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
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Innovation in Textiles' RESEARCHSTORE website, which is also accessible via the Innovation in Textiles main website, gives readers the opportunity to buy information from a catalogue of
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
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Using his global contacts and over 20 years experience in
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Pakistan, China and Viet
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 autumn when leading
non-profit organisations the RITE Group and the Ethical Fashion Forum run two
major textile events alongside each other.
Located together for the first time at Central Hall,
Westminster, London, on 6th October, the RITE Group conference on sustainable
textiles and clothing will welcome the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) with its
newly named Ethical Fashion Source e
EDANA, the association serving the
nonwovens and related industries, today announced its new Board of Governors
for 2010-2011. Incoming Chairman Jean-Marie Becker (Ahlstrom) will take over
from Kenneth Strassner (Kimberly-Clark), who has retired from his previous
position. Paul Eevers (Unilever) continues his role as Treasurer, and Gerd Ries
(Johson & Johnson) continues his roles as joint Vice-Chairman with Josef
Schmidtbauer (Lenzing) who is taking the role for t
IntertechPira has announced its agenda
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. The 13th annual
Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre, newly branded as GOCarbonFibre, will take
place on 29-30 September at the Barcelo Valencia Hotel, Spain and will cover
all current industry issues from market analysis to virgin C
Chinese companies have not
surprisingly moved into the production of nonwovens manufacturing machinery in
a big way over the past ten years, and at the recent ITMA Asia + CITME show in
Shanghai, virtually outnumbered the established names in this field from West
They included Jiangsu Yingyang Machinery, which is located
in Changsu, near Shanghai and has been developing its extensive machinery range
for the past decade. It includes both drylaid and spunmelt syst
Dominant Textile, a Turkish
technical textile company that develops and manufactures a variety of
industrial and weather/temperature resistant fabrics, is to open its first UK
office in Manchester creating 10 jobs over the next five years.
The company, which was established in 2003, chose the
Northwest to expand its international operations due to its strengths in the
textiles sector and its strong scientific research base. It has taken office
space at Peter House on
Dyneema ultra-high molecular weight
polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre is helping to ensure that a major construction
project to bring clean energy to millions of people in the U.K., moves ahead as
efficiently and safely as possible.
The world’s largest offshore wind farm, which is under
construction in the North Sea, 23 km off the coast of England, is scheduled for
completion in 2012 and the Greater Gabbard wind farm’s 140 turbines will
generate 500 megawatts of electrici
As the market
continues to grow in
Asia, manufacturers are stepping up their operations. International
are intensifying their supply relationships with Asian companies and
subsidiaries in the booming conurbations of the huge continent. Others
focussing on increasing their existing capacities and leading German
of warp knitting machines and warp preparation systems Karl Mayer is no
Karl Mayer has had its own subsid
Ahlstrom, a global leader in high
performance fibre based materials, has announced that it will continue to
adjust upwards prices for its filter media products for transportation
filtration, as a consequence of the continued rise of raw materials prices.
The company says that prices of key raw materials used for
the manufacturing of filter media have continued to rise steadily over recent
months and although it has made strong efforts to mitigate the impact on its
According Texas Tech
University, preliminary tests on absorbent Fibertect nonwoven, prove it is successful
at picking up the oily paste washing ashore at beaches and marshes across the
Gulf State region. The test took place on the soiled beaches of Grand Isle,
Seshadri Ramkumar, an associate professor of nonwoven
technologies, said the Texas Tech-created nonwoven cotton absorbent wipe with
activated carbon core makes it a perfect remediation too
Mantec Group, owner of Wykes International, the well known
manufacturer of specialist elastomeric and industrial yarns, has
Wykes has emerged from the recession optimistic about the future. Group
Tim Kelly said in a statement released today:
International is now ready to fully re-engage with the industry as a
resourced and funded company with a new team containing a balance of
enthusiasm and mature knowl
ITMA, the world’s largest and most
established textile machinery exhibition, has put a bigger spotlight on
research and development, as well as education and training; a pavilion
organised for research institutes and higher institutions of learning to
showcase their projects, capabilities and programmes.
The Research & Education (R&E) pavilion will be a
major feature at next year’s ITMA exhibition, which will be held at the
EDANA, the international Association
serving the nonwovens and related industries yesterday released its statistics
on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2009. The figures for Greater Europe
(Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey and CIS) show that as a result of
the recent economic conditions, but also of the industry’s effort to provide
lighterweight nonwovens (using less material) with the same function, the
production of nonwovens has contracted in we
The steep reduction in global
shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 following a strong investment
between 2003 and 2007 continued in 2009 in most of the segments.
2008 shipments of spinning machinery were down by -17% (short-staple
and -26% (open-end rotors), of weaving machinery (shuttle-less looms) by
and of flat knitting machinery (electronic) by -12%.
On the other hand shipments of texturing spindles recorded
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven
Fabrics Industry, whose members include the companies that supply products
ranging from baby diapers and feminine hygiene pads to medical nonwoven gowns
to household wipes, says its members are playing a crucial role in the
desperate effort to contain the BP oil spill that threatens hundreds of miles
of sensitive coastline in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Nonwovens companies are producing the products that are
proving most successful in ads
As the prestigious Visionary Award
program prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary next year, the nomination
process for the 2011 Visionary Award is now open to the global nonwovens and
consumer products industries.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, which
sponsors the annual award, will be accepting nominations through September 1.
First presented in 2002 at the inaugural Vision Consumer Products Conference in
New Orleans, Louisiana, the award rec
- The seventh edition of Techtextil North America, which took place May 18 –
20, 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia as part of a
co-location effort with both the ATME-I show and SPESA EXPO creating the first
ever Textile & Sewn Products Industry Week in an effort that is said to
have provided tremendous value for textile and sewn products industry
professionals at all levels of the textile and sewn products manufacturing and
Canadian warp and circular
knitter Syfilco Ltd has reported its business is booming following the
spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Syfilco, a family business founded in the
knitted polyester fabric sleeves and polyethylene netting sleeves that
with absorbent materials to create booms used to contain the spill in
According to local newspaper reports, production of sleeves
at Syfilco has recently doubled due to th
Fibertect Cotton-Soaking (CS),
a three-layer flexible, inert, nonwoven, non-particulate decontamination system
that has been proven to be successful in absorbing and adsorbing chemical
warfare agents has been officially approved by the United States Environmental
Protection Agency as of 29 May.
According to First Line Technology, which is commercializing
the product, Fibertect CS may now prove useful in recovery efforts in the
British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon
Bridging market needs and innovative
applications is the focus of the inaugural Research, Innovation & Science
for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference, which will take place September 20-23
in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics
Industry, RISE will provide information and stimulation for innovation in all aspects
of the development, production, marketing and sales of disposable and durable
nonwovens and engineered fabri
According to a new report by Textiles
Intelligence, man-made fibre output in Japan fell in 2009 for the ninth
consecutive year. Furthermore, the decline, at 22.0%, was more than twice as
fast as any previous fall during the nine-year period. Output of filament yarn
plunged by 29.9% while that of staple fibres decreased by a substantial 15.1%.
The fall in filament yarn output reflected double digit declines in all the
main fibre types. In the case of staple fibres,
The Oerlikon Textile report ‘The
Fiber Year’ which is being published for the tenth time will be available for download
from the company’s homepage www.oerlikontextile.com in June. A Chinese version of the report will be available at a later date.
According to the report, global fibre consumption went up
4.2% to 70.5 million tonnes with manmade fibres rising 4.0% to 44.1 million
tonnes and natural fibres advancing 4.5% to 26.4 million tonnes. With a world
Groz-Beckert has been awarded the third
place prize at the Kyocera Environment Prize for its Litespeed system
helps save energy and resources in high speed circular knitting by
needle geometries. Prize giving took place on 29 April at the Economics
organised by the Federal Association of Medium-Sized Companies e.V.,
Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the World Conference Centre at
former German Bundestag in Bonn.
weft insertion warp knitting
machine builder Karl Mayer Malimo has launched the RS MSU S, the first
of a new
generation of Weftronic machines which offer increased width and
a new machine platform. Fabrics widths of up to 6.8 metres can now be
a considerably higher square metre production rates.
Karl Mayer Malimo’s development work has continued to focus
on weft-insertion warp knitting machines and following the improvements
producer Sandler AG is making good progress in the construction of its new
20,000 square metre facility which will house an additional spunlace line for
the production of new generation wipes and technical nonwovens. The new line, which is to be commissioned
in autumn this year, will create 60 jobs within the next two years and will
start production during the first quarter of 2011.
“With this investment, Sandler AG will become the large
Germany’s VDMA Textile
Machinery Association has reported a 130% increase in orders in the
quarter 2010 for German textile machinery builders compared to the first
quarter of last year. The association predicts an overall increase in
30-35% in 2010, compared with 2009.
“After two extremely difficult years, the German textile
machinery manufacturers are guardedly optimistic for the future”
P. Mayer, Chairman of th
Organisers of TCL 2010, the
International Textiles Coating and Laminating conference to be held in Cannes,
France, on 4-5 November 2010, have announced a keynote speech entitled ‘Breakthrough
Coating Technologies for Advanced Textiles’. Prof. Marc Van Parys, Head of
Textile Department and Research Lab TO2C, at the University College Ghent,
Belgium, will present a discussion on process and product innovations and how
they will affect the coating and laminating industry
Nonwovens and speciality papers group
Ahlstrom is to consolidate its nonwoven wipes fabrics manufacturing platform in
Italy, with the aim of increasing capacity, efficiency and breadth of product
range, the company said in a statement today.
