A new scientific and innovative initiative which is also philosophical, in that it aims to raise awaremess of energy conservation awareness, was revealed this week. The latest version of the Solar Impulse an aircraft which is to be the first to travel around the world entirely without fuel in 2015, was unveiled on Wednesday in Payerne, Switzerland.
Advanced technical textiles are used extensively and on board are numerous innovative products and solutions from Bayer MaterialScience that make the plane especially lightweight and energy efficient, including a novel and extremely efficient insulating material for the cockpit, the materials company reports.
The DiloGroup, represented by DiloTemafa, DiloSpinnbau and DiloMachines, has provided widespread information about numerous applications of nonwovens showing various products at Index nonwovens trade fair that took place from 8-11 April in Geneva, Switzerland.
Nonwovens producers, raw material suppliers and machine manufacturers came together to present and see latest developments and trends in the industry.
In bionics, animals and plants serve as examples for new creative solutions and innovative technical applications. What these are, is being discussed in the Bionics in operation series of events from the Hessian Bionics Network.
In this respect, a specialist meeting, supported by the Hessian Ministry for Economics, a state institution of the German State of Hesse with headquarters in the state capital of Wiesbaden, was held on 13 February at Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik in Obertshausen.
The Teijin Group has announced that its new Teijin Product Development China will begin developing yarns and textile products, including environmentally friendly products, for automotive, electronics and materials industries in Nantong, Jiangsu Province on 18 April.
The company is expected to enable Teijin to meet local demand by concentrating operations for R&D and production in one location. It will operate as an independent corporation based on the premises of Nantong Teijin, a polyester textile manufacturing and processing company engaged in weaving and dyeing recyclable polyester textiles and manufacturing and processing polyester textiles.
China based Nantong Teijin, the Teijin Group's polyester textile manufacturing and processing company handling the weaving and dyeing of recyclable polyester textiles and the manufacture and processing of polyester textiles in China, will celebrate its 20th anniversary on 18 April.
Nantong Teijin was established in March 1994 to dye and sell polyester, beginning with lining material in 1995 and then outer material in 1997. It added fabric weaving in 1998 and has continued to expand ever since.
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.”
TenCate Advanced Armor in Newark, OH, has been selected by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, the prime contractor for the US Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle, to provide the GMV 1.1 armour solution.
The order has a value of about US 30 million. Revenues from production that will start during the second half of 2014 are expected to be generated in the next three to four years.
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.
The International Association for the Nonwovens and Related Industries (EDANA) and MP Expositions, the organiser of ITMA 2015, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), intended to support the organisation of a conference on nonwovens during ITMA 2015 that will be taking place from 12-19 November in Milan.
Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA, commented: “For more than 40 years, EDANA has served its member companies through a number of programmes and events designed to bring the industry together. We share a common objective of helping the textile and, in our case, nonwoven industries reach out to a wider audience through greater innovations and education.”
Methods Workshop will unveil the newly redesigned Quick TruCost (QTC) costing software at the Texprocess Americas trade show that will take place from 13-15 May in Atlanta, GA.
Located inside the Technology Solutions pavilion, the sewn products costing and engineering solutions provider will offer hands-on demonstrations of the innovative software that is said to empower design, development, sourcing and production teams to quickly and accurately predict labour costs by answering eight to 12 simple questions about a product’s components and construction.
Eastman Chemical has received the EDANA INDEX14 Innovation in Raw Material Award for its Eastman Cyphrex microfibres.
EDANA, the international association for the nonwovens and related industries, presented the award last week, on the opening day of INDEX14 in Geneva, Switzerland.
International technology Group Andritz has received an order from DDN Beijing Dongfang Dayuan Nonwoven-Fabric, China, to supply a new spunlace line for the production of wipes from viscose/PES (30-80 g/m²).
Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015. DDN is one of the leading Chinese nonwovens producers and has already had two Andritz lines in operation for many years now.
The new Andritz neXline spunlace with an annual capacity of 8,000 tons is equipped with an eXcelle VarioWeb card with three doffers, a Jetlace Essentiel hydroentanglement unit, and a Perfodry Avantage through-air dryer.
Bayer MaterialScience, the leading polymer company, has inaugurated its state-of-the-art textile coating pilot line in Shanghai, China.
At its headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany, the company has also installed new lab facilities, among them a lab coater. Along with the dedicated lab space in Pittsburgh, USA, these new investments are expected to allow Bayer to further strengthen its capabilities in the coated textile sector.
JEC Group, the largest organisation exclusively dedicated to the composites industry, has announced the ten winners of its prestigious 2014 JEC Americas Innovation Awards programme, which highlights the most pivotal advances in composites design, manufacturing and application.
JEC will recognise the ten winning companies and their innovation partners during the third annual JEC Americas exhibition that will be held from 13-15 May at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading supplier of advanced thermoset and thermoplastic composites materials, and Performance Polymer Solutions have entered into an exclusive partnership to jointly develop, market and offer high temperature prepreg materials to the aerospace industry.
The materials will be produced at the production facilities of TenCate in Morgan Hill, CA, USA, and will be formulated with the line of innovative, high temperature resin systems of Performance Polymer Solutions, based in Columbia Falls, MT, USA.
Lenzing, the leading producer of the manmade cellulose fibres, believes it is satisfying the trend of the times in the nonwovens industry with its short-cut type cellulose fibre Tencel that is said to be ideal for high quality wipes and care wipes, due to its flushability properties.
The market for wipes will grow by 6.5% per year, the company reports. In an increasing number of households one can find practical wipes for hygiene and care applications and the trend is on the rise. Many wipes are disposed of in the toilet whether they are flushable or not, which may lead to problems with blockages in public sewage systems.
With Tencel, Lenzing supplies a raw material which is of botanic origin, contains no additives, and is biodegradable. When processed in the right way, practical wipes can be produced, which are environmentally friendly.
Albaad, the leading Israeli hygiene products manufacturer, Truetzschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers and Voith Paper teamed up to realise an innovative technology for flushable nonwovens.
Albaad independently developed an innovative confidential technology of flushable fabrics (in accordance with EDANA/INDA definitions of flushability) with proofed advantages versus the existing technologies, the company reports.
Technical Absorbents (TAL) will be displaying an array of innovative fibre and fabric technologies that aid efficient water management at the new biennial exhibition dedicated to horticulture – GreenTech.
The UK based Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturer will join around 100 exhibitors at the inaugural event that will be taking place from 10-12 June in Amsterdam.
Index14, the largest meeting place for the nonwovens supply chain and its customers, has started yesterday, with a ceremony to showcase excellence in the nonwovens and related industries.
EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has announced the winners in each section of its Index 14 Awards.
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.
Ahlstrom’s Flow2Save product has won an INDEX 14 Award. The prize was awarded by EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, at INDEX, Europe's leading nonwovens exhibition which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, this week.
At the exhibition Ahlstrom is presenting its extensive product range for life science, medical, beverages, water, and transportation filtration markets.
TenCate Advanced Armour has been selected as a supplier for General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for the delivery of lightweight and modular armour systems for a total of 176 vehicles for the German Bundeswehr (unified armed forces) to be supplied by 2015.
The TenCate armour systems represent a weight-efficient way of significantly increasing the survivability of the people inside the vehicles. The solutions are engineered to fit the EAGLE V perfectly to ensure maximum protection and minimum weight, the company reports.
As part of its planned expansion, US based wipes manufacturer Rockline Industries has acquired a 240,000 square foot facility, on a 30-acre site, in Russellville, Arkansas.
This aligns with the growth strategy to meet the growing needs of contract manufacturing and for the consumer demand of private label products.
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.
Berria Bike, a manufacturer of high performance bikes, has introduced its new 2014 bikes in Feria de Madrid. The top models, Bravo Team 29 MTB and Team Belador Road, frames are constructed with the carbon fibre material TeXtreme.
David Vitoria, R&D Manager, Berria Bike, commented: “We are very pleased to have TeXtreme carbon fibre fabrics in our top range of frames. Together with our technologies Triple Monocoque, EPSS and resins CNT Nanotech, TeXtreme has allowed us to build bike frames that have ultra-light weight combined with for us previously unthinkable high stiffness values. This has improved the reactivity and the feature set of our bikes.”
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.
Composites Germany, the trade association founded in 2013, has replaced the AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) as a member of the EuCIA (European Composites Industry Association).
Through its membership of the EuCIA, Composites Germany is expected to be able to represent the interests of the German composites industry more broadly on the European level.
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.”
The chemicals company Bolger & O’Hearn has developed a new Formaldehyde Free and APEO free print and finish binder for textile and nonwoven applications.
Altoma Binder 10580, the new product, has excellent fastness properties and very good mechanical stability while keeping a soft hand, according to the manufacturer. This may allow the product to be used in printing, finishing, as well as coatings for textile and nonwoven substrates.
SCS Global Services (SCS), a leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, has certified the high level recycled content claim of Lutradur products manufactured by the Freudenberg Spunweb Company.
Three specific styles of polyester spunlaid products made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and marketed under the Lutradur brand were certified. These have many industrial applications, including construction substrates, landscaping materials, residential and commercial wallpaper, carpet backings, automotive floor mats and carpeting, and specialised filtration devices.
Quadrant Carpets, one of the UK's leading commercial flooring specialists, has extended its product portfolio by introducing the Fitnice woven vinyl flooring collection.
This new collection comprising four unique woven patterns, each available in a selection of modern colours and in sheet or tile format, has been developed to provide specifiers with beautiful, yet durable textured flooring.
Safran and Albany International, the advanced textiles and materials processing company, have inaugurated a new plant in Rochester, New Hampshire, which will be producing 3D woven composite parts for aircraft engines.
The inauguration ceremony, where Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and CEO of Safran, and Joseph Morone, President and CEO of Albany International, have announced the news, was held in the presence of representatives of the US and French governments.
The Truetzschler Group’s four business units Spinning, Nonwovens, Man-Made Fibre and Card Clothing, as well as the Chinese Truetzschler Textile Machinery Shanghai (TTMS), will be exhibiting at the forthcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME trade fair that will take place from 16-20 June 2014 in Shanghai.
TTMS will exhibit the Truetzschler Card TC 8 that has the longest carding section for optimal fibre protection and high performance, according to the manufacturer. Developments such as Setting Optimiser T-Con and the flats system MAGNOTOP are some typical features of Truetzschler cards, like the exhibited TC 8.
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre based materials company, will present its extensive product range at INDEX 2014 nonwovens exhibition that will be taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from April 8-11.
The company will feature its newest products for the life science, medical, beverages, water and transportation filtration markets.
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.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and ICE, Italian Trade Agency, will be taking part in the 2014 edition of Techtextil North America that will be taking place from 13-15 May in Atlanta, GA. The associations have organised a Meeting Point where 13 Italian machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for technical textiles, will show their innovative solutions.
Among these companies the ACIMIT members include Bianco, Brazzoli, Corino, Cormatex, Dell’Orco & Villani, PMT Ribbons, Rollmac, S.R.S., Saspe, Siltex, Ugolini.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and ICE, Italian Trade Agency, will showcase Italy’s latest textile machinery to Russian textile manufacturers at a technology seminar that will be held in Ivanovo on 9 April.
Accompanied by a series of visits to manufacturers and meetings with local authorities, the event is part of the Machines Italia in Russia plan, the goal of which is to re-launch exports of Italian machinery to the Russian market. Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT, commented: “Italian businesses are ready to meet the demands of modernizing Russia’s textile industry.”
The carbon textile solutions company Sigmatex has announced a EUR 2.8 million investment programme that is due to come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2014, following the positive results that the company has achieved in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The multi-axial investment programme includes another state of the art Liba Multi-axial line, which is further enhanced by a dedicated Meyer Powder Coating line incorporating infra-red heating and a belt press, to enhance the company’s strategy for nonwoven fabrics.
Technical Fibre Products, a leading manufacturer of advanced nonwoven materials, has announced organisational changes at their USA based operations – Technical Fibre Products (TFP) and Electro Fiber Technologies.
These changes include the appointment of John M. Haaland to the position of President of Technical Fibre Products, and Robert E. Duvall to the position of President of Electro Fiber Technologies (EFT), TFP’s fibre coating facility.
The Swedish cleantech company OrganoClick that develops and produces environmentally friendly chemical products has announced the upcoming launch of an expanded product portfolio of biobased binders at the INDEX nonwoven fair that will be taking place in Geneva from 8-11 April.
According to the company, the launch will enable the manufacturing of nonwoven materials that only contain biobased or biodegradable components, such as water-repellent disposable tablecloths or isolation material of cellulosic fibres for use in moist environments.
The first products containing the new binders are expected to be household products, such as disposable tablecloths, and it is anticipated that these products will reach the market by the end of 2014.
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.
Invista has started a construction of new hexamethylene diamine (HMD) and nylon 6,6 polymer plants at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China. These facilities mark a key milestone in the company’s plans for integrated nylon 6,6 facilities in Chinese market.
More than 300 people attended the ceremony, including senior government officials from SCIP, the Jinshan government and related authorities, local customers, Invista leadership and employees.
“China is one of the most important regions for our growth strategy,” said Jeff Gentry, Invista’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We have seen significant growth in the region in recent years, and we plan to continue to bring our latest innovative technologies here.”
A manufacturing cluster event, which will look at how design can drive innovation, is to be hosted by Bentley Motors next month. Luxury car maker Bentley will be hosting the event for companies in the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials product supply chains on Tuesday 29th April at its headquarters in Crewe, North West England.
The event ‘A Winning Edge: the difference is design’, will also report on the ‘3D Light Trans’ composites research project co-funded by the EC under the 7th Framework Programme. The ground breaking project, aims to develop highly flexible and low cost production technologies.
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.
What if carbon fibres could be made of a renewable raw material instead of oil? With such a raw material as the wood based product lignin, the volume of production could increase considerably and more products could be manufactured in high-performing light-weight materials, according to the Swiss Textile College.
The Swedish institute Innventia has been awarded a grant of SEK 3,400,000 by the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) for two projects, which are expected to accelerate the development of new products from renewable resources.
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre based materials company, has introduced Ahlstrom TrustShield, an extensive range of surgical drapes for the operating room.
The company’s broad range of single-use surgical drapes are said to offer consistent protection and performance, ensuring the safety of the surgical staff and patients.
Coatema presented information about prepreg production technology at the world’s largest exhibition for composites JEC 2014 that took place in Paris last week.
The three day show and conference offered a great networking platform for Coatema and because of the increasing demand for machinery in the composites sector, the company has implemented special marketing efforts and dedicated resources to the prepreg and composites industries.
RadiciGroup, an Italian chemicals company, has produced its Radyarn UV Stabilised, a high-performance, tailorable, high-quality, sustainable yarn, available in solution-dyed and recycled-PET versions.
Radyarn UV Stabilised is among the top specialties of the product range offered by RadiciGroup PET yarn – a leading European producer of continuous polyester yarn.
The product is a high-performance yarn with intrinsic anti-UV-ray properties that are said to make it ideal for fabrics used for awnings, outdoor furnishings and marine applications.
The 9th Annual Conference of China Textile Round-Table Forum, co-sponsored by Oerlikon Manmade Fibers, was held on 23 February 2014 at the Beijing Kunlun Hotel.
The annual event was attended by over 320 members, including personnel of related government departments, CNTAC and related industry associations, as well as well known domestic and foreign entrepreneurs.
Lenzing, a leading producer of man-made cellulose fibres, is presenting a new fibre concept Eurocel for the nonwovens industry at the Index trade fair that will be taking place from 8-11 April 2014 in Geneva.
The Textile Institute has announced that its next World Conference will take place in at the Lake View Garden Hotel Wuhan, China, from 2-6 November 2014.
Jointly organised by The Textile Institute and Wuhan Textile University, the organisers invite submissions of original papers for oral and poster presentations at the 89th Textile Institute Word Conference (TIWC 2014).
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.
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.
As I’ve mentioned previously in this column, carbon fibre has some pretty glamorous associations, what with being able to latch onto the Boeing and Airbus superplanes and hundreds of next-generation military and space programmes, in addition to Formula 1 and high profile programmes such as BMW’s latest i-series electric cars.
Hundreds of key executives from the entire global wipes supply chain will gather in Minneapolis, MN, for three days of market leading information and networking at the 2014 World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference that will be held from 2-5 June at the Depot Renaissance Hotel.
Organised by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the WOW conference is the premier event for the wipes industry. Now in its 8th year, the event will feature industry leading speakers, roundtable discussions, market forecasts, award presentations, networking opportunities and more.
Bringing together the entire vertical chain, including raw material suppliers, roll goods suppliers, machinery/equipment suppliers, converters, brand owners and end product manufacturers, WOW covers dry and wet wipes for consumer, industrial, medical, healthcare, personal care and hygiene end-uses.
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.”
LAUNCH, the global innovation platform formed in 2010 as a strategic partnership between Nike, NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration), USAID (The US Agency for International Development), and the US Department of State, has announced its 2014 challenge in collaboration with companies, NGOs and governmental organiations in the Nordic countries—a region long-known for its leadership in sustainable development.
The newly-created LAUNCH Nordic includes the companies IKEA, Novozymes, and Kvadrat, as well as the Global Green Growth Forum, The Danish EPA, and the Fund for Green Business Development.
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fibre reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems, has introduced WUCS 9703 wet use chopped strands enabling improved line speed and tensile strength when manufacturing wet-process glass veils.
The product’s end-use applications include tile, cushion, and luxury vinyl flooring, and asphalt roofing shingles.
The company has exhibited at the JEC Europe trade show, the largest annual composites trade show that was held in Paris, France, last week, where Owens Corning has introduced its latest innovations for automotive and energy industries.
The Swiss based SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG, the leader in the market of winding technology, has appointed Marco Sarain as CFO and Christian Widmer as Head of After Sales Services.
The company’s competence lies in the handling of yarn during the winding and yarn processing operations, to obtain best package quality that combines all the necessary characteristics. This serves as a foundation for the optimisation of quality and efficiency in the downstream processes.
Despite the competitive situation in the textile machinery business, SSM has been able to maintain its market leadership, the company reports. SSM is planning to continue to strengthen its personnel, thereby retaining strong market position.
Oeko-Tex Association will have its own information stand for the first time at index14, the leading international trade fair for the nonwovens industry that will take place from 8-11 April in Geneva, Switzerland.
Experts from several Oeko-Tex institutes and also from the Oeko-Tex Secretariat and Certification Centre will be available for personal talks during the four day fair that is expected to attract about 12,500 visitors.
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has recognised two expert nonwovens industry advocates with its most prestigious awards at the association’s annual meeting and leadership conference that took place from 10-12 March as the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, FA.
Joseph D. Wahlquist of Rockline Industries has been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards for Lifetime Technical Achievement and Thomas A. Justice of Zene, LLC, has been recognised for Lifetime Service.
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fibre reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems, has announced a new multi-end roving designed for epoxy sheet moulding compound (SMC) systems in automotive applications at the JEC Europe 2014 show that has been taking place last week in Paris.
“Taking weight out of cars is required to enable meeting CO2 emission regulations and fuel economy standards. In combination with the epoxy resin system, the ME1510 solution provides the opportunity for significant part weight reduction compared to steel,” said Hans Van Der Steen, Owens Corning Business Development Leader for Structural Composites.
“Furthermore, the SMC process technology provides the right balance between moulding cycle times, design freedom (allowing for function integration), and high mechanical properties.”
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.”
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fibre products for composite systems, has launched its new Performax SE4849 Type 30 roving at the JEC Europe 2014 show that has been taking place this week in Paris.
The Performax SE4849 roving is specially designed and engineered for long fibre reinforced thermoplastic polypropylene (LFT-PP), and is said to enable faster compounding line speeds for improved cost efficiency.
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.
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fibre reinforcements for composite systems, has introduced its new ME 3060 roving at the JEC Europe show that has been taking place this week in Paris, France.
According to the company, this new multi-end roving, used as chop, combines excellent processing characteristics with enhanced final laminate surface quality.
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.”
The richness of a structured loop textile is explored with two new floor covering collections from Milliken innovation company, Inis Mór and Landscape. The collections enlarge the company's portfolio of high-performance product offerings.
“Resilient textile constructions in floor coverings enable designers to elevate their space through both aesthetics and performance,” said Barbara Haaksma, Vice President of Design and Marketing for Milliken’s floor covering division. “By exploring the many ways a construction method can offer a variety of design qualities, Milliken can continue to provide floor coverings that fulfil a variety of designer and end user needs.”
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fibre reinforcements for composite systems, has introduced an enhanced WindStrand Type 30 roving products platform for weaving fabrics at the JEC Europe show and conferences that has been taking place this week in Paris.
The new product range is designed to deliver productivity and performance benefits to OEMs constructing and operating wind turbines in challenging on and off-shore locations with differing wind speed conditions.
In combination with this redefined wind product platform, Owens Corning has also unveiled its next-generation Ultrablade G3 unidirectional and new Ultrablade Triax fabric solutions for specific wind turbine rotor blade applications.
The Swiss-headquartered Crealet AG, a leader in electronically controlled warp let-off devices for narrow and wide weaving machines, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will exhibit at the Techtextil North America trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens together with its representative Symtech Inc.
A report recently published by The Freedonia Group projects that global demand for geosynthetics will reach 5.2 billion squares in 2017.
As geo liner and cover manufacturers gear up for this increased demand, Miller Weldmaster offers a range of solutions for cutting back on production times and costs associated with production time.
Miller Weldmaster, a supplier of fabric welding solutions, sent a team to Paraguay in January 2014, when James Miller, an application specialist who has been with the company for nearly 15 years, installed the company’s first-ever machine in the country.
In total, Miller Weldmaster has installed over 3,000 machines in over 100 countries worldwide. The company offers a wide range of machine lines, customised to meet any manufacturing specifications and demands.
TenCate Advanced Armor USA has signed a teaming agreement with Air Cargo Containers to manufacture lightweight air cargo containers.
These innovative protective containers will be presented this week at the World Cargo Symposium held in Los Angeles, CA, USA, from 11-13 March.
Air Cargo Containers Co-founder and CEO Scott Oracheff commented: “We're excited to have TenCate manufacture our containers. In addition, we look forward to introducing this breakthrough technology together at IATA.”
Carded nonwovens producers can now make their own fibres with a new development which will go on show at INDEX, the leading nonwovens show next month.
Staple FORCE S 1000, a new small lot staple fibre production plant from Oerlikon Neumag, is directed at downstream integrators, who want to produce the fibres for their products in-house, enabling nonwovens producers to make and further develop their end products without disclosing know-how and without quality fluctuations.
Autefa Solutions Switzerland AG, formerly Strahm Hi-Tex System AG, was founded to support the group’s expansion into the field of thermally bonded nonwovens with the future range of machinery to include equipment for thermobonding and drying, as well as cutting and winding technology.
