Fibres, Yarns & Fabrics
Technical textiles were probably not the prime concern of many of the 700,000+ visitors who flocked to this year’s Geneva Motor Show from March 7-17, but beyond the sleek exteriors of the latest vehicles there was convincing evidence of their increasing adoption.
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.
Teijin Aramid has launched Twaron Tape to provide a new and improved way of protecting fibre optic cables, which play an increasing role in today’s telecommunications. The fragile cores of the fibre optic cables need protection from various hazards and strains.
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.
TenCate Geosynthetics and AGT International have signed a letter of intent for collaboration on the installation of TenCate GeoDetect technology in a dike body at the Yellow River in Dayulan (Zhengzhou) in the Henan province in China.
Technical Absorbents (TAL), a UK-based subsidiary of the Bluestar Fibre Company Limited, will attend the China International Disposable Paper EXPO (CIDPEX) for the third time In April, with its Super Absorbent Fibre (SAFTM) Technology, and will have its largest ever stand at 54m2.
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.
Biomedical Structures (BMS), a developer of biomedical textiles for medical devices and other advanced clinical applications, has announced new capabilities for the high-precision development and manufacturing of vascular grafts.
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.
TenCate Protective Fabrics has won an important order from the British producer FlamePro (UK) Ltd, for the delivery of inherently heat and flame resistant materials for the structural fire fighter clothing for Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service in the U.K.