06. September 2017 | Research & Development
Smart Textronics Centre in Ansan City, South Korea
The Smart Textronics Centre in Ansan focuses on the main themes of healthcare, smart wearables, and smart home.
On September 6, 2017, the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH, South Korea) and Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU, South Korea) together with the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA, Germany) opened the Smart Textronics Centre in Ansan City, South Korea, with a festive tape-cutting ceremony. This unique global cooperation brought the outstanding competences of the partners and their respective countries together, to allow them - in cooperation with small and medium-sized enterprises from both countries - to mass produce smart textiles and to start an international R&D program. ITA, as part of RWTH Aachen University, stands for automated textile production, which is constantly advanced in the Smart Textronics Centre in Aachen. The Korean partners in turn bring their excellent know-how in the area of textiles, consumer electronics and digitalisation to the table.
What are Smart Textronics?
Smart Textronics are intelligent textiles with electronic features. In this context “smart” stands for “intelligent” and „textronics" is a neologism, bringing together „textiles“ and „electronics“. The goal of the Smart Textronics Centre is the development of intelligent electronic textiles for healthcare, sport, outdoor, and protective gear applica-tions. Additional applications lie in the areas of smart wear, smart homes, and smart furniture. This can entail wearable textiles with electronic functions, textile products with integrated electronic com-ponents, smart textiles, electronic fibres, fibre-electronics, and textile electronics. In its activities, the Smart Textronics Centre in Ansan focuses on the main themes of healthcare, smart wearables, and smart home.