Clothing & Footwear
Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb, a subsidiary of Freudenberg Nonwovens, has reached another milestone on their way to higher social and ecological responsibility, by joining the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the company believes.
Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb will continue to focus on sustainability and environmental friendliness and will act now as a part of a global association of companies from the apparel and footwear industries committed to comply with fixed criteria in the areas of environmental protection and sustainability.
Lin Gowming, President of Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb Company, commented: “It is important to us to be part of the growing dynamics in our industry and actively shape this vital dynamic development. The aspect of sustainability plays an increasingly important role in the apparel and footwear industries. Only by using common benchmarks, our values become measurable and our performance will be quantifiable. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition offers an ideal platform to do this.”
Champion Thread, a leading producer and supplier of industrial sewing threads, yarns, narrow fabrics, and product identification solutions, will be showcasing its products at the Texprocess Americas 2014 trade fair that will be held from 13-15 May in Atlanta, GA.
As part of the Supply Chain USA pavilion, the company will exhibit a complete range of polyester, nylon, cotton, and flame retardant industrial sewing threads as well as its engineered, specialty and technical yarns.
What’s the collective noun for a group of Futurists? A “ponder” perhaps? I’ve never knowingly met one before but there were a whole bunch at London’s wearable technology show, which took place at Olympia last month. Inevitably, there were also quite a few Google Glass explorers (a “gaggle” of glass…? No? OK. I’ll stop that now).
Since its 1998 Canadian origin as a manufacturer of environmentally-friendly and ethically-produced clothing, CRAiLAR Technologies has focused on the development of a revolutionary, sustainable natural textile fibre. CRAiLAR’s technology is an enzymatic process for bast fibres such as flax and hemp that renders them as soft, durable, and absorbent as cotton.
Requiring less water and cultivation than cotton, bast fibres are believed to have the potential to fill an expected gap in the global demand for cotton.
The Supervisory Board of Lenzing has appointed Thomas Riegler to serve as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer for the next three years starting on 1 June 2014.
Born in Graz, Thomas Riegler studied business administration and has accumulated more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of financial management. He worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and held top international management positions in the Daimler Group.
BMSvision will exhibit the latest version of its Manufacturung Execution Systems (MES) for weaving, knitting, tufting and spinning, at ITMA Asia 2014 that will be taking place in Shanghai from16-20 June.
All of these systems include software modules for real time machine monitoring, production scheduling, fabric inspection, yarn inventory management and traceability.
Meryl Hyaluronan, the anti-ageing fibre produced by Nylstar, has been selected as the fibre to develop GT Calze’s new and exclusive Yaluronica cosmeto-textile product line.
The new product line was showcased during Cosmoprof Bologna 2014, which took place at the weekend. The launch is expected to mark a new direction for the cosmeto-textile segment.
RadiciGroup will exhibit its product lines – Dylar polypropylene spunbond nonwoven specialties and Dorix, and Radilon Staple Fibre staple products – at the Index 2014 international nonwovens exhibition that will be held from 8 to 11 April in Geneva, Switzerland.
“We have always been in the nonwovens market with our Radilon nylon staple portfolio. Now, showcasing our products at Index is an excellent opportunity for us, since it is an additional display window for our nylon staple products,” explained Filippo Bona, of Radici Yarn R&D.
“For a couple of years now, we have been considering certain industrial applications for our nonwovens, optimising our Dorix products specifically for these kinds of uses. Now, we are introducing a wide range of nylon 6 and 6.10 products to this particular market segment and are aiming at extending our portfolio with products having even better performance over a range of properties by the end of this year.”
Craft has introduced eVent fabrics in its Tech Rain Jacket for cycling enthusiasts for Spring 2014 season, adding to eVent’s family of sporting goods brands that use the original air permeable and waterproof technology.
Mattias Carlsson, Craft’s Product Manager for its bike category, commnted: “eVent fabrics has fantastic moisture transportation, combined with a lightweight feeling. We cannot compromise on function, and in eVent we found what we were looking for.”
“In some situations, we are aware that the Tech Rain Jacket might even be a lifesaver for riders at the very highest level in the worst conditions. When our team riders received the new jacket they were absolutely thrilled and think it’s a one-of-a-kind.”
Groz-Beckert, the leading provider of industrial machine needles, will be presenting its new products and service highlights at Texprocess Americas trade show for innovations in clothing manufacturing industry and textile processing, which takes place in Atlanta , GA, from 13- 15 May and runs parallel to Techtextil North America.
The main focus of the company at the exhibition is SEWING5, the new service concept, which stands for the five S (Supply, Solutions, Service, Superiority and Sustainability), which collectively stand for Groz-Beckert's consistent customer focus and its service expertise.
EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries today disclosed its preliminary European annual statistics for 2013. The release offers a comprehensive picture of the Nonwovens industry in Greater Europe, information which offers significant value a few days before the opening of INDEX 14, the world’s largest nonwovens exhibition.
Demand for antimicrobial fibres, textiles and apparel is set for strong growth, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence – Antimicrobial fibres, fabrics and apparel: innovative weapons against infection .
Demand will be spurred primarily by growing awareness among consumers of the importance of personal hygiene and the health risks posed by certain microorganisms.
Messe München International is moving ISPO Beijing to a time slot one month earlier than usual in 2015. This one-time change had to be made because of the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated during the usual date range for ISPO Beijing.
Asia’s most powerful sports business platform will be held from 28-31 January 2015 at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing.
The Dutch Zaanstreek-Waterland fire brigade has opted for TenCate high-tech fabrics in their turnout gear. The protective materials from TenCate will be used in 800 new fire-fighting suits that will be supplied in partnership with the LHD Group in Germany.
TenCate Millenia fabrics will be used for the lightweight outer shell, the protective thermal liner and reinforcement parts. The first 285 suits are expected to be delivered in July.
The international textile and clothing industry will be presenting itself for the third time at Texprocess, the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials, that will be taking place from 4-7 May 2015 in Frankfurt.
“Thanks to a clear increase in visitors and robust exhibitors’ figures, Texprocess continued to consolidate its position as a leading international trade fair in 2013,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.
ATCC, the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colourists, will be focusing on two main topics – filtration and UV protective clothing – during its April series of webinars.
The new edition of the ACIMIT Green Guide has been available since early March. It provides a summary of the actions taken by Italian textile machinery firms in the field of sustainability, in terms of savings in resources used during the textile production process.
Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT commented: “This guide supports the strong commitment of Italy’s textile machinery industry to the issue of sustainability.”
The Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) Green Guide illustrates the sustainable technologies supplied by Italian textile machinery manufacturers.
Adidas has launched a new cooling apparel technology called Climachill which incorporates an innovative knitted fabric with titanium and industry first 3D aluminium cooling sheres.
The technology is said to provide an instant chilling sensation to help athletes' performance in warm conditions by lowering their body temperature so they can train harder, run longer, retain their focus and compete at the highest level.
“At adidas we are constantly striving to create innovations to make the athlete comfortable so they can focus on performance,” said Heike Leibl, Senior Vice President of training at adidas. “The aluminium cooling spheres used in the Climachill range provide an instant chill effect to keep the athlete at their peak optimum temperature to perform at their best in any conditions.”
Groz-Beckert, the leading provider of industrial machine needles, will be presenting its new products and service highlights at ITMA Asia + CITME trade fair that is due to be held in Shanghai, China, from 16-20 June.
In the centre of Groz-Beckert’s show presence stands the TexCar – a Mercedes-Benz E-Class model that was rebuilt so that nearly all of the textiles used in its manufacture were laid open.
This exhibit allows a free view of woven and knitted fabric, nonwovens and seams, and demonstrates the diversity of textile applications. The use of textiles goes beyond seat covers, carpets and car mats. They are also featured in safety equipment, such as airbag and safety belt, and under the hood and at the wheels.
About two and a half million people in Germany regularly work for eight hours or more in the sun, the Hohenstein Institute reports. Their risk of developing skin cancer is twice as high as that of those employees who do not work outdoors.
Only a very few of them wear special UV-protective clothing, as recommended by the trade unions and the German Social Accident Insurance Association (DGUV). However, the pressure on employers to require such clothing to be worn and make it available, may now increase considerably, the Institute believes.
The Institute has developed combinations of materials in order to improve the functionality of protective fabrics, taking wearer’s comfort into account.
The 2014 winners for the FabricLink Network's Top 10 Innovation Awards include CRAiLAR , Edema Stocking, ELUTE, EQ-Top Seismic Wallpaper, Geckskin, GeoDetect , Mushroom Materials, PurThread, and QMilk, and RamTect.
Kathlyn Swantko, President of the FabricLink Network, commented: “The research and development required to launch these award winning advancements often extends over several years. This year’s winners include products that can be used in a broad range of industries and consumer applications, and represent some of the best innovative achievements in the textile industry.”
Danish smart textiles consultancy Ohmatex ApS, has published its latest White Paper – Market Opportunities for Smart Textiles 2014 - just in time for The Wearable Technology Show which takes place in London today and tomorrow. The eleven page document, which can be downloaded at the foot of this article, outlines the position of smart textile wearable devices within the wider Wearable Technology industry.
The leading skate-wear manufacturer Hunter Sportswear will launch its latest innovation, a safety glove for ice-skaters with the highest class 5 cut resistance, at SPOVAK that will be held from 16-17 March 2014 in Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands.
The glove represents a breakthrough in hand safety, the company reports. It is designed to offer users the highest level of cut resistance, combined with a high level of comfort. Thanks to its light weight, the glove is said to be able to provide wearer comfort comparable to that of standard sports gloves.
Jeroen de Vries, Hunter spokesperson, commented: “These gloves have been well received in trials – and now that they have been successfully introduced, Hunter will continue to develop new solutions for other protective ice-skating wear, using advanced Dyneema Diamond Technology.”
The fourth combined ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition that will be taking place from 16-20 June 2014 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre is gearing up for another mega showcase.
The show will take 15% larger space than during the last edition in 2012. To-date, the event has attracted the participation of 1,351 textile machinery manufacturers from 27 countries and regions.
Charles Beauduin, President of CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, said: “Textile machinery manufacturers are still buoyant about the Asian market, particularly China. Investments in cost-effective technology to help the textile and garment industry stay ahead of the competition are still strong. As such, our combined show will continue to be the unrivalled marketing platform for textile machinery manufacturers tapping into the vibrant China market.”
On 28 May 2014, the six-month Blue Dot space mission lifts off. A German astronaut from ESA will be among those on board the International Space Station ISS, who will be carrying out about 40 experiments.
These will include the Specatex project, the first clothing physiology experiments to be carried out in weightlessness, which it is hoped will shed light on the interaction between body, clothing and climate.
The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) will host the third biennial edition of its SPESA VIP Networking Event on 13 May 2014 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta Georgia.
Held in conjunction with the co-located Texprocess Americas, Techtextil North America and JEC Show Americas tradeshow events, the popular opening evening event will provide show exhibitors and attendees with an exclusive opportunity to dine and network with fashion, sewn products, and technical textile industry leaders and peers.
The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, CEMATEX, has announced that it will provide a grant to all participants of the Research and Education Pavilion at ITMA 2015 that will take place from 12-19 November in Milan, Italy.
Charles Beauduin, President of CEMATEX, explained: “Investments in research and development, as well as education and training, are extremely important if the textile and garment industry is to stay ahead of the technology curve. Due to strong response and positive feedback following our initiative at ITMA 2011, we have decided to continue to provide the grant to pavilion participants at ITMA 2015.”
Archroma, a leader in specialty chemicals, will participate in the upcoming China Outdoor Sports Industry Summit 2014 that will take place from 12-14 March at the Crowne Plaza Century Park Hotel, Shanghai, China.
TenCate Protective Fabrics supplies the protective fabric TenCate Defender M for the uniforms of the special units of the Dutch army on its mission in Mali.
The new Multicam combat clothing is fit for military operations under extreme conditions. The uniforms meet the high demands of combat clothing for special units, such as flame retardancy, insect repellence and optimal wearing comfort, the company reports.
Nike has launched a brand new Magista football boot based on its revolutionary Flyknit technology. Nike Flyknit technology first appeared in running shoes for the London Olympics but this is the first time it has been used in football (soccer) boots. The boot was unveiled by FC Barcelona playmaker Andrés Iniesta in Spain yesterday and is said to give players unprecedented fit, feel and control.
There’s a wealth of know-how in fibres and yarns for technical textiles behind the small Dutch company Applied Polymer Innovations BV (API).
Based in Emmen, it has brought together around 20 of the key specialists who have previously worked at now-vanished major European producers including Enka, Akzo Nobel, Acordis and Diolen. Today, it is largely involved in R&D and lab and pilot-scale activities.
A designer of fastening solutions YKK is showcasing its new collections at the Spring/Summer 2015 session of Modamont international trade fair that takes place from 18-20 February in Paris.
Due to hit the stores in summer 2015, YKK has come up with a new twist on sophisticated zippers using a singular modern material that is both sensual and functional – Alcantara, for an upmarket, high-performance zipper, suitable for various applications.
Alcantara is a mock suede type fabric, which is produced by combining an advanced spinning process (producing very low denier bi-component "islands in the sea" fibre) and chemical and textile production processes (needle punching, buffing, impregnation, extraction, finishing, dyeing, etc.) which interact with each other.
Orders for textile machinery rose during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to figures provided by the economics department at ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers. The development shows a 5% increase compared to the previous quarter.
However, on the domestic side, orders fell by 15%, due to a highly critical situation for the Italian market. Exports rose by 7% over the previous quarter, and remain the main growth driver for Italian manufacturers.
Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT, commented: “We’re quite satisfied with our performance on foreign markets, although we remain somewhat distressed by the situation in our domestic market. Abroad, our promotional efforts for 2014 will serve to help us find new business opportunities in growing markets.”
Groz-Beckert will be exhibiting its selected knitting and felting needles at Exintex 2014 exhibition that takes place from 11-14 March 2014 in Puebla, Mexico, where a broad spectrum of new products from the textile, apparel and thread industry will be on display.
On Tuesday, Japan’s Toray Industries announced it would invest $1 billion in a new carbon fibre manufacturing facility in South Carolina. There has also been a lot of recent press coverage about the revival of the US textiles industry and the ‘Made in America’ movement.
A new sweating thermal articulated manikin, built to look like a 175 cm tall man and with fully jointed limbs, has been named ‘Sherlock’ by customers and employees of the Hohenstein Institute.
The latest piece of test equipment in the Clothing Physiology department came from the manufacturer MWNT with the name ‘Newton’.
It is now the latest member of a large ‘test family’, which helps the experts at the international textile test and service centre to investigate and optimise the wearing comfort of textile products of all kinds.
The leading conference and event for the latest innovations in wearable technology, the Wearable Technology Show, has announced its lineup of keynote speakers.
Comprised of some of the biggest names in the wearable space, these exclusive keynotes lead an array of more than 80 speakers, comprising the largest conference progranme of any wearable technology event. The show will take place from 18-19 March 2014, at the Olympia Conference Centre, London.
Albany International, an advanced textiles and materials processing company with core businesses in machine clothing and engineered composites, has reported $8.7 million income for the fourth quarter 2013.
These results were increased by a net reduction in restructuring costs of $2.1 million and income tax adjustments of $0.6 million, and were decreased by foreign currency revaluation losses of $1.6 million. The company also expects a strong position for its Machine Clothing business in 2014.
Retail demand for clothing in South Africa has expanded significantly since the world recession, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence – Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in South Africa. But the main beneficiaries have been foreign suppliers rather than the industry in South Africa itself.
The retail sector in South Africa has expanded as a result of an improvement in the distribution of goods and the development of suburban shopping centres, and a stimulation of consumer demand stemming from low interest rates, real wage increases, increases in government subsidies and low inflation.
It sometimes seems as if every second person in Germany owns a Jack Wolfskin jacket, with its familiar paw logo. The brand – which employs 700 people in Germany and had 2013 turnover of €324 million – is tremendously popular in the country due to the quality and functionality of its garments, based around tried and tested material concepts like the Texapore range of waterproof shells.
The brand’s popularity is growing elsewhere too. Despite a slight downturn in sales in its key markets of Germany and Austria in 2013 – in line with general trends – sales for the company in the UK were up by 45% and also in China by 25%.
Textile manufacturer Auburn Manufacturing has created its own ‘Country of Origin’ certificate in response to rising US Government and private industry requirements for proof that its textile products are made in America.
The AMI certificate attests that the products are made in the USA — from yarn to finished product — at the company's manufacturing facilities in Maine. The certificate also identifies textiles that comply with the Berry Amendment, a statutory requirement concerning Department of Defense.
“When we certify that our products are ‘Made in the USA’, we mean that not only are the products themselves assembled in the United States, but that virtually all of the components are also made in the United States,” explained Kathie Leonard, AMI president and CEO.
A perfect storm of overlapping trade show schedules and an east coast blizzard reduced attendance at the Outdoor Retailer’s Winter Market 2014, held January 22 to 25 in Salt Lake City. Although the halls of the Salt Palace seemed quieter than usual, there was plenty of enthusiasm for the new products and technologies developed for winter weather from the more than 1,050 exhibitors.
An important trend was the development of hybrid yarns, fabrics, and technologies that improved product function and often resulted in cost benefits. For example, the iconic down puffer jacket saw a number of innovative concepts in insulation, driven by the recent 30% rise in the cost of down, and the controversy over the force-feeding and live-plucking of geese.
Decades after many people thought the US textile industry was dead, the industry generated $54 billion in shipments in 2012 and employed about 233,000 people.
Business is on the upswing as Southern states, in particular, woo textile companies with tax breaks, reliable utilities, modern ports and airports and a dependable, trained and non union workforce.
In 2013, companies in Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, Great Britain, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Switzerland, as well as in the US, announced plans to open or expand textile plants in Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Miniaturisation of electronic components and the use of conductive materials and other structures have enabled the development of smart textiles.
Growing demand for connectivity and enhancement in wireless technologies is expected to further market growth over the next few years, according to a report published by Grand View Research, a market research and consulting company.
This report takes a closer look at the smart textiles industry, providing a holistic perspective on market dynamics, trends, supply and demand. The study aims at providing granular information, regarding estimates and forecasts for key lens types including polarised and non-polarised, as well as major end-use industries including fashion and entertainment, sports and fitness, medical, transportation, protection and military and architecture.
Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo and materials developer Toray have been working on joint projects and have now announced one called Hitoe, which means ‘one layer’ in Japanese.
It is a cloth that contains Toray's nanofibres that are coated in a transmittable layer. It is a nicotine-patch sized square you attach to it that does the sensing.
The chapter on fibres and yarns is expected to grow at ITMA 2015, the international textile and garment machinery exhibition that will take place from 12- 19 November 2015 at Fiera Milano Rho in Milan, Italy.
As the textile and garment industry moves towards making a tangible commitment to sustainability, the chapter will now include a new sub-chapter on recycled fibres and yarns.
A climate controlling Outlast polyester phase change material (PCM) has been awarded as top innovation for the season Fall/Winter 2015-2016. It has been elected by an international Jury at ISPO Textrends 2014 as TOP 10 Winner for the category ’Second layer’.
For eight years now, Outlast Technologies, market leader for textile temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), is working together with the Portuguese company A. Sampaio, a well known leader for knitted fabrics.
A.Sampaio has designed new Outlast knits for the season Autumn/Winter 2015/16 and presents functional Outlast fabrics at the ISPO trade fair taking place from 26-29 January in Munich, Germany.
More than 80,000 visitors from 110 countries came to ISPO Munich that took place from 26-29 January. This year, the trade show experienced a strong increase of visitors from other nations, such as the USA and Russia.
Klaus Dittrich, Chairman of the Management of Messe München, commented: “The atmosphere at ISPO Munich 2014 was very good. All relevant statistics are extremely positive, and once again confirm our role as the international leading platform for the entire sports business.”
Oeko-Tex Association has stated that children's clothing that meets the strict requirements of Oeko-Tex Standard 100 does not pose any health risks for consumers, following a study published by the environmental organisation Greenpeace.
In its paper entitled ‘A little story about the monsters in your closet’, the organisation criticised numerous discoveries of harmful substances in children's clothing from renowned brand manufacturers.
Despite various challenges facing international outdoor markets, Messe Friedrichshafen is upbeat about OutDoor 2014. Early this year, exhibition space bookings were encouraging, indicating brisk business on the 85,000-square-metre site as a whole.
From 10-13 July 2014, over 900 exhibitors from more than 45 countries will be making their way to Lake Constance for the leading European trade show. They will be showcasing their latest outdoor products and discussing trends at the start of the new season.
EDANA and INDA, the leading international trade associations for the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries based in Europe and North America, respectively, have announced that they will harmonize their mission and vision to advance the success of their member companies.
A fledgling company called Electroloom wants to enter the apparel market by 3-D printing basics, like T-shirts and sweaters.
So far, Electroloom says, 3-D printed clothing has yet to produce truly wearable products - we've seen fashion-as-art, like Iris van Herpen’s creations, gimmicks, seen on the Victoria’s Secret runway, and plenty of jewellery and accessories.
Karl Mayer has announced that LIBA Maschinenfabrik GmbH, which it acquired recently, is to be renamed Karl Mayer Liba Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH.
As a result of the placement of a corporate bond in November 2013, Germany’s Sympatex Technologies GmbH is to substantially expand its latest Tection technical textiles division with the aim of consistently developing innovative technologies and products for industrial applications.
As the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition is drawing ever closer, the absorbent solutions provider, Technical Absorbents Limited (TAL) reports it is in full preparation for what it expects will be an extremely busy four exhibition days. INDEX will commence in Geneva on 8th April and the Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturer will again have a presence at the event.
At the start of the year, the OEKO-TEX Association has, as usual, updated the valid test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with its OEKO-TEX Standard 100. The following new regulations have been provided with comment from OEKO-TEX and come into force on 1 April 2014 for all certifications, following a three-month transition period:
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the appointment of Joan Izzo as its new Director of Marketing. Izzo brings years of experience in marketing for international nonwovens and advanced material companies to the position.
Hyosung, the world’s largest producer of spandex, has announced a new brand campaign to promote its newest sub-brands for specialty products in the creora spandex range.
Newlife, a complete range of yarns certified 100% from recycled post-consumption PET bottles, produced by Saluzzo Yarns, will be featured in the Spring-Summer 2014 collection of Weekend Max Mara. The garments of Weekend Max Mara made in Newlife will be sold in 1500 stores of about 50 countries worldwide.
First introduced at Expofil, leader exhibition in the yarns and fibres sector, in February of 2011, the Newlife polymer range is now used by over fifty associate companies to obtain textiles for many applications; fashion, outdoor clothing, sportswear and technical outfitting, underwear, workwear, medical and protective clothing, not to mention home furnishing, interior and outdoor design.
Unifi’s Repreve brand will return as the official recycling sponsor of ESPN’s X Games Aspen, which will take place from 23-26 January 2014.
Repreve says it is helping make X Games Aspen ‘greener’ by turning more than 100,000 recycled plastic bottles into ESPN course signage and lanyards, as well as Repreve based merchandise such as shirts and beanies.
Repreve is also launching a consumer driven #TurnItGreen campaign that will focus on education and engagement around recycling and Repreve.
ISPO Munich, a leading trade fair for the sporting goods, will dedicate the completely restructured hall to the megatrend health style. The Health & Fitness area will be focusing on the key topics ‘Health at the Workplace’ and ‘Sport Shoes and Game Consoles’.
Top-rate speakers and experts from sports, industry, science and medicine will discuss and present the latest trends from fitness, company health management, nutrition and prevention areas in panel discussions and talks at the show that will take place from 26-29 January 2014.
Schoeller, a Swiss producer of highly functional fabrics and textile technologies, has introduced its 2015/16 Schoeller Collection, that is dominated by prints, sophisticated fabrics, 3D textile structures and washable wool blends.
Sportswear becomes even more fashionable and fashion more functional, the company reports. In the colours of the forest, the world of science fiction or classic street wear, the universal functional fabrics are suited for different kind of outfits, according to designers.
Leading Italian producer of thermal insulation for apparel and sleeping bags Thermore will be showcasing its Aria thermal padding at the ISPO Munich trade fair that will be taking place from 26-29 January.
The company has developed its innovation, which is now available with the additional value of a distinctive and more responsible quality, due to a new blend with 50% recycled fibres, it reports.
The Professional Clothing Awards 2014, which celebrates achievement in the workwear, corporate wear and PPE industry, will be hosted by Ruth Morris, Uniform Manager for the Rugby World Cup 2015 and manager of the uniform programme for the successful 2012 London Olympics.
Ruth will be responsible for kitting out more than 6,000 people, who are supporting the landmark Rugby World Cup 2015, the third-largest sporting event in the world, in which 20 international teams will travel to England to compete for rugby’s highest honour.
The leading supplier of high-tech textiles Paltex has developed a new Glow Reflective fabrics project. Following the success at the Performance Days 2013 trend fair, the company has concentrated on this project and it will now showcase its portfolio at ISPO Munich and Premiere Vision Paris on 22 January and 18 February respectively.
Messe Frankfurt is expanding its successful Techtextil brand to the growing technical textile markets in the Middle East, introducing Techtextil Dubai that will take place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 19- 21 January 2014.
After a success few days earlier this year at Techtextil Frankfurt, UK based Technical Absorbents (TAL) – a leader in superabsorbent product technologies – has opted to take a stand on the Techtextil pavilion at this inaugural event.
Gaziantep, the centre of the Southeastern Turkey, is getting prepared to host the world’s textile and ready to wear industries, at OTM 2014 Middle East Textile Machinery Exhibition, which expects to welcome local and international participants.
Tüyap Tüm Fuarcılık and Teknik Fuarcılık, which organised the ITM Texpo Eurasia, a textile machinery exhibitionwere partners at a new meeting in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia. The event is organised with the collaboration of the Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce.
Developments in technologies for head protective gear are set to fuel growth in the market for sports gear, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence – Performance Apparel Markets - Product developments and innovations (Q3, 2013).
Although head protection represents a significant segment of the market for sports gear, sports helmets have remained essentially the same for decades as large manufacturers of helmets and the helmet testing industry have been resistant to change.
Nature is a rich source of inspiration for the development of technical solutions, which are being created within the framework of bionics, Karl Mayer, the textile machinery manufacturer, reports.
In order to make middle-class and industrial users aware of the end-use potential of this innovative scientific discipline, the series of events 'Bionics in operation' will take place again next year, focusing on technical textiles and composites. The event is planned for 13 February 2014 and will be held at Karl Mayer in Obertshausen.
Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions, has successfully completed a large-scale trial of its new SigNature T anti-counterfeiting platform to assure identity and originality of textiles and apparel.
The trial displayed the capacity of the APDN platform for use in protecting massive international cotton crops from counterfeiting and dilution.
Dr James Hayward, CEO and President of Applied DNA Sciences commented: “We believe that the great success of this trial shows that the APDN anti-counterfeiting platform for textiles will be the worldwide gold standard for brand identity assurance in textiles. APDN can now mark massive volumes of product, on both American and foreign soils, and assure integrity of the textile supply chain at an unprecedented level.”
Leading technical textile and nonwovens companies will showcase the latest products and technological advancements in textiles, nonwovens and materials during Techtextil North America 2014 that will be taking place from 13-15 May 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Techtextil North America represents all vertical aspects of the technical textile industry from research and development, through raw materials and production processes, to conversion, further treatment and recycling.
Workers in metal foundries are exposed to many dangers, including not only the extreme heat but also splashes of molten metal. Products designed to give protection against this hazard must be tested for compliance with, among other standards, DIN EN ISO 9185.
Now manufacturers of protective textiles or textile based personal protection equipment (PPE) can have their products tested within 10 to 15 working days at the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim for the protection they offer against molten metal splash.
Messe München is reacting to market demand during this year's ISPO Beijing and the ISPO Academy in Shanghai and is starting the first summer ISPO in China in 2015.
According to the organisers, the desire of the industry for the summer platform in China has been expressed increasingly at ISPO Beijing, which has taken place for the past 10 years. In addition to Winter ISPO, it should simplify the required market coverage.
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, the premier trade event featuring the outdoor recreation market including industry manufacturers and top retail buyers, reconvenes from 22-25 January 2014 at the Salt Palace Convention Center Salt Lake City, UT.
Kicking off the trade event is the annual All Mountain Demo that will take place on 21 January at Solitude Mountain Resort with hands-on opportunities to test the largest collection of outdoor products and backcountry gear.
Faults in product development can be expensive for clothing manufacturers, researchers for the Hohenstein Institute report. Inconsistencies in the materials, pattern, workmanship and function in the creative design process are said to put the efficiency of measuring the quality control at risk, due to the lack of central procedure for documentation or process monitoring.
As part of a research project, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim have been looking at the QM tools that would be appropriate for the short and creative product development cycle that occurs in the clothing industry.
Project manager Simone Morlock commented: “Our aim was to find a solution that is really geared towards the processes and the demand for creativity in the clothing industry, as well as what was possible from the point of view of organisation and timescales.”
According to warp knitting machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer, warp-knitted spacer fabrics produced on the RD 6/1-12 and RD 7/2-12 (EL) are absolutely indispensable nowadays for use as upholstery fabrics and shoe textiles.
Groz-Beckert will be presenting its Tufting Gauge Part System at the Domotex 2014, the leading trade fair for carpeting and flooring that will take place from 11-14 January at Hanover, Germany.
The company is putting the emphasis particularly on tuft systems for applications such as automotive, artificial, and wall-to-wall.
More than 1,000 exhibitors from around 70 countries will also present the novelties and trends of the coming season at the show.
Performance Days trade fair for the newest functional fabrics for sportswear and workwear, that took place in Munich from 19-21 November, has reached a record 1020 visitors, an increase of 15.7% compared to the previous November edition.
The show says it has also achieved great results in terms of satisfaction level of visitors and exhibitors, scoring the ‘Best’ ratings in the opinion survey for the fair that just ended.
Vestagen Technical Textiles has raised an additional $7.3 million in an extension of its recent financing round. Existing investor Advent Life Sciences was joined in the extension by new investors Sofinnova HealthQuest Capital and the Clearwell Group.
The extension brings the total raised by Vestagen in this financing round to $15.5 million. In conjunction with the financing extension, Randy Scott, partner at Sofinnova HealthQuest Capital, is joining the Vestagen Board of Directors.
Applied DNA Sciences has announced the rollout of SigNature T, a new DNA-based security platform specifically for textiles and apparel, made by a proprietary (patent pending) technology that is said to enable the company to identify textile raw materials as well as finished products.
New binding and extraction techniques have enabled a cost-effective, even more flexible and robust anti-counterfeiting and anti-diversion protection for textiles and apparel, including military protective wear, the company reports.
Dr James A. Hayward, CEO and President, Applied DNA Sciences, commented: “We believe that the existing climate of counterfeiting and diversion within the textile industry is about to experience a dramatic change. Manufacturers armed with SigNature T markers, will gain the upper hand with a flexible, forensic, impenetrable product authentication tool, protecting textiles from fibre to hanger.”
Global bioplastics leader NatureWorks and 3Dom Filament, a new technology startup with extensive Ingeo PLA technical experience, are supporting the rapidly growing 3D printing industry by combining the latest NatureWorks’ Ingeo PLA resins with 3Dom’s state-of-the-art filament manufacturing processes.
Ireland based 3DOM Filament is an independent company newly formed to supply Ingeo filament to the additive manufacturing market.
The town of Boennigheim has named a new access road to the internationally Hohenstein Institute after the name of Prof Dr-Ing. Otto Mecheels, the founder of the Institute. Otto-Mecheels-Straße leads from the Schlossfeld residential area to Schloss Hohenstein.
A new building was also named after the textile researcher at the Hohenstein Institute in October.
A team of scientists from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has reported advancements in textile battery structures, which exhibit comparable electrochemical properties with metal foil cells and also have some of the features of textiles.
The new research, featured in a recent issue of Nanoletters, is said to help to address the problem of lack of textile properties such as drapability and wash durability of smart textiles containing electronic materials.
The leading international sports business exhibition ISPO Munich adds a number of new exhibitors to its 2014 lineup.
ISPO Munich will be held from 26-29 January at the Messe München exhibit centre and will now feature the new Padel Tennis Village, as well as the expanded Health segment with its own dedicated exhibit hall.
Online trading and marketing are currently some of the widely discussed issues in the industry. The forthcoming Heimtextil exhibition in Frankfurt am Main will include a special two-day lecture series for retailers and e-commerce novices.
Throughout the trade fair, that will be held from 8-11 January, the Webchance Academy, a lecture forum on successful internet advertising and selling, will provide information on opportunities in online selling and marketing.
On the 8 and 10 January e-commerce experts will share their insights on the latest developments in online marketing. Also, retailers will report on their web activities, their entry into internet commerce and their journeys towards becoming multichannel suppliers.
Unifi has purchased the assets of American Drawtech, a division of Dillon Yarn Corporation, which were relocated to the company's manufacturing facility in Yadkinville this summer, as part of a commissioning agreement between the two companies.
The assets consist of draw winding equipment, and the deal comes as part of its mix enrichment strategy that includes introducing REPREVE and other premier value-added (PVA) products into the mid-tenacity flat yarn markets.
Sonobond, a leader in the application of ultrasonic bonding and welding technology, will showcase its ultrasonic equipment for assembling body armour, including the SeamMaster High Profile Ultrasonic Sewing Machine, at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show that will take place from 14-17 January 2014 in Las Vegas.
Ultrasonic technology is increasingly being used as an assembly method for body armour. “One of the reasons behind the growing preference for ultrasonic assembly is the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) wet-conditioning standards that require ballistic vests to be waterproof, even after submersion for 30 minutes,” explained Sonobond Vice President Melissa Alleman.
“More than 30 manufacturers now use Sonobond equipment because it reliably seals the outer nylon shell, protecting the ballistic-resistant material inside from the damaging effects of exposure to moisture.”
Pakistan’s vertically integrated textile manufacturing company Nishat Mills is installing a new Thermex 5500 continuous dyeing system along with an Econtrol unit at its fabric plant in Lahore, ordered through the local representative Al Ameen Trading.
The installation will put the company on course to finish some 4.5 million metres of fabric monthly, whilst its current output is 3.5 million metres. This is expected to allow it to service important new contracts, such as supplying the camouflage gear for the Pakistan Army.
When I mentioned I was going to an event called Stretch-Flex, there were a few raised eyebrows among those who know me but had never imagined me at a yoga retreat. Indeed, walking through Eindhoven’s impressive High Tech Campus en-route to the Holst Centre on a quiet, clear November morning, the setting would have been quite appropriate had that been the case. The Flex-Stretch conference and workshop, however, were definitely not for those seeking a Zen state of calm. Instead a blistering pace of presentations, hands on demonstrations and poster displays was designed to stretch the grey matter and flex the jaw muscles of the delegates and it did so very successfully.
Heimtextil international trade fair for home and contract textiles, taking place from 8-11 January, has enlarged its programme. Renowned architects and furnishing experts will discuss current issues relating to the contract business at the new ‘Contract Square’ area.
Heimtextil also offers information about e-commerce for retailers and IT developments in the hotel business at ‘Lecture Square’. The programme of the leading trade fair for the sector will also include additional conference and lecture themes.
Messe Frankfurt is expanding its Techtextil brand to the growing technical textile markets in the Middle East. After a successful few days earlier this year at Techtextil Frankfurt, UK-based Technical Absorbents Limited (TAL), a leader in superabsorbent product technologies, has opted to take a stand on the Techtextil pavilion at this inaugural event.
The Techtextil Middle East Symposium and the associated Techtextil Pavilion is expected to provide a greater opportunity for TAL to expand its activities within the region and provide robust platforms for access into the market.
Oeko-Tex has launched a new online buyers guide to its certified companies at www.oeko-tex.com.
When searching for suitable suppliers and production facilities, purchasing organisations and retailers now have at their disposal an extensive network of manufacturers from around the world who can offer a range of textiles in every conceivable quality for the most diverse of fields of application. By using the Oeko-Tex Buying Guide, interested companies can access this international company network, which is in the form of an interactive database with different search filters.
Around 10,000 companies from over 90 countries and at all levels of the value-creation chain currently participate in Oeko-Tex Standard 100 product certification.
Oerlikon Barmag claims to have set a new benchmark for the efficient production of polyester fibres with its new yarn winder WINGS POY 1800.
The new winding unit is said to boost productivity by a further 20 % using virtually the same amount of production space as the previous model. “With WINGS POY 1800, we are once again underscoring our technological leadership in the area of filament spinning. We will use this technology to sustainably bolster our market share of more than 40 % in the manmade fibre machinery industry,” explained Stefan Kross, CEO of Oerlikon's Manmade Fibers Segment.
In a first-ever effort to foster greater collaboration between the EU and US apparel and footwear industries, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) will host a two part webinar series that explores market access opportunities across the United States and the European Union.
According to CO2 Nexus, the producer of CO2-based textile and garment cleaning solutions, traditional cleanroom laundries and other service centres that launder textiles and garments worn in controlled environments are faced with high capital and operating costs, and create significant sustainability impacts.
The company believes these costs are in large part driven by the water-based infrastructure and processing steps needed to meet cleanroom garment standards.
