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Textile Universe

Textile Universe

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  1. Textile Universe

  2. Green Manufacturing and Technical Textiles Initiative Phase 1: Research Phase 2: Development

  3. Technical Textiles – Definition Technical textiles are “textile materials and products manufactured primarily for their technical and performance properties rather than their aesthetic or decorative characteristics”. 1 1 The Textile Institute, Technical Textiles Terms and Definitions(Manchester, England: Textile Institute, 1975).

  4. Move to Technical Textiles Fully 80% of occupations in the textile industry will see significant changes to their job roles and responsibilities as a result of the move to technical textiles production and green manufacturing. – THRC, Best Practices in Green Manufacturing and Technical Textiles (2011)

  5. Best Practices in Technical Textiles Four Technical Usage Textiles (TUT) application sectors identified as having high growth potential for the industry: Protech,Mobiltech,BuildtechandMedtech. Four primary trends in best practices: 1. Multidisciplinary work 2. Working closely with users 3. Active technology forecasting 4. Setting action plans incorporating findings resulting from active technology forecasting

  6. Technical Textiles Production – Skills and Best Practice Implications for an R&D Specialist

  7. Move to Green Manufacturing Le développement durable ne doit pas être considéré comme une tâche supplémentaire à ajouter à notre agenda mais doit faire partie intégrante de la stratégie d’entreprise. - Member of the Club des leaders program -Spring 2011

  8. Improved Corporate Image Directly affected occupations: • Marketing/Sales • Use of green labels and ecolabels (e.g. Oeko Tex 100), engaging in responsible communication • Legal • Obtaining certifications, complying with standards • Procurement • Formulating charters /codes of practice for providers /subcontractors • Finance • Producing sustainability reports and triple bottom line Responsible marketing Triple bottom line

  9. CostSavings Directly affected occupations: • Finance • Financial impact assessments (savings in energy, time, etc.) • Evaluating financial revenue associated with sustainability initiatives • Process Engineers • Using renewable energy – energy efficiency • Supervisors • Determining environmental objectives (waste reduction, etc.) • Controlling energy and water consumption Optimization of processes

  10. Innovation and Product Development Directly affected occupations: • R&D and Marketing • Conducting life cycle analyses • Integrating end-of-life-cycle indicators • Replacing hazardous materials by more eco-friendly composites • Using “green” materials from renewable resources (for home textiles, geotextiles, etc.) • Using natural and organic fibres • Producing reusable and recyclable fibres • Systems thinking

  11. EcodesignApproach Extraction Reduce the quantity and variety of materials Production Design to simplify quality control End-of-life Integrate collection methods Logistics Reduce the weight and volume of products and packaging Use Minimize emissions and  increase energy efficiency

  12. Green Manufacturing Innovation Workshops and Pilot Ongoing workplace projects in green textile manufacturing targeting two streams: Enterprise: Integration of sustainable development principles into corporate strategic plans Product: Integration of ecodesign approach into product development

  13. Keys Findings… • Key affected occupations: R&D Specialists, Senior/Specialist Managers, Marketing & Sales, and Procurement. • Skills companies need to develop in their workforce to make their businesses more sustainable and better able to serve technical markets are not only technical in nature – general business skills are required for restructuring both internal and external/client-facing working relationships. • Closing the skills gap – aligning green and technical textile manufacturing needs with business priorities and product life cycle analysis. • Practical tools for small business and benchmarking strategies for manufacturers operating both domestically and internationally.