“With this strategic expansion of our product programme we are now able to offer turnkey lines also in the field of thermally bonded nonwovens and for applications in drying technology. We are very pleased to employ a team of specialists for the engineering and sales of such lines in our new location in Switzerland,” commented Dr Stefan Schlichter, CEO of Autefa Solutions Group.
“Especially with regard to the efficient use of energy resources, we will extend the excellent technology of former Strahm, in order to combine innovative concepts with our proven technologies in the interests of our customers.”
BlkBox Surf is an American brand and manufacturer of Stand-Up-Paddle (SUP) boards that is using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics to achieve weight savings and mechanical performance benefits.
“TeXtreme offers all the best properties of unidirectional carbon in a woven fabric that creates a lighter, stronger surfboard or paddleboard. Our athletes have won race series championships the past three years in a row on our standup paddleboards made with TeXtreme,” said Matt Campbell, BlkBox Surf owner.
Japan’s Toray Industries today announced that it has succeeded in the development of high tensile strength and modulus carbon fibre - realizing both in carbon fibre had been considered to be technically difficult to achieve. TORAYCA T1100G and high-performance prepreg (resin-impregnated carbon fibre sheets) using TORAYCA T1100G are aimed at high-end applications such as aerospace.
RadiciGroup closed the year 2013 with greater market share in many of its target polyester market sectors. Positive results were achieved in the outdoor furnishings, technical/industrial and automotive segments.
“The year 2013 was a positive one for us,” said Paolo Radici, member of the RadiciGroup Board of Directors and CEO of the RadiciGroup PET Yarn Business Unit. “Despite the difficult economic situation in Europe, we managed to grow and gain a good share for our products in our chief target markets.”
“All three of our companies achieved improvement: the two Italian sites in Chignolo d’Isola and Andalo Valtellino, and the Swiss facility in Stabio, with a combined total of 341 employees.”
Groz-Beckert, the leading provider of industrial machine needles, will be exhibiting its selected knitting and felting needles at the 12th edition of Indonesia International Textile and Garment Machinery & Accessories Exhibition (INDO inter TEX) that will take place from 23-26 April in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In its product portfolio Groz-Beckert features the innovative needle geometry LoopControl of chain stitch and lockstitch needles, the needles with distinctive roundings, as well as needles for fine materials or for material that is extremely difficult to sew.
The special application needles SAN 10 and SAN 10 XS guarantee higher quality through best possible protection of the sewn material and contribute to the increased productivity, the company reports.
SGL Group will debut its most recently developed product, a thermoplastic-compatible heavy-tow carbon fibre, at this year's JEC Europe that will be taking place from 11-13 March in Paris.
It is essential for producing fibre composite materials with a thermoplastic matrix, the company reports.
The 53rd Dornbirn-Man-Made Fibre Congress that will take place from 10-12 September 2014 is presenting itself once again as the European lead event and is ready to feature around 100 lectures by industry experts.
The show will also present the enlarged Key Technologies section, which will discuss the latest findings in the field of finishing, coating, machinery for spinning/extrusion and joint developments between academic research and industry.
Groz-Beckert, the leading provider of industrial machine needles, will be exhibiting its selected knitting and felting needles at the Vietnam Saigon Fabric and Garment Accessories Expo Saigontex that will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from 10-13 April 2014.
The company acknowledges the challenges that the today’s dynamic market is creating, such as increased competition, the growing need for sustainable productivity and efficiency. It introduces 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.
In its product portfolio Groz-Beckert features the innovative needle geometry LoopControl of chain stitch and lockstitch needles, the needles with distinctive roundings, as well as needles for fine materials or for material that is extremely difficult to sew. The special application needles SAN 10 and SAN 10 XS guarantee higher quality through best possible protection of the sewn material and contribute to the increased productivity, the company reports.
INDEX 14, the largest meeting place between the players in the nonwovens supply chain and its customers, will once again showcase the INDEX 14 Award Excellence in the nonwovens and related industries on 8 April, the opening day of the exhibition that will take place from 8-11 April in Geneva, Switzerland.
TenCate Advanced Composites has received a 2013 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognise suppliers, who have achieved superior performance.
Paul Draghi, Senior VP of Operations said: “This recognition represents our second year in a row and is especially important as it recognises our commitment to on-time delivery and quality across the materials we supply to Boeing.”
Autefa Solutions will tell visitors all about material and energy efficiency, and the processing of renewable and recyclable fibres at INDEX 2014 that will take place from 8-11 April in Geneva.
Dr Stefan Schlichter, CEO of Autefa Solutions explained: “At INDEX we present latest technologies and developments that support and secure the success of our customers. The technologies and machines of Autefa Solutions stand for continuous process improvements and ensure a significant increase in product quality.”
The manufacturer and exporter of medical disposables, Jajoo Surgical, India, and the Swedish based Investkonsult have officially opened their joint venture for manufacturing underpads and maternity pads for the hospital and institution market segment in India.
The ceremony was honoured by Karl Edberg from the Swedish Embassy in New Delhi.
Both companies are small family owned businesses and the new production plant is said to be a natural expansion of Jajoo surgical, one of the leading suppliers for bleached cotton in India. The joint venture in Dewas, near Indore, India, will be called Jajoo Hygiene Pvt Ltd.
Live demonstrations of leading edge technology for advanced high-tech research projects were the focus of an Open House at the Coatema Coating Machinery in Dormagen, Germany.
More than 100 international visitors from the industry, research institutes and universities attended the daylong event at one of the largest facilities of its type.
With the FILTECH Show taking place from 24th-26th February 2015, the City of Cologne in Germany will turn into the top-meeting-place for all those involved with filtration and separation and adjacent sectors.
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in collaboration with Ministry of Textiles and Bureau of Indian standards has held a second National Seminar on Standards in Technical Textiles that took place on 25 February at Mayfair Banquets Worli, Mumbai. This year’s theme was Role of Standardisation in Health safety and Environment. Zohra Chatterji , Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, delivered the inaugural speech at the beginning of the event. A compendium on Standards for Technical Textiles was also released at the seminar.
Sujit Gulati, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, A B Joshi, Textiles Commissioner, Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textiles Committee and Managing Director, Ginni Filaments and Dr A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, along with other leading ‘industry captains’ joined the seminar to share their thoughts.
FICCI has urged its Ministry of Textiles and BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) to expedite the formulation of standards in technical textiles for health, safety and environment reasons.
Speaking at the second National Seminar on Standards in Technical Textiles, Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Committee on Textiles and Technical Textiles, said that there has been progress in the formulation of standards in the last two to three years, but there is a need to focus more on areas such as health, hygiene and safety, which would encourage the use of technical textiles in the country and also help in exports.
According to the Compendium on Standards in Technical Textiles released at the seminar, the domestic market of technical textiles is expected to reach Rs 1.58 lac crore by 2016-2017 with an estimated annual growth of 20%.
Juba PPE, a leading designer and manufacturer of workwear solutions, will be launching its latest glove, which incorporates Dyneema Diamond Technology, at SICUR 2014 that will take place from 25-28 February 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
Designed for handling small parts in dry as well as wet and/or oily environments, the glove style 4406 was developed specifically for use in the automotive industry and for applications requiring very good dexterity with cool feel and level three cut resistance, according to EN388.
Introducing the new 4406 glove, Iñigo De Argumosa, Director Sales & Marketing at Juba PPE, said: “This is the second glove in which we have used Dyneema Diamond Technology. Following our first, style 4408 which offered cut level five, we now plan to add a full range of the finest knitted cut resistant gloves, with the new style 4406 as the first in the series.”
Bavarian nonwovens producer Sandler AG has reported a successful year 2013, during which the company has generated a sales volume of EUR 274 million, manufacturing approximately 100,000 tonnes of nonwovens.
The Sandler team also grew in 2013, with a staff of 600 now working in the company’s headquarters in Schwarzenbach. According to the company, it achieved very good results in all market segments from nonwovens for hygiene applications and wipes substrates for care and cleaning to technical applications in industrial and household uses.
The hygiene, wipes and automotive segments were major contributors to Sandler’s success. Long-term development projects were also successfully implemented and established on the market.
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.
Just after we went live this afternoon with the story - US textiles industry is positively buzzing, yet another US investment good news story broke. Polymer Group Inc. (PGI), the world's largest nonwovens manufacturer, announced today that it will make a strategic investment of approximately $8 million to upgrade machinery and expand its manufacturing plant in Waynesboro, Virginia. The company will also hire up to 20 new employees.
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.
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.
Scott & Fyfe, a supplier of reinforcement textiles to the composite industry, will be exhibiting its products at the JEC Europe 2014 show for the global composites industry that will take place from 11-13 March 2014 in Paris.
With an extensive range of products designed to specifically meet the needs of customers, the company is a supplier for many of the leading composite producers. It serves across markets such as mass transit, automotive, marine, wind energy, construction and sports and leisure.
Radici Fil SpA, a leader in the manufacture of PA6 and PA6.6 BCF yarn for the contract, residential, automotive and upholstery sectors has been awarded UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 certification for its environmental management systems.
According to Radici Group, this is part of the company’s strategy to support sustainable economic growth. “ISO 14001 environmental certification, together with BS OHSAS 18001 certification, is an important step for us,” said Stefano Loro, Managing Director of Radici Fil.
“It represents the evolution and optimisation of a management system that had been in place for quite some time at our company,” he added. “Our next step is going to be certification to ISO 50001, an energy management system standard that we intend to adopt to improve and optimize our performance in terms of energy efficiency.”
Oerlikon Neumag and Oerlikon Barmag will be presenting their solutions for efficient carpet production at this year’s Domotex Asia that will take place from 25-27 March at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center.
The focus of the information will be on the three end BCF plant S+ from Oerlikon Neumag, as well as on the new tape yarn solution for carpet backings, EvoTape with WinTape, from Oerlikon Barmag.
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas that will be held from 13 -15 May at the Georgia World Congress Center, are proud participants of the US Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program Select (IBP).
The IBP is a joint government-industry effort that brings thousands of international buyers to the United States for business-to-business matchmaking with US firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows. It is designed to recruit and pre-screen buyer delegations to attend selected trade shows in the United States, connecting US companies with international buyers.
Chomarat will present a small version of the VX-1 KittyHawk aircraft for the first time at JEC Europe 2014 that will take place from 11-13 March in Paris.
This aircraft, designed by VX Aerospace, has a unique shape as it has no wings, which was made possible thanks to C-Ply, Chomarat’s advanced composite reinforcement material.
DiloGroup will provide comprehensive information about the applications of nonwoven fabrics at INDEX 2014 that will take place in Geneva from 8-11 April, attracting nonwovens producers, raw material suppliers and machine builders.
The 11th edition of the show that has been taking place since 1984 will welcome more than 530 exhibitors who will offer their services and products.
This year 15 companies and their partners will receive an award for their composites innovations during a special JEC Innovation Awards ceremony at JEC Europe - Composites Show and Conferences that will take place from 11-13 March 2014.
“With over a hundred submissions from 28 countries, the success of the Innovation Awards Competition is in constant progress,” said Mrs. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO.
“Never have so many high-quality applications been received, making the selection a very rich and complex process. The diversity of the subjects presented by the candidates made it very difficult for the jury of composites experts to select the 15 champions of composites innovations.”
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.
SGL Group has announced the closure of its Italian graphite electrodes plant in Narni, Umbria, and of the related administration office in Lainate.
The closure is part of the company’s global realignment strategy and the SGL2015 cost savings programme.
Bavarian nonwovens maker Sandler will be showcasing nonwovens for technical applications, such as acoustically efficient absorbers for cars, as well as its hygiene products and wipes at the 2014 INDEX trade fair that will take place from 8-11 April 2014 in Geneva.
The company will be exhibiting in a new light-filled booth, inside which, nonwoven insulation materials on walls and ceiling create a comfortable indoor climate and provide quiet rooms. A patchwork picture made of different nonwoven qualities, equipped with print and embossed motifs, showcase acoustic efficiency combined with a host of design opportunities, Sandler reports.
Visitors will also find sample collections showcasing Sandler’s latest developments for filtration, technical insulation, hygiene and wipes applications.
Miller Weldmaster, a leader in machines for producing quality ducting products, offers the FX100 to duct manufacturers for faster, more efficient production of flexible ducts.
The machine incorporates state-of-the-art automated technology to ensure duct manufacturers’ processes are faster and easier to operate.
It is designed to weld a wide range of materials into wide reinforced flexible ducting, and is said to enable the welding of multiple sizes, lengths and ducting configurations.
Zoltek has reported a net loss of $2.3 million in this year’s first quarter, compared to net income of $3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 and a net loss of $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.
Operating loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was $0.4 million, a decline from operating income of $3.6 million reported during the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
Zoltek has also reported a loss in sales that amounted to $35 million for the first quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, ended 31 December 2013. This compares to $35.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
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.
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.
Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers, Trützschler Card Clothing and Voith Paper will present new and proven technologies for producing high-quality, differentiated nonwovens at INDEX 2014 leading nonwovens exhibition that will take place from 8-11 April in Geneva.
Americhem Europe, a provider of custom colour and additive solutions for synthetic fibres, will lead a technical seminar on weathering and durability for synthetic turf during the AMI’s Grass Yarn and Tufters Forum 2014 at the Fira Palace Hotel in Barcelona, Spain.
Led by Americhem’s Technical Service Director, EMEA, Michael Frisch, the seminar titled ‘The Impact of Weathering on Synthetic Turf Durability’ will take place on 20 February 2014.
Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions and services, has reported an 88% growth in revenue for the first fiscal quarter of 2014 compared with the same period last year.
The company’s revenues amounted to $597,354 compared with $317,670 for the fiscal quarter of 2013. The increase in revenues of $279,684 was primarily due to increases in sales to suppliers of the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and in the textile industry, the company reports.
Dr James Hayward, President, CEO and Chairman of APDN said: “Our sales pipeline and the strength of our customer base continue to grow. Our investments in R&D have provided an enviable patent estate. With a strong infrastructure in place and an experienced team of employees and management, we are delivering against stronger demands.”
The technology company Freudenberg Group is underscoring its commitment to South America, by investing in nonwoven and seal production in Brazil. Both investments are part of a 40 million Brazilian Reais budget that Freudenberg had earmarked for the region in 2013 for innovations, capacity expansion and general process optimisation.
The new technology and production plants will allow strengthening the sites at Jacareí and Diadema in the Federal State of São Paulo for the future. “Brazil is one of the Freudenberg Group’s strategic growth markets where we would like to gain greater market share,” commented Dr Mohsen Sohi, Speaker of the Freudenberg Group Board of Management.
TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading supplier of advanced thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials, has signed a new two-year partnership contract with AZL Aachen, the Center for Integrative Lightweight Production in Aachen, Germany.
The companies will be jointly developing composite material solutions for emerging volume markets, such as the automotive industry and the oil and gas industry.
In response to growing regional demand for quality vinyl materials and specialty products, particularly tents, Miller Weldmaster has partnered with a new South Africa-based distributor, Intamarket Graphics.
“I am excited to have Intamarket distribute Miller Weldmaster’s products in Southern Africa,” said Ricardo Galligani, International Sales Manager at Miller Weldmaster. “With 20 years of experience in the region, Intamarket will provide excellent local sales and technical support to all users of Miller Weldmaster’s welders.”
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre-based materials company, will refine its management structure to accelerate profitability and rapid implementation of the rightsizing programme. The company's operating model, with five business areas and common processes, will remain unchanged.
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.
Technical Fibre Products has announced that its nonwovens are present on the recently launched European Space Agency (ESA) satellite GAIA.
Technical Fibre Products (TFP) has supplied the material through RUAG Space, a leading provider of thermal insulation to the space industry. TFP’s nonwoven can be found in the satellites solar shield, as a constituent in the multi-layer insulation that is primarily used in thermal management.
Sandler, the Bavarian producer of nonwovens, has relaunched its homepage website www.sandler.de in time for the company’s 135th anniversary.
Different components for manufacturing compound materials will be the focus of the Oerlikon Barmag stand at this year’s JEC trade fair in Paris.
The machine and systems builder will be informing visitors about new products and services in pump construction and about winders for specialty yarns at the composites industry trade fair that will take place from 11-13 March.
A new Research and Development programme designed to drive the development of breakthrough technologies for the global composites and carbon fibre sectors has been launched by market-leading creel manufacturer Cygnet Texkimp.
“We have plans in place to develop several new pieces of machinery that we know the market needs, and that will help our customers break new ground in their fields,” said Luke Vardy, Technical Director of Cygnet Texkimp.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Teijin has announced that it will participate in nano tech 2014, the largest International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference, which will take place at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan, from January 29-31 January.
Teijin received a Grand Award at nano tech 2013 for its display of high-potential technologies and their wide-ranging applications in life sciences, energy efficiency, air purification, water filtration, energy and apparel.
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.
US company Conwed, a leading plastic netting manufacturer, will share its latest innovations at VISION 2014, the Consumer Products Conference organized by INDA in Dallas, Texas (January 27-30, 2014). Celebrating its 13th anniversary, VISION gathers key professionals from across the consumer products value chain to deliver the best in strategic information and business networking.
Freudenberg Nonwovens, one of the world’s largest and most diverse producers of nonwovens, is upgrading its spunlaid production. The company is investing several million Euros at its Durham and Kaiserslautern sites. Both investment projects relate to the further technical development of existing lines and follow Freudenberg’s decades-long tradition of continuous process improvement.
EDANA has announced that FILTREX Europe, the leading nonwovens filter media conference and tabletop exhibition, is to be held in Berlin on the 1st and 2nd October 2014.
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.
Fibre processing company Cygnet Texkimp has supplied a 30-position pilot line PAN precursor creel to the $100m Australian Future Fibre Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.
Texkimp’s creel forms part of the centre’s Carbon Nexus facility, which is said to be the world’s first dedicated carbon fibre research plant capable of producing industrial-scale quantities of aerospace quality carbon fibre, as well as enabling research into carbon fibre production and applications.
Martex Fiber Southern Corporation has acquired the Charlotte based Waste Services Division of Bollag International, which collects and markets textile wastes including natural and synthetic waste, cuttings, rags and fabric remnants.
The acquisition of Bollag is part of a larger global expansion strategy Martex Fiber is pursuing, which also includes the acquisition of JBM Fibers in Brownsville, TX.
Jimmy Jarrett, President of Martex Fiber, said: “We have increased our global recycling capability to over 160 million pounds per year, which provides a tremendous environmental benefit. This acquisition also ensures ongoing supply security for our ‘Made in USA’ fibre (shoddy) expansion, yarn production, and global trading distribution.”
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.
Sakari Ahdekivi, M.Sc (Econ.) has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Management Team at Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre based materials company. He will join Ahlstrom on 1 February 2014.
Prior to Ahlstrom, Ahdekivi was a Managing Director at Tamro Finland and Baltics. He has also held CFO positions at Tamro, YIT, and Huhtamäki, as well as various financial controlling positions at ABB.
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.
The two international associations for the nonwovens and related industries, EDANA and INDA, have confirmed date and location for the first edition of Outlook Latin America that will be held from 3-5 March 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The conference is co-organised by both associations and with support from the Brazilian Technical Textiles and Nonwovens Association (ABINT).
Hohenstein Institute, a leading provider of technical testing and certification for apparel and textile products, will present a webinar entitled ‘Nanotechnology, Human Health, and the Environment: Answers to the Questions Surrounding Silver Nanoparticles’ on 15 January 2014.
The webinar will feature the final results of a multi-year evaluation of the effects of nanoparticles on humans and the environment.
Truetzschler Switzerland AG, the youngest member of the Truetzschler Group, is adding the business unit of filament spinning lines to the product portfolio. The first Truetzschler BCF lines are expected to start production soon, the group reports.
The company has completed the reorganisation in Winterthur under new technical and commercial management. During integration into the Truetzschler Group, important milestones have been reached, and the first new system orders are en route to the customer, according to the group.
These steps, it believes, are working towards bringing the commencing of the Truetzschler BCF production lines closer.
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.
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.
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced five new consumer products that have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Visionary Award.
The Award will be presented during the annual VISION Consumer Products Conference that will be taking place from 27-30 January 2014 at the Westin Galleria, Dallas, TX.
“The Visionary Award recognises new consumer products that expand the use of nonwovens and demonstrate uniqueness, novelty and technical sophistication,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President. “The many nominees for 2014 encompass these qualities and we are pleased to have such a wide variety of consumer products from which we chose these finalists.”
Teijin, Onward Holdings and Fuji Xerox will launch a closed-loop recycling system for uniforms in China. The system is based on Teijin’s Eco Circle closed-loop recycling system that incorporates the world's first technology for the chemical recycling of polyester, according to the company.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Fuji Xerox’s Chinese subsidiaries and Onward Trading (Shanghai) in a mutual commitment to sustainability through recycling,” said Hiroaki Mimori, President of Nantong Teijin. “The Teijin Group has been operating its Eco Circle recycling programme in China since 2009. Beginning with the start up of Zhejiang Jiaren New Materials’ recycling plant next year, we intend to steadily expand our environmental initiatives in this fast-growing market.”
The two VDMA Textile Machinery Conferences held in December in Mumbai and Coimbatore have received excellent feedback from Indian textile mills, organisers report.
Sixteen textile machinery builders from Germany presented their latest technologies to more than 270 decision makers and technical management of Indian textile manufacturers.
In Mumbai, the conference was addressed by the honorary guests A. B. Joshi, Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and Michael Siebert, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Vehicle designers and engineers, who place great importance on the design of the interior, and in particular the seats, are supported by the scientists from the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim, Germany.
Precision Fabrics Group (PFG) has been granted two U.S. Patents related to its Nexus® AFR acoustic facing material.
Milliken & Company, announced today that it has completed a transaction to acquire Kasbar National Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of custom quilting, needlepunch nonwovens and bonded fiberfill. Kasbar is headquartered in Broomall, Pennsylvania and manufactures products in Columbia, Tennessee.
As part of an AiF research project, scientists from the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim are said to have for the first time developed a textile finish with both an antiviral and an antibacterial function. The technology has been developed to be used for products in nurseries, child day care centres and hospitals to interrupt chains of infection.
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.
The entry 'Vertical sand-tight geotextile' submitted by the Rivierenland Water Board in the Netherlands, has won the Water Innovation Award for 2013 in the category Dry Feet.
The chair of the jury, Annemieke Nijhof of Tauw Group B.V., called the geotextile produced by TenCate Geosynthetics “the most innovative idea that can be used within the duties and responsibilities of Dutch water boards”.