By replacing water-based methods with liquid carbon dioxide (CO2)-based cleaning methods, operational costs, capital infrastructure, and sustainability impact can all be significantly reduced, according to the company.
V-ZUG AG from Zug, Switzerland, that develops and produces high quality appliances for the kitchen and laundry room, was awarded the quality label of the Hohenstein Institute for their product Refresh Butler.
The device is said to refresh textiles without washing while the new technology also actively reduces microorganisms.
The Hohenstein Quality Label ‘Innovative Technology’ documents that a product has been extensively and independently tested with regard to both functionality and innovation potential.
Having last reviewed the Smart Fabrics conference in 2009, but attended several in between, I anticipated an interesting event and wasn’t disappointed; Barcelona 2013 was, I felt, the best curated and most inspiring conference yet.
Around 120 delegates attended for 3 days (2 half days and one full) and as ever at the Smart Fabrics conference, the audience cross section was as interesting as the speaker selection; For those in the business or new to it, Smart Fabrics still represents one of the best networking opportunities in the calendar. Four years ago, I recall both the agenda and audience being largely academic. Perhaps reflecting how far the industry has evolved since then, the bias of this year’s conference was firmly commercial. Even the academic delegates tended to be from the commercial rather than research departments of their respective universities.
Nylstar, one of the leading suppliers of nylon 6.6, known for its Meryl yarns brand, has announced it will investment more than Euro 1.2 million to enable it to significantly increase its annual production capacity from 15,000 to 17,000 tons.
Sioen Industries, a producer of technical textiles, fine chemicals and high-tech protective clothing, has announced its year-to-date results.
At the end of the third quarter, the Sioen Industries Group realised sales from continuing operations of EUR 243.3 million compared to EUR 244.7 million over the same period in 2012, resulting in a slight decrease of 0.6%.
DuPont Protection Technologies, the producer of the original DuPont Kevlar fibre, has launched two new products at Milipol trade fair, that took place from 19-22 November in Paris.
Drawing on analysis from its extensive relationship with global customers, the next generation of innovations made with Kevlar - DuPont Kevlar AS450X and DuPont Kevlar XPS104 - demonstrate the company’s ability to extend its range of protective solutions for the military, police and security market, DuPont reports.
TenCate Advanced Armour and DSM Dyneema are working more closely together for launching innovative products and bringing personnel armour solutions to the international defence and law enforcement markets.
TenCate will showcase its TenCate Multi-light insert portfolio using Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology products at the Milipol 2013 exhibition, held from 19-22 November in Paris.
The second Euratex Convention, the European exchange and meeting platform for the textile industry, welcomed 130 participants from 16 countries, and featured 18 lectures providing ideas and visions for the future of the textile and clothing Industry.
The event, based around a future-oriented subject ‘European Textiles & Fashion 2025 - A new industry paradigm driven by innovation’, took place from 4- 5 November at Deutsche Bank in Berlin.
The Teijin Group is providing its chemically recycled polyester fibre, Eco Circle Fibres, for the production of uniforms worn by players in the China Basketball Association (CBA).
The uniforms, made by Li Ning, a major Chinese manufacturer of sports apparel, have been worn by CBA teams since the season opened on 8 November.
The new dress at work is fashionable, cool and sportive. More than ever work wear and protective wear has been inspired by outdoor wear and sportswear thus adding elasticity, moisture management, UV-protection and anti-odour properties to a stylish look.
Outlast Technologies, market leader for temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), enlarges its product range with climate regulating fibre balls, which can be used in bedding.
The PCM fibre balls based on polyester are said to offer a new possibility to balance temperature in duvets or pillows and to reduce humidity significantly while sleeping.
IFAI, the Industrial Fabric Association International represents the interests of a broad range of industrial or technical textiles, producers and suppliers - and their Expo 2013, and the accompanying Advanced Textiles conference, held October 23-25 in Orlando, FL, well demonstrated those efforts. Over 5300 registrants from 65 countries helped IFAI continue its “track record of great success.”
Tanatex Chemicals, a leading producer of specialty chemicals, has introduced Fibermate CW, a high performance waxing agent, designed to create surface smoothness in yarns.
Lenzing Group, a leading producer of man-made cellulose fibres, reports that it has achieved business results in line with expectations in the first three quarters of 2013 in spite of unfavourable market conditions. However, the company now plans to cut costs following record results over the past few years.
“The difficult market situation will continue in 2014 and possibly well into 2015. We will resolutely counteract this unfavourable situation and adjust our cost structures to the new circumstances as quickly as possible,” commented Peter Untersperger, Chief Executive Officer of Lenzing AG.
“Our aim must not only be to expand our quality leadership and innovative strength on a sustainable basis, but also to regain the cost leadership in our industry. We continue to see attractive growth potential for our products, but we are already preparing ourselves today as optimally as possible for the increasingly tough competition. Cost discipline and cash generation will be our targets over the coming years.”
Sympatex Moisture-Tech 360° Technology, an innovative system of inner soles and linings for footwear, has won the Performance Award for the upcoming Performance Days trade fair. The product is said to have been proven to provide improved micro climate in the shoe.
“Moisture transport in multi-layer laminates is a major subject in the relevant market. The jury was most impressed by the intelligent advanced development by Sympatex, because the concept is well-thought through from yarn to transport system and product implementation,” commented Stefanie Sacherow, Senior Project Manager, Performance Days.
Doing trade shows and finding the next big is easy right? Not according to Bill Smith it’s not...
How do you do a trade show? Usually, one walks the aisle the first day, looking briefly at each booth and moves on if they don’t see at once anything new or of interest. All too often, I have known attendees do that, perhaps stopping at a few they came to see, and then go away saying “I didn’t see anything new or worthwhile”. Little do they realize what they may have missed, often spending thousands of dollars to travel and attend such a show only to get little or nothing out of them.
Long-time Monforts user Luckytex, Thailand, has installed a Thermex 6500 hotflue system for continuous dyeing as part of its strategy to move more strongly into value-added production and beat competition from the high-volume, lower-cost producers in other parts of Asia.
The company has also invested in a Monforts MXL moist cross-linking process, and a Montex 6500 stenter. “Thailand is no longer a low-cost textile producer,” commented Luckytex Deputy Managing Director, Li Kin Shing. “We must innovate. Innovation means survival. This is why we have been investing in this technology.”
Although Thailand was until recent times considered a low-cost producer, the country’s labour costs have been steadily rising, the company reports. It also faces intense competition from other nearby producers in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Bangladesh and China. Luckytex believes the predicted rise of production in Myanmar is going to increase competition even further.
Inspired by High Visibility Workwear, Paltex, a producer of high performance textiles, has introduced its 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material, a broad line of reflective products that incorporate ‘retroreflection’ technology.
According to the company, due to its design, this kind of fabric can find application in various areas, from workwear or active wear, to city-outdoor wear, shirting and jackets.
Messe Frankfurt is restructuring the Texprocess trade fair on the organisational side. Previously part of the ‘Technology & Production’ Division, it has been transferred to the ‘Textiles & Textile Technologies’ Division.
The leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials has been organised by a separate team parallel to the work on Techtextil, the leading trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens.
Both Techtextil and Texprocess will remain independent brands. Responsibility for the Texprocess brand will be assumed by Michael Jänecke, who has been in charge of the Techtextil brand since 1993.
Lenzing has presented the cellulose fibre Tencel for applications in industrial laundry at the A+A 2013, the leading trade show for workwear in Dusseldorf that took place from 5-8 November.
Tencel addresses the demand of workwear for materials to be durable, due to its robustness, making it the right choice for applications in industrial laundry when it comes to man-made cellulosics, the company reports.
The Performance Forum, offering major new trends in the world of functional fabrics and fashion accessories for Winter 2015/16 and Summer 2015, has been reorganised and given a new design to provide purchasers and product managers with an even faster way to find the materials best suited for the desired styles.
The next Performance Days trade show will take place from 19-21 November in Munich. A unique offer of the Performance Days functional fabric fair, the Performance Forum is now said to provide a more accurate assignment of the fabrics, according to their functional ranges.
Most interesting materials at Performance Days will be displayed on the nine tables as well as in the Performance Gate. The reorganised table categories now include: Baselayer, Midlayer, Softshell, Hardshell, 3-Layer, Highdensity & Lightweight, Shirt & Trouser, Casualwear, Workwear, and Accessories.
DSM Dyneema will introduce a new range of products developed with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology at Milipol 2013, an international trade show for internal state security, that will take place from 19-22 November in Paris.
This brand-new technology is a result of the company’s Radical Innovation platform, which aims to position the company as a world-leading innovator in the field of life protection materials and high performance fibres.
The company will also showcase its full range of unidirectional (UD) products and sustainable PE armour solutions.
Estimates for the third quarter of 2013 and outlook for the fourth quarter of this year for global yarn and fabric output are positive in Asia and negative in Europe, according to ITMF, the International Textile Manufacturers Federation.
ITMF is an international Association for the world’s textile industries, dedicated to keeping its world-wide membership constantly informed through surveys, studies and publications and through the organisation of annual conferences.
Lineo, a producer of a full range of fabrics, prepregs or braids made with flax fibres, has created the brand name FlaxTape for its range of unidirectional flax-fibre tapes.
Vertx new 2013/2014 collection features Schoeller’s coldblack technology, which is said to prevent dark textiles from heating up and provide effective protection from UV rays.
Overall orders of textile machinery for the third quarter of 2013 dropped by 7% compared to the previous quarter, ACIMIT reports.
ACIMIT President Raffaella Carabelli said: “The slowdown in the Chinese market is taking its toll abroad, whereas in Italy a general lack of confidence is hurting a recovery in investments.”
The second Euratex Convention, organised and run by Gesamtverband textil+mode, will take place from 4-5 November at the Deutsche Bank, Berlin.
Representatives from banks, institutes, associations and companies are looking into the year 2025, shedding light on how the textile industry is going to look by then, considering changes the new innovation will bring.
Textile manufacturers continue to find new applications for the Monforts ECO Applicator as an economic alternative for precisely adding a wide range of functional finishing chemicals and treatments to their products, according to Monforts Head of Technology Division, Peter Tolksdorf.
It is said to be the flexibility and precision of this new technology, which is opening up so many possibilities, since manufacturers have the option of treating either side of a material at any stage in the manufacturing run, or both – allowing two treatments to be added simultaneously and all other variants.
TenCate Protective Fabrics will launch two new protective products in the TenCate Tecasafe Plus collection during the forthcoming A+A 2013 international trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Protective knits for company polo shirts and T-shirts are said to be extremely comfortable to wear and also wash well in industrial laundries.
A new protective fabric with a laminate will also be launched for use in flame-resistant industrial outdoor clothing. This fabric is designed to offer optimal protection against rain, wind and other adverse conditions, as well as to provide a high degree of wearer comfort and excellent moisture-regulating characteristics.
Sympatex Technologies, the so called ecological alternative amongst functional textile specialists, has strengthened its Contract and Workwear division, by appointing Yasemin Tören as Technical Sales Manager Contract and Workwear.
The experienced textile engineer will be responsible for product management as well as expanding the business with new customers.
Italy’s textile machinery manufacturers who presented at a Chinese technology symposium on technical textiles and nonwovens, saw a great number of attendees, according to the show’s organisers ICE, the Italian Trade Agency, and ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers.
The event, held in Guangzhou on 10 October, saw the participation of about 70 Chinese textile manufacturers and roughly 100 local operators.
Schoeller-works, the workwear division of Schoeller Textil, has appointed Hendrikus van Es a new Business Unit Manager.
The new manager is expected to start in his new role as of 1 November, also taking his place as a member of the management board. At Schoeller in Sevelen, he will be in charge of a team of workwear specialists and responsible for product development and distribution.
A provider of concept-based solutions, schoeller- works develops innovative functional and protective fabrics for uniforms, fashionable corporate wear, protective workwear and military use.
Crealet, a Swiss-based leader in electronically controlled warp let-off devices for narrow and wide weaving machines, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
The company has expressed its gratitude to the employees for their efforts. It also thanked the company’s business partners for their close cooperation in economically difficult times.
Huntsman Textile Effects, a leading provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile industry, has given an overview of the current environmental issues facing the textile dyeing sector in Asia at the annual Planet Textiles conference in China.
The event was held on 22 October at Kerry Hotel, Shanghai New International Expo Center.
DSM, the producer of Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE), branded as Dyneema, has joined forces with Levi’s 501 jeans to create the blend of strength, durability and style in new Warrior and Trooper jeans.
“The reputation of the Dyneema brand has been forged in some of the toughest environments,” commented DSM Dyneema president Gerard de Reuver. “We’re proud to be able to transfer the inherent properties of the fibre into a whole new range of consumer goods by collaborating with our customers.”
Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group’s fibre-product converting company, and Nantong Teijin, the group’s polyester textile manufacturing and processing company, will participate in Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, which will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 21-24 October.
The two companies will exhibit a wide range of apparel solutions covering fibres, textiles and value-added fibre products, aiming to promote their ongoing expansion both in China and the global market.
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre-based materials company, introduces Ahlstrom ReliaFlow, the new pre-treated conjugate release pad for reliable performance of the lateral flow diagnostics.
“The Ahlstrom ReliaFlow is a vital component to the lateral flow assay that provides a reliable and consistent performance and a cost effective solution to diagnostics customers, by eliminating a processing step in their manufacturing saving time, resources and costs,” explained Laia Guarro, VP Marketing, Advanced Filtration.
The Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim, Germany, has expanded its current range of tests to allow modern office and living spaces to achieve needed climate control with minimum energy use.
According to the institute, manufacturers of textiles, windows and multilayer glass as well as other transparent materials, such as films, will be able to use the test results to optimise their products specifically with regard to low energy transmission.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, returns to Indonesia with two symposiums presenting Italian textile technology to local textile manufacturers.
The industrial areas of Solo and Bandung will host symposiums, organised by ACIMIT and ICE-Trade Promotion Agency, in November. During the event, some of Italy’s leading textile machinery producers will be presenting their latest products to Indonesian textile operators.
Kevin Myette, outdoor and apparel industry expert for sustainability, quality and supply chain optimisation will join Bluesign Technologies as a Director of CRM for North America.
In his new role, Kevin will oversee all Bluesign operations in North America with a goal to provide services to the important segment of the bluesign system partner base.
He is also expected to play a role in uniting brand system partners worldwide to meet their complex needs vis-à-vis chemicals management and resource efficiency.
Italian protective fabrics producer Argar Technology, a division of Argar S.r.L, will launch a new range of highly functional certified protective knitted fabrics which can be industrially laundered at this year’s A+A Safety, Security & Health At Work 2013 show which takes place in Dusseldorf, Germany from 5-8 November
Mico, a producer of technical products for sport, has presented its MC2 collection, a sports underwear range designed for running, cross-country skiing and alpine skiing.
The collection aims to address the question of fighting the fatigue that subjects the body to great stress as a result of sports exercise. It is designed to provide performance enhancing aid during sports training and competition.
The big problem with 3D printing as a potentially DIY-driven new force in manufacturing is that not much that’s being produced on an entry-level system so far looks like it’s worth owning – or even throwing away for that matter.
How is it possible to get really excited about plastic toys that look like rejects from a McDonald’s Happy Meal and create yet another problem for the environment, however much fun the makers had?
Nilit, a manufacturer and leader in the production of nylon 6.6, will be showcasing its Nilit Ecocare newly patented recycled nylon fibre at this year’s Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Show.
Intertextile, held annually in China, is the leading international trade fair for apparel fabrics and accessories. This year the tradeshow will take place from 21-24 October in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, with a special focus on sustainability and recycling in the textile industry.
Performance Days functional fabrics fair that marked its 10th anniversary this year, opens a fifth hall at the MTC in Munich, as the growth rate of the next edition taking place from 19-21 November reaches double digits.
Visitors can now expect a greater number of exhibitors, high quality new additions, an extended Performance Forum, and various environmental highlights.
News that India's technical textile industry is set to be growing rapidly in the next few years comes as the Techtextil India trade fair welcomes more than 182 exhibitors from Austria, India, Turkey, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, UK, Netherlands, US, and other.
The industry is expected to grow at a rate of 20% annually to reach $ 36 billion by 2016-17. “Technical textile is an important part of the overall textile sector in India. Not only has it grown at an annual rate of 11% during 2006-11, but is also estimated to expand at a rate of 20% to reach $ 36 billion by 2016-17,” explained Raj Manek, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Managing Director.
The technical textile industry in India, whose current size is estimated at $ 17 billion, is seen as the next hub for both manufacturing and consumption, he said.
An Asian market leader for apparel interlinings, Freudenberg & Vilene International will be showcasing its recent product range at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Fair that will be held from 21-24 October.
According to the company, its bi-elastic and lightweight interlinings for womenswear as well as ultralight canvases for menswear respond to the general trend towards more freedom of movement in the apparel industry.
Invista, one of the largest integrated producers of polymers and fibres, will work together with Ingenza, a leading industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology company, in order to develop new technologies to enable bio-derived processes for the production of industrial chemicals.
“Invista believes biotechnology has the potential to significantly improve the cost and availability of several chemicals and raw materials that are used to produce its current products,” said Warren Primeaux, President of Invista Intermediates.
The organizers of the Techtextil North America technical textiles show and JEC America composites show plan to co-locate their 2014 events at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA from 13-15 May 2014.
Teijin will participate in Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition 2013, which will take place at Tokyo Big Site from 2-5 October.
The group will showcase high-performance protective apparel solutions incorporating the group’s proprietary Teijinconex heat-resistant and flame-retardant meta-aramid fibre, and Twaron and Technora high-strength para-aramid fibres technologies.
The latest technology, applications, and advancements in the sewn products industry will be presented by experts and leaders during the Texprocess Americas Symposium that will be held from 13-15 May at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, concurrently with the exhibition.
Developed to address the needs of the sewn products industry, the Symposium will contain ten sessions with more than 60 presentations that will cover a wide range of topics.
Lycra and Coolmax brands owner Invista and Advansa a leading European polyester fibre producer have reached an agreement whereby Invista has acquired Advansa’s assets related to the Specialty Polyester products sector for apparel end uses. The acquisition includes reversion of Advansa’s licensed rights in greater Europe to the Coolmax and Thermolite brands and acquirement of Advansa’s ThermoCool brand, along with all related technologies and key staff.
Shima Seiki, of Wakayama, a leading manufacturer in the computerised flatbed knitting machine industry, will participate in the A+A 2013 Safety, Security and Health at Work International Trade Fair that will take place in Dusseldorf, from 5-8 November.
“Everything that can be invented has been invented” is a comment often attributed to Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899. He never said any such thing, of course but some did express similar ideas over the years… As it turned out, everything had not yet been invented. And innovators, including those in technical textiles, have led the way in making our lives and products so much better…
Exports to EU countries from many of the world’s leading clothing exporting countries fell at rapid rates in 2012, reflecting continuing uncertain economic conditions in the region, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence – Trade and trade policy: the world’s leading clothing exporters and key markets.
Exports to countries in the Middle East, by contrast, grew strongly – as did exports to a number of countries in Asia and South America.
The latest research, technology, applications, and the overall direction of the technical textile and nonwovens industry will be presented by experts and leaders from around the world during the Techtextil North America Symposium that will be held from 13-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Held concurrently with the exhibition, the symposium will contain twelve sessions with more than 60 presentations that will cover a wide range of topics from new fibre technology, intelligent textiles, medical research and application, nanotechnology real world applications, protective and military, high performance fibres and fabrics for sports and outdoor to nonwoven advancements.
Nylstar, one of the leading providers of Polyamide 6.6 filaments and yarns, is presenting its Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Trend Forecast at the Expofil 2013 trade fair for yarns and textile fibres, that is taking place in Paris from 17-19 September.
The company will also showcase a fashion collection under the concept ‘Sport Tech Couture’ by Spanish designer Mónica Lavandera. “With Sport Tech Couture, Nylstar proposes a new concept of fashion that suits contemporary lifestyle,” commented Zigor Kortazar, Nylstar’s Corporate General Manager.
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre based materials company, introduces Ahlstrom TenderGuard, a new soft SMS (spunbond-meltblown-spunbond) fabric for surgical gowns.
According to the company, its TenderGuard offers the optimal balance between safety, softness and comfort, allowing surgeons, nurses and clinicians to feel at ease and to stay focused on what's important during an operation.
Groz-Beckert, the leading manufacturer of industrial machine needles and precision engineering, introduces new EcoStar felting needle.
With 13% less cross-sectional area than a standard felting needle, and with its stabilising edge profiles, the new EcoStar is said to require less penetration strength. It is also expected to provide a longer service life, a more even product surface and improved fibre transportation.
Long-lasting, energy-saving and environmentally sustainable – those are the key advantages of the newly-developed felting needle, according to the company. The needle features a lower needle cross-section while maintaining stability thanks to its edge profiles, a newly-designed RF barb with an improved grip on the fibre and thus more compact fabric integration and a reduced wear.
TenCate Advanced Armour will cooperate with a Singapore-based shipyard to design, develop and manufacture lightweight ballistic protection for crew and mission critical equipment on a number of large maritime vessels for a Middle Eastern end-user.
This, the company believes, will ensure increased survivability for the crew on board the vessels without impairing speed or performance.
With this new order booked for three years, TenCate Advanced Armour aims at strengthening its position in global markets. “Over the years, TenCate Advanced Armour has gained much experience from maritime projects in Europe and we apply this experience to a growing number of projects in Asia Pacific now,” commented Steen Tanderup, Managing Director of TenCate Advanced Armour EMEA & APAC.
Alexium International Group has moved its Cleanshell CB repellency treatment forward for testing with live chemical warfare agents (CWAs) under its research contract with the US Air Force after evaluation on different fabric types and simulated CWA’s.
Alexium’s Cleanshell CB treatment is targeted specifically to the treatment of the outershell fabric of chemical and biological protection ensembles.
The company reports, that the Cleanshell CB has shown dramatically increased repellency to simulants of CWAs such as sarin and mustard nerve agents but has also been optimised to provide excellent water and oil repellency as well as allowing for ease of movement in the field.
Cytec Industrial Materials, an international provider of advance composite materials, will be exhibiting at the DSEI, the defence and security exhibition show, that will be held in the ExCeL Centre, London, from 10- 13 September.
Focusing on innovation and advanced technology, the company manufactures and sells products that serve a diverse range of end markets including aerospace and industrial materials, mining and plastics.
The company’s prepreg products are used extensively in a variety of defence applications. These range from ballistic and blast protection systems in armoured fighting vehicles to structural components for vehicle and naval applications as well as radomes and communication dishes. Advanced composite materials are also used in lightweight protective helmets and body armour.
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas invite submissions to the student poster programme, which aims to provide a forum, where students can present and discuss their work during its early stages, and introduce themselves to more senior members of the field.
The programme is open to all graduate students, who are required to submit the work for which they are primary investigators.
A recent Hohenstein Institute study may help to develop or optimise specific clothing, meant to help the concentration of the wearer, for example in CI wear or military clothing, after it confirmed that clothes can affect the person’s focus.
The research may also enable researchers working with Prof Dr Dirk Höfer (Hohenstein Institute) and Dr Kai-Markus Müller (Neuromarketing Labs) to measure the potential impact of textiles on concentration directly on the brain.
Ideally, textiles should not be consciously perceived while they are worn, the researchers say and clothing design, the quality of materials and the seams of textiles can demand more attention from the brain than one would like during a working day.
According to X-Bionic, the award winning sportswear manufacturer, its new collection is a new way to regulate the body temperature during an athletic performance, by tricking the heat receptors of the body.
During normal thermoregulation the body temperature climbs steadily and has to reach a certain point for sensors in the back notify the brain via the spinal cord of the need for cooling through perspiration.
The company has developed clothing with an insulation zone located on the spine, simulating overheating, which is said to provoke early sweat production in order to lower the body’s temperature.
Alexium International Group is starting the production trials on Nycolon FR treatments for variety of synthetic-cellulosic blend fabrics.
Positive developments over the last two months have also enabled the inclusion of polyester-cotton blends in the first production trials, in addition to the planned transition on nylon-cotton fabrics.
“We are pleased with the technical progression and the speed in which the team was able to prepare our FR treatment for the next development stage. I anticipate a number of production trials to prove that our Nycolon treatments are robust and production ready for a variety of synthetic-cellulosic fabric combinations,” stated Stefan Susta, Alexium’s Chief Operating Officer.
For Fall/Holiday 2013, Nike updates classic styles with a revolutionary reinvention of fleece fabric in its Nike Tech Fleece Collection that is said to combine the fit, feel, and function of Nike’s most iconic sportswear silhouettes.
Demand for indoor sportswear and fitness apparel is set for strong growth despite constrained consumer spending, according to a new report entitled 'Indoor sportswear and fitness apparel' from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.
Global demand for this type of clothing is rising steadily despite extreme weakness in key economies around the world.
Sioen Industries, a producer of technical textiles, fine chemicals and high-tech protective clothing, has announced the first half 2013 year results, with the net sales from continuing operations of EUR 161.7 million compared to EUR 167.1 million over the same period in 2012, resulting into a decrease of 3.2%.
A decline has been recorded in the coating sector, as a result of an extremely long winter, causing the delay of projects, postponed road works and a decreased demand for transportation, the company reports.
The apparel division realised a slight growth with an increase situated in the different markets, as the final acquisition agreement with Van Ochten Bedrijfskleding BV was signed on 1 July 2013.
According to the company, sales in the chemicals division remained status quo, thanks to a well-balanced product range.
Falke Ergonomic Sport System will expand its product range for the Spring/Summer 2014 season, following its dedication to focus on three fundamental ergonomic pre-requisites; anatomy, so garments are designed to fit men and women; climate control, to develop rapid moisture management, controlled redrying and optimum thermal insulation; and support, providing protection for athletes.
Heimtextil trade fair for home and contract textiles, that will take place in Frankfurt from 8 – 11 January 2014, has given a head start to its exhibitors, designers, furnishers and decorators. Representing the Trend Table, the London based agency FranklinTill provided the first insight into future trends of the new furnishing season with the presentation of the new Heimtextil Trend Book.
“FranklinTill and all other trend experts involved presented the global industry with an excellent source of information and inspiration for product development. The new Heimtextil Trend Book provides manufacturers of textiles, designers, furnishers and interior decorators with a useful overview of trendsetting developments in the field of design,” said Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt.
Milliken’s table linen business is now adapting its successful Signature range of table linen to a phased transition towards verifiably recycled polyester yarns.
The company is cooperating with the American fibre manufacturer Unifi during this process. The firm's Repreve yarns have been awarded the ‘SCS Certified Responsible Source’ seal of approval for providing a transparent delivery and manufacturing chain.
The partnership of these two businesses, both committed to sustainability, is reflected in the name of the new line of table linen – SignatureRepreve.
Vestagen Technical Textiles has completed an $8.25 million financing, which it will use to accelerate the commercial launch of medical scrub uniforms and other protective apparel made from its Vestex fabrics.
According to Vestagen, Vestex is the first in a new class of medical devices based on active barrier protective fabrics that are clinically proven to prevent or reduce the acquisition and retention of contaminants on clothing.
“Healthcare workers know to wash their hands between patients, but they cannot easily change their scrubs. We developed Vestex in response to a major unmet need for durable, comfortable, continuous-wear garments that would protect healthcare workers from the potentially dangerous contaminants they encounter on the job every day,” explained Uncas ‘Ben’ B. Favret III, president and CEO of Vestagen.
TenCate Protective Fabrics will be exhibiting new lines in fabrics and systems for firefighter turnout gear that are more durable, lighter and excel in the reduction of heat stress at the Emergency Service Show 2013 in Birmingham from 25-26 September.
According to the company, poor heat and moisture management can disrupt the efficient body cooling process, which is extremely important for firefighters. This may lead to the loss of concentration, fatigue, breathing difficulties and ultimately heat stroke.
TenCate Protective Fabrics has addressed these key functionalities by presenting several new and existing protective solutions, such as the TenCate Gemini XTL outer shell based on PBI fibres, and TenCate Millenia turnout gear based on PBO fibres.
Quick-Med Technologies, a life sciences company that is developing innovative technologies for the healthcare and consumer markets, has signed a licence for a range of products and fields of use with Polartec LLC, a premium producer of textile solutions.
"We are very pleased to enter into this partnership with such a strongly positioned and technologically advanced partner as Polartec, whose leadership and innovation in performance textiles is recognised worldwide. Our Stay Fresh technology can permit Polartec to unlock added value in their product offerings, as well as access entire new segments with their performance fabrics, and strong network of industrial partners," said Bernd Liesenfeld, Quick-Med's President.
The Teijin Group, the leading high-performance fibre supplier, will provide uniforms made from its recycled polyester Eco Circle Fibres for staff at the athletes’ village of the 12th National Games of the People's Republic of China, the largest national sporting event in the country. The Games will be held from 31 August to 12 September in the city of Shenyang.
Teijin will contribute to the themes of the Games, Green, Eco and Low Carbon, by providing suits and ties made from Eco Circle Fibres, which are manufactured using Teijin's closed-loop recycling system, Eco Circle. The system employs the group's advanced proprietary chemical recycling technology developed in 2000.
In its current collection Schoeller Collection puts a major focus on ecorepel, the fluorocarbon free finishing technology for water and dirt repellence.
The collection also features cotton or linen blends in rich shades or refreshing Cool Fabrics in the colours of the ocean set accents. Different graphic cut-outs and micro designs lend structure throughout the collection.
Ecology, sustainability and naturalness are the grand themes of the current Schoeller Collection. Biodegradable, abrasion and wash resistant, the ecorepel ecological high-tech finish is said to enhance diverse Schoeller fabrics.
The temperature-regulating fibres made by Coolcore LLC, a company based in Portsmouth, NH, are the first product worldwide to be awarded the Hohenstein Quality Label ‘Innovative Technology - Cooling Power’.
With the award, the scientists at the internationally recognised and independent Hohenstein Institute have confirmed the cooling effect of the textiles, which are entirely chemical-free and do not use latent heat storage or phase change materials that exploit a change in phase (solid-liquid) to absorb and store heat.
Schoeller, a global supplier of yarns, is the winner of the Outdoor Industry Award 2013 GOLD with its chlorine free EXP 4.0 machine washable treatment.
At the Outdoor exhibition in Friedrichshafen, a panel of experts evaluated 316 Innovations from 27 countries. The experts placed a particular focus on such evaluation criteria as the degree of innovation, design quality, workmanship, choice of materials, environmental compatibility, sustainability, functionality, utility, safety and trendsetting character and brand value/branding.
The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) has announced its support for the forthcoming Professional Clothing Show and Professional Clothing Awards, which will take place from 1-2 April 2014 at Birmingham's NEC.
As the only show covering all three industry sectors of workwear, corporatewear and PPE, the rebranded Professional Clothing Show is said to be an increasingly important event bringing together leading companies, buyers and distributors.
UKFT reports that its support for the show has been warmly welcomed by the Professional Clothing show organisers, who see this as an opportunity for various industry bodies, such as UKFT, director-e and ASBCI, to speak with one voice in promoting an event that will cover the whole of the fashion and textile industry, both trade and retail.
SILVADUR Antimicrobial has been named by R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced during the past year.
SILVADUR Antimicrobial was introduced by Dow Microbial Control, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, in September last year. According to the manufacturer, it is gaining rapid acceptance in the marketplace because it offers reliable odour control and long-lasting freshness in apparel and textiles at a time when more and more consumers are embracing a healthier, more hygienic lifestyle.
The R&D 100 Awards annually recognise technological innovation in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, optics, high-energy physics, materials science, chemistry and biotechnology.
In first half of 2013 Lenzing has generated earnings in line with the company’s expectations, but considerably below the first half of 2012. Consolidated sales declined by 6.8% in the first half of 2013 to EUR 989.9 million. Furthermore, there was a loss of external sales of about EUR 42.5 million at the Paskov pulp plant.
EBITDA amounted to EUR 162.0 million, down 16.3% from the first half of 2012. The EBITDA margin was 16.4% in contrast to the prior year figure of 18.2%. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) in the first half-year totalled EUR 103 million, a decrease of 27%.
The disposal of the Business Unit Plastics by the Lenzing Group resulted in a cash inflow of EUR 61.7 million and a gain on disposal before taxes of EUR 25.9 million at the half-year reporting date.
Leading textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer will be presenting its latest tricot and raschel machines as well as ideas for manufacturing innovative sportswear and outerwear fabrics on 25 September at its open house event.
For the company’s Business Unit Warp Knitting the event will take place at Karl Mayer’s own Development Centre in Obertshausen.
Karl Mayer will take part in this year’s Techtextil India trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, that will take place from 3-5 October in Mumbai.
The company will display its products at an information booth set up at the joint exhibition stand of the Federal Republic of Germany.
When it comes to performance apparel, seams are the enemy, according to Nike - they are heavy, create areas of weakness and can be uncomfortable against the skin. Nike says it has found the solution, by introducing the Nike Pro Elite Knit, an innovative application of a warp-knitted construction.
“We were inspired by what we saw in footwear with Nike Flyknit, which created a virtually seamless upper,” explained Jamie Lee, Nike Women’s Training Product Craft Director. “Our approach was to create a seamless garment designed to amplify the body’s natural ability – something that moves with the body and breathes extremely well. In essence, something you never know is there.”
RES, Resine Espanse Sintetiche , the Italian producer of laminated materials, will present its new collections for Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 at Première Vision that will take place in Paris, from 17-19 September.
The company will show its classic ‘forte’ together with a ‘hi-tech’ collection featuring innovative products. The neoprene, starring role of RES collections, also acquires new properties.
Czech synthetic textile maker Pegas Nonwovens has halted a test run of its new factory in Egypt because of political turmoil in the country. The start up process of the plant has completed in mid July and has successfully qualified the first materials with its customers. The factory has been able to commence its first commercial deliveries.
"With respect to the escalating tensions in the country, the transport of workers to the production plant presented an unnecessary level of risk, that we do not wish to undertake. The date for resuming operation of the production line will depend on further developments of the Egyptian crisis," said František Řezáč, CEO and Member of the Board of Pegas Nonwovens.
After six years of research and development, an Australian clothing manufacturer Supacore has announced the launch of its new range of compression clothing designed to assist the athlete to recover from an injury.
Designed and produced in collaboration with physiotherapists, sports scientists, product designers and athletes, the seamlessly engineered compression products will also be used by the Sydney Swans Football Club, who signed a three-year supply agreement with Supacore.
Unifi has purchased nine DTY (drawn textured yarn) machines and a sample machine, all of which will be relocated to the company's manufacturing facility in Yadkinville, NC.
The purchase is expected to increase the company's production capacity in the growing regional market, while also providing additional flexibility to support the production of the company's successful portfolio of premier value added products.
Invista and a computational biology company SilicoLife have announced a collaboration for the development of new technologies to enable bio-derived processes for the production of industrial chemicals.
The two companies are working together in order to further co-develop their technology platforms, with bio-derived production of butadiene being one of the initial focus areas.
The agreement will leverage Invista’s capabilities in biotechnology and catalysis, and knowledge of the chemicals industry, and SilicoLife’s in silico metabolic engineering and rational synthetic biology capabilities for the development of new bio-based routes to industrial chemicals.
The Teijin group, a leader in ultra-high performance materials, will take part in PetroWorld India 2013, India's premier exhibition for the oil and gas industry, which will take place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from 22-24 August.
The company will present solutions incorporating high-performance aramid fibres in a wide variety of protective wear applications for the oil and gas industry.
Wearing particular colours might not just be good for your mental health but could also boost the body as it absorbs natural dyes, suggests work by a University of Derby researcher.
Dr Kate Wells, Senior Lecturer in Textiles at the University of Derby, is investigating whether garments dyed using traditional, natural colourings can directly improve physical wellbeing, as minute amounts are absorbed through the skin of the wearer.
The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, which finished its four-day run on August 3, is billed as the largest outdoor sports show of its kind, and certainly its physical footprint seemed to dominate Salt Lake City, with hotels and restaurants jammed to capacity. The show prides itself on its authenticity, offering educational seminars and a pre-show day dedicated to participatory “open air demonstrations,” in addition to displaying the technical innovations and outdoor sports products of more than 1400 international exhibitors.
The newly founded company Autefa Solutions Wuxi was inaugurated on 28 and 29 July. In the presence of more than 100 guests the traditional ‘ribbon cutting’ was performed by Maoxin Ye, Vice President CHTC and CEO of Textile Machinery Unit, and Dr Stefan Schlichter, CEO Autefa Solutions.
During his opening speech Dr Stefan Schlichter explained: “In addition to our well proven machines for the premium market, which heads for high performance and quality we now offer with Autefa Solutions Wuxi machines and services also from China for Chinese customers.”
The First International Conference on Digital Technologies for the Textile Industries will take place at the University of Manchester, from 5-6 September 2013, organised by TexEng Software in association with University of Manchester.
The conference will feature 40 discussions, with more than 30 experts in the advisory committee, from countries like USA, UK, Germany, Russia, China, India, Canada, France and Belgium.
The topics covered at the event will include fabric and fashion design, engineering applications, wearable electronics, computational modelling, visualisation, prediction of performance, control of machines, commercial organisation, 3D body scanning and computer aided colour.
