Medical, Health & Hygiene
Laboratory tests concluded by the Hohenstein Institute, Germany, have revealed that a new Wellmed dust mite protection mattress can help those suffering from household allergies. “For the first time ever, this offers the hope of a good night's sleep for around 5 million people suffering from a house dust allergy in Germany – completely without side effects,” the Institute revealed.
Earlier this year when 4,662 innovative products from 1,865 inventive companies competed for one of the world’s most treasured design prizes, the red dot - X-BIONIC, the high-tech sportswear brand won double honours in Essen. The innovative Swiss company was able to convince judges with its latest technological invention and won an award for its Precuperation/Recovery Shirt & Trousers and a second award for its Precuperation/Recovery Socks. Both products aid sports performance and muscle recovery through the application of compression.
The UK’s University of Leeds has developed an innovative system for the objective evaluation of fabric handle, which uses established and proven test equipment underpinned by scientific principles, which account for key material properties.
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.
Ahlstrom has introduced SMS (Spunbond-Meltblown-Spunbond) technology into its Ahlstrom Reliance Tandem interleaved Sterile Barrier System (SBS) offer. The move comes as the company aims to better meet customers' needs and provide unique SBS solutions.
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 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.
INDA the US based nonwovens association has honoured European headquartered nonwovens producer Sandler for its sustainable bio textile by Sandler wet wipes substrate.
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.
The Journal of Industrial Textiles has published the results of a study conducted by Texas Tech University and Enercon Industries that determined when spunbond polypropylene nonwoven fabrics are pre-treated with atmospheric plasma it increases the breathability of the fabric.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finnish Nonwovens producer Suominen has introduced two novel, innovative nonwoven products for industrial and household wiping applications. The new product launches are part of the company’s strategy to increase the share of the higher value added products in its portfolio and to strengthen its market position in industrial and household wiping applications.
Dow Chemical’s Hygiene & Medical business introduced its innovative, high-molecular weight Infuse olefin block copolymer (OBCs) for blown films at the IDEA13 International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Expo in Miami yesterday.
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.
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.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes a look at a new high-tech wave of interactive functional yarns and fabrics which are designed to deliver a whole range of benefits to wearers. You can read Part 1 at Ancient wisdom inspires ‘responsive’ Far Infrared fibres – Part 1.
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.
Kraton Performance Polymers, a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers and other engineered polymers has announced plans to exhibit at IDEA 2013, in Miami, Florida from 22-25 April at the Miami Beach Conference Center.
Gregory Walter Haggquist of Cocona Inc. has been honoured by the AATCC Technical Committee on Research (TCR) as the recipient of the 2013 TCR Service Award in recognition of his achievements and service to the Association. The award was presented at the 2013 AATCC International Conference in Greenville, SC on 11th April.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes a look at a new high-tech wave of interactive functional yarns and fabrics which are designed to deliver a whole range of benefits to wearers.
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.
US based technical textiles manufacturer Carolina Silver, has been acquired by Noble Biomaterials, which wants to add the North Carolina based company’s antibacterial technologies to its range of antibacterial products.
Sanitized AG, a leading producer of antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection for textiles and plastics will be launching two new advanced additives designed for the protection of plasticized PVC at this year’s Techtextil in Frankfurt.
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.”
TissueGen Inc., a developer of cutting-edge biodegradable polymer technology for implantable drug delivery across a wide variety of therapeutic applications, has announced the availability of its Elute biodegradable drug-loaded fibre products, including pharmaceutical loaded fibres and growth factor loaded fibres.
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.
Procter & Gamble, the company behind consumer brands including Pampers, Gillette, Ariel and Tide has announced that 45 of its facilities have now achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill, which marks a major step towards the company’s long-term vision of sending zero manufacturing and consumer waste to landfills. P&G says that over the past 5 years its work to find worth in waste has created over $1 billion in value for the company.
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’.
Cesare Citterio, textiles entrepreneur and owner of Cifra SpA, a world leader in the field of seamlessly knitted garments, is a man on a mission – a warp knitting seamless mission - or as Citterio likes to call it a ‘WKS’ mission.
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.
Innovative German technical textiles producer Riedel Textil has introduced a new range of seamlessly knitted tights called KinesioTight, which have been scientifically developed to both improve sports performance and protect against injuries. Developed in cooperation with sports and medical experts, KinesioTight is said to integrate the effects of the well known Kinesio Tape Method of treatment into functional sportswear.
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.
Lenzing will be focussing on the hygiene sector when it showcases its speciality fibres at this year’s IDEA13 which takes place in Miami, Florida from 23-25 April. The Austrian fibre producer will place special emphasis on Tencel and particularly its new hydrophobic fibre Tencel Biosoft for hygiene applications in line with the slogan - Green solutions for hygiene products.
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.
Lenzing has succeeded in achieving the second best business result in its history in the 2012 financial year in spite of difficult market conditions in its core fibre business. The Austrian company’s Annual Report published today says that this can be attributed to new record fibre sales volumes and good performance of its specialty Tencel fibre. Readers can download the full Lenzing Group Annual Report 2012 at the foot of this article.
Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC (MNW), a subsidiary of Monadnock Paper Mills, has called for a ubiquitous global standard for surgical face masks. Established in 1999 to meet the fast growing air and liquid filtration, medical face mask and healthcare markets, MNW is a global supplier and is ISO 9001:2008 certified.
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.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a process that it says enables recycled paper and cardboard to be used as a raw material for cost effective nonwovens. Hygiene and home care products, such as nappies, sanitary towels and cleaning cloths, are among the many items that the researchers say can be manufactured from the biodegradable nonwovens.
A new large scale plant for the production of polyester fibre and a new generation of nonwovens will be built in Russia this year by CJSC Kotovsky Nonwovens Plant, one of Russia’s largest producers of nonwovens.
Nonwovens producers now have access to a new technical centre at Andritz Perfojet in Montbonnot, France after the Austrian company opened the new facility this week.
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.
Innovative Italian sock knitting machine manufacturer Busi Giovanni is ramping up the promotion and production of its IDEA Medical line of compression stockings knitting machines, following strong sales in Italy and elsewhere.
Celliant, a developer of innovative responsive textile technology, has announced an alliance with global brand, Puma. The brand’s men's athletic apparel line inspired by Olympic gold medalist and world record sprinter Usain Bolt now features performance-driven apparel incorporating Celliant's patented mineral fibre technology.
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.
The Russian government together with the country’s nano giant Rusnano and Swiss Oerlikon, a developer of innovative industrial solutions for food, clothing, transportation and other industries, (owned by the Russian financial conglomerate Renova), are considering accelerating efforts in the field of design and production of new types of textile products, based on nanotechnologies in Russia.
Entries are invited from all Texprocess exhibitors for the second ‘Texprocess Innovation Award’, which will be presented at this year’s Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June 2013.
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.
FibeRio, the developer and manufacturer of novel Forcespinning nanofiber production systems has announced it has completed a $13M capital raising exercise led by two global strategic investors – SABIC Ventures B.V., Saudi Basic Industries Corporation’s corporate venture capital arm, and Aster Capital Partners, sponsored by Solvay, Schneider Electric, Alstom and the European investment fund.
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Nanotechnology maker Litrax’ L2 fibre and filament technology has been named in ISPO 2013’s Top 5 Fibres Innovations for fall/winter season 2014/15.
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.
Bayer MaterialScience has developed a new high-performance cross linking agent for the coating of temperature-sensitive textile fibres. The company’s polyurethane dispersion Imprafix 2794 XP is also said to have possible advantageous applications in glass and automotive OEM coating.
Teijin has announced that it received a Grand Award at the nano tech 2013 International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference, which took place at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan from January 30 to February 1.
TissueGen Inc., developer of a cutting-edge absorbable polymer technology for implantable drug delivery across a wide variety of therapeutic applications, has announced that its patented extrusion technology enables absorbable fibres to be loaded with a wider variety of drugs and biologically-based entities than previously possible.
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.
Leading nonwovens producer Sandler will exhibit at this year’s IDEA show which is being held from April 22 to April 25 at the Miami Beach Convention Centre, Florida. The German company says it will introduce novel products which combine optimised functionality and the concept of sustainability to the show’s audience.
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.
Two leading developers of biomedical textiles and modified polymers aim to increase value-added offerings to medical device OEMs through a bicoastal US presence. Biomedical Structures (BMS), a developer of biomedical textiles for medical devices and other advanced clinical applications, and Modified Polymer Components (MPC), which specializes in the design, rapid prototyping and manufacture of reliable, highly precise polymer components for medical device OEMs, today announced their merger.
Incorporating social packaging and humorous, niche-driven branding, Dude Wipes from Dude Products has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Visionary Award, presented at the VISION 2013 Consumer Products Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Visionary Award is given to the most innovative new consumer product that utilizes nonwoven fabrics in its final form.
Just a short time after UK start up, MMT Textiles Ltd announced on www.innovationintextiles.com that it had invented and patented a method of constructing bio-responsive fibres and yarns so that they react to humidity levels in a micro-climate, the London based company revealed this week that it is now close to bringing the technology to market.
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.
According to researchers at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, wearable computers which can withstand washing are one step closer thanks to a technology which integrates electronic micro devices into yarns. The academics developed a prototype garment to demonstrate the technology, which they say could be used for medical and military purposes.
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.
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.
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.
EDANA, a leading global association and voice for the nonwovens and related industries, has announced the opening of registrations, product presentation bookings and full programme for OUTLOOK Asia.
Technical Absorbents (TAL) has been officially recognised for innovation by two leading industry organisations. The Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturers’ KoolSorb coolant fabric was recently listed by Future Materials Magazine in its top 100 innovations of 2012, and has since been selected as a finalist for an IDEA achievement award in the category of Roll Goods.
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.
Web Industries, a leader in outsource converting and manufacturing solutions, has expanded its printing capacity through equipment upgrades at its facility in Dallas, Texas.
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.
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.
The Journal of Industrial Textiles has published online the following research paper: ‘Silver nanoparticles loaded thermosensitive cotton fabric for antibacterial application’.
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.
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.
Biomedical Structures LLC (BMS), a developer of biomedical textiles for medical devices and other advanced clinical applications, has announced the expansion of its facilities for medical textile development and manufacturing. The company has complemented the expanded capacity with the appointment of medical device industry veteran Jonathan Howe to vice president of research and development.
Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd (TAF) and Switzerland’s Sanitized AG have announced the signing of a co-branding agreement and licensing program for Amicor fibres. Amicor will unveil the new Biocidals Product Directive (BPD) compliant fibres and yarns under the slogan “Breathe easily and relax” at Heimtextil 2013 which takes place from 9-12 January in Frankfurt.
Outlast Technologies, the market leader for temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), is rolling out its new brand identity this New Year with the aim of sharpening its profile.
Clariant has signed an agreement to sell its Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions businesses to SK Capital. The total consideration of the sale amounts to approximately CHF 502 million, out of which approximately 460 million in cash, equivalent to 6.3 times the estimated full year 2012 recurring EBITDA of those businesses. The divestment has been approved by the Boards of both companies. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2013.
Germany’s Hohenstein Institute is now offering testing and certification of protective/safety gloves in accordance with a number of industry standards.
Alexium International Group (Alexium) announced it has received its second progress payment on a US Air Force contract this month, with additional progress payments on the contract expected over the next five months. Alexium’s says its financial position is strengthening, based on growing revenues from the US Air Force contract, awarded earlier this year and continued revenues from its commercial roll out of its novel FR nylon treatment.
Dewatering breakthrough from RHL means textile finishers can finally say goodbye to conventional rubber squeezing
Lenzing’s lyocell cellulosic fibre Tencel turned 20 this week. Lenzing celebrated the anniversary by holding a commemorative ceremony and a customer symposium and here we look at the brand’s past, present and future.
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.
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.
Alexium has announced a major advancement in the development of its Flame Retardant (FR) treatments and curing methods. The company has developed its novel, non-halogenated FR chemistry for nylon so it can be applied with a standard oven as well as Alexium’s microwave technology. The ability to use traditional heat curing methods, aims to significantly lower entry barriers to key markets and speed up market introduction.
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.
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.
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.
Korean company Yejimiin is introducing a new generation of sanitary pads in December. 숲속이야기 Tencel is the first pad on the market to feature a top sheet based on 100% Tencel and in addition to being available in the Korean market, the product is to be exported to the USA for Korean women living overseas.
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.
Secant Medical, which specializes in the custom design, development and manufacturing of implantable biomedical textile structures for medical devices, will exhibit the unique benefits of biomedical textile engineering as an enabling technology platform for device design at the BIOMEDevice Exposition and Conference in San Jose, CA on December 4-5, 2012.
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.
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.
Lenzing successfully conducted a test run of its fifth production line at its Indonesian subsidiary PT South Pacific Viscose in October. With an additional nominal capacity of 80,000 tons of viscose fibres per annum, the annual total capacity of SPV will increase to 320,000 tons once Line 5 has been fully launched.
