i-Tex - intelligent and luminous textiles

Consortium

The i-Tex project consortium is a closed consortium with 5 partners: Royal Philips Electronics, SIOEN Industries NV, Technical University Eindhoven, TU/e, Fraunhofer-Einrichtung für Modulare Festkörper-Technologien and the French Institute for clothing and textiles, IFTH.

As the world’s leader in Lighting, Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is driving the switch to energy-efficient solutions. With worldwide electrical lighting using 19 per cent of all electricity, the use of energy-efficient lighting will significantly reduce energy consumption around the world. Philips provides advanced energy-efficient solutions for all segments. Philips is also a leader in shaping the future with exciting new lighting applications and technologies such as LED technology, which, besides energy efficiency, provides attractive benefits and endless new ‘never-before-possible’ lighting solutions. Within Philips Research research is performed on designing, prototyping and characterizing new concepts and on understanding the related visual perception for Lighting Applications and Display Applications. Innovative LED lighting systems are being created and tested such as thin luminaries, artificial windows, backlight systems for displays, LEDs embedded in textile, etc. Sophisticated optical modelling and characterization tools are used and advanced prototyping facilities are available.

French Institute for clothing and textiles, IFTH is one of the main research centres in Europe and the official Certification Centre for Textile and Clothing in France. IFTH's main mission for the last 50 years has been to develop new technologies in the textile and clothing industry and to share these technologies with all textile and apparel manufacturers in order to improve their productivity, competitiveness and profitability.IFTH researches on new textile technologies in the fields of chemistry grafting, technical textiles, finishing, printing, environment, energy, textile processes (spinning, weaving, knitting, nonwovens).More than ever, Research and its applications, improvements in productivity, innovations and the training that ensues, and trials and tests of new products have become unavoidable. This requires know-how in experimenting, references based on expertise in the industry, guarantees of objectivity and recognition at an international level. The scientific skill and qualification of its human resources, the complementary aspects of its technological centres, its reputation for excellence and its international relationships and partnerships make of the Institute an essential link in the new stakes of the world-wide Textile-Apparel Distribution network.

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The TU/e has approximately 2,500 employees including faculty, technical and administration staff. A total of 7,000 students are enrolled in twelve technical study programs, all of which grant internationally recognized degrees. The Department Polymer Chemistry and Technology is an integrated research center of the university and numbers approximately four academic staff members, eight technical research staff members, and 30 Ph.D., students and post-doctoral fellows. Annually, the department members and students produce around fifty publications and dissertations. Within the Department Polymer Chemistry and Technology the group ‘Functional Organic Materials and Devices’ performs research in the field of functional polymer materials for optical and mechanical applications in the fields of energy management, water treatment and healthcare. The group has four staff members and around 25 PhD students and Postdocs.

SIOEN Industries NV is a diversified stock quoted group with an extensive portfolio of products and activities: spinning, weaving and coating, manufacturing of clothing, production of fine chemicals and processing of technical textiles. Horizontal and vertical integration, diversification and permanent growth have driven us since 1960. SIOEN Industries NV is:

  • World leader in coated technical textiles
  • Strong specialist in high end technical apparel (protective clothing)
  • Specialist in fine chemicals
  • Global player in the processing of technical textiles (confectioning)

SIOEN Industries NV is a multinational with consumers, employees, business partners and shareholders on every continent. SIOEN has 3 divisions: Coating, Apparel and Chemicals. Every day, around the world, millions of people choose our products to protect themselves and their goods. Our mission “Protecting through innovation” is not a hollow slogan. By developing and producing innovative products that meet people’s and companies everyday needs, we have become world market leader in coated textiles.Our technical textiles are used for truck side curtains, tilts and tarpaulins, pool covers, tents and textile architectures, silo’s, flexible containers (flexitanks), publicity banners, filters, geogrids, road and roofing reinforcement, mining ducts, ventilation tubes, mattress and pillow covers, protective clothing, and many more.

Fraunhofer-Einrichtung für Modulare Festkörper-Technologien,  The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Solid State Technologies EMFT conducts research and development in the fields of microelectronics and micro system technology with approximately 110 employees in Munich and Regensburg. The Fraunhofer EMFT follows an interdisciplinary approach and combines conventional silicon and MEMS technologies with microfluidics, system integration and polytronics. The focus here is no more solely on miniaturization but primarily on heterogeneous technology integration and the development of smart systems. Solid state lighting is one important topic. The development of robust electronic systems requires a sound background in combined electrical, thermal, and optical characterization, environmental stress testing and failure analysis. EMFT offers all this as a service aiming for long term partnerships. Electrical testing and compact modelling covers ultra short high-current impulses associated with Electrostatic Discharge (ESD, VFTLP, CDM,…) as well as GHz signal transmission.