Fibres, Yarns & Fabrics
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.
Working together with Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), Cytec Industrial Materials has developed MTM 23, a tailored, self-releasing rapid-cure vinyl ester resin system, to satisfy the criteria for production of a composite electrical vehicle battery enclosure that would meet a number of rigorous performance requirements.
These included 30° offset-barrier, side-impact, and rear-barrier crash; 50 G impulse shock (X, Y, Z); post-crash package integrity; fire-resistance testing; 3-m drop testing (bottom/end); 1-m water-submersion test; and vibration/shock testing.
Cytec and CSP also worked together on data generation, ply design and press production technology. That close collaboration enabled CSP to manufacture parts in less than 10 minutes at a 150° cure, but MTM 23 has the capability to be rapid-cured in less than 3 minutes, the manufacturer reports.
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.”
Technical Fibre Products (TFP) has extended its manufacturing capability to include lamination as a complement to the company’s established nonwovens business.
A new flat-bed laminator with powder scatter capability has now been fully commissioned and provides the means to add value to TFP’s Optiveil and Optimat nonwovens for composites, Tecnofire passive fire protection and thermal insulation materials. The value can take several forms – bonding of multi-layer structures, powder addition and compression.
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.
Freudenberg Nonwovens is presenting the latest developments in wound care at INDEX 2014. It offers a comprehensive portfolio for traditional wound care, innovations ranging from antibacterial finishing to the use of chitosan fibres in advanced wound care products, complemented by solutions for ostomy applications.
“Our experts have extremely extensive material know-how. We process all types of fibres and offer several options for individual solutions in addition to standard products,” commented Dr Oliver Heneric, Business Segment Management Medical Europe at Freudenberg Nonwovens.
From the ski slopes to the catwalks, product designers are increasingly using 3D printing to create innovative product. The technology, which has long been employed by the aerospace, medical, and automotive industries for prototyping, constructs a three-dimensional object by printing multiple layers of a material, usually some sort of plastic filament.
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.
Groz-Beckert will be presenting the latest products and services at the Fimec international fair for leather, fur and products and machines for footwear, with its agent NS Importação e Comércio Ltda.
The show that takes place from 18-21 March 2014 in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, is expected to welcome about 600 exhibitors and 50 thousand visitors.
The central theme of the fair will be SEWING5, Groz-Beckert's comprehensive services plan in support of its high quality product range.