Ahlstrom says the production of wipes will be located in two
out of three existing manufacturing sites, Mozzate and Cressa, while the Carbonate
plant will be closed. All the plants are located in the Milan region and belong
In its interim report published
today, Ahlstrom Corporation says the recovery of demand that started towards
the end of 2009, continued in January-March 2010.
The company says that since sales prices in most business areas
are being increased to cover rising raw material costs, and sales volumes seem
to be developing slightly more favourably than anticipated, the net sales
outlook was revised on April 19, 2010. Net sales in 2010 are estimated to
increase to appro
At the company’s AGM, which is
scheduled for today, Fiberweb’s Chairman Malcolm Coster was expected to say in
an interim statement that the company had made a solid start to trading in
2010, ahead of the equivalent period last year.
The company is said to have benefited from the continued
resilience of the hygiene business, especially at the FitesaFiberweb joint
venture, as well as from a strong performance in the European Industrial
Ahlstrom Corporation, a leading
manufacturer of nonwovens and specialty papers, anticipated in its financial
statements bulletin on 3 February 2010, that the Group net sales will increase
compared to 2009, but remain lower than in 2008. EBIT excluding non-recurring
items was estimated to increase from 2009.
The recovery of demand that started toward the end of 2009,
continued in January-March 2010. Since sales prices in most business areas are
being increased to
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven
Fabrics Industry, has released ‘China Nonwoven Industry Outlook Trends and
Forecast’, a 66 page report focussing on the outlook for China’s disposable and
durable nonwoven markets. The report, the first of its kind, covers sales and volume
of major nonwoven segments and nonwovens consumption in 2008 and outlook by
technology and combines both an historical perspective on the market since 2003
and projections of its growth t
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 2010 next month in Atlanta, Georgia. The show 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 highlights of the
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010, Asia’s leading
textile machinery show, has been given a boost by the announcement from
show organisers that all exhibition space has now been sold for the
organisers, over 1100 textile and garment machinery manufacturers have
applied to exhibit at the second combined show, taking up 100,000 square
of Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Chinese exhibitors make up
David T. Rouse and partner have
formed Carolina-Pacific Fibers, LLC to import and distribute Hengli industrial
polyester yarns in the Americas. The company’s
headquarters are located near Charlotte, NC, in the heart of the US market for
industrial polyester. Jiangsu Hengli Chemical Fibre Co. Ltd, based in Wujiang,
Jiangsu, China has an annual industrial polyester capacity of 200,000 tons.
Hengli products available through Carolina-Pacific Fibers, are
UCMTF President: 2010 Interview
Bruno Ameline, the President and
Evelyne Cholet, the Secretary General of UCMTF (French Textile Machinery
Manufacturers Association) report on the present state of the French textile machinery
manufacturers and analyze their strategy to bring value to their customers.
Have Textile machinery manufacturers been hard hit by the
financial and economic crisis?
The industrial equipment sector is extremely cyclical and
TAPPI’s NET (Nonwovens
Engineers & Technologists) Division has announced that plans are underway
for 2010 NET INC (Nonwovens Engineers & Technologists Innovative Nonwovens
Conference). The conference will take place November 10-12, 2010 in Raleigh,
Sponsored by TAPPI’s NET Division and the Nonwovens
Institute (NWI), NET INC claims to be the only technical conference developed
by nonwovens engineers and technologists. Presentations at t
2010, Albstadt - Will geotextiles soon be successfully creating fertile
soil from arid desert landscapes? Will creative forms in mobility make
it possible for even more people to be transported efficiently in the
near future? Will textiles a few years from now be able to open up new
habitats for humanity on distant planets? The answers to these and many
other exciting questions relating to visionary textiles production are
all being researched at Groz-Beckert, the leading Germa
Leigh Fibers Inc. announced
yesterday it will invest US $10 million expanding its Wellford plant to create
40 new jobs over the next five years. The 88-year-old private company recycles
post-industrial and post-consumer textile waste and recycles it to manufacture
new fabrics for a variety of industries.
Leigh will use the capital investment to add new equipment
at its one million-square-foot plant, which will allow it to diversify its
product offering and imp
The board of directors of European
nonwovens body EDANA is to meet with nonwoven producers in Istanbul in April as
part of its objective to engage local markets in the ongoing development of the
nonwovens and related industries.
EDANA says it recognises the importance of trade to both the
Turkish, and broader European nonwovens markets, and strongly supports fair and
free trade for businesses operating across the globe. With approximately 12%
market share for the
Nominations are now open for the
coveted WOW Innovation Award, one of the many highlights of the upcoming 2010
World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference in Chicago in June.
The WOW Innovation Award will honour the most innovative
advances within the entire wipe value chain, including raw materials and
ingredients, roll goods, machinery, packaging and finished products. Finalists will make presentations during the
Conference and attendees will vote on the rec
Bekaert Textiles, a market leader
in mattress and bedcover fabrics, is planning a number of expansions in several
of its global locations. In addition to the future design and technology centre
at the head office site in Waregem, Belgium, structural changes are also being
made to the international establishments as a result of growth in the company’s
business. Additional machinery is being installed in North Carolina, Mexico,
Australia and Turkey and at the same t
DyStar has reached agreement with
Lanxess owner of the DyStar production plants in Leverkusen and Brunsbüttel to restart
production at both sites in March.
This week, DyStar employees were able to enter the plants in
order to prepare for start-up of the facilities, the company said. According to
DyStar, orders for the necessary raw materials to start production have already
Lanxess, owner of the buildings and facilities used by DyStar
in Leverkusen a
12 March 2010, Mumbai – According to a recent Assocham
study, India’s technical textiles industry is set to boom in the next five
years. The sector is said to be ready to double from its estimated current
value of US $10 billion today.
According to the report, the main reason for the projected
growth is the expected increase in consumption of technical textiles by India’s
growing middle classes.
According to the Business Standard, Assocham’s President
Swati Piramal said in a statem
Utilizing the latest in
communications technology as well a traditional print medium, three programs at
the IDEA10 International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition will
allow exhibitors and attendees to connect with each other like never before
possible, say organisers INDA.
The new IDEA10 social networking site and the debut of
IDEA10 TV, being produced by Nonwovens Industry magazine, mark two significant
steps in improved networking and communications
A total of 16 of the most
innovative and successful new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics
industries of the past three years have been nominated as finalists for the
prestigious IDEA10 Achievement Awards. The finalists were selected from
submissions in five separate categories and the winners will be announced
during the IDEA10 International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Expo, April
27-29, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida.
The IDEA10 Achievement Awa
In view of the increasingly
international orientation of the Hohenstein Institute, some of the business
units of the International Textile Research and Services Centre have been
renamed as of 1 January 2010.
The main focus of the renaming was to strengthen the ‘Hohenstein’
umbrella brand name. In future, the following companies will operate under the
Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co. KG (previously:
Hohenstein Research Institute Prof. Dr
New 60 gsm fabric is just 0.06mm thick
Teijin’s Toho Tenax Co. is to
start selling a carbon fibre fabric from March this year that is says is less
than half the weight of conventional lightweight carbon fibre fabrics.
The company claims the new fabric, which has been developed
with Sakai Ovex Co., Ltd. and is used for forming prepregs, will help further
reduce the weight of composite products. This, the company says, makes it ideal
for high-strength, low-weig
EDANA, the association
representing the nonwovens and related industries, and BCH (Business
Co-ordination House) have announced the successful completion of the first ever
edition of the Filtrex Asia Conference and Exhibition in New Delhi, India. With over 200 attendees and 23 exhibitors
from Asian markets, and additional representatives from Europe and the
Americas, the conference highlighted one of the ultimate benefits offered by
the sector, better prote
Techtextil North America
Symposium 2010 has announced that Kim Glas, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Commerce for Textiles and Apparel, is to be its Keynote Speaker at its
The latest 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 Techtextil North America Symposium
being held from 18-20 May 2010 at the Georgia World C
Xennia Technology Ltd, a
subsidiary of the Netherland’s Royal TenCate, is today unveiling its process demonstrator
for nano printing and finishing of textile materials at its Letchworth, UK
headquarters. The novel nano process technology, which TenCate says will change
the textiles industry, is based on inkjet technology, whereby ink or coating
particles are applied with great production precision and high speed. The technology will eventually enable TenCate to
Leading manufacturer of
nonwovens and speciality papers Ahlstrom Corporation, has signed the United
Nations Global Compact initiative and has been registered as a participant by
the United Nations Global Compact Office.
By supporting the
initiative, Ahlstrom commits to voluntarily advance sustainability with its
stakeholders. Ahlstrom says it also wants to send a strong message along the
value chain that it is alert to environmental and social matters and i
EDANA, the trade association for the nonwovens
and related industries has announced its programme of events and training
courses for 2010 and into 2011.
