Technical textiles collaboration has been at the heart of a partnership between University of Bolton Professor Subhash Anand MBE and Baltex Managing Director Charles Wood, working together for more than 15 years.
Baltex made the move towards specialising in developing three-dimensional knitted fabrics in 2000, beginning their relationship then with leading authority on technical textiles, Prof Anand.
Together, Baltex and Prof Anand have worked on a number of research projects, the most recent being the patented Airospring cushion which helps prevent pressure sores, a medical condition which can affect people confined to a single position, such as wheelchair users or those confined to bed. Having developed the Airospring cushion, a mattress topper has now been created. The treatment of pressure sores costs the NHS up to £2.6bn a year.
Said Prof Anand: ‘Working in partnership with Baltex has been hugely productive and is paying dividends for the University in terms of the royalties being generated from the patent. The demand for these products is potentially global.’
Said Charles Wood: ‘I am very proud of the association with the University of Bolton which is providing world class research in the area of advanced textiles. It is a great advantage to all the employees at Baltex.’
The collaboration success story includes partnership developments such as orthopaedic support bandages for compression therapy, the world’s first single-layer three-dimensional fabric for venous leg ulcers and a knife-proof smart material for use as a protective vest to be used by the police and military. Over 15 years there have been three patents and six projects delivering outcomes.