According to scientists at Germany’s Hohenstein Institute, in addition to modern sportswear, the market is increasingly demanding functional undergarments for the fashion and business sectors.
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.
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.
The Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology Group (GBMI) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya • BarcelonaTech (UPC) has improved the antimicrobial properties of medical textiles using an enzymatic pre-treatment combined with simultaneous deposition of nanoparticles and biopolymers under ultrasonic irradiation.
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.
Nilit has announced it will be introducing its Nilit Breeze cooling yarn to Asian markets at the forthcoming Intertextile Shanghai 2012 tradeshow. Nilit Breeze, the Israeli company’s most recent innovation, is said to be a revolutionary nylon 6.6 fibre that has been proven to cool wearers by almost one degree Celsius in comparison to fabrics knitted with standard fibres.
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 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.
Researchers at a top Scottish university have helped develop headwear that uses smart textiles for women with cancer related hair loss. Micro-encapsulated textiles, which offer added comfort as well as aroma-therapeutic benefits to cancer patients, are now being used in a luxury handmade headwear range.
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.
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.
Monforts’ Klaus A. Heinrichs talks about his company’s participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative.
Blue Competence is an initiative launched by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) to demonstrate the know-how and experience of its members for sustainable solutions. Key points of the campaign are technologies and products that conserve raw materials, reduce emissions and sustainably improve the living conditions of people.
Huntsman Textile Effects and HeiQ have announced a strategic business alliance with the launch of PURE by HeiQ, an innovative, new-generation silver product that is said to set it apart from other odour control solutions.
Vienna stock exchange listed Lenzing, the global leader in man-made cellulosic fibre production, has acquired a 100% shareholding in the Czech pulp producer Biocel Paskov A.S. Lenzing has held a 75% stake in the company since it acquired its majority stake from the Austrian Heinzel Group, which has now sold its remaining 25% shareholding to Lenzing.
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.
Lenzing launched Tencel Biosoft, a new hydrophobic and home-compostable fibre at last week’s Dornbirn Manmade Fibres Conference, which is said to have unique benefits for wipes and hygiene applications.
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.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes an in depth look at the world of textiles which deliver cosmetic benefits and concludes that there is potential for cosmétotextiles to go beyond beauty and deliver wellness, therapeutic, and medical benefits. You can read Part 1 at Beyond Beauty: The Future of Cosmétotextiles.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes an in depth look at the world of textiles which deliver cosmetic benefits and concludes that there is potential for cosmétotextiles to go beyond beauty and deliver wellness, therapeutic, and medical benefits.
Italian seamless garment manufacturer Cifra SpA has launched a brand new line of beauty and sports apparel called Doubleskin, which combines the Milan based company’s seamless warp knitting technology with Rhodia’s bioactive fibre Emana. Doubleskin is available from this week via a brand new website and online shop.
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).
Organisers have released early details of speakers and topics in the expanded free-to-attend Open Forum conference programme at the second annual UK Plastic Electronics Show, which will be held at the UK’s NEC in Birmingham on 7-8 November. The show is part of the Advanced Engineering UK group of events.
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.
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.
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.
The recent symposium on cosmétotextiles held at Interfilière Paris highlighted the growing success of these hybrid fabrics, as well as posing questions about their future.
A cosmetic textile is defined by the French Office for the Standardisation of Textile and Clothing Industries as “a textile article that contains a substance or a preparation that is intended to be released sustainably on to the different superficial parts of the human body, especially the skin, and which claim particular properties such as cleansing, perfume, change of appearance, protection, maintenance in good condition, or correction of body odours.”
The domestic Chinese market for advanced wound care products is said to be in the relatively early stages of development. However, China announced a $124 billion investment over three years to reform its healthcare system in 2009 and as a result, future market opportunities are considered substantial.
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.
The recent Interfilière show in Paris confirmed the importance of the cosmetic textiles or cosmetotextiles market for producers and marketers of next-to-skin knitted fabrics.
Interfilière organiser Eurovet, has published a seven page report on Cosmetotextiles (cosmetic textiles), which summarises a symposium held at the Paris show and which was jointly sponsored by Interfilière and La Federation de la Maille et de la Lingerie.
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.
The high performance fabrics beloved of mountain sport enthusiasts are fast becoming a fixture on clothing racks. Their growing popularity is providing a boost for the Swiss textile industry.
Growth in sales for the industry overall has been in the “double digits for the past few years,” explains Moritz Becher. He is editor at Outdoor Guide, Switzerland’s biggest alpine and outdoor sport magazine.
Wool’s credentials as a textile fibre that promotes health and wellbeing were presented by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) at the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) World Congress this week in Melbourne.
The new improved Eco Applicator soft coating solution from Mönchengladbach, Germany based Monforts, is reported to be making a strong impact following launches at recent shows in Bangladesh, USA, India and ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai, by providing significant energy savings with reduced drying times and the possible elimination of a conventional wet-on-wet padder.
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.
According to the Hohenstein Institute, 50 % of everyone in Germany practices sport at least once a week, which is still fourth place in a European country comparison. Wearing knee-length compression socks, the institute says, was long viewed as uncool by sportsmen and women, but more and more active sportsmen and women have reported the positive effects of wearing these special elastic socks.
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.
UK based Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturer Technical Absorbents Ltd (TAL) has developed a new fabric technology which is said to keep wearers of heavy outer clothing cool even when working in the most challenging environments.
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.
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.
Following the successful completion of an environmental impact assessment, work has started on Lenzing’s new 67,000 tonnes per annum Tencel fibre production facility at Lenzing in Upper Austria. The build is expected to take two years.
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.
The Teijin Group announced today that its three polyester fibre and textile subsidiaries, Teijin Fibers Limited, Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited and Thai Namsiri Intertex Co., Ltd., will participate in the Bangkok International Fashion Fair & Bangkok International Leather Fair 2011 (BIFF & BIL 2012).
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.
The Russian government is investing more than USD$20 million in the implementation of a major project, regarding with the design and further launch of production of innovative textile fabrics.
According to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the project involves the participation of about major 10 Russian research institutes, which will provide their latest developments in the field of production of innovative textile fabrics.
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.
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.
Around 200 textile research professionals met at the end of May in St Gallen, Switzerland at the international Fiber Society Spring Conference to keep abreast of current trends in research and development in this field.
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).
Dow Chemical is participating at this week’s ANEX 2012 (Asia Nonwovens Exhibition), which runs from 13-15 June Kintex II, Seoul, Korea. Dow’s theme at the show is Stronger Together and focuses on the value Dow and its customers bring to each other and key stakeholders through collaboration to deliver the solutions for tomorrow. Dow’s exhibits include a wide range of diverse and innovative products and technology for the hygiene and medical market.
By Valérie Lamontagne.
A few weeks ago I attended the annual Smart Fabrics Conference 2012 held in Miami, Florida. This industry-focused event brings together owners, players, entrepreneurs and developers from various textile-based R&D fields interested in intelligent embedded technological applications.
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.
Dow Chemical Company announced the introduction of its technology platform for Rhoplex Econext Acrylic Binders for the North American hygiene and medical market yesterday at the World Of Wipes conference. The series of low and ultra-low formaldehyde binders allows companies to manufacture end-use nonwoven products with minimal levels of formaldehyde and comply with the industry’s most stringent standards.
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.
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.
As sustainability continues to be a key topic influencing purchasing decisions throughout the global supply chain, the careful selection of raw materials like fibres is one of the first steps towards green products.
Lenzing has announced the launch of its first product made from Tencel which is specifically designed for use in face masks. Tencel Skin, which has been specially developed for substrates used in face masks for skin care applications will go on show at next month’s ANEX nonwovens show in Korea.
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.
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.
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.
In cooperation with Amoena Medizin-Orthopädie-Technik GmbH, a developer of specialist bras, swimwear and breast prostheses, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute have developed a special bra for breast cancer patients. The new bra, which was developed under a publicly funded research project (AiF no. KF2136714HG0) can be worn during and directly after radiation therapy and takes into account the high sensitivity of the skin which often occurs during treatments as well as changes in breast volume.
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.
Rhode Island, USA based stretch fabrics producer Darlington Fabrics has launched an innovative family of fabrics called Fasten-Air which stretch for comfort and function in personal protection applications and utilise familiar hook and loop closures.
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.
Developer of biomedical textiles for medical devices, Biomedical Structures (BMS), has introduced a new advanced tapered medical textile solution for tendons, ligaments and other orthopaedic applications. The company says its advanced weaving capabilities provide a high-precision medical textile solution able to match the anatomical construction of tendons and replicate performance.
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.
Dr. Sam Moore of Hohenstein Institute America will present interim findings from a long term study of the effects of nano silver particles on the environment. The presentation will be made at the joint conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and the Southern Textile Research Conference (STRC) to be held May 20-22, 2012 at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawley’s Island, SC.
The mass manufacturing of textiles and apparel will return to developed regions like Europe and the USA, but probably not in any recognisable shape from the past. The only question is what timeframe this will take.
Leading Israeli Nylon 6.6 producer Nilit announced today that its innovative patent pending Nilit Breeze speciality yarn is available as a performance fibre for sportswear, hosiery, underwear, shapewear, socks, outerwear and workwear.
BioPosture, a manufacturer of BioMemoryFoam eco-friendly mattresses, pillows and health products has announced it is entering into an exclusive licensing agreement and a strategic partnership with California-based Hologenix, the makers of Celliant technology for the health care sector.
This new one-year Masters degree has been developed to meet the industry’s demand for a postgraduate course within the field of fashion knitwear design and product innovation in knitted technical textiles. Aimed at graduates and professionals from both design and technology backgrounds, the course integrates creative and technical perspectives within the context of advanced fibre materials and computerised flat-bed knitting technology.
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.
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.
Leading Italian warp knitter Eurojersey has introduced a new range of ‘intelligent’ cosmetic textiles under its patented Sensitive Fabrics brand.
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.
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
W. L. Gore & Associates has launched a new website which aims to provide a comprehensive resource for its latest products and technologies and to improve the online experience for visitors. The new site features videos and animations to illustrate the science behind Gore’s fabric technology and there is also an improved customer support section, detailing how to buy, care for, and repair Gore fabrics.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories is growing its operations by opening a new laboratory to expand its technical textiles research and development program and accelerating the ramp up of its spider silk product toward industrial scale production.
Phase change materials (PCM) developer and marketer Outlast Technologies has been acquired by Golden Equity Investments, (GEI), a Colorado private equity firm that invests in operating businesses.
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.
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.
Lenzing has continued on its dynamic growth path by posting record results for 2011. Despite a significant weakening of the global fibre market in the second half of 2011, Lenzing again achieved double-digit growth rates in sales and earnings, and surpassed the threshold of EUR 2 billion in consolidated sales for the first time in the company’s history. Operating margins also improved from a 2010 high and set a new record.
Technical Absorbents (TAL), a UK-based subsidiary of the Bluestar Fibre Company Limited, will attend the China International Disposable Paper EXPO (CIDPEX) for the third time In April, with its Super Absorbent Fibre (SAFTM) Technology, and will have its largest ever stand at 54m2.
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.
DyStar Textile Services (DTS), the service division of the DyStar Group, has introduced its Sustainable Textile Service Programs which aim to help brands, retailers and their Industry partners reduce the impact of their products and processes on the environment and optimize supply chain costs.
Biomedical Structures (BMS), a developer of biomedical textiles for medical devices and other advanced clinical applications, has announced new capabilities for the high-precision development and manufacturing of vascular grafts.
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.
Italian circular knitting machine builder Santoni and its sister company Lonati, the world’s leading hosiery machinery manufacturer, are heading to Moscow this month. The two Brescia based companies will be exhibiting at technical textiles exhibition Techtextil Russia and textile machinery show Inlegmash, which are taking place at Moscow’s Expocenter-Pavilion Forum from 12-14 March (booths FD90 and FD120).
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.
Ever since the media began discussing the amount of water needed to produce a pair of jeans, the image of an entire industry line has suffered. And unjustly! In fact, the textile industry is very committed to the protection of the environment, and so is the textile care sector.
For the past three years, Assistant Professor and Fashion Design Program Director Genevieve Dion of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design has focused her research on identifying production methods that advance the field of wearable technology.
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.
A year after its launch at Expofil, Filature Miroglio, manufacturer of the Newlife fibre platform presented its Newlife Eco-Innovation Library at last week’s Première Vision in Paris. The Italian company reports great interest and turnout for Newlife and the innovative materials made with its 100% recycled premium fibre.
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.
At the spring trade shows in Paris last week, leading Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing presented its latest eco fibre, MicroModal Edelweiss, which is made from European beech wood using eco manufacturing processes.
Switzerland’s Schoeller Textil AG has a new medical textiles business called Schoeller Medical AG. The new subsidiary will focus on innovative healthcare projects and has launched its first product line of incontinence products.
