13 Nov 07
Launch Pad - Taking Textile Designers to Business

 Launch Pad is an annual award to support the successful implementation of a business project or a commercial design concept proposed by graduating textile designers from universities across Europe. Besides the financial award, the winner will profit from business networking and specific counseling to develop his/her plans.

The prestigious jury presided over by Olivier Fournier, CEO of HTH Holding Textile Hermès, with senior textile designers from the industry and deans of university faculties will present the first award winner at Heimtex, Frankfurt, on January 10, 2008. Application deadline is December 10, 2007.

“This award underlines our commitment to the European textile industry” says Dr. Michael Effing, Vice President Huntsman Textile Effects, EAME, “and is our contribution to ensuring a sustainable future for textile design made in Europe.”

The Germany-based non-profit association rooms for free e.V. is proud to co-ordinate the Launch Pad award ( The association maintains an international exchange forum for design universities in the centre of Europe focused on textiles, fashion and living space. Its objectives are to underscore the importance of creativity in Europe and to build interfaces between the textile business world and design academies.

Huntsman Textile Effects is a leading global supplier of textile solutions, manufacturing a broad range of dye and chemical products that enhance the color and performance properties of finished textiles. The business serves over 10,000 global customers from 11 manufacturing facilities located in eight countries.

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and commodity chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 15,000 employees and 78 operations in 24 countries. The Company had 2006 revenues of over $13 billion.

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