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Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) is organising an International Conference on Technical Textiles and Nonwovens from November 11-13, 2010 at IIT Delhi campus.

The growth rate of technical textiles is higher than that of apparel or home textiles and major strides have been made in recent years in the development of raw materials, processing technologies, finishing techniques and evaluation standards for technical textiles.

The conference, fourth in the series of the International Conferences on Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, organised by the Textile Department aims to bring together industry, research organisations and academia involved in the field of technical textiles and have meaningful discussions on the existing technical textile products, new product development possibilities, current issues, domestic and global market potentials for these products and finally to come up with suitable strategy for the development of technical textiles in India.

Nonwovens are proving to be the most promising textile products as they are not only replacing traditional textiles, but are also creating new markets for new products. They are most widely used in diverse applications of technical textiles due to their unique characteristics, performance and cost advantage.

With the sustained and rapid economic and social growth in Asia, the development of the nonwovens industry has been pushed forward rapidly in many countries on the Asia-Pacific. Analysts have predicted there will be unlimited prospects for the market of nonwoven materials in many applications over the next decade. China and India have extremely good potential markets for nonwovens equipment, machinery as well as nonwoven products.

While industries stand to benefit from new scientific information and data exchange in the international platform, participants from research organisations and academic institutions would enrich themselves from current state of research in the field of technical textiles and to identify the focus areas for R&D and develop appropriate technology and innovative products.

The areas of the papers to be presented and discussed will be on design aspects, recent manufacturing technologies, structure-property relationship for various functional and technical textile products including technical yarns, woven, knitted, braided and nonwovens products. There would be invited talks on recent areas like photochromic textiles, speciality fibres, spacer fabrics and processing. Application areas would include geotech, indutech, medtech, mobiltech, protech and sporttech.

The conference would deal with oral papers and poster presentation from different sectors of technical textiles. Special sessions would have invited speakers deliberating on Protective, Medical, Composites, Nonwoven products and Machineries.

Out of 50 oral papers, 20 are from industrial participants and 30 papers are from academic institutions, research organisations, consultants and Government of India participants. Nearly 45 poster papers will also be presented. An exhibition has also been organised as a part of this conference and will be open on all three days of the conference.

The conference has received enthusiastic support from Government of India organisations, industry sponsors, speakers and delegates. The conference will provide a major impetus to the development and growth of nascent technical textiles and nonwovens industries in India and serve as a major platform for interaction between all the stake holders in the future of these important technological areas of textiles.

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