Autoneum has acquired a 25% stake in a joint venture with its long-time partner and Japanese supplier Nihon Tokushu Toryo (Nittoku) and Chinese supplier TGPM Automotive Industry Group (TGPM) in the emerging market of China.
“This stake enables us to expand our existing production capacity in China and thus strengthen our position as the global market leader for acoustic and thermal management solutions for vehicles. In light of the strong demand from our customers, we see significant opportunities for a further increase in our market share in the emerging market of China,” Autoneum CEO Martin Hirzel commented.
In the future innovative components for acoustic and thermal management will be produced for Japanese automobile manufacturers in the company's existing plant in Wuhan.
Aerotherm has released a new range of products developed using aerogel insulation, designed for the outdoor industry. In partnership with Aspen Aerogel, an energy efficiency company, Aerotherm specialises in the processing of Aerogel material, making it suitable for thermal applications to be used in consumer goods, such as outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment.
The latest range includes Aerotherm aerogel insulated Soft Thermal Cooler, Thermal Bottle Cooler and a foldable Seat-Pad.
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.”
Oeko-Tex will be taking part in the TV TecStyle Visions fair, the leading European fair for textile finishing and promotion, that will be taking place from 13-15 February in Stuttgart, Germany.
Experts from several Oeko-Tex institutions will be available to speak to more than 10,000 trade visitors from around the world about the benefits and certification options for textile advertising and merchandising articles in accordance with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
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 Carbon Company has announced the details of the organisational restructuring, which is one part of the cost savings programme SGL2015.
The restructuring focuses on streamlining the management structures and the corporate and support functions. The global P/L responsibility of the Business Units will be strengthened further. The planned restructuring will affect up to 300 positions group-wide, with approximately half of them in Germany.
Dr Jürgen Köhler, designated CEO, SGL Group said: “With this set of comprehensive measures we will make SGL Group more efficient and stronger, and strategically position the company for the future. It is our top priority to implement the defined measures in order to generate the planned €150 million in cost savings by end of 2015.”
The 15th edition of Shanghai International Nonwovens Exhibition (SINCE) 2013 was held successfully at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from 23-25 October 2013, with an increase in visitors’ attendance of 11% over the last edition.
Covering over 25,000 gross square metres and hosting 389 exhibitors from 21 countries, SINCE 2013 exceeded expectations with rising attention from all over the world, organisers report.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the leading developer of advanced spider silk based fibres, has delivered the first shipment of its Monster Silk recombinant spider silk fibre to Warwick Mills.
Warwick is a leader in the engineering and development of advanced technical textiles and protective materials. According to the company, the shipment represents a key step in its collaborative development initiative with Warwick, which will target the development of advanced spider silk based textiles.
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.
EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, will co-sponsor a one-day workshop to promote the development of nonwovens and technical textiles in Indonesia at the Bandung Convention Centre on 17 December.
The programme will include a morning workshop with reports and discussions from the industry’s regional and global representatives, and an opportunity for companies to exhibit their products and network with industry participants in the afternoon.
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.
Reima Kerttula, M Sc, has been appointed Senior Vice President, Flexibles, and a member of the Corporate Executive Team at Suominen Corporation.
Reima Kerttula has a long and versatile career in Metso Group and the preceding companies. Recently he acted as the President and CEO of Metso Fabrics, previously known as Tamfelt.
Kathryn Fitts and Dennis Smith are the new management team at Messe Frankfurt in Atlanta, USA, taking over from John Gallagher. The company manages the Techtextil North America trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens as well as other events.
Detlef Braun, the Messe Frankfurt Executive Board member responsible for North and South America, said: “Kathryn Fitts and Dennis Smith are now the management team at the helm of our subsidiary Messe Frankfurt Inc. And we are absolutely convinced that the new management will contribute in the company’s future growth in the whole North American region.”
With immediate effect, Fitts and Smith have been appointed Presidents. Fitts will concentrate on Finance and Administration, while Smith focuses on Shows and Operation.
A nonwovens fabric jointly developed by Voith Paper and Truetzschler Nonwovens, has successfully passed the official INDA and EDANA test, becoming certified as ‘flushable’.
Voith and Truetzschler Nonwovens have been successful in producing wet laid and hydroentangled nonwovens with a high level of wet strength, consisting only of fibres of natural origin that quickly disperse in water, and that are 100% biodegradable.
The Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) has been awarded with the German Resource Efficiency Award 2013 for the research project ‘CarbonWasteCycle – recycling concept for carbon fibre waste’.
The objective of the project is the re-use of carbon fibre cuttings or waste or bad batches for (extreme) lightweight construction using suitable recycling processes.
“Because sustainability is an important matter from a researcher’s perspective, we are proud to be honoured with this award,” said Andreas Berthel, Managing Director of the STFI.
The Nonwovens Innovation Academy organised by EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has ‘closed the loop’ of a seven-years cycle around European Centres of Excellence for nonwovens.
This 2013 edition of the NIA, formerly named NRA, was hosted by CETI (Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants).
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.
SGL Group - The Carbon Company, and the Gruschwitz Group have joined their forces to develop and market high-performance carbon fibre yarns. In this strategic partnership, Gruschwitz will in future market stretch-broken carbon fibre yarns developed by SGL Group and tailor them for specific customer applications.
SGL Group, a materials specialist, has expertise spanning the entire value chain from raw materials to carbon fibres and carbon fibre composites. Gruschwitz, a leading supplier of high performance yarns, concentrates on marketing specialty yarns, twisted industrial yarns and sewing threads in the automotive, healthcare, and other industries.
Royal DSM, the life sciences and materials sciences company, has announced that it has won the Erasmus Innovation Award 2013 for the successful transformation of the company.
The award was presented to DSM’s Chief Innovation Officer Rob van Leen at the Annual INSCOPE Conference 2013 in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, on 27 November.
The workshop on ‘Sustainability in the value chain of nonwovens and technical textiles’, organised by ABINT, the Brazilian Technical Textiles and Nonwovens Associations, and EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, that took place on 19 November in Sao Paulo, has delivered on its commitment of support to the Latin American nonwovens and related industries.
Over 60 delegates from the nonwovens supply chain heard from speakers on themes ranging from Brazil’s National Plan for Solid Waste (PNRS) and its impact for various product categories and industries, to plastic recycling and its relevance to nonwovens, life-cycle thinking and EDANA’s product stewardship approach as part of its Nonwovens Vision 2020.
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.
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre-based materials company, has launched Ahlstrom AceBlade, a new product for the wind energy market.
AceBlade is an unidirectional glass fibre reinforcement with superior fatigue resistance and enhanced mechanical properties. The wind energy industry is facing a challenge of producing longer and lighter blades and patent-pending AceBlade addresses this market need, the company believes.
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.
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.
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has been working towards advancing its global partnerships and enhancing member access to new markets, by sponsoring the Asia-Pacific Nonwovens Symposium held on 22 October in Shanghai.
INDA President Dave Rousse delivered an opening welcome to the group and spoke individually with several of the Asia-based senior executives from North American companies attending the Symposium. INDA’s strategic partner in China, CNITA, the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association, was also a sponsor and speaker.
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the programme for the Vision 2014 Consumer Products Conference that will be held from 27-30 January 2014 at The Westin Galleria in Dallas, Texas.
Major trends affecting the nonwovens and engineered fabrics consumer products industry will be highlighted in the two and a half day programme.
“For the past 13 years, the Vision Consumer Products Conference has kept the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industries abreast of the trends that impact business worldwide for consumer products,” explained Dave Rousse, President of INDA. “Vision 2014 gives professionals the information they need to further their organisation’s interests and product portfolios.”
Biomimetics has been the subject of curiosity recently to develop new materials that could mimic nature for applications varying from medicine to textiles.
A team of scientists from United States, lead by Professor Kripa Varanasi from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has reported a new development in super hydrophobic materials.
The Innovation Takes Root International Conference and Ingeo Users’ Forum, which will be taking place from 17-19 February in Orlando, Florida, has assembled a roster of speakers and developed an in-depth programme covering the latest innovations involving the world’s leading biopolymer – Ingeo.
“Innovation Takes Root is like no other conference because all the attendees and the sessions focus on a single, broadly applied performance bio material,” said NatureWorks President and CEO Marc Verbruggen. “This shared interest generates excitement and lively discussions all throughout the conference hall.”
Speakers represent more than 50 companies, including thought leaders from such organisations as 3M, Unilever, Danone, Lego, Kimberly-Clark, Kodak, the US Green Building Council, the Green Sports Alliance, Green Blue, and European Bioplastics.
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%.
Composites UK has celebrated industry achievement by presenting the UK Composite Industry Awards 2013 at the annual awards dinner on 12 November at the Crowne Plaza, NEC Birmingham UK.
The prestigious black-tie dinner coincides with the Composites Engineering Show each year and is one of the premier networking events on the calendar. Over 150 industry players joined the showcase of UK achievement.
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.
EDANA, the leading international association representing the nonwovens and related industries has announced the categories for the prestigious INDEX14 awards for innovative achievements in nonwovens, with now less than six months until the INDEX14 nonwovens exhibition.
Companies can now download an application, which must then be completed and returned with samples and supporting details to EDANA before the 31 January 2014.
Developing lightweight under-suit to enhance physical performance is a primary focus for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Dr Joseph Hitt from the DARPA made presentation on the Warrior Webs programme of DARPA, which was initiated in September 2011, at the last week’s Smart Clothes symposium, organised by Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
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.
Wisconsin-based IPS Testing has become one of just two independent labs in the US and North America to administer industry-initiated testing standards on behalf of suppliers and manufacturers, in an effort to educate consumers about which disposable wipe products are truly flushable.
IPS Testing offers a full array of paper and pulp, personal care and non-woven testing and just completed a major lab expansion to offer all seven tests outlined under the recently streamlined and updated Flushability Guidelines.
The standards are set forth by the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) and its European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) affiliate.
TenCate Advanced Armour has been selected by aerospace manufacturer Embraer as the supplier of aerospace armour for the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano military aircraft. The aircraft will be supplied in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) as the prime contractor for the aircraft.
TenCate Advanced Armour and local partner Aerotron Brazil are working closely together with Embraer in the Joint Development Phase to finalise the design and prototypes of the ballistic protection, according to the time schedule, weight and performance requirements for the Super Tucano military aircraft programme.
METYX Composites has acquired the North American Bus Industries’ (NABI) former production facilities in Kaposvar, Hungary.
“We look forward to integrating METYX Composites Hungary into our company and to delivering composites solutions that continuously enhance the competitiveness of our customers across industries,” said Ugur Ustunel, Co-Director METYX Composites.
The transaction includes a state-of-the-art composites manufacturing facility and ancillary buildings totalling 12,000 square metres of closed space, as well as over 230,000 square meters of industrial land, and a skilled workforce.
INDA’s annual Filtration International Conference and Exposition, held from 12-14 November at the Navy Pier, Chicago, drew a record number of attendees who came to conduct business with exhibitors representing all aspects of the filter media value chain.
The conference programme reflected this year’s Filtration theme of ‘Filtration Protecting Health & Environment’.
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre and a leader in life protection materials and high performance fibres, has officially introduced Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology.
Built on its Radical Innovation platform, Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology is the company's newest product development programme, which is said to combine breakthroughs in polymer science, next-generation fibre technology and unique unidirectional engineering to deliver up to 25% higher ballistic protection while reducing weight by up to 20%.
Rheinmetall Ballistic Protection, Point Blank Enterprises and TenCate Advanced Armour are exhibiting applications that feature the first Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology products at Milipol 2013 trade fair, which is taking place from 19-22 November in Paris.
Multiple sectors within the UK’s advanced engineering and high value manufacturing community converged in record numbers last week at the Advanced Engineering UK 2013 group of events, taking place at the NEC Birmingham.
These included Aero Engineering Show 2013, Composites Engineering Show 2013, Automotive Engineering Show 2013, Auto Electronics 2013 and Printable Electronics for Industry.
Boasting a record total attendance of some 12,000, this year’s Advanced Engineering UK group of events recorded a massive 30% attendance increase.
Carbon fibre specialist SGL Group has started production of stretch-broken carbon fibre yarns, which have knitting and sewing applications, at its facility in Muir of Ord in Scotland. Most carbon fibre yarns produced by the company go into wovens and multi axial fabric applications for carbon fibre reinforced composites.
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.
Coats, the leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, is launching Aptan xtru, an innovative new high tenacity, coated, engineered yarn, specifically designed for vehicle harness wiring systems used across sectors including automotive, marine and aerospace.
Andrew Morgan, Research and Development Director, Coats, said: “Our customers are constantly reviewing and improving the safety features of their vehicles and so Coats must continue to innovate and improve existing products to extend their range and use. Aptan xtru is a prime example of working with an industry sector to help improve safety standards.”
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.
Sandler, the Bavarian producer of nonwovens, presented its wide range of synthetic filter nonwovens at this year’s Filtech filtration show that took place in Wiesbaden, Germany, showcasing filter, media classed G3 to E11 for application in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, in automotive filtration or materials for synthetic vacuum cleaner bags.
“In recent years, the number of visitors has increased along with the scale of the trade fair. Being a nonwovens manufacturer, the Filtech brings together exactly the audience we are looking to address. Therefore, this year’s show again was a great success for Sandler,” commented Peter Reich, Manager Filtration Products Division.
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.
Bayer MaterialScience, the producer of material solutions for medical applications, will showcase its current developments at the Compamed 2013 trade fair that will be held from 20-22 November in Düsseldorf.
These will include Baymedix AP501 and AR602 solvent-free products that can be reacted to form skin-friendly adhesives with hydrophilic nature and adjustable adhesive strength, the company reports. Appropriately adjusted, these formulations are said to allow gentle removal from the skin and will not stick on the moistening wound itself.
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.
Mike Hitchen, Commercial Manager of Sigmatex has announced the appointment of Claudio Villalobos to the commercial team.
The appointment, the company says, represents another of the exciting appointments that Sigmatex hopes to announce in 2013 to support the growth that is currently being experienced.
A new AccuTense 0º Type C yarn tensioner has been developed by Karl Mayer in the AccuTense range. It is said to operate smoothly, handle the yarn gently, and is ideal for processing warp beams made up of non-stretch glass yarns, the company reports.
It can operate from a yarn tension of 2 cN up to a tension of 45 cN. The lower value defines the minimum tension for removing the yarn from the package.
The AccuTense 0º Type C can be used in all the current types of creels for processing filament yarns. This device is mounted horizontally and can be fitted with a non-contact yarn monitoring system, without needing any modification.
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 overall business development of carbon fibre producer SGL Group – in the first nine months of the fiscal year 2013 developed in line with the June guidance, recording an improved free cash flow as well as a decrease in sales by 4%.
Due to the adverse development in all three business areas, group’s EBITDA decreased by 52% to €89.5 million and the EBITDA margin to 7.4%. Group-wide savings from SGL2015 amounted to approximately €34 million, of which approximately €19 million were attributable to the SGL Excellence initiative.
Robert Koehler, CEO of SGL Group, commented: “The implementation of our Group-wide cost savings programme SGL2015, which was initiated in August, is proceeding as planned. Initial measures are already in the process of being implemented. By the end of 2015, we intend to generate savings of approximately €150 million, approximately €50 million of which will already be realised in 2013. Despite the fact that the business development is far below our original expectations, we have been able to improve free cash flow by more than €140 million within the last 12 months.”
International technology Group Andritz saw solid development in sales and order intake in a challenging economic environment in the third quarter of 2013, due to consolidation of the Schuler Group acquired in February of this year.
However, the EBITA declined substantially, mainly as a result of financial provisions in the Pulp & Paper business area, the group reports.
CNITA, the China Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Association, and EDANA, the international Association representing the nonwovens and related industries, have signed a three-year-long strategic partnership framework agreement.
The decision came following a meeting of the Sino-Euro Nonwoven Industry Cooperation, involving representatives from the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC), the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT TEX).
Four partners, BRAIN, the Hohenstein Institute, Kelheim Fibres and rökona, have formed a new research alliance for the biotechnical production and modification of specialty alginates.
The aim of the alliance is to establish a sustainable microbial bioprocess for the production of specialised alginate components.
TenCate Geosynthetics has received the International Achievement Award of Excellence for design excellence in geosynthetic applications, with its Embraport Container and Bulk Fuel Terminal in Port of Santos, Brazil.
Luna Innovations has announced an agreement granting UltraTech International an exclusive license to commercialise Luna's new textile repellent technology that can protect first responders from pathogens and industrial workers from contaminants, as well as address the common problem of keeping fabric clean.
Under the agreement, Luna will license exclusive rights to UltraTech to bring the technology to production and market it through its global sales channels.
The commercialisation potential for the technology is broad, the company reports, as it may be sold as a standalone product that can be applied to textiles or as treated fabric with the technology embedded.
The carbon textile solutions company Sigmatex has become an industrial member of the NCC, the National Composites Centre. The firm develops and manufactures carbon fibre textiles for composite material applications.
Scott Tolson, CEO of Sigmatex, said: “As a recognised global leader in providing carbon textile solutions we are delighted to be joining the NCC and working together with the existing members. Combining the significant recent investments in our new state of the art production process based in Sigmatex own premises and the development opportunities of the impressive facilities at the NCC will enable us to accelerate the use of composite materials in both existing and exciting new applications.”
Autoneum has developed felt blanks for bulkhead and floor components in vehicles that are said to offer significant weight reductions together with improved acoustic performance. These are manufactured using the newly defined Rotating Injection Fibre process.
The IFP-R2 production system based on the Rotating Injection Fibre process has been newly designed according to the company’s optimised manufacturing procedure and improved its environmental performance.
Abby Bailey, Marketing and Communications Director of EDANA, the leading association of the nonwovens and related industries, has announced the Association’s updated programme of events scheduled for the remainder of 2013. He has also given an overview of the activities confirmed at this stage for 2014 and 2015.
Cytec Industrial Materials will be exhibiting at Composites Engineering 2013, that will be taking place from 12-13 November at the NEC, Birmingham.
At the show, Cytec will focus on new products and technologies that are a reflection of the company’s focus on value-added innovation.
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.
Toho Tenax, the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibres and composites business, and GH Craft, another Teijin Group member, will participate in SAMPE Japan 2013 international trade fair.
The biannual show showcasing the latest advances in materials and processing engineering will take place at the Tokyo International Exhibition Hall from 6-8 November.
From an imposing urban panorama to an enchanting animal world: digital printing transforms bare walls and monotone floors into a lively home. Previously only used in the apparel sector, digitally printed home and household textiles have been growing in significance continuously for years.
Trade visitors to Heimtextil, that will take place from 8-11 January 2014, can obtain a topical overview of the latest technologies, market opportunities, areas of application for mass printing and sustainable production methods during the European Digital Textile Conference: ‘Digital Printing for Homes and Interiors’ by WTiN.
BTK Group, one of Russia’s largest textile and technical textile producers, plans to invest up to RUB 1 billion (USD$33,3 million) to establish a plant for the production of high-tech synthetic fabrics in Russia.
BTK Group is an official supplier of uniforms to the Russian army and law enforcement agencies, owned by Russian businessman Taymuraz Bolloev, the founder of Russian brewing company Baltika. He is also a former president of Olimpstroy, the State Corporation for Construction of Olympic Venues for the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014.
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.”
Multiple global government initiatives are underway to reduce the weight of personal protective equipment for military, law enforcement and security personnel, in order to deliver top protective performance combined with usability.
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre Dyneema, believes the adoption of next-generation lighter material technologies is an answer to this growing demand. The company reports that the use of UHMwPE materials in body and vehicle protection will show double-digit growth in the next five years.
The 2014 Innovation in Nonwovens Award recognising outstanding contributions to the nonwovens industry will be sponsored by The Herty Advanced Materials Development Center.
The award will be presented at NETInc 2014, a nonwovens industry leading technical conference, held from 27-30 April 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
“Innovative technology and products are a key component for any industry to prosper and grow in today’s highly competitive world and this award recognizes the outstanding innovations that move the nonwovens industry forward,” commented Larry N. Montague, President and CEO, TAPPI. “Herty is widely recognised as one of the leading research and development facilities in the world and TAPPI is very pleased to have them sponsor this prestigious award.”
Wellman International, a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures PLC, has celebrated 40 years of successful operations in Mullagh, Co Cavan and has announced a €5m installation as the first phase of its proposed investment plans for new technologies over the next 3 -4 years, supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
The investment will facilitate the transformation of the operation from a commodity nonwoven provider to a hygiene and technically focused supply base aligned to the established markets for personal care.
Visitors to the Composites Engineering 2013, that is due to take place from 12-14 November at the NEC in Birmingham, will have an opportunity to experience the latest ground-breaking engineering developments over the two days through the many exhibitor stands and the open forums.
From volcanic rock formations to low temperature plasma-coated membranes for advanced filtration may seem like something of a leap, but geo- and bio-mimicry are now throwing up such connections regularly in the development of new technical textiles and advanced materials in general.
As the keynote speaker at this year’s Filtech conference – held last week in Wiesbaden, Germany – Professor Kuo-Lun Tung, of the Centre for Membrane Technology at the National Taiwan University, went right back to Leonardo Da Vinci in citing examples.
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.
NatureWorks, the largest producer of biobased lactides, has announced world scale availability of its new Ingeo M700, a high-purity, polymer-grade lactide rich in meso-lactide. Ingeo M700 has been designed to package and deliver performance and functionality all in one unique molecule.
“A few producers have offered what is described chemically as racemic or ‘DL’ lactide,” explained Dr Manuel Natal, Global Segment Leader for lactide derivatives at NatureWorks. “Compared to those lactides, Ingeo M700 is a next generation solution in terms of processing efficiency, cost effectiveness and, in a number of applications, higher end-product performance.”
Attendees to this year’s Composites Engineering 2013 will get the opportunity to learn about next-generation composites manufacturing processes courtesy during an open technical session, hosted by the UK’s EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp) on 13 November.
The back-to-back expert presentations will present some of CIMComp’s on-going work towards the development of next-generation composite manufacturing processes with lower costs, shorter cycle times, improved efficiency and higher sustainability.
TenCate Advanced Armor USA has presented its TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system, designed to reduce casualties and injuries to troops riding in vehicles that are hit by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), at the AUSA Conference that took place from 21-23 October, in Washington.
Third party tests confirm that the TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system can mitigate the deadly impulse energy effects of an IED blast. Crew survivability is improved because the system minimises the brutal launch into the air, the violent flight, and the destructive slam back down to earth, associated with a vehicle experiencing an IED or mine blast event, the company reports.
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.
In the third quarter of 2013 technical textiles giant TenCate recorded an organic increase in EBITA of 11% compared to the third quarter of 2012, an increase is almost entirely attributable to the Advanced Textiles and Composites sector.