ACIMIT, the organisation representing the Italian textile machinery manufacturers says that orders for Italian textile machinery sector are now back on the rise.
The $4.2 trillion healthcare market is increasingly eating into the GDPs of nations, as people seemingly get fatter, do less exercise, and as populations become drastically older.
On 9 December 2011, Prof. Stefan Mecheels, Head of the Hohenstein Institute, opened the new test laboratory at the International Textile Testing and Service Centre in Hong Kong. It was an opportunity to tell the approximately 70 invited guests from all around the world about the work of the Hohenstein experts.
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.
National Nonwovens has installed a 2.4 meter air-laid needle punch nonwoven line which is strategically located in a contained, clean-room environment. Production on the line is currently focused on, but is not limited to, the manufacturing of medical products.
Vicki Barbur, VP Research and Development, M-Segment, at Cardinal Health will be presenting ‘Materials in Medicine: The Need for Smart, High Performance Textiles ‘at Smart Fabrics 2012. Organisers IntertechPira asked Vicki to share some of her insights on the industry, specifically in terms of medical applications for smart fabrics.
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.
Hologenix, manufacturer of Celliant, a responsive textile technology for apparel, bedding and veterinary products, has announced the formation of a Science Advisory Board.
According to Schoeller Technologies, the efficacy its energear textile technology has been confirmed in an innovative test process at the Hohenstein Institute. The Swiss company also says that the technology has received positive feedback from German Olympian equestrian Bettina Hoy and her horses. energear is a new textile technology from Schoeller that is said to ensure that the energy radiated by the body is returned to it.
India is witnessing a revolutionary phase in the horticultural and agricultural sectors with both small and large companies investing heavily in the latest technologies. In March, the Ministry of Agriculture-sponsored Inter-Horti Expo will become the focus for the industry with both domestic and international exhibitors vying for a piece of the action and displaying their latest products.
Bissell Homecare has been named the winner of the prestigious 2012 Visionary Award, presented at the VISION 2012 Consumer Products Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana this week. Bissell’s Stomp ‘N Go Lifting Pad is designed to make cleaning carpet stains easy and simple.
Bayer MaterialScience has begun construction of a multipurpose production plant for polyurethane coating raw materials at Chempark Leverkusen.
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.
The 7th Annual Public Conference of the European Textile Technology Platform will take place on 29 – 30 March 2012 in Brussels. The scope of this one-and-a-half-day event will be to present and discuss how future EU research, innovation and industry policies and programmes can better support the research and innovation efforts of the more than 140,000 small to mid-sized companies in the EU textile and clothing sector.
Disruptive RST technology company Alexium has begun the commercial roll-out of its flame retardant, oil and water repellent nylon, which it says has met key technical milestones for flame retardancy, water repellency and durability.
The latest in product development, technology, and international trade updates for the sewn products industry will be presented by industry experts and leaders from around the world during the 2012 Texprocess Americas Symposium being held April 24 - 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
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.
In a sensational deal
announced today, two of the world's market leading manufacturers of knitted seamless
apparel are to collaborate to produce a new line of unique lingerie,
bodyshapers, posture garments and sportswear products based on seamless warp
Israel's Tefron Ltd, a leader in circular seamless garment
production and Italy's Cifra SpA, a design led pioneer in warp knitted seamless
production, announced today that they have signe
Biomedical textiles developer and manufacturer Biomedical
Structures (BMS), has launched Biofelt an absorbable nonwovens based scaffold
for implant devices for use in orthopaedics, cardiology, general surgery and other
in vivo applications.
Biofelt's unique nonwoven structure is said to provide a
fibrous matrix platform that enables natural tissue in-growth in surgical
applications. Composed of felt created by a carding and needle punch process, Biofelt
is said to
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
Polyester producer Teijin Fibers is supplying its
high-strength polyester Nanofront nanofibre for use in running socks made by
New Balance. Frictional force, one of the noteworthy properties of Nanofront,
creates outstanding slip resistance to help prevent the sock from sliding
inside a shoe, thereby reducing blisters and shoe sores. Nanofront also boasts
high absorbency for added comfort.
The socks are being marketed by New Balance Japan and sold
in its own shops in Toky
5 January 2012, Greer, SC Alexium has signed a new Cooperative Research and
Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL),
Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Airbase Technologies Division, to further
develop and commercialize its patented and potentially disruptive Reactive
Surface Treatment (RST) technology.
The agreement will leverage resources and capabilities of
Alexium and the Tyndall AFB, Florida based AFRL and advance the effort of
developing and tr
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
Market leader in the production of cellulose fibres Lenzing
is to exclusively produce the lyocell based specialty fibres Smartcel and
SeaCell which were developed by German company Smartfiber AG of Rudolstadt.
two companies have been cooperating for some time and under the newly expanded
arrangement Lenzing will produce the fibres at the Lenzing site in Upper
In 2007, Lenzing granted Smartfiber a license for the pilot
production of new types of lyocell spe
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
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
The Centre for
Research in Advanced Textiles (CReATe) at Nottingham Trent University has an
ambitious development strategy which it says allows it to offer an exciting opportunity
for a PhD Studentship, starting in January 2012. The studentships will pay
UK/EU fees and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (£13,590
per annum for 2011/12) for up to four years.
The studentship is describesd as follows:
"Everyday clothing consists of textile fibres which a
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,
The Fifth Wearable Technologies Conference will take place
alongside the ISPO sports show in Munich, Germany, on January 30, 2012.
The conference will focus on key areas in which wearable
electronics and smart textiles are rapidly emerging, including sports,
smartphones and consumer gadgets and therapy and medical, while at the same
time introducing a range of new innovations.
Showcases from established companies will include the
wearable diabetes management system developed by
According to Duofold by Champion, a HanesBrand brand, more
than 20 million Americans participate in snow sports from Nordic skiing to
snowboarding, and ski professionals say that most first-time skiers will be
cold when hitting the slopes this winter.
More than 75% of ski pros said that the majority of new
skiers do not dress appropriately for the weather conditions with the most
common mistake being not layering properly, according to a recent survey of
Polyester fibres producer Teijin Fibers has developed a unique
polyester fibre with a distinctive, highly modified cross-section with eight
projections aligned in a radial pattern around a hollow fibre.
The new fibre, named Octa after its octopus-like appearance,
is said to offer rapid sweat absorption and drying, low weight, heat
shielding/insulation and useful bulkiness. Octa will be marketed from April
2012 for next-to-skin applications such as underwear and sportswe
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:
With 11,283 certificates issued in the last year alone, and more than 9,500 companies
involved in the scheme in over 90 countries, the OEKO-TEX organisation says its
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 has once again confirmed its position as the world's
leading certification scheme for textiles tested for harmful substances.
That was the conclusion of this year's meeting of the heads of
OEKO-TEX institutes, which, in view of the growing number of certificates
issued to production
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
Demand for elastane fibres, known as spandex in the USA and
parts of Asia, is set to grow considerably according to a new report, ‘Stretch
fibres and fabrics: reaching new levels of comfort', from the business
information company Textiles Intelligence.
In the ten years to 2010 demand for elastane fibres more
than doubled, from around 160,000 tons to over 350,000 tons, and, despite the
availability of cheaper substitute stretch materials, it will continue to
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;
Lenzing has announced that it's Tencel and Lenzing FR fibres
have been certified as 100% Biobased by the US Department of Agriculture
The Biobased certification is part of the BioPreferred program which
encourages government agencies and contractors to purchase products that are
biobased or made from significant amounts of biobased materials.
The purpose of the BioPreferred program is to increase the
US government's use of environmentally-friendly products
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
iLoad, the latest
development from Swiss textile and technology specialist Schoeller Textil AG, was recognized with the
Swiss Technology Award in the segment ,Maturity Stage' at the Innovation Forum,
held at the Novartis Campus in Basel on 3 November.
In a two-phase adjudication process, a high profile jury of experts
carefully selected the three winners from among 96 applicants and awarded them Switzerland's
leading technology and innovation prize. The Swiss Technol
Smart textiles network Wearable Technologies is to exhibit a
range of technological innovations at this month's leading medical and
healthcare trade fair MEDICA in Dusseldorf.
These days, we have modern medicine to thank for longevity.
But according to Wearable Technologies, with this long life comes a need to
live independently as long as possible.
"According to the German Federal Statistical Office,
DeStatis, there will be a deficit of 260,000 caregivers by 2025.
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
VISION 2012 Consumer Products Conference will present a
far-ranging program that will focus on topics as diverse as Health Care Reform,
Global Aging and Sustainability. The event will be held, at the Hotel
Intercontinental in New Orleans, Louisiana from January 23-26, 2012.
Celebrating its 11th consecutive year as the most important
conference which brings together the worlds of consumer products and nonwovens,
the VISION Consumer Products Conference, which is organ
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
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,
Specialist German producer of circular knitting machines for medical stockings Merz launched a new four feed machine with reciprocating heel and toe movement at last month's ITMA.
The Merz CC4 II replaces the company's tried and tested CC4 MED model for the production of medical compression stockings in classes I to III. The four feed CC4 II high-efficiency circular knitting machine is also suitable for the
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
Japanese high performance fibres supplier Teijin will be exhibiting at Techtextil India, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, which is being held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, India next week (10-12 October).
Teijin will present high-performance solutions incorporating aramid, carbon and polyester fibres for diverse applications, including protective, energy-saving
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
Scientists at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) have developed a self-cleaning cotton fabric that they say can kill bacteria and break down toxic chemicals such as pesticide residues when exposed to light.
"The new fabric has potential applications in biological and chemical protective clothing for health care, food processing and farm workers, as well as military personnel," said Ning Liu, who cond
Outlook, the Personal Care Products Conference organised by EDANA, met in Budapest this year from 28-30 September, celebrating its 10th anniversary.
With a focus on global markets, more than 360 delegates were presented with information on innovation models and methods, regulatory support, environmental and waste management, bioplastics, and the challenges and opportunities facing the European, MENA, Indian and global nonwovens mark
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed what they believe to be the first polymeric material that is sensitive to biologically benign levels of near infrared irradiation (NRI), enabling the material to disassemble in a highly controlled fashion.
The study is said to represent a significant milestone in the area of light-sensitive material for non-invasive medical and biological app
Lenzing has launched an eco version of its Modal fibre at this autumn's trade shows. The Austrian company's new Lenzing Modal Edelweiss is said to be produced by an innovative, eco friendly manufacturing technology.
"The Lenzing group has always set the technological and environmental standards in the cellulose fibre world. To maintain its reputation as the industry's Best Practices model, enormous investments in the environment are re
Innovation is the key theme for Clariant at ITMA 2011 and one of the most important developments being presented by the global textile solutions provider is Quiospheres, a high strength, high performance effect in cosmetotextiles that is said to generate wellness and well-being to the consumer through state of the art cosmetic microencapsulation that can be applied to any fabric.
Clariant says its high-tech t
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
Texas based FibeRio Technology Corporation has announced that it has closed an oversubscribed Series B round of private investment led by Silverton Partners and supported by current investors including series A lead investor Cottonwood Technology Fund.
The new capital will facilitate the company's production ramp for its new industrial scale nanofiber equipment formally launching later this year. The finan
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
Germany's AMSilk and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP) have joined forces in the development of a novel spin process for making high performance fibres from AMSilk's spider silk proteins.
AMSilk is said to be the first company able to deliver sufficient spider silk material for applications development as its spider silk is inspired by the natural silk from spiders a
Lenzing has announced it has successfully completed its capacity expansion drive initiated three years ago at its fibre production facility located in Heiligenkreuz in the Burgenland region of Austria.
Production capacity of the cellulose fibre Tencel has been increased incrementally by 25,000 tons to today's 60,000 tons. A total of Euros 60 million has been invested at the Heiligenkreuz site and the total number of e
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
The Lenzing Group has reported record results after the most successful first half year in the company's history.
Following a very good first quarter 2011, sales and earnings were significantly surpassed in the second quarter of 2011 and the company has now set its guidance for the full year 2011 at the upper end of the initial guidance announced in the first quarter, forecasting EBITDA of EUR 470 million to
A new book from Woodhead Publishing , edited by B J McCarthy of TechniTex Faraday Limited, UK, entitled ‘Textiles for hygiene and infection control' offers insight into design and production techniques for hygiene textiles.
Chapters discuss a range of applications, such as the use of textiles for incontinence and the book is expected to provide an essential reference for manufacturers, designers, engineers and prod
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
Secant Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Prodesco, has announced a realignment of the organization with changes in its management and internal operational structure. Management changes include the appointments of internal management to senior vice president, vice president, and director levels as well as minor shifts to the company's organizational structure.
The appointments, which became effective as of Tuesday,
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
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
A new spin on an old technology will give scientists and manufacturers the ability to significantly increase their production of nanofibres, according to researchers at North Carolina State University.