A.Monforts Textilmaschinen has opened a massive new Advanced Technological Centre (ATC), which occupies a 1500m2 area in a complete hall at the company’s headquarters in Blumenberger Strasse, Mönchengladbach. The ATC will allow customers in-house opportunities to undertake trials on Monforts dyeing and finishing machines under fully confidential, real production conditions.
The growth of digital textile printing to date has largely been down to applications for ‘soft signage’. Promotional banners and displays and other wide-format applications – as was much in evidence at Fespa 2013, which celebrated its 50th anniversary at London’s Excel at the end of June.
There are a number of companies now specialising in technical textiles for such wide-format applications, including Germany’s Heytex and Junkers & Müllers, the UK’s John Heathcoat and Cooley in the USA (whose materials were employed in the design of the 2012 Olympic stadium in London).
Invista, owner of apparel brands Lycra fibre and Coolmax fabric has unveiled its newest product offering, Coolmax Air fibre technology at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, which is being held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City this week. Coolmax Air fabrics are made from high-performance fibres which are engineered to maximize consumer comfort with excellent moisture management performance, breathability and faster drying times.
Komitex, Russia’s leading producer of nonwovens and synthetic fibres is considering the possibility of establishing a joint venture with Freudenberg-Politex later this year. The new venture is expected to be established at the production site of Komitex in the Komi region of Russia and will focus on the production of nonwovens.
Italy has recorded 12% overall growth in new orders for textile machinery for the second quarter of 2013, thanks to foreign markets (+14%) and a stable domestic market (-1%).
Less than 24 hours away, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2013 (ORSM 2013), being held July 31 - August 3, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, is gearing up with a number of new events, show features, education and business inspiration for the industry's most influential retail market.
Huntsman Textile Effects, a leader in developing total textile solutions across all aspects of the textile chain, has developed a new textile system designed to effectively reduce fabric to skin friction and promote longer-lasting performance especially for active sports.
Developed and formulated by Huntsman and supported with extensive scientific research aimed at establishing the ‘must-have’ effects in the sportswear, EverGlide Low Friction Systems is a technology designed to minimise the incidence of skin irritation and abrasion, commonly sustained by athletes due to perspiration saturation during sports performance.
Nilit, a leading manufacturer of nylon 6.6, will be for the first time participating at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show that will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 31 July – 3 August.
The company will showcase its range of high-performance products made from Nilit’s innovative nylon 6.6 yarns – Nilit Breeze cooling yarn, Nilit Innergy for far infrared gentle heating, Nilit Aquarius moisture management fibre, Nilit Bodyfresh with anti-bacterial properties, Nilit High Tenacity yarns for high-strength, durable fabrics, and more.
The brand will also present its exclusive Nilit Trend Collection for Spring/Summer 2015, which summarises key fashion trends in the Bodywear and Activewear categories.
Nylstar, one of the leading suppliers of polyamide 6.6, has announced the appointment of Zigor Kortazar as Corporate General Manager and plans to double its turnover in the next 5 years.
The newly created position, according to Nylstar, will be key to managing the growth of the company, which so far this year has increased its turnover by 20%. Zigor Kortazar will embrace the challenge of leading a group in full expansion that expects to maintain at least a rate of 20% annual growth over the next five years and increase its production capacity by a total of 10,000 tons in the next five years.
A unique and functional knitted fabrics collection from the leading textile company Eschler, owned by Schoeller, has been produced under ecological conditions on the company’s high-tech knitting machines.
“It surprises with flexible and creative ideas,” the company commented. “Innovative textures and structures lend the knitted fabrics a special performance through different constructions.”
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry has applauded the 17 July introduction of H.R. 2708, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), along with Trade Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Charles Rangel (D-NY).
Nike, the world’s leading running brand, has unveiled four new innovations at an event at the company’s global headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, introducing two new running shoes, the Nike Free Flyknit and Nike Free Hyperfeel, and two new apparel technologies, Aeroloft and Dri-FIT Knit.
The new products are designed to enhance runners’ natural abilities and were guided by Nike’s ‘Nature Amplified’ design ethos, an approach that is focused on designing for the body in motion and fuelled by scientific data and athlete insights.
Tanatex Chemicals is launching its new HydrECO Concept, which offers comprehensive fluorine-free alternatives to water repellents.
Italian sock knitting machine builder Busi Giovanni’s Idea Twin Layer cylinder and dial sock knitting machine is being used to produce unique football socks with integrally knitted shin-guard pockets for stores in Brazil, Argentinia and Spain – three of the world’s greatest footballing nations.
adidas was awarded the OutDoor Industry Award 2013 in the category ‘products of high ecological and sustainable value’ at the recent Outdoor trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, for its SS14 Terrex Swift DryDye Tee shirt.
Truetzschler Nonwovens, Truetzschler Card Clothing and Truetzschler Man-Made Fibers provided information on complete plants, machines for the production of nonwovens and technical textiles, card clothing, individual components and services at the Techtextil trade fair that took place in Frankfurt, from 11-13 June.
Schoeller’s sustainable DWR ecorepel has won the renowned OutDoor Industry Award in Friedrichshafen at the OutDoor trade fair in the category ‘products of high ecological and sustainable value’.
With the development of ecorepel, Schoeller Technologies has introduced an innovative water and mud repellent textile finish on the basis of biodegradablility in accordance with OECD 302 B (80-100%), paraffin chains.
According to Schoeller, the jury were impressed by the combination of exemplary environmental safety and uncompromising performance.
The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has revealed some initial findings from the latest phase of its ongoing market research programme, with the first indications showing that the sector continues to perform well relative to the wider economy, with low single digit growth overall in Europe.
Lenzing has been given the Positioning Excellence Award from Trout & Partners, a leading consulting company for strategic positioning and differentiation on 1 July.
“Lenzing is receiving this award for resolutely pursuing a clear positioning as the world market leader in the production of man-made cellulose fibres. About 15 years ago Lenzing AG started to increasingly focus on marketing. Subsequently the company has been able to achieve growth of more than 300% since the year 2000, and massively expand its global presence,” explained Trout & Partners.
In my years in the technical textiles industry, I have seen many new ideas and products, many innovative and creative, get substantial coverage in the press as “pathways to the future”, never to reach commercial status.
Many of the high performance fibers, some whose chemical names are barely pronounceable and usually referred to as “alphabet fibers”, like PBI, PEEK, PPS, PTFE, and PBO, play an important role in specialty applications. They are used in a limited number of end uses when/where extreme performance trumps their high cost. Some, have found great success, others are “novelty fibers.”
Leading supplier of polyester fibre, filament and specialities Advansa will present its new Thermocool products at the OutDoor trade fair that will take place in Friedrichshafen from 11-14 July.
These will include Thermocool duoregulation fibre system with Merino wool, developed in partnership with the largest manufacturer of worsted yarn Südwolle Group, and Thermocool eco2 with organic cotton, based on post-consumer PET, produced together with Sekem, supplier of high quality organic products.
A new textile engineering laboratory specialising in innovative flat knit engineering has opened in Los Angeles under the slogan ‘Just what you need: The world is flat, green, and lean.’
CuteCircuit presented its latest Pink & Black Haute Couture collection at the exclusive Fashion Show sponsored by Magnum that took place in Istanbul.
Drying machinery manufacturer C.A Litzler is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The Cleveland, Ohio based company is proud to continue as a family-owned and operated business which is now run by members of the third generation.
Launched in 1953, CA Litzler works g closely with industrial fabric producers, providing oven and drying equipment worldwide to new and established, long-term customers.
The effectiveness of Clariant’s new One Way sustainability calculation system has been confirmed in physical tests carried out by leading machine builder Fong’s.
The test results verified the accuracy of the calculations and measurements obtained from Clariant’s One Way Calculator, a sophisticated software tool that helps textile brands, retailers and manufacturers assess the cost, performance and environmental profile of evaluated products almost instantly.
It has only been five years since the first collection of outdoor outerwear in bold colours came on the market. Now, it’s almost impossible to imagine the outdoor industry without these eye-catching colours. Producers devote considerable effort to developing names for exotic colours, whether they are fruity pink, setting sun, fairytale green, bloody red or ice blue.
At the 20th edition of the OutDoor trade fair, taking place in Friedrichshafen from 11-14 July, over 900 exhibitors from 42 countries, including the market leaders, will present their colourful products and developments.
The 52nd Dornbirn MFC that already registered an increased number of early participants, will focus on topics such as sustainability, innovation and communication. The Congress will take place from 11-13 September in Dornbirn and will welcome about 800 participants from 30 different countries.
Sinterama, European leader in the production of coloured polyester threads and yarns, recently presented its whole product portfolio at Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens that took place in Frankfurt, from 11-13 June.
The company presented products developed together with the Newlife recycled polyester platform, which covers the clothing market with Saluzzo Yarns (formerly Filature Miroglio, now part of the Sinterama group), as well as products specifically designed for the furnishing and automotive sectors.
The recent dramatic growth in outdoor sports and activities has seen a blossoming in the outdoor clothes and textiles markets covering everything from high-performance clothing to high-fashion and from technical textiles to tents.
The drive to create new and enhanced materials and features has placed a high demand on the speed and accuracy of testing – especially the all-important breathability, or vapour permeability, of fabrics.
Techtextil will take its first steps into the growing technical textile markets of the Near and Middle East as Messe Frankfurt announces it is expanding its successful Techtextil brand with the launch of the Techtextil Middle East Symposium and an associated Techtextil Pavilion.
Nylstar, one of the leading producers of Polyamide 6.6 filaments and yarns will be participating at Interfilière Paris next weekend, showcasing its premium fibre, Nylgold, as well as other recent innovations.
Schoeller, a Swiss producer of highly functional fabrics and textile technologies, featured ecorepel, the fluorocarbon-free water and dirt-repelling finishing technology in the 2015 summer collection.
The collection is made in earthy, warm shades or refreshing colours of the sea set accents, while various graphic punch patterns lend structure.
A business and institutional mission organised by Italian Trade Promotion Agency and ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, is travelling to Ethiopia from 1- 4 July, with the intention to strengthen contacts between Italy’s textile machinery industry and the local textile and garments sector.
Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT explained: “Ethiopia is a country with great prospects that is willing to invest in order to allow its textile sector to continue to grow. The goal of this mission is not just to present what our sector has to offer, but to develop a dialogue with the local authorities for a program of long term cooperation.”
Netherlands based technical textiles giant Royal Ten Cate has put into production the first machine for the digital finishing of technical textiles, based on inkjet printing technology. Dignitary Theo Rietkerk, member of the Provincial Executive of Overijssel for Economy, Energy and Innovation, activated the machine at TenCate Protective & Outdoor Fabrics in Nijverdal, the Netherlands on 1 July.
OutDoor trade fair has been reflecting on the development of the entire outdoor industry over the last 20 years and is expressing positive expectations for the future as it gets ready for its 20th edition that will take place from 11-14 July in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
The show is celebrating the growing numbers of exhibitors, as it welcomes around 20,000 visitors and more than 900 exhibitors, compared to 231 brands presenting their products when the show debuted in 1994.
At an assembly held on 24 June, ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has appointed Raffaella Carabelli as its president, replacing outgoing president Sandro Salmoiraghi.
Fibre producer Lenzing was given a good A- rating in the VÖNIX index (VBV Austrian Sustainability Index) on a nine-point scale between A+ and C- for the eighth straight time this year.
Since 2005, about 60 publicly traded Austrian companies are analysed each year on the basis of around 100 environmental and social criteria. The best companies are accepted for listing in the VÖNIX index for a period of one year.
For the 5th time in a row, Swiss high-tech sportswear company X-BIONIC has been honoured at the recent Plus X awards in Cologne, Germany, winning the most coveted award of Most Innovative Brand. The Plus X Award is one of the world’s most prestigious innovation prizes for technology, sports and lifestyle, with the winners being selected by a top-class jury of experts from 25 different sectors.
The independent testing and certification system Oeko-Tex presented its Sustainability Award to the leading fibre manufacturer Lenzing in the category ‘Product Innovation’, soon after the company celebrated its anniversary under a logo ‘75 Years of Innovation’.
Invista’s Cordura brand has expanded its Air Flow Technology (AFT) fabric collection with new knit constructions featuring enhanced abrasion and snagging resistance combined with an excellent strength-to-weight ratio, in collaboration with Taiwan-based Tiong Liong Corporation.
Targeted primarily for outdoor, athletic and safety footwear, these highly breathable fabrics are also used in durable mesh applications often found in backpacks, as well as in performance apparel such as motorcycle jackets.
With the brand’s focus ‘Durable Fabrics for Durable People’, Cordura Lite Plus fabric, the innovative new addition to the Cordura fabric portfolio, debuted at the world’s leading nonwovens and technical textiles trade fair Techtextil, that took place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June.
DyStar presented a variety of new, innovative solutions for the different segments of the technical textile industry at the world’s leading nonwovens and technical textiles trade fair Techtextil, that took place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June and recorded about 40,000 visitors.
Freudenberg Nonwovens presented new product solutions from six market segments at last week’s Techtextil - Apparel and Footwear, Building Interiors, Automotive Interiors, Energy, Medical and Specialities. At an international press conference which took place on the first day of the Frankfurt trade fair Bruce Olson, CEO of the Freudenberg Nonwovens Business Group, outlined the new strategic orientation of the company.
The French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association (UCMTF) President Bruno Ameline and the Secretary General Evelyne Cholet report on the state of the French textile machinery manufacturers.
UCMTF comprises 30 specialty textile machinery manufacturers, often leaders on their specific markets. Their total annual consolidated turnover of 1 billion Euros (1.3 billion USD) makes France the sixth largest textile machinery exporter and they are particularly strong in long fibre spinning, yarn twisting and texturing, heat setting, Jacquard and dobbies, dyeing, nonwoven and recycling processes.
English fashion house CuteCircuit has designed a new spectacular Mask for DJ Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, known as the Bloody Beetroots.
Controlled wirelessly using CuteCircuit’s Q Software, the new high tech mask has its original Venom shape, however it lights up making the show more dramatic.
Leading Italian producer of thermal insulation for apparel and sleeping bags Thermore has introduced Thermore Aria, the latest line of avant-garde Thermore products.
With the presentation of its new product range, Thermore revives its slogan ‘Search inside, discover Thermore’, seeing it as a pertinent and essential concept in an age when an outward appearance seems to be more important than the invisible yet important qualities of the product.
The European Textile Services Association held a conference in Berlin, from 28-29 May, where it announced a launch of its new website. The event billed as an impulse generator and idea forum saw 115 industry leaders coming together for an intensive exchange of ideas.
"The two-day ETSA member conference is by now a firm date in the calendar of leading providers of textile rental services and their suppliers. Quality lectures and interesting discussions time and again ensure fresh impetus for Europe's textile rental services industry that equips us for the future," summarises Christina Ritzer, the owner of Bardusch (Ettlingen) and chair of ETSA.
Around 40,000 visitors from 113 countries attended Techtextil and Texprocess trade fair duo last week to find out about the latest innovations and trends. A total of 1,652 exhibitors from 56 nations presented their latest products and innovations.
“Techtextil and Texprocess have once again set new records,” said Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt, commenting on the results of the textile trade-fair double. “With an increase of 15% compared to the previous events, the two leading trade fairs confirmed the worldwide significance of technical textiles and textile-processing machinery”, he added.
The events focusing on technical textiles combined various aspects of the industry from light to very heavy materials – from functional garments, via car seats and safety belts, to aircraft interiors.
The garment making-up industry has always been the labour-intensive ‘bottleneck’ of the conventional textile chain, despite attempts such as the Leapfrog EU7 project to streamline and automate all of its processes into a single-line system.
Schoeller owned Eschler Textil will showcase its wide range of warp knitted products alongside new developments in areas such as medical, 3D and velcro textiles at this week’s Techtextil trade fair for technical textiles in Frankfurt.
Italian engineering plastics and synthetic yarn producer RadiciGroup will showcase its recent developments at the Techtextil 2013 leading event for technical fabrics and nonwovens in Frankfurt.
The highlights of the presentation will be nylon yarn products such as Radilon PA6.10, a new nylon yarn with a smaller environmental footprint, achieved through the use of 64% renewable source polymer of biological origin, and Raditeck Fine, a range of fine-count, high-tenacity PA66 yarn that has been enhanced with new air-textured items. It will also feature Radyarn and Starlight Trace Micro Taggant polyester yarn with anti-counterfeiting, tracing capabilities, UV protection and sunscreening properties.
Muller Premium Guards, a specialist in accessories for equestrian sports, will be introducing a range of innovative functional textiles for horses with energear finish from Schoeller Technologies this summer. Meanwhile, energear for clothing and medical textiles will be on show at Techtextil in Frankfurt next week.
In a new exhibition series MAK Fashion Lab is initiating a comprehensive examination of intelligent fashion as it presents the innovative BLESS No45 Soundperfume sound technology.
Introducing the features of the new concept, such as personalised sonic ambience, the exhibition will be focused on that area where art, design, science, and research intersect and overlap, with the topic of smart textiles opening the discussion.
“With the MAK Fashion Lab, the MAK, home to one of the world’s most valuable and extensive museum collections of textiles and carpets, opens itself up to innovative, avant-garde worlds of fashion that are not only trendy and wearable, but also invested with the intention of presenting forward-looking design solutions,” explains Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, MAK director.
The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF), an organisation dedicated to education and research in the specialty fabrics industry, is holding an Innovations Award at IFAI's Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 in Orlando.
This award honours companies who have put great ideas into action, creating new products or processes that push the specialty fabrics industry forward and offers an international exposure for the product or company.
Techtextil hits a record number of exhibitors as it is due to open on the 11 June, while the exhibition running alongside, Texprocess, has confirmed its position as the leading international trade fair for cutting-edge textile-processing technologies.
The two international venues for the textile sector Techtextil and Texprocess are set to open their doors next week with 1,648 exhibitors, an increase of 123 exhibitors over the previous events.
“All in all, our trade-fair duo at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre offers the world’s biggest range of technical textiles, nonwovens and textile-processing technologies”, said Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt.
Nylstar, one of the leading providers of Polyamide 6.6 filaments and yarns, will showcase its latest Meryl and Premium Nylgold fibres at Techtextil for the first time this year, presenting its new slogan: ‘Polyamide Feels Better’.
Nylstar Polyamides that offer various properties such as moisture management, UV protection, reduced static energy, bacteriostatic functions and odour-control, are the main component in the latest Nylstar developments.
Kraton Performance Polymers, a leading producer of styrenic block copolymers and other engineered polymers will present its Nexar polymer coatings at Techtextil trade fair, June 11-13 in Frankfurt, Germany.
"We want to capitalise on the momentum of the recent commercial success of Nexar polymers by continuing the conversation with textile industry leaders about how Nexar‘s moisture activated cooling technology is a real game changer," said Holger Jung, vice president sales and marketing.
Next week’s Techtextil exhibition in Frankfurt will see the launch of Synergo, a new range of high performance workwear fabrics jointly developed by two market leading fabric manufacturers - Klopman International and Schoeller-works, a division of Schoeller Textil AG. The partners will both present the range at their individual booths at the show.
The American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) is partnering with India based TecniTex Nonwovens to organise an international conference on “Advances in Fibres, Finishes, Technical Textiles and Nonwovens (AFFTTN)” in Mumbai.
The event will take place from 1-2 October 2013. The conference is designed to provide excellent opportunities for international participants to discuss and interact. Highlighting the conference will be keynote presentations by eminent industry and academic leaders in each conference session.
Nantong Teijin, the polyester textile manufacturing and processing company based in Nantong, China, has announced it will take part in Shanghai International Occupational Uniform Exhibition, China’s sole international uniform show, which will be held at the Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Centre from 5-7 June.
SCS Global Services (SCS) has announced that Unifi Manufacturing, a leading producer of multi-filament polyester, nylon textured yarns and related raw materials, is the first manufacturer of its kind to earn Responsible Source certification.
Innovation in Textiles has just published ‘21st Century Innovations in Technical Textiles’ - a great new 36 page illustrated A5 sized booklet all about cutting edge technical textiles developments (RRP £25.00) - and we’ve got a limited number to give away FREE to visitors to our booth (D75, Hall 3.1) at Techtextil in Frankfurt (11-13 June).
New fitting tests designed to address the challenges faced by the ready-made-clothes manufacturers and their customers have paid off, according to Stephanie Müller, expert for fitting tests at the Hohenstein Institute.
When Cornell University fashion design students were assigned to create open-jacketed suits from fashion fabrics, the added challenge was to use Sonobond’s SeamMaster High Profile ultrasonic ‘sewing machine’ to develop original fabrics for the blouses or tops beneath.
Earlier this year when 4,662 innovative products from 1,865 inventive companies competed for one of the world’s most treasured design prizes, the red dot - X-BIONIC, the high-tech sportswear brand won double honours in Essen. The innovative Swiss company was able to convince judges with its latest technological invention and won an award for its Precuperation/Recovery Shirt & Trousers and a second award for its Precuperation/Recovery Socks. Both products aid sports performance and muscle recovery through the application of compression.
The UK’s University of Leeds has developed an innovative system for the objective evaluation of fabric handle, which uses established and proven test equipment underpinned by scientific principles, which account for key material properties.
According to the latest International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) published this week by the ITMF (International Textile Manufacturers Federation) shipments of new textile machinery fell in 2012 in most segments compared with 2011, although a new record was set for shipments of large diameter circular knitting machines.
Tanatex Chemicals will be present at Techtextil 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany from 11-13 June 2013, showcasing several innovative solutions to the world of technical textiles.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, participated in the Sistema Italia trade mission to Indonesia from 6-8 May, promoted by the Italian Ministries of Economic Development and Foreign Affairs, and organized by ICE – the Italian Trade Promotion Agency, the government organization which promotes the internationalization of Italian businesses abroad.
EDANA’s European annual statistics on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2012 were recently disclosed at its Nonwoven Producers Forum.
In the run in to Techtextil, the leading trade fair for technical textiles and industrial nonwovens, organisers Messe Frankfurt have published the following article on the spread of nanotechnology in technical textiles. The article shows how nanotechnology is being used in a growing number of applications from clothing, through construction to regenerative medicine. Techtextil takes place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June.
Well known industry consultant David Rigby (formerly David Rigby Associates) is now providing personal advisory and consulting services to business owners, CEOs and senior managers in technical textiles and industrial nonwovens, with the aim of helping them create more profitable and sustainable futures for their businesses.
Italian protective fabrics producer Argar Technology, a division of Argar S.r.L, has launched three new flame retardant (FR) fabrics ranges which it will be showcasing along with its current range of innovative products at this year’s leading technical textiles exhibitions – Techtextil 2013, and A+A Safety, Security & Health At Work 2013.
This video was made by Robert Newton a TV documentary producer whose family were in textiles in North Carolina for generations. Newton got the idea for the documentary after he found himself constantly correcting people who said that the textiles industry in NC state was dead. It’s a full blown TV documentary which lasts 30 minutes but its well worth watching.
Energy efficient membranes, silicone-coated textile fibres, a new master batch for tintable polypropylene or new technologies for integrating systems into apparel – these are just some of the inventions of the ten winners of the Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Prizes.
Mount Vernon Mills is proud to announce Carolyn Black, a 20 year veteran of the textile industry, has joined the company as FR Technical Specialist. In her new role with Mount Vernon Mills, Carolyn will focus on the company’s flame resistant fabric brand, Mount Vernon FR and her goal will be to increase Mount Vernon FR brand awareness among end users, especially in the Canadian provinces.
The two global nonwovens associations, EDANA and INDA, are to partner to co-organise a new edition of EDANA’s Outlook conference programme for Latin America early in 2015.
The two global nonwovens associations, EDANA and INDA are joining efforts to promote the free and fair trade of Nonwovens globally starting with an active role in the upcoming US-European Union (EU) Free Trade Agreement negotiations. EDANA will volunteer Nonwovens for ‘fast track’ elimination of the current 4.3% tariff on nonwoven imports into the EU from the US. There currently are no tariffs on EU Nonwovens coming into the US.
The latest developments in nonwoven applications for Ingeo biopolymer, a low-carbon-footprint polymer made from renewable plant material, will be on display at IDEA13 in Miami, Florida this week. NatureWorks says it will show new grades of Ingeo along with a range of final products which will demonstrate the commercial reality of the biopolymer.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes a look at a new high-tech wave of interactive functional yarns and fabrics which are designed to deliver a whole range of benefits to wearers. You can read Part 1 at Ancient wisdom inspires ‘responsive’ Far Infrared fibres – Part 1.
As part of its efforts to further concentrate on its core business of manufacturing fibres, Lenzing AG has agreed to sell 85% of its shareholding in plastics business (Lenzing Plastics GmbH) to an Austrian bidding consortium led by Invest AG, the investment company of the Raiffeisen Banking Group Upper Austria based in Linz.
The overall response from the exhibitors and visitors at the latest edition of Techtextil North America was confirmation that they were pleased with the show and venue, organisers say. The tenth edition of Techtextil North America took place from 19-21 March at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
Whether it’s for wind power systems, aerospace technology, stadium roofs made from high-tech membranes, geogrids made from polyester used in landscaping or nonwovens for insulating and roofing, technical textiles cover a very wide range of applications.
Kraton Performance Polymers, a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers and other engineered polymers has announced plans to exhibit at IDEA 2013, in Miami, Florida from 22-25 April at the Miami Beach Conference Center.
Gregory Walter Haggquist of Cocona Inc. has been honoured by the AATCC Technical Committee on Research (TCR) as the recipient of the 2013 TCR Service Award in recognition of his achievements and service to the Association. The award was presented at the 2013 AATCC International Conference in Greenville, SC on 11th April.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes a look at a new high-tech wave of interactive functional yarns and fabrics which are designed to deliver a whole range of benefits to wearers.
Clarion Events North America, Inc. announced today that a collaboration agreement has been signed with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) regarding Clarion’s annual ExpoProducción event in Mexico City. The collaboration will include an IFAI Pavilion and Conference to be held within the annual ExpoProducción trade show in Mexico City beginning with the February 2014 edition.
US based technical textiles manufacturer Carolina Silver, has been acquired by Noble Biomaterials, which wants to add the North Carolina based company’s antibacterial technologies to its range of antibacterial products.
Sanitized AG, a leading producer of antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection for textiles and plastics will be launching two new advanced additives designed for the protection of plasticized PVC at this year’s Techtextil in Frankfurt.
Perspectives by Bill Smith - a new regular column for Innovation in Textiles.
When I began my consulting practice in 1986, I discovered a book called “Innovation – The Attackers Advantage” (Summit Books) by Richard Foster, then a Director of the major consulting firm McKinsey & Co. His message: ” . . . companies must return to the attack . . . the annals of business is filled with . . . companies that seemed profitable yet were in the midst of bankruptcy because they did not anticipate when their present products would become unprofitable and underestimated the strengths of their competitor’s attacks.”
Invista’s Cordura Naturelle fabric from Chia Her Industrial Mill in Taiwan was named one of the Top 10 Second Layer Fabrics at ISPO Textrends Forum at ISPO MUNICH 2013 this year. Aimed at showcasing fabrics for the fall and winter seasons of 2014 and 2015, ISPO Textrends Forum brings the latest innovations in performance fabric technology to the attention of designers and product developers.
The Dornbirn-Man-Made Fibers Congress (MFC), the leading conference for the man-made fibres industry, will take place for the 52nd time in Dornbirn, Austria from 11-13 September 2013, where over 100 papers will address key industry issues under the banner - ‘Communicating the Future of Man-Made Fibers’.
Cesare Citterio, textiles entrepreneur and owner of Cifra SpA, a world leader in the field of seamlessly knitted garments, is a man on a mission – a warp knitting seamless mission - or as Citterio likes to call it a ‘WKS’ mission.
Teijin is to establish a specialized department to accelerate materials business incubation through technology acquisitions and alliances with immediate effect. The new Technology Alliance Development Department, established under Teijin’s New Business Development Group, will strategically grow materials related businesses by identifying promising partners and mergers and acquisitions opportunities. Alliances are envisioned for undertakings ranging from R&D to business model creation.
Fibre producer Invista has acquired Ashburn Hill Corp., along with its associated intellectual property, including the Tecgen brands and a manufacturing operation in Texas. The company says Tecgen flame resistant garment products will expand its existing performance and protective fabric offerings, as well as add a new skill set to the company.
Statistics reveal that spinning line capacities are becoming increasingly large
The majority of recent installations for polyester have been spinning lines directly connected to a common reactor. Lines of this kind are economically prudent, although flexibility is very limited compared to extruder spinning lines. Here, additive injection and mixing systems can help regain this lost flexibility.
Nominations are open for the 2013 World of Wipes Innovation Award, which recognizes and rewards innovation within the entire wipes value chain that utilizes nonwoven fabrics in a way that expands the usage of nonwovens.
Lenzing has succeeded in achieving the second best business result in its history in the 2012 financial year in spite of difficult market conditions in its core fibre business. The Austrian company’s Annual Report published today says that this can be attributed to new record fibre sales volumes and good performance of its specialty Tencel fibre. Readers can download the full Lenzing Group Annual Report 2012 at the foot of this article.
Market leaders in the sportswear sector will present specialist technologies at Texprocess, the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials from 10-13 June this year in Frankfurt, Germany, in co-location with Techtextil, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. The following text, provided by the show’s organiser summarises some of the leading technologies which will be exhibited.
Nike has announced a strategic partnership with Swiss company bluesign technologies to accelerate the supply of sustainable materials and chemistries for use in its products. The strategic partnership unlocks the potential for bluesign technologies’ industry-leading assessment tools to become accessible to materials suppliers, at an unprecedented scale and pace.
A new large scale plant for the production of polyester fibre and a new generation of nonwovens will be built in Russia this year by CJSC Kotovsky Nonwovens Plant, one of Russia’s largest producers of nonwovens.
Adverse conditions in the water sports apparel market are leading to a rise in industry takeovers, according to a new report from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.
A comprehensive new report entitled Latin American Nonwoven Markets: Trends, Forecasts, and Analysis 2012-2017 is now available from INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.
Innovative Italian sock knitting machine manufacturer Busi Giovanni is ramping up the promotion and production of its IDEA Medical line of compression stockings knitting machines, following strong sales in Italy and elsewhere.
Celliant, a developer of innovative responsive textile technology, has announced an alliance with global brand, Puma. The brand’s men's athletic apparel line inspired by Olympic gold medalist and world record sprinter Usain Bolt now features performance-driven apparel incorporating Celliant's patented mineral fibre technology.
Following a successful product development period, Alexium International has announced it is starting the product launch phase of its flame retardant (FR) nylon products, which it will introduce over the coming months under the Ascalon trademark.
The DiloGroup will present its portfolio of fibre processing equipment to the Turkish market when it exhibits at the ITM Texpo Eurasia 2013 which is being held together with the Hightex 2013 in Istanbul from 29 May to 1 June. This exhibition is also an important platform for the East Mediterranean, Southwest and Central Asian markets in general.
The Russian government together with the country’s nano giant Rusnano and Swiss Oerlikon, a developer of innovative industrial solutions for food, clothing, transportation and other industries, (owned by the Russian financial conglomerate Renova), are considering accelerating efforts in the field of design and production of new types of textile products, based on nanotechnologies in Russia.
Entries are invited from all Texprocess exhibitors for the second ‘Texprocess Innovation Award’, which will be presented at this year’s Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June 2013.
International technology group Andritz will present the latest technologies from its three nonwoven competence centres - Andritz Asselin-Thibeau, Andritz Küsters, and Andritz Perfojet, at Hightex/ITM 2013 in Istanbul in May.
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Nanotechnology maker Litrax’ L2 fibre and filament technology has been named in ISPO 2013’s Top 5 Fibres Innovations for fall/winter season 2014/15.
Already catering to German, English and Chinese speakers, the long established Reutlingen, Germany based company Stoll is now launching its website, www.stoll.com , in Russian.
Bayer MaterialScience has developed a new high-performance cross linking agent for the coating of temperature-sensitive textile fibres. The company’s polyurethane dispersion Imprafix 2794 XP is also said to have possible advantageous applications in glass and automotive OEM coating.
Italian protective fabrics producer Argar Technology, a division of Argar S.r.L, will be showcasing its range of innovative products at this year’s leading technical textiles exhibitions – Techtextil 2013, and A+A Safety, Security & Health At Work 2013.
Invista reports that it started production this week at its new, polyamide salt plant, an expansion of the company’s polymer facility in Rozenburg, the Netherlands. The expanded site will serve the company’s European fibre and plastic customers through its integrated supply chain.
Combining innovation, technology, and styling to combat the difficult economic climate, apparel and fabric suppliers generated positive energy at last week’s ISPO in Munich. The four-day fair, featuring apparel, gear, textiles, and accessories for winter sports, was the most successful ever, according the Messe München organisation. Some 81,000 visitors from 109 countries crowded the halls, where 2,481 exhibitors from 52 countries filled 103,220 square metres of space with displays of expertise.
According to the latest The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) State of Trade Report, output of global yarn production rose in Q3/2012 in comparison to the previous quarter due to higher output in Asia South and America, while production in Europe and North America was down.
Just a short time after UK start up, MMT Textiles Ltd announced on www.innovationintextiles.com that it had invented and patented a method of constructing bio-responsive fibres and yarns so that they react to humidity levels in a micro-climate, the London based company revealed this week that it is now close to bringing the technology to market.
Technical Absorbents (TAL) will be exhibiting at the IDEA Nonwovens and Engineered Fabrics exhibition, which takes place in Miami between 23-25 April. The North East England based company says IDEA will be the ideal opportunity for the Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturer to show how the company and its product range have progressed over the past few years.
According to researchers at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, wearable computers which can withstand washing are one step closer thanks to a technology which integrates electronic micro devices into yarns. The academics developed a prototype garment to demonstrate the technology, which they say could be used for medical and military purposes.
The Textile Institute has announced details of its latest intensive training short courses for the textiles industry. The Institute is a leading provider of short courses for the industry, drawing on over 100 years of textiles knowledge.
Technical fabrics and performance apparel have a key role to play in finding new international niche markets for Colombia’s textile industry.
This was immediately apparent at the 2013 Colombiatex trade fair which celebrated its 25th anniversary from January 22-24 in Medellin – a city that has changed perhaps more than any other and beyond all recognition over the last quarter of a century.
INDA, Association of the Nonwovens Fabric Industry has announced it has entered into a strategic alliance agreement with the China Nonwoven and Industrial Textile Association (CNITA). CNITA is the Chinese government-approved national association for the nonwovens and technical textiles industries in China.
NatureWorks, supplier of biopolymers based Ingeo fibres, has announced that the company has located its first Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Bangkok and has expanded its team of senior commercial, managerial and technical personnel to enhance support of Ingeo customers throughout the region and to expand business.
Fibre converting company Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., a member of the Teijin Group will be showcasing high-comfort, high-performance polyester products at two upcoming leading international sports trade fairs - the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013 in Salt Lake City, USA from 23-26 January and ISPO Munich 2013 in Germany from 3-6 February.
Alexium International Group has announced that Nick Clark, the group’s current Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, has been appointed Group Chief Executive Officer based in Greer, South Carolina.
A total of 15 of the most innovative and successful new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries over the past three years have been nominated as finalists for the prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards.
Huntsman Textile Effects and DyTech Taiwan have announced a collaboration, which the two companies say, is set to drive sustainable excellence and world-class standards of high quality dyes and specialty chemicals for the Taiwan textile industry”.
The Teijin Group, one of the world's leading suppliers of high-performance fibre, is participating at Technotex 2013, India’s premier exhibition of technical textiles, which will be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India this week from 17-19 January. Teijin’s debut appearance at the show will highlight the group’s expanding initiatives to develop the Indian market for high-performance materials.
The International OEKO-TEX Association has reported it is currently working on an optimised, independent certification system for environmentally friendly and socially responsible companies which will replace the current OEKO-TEX Standard 1000, launching this summer.
Its official - the next edition of Techtextil will be bigger than ever before. According to organiser Mess Frankfurt, the number of exhibitor registrations for the trade fair, which will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already significantly higher than at the comparable time two years ago.
Lycra brand owner Invista has announced that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a group representing more than 60 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits and nongovernmental organisations working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world.
Philip Lehner, long-time chairman and CEO of Leigh Fibers, passed away on 5th January at his home in Hingham, Massachusetts. He was 89.
At a recent International Press Conference for the Texprocess and Techtextil fairs to be held in Frankfurt in June, Francesco Marchi, Director General of EURATEX, highlighted the importance of the textile and clothing industry, its coming challenges and the role of technical textiles and new processes in the industry. In Mr Marchi stressed the importance of world-class fairs like Techtexil and Texprocess Fairs to the sector.
To learn about how different types of sewing thread can help in the manufacture of specialist technical textile products, as well as with more conventional textiles, readers should visit Texprocess 2013, from 10-13 June and Techtextil 2013, from 11-13 June. The two exhibitions are being held concurrently at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany.
North Carolina based Tenowo Lincolnton Inc. is planning to add 26 jobs and spend $7.2 million to expand its nonwovens production facility in Lincoln County. The company, formerly known as HOF Textiles Inc., has received a $50,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund to help with the expansion. The plant currently employs 67 people.
Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd (TAF) and Switzerland’s Sanitized AG have announced the signing of a co-branding agreement and licensing program for Amicor fibres. Amicor will unveil the new Biocidals Product Directive (BPD) compliant fibres and yarns under the slogan “Breathe easily and relax” at Heimtextil 2013 which takes place from 9-12 January in Frankfurt.
