Smart Ideas for Textile Developments
Smart textile should have the goal to make our lives more pleasant, safer and easier. Sustainable developments and innovation go hand in hand, this presentation does show interesting examples, e.g. an insight in a heatable soft-shell solution. Entertainment, communications and electronics continue to exert an ever-growing influence on our lives, our achievements and our sense of well-being. This perpetuating trend increases the importance of building capabilities in the integration of conductive fibers and electronic components into our clothing and for the combination with devices.
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About the orator
Siegfried Winkelbeiner joined the Swiss company Schoeller Textil AG in February 2011, in April 2012 he took on the position as CEO. He brings many years of experience in the chemical industry from his previous roles at Ciba in Basel, Switzerland where he began with his apprenticeship as a textile technician. Following graduation as a Certified Chemist HTL in 1978, his career took him to South Africa and Thailand for many years. Following his return in 1985 to Basel, he held various positions in the international organization of Ciba Specialty Chemicals Inc. and was a member of the Global Leadership Board. From 2008 onwards, he was stationed in Hungary where he supervised the expansion of Ciba in Central and Eastern Europe. Ciba was taken over by BASF in 2009. Before joining Schoeller in February 2011, he was responsible for integration and change management at BASF.