Researchers from RMIT's School of Fashion and Textiles are collaborating with Bekaert Textiles Australia to improve sleep quality by creating innovative and responsive mattress fabrics.
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TEXT ON SCREEN: Researchers from the School of Fashion and Textiles are collaborating with Bekaert Textiles Australia to improve sleep quality through mattress fabrics.
VISUAL: Luc Deleu speaks to camera.
LUC DELEU SPEAKS: You know, in Australia, the direct cost of sleep disorder was costed at a value of eight hundred and fifty million dollars. Bekaerts has always been advised in sleeping because we supply the bedding industry with fabrics, the fabrics going around the mattresses are supplied by Bekaerts. We try basically, to assist people to sleep better, safer and longer.
VISUAL: Associate Professor Rajiv Padhye, School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University, talks to camera.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR RAJIV PADHYE SPEAKS: So in this particular project from RMIT point of view, will be helping and assisting Bekhaert improve their existing product as well as to add some value by giving them some different coatings, finishes, also looking for moisture management, comfort and you know, thermal regulations.
LUC DELEU SPEAKS: It’s a very well known fact in the industry that RMIT is getting very active in the industry. We have seen the change from basic knitting and weaving to a very advanced product testing and analysis.
VISUAL: Associate Professor Lijing Wang, School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University talks to camera.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR LIJING WANG SPEAKS: We will test their products at Brunswick, we have testing facilities such as the skin model which simulate sweating, testing the thermal and vapour conductivity. We have other instruments as well, the are the latest technology we have, we are doing research and we can also help with industry.
LUC DELEU SPEAKS: They can take our knowledge a step further, because they have a few advantages, they are a research body, and we are here to basically run businesses. We hope that we can take now a couple steps further.
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TEXT ON SCREEN: RMIT University logo. www.rmit.edu.au
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