TenCate awarded $30 million US defence contract

16th April 2014 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armor in Newark, OH, has been selected by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, the prime contractor for the US Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle, to provide the GMV 1.1 armour solution. The order has a value of about US 30 million. Revenues from production that will start during the second half of 2014 are expected to be generated in the next three to four years.

The Wearable Technology Show – London

14th April 2014 3 comments
What’s the collective noun for a group of Futurists? A “ponder” perhaps? I’ve never knowingly met one before but there were a whole bunch at London’s wearable technology show, which took place at Olympia last month. Inevitably, there were also quite a few Google Glass explorers (a “gaggle” of glass…? No? OK. I’ll stop that now).

JEC Americas 2014 Innovation Awards announced

14th April 2014 0 comment
JEC Group, the largest organisation exclusively dedicated to the composites industry, has announced the ten winners of its prestigious 2014 JEC Americas Innovation Awards programme, which highlights the most pivotal advances in composites design, manufacturing and application. JEC will recognise the ten winning companies and their innovation partners during the third annual JEC Americas exhibition that will be held from 13-15 May at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

TenCate to supply lightweight armour systems to German army

9th April 2014 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour has been selected as a supplier for General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for the delivery of lightweight and modular armour systems for a total of 176 vehicles for the German Bundeswehr (unified armed forces) to be supplied by 2015. The TenCate armour systems represent a weight-efficient way of significantly increasing the survivability of the people inside the vehicles. The solutions are engineered to fit the EAGLE V perfectly to ensure maximum protection and minimum weight, the company reports.

RadiciGroup staple fibre portfolio at Index 2014

7th April 2014 0 comment
RadiciGroup will exhibit its product lines – Dylar polypropylene spunbond nonwoven specialties and Dorix, and Radilon Staple Fibre staple products – at the Index 2014 international nonwovens exhibition that will be held from 8 to 11 April in Geneva, Switzerland. “We have always been in the nonwovens market with our Radilon nylon staple portfolio. Now, showcasing our products at Index is an excellent opportunity for us, since it is an additional display window for our nylon staple products,” explained Filippo Bona, of Radici Yarn R&D. “For a couple of years now, we have been considering certain industrial applications for our nonwovens, optimising our Dorix products specifically for these kinds of uses. Now, we are introducing a wide range of nylon 6 and 6.10 products to this particular market segment and are aiming at extending our portfolio with products having even better performance over a range of properties by the end of this year.”

European nonwovens production exceeds two million tonnes

31st March 2014 0 comment
EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries today disclosed its preliminary European annual statistics for 2013. The release offers a comprehensive picture of the Nonwovens industry in Greater Europe, information which offers significant value a few days before the opening of INDEX 14, the world’s largest nonwovens exhibition.

TenCate Millenia fabrics selected by Dutch fire brigade

27th March 2014 0 comment
The Dutch Zaanstreek-Waterland fire brigade has opted for TenCate high-tech fabrics in their turnout gear. The protective materials from TenCate will be used in 800 new fire-fighting suits that will be supplied in partnership with the LHD Group in Germany. TenCate Millenia fabrics will be used for the lightweight outer shell, the protective thermal liner and reinforcement parts. The first 285 suits are expected to be delivered in July.

AATCC focuses on filtration and UV protective clothing

21st March 2014 0 comment
ATCC, the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colourists, will be focusing on two main topics – filtration and UV protective clothing – during its April series of webinars.

The 89th Textile Institute World Conference opens for submissions

21st March 2014 0 comment
The Textile Institute has announced that its next World Conference will take place in at the Lake View Garden Hotel Wuhan, China, from 2-6 November 2014. Jointly organised by The Textile Institute and Wuhan Textile University, the organisers invite submissions of original papers for oral and poster presentations at the 89th Textile Institute Word Conference (TIWC 2014).

Climachill: Apparel that lowers body temperature

20th March 2014 0 comment
Adidas has launched a new cooling apparel technology called Climachill which incorporates an innovative knitted fabric with titanium and industry first 3D aluminium cooling sheres. The technology is said to provide an instant chilling sensation to help athletes' performance in warm conditions by lowering their body temperature so they can train harder, run longer, retain their focus and compete at the highest level. “At adidas we are constantly striving to create innovations to make the athlete comfortable so they can focus on performance,” said Heike Leibl, Senior Vice President of training at adidas. “The aluminium cooling spheres used in the Climachill range provide an instant chill effect to keep the athlete at their peak optimum temperature to perform at their best in any conditions.”

Special textiles may offer protection from harmful UV radiation

19th March 2014 0 comment
About two and a half million people in Germany regularly work for eight hours or more in the sun, the Hohenstein Institute reports. Their risk of developing skin cancer is twice as high as that of those employees who do not work outdoors. Only a very few of them wear special UV-protective clothing, as recommended by the trade unions and the German Social Accident Insurance Association (DGUV). However, the pressure on employers to require such clothing to be worn and make it available, may now increase considerably, the Institute believes. The Institute has developed combinations of materials in order to improve the functionality of protective fabrics, taking wearer’s comfort into account.

FabricLink Network announces the 2014 Top 10 Textile Innovation Awards

19th March 2014 0 comment
The 2014 winners for the FabricLink Network's Top 10 Innovation Awards include CRAiLAR , Edema Stocking, ELUTE, EQ-Top Seismic Wallpaper, Geckskin, GeoDetect , Mushroom Materials, PurThread, and QMilk, and RamTect. Kathlyn Swantko, President of the FabricLink Network, commented: “The research and development required to launch these award winning advancements often extends over several years. This year’s winners include products that can be used in a broad range of industries and consumer applications, and represent some of the best innovative achievements in the textile industry.”

White Paper: Market Opportunities for Smart Textiles 2014

18th March 2014 0 comment
Danish smart textiles consultancy Ohmatex ApS, has published its latest White Paper – Market Opportunities for Smart Textiles 2014 - just in time for The Wearable Technology Show which takes place in London today and tomorrow. The eleven page document, which can be downloaded at the foot of this article, outlines the position of smart textile wearable devices within the wider Wearable Technology industry.

Hunter Sportswear introduces class 5 safety gloves for ice-skaters

17th March 2014 0 comment
The leading skate-wear manufacturer Hunter Sportswear will launch its latest innovation, a safety glove for ice-skaters with the highest class 5 cut resistance, at SPOVAK that will be held from 16-17 March 2014 in Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands. The glove represents a breakthrough in hand safety, the company reports. It is designed to offer users the highest level of cut resistance, combined with a high level of comfort. Thanks to its light weight, the glove is said to be able to provide wearer comfort comparable to that of standard sports gloves. Jeroen de Vries, Hunter spokesperson, commented: “These gloves have been well received in trials – and now that they have been successfully introduced, Hunter will continue to develop new solutions for other protective ice-skating wear, using advanced Dyneema Diamond Technology.”