Outlast Technologies, the market leader for temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), is rolling out its new brand identity this New Year with the aim of sharpening its profile.
Clariant has signed an agreement to sell its Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions businesses to SK Capital. The total consideration of the sale amounts to approximately CHF 502 million, out of which approximately 460 million in cash, equivalent to 6.3 times the estimated full year 2012 recurring EBITDA of those businesses. The divestment has been approved by the Boards of both companies. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2013.
Germany’s Hohenstein Institute is now offering testing and certification of protective/safety gloves in accordance with a number of industry standards.
Alexium International Group (Alexium) announced it has received its second progress payment on a US Air Force contract this month, with additional progress payments on the contract expected over the next five months. Alexium’s says its financial position is strengthening, based on growing revenues from the US Air Force contract, awarded earlier this year and continued revenues from its commercial roll out of its novel FR nylon treatment.
Huntsman Textile Effects has launched two AEEA-free (amino-ethyl-ethanol-amine) alternatives for two of its key silicone softeners used in the manufacture of apparel and home textiles.
Dewatering breakthrough from RHL means textile finishers can finally say goodbye to conventional rubber squeezing
Lenzing’s lyocell cellulosic fibre Tencel turned 20 this week. Lenzing celebrated the anniversary by holding a commemorative ceremony and a customer symposium and here we look at the brand’s past, present and future.
UK based Armadillo Merino was presented with the NatWest ‘Product Business of the Year 2012 Award’ in London on Friday. The Derbyshire based ‘new start’ company’s knitted tops and leggings in single jersey and rib structures, made from super-fine merino wool, are said to be the ultimate in comfort, with qualities that are ideally suited to those professionals exposed to endurance, extreme weather or potential risk of fire or burns.
Leading seamless circular knitting machine builder Santoni has reported strong sales of its machines into the sportswear sector especially for the production of merino wool based seamless garments. Sportswear manufacturers are mainly interested in the Italian company’s SM8 TR1 machine for single jersey garments with mesh effects – particularly in 24 gauge for zonal knitting or body mapping in natural fibres such as merino wool.
UK based Armadillo Merino reports that the Italian navy is set to order thousands of its British developed hi-tech garments, which give unprecedented next-to-skin protection and performance in action.
Leading Russian textile producers are considering switching to the production of synthetic fabrics and technical textiles from traditional natural fibre fabrics, in an attempt to increase the industry’s profitability and to reduce dependence from the ever rising global cotton prices.
Five new consumer products that utilize nonwoven fabrics in an innovative manner have been nominated as finalists for the 2013 Visionary Award.
Alexium has announced a major advancement in the development of its Flame Retardant (FR) treatments and curing methods. The company has developed its novel, non-halogenated FR chemistry for nylon so it can be applied with a standard oven as well as Alexium’s microwave technology. The ability to use traditional heat curing methods, aims to significantly lower entry barriers to key markets and speed up market introduction.
ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) will mark 2013 with a push towards internationalisation with 30 new members. This is the primary objective emerging from the initiatives promoted by ACIMIT for the upcoming year, and approved at the Association’s Board of Directors meeting held last 13 November.
25 German textile machinery manufacturers presented their latest solutions at two VDMA conferences this month in Istanbul and Gaziantep in Turkey. Almost 600 participants from the Turkish textiles industry used the opportunity to learn how German technology can help the sector to cope with the tough competition from Asia and several German companies were able to close deals with Turkish customers during the events.
Textiles Intelligence and the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) have agreed to cooperate in making Chinese language editions of two of Textile Intelligence’s business and market information publications available to the Chinese fibre, textile and clothing industries.
Healthcanal.com reports that Australian scientists are part of a team which is developing a new artificial muscle with exciting possibilities for use in self-powered intelligent textiles that could automatically react to environmental conditions like heat or sweat.
The market for chemical protective clothing is set for robust growth over the next few years, according to Chemical protective clothing: providing a life-critical barrier a new report from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its ‘State of Trade Report’ for Q2, 2012 which shows that global yarn output for the quarter was up and estimates for global yarn and fabric output in Q3/2012 are positive - the outlook for Q4/2012 is unchanged/positive. The following is the main body of the report – the full report with detailed statistics can be downloaded at the foot of this article.
The fourth edition of the ‘Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry’, has been published, by INDA, the leading Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, in strategic partnership with EDANA the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries.
Teijin Limited has announced that Teijin (Thailand) Limited in the Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate of Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province, which was flooded by torrential rainfall in October 2011 and then resumed partial operation in February this year, returned to full-scale production on October 31. All three Teijin Group polyester production facilities in Thailand affected by the flooding are again operating normally.
Lenzing successfully conducted a test run of its fifth production line at its Indonesian subsidiary PT South Pacific Viscose in October. With an additional nominal capacity of 80,000 tons of viscose fibres per annum, the annual total capacity of SPV will increase to 320,000 tons once Line 5 has been fully launched.
Gore-Tex producer W.L. Gore & Associates has invested in a new building at its Livingston site in Scotland. According to an STV report today, the environmentally friendly construction of the £5 million building has allowed energy consumption to be reduced by 25%.
According to scientists at Germany’s Hohenstein Institute, in addition to modern sportswear, the market is increasingly demanding functional undergarments for the fashion and business sectors.
Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, a recognized leader in the production of specialty coatings and coated fabrics, has announced that it has purchased a state-of-the-art technical coatings line. The new high-speed equipment further expands the South Carolina based company’s capabilities by fully encompassing a broad range of width options in woven, knit, nonwovens and films.
A new ‘cutting edge’ facility for technical textiles, nonwovens and composites development opened its doors in the city of Roubaix, in the Lille region of Lille of Northern France, this month.
Alexium International Group Limited (Alexium) has announced that it expects to receive a cash payment of approximately $205,000 from the Australian Government under the 2012 Research and Development Tax Incentive (Australia) scheme.
Nilit has announced it will be introducing its Nilit Breeze cooling yarn to Asian markets at the forthcoming Intertextile Shanghai 2012 tradeshow. Nilit Breeze, the Israeli company’s most recent innovation, is said to be a revolutionary nylon 6.6 fibre that has been proven to cool wearers by almost one degree Celsius in comparison to fabrics knitted with standard fibres.
Eugene Gerden reports from Moscow
The Russian nonwovens industry is on the verge of big changes, due national government plans to approve a state strategy for the industry’s further development until 2020.
The India International Textile Machinery Exhibition, INDIA ITME 2012, which is being held for the 9th time at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from December 2nd – 7th, is an excellent opportunity for the DiloGroup to present its portfolio of equipment to the Indian market, especially as the exhibition is also an important platform for the Asian market in general.
Researchers at a top Scottish university have helped develop headwear that uses smart textiles for women with cancer related hair loss. Micro-encapsulated textiles, which offer added comfort as well as aroma-therapeutic benefits to cancer patients, are now being used in a luxury handmade headwear range.
Focusing on the topic of “consumption,” over 135 delegates from brands, retailers, government organizations, NGOs and academia joined in the 6th annual conference of the RITE Group (Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment).
Huntsman Textile Effects and the Netherlands’ DyeCoo Textile Systems are joining forces to develop and grow DyeCoo’s Supercritical CO2 textile processing technology with the aim of creating more sustainable products which will benefit the industry as a whole.
The Board of Directors at INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, this week appointed David Rousse as its new President. As of 15 October Rousse will assume the position currently held by Rory Holmes, who has announced his retirement in mid-2013. Holmes has held the position since 2003.
Monforts’ Klaus A. Heinrichs talks about his company’s participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative.
Blue Competence is an initiative launched by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) to demonstrate the know-how and experience of its members for sustainable solutions. Key points of the campaign are technologies and products that conserve raw materials, reduce emissions and sustainably improve the living conditions of people.
Huntsman Textile Effects and HeiQ have announced a strategic business alliance with the launch of PURE by HeiQ, an innovative, new-generation silver product that is said to set it apart from other odour control solutions.
Vienna stock exchange listed Lenzing, the global leader in man-made cellulosic fibre production, has acquired a 100% shareholding in the Czech pulp producer Biocel Paskov A.S. Lenzing has held a 75% stake in the company since it acquired its majority stake from the Austrian Heinzel Group, which has now sold its remaining 25% shareholding to Lenzing.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry has announced that nominations are now open for the prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards, which it organizes in partnership with Nonwovens Industry magazine.
Seamless knits specialist Tefron has announced today that it has entered into a licensing agreement with X-Technology Swiss R&D AG (XTS), under which it has been granted exclusive rights to manufacture, market and distribute XTS sportswear brands in North America.
In marking its 50th anniversary in 2011, the Dornbirn Conference celebrated the contribution of the manmade fibres industry to society over the last half a century.
At the 2012 event in Austria from September 19-21 – with over 100 individual presentations and record attendance of over 800 delegates – the emphasis was very much on what the industry can now contribute over the next fifty years and what major changes are on the horizon.
“Fashion Stories” was the Autumn/Winter 2013/14 theme at Première Vision, the trade show for high-fashion fabrics held in Paris September 19 – 21. Combining historical references with a high-tech future, juxtaposing urban living with nature and the elements, and seeking adventure whilst yielding to emotion, a new generation of compact, dense, and tactile fabrics incorporated surprising technical aspects, developing a new relationship between fashion and active sportswear. This was achieved via all manner of woven, knit, and assembled double cloths which displayed a new level of technical know-how, allowing fabrics to express dual personalities.
Just weeks after the closing of the Olympics, Nike has been granted an interim injunction against adidas for patent infringement by adidas’ adizero Primeknit shoe which it released in July on the eve of the London games. The patent or patents in question protect Nike’s revolutionary Flyknit shoe range which sport seamlessly knitted uppers produced on Stoll flat knitting machines.
The UK government has announced £2.3 million of ‘in principle’ support for a new textile and clothing skills programme jointly led by Bolton headquartered NWTexnet and the Huddersfield based Textile Centre of Excellence.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes an in depth look at the world of textiles which deliver cosmetic benefits and concludes that there is potential for cosmétotextiles to go beyond beauty and deliver wellness, therapeutic, and medical benefits. You can read Part 1 at Beyond Beauty: The Future of Cosmétotextiles.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes an in depth look at the world of textiles which deliver cosmetic benefits and concludes that there is potential for cosmétotextiles to go beyond beauty and deliver wellness, therapeutic, and medical benefits.
Creativity, production speed and design quality through digital printing
Miroglio Textile will be taking one of the key challenges faced by the textile sector to the very heart of Prémiere Vision this week by means of an unprecedented performance by Stefano Arienti, an important Italian artist, which will entail the creation of new fabrics in real time.
Italian seamless garment manufacturer Cifra SpA has launched a brand new line of beauty and sports apparel called Doubleskin, which combines the Milan based company’s seamless warp knitting technology with Rhodia’s bioactive fibre Emana. Doubleskin is available from this week via a brand new website and online shop.
Alexium International Group Limited (Alexium) (announced today that the Australian patent office has granted a patent for the “Method for Attachment of Silicon-containing Compounds to a Surface and for Synthesis of Hypervalent Silicon-compounds” (Australia Patent No. 2006290509).
Organisers have released early details of speakers and topics in the expanded free-to-attend Open Forum conference programme at the second annual UK Plastic Electronics Show, which will be held at the UK’s NEC in Birmingham on 7-8 November. The show is part of the Advanced Engineering UK group of events.
The UK government announced yesterday over £2 million worth of support for a new skills programme led by a consortium of employers and the Textile Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield that will improve the skills of people already working and develop the next generation of skilled talent for these industries. The partnership includes manufacturers from textiles, technical textiles, apparel and textile services sectors, trade associations and Creative Skillset.
Four unique new products have been nominated as finalists for the second annual RISE Durable Products Award that will be presented at INDA’s RISE Conference in late October.
The RISE Durable Product Award will be awarded to a durable nonwoven product using nonwoven fabric and/or technology that is commercially sold and utilized in the consumer or industrial marketplace.
Mr Zhang Jie, Chairman of the China Hi-Tech Group, visited A. Monforts Textilmaschinen in Mönchengladbach last month, to see for himself the latest addition to his group of companies with its worldwide activities.
NatureWorks and Sulzer’s Sulzer Chemtech division announced this week that Sulzer has shipped proprietary production equipment to NatureWorks’ Blair, Nebraska facility that will enable NatureWorks to increase production of Ingeo biopolymer and produce new, high-performance resins and lactides.
The recently-announced bankruptcy of Konarka illustrates just how tricky it is to bring groundbreaking new technologies to market – however smart they may be.
The company is the latest in a list of companies who over the past decade have attempted the fusion of technologies – in this case mass manufactured solar cells with plastic films, but the marriage of electronics with textiles is just as applicable – and come unstuck at the lengthy lead times and endless financial resources required for successfully launching such products.
Andritz Küsters, a leading supplier of calender technology for the textiles, nonwovens, and paper industries, has developed an innovative calender concept for the growing technical textiles market incorporating proven technologies from the production of paper and nonwovens.
International Newsletters has announced that the speaker on nanotextiles has been confirmed for its TCL2012, International Conference on Textiles Coating & Laminating. Dr. Dirk Hegemann from the prestigious Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) will address the subject Nano Textiles: What can be expected from it?
With ten months still to go, Techtextil, the International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already almost fully booked.
“Over 90% of the exhibition space occupied in 2011 has been reserved; 86% has actually been firmly booked. Never before have we had such a good result at such an early stage”, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies.
All the signs are that Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June 2013, will be a success. With a year still to go before the doors open, over 50% of exhibition space has already been sold and the market leaders are on board.
The University of Manchester and Beyond Surface Technologies AG have joined forces in the development of sustainable technologies for textiles.
The two organisations have come together to provide alternatives to fossil-based raw materials currently used in textile processing.
In a year of several key sporting events, most notably the London 2012 Olympic Games, the major brands in the summer sportswear industry are battling for market share, according to the latest issue of Performance Apparel Markets from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.
Experts wishing to give a lecture at the symposiums during Techtextil in Frankfurt, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens being held from 11 to 13 June 2013, are invited by the organisers to submit their manuscripts. The deadline for receipt of the manuscripts is 31 October 2012.
The recent symposium on cosmétotextiles held at Interfilière Paris highlighted the growing success of these hybrid fabrics, as well as posing questions about their future.
A cosmetic textile is defined by the French Office for the Standardisation of Textile and Clothing Industries as “a textile article that contains a substance or a preparation that is intended to be released sustainably on to the different superficial parts of the human body, especially the skin, and which claim particular properties such as cleansing, perfume, change of appearance, protection, maintenance in good condition, or correction of body odours.”
In a sensational move just one day before the Olympic opening ceremonies, adidas has revealed the adizero Primeknit, its first one-piece upper performance running shoe featuring what it calls “a new seamless engineering technology.”
Images released tonight show a running shoe with an upper very similar to Nike’s Flyknit flat knitted which goes on general release today.
Industry rumour mills have been running at warp speed (no puns intended) since we published an article on Nike’s Flyknit integrally knitted running shoe upper in February on our Knitting Industry website - see Nike Flyknit – a seamlessly knitted running shoe!.
Now having taken a closer look at the knitted upper, we can reveal that Flyknit is without any doubt made on an electronically controlled flat knitting machine.
Pablo Larrázabal, a young European Tour professional golfer from Spain, chose the 2012 ThermoCool range of knitted shirts from well known Scottish golf wear brand Lyle & Scott for last week’s Open Championship which was held at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s from 19-22 July.
The recent Interfilière show in Paris confirmed the importance of the cosmetic textiles or cosmetotextiles market for producers and marketers of next-to-skin knitted fabrics.
Interfilière organiser Eurovet, has published a seven page report on Cosmetotextiles (cosmetic textiles), which summarises a symposium held at the Paris show and which was jointly sponsored by Interfilière and La Federation de la Maille et de la Lingerie.
According to a new series of Textiles Intelligence reports, textile and clothing markets are likely to remain subdued in 2012, given the considerable uncertainty in the global economy, and the fact that the debt crisis in the Eurozone continues to hit business and consumer confidence.
The high performance fabrics beloved of mountain sport enthusiasts are fast becoming a fixture on clothing racks. Their growing popularity is providing a boost for the Swiss textile industry.
Growth in sales for the industry overall has been in the “double digits for the past few years,” explains Moritz Becher. He is editor at Outdoor Guide, Switzerland’s biggest alpine and outdoor sport magazine.
Wool’s credentials as a textile fibre that promotes health and wellbeing were presented by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) at the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) World Congress this week in Melbourne.
The new improved Eco Applicator soft coating solution from Mönchengladbach, Germany based Monforts, is reported to be making a strong impact following launches at recent shows in Bangladesh, USA, India and ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai, by providing significant energy savings with reduced drying times and the possible elimination of a conventional wet-on-wet padder.
Specialty chemicals producer Clariant is rebranding and from today, 16 July 2012, will have a new appearance, a new logo and a new motto. A striking new high quality movie has also been made to communicate the new image. The Swiss company says the rebrand marks a new episode in its history because with its current portfolio it is better situated than ever before.
A new technology which combines the outstanding natural features of cork with those of high performance fabrics has won one of the coveted Outdoor Industry Awards the Outdoor 2012 show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
According to the Hohenstein Institute, 50 % of everyone in Germany practices sport at least once a week, which is still fourth place in a European country comparison. Wearing knee-length compression socks, the institute says, was long viewed as uncool by sportsmen and women, but more and more active sportsmen and women have reported the positive effects of wearing these special elastic socks.
EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has released a public summary of its annual statistics on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2011. The report is said to show growth in production volume for 2011 of 5.7%, with several market segments recording their best output ever in both tonnage and square metres, including baby diapers, medical, personal care wipes, civil engineering, automotive and agriculture.
Clarion Events North America (Clarion) announced yesterday the launch of ExpoProducción, a new trade fair primarily for the apparel and sewn products manufacturing industry in Mexico and Central America.
Visitors to ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 are said to have greatly appreciated the commitment of the German textile machinery industry on the issue of sustainability. On occasion of the region’s leading textile machinery exhibition from 12th to 16th June in Shanghai, the VDMA Textile Machinery Association presented its sustainability initiative Blue Competence for the first time in the Asian market.
According to ACIMIT, the association representing the Italian textile machinery builders, last month’s ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition provided positive indications for Italian exhibitors, in spite of the current uncertain economic outlook. In addition, the association says the Italian green label certification initiative was greeted with special appreciation.
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012, Asia’s leading textile machinery exhibition, which was held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012, ended on a high note for the organisers with record numbers of visitors and exhibitors.
Japanese polyester producer Teijin Fibers, announced today that it is supplying its Nanofront high-strength polyester for use in replacement insoles for running shoes made by New Balance. The insoles will be marketed by New Balance Japan and sold in its directly owned shops in Tokyo and Osaka, as well as other sports retail stores nationwide beginning this month.
Italy’s RadiciGroup has introduced a low environmental impact version of its Radyarn polyester yarns. R-Radyarn is said to be a low environmental impact product made from 100% post-consumer recycled PET bottles.
Following the successful completion of an environmental impact assessment, work has started on Lenzing’s new 67,000 tonnes per annum Tencel fibre production facility at Lenzing in Upper Austria. The build is expected to take two years.
The RadiciGroup has added two new products - Dyna and Fine – to its Raditeck range of high-tenacity PA66 yarns.
Technical textile production in Japan continued to increase in 2011 after growing substantially in the previous year, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence called ‘Statistics: Fibre Consumption for Technical Textiles in Japan’.
The Teijin Group announced today that its three polyester fibre and textile subsidiaries, Teijin Fibers Limited, Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited and Thai Namsiri Intertex Co., Ltd., will participate in the Bangkok International Fashion Fair & Bangkok International Leather Fair 2011 (BIFF & BIL 2012).
Groz Beckert Chairman Thomas Lindner was accorded a special honour on 22 April this year. In his capacity as President of the VDMA (German Engineering Association). Dr. Lindner officially opened the Hanover Fair 2012 with none other than German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China's Minister-President Wen Jiabao and the Mayor of Hanover Stephan Weil.
The 2013 edition of ShanghaiTex aims to pioneer the transformation and upgrading of the Chinese textiles industry by bringing a full array of textile products, machinery and technology from China and all over the world under one roof.
The Russian government is investing more than USD$20 million in the implementation of a major project, regarding with the design and further launch of production of innovative textile fabrics.
According to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the project involves the participation of about major 10 Russian research institutes, which will provide their latest developments in the field of production of innovative textile fabrics.
ITMA, the world’s most established textile and garment machinery exhibition, will put the spotlight on innovations that promote sustainability for its 17th presentation in Milan, Italy, in 2015. A trendsetting showcase of exciting innovations since 1951, the theme chosen for the 2015 edition is ‘Master the Art of Sustainable Innovation’.
Teijin Fibers has launched a new polyester knitted fabric that is said to offer total comfort during perspiration through enhanced absorption, quick drying and prevention of both chill and stickiness.
All over the world there are do-gooders who give their all to serve a noble cause. In the management of an enterprise, however, they would become a liability because the primary goal of an enterprise is to earn money. For a long time, combining benevolence and the need to earn money has been inconceivable.
Future materials in the shape of technical textiles and composites for the mobility sector and lightweight engineering were the major focus in Chemnitz from 8 - 10 May 2012 when more than 1300 visitors attended this year’s combined mtex - LiMA trade fair and symposium.
Around 200 textile research professionals met at the end of May in St Gallen, Switzerland at the international Fiber Society Spring Conference to keep abreast of current trends in research and development in this field.
Hong Kong-listed Fong’s Industries Co. Ltd. (Fong’s) announced today that it has acquired a 100% stake in A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG (Monforts) from German based company L. Possehl Co. & GmbH (Possehl).
By Valérie Lamontagne.
A few weeks ago I attended the annual Smart Fabrics Conference 2012 held in Miami, Florida. This industry-focused event brings together owners, players, entrepreneurs and developers from various textile-based R&D fields interested in intelligent embedded technological applications.
A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG is strengthening its commitment to technical textiles with the appointment of a new Business Development Manager to expand its product portfolio for this growth market. Monforts has appointed Jürgen Hanel as the new Business Development Manager, strengthening its commitment to technical textile applications.
Dr. Anton Reinfelder (AR) is Managing Director of Groz-Beckert subsidiary Groz-Beckert Asia Private Limited, based in Chandigarh, India. He has corporate responsibility for the knitting and sewing divisions at two factories, local purchasing and also sales in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Jeremy Moon, founder and CEO of Icebreaker, the New Zealand company that pioneered the outdoor merino wool apparel category, has been awarded the World Class New Zealand Award for Manufacturing, Design and Innovation.
Two of the strongest and most innovative textile and technology companies in the stretch knits and wovens sectors are joining forces. Swiss companies Schoeller Textil AG from Sevelen (St. Gallen) and the Eschler Group from Bühler (Appenzell Ausserrhoden) are to unite under the banner of Swiss quality, global presence and wide ranging know-how.
The 51st Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress will take place from 19 – 21 September 2012 in Dornbirn in the Vorarlberg region of Austria, where over 700 delegates from more than 30 countries will meet to discuss the future of the man-made fibres industry.
Around 1300 exhibitors from 28 countries are gearing up to showcase their latest technologies at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 as the countdown for the third combined show begins.
The five-day exhibition will open on 12 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) and is expected to draw strong response from Asian buyers, especially Chinese visitors from major textile manufacturing making hubs in the country.
At the recent EDANA Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium in Istanbul, the importance of conventional textile manufacturing to Turkey was underlined, in addition to the growing role of nonwovens in increasing trade with neighbouring countries.
The first edition of Texprocess Americas took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Techtextil North America and aimed to create a synergy making the largest and best technical textiles, textile machinery, nonwovens, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
The ninth edition of Techtextil North America, now incorporating ATME-I, took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Texprocess Americas which resulted in a dynamic synergy creating the largest and best technical textiles, nonwovens, textile machinery, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
US based Mount Vernon Mills announced today that it has more than doubled its capacity to produce flame resistant (FR) fabrics at its manufacturing facilities in Trion, Georgia, USA. The expansion will enhance the company’s ability to meet increased demand for flame resistant garments to protect workers against hazards associated with electrical energy (NFPA 70E) and oil refining (NFPA 2112).
The Switzerland based International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its State of Trade Report for the 4th Quarter of 2011. The organisation reports that estimates for Global Yarn and Fabric Output in Q1/2012 are negative but that the outlook for Q2/2012 is positive.
The long awaited relaunch of the leading free content website for the knitting and hosiery industries is here at last.
Innovation in Textiles’ relaunched sister site Knitting Industry (www.knittingindustry.com ) went live on Wednesday afternoon offering readers even greater benefits than before.
After a sharp reduction in global shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 and 2009, as a result of the global financial and economic crisis in 2008/2009, deliveries of new textile machinery surged in 2010 and even stronger in 2011, in most cases to new record highs.
The global sporting goods market—including sports apparel, athletic footwear, and sports equipment—is on track to reach sales of $ 303 billion US by 2015 (according to a report by Global Industry Analysts), with a growth curve outperforming that of total retail in both the UK and the US; and is expanding even more rapidly in the newly-affluent, youth-driven markets of emerging economies. While brand, heritage and style trends contribute to the sales of athletic apparel and equipment, the sporting goods market also relies heavily upon technology as a marketing tool.
Rhode Island, USA based stretch fabrics producer Darlington Fabrics has launched an innovative family of fabrics called Fasten-Air which stretch for comfort and function in personal protection applications and utilise familiar hook and loop closures.
The Italian textile machinery industry is getting ready for the ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition which will be held in Shanghai from 12-16 June where its focus will be on technologically sustainable solutions.
Naturally Advanced Technologies (NAT) which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fibre made from flax and other bast fibres, has entered a joint development agreement with leading cellulosic manmade fibres producer Lenzing. The agreement calls for the companies to evaluate the blending of CRAiLAR Flax fibres with Tencel (Lyocell) and Lenzing Modal.
Dr. Sam Moore of Hohenstein Institute America will present interim findings from a long term study of the effects of nano silver particles on the environment. The presentation will be made at the joint conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and the Southern Textile Research Conference (STRC) to be held May 20-22, 2012 at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawley’s Island, SC.
In this third part of a three part feature on sustainability Sabine Anton-Katzenbach discusses how retailers, producers and importers have begun campaigning for working conditions that are socially sustainable, within the scope of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The mass manufacturing of textiles and apparel will return to developed regions like Europe and the USA, but probably not in any recognisable shape from the past. The only question is what timeframe this will take.
Leading Israeli Nylon 6.6 producer Nilit announced today that its innovative patent pending Nilit Breeze speciality yarn is available as a performance fibre for sportswear, hosiery, underwear, shapewear, socks, outerwear and workwear.
This new one-year Masters degree has been developed to meet the industry’s demand for a postgraduate course within the field of fashion knitwear design and product innovation in knitted technical textiles. Aimed at graduates and professionals from both design and technology backgrounds, the course integrates creative and technical perspectives within the context of advanced fibre materials and computerised flat-bed knitting technology.
According to Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery Association, the forthcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai is an excellent platform for German technology suppliers who will play a key role in the technological upgrading of the Chinese textiles industry.
The tenth edition of Techtextil North America TTNA), the leading trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, will take place from 19-21 March 2013 at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
Teijin has announced plans to establish Teijin Product Development China Co., Ltd. in August this year to conduct fibre and textile product research and development in Nantong, Jiangsu Province commencing April 2013. The move will enhance the Teijin group’s R&D functions in China and enable collaborative development with local partners to respond quickly to business opportunities in the fast-growing market.
Leading Italian warp knitter Eurojersey has introduced a new range of ‘intelligent’ cosmetic textiles under its patented Sensitive Fabrics brand.
Five companies from the Freudenberg Group, one of the world's largest producers of nonwovens with 22 manufacturing and processing sites in 13 countries, will join forces to present their integrated nonwovens and filtration solutions to industry professionals in Korea at this year’s ANEX show.
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT), which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fibre made from flax and other bast fibres, has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its CRAiLAR Flax Fiber.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, is organizing two important workshops in Mumbai and Ichalkaranji, India, in order to respond to strong demand for Italian technology from the local textiles industry.
The current challenges in the economic climate do not seem to have adversely affected demand for space at the third ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition and due to the overwhelming response, the show owners say they have now booked the remaining available space at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).
Teijin Fibers Limited, a Teijin Group company, has announced that it is supplying Nanofront high-strength polyester nanofibre for the palms of Srixon's new Pro Tour golf gloves
W. L. Gore & Associates has launched a new website which aims to provide a comprehensive resource for its latest products and technologies and to improve the online experience for visitors. The new site features videos and animations to illustrate the science behind Gore’s fabric technology and there is also an improved customer support section, detailing how to buy, care for, and repair Gore fabrics.
Phase change materials (PCM) developer and marketer Outlast Technologies has been acquired by Golden Equity Investments, (GEI), a Colorado private equity firm that invests in operating businesses.
Teijin has announced it has formed a partnership with the China Chemical Fibers Association (CCFA) in order to pursue business opportunities in the fields of chemical fibres and related industries in China. This is said to be first time the CCFA has entered into a comprehensive alliance with a foreign privately owned business.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has organized a Meeting Point where exhibiting Italian machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for technical textiles will show their innovative solutions at Techtextil North America from 24-26 April in Atlanta. Companies exhibiting with ACIMIT are Cormatex, Dell’Orco & Villani, Loptex, Ratti Luino and Saspe.
Leading German warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer is busy making preparations with its employees and customers to celebrate its 75th year in business.
Lenzing has continued on its dynamic growth path by posting record results for 2011. Despite a significant weakening of the global fibre market in the second half of 2011, Lenzing again achieved double-digit growth rates in sales and earnings, and surpassed the threshold of EUR 2 billion in consolidated sales for the first time in the company’s history. Operating margins also improved from a 2010 high and set a new record.
The annual Workwear and Corporate Clothing Show which takes place on the 17th-18th April this year at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry is used to showcasing the very latest high-tech manmade fibres and materials but this year, Armadillo Merino will be demonstrating how it believes Mother Nature can work wonders in helping to protect the workforce.
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc.(NAT), which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fibre made from flax and other bast fibres, announced key developments this week toward advancing its first full phase of production in order to supply its CRAiLAR fibre to global partners.
The nomination process is now open for the second annual RISE Durable Product Award that will be presented at the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference in October.
DyStar Textile Services (DTS), the service division of the DyStar Group, has introduced its Sustainable Textile Service Programs which aim to help brands, retailers and their Industry partners reduce the impact of their products and processes on the environment and optimize supply chain costs.
Researchers in New Zealand say they have found that nine months is all that it takes for merino wool garments to biodegrade when buried in soil. The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) carried out research where two sets of trials compared the biodegradation behaviour of knitted merino and polyester fabrics when buried in soil.
From sound insulation to submarine cables and wound care, Freudenberg offers a wide range of nonwoven solutions customized for specific customers and applications. In addition, Freudenberg Nonwovens says, it can offer such customized solutions anywhere in the world from Dubai to Australia or even Bogota. With its claim ‘The Solution Engineers – Wherever You Are’, the company aims to differentiate itself as a reliable partner able to offer its customers tailor-made solutions on a global basis.
Having secured significant additional finance in the past few weeks, Alexium now has a clear roadmap for accelerating the industry take-up of its potentially groundbreaking new flame retardant and oil and water repellent nylon treatment.
Italian circular knitting machine builder Santoni and its sister company Lonati, the world’s leading hosiery machinery manufacturer, are heading to Moscow this month. The two Brescia based companies will be exhibiting at technical textiles exhibition Techtextil Russia and textile machinery show Inlegmash, which are taking place at Moscow’s Expocenter-Pavilion Forum from 12-14 March (booths FD90 and FD120).
German knitting machine manufacturer Harry Lucas has launched a range of new knitting machinery developments for 2012. Following a successful ITMA in September last year, the company has upgraded a number of its models and introduced new variants to meet customer demands.
Ever since the media began discussing the amount of water needed to produce a pair of jeans, the image of an entire industry line has suffered. And unjustly! In fact, the textile industry is very committed to the protection of the environment, and so is the textile care sector.
Lycra fibre and innovations from Invista are positioned to play a prominent role in the spring and summer ready-to-wear fashions for 2013. Invista’s apparel experts have identified four focus areas for the next generation of ready-to-wear styles. A diverse selection of Lycra fibre innovations are specifically prepared to meet the performance demands of these anticipated developments.
For the past three years, Assistant Professor and Fashion Design Program Director Genevieve Dion of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design has focused her research on identifying production methods that advance the field of wearable technology.
The Textile Institute (TI) together with its partner the Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, has announced that registration for the 2012 World Conference is now open.
DyStar has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) with the objective of strengthening its commitment towards sustainability.
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT), which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fibre made from flax and other bast fibres, announced that TSX Venture Exchange has named the Company to its 2012 TSX Venture 50, a list assembled based on quantitative measurement of top performing publicly traded companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). NAT was ranked fourth in Clean Tech sector.
A year after its launch at Expofil, Filature Miroglio, manufacturer of the Newlife fibre platform presented its Newlife Eco-Innovation Library at last week’s Première Vision in Paris. The Italian company reports great interest and turnout for Newlife and the innovative materials made with its 100% recycled premium fibre.
The Switzerland based International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its State of Trade Report for the 3rd Quarter of 2011. The organisation reports that global yarn and fabric production were up in Q3 and that estimates for Q4 are also positive.
At the spring trade shows in Paris last week, leading Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing presented its latest eco fibre, MicroModal Edelweiss, which is made from European beech wood using eco manufacturing processes.
Leading manufacturer of warp knitted seamless (WKS) garments Cifra, which has recently signed a collaboration agreement with circular seamless giant Tefron, exhibited at ISPO in Munich last month for the first time, claiming the show was a resounding success. Cifra says buyers were actually queuing to get on to the company’s booth at the 17 hall, 80,000 visitor sportswear and sports equipment show.
ACIMIT, the organisation representing the Italian textile machinery manufacturers says that orders for Italian textile machinery sector are now back on the rise.
The $4.2 trillion healthcare market is increasingly eating into the GDPs of nations, as people seemingly get fatter, do less exercise, and as populations become drastically older.
On 9 December 2011, Prof. Stefan Mecheels, Head of the Hohenstein Institute, opened the new test laboratory at the International Textile Testing and Service Centre in Hong Kong. It was an opportunity to tell the approximately 70 invited guests from all around the world about the work of the Hohenstein experts.
Canada’s Trimera Group has announced the launch of its brand new Catalyst I warp and weft knit seamless knitting development and production centre in Montreal in March 2012.
It would be difficult to find a more enjoyable trade fair than winter ISPO in Munich, where some 80,000 industry professionals and over 2300 exhibitors converged from 29 January to 1 February, in 17 halls filled with the best the outdoor industry has to offer. The crowd was young and enthusiastic, a mix of laid-back shredders, techno-geeks and eco-enthusiasts anxious to share the latest in cool gear for the slopes.
German scientists have developed a new versatile functional yarn which aims to give maximum comfort and has excellent thermal insulation properties. Working in partnership with Zwickauer Kammgarn GmbH and Helmut Peterseim Strickwaren GmbH in Mühlhausen, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, have developed an innovative new yarn for knitted textiles.
Nike announced this morning that it has entered into a strategic partnership with DyeCoo Textile Systems B.V., a Netherlands-based company that has developed and built the first commercially available waterless textile dyeing machines. By using recycled carbon dioxide, DyeCoo's technology eliminates the use of water in the textile dyeing process. The name DyeCoo was inspired by the process of ‘dyeing’ with ‘CO2.’
In spite of an increase in production for 2011 by Italian textile machinery manufacturers, forecasts remain cautious for the current year. Provisional figures for 2011 for Italy’s textile machinery sector show a further increase in manufacturing production and exports, following a good recovery in 2010 and a recession hit 2009.
YKK launched a revolutionary new zipper concept at ISPO Munich 2012 last week called Ultra Light Zipper, which is being developed to answer the ongoing lightweight trend in sports and outdoor apparel.
Hologenix, manufacturer of Celliant, a responsive textile technology for apparel, bedding and veterinary products, has announced the formation of a Science Advisory Board.
DyStar has announced it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the collaborative venture established in 2011 by leading apparel retailers, suppliers and manufacturers with participation from academics and NGOs.
W. L. Gore & Associates is among just five workplaces to appear on every list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For since the rankings debuted three decades ago. The global technology company, which continues to expand its workforce, earned the No. 38 spot on the 2012 list, now available on fortune.com.
P2i was promoting its ion-mask technology at the ISPO Munich show last weekend (29 January - 1 February 2012).
The Teijin Group has announced the launch of a program in China for collecting and recycling used uniforms, in collaboration with Shandong Asahi Green Source Hi-Tech Farm Co., Ltd. and Shandong Asahi Green Source Milk Products Co., Ltd., both subsidiaries of Asahi Group Holdings.
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT), producer of one of the first new natural fibres in decades, CRAiLAR, announced today it will partner with Tuscarora Yarns, a leading yarn innovator, to explore a range of new blended yarns using CRAiLAR Flax.
