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June 24, 2022updated 27 Jun 2022 1:37pm

Texprocess 2022 – Top innovations unveiled

Following a three-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, the industry convened in Frankfurt, Germany, last week to attend the Techtextil and Texprocess trade shows. Just Style was in the audience as the winners of this year's Innovation Awards were announced.

By Beth Wright

The award-winning new developments at Techtextil and Texprocess include a patented process to transform fruit waste into leather for fashion goods, cold gluing robot set to revolutionise seam bonding, and an automatic bobbin thread winding and feeding device.

A total of 13 winners from seven categories were honoured at the public awards ceremony, which took place during the trade show on Tuesday (21 June) and had a total of 2,300 exhibitors from 63 countries in attendance.

The jury explained the winners used new products, materials, solutions and processes to demonstrate that textile innovations are the ideal way to create market opportunities and boost future business revenues, out of the current challenges being faced.

Reuse of waste from a natural source
Among the winners was France’s RBX Créations which received the Innovation Award in the ‘New Material’ category for a novel cellulose fibre made from hemp waste. The material, named Iroony, was developed with regard to the following question: ‘Hemp is now grown either to make fibre or to produce hemp oil, but could not the two be combined?’

RBX Créations has now succeeded in developing a process for extracting cellulose from the waste of oilseed hemp. Spun into textile fibres, it can be used to produce sustainable textiles, packaging and other green products. The award was given to RBX Créations for its continuous and successful efforts to convert waste from a renewable source into a valuable cellulose fibre. that meets the highest sustainability standards.

Compostable textile coating
The Techtextil Innovation Award in the category ‘New Approaches on Sustainability and Circular Economy’ went to the textile research institute Centexbel (Belgium) for a bio-based and compostable dispersion for textile coatings and printing inks. The new development does not require solvents and is said to bring a completely new type of polymer for coatings and printing inks to the market. According to the expert jury, the innovation is an important step for the textile coating industry towards more products based on renewable resources.

Fashion from pineapple peel
Italian company Vérabuccia was honoured in the ‘Performance Fashion Award’ category for an innovative production process for the fashion and design sector. The patented process is designed to “transform fruit waste into fashion highlights.”

The first material is the so-called ‘Ananasse’. According to Vérabuccia, unlike other plant leathers, which tend to imitate real animal leather, this material retains the original appearance of a pineapple skin, emphasising the origin of the raw material.

Texprocess Innovation Award

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