TenCate supplies protective fabric for Dutch military mission in Mali

10th March 2014 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics supplies the protective fabric TenCate Defender M for the uniforms of the special units of the Dutch army on its mission in Mali. The new Multicam combat clothing is fit for military operations under extreme conditions. The uniforms meet the high demands of combat clothing for special units, such as flame retardancy, insect repellence and optimal wearing comfort, the company reports.

New thermoplastic-compatible heavy-tow carbon fibre on show at JEC

7th March 2014 0 comment
SGL Group will debut its most recently developed product, a thermoplastic-compatible heavy-tow carbon fibre, at this year's JEC Europe that will be taking place from 11-13 March in Paris. It is essential for producing fibre composite materials with a thermoplastic matrix, the company reports.

Key technologies at Dornbirn MFC

6th March 2014 0 comment
The 53rd Dornbirn-Man-Made Fibre Congress that will take place from 10-12 September 2014 is presenting itself once again as the European lead event and is ready to feature around 100 lectures by industry experts. The show will also present the enlarged Key Technologies section, which will discuss the latest findings in the field of finishing, coating, machinery for spinning/extrusion and joint developments between academic research and industry.

Hygiene and safety with RAL quality certification marks

5th March 2014 0 comment
About 380 member companies of the German Certification Association for Professional Textile Services are especially committed to the hygienic processing of laundry from retail, trade, industry, hotels, restaurants and the health services. The hygienic processing of laundry from hospitals and care homes is one particular focus of quality certification. This requires systematic hygiene management in the connected laundries, which is defined by the stringent requirements of RAL quality certification mark RAL-GZ 992.

TenCate receives Silver Boeing Supplier Performance Award

5th March 2014 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Composites has received a 2013 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognise suppliers, who have achieved superior performance. Paul Draghi, Senior VP of Operations said: “This recognition represents our second year in a row and is especially important as it recognises our commitment to on-time delivery and quality across the materials we supply to Boeing.”

Juba introduces new light-weight style glove

28th February 2014 0 comment
Juba PPE, a leading designer and manufacturer of workwear solutions, will be launching its latest glove, which incorporates Dyneema Diamond Technology, at SICUR 2014 that will take place from 25-28 February 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Designed for handling small parts in dry as well as wet and/or oily environments, the glove style 4406 was developed specifically for use in the automotive industry and for applications requiring very good dexterity with cool feel and level three cut resistance, according to EN388. Introducing the new 4406 glove, Iñigo De Argumosa, Director Sales & Marketing at Juba PPE, said: “This is the second glove in which we have used Dyneema Diamond Technology. Following our first, style 4408 which offered cut level five, we now plan to add a full range of the finest knitted cut resistant gloves, with the new style 4406 as the first in the series.”

PGI invests to expand filtration capability in Virginia

25th February 2014 0 comment
Just after we went live this afternoon with the story - US textiles industry is positively buzzing, yet another US investment good news story broke. Polymer Group Inc. (PGI), the world's largest nonwovens manufacturer, announced today that it will make a strategic investment of approximately $8 million to upgrade machinery and expand its manufacturing plant in Waynesboro, Virginia. The company will also hire up to 20 new employees.

Techtextil and Texprocess chosen for International Buyer Program

21st February 2014 0 comment
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas that will be held from 13 -15 May at the Georgia World Congress Center, are proud participants of the US Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program Select (IBP). The IBP is a joint government-industry effort that brings thousands of international buyers to the United States for business-to-business matchmaking with US firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows. It is designed to recruit and pre-screen buyer delegations to attend selected trade shows in the United States, connecting US companies with international buyers.

JEC Europe announces winners of 2014 Innovation Awards

20th February 2014 0 comment
This year 15 companies and their partners will receive an award for their composites innovations during a special JEC Innovation Awards ceremony at JEC Europe - Composites Show and Conferences that will take place from 11-13 March 2014. “With over a hundred submissions from 28 countries, the success of the Innovation Awards Competition is in constant progress,” said Mrs. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO. “Never have so many high-quality applications been received, making the selection a very rich and complex process. The diversity of the subjects presented by the candidates made it very difficult for the jury of composites experts to select the 15 champions of composites innovations.”

A textile renaissance in the US?

20th February 2014 0 comment
On Tuesday, Japan’s Toray Industries announced it would invest $1 billion in a new carbon fibre manufacturing facility in South Carolina. There has also been a lot of recent press coverage about the revival of the US textiles industry and the ‘Made in America’ movement.

Applied DNA Sciences’ revenues increase by 88%

13th February 2014 0 comment
Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions and services, has reported an 88% growth in revenue for the first fiscal quarter of 2014 compared with the same period last year. The company’s revenues amounted to $597,354 compared with $317,670 for the fiscal quarter of 2013. The increase in revenues of $279,684 was primarily due to increases in sales to suppliers of the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and in the textile industry, the company reports. Dr James Hayward, President, CEO and Chairman of APDN said: “Our sales pipeline and the strength of our customer base continue to grow. Our investments in R&D have provided an enviable patent estate. With a strong infrastructure in place and an experienced team of employees and management, we are delivering against stronger demands.”

Auburn Manufacturing creates certification for 100% Made in the USA products

7th February 2014 0 comment
Textile manufacturer Auburn Manufacturing has created its own ‘Country of Origin’ certificate in response to rising US Government and private industry requirements for proof that its textile products are made in America. The AMI certificate attests that the products are made in the USA — from yarn to finished product — at the company's manufacturing facilities in Maine. The certificate also identifies textiles that comply with the Berry Amendment, a statutory requirement concerning Department of Defense. “When we certify that our products are ‘Made in the USA’, we mean that not only are the products themselves assembled in the United States, but that virtually all of the components are also made in the United States,” explained Kathie Leonard, AMI president and CEO.

Success at ISPO Munich 2014

30th January 2014 0 comment
More than 80,000 visitors from 110 countries came to ISPO Munich that took place from 26-29 January. This year, the trade show experienced a strong increase of visitors from other nations, such as the USA and Russia. Klaus Dittrich, Chairman of the Management of Messe München, commented: “The atmosphere at ISPO Munich 2014 was very good. All relevant statistics are extremely positive, and once again confirm our role as the international leading platform for the entire sports business.”

Nonwovens Associations launch shared mission and vision

28th January 2014 0 comment
EDANA and INDA, the leading international trade associations for the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries based in Europe and North America, respectively, have announced that they will harmonize their mission and vision to advance the success of their member companies.

Better, smarter, more comfortable FR gear

27th January 2014 0 comment
Tennessee based Bulwark has partnered with Milliken & Company to design the iQ Series of protective clothing, featuring superior comfort properties and advanced flame resistant-technology.

Karl Mayer and LIBA merger on track

24th January 2014 0 comment
Karl Mayer has announced that LIBA Maschinenfabrik GmbH, which it acquired recently, is to be renamed Karl Mayer Liba Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH.