Schoeller Technologies is launching a new fluorocarbon free textile finish which repels water at this weekend’s ISPO in Munich. The Swiss company, known for its innovative products, will exhibit its ecorepel finish for the first time at the Munich event which runs from 29 January until 1 February.
Swiss manufacturer of functional knitted fabrics Christian Eschler is to make a fresh start with the launch of its Winter 2013/14 collection after announcing in November that it was relocating production from its Swiss production plants to its subsidiaries in Germany and Thailand.
Bayer MaterialScience has begun construction of a multipurpose production plant for polyurethane coating raw materials at Chempark Leverkusen.
The 7th Annual Public Conference of the European Textile Technology Platform will take place on 29 – 30 March 2012 in Brussels. The scope of this one-and-a-half-day event will be to present and discuss how future EU research, innovation and industry policies and programmes can better support the research and innovation efforts of the more than 140,000 small to mid-sized companies in the EU textile and clothing sector.
Disruptive RST technology company Alexium has begun the commercial roll-out of its flame retardant, oil and water repellent nylon, which it says has met key technical milestones for flame retardancy, water repellency and durability.
The latest in product development, technology, and international trade updates for the sewn products industry will be presented by industry experts and leaders from around the world during the 2012 Texprocess Americas Symposium being held April 24 - 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
A new book entitled ‘Handbook of Technical Textile Design’ has been launched by authors Michael and Matthew Litton; two well known Ayrshire, Scotland, based technical textiles designer/ developers. The book is available in e-format (PDF) and can be purchased directly from the authors by following the links at the foot of this article. The proceeds of the book go to charity.
Comfort and durability are key features of modern workwear fabrics. The right balance of softness; absorbency and stability are essential characteristics of an all-purpose fabric and an absolute must for rental textiles. To meet the stringent requirements of the contract rental market, Melchior Textil has developed the ‘Balance’ range. The properties of these blended fabrics with high cotton content are said to meet the rigorous demands placed on rental workwear in the healthcare sector.
When digital inkjet printing first emerged in the 1990s, it was a welcome innovation for printing flags, banners, and POS textiles, made primarily of polyester. Using disperse inks for direct printing or water-based inks for sublimation, the technology was the answer for quick-turn, small runs or single pieces needed in the display business.
Sustainability is the
mega-trend of our time. The range of sustainable products and services is
constantly on the rise. However, the concept of sustainability cannot be viewed
in isolation but demands a holistic approach: it is not a case of "either ... or"
but rather "both ... and".
Sustainability, as we understand it today, means the use of
resources to meet our needs without depleti
In a sensational deal
announced today, two of the world's market leading manufacturers of knitted seamless
apparel are to collaborate to produce a new line of unique lingerie,
bodyshapers, posture garments and sportswear products based on seamless warp
Israel's Tefron Ltd, a leader in circular seamless garment
production and Italy's Cifra SpA, a design led pioneer in warp knitted seamless
production, announced today that they have signe
Lycra brand owner Invista, set new textile technology
standards in high-performance active wear and outdoor apparel standards when it
initially launched its Lycra Sport fabric certification program two years ago. The company is now expanding the range by introducing
two additional tiers of performance standards focused specifically on the
fast-growing compression and shaping categories within sports apparel
categories: Lycra Sport Energy fabric and Lycra Sport Beauty fa
Lenzing is to continue to supply flame-resistant specialty fibres
for a new generation of U.S. Army combat uniforms with the signature of U.S.
President Obama formally approving the National Defense Authorization Act enabling
the delivery of TenCate Defender M uniform fabrics for an unlimited period of
time (permanent waiver) on 31 December 2011.
The key component included Defender M fabric is the heat
protection fibre Lenzing FR from Austrian company Lenzing. In princi
Leading Japanese flat knitting and glove knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki has launched a brand new electronically controlled version of its legendary SFG series glove knitting machine. The SFG-I is available in 10, 13, 15 and 18 gauges and in sizes M, L, L2 and L3.Following in the footsteps of the original SFG fully automatic seamless glove knitting machine, Shima Seiki's new SFG-I is now set to become the new global standard for fine and ultrafine gauge gloves,
Lycra brand owner Invista has announced changes to its
global spandex business. In a statement this afternoon Invista Apparel
President Dave Trerotola announced changes to the global organisational
structure which the company says will foster innovation and enhance service.
Invista's spandex business has created a new western region
and eastern region to serve its global base of customers. The western region,
led by Max Wiesendanger, merges the company's Europe, Middle Eas
Market leader in the production of cellulose fibres Lenzing
is to exclusively produce the lyocell based specialty fibres Smartcel and
SeaCell which were developed by German company Smartfiber AG of Rudolstadt.
two companies have been cooperating for some time and under the newly expanded
arrangement Lenzing will produce the fibres at the Lenzing site in Upper
In 2007, Lenzing granted Smartfiber a license for the pilot
production of new types of lyocell spe
Kertak Nanotechnology, a leading manufacturer of ceramic
nanofibers located in the Czech Republic, has invested in FibeRio Technology
Corporation's new continuous nanofibre production system, the Cyclone FE 1.1
with Forcespinning technology.
Kertak manufactures cutting edge ceramic nanofibers for a
broad range of industries including batteries, fuel cells, catalysts, solar
cells and high end cosmetics.
"Ceramic nanofibers have been extensively researched and the
IntertechPira has announced the agenda for the 8th annual
Smart Fabrics 2012 conference which includes speakers from Adidas, M.I.T., Nike
and Philips Lighting.
The scheduled presenters for Smart Fabrics 2012 include:
· Dr. Vicki A. Barbur, VP Research and
Development, M-Segment, Cardinal Health
Burr, VP Wearable Sports Electronics, adidas
Klopp, Chairman, Cocona Fabric
EDANA has announced that the deadline for the call for
papers and student grant for the Nonwovens Research Academy has been extended
to the 20th of January 2012 to accommodate the holiday period, and allow as
many industry experts to submit their papers for consideration for presentation
at the conference, and for students to submit their proposals for grant
The Nonwovens Research Academy aims to promote fundamental
understanding and knowledge of the science and
launched an iPad app called myGrozBeckert for weaving, knitting, felting,
tufting and sewing, which it says will keep textile manufacturers up to date on
the company's product range and provide them with a set of useful conversion
and calculation tools.
Weavers for example who want to convert yarn counts and
determine healds, drop wire weights and the highest row densities of drop wires
can do so quickly and flexibly with the myGrozBeckert app and the T
Despite the current global economic slowdown, the world's leading
textile machinery manufacturers are said to be still strongly attracted to the prospects
offered by China, the world's largest textile producer. This can be seen from
the overwhelming response received by the combined textile machinery show, ITMA
ASIA + CITME 2012, which will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo
Centre from 12 to 16 June 2012, organisers say.
At the close of space application,
The Fifth Wearable Technologies Conference will take place
alongside the ISPO sports show in Munich, Germany, on January 30, 2012.
The conference will focus on key areas in which wearable
electronics and smart textiles are rapidly emerging, including sports,
smartphones and consumer gadgets and therapy and medical, while at the same
time introducing a range of new innovations.
Showcases from established companies will include the
wearable diabetes management system developed by
According to Duofold by Champion, a HanesBrand brand, more
than 20 million Americans participate in snow sports from Nordic skiing to
snowboarding, and ski professionals say that most first-time skiers will be
cold when hitting the slopes this winter.
More than 75% of ski pros said that the majority of new
skiers do not dress appropriately for the weather conditions with the most
common mistake being not layering properly, according to a recent survey of
Polyester fibres producer Teijin Fibers has developed a unique
polyester fibre with a distinctive, highly modified cross-section with eight
projections aligned in a radial pattern around a hollow fibre.
The new fibre, named Octa after its octopus-like appearance,
is said to offer rapid sweat absorption and drying, low weight, heat
shielding/insulation and useful bulkiness. Octa will be marketed from April
2012 for next-to-skin applications such as underwear and sportswe
Messe Frankfurt has announced Miguel Caballero, the' Armani
of Bullet Proof Clothing', as the Keynote Speaker for Techtextil North America and
Texprocess Americas 2012, to be held 24-26 April 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in
Designer, Miguel Caballero known as the ‘Armani of Bullet
Proof Clothing' founded his label in 1992 in Colombia's capital, Bogota. The
Miguel Caballero bulletproof clothing line was especially created for those
Leading Italian warp and circular knitted fabric
manufacturers Carvico and Jersey Lomellina, both Carvico Group companies, have
launched a new eco initiative - Life Cycle Control (LCC) project - at Mare Di
Moda/ Intimo Di Moda which opened here this morning.
In a joint statement issued today the two companies said
that the LCC project aims ‘to help them consolidate their role as pioneers in
the mission of finding new production and distribution processes which, thanks
Switzerland headquartered Oerlikon Group has announced it
will simplify its textile machinery businesses to further increase
competitiveness and profitability. The three key elements of the change are the
consolidation of the five textile machinery and components businesses into
three Business Units (BUs), the relocation of the textile division's headquarters
to Shanghai, and increased R&D investment in both Germany and Asia to
around CHF 80 million.
A new Manm
The third edition of the biennial Techtextil India 2011,
which took place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai earlier last month, welcomed
3814 visitors from 27 countries to visit its 130 exhibitors.
The exhibiting countries were (in order of highest
attendance) India, Germany, PR of China, France, Belgium, South Korea, USA,
Sweden Netherlands, Japan, Turkey, Thailand, Italy and UK. The show also
included national pavilions from Belgium, PR of China, France and Germany.
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF)
has published its State of Trade Report for the second quarter of 2011. Year on
year global fabric production was down for the quarter and although estimates
for both yarn and fabric production are negative for the third quarter, the
outlook for the fourth quarter is positive in both cases.
The ITMF reports as follows:
With 11,283 certificates issued in the last year alone, and more than 9,500 companies
involved in the scheme in over 90 countries, the OEKO-TEX organisation says its
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 has once again confirmed its position as the world's
leading certification scheme for textiles tested for harmful substances.
That was the conclusion of this year's meeting of the heads of
OEKO-TEX institutes, which, in view of the growing number of certificates
issued to production
Demand for elastane fibres, known as spandex in the USA and
parts of Asia, is set to grow considerably according to a new report, ‘Stretch
fibres and fabrics: reaching new levels of comfort', from the business
information company Textiles Intelligence.
In the ten years to 2010 demand for elastane fibres more
than doubled, from around 160,000 tons to over 350,000 tons, and, despite the
availability of cheaper substitute stretch materials, it will continue to
According to a series of new Textiles Intelligence reports,
global demand for technical textiles is on the rise as new applications and new
markets continue to emerge. The reports can be purchased via Innovation in Textiles by following the
Internationalisation Drive Success in the German Technical Textile Industry;
for Making Up Technical Textiles and Clothing; The World
Nonwovens Industry: Part 1 -- The Leading Ten Producers;
Invista's Cordura brand team welcomed Iain Bradley as European
business manager for the Performance and Protective Fabrics group in October.
In his new role, Bradley will lead marketing, sales, and new
business development activities to help grow Cordura branded sales in military
and outdoor/performance apparel markets in the Europe, Middle East and Africa
He will also develop and execute marketing plans to increase
brand recognition and new fa
Lenzing has announced that it's Tencel and Lenzing FR fibres
have been certified as 100% Biobased by the US Department of Agriculture
The Biobased certification is part of the BioPreferred program which
encourages government agencies and contractors to purchase products that are
biobased or made from significant amounts of biobased materials.
The purpose of the BioPreferred program is to increase the
US government's use of environmentally-friendly products
Following several quarters of sustained recovery since the
lows recorded during the 2008-2009 period, Italy's textile machinery sector is
now seeing a downturn in orders.
According to an economic survey carried out by the Italian
machine builders association ACIMIT, the downturn already evident in the second
quarter of 2011, was confirmed during the summer July to September period.
ACIMIT says the overall index* of orders for the year's
third quarter shows a 45% decrease
The Textile Institute with the support of the Manchester
& Cheshire Section and the Technical Textiles SIG will be building on the
success of last year's event and hosting this one day conference on 30 November
2011. ‘Managing Innovation in Textiles 2011' aims to explore how
major innovations will affect industry, the environment and our lifestyles
Keynote speaker, Dr Batchelor is one of Unilever's leading
Inventors and Innovators, with over 100 published pat
3 November 2011, Singapore Huntsman Textile Effects is the leading global provider of
high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries which was
originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid
and integrated growth in petrochemicals.
However they have now been realigned
under a new Global Business Model with effect from 1st November 2011.
Mr Rohit Aggarwal
will be appointed Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Planning. Mr
Aggarwal, a v
One of the world's leading trade fair companies and a
leading fashion school have joined forces to promote sustainable fashion.
Messe Frankfurt, Germany's leading trade fair organiser and
the international École Superieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (Esmod)
have signed a cooperation agreement in Paris with the common aim of promoting
sustainability in the fashion business.
Member of the Messe Frankfurt Executive Board, Detlef Braun
described the partnership as bein
Specialty chemicals company Clariant today officially
inaugurated its Textile Chemicals Business Unit (BU) headquarters in Singapore.
Along with the inauguration of the BU headquarters, Clariant
is also celebrating the relocation of its global textile application technology
lab to Singapore.
The lab will be the main application development facility for
all new products developed globally by Clariant's Textile Chemic
KPS Capital Partners, LP has announced that it has entered
into definitive agreements to acquire American & Efird, Inc. (A&E) from
Ruddick Corporation through a newly-formed affiliate, A&E Global, for
$180.0 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.
A&E, headquartered in Mt. Holly, North Carolina, is the largest
U.S. manufacturer and the world's second-largest manufacturer and dist
Sabine Anton-Katzenbach reports from A+A in Dusseldorf
The biannual trade show A+A in Düsseldorf is a must for everyone who is involved in safety and health at work. And it is an important newsroom for the latest technical textiles applied in protective clothing and work wear.
In 2011 the sector is heading for a new generation of protective wear: it combines multi-risk protection and high comfort such as sweat management, breathabili
FibeRio Technology Corporation announced today that it will launch its new 1.1 meter wide continuous nanofibre production system at the INDA Filtration 2011 show in Chicago on November 16th.
The company says its Cyclone Fiber Engine 1.1 is the first full scale production model utilizing Forcespinning technology, which offers both melt and solution spinning capabilities, increased productivity and a significant
Two Norwegian producers of knitted merino wool apparel have recently taken major industry awards in the active/outdoor sector.
Both Aclima and Devold are well established design leaders in the growing active/outdoor market but also supply to the important workwear/safety market.
The Devold Air Vest has won the Scandinavian Outdoor Awards Jury's Choice award for Innovation. The judging panel believe it is the first garment of it
According to the VDMA, German exhibitors at ITMA drew very positive conclusions from September's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona.
83% of exhibiting VDMA members assessed their overall experience of the fair as good to very good. 91% said the quality of visitors was good to excellent and a survey of the German exhibitors, 134 of whom responded, showed that more than two thirds of the participants had already closed deals before the
Israel based Nylon 6.6 producer Nilit has announced it will be showing its innovative yarn range, including the company's novel Innergy yarn at the forthcoming Intertextile Shanghai 2011 trade fair. At the show, Nilit will also showcase the Nilit BodyFashion Trendbook for Spring/Summer 2013.
Intertextile Shanghai is a leading international trade fair for apparel fabrics and accessories held yearly in China. It
RITE Group Conference seeks paradigm shift through traceability
17 October 2011
Debra Cobb reports from London
How can the apparel textile industry link together its diverse efforts toward sustainability in a way that is meaningful to the brand, retailer and consumer? Can a system of supply chain traceability help reduce "greenwashing" and convince consumers to care about the provenance of what they wear?
"Supply Chain Traceability and Metrics" was the focus of the 5th annual RITE Group Conferen
Specialist German producer of circular knitting machines for medical stockings Merz launched a new four feed machine with reciprocating heel and toe movement at last month's ITMA.
The Merz CC4 II replaces the company's tried and tested CC4 MED model for the production of medical compression stockings in classes I to III. The four feed CC4 II high-efficiency circular knitting machine is also suitable for the
CIRFS, the Brussels based European Man‐made Fibres Association has published its latest statistical report on developments in the global man‐made fibres industry. The report, ‘Information on Man‐made Fibres' is the 47th edition of this valuable summary of the dynamic and growing man-made fibres industry.
It brings together data on the production of acrylic, cellulosic, polyamide, polyester, polypropylene, wool and cotto
India's technical textiles industry is expected to grow to a value of Rs 1,58,000 crore by 2017, a senior government official said at the opening of Techtextil India 2011 in Mumbai, Moneycontrol reports.
"The technical textiles industry is forecast to grow at Rs 1,58,000 crore by 2016-17, with a projected growth of 20%. The industry has grown to Rs 63,000 crore in 2011-12 from Rs 41,000 crore in 2010-11, which is 11%
A Japanese government-sponsored initiative known as Cool Biz has encouraged companies to allow employees to dress more casually, including shedding the traditional suit coat and tie, in an effort to save energy for the past few summers.
This year, however, in the aftermath of the March 11 disaster and resulting decline in electrical power production, an updated version of the energy initiative, called Setsuden (pow
Huntsman Textile Effects has officially opened its 12th Formulation and Distribution Center (FDC) in Sao Paolo, Brazil that further enhances the company's ability to shorten the supply chain in its Americas markets. The FDC will focus on the production of dyeing auxiliaries, pre-treatment and finishing products for local customers.
"Huntsman TE is the global leader in developing total textile solutions across all asp
Adrian Wilson in Barcelona
Without a doubt, savings in energy, water and raw materials were the key drivers for the machine and process innovations on show at this year's ITMA in Barcelona.
ACIMIT and the VDMA - as the respective textile machinery trade associations for Italy and Germany - were by no means unique in emphasising the ability of their member companies to develop processes and technologies that provide a low environmental impact.
ACIMIT launched its
Clariant's innovative program for fire retardancy, Sustainable Protection, was detailed in full on the 22 September, the opening day of ITMA - the first of six ‘innovation sessions' scheduled by the company during the exhibition in Barcelona.
According to Clariant, the new Pekoflam system is a fundamental breakthrough in durable fire retardant (FR) finishes and heralds a new generation in the production of FR protective
Lenzing has launched an eco version of its Modal fibre at this autumn's trade shows. The Austrian company's new Lenzing Modal Edelweiss is said to be produced by an innovative, eco friendly manufacturing technology.
"The Lenzing group has always set the technological and environmental standards in the cellulose fibre world. To maintain its reputation as the industry's Best Practices model, enormous investments in the environment are re
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT) has entered into a purchasing agreement for a minimum of one and a half million pounds of CRAiLAR Flax fibre with Brilliant Global Ltd, the Hong Kong-based private label knitwear manufacturer which produces a broad spectrum of sweater and accessory items in natural fibres for globally recognized brands. The agreement is to commence in October 2011.
Innovation is the key theme for Clariant at ITMA 2011 and one of the most important developments being presented by the global textile solutions provider is Quiospheres, a high strength, high performance effect in cosmetotextiles that is said to generate wellness and well-being to the consumer through state of the art cosmetic microencapsulation that can be applied to any fabric.
Clariant says its high-tech t
As ITMA opens here today, Germany's VDMA Textile Machinery Association has announced the launch of a new internet portal for the global textiles industry www.machines-for-textiles.com . The machine builders association says the portal will be a useful tool for textile manufacturers who want to get quick and easy access to information on German technology.
Who produces machines for tailored fibre placement? Who offers machin
Austrian premium brand Löffler, known for its innovative sportswear with strong design and optimum comfort is highlighting ‘Transtex light' a fabric made from polypropylene and elastane by creora in its summer collection.
The extremely light, single-layered Transtex light fabric is an innovation made by Löffler which is said to guarantee fast moisture transportation.
Löffler says it uses the functional fibre pol
Xennia Technology has announced the appointment of Mr Laurie Geldenhuys as Commercial Director.
Dr Alan Hudd, Xennia's Managing Director, comments: "Xennia has many years of knowledge and experience in developing inkjet inks for a variety of important applications. With this senior appointment we are driving the commercialisation of our existing developments, making ink central to our business. Mr. Geldenhuys
Groz-Beckert is to launch its offer to the textiles industry of a comprehensive training programme under its new Groz-Beckert Academy at ITMA in Barcelona this month. The company says the entirely new offer is distinctive for its hands-on practicality, experienced trainers, and the fact that it covers the complete spectrum offered by its Technology and Development Centre (TEZ).
Know-how along the entire te
Lenzing has announced it has successfully completed its capacity expansion drive initiated three years ago at its fibre production facility located in Heiligenkreuz in the Burgenland region of Austria.
Production capacity of the cellulose fibre Tencel has been increased incrementally by 25,000 tons to today's 60,000 tons. A total of Euros 60 million has been invested at the Heiligenkreuz site and the total number of e
The organisers of Techtextil India have announced program details for the Techtextil India Symposium which is being held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from 11-12 October 2011 alongside the exhibition.
The symposium has been designed to offer practical advice to companies wanting to become involved or to increase their involvement in technical textile markets.
Speakers will address topics such a
Germany's VDMA Textile Machinery Association says a hot topic at the forthcoming ITMA in Barcelona will be ‘efficient production', as growing energy and raw material prices lead textile manufacturers around the world to optimize their cost structures and processes.
"At ITMA, the German textile machinery manufacturers will present advanced technical solutions that offer excellent value for mone
The western Indian state of Maharashtra is to get its first technical textiles park at Ichalkaranji off Kolhapur in the state's western region. According to a report in the Business Standard yesterday the project involves an investment of Rs 110 crore, Rs 50 crore of which will come from central and local government subsidy.
The balance of Rs 60 crore will be raised through members' contributions, loans and subsidie
According to a report in India's Economic Times yesterday the country's technical textiles industry is projected to grow to Rs.1.4 trillion ($31.4 billion) by 2016-17, with healthcare and infrastructure sectors accounting for a major chunk of the consumption.
The report quotes from a FICCI-Wazir Advisors-Ernst & Young Knowledge joint paper published last Thursday which also said that the tec
The Lenzing Group has reported record results after the most successful first half year in the company's history.
Following a very good first quarter 2011, sales and earnings were significantly surpassed in the second quarter of 2011 and the company has now set its guidance for the full year 2011 at the upper end of the initial guidance announced in the first quarter, forecasting EBITDA of EUR 470 million to
Triton Systems, Inc. has launched its Invexus brand of high performance, durable, conformal, nanothin coatings which are deposited via its patented atmospheric pressure plasma liquid deposition technology.
Invexus for liquid repellent, primer and anti-microbial applications was developed by the ASSET (Advanced Solutions in Surface Engineering Technology) division at Triton.
"Our coatings formulation capabilities coupled
Leading experts from around the world will gather in Barcelona at the fourth Industrial Fabrics Association International Advanced Textiles Europe conference (AT Europe '11) which is being held alongside ITMA 2011 with two consecutive morning sessions on 26 and 27 September 2011. ITMA, the world's largest international textile machinery exhibition, runs from 22-29 September.
According to the organisers
ITMF Annual Conference 2011
‘New Paradigms in the Global Textile Industry'
To be held 19-20 September 2011, Barcelona
The ITMF Annual Conference 2011 takes place next month in Barcelona, Spain from 19-20 September 19/20, 2011 prior to the start of ITMA 2011 (September 22-29, 2011). Delegates will also participate in the ITMA/ITMF World Textile Summit 2011 on September 21.
The theme of the ITMF Annual Conference "New Paradigms in the Global Textile Industry" is said to reflect that the circumst
In the 1st quarter of 2011 global yarn and fabric production fell compared to the previous quarter but rose in comparison to the 1st quarter of 2010. The decrease in global yarn production resulted from lower outputs in Asia, Europe and South America.
It has to be noticed here that the reduction of yarn production in Asia in the 1st quarter 2010 is mainly
A new spin on an old technology will give scientists and manufacturers the ability to significantly increase their production of nanofibres, according to researchers at North Carolina State University.
"Collections of nanofibres, because they are porous and lightweight, are useful in applications ranging from water filtration to tissue regeneration to energy storage. But although nanofibres are relatively inexpensive to pro
Harry Lucas Textilmaschinen GmbH is a textile machinery manufacturer specializing in circular warp and weft knitting machines and knit braiders. The well established German company's highly specialized machines are exported worldwide for production of fabric used in medical, technical textiles and fashion markets.
Harry Lucas is also well known for the production of spiralizing and circular knitting machines for low and high pres
UK based Xennia Technology, a leading industrial inkjet solutions provider, will be demonstrating its range of inkjet printers and inks for digital textile decoration at ITMA, the International Exhibition of Textile Machinery, in Barcelona on 22-29 September 2011.
"Xennia's unique range of digital textile printing systems and inks offers compelling benefits to textile brands and production companies, including
The following interview was conducted by Kettenwirk-Praxis (KWP) in the run up to ITMA in Barcelona.
KWP: Karl Mayer is one of the largest exhibitors at ITMA 2011. What do you expect to achieve by exhibiting at ITMA?
Fritz P. Mayer: We are hoping to meet highly qualified visitors from all over the world at ITMA 2011. We are particularly geared up to welcoming visitors who lead the way in their own particular fields. As part o
Systex, organisers of the Smart Textiles Salon (STS) say it is an innovative exhibition concept. "It combines the transfer of theory through a presentation of various exposés from the field of Smart Textiles as well as hands-on practical insight through demonstration of the prototypes' working principle."
"The participant can experience the inventions on three different levels: listening to the information given by the presenter, seeing the
IntertechPira has announced that Smart Fabrics 2012 will take place April 17-19, 2012, at the Conrad Miami Hotel in Miami, Florida. The event, now in its eighth year, is expected to bring together experts from a variety of industries, including textiles, fashion, electronics, technology, research and academia, all of which play a unique role in the emerging smart fabrics industry.
"We are thrilled to be back i
According to media reports the Indian government now estimates that the country's growing technical textiles sector will reach US$36 billion by 2016-17. According to an article on www.commodityonline.com by leading technical textiles academic Seshadri Ramkumar of Texas Tech University, an estimated annual growth of 20% is expected.
The Indian government is promoting the growth of the technical textil
Groz-Beckert says it has set a new benchmark in customer service by setting up Sewing Expertise Centres world-wide for fast answers to application problems, making at the same time a closer connection to its customers.
Groz Beckert's Sewing Expertise Centres offer extensive knowledge in all areas of the sewing industry, from clothing to cars and other technical textiles.
The aim is that
California's Amyris, Inc. has signed a collaboration agreement with Kuraray Co., Ltd. to develop innovative polymers from Biofene, a renewable hydrocarbon building block made using Amyris's technology.
Under the agreement, Kuraray will use Biofene to replace petroleum-derived feedstock such as butadiene and isoprene in the production of specified classes of high-performing polymers. Upon successful completio
EDANA has announced that the draft programme for the 10th edition of OUTLOOK, which will take place in Budapest, Hungary from the 28th to the 30th September 2011.
Included in the programme are sessions which focus on business and future perspectives, retail and consumption trends, emerging markets and developments within the personal care products sector, nanotechnology, sustainability, and EU regulation and legislation.
The keynote s
With the ambitious goal of connecting cutting-edge technical innovation with real world applications, the second annual Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference will be held October 3-6 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel in Raleigh, N.C.
Organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, RISE will once again provide information and stimulation for innovation in al
Garnett Controls Ltd (UK) is launching its new generation retrofit control systems for textile machinery aimed at replacing traditional inefficient drive systems with economic, easy to use, and expandable systems.
Utilising the latest in touch screen technology which Garnett pioneered in the retrofit carding sector, the new range of panels are targeted at the company's principal area of activity, carding, spinning and nonwovens,
According to show owner CEMATEX, visitors to ITMA 2011 can look forward to knowledge-sharing, cross-fertilisation of ideas and more collaborative interactions with some of the world's leading textile researchers and educators.
A total of 46 institutions have applied to take part in the Research & Education (R&E) pavilion, making it a key highlight at this year's ITMA exhibition which will be held at the F
By David L. Chandler, MIT
New MIT-developed materials are making it possible to produce photovoltaic cells on paper or fabric, nearly as simply as printing a document.
The sheet of paper looks like any other document that might have just come spitting out of an office printer, with an array of coloured rectangles printed over much of its surface. But then a researcher picks it up, clips a couple of wires to one end,
Following the recent launch from Schoeller Textil AG, the company's energear technology will now be available commencing summer 2011 under licence from group company Schoeller Technologies.
energear is a recently launched novel textile technology from the Austrian textile innovator, that is said to ensure that the wearer's energy is reflected back to the body bringing health and fitness benefits. A print version (paste
Leading manufacturer of warp knitting and warp preparation machines, Karl Mayer will be presenting at this year's ITMA 2011 exhibition for the first time with all of the company's business units on the same 1400 square metre exhibition stand.
"Visitors will have the opportunity to see machines which will be demonstrating all their capabilities for producing completely new textile materials, and all of them have an impressive, excep
DyStar says it is continuing to move ahead of expectations in spite of difficult market conditions as it returns to profitability. Overall sales revenue increased by approximately 15% over the same period last year.
"We wouldn't have achieved such good progress without the continuous and dedicated efforts from our employees or the strong support from our shareholders," commented Steve Barron, CEO of the DyStar Group.
"And we have made a number of chang
Organisers of the ITMA 2011 textile machinery exhibition are extending the area dedicated to fibres and yarns at this year's show due to what they call overwhelming demand.
Debuting at the show's 60th anniversary, the fibres and yarns section was due to occupy the whole of Hall 4. However, due to strong demand from fibres and yarns producers, an additional area in Hall 5 has been allocated.
Visitors to ITMA 2011 at the Fira de Ba
Polyester fibre producer Teijin Fibers has announced today it will present its urethane-alternative environmentally friendly high-performance polyester cushioning material for bra cups, called ELK, at Interfiliere in Paris from July 9 to 11.
ELK is said to be lightweight, durable, cushioning, and breathable and does not yellow easily, making it an ideal cushioning material for bra cups. According to Teijin it is also is environ
The 7th edition of the Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles" (ATNT 2011) international conference is to take place in Coimbatore, India from 15-17 December 2011.
The ATNT conference originated in 2004 through the efforts of Lubbock-USA based Texas Tech University and has grown in significance over the years and attracts over 200 people from many parts of the world.
This year's event will be held
FibeRio Technology Corporation has announced it has been selected by the editors of R&D Magazine as a winner of the 49th Annual R&D 100 Awards. The accolade recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.
FibeRio's rapid development and launch of the Cyclone L-1000 product line incorporating Forcespinning technology for nanofibre pr
Performance Fibers, a specialist manufacturer of industrial polyester fibres and fabrics with operations in The Americas, Europe and Asia, showed just some of its extensive product range at the recent Techtextil in Frankfurt. The USA based company, which is owned by Sun Capital, serves some of the world's largest and most critical markets, including energy, transportation and safety.
Developing next-generation t
Theme day: Intelligent textiles for physical training, therapy and safety
Readers wanting to learn more about intelligent textiles that can:
Integrate physical training into everyday life
Increase safety at festivals
Can sign up for this theme day in the interest group for intelligent textiles. According to the organisers, attendees will gain insight into the latest breakthroughs within IT-enhanced textiles and get the opportunity to meet other comp
Italian narrow fabrics machine builder Comez will take part at this year's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona with important innovations including new and renewed machine models. The Italian company says it will highlight the excellence of its technology from its broad range of machinery for the production of narrow fabrics.
The company's exhibit of mechanical and electronic models of crochet knitting machines, a technology in which Comez is world leader, have been developed for man
ITMA 2011 is focused on innovation driving the business, with cutting-edge solutions for the entire textile value chain. Huntsman Textile Effects has announced it will showcase recent innovation delivering real value to mills, brands, retailers and consumers in terms of performance and total process cost reduction.
"Sustainability is a key topic today and Huntsman continues to commit significant resources to developing technologies and products with lower environmental im
Polyester fibre and fabrics producer Teijin Fibers announced today that it has developed a new stain-resistant polyester fabric that offers, both water absorption to eliminate stickiness and oil repellence to resist oil-based soiling.
According to Teijin, the key to the breakthrough was the company's leveraging of proprietary fibre processing and nanotechnologies to succeed in covering the fibre surface with a 100-nanometer coating that consists of separate hydrophilic and oi
Germany's VDMA -Textile Machinery Association is organising a series of one day conference and exhibitions called ‘German Technology for the Chinese Technical Textile Industry', which will take place from 5 to 9 March 2012 in Jinan, Hangzhou and Guanzhou.
Sixteen well-known companies from Germany will present their innovative technologies and solutions for the production of technical fibres and yarns, technical fabrics
UK-based based Technical Absorbents, part of the Bluestar Fibres Company Limited, reports that it enjoyed a record number of enquiries for its Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) at the recent China Hygiene Exhibition (CIHPEC 2011).
CIHPEC 2011 hosts a wide range of nonwoven producers, disposable nonwoven products makers and professionals engaged in tissue paper/disposable hygiene products business in China as well as
The ninth edition of Techtextil North America Symposium will be held from 24-26 April 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in at Atlanta, GA.
"We are pleased to announce that in 2012, ATME-I (American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International) will be incorporated into Techtextil North America. Also in 2012, Texprocess Americas (formerly SPESA Expo) will co-locate with Techtextil North America in adjacent halls providing tremendous value for textile and sewn pro
The third ITMA ASIA + CITME combined exhibition is expected to draw positive response from leading textile machinery manufacturers as the Chinese textile industry continues to expand. The show will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012.
According to its owners, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), China Textile Machi
Huntsman Textile Effects has announced the appointment of Mr. Kent E. Kvaal as the new Vice President of its Business Specialty Textiles Unit.
"Kent E. Kvaal is based at the Textile Effects headquarters in Singapore, and as Global Vice President of Specialty Textiles, he will continue to drive this important business unit internationally," a company spokesperson said.
"Specialty Textiles is dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions to a demanding set of markets in
Techtextil, the world's primary event for generating business between manufacturers and users of technical textiles and nonwovens has extended its industry leading position with more than 24,500 visitors from 96 countries attending last month's Techtextil 2011 in Frankfurt. Visitors saw a host of innovations presented by 1207 exhibitors from 50 countries.
"This is a great success from both the national and internati
High-tech Belgian monofilaments producer Luxilon Industries NV has developed an award winning cooling monofilament yarn which can cause the surface of fabrics to cool by up to 3.7°C. Luxicool was developed in conjunction with French knitted fabrics producer Sofileta SAS and was awarded an Avantex Innovation Prize in the Comfort + Function category for ‘Luxicool Performing Yarn in Sofileta Cooling Fabrics.'
Luxicool is a patented and trade mark registered cooling monofilam
"Imagine plugging a USB port into a sheet of paper, and turning it into a tablet computer." It might be a stretch, but ideas like this have researchers at North Carolina State University examining the use of conductive nanocoatings on simple textiles - like woven cotton or even a sheet of paper.
"Normally, conductive nanocoatings are applied to inorganic materials like silicon. If we can find a way to apply them to textiles - cheap, flexible materials with a contorted
Now a privately owned business following the ending of its contract with England's North West Development Agency, technical textiles cluster organisation NWtexnet held a breakfast briefing session for the region's industry on Wednesday June 1st 2011 in Bolton.
Professor Richard Horrocks, Chairman, announced a number of new initiatives around research and development (R&D) at the Industry Forum* event held at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, which was attended by o
Outlast, the pioneer and market leader in temperature regulation phase change materials (PCM) impressed the international jury of Techtextil last month winning the Techtextil Innovation Prize 2011 in the New Materials category for the development of the world's first heat managing polyester fibre with PCM. To date Outlast's phase change materials have been available in textile fibres such as viscose and acrylic but not polyester.
The Innovation Prize aims to bring the lat
The East Midlands' materials hub project (MATHUB) is running a seminar aimed at all companies and individuals who have an interest in Smart and Sensory Materials with built in technology. Key speakers are leading textile academics Professor Tilak Dias of Nottingham Trent University and Dr John Williams of Leicester's De Montfort University.
"This exciting field of development has brought the traditional knitted structure a new lease of life. An interdisciplinary app
Interview with the President of the French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association
The French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association (UCMTF) President, Bruno Ameline and the Secretary General, Evelyne Cholet, report on the present state and the perspectives of their member companies. These are 35, mostly SME's but leaders or among the world leaders on niche markets and specific applications. Their total annual turnover is around 1 billion Euros (1.4 billion USD), most
Adrian Wilson reports from Techtextil in Frankfurt
One thing I noticed at this year's Techtextil was a considerable rise in both exhibitors and visitors from Russia, compared to the last show two years ago.
There are no figures available from show organiser Messe Frankfurt to confirm this as yet, but there are many signs that the economy in Russia is currently very favourable for major technical textile markets - if only anyone quite knew how to get in.
Take the autom
Swiss flat knitting machine builder Steiger was exhibiting for the first time last week at Techtextil, the leading German show owned by Messe Frankfurt which focuses on technical textiles.
Steiger, which is now owned by giant Chinese flat knitting machine builder Ningbo Yuren Knitting Machine Co. Ltd (Cixing brand), has always sold machines into orthopaedic goods and compression hosiery markets, but this was the first time the company had taken a stand at the world's leadi
Following a strong investment boom that reached its peak in 2007, shipments of new textile machinery were in strong decline aggravated by the global financial and economic crisis of 2008/2009. However, in 2010 global shipments of new textile machinery recorded a very strong up-swing.