"Collections of nanofibres, because they are porous and lightweight, are useful in applications ranging from water filtration to tissue regeneration to energy storage. But although nanofibres are relatively inexpensive to pro
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
Systex, organisers of the Smart Textiles Salon (STS) say it is an innovative exhibition concept. "It combines the transfer of theory through a presentation of various exposés from the field of Smart Textiles as well as hands-on practical insight through demonstration of the prototypes' working principle."
"The participant can experience the inventions on three different levels: listening to the information given by the presenter, seeing the
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
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
EDANA has announced that the draft programme for the 10th edition of OUTLOOK, which will take place in Budapest, Hungary from the 28th to the 30th September 2011.
Included in the programme are sessions which focus on business and future perspectives, retail and consumption trends, emerging markets and developments within the personal care products sector, nanotechnology, sustainability, and EU regulation and legislation.
The keynote s
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
As working in the operating theatre calls for maximum concentration for often for several hours at a time, a commissioned project at the Hohenstein Institute looked at the question of the effect that the clothing worn in the operating theatre has on the surgeons' ability to concentrate.
The Hohenstein researchers used a computer-based occupational psychology test which enabled them to measure and record th
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
By David L. Chandler, MIT
New MIT-developed materials are making it possible to produce photovoltaic cells on paper or fabric, nearly as simply as printing a document.
The sheet of paper looks like any other document that might have just come spitting out of an office printer, with an array of coloured rectangles printed over much of its surface. But then a researcher picks it up, clips a couple of wires to one end,
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
Following the recent launch from Schoeller Textil AG, the company's energear technology will now be available commencing summer 2011 under licence from group company Schoeller Technologies.
energear is a recently launched novel textile technology from the Austrian textile innovator, that is said to ensure that the wearer's energy is reflected back to the body bringing health and fitness benefits. A print version (paste
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
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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
FibeRio Technology Corporation has announced it has been selected by the editors of R&D Magazine as a winner of the 49th Annual R&D 100 Awards. The accolade recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.
FibeRio's rapid development and launch of the Cyclone L-1000 product line incorporating Forcespinning technology for nanofibre pr
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
Theme day: Intelligent textiles for physical training, therapy and safety
Readers wanting to learn more about intelligent textiles that can:
Integrate physical training into everyday life
Increase safety at festivals
Can sign up for this theme day in the interest group for intelligent textiles. According to the organisers, attendees will gain insight into the latest breakthroughs within IT-enhanced textiles and get the opportunity to meet other comp
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
ITMA 2011 is focused on innovation driving the business, with cutting-edge solutions for the entire textile value chain. Huntsman Textile Effects has announced it will showcase recent innovation delivering real value to mills, brands, retailers and consumers in terms of performance and total process cost reduction.
"Sustainability is a key topic today and Huntsman continues to commit significant resources to developing technologies and products with lower environmental im
Polyester fibre and fabrics producer Teijin Fibers announced today that it has developed a new stain-resistant polyester fabric that offers, both water absorption to eliminate stickiness and oil repellence to resist oil-based soiling.
According to Teijin, the key to the breakthrough was the company's leveraging of proprietary fibre processing and nanotechnologies to succeed in covering the fibre surface with a 100-nanometer coating that consists of separate hydrophilic and oi
Scientists at Germany's Hohenstein Institute say that although liposuction has been a standard medical procedure in cosmetic surgery for many years, surgeons are still searching for fat tissue substitutes to provide better treatment for patients with large soft tissue defects.
Against this background researchers at the Institute for Hygiene and
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.
UK-based based Technical Absorbents, part of the Bluestar Fibres Company Limited, reports that it enjoyed a record number of enquiries for its Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) at the recent China Hygiene Exhibition (CIHPEC 2011).
CIHPEC 2011 hosts a wide range of nonwoven producers, disposable nonwoven products makers and professionals engaged in tissue paper/disposable hygiene products business in China as well as
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
Japan's Teijin has announced today that Teijin DuPont Films Limited's Utsunomiya factory in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, has returned to full-scale production as of today. Teijin had suspended PET film production following the earthquake in north eastern Japan on March 11 and then resumed partial operation on April 30. All Teijin Group facilities nationwide are now operating on a normal basis.
Based in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, Teijin is a global technology-driven group operating
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
High-tech Belgian monofilaments producer Luxilon Industries NV has developed an award winning cooling monofilament yarn which can cause the surface of fabrics to cool by up to 3.7°C. Luxicool was developed in conjunction with French knitted fabrics producer Sofileta SAS and was awarded an Avantex Innovation Prize in the Comfort + Function category for ‘Luxicool Performing Yarn in Sofileta Cooling Fabrics.'
Luxicool is a patented and trade mark registered cooling monofilam
"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
Outlast, the pioneer and market leader in temperature regulation phase change materials (PCM) impressed the international jury of Techtextil last month winning the Techtextil Innovation Prize 2011 in the New Materials category for the development of the world's first heat managing polyester fibre with PCM. To date Outlast's phase change materials have been available in textile fibres such as viscose and acrylic but not polyester.
The Innovation Prize aims to bring the lat
The East Midlands' materials hub project (MATHUB) is running a seminar aimed at all companies and individuals who have an interest in Smart and Sensory Materials with built in technology. Key speakers are leading textile academics Professor Tilak Dias of Nottingham Trent University and Dr John Williams of Leicester's De Montfort University.
"This exciting field of development has brought the traditional knitted structure a new lease of life. An interdisciplinary app
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
Swiss flat knitting machine builder Steiger was exhibiting for the first time last week at Techtextil, the leading German show owned by Messe Frankfurt which focuses on technical textiles.
Steiger, which is now owned by giant Chinese flat knitting machine builder Ningbo Yuren Knitting Machine Co. Ltd (Cixing brand), has always sold machines into orthopaedic goods and compression hosiery markets, but this was the first time the company had taken a stand at the world's leadi
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 UKs Materials
Knowledge Transfer Network and Medilink North West are hosting an event called Medical
Materials & Textile Solutions for an Ageing Society, aimed at bringing together
industry, the National Health Service (NHS) and university professionals to
share the latest developments and advances in this highly significant area of healthcare.
The event will be held at the Manchester Conference Centre
and Hotel, Sackville Street, Manchester, United Kingdom on 15
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
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
Four students from Aalborg University in Denmark have designed a smart fabric technology which aims to make mobile phones and other hand held devices truly mobile. Students Hans Christian Thiesen, Mads Gydegaard, Morten Ydefeldt and Marius Koppang were awarded the prize for their project involving a fabric which can charge mobile computers, mobile phones and other electrical devices. The fabric automatically charges a mobile
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
According to Schoeller Textil, holistic health is now a
major trend and it is becoming a key economic factor for many sectors and for
many companies. Accordingly, the Swiss high-tech textiles company is launching a
new technology at next month’s Techtextil exhibition in Frankfurt which aims to
offer improvement to the status quo in the areas of wellbeing, prevention and therapy
in the context of textiles.
The innovation, designated iLoad, is a textile carrier
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 (
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an interim
recommendation for Bayer CropScience’s new LifeNet mosquito nets for malaria
prevention and control. Bayer says this is an important milestone on the road
to the worldwide LifeNet product launch which is scheduled to take place before
the end of 2011.
According to Bayer, LifeNet is the first innovation in this
field for more than a decade. Deltamethrin, the active ingredient recommended
by the WHO, has been directly
2011 is set to be a year of innovation for Eschler Textil GmbH. The German warp knitting company which specialises in technical textiles, moved into a new office and administration building in the Swabian town of Balingen in January, and is also planning to extend its production facilities during the year.
In terms of knitted technical textiles, Eschler Textil will be presenting its newest creations at this year's Techtextil in Frankfurt, in a number of product categories in
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Researchers have developed an Insect protection blanket
which prevents horses being bitten by insects which could be harmful to their
health. The blanket is made from a lightweight spacer fabric incorporating a replaceable
repellent and is said to possess good moisture vapour transmission to eliminate
sweat evaporation problems.
The project took place at the Institute for Hygiene and
Biotechnology at the Hohenstein Institutes in Bönnigheim, Germany and the work was
Leading producer and processor of multi-filament polyester
and nylon textured yarns Unifi Inc. marked the dedication of its Yadkinville,
N.C., facility to late founder, G. Allen Mebane IV on Tuesday, 26 April.
A dedication ceremony at the G. Allen Mebane Industrial Complex
in Yadkinville recognized Mebane’s positive impact on Unifi, the textile
industry and the community. Speakers included Bill Jasper, Unifi chairman and
CEO; Roger Berrier, president and COO and
The advanced position of the nonwovens industry in respect
of many aspects of trade was apparent at INDEX 11, which took place from April
12-15th in Geneva, Switzerland.
Needless to say, the show made new records in respect of
both exhibitors and visitors.
EDANA – the trade body primarily representing the European
nonwovens industry – announced in Geneva that along with fellow trade
organisations INDA, for North
Bill Mills, an experienced UK based textiles specialist, has
moved on from NWtexnet the UK regional development agency funded support
organisation, to set up his own textiles and business support consultancy.
Using his global contacts and over 20 years experience in
the textiles industry, Bill will now be offering the following services in
conjunction with his partners and associates:
A full range of fabric and garment sourcing through
Pakistan, China and Viet
RadiciSpandex Corp., a U.S. RadiciGroup company engaged in
the production of RadElast spandex, is developing the world’s first
eco-friendly elastane using a 100% renewably sourced material (biopolymer).
“The innovative product line will be the world’s first
spandex consisting of 80% biomaterial made from a 100% renewable source (corn),
as opposed to propylene, an oil derivative,” a statement from the company said
According to RadiciSpandex, not only
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
A recent study performed by the LATT laboratory in Biella,
Italy is said to have shown that Aquafil Spa’s Dryarn, an innovative polypropylene
micro fibre designed for high performance materials for underwear, sportswear and
special technical applications even under extreme conditions, is superior to
the other fibres analysed in terms of thermo-regulation, breathability and
Turin Polytechnic's Department for Materials Science and
Chemical Engineering and the
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
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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
The School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent
University has an ambitious development strategy which allows us to offer an
exciting opportunity for a PhD Studentship. The studentships will pay UK / EU
fees and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (£13,590 per
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Everyday clothing consists of textile fibres which are woven
and knitted to
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
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
Swiss producer of warp and weft knitted fabrics Christian
Eschler has earned an excellent reputation in recent years as a manufacturer of
highly functional knits for clothing in the health sector. The company says it
profits from its know-how in the active sports sector, gained over decades
spent developing fabrics, and this valuable experience now benefits personnel
in hospital operating theatres and in the nursing sector.
Fabrics for the operating theatre
The 100% mi
Biomedical Structures, LLC (BMS), a provider of biomedical
textiles for medical devices and other advanced clinical applications, has announced
the acquisition of medical textile manufacturer Concordia Medical, LLC, a
division of Concordia Manufacturing, LLC.
Also based in Rhode Island, Concordia Medical supplies medical implant
technology utilizing biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative
Biomedical Structures specializes in the adva
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
Leading manufacturer of machines and ranges for the dyeing
and finishing of woven and knitted fabrics, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen, is to introduce
its new improved soft coating solution at the leading technical textiles show Techtextil,
which runs from 24-26 May 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany.
The new Eco-applicator is said to eliminate the need for a
wet-on-wet padder ensuring significant energy savings and reduced quantities of
softeners. Using trough and roller te
Corporation – ‘The Force For Nanofibers’ - is introducing its nanofiber
production equipment utilizing Forcespinning Technology to the textiles
industry at the Techtextil Conference in Las Vegas, NV on March 15-17. The
company recently launched their Cyclone L 1000 series laboratory equipment to
enable research and development in forcespun nanofiber enhanced textiles.
Forcespinning is an
award winning technology that utilizes centrifugal
The Netherlands’ DSM Dyneema has formed a partnership with
EuroFibers BV in which Eurofibers becomes a Premium Distribution Partner for
UHMWPE fibre manufactured by DSM Dyneema. The new agreement becomes effective 1
April 2011 and is specific to Scandinavia, Denmark, United Kingdom, Benelux,
France, Italy, Greece and the Iberian Peninsula.
EuroFibers will play an active role in developing new and
servicing existing markets for fibre from DSM Dyneema. It will also offe
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
IntertechPira has announced that the agenda has been
finalized for its Smart Fabrics 2011 conference. Taking place at the Hotel
Russell in London, UK, from 4-6 April, the conference will feature two full
days of presentation as well as a pre-conference seminar, and is expected to
draw more than 150 participants.
“Smart Fabrics 2011 is a one-of-a-kind global event that
unites the fashion, technology, electronics, research, academia, textile and
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
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
The 6th Annual Public Conference of the European Textile
Technology Platform will take place on 31 March – 1 April 2011 in Brussels.