Brand & Oppenheimer acquires Performance Textiles

22nd January 2014 0 comment
Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Inc. (B&O), a leading textile converter, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Performance Textiles, Inc., a leading supplier of high-performance fabrics engineered for domestic and export customers, some of whom have worked with the company since its inception in 1988. The acquisition was sponsored by Praesidian Capital, which is an investor in B&O.

Sympatex expands Tection business

22nd January 2014 0 comment
As a result of the placement of a corporate bond in November 2013, Germany’s Sympatex Technologies GmbH is to substantially expand its latest Tection technical textiles division with the aim of consistently developing innovative technologies and products for industrial applications.

Conwed shares latest innovations at VISION 2014

17th January 2014 0 comment
US company Conwed, a leading plastic netting manufacturer, will share its latest innovations at VISION 2014, the Consumer Products Conference organized by INDA in Dallas, Texas (January 27-30, 2014). Celebrating its 13th anniversary, VISION gathers key professionals from across the consumer products value chain to deliver the best in strategic information and business networking.

FILTREX Europe conference dates released

17th January 2014 0 comment
EDANA has announced that FILTREX Europe, the leading nonwovens filter media conference and tabletop exhibition, is to be held in Berlin on the 1st and 2nd October 2014.

OEKO-TEX test criteria: New regulations for 2014

16th January 2014 0 comment
At the start of the year, the OEKO-TEX Association has, as usual, updated the valid test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with its OEKO-TEX Standard 100. The following new regulations have been provided with comment from OEKO-TEX and come into force on 1 April 2014 for all certifications, following a three-month transition period:

INDA appoints new director of marketing

15th January 2014 0 comment
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the appointment of Joan Izzo as its new Director of Marketing. Izzo brings years of experience in marketing for international nonwovens and advanced material companies to the position.

Professional Clothing Awards to be hosted by Olympic uniform star

6th January 2014 0 comment
The Professional Clothing Awards 2014, which celebrates achievement in the workwear, corporate wear and PPE industry, will be hosted by Ruth Morris, Uniform Manager for the Rugby World Cup 2015 and manager of the uniform programme for the successful 2012 London Olympics. Ruth will be responsible for kitting out more than 6,000 people, who are supporting the landmark Rugby World Cup 2015, the third-largest sporting event in the world, in which 20 international teams will travel to England to compete for rugby’s highest honour.

Revolutionary technologies for head protection are set to fuel growth in the sports gear market

30th December 2013 0 comment
Developments in technologies for head protective gear are set to fuel growth in the market for sports gear, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence – Performance Apparel Markets - Product developments and innovations (Q3, 2013). Although head protection represents a significant segment of the market for sports gear, sports helmets have remained essentially the same for decades as large manufacturers of helmets and the helmet testing industry have been resistant to change.

Technical textiles and nonwovens at Techtextil North America 2014

21st December 2013 0 comment
Leading technical textile and nonwovens companies will showcase the latest products and technological advancements in textiles, nonwovens and materials during Techtextil North America 2014 that will be taking place from 13-15 May 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Techtextil North America represents all vertical aspects of the technical textile industry from research and development, through raw materials and production processes, to conversion, further treatment and recycling.

PPE testing against molten metal splash

20th December 2013 0 comment
Workers in metal foundries are exposed to many dangers, including not only the extreme heat but also splashes of molten metal. Products designed to give protection against this hazard must be tested for compliance with, among other standards, DIN EN ISO 9185. Now manufacturers of protective textiles or textile based personal protection equipment (PPE) can have their products tested within 10 to 15 working days at the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim for the protection they offer against molten metal splash.

2014 Visionary Award nominees announced

20th December 2013 0 comment
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced five new consumer products that have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Visionary Award. The Award will be presented during the annual VISION Consumer Products Conference that will be taking place from 27-30 January 2014 at the Westin Galleria, Dallas, TX. “The Visionary Award recognises new consumer products that expand the use of nonwovens and demonstrate uniqueness, novelty and technical sophistication,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President. “The many nominees for 2014 encompass these qualities and we are pleased to have such a wide variety of consumer products from which we chose these finalists.”

Closed-loop recycling system for uniforms in China

19th December 2013 0 comment
Teijin, Onward Holdings and Fuji Xerox will launch a closed-loop recycling system for uniforms in China. The system is based on Teijin’s Eco Circle closed-loop recycling system that incorporates the world's first technology for the chemical recycling of polyester, according to the company. “We are delighted to collaborate with Fuji Xerox’s Chinese subsidiaries and Onward Trading (Shanghai) in a mutual commitment to sustainability through recycling,” said Hiroaki Mimori, President of Nantong Teijin. “The Teijin Group has been operating its Eco Circle recycling programme in China since 2009. Beginning with the start up of Zhejiang Jiaren New Materials’ recycling plant next year, we intend to steadily expand our environmental initiatives in this fast-growing market.”

Vehicle seats and interior equipment put to the test

18th December 2013 0 comment
Vehicle designers and engineers, who place great importance on the design of the interior, and in particular the seats, are supported by the scientists from the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim, Germany.

New textile finish with antiviral and antibacterial effect

16th December 2013 1 comment
As part of an AiF research project, scientists from the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim are said to have for the first time developed a textile finish with both an antiviral and an antibacterial function. The technology has been developed to be used for products in nurseries, child day care centres and hospitals to interrupt chains of infection.

New aerogel products for outdoor industry

13th December 2013 0 comment
Aerotherm has released a new range of products developed using aerogel insulation, designed for the outdoor industry. In partnership with Aspen Aerogel, an energy efficiency company, Aerotherm specialises in the processing of Aerogel material, making it suitable for thermal applications to be used in consumer goods, such as outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment. The latest range includes Aerotherm aerogel insulated Soft Thermal Cooler, Thermal Bottle Cooler and a foldable Seat-Pad.

Vestagen raises $15.5m for active barrier protective fabrics

12th December 2013 0 comment
Vestagen Technical Textiles has raised an additional $7.3 million in an extension of its recent financing round. Existing investor Advent Life Sciences was joined in the extension by new investors Sofinnova HealthQuest Capital and the Clearwell Group. The extension brings the total raised by Vestagen in this financing round to $15.5 million. In conjunction with the financing extension, Randy Scott, partner at Sofinnova HealthQuest Capital, is joining the Vestagen Board of Directors.

Identifying textile materials with new DNA technology

12th December 2013 0 comment
Applied DNA Sciences has announced the rollout of SigNature T, a new DNA-based security platform specifically for textiles and apparel, made by a proprietary (patent pending) technology that is said to enable the company to identify textile raw materials as well as finished products. New binding and extraction techniques have enabled a cost-effective, even more flexible and robust anti-counterfeiting and anti-diversion protection for textiles and apparel, including military protective wear, the company reports. Dr James A. Hayward, CEO and President, Applied DNA Sciences, commented: “We believe that the existing climate of counterfeiting and diversion within the textile industry is about to experience a dramatic change. Manufacturers armed with SigNature T markers, will gain the upper hand with a flexible, forensic, impenetrable product authentication tool, protecting textiles from fibre to hanger.”