“With a global scope
and outlook, we are pleased to support our members, and the broader industry with
activities that share learnings, increase engagement within the supply chain
and with external stakeholders, supporting the sustainable and profitable
growth of the nonwovens industry,” said Pierre Wiertz, G
EDANA, the nonwovens and
related industries trade association has announced that the 2010 edition of the
Nonwovens Research Academy has been rescheduled to 16 and 17 November, 2010,
which is this year jointly organised with the Institut für Textiltechnik of
RWTH Aachen University (ITA).
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 relat
Teijin Limited and the Tokyo
Institute of Technology have developed a highly crystalline carbon nanofiber
(CNF) which it says will offer 30% greater electrical conductivity than
conventional products. The extra-conductive CNF, which is 100-300 nanometres in
diameter and 20 micrometers long, has been developed with a melt-spinning
Teijin says that since melt-spinning is widely used for the
production of ordinary chemical fibres, the newly developed CNF can
Professionals from the world of
tissue and disposable hygiene products will descend upon Jiangsu in April as
the 17th China International Tissue and Disposable Hygiene Products Exhibition
and Conference gets underway. UK-based Technical Absorbents Ltd (TAL) is just
one of many overseas exhibitors preparing for the three-day show.
The event, organised by China National Household Paper
Industry Association will be held between 14-16 April at the Nanjing
INDA, Association of the
Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has reported that an impressive collection of first-time exhibitors
from around the globe have combined with a strong line up of returning companies
to make the IDEA10 International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition
close to a sell-out.
With little more than two months remaining until IDEA10
opens its doors in the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida, the
exposition floor is al
With the ambitious goal of
providing a world-class conference to stimulate innovation in all aspects of
the development, production, marketing and sales of nonwovens and engineered
fabrics, the Research, Innovation & Science for
Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference will make its debut September 20-23 in
Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics
Industry, the goal of RISE is to provide information and stimulation for bo
Highpower Technology, Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of
nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) and lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries
and related products, has announced that it has formed a strategic R&D
partnership with Freudenberg Nonwovens, the largest and most diverse
manufacturer of nonwovens in the world today. Freudenberg will utilize Hong Kong Highpower's R&D
Center research facilities in China to
Rockline Industries environmentally
friendly Regenerated Cotton Wipe has been named the recipient of the
prestigious 2010 Visionary Award presented recently at the VISION 2010 Consumer
Products Conference in New Orleans.
The Regenerated Cotton Wipe was selected over four other
finalists by attendees at the ninth annual VISION Conference, which was held
from January 20-22 at the Sheraton New Orleans Canal Street. The annual VISION
Conference is organized by IN
The millennia old tradition of silk
production is about to be woven into the fabric of the 21st century. Under the ‘Tango
Biofabrics’ project, Japan's Teijin is attempting to develop new, eco-friendly
applications for Biofront, a type of bioplastic, in collaboration with
Kyotango, a city long known as the home of Tango silk crepe, or chirimen.
Teijin hopes to combine its advanced heat-resistant bio
plastic fibres with Kyotango’s traditional silk craftsmanship fo
Polymer Group, Inc.
((PGI) has announced it will establish a research Center of Excellence (COE) to
develop new nonwoven technology platforms yielding differentiated, higher-performing
materials for the global healthcare, hygiene and industrial markets.
The company's newest regional COE will be located at the PGI
facility in Suzhou, China, in an expanded research facility. The centre will focus on developing new
technologies to significantly improve bar
Bayer MaterialScience has
developed a carpet which it says feels like a forest floor and based on
polyurethane foams and a special textile fabric. The new floor covering´s
viscoelastic properties not only offer a high level of comfort, but also reduce
the strain on joints and limbs, Bayer says. The company says the development opens
up potential applications for sports, the workplace and physiotherapy – at
supermarket checkouts or in gyms, for instance – i
Research and Markets Ltd has added a guide to the tensile properties
and failure of textile and technical fibres to its catalogue. The book titled ‘Handbook
of Tensile Properties of Textile and Technical Fibres’, provides an overview of
the tensile behaviour of a wide range of both natural and synthetic fibres, examines
tensile characteristics, tensile failure of textiles fibres and factors that
affect tensile properties and discusses microstructures and each
Nordson Corporation has announced
that it has acquired German distributor GLT based in Pforzheim, Germany. Revenues of GLT were not disclosed.
GLT employs a total of 41 and has been a distributor of the
company’s Nordson EFD brand dispensing systems and related products in Germany
“We have enjoyed a strong partnership with GLT for 32
years,” said Nordson Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Edward P.
One of the high points of the
recent European Confederation of Flax & Hemp (CELC) 60th Congress in
Strasbourg, was an awards presentation made by Georges Beylerian, President of
Material ConneXion, to members of CELC who have been recognised for their creative
and innovative use of flax and hemp.
Material ConneXion founded in 1997 by Georges Beylerian claims
to be the world’s first library resource of advanced and innovative materials
and processes for th
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 has
received very strong support from textile machinery makers as the world economy
continues its recovery momentum, organizers said today. With seven months still
to go before the second combined show, over 95% of the exhibition space has
already been sold.
To-date, applications grossing over 95,000M² have been
received from over 1,000 exhibitors. Chinese manufacturers make up the biggest
country group, booking almost 50% of the space
Rieter Holding Ltd,. Of Switzerland
has signed a contract with the international technology group Andritz, based in
Graz, Austria, for the sale of the French company Rieter Perfojet S.A.S, a
wholly owned subsidiary of the Rieter Group. This divestment is being made in
the context of focusing on core activities in the Textile Division of Rieter.
Located in Montbonnot, France, Rieter Perfojet is engaged in
the development and manufacture of machinery and system
SRF Ltd, a leading Indian manufacturer
of technical textiles, is planning to add to its product portfolio by entering
the laminated fabrics sector. The company, which primarily relies on
manufacture of nylon tyre cord, wishes to reduce its dependence on this.
According to the Business Standard, SRF will be the first
organised player to enter the laminated fabric industry in India and expects
its revenues from technical textiles to increase exponentially. Techni
Three-day industry event attracts over 1400 attendees
With the business of filtration
playing an increasingly vital role in personal and business applications around
the world, the Filtration 2009 International Conference and Exposition drew an
impressive number of visitors and a total of 109 exhibitors to Navy Pier in
Chicago from November 17-19.
Living up to its reputation as the largest filtration
industry event in North America, Filtration 2009 attracted 1
The French Textile Machinery
Manufacturers' Association, UCMTF, recently brought together students from the
four French universities which train engineers for the textile industry. The
goal was to further enhance relations with the students and to review the
careers offered to them both in France and worldwide.
The forum was organized on the campus of l’ENSISA (Ecole
Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Sud Alsace) located in Mulhouse. Students
from ENSAIT (
The seventh edition of North
America’s only dedicated show for technical textiles and nonwovens will be held
from 18-20 May 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Techtextil
North America assembles all vertical aspects of the technical textile industry,
from research and development, through raw materials and production processes
and finally ending in conversion, further treatment and recycling.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition is
Pegas Nonwovens has been awarded
the ‘Excellence Award’ for suppliers performing consistently at a high level by
Procter & Gamble, one of the most important producers and sellers of
consumer products in the world. This prestigious award was awarded to Pegas for
the second year in a row.
"It is a great honour for us to have again received
such a distinguished award this year and to rank among the 55 awarded suppliers
from a total of 80,000. We of course un
Preparations for INDEX 11, the leading
nonwovens exhibition, have begun. According to organisers, the last event in
2008 achieved record results with 520 exhibitors from 37 countries present,
attracting almost 12,500 visitors from around the world. Stand space bookings
can be made on-line or by contacting the organisers.
2011 will mark a special occasion in the history of the
triennial INDEX exhibition. Taking place from 12th-15th April, INDEX 11 will be
The first ever Carbon Fibre Recycling and Reuse Conference, organised
by Intertech Pira, was held in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg in early November.
Over 50 delegates from all over the world attended the one and a half day
conference, which featured over a dozen presentations on subjects such as an
overview of the different recycling technologies available, operational
challenges, and end user perspectives.
The use of carbon fibre reinf
Cotton occupies an important place in the
international textile trade and is at the forefront these days both in India
and elsewhere. Availability and the quality of cotton are determining factors
which will influence the economic viability of the textile industry. Textiles
related Associations in India and the Cotton Producers’ Associations in the US
and elsewhere are pleading for support from their respective Governments and a
fair and b
CEMATEX, the European Committee of
Textile Machinery Manufacturers, says that ITMA 2011, to be held in Barcelona, Spain
from 22 to 29 September 2011, will be the world’s most comprehensive, one-stop
platform for textile and garment makers. Online application for exhibition
space will be available from 30 November 2009.
Showcasing the entire
value chain from spinning to garment making, textile processing, technical
textiles, logistics and distribution, the exhibit
According to a new report ‘Nonwovens
US industry: forecasts for 2013 & 2018’, demand for nonwoven roll goods is
projected to increase 5.0 percent per year through to 2013, driven by gains in
key markets such as filtration, construction, wipes, medical disposables and
In area terms, nonwovens demand will advance 4.2 percent per
year. Spunbonded nonwovens will remain the largest product segment, accounting
for roughly half of total area
Oerlikon Textile is to
focus on the component business and is selling Oerlikon Enka Tecnica based in Übach-Palenberg,
in line with a management buyout.