With this year’s event entitled ‘Societal Challenges – Textile Solutions’, the
European textile and clothing industry and its research community aim to
demonstrate to EU policy makers and the press how innovative textiles can help
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
With testing for resistance to dust mites, compression
testing for performance, and comfort tests that simulate what actually occurs
during sleep – the peaceful, easy going times are surely well and truly over
for the bedding sector. Well-thought-out systems for mattresses create both a
pleasant, comfortable climate under the covers and allow a healthy posture when
lying down, to enable the body to recover completely over a period of at least
eight hours. Leadi
Preliminary figures show that Austria’s
Lenzing Group, market leader in man-made cellulose fibres for the textile and
nonwovens industries, has achieved record financial results in 2010. The
determining factors for the result are reported as being the dynamic expansion
of fibre production, very strong demand for the company’s fibres and
significantly higher sales prices compared to the previous year.
Preliminary consolidated sales¹ increased by 45% from EUR
Adrian Wilson reports from Munich
By 2014, Nike’s target is that ten million people around the
world will be hooked up via sensors in their clothing, footwear, wristwatches
or other accessories to the Nike+ running community portal.
As the latest chapter unfolds in what started out as a straight-forward
campaign with Apple to bring together the running and music communities – but
quickly grew to encompass the monitoring of sports performance – the
BASF is to present new
products in the fields of fibre bonding, additives and super absorbents at
INDEX 2011, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition, which is being held from
April 12-15 April in Geneva. BASF will be targeting customers from the hygiene
and nonwovens industry and all companies that require environmentally friendly
binding agents and liquid-absorbing polymers for their products.
Dispersions for fibre bonding
“Binding agents for fibrous mat
Royal DSM N.V. has announced
today that it has signed an agreement to acquire the majority shareholding in
Shandong ICD High Performance Fibre Co Ltd. (ICD), based in Laiwu, Shandong
province, China. The deal is expected to
be completed by the end of this year.
DSM says the acquisition of the majority share in ICD will
bring complementary manufacturing and technology assets to it in addition to
strengthening the company's presence in this key market. The agreemen
A new ambitious project is said
to be set to put Denmark on the world map of smart textiles and the opening of
the project is to be marked by an international prize competition for students
with a prize of Euro 6500. Students from all over Europe are invited to take
part, and the winner will be decided on 12 May 2011, when TEKO, VIA University
College in Herning is hosting a summit for international experts and companies
working within smart textiles.
“Many people a
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
Cellulose fibre manufacturer
Lenzing Fibers is one of the winners of
this year’s ispo Eco Responsibility Award 2011. The Austrian company was
declared winner in the new Fabrics & Fibres category for its sun screening
Tencel Sun fibres, here in Munich yesterday.
“Tencel Sun fibres by Lenzing are so-called “man-made
cellulose fibers” – meaning they are derived industrially from natural raw
wood, consisting of about 40% cellulose. The natural origin of the
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
Alexium has announced the
development and commercial roll-out of its Cleanshell textile treatment
process, an advanced process for water- and oil-repellent treatment of
In a statement yesterday Alexium said: “This process offers
unparalleled material performance. It provides exceptional liquid repellency
while preserving the breathability, hand and drape of the fabric. The
Cleanshell process has already produced textile industry leading repellency for
The European Apparel and Textile
Confederation (Euratex) and the International Apparel Federation (IAF) have
officially announced their support for Texprocess, the new international trade
fair for processing textiles and flexible materials, in Frankfurt from 24 to 27
May 2011. Both associations will be represented with an exhibition stand at
Texprocess and invite their members to visit the exhibition. Additionally, Euratex
will hold a meeting of the ‘Technical Cl
Following a recent agreement
between the two companies, Dienes Apparatebau GmbH is to take over sales and overall
project management for nanofibre spinning lines manufactured by Reiter GmbH +
Co. KG Oberflächentechnik.
“Over the last five years a centrifuge spinning installation
was developed in cooperation with a German research institution, which provides
a quantum leap in nanofibre technology. The new line type not only represents
the first commercially availa
Hohenstein researchers carry out field study into the effect of antibacterial clothing on
skin flora and microclimate. Trials show that the natural skin flora is
unaffected even after long periods of wear.
In recent years,
antimicrobial textiles have become enormously important, whether in the field
of technical textiles for preventing infection, medical/therapeutic clothing to
help in the treatment of atopic dermatitis or anti-odour treatments for
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
Outlast Technologies, a leader
in heat management and moisture reduction technology in textiles, has named Far
Eastern New Century Corporation as the primary partner involved in its new
Outlast polyester fibre development. Outlast polyester, the company’s most
recent R&D innovation, is the first-ever heat management polyester fibre.
To date Outlast’s phase change materials have been available in textile fibres such
as viscose and acrylic but not polyester.
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
Seminar to focus on the growing role textiles will play in
innovative health care applications
14 January 2011, Elon - Hohenstein Institute, a leading
worldwide provider of textile testing and certification services, will present
a free webinar on textiles for health care applications on Wednesday, 2nd
February at 12:00 noon EST. The webinar is presented free of charge and is part
of Hohenstein’s ‘Under 1 Roof’ education series on textile innovation, testing
Lenzing is presenting its
latest fibre innovation called Tencel C at Heimtextil, which opened yesterday
in Frankfurt. The company says that after many years of research work, cosmetic
properties can now be combined with the well-known skin-sensory advantages of
its Tencel fibre.
“Tencel fibre is
well-known for its positive skin properties. Due to its smooth fibre structure,
it is particularly silky next to the skin. Its botanic origin – Tencel is
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
Jeffrey M. Koslosky, Director of
Technology and Product Development with Secant Medical, an industry leader in
design, development, and custom manufacturing services for implantable
biomedical textiles, will be a key speaker at two of the symposium sessions on
February 8th and 10th, 2011, during the Medical Design & Manufacturing
(MD&M) West Conference in Anaheim, CA.
At the first session, ‘Materials for Implants and Other
Demanding Biomedical Ap
Teijin Fibers Limited announced
today that it has developed a new polyester fabric that is gentle on the human
skin by stably maintaining its mildly acidic pH level, similar to healthy skin.
Teijin says that it will be the world’s first commercial polyester material to
offer pH control.
Teijin Fibers will begin selling the new fabric in time for
spring/ summer 2012 sportswear and it will also be marketed for general apparel
and other applications. The fabric will be ex
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."
The Hohenstein Institute’s Dr. Andreas Schmidt explains the
fundamentals of clothing and body climate and the objective measurement of comfort.
He then goes on to discuss the birth and the state of the art of functional textiles.
4 January 2011, Bönnigheim - People have always been
interested in the connection between clothing and physical well-being. The
scientific discipline of clothing physiology, on the other hand, which in
Germany has been shaped primarily by the Hohenstein Institute in
We are all familiar with the
musty smell on public transport, in old cars or from seat cushions, which is caused
by moisture build-up due to sweat, spilt liquids or condensation which gathers
inside the upholstery and encourages the growth of bacteria and fungi. In order
to find a solution to the problem, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in
Bönnigheim, in partnership with the Institute for Wood Technology in Dresden
(IHD) and the Research Institute for
With the aim of confirming
that textiles treated with silver nano-particles are harmless to the
environment, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany, together with 16 partners from research
institutions, industry and the regulatory authorities, are working on a major project
to investigate the behaviour, whereabouts and effect of silver nano-particles in
The Hohenstein says the results of the undertaking, which
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 Lenzing Group, world leader
in man-made cellulose fibres, has set its course for the future expansion of
its fibre production capacity. The recently agreed expansion program includes
the construction of the first industrial-scale production plant for Tencel
fibres at the site in Lenzing, Upper Austria, the construction of a fifth viscose
production line at its Indonesian subsidiary PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV),
as well as further capacity expansion measures.
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
UK based warp
knitter of technical fabrics Baltex was awarded the prestigious prize for
Product Innovation at the Textile Institute's centenary World Conference in
Manchester at the beginning of November. Baltex was awarded the prize for work
it had done on 3D knitted fabrics under its XD Spacer programme. At the same
time Baltex’ Managing Director Charles Wood was also awarded the Fellowship of
the Institute (C.Text FTI) at a ceremony held in Mancheste
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
The Lenzing Group, world leader
in man-made cellulose fibres, is to increase its fibre prices at beginning of
2011 by at least 10%, depending on the product. Price increases will take place
in Lenzing’s Textile Fibers as well as in Nonwovens businesses. The company
said today that the decision was necessitated by the recent strong rise in raw
material prices, in particular for dissolving pulp and chemicals required for the
production of viscose, modal and Tencel fi
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
A Texas Tech University textiles
researcher is to receive an honorary fellowship from the world’s largest
textile and fibre association. Seshadri Ramkumar, head of the Nonwovens and
Advanced Materials Laboratory at The Institute of Environmental and Human
Health (TIEHH), will be given the honorary fellowship on 28 January 2011 by The
Textile Association (India), with members topping 22,000.
“Fellowship recognition is of significant importance to
academics and s
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
The Hohenstein Institute, a
leading provider of textile testing and certification services, will present
its MedTex Symposium on textiles for health care applications on Tuesday,
December 14th from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM in the Dogwood Room at the North Carolina
Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park, NC. The symposium is open to
the public and is presented free of charge.
Hohenstein’s MedTex Symposium will feature a panel of health
care specialists who will
Narrow fabrics machinery manufacturer Comez has developed an innovative
electronic double needle bar warp knitting machine for use in an Italian
regional government funded biomedical textiles project. The Panagenesi project aims
to help cure diabetes by optimizing the implanting of human pancreatic islands
through the use of fibrin scaffold to aid in the success of pancreatic
Panagenesi is financed by the Region of Lombardy and is
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-
Leading Belgian research institution
Imec and its project partners have announced the launch of the European FP7
(Framework Program) project PASTA (Integrating Platform for Advanced Smart
textile Applications) aimed at developing large-area smart textiles. Imec says
that large-area manufacturability is an essential aspect in bridging the gap
between lab prototyping and the industrial manufacturing of smart textiles for
sports and leisure wear, technical textiles for
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
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
Corporation has announced it is to launch the first ever nanofibre production
equipment utilizing Forcespinning Technology at the Filtration 2010 and
Materials Research Society conferences in Philadelphia and Boston,
respectively, from November 30 - December 2. The Cyclone L 1000 series produces
nanofibres with average diameters of 500nm and below and it features solution
and melt spinning capabilities.
Forcespinning is an award winning technol
Japan’s Teijin Group announced
today that three of its outstanding Teijin products have been selected for
display at Japan Experience; an exhibition organized by the Secretariat for Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) Japan 2010 and scheduled to take place in Yokohama,
Japan from November 7 to 14.
The three Teijin products are Biofront, a highly
heat-resistant advanced bioplastic; aramid fibre used in lightweight and highly
protective clothing; and the PU_PA EV e
US based Zephyr Technology,
developer of Physiological Status Monitoring (PSM) solutions, announced
recently that it had been working with the Chilean Government in its efforts to
monitor the health and fitness levels of the 33 trapped miners in the run up to
week’s dramatic rescue at the San Jose mine, near the city of Copiapo, north of
For the two weeks prior to the rescue, the miners were preparing,
sending keepsakes up in the same capsules that
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, has announced that a research and
development effort by the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wyoming,
and Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, has succeeded in producing transgenic
silkworms capable of spinning artificial spider silks.
"This research represents a significant breakthrough in
the development of superior silk fibres for both medical and non-medical
applications," said Malcolm J. Fraser Jr., a Notre Dame Professor of
A research and development effort by the
University of Notre Dame, the University of Wyoming, and Kraig Biocraft Laboratories,
Inc. has succeeded in producing transgenic silkworms capable of spinning
artificial spider silks. Watch the video:
Laboratories in spider silk breakthrough
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
The tremendous potential of
TencelWeb – a new technology which allows the direct manufacture of cellulosic
nonwoven webs from Lyocell spinning solution – was outlined at the recent 49th
Manmade Fibre Conference held in Dornbirn, Austria.
Given, Lenzing’s just-announced commitment to greatly
expanding the capacity of its Tencel fibre operations, this is a technology
which is poised to be widely adopted once perfected, given the drive towards
alternatives to petro
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
A recent study by the
Hohenstein Institute highlights the risks of nicotine transfer from clothing.
The term ‘third-hand smoke’, coined by Hohenstein scientists, refers to that
part of cigarette smoke which is not inhaled by either the smoker themselves or
by passive smokers, but is deposited on surfaces, cushions, carpets, curtains
or clothing. There, scientists say, the concentrations of toxic substances from
cigarettes are far higher than in smoky air, an
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
Following five years of research
and development, UK based Dreamskin Health Ltd has launched what it calls the
world's first range of hydrating, medical-grade silk garments designed to
relieve the itching and irritation of eczema and dermatitis.