First shipment of Monster Silk to Warwick Mills

10th December 2013 0 comment
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the leading developer of advanced spider silk based fibres, has delivered the first shipment of its Monster Silk recombinant spider silk fibre to Warwick Mills. Warwick is a leader in the engineering and development of advanced technical textiles and protective materials. According to the company, the shipment represents a key step in its collaborative development initiative with Warwick, which will target the development of advanced spider silk based textiles.

Town honours founder of the Hohenstein Institute

9th December 2013 0 comment
The town of Boennigheim has named a new access road to the internationally Hohenstein Institute after the name of Prof Dr-Ing. Otto Mecheels, the founder of the Institute. Otto-Mecheels-Straße leads from the Schlossfeld residential area to Schloss Hohenstein. A new building was also named after the textile researcher at the Hohenstein Institute in October.

Techtextil NA gets new management team

6th December 2013 0 comment
Kathryn Fitts and Dennis Smith are the new management team at Messe Frankfurt in Atlanta, USA, taking over from John Gallagher. The company manages the Techtextil North America trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens as well as other events. Detlef Braun, the Messe Frankfurt Executive Board member responsible for North and South America, said: “Kathryn Fitts and Dennis Smith are now the management team at the helm of our subsidiary Messe Frankfurt Inc. And we are absolutely convinced that the new management will contribute in the company’s future growth in the whole North American region.” With immediate effect, Fitts and Smith have been appointed Presidents. Fitts will concentrate on Finance and Administration, while Smith focuses on Shows and Operation.

Ultrasonic technology compliant with NIJ waterproof standards

4th December 2013 0 comment
Sonobond, a leader in the application of ultrasonic bonding and welding technology, will showcase its ultrasonic equipment for assembling body armour, including the SeamMaster High Profile Ultrasonic Sewing Machine, at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show that will take place from 14-17 January 2014 in Las Vegas. Ultrasonic technology is increasingly being used as an assembly method for body armour. “One of the reasons behind the growing preference for ultrasonic assembly is the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) wet-conditioning standards that require ballistic vests to be waterproof, even after submersion for 30 minutes,” explained Sonobond Vice President Melissa Alleman. “More than 30 manufacturers now use Sonobond equipment because it reliably seals the outer nylon shell, protecting the ballistic-resistant material inside from the damaging effects of exposure to moisture.”

DSM wins Erasmus Innovation Award 2013

29th November 2013 0 comment
Royal DSM, the life sciences and materials sciences company, has announced that it has won the Erasmus Innovation Award 2013 for the successful transformation of the company. The award was presented to DSM’s Chief Innovation Officer Rob van Leen at the Annual INSCOPE Conference 2013 in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, on 27 November.

TAL joins Techtextil at Intersec

29th November 2013 0 comment
Messe Frankfurt is expanding its Techtextil brand to the growing technical textile markets in the Middle East. After a successful few days earlier this year at Techtextil Frankfurt, UK-based Technical Absorbents Limited (TAL), a leader in superabsorbent product technologies, has opted to take a stand on the Techtextil pavilion at this inaugural event. The Techtextil Middle East Symposium and the associated Techtextil Pavilion is expected to provide a greater opportunity for TAL to expand its activities within the region and provide robust platforms for access into the market.

Sioen Industries reports steady position for Q3 2013

26th November 2013 0 comment
Sioen Industries, a producer of technical textiles, fine chemicals and high-tech protective clothing, has announced its year-to-date results. At the end of the third quarter, the Sioen Industries Group realised sales from continuing operations of EUR 243.3 million compared to EUR 244.7 million over the same period in 2012, resulting in a slight decrease of 0.6%.

Kevlar innovations launched at Milipol

23rd November 2013 0 comment
DuPont Protection Technologies, the producer of the original DuPont Kevlar fibre, has launched two new products at Milipol trade fair, that took place from 19-22 November in Paris. Drawing on analysis from its extensive relationship with global customers, the next generation of innovations made with Kevlar - DuPont Kevlar AS450X and DuPont Kevlar XPS104 - demonstrate the company’s ability to extend its range of protective solutions for the military, police and security market, DuPont reports.

US DARPA to develop Warrior Web clothing

22nd November 2013 0 comment
Developing lightweight under-suit to enhance physical performance is a primary focus for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr Joseph Hitt from the DARPA made presentation on the Warrior Webs programme of DARPA, which was initiated in September 2011, at the last week’s Smart Clothes symposium, organised by Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

TenCate Advanced Armour and DSM Dyneema intensify cooperation

21st November 2013 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour and DSM Dyneema are working more closely together for launching innovative products and bringing personnel armour solutions to the international defence and law enforcement markets. TenCate will showcase its TenCate Multi-light insert portfolio using Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology products at the Milipol 2013 exhibition, held from 19-22 November in Paris.

TenCate to supply protection for Embraer A-29 Super Tucano military aircraft

21st November 2013 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour has been selected by aerospace manufacturer Embraer as the supplier of aerospace armour for the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano military aircraft. The aircraft will be supplied in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) as the prime contractor for the aircraft. TenCate Advanced Armour and local partner Aerotron Brazil are working closely together with Embraer in the Joint Development Phase to finalise the design and prototypes of the ballistic protection, according to the time schedule, weight and performance requirements for the Super Tucano military aircraft programme.

Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology for life protection

21st November 2013 0 comment
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre and a leader in life protection materials and high performance fibres, has officially introduced Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology. Built on its Radical Innovation platform, Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology is the company's newest product development programme, which is said to combine breakthroughs in polymer science, next-generation fibre technology and unique unidirectional engineering to deliver up to 25% higher ballistic protection while reducing weight by up to 20%. Rheinmetall Ballistic Protection, Point Blank Enterprises and TenCate Advanced Armour are exhibiting applications that feature the first Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology products at Milipol 2013 trade fair, which is taking place from 19-22 November in Paris.

High performance carbon fibre yarns for knitting and sewing

21st November 2013 0 comment
Carbon fibre specialist SGL Group has started production of stretch-broken carbon fibre yarns, which have knitting and sewing applications, at its facility in Muir of Ord in Scotland. Most carbon fibre yarns produced by the company go into wovens and multi axial fabric applications for carbon fibre reinforced composites.

