Fibres, Yarns & Fabrics
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.
The first lightweight cargo nets, made with ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre Dyneema, manufactured by DSM Dyneema were handed over to Air France-KLM at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam this week.
Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo is expected to save over 210 gallons of kerosene fuel per year with this new lightweight net, which means carbon dioxide emissions will be over 2.5 tonnes less per net per year.
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.”
According to figures from the UK government-funded WRAP organisation, the country’s recycling industry is now worth an annual £3 billion and employs 40,000 people.
Yet according to Bill Griffiths of Viridor – a leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management company – the country’s recycling rates have actually fallen consistently since 2007. It’s for this reason that difficult to handle technical textile-containing products such as carpets and mattresses are now being examined more closely for their potential.
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.
Teijin Limited announced today that it has developed a new type of meta-aramid fibre that offers the world’s highest level of heat resistance combined with excellent dyeablility, which will be produced in a facility to be built in Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. Construction begins this December and production is scheduled from July 2015. Teijin says the newly developed fibre will strengthen its global presence in the protective apparel market, where demand for high-performance materials is increasing.
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.’
PurThread Technologies, a life-science and performance-fabric firm, has been awarded the 2013 American Technology Award in Advanced or Technology Manufacturing by the TechAmerica Foundation at the Technology and Government gala dinner last month in Washington, attended by hundreds of industry and government leaders.
The American Technology Awards recognise the best products and services from across the technology industry, as evaluated by industry experts and technology leaders.
More than 400 exhibitors are expected to attend the Composites Europe trade fair that will be held from 17-19 September in Stuttgart, showing an increase in exhibitor numbers. In addition to new lightweight construction concepts, state-of-the-art manufacturing and automation solutions for composites take centre stage this year.
The trade fair will focus on key technologies for the composite applications markets such as automotive, aerospace, wind power as well as building and construction.
CuteCircuit presented its latest Pink & Black Haute Couture collection at the exclusive Fashion Show sponsored by Magnum that took place in Istanbul.