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technical textiles & nonwoven association
November 2017

CSIRO scientists have produced Australia’s first entirely home-grown carbon fibre, paving the way for Australian industry to mass-produce the next generation materials. The breakthrough was announced by CSIRO’s Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall in an address to the National Press Club in Canberra on 8 November 2017 . “Cracking the carbon code will allow industry to manufacture […]

Australia’s TTNA is one of seven nonwoven industry bodies from the Asia Pacific region brought together by the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) to form the Asia Pacific Nonwovens Federation. Founding members, Mr Li Lingshen President of CNITA[1], Mr David Rousse, President of INDA[2] and Ms Kerryn Caulfield, Executive Manager of the TTNA[3] […]

December 2016

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 […]

November 2015

When arsenic levels in the drinking water supply for the Far North Queensland town of Chillagoe were found to exceed recommended levels, it was clear a failsafe solution was paramount. In response, Mareeba Shire Council engaged Amiad Water Systems, a recognised industry leader in the areas of potable water treatment, to design, construct and commission […]

More than 350 fibre and textile scientists and engineers from academia and industry are gathered in Geelong, Victoria, this week to attend the 13th Asian Textile Conference. Co-hosted by Australia’s TTNA and Deakin University on behalf of the Federation of Asian Professional Textile Associations (FAPTA), the ATC-13 conference provides a platform for the exchange of information, ideas and recent advances as well […]

August 2014

Researchers have developed technology that could allow super glassy polymer materials to be revisited for commercial applications in gas separations. Developed by the CSIRO, the new technology, when applied to plastic lining promises to radically improve the efficiency of filtration of exhaust gases from power plants, according to researchers. Currently, the techniques industry use to […]

November 2013

Polyacrylate (PCA), the chemical class of acrylate polymers derived from the polymerisation of acrylic acid esters and salts, was developed in the 1960s. Recent improvements have finally led to the commercialisation of this fibre and development of new applications that take advantage of PCA’s high performance non-flammability and non-toxic properties. In a presentation at the […]

Continuing the lightweighting theme, that CSIRO covered in an exclusive report for TTNA earlier this year, Dr Randy Meirowitz, President and Consultant, RND Technical Solutions Inc. confirmed that achieving more with less resources – especially input materials, labour to manufacture, energy use throughout a product’s lifecycle – will be increasingly important as lifecycle thinking is […]

Every day, in every country workers are exposed to the risk of burns from myriad threats including fire, electrical arc flash and molten metal splash. Risk of fire in the community -public facilities, transport and in the home – is also driving the flame resistant fabric market, which is increasingly being regulated by government regulations, […]

With over 50,000 metres of carbon fibre laminates and fabrics installed, the strengthening works commissioned by VicRoads for the Westgate Bridge in Melbourne continues to be the largest carbon fibre composite strengthened bridge anywhere in the world.   The aim of the strengthening project was to ensure the long term sustainability of the bridge to […]

Victoria’s Deakin University is undertaking a major textile research program that includes the areas of fibre science and metrology, textile technology and management, textile chemistry, environmental issues and clean technology, composite materials, and technical textiles.   An international collaboration between the RWTH Aachen University (Germany), CSIRO and Deakin University is focused on melt-spinning of piezo-active […]

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED), in all its forms, has become the most significant threat to troops operating in war zones. The wide spectrum of devices – ranging from rudimentary home-made explosives to sophisticated weapon systems containing high grade explosives – means that IEDs wound indiscriminately.     The detonation of any powerful explosive generates […]

Known as the feedstock for Australia’s arboreal herbivorous marsupials, koalas, the humble eucalypt could soon become the feedstock for Australia’s first biorefinery, according to CSIRO principal research scientist Dr Mike O’Shea.   At the 2013 annual conference for Technical and NonWoven Textiles, Dr O’Shea outlined CSIRO’s vision to refine eucalyptus oil to produce intermediary compounds […]

December 2012

We are proudly announcing the International Berlin Conference on “Filtration by Textile Media”. Conference topics will cover general filtration mechanisms and filtration media’ on the first day (14th May 2013); the second day (15th May 2013) distinguishes gas filtration from liquid/liquid and solid-liquid filtration in parallel sessions.   *Please use the form on   […]