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Agreement between DOPM, Japan, and ITA, Germany, concerning tomorrow’s textiles

News International-French

13 Nov 2015

Professor Takeshi Kikutani, Department of Organic Polymeric Materials (DOPM) of Tokyo Institut of Technology, and Prof. Thomas Gries, Head of Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA) signed a cooperation agreement for the development of fibre materials for tomorrow’s textiles.

Svenja Schulze, Minister of Science in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), congratulates the attendees on their important contribution between the German-Japanese cooperation. The subscription of the cooperation agreement is one of the delegation’s topics which accompanies the minister during her travel through Japan.  The journey emphasises on issues of the ageing society, of the newest developments in robotic technology and of gender equality. The aim is to increase the international visibility of NRW as a topo location for science in Germany and also to further strengthen the good cooperation between North Rhine-Westphalian and Japanese Universities.

The contract among DOPM and ITA concentrates on the academic exchange in the next years and on the support of publicly funded research.

New material development for textile applications represents an important part to solve social problems like the sociodemographic change and the sustainable interaction with environment resources in the next decades. This is where fibre-reinforced composites e.g. for the broad usage of lightweight textiles in automotive engineering, textiles made of renewable raw materials or medical textiles like the textile heart valve can support and contribute to a higher quality of living.

Photo: Prof. Takeshi Kikutani, Department of Organic Materials (Head Kikutani Laboratory), Prof. Takehiko Mori, Head of Department of Organic and Polymeric Materials (DOPM), PD Dr. Gunnar Seide, Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA)  RWTH Aachen University and
Minister of Science of North-Rhine-Westphalia Ms. Svenja chulze (L-R)