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itma11Barcelona - A total of 46 institutions have now applied to take part in the Research & Education (R&E) pavilion, making it a key highlight at this year?s ITMA exhibition.

Show organisers CEMATEX will be awarding grants to all the participants in the pavilion where the emphasis will be on knowledge-sharing, cross-fertilisation of ideas and more collaborative interactions with some of the world?s leading textile researchers and educators.

The grant is part of the celebratory effort by ITMA to commemorate six decades of successful staging of the exhibition series. Participants will showcase their projects, capabilities and programmes at their booths.

At the same time, a total of 24 abstracts have been approved for presentation at the R&E Speakers Platform. The presentations on process technology and textiles and R&D will be held from 23 to 25 September.

Among the participating institutions in the Speakers Platform are the Citt? Studi SpA; Ecole Nationale Sup?rieure d'Ing?nieurs Sud Alsace; Ghent University, Department of Textiles; Institut f?r Textil- und Verfahrenstechnik Denkendorf (ITV-Denkendorf); the Institut f?r Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA); Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM; Cetex Institut f?r Textil- und Verarbeitungsmaschinen gemeinn?tzige GmbH; London College of Fashion; Instituto Tecnol?gico Textil (AITEX); Institut D'investigaci? T?xtil I Cooperaci? Industrial de Terrassa-UPC; Shinshu University, Faculty of Textile Science and Technology from Japan.

Mr Jeroen Vits, Secretary General of SYMATEX (Belgium) and Chairman of the ITMA 2011 R&E Committee, said: ?The presenters hail from some of the best research institutions in the industry. Their participation will add excitement and draw a greater number of visitors to the R&E pavilion, especially those keen to learn more about developments that will impact the sustainable development of the textile and garment industry.?

As of July, over 1,300 exhibitors from 45 countries have applied to take part in the show. Some 70 per cent of the exhibitors are from European countries, with Italy fielding the largest contingent, followed by Germany and Switzerland. The remaining 30% are from non-European countries with top participation from India, Japan and China.


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