The secret to the new garments is a proprietary biomimetic
copolymer matrix which is firmly bound to the surface of the silk and assists
the water and temperature regulation functions of the skin. "The Dreamskin
polymer is a
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
The Lenzing group, market
leader in cellulosic fibres, plans to significantly expand its production
capacities and will invest EUR 120 million in both Europe and Asia in the projects
which will be completed by 2011. Key measures include the expansion of pulp
supply and the increase in the Modal production capacity in Lenzing (Austria),
a significant expansion of the site in Heiligenkreuz (Austria) and the
reconstruction of the English site for Tencel in Grimsby (UK)
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
Edited by S C Anand, University of Bolton, UK, J F Kennedy,
Chembiotech Ltd, M Miraftab and S Rajendran, University of Bolton, UK
Woodhead Textiles Series No. 75
14 September 2010, Cambridge – Woodhead Publishing has
published a new book called ‘Medical and healthcare textiles’, which the
company says provides a comprehensive overview of medical textiles from the
risk of infection control and barrier materials through to directives,
regulations and standards shaping the medical device ind
Biomedical Structures LLC,
a provider of biomedical textiles for medical devices and other advanced
clinical applications, today announced that it has expanded its textile
engineering capabilities with a new purpose-built clean room for high-density
weaving and advanced braiding infrastructure for polymer and wire materials. BMS will support this growth by complementing
its engineering expertise by hiring new employees to the company’s technical
Research and Markets has
announced the addition of the "India Textile and Apparel Trends 2009"
report its offering. The following is a report summary provided by the vendor:
India's relationship with textiles began as early as 3000
B.C with the use of organic dyes and block prints. Even today, intricate hand
weaving, delicate embroideries and richness of fabric like Indian silk and
satin attract people from all over the world. According to the au
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
Exmovere Holdings, Inc., a US
based biomedical engineering company, has announced plans to release vital signs
monitoring sleepwear for babies. The company says it is in the advanced stages
of taking washable, conductive fabric-based biosensor pyjamas called Exmobaby
In December last year Exmovere acquired exclusive worldwide
rights and license to manufacture and sell baby garments using biosensor
textiles developed by Sensatex, Inc. Sensatex, is a li
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
As with the first quarter of 2010,
the Lenzing Group has made optimum use of favourable global market conditions achieving
excellent results in Q2. Consolidated sales in the first half of 2010 climbed 43.6
%1 to EUR 847.2 million from EUR 589.9 million.
This was the company’s strongest
rise in sales ever, which it says was was made possible by higher fibre volumes
and price dynamics of global markets as well as full first time consolidation of
the company’s pu
Researchers at the UK’s
University of Southampton have revealed plans to develop fabrics for clothing which
will generate electricity through wearers’ movement and body heat. It is
believed the technology could be used to power personal devices such as MP3
players or wireless health-monitoring systems. The smart fabrics will be made
by using rapid printing processes to attach a film of piezoelectric or
thermoelectric material to a textile base, which will the
The technologies behind
stretchable nonwovens, key market opportunities and an explanation of market
end uses, are all covered in a new report entitled ‘Stretchable Nonwovens Report’ authored by
Smith, Johnson & Associates, recently released by INDA, Association of the
Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.
The extensive report examines the Top 5 Enabling
Technologies related to stretchable nonwovens along with new business opportunities by
market segment and an exe
This summer, sun protection is literally a hot topic. Shading textiles such as
sunshades, blinds and beach shelters promise to provide cooling shade and
protection from harmful UV radiation and there is also more and more specific
UV protection clothing to be found in the shops.
But how in fact do textiles protect you from the sun's
radiation, and what differences between them should be taken into account? Dr.
Andreas Schmidt (AS) of the international Textile R
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
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
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
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
At Nanofibers for the Third
Millennium, held from August 30 – September 1 in Raleigh, NC, world leaders in nanofibres
will gather to discuss the state of fibre formation as a science and as a
corner stone for new nonwovens and technical-textile enabled products.
“The Nonwovens Institute has always had a commitment to
bringing together fundamental science, new product concepts and leaders in
industry. We’re very excited to be
hosting this conference w
Paper Converting Machine
Company (PCMC) has introduced a new folder product line called Athena, which is
aimed at both the dry nonwoven wipes and tissue napkin market sectors.
The Athena is a small footprint versatile folder for the
production of a variety of nonwoven and tissue folded products (18 to 250 g/m2)
ranging from nonwoven wipes for personal care and house hold cleaning, to
nonwoven and polyethylene waterproof folded towels for medical use and tissue
Unifi, Inc. today released
preliminary operating results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June
27, 2010. For the 2010 fiscal year, net income was $10.7 million or $0.18 per
share, which represents the company's first profitable year since fiscal 2000
and an improvement of $59.7 million or $0.97 per share, from the prior year
period. Highlights for the 2010 fiscal year include:
Net sales increased by $63.1 million or 11.4 percent to
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
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
Belgium’s Ontex, one of Europe’s
leading private label hygienic disposables manufacturers, has been sold to GS
Capital Partners and investment funds managed by TPG Capital (TPG) for €1.2
billion. The deal, which is believed to be the largest ever private equity
transaction in Belgium and is subject to customary regulatory approvals, is
expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Since the appointment of new management in 2006, Ontex said
it had made good
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
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
Swiss knit fabrics manufacturer Eschler
and Austrian textile finishing specialist Grabher Group, have joined
forces to engineer
a new generation of functional fabrics for sports and workwear using
edge plasma finishing technology.
Plasma, known as the fourth state of matter, is created by
applying electrical fields to pure gas or gas mixtures in a vacuum
gas is then ionized and leads to a chemical reaction on the surface of
European nonwovens organisation EDANA
has announced the programme for the 9th edition of OUTLOOK, its leading
personal care products conference, which will take place in Budapest, Hungary
from the 22nd to the 24th September 2010.
Included in the programme are sessions which focus on
business and future perspectives, retail and consumption trends, emerging
markets and developments within the personal care products sector,
nanotechnology and bio plastics, sustainabil
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
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
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
NanoHorizons Inc., a manufacturer
of nanoscale performance additives for textile, health care, and industrial
applications, has announced a new partnership with J2LFA Co. Ltd. of Seoul,
Korea, under which J2LFA will be the sole distributor of its SmartSilver
antimicrobial performance brand to the Korean textile and industrial markets. According
to Nanohorizons, J2LFA is a highly respected manufacturer of a broad assortment
of natural and synthetic performance yar
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
As part of the 2010 Congress of the
Humanities and Social Sciences, two teams of researchers led by Professor
Barbara Layne of Concordia University, Montreal, and Professor Janis Jefferies
at Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K., claim to have brought research in
intelligent textiles to a new level.
According to a recent statement the research teams have
developed a highly sophisticated concept of interactive clothing whereby the
body’s physical and emotional state
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
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
(BMS), a US based supplier of custom-designed biomaterials and textiles used in
advanced clinical applications from orthopaedics and reconstructive surgery to
tissue engineering, has announced it has completed a private equity financing
with Ampersand Ventures. The company says Ampersand's funding will enable it to
meet the increasingly complex demands of the medical device industry with
expanded capabilities in service, technology pl
US based Secant Medical, a leader
in the design, development and custom manufacture for biomedical textiles, has
expanded its manufacturing capacity by adding a 40,000 square foot facility in
Quakertown, PA, to support current and future business growth as a result of
market development trends in tissue engineering and transcather technologies.
In addition, the company says it has also redesigned its
entire methodology for custom-developing and manufacturing pro
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,
Researchers at The Hohenstein Institute say they are making
progress on the bio tolerance of textile implants by using stem cells to
regenerate vascular tissue to allow for optimised integration of textile implants.
According to Hohenstein, the capacity of a textile implant
to be tolerated by the body, known as bio tolerance, plays an important role in
regenerative medicine but the body does not always tolerate textile implants.
Even modern implants made of resorbab
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
Lenzing's subsidiary PT. South
Pacific Viscose (SPV) officially started up its fourth production line
beginning of April, with a total investment of USD 150 million making it
biggest individual investment project in recent years. Its annual
production capacity of 60,000 tons of viscose fibre for textile and
applications raises SPV's total annual capacity to 220,000 tons and
Asia's biggest viscose fibre production site
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.
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
Aanti-trust authorities have approved
Lenzing’s acquisition of Czech pulp producer Biocel Paskov A.S. The acquisition
is said to be an important strategic step towards the group's long-term
extension of its vertical backwards integration. The acquisition is part of a
hedging strategy to protect Lenzing from the impact of high pulp price
volatility. Pulp is the raw material used for the production of Lenzing’s viscose
Lenzing intends to invest 50 million Euro
FlandersBio and Centexbel have joined forces
to organize a Biomedical Textile seminar focusing on ‘Life Sciences &
Textile Technology’ collaborations. The main goal is to initiate cross-cluster
interactions and to develop interdisciplinary research ideas leading to
innovations and commercialisation opportunities.
The seminar is open to academic experts, industry experts as
well as business developers, financial experts and service providers.
The cost for particip
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
Textured polyester and nylon
producer Unifi yesterday reported improved sales and net income for its
fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2010 and increased gross profits for the
nine months. The company said net sales were positively impacted by
market conditions across all of the company's key segments, as well as
continued growth in Brazil.
The company reported net sales of $154.7 million for the
third quarter of fiscal year 2010, an increa
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
The Technical Textiles Special
Interest Group (SIG) of The Textile Institute, Manchester and The Manchester
and Cheshire Section of the Textile Institute have announced the speakers for their International Conference on ‘Managing Innovation in Textiles’. The event will
be held on Thursday 10 June and Friday 11 June in Manchester, UK. Download the full conference programme.
The global Textile Industry has in the last few decades seen
revolutionary changes in i
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
The UK’s Medilink Northwest and the Materials Knowledge Transfer
Network are organising a one day conference entitled ‘Dressed to Heal’ on Wound
Healing, Regenerative Medicine and Medical Textiles. The event will take place
on 19 May 2010 at Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester.
The event aims to bringing together business, NHS and university
professionals to share the latest developments and advances in this highly
significant area of hea
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
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
Lenzing AG, a company quoted on the
Vienna stock exchange and a leader in the manufacture of cellulose fibres, has acquired
a 75 % share in Czech pulp producer Biocel Paskov A.S. Biocel’s owner, Austrian
company Heinzel Holding, will keep a 25 % share in the company and manage paper
According to Lenzing, Biocel’s paper pulp production
capacity runs to about 280,000 tons per year. Lenzing intends to invest EUR 50
million in the site's capacity exp
Cellulose fibre producer
Lenzing has announced it will partner Litrax AG to introduce a unique
blend of its Tencel lyocell regenerated wood pulp fibre and Litrax-1
bamboo stem fibres, which incorporates DNA in the bamboo fibre to
Following recent questions over the authenticity over bamboo
fibre, Litrax is to deliver the Litrax -1 natural bamboo fibres with
DNA coding to help protect its vertical supply chai
NanoHorizons Inc., a leader
in the creation of nanoscale performance additives for textile, health care,
and industrial applications, will extend its global antimicrobial business to
Turkey through Uniteks of Istanbul, who will act as the SmartSilver distributor
to the Turkish market.
SmartSilver is a brand of antimicrobial additives that are
engineered using a patented process to integrate silver nanoparticles at the
molecular level into a variety of textile,
The Lenzing Group, market leader in
cellulose fibres, is to invest in further capacity expansion and
of its sites in Lenzing (Austria) and Nanjing (China). The production
of the Nanjing site will be more than doubled to 140,000 tons per year
with an investment
of 55 million Euros over an 18 month to two year period and the Lenzing
will switch production from standard viscose fibres to modal fibres
next fifteen months at an
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
Corporation has received the silver prize among the over 90 top technology
innovators from across the USA and around the world competing in Arlington,
Texas, March 16-17 for top honours at WBT2010 presented by Lockheed Martin.
FibeRio Technology Corporation’s force spinning technology,
which uses centrifugal force to spin nanofibres, is said to have been rigorously
screened and mentored by WBT commercialization experts to present to a sold
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
NanoHorizons Inc., a leader
in the creation of nanoscale antimicrobial performance additives for textile,
health care, industrial, and consumer products, announced that the Small
Business Commerce Association of San Francisco has awarded it the 2009 Best of
Business Award in the Chemical Additives category.
The SBCA 2009 Award Program recognizes the top 5% of small
businesses throughout the country. Using statistical research and consumer
feedback, the SBCA ide
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
With the textile and garment making industry
undergoing tremendous change in the light of globalisation and current economic
challenges, CEMATEX is making a concerted effort to support manufacturers with
a solutions platform that will help the industry stay focused and competitive.
In line with this
value proposition, the expanded product index of ITMA 2011 includes a dedicated
chapter on garment making technologies and machinery. Embroidery and braiding
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
Pegas Nonwovens has announced
that it is to invest in further production capacity and has already contracted with
Reifenhäuser Reicofil GmbH & Co. KG for the supply of the spunbonding technology.