The cautious government market (infrastructure and environment) and weakening economic growth in Asia put downward pressure on revenues in the Geosynthetics and Grass sector, the company reports.
NetComposites, a research, consultancy and online media company, will host a free advice ‘Ask the Expert’ service for the visitors of this year’s Composites Engineering Show, that is taking place from 12-13 November, at the NEC in Birmingham.
The initiative provides a valuable initial service for attendees to discuss their specific needs and be independently advised of technical options and possible partners/solutions to seek out across the show floor.
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.
The Network Group for Composites in Construction (NGCC) is to host an ‘Open Forum’ session at the Composites Engineering Show that will take place from 12 – 13 November at the NEC, Birmingham, showcasing innovations in fibre-reinforced-polymer composites (FRPs) in construction.
Suominen Corporation, the supplier of nonwovens and flexible packaging for use in consumer goods, has reported a decline in net sales from the continuing operations by 2% over the third quarter 2013. Operating profit excluding non-recurring items from continuing operations also decreased by 15% to EUR 5.3 million.
The company still predicts revenues to reach the estimate previously announced in July, as it reports positive business development for the January-September reporting period. Suominen is also about to go through the corporate structural reorganisation, due to take effect on 1 January 2014.
Composites UK members will once again play a dominant role at the Composites Engineering Show, that will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 12-13 November, making up a significant proportion of the Composites companies at the event.
“The Composites Engineering Show has become the platform to showcase the UK’s composites industry,” said Dr Sue Halliwell, Operations Manager at Composites UK.
“There have been major developments in the UK composites industry over the last 12 months. This show, in line with the industry, goes from strength to strength each year.”
Formax, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and specialty composite reinforcements, will be showcasing two new fabric ranges at the Composites Engineering Show 2013 that will be held from 12-13 November at the NEC, Birmingham.
The company will present A-FORM, an advanced range of Class A automotive textiles, and reFORM, a recycled multiaxial reinforcement manufactured entirely from reprocessed carbon. Formax will also provide information about the company’s new Drape Simulation Technology.
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.
Tessiture Pietro Radici SpA (TPR), the ancestral RadiciGroup company and the supplier of a complete range of artificial grass yarn in both nylon and polyolefin, is showcasing its Radigreen artificial grass yarn at the FSB International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities in Cologne.
During the four-day event, that is taking place from 22-25 October, the company is introducing its latest innovations for the sports and landscaping sectors.
The focus is on the new Radigreen HD PE line of long-lasting fibrillated yarn and the Radigreen MFL PE PAT monofilament range. The company will also highlight the Radigreen MFL PA family of 100% polyamide monofilament, as well as My Radigreen, an all-in-one combination of straight and textured monofilament for carpets.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the leading developer of advanced spider silk based fibres, and Warwick Mills, a leader in the engineering and development of advanced technical textiles and other protective materials, have signed a collaborative development agreement on the development and commercialisation of advanced textiles utilising Kraig's Monster Silk recombinant spider silk technology.
“This collaborative agreement is a big step forward in the development of exciting new textiles with potential applications for the technical textiles and protective textiles marketplace,” commented Charles Howland, President of Warwick.
Hollingsworth & Vose has announced plans to add NanoWave Filtration Media production capability at its plant in Hatzfeld, Germany to support the rapid growth in demand for high performance filter media.
Andritz Nonwoven is further strengthening its manufacturing programme for nonwovens equipment in China by moving into a new 8,500sqm site in Wuxi New District, China.
Today, the new facility has opened the doors to a technical centre that hosts an industrial scale needlepunch pilot line and a new grinding shop.
Teijin has announced the establishment of Teijin Corporation in Thailand, a wholly owned subsidiary that will produce and sell newly developed meta-aramid fibre starting in July 2015.
Production will be handled at a new facility to be constructed on the premises of Teijin in Ayutthaya Province, Thailand, beginning this December.
Composites UK Trade Association will once again be sponsoring the Composites Engineering Show, that will be taking place from 12-13 November in Birmingham.
During the two days of the exhibition, Composites UK will be supporting the industry strategic briefing sessions and organising open forums to disseminate early success from the Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) projects.
The Association will also present the Industry Award Winners and host a ‘Composites 101’ tutorial session in collaboration with the Composites Skills Alliance aimed at those companies wanting to move into the composites industry.
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.
Freudenberg Nonwovens, leading manufacturer of nonwoven products, is exhibiting its latest eco-friendly products at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and the Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show.
This year's IFAI Expo will be co-located with Specialty Graphics Imaging Association in Orlando, FL, from 22-25 October. The company will showcase Evolon printing substrates, Lutradur ECO and a variety of other nonwoven products.
“The products we are showing are examples of high quality, innovative approach to environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes and products. Thanks to the minimal environmental impact, Evolon and Lutradur ECO represent a sustainable alternative material for diverse market applications,” commented John McNabb, General Manager.
INDA’s 4th annual RISE 2013 Conference brought together technology seekers in the global nonwovens and engineered fabrics value chain for discussions about the latest technical innovations, and how they can be applied to help create value-added, more competitive products.
The conference took place from 30 September – 3 October at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado, welcoming more than 200 attendees, including a diverse group of marketing and technical executives, business development leaders and technical scouts.
“This year’s RISE conference delivered outstanding content and connection opportunities for all attendees. Both are key elements of INDA’s mission to provide thought leadership in innovation and technology to help members be successful. We are delighted with all the positive feedback we have received and the continued growth in attendance,” commented INDA president Dave Rousse.
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.
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fibre Dyneema, and leader in life protection materials and high performance fibres, has announced a global price increase of 5% for all DSM Dyneema fibre and uni-directional (UD) product lines.
The price increase will be effective as per 1 January 2014 or as contracts allow.
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.
Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA, recognised the need for the companies to look ahead to 2020 and be aware of changing consumers’ needs and demands, at the closing session of the 12th edition of Outlook, the leading conference for the nonwovens personal care industry.
He also acknowledged the present expectations for companies across the supply chain to produce smart effective and resource-efficient products for today’s consumers. The show took place in Cascais, Portugal, last week.
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
The second annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conference reflected the growing interest that characterises the region’s dynamic composite market. The event covered the next-generation breakthroughs in applications in aerospace, automotive, energy, automation and other sectors.
The show was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from 2-4 October, welcoming 341 exhibiting companies (65 % from North America and 35% from Europe and Asia), a total of 4,155 professionals from 53 countries and 36 US States.
Truetzschler Group, specialising in optimal fibre preparation for downstream processing, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The company believes it has achieved success due to its high innovative strength, close customer relations, good service, long-term success orientation, and the flexibility of a family-owned company.
The company is a specialist in spinning preparation, nonwovens and man-made fibre market, as well as corresponding card clothing and has approximately 3,000 employees worldwide at nine production sites.
Cytec Industrial Materials is adding two new products to its rail portfolio that meet the fire requirements of EN45545-2:2013.
The MTM 348FR is a versatile curing epoxy resin prepreg matrix offering fire protection to category HL2. In combination with either glass or carbon fibres, it is said to offer excellent mechanical performance, making it ideal for the manufacture of lightweight composite components for both interior and exterior structural and non-structural applications.
FibeRio Technology Corporation, the developer and manufacturer of Forcespinning nanofibre production systems, has been named in the prestigious 2013 Global Cleantech 100 list, produced by Cleantech Group, a global market intelligence and consulting firm.
The Global Cleantech 100 list is derived from Cleantech Group’s own data and research. This year nearly six thousand companies from 60 countries were nominated.
“FibeRio being highlighted as one of the top 100 private clean technology companies listed under Cleantech 100 is an endorsement of our company’s efforts to help our customers reach both their financial goals and their strategic sustainability initiatives. Moreover, it will help open new markets and enable new applications,” commented Ellery Buchanan, CEO of FibeRio.
Dr Sam Moore, from International Oeko-Tex Association in North America, will present Oeko-Tex’s new STeP certification for sustainable textile production facilities at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 in Orlando, that will be held from 21-25 October 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center.
Darrell J. Turner has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Leigh Fibers, succeeding Keith Taylor.
“Under Keith’s leadership, Leigh Fibers has been an innovator in fibre and textile reprocessing and a pioneer in repurposing materials that would otherwise have been landfilled,” said Turner. “I see tremendous opportunities ahead and I think we’re uniquely positioned to capitalize on them.”
Taylor, who has been with the company for 37 years, will continue to consult with Leigh Fibers and will transition to its board of directors.
Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company and a leading manufacturer of premium-quality building, specialty and filtration products, has completed an expansion of its micro glass fibre nonwoven production for air filtration media in its plant in Wertheim, Germany.
The company’s micro glass fibre nonwovens are used as top-performance media in HVAC filtration applications and also as aircraft insulation.
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.
Peter D. Gabriele, Vice President of Emerging Technology at Secant Medical, will discuss the development and prospective uses of a novel bioelastomer platform at the MedTech Polymers Conference in Houston.
According to Gabriele, the platform offers benefits currently unavailable with today’s biomaterials.
Miller Weldmaster, a global supplier for fabric welding solutions, celebrates its 30th anniversary of membership with the IFAI, Industrial Fabrics Association International this year.
Scott Miller, President of Miller Weldmaster, commented: “We certainly would not be where we are today and in a position to serve over 100 countries around the world without the opportunities IFAI has given us over the past 30 years.”
Miller Weldmaster offers manufacturers in the geo industry the Moduline System, a machine model that combines versatility with automated production capabilities for more efficient production processes. It is designed to increase a liner or geomembrane manufacturer’s production output while cutting back on production costs.
Miller Weldmaster is a manufacturer and innovator of rotary hot air/hot wedge welding equipment for the industrial fabric and thermoplastic industries.
Scott & Fyfe, a provider of innovative textiles and technology, are introducing a new range of Multi-axial reinforcement textiles to compliment their existing product range. The company also aims to further strengthen its position as a global supplier of reinforcements to the composites industry.
The product range will include the full spectrum of Multi-axial reinforcement fabrics, such as Uni-directional, Bi-axial, Tri-axial and Quad-axial fabrics produced from a range of technical fibres including E-glass, S-glass and Aramid.
The leading distributor of advanced composites materials in South Africa, AMT Composites, has signed an agreement to distribute TeXtreme, market leader in Spread Tow reinforcements, in the region.
Andreas Martsman, Vice President – Marketing and Sales of Oxeon, commented: “We are very pleased to have AMT Composites committed to distribute our materials and having signed up as an authorized distributor of TeXtreme. We believe that this brings benefits to the customers sourcing materials from AMT Composites, being able to select TeXtreme in the mix of composite reinforcements available.”
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.
Saluzzo Yarns, an international leader in the production of polyester filament, introduces the new ‘Thermal management’ range by Newlife.
A unique range is said to offer new levels of lightness and thermal insulation together with high sustainable performance. It also fits new applications both for casual and active wear, according to the manufacturer.
Suominen’s largest business unit, Nonwovens, will be divided into two new business areas, following the plans to reshape the corporation’s structure and reorganise its operations.
Through the changes, Suominen aims to achieve a more focused, transparent and agile operating model, which enables the company to further strengthen its ability to generate new business.
“With the more focused and customer derived operating model, we further enhance our ability to cater for specific customer needs and thereby accelerate both our own and our customers’ business; and ultimately improve our profitability,” explained Nina Kopola, President and CEO.
Cytec Industries will promote its range of advanced composite and process material at JEC Americas in Boston from 2-4 October.
The company will highlight MTM 348FR, a new versatile curing epoxy resin prepreg matrix designed for railway applications. It will also showcase its latest corrosion-inhibiting, modified-epoxy bonding primer and Extra Wide High Temp Nylon Film.
Archroma has announced its official launch as a newly formed colour and specialty chemicals company that comprises the former Textile Specialties, Paper Solutions and Emulsion Products businesses of Clariant.
To be led by CEO Alexander Wessels, the newly recruited senior leadership team will work closely with the current heads of the three businesses acquired from Clariant.
“We’re open for business with a new name and a financially strong and knowledgeable parent who believes in our technology, brand and leading market positions,” said new CEO Alexander Wessels.
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.
Along with other automobile suppliers, Autoneum Germany, a subsidiary of Autoneum Holding, is subject to investigations by the German Federal Cartel Office.
The investigations affect, among others, the market for floor systems and trunk trim and have been initiated on suspicions that automobile suppliers may have engaged in anticompetitive behaviour.
NatureWorks is now in full commercial production of two new Ingeo high performance biopolymer grades designed for fibres and nonwovens applications.
“These grades are the result of intensive research and development and significant long-term investments in state-of-the-art production processes. These new grades are the first of a number of next generation solutions,” commented Robert Green, Fibres and Nonwovens Industry Global Segment Manager, NatureWorks.
According to the company, new products are designed to broaden the application window for Ingeo use in the production of personal care and hygiene products, filtration media, medical fabrics, civil engineering fabrics, geotextile and agricultural fabrics. Both are said to deliver lower shrinkage, faster crystallisation and higher melting points across the broad range of manufacturing processes.
Carbon fibre manufacturer Zoltek has entered into a merger agreement with Toray Industries, which makes Zoltek a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toray that will operate as a separate business unit.
Toray Industries, a specialist in organic synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry and biochemistry, will acquire all of the Zoltek’s outstanding shares for a total equity value of about $584 million.
Aerotron Brazil and TenCate Advanced Armour are working together to finalise the design and to build the prototypes of the ballistic protection for the Embraer KC-390 military transport aircraft.
The KC-390 is to perform aerial refuelling, transport cargo and troops, and to receive fuel in-flight. It will be able to transport up to 23 metric tons of cargo, including wheeled armoured vehicles.
Teijin establishes Teijin Rus, LLC in Moscow, Russia, to strengthen the Teijin Group’s business operations in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as part of the group’s strategy to expand businesses in emerging economies.
“The establishment of the new company enables us to promptly serve customer needs in the Russia and CIS markets,” said Kentaro Arao, Teijin Group Senior Executive Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Director of BRICs business.
GMX premier recycled nonwoven drain protection board ThermalDrain is a finalist for the 2013 RISE (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) Durable Product Awards.
“It is an honour to have one of our premier products selected as a finalist for the RISE Durable Products Award. At GMX, we pride ourselves on developing innovative and versatile products that meet the strict performance demands of our customers’ diverse application requirements,” explained Lindsay Castles, Vice President of GMX.
Josh Simon, PhD, Business Development Manager at Secant Medical, will be giving a presentation at the BioInterface 2013 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, to demonstrate Secant Medical's commitment to biomaterials research and development.
Dr Simon will discuss matching third-generation biomaterials with textile engineering to create structures that repair, recover and regenerate the body at the event’s Applied Technology Workshops on 7 October.
“At Secant Medical, the end goal is to facilitate the creation of structures that improve the long-term chronic biologic response by reducing inflammation, preventing secondary procedures, and enabling the body to regenerate on its own,” said Dr Simon.
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 52nd edition of Dornbirn Man-Made Fibres Congress, that took place from 11-13 September, put a focus on global social and economic challenges, such as climate, energy, health, nutrition, mobility, safety, communication, labour and key technologies.
Encouraging young people to participate in shaping a future, the event drew the attention to the great potential of the man-made fibre industry for innovation, which may lead to discovering new fields of applications, as well as help to save the environment and resources by sustainability, energy and cost saving production and processing.
The event recorded about 800 participants coming from 30 countries, including Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, France, Portugal, and Italy.
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.
Composites Europe 2013 trade fair for composites, technology and applications set new records with 406 exhibitors coming from 28 countries and with 9,171 visitors attending the Stuttgart exhibition Centre from 17- 19 September. One in two trade fair visitors came from the automotive sector, followed by the aviation and mechanical engineering segments.
“With these figures, Composites Europe has now definitely established a firm position for itself among European lightweight construction fairs,” commented Hans-Joachim Erbel, CEO with trade fair organiser Reed Exhibitions Deutschland.
Twenty innovative sustainable drinking water systems called ‘GreenSource. Sports for Water’, produced using the high-grade synthetic turf and geotextiles by TenCate, will be installed in South Africa, with The Advanced Materials Manufacturing Oost-Nederland (AMMON) foundation monitoring the innovation.
The Sustainable Water Fund of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has commissioned Pentair, TenCate and Wavin jointly to work on the project that to be realised in the South African province of North West, with the support of the local contractors, such as the Saxion University of Applied Sciences and Mmapula Community Development.
Oerlikon Barmag, a leader for spinning systems and equipment for manmade fibres, will be exhibiting at this year’s K 2013 international trade fair for plastics and rubber, that will take place from 16-23 October in Düsseldorf.
The machine and systems builder will be showcasing pump construction and extrusion system innovations.
At recent conferences, I’ve become aware that European manufacturers of manmade fibres, nonwovens and technical textiles are starting to resent the many hoops they’re now obliged to jump through in order to comply with increasingly strict regulations – as well as pressure from NGOs – that don’t apply elsewhere in the world.
The evolving bioplastics industry is a case in point.
Coca Cola’s development of Bio-PET 30 is a revolutionary concept that has kick-started a scramble towards so-called ‘drop-in’ polymers as the basis for a new ‘non-synthetic’ fibres chain, as well as one for plastics.
Oerlikon Neumag will focus on nonwovens for technical applications when it presents its product portfolio at next month’s Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference and Exhibition (SINCE), which takes place in Shanghai from 23-25 October.
The Switzerland based leading producer of vehicle acoustics and thermal management systems Autoneum has founded the company Summit & Autoneum in Thailand together with automotive supplier Auto Interior Products.
The newly established company combines Autoneum's technologies and global customer relationships with access to the partner’s established manufacturing capacities. This, Autoneum reports, provides light vehicle manufacturers in the emerging market of Thailand with innovative and high-performance solutions for acoustic and thermal management.
“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…
TenCate Advanced Composites and Kringlan Composites will work together to develop solutions for part manufacturing on the basis of thermoplastic composite technology.
The current main development initiated by Switzerland based Kringlan Composites has been the design and production of a full carbon fibre-reinforced composite wheel for high performance cars.
TenCate has been involved in the development of the thermoplastic composite material, which has been qualified for this purpose. This development now reaches the final phase in order to enter series production.
SK Capital, a private investment firm with a focus on the specialty materials, chemicals and healthcare sectors, is expected to close the acquisition of the Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions businesses from Clariant by the end of this month.
The three divisions will be combined into an integrated, market-focused company Archroma, with the new senior leadership team formed by SK Capital to work closely with the current heads of the three business units to ensure a smooth transition to an independent consolidated company.
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.
Royal DSM, the life sciences and materials sciences company, is once again amongst the leaders in the chemical industry sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Since 2004, DSM has four times ranked among the very top leaders in the sector and has six times held the worldwide sustainability leader position in the Materials industry group.
Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the DSM Managing Board, said: "We are very proud to once again be amongst the leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. At DSM, sustainability has evolved beyond compliance or corporate social responsibility. For several years now, it has been a business driver based on our core values, contributing to our mission to create brighter lives for people today and generations to come.”
“By integrating sustainability into how we do business and by providing products and solutions that positively contribute to solutions to the world's current and future challenges, we are creating value for all stakeholders."
Tessiture Pietro Radici, RadiciGroup ancestral production company and leader in the production of artificial grass yarn and nonwoven spunbond, was awarded two important certifications: UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management systems and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 for occupational health and safety management systems.
Enrico Buriani, CEO of Tessiture Pietro Radici, commented: “Today, customer loyalty may also be gained and built through the level of reliability we are able to provide. And the actions we have taken to improve the efficiency of our management systems are steps toward strengthening our position as a reliable supplier.”
Ahlstrom, a leading high performance fibre based materials company, has lowered its full-year guidance for net sales and operating profit.
The decision comes due to lower than expected sales volumes as demand has continued to be soft in Ahlstrom's key markets in Europe and North America.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has appointed Morris T. Collins, Jr. as Director of Member Relations, a new position at INDA, aimed to help expand INDA’s reach into all areas of the nonwoven engineered fabrics industry.
“The Director of Member Relations is a new position and important to INDA’s strategic objective of growing membership across all of the nonwoven verticals,” commented Dave Rousse, INDA’s President.
“This new role will allow us to significantly increase our direct engagement with industry members, and use that point of view to shape INDA programme and event content to better serve all industry sectors. Morris has the personal and professional skills to do this and we are excited about his decision to join INDA.”
The recent purchase of Amber Composites by TenCate Advanced Composites has allowed the materials technology company to merge a number of industry leading composite tooling products into the TenCate AmberTool prepreg range.
The industry leading TenCate AmberTool HX-series will be exhibited during the upcoming Composites Europe show in Stuttgart, Germany, that will be held from 17-19 September.
Nick Tiffin, Director Marketing and Sales Europe for TenCate Advanced Composites commented: "The convergence of the TenCate thermoset tooling brands is a unique event from which our customers and new prospects will benefit.”
A market leading in the manufacturing of industrial machine needles Groz-Beckert will take part in the Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference & Exhibition (SINCE) from 23-25 October, where it will present the latest highlights in the field of felting needles and jet strips.
SINCE is one of the of the major exhibitions for nonwovens worldwide and serves more than 400 exhibitors from 30 countries as a platform for the communication about the nonwovens industry in Asia.
Sigmatex, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre textiles for composite material applications, has announced the creation of the Sigmatex Technical Excellence Centre (SigmaTEC) as a response to the ever growing demands for new and highly advanced composites and re-enforcements.
Italian machinery manufacturers will be presenting their most advanced technology for the production of technical textiles and nonwovens at the technology symposium on 10 October in Guangzhou, China, organised by ACIMIT - the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and the ICE – the Italian Trade Promotion Agency.
“The symposium to be held in Guangzhou aims to promote awareness among Chinese operators of the validity of Italian technology,” Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT. “In the province of Guandong, there are around 500 companies operating in the sector (above all nonwovens); this is an important market for our manufacturers”.
TenCate Advanced Armour USA and the US Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) have signed a multi-year cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to evaluate the TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system for improved soldier protection.
This collaboration will allow TenCate engineers to demonstrate the ability of the TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system to protect combat and tactical ground vehicle crews from the effects of insurgent mines, roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IED's).
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.
The finalists have been selected for the prestigious third annual RISE Durable Product Award, which will be presented at the annual RISE Conference in Denver, Colorado USA.
Three unique durable products were chosen for their innovative use of nonwovens. The finalists will make their product presentations at the fourth annual RISE Conference, organised by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and held from 30 September – 3 October at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado.
Cytec Industrial Materials will be exhibiting at Composites Europe 2013, Stuttgart, from 17-19 September, wit ha focus on the lightweight, high-performance, cost-effective, multi-material solutions.
The company plans to continue to refine and expand its portfolio of thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials, and compatible process consumables to fulfil the growing needs of all markets.
