Lifting the mask

Novel protective mask for medical personnel Laughter is the best medicine, says medical research. But, how are patients supposed to feel like smiling if the faces of the nursing staff and even their beloved ones are covered with masks? Researchers from Empa and EPFL are currently developing a novel face mask, which offers an unobstructed … More Lifting the mask

Research project concluded successfully

Alternative to fluorocarbon chemistry: protein-based water and dirt-repellent textile-finishing Hydrophobic properties are very important for numerous textile finishes. In particular, outdoor products and surgical textiles, but also to protect the fibres from microbial decomposition. In a collaborative project between Hohenstein and the Fraunhofer Institute, the goal was to develop a protein-based water and dirt-repellent functionalisation … More Research project concluded successfully

‘Wise Eye’ a unique AI-based inspection system for the requirements of textile manufacturers

Textile manufacturers at present depend on human efforts to randomly examine the fabric by naked eyes. Due to human factors such as carelessness or physical exhaustion, defect detection by human labour is usually uncertain and unreliable. Textile manufacturers also made an effort to use some other fabric inspection systems, but those systems were not able … More ‘Wise Eye’ a unique AI-based inspection system for the requirements of textile manufacturers

Report: EU trade agreements deliver on growth and jobs, support sustainable development

The better access to foreign markets negotiated by the EU benefits European companies, workers and consumers. According to the second annual report about the implementation of trade agreements issued today, these agreements – covering nearly 70 markets all over the world – are proving effective in removing barriers to trade and promoting high standards of … More Report: EU trade agreements deliver on growth and jobs, support sustainable development

Swiss retail trade turnover fell considerably in September 2018

Turnover in the retail sector fell by 2.3 % in nominal terms in September 2018 compared with the previous year. This is the sharpest decline since December 2016. Seasonally adjusted, nominal turnover fell by 1.6 % compared with the previous month. These are provisional findings from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). Real turnover in the … More Swiss retail trade turnover fell considerably in September 2018

African economies sustain progress in domestic resource mobilisation

Africa has sustained gains in domestic resource mobilisation made since 2000, as tax revenues remained stable in 2016, according to Revenue Statistics in Africa 2018. Providing internationally comparable data for 21 participating countries, the report finds that the average tax-to-GDP ratio was 18.2% in 2016, the same level as in 2015, which represents a strong … More African economies sustain progress in domestic resource mobilisation