New high tenacity wiring harness technical yarn developed

19th November 2013 0 comment
Coats, the leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, is launching Aptan xtru, an innovative new high tenacity, coated, engineered yarn, specifically designed for vehicle harness wiring systems used across sectors including automotive, marine and aerospace. Andrew Morgan, Research and Development Director, Coats, said: “Our customers are constantly reviewing and improving the safety features of their vehicles and so Coats must continue to innovate and improve existing products to extend their range and use. Aptan xtru is a prime example of working with an industry sector to help improve safety standards.”

Fit for fitting at A+A

18th November 2013 1 comment
The new dress at work is fashionable, cool and sportive. More than ever work wear and protective wear has been inspired by outdoor wear and sportswear thus adding elasticity, moisture management, UV-protection and anti-odour properties to a stylish look.

IFAI continues momentum in Orlando

15th November 2013 0 comment
IFAI, the Industrial Fabric Association International represents the interests of a broad range of industrial or technical textiles, producers and suppliers - and their Expo 2013, and the accompanying Advanced Textiles conference, held October 23-25 in Orlando, FL, well demonstrated those efforts. Over 5300 registrants from 65 countries helped IFAI continue its “track record of great success.”

New high performance wet waxing agent

15th November 2013 0 comment
Tanatex Chemicals, a leading producer of specialty chemicals, has introduced Fibermate CW, a high performance waxing agent, designed to create surface smoothness in yarns.

Look under the counter – dig deep to find gold

14th November 2013 0 comment
Doing trade shows and finding the next big is easy right? Not according to Bill Smith it’s not... How do you do a trade show? Usually, one walks the aisle the first day, looking briefly at each booth and moves on if they don’t see at once anything new or of interest. All too often, I have known attendees do that, perhaps stopping at a few they came to see, and then go away saying “I didn’t see anything new or worthwhile”. Little do they realize what they may have missed, often spending thousands of dollars to travel and attend such a show only to get little or nothing out of them.

Inspired by hi-vis workwear

13th November 2013 0 comment
Inspired by High Visibility Workwear, Paltex, a producer of high performance textiles, has introduced its 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material, a broad line of reflective products that incorporate ‘retroreflection’ technology. According to the company, due to its design, this kind of fabric can find application in various areas, from workwear or active wear, to city-outdoor wear, shirting and jackets.

Restructuring of Texprocess trade fair

11th November 2013 0 comment
Messe Frankfurt is restructuring the Texprocess trade fair on the organisational side. Previously part of the ‘Technology & Production’ Division, it has been transferred to the ‘Textiles & Textile Technologies’ Division. The leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials has been organised by a separate team parallel to the work on Techtextil, the leading trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. Both Techtextil and Texprocess will remain independent brands. Responsibility for the Texprocess brand will be assumed by Michael Jänecke, who has been in charge of the Techtextil brand since 1993.

Workwear options with Tencel

11th November 2013 0 comment
Lenzing has presented the cellulose fibre Tencel for applications in industrial laundry at the A+A 2013, the leading trade show for workwear in Dusseldorf that took place from 5-8 November. Tencel addresses the demand of workwear for materials to be durable, due to its robustness, making it the right choice for applications in industrial laundry when it comes to man-made cellulosics, the company reports.

Earnings drop at SGL despite savings

11th November 2013 0 comment
The overall business development of carbon fibre producer SGL Group – in the first nine months of the fiscal year 2013 developed in line with the June guidance, recording an improved free cash flow as well as a decrease in sales by 4%. Due to the adverse development in all three business areas, group’s EBITDA decreased by 52% to €89.5 million and the EBITDA margin to 7.4%. Group-wide savings from SGL2015 amounted to approximately €34 million, of which approximately €19 million were attributable to the SGL Excellence initiative. Robert Koehler, CEO of SGL Group, commented: “The implementation of our Group-wide cost savings programme SGL2015, which was initiated in August, is proceeding as planned. Initial measures are already in the process of being implemented. By the end of 2015, we intend to generate savings of approximately €150 million, approximately €50 million of which will already be realised in 2013. Despite the fact that the business development is far below our original expectations, we have been able to improve free cash flow by more than €140 million within the last 12 months.”

New self-cleaning textile technology from Luna

7th November 2013 0 comment
Luna Innovations has announced an agreement granting UltraTech International an exclusive license to commercialise Luna's new textile repellent technology that can protect first responders from pathogens and industrial workers from contaminants, as well as address the common problem of keeping fabric clean. Under the agreement, Luna will license exclusive rights to UltraTech to bring the technology to production and market it through its global sales channels. The commercialisation potential for the technology is broad, the company reports, as it may be sold as a standalone product that can be applied to textiles or as treated fabric with the technology embedded.

DSM Dyneema at Milipol 2013

6th November 2013 0 comment
DSM Dyneema will introduce a new range of products developed with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology at Milipol 2013, an international trade show for internal state security, that will take place from 19-22 November in Paris. This brand-new technology is a result of the company’s Radical Innovation platform, which aims to position the company as a world-leading innovator in the field of life protection materials and high performance fibres. The company will also showcase its full range of unidirectional (UD) products and sustainable PE armour solutions.

Vertx presents new collection with coldblack technology

2nd November 2013 0 comment
Vertx new 2013/2014 collection features Schoeller’s coldblack technology, which is said to prevent dark textiles from heating up and provide effective protection from UV rays.

Lighter life protection solutions from DSM Dyneema

31st October 2013 0 comment
Multiple global government initiatives are underway to reduce the weight of personal protective equipment for military, law enforcement and security personnel, in order to deliver top protective performance combined with usability. DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre Dyneema, believes the adoption of next-generation lighter material technologies is an answer to this growing demand. The company reports that the use of UHMwPE materials in body and vehicle protection will show double-digit growth in the next five years.

New TenCate materials for protective clothing

29th October 2013 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics will launch two new protective products in the TenCate Tecasafe Plus collection during the forthcoming A+A 2013 international trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany. Protective knits for company polo shirts and T-shirts are said to be extremely comfortable to wear and also wash well in industrial laundries. A new protective fabric with a laminate will also be launched for use in flame-resistant industrial outdoor clothing. This fabric is designed to offer optimal protection against rain, wind and other adverse conditions, as well as to provide a high degree of wearer comfort and excellent moisture-regulating characteristics.

Countering improvised explosive devices

29th October 2013 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armor USA has presented its TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system, designed to reduce casualties and injuries to troops riding in vehicles that are hit by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), at the AUSA Conference that took place from 21-23 October, in Washington. Third party tests confirm that the TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system can mitigate the deadly impulse energy effects of an IED blast. Crew survivability is improved because the system minimises the brutal launch into the air, the violent flight, and the destructive slam back down to earth, associated with a vehicle experiencing an IED or mine blast event, the company reports.

Technical textiles expert joins Sympatex

29th October 2013 0 comment
Sympatex Technologies, the so called ecological alternative amongst functional textile specialists, has strengthened its Contract and Workwear division, by appointing Yasemin Tören as Technical Sales Manager Contract and Workwear. The experienced textile engineer will be responsible for product management as well as expanding the business with new customers.