“This is the optimum solution for all parties concerned. Oerlikon
Textile Components is concentrating on its core competences. Due to the
management buyout, all 110 jobs will be preserved, the new company has the
possibility to operate in the market with more flexibility and latitude“, says
Lenzing’s Nonwovens Business Unit is to exhibit
for the first time at the forthcoming Filtration event, which will take place in
Chicago from 17-19 November 2009.
“We have experienced
increasing interest in Lenzing Viscose and Tencel fibres for filtration
applications. The Filtration show provides an ideal platform for us to network
with existing customers and establish new relationships” said Chris Potter,
Business Manager Technical Products.
Mr Josef Nelles has been
appointed Technical Manager with responsibility for CAD, Manufacture and Process
Planning and Development, effective 1 November 2009.
Mr Nelles has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and started
his professional career as a constructing engineer at Ackermann-Fruehauf GmbH.
He then worked for SIG Combibloc before spending many years at Voith Paper
GmbH. Dienes says that his long years of experience in Technical Management and
INDA has announced that over
70% of the exhibit space for its IDEA10 International Engineered Fabrics
Conference & Expo, one of the most important industry events for 2010 is already
sold. INDA advises companies interested in participating in the triennial event
to act quickly.
Being held April 27-29, 2010 in the Miami Beach Convention
Center in Miami Beach, Florida, IDEA10 will bring together hundreds of
companies and thousands of attendees from everywher
Nominations are now open for
the prestigious IDEA10 Achievement Awards, which are once again being
co-sponsored by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, and
Nonwovens Industry magazine. The awards, presented every three years in
conjunction with the IDEA International Engineered Fabrics Exposition and
Conference, are designed to award innovation within the nonwovens and
engineered fabrics industries. Nominations will be accepted through December
The Lenzing Group’s business upturn
in the second quarter has continued into the third quarter due to improving
demand for cellulose fibres, the company said today. However, the global
economic crisis made a significant negative impact on the company’s first
quarter figures which has had a knock on effect on sales and results for the first
nine months of 2009.
Consolidated sales in the first nine months of 2009 declined
by 10% from EUR 1,012.1 million in the c
Composites Europe the European
trade fair for the composites industry has once again registered noticeable
gains at this year’s event which was held in Stuttgart from 27 to 29 October. With
a 15% increase in exhibitor numbers and a 48% increase in trade visitors
compared to the previous event, the show continues on its successful course
unhampered. A total of 313 exhibitors from 25 countries and 6,120 trade
visitors came to the fourth edition of the show.
The Institute of
Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University is to host the
6th annual international conference on Advances in Textiles, Machinery,
Nonwovens and Technical Textiles, (ATNT) 2009.
The event, held in collaboration with Bannari Amman
Institute of Technology in India (BIT), will run from 7-9 December at the
institute’s campus in Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu, South India. The conference
will feature papers from natural fibres to
Fiberweb plc, the leading
international nonwoven fabrics producer, has published a trading update for the
17 week period from 1 July 2009 to 27 October 2009.
The statement says that the Company has continued to trade
in line with expectations. Sales trends
have continued to improve with third quarter volumes flat versus prior year on
a like-for-like basis. This good performance reduces the year-to-date like for
like volume decline to 11% from the 17% reported at
Ahlstrom Corporation, a leading
supplier of nonwovens and specialty papers, has completed and reported on its strategy
review which was initiated in April this year. The aim of the process was to
verify the future direction and ambitions of the company. Ahlstrom says that
the development of business operations will be based on profitable growth, with
increased focus in Asia. At the same time, the company says it aims to manage
its balance sheet and reduce its ge
Leading German nonwovens
manufacturer Sandler AG is to build a new plant for the production of nonwovens
at the company’s Schwarzenbach/Saale site in 2010.
According to Sandler, the former so called central warehouse
for voluminous nonwovens has to be removed for the new plant. The facility will
be a two-storey building with an area of 10,500 m² per floor. When completed, the
150m long, 70m wide and 20m high hall will correspond to the size of f
India’s technical textile sector was out in force last week as
TechTextil India 2009 got underway in Mumbai. The three day event took place
between 10-12 October and attracted visitors across India and further afield,
all looking to exploit the huge growth opportunities that the country’s
technical textile market has to offer. UK-based Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF)
manufacturer Technical Absorbents Ltd (TAL) says it was inundated with enquiries
throughout the sho
The Association of Italian Textile
Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) and the Italian Trade Commission (ICE) is to
organize organize a technical workshop dedicated to Italian technology for the
nonwovens and technical textile industries, in partnership with the Nonwovens
Institute of North Carolina State University. The event will take place at North
Carolina State University in Raleigh on November 11th and 12th, 2009.
At the meeting, Italian technical textiles and
Karl Mayer Malimo says its new
generation Malitronic Multiaxial warp knitting machine is up to 25% more
productive than its predecessor as the first machine goes on trial at a leading
multi-axial fabrics manufacturer.
According to Karl Mayer, multiaxial textiles made from
high-performance yarns are on the rise, not only in terms of the volume
produced, but also with regard to their range of end-uses. Multiaxial reinforcing
textiles can be used as prepregs i
‘Textile Days India’, a
combination of two fairs, Techtextil (International Trade Fair for Technical
Textiles and Nonwovens) and Heimtextil India (Trade fair for home furnishings),
which took place from 10-12 October, was inaugurated by Mr. A B Joshi, Textile
Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles India. The exhibition was held at the Bombay
Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.
According to organisers, Heimtextil India and Techtextil 2009 signified the uptrend in the econ
Reportlinker.com has added ‘Innovations
in Textiles’, a new market research report covering the latest innovations in
the technical textiles industry. The following are some of the highlights of
Rayonier has developed a highly absorbent cross-linked
cellulose fibre for use in incontinence garments, Weyerhaeuser has patented an
economical biodegradable superabsorbent fibre, and SRI International has a
range of novel biodegradable polyolefin copo
Leading warp knitting machine
builder Karl Mayer, is to focus on machines for composites production at this
year’s Techtextil India, where it will jointly exhibit with its subsidiary Karl
Karl Mayer says that fabrics from its multi-axial
machines are currently in strong demand as textile glass reinforcements in
the wind power and boat construction sectors. In addition to showing a range of
such fabrics the company will also showcase geotextile fa
Entrepreneurs, businesses and
academics have been networking at the University of Bolton, exploring the
future of the textiles industry. More than 150 businesses were represented at
the event which looked at how the North West could build on its textiles
industry heritage and what advantages could be gained from exploring
partnerships in countries such as India.
Transforming the Textiles Landscape: Past, Present and
Future, was hosted by businessman and Fellow of En
According to leading warp
knitting machine builder Karl Mayer, technical textiles are no longer simply
materials, but they are rapidly becoming ready-to-use components. The German
company says that the manufacturing sector is increasingly following this trend
by developing tailor-made solutions which are aimed at minimising costs and
processing sequences during production and by integrating as many functions as
possible into the design of the product from the o
UK based specialist warp knitter Baltex, has developed a range of novel
warp knitted spacer fabrics using
Coolmax Fresh FX, which have been independently tested at the University of
Bolton and found to outperform other spacer fabrics in their comfort
properties. The company’s new Coolmax Fresh FX fabrics, which were launched at
this year’s Techtextil, are part of its wider XD range of 3D knitted spacer
According to Baltex, the Coolmax Fresh FX
NW Texnet, the cluster management
organisation for England’s North West technical textiles sector, has secured
funding in conjunction
with Blackburn College, from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), to
develop and deliver a foundation degree in Project Management for the technical
“The degree was proposed as a direct result of feedback we
received from a range of companies when asked for their requirements from the
today at the 2009 International Nonwovens Technical Conference (INTC) being held
in Denver that two grades of its low-carbon footprint Ingeo bio resin are now
commercially available for the production of meltblown nonwovens, fabrics
widely used in such products as wipes and filters.
“As interest grows in polymers made from renewable resources,
equipment manufacturers, process developers, and researchers have been
Comez, a global leader in
advanced narrow fabric technology has launched a new electronic double needle
bar warp knitting machine, DNB/EL-1270, for the manufacture of a wide range of
technical and apparel fabrics including:
applications - Netting for sports equipment and the food industry, high
resistance ribbons in special fibres, ribbons and fabrics for geotextiles
applications, automotive, building and industrial sectors
applications - Tub
Turkish spunbond and
meltblown nonwovens producer, Mogul has recently commissioned a new spunlace
line which will be operational by March 2010.
The new 3.2m wide line has an annual capacity of 6000 tonnes
will produce nonwovens in the weight range 30-80 gsm and will be capable of
processing Tencel, VIS, PET, PLA, PP, bleached cotton and blends.
Serkan Gogus, Mogul’s Commercial Director said that target
markets will be wet wipes, cosmetic applications, fem c
The event kicks off with an interactive workshop presenting
Carbon Fibre Market Analysis 2015. Facilitated by Ben Rasmussen, President of
BMR Associates, the workshop promises to deliver fresh, in depth research into
carbon fibre markets extracted from IntertechPira’s forthcoming report, due for
publication in December 2009.
The two day conference starts after the workshop and is
chaired by Professor Steve Pickering, of the University of Nottingham, who will
introduce a comprehensive and
Toho Tenax Co.