The company’s key strategic sector is a serial automotive market, where Cytec is supporting OEMs and their supply chains in the development of materials and application technologies to help meet the legislative requirements set for the industry.
Andritz, an international technology group, presents complete production lines and innovative solutions for needlepunch, spunlace, and wetlaid at SINCE 2013 nonwovens exhibition that will take place from 23-25 October in Shanghai, China.
Groz-Beckert, the leading manufacturer of industrial machine needles, precision engineering, systems and services for the manufacture and sewing of textiles, reports a steady increase in demand for the services of its knowledge platform Groz-Beckert Academy, which started in 2011.
With 328 participants over the course of 836 training days in less than two years, the Academy is said to have received a great reception and it now aims at further development and growth on the international scale.
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.
Optimally designed vehicle seats are said to be at the basis of providing the driver with the necessary comfort during their journey, the Hohenstein Institute reports.
They may allow drivers to assume an ergonomic seating position and feature good climate properties. On the other hand, poor seating comfort is said to decrease the concentration and drivers tire more easily, which, according to the Institute, in the worst case scenario may lead to an accident.
Hohenstein Institute has developed different test methods to objectively determine the physiological comfort of vehicle seats, in order to assist modern automotive manufacturers, who have been using the laboratory tests for many years to check the materials and seating systems they use.
TenCate Advanced Armour has developed what it claims to be the world's lightest insert for protecting against one of the most common gun threats, the AK47 Mild Steel Core.
Cyril Veillat, Business Manager of TenCate Advanced Armour in Europe and Asia-Pacific, commented: “This is the ultimate protection that soldiers and law enforcement personnel will not feel during their harsh jobs. Achieving such a high level of protection at such a low weight clearly supports the value proposition of the TenCate company.”
TenCate Advanced Armour will exhibit its TenCate Multi-light CX Plus series at the DSEI defence and security show in London this month and the Milipol exhibition in Paris in November.
A new publication from Textile Media Services – Personal Protection Textiles: Fabrics for harsh, hazardous and hostile environments – outlines the global market for personal protection clothing in the institutional, workwear and private sectors, and details the most important legislation, regulations and standards that govern their manufacture and use.
Oerlikon Manmade Fibres, the leading supplier of nonwoven technologies, will be showcasing at the Techtextil trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens in Mumbai, India, that will take place from 3-5 October.
With its Barmag and Neumag brands, Oerlikon Manmade Fibres will be showcasing solutions for the efficient production of innovative yarns for very special applications. Furthermore, the public will be presented with new nonwoven production methods.
With more than 30 years of research in new materials for the loudspeaker diaphragm, the France based Focal introduces a new cone made of high-quality flax fibres.
Made of high-quality flax fibres core enclosed by two thin layers of glass fibre, ‘F’ cones are characterised by their natural sound, with low colouration, their richness of reproduction in the midrange register and their tighter bass.
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre based materials company, will increase the price for its filtration materials globally by up to 10% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
This will be made to compensate for the continued rise in raw material costs such as specialty pulps, chemicals and energy as well as adverse currency fluctuations.
Technical textiles are being used increasingly for the replacement of traditional materials in challenging applications, and their end uses are becoming increasingly diverse, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence – 'Sewing needles and threads for technical textiles'.
As a result, manufacturers of needles and threads have been faced with the need to develop highly specified products.
Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group's fibre products converting company, will establish Teijin Frontier Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar, on 1 October to strengthen Teijin Frontier’s overseas operations and also to further expand the company’s global network.
Low & Bonar, a performance materials group with leading positions in niche industrial markets, will acquire Texiplast, a Slovakian producer of high strength geosynthetic products serving the civil engineering market, for approximately €18.9m (£16.0m).
The acquisition is expected to complete later today following the transfer of funds and provision of certain documents. In addition, Low & Bonar has announced the placing of 29,626,000 new ordinary shares of five pence each in the capital of Low & Bonar at a price of 69 pence per placing share raising £20.4m.
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.
Sonobond Ultrasonics’ SM86 SeamMaster High Profile ultrasonic sewing machine will be used by Great Lakes Filters, to produce a liquid filter bag that could withstand hydraulic pressing without splitting or fraying.
“The bag has to capture the pulp from the juicing process and then withstand intense compression so that the maximum amount of fruit or vegetable nutrients can be extracted,” explained Brian K. Balliet, CEO of Great Lakes Filters.
“Sonobond’s equipment allows us to produce a bag that can do that and meet the customer’s exacting standards. It also enables us to fabricate and attach materials that are difficult via traditional cut and sew methods, resulting in higher quality products at lower production cost.”
The Global Outlook for Carbon Fiber (GOCarbonFiber), that will take place from 8-10 October in Seattle, will feature two expert pre-conference workshops led by the industry professionals Prof Jan-Anders Månson, Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Materials (LTC), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and John Davidson, Carbon Fibre Technologies International, UK.
This year’s edition of the event will also feature high profile keynotes, insights from long time experts, panel discussions and workshops, with 180 industry professionals attending. The programme will address global market overview and update on key end use sectors like automotive, aerospace, pressure vessels, wind energy and space.
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.
INDA’s Filtration International Conference and Exposition, the largest filtration event in the Americas, is returning to Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois, taking place from 12-14 November 2013.
Over 130 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest filtration innovations, technologies and end products from around the world. More than 1600 key decision-makers from 30 countries will take part in the show that will be presenting new materials, roll goods, machinery, new technology and filter media components.
The Teijin Group will exhibit at the China Composites Expo 2013, with its Toho Tenax, the group’s carbon fibres and composites business, and Teijin Aramid Asia, the group’s aramid fibres business.
The Asia’s largest composites exhibition will take place at the China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing from 11-13 September.
At the show a leader in high performance fibres will be providing information about innovative applications for carbon and aramid fibre reinforced composites.
Chomarat, a specialist in textile reinforcements for composite materials, is launching C-WEAVE Spread at China Composites Expo 2013 that will take place from 11-13 September, at the NCIEC Beijing.
The company is extending its line of carbon reinforcements with C-Weave SP, a new line of spread carbon fabrics for composite parts with high aesthetic performance requirements, especially for the high-end automotive, sports & leisure, luggage, and telephone markets.
UK-based Technical Absorbents (TAL) will exhibit at FILTECH in October with its Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) technology. The expo is the largest and most important filtration event world-wide, and is a must for all those concerned with designing, improving, purchasing, selling or researching filtration and separation equipment and services. It will take place between 22nd and 24th October at Rhein-Main-Hallen in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics, has signed an agreement with Zhejiang Wanfang New Materials Co., Ltd. (Zhejiang Wanfang) to set up a new warp knitted fabrics joint venture in Haining City, Zhejiang Province. The company will become one of the first Global Fortune 500 companies to invest in Haining.
The new joint venture will be called Zhejiang Johnson Controls Wanfang Textile Technology Co., Ltd. and will supply major car in China and abroad with automotive and functional fabrics for automotive seating and interior products.
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.
Teijin Aramid is launching a new anti-ballistic spall-liner solution at the DSEI show in London next week. The new fabric, Twaron T765, offers cost-effective ballistic protection in ground vehicles.
Designed for protecting military vehicles against bullets, fragments, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), mine blasts and projectiles according to STANAG 4569, levels 1-4, it can also be used as a protection in civilian vehicles against lower-level threats, the company reports.
Mattes & Ammann, the Swabian knitted fabrics manufacturer, became the first textile company in Germany and the EU economic area to be awarded the Oeko-Tex Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) certificate in July this year.
Prof Dr Stefan Mecheels, head of the Hohenstein Institute, handed over the STeP certificate to owner and Managing Director Christoph Larsen-Mattes and his team on behalf of the OEKO-TEX Association.
"We would like to congratulate Mattes & Ammann on exemplary implementation of their sustainable company philosophy", said Mecheels. "Their example, over many years now, has shown that a careful and responsible approach pays off, even in a highly competitive market, and that example is giving other companies the courage to follow the same path."
A market leader in the manufacturing of industrial machine needles Groz-Beckert will be showcasing at the FSB Cologne international trade fair for amenity areas, sports and pool facilities. The show will be held from 22-25 October, welcoming about 600 exhibiting companies from 40 countries.
The company will present tufting needles, loopers, reed finger modules and tufting knives. The focus of the presentation will be Gauge Part System for the production of tufted textiles, among others, also for artificial turf.
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.
The Russian government is to conduct a special investigation into imports of fabrics made from synthetic fibres within the territory of the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
The investigation is the result of recent calls from Russia’s leading producers of synthetic fibres and technical fabrics, including Baltex, Detskaya Odezhda, Don-Tex Kursk plant of Technical Fabrics, Mogotex, Tchaikovsky Textile Company and others.
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.
Formax, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and specialty composite reinforcements, will be launching two new exclusive fabric ranges at Composites Europe 2013 – A-FORM, an advanced range of Class A automotive textiles, and reFORM, a recycled multiaxial reinforcement manufactured entirely from reprocessed carbon.
The show where Formax will also introduce visitors to new Drape Simulation Technology will take place from 17-19 September in Stuttgart, Germany.
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.
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fibre has announced a $130 million investment in North America to expand its global glass nonwovens business. The new facility will house a state-of-the-art manufacturing line, coating capability and R&D activities, with future expansion options.
The North American facility will use Owens Corning glass fibres supplied from existing facilities and will specialise in high-quality nonwovens for composite systems and residential and commercial building materials, including wall coverings, ceiling and flooring materials, specialty insulation, gypsum and automotive products.
Dorix, the European leader in the production and sale of PA6 staple fibre products, will be operating under the new name of Radici Chemiefaser, following a reorganisation of RadiciGroup corporate operations in Germany, where the group has production and sales sites and is engaged in the businesses of synthetic fibres, chemicals and plastics.
The Dorix brand name will be maintained for the nylon 6 staple fibre products, as well as for the new nylon 6.10 products manufactured by RadiciGroup using a polymer made of 64% biomaterials.
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.
Sandler AG celebrated the CEO Dr Christian Heinrich Sandler’s 60th birthday and two new investments at the Schwarzenbach location this week.
More than 460 guests from politics, the economy and society had accepted the nonwoven manufacturer’s invitation to the Freiheitshalle gala evening including a formidable acrobatics show, musical interludes, and a first look at Sandler AG’s new production line.
Oerlikon Manmade Fibres has optimised its myOerlikon.com website for the products and services of its two Oerlikon Barmag and Oerlikon Neumag brands. Customers can now access tailor-made services in eleven different languages and around the clock.
The website offers a sophisticated e-shop system allowing customers to view all their inquiries and transactions, including all the corresponding documentations such as packing lists, invoices and waybills, over the past four years.
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.
AUTEFA Solutions, an international machine manufacturing group, will be showcasing at the Composites Europe trade fair that will be held at Messe Stuttgart from 17-19 September.
Dr Stefan Schlichter, CEO commented: “We develop solutions for automation and manufacture excellent machines and lines for the production of nonwovens. The combination of our experience in both business segments enables us to offer three quite different solutions. We are looking forward to present these concepts to interested visitors during Composites Europe.”
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.
Teijin and Toho Tenax Europe, a Teijin Group company engaged in carbon fibres and composites business, will participate in the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2013, one of the world’s leading aerospace shows, which will take place at Zhukovsky airfield in Moscow, Russia, from 27 August – 1 September.
Through its participation in MAKS 2013, the Teijin Group, which has been operating in Russia since 2006, plans to further deepen its ties with customers in the former Soviet Union and introduce advanced composite materials for growing aircraft and space applications in the region.
DiloGroup, the premier builder and supplier of complete nonwovens lines for staple fibre nonwoven production, will present its portfolio of equipment to the nonwovens industry at the Techtextil India trade fair, held in Mumbai from 3-5 October.
DiloGroup will provide extensive information about production lines made in Germany and recent machine concepts from the DiloGroup companies DiloTemafa, DiloSpinnbau and DiloMachines.
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.
CA Litzler has received an order to design and build a 80 mpm Tire Cord Dipping Line for Rajashree Polyfil (a division of Century Enka), BK Birla Group company of India. This is the second equipment order for Litzler from Rajashree Polyfil in the last three years.
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.
Buckeye Technologies has announced that at a special stockholders’ meeting held on 15 August, Buckeye stockholders approved the agreement and plan of merger, by and among Georgia-Pacific, GP Cellulose Group LLC and Buckeye.
Buckeye Technologies, a leading manufacturer and marketer of specialty fibres and nonwoven materials, has announced earnings for fiscal year 2013.
The company has reported a decline in net sales by 9% for the fiscal 2013 compared to fiscal 2012. The net sales for the fourth quarter 2013 were also down $9 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
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.
Oerlikon Barmag, a market leader for spinning systems and equipment for manmade fibres, will be showcasing its gear metering pump programme specifically designed for the joining/binding work steps at this year’s Bondexpo, the international trade fair for bonding technology that will take place from 7-10 October.
Among other things, the company will be presenting components for silicone processing and hot-melt adhesive applications, but also for processing resins and polyurethanes and other higher-viscosity liquids.
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.
RISE 2013, the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference, will be held from 30 September – 3 October 2013, at Grand Hyatt, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Organised by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, RISE is a technical conference for professionals in the nonwoven/engineered fabric industry looking for new ideas, new technology, new materials and new applications to grow their business.
Zoltek Companies has reported financial results for the third quarter of its 2013 fiscal year. The net revenues for the quarter ended 30 June 2013, totalled $30.3 million, compared to $48.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. On a sequential basis, net revenues for the latest quarter decreased from $33.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.
“The cyclical downturn in the wind energy market that began in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, continued to negatively affect our sales and operating results in the third quarter. However, in recent weeks we have seen a number of signs that demand in our sector of the wind energy market – supplying carbon fibres used in the manufacture of the biggest and most advanced wind turbines – is picking up again and will show renewed strength through at least the end of calendar year 2013,” said Zsolt Rumy, Zoltek’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Alexium International Group has announced the completion of a process of expanding its database on vertical burn performance of its Ascalon technology by independent certification of Flame Retardance (FR) performance. The aim of the independent testing is to provide guides for variable production set ups and to widen the potential product applications of this innovative nylon FR technology.
The testing was undertaken at four different testing facilities by Magill Services of Conway, South Carolina, USA, an ISO17025 approved textile and apparel testing laboratory, (Accreditation No 67822) with over 20 years experience as a US Department of Defense, QLL certified testing facility (#18030). Magill Services also hold a USA/Canada Joint Certification (#0066762).
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.”
Indorama Ventures Public Company (IVL), the world’s largest PET company, achieved total sales revenue of US $1.9 billion in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 9% over the same period last year.
“We have been seeing signs that the trough period of the past two years is coming to an end and this is extremely encouraging,” commented Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures. “We are excited that IVL’s differentiation and low cost strategy is paying off since our 18% margin recovery over first quarter this year is much superior to a typical industry player.”
International technology group Andritz, a leading supplier of plants and services for the nonwovens , pulp and paper and other specialised industries, showed a solid order intake and a favourable sales development during the second quarter and the first half of 2013.
Andritz President and CEO Wolfgang Leitner explained : “In view of the very difficult overall economic environment, we must be satisfied with the business development of the Andritz Group. For the remaining months of the 2013 business year, we expect investment activity in our key customer industries to remain subdued worldwide.”
The group expects a rise in sales in the 2013 business year. However, due to the sharp earnings decline in the pulp and paper, and separation business areas, as well as scheduled amortisation of intangible assets related to the acquisition of Schuler, the net income will be significantly lower than the last year’s reference figure.
High performance fibre-based materials company Ahlstrom, published a January-June 2013 interim report this week with an overview of the international markets. The company will also initiate a ‘rightsizing programme’ aiming to reach annual cost savings of EUR 35 million by the end of 2014.
“Our sales and operating profit excluding non-recurring items improved slightly from the comparison period, but our performance did not yet meet the targets we have set, despite the significant efforts we have taken to restructure our product portfolio and renew our way of working,” explained Jan Lång, President & CEO.
“To enhance our competitiveness, we have today announced a rightsizing programme, which aims at reducing our annual cost base by EUR 35 million in the next 18 months.”
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.
Miller Weldmaster has produced the I4500 Indexing System, designed to meet the production demands of truck tarp and pergola fabric-based product manufacturers.
The machine incorporates automated rotary webbing cutters and high-speed, state-of-the-art hot air welding features to enhance productivity, minimise material handling and offer easy machine operation.
Miller Weldmaster, a leading manufacturer of industrial fabric welding solutions, recently exhibited for the first time at the 23rd Annual Serigrafia SIGN Future TEXTIL that was held in Brazil from 10-13 July, showcasing its T-300 Extreme Edge, a machine line specifically designed for the production needs of banner and sign manufacturers.
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 2013 Théophile Legrand International Prize for Textile Innovation will be awarded on 5 October at ValJoly Eppe-Sauvage resort.
In honour of Théophile Legrand, founder of the wool industry in Fourmies, Northern France, the Théophile Legrand Foundation – Institut de France was created in 2007 by Christian Cambier, a descendant of Théophile Legrand.
Gabriel de Broglie, Chancellor of the Institut de France, currently chairs the foundation, with the main administrator paleontologist Philippe Taquet, President of the Academy of Sciences.
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.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the 23 July release of its long-awaited rule modifying the federal hazardous waste management regulations that apply to non-laundered and laundered wipes contaminated with solvents that are used in tens of thousands of industrial and other facilities across the United States.
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%).
Sandler showcased its entire range of nonwovens for technical applications, home textiles and for the hygiene industry for the 13th time at the Techtextil trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens that took place in Frankfurt, from 11-13 June , welcoming 550 guests over the three days.
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).
The Fibre Processing and Carbon Nexus buildings that have been opened in the Australian city of Geelong, having received $38 million in Federal Government funding, are expected to boost local economy.
The buildings are part of the $103 million Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC), which aims to transform Geelong's into a global centre for cutting-edge manufacturing.
Smithers Rapra has announced the final programme for the 2013 GOCarbonFiber conference that will take place from 8-10 October at the Arctic Club Hotel. It is an event for seasoned composites experts, and new entrants alike that provides an opportunity to network and gain a wealth of knowledge.
Featuring high profile keynotes, panel discussions and workshops, this edition will address global market overview and update on key end use sectors like automotive, aerospace, pressure vessels, wind energy and space.
Johns Manville (JM), a leading manufacturer of building, specialty and filtration products, has announced its plans to invest in a state-of-the-art polyester spunbond production line at its Berlin, Germany facility.
International technology Group Andritz has received an order from Chuzhou Jinchun Nonwoven Fabric, Anhui Province, China, to deliver a new high-speed spunlace line to its site at Chuzhou.
The line will produce lightweight fabrics for the hygiene industry from 30 to 80 gsm with a capacity of up to 17,000 tons per year. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, announced the release of a new report, entitled ‘North American Wipes Market: Trends & Forecasts 2012-2017’, which includes sales estimates by consumer channel and national brands/private labels.
Sales in some of these consumer channels accounts for a significant portion of total sales for certain wipe SKUs and, according to INDA, this data is not typically captured in other wipes reports.
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.
Radici Chimica, a RadiciGroup chemical company engaged in the production of polyamide 6,6 (Radipol) and related chemical intermediates (Radichem), signed an agreement with the Italian Ministry for the Environment earlier this month, to apply a new method to its production chain, on an experimental basis, to determine the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF).
This method was recently set out in a Communication by the European Commission on how to improve the availability of clear, reliable and comparable information on the environmental performance of products and organisations, with the goal of harmonising the different measurement methods available today.
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.
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.’
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.
Techtextil, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, held in Frankfurt from 11-13 June, attracted 15% more visitors than the previous edition, creating an opportune environment for businesses to present their developments.
Boosted by seven new participants, the representatives of the Nord-Pas de Calais textiles industry exhibiting materials and fibres/filaments/yarns also benefited from the increased interest in the fair with around 75 stands exhibiting under the French Ubifrance banner and 33 members of the UP-tex cluster and Clubtex business network presenting at the show.
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 sale of OC Oerlikon’s Natural Fibre and Components businesses to the Chinese Jinsheng Group that was concluded on 3 July, forms the new Saurer Group that now consolidates leading textile brands for both machinery (Schlafhorst, Zinser, Allma, Volkmann, Jinsheng and Saurer Embroidery) and components (Accotex, Daytex, Fibrevision, Heberlein, Temco und Texparts).
Based on its recent analysis of the automotive carbon fibre market, Frost & Sullivan recognised carbon fibre producer Zoltek with the ‘2013 North American Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award’ for its unique commercial carbon fibre, Zoltek Panex 35.
Aimed at addressing the key automotive industry challenge of lightweighting, this product is said to offer features, such as low and stable pricing, product consistency at high volume, and superior electrical and mechanical properties.
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.
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.
Desso, a Dutch producer of carpets, carpet tiles and sports pitches and Bonar, a performance technical textiles producer, have signed a long-term cooperation agreement to participate in a product development programme for the next three years with a view to developing a range of (primary) backings for Desso's carpet products.
For this year’s Techtextil show in June, German textile machinery powerhouse Groz-Beckert exhibited a car which was specially prepared so that nearly all of the technical textiles used in its manufacture were visible - parts of the Mercedes E-Class T model were cut away to reveal the cutting edge technical textiles based components. At the company’s 276 m² booth, the TexCar exhibit attracted a large crowd of around 2600 people from over 60 countries.
Ivanovo Manufactory, one of Russia's largest manufacturers of technical textiles, has signed an agreement with the Riko Group, a diversified Slovenian holding company, on the construction a plant for the production of blended technical fabrics in the Ivanovo region, Russia’s textile production centre.
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.
International trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens Techtextil, that was held in Frankfurt from 10-13 June, provided the framework for this year’s award ceremony of the Walter Reiners-Stiftung (Foundation) of the German textile machinery industry, honouring three successful junior engineers, who focused on energy efficiency and lightweight construction.
Key executives from the entire wipes value chain took their place at the 7th annual World of Wipes 2013 (WOW), the only conference totally dedicated to the wipes industry. Organised by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the event was held from 17-20 June 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia USA.
Mount Vernon FR has been presenting its new FR fabrics and finishes, including FlexTex and amDry, at this week’s American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Safety 2013, that started in Las Vegas on 24 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.
Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre (GOCarbon Fiber) that is due to take place in Seattle, from 8-10 October, has announced the industry experts who will be presenting at the event.
Dutch Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp has signed a letter of intent extending the Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure (TAPAS) consortium, which consists of eight Dutch companies and institutes from the aviation industry, at the Paris Air Show in France, yesterday.
A new fuselage panel for Airbus, the leading French aircraft manufacturer, made of thermoplastic composite from TenCate Advanced Composites and produced by Airbus, Fokker Aerostructures and other TAPAS partners, was also introduced at the show.