The EUR 50 million investment in the new 9th production line will be carried
out through Pegas’ subsidiary Pegas - NS a.s. and the facility will be located
in Znojm, Přímětice, Czech Republic.
The Reicofil 4 type production line will produce materials
Lenzing Group, leading manufacturer
of quality cellulose fibres says it has achieved a comparatively satisfactory
result in 2009 despite the difficult global economic situation. In a statement
released today with its preliminary figures, the company says this was made
possible by timely counter measures it took and also by improved demand in its core
fibres business from the second quarter on.
According to the group’s preliminary figures consolidated
DyStar’s CEO Steve Barron says the
newly acquired company’s management sees a huge opportunity to make the
business both successful and profitable.
Speaking at a two day meeting of the company’s Executive
Management Team in Rheingau, Germany, Barron said: “It is our declared
intention to deliver according to our shareholder’s plans. With such high a calibre
and dedicated global team we see a huge chance to make the business successful and
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
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
Bluestar Silicones is launching a
new line of TCS 7560 and TCS 7561 Silbione products designed for the elastic
band market for lingerie and medical applications such as support stockings and
medical equipment. These two new silicone elastomers are said to have excellent
‘anti-slip’ and non-compression properties, helping improve wearer comfort.
For more than twenty years, manufacturers of self-fixing
stockings or ‘hold-ups’ have applied transparent silicone
Bayer MaterialScience has
announced that thanks to a combination of two new dispersion technologies, aqueous
suspensions of its Baytubes carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can now be produced which
contain single tubes which show high electrical and thermal conductivity. According
to the company, multifilament yarns coated with such CNT dispersions can be
woven to efficient fabric heaters which have already performed well in
preventing the water in water storage tanks of Ja
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
DyStar’s new CEO Manish Kiri
has announced his senior management team for the DyStar Group. Manish Kiri
himself will take on the position of Chairman and Steve Barron, until now Vice
President responsible for Strategic Marketing at DyStar, will become CEO of the
Bart VanKuijk, previously Sales Area Manager for South Asia,
has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. Viktor Leendertz will continue his
responsibilities as CFO in the new DyStar Group
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
The Indonesian subsidiary of
Lenzing AG, PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV) has started up first successful
trials of its new fourth production line. Regular operation is expected to
commence in the course of the second quarter. The new line will produce viscose
fibres for textile applications and for the nonwovens industry. Production is
intended for the domestic Indonesian market, as well as for export.
A total investment of about USD 150 million makes the
Participants from Sony
Corporation, International Paper, All Nippon Airways, Michigan State
University, Frito-Lay, and Target Corporation are among the list of speakers
announced for the ‘Innovation Takes Root 2010’ conference, April 13-15, at the
Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas. According to conference organizers NatureWorks
LLC, the line-up reflects the vibrancy and innovation now taking place in the
global biopolymers market.
"Designed as both
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
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
Technical Absorbents Ltd (TAL)
has announced the appointment of a new Product Development Executive at its UK based
manufacturing facility. The latest recruitment by the Super Absorbent Fibre
(SAF) manufacturer has been made possible as a result of the company’s
programme of ongoing investment, which has been put in place to help it retain
its market-leading position.
30-year old James Docherty joins TAL as it continues to push
the boundaries of innovation and develo
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
Hohenstein Institute scientists
have developed a special coating that allows adult human stem cells to colonize
on the surface of medical textile implants which are then used to treat
patients in a variety of procedures.
In a theoretical stem cell therapy situation, mesenchymal
stem cells are harvested from the patient and inserted into Hohenstein’s
special biomaterial coating. The stem cells reproduce within the coating and
populate the surface of the medi
Swiss headquartered Sigvaris,
a leader in graduated compression hosiery is pushing further into endurance sports
markets with its Athletic Recovery sports compression socks for
exercise-induced muscle soreness and post-practice recovery. The company will
become the exclusive provider of graduated compression socks to Atlanta’s Southern
Crescent Cycling Club.
Sigvaris, through its Athletic Recovery line of socks,
already has strategic partnerships in place w
EDANA has announced the launch
of the new website (www.rightforhygiene.eu ), sharing information about personal care products, and the role they have and
continue to play in today’s society. The site offers information about the
products, and is presented by product user, allowing visitors to quickly and
easily navigate the site.
Information about baby diapers, feminine hygiene products,
incontinence products and personal care wet wipes is presented, and inclu
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.
100 mins/ KS 3/4 /2008New technology and cutting edge
processes are combining with traditional textiles to create a new
generation of smarter and more technical products than ever before.
Filmed with some of the worlds most innovative textile companies, this
programme explores the properties, characteristics and functions of
these new materials and shows how they are being used to revolutionise
the world around us. The DVD shows how textiles will play a role in the
next generation of planes, car
Polymer Group, Inc. has announced
it is investing in industry-leading technology in both the U.S. and Asia to
serve the hygiene and healthcare marketplace. PGI plans to install new
state-of-the-art, custom-designed, spunmelt machines in the U.S. and China.
Construction associated with the projects is expected to begin early in the
first quarter of 2010 and material is expected to be commercially available in
With the expansion, PGI will employ indust
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
Fiberweb plc, the international
nonwoven fabrics producer, has published a pre close trading update, ahead of
preliminary results for the twelve month period ending 31 December 2009, which
are expected to be announced in February 2010. The company continues to make
significant progress in the second half of 2009 and expects to exceed
expectations for the full year to 31 December 2009.
The company says that sales trends have continued to stabilise
with second ha
Ahlstrom, a global leader in
the development and manufacture of high performance nonwovens and specialty
papers, today announced price increases on its nonwoven wipes fabrics, as a
consequence of the rise of raw material costs.
The company says that
the price increase will affect nonwoven grades sold globally for a wide range
of consumer and industrial wipes applications. Specific details will be
discussed with each customer individually by the appropriate b
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
Highly specialised German knitting machine
builder Harry Lucas celebrated the delivery of the company’s 10,000th
machine in September. The happy owner of the anniversary model was German
knitter Hans Minke from Wuppertal.
"This is big vote of confidence into the quality of our
products and services from our customers since the foundation of our company,"
Mr Harry Lucas II announced during the official handover of the 10,000th
machine produced since the comp
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
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
In a bid to scientifically
evaluate the efficacy of various training aids and astronaut workout methods,
the European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Danish smart textile
specialist, Ohmatex to develop and test an intelligent sock device to map the
electrical and metabolic activity in leg muscles.
The contract, for 199,810 Euro is for an 18 month project to
develop and integrate near-infrared sensors and textile based EMG electrodes in
a specially manu
Polymer Group, Inc. has reported
results of operations for the third quarter and nine-month period ended October
Gross profit for the quarter was up 16.4% over the prior
year to $47.2 million and up 10.1% for the nine-month period to $139.2 million.
As a result of lower sales due to lower selling prices and lower volumes, gross
profit margins were 21.2% and 21.8% for the three-month and nine-month period
compared to 14.3% 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
AG has been awarded the Textile Design Award 2009 by the Swiss Textiles &
Zumsteg Foundation for its sun reflector and UV protector textile finishing technology
The tenth biannual Design Prize Switzerland, which was held on
6 November attracted over 300 entries, nominated 36 projects and the eight-member
international jury selected six winners in different categories. The
competition with total prize mon
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
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
Polymer Group, Inc. today
announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the Barcelona, based
Tesalca-Texnovo nonwovens businesses from Grupo Corinpa, S.L. in a two-phase
process. The purchase is expected to close by the end of November, subject to
customary closing conditions.
In conjunction with the transaction, PGI and Grupo Corinpa
will initiate a long-term partnership that includes share ownership by Grupo
Corinpa in PGI and representation on the PGI b
Alpha Pro Tech Ltd., a
manufacturer of protective textiles for the healthcare sector, including
disposable apparel and face masks, has reported a 65% increase in revenues for
the third quarter of 2009, to a quarterly record of $16.9 million from $10.2
million in the same quarter 2008. The surge was led by a 290.1% increase in
revenue in the Infection Control segment.
Net income increased 278.8% for the third quarter of 2009 to
a record $2.8 million, compared
A Texas Tech University
researcher who developed a decontamination wipe to meet a critical need for the
U.S. military, has received the Scientist of the Year award from the Lubbock
chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation.
Seshadri Ramkumar, an associate professor and manager of the
Nonwoven and Advanced Materials Laboratory at The Institute of Environmental
and Human Health received the award on 20th October for his
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
‘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
For most American women,
their ‘time of the month’ is seen as a hindrance to daily life. According to NC
State University however, in impoverished and developing countries, monthly
periods are a major cause for concern among women. The lack of affordable,
quality sanitary pads results in females missing up to 50 days of school
annually, thereby compromising their educational and professional potential, NC
State says. Researchers at the University are helpi
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
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
Commencing yesterday, the
Hohenstein Institute will be combining its Clothing Physiology and Textile
Services & Innovations sections to create new Function & Care
department which will provide research and testing services to the textiles
The department will be managed by Dr. Andreas Schmidt who
will be succeeding Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Umbach. Dr. Umbach will be retiring
from his active role as Director of the Clothing Physiology department
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
Leading manufacturer of spunmelt
nonwovens for personal hygiene applications, Pegas S.A., has reported a decline
in net profit of 31.1% for the first half of 2009.
EBITDA in the first half of 2009 amounted to EUR 22.4
million, up by 8.2% year on year. The reported EBITDA in the first half of 2009
was mainly affected by its exceptional increase in the first quarter of 2009
due to low polymer prices and output pricing reflecting polymer prices at the
higher level f
Teijin Limited, announced today
that it has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI
World), a global indicator for Social Responsible Investment (SRI).
The DJSI World, which was jointly developed by Dow Jones and
Swiss-based SAM Group in 1999, is the first global stock index tracking the
financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide.
The index assesses the economic, environmental and social performance of 2,50
Mondanock Non-Wovens has
reported an increase in demand for its nonwoven materials for medical face masks.
News about H1N1, commonly known as human swine flu virus, and the approaching
flu season adds to the urgency to provide low cost and effective barrier filtration
to prevent or delay the spread of flu-like illnesses.
Monadnock has aligned a portfolio of air filtration media
with various weights of polypropylene non-woven from 10 grams per square foo
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
UK based SmartLife Technology Ltd, has been awarded an
international patent for a knitted ‘linear electronic transducer’ which is
incorporated into a garment in order to monitor a patient’s health.
The invention described in the patent relates to electronic
transducers, and particularly to transducers incorporated into a knitted
structure. The device disclosed in the patent publication comprises a knitted
structure having at least one transduction zone knit
The USA based Texas Tech University and
Bannari Amman Institute of Technology (BIT), Sathyamangalam, India, jointly
announce the 6th edition of, “Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and
Technical Textiles-ATNT 2009,” December 7-9, 2009.
For the past five years, USA based Texas Tech University has
been providing an international platform in the Coimbatore area for exchanging
cutting-edge topics and ideas on emerging textile fields such as nonwovens,
According to the EU-funded HealthWear
project, comfortable smart clothes that monitor the wearer’s heart, breathing
and body temperature promise to revolutionise healthcare by reducing hospital
visits and allowing patients to lead more active lives.
Unlike many remote health monitoring systems that rely on
sensors strapped to users’ arms or chests connected by wires to bulky
equipment, a European team has embedded sensing devices directly into textiles,
P2i Ltd, a leader in liquid-repellent
nano-coating technology, has raised £4.1 million ($6.7 million), from new and
existing shareholders, to support its accelerating commercialisation and
P2i was established in 2004 to commercialise
liquid-repellent treatments developed by the Ministry of Defence. Its
revolutionary technology helps customers protect and improve a wide and growing
range of products including performance textiles (such as hiki
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.
V LJUBLJANI [SI]
Inventor(s): GOREN AEK MARIJA
[SI]; RECELJ PETRA [SI]
Abstract of SI 22682
The subject of the
invention is a procedure for treatment of textiles against the infection by the
methicillin-resistant bacterium Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). The procedure for
treatment of textiles against the infection by MRSA according to the invention
is defined so that textile samples intended for impregnation in a bath
containing 1-5 g/l 48 d
& CO [US]
Inventor(s): FANG XINGGAO
[US]; CHAN MARIE S [US]; MEREDITH MICHAEL BRETT [US]; SHUKLA PIYUSH [US]; HONG
Abstract of CA
The present disclosure is directed to synthetic textiles treated with h-P EI
derivatives, such derivatives possessing the general structure shown belo w:
(R)x- h-PEI - (A)y where R is a non-hyperbranched hydrocarbon group, said
hydrocarbon group having at least one linear portion, said li
Already proven to increase
oxygen levels in the body, data from a new clinical study published in online
journal BioMedCentral.com supports claims that Celliant reduces pain. Celliant
is a specially formulated technical performance fibre designed to enhance
oxygen levels in the body, aiding in comfort, healing, performance and overall
Data analysis from a clinical study conducted by Robyn MB
York and Ian L. Gordon, research scientists affiliated with L
New textile testing methods
developed by scientists at the Hohenstein’s Institute for Hygiene and
Biotechnology now enable Hohenstein to certify textile products as
hypoallergenic. A unique testing process analyzes a fabric’s interaction with
living skin cells to determine whether it is likely to induce an allergic
reaction or skin irritation in the wearer. Textiles that pass the test series
may be certified by Hohenstein as hypoallergenic, skin-friendly fabric
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,
Product piracy is becoming an ever
greater problem worldwide and it is no longer just a question of copies of good
designs. Fakes and copies of technical products call the safety of these
products into question and, consequently, product liability claims are on the
increase. At Techtextil in Frankfurt, the Swiss technology company Schoeller
Technologies AG presented its DNAtex project for the first time, a new technology
which detects counterfeits almost instantly.