In comparison with 2009 global shipments of new spinning machinery jumped by +75% (short-staple spindles), +163% (long-staple spindles) and +212% (open-end rotors), texturing spindles by +132%,
Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, opened its doors on Tuesday in Frankfurt and closed yesterday, counting 24,500 visitors* (2009: 23,902). Over half of the visitors to the show and its Material Vision cutting edge materials exposition are said to have come from outside of Germany, the world's leader in technical textiles.
The mood at Techtextil 2011 was extremely good with the main halls ‘buzzi
Invista, one of the world’s largest integrated producers of
polymers and fibres, is investing more than US$100 million in a new Lycra fibre
production plant in Brazil. Construction for the expansion project will begin
immediately, with an expected opening in late 2012.
“Brazil is a growing market for our business and our
customers,” said David Trerotola, president of Invista Apparel. “As the only
spandex producer currently in Brazil, Invista’s presence plays an
The Textile Institute has announced the launch of its
prestigious 2011 Medals and Awards. Following on from the success in 2010, the
Awards are expected to acknowledge the dedicated work of individuals and
provide recognition for organisations showing outstanding achievement.
The Medals and Awards are presented under the authority of
the Institutes Council, and are conferred upon individuals and organisations
in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the t
With a total of 1561 exhibitors from 60 countries, the new
trade-fair combination of Techtextil, Texprocess and Material Vision opens its
doors this week in Frankfurt am Main for the first time.
With this constellation including the new Texprocess trade
fair, we are all set for a highly successful premie and offer an
international spectrum of products and services revolving around the production
and processing of textiles and other innovative materials,, Detlef B
CALL FOR PAPERS
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural conference ‘Managing Innovation In Textiles’, papers are now invited for the 2nd international conference to be held in Manchester on 30 November 2011.
The technical textile industry has seen major developments in the production of technical and industrial textiles. An extensive variety of innovative products have been introduced into the world market as a result of techno
Visitors to the DSM Dyneema booth at next weeks Techtextil
in Frankfurt will learn how exploiting the special properties of Dyneema fibre,
the Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre from DSM, is
resulting in innovation for a wide range of high performance materials.
Key applications in the textiles industry include:
Draggin Jeans uses Dyneema fibres in its mix to make an
innovative material blend for jeans that are said to be as tough as leather,
50th Anniversary, 14 - 16 September 2011
Communicating the future of man-made fibres
Umbrella Theme: “Man-made Fibers – the Next 50 Years” – a good choice
Plenary Speakers and Visionaries Enlarge the Spectrum of Lectures
Panel Discussion on the Topic of Reduced Availability of Natural Fibers
Increasing Number of Participants Expected (Registration of Early Birds, Edition Copies Pre-programme)
Importance of Congress Underlined by Parallel Events
Tree-planting Ceremony at t
Performance Fibers, the specialist manufacturer of
industrial polyester fibres and fabrics with operations in the Americas, Europe
and Asia, has announced the appointment of Greg Vas Nunes as President of Performance
Fibers Europe. Mr Vas Nunes has already assumed
the role from the end of February this year and will be based at the company's European
Headquarters in Luxembourg. Developing next-generation technologies and products for
industry and consumer
Four students from Aalborg University in Denmark have designed a smart fabric technology which aims to make mobile phones and other hand held devices truly mobile. Students Hans Christian Thiesen, Mads Gydegaard, Morten Ydefeldt and Marius Koppang were awarded the prize for their project involving a fabric which can charge mobile computers, mobile phones and other electrical devices. The fabric automatically charges a mobile
Warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer will be exhibiting
alongside its subsidiary, Karl Mayer Malimo, a pioneer in the field of
technical textiles, at this month’s Techtextil in Frankfurt. The well-known Obertshausen
based company, not only builds efficient, flexible machines for producing
functional textiles but it also develops new applications and markets for warp-knitted
“The end-uses currently showing the most potential are the
Fritz P. Mayer, Managing Associate of Karl Mayer
Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen has been elected for the second time
as Chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association in Frankfurt on 6 May
Mrs Regina Brückner, Managing Associate of Brückner Trockentechnik
GmbH & Co. KG, Leonberg and Karlheinz Liebrandt, Co-owner of Liba
Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Naila are Vice-Chairmen. Prior to this, the member
companies of the Textile Machinery Associatio
Two North American companies with a combined 168 years of
textile and fibre recycling experience, have formed a strategic partnership to
increase the volume of post-consumer textiles saved from landfills. Leigh Fibers
and Trans-Americas Textile Recycling have teamed up to offer Green Loop, a comprehensive fibre and
textile recycling service.
Trans-Americas works with retailers, municipalities and
charitable organizations to recycle used clothing/post-consumer textil
2011 is set to be a year of innovation for Eschler Textil GmbH. The German warp knitting company which specialises in technical textiles, moved into a new office and administration building in the Swabian town of Balingen in January, and is also planning to extend its production facilities during the year.
In terms of knitted technical textiles, Eschler Textil will be presenting its newest creations at this year's Techtextil in Frankfurt, in a number of product categories in
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Leading producer and processor of multi-filament polyester
and nylon textured yarns Unifi Inc. marked the dedication of its Yadkinville,
N.C., facility to late founder, G. Allen Mebane IV on Tuesday, 26 April.
A dedication ceremony at the G. Allen Mebane Industrial Complex
in Yadkinville recognized Mebane’s positive impact on Unifi, the textile
industry and the community. Speakers included Bill Jasper, Unifi chairman and
CEO; Roger Berrier, president and COO and
The advanced position of the nonwovens industry in respect
of many aspects of trade was apparent at INDEX 11, which took place from April
12-15th in Geneva, Switzerland.
Needless to say, the show made new records in respect of
both exhibitors and visitors.
EDANA – the trade body primarily representing the European
nonwovens industry – announced in Geneva that along with fellow trade
organisations INDA, for North
Bill Mills, an experienced UK based textiles specialist, has
moved on from NWtexnet the UK regional development agency funded support
organisation, to set up his own textiles and business support consultancy.
Using his global contacts and over 20 years experience in
the textiles industry, Bill will now be offering the following services in
conjunction with his partners and associates:
A full range of fabric and garment sourcing through
Pakistan, China and Viet
RadiciSpandex Corp., a U.S. RadiciGroup company engaged in
the production of RadElast spandex, is developing the world’s first
eco-friendly elastane using a 100% renewably sourced material (biopolymer).
“The innovative product line will be the world’s first
spandex consisting of 80% biomaterial made from a 100% renewable source (corn),
as opposed to propylene, an oil derivative,” a statement from the company said
According to RadiciSpandex, not only
First announcement and call for papers
International Newsletters has announced that the original
and most popular conference on textile coating and laminating is returning to
the USA. The venue for the 2011 meeting will be the 4-star Buena Vista Palace
Hotel and Spa in Orlando, Florida, on 17-18 November 2011. After the success of
the 2010 meeting in Cannes, France, this year's meeting is expected to be
The Conference Chairman will once again be Wil
The third edition of the combined ITMA ASIA + CITME show will be held from 12 to 16 June 2012 at the
Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The show aims to continue to be the
leading marketing platform for textile machinery manufacturers tapping into the
vibrant Chinese market.
“According to Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), the
global market for textile machinery is projected to reach US$20.75 billion by
2015. The Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate as t
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT) has announced it
has entered into a short term CRAiLAR Flax fibre development agreement with
Levi Strauss & Co. Commencing April 2011 to support evaluation of
processing CRAiLAR flax fibre in woven casual apparel products, specifically
denim and non-denim, bottom and top weight fabrics.
"Levi's and Dockers are the quintessential denim and
casual wear brands," said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT. "We are very
excited to be working
Invista will be showcasing its performance-driven Lycra
Sport fabrics as well as Lycra T400 fibre at the Performance Days Show at MTC
world of fashion in Munich on 16 and 17 May 2011. Performance Days specialises in
presenting functional fabrics and accessories for the sportswear and workwear markets.
Lycra Sport fabric and Lycra T400 fibre will take centre
stage on Invista’s Performance Days stand with a collection of the latest
fabrics from leading mills worldwide as w
A recent study performed by the LATT laboratory in Biella,
Italy is said to have shown that Aquafil Spa’s Dryarn, an innovative polypropylene
micro fibre designed for high performance materials for underwear, sportswear and
special technical applications even under extreme conditions, is superior to
the other fibres analysed in terms of thermo-regulation, breathability and
Turin Polytechnic's Department for Materials Science and
Chemical Engineering and the
Debra Cobb reports from the 7th Smart Fabrics Conference
7th Annual Smart Fabrics Conference, held April 4 – 6 at London’s
Russell Hotel, covered an array of new technologies and applications focused on
making our lives easier, safer, healthier and more comfortable through the
textiles we wear and use every day. Speaking at the conference, wrtier/editor
Adrian Wilson defined Smart Fabrics as “fibre-based structures that can react
to stimuli,” integrating electro
Survival-One Limited, a leader in the design, manufacture
and service of survival clothing and equipment, has recently launched a new
helicopter passenger survival suit incorporating Outlast technology for better
We all know that water can be dangerous with unpredictable
element, but with some jobs and activities it is not possible to stay away from
it. To get to offshore oil installations for example there is no other choice
than to fly over water. So if a risk
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The School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent
University has an ambitious development strategy which allows us to offer an
exciting opportunity for a PhD Studentship. The studentships will pay UK / EU
fees and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (£13,590 per
annum for 2011/12) for up to three years.
Everyday clothing consists of textile fibres which are woven
and knitted to
Euratex, voice of the European textiles and clothing
industry, says the European textiles and clothing industry is now deeply
concerned with the current situation in the raw materials markets. The Brussels
based organisation has urged the EU to take prompt action to reduce pressure in
the markets which have lead to a lack of availability and price increases for
the major textile raw materials.
When presenting the recent Position Paper on Raw Materials,
Mr. Alberto Paccan
Around 70 academics, students and industrialists from the UK
attended an inaugural lecture by Professor Tilak Dias, at Nottingham Trent
University’s Newton Lecture Theatre at the end of February. Professor Dias
holds the Chair of Knitting in the School of Art & Design at Nottingham
Trent University and directs the activities of the School’s Centre for Research
in Advanced Textiles (CReATe).
Within the School of
Art & Design, Professor Dias is leading the
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The French textile machinery manufacturers group, which
considers itself as part of the technical textiles industry, is all set to
welcome technical textiles and nonwovens producers at Techtextil in Frankfurt
from 24-26 May this year.
“We understand the unique needs of the technical textiles
producers and the importance of providing them tailored solutions to address
their specific requirements. Our main objectives are to help them design new
marketable products and produ
The North America Nonwovens Industry Outlook 2010-2015 has
recently been published by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.
The comprehensive report is the result of extensive interviews combined with
market and production information provided by suppliers and converters, and covers
various aspects of nonwovens production and consumption in North America. According
to INDA the report is a unique forecasting and strategic planning tool for
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT) has agreed to a
ten-year CRAiLAR fibre supply agreement with Hanesbrands Inc. that will
commercialize NAT's proprietary flax fibres. Terms of the agreement were
undisclosed. The deal represents NAT's initial commercialization agreement for
CRAiLAR and establishes the foundation for continued adoption of its
proprietary flax-based fibre.
The all-natural CRAiLAR process is said to be the first to
The words ‘Swiss Made’ are a highly regarded mark of origin,
not only for watches, chocolate and precision tools, but also for textile
industry products. A fine example in textiles is Hermann Bühler AG, which
produces top-quality, super-fine yarns in Supima cotton and Micro Modal on
48,000 spindles at its site in Winterthur, Switzerland and a further 32,000 spindles
at a subsidiary factory in Jefferson, Georgia, USA.
Many of the Bühler yarn brands,
Polyester fibre and yarn producer Trevira is to show its first
fibre developments made from PLA biopolymer Ingeo made under license from NatureWorks
alongside it established polyester specialties for hygiene and technical
applications at this year’s INDEX 2011 nonwovens show.
“Sustainability is an increasingly important issue in all
textile applications, also in the nonwoven sector. Polyester has many
properties that from the outset make it a material that is compati
Leading German manufacturer of warp knitting machines Karl Mayer will be presenting its latest warp knitting technologies for technical applications, including a talk on spacer fabrics, at next week's Techtextil North America 2011 exhibition. The leading North American show for technical textiles is being held from 15 to 17 March at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre in Las Vegas, NV, USA.
An accompanying symposium will also take place which aims to add value to the exh
"Why re-invent the wheel? " - says high-tech textiles company Schoeller Technologies AG. The dynamic Swiss textiles company, which licences and markets successful new textile technologies developed by its parent company Schoeller Textil, says it can offer readymade solutions to a myriad of companies in a diverse range of industries.
According to Schoeller, recent developments such as its NanoSphere technology for example, have found their way into the harness and webbing i
The event aims to bring close to 250 textile industry professionals
to the city for an experience that will stretch the imagination, providing
insights into future industry, retail and consumer trends as well as a unique
The company will use the two-day forum to introduce its
international clients to the new features of its best-known brand, Lycra fibre
and the event will also offer attendees a privileged overview of industry
trends for the next five
Leading manufacturer of machines and ranges for the dyeing
and finishing of woven and knitted fabrics, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen, is to introduce
its new improved soft coating solution at the leading technical textiles show Techtextil,
which runs from 24-26 May 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany.
The new Eco-applicator is said to eliminate the need for a
wet-on-wet padder ensuring significant energy savings and reduced quantities of
softeners. Using trough and roller te
According to a recently published report by the ITMF
(International Textile Manufacturers Federation), the strong global recovery in
yarn and fabric production since their lows in the 1st quarter of 2009
continued into the 3rd quarter of 2010. In its State of Trade Report – STR Q3/2010,
the ITMF says that both global yarn and fabric production rose compared to the
2nd quarter of 2010 as well as to 2009’s 3rd quarter.
The report says that output increases in yarns could
IntertechPira has announced that the agenda has been
finalized for its Smart Fabrics 2011 conference. Taking place at the Hotel
Russell in London, UK, from 4-6 April, the conference will feature two full
days of presentation as well as a pre-conference seminar, and is expected to
draw more than 150 participants.
“Smart Fabrics 2011 is a one-of-a-kind global event that
unites the fashion, technology, electronics, research, academia, textile and
Preliminary 2010 data drawn up by ACIMIT (the Association of
Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) is said to show that a decisive
recovery is under way for Italy’s textile machinery sector, in the wake of a
2009 which had been marked by a conspicuous drop in production.
In terms of value,
Italy’s textile machinery production recorded an 18% increase on 2009, from 1.9
to 2.3 billion Euros. Exports drew a similarly favourable increase, at +19%,
reaching a value of ju
Leading technical textile and nonwovens companies from around the world will showcase the latest
products and advanced technologies in textiles, nonwovens and materials during
Techtextil North America 2011 this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Techtextil North America represents all vertical aspects of
the technical textile industry from research and development, through raw
materials and production processes, to conversion, further treatment and recycling.
Some of the highli
Invista, a world leader in nylon intermediates and fibres, has announced that it is moving ahead
with its plans to construct a delayed manufacturing facility at the Shanghai
Chemical Industry Park in China to meet the region’s demand for nylon 6.6
intermediates and polymer.
The company is currently engaged in project engineering,
which will include an environmental impact assessment to be completed by the
end of 2011. Invista expects to begin construction of the plan
The 6th Annual Public Conference of the European Textile
Technology Platform will take place on 31 March – 1 April 2011 in Brussels.
With this year’s event entitled ‘Societal Challenges – Textile Solutions’, the
European textile and clothing industry and its research community aim to
demonstrate to EU policy makers and the press how innovative textiles can help
As reported on Knitting Industry on 15 February, leading
Seamless knitting machine builder Santoni, showed a highly innovative range of
sportswear at the recent Ispo show in Munich, the leading sportswear event in
Europe. Here, the Italian company’s
marketing manager Patrick Silva explains the Brescia based company’s strategy
with regard to outerwear and in particularl sportswear.
“While Seamless underwear has grown formidably, especially
in China - both in its
Techtextil, the world’s
biggest trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, will present a
comprehensive symposium programme for exhibitors and visitors from 24 to 26 May
2011. As in the past, the 16th Techtextil Symposium and the 6th Avantex
Symposium are being held under the patronage of EURATEX – European Apparel and
Textile Confederation. Top speakers will present the latest product, material
and technology developments and offer a future oriented view
Preliminary figures show that Austria’s
Lenzing Group, market leader in man-made cellulose fibres for the textile and
nonwovens industries, has achieved record financial results in 2010. The
determining factors for the result are reported as being the dynamic expansion
of fibre production, very strong demand for the company’s fibres and
significantly higher sales prices compared to the previous year.
Preliminary consolidated sales¹ increased by 45% from EUR
Adrian Wilson reports from Munich
By 2014, Nike’s target is that ten million people around the
world will be hooked up via sensors in their clothing, footwear, wristwatches
or other accessories to the Nike+ running community portal.
As the latest chapter unfolds in what started out as a straight-forward
campaign with Apple to bring together the running and music communities – but
quickly grew to encompass the monitoring of sports performance – the
A consortium of Thailand’s Indorama
Ventures PCL and Italy’s Sinterama are to take over Trevira, the polyester
fibre manufacturer headquartered in Germany. On 4 February the consortium
signed a share purchase agreement with Werner Schneider who re-established
Trevira in January 2010 following its insolvency in 2009.
With its German locations in Bobingen, Guben and
Hattersheim, and the Polish production site in Zielona Góra, Trevira GmbH will
be integrated int
Leading seamless knitting machine
builder Santoni, a Lonati Group company, showed an interesting glimpse of the
future with a striking range of garments for sportswear and activewear markets
at last week’s Ispo show in Munich.
On show was a range of innovative sportswear and knitwear garments
from Santoni’s latest seamless knitting machines, the SWD 6/2J double needle
bar warp knitting machine and the soon to launch SM8-TR1 and SM6-RIB2 circular
A new ambitious project is said
to be set to put Denmark on the world map of smart textiles and the opening of
the project is to be marked by an international prize competition for students
with a prize of Euro 6500. Students from all over Europe are invited to take
part, and the winner will be decided on 12 May 2011, when TEKO, VIA University
College in Herning is hosting a summit for international experts and companies
working within smart textiles.
“Many people a
One of the most powerful men
in Chinese textiles, Du Yuzhou, president of China National Textile &
Apparel Council (CNTAC), is to address international industry leaders at the
ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit later this year.
Mr Du is one of a trio of speakers newly announced by the
organisers of the summit, which will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on
September 21. He will outline China’s strategic ambitions for its textile
industry and report on progress in
Cellulose fibre manufacturer
Lenzing Fibers is one of the winners of
this year’s ispo Eco Responsibility Award 2011. The Austrian company was
declared winner in the new Fabrics & Fibres category for its sun screening
Tencel Sun fibres, here in Munich yesterday.
“Tencel Sun fibres by Lenzing are so-called “man-made
cellulose fibers” – meaning they are derived industrially from natural raw
wood, consisting of about 40% cellulose. The natural origin of the
Advansa has announced that an
Independent Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) has confirmed the CO2 footprint reduction
of its ECO2Technology for its ThermoCool fibres. Advansa says the peer-reviewed
study was conducted by TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific
Research) an independent research organization that focuses on applied science.
According to Advansa, the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) study confirms an average
reduction of 80% in emissions of global warming ga
The Outdoor Retailer
Winter Market, a major American trade show held in Salt Lake City, Utah, concluded
on Sunday, 23rd January. Among the participants were prestigious retailers from
the outdoor sports sector (sportswear, equipment, footwear and accessories) and
manufacturers including RadiciGroup, a presenter at the seminar ‘Apparel Costs
Rising: And it’s Not Just Cotton’.
The event, held on Friday, 21st January, was organized by
the American Appar
American Textile Machinery
Association (ATMA) and Messe Frankfurt USA have agreed on the inclusion of
American Textile Machinery Exhibition–International (ATME-I) with Techtextil
North America every even year starting in 2012. The two exhibitions successfully
co-located last May in Atlanta.
ATME-I will provide textile machinery, equipment, and
products and service suppliers a broad textile and apparels industry base to
showcase their products and services. ATMA
Alexium has announced the
development and commercial roll-out of its Cleanshell textile treatment
process, an advanced process for water- and oil-repellent treatment of
In a statement yesterday Alexium said: “This process offers
unparalleled material performance. It provides exceptional liquid repellency
while preserving the breathability, hand and drape of the fabric. The
Cleanshell process has already produced textile industry leading repellency for
The European Apparel and Textile
Confederation (Euratex) and the International Apparel Federation (IAF) have
officially announced their support for Texprocess, the new international trade
fair for processing textiles and flexible materials, in Frankfurt from 24 to 27
May 2011. Both associations will be represented with an exhibition stand at
Texprocess and invite their members to visit the exhibition. Additionally, Euratex
will hold a meeting of the ‘Technical Cl
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is
to launch its new MerinoPerform PRO fabric innovation at the ISPO international
sports trade show in Munich, Germany next month.
According to AWI, MerinoPerform PRO is a new knitted fabric
technology made entirely of Merino wool, which uniquely transfers both vapour
and sweat away from the body, enabling the wearer to stay comfortably cool and
dry during exercise.
“Ideal for base-layer garments aimed at low to high activity
Hohenstein researchers carry out field study into the effect of antibacterial clothing on
skin flora and microclimate. Trials show that the natural skin flora is
unaffected even after long periods of wear.
In recent years,
antimicrobial textiles have become enormously important, whether in the field
of technical textiles for preventing infection, medical/therapeutic clothing to
help in the treatment of atopic dermatitis or anti-odour treatments for
Outlast Technologies, a leader
in heat management and moisture reduction technology in textiles, has named Far
Eastern New Century Corporation as the primary partner involved in its new
Outlast polyester fibre development. Outlast polyester, the company’s most
recent R&D innovation, is the first-ever heat management polyester fibre.
To date Outlast’s phase change materials have been available in textile fibres such
as viscose and acrylic but not polyester.
A great entrepreneur and pioneer in the crochet knitting
Mr Luigi Omodeo Zorini passed away on 24 December 2010, at
the age of 86. He was the founder and president of Comez based in Cilavegna
(PV), Italy, and had passionately dedicated his life to his work.
Born on 25 May 1924, Mr Luigi Omodeo Zorini began his
entrepreneurial activities in Cilavegna in 1953, together with his brother
Mario, founding the company Costruzioni Meccaniche Zorini Comez for the production
Lenzing is presenting its
latest fibre innovation called Tencel C at Heimtextil, which opened yesterday
in Frankfurt. The company says that after many years of research work, cosmetic
properties can now be combined with the well-known skin-sensory advantages of
its Tencel fibre.
“Tencel fibre is
well-known for its positive skin properties. Due to its smooth fibre structure,
it is particularly silky next to the skin. Its botanic origin – Tencel is
According to Messe
Frankfurt, the current number of registrations for Techtextil 2011,
International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, indicates yet
another successful exhibition. The organiser says that by the end of December, over
90% of the space used in 2009 had already been booked and there was equal
interest from new and returning exhibitors for the 24-26 May 2011 show.
“The mood is good
following Techtextil 2009, which set a new r
Teijin Fibers Limited announced
today that it has developed a new polyester fabric that is gentle on the human
skin by stably maintaining its mildly acidic pH level, similar to healthy skin.
Teijin says that it will be the world’s first commercial polyester material to
offer pH control.
Teijin Fibers will begin selling the new fabric in time for
spring/ summer 2012 sportswear and it will also be marketed for general apparel
and other applications. The fabric will be ex
The Hohenstein Institute’s Dr. Andreas Schmidt explains the
fundamentals of clothing and body climate and the objective measurement of comfort.
He then goes on to discuss the birth and the state of the art of functional textiles.
4 January 2011, Bönnigheim - People have always been
interested in the connection between clothing and physical well-being. The
scientific discipline of clothing physiology, on the other hand, which in
Germany has been shaped primarily by the Hohenstein Institute in
4 January 2011, Zurich - The International OEKO-TEX
Association has, as usual at the start of the year, updated its criteria and
limit values for use when testing textiles for harmful substances in accordance
with the OEKO-TEX Standard 100.
“For many years now, the list of criteria has provided
effective protection against undesirable chemical substances and it is used
very successfully by the textile and clothing industry and many retailers and
distributors for quality control in this area,
Today, New Year’s Eve 2010,
Barcelona is the main focus of the international sailing world as it is the
starting point for the Barcelona World Race 2010/11, the second edition of a
double handed non-stop race around the world. Textile technology will be
playing its part in many ways and active>silver technology from Austria’s Schoeller
Technologies will be going along on the 25,000 nautical mile trip on board the
Hugo Boss yacht, one of the most powerful i
Following its recent
restructuring and launch as a new company, producer of specialist polyester
yarns, Trevira GmbH says it can report a successful first year in business.
The German company reports that all of its important product
segments showed signs of progress in the improved economic situation and
capacities that were adjusted during restructuring have been well exploited.
Growth was not only limited to Europe but also occurred in other important
With the aim of confirming
that textiles treated with silver nano-particles are harmless to the
environment, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany, together with 16 partners from research
institutions, industry and the regulatory authorities, are working on a major project
to investigate the behaviour, whereabouts and effect of silver nano-particles in
The Hohenstein says the results of the undertaking, which
VDMA’s Foundation of
the German Textile Machinery Industry has honoured three successful junior
engineers in an award ceremony held as the closing event of the VDMA Textile
Machinery Forum at Groz-Beckert’s headquarters in Albstadt-Ebingen.
executive partner of Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co.
KG and Board member of the Foundation presented the awards. In her celebratory
speech at Groz Beckert’s new Technology and Development Center (TEZ), Brü
The representative bodies for
the European Textile and Clothing Industry, Euratex, and the European Textile
Machinery Manufacturers, Cematex, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for
closer collaboration in research, technological development innovation and industry
The agreement aims to foster stronger collaboration of the
two European industry bodies in fields such as research, technological
development and innovations as well as the promotion of a
The Lenzing Group, world leader
in man-made cellulose fibres, has set its course for the future expansion of
its fibre production capacity. The recently agreed expansion program includes
the construction of the first industrial-scale production plant for Tencel
fibres at the site in Lenzing, Upper Austria, the construction of a fifth viscose
production line at its Indonesian subsidiary PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV),
as well as further capacity expansion measures.
Teijin Fibers Limited, the
core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibres business, announced today
that it will begin full production and marketing of a new plant-based
polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibre in April 2012.
Named Eco Circle PlantFiber, the new product, also available
as a textile fabric, will become Teijin Fibers’ core biomaterial for
applications ranging from apparel, car seats and interiors to personal hygiene
products. Teijin Fibers
UK based warp
knitter of technical fabrics Baltex was awarded the prestigious prize for
Product Innovation at the Textile Institute's centenary World Conference in
Manchester at the beginning of November. Baltex was awarded the prize for work
it had done on 3D knitted fabrics under its XD Spacer programme. At the same
time Baltex’ Managing Director Charles Wood was also awarded the Fellowship of
the Institute (C.Text FTI) at a ceremony held in Mancheste
Clariant’s Textile Chemicals Business
Unit has announced price increases for its ranges of textile chemicals and
textiles dyes of up to 15%. The price rises will take effect immediately.
“Continuing shortages in raw materials are creating an
on-going situation of rising feedstock prices for our business. This, in
combination with ever-higher energy and transportation costs, leaves Clariant
no alternative but to adjust the prices of our textile ranges for our
When U.S. combat soldiers go
into battle, they're now better protected because of some of Cheryl Farr's
work. That's because Farr, Iowa State University's new Noma Scott Lloyd Chair
in Textiles and Clothing was part of the federally funded design team that
developed the QuadGard limb armour, which provides soldiers extremity
protection against fragments from improvised explosive devices.
The project was one of several Farr has worked on involving
A free white paper from
Leigh Fibers explains the Top 10 ways a manufacturer can turn scrap into useful
raw materials, with big benefits for the environment and the company’s bottom
The white paper, ‘Waste Should Not Be Wasted — The Top 10
Ways To Make It Work For You,’ looks at waste from different perspectives, some
of them often overlooked. Among these
are material reclamation, disposal costs, and new product development,
marketing, and li
Interview with Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels, Head of the
Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim
Q. Since they were
founded in 1946 the Hohenstein Institutes have developed into one of the
world’s leading research and service centres serving the textile industry and
associated areas. There are currently Hohenstein subsidiaries in 27 countries.
To what do you attribute this strong international orientation?
A. It has always been our aim to give our clients inten
A delegation of French textile machinery
manufacturers headed by Christian Guinet, Commercial Manager (Textile Division)
of Stäubli France and Evelyne Cholet, Secretary General of the French
Association of Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Promotion Commission took part
in two conferences organized by UCMTF in Syria and Turkey. The events were
attended by 500 delegates and took place on October 19 and 21, 2010. Mr Guinet
was recently appointed Presiden
The Lenzing Group, world leader
in man-made cellulose fibres, is to increase its fibre prices at beginning of
2011 by at least 10%, depending on the product. Price increases will take place
in Lenzing’s Textile Fibers as well as in Nonwovens businesses. The company
said today that the decision was necessitated by the recent strong rise in raw
material prices, in particular for dissolving pulp and chemicals required for the
production of viscose, modal and Tencel fi
430 delegates from the
Brazilian textiles industry attended the recent Conference on German Technology
for Brazilian Textiles in São Paulo and Blumenau, where decision makers as well
as technicians were informed with regard to the latest technology trends from
Germany. The twin conferences, organised by Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery
Association and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics &
Technology, took place in São Paulo on 3
Techtextil North America has announced
that Jeremy Litchfield, founder of performance apparel brand Atayne, will
deliver the 2011 Keynote Address. Litchfield was chosen in an effort to
highlight the high performance apparel and sporting industries as well as
sustainability issues, which in Techtextil speak translates to the Clothtech,
Oekotech and Sporttech application areas.
The address will be geared as a motivational talk on the
subject of innovative ideas that
The South Carolina
Department of Commerce and Clarendon County today announced that Treleoni Group
will establish a new nonwovens manufacturing facility in Clarendon County. The
$7.75 million investment is expected to generate 100 new jobs.
"We are pleased to move forward with plans for Treleoni
Group’s operations in Manning. Clarendon County provided us with an excellent
environment in which to do business, and has a talented workforce that will
benefit our o
New Zealand based merino wool adventure apparel pioneer, has announced the
grand opening of its first store called the Icebreaker TouchLab in Manhattan on
December 1, 2010. The 2500 square foot SoHo store will be Icebreaker’s
flagship, and located at 102 Wooster Street, between Spring and Prince Streets,
across the street from Patagonia’s SoHo store. As part of the grand opening, Icebreaker
will give away a trip for two to New Zeal
The 7th annual Smart Fabrics 2011
is to take place from 4-6 April 2011 at the Hotel Russell in London, UK and
will cover topics such as the current status of innovative smart fabric
technologies in the marketplace, as well as recent application breakthroughs
and adoption. Organiser Intertech-Pira says, if you are involved in
electronics, textiles, medical, sporting equipment, fashion, wireless
communication industries, or military/space agencies this event could be of
Cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing
has extended its strong first half performance into the third quarter of 2010,
generating the best quarterly result in the company's history with earnings (EBIT)
of Euros 60.8 million (Q3 2009, Euros 37.3 million).Nine-months sales in 2010
grew by 45.2 % from Euros 885 million in 2009 to Euros 1,285.5 million. EBIT
reached a new nine-month record high of Euros 168.8 million and more than
tripled EBIT for the same period in 2009 (Euro
Teijin Limited announced today
that it will enter the high-performance polyethylene (HP-PE) market by
establishing its first production facility in Emmen, the Netherlands, aiming to
start commercial production in the second half of 2011.
Teijin plans to grow its HP-PE business quickly through
innovation and market cultivation, targeting a global market share of 15% to
20% by 2015. HP-PE, which generally comes in the form of fibres or tapes, is
produced with ultra-high-
Leading Belgian research institution
Imec and its project partners have announced the launch of the European FP7
(Framework Program) project PASTA (Integrating Platform for Advanced Smart
textile Applications) aimed at developing large-area smart textiles. Imec says
that large-area manufacturability is an essential aspect in bridging the gap
between lab prototyping and the industrial manufacturing of smart textiles for
sports and leisure wear, technical textiles for
Manchester weather at its very
wettest failed to dampen the spirits of attendees from around the world at the Textile
Institute Centenary Conference held here from November 2-4th.
The venue was Manchester’s Midland Hotel, where the
Institute was inaugurated a century ago – in a notable period in which Rolls
also met Royce to kick-start the British automotive industry at the same
location, and in the year that Manchester United played its first football
CEMATEX owner of ITMA, the world’s largest
textile machinery show has announced that Italy will host the 17th edition of
ITMA at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre in Milan, from 12 to 19 November
2015. Fiera Milano won the international bid organised by CEMATEX, the owner of
the ITMA show, after beating three other short-listed bidders from an original
list of 12.
The high profile exhibition is returning to Milan after 20
years, and the news will be welcomed no
German manufacturer of knitted
sportswear Schneider Sportswear OHG from Albstadt in Baden-Württemberg has been
awarded the Hohenstein Institute’s first Wellness Label for textiles and
clothing. The company’s senior management was presented with the label for use
on its products in September by Silke Off, Head of the Laboratory for Clothing
Physiology at the Hohenstein Institute, who had played an important part in
designing, developing and introducing the n
Invista, owner of the
Lycra fibre brand, has teamed up with sports apparel brand Fila, to develop and
release the Fila Body Toning System (BTS), a collection of engineered body
toning workout apparel featuring Lycra Sport fabric. Aimed at the women's
fitness industry, Fila’s BTS is said to shape the body and dramatically improve
According to Invista, BTS apparel is designed to increase
muscle exercise by as much as 50%, which the compa
Oeko-Tex is to offer a
free online seminar that overviews Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 certification, the
independent validation that textile manufacturing facilities are operated with
environmentally and socially responsible methods. The free one hour webinar
will be presented on November 10 at 12:00 noon EST as part of the Oeko-Tex
Connects series that the association launched in May.
Like the well known Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification,
which tests textiles to
As part of its ongoing efforts
to serve the changing needs of global players, ITMA will feature a brand new section
on fibres and yarns for its 2011 edition which will be held from 22 to 29
September at Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía, Spain.
The new fibres and
yarns section of the exhibition will feature natural, man-made and technical
fibres, as well as natural, synthetic and technical yarns. With the new inclusion
ITMA 2011 exhibits will now be classified into 18
Unifi Textiles (Suzhou)
Co., Ltd. Is continuing in its drive to be a global leader in sustainable
textiles with the introduction of Repreve FDY, a 100% recycled fully drawn
yarn. Launching at the 2010 Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Show, Unifi
says the new Repreve product offering includes the most comprehensive selection
of recycled fully drawn yarn counts in today’s market.
The Repreve family of recycled products available from UTSC
Specialty chemical company
Clariant announced today that its Textile Chemicals Business Unit (BU) will
relocate its headquarters to Singapore. Clariant says, the move, which is due
to be completed by mid 2011, places the Textile Chemicals BU management team at
the heart of the world’s main textile markets and closer to its global
The new Singapore headquarters will accommodate the entire
senior Textile Chemicals BU management team together with the global
Techtextil North America Symposium has been praised as ‘world class’
and ‘the best symposium of its kind’ by the trade press. In order to assure the
continued popularity of the symposium, the Techtextil North America Symposium
Advisory Council has been created. The 2011 Advisory Council consists of six
well respected professionals that attend and exhibit at Techtextil North
America as well as academia known for their contribution to the technical textiles
Anvil Knitwear, a leading
manufacturer of sustainable apparel, premiered a digital short at Farm Aid 25:
Growing Hope for America Concert at Miller Park in Milwaukee on 2 October, as
part of its sponsorship of the event. The thought provoking video educates
consumers about the impact of pesticide use on the environment and farmers and
encourages consumers to support organic farmers.
“As the largest buyer of US grown organic cotton, Anvil has
made a commitment to do
A recent study by the
Hohenstein Institute highlights the risks of nicotine transfer from clothing.
The term ‘third-hand smoke’, coined by Hohenstein scientists, refers to that
part of cigarette smoke which is not inhaled by either the smoker themselves or
by passive smokers, but is deposited on surfaces, cushions, carpets, curtains
or clothing. There, scientists say, the concentrations of toxic substances from
cigarettes are far higher than in smoky air, an
The Lenzing group, market
leader in cellulosic fibres, plans to significantly expand its production
capacities and will invest EUR 120 million in both Europe and Asia in the projects
which will be completed by 2011. Key measures include the expansion of pulp
supply and the increase in the Modal production capacity in Lenzing (Austria),
a significant expansion of the site in Heiligenkreuz (Austria) and the
reconstruction of the English site for Tencel in Grimsby (UK)
Technologies (NAT), which recently developed hemp yarns and fabrics with cotton
like properties, is now using flax fibres in the next phase of its Crailar
technology. The productivity of processing using flax is said to be twice as
efficient as it is with hemp, yielding nearly twice as much usable fibre after
going through the Crailar process.