Ltd., the core company in the Teijin Group's
carbon fibres business operations, has announced that it will participate in
the 15th China International Composites Industrial Technical Expo 2009 (China
Composites Expo 2009), China's largest trade fair for the composites industry
that will be held in Shanghai, from September 2 to September 4. Toho Tenax will
partake in the annual exhibition for the 8th time in a row, aiming to support
its expansion of carbon fi
Materials, a division of Lydall, Inc. yesterday announced that it has
officially commissioned its new Needled Fiber Product Operation located at its
Green Island, New York facility. This investment in growth gives Lydall a new
manufacturing capability to enhance its portfolio of high performance appLY Mat
needled glass mat products. These products were developed by Lydall to expand
its high temperature insulation product offering to ser
After successfully taking part in
Techtextil 2007, Coatema Coating Machinery recently exhibited at the 2009 show
in Frankfurt in June and reported strong interest in its latest range of
products for technical textiles.
Even in difficult economic times, Coatema says it sees that
the technical textiles sector is still focussing on new concepts and that new
organizations are being formed as well as dynamic networks. The company’s own
experience is that Techtextil
Unifi, Inc. announced yesterday
that the company’s Yadkinville, North Carolina plant, where Repreve recycled
polyester is manufactured will be featured on the Travel Channel’s series ‘Extreme’. The Extreme Mega Factories program is
designed to take viewers on the ultimate tour of the USA’s most cutting edge
factories. The Extreme film crew visited
Unifi’s Repreve manufacturing facility on 19 May this year, and the episode
will air on the Trav
The Board of Directors of Rieter
Holding Ltd. has elected its Chairman Erwin Stoller as Executive Chairman. The
heads of both operating divisions of Rieter, Textile Systems and Automotive
Systems, and the head of the Corporate Center will report directly to Erwin
Stoller. In order to safeguard the principles of good corporate governance,
This E. Schneider, Vice- Chairman of the Board, has been elected Lead Director.
Hartmut Reuter, CEO of Rieter, will leave th
Teijin Fibers Limited has
announced plans to withdraw from the operations of Teijin Group core textile
yarns dyeing plant Teijin Nestex Limited, based in Ishikawa, Japan, and to
dissolve and liquidate the company at the end of March 2010.
Teijin Nestex’s predecessor Daishojiseren Ltd. joined the
Teijin Group in 1951 and the company has functioned as the Group’s core textile
yarns dyeing plant for the past approximately 50 years. During this time, the
The 10th Coatema International
Coating Symposium will take place at the company’s headquarters in Dormagen on
30th of September and 1st of October 2009. This time the symposium will be
introduced by a drinks reception on 29th of September 2009 and nine international
lecturers from industry and research will report on the latest results and developments.
Confirmed speakers to date are:
Dr. Klaus Hecker
of OE-A (a working group within VDMA), Germany:
David Rigby Associates
(DRA), the specialist strategic marketing consultancy in technical textiles, has
announced it has added Corporate Finance services to its scope of practice.
This is to address new client needs arising from increasing structural change
in the sector.DRA believes its new services will be particularly helpful to
those considering cross-border acquisitions and expansions.
Working with selected Corporate Finance specialists, DRA is
Following the recent acquisition of Benninger’s weaving
preparation operations, Karl Mayer has quickly set about the task of
For many years now,
Germany and Switzerland have been at the centre of first-class warp preparation
technology, as represented by two companies, Karl Mayer in Obertshausen and
Benninger in Uzwil.
Karl Mayer was known originally as a leading manufacturer of
warp knitting machines, but extended its product portfoli
Clariant’s Textile Business, the
leading supplier of chemicals and dyes for the textile industry, took visitors
to its Techtextil 2009 stand, on a voyage of discovery. The company launched new
products that it says, give the technological and ecological edge to its technical
textiles customers. Fast-moving sectors such as mobiltech, buildtech/hometech
and medtech/ Indutech were the focus and customers benefited from
solution-based and sector-specific offerings.
Dow Corning Corporation, a
leader in innovative silicone technology for the textile industry, has added
two new product lines to its Dow Corning brand Active Protection System family
of impact protection materials. The S-Range is based on 3D spacer textile
technology while the TP-Range is based on thermoplastic technology.
The two new lines were recently introduced at Techtextil
2009 in Frankfurt, Germany. First launched in 2006, the patented silicone-based
Huntsman Corporation yesterday announced
the acquisition of the Baroda Division of Metrochem Industries, a manufacturing
facility for the production of intermediates and specialty products for
textiles, located in Baroda, India. The Baroda Division today has more than 700
employees and contractors, and current annual sales of approximately 2.4
"This acquisition is a major milestone in our strategy.
With this move we are realigning our manufacturing footpr
The technical textile and
nonwovens sectors came in droves to its leading international trade fair, with
numbers never before seen. "Precisely because these are times of economic
uncertainty, companies have been setting themselves new targets with innovative
products and areas of application and have in part already managed to achieve
them at Techtextil. Some eight percent more exhibitors and two percent more
trade visitors represent a double plus for Techtextil,
Turkish manufacturer Agteks, developer of the well known DirecTwist
cone to cone multi-function twisting machine and Intelliwinder unravelling
machine for flat knitted fabrics, has once again come up with novel technology
for winding and twisting applications.
Speaking at last week’s Techtextil show in Frankfurt,
Managing Director Mehmet Agrikili explained that his company was developing, “The
world’s fastest and highest acceleration linear servo motor for
A total of six innovations have
been selected for this year’s Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Awards. The
awards go to innovative solutions from the fields of material and product
development, new processes and innovative garments. The aim of the awards is to
promote unconventional thinking and to intensify the dialogue between research,
manufacturers and users.
“Trade visitors will find the award-wining developments in a
special exhibition during the Interna
Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), a
leading global producer of engineered polymers, will showcase its innovative,
eco-friendly and cost efficient polymer families at the International Plastics
Expo (NPE) in Chicago, Il, June 22 – 26, 2009.
Kraton will debut its newly commercialized Nexar polymer
product family at NPE. The Nexar polymer family is uniquely designed for high
performance breathable fabrics, water transport, filtration and separation
Lenzing and Weyerhaeuser have
commissioned a pilot plant in Lenzing, Austria, to explore the commercial
potential of TencelWeb, a new technology to produce nonwoven fabrics directly
The pilot plant gives the companies the opportunity to test
the large-scale production of this cellulose-based nonwoven fabric for use in
industrial and personal care products. TencelWeb provides an alternative to
petroleum-based nonwovens by applying both meltblown
With an increasing number of business
people sourcing products and information via the internet, it is important for
companies to maintain their website regularly. However, Super Absorbent Fibre
(SAF) manufacturer, Technical Absorbents Ltd, (TAL) is raising its' brand
awareness throughout the world with its' new dual-language, re-designed
TAL also manufactures
nonwovens, yarns, woven fabrics and finished consumer goods, all containing SAF.
This is as a res
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial
Mathematics have upgraded their proprietarily developed software, GeoDict, with two new modules. PleatGeo and PleatDict support
users in virtual generation and property calculation of pleated filter media.
With these software
extensions, it is possible to gain new insights into effect relationships
between geometric form and performance characteristics of pleated filter media
through variation of structure.
For the simulation of nonwoven
processes and production steps of technical textiles the Fraunhofer Institute
for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, has developed the FIDYST (Fiber Dynamics
Simulation Tool) software tool.
The simulations are based on the balance of all acting
forces along the fibres or filaments. In the past FIDYST was successfully used
for a simulation based optimization of spunbond machinery for Oerlikon Neumag.
In recent months the models for filam
The Teijin Group, a Japan-based global
manufacturer and supplier of performance fibres and textiles, announced today
that it will participate in Techtextil 2009, the international trade fair for
the technical textiles and nonwovens industries that will be held in Frankfurt,
Germany, from June 16 to June 18. Three Teijin group companies, Teijin Fibers
Limited, Teijin Aramid BV and Teijin Monofilament Germany GmbH, will present
their latest environmentally friendly solution
ExxonMobil Chemical demonstrated its commitment
to the nonwovens industry at ANEX 09 + SINCE 09 in Shanghai from May 20-22,
2009. A new resin, ExxonMobil PP 3885E1 polypropylene, was introduced, while
ExxonMobil Chemical's broad portfolio of Vistamaxx specialty elastomers and its
polypropylene solutions for nonwoven applications will also be on display.
ExxonMobil says its PP 3885E1 resin offers a unique
opportunity to improve productivity, reduce waste caused by fabr
UK based Itac will provide a
fascinating insight into the next generation
of its new adhesive and non- adhesive coatings products, when the company
exhibits at Techtextil, in Frankfurt this summer.