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.
German headquartered carbon fibre group SGL and Korea’s Samsung have announced the establishment of a strategic partnership for carbon fibre composite materials with the foundation of a Marketing & Sales joint venture. The joint venture partners, Samsung Petrochemical and SGL Group, will each hold a 50% share and the primary objective of the cooperation is to develop new industrial and electronic applications with carbon composite materials for Samsung and the Korean market. The joint venture will operate under the name Samsung SGL Carbon Composite Materials.
Owens Corning, a global producer of glass fibre reinforcements for composite systems and residential and commercial building materials, has announced a $130 million investment in North America to expand its global glass nonwovens business. The new facility will house a state-of-the-art manufacturing line, coating capability, and research and development activities and include future expansion options.
Tencel ePower, is Lenzing’s innovative sustainable solution for EDLC applications, and the Austrian company expects it to revolutionise the double-layer capacitor industry.
The latest innovative Tencel solutions in the fields of energy storage, power and substrate density will be showcased at the fourth European Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) held in Strasbourg from 24-28 June 2013.
Wolfgang Plasser, vice president and general manager Business Unit Nonwoven Fibres, said: “Lenzing is proud to announce a further innovative Tencel development. The technical segment is particularly important to us. Our innovation focus is on future-oriented technologies, and we are continually striving to expand our product portfolio in this direction.”
Creel specialist Cygnet Tex-Web introduced its new, high-precision mechanical tension control technology at Techtextil 2013 in Frankfurt last week.
Targeting high-end processors of composite materials with its latest offering, the company expanded its Flatline range of creel tensioning controls.
“We have designed our new system in collaboration with our customers and in line with the industry’s increasing demands for exceptional quality products, to deliver unparalleled levels of tension control and consistency from tow to tow, using a brilliantly intuitive yet simple technology,” said Rich Wakeley, Cygnet Tex-Web’s Carbon Fibre project manager.
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.
Belgium based leader in low pressure plasma technology Europlasma launched a new range of nanocoatings under the Nanofics 110 brand name.
Referring to nanoscaled functionalization into the core of complex shaped materials and products, Nanofics is Europlasma’s patented and patent pending nanocoating technology platform, first applied on industrial scale in 1998.
Clariant, a leader in specialty chemicals, presents advanced solutions for technical textiles at Techtextil 2013, under a slogan ‘effects that perform and chemistry that cares’.
The company will focus on three key areas – repellence & release, flame retardancy, and stability & resistance with the new solutions formulated to promote processes and products with improved environmental benefits for technical textiles.
Seven large companies in east Netherlands have formed industrial partnerships with the aim of accelerating technological innovations relating to new high-tech materials, products and systems and of rolling these out in international markets.
The promoter of this collaboration is the recently established foundation AMMON (Advanced Materials Manufacturing Oost-Nederland). The provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland in the Netherlands have welcomed this focused mode of industrial collaboration and have created favourable conditions by supporting the construction of demonstrators and by becoming a launch customer.
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.
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.
Teijin Group companies, Teijin Limited and Dutch subsidiary Teijin Aramid BV will exhibit at Techtextil, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens which kicks off next week in Frankfurt, Germany. The duo will present weight-reduction, energy-saving and protective solutions incorporating high-performance aramid and polyester fibres.
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.
Textile machinery producer Karl Mayer Malimo has expanded its range of products with the launch of the new multiaxial machine for producing composites from which the rotors of the wind turbines are made.
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Mike Hitchen, Commercial Manager of Sigmatex, which develops and manufactures carbon fibre textiles for composite material applications, recently announced the appointment of Jo Maltby to the position of Customer Services Manager.
Jo has been with Sigmatex for over five years and brings a wealth of experience to the role due to her knowledge of the company and processes, her knowledge of the customer base and of the markets that the company serve.
Jo is also central to the implementation of a Global cloud based operating system that company is developing that will provide an increased level of visibility and self service to the customer base.
The Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association (TCMA) is organising a premiere event Turk Kompozit 2013 for the composites industry in Turkey.
The summit will take place in Istanbul and will run from 3-5 October this year.
Autefa Solutions, well-known for turn-key lines and individual machines such as cards, crosslappers and needle looms, has expanded its product range by acquiring the technology package of the Automatic Needle Exchanger from CU4Motion.
With the Automatic Needle Exchanger Autefa Solutions aims to offer an efficient and economic unit for exchanging needles, which it says should be an integrated part of every service workshop.
New Eco-Applicator offering significant energy savings for a wide range of technical textile applications from A. Monforts Textilmaschinen will debut in June 2013 at the Techtextil exhibition, Frankfurt.
Oerlikon Neumag reports it was “extremely happy” with the three lively trade fair days at the recent IDEA13 in Miami. The company says the general trend at the hygiene dominated nonwovens trade fair was the growing interest in nonwovens for industrial applications from visitors and exhibitors and in keeping with the trend, it exhibited its solutions for technical spunbonds.
Technical textiles offer new technical solutions for the demands of modern society and as a result, says Kelheim Fibres, interest in technical textiles is continuously growing.
According a study by researchers at Texas Tech, when it comes to cleaning up the next massive crude oil spill, one of the best and most eco-friendly solutions for the job may be low-grade cotton from West Texas.
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.
Freudenberg Nonwovens inaugurated a new regranulation unit at its Kaiserslautern plant on 7th May, which will allow materials rejected from its production process to be reused right down to the very last fibre. The cost of the new unit was in excess of €700,000.
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.
Eastman Cyphrex launched a new and highly innovative range of microfibers at last month’s IDEA13, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo, in Miami Beach, Fla. It is thought that the new microfibers platform will enable nonwovens solutions unlike anything the market has ever seen, becoming an innovation resource for media and component manufacturers and OEMs.
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.
Century Design Inc. (CDI), a leading global supplier of Prepreg machines and specialist composites processing equipment, will be exhibiting at SAMPE 2013 in Long Beach, CA, next week, where it will showcase its new CD6012 machine, demonstrating how composite part producers can manage and control their own prepreg manufacturing while driving down costs and reducing production lead times.
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.
Cytec Industries will be exhibiting a range of advanced composite and process material at SAMPE’s Spring Conference in Long Beach, California from 6-9 May, where visitors can learn more about the composite manufacturer’s materials and associated 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.
Freudenberg Nonwovens is investing Euro 5 million in the expansion of production capacity for the manufacture of Evolon microfilament products in Colmar, north east France. Work on the new line, which will raise capacity to 3,000 tonnes per year has already begun and will be completed by the end of October 2013.
Johns Manville (JM), manufacturer of Evalith glass and polyester fibre nonwovens, will introduce the ‘JM Path of Innovation’, a range of nonwovens innovations, at its trade fair booth at the Techtextil show in Frankfurt.
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.
The prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards were presented during a special ceremony at IDEA 2013 Conference & Expo at Miami Beach, Florida earlier this week and INDA the organizer of the event, together with Nonwovens Industry Magazine presented the famed Entrepreneur Award to Suominen Nonwovens.
Oerlikon Saurer’s new Allma TC2 two-for-one twister for industrial yarns was exhibited at an Open House at Oerlikon’s Suzhou works yesterday were guests from China, India and other Asian countries were said to be very impressed by the machine’s range of new technical features. After the introduction and a tour of the premises, the Allma TC2 was presented in the Suzhou showroom to a large number of enthusiastic guests.
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.
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.
Americhem Inc., a global provider of custom colour and additive solutions for synthetic fibres, will showcase its latest products at the upcoming Techtextil trade fair including its new nVision line of colour and additives for nonwovens. The company will also exhibit a wide range of sample products produced by its customers from a variety of market sectors and will have commercial and technical product experts on hand who will be available to answer questions.
UK based Sigmatex has announced it has secured the first of a number of targeted contracts for the automotive sector. The contract has been concluded after significant technical collaboration and development between Sigmatex, a major automotive OEM and an Automotive Tier 1 supplier.
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 prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards have been presented during a special ceremony at IDEA13, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition, in Miami Beach, Florida. The famed Entrepreneur Award and Lifetime Achievement Award were also presented.
Autefa Solutions will introduce a new concept fibre recycling line for nonwovens at this year’s Techtextil in Frankfurt, the core components of which, will be high performance balers and a compact tearing machine.
Leading filtration materials developer Ahlstrom, has launched Ahlstrom Capitmax, a new fuel filter media at the IDEA13 exhibition in Miami Beach, Florida today.
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.
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.
Freudenberg Nonwovens will be exhibiting its wide range of products and technologies at IDEA 2013 – the International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo, which is being held from 22-25 April in Miami Beach, Florida.
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.
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.”
Voith Paper, one of the largest family owned companies in Europe with 42,000 employees, is partnering with nonwovens machinery supplier Trützschler Nonwovens to offer complete production lines for manufacturing of wet laid and hydro entangled nonwovens. The aim of the collaboration is the joint development and marketing of innovative and economical production equipment.
Despite having only really emerged since the 1940s, the value of the worldwide composites market is now estimated to be worth an annual €77 billion and to account for around 550,000 jobs worldwide.
Techtextil is the next exhibition on the calendar for absorbent solutions provider Technical Absorbents (TAL). Hailed as the main technical textiles and nonwovens trade fairs, the event in Frankfurt is expected to be the biggest in the exhibitions history and will cover the whole industry spectrum with its 12 different application areas. The event attracted nearly 30,000 visitors in 2011, and so TAL is preparing for a busy three days. Techtextil takes place at Messe Frankfurt from 11-13 June.
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’.
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.
Ahlstrom has entered into a collaboration agreement with Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, to use its Ahlstrom Disruptor technology in drinking water applications. Ahlstrom Disruptor, a new category of nonwoven media that filters water with the efficiency of a membrane but a higher flow rates and many times less pressure drop, is a unique nanoalumina technology designed for a wide range of water filtration applications.
Sigmatex has announced the appointment of Paul Russell to its Commercial Team in an effort to provide an even better service to its customers and to help it realise its full growth potential in the markets it serves.
Alexium International announced today that Duro Textiles, the licensee of its Ascalon nylon flame retardant treatment, will introduce a range of products to the textiles market at the Techtextil North America show which takes place in Anaheim from 19-1 March.
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.
Carbon fibre composites manufacturer Sigmatex has appointed Christine Barr to a new role in its commercial team. Mike Hitchen, Commercial Manager announced the appointment as Sigmatex continues its efforts to provide better service whilst realising its full growth potential in the exciting markets it serves.
Dreamweaver International and P.H. Glatfelter Company have announced a partnership to develop and manufacture the next generation of high performance and affordable separators targeted for energy storage devices such as lithium-ion batteries and ultra capacitors.
Two of the longest established names in the UK fibre and fabric processing industries merged last year to create a new Cheshire, North West England based powerhouse, which is providing complete downstream machinery and equipment solutions to the international aerospace, automotive and performance textiles industries.
German manufacturer of fibre processing equipment and lines for nonwovens production Autefa will be taking its innovative solutions to the IDEA 13 conference and expo in April, which takes place in Miami, Florida.
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.
Vita Nonwovens is to discontinue production of its EnGuard GlassFree Insulation, a consumer ready wall and ceiling insulation batt. The strategic decision comes in an effort to refocus and prioritize opportunities elsewhere that will more efficiently enhance the company's growth and profitability.
German nonwovens producer Sandler AG has reported a 6th successive year of growth in sales, increasing its sales volumes to Euros 247 million in 2012.
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.
According to Swiss headquartered high-tech industrial group Oerlikon, if the Eiffel tower had been built 124 years later, it would surely have played a significant part in its construction - because what was riveted, screwed or welded together using iron and steel components back then, would today be primarily made of composites – and Oerlikon Textile, Vacuum & Coating today supplies a wide range of technology and components for their production. These technologies and components will be the Oerlikon focus at the JEC between 12 and 14 March 2013 in Paris.
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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.
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.
Coating and laminating engineering specialist Cygnet Tex-Web has unveiled a blade over roller machine designed to deliver exceptionally low coat weights of 10 gsm.
Alexium has announced it has secured Chinese patent rights which give it the ability to expand in China without competition and increases its patent portfolio to reach out to the global marketplace.
As a measure to improve and facilitate future growth, Formax a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements, will be announcing expansion plans and a new company organisation at the forthcoming JEC 2013 in Paris. Investment in Formax’ R&D function will also be a focus as the company looks to strengthen its product development capabilities during the coming year.
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.
To demonstrate its expertise in process consumables advanced materials producer Cytec will be displaying a selection of vacuum bagging consumables, infusion materials and reusable vacuum systems, at COMPOTEC/SEATEC 2013, which is being held at the CarraraFiere Exhibition Centre, Marina di Carrara, Italy, from the 6 to 8 February 2013.
Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), in partnership with textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Malimo, has carried out a special project to produce concrete reinforcement from carbon fibre heavy tows (CFHT). A specially modified, industrial Malitronic Multiaxial warp knitting machine developed by Karl Mayer was used in the research work.
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.
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.
According to Trützschler, the company’s recent entry into the business of spinning systems for filament yarns for the carpet industry has already been successful after its recent takeover of SwissTex. One Chinese long-time customer of SwissTex, is said to have had the confidence to place an initial order for a carpet yarn spinning system and in the second half of 2013, the first BCF positions in the proven symTTex technology will be delivered to China under the new name of Trützschler.
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.
Carbon fibre and speciality reinforcements manufacturer Formax has entered a knowledge transfer programme with the internationally acclaimed Polymer Composites Group which operates within the Materials, Mechanics and Structures Research Division of Nottingham University and focuses on the processing and performance of thermoset and thermoplastic matrices.
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.
Cotton Club, a leading global manufacturer of cotton and hygiene products, with its own production facilities and trade offices in Russia, Turkey, China, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, plans to start construction of a large plant for the production of innovative textile products in Russian city of Dankov (Lipetsk region). Construction will start in the second quarter of 2013, according to an official representative of the company.
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.
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.
Netherlands headquartered TenCate has reached an agreement to acquire Nottinghamshire based Amber Composites, a UK-based manufacturer of thermoset composites for industrial and automotive markets. No financial details have been released.
Scientists from Rice University in Texas have unveiled a new carbon nanotube (CNT) fibre that looks and acts like textile thread and conducts electricity and heat like a metal wire. The following article was published on the University’s website just a few days ago and the scientists are published in this week’s issue of Science.
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.
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.
Alexium International Group has announced that its late product development phase and commercial roll out are proceeding to plan and that the company’s novel nylon FR treatment is quickly moving from development to scale-up and initial production.
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.
Goyal Knitfab Pvt Ltd, a leading Indian specialty warp knit fabric manufacturer, has announced the successful development of permeate spacer for spirally wound filtration modules, specifically RO (reverse osmosis) membranes.
French technical textiles manufacturer Porcher Industries has opened a new manufacturing subsidiary - Porcher Modern Materials - in the Borovsk district of Russia’s Kaluga Region. The opening ceremony which took place on 18 December was attended by Vladimir Potyomkin, Deputy Governor of Kaluga Region, as well as Porcher representatives including Viktor Burkov, Director General, Porcher Modern Materials.
Germany’s Hohenstein Institute is now offering testing and certification of protective/safety gloves in accordance with a number of industry standards.
Dewatering breakthrough from RHL means textile finishers can finally say goodbye to conventional rubber squeezing
Geotextiles producer Agru America Inc. is investing US$39.1 million to expand its operations in South Carolina, according to a report on the Plastics News website yesterday.
Formax, a leading global manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements, has appointed Dan Norton to manage the company’s Automotive Business Sector.
TenCate Advanced Composites has announced that it has been successful in qualifying to supply carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite material for a leading global automotive customer.
The presence of Boeing and Citroen at the latest confrence held by CELC – the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp – illustrates how seriously the potential of flax and other bast fibre fabrics to replace glass in composites is now being taken.
South Carolina based Mount Vernon Mills is now offering its Amsoft finish on all fabrics available within the brand’s six collections, to enhance the comfort of flame resistant garments made with Mount Vernon FR fabric.
North Carolina based nonwovens association INDA, reports that one of the largest and most successful filtration events ever, filled Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center earlier this month. Suppliers, customers and the entire filtration value chain from around the world took part in three days of education, new products and networking at INDA’s Filtration 2012 International Conference and Exposition held from 13-15 November, 2012.
Teijin has announced today that it has started operating its pilot plant for the fully integrated production of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) components at its Matsuyama Factory in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. Plans to build the pilot plant were announced exactly a year ago and capital expenditure is said to have been over two billion yen.
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.
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.
Lenzing says it has launched an innovative project in the technical nonwovens sector by opening a newly constructed pilot plant to develop fibre products for high-tech electrical applications at its Heilgenkreuz plant.
Sandler AG has launched the start-up phase of a new production line for meltblown filter media just four months after commencing installation and assembly.
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.
Forward thinking Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer Scott & Fyfe Ltd celebrated the official opening of its new Innovation Space and Museum on 12 November, which the company describes as another important step on the way to a long-term sustainable company based on a partnership business model.
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.
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.
Glen Raven, Inc. has been recognized as the North Carolina Manufacturer of the Year in the large companies category —defined as companies with more than $250 million in annual revenue. The NC Manufacturer of the Year award program is organised by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, with sponsorship by McGladrey LLP and Fifth Third Bank.
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.
Chuck Segal reports from London
2-4 October 2012, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK
The carbon fibre industry is alive and well according to the recent international gathering of more than 120 engineers and marketing executives. The conference, organised by Smithers-Rapra is the 15th annual meeting of this group.
UBC GmbH, based in Murr, Germany, recently launched their new urban bike, the coren, which has a frame made exclusively from Umeco’s MTM 49 -3 epoxy resin systems reinforced with high tensile strength woven carbon fabrics and unidirectional carbon fibres, and compatible adhesive film. Supplied in three models, as the coren Singlespeed, Pedelec or Fixed Gear, it was the Singlespeed model that recently won the ISPO Brand New Award 2012.*
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.
Chuck Segal reports from London
2-4 October 2012, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK
The carbon fibre industry is alive and well according to the recent international gathering of more than 120 engineers and marketing executives. The conference, organised by Smithers-Rapra is the 15th annual meeting of this group.
Formax, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality reinforcements, reports it has taken major steps to improve energy efficiency at the company's UK headquarters. The installation of 216 solar panels and the insulation of the production facility's roof are part of Formax’s on-going commitment to reduce energy consumption and create a more sustainable manufacturing environment.
TenCate Protective Fabrics in partnership with Lion Apparel has secured a major order for the delivery of TenCate Tecashield inherently heat and flame retardant fabrics for the turn-out gear of the Amsterdam-Amstelland fire brigade in the Netherlands. The TenCate fabrics will be mainly used for the lightweight outer shell, the protective thermal liner and reinforcement inserts.
In July 2012, UK based Umeco was acquired by New Jersey headquartered composites giant Cytec, a merger which aims to bring value to the group’s customers and the markets it serves by leveraging Cytec’s technology leadership with Umeco’s highly-responsive supply chain and application development capabilities.
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.
Pennsylvania headquartered Monadnock Non‐Wovens, an industry leader in high performance melt blown nonwoven roll goods for filtration, industrial, healthcare and consumer markets, is to add a second location in Midwest USA.
Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer, Scott & Fyfe Ltd, has announced the launch of a new line of carbon fabrics for the composites industry. The product range will come under the company’s new Polycarb brand.
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.
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 Trützschler Group has expanded its manmade fibres product range by taking over the personnel and know-how of SwissTex Winterthur AG, the carpet and industrial yarns spinner.
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.
Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Chief Executive Officer of Sandler AG, has been awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit by Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer. Given as a ‘token of honouring and appreciative recognition for outstanding services rendered to the State of Bavaria and the Bavarian people’, the order is an appreciation of exceptional commitment to the common welfare in the state.
The management team of Vita Nonwovens has successfully completed a management buyout of the business from Vitafoam, Inc., a division of UK parent company The Vita Group, Ltd. Vita Nonwovens is a producer of high quality nonwoven materials for use in bedding, furniture, hygiene, automotive, filtration, and building products.
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).
International technology group Andritz which offers a full range of complete nonwovens lines for the production of technical textiles will be presenting its expertise in complete lines and advanced systems for high-end technical nonwovens at the India ITME exhibition which runs from 2-7 December in Mumbai. The group’s Küsters, Asselin-Thibeau, and Perfojet businesses will be showcasing integrated solutions for all nonwovens segments for the Indian market.
Alexium International Group (Alexium) announced today that its growing revenues are from multiple sources as a result of commercial development agreements, license payments, and a project funded by the US Department of Defense.
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.
Novel supermicro fibres based on cellulose and cellulose-2.5-acetate are being developed at ITCF Denkendorf (the Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibres) in Germany.
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.
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.
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.
Oerlikon Saurer’s Allma Product Line will be showing at this year’s CINTE 2012, Asia's top biannual trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, which takes place from 22 to 24 October in Shanghai. The Kempten, Germany based company will welcome customers and interested visitors to its stand to inform them about the latest developments in the production of tire cord and industrial yarns.
Two of the longest established names in the UK fibre and fabric processing industries have merged to create a new Cheshire, North West England, based business which will provide complete downstream machinery solutions to the international performance textiles, automotive and aerospace industries.
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.
A forward thinking Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer is planning to put ownership of its business into the hands of its employees. Scott & Fyfe Limited, the Tayport based technical textiles manufacturer has announced it will transform itself into an employee owned company. The business is currently owned by the Tough family.
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).
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.
Ahlstrom has signed an agreement to acquire the Swedish company Munktell Filter AB in a strategic move to grow its advanced filtration business particularly in life science and laboratory applications.
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.
Reactive Surface Treatment (RST) technology provider Alexium announced today that it has been awarded a $200,000 contract by the US Air Force Research Laboratory to demonstrate its Cleanshell CB treatments for chemical and biological protection applications. The contract follows two other purchase orders by the US Army in the last twelve months and is expected to further validate RST technology for defence applications.
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?
Alexium announced this week that it has successfully demonstrated its Reactive Surface Technology (RST) treatments for functionalizing temperature-sensitive fibres such as high-performance polyolefins to add new properties such as antimicrobial, adhesion promotion, and flame retardancy.
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.
Entering its third decade as three important days each year for the global filtration business, the Filtration 2012 International Conference and Exposition will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 13-15 November 2012.
The Teijin Group announced today that Tokyo-based Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the group’s carbon-fibre composites business company, and Shanghai-based Teijin Aramid Asia Co., Ltd., the group’s aramid-fibre business, will participate in China Composites Expo 2012. The show is Asia’s largest composites exhibition and will take place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center in Shanghai from 5-7 September.