TenCate records 11% rise in profits for Q3

26th October 2013 0 comment
In the third quarter of 2013 technical textiles giant TenCate recorded an organic increase in EBITA of 11% compared to the third quarter of 2012, an increase is almost entirely attributable to the Advanced Textiles and Composites sector. The cautious government market (infrastructure and environment) and weakening economic growth in Asia put downward pressure on revenues in the Geosynthetics and Grass sector, the company reports.

Non cotton stretch denim shown at Intertextile Shanghai

25th October 2013 0 comment
Norwegian company Nånkåtån, a producer of sustainable textiles without cotton, will present its Monocel concept, as well as its non-cotton stretch denim fabric at the Intertextile in Shanghai, that is being held from 21-24 October. Made from Lyocell bamboo, Monocel cotton-free fabrics are said to be soft, strong and responsibly produced. “As far as we know, our Monocel denim is the first non-cotton stretch denim to be launched on the market,” said Jonny Kristiansen, CEO at the Nånkåtån.

Schoeller-works appoints new Business Unit Manager

23rd October 2013 0 comment
Schoeller-works, the workwear division of Schoeller Textil, has appointed Hendrikus van Es a new Business Unit Manager. The new manager is expected to start in his new role as of 1 November, also taking his place as a member of the management board. At Schoeller in Sevelen, he will be in charge of a team of workwear specialists and responsible for product development and distribution. A provider of concept-based solutions, schoeller- works develops innovative functional and protective fabrics for uniforms, fashionable corporate wear, protective workwear and military use.

DSM Dyneema joins forces with Levi jeans

23rd October 2013 0 comment
DSM, the producer of Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE), branded as Dyneema, has joined forces with Levi’s 501 jeans to create the blend of strength, durability and style in new Warrior and Trooper jeans. “The reputation of the Dyneema brand has been forged in some of the toughest environments,” commented DSM Dyneema president Gerard de Reuver. “We’re proud to be able to transfer the inherent properties of the fibre into a whole new range of consumer goods by collaborating with our customers.”

Warwick Mills to weave Monster Silk under new agreement

23rd October 2013 0 comment
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the leading developer of advanced spider silk based fibres, and Warwick Mills, a leader in the engineering and development of advanced technical textiles and other protective materials, have signed a collaborative development agreement on the development and commercialisation of advanced textiles utilising Kraig's Monster Silk recombinant spider silk technology. “This collaborative agreement is a big step forward in the development of exciting new textiles with potential applications for the technical textiles and protective textiles marketplace,” commented Charles Howland, President of Warwick.

Teijin establishes new Thai subsidiary

22nd October 2013 0 comment
Teijin has announced the establishment of Teijin Corporation in Thailand, a wholly owned subsidiary that will produce and sell newly developed meta-aramid fibre starting in July 2015. Production will be handled at a new facility to be constructed on the premises of Teijin in Ayutthaya Province, Thailand, beginning this December.

Sereebo CFRTP in Nikon D5300 digital SLR

17th October 2013 0 comment
Just two days after launching its Sereebo carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) brand, Teijin has announced that Sereebo has been selected for use in the structural parts of Nikon’s new D5300 digital SLR camera, which is being released today. This is the first time Sereebo has been adopted for a commercial product.

Protective knits offer top performance in industrial laundering

16th October 2013 0 comment
Italian protective fabrics producer Argar Technology, a division of Argar S.r.L, will launch a new range of highly functional certified protective knitted fabrics which can be industrially laundered at this year’s A+A Safety, Security & Health At Work 2013 show which takes place in Dusseldorf, Germany from 5-8 November

India’s technical textiles industry to reach $36 billion by 2016-17

7th October 2013 2 comments
News that India's technical textile industry is set to be growing rapidly in the next few years comes as the Techtextil India trade fair welcomes more than 182 exhibitors from Austria, India, Turkey, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, UK, Netherlands, US, and other. The industry is expected to grow at a rate of 20% annually to reach $ 36 billion by 2016-17. “Technical textile is an important part of the overall textile sector in India. Not only has it grown at an annual rate of 11% during 2006-11, but is also estimated to expand at a rate of 20% to reach $ 36 billion by 2016-17,” explained Raj Manek, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Managing Director. The technical textile industry in India, whose current size is estimated at $ 17 billion, is seen as the next hub for both manufacturing and consumption, he said.

New thermal management range by Newlife

2nd October 2013 0 comment
Saluzzo Yarns, an international leader in the production of polyester filament, introduces the new ‘Thermal management’ range by Newlife. A unique range is said to offer new levels of lightness and thermal insulation together with high sustainable performance. It also fits new applications both for casual and active wear, according to the manufacturer.

Messe Frankfurt and JEC announce co-location for US shows

2nd October 2013 0 comment
The organizers of the Techtextil North America technical textiles show and JEC America composites show plan to co-locate their 2014 events at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA from 13-15 May 2014.

Aerotron and TenCate build ballistic protection for Embraer

30th September 2013 0 comment
Aerotron Brazil and TenCate Advanced Armour are working together to finalise the design and to build the prototypes of the ballistic protection for the Embraer KC-390 military transport aircraft. The KC-390 is to perform aerial refuelling, transport cargo and troops, and to receive fuel in-flight. It will be able to transport up to 23 metric tons of cargo, including wheeled armoured vehicles.

ThermalDrain chosen as RISE Awards finalist

27th September 2013 1 comment
GMX premier recycled nonwoven drain protection board ThermalDrain is a finalist for the 2013 RISE (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics) Durable Product Awards. “It is an honour to have one of our premier products selected as a finalist for the RISE Durable Products Award. At GMX, we pride ourselves on developing innovative and versatile products that meet the strict performance demands of our customers’ diverse application requirements,” explained Lindsay Castles, Vice President of GMX.

Teijin to Exhibit at Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition

26th September 2013 0 comment
Teijin will participate in Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition 2013, which will take place at Tokyo Big Site from 2-5 October. The group will showcase high-performance protective apparel solutions incorporating the group’s proprietary Teijinconex heat-resistant and flame-retardant meta-aramid fibre, and Twaron and Technora high-strength para-aramid fibres technologies.

Texprocess Americas 2014 Symposium to address technological advancements

25th September 2013 0 comment
The latest technology, applications, and advancements in the sewn products industry will be presented by experts and leaders during the Texprocess Americas Symposium that will be held from 13-15 May at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, concurrently with the exhibition. Developed to address the needs of the sewn products industry, the Symposium will contain ten sessions with more than 60 presentations that will cover a wide range of topics.

Shima Seiki at A+A 2013

19th September 2013 0 comment
Shima Seiki, of Wakayama, a leading manufacturer in the computerised flatbed knitting machine industry, will participate in the A+A 2013 Safety, Security and Health at Work International Trade Fair that will take place in Dusseldorf, from 5-8 November.

