Category Mobility

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Fabrics are the automotive future

Seats, airbags, hoses, head linings and foot mats prove it: fibres are an integral part of modern cars. Nevertheless, the textile industry is not sitting back. At Techtextil, suppliers present the latest material and product visions for tomorrow’s (e-)car, including operating elements made of fabric, embroidered charging coils and knitted heating systems. Ronny Eckert Read more...

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The City of the Future

From Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes. Comparable to an aircraft ‒ but instead of in the air, it’s in an airless space. This is the vision of the Hyperloop project. The 570-kilometre-long route in California is intended simply as the prototype for a revolution in mobility: the virtually emission-free transport of people ... Read more...

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Braided bicycle spokes

Bicycle spokes are usually made from stainless steel, aluminium or titanium. But a company from Chemnitz is taking a different path – and weaving ultra-light braided spokes from polyester fibres. Ronny Eckert Read more...

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Textile Light, Sound, Camera, Clapper – aaand Action!

To make a name for yourself in Hollywood you need to look good, be good and have the will to tough it out, three properties that technical textiles clearly also have because they have done it: these little fibres have made it to the very top of the film industry. Take a bow, ‘Carpetlight’, the ... Read more...

Dude, where’s my car?

In the comedy film ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott, better known as Stifler in ‘American Pie’, search for their car. Should there ever be a sequel, the two would be well advised to begin their search at Techtextil. Ronny Eckert Read more...

Stab-proof bicycle panniers / Source: FKT

High-tech textiles for protection in the workplace: a question of liability

The Protec section at the up-coming Techtextil is, given the increasing number of available products, all set to provide some surprises when it comes to materials. Since the 2015 trade fair, the areas of work apparel and workplace protective clothing, in particular, have received considerable stimulus from industrial research. Hans-Werner Oertel Read more...

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When will the carbon car come?

Four years ago, BMW launched the i3 electric car, the world’s first series-production vehicle with a carbon body. Nevertheless, fibre-reinforced plastic is still the exception in cars. Textile researcher Dr Christoph Greb explains why the super-lightweight material will not become the standard in automobile manufacturing – and why it is not a dead-end street for ... Read more...