RHL calendering and squeezing equipment scores in geotextiles and medical sectors
New investment during 2012 by US technical nonwovens producers is said to be highlighting the benefits of calendering and water extraction technology from Richard Hough Ltd. (RHL), of the UK. Significant installations so far this year have been commissioned by leading suppliers to the geotextiles and medical sectors.
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.
Freudenberg Nonwovens is expanding its adsorptives business by investing in new equipment. Four years after the opening of the plant, the company is sending out a clear signal for the expansion of its business in this segment in Littleborough in the United Kingdom.
In an article for Commodity Online yesterday, Seshadri Ramkumar, Associate Professor of Nonvwovens at Texas Tech University, reports that the technical textiles market in India will skyrocket to US $ 28.7 billion by 2016-17. The prediction comes from information provided by India’s Textiles Ministry officials.
Building on the success of its previous European filtration conferences and exhibitions, EDANA has announced the programme for the fifth edition of FILTREX, to be held in Cologne, Germany on the 17-18 October, 2012.
GOCarbonFibre 2012, which takes place from 2-4 October 2012 at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK, will deliver its most ambitious programme to date, bringing together key influential figures from across the industry including:
According to DSM ropes made with its Dyneema ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre demonstrated during initial trials, how their outstanding performance can help fishermen around the world to work more safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.
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.
Messe Frankfurt USA announced today it has hired Kristy Meade as Group Show Director, Textile Events, responsible for managing the teams producing Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, Texworld USA Winter/Summer, Apparel Sourcing and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo.
Looking to connect global technical innovation with practical product applications, the third annual Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference will be held October 23-25, 2012 at the Hilton Baltimore, in Baltimore, Maryland.
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.
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.
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in the textiles supply chain. Since Texcare 2012 (Frankfurt/Main) it is stretching out its fingers into the dirt trapping mat industry, too. For the first time Milliken from Manchester and Austria based Kleen-Tex Industries presented product ranges with piles made from recycled polyester and nylon fibres.
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.
METYX Composites organized and hosted its signature event, METYX Third Composites Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, June 4-8, 2012, in conjunction with event sponsors Airex AG, Aksa, Duratek, PPG Fiber Glass, Reinforced Plastics Magazine, Scott Bader, The Turkish Carbon Society, the Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association, and Umeco.
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.
Karl Mayer Malimo has introduced two new working widths for its Wefttronic RS parallel weft insertion machines. A Wefttronic RS in a width of 213 inches was shown at the recent ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai and a 176 inch machine was introduced at the same time.
Umeco Structural materials, a leading provider of high performance prepregs and adhesives to the aerospace, space and military industries, will be exhibiting examples of Airbus-qualified prepregs on its stand at the Farnborough show, which takes place between 9 and 13 July 2012.
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.
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’.
Many of the benefits of disposable nonwoven wipes in the workplace over laundered and reusable cleaning materials (what are referred to in the US as ‘shop towels’) have been pretty well demonstrated over the past 30 years.
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.
A new carpet-backing machine that allows manufacturers to produce fully-recyclable floor coverings has been unveiled by coating and laminating specialist Web Processing, a Cygnet Tex-Web company.
In an ambitious drive to reach zero manufacturing waste in its North American facilities, Freudenberg North America's 16 companies will increasingly pursue industrial processes that focus on recycled product content, plant recycling, lower water and energy consumption and increased use of sustainable materials over the next decade, the company said in a statement this week.
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 carbon fibres and composites company Toho Tenax announced today that it will develop and market carbon fibre fabrics for India’s composite industry in collaboration with Hindoostan Technical Fabrics Limited, a carbon and aramid textile manufacturer wholly owned by Hindoostan Mills, Ltd., a major textile company in India and part of the Thackersey Group. This will be the first time Toho Tenax has partnered a textile manufacturer in India’s carbon fibre sector.
Composites group Umeco will be exhibiting and presenting its new corporate identity at this year’s JEC Asia show, which takes place at the SUNTEC International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore between 26 - 28 June 2012.
Population figures in Asia are increasing all the time, and are being accompanied in many countries by enormous growth in the nonwovens markets. Here, Groz-Beckert, a company with 1500 different product types, explains how suppliers of mechanically bonded nonwovens can share in the success of nonwovens in Asia.
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.
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).
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.
INDA conference WOWs wipes industry
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.
Teijin Fibers and N.I.Teijin Shoji, the Teijin Group’s products converting business companies, have announced that they will participate in Asia Nonwovens Exhibition (ANEX) 2012, one of the top three exhibitions in the global nonwoven industry, which will be held at the KINTEX exhibition center in Seoul, South Korea from June 13 to 15.
Scottish industrial textiles producer Don & Low has developed a new range of Daltex nonwoven composite fabrics that combine spunbond nonwovens with innovative reflective foils and metallised films
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.
Messe Frankfurt has announced that the eleventh edition of Techtextil North America and the second edition of Texprocess Americas will be held from 13-15 May 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
High performance materials company Ahlstrom is to close its Barcelona plant which manufactures products for advanced and transportation filtration businesses. The Spanish facility is said to have suffered from continued weakening demand in Southern Europe. The company estimates that about 30 employees will be affected starting from the second half of 2012.
Personal protective equipment specialist, Praybourne Products, has launched an exclusive range of coveralls using Protal 5 fabric from Waxman Fibres partnership producers. The innovative product was launched at the Health and Safety Expo at the NEC in Birmingham (15-17 May).
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.
Production is now underway for the 2012 GOCarbonFibre conference, due to take place in London this October. Organisers Smithers Apex says it is excited about the return to Europe, and building on last year's resounding success it has a fresh new angle for this year's programme.
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.
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.
DSM, producer of Dyneema, has introduced a new fibre designed for the production of ropes that it says provide unrivalled strength, stiffness and durability. DSM says DM 20 is an innovative fibre that completely redefines the capability of HMPE ropes and forms the basis of Dyneema Max Technology.
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.
“We must work together if we want to develop affordable manufacturing automation solutions along the entire process chain to help bring about the required reduction in the cost of the finished product,” VDMA Composite Technology Forum spokesman and KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH board member Frank Peters told Monday’s Series manufacture of composites – across-the-board automation meeting in Frankfurt.
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 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.
Four finalists have been selected to compete for the World of Wipes Innovation Award competition being held as part of the annual World of Wipes (WOW) Conference, set for June 5-7 at the Hotel InterContinental in Chicago, Illinois.
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.
Teijin Techno Products Limited, a Teijin group company producing advanced aramid fibres, announced today that it has developed the world’s first mass-producible aramid nanofibre to offer reliable heat and oxidation resistance together with high quality.
French warp knitting machine engineering company Schinasi International Textile Machines (SITM) has developed what is thought to be the world’s finest weft insertion device for a tricot warp knitting machine in gauge E40 (40 needles per inch).
Leicestershire, UK based carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements manufacturer Formax has announced that it’s new glass Malitronic Multiaxial machine is now operational and working at full capacity.
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.
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.
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.
In the latest issue of its company e-newsletter Groz-Beckert interviewed two senior managers of Hong Kong headquartered nonwovens producer Costin and found that the company is investing heavily in new machinery to meet booming demand for mechanically bonded nonwoven filtration products in China.
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
The specialist trade fair Composites Europe and the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) are to further strengthen their cooperation with an international conference programme to continuing education on the web.
TenCate announced at last week’s JEC show that it has reached an agreement for the strategic acquisition of Performance Materials Corporation Baycomp from Camarillo (California), the US and Canadian producer of composite materials moulding and thermoplastic unidirectional tape materials.
Karl Mayer Malimo has a new business manager as of 1st April. The new man at the helm of the 100% Karl Mayer owned subsidiary, and hence the technical textiles business sector, is Jochen Schmidt, a 42-year-old who has risen through the ranks after ten years at the German company.
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.
EDANA has launched its call for papers for the fifth edition of FILTREX Europe, a leading nonwovens filter media conference. Submissions are sought from the industry on new filter media, new technologies, gas and liquid filtration, air filtration and testing.
Leading manufacturer of warp knitting machines and warp preparation machines for both warp knitting and weaving, Karl Mayer, will once again be exhibiting at this year’s ITMA Asia + CITME show in China. The German company will be showcasing its latest technology in Shanghai from 12-16 June, including a new extra wide version of its Wefttronic weft insertion machine for technical fabrics.
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.
Teijin Limited announced today it will open its Teijin Composites Application Center (TCAC), a technical centre to develop automotive and other industrial applications of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite products, in Auburn Hills, Michigan on 1st April.
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.
Composites group Umeco is rebranding its group companies. Advanced Composites Group, GRPMS, JD Lincoln and Richmond Aerovac, are all being rebranded under the Umeco brand name at JEC Europe 2012 in Paris later this month whilst showcasing a range of exciting new products and technologies.
The JEC Composites show is always characterised by a high level of innovation from an industry that now employs 550,000 professionals worldwide and generates an estimated €72 billion in revenues.
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.
Ahlstrom Corporation, a global high performance materials company, today announced the publication of its second stand-alone Sustainability Report. The publication can be downloaded as a PDF file at the foot of this article.
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.
Nominations are now open for the World of Wipes Innovation Award, one of the many highlights of the 2012 World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference in Chicago in June.
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.
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.
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.
Oerlikon Barmag will be showcasing its spinning and winding solutions for composites yarns at the forthcoming JEC show. The company will also be demonstrating its competence in the area of pumps for composite materials at the Paris show which is being held from 27-29 March.
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.
Virtual prototyping for manufacturing industries specialist ESI Group has announced the release of PAM-RTM and PAM-FORM 2012, two numerical simulation applications dedicated to the manufacture of composite parts.
Xerium Technologies, Inc. a leading manufacturer of industrial textiles and rolls used primarily in the paper production process has introduced Formsoft, an advanced tissue forming fabric technology specifically designed to help its tissue fabric customers improve operational performance at lower costs.
ACIMIT, the organisation representing the Italian textile machinery manufacturers says that orders for Italian textile machinery sector are now back on the rise.
After the success of its 2010 Nonwovens Symposium in Baveno, which drew more than 200 delegates, EDANA has announced the programme for the first Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium, which will take place at the Sheraton Ataköy Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey from the 10-11 May 2012.
Over the past decade there has been a marked increase in the development of nonwoven technologies for the successful processing of alternative raw materials, including natural fibres, and for the recycling of waste materials.
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.
High-performance materials company Ahlstrom Corporation has announced that it has completed a significant upgrade to its Global Filtration Technical Center in Turin.
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.
Karl Mayer is aiming to extend its contact in the Chinese technical textiles market when it takes part in a series of VDMA organised symposia across China in March.
Aiming to provide information on the entire range of nonwoven bonding and converting technologies, the agenda for the inaugural Converting and Bonding (CAB) 2012 Conference includes sessions ranging from Machinery Technology to Market Applications as part of the three-day event, set for April 17-19, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, S.C.
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.
headquartered METYX Composites has invested in a state-of-the-art Liba MAX 5
multiaxial stitch bonding machine for the production of carbon fibre
reinforcements. The Turkish company, which will offer a new range of stitch
bonded composite materials to complement its existing product range, is also
planning other significant investments in 2012.
Citing strong global
demand for its products and services along with a strategic decision to create
a new business un
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
Concern over the air
quality inside buildings is now receiving similar attention to that which
outdoor air quality received in the 1970s - and it's another area in which
nonwoven-based filter media are cleaning up.
A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that the air
within homes and other buildings can be even more polluted than the outdoor air
in even the largest and most industrialised cities.
In addition, those exposed to indoor air pollutants for the
Polyester producer Teijin
Fibers announced today that it has decided to commercialize a new version of
its Nanofront high-strength polyester nanofibre with a diameter of 400 nanometres,
or 22,500 times smaller than the cross-sectional area of a strand of hair, an
unprecedented achievement for a commercial polyester fibre.
The new version, which will be marketed by Teijin Fibers as
a finer version of its existing 700 nanometre Nanofront nanofibre, is expected
to expand the m
Polymer Group (PGI) has announced its Suzhou, China plant
has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The LEED Green Building Rating System is a feature-oriented
rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green
building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include:
Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and
Following the success of the 2010 Nonwovens Symposium in
Baveno which drew more than 200 delegates, EDANA has announced the first
Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium, which will take place at the Sheraton Ataköy Hotel
in Istanbul, Turkey from 10-11 May 2012, with a welcome reception on the
evening of 9 May. EDANA now invites industry experts to submit their papers for
consideration for presentation at the conference by 13 January 2012.
The programme will
feature a mix of tec
Leicestershire, UK based carbon fibre and speciality
composite reinforcements manufacturer Formax, has been granted membership to
the Materials and Structures Technology Science and Technology Centre (MAST
STC). Formax is the first multiaxial
fabric manufacturer to be awarded membership to the alliance making it a
significant success for the company.
The MAST STC alliance is tasked with the pursuit of
excellence in structures science and technology for defence appl
According to a new Freedonia industry study, ‘World
Nonwovens Industry', global sales of nonwoven fabrics are forecast to increase
6.9% annually through 2015 to 9.2 million metric tons. The growth rate is said to be an acceleration
from the 2005-2010 period, reflecting a low base as global recessionary
conditions restrained nonwovens fabric demand in 2008 and 2009 before improving
somewhat in 2010.
World Nonwovens Industry presents historical demand data
Citing strong global demand for its products and services
along with a strategic decision to create a new business unit, METYX
Composites, an established manufacturer of technical textiles and
composites-related products, has announced it is building a new 12,500 square
meter (134,550 square foot) factory in Manisa, Turkey.
Although the group's headquarters remains in Istanbul, the
new facility will drive the company's aggressive plans for growth over the next
Global life and materials sciences company Royal DSM, owner
of the Dyneema UHMWPE fibre brand, has made an investment in NanoHoldings LLC,
a Connecticut, USA based company which specializes in breakthrough
nanotechnology discoveries in the field of energy.
NanoHoldings funds the development of world improving
technologies and is also said to have a solid business model for bringing
products to market that will balance sustainability with profitability.
INDA, Association of
the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has been busy during the past year recognizing
the "best of the best" in its awards competitions and special events.
addition to honouring a number of successful consumer and industrial products
that are making an impact in the world of nonwovens, INDA also recognized some
of the most influential executives in the business with lifetime and service
Starting with the coveted 2011 Visionary Award presented as
According to a new
Freedonia industry study, demand for filters in the US is expected to increase
to just over $12 billion in 2015. The ‘US Filter Market' study says the growth
reflects an improvement over the weaker gains registered during the 2005 to
2010 period due to the economic recession that occurred during the latter half
of that period.
The study also says advances will be spurred by improved
manufacturing activity, and motor vehicle production and sales, a
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
AIC group is putting the finishing touches to making 125
tonnes of equipment operational for the National Composites Centre (NCC) in
Bristol. The project has taken around seven months.
The NCC is the country's leading organisation bridging the
gap between academic research and manufacturing.
The NCC aims to bring together dynamic
companies and enterprising academics to develop new technologies for the design
and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products. Thou
Teijin Limited and
the Tokyo Institute of Technology have co-developed a highly conductive carbon nanofibre
(CNF) which is said to have a high linearity structure which offers 30-40%
greater electrical conductivity compared to conventional CNF.
The primary application envisioned for the new CNF is for
battery components, including lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, capacitors,
electrode additives, plastic additives, fuel-cell gas-diffusion layers 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
Coatema Coating Machinery was given the Technical
Development Manufacturing Award for its Smartcoater technology by IDTechX at
the recent Printed Electronics USA. The award recognizes the most significant
development of a manufacturing device in the industry over the last 24
Coatema says it is especially pleased by the award as it
already won the prestigious prize for its Click&Coat concept during the
European Printed Electronics event earlier this year. "
One of the largest and most successful filtration events
ever filled Chicago's Navy Pier late last month as suppliers, customers and end
users from around the world took part in three days of education, new products
and networking at the Filtration 2011 International Conference and Exposition.
"Living up to its billing as the largest and most important
filtration industry event in the world, Filtration 2011 drew a near-record
1,670 attendees to Navy Pier in Chicago, Ill
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,
America continues to lead the development of green innovations with its new
Viledon Hydrotexx ECO, a green nonwoven filtration media made with
Post-Consumer Recycle (PCR) polyester.
The group's Freudenberg Filtration Technologies worked with
its customer Meissner Manufacturing, who manufactures the Unicel brand and is
one of the largest North American producers of replacement cartridges for the
pool and spa market.
The Unicel team initiated i
An innovative car,
flight refuelling kit and turbine blades showcased the latest in composite
technology to the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, UK Secretary of State for the
Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, who formally opened the National
Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol today.
Dr Cable was joined by more than 200 guests to see at first-hand
the capabilities of the centre. He was shown around the centre and saw
state-of-the-art machinery, including a world-le
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
Recognizing a need for an inclusive conference to service
the needs of multiple production and bonding technologies and the converter
segment, INDA, the leading Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, will
hold their new CAB 2012 Converting and Bonding Conference from April 17-19,
2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, S.C.
CAB 2012 is an expansion and replacement of INDA's highly
successful Needlepunch Conference. The new conference will encompass the full
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:
shrink-wrap' gains traction
Adrian Wilson reports
It's been a year of solid achievement for Alexium in
commercialising its potentially disruptive RST technology.
The company is working with major prospective commercial
partners and also started-up a new production line at its headquarters in Greer
in South Carolina, USA, which triples its capacity.
And Alexium's Business Development Director John Almond
reports that the first mass market application for RST are getting c
Pegas Nonwovens has received the prestigious ‘Business
Partner of the Year' award from Procter & Gamble Co. the largest producer
and seller of consumer goods in the world.
The award was received by 12 top suppliers from a total of
75,000 suppliers worldwide and adds to the ‘Supplier of the Year' award, which
the company received last year. At the same time, the Pegas was awarded for the
fourth year in a row the ‘Excellence Award', which is given to suppliers
Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI) unveiled a new platform technology
yesterday to produce nonwovens containing submicron fibres that it says can
deliver improved performance properties for healthcare, industrial, filtration
and new emerging market applications. PGI's proprietary Arium technology produces a matrix of fibres
predominately sized less than one micron in diameter.
"Arium is a completely new technology platform for the
industry that will enable us to meet
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;
Students are being urged to apply now for a 2012 EDANA grant
to participate in the forthcoming Nonwovens Research Academy which is being
held in Gothenburg, Sweden on the 19 & 20 April 2012.
The event is being
organised by the European nonwovens association EDANA.
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 related disciplines.
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
Manufacturer of industrial textiles and rolls used primarily
in the paper production process, Xerium Technologies has announced full global availability of its Impact
TS, advanced tissue felt technology, as part of its clothing (PMC) technology
designed to help customers improve operational performance and reduce energy
consumption, which it says are vital to the manufacturing of tissue grades.
"With Impact TS, Xerium continues to take the lead in
advancing the t
America is finding that its recyclable innovations are not only good for the
environment and its customers - they are also good for job growth.
Freudenberg aims to lead the way in recyclable product
innovations that include materials used in everything from mattresses,
wallpaper and brooms to building materials, landscaping and automotive
The company says its innovations kee
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
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
Buckeye Technologies has announced that it has approved
funding to increase high-end specialty wood pulp capacity by 42,000 tons at its
Buckeye Florida Foley operation.
The cost of the project is expected to be approximately $79
million with an anticipated rate of return of 15% to 20%. Engineering and
design work is nearing completion, and construction is expected to begin in
January 2012 with project start-up pl
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
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
Japanese fibres giant Teijin Limited announced today that it will donate 20 million Japanese yen (approx. 260,000 USD) for relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by severe flooding in Thailand. The donation includes 15 million yen provided to the Thai government.
The Teijin Group says it attaches great importance to the affected area, where it operates key polyester manufacturing facilities.
Teijin extends its s
INDA names finalists for 2012 Visionary Award
Five consumer products ranging from a unique floor-cleaning pad to a disposable bra liner have been nominated as finalists for the 2012 Visionary Award.
Now in its 11th year, the Visionary Award, which is given annually to a new consumer product that utilizes nonwoven fabrics in its final form, will be presented at the VISION 2012 Consumer Products Conference, January 23-26, 2012 at the Hotel Intercontinental in New Orleans,
Monforts has pulled out all the stops in the engineering and commissioning of a special Montex stenter line for Germany's BWF Protec.
Based in Hof, Germany, BWF Protec is involved in so many industrial niche markets its range of needlepunched materials is perhaps the widest available from any single source. As a consequence, a very versatile and unique Montex stenter solution was needed to meet all requirements.
"We are not making commodities o
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%
The tenth annual INDA Award for Lifetime Technical Achievement was presented this week to industry veteran Mike Putnam, of PGI, while the coveted Lifetime Service Award was given to Morris T. Collins, Jr., of RKW US, Inc., at the second annual Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference, which took place from 3-6 October at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel in Raleigh, N.C.
Both men were recognized by the
EDANA, global association and voice of the nonwovens and related industries, has announced its programme of events scheduled for the remainder of 2011 and for 2012, as well as an overview of the planned activities for 2013 and 2014.
"Our members and companies within the industry have been clear in their desire for high-quality events that address specific sectors of the nonwovens and related industries. Our programme of events meets this
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
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
Leading car manufacturers including Ford, General Motors, Mitsubishi and Toyota are said to be now taking advantage of the tremendous properties of vertically lapped nonwoven fabrics - and the benefits are not just confined to the automotive sector.
At this week's ITMA show in Barcelona, Spain, from September 22-29, Australian company V-Lap will be demonstrating the capabilities of its highly-successful technology for the prod
Chinese nonwovens lines producer Ying Yang says it is now without doubt the largest manufacturer of nonwovens machinery in the world.
If you don't know this company already, this week's ITMA, taking place in Barcelona, Spain, from today until the 29 September, will provide the perfect opportunity to meet with members of an enthusiastic team which in 2010 was responsible for installing over 300 production line
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
UK-based Technical Absorbents, part of the Bluestar Fibres Company Limited, will be exhibiting its Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) technology at The 14th Shanghai International Nonwoven Exhibition (SINCE) in October 2011.
SINCE will be held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center between 12th-14th October and is organised by CNTA Science & Technology, UBM Asia Trade Fairs and Shanghai Technology Conventio
Keynote speakers have been announced for the NETInc Innovative Nonwoven's Conference, to be held Sept, 13-15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference covers key technical developments in the nonwovens business and offers peer reviewed papers, expert speakers and a wide range of networking opportunities.
"The keynote speakers for the NETInc Nonwovens conference will address a range of important issues including legislative, m
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
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
Specialist narrow fabrics machine builder Mageba is launching a brand new high-productivity shuttle loom for complex, multi-dimensional narrow fabrics at next month's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona.