Techtextil North America 2014 Symposium

17th September 2013 0 comment
The latest research, technology, applications, and the overall direction of the technical textile and nonwovens industry will be presented by experts and leaders from around the world during the Techtextil North America Symposium that will be held from 13-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Held concurrently with the exhibition, the symposium will contain twelve sessions with more than 60 presentations that will cover a wide range of topics from new fibre technology, intelligent textiles, medical research and application, nanotechnology real world applications, protective and military, high performance fibres and fabrics for sports and outdoor to nonwoven advancements.

TenCate AmberTool composite tooling prepreg range

16th September 2013 0 comment
The recent purchase of Amber Composites by TenCate Advanced Composites has allowed the materials technology company to merge a number of industry leading composite tooling products into the TenCate AmberTool prepreg range. The industry leading TenCate AmberTool HX-series will be exhibited during the upcoming Composites Europe show in Stuttgart, Germany, that will be held from 17-19 September. Nick Tiffin, Director Marketing and Sales Europe for TenCate Advanced Composites commented: "The convergence of the TenCate thermoset tooling brands is a unique event from which our customers and new prospects will benefit.”

Sigmatex Technical Excellence Centre

14th September 2013 0 comment
Sigmatex, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre textiles for composite material applications, has announced the creation of the Sigmatex Technical Excellence Centre (SigmaTEC) as a response to the ever growing demands for new and highly advanced composites and re-enforcements.

TenCate and US Army RDECOM enter multi-year CRADA agreement

14th September 2013 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour USA and the US Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) have signed a multi-year cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to evaluate the TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system for improved soldier protection. This collaboration will allow TenCate engineers to demonstrate the ability of the TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system to protect combat and tactical ground vehicle crews from the effects of insurgent mines, roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IED's).

Cytec launches new products at Composites Europe 2013

13th September 2013 0 comment
Cytec Industrial Materials will be exhibiting at Composites Europe 2013, Stuttgart, from 17-19 September, wit ha focus on the lightweight, high-performance, cost-effective, multi-material solutions. The company plans to continue to refine and expand its portfolio of thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials, and compatible process consumables to fulfil the growing needs of all markets. The company’s key strategic sector is a serial automotive market, where Cytec is supporting OEMs and their supply chains in the development of materials and application technologies to help meet the legislative requirements set for the industry.

TenCate books Asian order for advanced naval armour systems

12th September 2013 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour will cooperate with a Singapore-based shipyard to design, develop and manufacture lightweight ballistic protection for crew and mission critical equipment on a number of large maritime vessels for a Middle Eastern end-user. This, the company believes, will ensure increased survivability for the crew on board the vessels without impairing speed or performance. With this new order booked for three years, TenCate Advanced Armour aims at strengthening its position in global markets. “Over the years, TenCate Advanced Armour has gained much experience from maritime projects in Europe and we apply this experience to a growing number of projects in Asia Pacific now,” commented Steen Tanderup, Managing Director of TenCate Advanced Armour EMEA & APAC.

TenCate reveals innovative lightweight ballistic inserts

11th September 2013 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour has developed what it claims to be the world's lightest insert for protecting against one of the most common gun threats, the AK47 Mild Steel Core. Cyril Veillat, Business Manager of TenCate Advanced Armour in Europe and Asia-Pacific, commented: “This is the ultimate protection that soldiers and law enforcement personnel will not feel during their harsh jobs. Achieving such a high level of protection at such a low weight clearly supports the value proposition of the TenCate company.” TenCate Advanced Armour will exhibit its TenCate Multi-light CX Plus series at the DSEI defence and security show in London this month and the Milipol exhibition in Paris in November.

US Air Force to test Alexium’s treatment with live CWAs

11th September 2013 1 comment
Alexium International Group has moved its Cleanshell CB repellency treatment forward for testing with live chemical warfare agents (CWAs) under its research contract with the US Air Force after evaluation on different fabric types and simulated CWA’s. Alexium’s Cleanshell CB treatment is targeted specifically to the treatment of the outershell fabric of chemical and biological protection ensembles. The company reports, that the Cleanshell CB has shown dramatically increased repellency to simulants of CWAs such as sarin and mustard nerve agents but has also been optimised to provide excellent water and oil repellency as well as allowing for ease of movement in the field.

Personal Protection Textiles: Fabrics for harsh, hazardous and hostile environments

10th September 2013 0 comment
A new publication from Textile Media Services – Personal Protection Textiles: Fabrics for harsh, hazardous and hostile environments – outlines the global market for personal protection clothing in the institutional, workwear and private sectors, and details the most important legislation, regulations and standards that govern their manufacture and use.

Oerlikon to exhibit at Techtextil India

10th September 2013 0 comment
Oerlikon Manmade Fibres, the leading supplier of nonwoven technologies, will be showcasing at the Techtextil trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens in Mumbai, India, that will take place from 3-5 October. With its Barmag and Neumag brands, Oerlikon Manmade Fibres will be showcasing solutions for the efficient production of innovative yarns for very special applications. Furthermore, the public will be presented with new nonwoven production methods.

Cytec to exhibit at DSEI 2013

6th September 2013 0 comment
Cytec Industrial Materials, an international provider of advance composite materials, will be exhibiting at the DSEI, the defence and security exhibition show, that will be held in the ExCeL Centre, London, from 10- 13 September. Focusing on innovation and advanced technology, the company manufactures and sells products that serve a diverse range of end markets including aerospace and industrial materials, mining and plastics. The company’s prepreg products are used extensively in a variety of defence applications. These range from ballistic and blast protection systems in armoured fighting vehicles to structural components for vehicle and naval applications as well as radomes and communication dishes. Advanced composite materials are also used in lightweight protective helmets and body armour.

Techtextil NA & Texprocess Americas announce Graduate Student Poster Program

6th September 2013 0 comment
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas invite submissions to the student poster programme, which aims to provide a forum, where students can present and discuss their work during its early stages, and introduce themselves to more senior members of the field. The programme is open to all graduate students, who are required to submit the work for which they are primary investigators.

Brain tests show tight clothing may affect wearer’s focus

5th September 2013 0 comment
A recent Hohenstein Institute study may help to develop or optimise specific clothing, meant to help the concentration of the wearer, for example in CI wear or military clothing, after it confirmed that clothes can affect the person’s focus. The research may also enable researchers working with Prof Dr Dirk Höfer (Hohenstein Institute) and Dr Kai-Markus Müller (Neuromarketing Labs) to measure the potential impact of textiles on concentration directly on the brain. Ideally, textiles should not be consciously perceived while they are worn, the researchers say and clothing design, the quality of materials and the seams of textiles can demand more attention from the brain than one would like during a working day.

