Innovations in electronic textiles are guided by the requirements of industry. This ensures that developments can happen in a wide range of areas such as clothing for athletes and development of wound dressings. There are also many possibilities for the use of electronic textiles within vehicle interiors. When the Advanced Textile Research Group met with industry partners and colleagues from the University of Southampton, safety overshoes were on hand, ready for a tour of the shop floor at IAC, Elmdon Trading Estate, where the process of assembling automotive parts was explained:
Dorothy Hardy gave a presentation on the work carried out by the Advanced Textile Research Group, highlighting the challenges and progress in incorporation of electronic components within yarn.