Mageba says it's new SSL MV shuttle loom is designed for complex fabric structures, such as multi-dimensional, multi-layer fabric for profile fabric and near net-shaped fabrics made of carbon fibre and glass fibr
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
Interface Founder and Chairman Ray Anderson dies aged 77
Ray Anderson - 1934-2011
Ray C. Anderson, founder and Chairman of Interface, Inc., lost a 20-month battle with cancer on Monday. Surrounded by his family, he died at his home in Atlanta, it was announced by Company President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Hendrix.
An honours graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology's school of industrial and systems engineering in 1956, Anderson founded Interface in 1973 to produce the f
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
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
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
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
Celebrating its 20th anniversary as a very important three days each year for the global filtration business, the Filtration 2011 International Conference and Exposition will feature more than 120 exhibitors from all links in the filter supply chain at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois, from November 15-17, 2011.
Exhibitors will be showcasing the latest products, technologies and end products for filtration; while an extensive t
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
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
Federal-Mogul Corporation has developed a protective product for high voltage cables that it says will help protect occupants of electric and hybrid electric vehicles in the event of a crash.
The new material, called CrushShield, surrounds and protects electrical cables, keeping the electrical system isolated from the rest of the vehicle. Federal-Mogul says CrushShield is one of the first c
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
International Newsletters has announced that the keynote speaker for TCL2011, the must-attend conference on Textile Coating and Laminating which is to be held in Orlando, FL, USA on 17-18 November 2011 will be Michèle Joris Sioen, Managing Director/CEO, Sioen Industries NV, Belgium. The talk will be entitled ‘Innovation - the partner to technical textiles.'
The program, which has been assembled by Bill Smith of Industrial Texti
Italy's Santoni, a Lonati Group company, has announced its latest machinery innovations for ITMA 2011 in Barcelona, including two versions of its Atlas single jersey circular knitting machine in the unprecedented ultra fine gauges of 80 and 90.
The Atlas has been available until recently in ultra fine gauges such as 50 and 60 (needles per inch) but according to Santoni, with its "special and diversely
Last Thursday (7 July) saw the official opening of the Open Innovation Center Advanced Materials (OICAM) in Nijverdal, the Netherlands. The new innovation centre is a network of companies and knowledge institutions inside and outside of the Netherlands' province of Overijssel that focuses on sharing knowledge, research and development concerning high-grade materials and materials technology.
The centre was opened by Dr T
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
From 27th June to 30th June 2011, forty-three students aged 14 and 15 spent the week enjoying a unique learning experience at The University of Manchester. The four-day Smallpeice Trust Engineering Materials residential course, hosted by The University of Manchester's School of Materials and sponsored by LATEST2 (Light Alloys Towards Environmentally Sustainable Transport) was designed to give students a taste of this
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
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
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
Bonar & Natpet have announced the purchase of their first nonwoven production line to be installed early 2012, in their Joint Venture plant, at a site near to NATPET's polypropylene production facility in Yanbu, in western Saudi Arabia.
The state of the art six metre working width line will be delivered by Asselin-Thibeau and will include among its carding and needling equipment, the IsoProDyn and A.C.S technologies.
Bonar Technical Fabrics is a world leading producer of
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
Leading warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer has unveiled its new RD 7/2-12 EL double needle bar raschel machine here at ShanghaiTex. The machine is the German company's latest offering in the spacer fabric field and is suitable for the production of 3D knitted spacer fabrics for shoes, linings, orthopaedic bandages and supports, mattress covers, automotive interiors and furniture applications.
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
"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
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
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
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
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
Figures released today show that after a decline in 2009, production of nonwovens during 2010 in
Greater Europe (Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey and CIS), has not
only recovered, but has overtaken its peak level of 2008. EDANA, the
international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, today
released its statistics on Nonwovens
Production and Deliveries for 2010.
According to EDANA, total European production grew in weight
by 10.3% since 2009 (
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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
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A full range of fabric and garment sourcing through
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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
Rhodia has announced a debottlenecking of its polymer
production capacity in Freiburg, Germany. Rhodia’s Global Business Unit (GBU),
Polyamide & Intermediates, a leader in the polyamide PA66 market, is
strengthening its position as major producer of polymers in Europe.
“The capacity extension of our industrial unit of Freiburg
enhances our capability to be a reliable partner for our customers in Europe,
especially in the textile industry. It is an important step
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
India’s government owned National Textiles Corporation (NTC)
has announced it will invest Rupees 4.25 billion in a technical textiles joint
venture to meet the fast growing demand in healthcare and infrastructure sectors,
according to a report in The Hindu.
“We plan to diversify into technical textiles space. This is
an emerging sector. We will rope in a global firm that will provide technology
to the venture and help to market the produce,” the NTC Chairman and Ma
Netherlands headquartered Sioen Industries, a producer of
technical textiles, fine chemicals and high-tech protective clothing, has
announced it has reached an agreement for the sale of one of its subsidiaries,
Roland International produces finished curtains and
tarpaulins for international road and rail transport sectors. The company
slogan ‘built stronger to last longer’ expresses the philosophy of the company
which after restructuring was put u
Without making a lot of noise about it, some automotive
suppliers have embraced sustainability for years by producing sound-attenuating
components with shoddy made by Leigh Fibers from recycled denim and other
textile materials. QuietLeigh recycled fibres
have become the industry standard for acoustical padding, contributing to
quieter rides while helping to keep tons of old jeans out of landfills.
Leigh custom-blends QuietLeigh fibres to suit suppliers'
DSM Dyneema has formed a partnership with gruschwitz gmbh
Tech-Twists in which they become a Premium Distribution Partner for UHMWPE fibre
manufactured by DSM Dyneema. The new agreement becomes effective 1 April 2011
and is specific to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia –
Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia,
Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia,
Slovenia and Ukraine.
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French warp knitting machine engineering company Schinasi International Textile Machines (SITM) claims to have developed the world’s finest weft insertion device for a tricot machine in gauge E36 (36 needles per inch).
SITM was created in 1986 in a Paris suburb by the current owner Nessim Schinasi, and has been a partner of German warp knitting machine builder LIBA Maschinenfabrik GmbH for 40 years. SITM represents Liba in sales of new machines in Fran
Adrian Wilson reports from Wiesbaden
As was reflected at Filtech 2011, which took place in
Wiesbaden, Germany, from March 22-24, the need for purer air and cleaner water
are just two reasons why the filtration industry has excellent prospects for
A demand for finer degrees of separation in industry – from
hydraulic oils to semi-conductor wash water – can be added to the list, as can
the need for better hot exhaust gas filtration, including diesel exhausts, and
for higher ene
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
The current challenges facing the global wipes business,
ranging from the instability of raw materials to the environmental ‘friendliness’
of finished products, will be the focus of the upcoming World of Wipes (WOW)
International Conference, set for June 14–16, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead,
The full agenda for the event, which annually attracts
hundreds of participants from the wipes supply chain, provides three days of
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
Following the strategic acquisition of Boddingtons Ltd, a
leading UK based specialist geosynthetic film, mesh and net manufacturer,
Fiberweb plc, a multi-national manufacturer of high performance nonwoven
fabrics for the global hygiene, medical, technical and industrial markets, has announced the formation of a new division
called Fiberweb Geosynthetics.
Fiberweb Geosynthetics division has been created to maximise
the synergy between collective product ranges, and compri
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
“The current schedule is for capacity to be running in April
with supply available to our customers soon thereafter. For over 150 years, JM
has been committed to meeting the needs of our valued customers,” noted J.P.
Blanchard, Global Manager of the Filtration and Specialty Nonwovens Business.
“We invested in bringing the additional capacity online in order to better
serve our customers’ needs as well as the growing demand in the market for our
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
Scottish technical textiles manufacturer Scott & Fyfe has
recently started collaboration with The Glasgow School of Art in order to
create a culture of sustainable innovation.
The first workshop
took place from 19-20 October 2010 in the Centre for Design Innovation in
Forres in north east Scotland’s Moray Firth area. The first two days covered how
the design process can be applied to maximise opportunity spotting and the
methods will be used within the organisat
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
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
textiles producer Royal TenCate has recorded a net profit increase of 92% for
2010. The Dutch company reported the following results yesterday:
Highlights of 2010
Sales in 2010: €984.5 million (2009: €842.1
million; 17% of which +10% autonomous).
EBITA in 2010: € 85.0 million (2009: €41.5
million; +109% autonomous).
EBITA margin in 2010: 8.6% (2009: 4.9%).
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
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
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
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
and MAG, a leading developer of automation technologies for producing composite
structures are jointly establishing the Philadelphia University MAG Composites
Institute for research and development in textile-based composites that the
parties say could have wide application in industry, including the aerospace,
automotive and energy sectors.
The new research institute will be funded in part by $1.1
million from MAG, whose chairman and
Designed to help save lives and
protect individuals from harm from air-borne particles, the Readi Mask from
Global Safety First, of Manasquan, NJ, was recently named the recipient of the
prestigious 2011 Visionary Award presented at the VISION 2011 Consumer Products
Conference in Carlsbad, California.
The Readi Mask was selected over four other finalists by the
attendees at the tenth annual VISION Conference, which was held from January
10-12 at the Park Hyatt in Car
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
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
Roger Milliken, one of the
last in the tradition of those great industrialists who built America's
manufacturing success, passed away on December 30, 2010 at the age of
His five children issued the following statement: "Daddy lived a rewarding ninety-five
years. We are grateful, as was he, for
the friendship and support from so many that enabled him to live a full,
productive, creative, and passionate life.
He enjoyed every minute of it."
Nonwovens and specialty papers
producer Ahlstrom, is to invest into additional capacity in transportation
filtration material at its site in Turin, Italy. The total investment is said
to be approximately EUR 17.5 million and it will be completed in the fourth
quarter of 2012.
Commenting on the investment today, Tommi Björnman,
Executive Vice President, Filtration, said:
"We have been pleased to grow with our key customers
and as a commitment to the filtration business
The world of filtration
came to Philadelphia earlier this month as crowded aisles and
standing-room-only conference sessions combined to make the Filtration 2010
International Conference and Exposition one of the the largest and most important
filtration industry events in the world.
With the business of filtration continuing to play a vital
role in the personal and business applications around the globe, Filtration
2010 drew 1400 attendees to the Pennsylvan
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 Nonwoven Division of Vita, which includes Libeltex and
Vita Nonwovens has announced price increases ranging from 6% to 12% to its
global customer base.
"Since quarter 2 of 2010 our Raw Materials (polyester
staple fiber – PSF - and viscose staple fiber –VSF) did raise between 15 and
30% depending on the fiber type. It has now become clear to the market that
these significant increases will be applicable at the start of 2011,” explains
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
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
A well known and existing coating technique which has been used
for decades has recently been adapted by a UK company to provide a
revolutionary way of coating hot melt materials in various forms and on to
different substrates for wide-ranging industrial applications. The new
technology is known as EKOKOTE.
Web Processing (M/C) Ltd., based in Whaley Bridge in North
West England, and collaborative partner Thom Engineering based in Blackburn,
Lancashire, have t
German company Coatema Coating
Machinery GmbH has been awarded the JEC Composites Innovation Award for 2010
for Impregnating, Laminating and Calendaring for maximum flexibility and
process versatility in its patented Coatema Click&Coat machinery concept. The
prestigious prize was presented by Prof. Klaus Drechsler, of the University of
Stuttgart, to Mrs. Andrea Glawe, Deputy Sales Director of Coatema, during the annual
JEC Composites 2010 event in Singapore.
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
According to Netherlands based DSM
Dyneema, a recent on commercial fishing has yielded clear proof that nets made
with its Dyneema ultra-strong lightweight fibre, yield major cost savings for
fishermen through reductions in fuel usage, and make an important contribution
to the sustainability of the fishing industry through reduced emissions of
Dyneema, an ultra high molecular weight polyethylene
(UHMWPE) fibre, is manufactured by DSM Dyneema, a compa
17 November 2010, Simpsonville, SC - FitesaFiberweb has
announced two major new investments to serve the hygiene and the healthcare
markets in the Americas. Two high-technology spunmelt lines are to be installed
in the next three years, one at a new site in Lima, Peru and one planned for the
U.S. In Peru, construction associated with the projects is expected to begin in
the first quarter of 2011 and material is expected to be commercially available
in early-2012. Additionally, the company plans
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
UK-based company, Technical Absorbents reports today that it’s Oasis Super Absorbent Fibre (Oasis SAF), was
positively received by visitors to the recent CINTE Techtextil international
trade fair held in Shanghai, China.
The highly specialised 3-day trade show of over 320 stands is the only one of its kind in China, featuring technical textiles, nonwovens
and machinery and received a record number of visitors, over 18,000, coming from all over the world to visi
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
Researchers at the
University of Texas – Pan American have published the first results of their
work utilizing Forcespinning Technology to fabricate polymeric nanofibres and
metallic nanowires. The article, which appears in the November issue of the
peer-reviewed journal Materials Today, was authored by Drs. Karen Lozano and
Forcespinning is a patent pending technology that utilizes
centrifugal force instead of hot air or an electrostatic char
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-
US based Consolidated
Fibers has signed an agreement to become the exclusive supplier of Basofil
staple fibre in North America. Basofil is an advanced technology melamine fibre
designed to blend with commodity and synergistic fibres. Key physical
properties of Basofil are said to be excellent dimensional stability, Superior
Thermal Protective Performance (TPP) value, low thermal conductivity and
ultraviolet (UV) radiation resistance.
According to Consolidated
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
production technology developed by DSM Dyneema is said to enable the
manufacture of yarn that delivers significantly increased cut resistance performance.
Dyneema says its new Diamond Technology now makes possible the production of
protective gloves that combine the ultimate in cut resistance with extreme
Developed over a period of four years, the patented
ultra-high strength yarns produced with Dyneema Diamond Technology enable
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
Vita Nonwovens, a leading
manufacturer of thermal bonded polyester technologies has launched EnGuard
Blanket Insulation, which is said to be an environmentally friendly material which
provides long lasting superior thermal and acoustic insulating properties.
According to Vita, EnGuard's low impact manufacturing
process implements recycled plastic, PET bottle flake, providing a sustainable
alternative to traditional insulations. The company says that unlike othe
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
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
EDANA has released the programme for the Nonwovens Research Academy
in Aachen on the 16th and 17th October, 2010. The Nonwovens Research Academy is
the premier event for R&D specialists, offering valuable insights into the
future of nonwovens, and highlighting current studies and innovative
developments across the nonwovens and related industries.
Announcing the programme, and the opening of registrations,
EDANA General Manager Pierre Wiertz stated “EDANA belie
At the recent Dornbirn Manmade Fibres
Conference in Austria, Elke Schmalz of the Saxon Textile Research Institute
(STFI) introduced Hycospun.
This is a new process developed at the STFI for
manufacturing hydrodynamically bonded spunbond and meltblown composites with
fine fibre layers (less than 10µm), in a project commissioned by the air
“The spunbond and hydrontanglement processes are not
combined that often and at STFI we are in the unique po
Polymer Group has announced
it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of
Blackstone Capital Partners V L.P. The transaction is the result of the
strategic review process initiated by PGI on April 7, 2010, and is expected to
close prior to the end of the first quarter of 2011.
PGI's chief executive officer, Veronica (Ronee) M. Hagen,
stated, "The sale to Blackstone is the culmination of our strategic review
process and we believe th
The Personal Care Products
industry met in Budapest for Outlook 2010 with renewed confidence. In the midst
of a still modest recovery, the 380 delegates were told by various speakers
that business would never be the same as before, with new markets, a new way of
looking at products, and a renewed focus on the customer – all critical
elements of how business continues to evolve.
In his highly praised Keynote paper on Global Economic
Perspectives, Robert Ward, Dire
Ahlstrom Group yesterday
celebrated the inauguration of its new facility in Binzhou, Shandong province,
in north-eastern China. The plant produces transportation filtration materials
and currently employs 170 people. Ahlstrom acquired the plant from Purico Group
which it announced earlier this month.
According to Ahlstrom's President & CEO Jan Lång the
acquisition plays a significant role in Ahlstrom's growth strategy in Asia.
"In addition to Ahlstrom´s strong
At the recent 49th Dornbirn
Manmade Fibre Conference in Austria, Andreas Flacheneker of Polyamide High
Performance (PHP), provided details of the improvements made by his company to
Stanylenka PA 4.6 multifilament yarns since their introduction in 2006.
Compared to technical PA 6.6 multifilament yarns which have
a heat resistance peak of around 130°C, Stanylenka PA 4.6 yarns have a melting
temperature as high as 285°C, and they also have a much higher crystalinit
Ahlstrom, nonwovens and
specialty papers producer, has started consultations with employees and
customers to investigate future options, including a possible closure, for its
spunlace composite production line No. 23 at its Chirnside plant in the United
The Chirnside plant employs about 225 people in total and is
part of Ahlstrom's Food and Medical Business Area. However, Ahlstrom says the
consultations affect a maximum of 11 employees.
The spunlace prod
Teijin’s carbon fibre business,
Toho Tenax, has announced that it has developed a gas diffusion layer (GDL)
made of a carbon fibre fabric for use as an electrode component for fuel cells.
The new GDL will be marketed from late September this year.
According to Toho Tenax, the new fabric-type GDL exhibits
better flexibility and strength than commonly used paper-type GDLs, which are
carbon fibre sheets impregnated with resin or other materials. The company says
Italy’s RadiciGroup has
announced a new investment at its production site in Casnigo, which is engaged
in the production of polyamide 6 and 66 BCF yarn sold under the Radifloor brand
The investment of about Euros 10 million will go towards the
installation of new spinning lines for the production of polyamide 66 and
polyamide 6 solution-dyed BCF yarn. The new lines are expected to be put into
operation in the middle of 2011 and will complement the ex
Organisers of the GO carbon
Fibre 2010 conference are urging delegates to book their place at the
conference now to avoid disappointment and late booking fees.
The upcoming Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre 2010
conference, taking place on 29 - 30 September in Valencia, Spain, will cover
topics such as market analysis, materials insight, virgin CFRP production, CFRP
recycling, technical assessment of the latest innovations in production,
materials handling, resour
DuPont Typar Geosynthetics, a range
of spunbond nonwovens developed for civil engineering and construction
applications, are being successfully used in Hungary’s ‘Living Danube’ environmental
‘Living Danube’ is an
advanced wastewater treatment plant project in Budapest, that is being built to
aid the general recovery and environmentally sustainable management of the
Danube River. According to DuPont, an earlier
stage of the project was recen
Edited by R Alagirusamy and A Das, Indian Institute of
Technology, New Delhi, India
Woodhead Textiles Series No. 101
UK based Woodhead Publishing
has published a new book called ‘Technical textile Yarns’, which it says provides
a comprehensive overview of the variety of technical textile yarns available
along with individual characteristics and production methods.
The following is a product summary provided by the
- documents advances
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
This year’s Composites Europe show
will see the launch of a new product in Scottish technical textiles
manufacturer Scott & Fyfe’s Polymat Range. Polymat Free-Flow is a
mechanically stitch bonded reinforcement fabric consisting of a needle bonded
core sandwiched between chopped glass fibres, which will increase the product
range offered by Scott & Fyfe to the closed mould market.
According to Scott & Fyfe, along with Polymat Hi-Flow,
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 email@example.com 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
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
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
IntertechPira has announced further speakers for its leading
conference dedicated to the carbon fibre industry, GOCarbonFibre2010, which
will feature featuring Airbus, Boeing, Opel / General Motors and carbon fibre
manufacturer Zoltek, amongst others.
Newly announces speakers from Harper International and Delft
University of Technology join the line-up for the 13th annual Global Outlook
for Carbon Fibre, newly branded as GOCarbonFibre, will take place on 29-30
Pegas Nonwovens has announced that
work has commenced on the construction of its brand new production
facility in Znojm, Přímětice, Czech Republic. The Luxembourg headquartered company
announced in March this year that was investing in further production capacity
and had already contracted with Reifenhäuser Reicofil for the supply of further
spunbonding technology. The EUR 50 million investment in the new 9th production
line is being carried out through Pegas’ s
Bringing together the finest
work in the field of high-tech fibre concepts for performance insulations, the
ThermoCool Innovation Excellence Award has been presented to Hong Kong
Non-woven Fabric Ind. Co., Ltd., specialist in the global insulations market.
The award recognises outstanding product development and innovation and
highlights the importance of working in partnership to bring innovative product
concepts to market.
According to Advansa, ThermoCool was dev
Ahlstrom has taken further
steps in implementing its growth strategy in Asia through the acquisition of
Shandong Puri Filter & Paper Products Limited in China from Purico Group.
The parties signed the share sale and purchase agreement today, said to be
valued at EUR 22.5 million.
Shandong Puri Filter & Paper Products Limited is a
producer of transportation filtration media and operates a plant in Binzhou in
the province of Shandong in northeastern Chin
Germany’s VDMA (Verband
Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau - German Engineering Federation) has put in
place a new network for machinery manufacturers engaged in the development and
production of technologies for the manufacture and quality control of composite
Initially, firms from four different VDMA associations have
come together to form the VDMA Composite Technology Forum, in order to create a
platform for exchanges among themselves, with user
Building on the success of its
previous European filtration conferences and exhibitions in 2004, 2006 and
2008, EDANA has announced its programme for the 2010 edition of FILTREX, to be
held in Cologne, Germany from 13 - 14 October, 2010.
The conference programme features commercial and technical
papers from 18 authoritative speakers including a keynote presentation by
Jeffrey Scott Saunders, Futurist for the Copenhagen Institute for Future
Studies (Denmark) on “ED
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
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
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 ninth annual INDA Award for
Lifetime Technical Achievement is to be presented to industry veteran Terry
Young of Procter & Gamble, while the coveted Lifetime Service Award will be
given to Jay Forcucci, of Nanostatics Corporation, at the inaugural Research,
Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference, which is
being held from 20-23 September in Baltimore, Maryland.
Both men are being recognized by their peers in the
nonwovens industry for
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
Netherlands based TenCate Outdoor
Fabrics has introduced a new inherently flame-retardant fabric for group tents,
called TenCate Campshield. Scouting
Nederland, which is celebrating its centenary this year, will include this new
safety fabric from TenCate as a standard item in its collection of group tents
On the eve of the Jubilee Jamboree held to celebrate this very special
anniversary, Scouting Nederland dcided to provide its members with tents made
Netherland’s based technical textiles
giant, TenCate has announced that its operating profit (EBIT) for the second
quarter of 2010 has soared to approximately € 27 million, up 143% from second
quarter 2009’s € 11.1 million, in advance of the publication of its half-year
figures on 26 August 2010. Operating profit for the first six months of 2010
doubled to an amount of approximately € 33 million and taking incidental items
into account, net profit doubled in
The environment and ethically sourced
fashion will be on the agenda in London this coming aut