Mr Arthur C Huang details recycling approach to turn urban waste to valuable materials
The Innovation and Technology Symposium organised by The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) was held on September 27 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong. The symposium fosters the discussion of technology development, serving as a platform for the industry exchange.
With the theme of “The Future of Innovation”, the symposium invited a number of speakers to shed light on topics that concerned the textiles and clothing industry. It not only serves as an interactive platform among the industry players, researchers and scholars, but also paves the way for new solutions to challenges.
Research deliverables display in the technology showcase of the Symposium
At the keynote presentation, Mr Arthur C Huang, the Founder and Managing Director of Minwiz Sustainable Energy Development Limited shared his insights on executable eco-solutions to solve urban waste problem, explaining the possibility of sustainable economic growth based on renewable resources.
Mr Frazer Mead, Head of Innovation and Quality, Far East, Marks and Spencer (Asia Pacific) Limited presented the topic of “Innovation – Perspective from a Global Brand”. The presentation explored the world of innovation from a global perspective across a wide variety of industries.
Introduction of polymer-rich functional nanocomposite fiber material
Regarding materials for wider applications in the future, Professor Zhu Meifang, Dean of College of Material Science and Engineering, Dong Hua University, introduced the development process, applications and research directions of polymer-rich functional nanocomposite fiber material.
Since the material has a wide application, such as military industry, aerospace industry, electronic industry and architecture industry, more studies on this issue are found recently. In the light of future development, Professor Zhu encouraged the government to give more resources to relevant research programme and training for researchers. The industry should also seize every opportunity to understand relevant technology development.
Sustainability development is encouraged
Apart from the keynote presentations delivered, five breakout sessions covered the topics of Smart and Advanced Evaluation Technology, Sustainability Development, Advanced Technology for Social Benefits, RFID and Information Systems, and Technology Advancement for Intimate Apparel respectively. In the session with the topic of “Advanced Technology for Social Benefits”, Mr Edwin Keh, Chief Executive Officer of HKRITA introduced a number of projects that are applicable to every aspect of the society. For instance, Better Quality Community Care of the Elderly which is a security alert system specially designed for elderly centres which take care of people with dementia; Intelligent Footwear System Embedded with Fabric Pressure Sensor which helps diabetic patients avoid foot damage.
Another session themed on Sustainability Development chaired by Prof Philip Yeung, Executive Director of Clothing Industry Training Authority, explained that activity-based carbon footprint modelling of the manufacturing processes of intimate apparel products, another HKRITA’s project further fostered the sustainable development of the textile and clothing industry.