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
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
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
The latest research and
development has lead to the carding specialist Crosrol launching its new highly
anticipated MK7 Card. Recognising demand in nonwoven and medical textile
applications, Crosrol supplies cards for these specialised end uses and will be
exhibiting at Techtextil in June.
“Technological superiority, innovative concepts, with
exceptional low owning and operating costs make the MK7 card the logical
solution for your carding requirements. The
Bekaert (Bekintex), a leader in
innovative textiles, will present its new anti-static, shielding and textile
heating products during this year’s Techtextil to be held June 16 to 18 in Frankfurt.
The TexiShield BabyProtect offers pregnant women and their unborn babies
protection against the increasing amount of electromagnetic radiation from mobile
phones, microwaves, and computers. Bekaert says that the special fabric
construction provides 99.99% shielding
Leading producer of multi-filament
polyester and nylon textured yarns Unifi, has announced that Momentum Textiles,
a leading supplier of contract textiles, has selected Repreve FR for a line of
healthcare privacy curtains. Repreve FR is the most recent product addition to
Unifi’s family of recycled fibres and is the first recycled polyester fibre
with inherent flame retardant properties, the company says.
“In continuing to evolve the Repreve brand family, w
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
At the Interzum trade fair which opens today in Cologne, Bekaert
Textiles will introduce a range of new developments including mattress ticking
treated with Purotex. For this revolutionary innovation it received the intelligent
material & design 2009 award. The product was singled out in the ‘Best of
the Best’ category by an international jury, the exhibition organisers and the
design portal site red dot. The same
jury also presented Bekaert Textiles
Speciality fabric manufacturer
Fiberweb is in advanced discussions with Brazilian spunbond producer Fitesa and
Fitesa's parent company Petropar, over the establishment of a joint venture focused on the market for
hygiene fabrics for use in diapers and feminine care products in the Americas.
Fiberweb said it believed that the joint venture would be
the second largest producer of spunbond nonwovens in the Americas and would
enjoy a leading asset and technology base wi
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
The process used to create
nonwoven toxic chemical decontamination wipes, such as Texas Tech University’s
Fibertect, recently received a patent from the United States Patent and
“Receiving the patent means the University has secured the
intellectual property protection for the decontamination wipe’s technology”,
said David Miller, Vice Chancellor of Texas Tech University System’s Office of
“This is an imp
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,
Cath Rogan reports from Rome
Intertech Pira’s excellent annual Smart Fabrics conference
is now in its 5th year and this year (March 10th-12th 2009, Rome) welcomed over
150 delegates to an agenda packed with practical advice, inspirational ideas
and of course, a handful of spectacular but occasionally entirely baffling
scientific data charts.
Stacey Burr, CEO of Textronics Inc. opened the conference
with a highly motivating keynote speech outlining how the E-textiles small
business sector is
Heating textiles specialist EXO2 is
finding new applications for its technology outside of the company’s
traditional heating motor cycle gloves market. Recently the company has been
exploring healthcare applications and has used a heating mitt to assist a young
Glasgow man who is recovering from a spinal injury.
Matt Atherton (22) was planning an evening out with friends
one night in January. His plans were shattered, however, when he fell from a
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
The Institute of
Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University has introduced a
new, state-of-the-art fabric laboratory to help researchers continue creating
products that can protect both military and civilian populations.
facility, named the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory, was unveiled yesterday.
The new lab’s air conditioning and humidification system, contoured needlezone
needlepunching technology an
Vital Jacket HWM (Heart Wave
Monitor), the intelligent t-shirt that can continuously monitor ECG and heart
rate, is now exclusively available in the UK through Optima-life. The London
based health and sports performance company has linked with Portuguese owners
Biodevices3 and acquired the UK distribution rights.
The arrival of the Vital Jacket marks a major step forward
in vital signs monitoring, for the performance sport and health and fitness
arenas, Optima-life s
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
Applicant: KONINKL PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NV [NL]; ASVADI SIMA [NL]; VAN
PIETERSON LIESBETH [NL]
Inventor(s): ASVADI SIMA [NL]; VAN PIETERSON LIESBETH [NL]
Abstract of WO
2009037631 (A1) An electrically conductive yarn (2) having a multifilament core (5) comprising
a plurality of electrically conductive filaments (4), and a wrapping (6, 10)
arranged around the multifilament core. The wrapping is arranged to partly
expose the multifilament core, thereby reduci
Inc. (PGI) has reported results of operations for the fourth quarter and fiscal
year ended January 3, 2009, and recorded record sales for the year.
PGI achieved record sales in 2008 of $1.15
billion, up 8.1% over the prior year and marking the sixth consecutive year of
Fourth quarter sales grew 5.5% over the prior
year period to $280.0 million
Gross profit for t
Invista’s apparel customer
service facility for North America has moved to its Applied Research Centre in
Newark, Del., now offering brand standards testing, customer-inquiry analysis
and in-process management, in addition to its existing research and development
“Guided by Invista’s strong focus on innovation, we have
used this research facility in the past to explore new ideas for fibre and
fabric applications,” said Robert Dzielak, North
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
Networks, a leading provider of physician office-based patient-education
programs in the USA has announced that Sigvaris,
a leading manufacturer of ready-to-wear compression therapy garments is
participating in their Women’s Health Network with an educational video about oedema
during pregnancy and free patient-education brochures on using compression
therapy to treat leg and foot swelling.
Targeting pregnant women who often suffer from s
Applicant: GORE W L & ASS GMBH [DE]
Inventor(s): STUEBIGER WERNER [DE]
Abstract of EP 2034088
The present invention provides a fabric
and a fabric structure made of yarns with reduced water absorption. The fabric
comprises yarns and interstices between the yarns, the interstices between the
yarns having an average width of greater than 100[mu]m. At least one of the
yarns is comprised of multiple fibers. Said at least one yarn has voids between
is growing around the world for bedding with integrated hygienic function and Switzerland's
Sanitized AG, the leading specialist for antimicrobial hygiene concepts, will
be present at the Interzum in Guangzhou for the first time showing its individual
solutions for mattresses and bedding hygiene management. Quality testing is
carried out by SGS Shanghai according to Swiss standards.
Unpleasant odours caused by bacteria, allergic reactions to
Nonwovens has officially started its new production facility for Adsorptive
products in Littleborough, UK. With an investment of over 2 million Euros in the
latest activated carbon technology, the company plans to expand the adsorptive
business into other applications and regions.
"Investing to move downstream the value chain to supply
finished and converted performance materials for applications such as
adsorptive is a large part of our gro
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
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
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
Hohenstein Institute, one of
the world’s leading textile research and testing laboratories, has established
Hohenstein Institute America, Inc. in response to its rapidly growing U.S.
customer base. Hohenstein America offices will be located in Elon, North
Carolina and will provide in-country support to U.S. textile products
manufacturers, sourcers, and retailers.
“Establishing Hohenstein America is an investment in our
commitment to our U.S. customers,” say
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.
Hospitals and other healthcare
facilities house Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that trigger MRSA
(methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections. The problem is that
not only is MRSA resistant to antibiotics, but it can also be fatal. A team of
European researchers is ready to tackle the problem by finding ways to reduce
MRSA infection rates in hospitals worldwide. The project is supported by the EU
under the Seventh Framework Research Programme with E
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
Fiberweb plc, the international
nonwoven fabrics producer, today published a pre-close trading update, ahead of
preliminary results for the twelve month period ending 31 December 2008 , which
will be announced in February 2009 .
The current economic environment continues to impact
Fiberweb's markets to some degree. While industrial segments, especially those
that are construction-related, have been particularly impacted, hygiene
segments continue to demonstrate th
Pegas Nonwovens s.r.o., a direct subsidiary
of Pegas Nonwovens SA has launched
testing equipment for the plasma treatment of nonwoven textiles in Dvůr Králové
nad Labem. The testing equipment is a part of the R&D project focused on
the new generation treatment of nonwoven textiles using atmospheric plasma,
which was announced by the Company in the Spring of this year. PEGAS is running
the project in cooperation with the Institute of the Physical Electr
GROUP CO LTD [CN]
Abstract of CN 101195929 (A) The invention aims to provide a production method which is different from the
production method of common moisture absorption and sweat discharging fiber,
the adopted technical proposal comprises: firstly, the conventional polyester
pellet (PET) and the water solubility polyester pellet are adopted as the raw
material, by utilizing a special-shaped spinneret for blended spinning, the
Venture capitalist Physic Ventures has announced that Adidas International, Inc.
has acquired Textronics, Inc. (www.textronicsinc.com), a leader in the
development of wearable sensors for use in fitness monitoring.
Ventures (UTV), now managed by Physic Ventures, has been an investor in
Textronics since the first round of funding and has continued to be an active
investor and board member for 3 years, helping the company grow from
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
decontamination wipe designed by researchers at The Institute of Environmental
and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University has proven itself the best
for cleaning up chemical warfare agents and toxic chemicals.
The evaluation of the nonwoven dry wipe product, called
Fibertect, was performed as part of a study by the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory using mustard gas and other toxic chemicals. Researchers found that
the Texas Te
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
Research and Markets has
announced the addition of an ‘E-Textiles DVD’ report to their offering. The technical
symposium addresses emerging opportunities and provides expert advice for working
New classes of materials
and technologies impacting e-textiles in the future
Basic terminology and
developments that will broaden market awareness about e-textiles
Important features of
Expert advice on the
3M Co. said yesterday that
it is to acquire the Futuro line of health supports and compression-hosiery
products from Beiersdorf.
Futuro’s line of health supports includes knitted wraps,
braces and elastic bandages used by active consumers to treat minor sprains,
strains, arthritis and muscle pain. Futuro’s compression-hosiery products
include therapeutic and anti-embolism stockings that are sold through drug
stores, mass merchants and grocers in North Amer
Research and Markets has
announced the addition of Woodhead Publishing Ltd's new report "Smart
Clothes and Wearable Technology" to their offering.
Smart clothing and wearable technology is a relatively novel
and emerging area of research within the fashion and textile industry. This
book provides a comprehensive review of the wearer's requirements, the
technologies and materials available for the design and production of smart
Part one assesses the design
NanoHorizons Inc., a
leader in the creation of nanoscale antimicrobial performance additives for the
textile, health care, and coatings and plastics industries, and G. J.
Littlewood & Son, Inc., a Philadelphia-based commission specialty dye
house, announced today a breakthrough application process to integrate
NanoHorizons’ SmartSilver certified
antimicrobial performance into technical fibres, including Nomex, Basofil,
Kevlar, and Twaron.
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
Companies & Markets
has launched a new research report called Textiles in Germany. Textiles in
Germany an industry profile is an essential resource for top-level data and
analysis covering the textiles industry. It includes detailed data on market
size and segmentation, plus textual and graphical analysis of the key trends
and competitive landscape, leading companies and demographic information.
* Contains an executive summary and data on value
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities
house Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (staph) that trigger MRSA
(methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections. The problem is that
not only is MRSA resistant to antibiotics, but it can also be fatal. A team of
European researchers is ready to tackle the problem by finding ways to reduce
MRSA infection rates in hospitals worldwide. The project is supported by the EU
under the Seventh Framework Research Program
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
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,
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
Smart fabrics and intelligent
textiles, materials that incorporate cunning molecules or clever electronics,
are thriving and European research efforts are tackling some of the sector's
toughest challenges. Clothes that monitor your heart, measure the chemical
composition of your body fluids or keep track of you and your local environment
promise to revolutionise healthcare and emergency response, but they present
tough research challenges, too.
Smart textiles must
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
Research & Markets has
announced the addition of its "New Uses for Wearable Textile-Based Health
Monitoring Technology" report to their offering.
Wearable health monitoring systems employ sensors to read
vital signs from the human body - such as the heart rate, body temperature and
blood pressure. Textile-based sensors can be woven or knitted into an item of
clothing and worn next to the skin. Information picked up can be sent to an
electronic device where it ca