Itac’s participation for the first time at Techtextil ‘the
innovative interchange’, demonstrates a growing confidence in the success of
the company’s ‘ITS’ brand-technically advanced range of industry specific
adhesives and nonadhesive coatings. The rapidly
Industrial Nanotech, Inc., an
emerging global leader in nanotechnology, today announced that the Company's
patented Nansulate product line of energy saving thermal insulation and
corrosion prevention coatings will be featured at the upcoming International
Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITM 2009) to be held June 6-10, 2009 in Istanbul,
The company's Turkish distributor, Kolorgen Ltd, will be
demonstrating the energy saving effectiveness of Nansulate coatings
Ahlstrom, a global leader in the
development and manufacture of high performance fibre-based materials, will
present its innovative, biodegradable nonwoven for infusion applications at the
Tea & Coffee World Cup exhibition in Seville, Spain, June 7-9th, 2009. The
lightweight, fine filament web is designed to deliver functional benefits to
converters and consumers of tea-bags, while featuring unique environmental
characteristics. Now commercially available, it is p
Ahlstrom has today issued a proposal
to start cooperation procedure on temporary layoffs at its glass fibre plant in
Karhula, Finland. The negotiations starting on Monday, June 1, 2009 will
concern the whole personnel of the plant. The possible layoffs and already
started efforts to make cost savings are targeted to adapt the production volumes
of specialty reinforcements and glass fibre tissue to match the demand.
reductions and cost saving efforts ar
Exhibiting at Techtextil
this year will be GF Machinery, a company which is in the business of research
and development and manufacturing of textile machinery used mainly for the processing
of fibre glass and fabrics, as well as other machines per customer’s request.
One of the company’s latest products is a printing and
rewinding line with slitting for the processing of glass fabric material or
other materials like PET folia, paper and electro materi
In recent years, leading German
flat knitting machine builder H. Stoll & Co, has achieved much in the quest
to widen the use of knitting machines and in particular flat knitting machines
in technical applications.
Flat knitting machines are mainly used in the apparel sector
for producing knitted outerwear and accessories but Stoll has pioneered the use
of the technology for technical applications. The company has a dedicated sales
and technical team for tech
The sixth edition of Techtextil
North America took place April 21 to 23, 2009 at the Sands Expo &
Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the first ever edition on the
West Coast and organisers say that it resulted in the majority of exhibitors
and visitors being pleasantly surprised and pleased despite the current
economic conditions. Techtextil North America was previously held only on even
years in Atlanta, Georgia but will now be held annually, alt
With eleven product groups and
twelve areas of application, Techtextil covers the world market for technical
textiles and nonwovens in its entirety. With over 500 exhibitors, ‘Indutech’ is
the biggest area of application at this year’s Techtextil in Frankfurt am Main.
‘Indutech’ stands for the use of technical textiles in industrial and technical
fields, e.g., for materials, testing systems and research, for new
developments, progress and cooperation.
Andritz Küsters are underlining their
worldwide reputation as pioneers and experts for deflection-controlled roll
systems by presenting a high precision doctor blade at this year’s Techtextil
in Frankfurt. The patented MycroCoat system makes coating or finishing of webs
with a precision in the μ range (one thousandth of a millimetre) achievable.
Like the well known S-Roll and HyCon Roll systems by Andritz
Küsters the fixed comma MycroCoat doctor blade has a defle
Techtextil – 16 to 18
June 2009, Frankfurt Am Main,
Innovation in Textiles,
an online news and technical resource for the technical textiles and nonwovens
industries is bringing its readers, visitors to the exhibition and exhibitors, a preview of the latest
technical developments in fibres, yarns, fabrics and machinery and equipment,
which will be shown at Techtextil from 16 to 18 June 2009.
In addition, Innovation in Textiles will also be
reporting on t
ACIMIT (Association of Italian Textile
Machinery Manufacturers) and ICE (Italian Institute for Foreign Trade) have
organized a Meeting Point at the forthcoming Techtextil 2009 being held in
Frankfurt from 16 to 18 June. The Meeting Point will host about ten Italian
machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for technical
The Italian industry is paying particular attention to the technical
and innovative textiles sector and ACIMIT estimates
In his office, MIT Professor of
Chemical Engineering Gregory Rutledge keeps a small piece of fabric that at
first glance resembles a Kleenex. This tissue-like material, softer than silk,
is composed of fibres that are a thousand times thinner than a human hair and
holds promise for a wide range of applications including protective clothing,
drug delivery and tissue engineering.
Such materials are produced by electrospinning, a technique
that has taken off in the pa
At its 400 square metre booth in
Hall 2 A 210 at the ITM in Istanbul from 6 to 10 June 2009, Oerlikon Texile will
present recent technological developments from Oerlikon Schlafhorst and Oerlikon
At this year’s ITM, Oerlikon Barmag is highlighting its
competence in the area of specialty spinning and with offerings for the
production of POY and FDY super-micro-yarns, spun-dyed yarns and various yarn
cross sections, such as tri-lobal yarns,
First time and returning exhibitors confirm the trade fair's
leading position worldwide
Range of congresses
and symposiums expanded
From 16 to 18 June, Techtextil will be the foremost platform
for users and developers of technical textiles in the fields of research,
industry, architecture and other technical areas of application throughout the
world. Over recent months, the indications have been pointing to further growth
at Techtextil with the number of exhibitors at the last event (1,
Teijin Techno Products Limited has announced
that its high-performance Technora para-aramid fibre has been adopted by the
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) for the 160-metre
secondary cable of a deep-sea probe named ABISMO (Automatic Bottom Inspection
and Sampling Mobile), which is being used to explore the world's deepest
The Abismo secondary cable was developed by JAMSTEC and
Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. in cooperation with Teijin
Textile & Sewn products industry week 2010 selected by U.S.
Dept of Commerce for prestigious International Buyer Program
The U.S. Commercial Services unit of the Department of
Commerce has selected the co-located ATME-I/MEGATEX 2010, SPESA EXPO 2010, and
TECHTEXTIL NORTH AMERICA 2010 trade shows for participation in its coveted
International Buyer Program. Exhibitors and attendees of the events will
benefit from the opportunities to meet, network, and develop business
Novacel, a leader in surface
protection, has furthered its work in developing protective solutions for the
carpeting and textiles market by introducing its Novacel 9357 range, an
innovation demonstrating the company’s determination to manufacture products
that are more environmentally friendly.
Devoted to the protection of showroom carpeting
(polypropylene or needle punched fibres), and more widely to textiles, this
30-µm-thick, transparent, colourless polyethyle
DelStar Technologies, Inc.
announced today that Dr. Hassan Bodaghi has joined their executive team as Vice
President of New Business Development, reporting directly to Mark Abrahams,
Dr. Hassan Bodaghi received his Ph.D. in Polymer Engineering
from the University of Tennessee and has over 25 years of experience in
Corporate Research & Technology, as well as business development. As a visionary
and holder of over 20 patents, Dr. Bodaghi will focus on acce
Universal Fibers has announced
that it has entered into an agreement with David T. Rouse, owner of Rouse Enterprises
LLC, to represent their solution dyed industrial products. Rouse Enterprises,
LLC will represent Universal's industrial solution-dyed yarn products and
capabilities to the marketplace in the United States and Canada.
Thanks to the solution-dyeing process employed, these
industrial yarns and fibres not only maintain their colours better then
Inc., the developer and manufacturer of SmartSilver nanoscale antimicrobial
additives for textiles, health care, and industrial applications, has joined
with four other companies to create the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group
under the sponsorship of the Silver Institute and the Silver Research
Consortium. The group’s purpose is to collect and generate data that more completely
document the performance benefits of silver nanoparticles in c
Dienes, a leading
manufacturer of slitting systems and knife holders, has introduced its improved
glasshard shafts to the market.
The quality of the glasshard counter shaft is of decisive
importance to achieve optimum crush cutting results, the company says. Dienes
offers glasshard shafts tailored to customer demand and adjusted to the
respective knives and knife holders for optimum tool service life. In addition,
Dienes can provide surfaces with super finished
Karl Mayer and
its subsidiary Karl Mayer Malimo Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, are among the
innovators in the technical textiles sector and are therefore almost compelled
to exhibit at Techtextil. This year the company will show its versatility by
exhibiting a range of machine developments for a wide range of technical
Examples of this are machines for the production of biaxial
and multiaxial multi-ply structures. These textiles which have enormou
Italian company Comez, a leading
manufacturer of crochet knitting
machines, needle looms and electronic double needle bed warp knitting machines
is to show its innovative CLX/EL needle loom and a range of newly developed fabrics
for technical applications at Techtextil which is due to take place in
Frankfurt from 16 –18 June.
Comez will show its patented innovative
CLX/EL high efficiency electronic needle loom, for weaving rigid and elastic
ribbons. The co
Karl Mayer Malimo
is to present its latest generation Malitronic Multiaxial machine for textile
composites during the second quarter of 2009. The multiaxial weft insertion warp
knitting machine is to be made available for viewing at the company’s technical
Warp-knitted multiaxial constructions are multi-purpose
textiles with a wide range of applications. As load-bearing composites, for
example, they are used in the rotors of wind turbines, as wel
Heinrich Mauersberger, the inventor of Malimo stitch-bonding
technology, celebrates his 100th birthday
March 2009 - Great inventions often stem from every-day
occurrences, a gift for observation and a dogged persistence and finally there
comes that ‘Eureka!’ moment. This was also the case for Heinrich Mauersberger,
the inventor of the Malimo stitch-bonding technology. The pioneer in textile
technology was 100 years old on 11 February this year, and a party was held in
The first POY system
with WINGS winding units in China started producing successfully at Zhejiang
Tong Kun at the beginning of the year. In terms of the commissioning, the WINGS
concept once again proved that it keeps its promises. The polyester POY
spinning system with 48 positions was assembled, commissioned and signed off in
a record time of only 18 days.
