James M. Borneman, Editor In Chief
This issue of Textile World really sheds light on textile education and the development of the inaugural Textile World Innovation Forum. Contributing Editor Steve Warner, whom many TW readers know from his time at Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and presently from his work at BeaverLake6, interviews North Carolina State University Professor Behnam Pourdeyhimi. Pourdeyhimi is no stranger to editors of TW, which has published various articles on nonwovens, an area of his focus and expertise, but Warner gives light to Pourdeyhimi’s broader perspective at NCSU vis-à-vis the type of research pursued there and the reasons why.
Pourdeyhimi is unique for TW editors to work with, as he always is interested in connecting with the industry. It’s that attitude that was inherent to the development of the Textile World Innovation Forum. Pourdeyhimi and six additional NCSU professors, each with his own area of expertise, have agreed to share updates on the latest developments across the textile process technologies including special topics. Warner will be present at the Forum as a facilitator and emcee.
The editors also are working with industry veterans including fiber expert Alasdair Carmichael, investment innovator Ed Gregor, technical textile developer Jim Kaufmann and apparel industry veteran Juan Zighelboim to make the Forum as broad and topical as possible.
Fiber; spinning; knitting; weaving; nonwovens; dyeing, printing and finishing; apparel manufacturing; composites; nanotechnology; and a look at M&A/investment trends and essential considerations in bringing new textile technologies to market — all are on the Forum’s agenda.
Stäubli Corp., PA Group and Jomar Softcorp are corporate sponsors of the event and will help underwrite costs. Additionally, the editors are grateful for industry support from Americas Apparel Producers Network (AAPN), BeaverLake6 Report and the Synthetic Fiber and Yarn Association (SYFA) to help get the word out. Leadership from each organization will be in attendance.
There is an introductory article in this issue with biographies of each presenter. Many have published technical articles in TW over the years, and some have also participated in ITMA and provided tradeshow coverage.
Work also continues on the Textile World Innovation Award to be presented to TenCate Protective Fabrics of North America at a special luncheon to be held on the second day of the two-day event. TenCate is proving to be an interesting story, some of which is about the development of fabric systems that demonstrate very high performance — higher than that of the individual components. The September/October issue of TW will prominently feature TenCate in several articles celebrating the company’s story of textile innovation.
In speaking with one of the Forum presenters, the question was asked: “Isn’t it great to see the industry improving?” He answered, “I don’t know about improving, but it is certainly evolving!”
The Textile World Innovation Forum is an efficient, effective way to experience innovation in an evolving industry.