Two key technologies have been identified to meet the challenges of the market:
Complex materials have been developed to meet market requirements by weighing less, aesthetics and new features.
The combined action of the properties of various materials is governed by the precision of the interface.
Smart textile = fabric responsive to an external stimulus
“Smart textiles” constitute a growing part in most textile markets, associating the textile industry with many other technologies to provide “intelligence”: sensors (e.g. Radio Frequency Identification), energy storage, NTIC, etc.
These functional textile materials can be components of intelligent textiles systems, particularly when the fabrics are connected to a power source.
These new systems are at the crossroads of new materials and nanotechnologies developed or in the process of development.
FIBERTRONICS THINK TANK
FIBERTRONICS is the Franco-Japanese scientific study group on fibres and textiles of the future
As part of this group, workshops, scientific conferences and exploratory missions are organised regularly to promote partnerships between researchers from both countries.
Thus, the scientific group met in Lyon in December 2015 during a scientific conference organised by TECHTERA: 56 academic and industrial researchers were gathered for twenty presentations on important topics: smart materials, nanotechnology, biology & textile, etc.
In January 2016, a delegation of French researchers participated in a scientific mission to Japan. There they met their counterparts from universities and Japanese research institutions, to establish contacts, assess opportunities for collaboration, discover those involved in textile innovation in Japan and initiate joint projects concerning fibres and textiles of the future.