“Today, we are pleased to announce that we have created a
sustainable, commercially viable com
In a market dominated by ‘petroleum-based’
clothing, pioneering New Zealand merino company Icebreaker, says it is offering
a natural alternative to the synthetic knitted fleece. Icebreaker, which has pioneered
merino outdoor clothing since 1994, is introducing Realfleece in its
Fall/Winter 2010 collection.
According to Icebreaker, Realfleece is a premium natural
alternative to a synthetic fleece, but unlike synthetics, looks good enough to
wear out socially.
A textile finishing technology
used to produce clothing that keeps the wearer cooler under sunny conditions
could be in line for one of Europe’s top design prizes. Coldblack, co-developed
in Switzerland by speciality chemicals company Clariant and textile technology
specialist Schoeller Technologies, has been nominated for the German Design
Prize (Designpreis Deutschland) 2011.
Coldblack technology, which the inventors claim provides
efficient heat management as w
Research and Markets has
announced the addition of the "India Textile and Apparel Trends 2009"
report its offering. The following is a report summary provided by the vendor:
India's relationship with textiles began as early as 3000
B.C with the use of organic dyes and block prints. Even today, intricate hand
weaving, delicate embroideries and richness of fabric like Indian silk and
satin attract people from all over the world. According to the au
Edited by R Chapman, Consultant, UK
Woodhead Textiles Series No. 102
‘Applications of nonwovens in
technical textiles’ is a new book published by Woodhead Publishing in June 2010.
The following is a product summary provided by the
The book focuses on the variety of technical nonwoven
applications available and provides a comprehensive overview of both current
developments and likely future trends. In addition it reviews the formulation
Exmovere Holdings, Inc., a US
based biomedical engineering company, has announced plans to release vital signs
monitoring sleepwear for babies. The company says it is in the advanced stages
of taking washable, conductive fabric-based biosensor pyjamas called Exmobaby
In December last year Exmovere acquired exclusive worldwide
rights and license to manufacture and sell baby garments using biosensor
textiles developed by Sensatex, Inc. Sensatex, is a li
Teijin Fibers Limited, the Teijin
Group’s polyester fibres business, announced today that it will participate in
Interfiliere Paris 2010, where it will exhibit its range of eco-friendly
polyesters. Interfiliere, the world's leading international trade fair for
lingerie and beachwear fabrics, which will be held at the Paris Expo Porte de
Versailles in Paris, France, from 4 to 6 September.
Teijin will present its environmentally friendly high
performance polyester m
Organisers would like to remind
delegates there are only a few days left to save on registration for TCL2010,
the international Textiles Coating and Laminating conference to be held in
Cannes, France from 4-5 November 2010.
If you have not already registered please note that the last
date to qualify for the early-bird rate is 8 September. To ensure your place,
please register at www.technical-textiles.net/symposium.htm , or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
The International Conference
on Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, which is being held from 11-13 November
2010 at IIT Dehli, in India has issued a call for papers. The conference is
being organised by the Department of Textile technology at the Indian Institute
of Technology (IIT) Delhi.
The main objective of the conference is to bring together
industry, research organizations and academia involved meaningful discussions
on existing technical textile products, ex
Swiss chemicals giant Clariant has
unveiled Pad/Sizing-Ox, a new eco-efficient dyeing process that the company
says gives brand owners and retailers new opportunities to offer fashionable,
high quality jeans based on the most sustainable, resource-saving production
method to date. Visitors to the Munichfabricstart 2010 bluezone will be the
first to experience Clariant’s “latest step forward in Clariant’s Advanced
Denim technology that lets the textile industr
As with the first quarter of 2010,
the Lenzing Group has made optimum use of favourable global market conditions achieving
excellent results in Q2. Consolidated sales in the first half of 2010 climbed 43.6
%1 to EUR 847.2 million from EUR 589.9 million.
This was the company’s strongest
rise in sales ever, which it says was was made possible by higher fibre volumes
and price dynamics of global markets as well as full first time consolidation of
the company’s pu
Researchers at the UK’s
University of Southampton have revealed plans to develop fabrics for clothing which
will generate electricity through wearers’ movement and body heat. It is
believed the technology could be used to power personal devices such as MP3
players or wireless health-monitoring systems. The smart fabrics will be made
by using rapid printing processes to attach a film of piezoelectric or
thermoelectric material to a textile base, which will the
The technologies behind
stretchable nonwovens, key market opportunities and an explanation of market
end uses, are all covered in a new report entitled ‘Stretchable Nonwovens Report’ authored by
Smith, Johnson & Associates, recently released by INDA, Association of the
Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.
The extensive report examines the Top 5 Enabling
Technologies related to stretchable nonwovens along with new business opportunities by
market segment and an exe
This summer, sun protection is literally a hot topic. Shading textiles such as
sunshades, blinds and beach shelters promise to provide cooling shade and
protection from harmful UV radiation and there is also more and more specific
UV protection clothing to be found in the shops.
But how in fact do textiles protect you from the sun's
radiation, and what differences between them should be taken into account? Dr.
Andreas Schmidt (AS) of the international Textile R
Building on the success of
the first two IFAI Advanced Textiles conferences (in Berlin and Brussels), IFAI
presented a third successful edition in Paris 16-17 June, in the modern
Congress facilities of UICP (right next to the Eiffel Tower).
The Industrial Fabrics Association International hosted 70
participants from Europe and the U.S. at the 2010 conference, which focused on
major applications of technical textiles and investigated new technology
A base layer garment in a knitted
net structure made from merino wool has won the Scandinavian Outdoor Award for
Summer 2010. According to competition judges Woolnet from Norwegian sports underwear
brand Aclima showed an “innovative approach in terms of material, form and
Aclima’s WoolNet is based on an open knit structure that
allows the garment to breathe and keep the wearer cool and dry. The net
construction also traps air that insul
EDANA has announced its Keynote
speaker for the 9th edition of its OUTLOOK, personal care products conference which
will take place in Budapest, Hungary from the 22nd to the 24th September 2010. Robert
Ward, Director of Global Forecasting for the Economist Intelligence Unit will
address the topic ‘Global Economic Perspectives: EIU’s overview of global
growth perspectives and factors.’
In his role, Ward oversees the Economist Intelligence Unit's
The Yeh Group, a leading producer
of functional knitted fabrics has announced plans to introduce DryDye fabrics
which use an exclusive waterless dyeing process that the company says will save
it millions of litres of fresh water annually. The announcement came at the
recent OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany and the Outdoor Retailer Show
in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Water scarcity and increased environmental awareness are
world-wide concerns which are causing a shar
Cheese, chocolate and a chairlift over
a flowering meadow taking visitors to the Swiss pavilion is apparently one the
biggest draws at the World Exposition in Shanghai which runs to the end of
From May to July, more then 1.1 million visitors learned
about Swiss traditions and Swiss developments visiting the pavilion. Bratwurst,
rösti potatoes, raclette and fondue are said to be proving just as popular
among the Chinese and international guests as the
Massif, a leading supplier
of flame resistant, high performance apparel to the military, law enforcement
and other high risk professions has chosen TEXbase to streamline their material
development, colour approval and compliance processes.
TEXbase is a ‘Software as a Service’ provider of
collaborative Material Lifecycle Management (MLM) software. The company says
that from concept to compliance its solutions allow businesses to reduce
operating expenses a
At Nanofibers for the Third
Millennium, held from August 30 – September 1 in Raleigh, NC, world leaders in nanofibres
will gather to discuss the state of fibre formation as a science and as a
corner stone for new nonwovens and technical-textile enabled products.
“The Nonwovens Institute has always had a commitment to
bringing together fundamental science, new product concepts and leaders in
industry. We’re very excited to be
hosting this conference w
Unifi, Inc. today released
preliminary operating results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June
27, 2010. For the 2010 fiscal year, net income was $10.7 million or $0.18 per
share, which represents the company's first profitable year since fiscal 2000
and an improvement of $59.7 million or $0.97 per share, from the prior year
period. Highlights for the 2010 fiscal year include:
Net sales increased by $63.1 million or 11.4 percent to
The 2011 edition of the
Techtextil North America Symposium will be held in conjunction with the western
edition of Techtextil North America, March 15-17, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay
Convention Center in Las Vegas. The symposium will parallel the theme of, “The
Innovation Interchange”, and will run concurrent with the exhibition.
This new region for Techtextil North America will further
offer speakers a potentially new audience and exposure to new industries in the
Invista, owner of the Lycra fibre brand, reports
that millions of hangtags have been ordered for the recently launched Lycra Sport
fabric. The innovative fabric was launched to the industry in July 2009 and Invista
reports that hangtags have been ordered to appear on garments in retail stores
throughout the world this autumn, including from several leading brands.
According to Invista, smaller scale retail launches took
place earlier this year where garments with Lycra Sport
German dyeing and finishing machinery
builder Thies GmbH & Co KG has launched a new dyeing machine for both woven
and knitted fabrics that offers ultra-low dye liquor levels. The new Thies
iMaster H2O has been designed to ensure economic and environmentally friendly operation
with advanced automation at low liquor levels and offers liquor ratios (textile
dyed: water used in dye bath) as low as 1:3.7 for cottons.
Thies says the iMaster H2O is based on 40 years'
Article written by the Hohenstein Institute
On Thursday 10 June 2010, Prof.
Dr. Stefan Mecheels welcomed nearly 80 people with an interest in the textile
industry and research to the 4th Innovation Exchange at the Hohenstein
Institute. On the previous evening, the Hohenstein "Award for
Entrepreneurial Excellence in Global Textile Services" had been presented
to Christine Krautschneider, long-standing managing partner and now Chair of
the Supervisory Board of Salesi
The growing demand for garments with wool are
beginning to make merino a favourite for Outdoor apparel and in response Mönchengladbach based Stöhr AG a manufacturer of
combed wool yarns, and Leicester, UK based Wykes International Ltd., a yarn covering
specialist, have developed a range of ThermoCool-Merino
composite yarns suitable for seamless outerwear production.
UK based Sub Zero Technologies, thermal underwear and base layer
brand has used the Thermo
German textile engineering powerhouse Groz-Beckert opened its highly impressive Technology & Development Centre (TEZ) here in Albstadt on Friday confirming its status as one of the most successful and forward thinking textile engineering businesses in the world.
Set in Baden-Württemberg, one of Germany’s wealthiest regions, which borders France to the west and Switzerland to the south, the town of Albstadt is the centre
Leading Italian manufacturer
of warp and weft knitted fabrics SITIP SpA Industrie Tessili, showed its new Acqua
Zero range of ‘non-wetting’ fabrics at last week’s Outdoor show on the shores
of Lake Constance in Germany. Acqua Zero non-wetting fabrics are said to be durable
and unique in that they have inherent stretch but can still retain their water
repellency over long periods of time.
Speaking at Outdoor, SITIP’s Executive Marketing Director
The environment and ethically sourced
fashion will be on the agenda in London this coming autumn when leading
non-profit organisations the RITE Group and the Ethical Fashion Forum run two
major textile events alongside each other.
Located together for the first time at Central Hall,
Westminster, London, on 6th October, the RITE Group conference on sustainable
textiles and clothing will welcome the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) with its
newly named Ethical Fashion Source e
and Trevira GmbH have jointly announced that Germany’s Trevira, a leading
producer of high-quality branded polyester fibres and filament yarns, now holds
a master license to manufacture Ingeo fibres. The rationale for this new
partnership was first discussed at the EDANA International Nonwovens Symposium,
held in Milan.
“Because of its technical expertise, exemplary reputation,
capability to shorten time-to-market for custom produc
After more than 17 successful years
at the helm of the International Oeko-Tex Association, Raimar Freitag has
transferred his responsibilities as Oeko-Tex Secretary General to his long-time
colleague Dr. Jean-Pierre Haug, COO of the Swiss textile testing institute
TESTEX, effective 1 July 2010. At the
same time, he will continue to offer his experience, extensive knowledge and
contacts in the industry to the association as an advisor for strategic issues,
Intradeco Apparel Inc, a
manufacturer of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing , has pioneered numerous
energy efficient programs under its corporate sustainability objectives. However, Intradeco’s most recent success has
come from its subsidiary Inmobilaria Apopa, in Apopa, El Salvador, also known
as Inmo. Inmo has developed a process
which produces nitrogen-rich plant fertilizer from its water treatment
The recycling process was developed a
Swiss knit fabrics manufacturer Eschler
and Austrian textile finishing specialist Grabher Group, have joined
forces to engineer
a new generation of functional fabrics for sports and workwear using
edge plasma finishing technology.
Plasma, known as the fourth state of matter, is created by
applying electrical fields to pure gas or gas mixtures in a vacuum
gas is then ionized and leads to a chemical reaction on the surface of
European nonwovens organisation EDANA
has announced the programme for the 9th edition of OUTLOOK, its leading
personal care products conference, which will take place in Budapest, Hungary
from the 22nd to the 24th September 2010.
Included in the programme are sessions which focus on
business and future perspectives, retail and consumption trends, emerging
markets and developments within the personal care products sector,
nanotechnology and bio plastics, sustainabil
FildiUSA, a North American producer
of recycled cotton yarn, has announced that its Ecotec recycled cotton-blend
yarns have been granted Control Union’s Global Recycle Standard. The Global
Recycle Standard validates both a yarn’s recycled content as well as the
sustainable and socially responsible manner in which it is produced. Fildi says
it is the first yarn company in the United States to earn the prestigious recognition.
“We are proud that our products a
TenCate Protective Fabrics has announced
that its TenCate Defender M protective fabric for combat uniforms of the United
States military is now being evaluated for use in fire fighters’ garments. Engineered
with patented, inherently flame-resistant properties that are said not to wash
out or wear out, TenCate Defender M is claimed to be ideal for use as a thermal
liner for fire fighters’ turnout gear.
According to TenCate, standard issue for every ground
Schoeller Technologies’ ‘coldblack’ sun-reflector
and UV protector textile finishing technology has been nominated for this year’s
prestigious German Design award. Coldblack is the result of a
close cooperation between Schoeller and Clariant International.
“The nomination has taken us totally by surprise, admits
Hans U. Kohn from Schoeller Technologies. “It is an almost seamless extension
to the Swiss equivalent, which we won in November 2009. However, as
Chinese companies have not
surprisingly moved into the production of nonwovens manufacturing machinery in
a big way over the past ten years, and at the recent ITMA Asia + CITME show in
Shanghai, virtually outnumbered the established names in this field from West
They included Jiangsu Yingyang Machinery, which is located
in Changsu, near Shanghai and has been developing its extensive machinery range
for the past decade. It includes both drylaid and spunmelt syst
For many people, daily life entails a
constant change between indoors and outdoors,
from warm to cool environments. These fluctuating temperatures and conditions
can be a source of discomfort. Melchior Textil has come up with a range of new,
heat-regulating fabrics, suitable for the textile rental markets that are
designed to adapt to changing temperatures. The fabric is available in a number
of different weights and owes its unique functionality to smartcel clima fi
As the market
continues to grow in
Asia, manufacturers are stepping up their operations. International
are intensifying their supply relationships with Asian companies and
subsidiaries in the booming conurbations of the huge continent. Others
focussing on increasing their existing capacities and leading German
of warp knitting machines and warp preparation systems Karl Mayer is no
Karl Mayer has had its own subsid
As many of you will have seen, there has been a video
sweeping the Internet worldwide under the name Liquid Mountaineering, amassing
more than 6 million YouTube views to date and featuring heavily in the media,
including The Sun, The Daily Star, the Guardian, The Metro and the Sunday
Times. As well as this UK media coverage, the video has featured on TV channels
all around the world including ESPN (USA), Fox News (USA) and The Morning Show
(Australia) to name just a few.
The documentary-type fi
Turkish knitter Eurotex Tekstil has
introduced the world’s first seamless garments made from Biophyl
yarns in its ‘Green is Smart’ collection. The new collection includes
base layers with zonal patterns and elastic recovery properties for both
Eurotex has developed the seamless garment collection in
line with its mission to ‘increase human comfort and welfare with
products’ and uses Santoni seamless te
TenCate’s Xennia Technology Ltd and
Reggiani Macchine s.P.a. today announced the completion of a full scale
demonstration model of their revolutionary diagonal multi pass digital inkjet
textile printing system. The system is said to enable reliable printing on
textile substrates in an industrial production environment at unrivalled speed
and with high quality.
The new system is
based on proprietary technology of all partners involved in the project and the
The second ITMA
ASIA + CITME 2010
exhibition opened today with an impressive showcase of the latest
machinery and solutions. Shrugging off the effects of the economic
the combined show at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC)
100,000 square metres.
A total of 1171 exhibitors from 28 countries and
showcasing a wide array of solutions to an expected 100,000 visitors
five-day exhibition. Organiser
European Committee of Textile
Machinery Manufacturers and the International Textile Manufacturers
(ITMF) have announced a high-level business forum, to take place next
alongside the ITMA 2011 show, in Barcelona, Spain.
The ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit 2011 will be a
event that brings together textile-industry leaders and some of the
most influential thinkers and policymakers in strategically important
As if the largest textile machinery trade
show wasn’t enough of a draw, participants at ITMA 2011 in Barcelona will have
the opportunity to attend a very special technical textiles conference. The
Industrial Fabric Association’s Advanced Textiles ’11 continues to be a unique
and sought after European/U.S. platform on the future of technical textile
Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) has invited IFAI to
organize its fourt
Polyester yarns producer Unifi,
has announced it will invest in the backward integration of its Repreve supply
chain to improve the availability of recycled raw materials and increase the company’s
In addition to providing greater control over the production
of the recycled chip that is used to make Repreve polyester fibres, Unifi says the
new state-of-the-art recycling technology will provide opportunities for the company
to recycle po
Mantec Group, owner of Wykes International, the well known
manufacturer of specialist elastomeric and industrial yarns, has
Wykes has emerged from the recession optimistic about the future. Group
Tim Kelly said in a statement released today:
International is now ready to fully re-engage with the industry as a
resourced and funded company with a new team containing a balance of
enthusiasm and mature knowl
ITMA, the world’s largest and most
established textile machinery exhibition, has put a bigger spotlight on
research and development, as well as education and training; a pavilion
organised for research institutes and higher institutions of learning to
showcase their projects, capabilities and programmes.
The Research & Education (R&E) pavilion will be a
major feature at next year’s ITMA exhibition, which will be held at the
NanoHorizons Inc., a manufacturer
of nanoscale performance additives for textile, health care, and industrial
applications, has announced a new partnership with J2LFA Co. Ltd. of Seoul,
Korea, under which J2LFA will be the sole distributor of its SmartSilver
antimicrobial performance brand to the Korean textile and industrial markets. According
to Nanohorizons, J2LFA is a highly respected manufacturer of a broad assortment
of natural and synthetic performance yar
The steep reduction in global
shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 following a strong investment
between 2003 and 2007 continued in 2009 in most of the segments.
2008 shipments of spinning machinery were down by -17% (short-staple
and -26% (open-end rotors), of weaving machinery (shuttle-less looms) by
and of flat knitting machinery (electronic) by -12%.
On the other hand shipments of texturing spindles recorded
As part of the 2010 Congress of the
Humanities and Social Sciences, two teams of researchers led by Professor
Barbara Layne of Concordia University, Montreal, and Professor Janis Jefferies
at Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K., claim to have brought research in
intelligent textiles to a new level.
According to a recent statement the research teams have
developed a highly sophisticated concept of interactive clothing whereby the
body’s physical and emotional state
- The seventh edition of Techtextil North America, which took place May 18 –
20, 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia as part of a
co-location effort with both the ATME-I show and SPESA EXPO creating the first
ever Textile & Sewn Products Industry Week in an effort that is said to
have provided tremendous value for textile and sewn products industry
professionals at all levels of the textile and sewn products manufacturing and
Coldblack and Descente are
teaming up to sponsor Australian pro triathlete Paul Ambrose. Ambrose is a rising star in
professional triathlon and will race events globally in Descente apparel with
“I am looking forward to racing some of Europe's top
athletes, on what I consider one of the most challenging half ironman's in Europe.
I would like to tests my strengths on the bike, against the commonly known
culture of cyclists "The Germans". They ar
Swiss manufacturer of warp and weft
knit performance fabrics Eschler, has supplied its Flash double sided
management fabric to Swedish cycling brand Craft for its award winning
wear. Craft’s Elite Attack Bib received the Eurobike Award 2009.
Circular knitted Flash fabric is a double layer knit which
has polyester on the inside and polyamide on the outside and is said to
outstanding moisture management. In addition, Flash also has compressio
Europe’s first Montex 6500 JV
has been recently installed at dyeing and finishing company Tintoria
di Tavernola, which is based in based in Como Tavernola on the shores of
Como in Northern Italy. The recently introduced Montex 6500 JV stenter
designed and engineered in Germany and produced in Monforts Joint
facility, Monforts Fong’s Textile Machinery in China. The new Montex
incorporates proven Monforts technolog
TenCate subsidiary, Xennia, a leading
industrial inkjet solutions provider, will launch its range of
industrial-strength inkjet modules at IPEX in Birmingham which kicks off today
and runs until 25 May. The company says its robust XenJet inkjet modules based
on its own proven inkjet technology offer OEM and machine building partners the
opportunity to configure reliable inkjet printing solutions for their chosen
Xennia’s integrated modular approach is
According to a new report by Textiles
Intelligence, man-made fibre output in Japan fell in 2009 for the ninth
consecutive year. Furthermore, the decline, at 22.0%, was more than twice as
fast as any previous fall during the nine-year period. Output of filament yarn
plunged by 29.9% while that of staple fibres decreased by a substantial 15.1%.
The fall in filament yarn output reflected double digit declines in all the
main fibre types. In the case of staple fibres,
Technologies Inc. (NAT) has arranged, subject to regulatory approval, a
non-brokered private placement consisting of the issuance of up to 1,400,000
units (each a "Unit") of the company, at a subscription price of
$1.00 per Unit, to qualified investors, raising up to $1,400,000 by the company
(collectively, the "Private Placement").
Each Unit of the Private Placement is comprised of one
common share and one-half of one share purchase warrant
The Oerlikon Textile report ‘The
Fiber Year’ which is being published for the tenth time will be available for download
from the company’s homepage www.oerlikontextile.com in June. A Chinese version of the report will be available at a later date.
According to the report, global fibre consumption went up
4.2% to 70.5 million tonnes with manmade fibres rising 4.0% to 44.1 million
tonnes and natural fibres advancing 4.5% to 26.4 million tonnes. With a world
Lenzing's subsidiary PT. South
Pacific Viscose (SPV) officially started up its fourth production line
beginning of April, with a total investment of USD 150 million making it
biggest individual investment project in recent years. Its annual
production capacity of 60,000 tons of viscose fibre for textile and
applications raises SPV's total annual capacity to 220,000 tons and
Asia's biggest viscose fibre production site
Groz-Beckert has been awarded the third
place prize at the Kyocera Environment Prize for its Litespeed system
helps save energy and resources in high speed circular knitting by
needle geometries. Prize giving took place on 29 April at the Economics
organised by the Federal Association of Medium-Sized Companies e.V.,
Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the World Conference Centre at
former German Bundestag in Bonn.
Aanti-trust authorities have approved
Lenzing’s acquisition of Czech pulp producer Biocel Paskov A.S. The acquisition
is said to be an important strategic step towards the group's long-term
extension of its vertical backwards integration. The acquisition is part of a
hedging strategy to protect Lenzing from the impact of high pulp price
volatility. Pulp is the raw material used for the production of Lenzing’s viscose
Lenzing intends to invest 50 million Euro
Germany’s VDMA Textile
Machinery Association has reported a 130% increase in orders in the
quarter 2010 for German textile machinery builders compared to the first
quarter of last year. The association predicts an overall increase in
30-35% in 2010, compared with 2009.
“After two extremely difficult years, the German textile
machinery manufacturers are guardedly optimistic for the future”
P. Mayer, Chairman of th
Organisers of TCL 2010, the
International Textiles Coating and Laminating conference to be held in Cannes,
France, on 4-5 November 2010, have announced a keynote speech entitled ‘Breakthrough
Coating Technologies for Advanced Textiles’. Prof. Marc Van Parys, Head of
Textile Department and Research Lab TO2C, at the University College Ghent,
Belgium, will present a discussion on process and product innovations and how
they will affect the coating and laminating industry
Textured polyester and nylon
producer Unifi yesterday reported improved sales and net income for its
fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2010 and increased gross profits for the
nine months. The company said net sales were positively impacted by
market conditions across all of the company's key segments, as well as
continued growth in Brazil.
The company reported net sales of $154.7 million for the
third quarter of fiscal year 2010, an increa
Messe Frankfurt has announced
the launch of Texprocess Americas in cooperation with SPESA (Sewn Products
Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas), April 24 - 26, 2012 at the Georgia World
Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Messe Frankfurt USA and SPESA have concluded agreements to cooperate,
co-produce and launch Texprocess Americas in Atlanta in 2012. Messe Frankfurt
USA says that Texprocess Americas will incorporate SPESA EXPO to bring to the
Technologies Inc. (NAT) and Hanesbrands Inc. have jointly reviewed the results
of their CRAiLAR Organic Fibers spinning trials and agreed to enter the final
stage of their joint development agreement, which is expected to result in a
commercialization agreement in the near future. Commenting on the results of
recent trials, Ken Barker, CEO of NAT said: “We are well on our way to
achieving full blown production of CRAiLAR in 2010.”
sports socks manufacturer China
Access Marketing Ltd. (CAML) has introduced a new range of engineered
socks for cyclists and runners based on Advansa’s ThermoCool polyester
is known for its winter sports and trekking socks.
CAML says has chosen to bring Advansa’s ThermoCool innovation
to its sock lines for the coming season in order to provide high
functionality and ultimate comfort, designed to fit the needs of
The Technical Textiles Special
Interest Group (SIG) of The Textile Institute, Manchester and The Manchester
and Cheshire Section of the Textile Institute have announced the speakers for their International Conference on ‘Managing Innovation in Textiles’. The event will
be held on Thursday 10 June and Friday 11 June in Manchester, UK. Download the full conference programme.
The global Textile Industry has in the last few decades seen
revolutionary changes in i
Technologies Inc. (NAT) has concluded further trials which it says prove the quality
and volume capabilities of its Crailar hemp fibres and expands applications to
include tee-shirts and finer gauge knit garments.
The company recently conducted full scale commercial
processing trials in Germany that were then replicated at the G.J. Littlewood
& Son processing facility in Pennsylvania. According to NAT, final
verification of the effec
Polyester fibre producer Teijin
Fibers Limited has announced the development of a new cationic-dyeable
polyester polymer, called V4, which it says can be dyed at ambient temperature
and pressure and also offers excellent fibre strength and stainability.
According to Teijin, V4 paves the way for the development of
ultra-fine highly multi-filament yarn as well as non-circular cross-section
yarn, both offering high-quality deep dyeing and colour clarity. Teijin Fibers
Changes affecting the testing for harmful substances as per the Oeko-Tex
Standard 100, which were approved by the Oeko-Tex Association, went into effect
on 1 April.
In addition to the customary annual adjustments of test
criteria and limits, the most important structural change concerns company
visits which are now binding for all certificate holders, and which will form an
integral part of each Oeko-Tex product certification.
In addition, the Oeko-Tex label templa
The International Oeko-Tex
Association is to present ‘Sustainability and Value Creation in Textiles’ at
the Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association 2010 Spring Conference to be held 20-21
April at the Sheraton Airport Plaza in Charlotte, NC. The SYFA conference theme is ‘Fibers and
Textiles for a New Decade’.
Dina Dunn, who oversees the Oeko-Tex marketing efforts in
North America, will present an overview of the Oeko-Tex fibre and textile
DyStar says that since the
acquisition of the DyStar Group and its German assets by Kiri Dyes &
Chemicals Ltd on 3 February this year, it has made major progress. Steve
Barron, CEO of DyStar told journalists: “We are pleased with the speed of
implementation of essential measures such as negotiation and signing of
important contracts with our suppliers, service and financial partners.”
In the meantime, the company’s production sites in Leverkusen
Leading technical textile and
nonwovens companies from around the world will showcase the latest products and
advanced technologies in textiles, nonwovens and materials during Techtextil
North America 2010 next month in Atlanta, Georgia. The show represents all
vertical aspects of the technical textile industry from research and
development, through raw materials and production processes, to conversion,
further treatment and recycling.
Some of the highlights of the
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010, Asia’s leading
textile machinery show, has been given a boost by the announcement from
show organisers that all exhibition space has now been sold for the
organisers, over 1100 textile and garment machinery manufacturers have
applied to exhibit at the second combined show, taking up 100,000 square
of Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Chinese exhibitors make up
UCMTF President: 2010 Interview
Bruno Ameline, the President and
Evelyne Cholet, the Secretary General of UCMTF (French Textile Machinery
Manufacturers Association) report on the present state of the French textile machinery
manufacturers and analyze their strategy to bring value to their customers.
Have Textile machinery manufacturers been hard hit by the
financial and economic crisis?
The industrial equipment sector is extremely cyclical and
Lenzing AG, a company quoted on the
Vienna stock exchange and a leader in the manufacture of cellulose fibres, has acquired
a 75 % share in Czech pulp producer Biocel Paskov A.S. Biocel’s owner, Austrian
company Heinzel Holding, will keep a 25 % share in the company and manage paper
According to Lenzing, Biocel’s paper pulp production
capacity runs to about 280,000 tons per year. Lenzing intends to invest EUR 50
million in the site's capacity exp
Cellulose fibre producer
Lenzing has announced it will partner Litrax AG to introduce a unique
blend of its Tencel lyocell regenerated wood pulp fibre and Litrax-1
bamboo stem fibres, which incorporates DNA in the bamboo fibre to
Following recent questions over the authenticity over bamboo
fibre, Litrax is to deliver the Litrax -1 natural bamboo fibres with
DNA coding to help protect its vertical supply chai
NanoHorizons Inc., a leader
in the creation of nanoscale performance additives for textile, health care,
and industrial applications, will extend its global antimicrobial business to
Turkey through Uniteks of Istanbul, who will act as the SmartSilver distributor
to the Turkish market.
SmartSilver is a brand of antimicrobial additives that are
engineered using a patented process to integrate silver nanoparticles at the
molecular level into a variety of textile,
The Lenzing Group, market leader in
cellulose fibres, is to invest in further capacity expansion and
of its sites in Lenzing (Austria) and Nanjing (China). The production
of the Nanjing site will be more than doubled to 140,000 tons per year
with an investment
of 55 million Euros over an 18 month to two year period and the Lenzing
will switch production from standard viscose fibres to modal fibres
next fifteen months at an
2010, Albstadt - Will geotextiles soon be successfully creating fertile
soil from arid desert landscapes? Will creative forms in mobility make
it possible for even more people to be transported efficiently in the
near future? Will textiles a few years from now be able to open up new
habitats for humanity on distant planets? The answers to these and many
other exciting questions relating to visionary textiles production are
all being researched at Groz-Beckert, the leading Germa
Corporation has received the silver prize among the over 90 top technology
innovators from across the USA and around the world competing in Arlington,
Texas, March 16-17 for top honours at WBT2010 presented by Lockheed Martin.
FibeRio Technology Corporation’s force spinning technology,
which uses centrifugal force to spin nanofibres, is said to have been rigorously
screened and mentored by WBT commercialization experts to present to a sold
The board of directors of European
nonwovens body EDANA is to meet with nonwoven producers in Istanbul in April as
part of its objective to engage local markets in the ongoing development of the
nonwovens and related industries.
EDANA says it recognises the importance of trade to both the
Turkish, and broader European nonwovens markets, and strongly supports fair and
free trade for businesses operating across the globe. With approximately 12%
market share for the
Nominations are now open for the
coveted WOW Innovation Award, one of the many highlights of the upcoming 2010
World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference in Chicago in June.
The WOW Innovation Award will honour the most innovative
advances within the entire wipe value chain, including raw materials and
ingredients, roll goods, machinery, packaging and finished products. Finalists will make presentations during the
Conference and attendees will vote on the rec
DyStar has reached agreement with
Lanxess owner of the DyStar production plants in Leverkusen and Brunsbüttel to restart
production at both sites in March.
This week, DyStar employees were able to enter the plants in
order to prepare for start-up of the facilities, the company said. According to
DyStar, orders for the necessary raw materials to start production have already
Lanxess, owner of the buildings and facilities used by DyStar
in Leverkusen a
With the textile and garment making industry
undergoing tremendous change in the light of globalisation and current economic
challenges, CEMATEX is making a concerted effort to support manufacturers with
a solutions platform that will help the industry stay focused and competitive.
In line with this
value proposition, the expanded product index of ITMA 2011 includes a dedicated
chapter on garment making technologies and machinery. Embroidery and braiding
12 March 2010, Mumbai – According to a recent Assocham
study, India’s technical textiles industry is set to boom in the next five
years. The sector is said to be ready to double from its estimated current
value of US $10 billion today.
According to the report, the main reason for the projected
growth is the expected increase in consumption of technical textiles by India’s
growing middle classes.
According to the Business Standard, Assocham’s President
Swati Piramal said in a statem
Lenzing Group, leading manufacturer
of quality cellulose fibres says it has achieved a comparatively satisfactory
result in 2009 despite the difficult global economic situation. In a statement
released today with its preliminary figures, the company says this was made
possible by timely counter measures it took and also by improved demand in its core
fibres business from the second quarter on.
According to the group’s preliminary figures consolidated
DyStar’s CEO Steve Barron says the
newly acquired company’s management sees a huge opportunity to make the
business both successful and profitable.
Speaking at a two day meeting of the company’s Executive
Management Team in Rheingau, Germany, Barron said: “It is our declared
intention to deliver according to our shareholder’s plans. With such high a calibre
and dedicated global team we see a huge chance to make the business successful and
In view of the increasingly
international orientation of the Hohenstein Institute, some of the business
units of the International Textile Research and Services Centre have been
renamed as of 1 January 2010.
The main focus of the renaming was to strengthen the ‘Hohenstein’
umbrella brand name. In future, the following companies will operate under the
Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co. KG (previously:
Hohenstein Research Institute Prof. Dr
Bayer MaterialScience has
announced that thanks to a combination of two new dispersion technologies, aqueous
suspensions of its Baytubes carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can now be produced which
contain single tubes which show high electrical and thermal conductivity. According
to the company, multifilament yarns coated with such CNT dispersions can be
woven to efficient fabric heaters which have already performed well in
preventing the water in water storage tanks of Ja
Techtextil North America
Symposium 2010 has announced that Kim Glas, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Commerce for Textiles and Apparel, is to be its Keynote Speaker at its
The latest technology, applications, and the overall
direction of the technical textile and nonwovens industry will be presented by
experts and leaders from around the world during Techtextil North America Symposium
being held from 18-20 May 2010 at the Georgia World C
Xennia Technology Ltd, a
subsidiary of the Netherland’s Royal TenCate, is today unveiling its process demonstrator
for nano printing and finishing of textile materials at its Letchworth, UK
headquarters. The novel nano process technology, which TenCate says will change
the textiles industry, is based on inkjet technology, whereby ink or coating
particles are applied with great production precision and high speed. The technology will eventually enable TenCate to
DyStar’s new CEO Manish Kiri
has announced his senior management team for the DyStar Group. Manish Kiri
himself will take on the position of Chairman and Steve Barron, until now Vice
President responsible for Strategic Marketing at DyStar, will become CEO of the
Bart VanKuijk, previously Sales Area Manager for South Asia,
has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. Viktor Leendertz will continue his
responsibilities as CFO in the new DyStar Group
Atlanta’s Georgia World
Congress Center will open its doors to the ATME-I MEGATEX exhibition from 18-20
May. The event, which is part of the Textile and Sewn Products Industry Week (TASPIW),
will also see leading exhibitions SPESA Expo and Techtextil NA in the same
hall. TASPIW will bring together leading suppliers and buyers in all areas of
the textile supply chain from textile machinery to finishing products.
Co-organised by ATME-I Inc and The American T
EDANA, the trade association for the nonwovens
and related industries has announced its programme of events and training
courses for 2010 and into 2011.
“With a global scope
and outlook, we are pleased to support our members, and the broader industry with
activities that share learnings, increase engagement within the supply chain
and with external stakeholders, supporting the sustainable and profitable
growth of the nonwovens industry,” said Pierre Wiertz, G
EDANA, the nonwovens and
related industries trade association has announced that the 2010 edition of the
Nonwovens Research Academy has been rescheduled to 16 and 17 November, 2010,
which is this year jointly organised with the Institut für Textiltechnik of
RWTH Aachen University (ITA).
The Nonwovens Research Academy aims to promote fundamental
understanding and knowledge of the science and technology of nonwoven fabrics,
products and processes as well as relat
The Indonesian subsidiary of
Lenzing AG, PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV) has started up first successful
trials of its new fourth production line. Regular operation is expected to
commence in the course of the second quarter. The new line will produce viscose
fibres for textile applications and for the nonwovens industry. Production is
intended for the domestic Indonesian market, as well as for export.
A total investment of about USD 150 million makes the
Participants from Sony
Corporation, International Paper, All Nippon Airways, Michigan State
University, Frito-Lay, and Target Corporation are among the list of speakers
announced for the ‘Innovation Takes Root 2010’ conference, April 13-15, at the
Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas. According to conference organizers NatureWorks
LLC, the line-up reflects the vibrancy and innovation now taking place in the
global biopolymers market.
