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technical textiles & nonwoven association
February 2013

Investing in Manufacturing Technology (IMT) promotes the growth, productivity and international competitiveness of manufacturing businesses by stimulating investment in new technologies. Applications for Round Three will open on Tuesday 12 March 2013 and must be submitted online by 5pm Friday 12 April 2013. IMT is a major initiative under the Victorian Government’s manufacturing strategy: A […]

A joint media release with the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, and the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Wayne Swan MP announced a $1 billion investment in boosting Australian innovation, productivity and competitiveness that it claims will generate business opportunities and economic growth for the future. The Government’s Industry and Innovation Statement, A […]

Australia is only one player in a global business network in which fibre, textile and apparel industries are all intrinsically connected, and must optimise efficiencies throughout the complete value chain. High-speed communication has resulted in unprecedented demands on logistic and creative response times by organisations in efforts to maintain competitiveness.  From the Changing Skills for […]

Achieving more with less resources especially input materials, labour to manufacture, energy use throughout a products lifecycle (and for recycling or disposal) will be increasingly important as “lifecycle thinking” is applied to all forms of manufactured products and services.  Lightweighting is often an effective strategy to achieve this outcome.   Lightweighting – simply defined as […]

Increasingly building owners, architects, designers and specifiers are querying the environmental credentials of material inputs into landscaping and civil infrastructure projects as they strive to meet green building standards. Community expectations on environmental stewardship have also increased, in parallel.   This workshop will present information on the environmental credentials of synthetic turf, and is designed […]

The TTNA is one of four consortia members of the Victorian Advanced Material (Carbon Fibre) Technology Transfer Collaborative Network Auspiced through Composites Australia, the project was one of four projects to receive joint funding of $1.2 million awarded by the Victorian Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher as part of the Victorian […]

The recent study for the VDMA German Engineering Federations Composite Technology Forum concludes that the market for high-strength reinforced composites will experience solid growth until 2020. At a rate of 17% per cent per annum, demand for high strength components made from carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP’s) will grow significantly stronger than demand for high […]

The deadline for registering R&D Tax  activities for 2011/12 is 30 April 2013 (for companies with a 30 June year-end).  To help companies self-assess their eligibility and register for the program, AusIndustry is running Registration Ready workshops in Melbourne  – and there are still a few places for companies at the final Melbourne workshop from 9-11am […]

WTIN argues that the technical textiles market is growing rapidly and is expected to hit $175 billion by 2020, almost doubling from $93 billion in 2000. It claims that the industry uses 25 million tonnes of fibres, accounting for a third of global production. Since 1960, the technical textiles market has increased five times faster […]

GE recently unveiled the results of its third annual “Global Innovation Barometer,” which found that while business executives continue to value innovation as a strategic priority, one in three report concerns over their ability to maintain a competitive edge in a faster paced, more globalised and resource-constrained environment. This emerging “Innovation Vertigo” – an uneasiness […]