ITMA to become main sponsor of Future Materials Awards

ITMA to become main sponsor of Future Materials Awards

ITMA, the European edition of the International Textile Machinery and Garment Exhibition will partner with WTiN World Textile Information Network to enforce technological innovation in the Technical Textiles and nonwovens sectors and become the main sponsor of the Future Material Awards

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner November 26, 2014, on the evening of the 8th Aachen-Dresden International Textile Conference.

WTiN, publisher of international technical textile magazine Future Materials, launched the awards to recognise success in textile innovation and celebrate the essential work of the many businesses which support the industry.

The ITMA Future Materials Awards are open to all end-use sectors for technical textiles and materials experts, product developers and designers. The awards will comprise of 21 categories, including the best innovations in sportswear, protective textiles, industrial textiles and medical textiles.

There will be also awards for groundbreaking partnership development, best start-up company and a lifetime achievement award.

The jury will consist of renowned industry experts, including Linda Keppinger, Global Materials Director at Nike; Dr. Jean-Pierre Haug, Secretary General of Oeko-Tex; Dr. Peter Dinsdale, World President of the Textile Institute; Michael Sieber, Research Textile Engineer at the US Army Natick Soldier Systems Centre; Siegfried Winkelbeiner, CEO of Schoeller Textil; Thomas White, Textile Innovation Director at Under Armour, and Lutz Walter, Head of R&D and Innovation of EURATEX.

Entries for the Awards are now open; the deadline for entries is July 15, 2014. The finalists will be announced in mid September.

Charles Beauduin, President of CEMATEX, the owner of ITMA exhibition brand, stated:”The technical textile and nonwovens materials sector is on a growth trajectory, led mainly by end-users industries’ demands for more applications and innovations. We are delighted to be involved with the Future Materials Awards, honouring businesses and individuals shaping this sector.”

More details on the Awards and entries can be had from the first following link.

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