"Designed as both
Wellington, New Zealand-based outdoor company that claims to have invented the
natural and technical outdoor merino apparel category, today announced it had
received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold
certification for its U.S. headquarters in Northwest Portland from the U.S.
Green Building Council’s Green Building Rating System.
“We are very proud to receive LEED gold certification for
our headquarters, and tha
Administrators have announced
that operations at DyStar Textilfarben GmbH and DyStar Textilfarben GmbH &
Co. KG at the four German DyStar sites in Brunsbüttel, Leverkusen, Frankfurt am
Main and Ludwigshafen are now set to restart under the new management of Kiri
Dyes & Chemicals Ltd. (KDCL).
“The investor has secured financing of the purchase price
and also met other conditions. The purchase agreement concerning operations of
the German DyStar Gro
Leading Spanish cycling brand Spiuk,
is using Advansa’s Biophyl and Thermo°Cool
technical yarns in its latest Elite Men 2010 summer collection to keep riders
cool while they look after the environment. The company’s Elite Men cycling jerseys
which are made from a circular knitted jersey jacquard fabric incorporating eco friendly Biophyl
also use ThermoCool fabric inserts in strategic areas to control body
Biophyl is an ‘eco-polyester’ material co
DyStar’s owner, Kiri Holding
Singapore Private Limited, has appointed Manish Kiri as the company’s new
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Effective February 4, 2010 Manish
Kiri will replace J Mark Allan J. Mark Allan, will remain with the company as a
Strategic Advisor for a period of 6 months to assist in the transition of duties
and responsibilities, the company said in a statement issued this afternoon.
“Manish Kiri, together with the other m
Technologies AG reports that its coldblack technology is now being used in the
latest Porsche Design Sport Collection for men. Coldblack is a finish which can
be applied to fabrics to actively reduce the absorption of the sun’s rays and
offers reliable protection from damaging UV rays.
According to Schoeller Technologies, the Porsche Design
Sport Collection began with a cooperation between Adidas and Porsche Design
seven years ago and w
With the ambitious goal of
providing a world-class conference to stimulate innovation in all aspects of
the development, production, marketing and sales of nonwovens and engineered
fabrics, the Research, Innovation & Science for
Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference will make its debut September 20-23 in
Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics
Industry, the goal of RISE is to provide information and stimulation for bo
The millennia old tradition of silk
production is about to be woven into the fabric of the 21st century. Under the ‘Tango
Biofabrics’ project, Japan's Teijin is attempting to develop new, eco-friendly
applications for Biofront, a type of bioplastic, in collaboration with
Kyotango, a city long known as the home of Tango silk crepe, or chirimen.
Teijin hopes to combine its advanced heat-resistant bio
plastic fibres with Kyotango’s traditional silk craftsmanship fo
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT), a company committed to
producing renewable and environmentally sustainable textile fibres, has teamed
up with Patrick Yarns, a manufacturer of high-performance industrial yarns, to
give industry insiders a sneak preview at a group of new sustainable yarns made
from Crailar Organic Fibers, a wholly owned subsidiary of NAT, at this weekend’s
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2010 trade show Salt Lake City. Compa
and Unifi have announced a new partnership to introduce performance fabrics
made with Unifi’s Repreve 100, which is made from 100% post-consumer waste from
clear plastic water bottles.
Polartec and Unifi’s collaborative efforts have grown
Polartec's recycled product line from less than 1% of total production to over
30% in the past four years, dramatically reducing carbon emissions and energy
consumption. The introduction
Unifi, Inc. is continuing its
global growth strategy with the opening Unifi Central America, Ltda. DE C.V.
(UCA). The company says that given the economic climate, brands and retailers
continue to evaluate their global sourcing strategies in order to react more
quickly to the constant changes in consumer demand. It says that the Central
American region provides customers with an additional quick-turn, quick
replenishment solution in this hemisphere.
With a bas
Based on a joint resolution
adopted by its 14 member institutes, the Oeko-Tex Association has again revised
and expanded the applicable test criteria, limits and by-laws of the product
certification process as per Oeko-Tex Standard 100 effective 1 January 2010. As
of December, the Oeko-Tex certificate contains a notice advising that the
"certified articles meet the requirements of Annex XVII of the REACh
regulation (including the use of prohibited azo dyes, nickel e
Research and Markets Ltd has added a guide to the tensile properties
and failure of textile and technical fibres to its catalogue. The book titled ‘Handbook
of Tensile Properties of Textile and Technical Fibres’, provides an overview of
the tensile behaviour of a wide range of both natural and synthetic fibres, examines
tensile characteristics, tensile failure of textiles fibres and factors that
affect tensile properties and discusses microstructures and each
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 has
received very strong support from textile machinery makers as the world economy
continues its recovery momentum, organizers said today. With seven months still
to go before the second combined show, over 95% of the exhibition space has
already been sold.
To-date, applications grossing over 95,000M² have been
received from over 1,000 exhibitors. Chinese manufacturers make up the biggest
country group, booking almost 50% of the space
The Lenzing Group, market leader
in cellulose fibres, will continue to expand production capacity in 2010 by
investing a scheduled EUR 120 million its European and Asian sites. The projects
will be realized over the next two years. The key elements are the further
extension of pulp production at the Lenzing site (Upper Austria) and a further
extension of fibre production at Heiligenkreuz (Burgenland, Austria) as well as
remodelling the Tencel site at Grimsby (UK).
The French Textile Machinery
Manufacturers' Association, UCMTF, recently brought together students from the
four French universities which train engineers for the textile industry. The
goal was to further enhance relations with the students and to review the
careers offered to them both in France and worldwide.
The forum was organized on the campus of l’ENSISA (Ecole
Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Sud Alsace) located in Mulhouse. Students
from ENSAIT (
Indian Company Kiri Dyes & Chemicals Ltd. plans to take
over four German sites and 36 international subsidiaries
Up to 800 jobs in Germany and some 2,000 worldwide may be
Creditor committees agree to purchase agreement –
implementation due in January 2010
Operations at DyStar Textilfarben GmbH and the production
at three German sites are set to continue as the company confirms it has found an
investor in BSE-listed Indian manufacturer and s
The seventh edition of North
America’s only dedicated show for technical textiles and nonwovens will be held
from 18-20 May 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Techtextil
North America assembles all vertical aspects of the technical textile industry,
from research and development, through raw materials and production processes
and finally ending in conversion, further treatment and recycling.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition is
Media reports say that India’s Kiri
Dyes and Chemicals Ltd (KDCL), an Ahmedabad-based company engaged in the
manufacturing of organic dyes for cotton fabrics, has executed a purchase
agreement with DyStar Group, a German-based company in a similar space.
Reports say that as part of the agreement, the company will
acquire DyStar Group and its selective assets for an undisclosed sum but suggest
the deal size is somewhere in the region of £100 million (about $164
Following the formal
commencement of insolvency proceedings today, DyStar Textilfarben GmbH will
continue full operations. “We will maintain business activities, the global
supply of dyes, additives and services for the textile and leather processing
industries is currently continued,“ the insolvency administrator appointed by the
Frankfurt District Court, Miguel Grosser from the law firm JAFFÉ Rechtsanwälte Insolvenzverwalter,
Highly specialised German knitting machine
builder Harry Lucas celebrated the delivery of the company’s 10,000th
machine in September. The happy owner of the anniversary model was German
knitter Hans Minke from Wuppertal.
"This is big vote of confidence into the quality of our
products and services from our customers since the foundation of our company,"
Mr Harry Lucas II announced during the official handover of the 10,000th
machine produced since the comp
Cotton occupies an important place in the
international textile trade and is at the forefront these days both in India
and elsewhere. Availability and the quality of cotton are determining factors
which will influence the economic viability of the textile industry. Textiles
related Associations in India and the Cotton Producers’ Associations in the US
and elsewhere are pleading for support from their respective Governments and a
fair and b
CEMATEX, the European Committee of
Textile Machinery Manufacturers, says that ITMA 2011, to be held in Barcelona, Spain
from 22 to 29 September 2011, will be the world’s most comprehensive, one-stop
platform for textile and garment makers. Online application for exhibition
space will be available from 30 November 2009.
Showcasing the entire
value chain from spinning to garment making, textile processing, technical
textiles, logistics and distribution, the exhibit
Preliminary insolvency administrator Miguel Grosser informs
Employees of GmbH and foreign subsidiaries to keep job after
institution of insolvency proceedings
Negotiations with potential investors continue
Operations at DyStar
Textilfarben GmbH will continue even after the anticipated institution of
insolvency proceedings next week.
“We are in a position to continue the activities of DyStar
Textilfarben GmbH, i.e. the global supply of dyes, additives
The preliminary insolvency
administration of DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG today set
up a works meeting to inform the employees on the current state of the investor
process at the following locations: Frankfurt am Main, Leverkusen,
Ludwigshafen, Geretsried and Brunsbüttel.
“There is no definite investor commitment at the moment“,
explained the preliminary administrator Dr. Stephan Laubereau. “However, the
search for a suitable investo
Gov. Bev Perdue announced last
week that Richmond Specialty Yarns, a manufacturer of yarns, will expand in
Richmond County, North Carolina. The
company plans to create 135 new jobs and invest $1 million during the next
three years. In addition, the project
will help the company retain 140 existing jobs.
The announcement was made possible in part by a $150,000 grant from the
One North Carolina Fund.
“North Carolina maintains its strong ties to the tex
In a bid to scientifically
evaluate the efficacy of various training aids and astronaut workout methods,
the European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Danish smart textile
specialist, Ohmatex to develop and test an intelligent sock device to map the
electrical and metabolic activity in leg muscles.
The contract, for 199,810 Euro is for an 18 month project to
develop and integrate near-infrared sensors and textile based EMG electrodes in
a specially manu
Teijin Fibers Limited announced
today a program in the marine clothing industry for collecting and recycling
used garments, launched in collaboration with Henri Lloyd, a major global brand
of marine apparel based in the United Kingdom. Recycling will be carried out
with Teijin’s Eco Circle, an environmentally friendly closed-loop system
incorporating technology for the chemical recycling of polyester, which was
introduced in 2002.
Teijin Fibers’ Eco Storm, a r
At this month’s A+A in
Düsseldorf Lenzing presented its range of fibres made from renewable wood raw
material for corporate and protective clothing. The company reports that its Lenzing
FR and Tencel fibres have been very successful this year and are being used to
an increasing extent in textiles for corporate clothing.
Fibers of made from wood cellulose are rare in professional and
protective clothing and in most cases either synthetic or cotton fibres are
AG has been awarded the Textile Design Award 2009 by the Swiss Textiles &
Zumsteg Foundation for its sun reflector and UV protector textile finishing technology
The tenth biannual Design Prize Switzerland, which was held on
6 November attracted over 300 entries, nominated 36 projects and the eight-member
international jury selected six winners in different categories. The
competition with total prize mon
Eco fashion and design network C.L.A.S.S.
(Creativity, Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy), has announced the commencement
of its strategic partnership with NICE, the Nordic fashion industry educational
project. The partnership will involve a series of joint activities which will
lead to the common goal of increasing awareness and use of more responsible
materials for everyday living.
To kick-off the collaboration, CLASS has been named as the official
supplier of all
• Sales in Q3 down
14% in local currency and 19% in CHF
• Operating income
before exceptional items decreased to CHF 107 million from CHF 178 million in
the third quarter 2008, but improved from CHF 69 million in the second quarter
• Cash flow from
operations improved to CHF 193 million from CHF 147 million in the
• Net debt reduced to
CHF 751 million from CHF 1 209 million at year-end 2008
• Outlook: For the
full year 2009, Clariant expects sales in loca
The Institute of
Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University is to host the
6th annual international conference on Advances in Textiles, Machinery,
Nonwovens and Technical Textiles, (ATNT) 2009.
The event, held in collaboration with Bannari Amman
Institute of Technology in India (BIT), will run from 7-9 December at the
institute’s campus in Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu, South India. The conference
will feature papers from natural fibres to
According to a new report from
Research and Markets, the global structure of polypropylene and polyethylene
production is poised to change dramatically as capacity rises in China and
soars in the Middle East. As a result, the shares of Western Europe and the USA
are set to fall substantially, the report says.
The change in production structure will come about because
the manufacture of propylene and ethylene-which are the main raw material
feedstocks for pol
German high quality workwear fabrics
manufacturer Melchior Textil is to present its new ‘Organic Cotton’ line of
environmentally friendly fabrics for workwear at next week’s A+A Safety &
Health at Work exhibition in Düsseldorf.
The fabrics, which are certified to the G.O.T.S. standard,
are manufactured using only cotton from controlled organic cultivation and
processed according to stringent environmental standards all along the line, from
Frankfurt-based chemical company and global supplier of dyes, additives and
services for the textile and leather processing industries, can continue
supplying its customers whilst it seeks new investors. “We have made great
progress in our talks with banks and secured creditors. This allows us for the
time being to continue our operations at DyStar Textilfarben GmbH and resume
delivery of our products,” confirmed the preliminary insolvency
‘Textile Days India’, a
combination of two fairs, Techtextil (International Trade Fair for Technical
Textiles and Nonwovens) and Heimtextil India (Trade fair for home furnishings),
which took place from 10-12 October, was inaugurated by Mr. A B Joshi, Textile
Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles India. The exhibition was held at the Bombay
Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.
According to organisers, Heimtextil India and Techtextil 2009 signified the uptrend in the econ
High-tech fabrics manufacturer
Schoeller Textil AG is to show its ‘schoeller-works’ range of solutions for
workwear at the forthcoming A+A 2009 which is being held in Dusseldorf from 3
to 6 November.
Schoeller, which was founded in 1868, has been a leading
supplier of functional protective fabrics for the last 25 years and has been
supplying comfortable stretch fabrics for over 40 years. The company’s knowledge
and experience, in combination with the most
Teijin Fibers Limited, the core
company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibres business, announced yesterday
that it will promote its environmentally-friendly products and ongoing
expansion into Hong Kong and South China at the upcoming Interstoff Asia
Essential, in collaboration with Teijin Hong Kong Limited, a Teijin group
company handling sales and import and export of textile materials globally.
Interstoff Asia Essential, a biannual exhibition for
Entrepreneurs, businesses and
academics have been networking at the University of Bolton, exploring the
future of the textiles industry. More than 150 businesses were represented at
the event which looked at how the North West could build on its textiles
industry heritage and what advantages could be gained from exploring
partnerships in countries such as India.
Transforming the Textiles Landscape: Past, Present and
Future, was hosted by businessman and Fellow of En
DyStar Textilfarben GmbH,
DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG as well as DyStar Holdings
GmbH, global providers of dyes, auxiliaries and services for the textile and
leather processing industry, announced that they have filed an insolvency
petition yesterday with the Local Court Frankfurt am Main for the company’s
business operations located in Germany.
DyStar’s insolvency filing includes the company’s sites in
Frankfurt, Leverkusen, Bruns
Scientists in New Zealand
have come up with a new concept for sleepwear which will make going to bed more
enjoyable. AgResearch says it has made a breakthrough in textiles that allows a
natural product which is lightweight, has no chemical treatment, helps
sleeping, maintains and regulates temperature and looks and feels fantastic.
“Easy Care Wool Sleepwear works in both summer and winter
and we believe makes excellent nightwear and loungewear with its
UK based specialist warp knitter Baltex, has developed a range of novel
warp knitted spacer fabrics using
Coolmax Fresh FX, which have been independently tested at the University of
Bolton and found to outperform other spacer fabrics in their comfort
properties. The company’s new Coolmax Fresh FX fabrics, which were launched at
this year’s Techtextil, are part of its wider XD range of 3D knitted spacer
According to Baltex, the Coolmax Fresh FX
NW Texnet, the cluster management
organisation for England’s North West technical textiles sector, has secured
funding in conjunction
with Blackburn College, from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), to
develop and deliver a foundation degree in Project Management for the technical
“The degree was proposed as a direct result of feedback we
received from a range of companies when asked for their requirements from the
The Teijin Group has announced what
it says is the first-ever program in China for collecting and recycling used
garments, which it has launched in collaboration with Li Ning Company Limited, one
of China’s leading sports apparel companies. Recycling will be carried out with
Eco Circle, an environmentally friendly closed-loop system incorporating technology
for the chemical recycling of polyester, which Teijin Fibers introduced in
As part of the program,
Comez, a global leader in
advanced narrow fabric technology has launched a new electronic double needle
bar warp knitting machine, DNB/EL-1270, for the manufacture of a wide range of
technical and apparel fabrics including:
applications - Netting for sports equipment and the food industry, high
resistance ribbons in special fibres, ribbons and fabrics for geotextiles
applications, automotive, building and industrial sectors
applications - Tub
Teijin Limited, announced today
that it has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI
World), a global indicator for Social Responsible Investment (SRI).
The DJSI World, which was jointly developed by Dow Jones and
Swiss-based SAM Group in 1999, is the first global stock index tracking the
financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide.
The index assesses the economic, environmental and social performance of 2,50
Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), a
leading global producer of engineered polymers, has introduced Nexar polymers,
a new family of polymers which offer a unique set of key performance attributes
that Kraton says can be used in a myriad of applications, ranging from water
desalination, to industrial separation applications, to improving high performance
textiles and clothing. Kraton says that the unique permselectivity of Nexar membranes
allows for a tremendous flow of mo
The Institute of Chemical and
Engineering Sciences (ICES), a research institute of the Agency for Science,
Technology and Research (A*STAR), signed a Laboratory in Research Institute
(Lab-in-RI) agreement today with DyStar Singapore Pte Ltd (DyStar), the local
branch of DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG headquartered in
Frankfurt, Germany and a leading German provider of products and services for
the textile and leather industry. The DyStar resea
By using 100% certified organic cotton and Repreve
recycled polyester, Canada’s Doubletex has responded to its customers' needs by
creating a line of ‘green’ fabrics. Ecoterra will be launched at the Canadian
textile industry's landmark event, Expo Hightex which will take place at
Bonsecours Market, Downtown Montréal, on 7 & 8 October 2009.
70% ‘green’ in construction, Doubletex has created three recyclable and
exciting new products built wit
Approved Fabrics (LEAF) has announced its public review process for fashion and
apparel industry stakeholders to provide feedback on a new eco-labelling
program designed to showcase environmental and socially responsible practices
to the U.S. marketplace.
The review will take place online by completing a
questionnaire pertaining to a recently released LEAF public review document
which outlines the program goals and objectives. The pu
Unifi, Inc. announced yesterday
that the company’s Yadkinville, North Carolina plant, where Repreve recycled
polyester is manufactured will be featured on the Travel Channel’s series ‘Extreme’. The Extreme Mega Factories program is
designed to take viewers on the ultimate tour of the USA’s most cutting edge
factories. The Extreme film crew visited
Unifi’s Repreve manufacturing facility on 19 May this year, and the episode
will air on the Trav
DyStar has announced the
launch of a range of Dianix dyes for polyester. The company says that its new
disperse dye selection which is available under under its econfidence program
avoids chemical contamination issues and is ideal for meeting retailers RSL and
ecolabel requirements as well as for colouration of recycled polyester.
Ecological issues are becoming increasingly important for
retailers and consumers as well as textile manufacturers and DyStar
The Denim Centre of
Excellence of Karl Mayer’s Warp Preparation section said it received an order
for a new open-width dyeing and sizing machine with ‘deep colour’ technology,
With an investment of around 2 million Euros, Turkish
manufacturer Şirikçioğlu plans to extend its market competence for fashionable denim
clothing, by being able to produce economically and ecologically, both deep
indigo-dyed (more than 5%) and sulphur-dyed product rang
The Merino Company says that in
response to customer demand, it has launched the worlds first certified and
traceable non-mulesed merino (n.m.m.) wool brand. The Merino Company is a purveyor
of natural fibre, textile and apparel solutions for retailers and brands globally.
According to TMC, its n.m.m wool brand platform is a
guarantee that the merino wool is sourced from growers who have a commitment to
animal welfare. Growers must have either never used the pr
Specialst knitted elastic fabrics
producer Elastic Fabrics Europe GmbH has been awarded the coveted Oeko-Tex
Standard 1000 for its environmentally friendly production methods.
Since December 2008, the German company's plant in
Neukirchen, Hessen, has been using proven environmentally friendly production
methods to make quality products for many top brand names such as Triumph,
Felina, Chantelle, Aubade and Lejaby. After two months of preparation, Elastic was
Two garment manufacturers in Asia, Suzhou
Deylon Textile Co. Ltd. and Shangdong Lawrance Textiles Co. Ltd., became the
first in the region to be issued the Oeko-TexStandard 100plus label for their
Suzhou Deylon Textile Co. Ltd. makes traditional headwear
for the Arab market and Shandong Lawrance Textiles Co. Ltd. produces
undergarments for the Chinese domestic market and export to Europe. Key
requirements for certification are that the labelled items a
Technologies Inc. (NAT), a company committed to unlocking the potential of
renewable and environmentally sustainable biomass resources from hemp and other
bast fibres, has signed an agreement with G.J. Littlewoods Son, Inc. to
manufacture Crailar Organic Fibers for use in commercial products made by
Littlewoods, located in Philadelphia, is a commission
dyehouse, specializing in the dyeing of synthetic fibres, as well as nat
UK based start up company, MMT Textiles Ltd has invented and patented a method
of constructing bio-responsive fibres and yarns so that they react to humidity
levels in a micro-climate. The porosity of subsequent knitted, woven or
non-woven fabrics increases with high levels of humidity or wetness in the
micro-climate, facilitating the release of moisture, or decreases in low level
humidity or dry conditions, improving insulation. This is referred to as ‘the
Nurel has announced it will invest
in a new spinning plant with primary European technology at its site in
Zaragoza, Spain. With the new plant, Nurel says it will be positioned as one of
the most credible European fibre producers.
The investment will allow the company to increase its
quality leading polyamide 6 and 6.6. yarns capacity by 3,000 tons per year. The
POY and FDY capacity are scheduled to be in full production by the beginning of
2010 and the new plant wi
Nilit, a global leader
in the production of nylon 6.6, will be exhibiting its newest innovative fibre,
Nilit EcoCare, at Interfilière 2009. Nilit says EcoCare is the only recycled
nylon 6.6 with deep, uniform colour.
Nilit is taking an 84 square metre booth at this year’s show,
which takes place 5-7 September at the Paris Expo in France. Interfilière is a
leading trade fair for lingerie and beachwear fabrics and this year marks the
11th time Nilit has
The Teijin Group has announced that
its polyester fibre subsidiaries Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited (TPL) and
Teijin (Thailand) Limited (TJT) each received the National Occupation Safety and
Health Award 2009 from Thailand’s Ministry of Labour on July 2. TPL has now
received the award seven consecutive years and TJT five.
The annual award was established in 1986 to recognize
outstanding environmental, safety & health (ESH) activities. Applicants are
Agion has announced the
launch of its Agion Active, which it says is the first textile treatment to
combine antimicrobial protection with brand new industrial-strength odour
elimination in a move that will take odour control into the mainstream for
Agion’s silver-based antimicrobial technology, which the
company says has been proven in over 15 million pairs of shoes, naturally
fights bad smells by killing the bacteria that cause them. Agi
Avantium, two leaders in the field of sustainable materials, have announced they
have formed a development partnership in order to more fully understand the properties and
commercial potential of a new generation of polymers made from renewable
The partnership is based on Avantium's work in deriving
monomers and polymers from non food biomass and on NatureWorks success in
developing a wide range of end markets and roducts f
P2i Ltd, a leader in liquid-repellent
nano-coating technology, has raised £4.1 million ($6.7 million), from new and
existing shareholders, to support its accelerating commercialisation and
P2i was established in 2004 to commercialise
liquid-repellent treatments developed by the Ministry of Defence. Its
revolutionary technology helps customers protect and improve a wide and growing
range of products including performance textiles (such as hiki
At Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in
Salt Lake City, July 21-24, Lenzing will present Tencel Sun, a new Tencel fibre
that provides superior solar protection especially designed to meet the
performance and sustainability demands of the outdoor apparel market.
Lenzing, a leader in the field of innovation, has developed
a new fibre that protects from solar radiation. Tencel Sun will be produced for
this season and will be presented at all of the sports trade fairs around
Teijin Fibers Limited has announced
today that the Eco Circle Garment Accessories Association, an organization
dedicated to promoting the enhanced recyclability of garments through the use
of more eco-friendly accessories, welcomed Hong Kong Non-Woven Fabric
Industrial Co., Ltd. (HKNW) as its first overseas member on July 1. HKNW now
develops recyclable products such as fibrefill insulations for the apparel,
outdoor and furnishings markets, using Teijin Fibers’ Ecop
Schoeller Technologies AG is to show
its highly water repellent Nanosphere technology at this week’s OutDoor trade
fair which takes place in Friedrichschafen, Germany from 16-19 July. New tests
show that Nanosphere finish lasts longer than conventional finishes.
NanoSphere combines high weather protection with breathability
and long-term functionality, which Schoeller says is a pioneering finish that
is the best choice for functionality, ecology and sustainability.
Clariant’s Textile Business, the
leading supplier of chemicals and dyes for the textile industry, took visitors
to its Techtextil 2009 stand, on a voyage of discovery. The company launched new
products that it says, give the technological and ecological edge to its technical
textiles customers. Fast-moving sectors such as mobiltech, buildtech/hometech
and medtech/ Indutech were the focus and customers benefited from
solution-based and sector-specific offerings.
& CO [US]
Inventor(s): FANG XINGGAO
[US]; CHAN MARIE S [US]; MEREDITH MICHAEL BRETT [US]; SHUKLA PIYUSH [US]; HONG
Abstract of CA
The present disclosure is directed to synthetic textiles treated with h-P EI
derivatives, such derivatives possessing the general structure shown belo w:
(R)x- h-PEI - (A)y where R is a non-hyperbranched hydrocarbon group, said
hydrocarbon group having at least one linear portion, said li
& CO [US]
Inventor(s): FANG XINGGAO
[US]; CHAN MARIE S [US]; MEADOWS MICHAEL E [US]; HONG MICHAEL [US]
of CA 2665628 (A1)
disclosure is directed to cellulosic textiles treated with h- PEI derivatives,
such derivatives possessing the general structure shown bel ow: (R)x - h-PEI -
(A)y where R is a non-hyperbranched hydrocarbon group (fo r example, such as
alkyl, alkenyl, arylalkyl, and arylalkenyl groups, where the n
Dow Corning Corporation, a
leader in innovative silicone technology for the textile industry, has added
two new product lines to its Dow Corning brand Active Protection System family
of impact protection materials. The S-Range is based on 3D spacer textile
technology while the TP-Range is based on thermoplastic technology.
The two new lines were recently introduced at Techtextil
2009 in Frankfurt, Germany. First launched in 2006, the patented silicone-based
Teijin Limited announced today that it
had transferred its 50% ownership in NatureWorks LLC back to Cargill and
terminated the joint-venture contract with Cargill regarding NatureWorks as of
NatureWorks, established in 1997 and operated as a
Teijin-Cargill 50:50 joint venture since October 2007, produces its Ingeo
biopolymer at the world’s largest commercial polylactic acid (PLA)
manufacturing facility with an annual capacity of 140,000 tons.
Teijin, which is
New textile testing methods
developed by scientists at the Hohenstein’s Institute for Hygiene and
Biotechnology now enable Hohenstein to certify textile products as
hypoallergenic. A unique testing process analyzes a fabric’s interaction with
living skin cells to determine whether it is likely to induce an allergic
reaction or skin irritation in the wearer. Textiles that pass the test series
may be certified by Hohenstein as hypoallergenic, skin-friendly fabric
Scientists at the Hohenstein
Institute who have developed a polyester fabric for men’s suitings with good
moisture and heat management properties, claim that the fabric significantly outperforms
other materials. They also say that wearers of high-quality business clothing who
still consider wool to be the ultimate fabric are wrong.
The Hohenstein Institute says that modern synthetic fibres,
whose properties can be designed by targeted processes, offer numerous
Huntsman Corporation yesterday announced
the acquisition of the Baroda Division of Metrochem Industries, a manufacturing
facility for the production of intermediates and specialty products for
textiles, located in Baroda, India. The Baroda Division today has more than 700
employees and contractors, and current annual sales of approximately 2.4
"This acquisition is a major milestone in our strategy.
With this move we are realigning our manufacturing footpr
The technical textile and
nonwovens sectors came in droves to its leading international trade fair, with
numbers never before seen. "Precisely because these are times of economic
uncertainty, companies have been setting themselves new targets with innovative
products and areas of application and have in part already managed to achieve
them at Techtextil. Some eight percent more exhibitors and two percent more
trade visitors represent a double plus for Techtextil,
Product piracy is becoming an ever
greater problem worldwide and it is no longer just a question of copies of good
designs. Fakes and copies of technical products call the safety of these
products into question and, consequently, product liability claims are on the
increase. At Techtextil in Frankfurt, the Swiss technology company Schoeller
Technologies AG presented its DNAtex project for the first time, a new technology
which detects counterfeits almost instantly.
A total of six innovations have
been selected for this year’s Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Awards. The
awards go to innovative solutions from the fields of material and product
development, new processes and innovative garments. The aim of the awards is to
promote unconventional thinking and to intensify the dialogue between research,
manufacturers and users.
“Trade visitors will find the award-wining developments in a
special exhibition during the Interna
Swiss textile powerhouse is to show a range of innovative textiles at Techtextil including a new version of 3XDRY and its textile DNA for protection against piracy.
Have a good night with 3XDRY
Textiles with 3XDRY finish repel water and dirt from the outside (hydrophobic) and absorb moisture from the inside (hydrophilic). Clothing with 3XDRY keeps the body dryer, prevents perspiration stains and produces a cooling effect.
3XDRY is a time tested and well known successf
Nilit, a global leader
in the production of nylon 6.6, will be exhibiting at Techtextil in Frankfurt next
week for the first time ever.
Nilit’s booth will be located in Hall 4.1, Stand H58, at this
year’s show, which will be held 16-18 June, in Frankfurt, Germany. Techtextil
Frankfurt is the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and
“We look forward to showcasing woven and knitted fabrics and
finished garments made w
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a
provider of DNA security solutions, announced today that it has successfully
marked over 500,000 pounds of raw cotton fibre with a naturally derived
botanical marker called SigNature DNA, as part of a pilot study conducted in
collaboration with one of America's largest cotton growers. SigNature DNA was
detected homogeneously throughout the various stages of cotton processing,
before and after baling, right down to the single cotton
Bekaert (Bekintex), a leader in
innovative textiles, will present its new anti-static, shielding and textile
heating products during this year’s Techtextil to be held June 16 to 18 in Frankfurt.
The TexiShield BabyProtect offers pregnant women and their unborn babies
protection against the increasing amount of electromagnetic radiation from mobile
phones, microwaves, and computers. Bekaert says that the special fabric
construction provides 99.99% shielding
The sixth edition of Techtextil
North America took place April 21 to 23, 2009 at the Sands Expo &
Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the first ever edition on the
West Coast and organisers say that it resulted in the majority of exhibitors
and visitors being pleasantly surprised and pleased despite the current
economic conditions. Techtextil North America was previously held only on even
years in Atlanta, Georgia but will now be held annually, alt
Messe Frankfurt is to launch Texprocess,
a new machinery, equipment and process exhibition which will compliment Techtextil,
the leading technical textiles and nonwovens show. Texprocess will make its
debut in Frankfurt in parallel with Techtextil from 2011.
investment-goods fair for the textile and fashion industry, Texprocess will be
the meeting place for over 500 exhibitors and around 25,000 visitors from all
over the world”, explains Detlef Braun
The decline of the global economy has
massively affected the world fibre industry and the sales and financial results
of the Lenzing Group for the first quarter of 2009 reflect this. In comparison
to last year’s first quarter, consolidated quarterly sales dropped by 18.1%,
from EUR 346.8 million to EUR 284.0 million. The dramatic collapse of fibre
prices, particularly in Asia, and lower quantity sales were said to be the main
reason for the downturn. Fibre prices for
Techtextil – 16 to 18
June 2009, Frankfurt Am Main,
Innovation in Textiles,
an online news and technical resource for the technical textiles and nonwovens
industries is bringing its readers, visitors to the exhibition and exhibitors, a preview of the latest
technical developments in fibres, yarns, fabrics and machinery and equipment,
which will be shown at Techtextil from 16 to 18 June 2009.
In addition, Innovation in Textiles will also be
reporting on t
ACIMIT (Association of Italian Textile
Machinery Manufacturers) and ICE (Italian Institute for Foreign Trade) have
organized a Meeting Point at the forthcoming Techtextil 2009 being held in
Frankfurt from 16 to 18 June. The Meeting Point will host about ten Italian
machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for technical
The Italian industry is paying particular attention to the technical
and innovative textiles sector and ACIMIT estimates
Nylon 6.6 producer
Nilit has announced that it has acquired Nylstar’s U.S. operations including
its nylon 6.6 plant in Martinsville, VA.
Last year Nilit opened a new state-of-the-art facility in
China and the addition of this US plant will become a part of its global
production facility network, demonstrating its confidence and investment in the
nylon apparel industry throughout the world. With the Nylstar acquisition,
Nilit now becomes one of th
First time and returning exhibitors confirm the trade fair's
leading position worldwide
Range of congresses
and symposiums expanded
From 16 to 18 June, Techtextil will be the foremost platform
for users and developers of technical textiles in the fields of research,
industry, architecture and other technical areas of application throughout the
world. Over recent months, the indications have been pointing to further growth
at Techtextil with the number of exhibitors at the last event (1,
Cath Rogan reports from Rome
Intertech Pira’s excellent annual Smart Fabrics conference
is now in its 5th year and this year (March 10th-12th 2009, Rome) welcomed over
150 delegates to an agenda packed with practical advice, inspirational ideas
and of course, a handful of spectacular but occasionally entirely baffling
scientific data charts.
Stacey Burr, CEO of Textronics Inc. opened the conference
with a highly motivating keynote speech outlining how the E-textiles small
business sector is
The International Oeko-Tex
Association is known around the world for its Oeko-Tex Standard 100 which
certifies that textile products are tested to be free from harmful levels of
more than 100 substances believed to be dangerous to humans. Oeko-Tex is also
rapidly gaining global acclaim for its Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 which evaluates
textile production facilities and certifies that they are employing best
practices in environmental and social management.
A fashion show where outfits ‘tell’
blind and visually impaired visitors what they look like, and a life-size game
pitting players against zombies are just two of the projects in a hi-tech
University of Derby showcase.
The catwalk show at 7pm at the University tonight (Tuesday
21 April) mixes the expertise of fashion and multi-media technology students,
and the Derbyshire Association for the Blind (DAB), to produce an event which
lives up to its title of UNiqu
The first Oerlikon Barmag eFK-type
texturing machines will soon be installed in China. A contract for ten machines,
which premiered at the ITMA Asia 2008, was recently signed with Jinxing
(Fujian) Chemical Fibre and Textile Industry Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Fujian
Jinxing Group. According to Oerlikon Barmag, the decisive factor for the
contract was the energy-efficient godet technology, which the company has been
successfully using in its MPS- and COCOON-type te
Textile & Sewn products industry week 2010 selected by U.S.
Dept of Commerce for prestigious International Buyer Program
The U.S. Commercial Services unit of the Department of
Commerce has selected the co-located ATME-I/MEGATEX 2010, SPESA EXPO 2010, and
TECHTEXTIL NORTH AMERICA 2010 trade shows for participation in its coveted
International Buyer Program. Exhibitors and attendees of the events will
benefit from the opportunities to meet, network, and develop business
More than 100 participants from across Europe attended the
Information Day organised in Brussels by the Spanish textile research centre AITEX
“New Textiles. Research and
innovation in the textile-clothing-technical textile industry” was the title
chosen for the Information Day hosted earlier this month by AITEX. A whole day
of conferences and scientific roundtables discussed the most promising lines of
research in the near future and how innovation can cont
Oerlikon Textile, a leader for
spinning and texturing machines, embroidery machines, production lines for
synthetic yarns, lines for nonwoven fabrics, BCF yarns and manmade staple
fibres and one of the five major producer of textile machinery in China, will
present its innovations especially for the Chinese market at the forthcoming
Shanghaitex. The company will exhibit its latest offerings at its 400m² booth
in Hall E2 B01 from 12 to 15 June 2009.
Inc., the developer and manufacturer of SmartSilver nanoscale antimicrobial
additives for textiles, health care, and industrial applications, has joined
with four other companies to create the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group
under the sponsorship of the Silver Institute and the Silver Research
Consortium. The group’s purpose is to collect and generate data that more completely
document the performance benefits of silver nanoparticles in c
Invista’s apparel customer
service facility for North America has moved to its Applied Research Centre in
Newark, Del., now offering brand standards testing, customer-inquiry analysis
and in-process management, in addition to its existing research and development
“Guided by Invista’s strong focus on innovation, we have
used this research facility in the past to explore new ideas for fibre and
fabric applications,” said Robert Dzielak, North
Consumption of fibres in South American mills fell by 1.7%
in 2008, following a 1.3% increase in 2007. As a result, usage fell below the
level seen in 2006 although it was still higher than in previous years. South
American textile and clothing companies have had to struggle in the face of a
weakening US dollar, which has made their goods more expensive in their bigg