With 1.3 million tons per year, the company, located in the
Zhejiang Province, is one of China’s largest
‘The Carbon Fibre Industry Worldwide 2008-2014:
An Evaluation of Current Markets and Future Supply and Demand’ is an in-depth
market report on the rapidly growing global carbon fibre industry and its
Over 320 pages long and featuring over 250 tables/figures,
the report provides a detailed analysis of current and future production and
consumption trends for all carbon fibre types and all main end-user sectors,
including aerospace, defence, wind energy, aut
Nanotech, Inc. has announced that the one of the Company's exclusive
distributors signed a contract with Coats Plc, a textile manufacturer based in
England, to coat the machinery in their yarn dyehouse facility located in
Bursa, Turkey with the Company's award winning nanotechnology based thermal
insulation and corrosion resistant products, Nansulate® EPX and Nansulate® High
Heat industrial coating. The project will commence the week of March 16, 200
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 2009 which will be held from April 21-23, 2009, at the
Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Techtextil North America represents all vertical aspects of
the technical textile industry from research and development, through raw
materials and production
The third annual World of Wipes
(WOW) International Conference, set for June 22-24, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt in
Atlanta, Georgia, will once again explore all aspects of the wipes business, from
raw materials to substrates to converting and end-user applications, during
three days of seminars and networking.
The conference, organized by INDA, Association of the
Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, will focus exclusively on the business and
technology of wipes. Sessions will co
Technologies, Inc. has announced that they have developed a unique DelPore
meltblown media that is biodegradable and compostable. Designed specifically for
the air filtration industry, the product is manufactured from PLA (polylactide)
and electrostatic charging has proven to enhance its efficiency.
DelStar Technologies developed the new DelPore media for
short-term disposable air filtration applications, including medical facemasks,
China Liugui Group,
Ltd. has signed a major order with Oerlikon Neumag for the supply of machines
and lines for the production of industrial nonwovens. The order consists of six
complete lines for the production of carded nonwovens. As the systems supplier,
Oerlikon Neumag will undertake all the required engineering work and machine
supplies under the direction and co-ordination of the Oerlikon Neumag Carding Group.
The six production lines will include the co
Huntsman Textile Effects,
a division of Huntsman Corporation and a leading manufacturer of dyes and
textile chemicals, announced it will establish new headquarters in
Singapore. The move is a major milestone of the division's previously announced
restructuring and will significantly contribute to the division's focus on
serving selected global market segments from the region most expected to fuel
growth in the years to come.
Headquarters for Textile Effects is currentl
machinery manufacturer Benninger is to show its legendary Küsters
Dyepad at the forthcoming Techtextil in Frankfurt and says it has the perfect
solution for technical fabric.
The company says that economic success in technical fabrics
is determined above all by quality and reproducibility and up to date finishing,
especially in nanotechnology finishing becomes more and more cost-intensive and
at the same time process engineering has to be
Consolidated sales up by 5.4% to EUR 1.33 billion
EBIT down by 19.7% to EUR 130.3 million
Expected: Significant decline in 2009 results due to global
The Lenzing Group says it
made good use of 2008, a year characterized by volatility and the deepening
financial crisis, to further extend its position as world market leader in
According to preliminary figures, consolidated sales rose by
5.4% to EUR 1.33 bill. (2007: EUR 1.26 bi
Technologies Inc., a pioneer in commercializing the use of bast fibres
including industrial hemp for use in casual apparel, performance yarns,
industrial filters and absorbent pulp and paper products, added Jeremy K. Jones
to its advisory board. Jones, an advanced materials industry veteran, will also
be consulting with the company on its partnership and business development
agreements related to its CRAILAR(R) technology.
"We are thrilled that
Search is on for new ideas, visions and concepts
Promoting the dialogue between research, manufacturers and
On the occasion of Techtextil
2009, Messe Frankfurt is organising the Techtextil Innovation Award for the tenth
time and the Avantex Innovation Award for the fifth time.
To be held as part of the International Trade Fair for
Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, the competitions are open to companies,
institutes, universities, polytechnics and indivi
NanoHorizons Inc., a
leader in the creation of nanoscale performance additives for textile, health
care, and industrial applications, has appointed Toshinobu Hirohata as an
authorized sales and technical support agent for the company’s antimicrobial
nanosilver additives, marketed globally under the SmartSilver performance
brand. Mr. Hirohata is based in Japan. A graduate of Osaka University of
Foreign Studies (currently Osaka University), Mr. Hirohata
Ahlstrom’s Disruptor PAC , a
leading edge technology for water filtration received INDA’s Visionary Award
during VISION 2009 Consumer Products Conference in New Orleans. Attendees to
the Vision 2009 Conference, held from January 26-29th, selected the winning
product by voting for their favourite from a field of five nominees. The
Visionary Award is presented annually to a new consumer product that utilizes
nonwoven fabric in its final form.
Disruptor PAC is
Hexcel today announced that
it has received a 2008 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the awards annually
to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Hexcel maintained a Silver performance
composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period,
from Oct 1, 2007 to Sept 30, 2008. This
is the second successive year that Hexcel has qualified for the Silver Boeing
Heimbach Filtration has announced it will close its Suzhou, China filtration
facility due to poor market demand for its products. The company says that the
market situation for filtration products has worsened enduringly in China due
to the economic crisis.
Heimbach says that in addition, fierce price competition in
Asia, especially in China, makes the business with filter media more and more
unattractive. For this reason Heimbach Filtration decided to give up i
According to Swiss textile
machinery manufacturer Oerlikon Barmag, the demand for top-quality polyester Fully
Drawn Yarn (FDY) is growing significantly, particularly in the Chinese market. The
company says that yarn qualities for further processing using high-speed
warp-knitting methods have been in especially high demand over the past few
The warp-knitting process which is especially good for producing
mesh fabrics requires particularly even yarn, as ev
New Textiles. Research
and Development in the Textile-Clothing-Technical Textiles Industry
31 March 2009, Hotel Sofitel, Place Jourdan 1, Brussels
The Textile Industry Research
Association AITEX is organizing “New
Textiles, R&D in the Textile – Clothing - Technical Textiles Industry”, an
Information Day which will take place on 31 March 2009 in Brussels,
The event will be focused on the importance of innovation
for the future of the te
by Jutta Stehr and Jürgen Vogel, Oerlikon Textile GmbH &
Industrial textiles are the great
white hope of the classical textile nations following China’s ascent to the
position as the world’s largest apparel manufacturer. They are the innovation
drivers for many small and medium-sized companies throughout the world.
Industrial textiles fill those areas of application that
nobody had even considered 10 or even just 5 years ago. All in all, they are
Heinz Michel who has
headed Benninger’s Textile Finishing Division since June 2008 is to take over
as Chief Executive Officer with effect from March 1, 2009.
Benninger AG’s Board of Directors today announced the
appointment of Heinz Michel as new CEO with effect from March 1, 2009. Heinz Michel
looks back on twelve years as CEO of fibre technology components manufacturer
Heberlein, now Oerlikon Heberlein Temco Wattwil AG. Since June 2008, he has
The Institute of Environmental and Human
Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University has announced it will partner Enercon
Industries Corp. to combine each organization’s expertise to develop technology
to advance the functionality of nonwovens and technical textiles.
Ramkumar, an Associate Professor in the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials
Laboratory of TIEHH, said: “The partnership seeks to explore the opportunities
of commercializing atmospheric plasma
Focus on new impulses for the combination of natural fibres
and technical textiles
To mark the International Year of Natural
Fibres, Messe Frankfurt will hold a Natural Fibre Congress during Techtextil,
International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, in Frankfurt
from 16 to 18 June 2009.
The aim of the congress is, inter-alia, to bring natural
fibres into closer contact with technical applications and to show trade
visitors the benefits of natural fibres
10-12 March 2009. Rome
UK - Smart Fabrics are big
business. The smart textiles market is expected to hit US$642.1 million globally
by the end of 2008, representing a compound annual growth rate of 28.3%. These
figures are set to increase yet further into 2009 to keep pace with new
applications emerging in the sector. Accordingly IntertechPira is to present
the 5th annual Smart Fabrics conference, a global forum for all the
developments you should know about.
Coating and laminating machinery
specialist Coatema, exhibited for the first time at the recent Arabplast09 in
Dubai and said today that the show was a great success, although the financial
crisis has hit the Middle East quite strongly. The company said it had showed
and shared its deep experience in coating and laminating and was happy to announce
that it had concluded two contracts for coating and laminating machines at the fair.
Coatema says it is experienci
Malimo is to launch a brand new highly innovative multiaxial stitch-bonding
machine called the Malitronic at the JEC Composites show which will be held in
Paris from 24-26 March.
Karl Mayer’s Chemnitz-based subsidiary is renowned for its
high level of innovation and one of the organisations it works closely with on
its new developments is the CETEX Institut für Textil- und
Verarbeitungsmaschinen gemeinnützige GmbH (CETEX Non-pr
Second edition of US-European Networking Event - April 2-3,
2009, Brussels, Belgium
Building on the success of the first edition of Advanced Textiles in June
2008, and the endorsement of the international audience, Industrial Fabrics
Association International (IFAI) and IHOFMANN announce a second conference to
be held 2-3 April 2009 in Brussels, Belgium.
