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Focus on fire resistant textiles and fibre research and technologies

International and Australian standards are changing to address workplace and community need for high performance protective clothing and other products to keep the the community, environment and our defence forces, fire fighters and other emergency services personnel safe.

Innovation in fibres and textiles, finishes, coatings and garment and product assembly provide solutions to increase the safety and environmental performance of protective clothing and textile products used in households, residential and commercial buildings, transport, mining, energy,storage, automotive and other industries.

For this reason, TTNA brought together researchers, textile manufacturers, product manufacturers, end-users and International and Australian standards representatives for the 2016 Fire Resistant Textiles and Fibres Conference held in Melbourne on Tuesday 29 November.

Sponsored by independent international textile certification organisation Testex, the conference provided the opportunity to share latest knowledge and trends in this important textile field for society.  Companies and organisations represented included textile manufacturers / suppliers Australian Wool InnovationBekhaert Deslee, Bruck Textiles, Colan, CTF2000Geofabrics, Metis Technologies, Tencate, Westex by MillikenWoven ImageZedtexAustralia; product manufacturers Boeing Australia, Sealy Australia,  Gale Pacific, LHD Group; L&L Products Australia; safety equipment suppliers Blackwoods and Elliotts,  dye and chemical formulation services Flickers Australia, Dyechem Industries; Oxford Technologies Australia; end-users Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities CouncilDefence Science and Technology Group, Department of Defence, Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade Board,  textile testing services AWTA, RMIT University Textile Testing Services, Testex; R & D organisations AgResearch New Zealand;  CSIRO;   Deakin University, Victoria University; composite materials suppliers Gurit and Regina Glass.

Speakers and topics included: delegates at the 2016 Fire Resistant Textiles & Fibres Conference
Topic: One World One Standard: Mr Russell Shephard, AFSM, Manager Standards, Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC)

Topic: Influence of moisture content on the flammability behaviour of fabrics for base-layer garments: Dr Stewart Collie, Science Team Leader, Textiles, AgResearch Ltd of the New Zealand Lincoln Research Centre

Topic: Laboratory testing of “fire resistant” materials: Mr Sean Bassett, Divisional Manager, AWTA Product Testing

Topic: Advances in halogen-free flame retardants: Dr Asim Kumar Roy Choudhury, Principal, KPS Institute of Polytechnic, Belmuri (W.B., India)

Topic: Advancements in properties of Metis PCA™ Polyacrylate High Temperature Fire Resistant Fibre with Non-Toxic Properties for use in technical textiles: Mr Michael Gerakios, Business Technology Development Director, Metis Technologies

Topic: The impact of the ultraviolet irradiation on performance properties of firefighters’ protective clothing: Dr Shadi Houshyar, Research fellow at the Centre of Advanced Materials and Performance Textiles at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Topic: Safety, locked into the fibre: Jan Terras, CTF 2000

Topic:Protective cotton fabric by coating of thermoplastic polyurethane combined with PDMS-TMS: Arsheen Moiz, Centre for Advanced Materials and Performance Textiles, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Topic: Phosphorus-based reactive flame retardants for polyacrylonitrile fibres: Dr Paul Joseph, Associate Professor at the Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering, College of Engineering, Victoria University, Australia

Topic: AFAC Wildland PPC Project: Mr Russell Shephard, AFSM, Manager Standards, Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC)

December 5, 2016