New textile technologies developed for emergencies – a Spanish technology transfer group, Tecnalia Research & Innovation, has developed a smart textile with the ability to change shapes. Verstiff is a flexible textile that, when subjected to a vacuum, becomes as hard as conventional plastic. Releasing the vacuum reverts the textile to its flexible state. They see application for this textile especially in healthcare for emergency immobilization, but also in sport and the automotive field.
Technalia is also active in sustainable construction.