As the headquarters of the European Union, NATO, various
stakeholder institutions and international large-scal
Albany International Oy, an
affiliate of Albany International Corp. announced yesterday its plan to
discontinue operations at its dryer fabric manufacturing facility in Konala,
Finland. Over the last few years, similar steps have been taken in North
America and Europe to match capacity to the global demand for paper machine
clothing, as the global paper industry has continued to consolidate and
The proposal, if implemented, is estimated to a
Dexco Polymers LP has commercialized
a new grade of Vector styrenic block copolymers designed specifically for the
hot melt adhesive nonwovens market. Developed under the designation DPX 593,
this new commercial block copolymer, Vector 4293A, has a patented, 4-arm radial
styrene-isoprene-styrene (SIS) block copolymer structure with a high
styrene-isoprene diblock content.
“Given the success of this polymer in bringing benefits in
some nonwoven applications, Dexc
Applicant: COROPLAST FRITZ MUELLER GMBH [DE]
Inventor(s): WITTIG GUELAY [DE]; SOEHNGEN MARCUS [DE]; FRIGGE CHRISTOPH
[DE]; LODDE CHRISTOPH [DE]
Abstract of EP 1927639 (A1) The technical self-winding textile adhesive tape for taping of cable loom in
automotive industry, comprises a thermally hardened carrier (1) having a
hardened cross-linked needle non-woven (3) formed from fibers (2) and a pressure-sensitive
adhesive coating (4) applied on a side of the c
Intertek, a leading international provider of quality testing services
to a wide range of industries, today announced its acquisition of Porst &
Partner GmbH, located in Fürth near Nürnberg in Bavaria, Germany. Porst &
Partner is a highly recognised laboratory providing consumer product testing,
environmental analyses, food analyses and microbiology. Porst & Partner is
also a well-known provider of engineering services including evaluation and
From 1st January 2009 Flemings
Textiles Limited will now be known as Scott & Fyfe Composites Limited.
Flemings Textiles Ltd has been a subsidiary company of Scott & Fyfe Ltd for
13 years and for the last 5 years there has been significant promotion towards
the Scott & Fyfe name being involved in composites through Flemings.
“It gives us great pleasure to announce our next positive
step towards closer integration of the two organisations, and a strateg
21 January 2009, One Great George Street, London
London, UK - The London Technology Network (LTN) is holding
a one day networking event on Advances in 'smart' materials. The event will
feature presentations from McLaren Racing, Airbus, Ilika Technologies Ltd,
University College London and National Physical Laboratories and offers a
unique opportunity to identify technology partners through one to one meetings
and evaluate the latest research on coatings, surfaces and nano-materials.
Leading builder of warp knitting machines Karl Mayer, has been
using Memminger-Iro’s Rojtricot storage feeder to improve fabric quality on its
weft insertion machines and particularly with fabrics for technical applications.
Warp knitting is a complex process, in which the
relationship between all the processing sequences has a decisive effect on the
efficiency of the process and the quality of the fabrics produced. The
principles of feeding the yarn to th
Nordson Corporation has
invested nearly half a million dollars in global upgrades to their Industrial
Coating customer demonstration labs in 2008. The company recently inaugurated
their new customer lab near Shanghai, China with events and training for
industry partners and customers. In addition to the recent opening in China,
Nordson's Industrial Coating & Automotive Systems group has upgraded many
of its laboratory and demonstration facilities worldwi
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BACKER JAN ADOLPH DAM [NL]; BONNER MARK JAMES [GB]; WARD IAN MCMILLAN [GB]
HANS-JOACHIM [DE]; FISCHER ANDREAS [DE]; BACKER JAN ADOLPH DAM [NL]; BONNER
MARK JAMES [GB]; WARD IAN MCMILLAN [GB]
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2008125298 (A1) The invention relates to a method for the production of high-strength ribbons
having a high modulus of elasticity made of a highly molecular polyolefin,
Performance Fiber's CEO,
Richard C. Brown, will present the keynote address "Adapting to Changing
Times” at the Techtextil North America Symposium being held April 21-23, 2009
at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The address will focus on how the fibre industry has changed
and how companies adjust to changes in order to remain competitive. Other
topics in the opening session will include global participation, the state of
Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik
GmbH, Obertshausen, has signed a contract to take over the Weaving Preparation
Division of Benninger AG in Uzwil. In future, it will operate under the name of
Karl Mayer Textilmaschinen AG. With this strategic acquisition, Karl Mayer takes
over Benninger’s current product portfolio, together with the service and components
operations, which will remain in Uzwil.
The merger sees the emergence of a leading interna
Gehring Textiles Inc. ,
a manufacturer of warp and circular knitted fabrics for technical applications,
has purchased Norton, Massachusetts based Tweave Inc, a manufacturer of high
quality four-way stretch woven fabrics.
“We know that Tweave
stretch fabric has enormous potential in many of these markets,” said Skip
Gehring, president, Gehring Textiles. “Tweave is well-known and respected in
fashion, sports and intimate apparel, but demand for its spe
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Scott & Fyfe has announced as
part of their ongoing expansion plans, the opening of their new Telford based
office. Located at the Telford Plaza, this dedicated sales office will provide
a central location to cover accounts in the UK but will also allow a base for
the currently expanding Field Sales Team as demand for Scott & Fyfe
products worldwide continues to increase, especially within the composites
"The Telford Plaza provides great accommoda
has experienced record growth in 2008, seeing increased sales of over 30% from
2007. To keep up with the increased demand for the company’s products which
include Marshall and Williams plastics processing systems, Parkinson Winders
and Key Filters melt filtration equipment, Parkinson has added numerous
employees (the company’s workforce was expanded by 15%) and restructured its
In addition to adding empl
Messe Frankfurt, organizer of Techtextil
has announced its final plans for the June 2009 and looks forward to a successful
"The signs indicate growth", says Michael Jänecke,
Brand Manager Techtextil, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. "By the end of
October, with more than six months still to go, we had received over 600
registrations." More than two thirds of the total area occupied in 2007
has already been sold.
Thus, the International Trade Fair for
Chemical Market Associates, Inc.
(CMAI) has announced the completion of the 2009 World Nylon Fibers & Feedstocks
Analysis, an annual global study that covers the future outlook and historical
perspective for nylon intermediates, nylon textile, industrial fibers, carpet
fibers and engineering thermoplastics markets (ETP) from 2003 to 2013. In-depth
insight regarding the following key market influences is included: capacity,
supply, demand, trade, prices, product
The Association of Italian Textile
Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) and the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade
(ICE) will hold two technical workshops on Italian textile machinery for the
production of technical textiles and nonwovens in China. The events will take
place in Hangzou (24 February, 2009) and in Wuxi (26 February, 2009).
Approximately ten Italian manufacturers of machinery for
technical textiles and nonwovens will introduce their updated technologies,
In order to strengthen its
business operations and the role of innovations, Ahlstrom Corporation has announced
the following changes in its Corporate Executive Team (CET) effective as from
January 1, 2009. At the same time, Ahlstrom makes an adjustment in its business
Tommi Björnman is appointed Senior Vice President of the
Filtration business area. Björnman transfers to his new position from the role
of Senior Vice President of the G
Warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer has worked closely with its system partner
Texion Software Solutions to develop Texion’s Procad warpknit 3D the latest
addition to the Procad family of software solutions for manufacturers of warp
The production of modern warp knitted fabrics is an
engineering science in itself. Anyone involved should have specialist knowledge
of yarn properties and finishing processes a
Messe Frankfurt to hold an International Natural Fibres
Conference during Techtextil 2009
UN General Assembly declares 2009 to be the International
Year of Natural Fibres
launches new internet site on the occasion of the Year of Natural Fibres
As part of the International
Year of Natural Fibres, Messe Frankfurt will hold a congress on natural fibres
during Techtextil - International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and
Nonwovens – in Frankfu
Anyone wishing to take
part in the next Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt am Main from 16 to 17 June
2009, as a symposium speaker, is now cordially invited to apply. Both symposia
are taking place at the same time as the Techtextil fair, the International
Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens and Avantex, the International
Forum for Innovative Apparel Textiles, which from this year is an integral part
of Techtexil. The fair will open its doors in
A specialised event for technical
textiles and nonwoven products in Asia, Cinte Techtextil China, will run from
20 – 22 October 2008 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The show
encompasses about 300 suppliers featuring technical textiles and nonwoven
products in 12 application categories.
Products categorised for easy identification
Technical Textile fabrics and nonwoven products buyers,
visit Cinte Techtextil China to source high quality textiles for a
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008, the first
combined show of the two established brands ITMA ASIA and CITME, closed its
doors on 31 July. 1,368 exhibitors from 30 countries and regions participated
in this show, taking up all 126,500 square metres of the 11 halls in the
Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
The net exhibiting space exceeded 73,000 square metres, and
the top five participating economies in terms of number of participants were
China, Italy, Germany, China Tai
In June, 2008, Toyobo and DSM
Dyneema made the decision to expand production capacity for Dyneema ultra high
strength polyethylene fibre. Nippon Dyneema Co., Ltd, headquartered in Osaka, Japan,
is a joint venture of Toyobo and DSM Dyneema.
The main applications for Dyneema in Japan are ropes,
fishing lines, gloves (including knitted) and helmets and owing to steady
domestic demand, Toyobo has increased its sales volume for the past few years. On
the other hand, the ya