Dyeing, Finishing & Printing
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.
Digitising industrial printing and deposition processes has transformational benefits, making them more flexible and responsive, more efficient, more environmentally responsible and more profitable, according to Xennia Technology, a company which will be offering its advanced digital manufacturing solutions at the InPrint 2014 industrial print show as a founding partner and sponsor.
InPrint, taking place in Hannover, Germany, from 8-10 April 2014, is the first trade exhibition solely committed to print technology for industrial manufacturing.
The UK-headquartered specialist producer of de-watering, squeezing and calendering rolls for textile finishers, Richard Hough (RHL), has announced a major practical breakthrough with the development of squeeze rolls, which automatically compensate for the deflection occurring under full load during water extraction.
This, along with the earlier launch by RHL of the unique RoberteX fibre roll with full resistance to harsh chemicals, has attracted huge market interest, the company reports.
The company is now planning further product introductions over the course of 2014. Meanwhile, commercial growth continues to focus on expansion in Asia markets, where RHL has already established a customer base.
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%.
Customised , high performance Monforts stenters are available as a central feature of the latest drying and coating installations for floor coverings.
“Monforts has produced a number of stenter installations for drying and backing systems for modular carpet tiles, rugs, mats, textiles and other floor covering applications,” said Jürgen Hanel, Head of Monforts Technical Textiles Division.
“The latest Monforts stenter, the Montex 8000 Series, is the most advanced carpet tile pre-coating stenter in the world – it’s a masterpiece.”
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.”
Milliken has introduced its new Nordic Stories and Fretwork floor covering collections.
The company aims to provide innovative floor covering solutions that invite designers to think about the floor plane with fresh perspectives. The collections explore unique inspirations and design aesthetics.
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.
With further growth in the number of exhibitors and more visitors, Heimtextil provided a successful start to the new home and contact textiles season.
From 8- 11 January 2014, almost 67,000 trade visitors from 133 countries saw the latest products of the 2,718 international exhibitors. “In addition to the excellent statistics, the quality and enormous spectrum of products underscore the unique position of Heimtextil as the world’s leading trade fair for home and contract textiles”, commented Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.
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.