFutureTex will be held as part of the larger
NanoWeek, which will be a week of meetings, conferences
and exhibitions on nanotechnology. It is the first
event of this kind to be organized in Italy and it
will make Padua the capital of nanotechnology for
a whole week.
To register for the event, visit EuroFutureTex's
registration page at http://www.eurofuturetex.com/register.html .
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