Enhanced filter media technology on show at FILTECH

5th September 2013 0 comment
UK-based Technical Absorbents (TAL) will exhibit at FILTECH in October with its Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) technology. The expo is the largest and most important filtration event world-wide, and is a must for all those concerned with designing, improving, purchasing, selling or researching filtration and separation equipment and services. It will take place between 22nd and 24th October at Rhein-Main-Hallen in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Alexium proceeds with Nycolon production trials

3rd September 2013 0 comment
Alexium International Group is starting the production trials on Nycolon FR treatments for variety of synthetic-cellulosic blend fabrics. Positive developments over the last two months have also enabled the inclusion of polyester-cotton blends in the first production trials, in addition to the planned transition on nylon-cotton fabrics. “We are pleased with the technical progression and the speed in which the team was able to prepare our FR treatment for the next development stage. I anticipate a number of production trials to prove that our Nycolon treatments are robust and production ready for a variety of synthetic-cellulosic fabric combinations,” stated Stefan Susta, Alexium’s Chief Operating Officer.

New Twaron T765 cost-effective spall-liner solution

3rd September 2013 0 comment
Teijin Aramid is launching a new anti-ballistic spall-liner solution at the DSEI show in London next week. The new fabric, Twaron T765, offers cost-effective ballistic protection in ground vehicles. Designed for protecting military vehicles against bullets, fragments, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), mine blasts and projectiles according to STANAG 4569, levels 1-4, it can also be used as a protection in civilian vehicles against lower-level threats, the company reports.

Long winter subdues Sioen

30th August 2013 0 comment
Sioen Industries, a producer of technical textiles, fine chemicals and high-tech protective clothing, has announced the first half 2013 year results, with the net sales from continuing operations of EUR 161.7 million compared to EUR 167.1 million over the same period in 2012, resulting into a decrease of 3.2%. A decline has been recorded in the coating sector, as a result of an extremely long winter, causing the delay of projects, postponed road works and a decreased demand for transportation, the company reports. The apparel division realised a slight growth with an increase situated in the different markets, as the final acquisition agreement with Van Ochten Bedrijfskleding BV was signed on 1 July 2013. According to the company, sales in the chemicals division remained status quo, thanks to a well-balanced product range.

Vestagen ready to launch active barrier protective scrubs

28th August 2013 0 comment
Vestagen Technical Textiles has completed an $8.25 million financing, which it will use to accelerate the commercial launch of medical scrub uniforms and other protective apparel made from its Vestex fabrics. According to Vestagen, Vestex is the first in a new class of medical devices based on active barrier protective fabrics that are clinically proven to prevent or reduce the acquisition and retention of contaminants on clothing. “Healthcare workers know to wash their hands between patients, but they cannot easily change their scrubs. We developed Vestex in response to a major unmet need for durable, comfortable, continuous-wear garments that would protect healthcare workers from the potentially dangerous contaminants they encounter on the job every day,” explained Uncas ‘Ben’ B. Favret III, president and CEO of Vestagen.

Innovative TenCate fabrics help firefighters to stay cooler

28th August 2013 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics will be exhibiting new lines in fabrics and systems for firefighter turnout gear that are more durable, lighter and excel in the reduction of heat stress at the Emergency Service Show 2013 in Birmingham from 25-26 September. According to the company, poor heat and moisture management can disrupt the efficient body cooling process, which is extremely important for firefighters. This may lead to the loss of concentration, fatigue, breathing difficulties and ultimately heat stroke. TenCate Protective Fabrics has addressed these key functionalities by presenting several new and existing protective solutions, such as the TenCate Gemini XTL outer shell based on PBI fibres, and TenCate Millenia turnout gear based on PBO fibres.

Polartec to license Stay-Fresh antimicrobial technology

28th August 2013 0 comment
Quick-Med Technologies, a life sciences company that is developing innovative technologies for the healthcare and consumer markets, has signed a licence for a range of products and fields of use with Polartec LLC, a premium producer of textile solutions. "We are very pleased to enter into this partnership with such a strongly positioned and technologically advanced partner as Polartec, whose leadership and innovation in performance textiles is recognised worldwide. Our Stay Fresh technology can permit Polartec to unlock added value in their product offerings, as well as access entire new segments with their performance fabrics, and strong network of industrial partners," said Bernd Liesenfeld, Quick-Med's President.

Dorix renamed Radici Chemiefaser

27th August 2013 0 comment
Dorix, the European leader in the production and sale of PA6 staple fibre products, will be operating under the new name of Radici Chemiefaser, following a reorganisation of RadiciGroup corporate operations in Germany, where the group has production and sales sites and is engaged in the businesses of synthetic fibres, chemicals and plastics. The Dorix brand name will be maintained for the nylon 6 staple fibre products, as well as for the new nylon 6.10 products manufactured by RadiciGroup using a polymer made of 64% biomaterials.

Schoeller wins the Outdoor Industry Award 2013 gold with EXP 4.0

24th August 2013 0 comment
Schoeller, a global supplier of yarns, is the winner of the Outdoor Industry Award 2013 GOLD with its chlorine free EXP 4.0 machine washable treatment. At the Outdoor exhibition in Friedrichshafen, a panel of experts evaluated 316 Innovations from 27 countries. The experts placed a particular focus on such evaluation criteria as the degree of innovation, design quality, workmanship, choice of materials, environmental compatibility, sustainability, functionality, utility, safety and trendsetting character and brand value/branding.

UKFT to support the Professional Clothing Show

23rd August 2013 0 comment
The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) has announced its support for the forthcoming Professional Clothing Show and Professional Clothing Awards, which will take place from 1-2 April 2014 at Birmingham's NEC. As the only show covering all three industry sectors of workwear, corporatewear and PPE, the rebranded Professional Clothing Show is said to be an increasingly important event bringing together leading companies, buyers and distributors. UKFT reports that its support for the show has been warmly welcomed by the Professional Clothing show organisers, who see this as an opportunity for various industry bodies, such as UKFT, director-e and ASBCI, to speak with one voice in promoting an event that will cover the whole of the fashion and textile industry, both trade and retail.

Teijin to participate in MAKS 2013

20th August 2013 0 comment
Teijin and Toho Tenax Europe, a Teijin Group company engaged in carbon fibres and composites business, will participate in the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2013, one of the world’s leading aerospace shows, which will take place at Zhukovsky airfield in Moscow, Russia, from 27 August – 1 September. Through its participation in MAKS 2013, the Teijin Group, which has been operating in Russia since 2006, plans to further deepen its ties with customers in the former Soviet Union and introduce advanced composite materials for growing aircraft and space applications in the region.

Karl Mayer at Techtextil India

19th August 2013 0 comment
Karl Mayer will take part in this year’s Techtextil India trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, that will take place from 3-5 October in Mumbai. The company will display its products at an information booth set up at the joint exhibition stand of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Supacore launches its new compression clothing range

16th August 2013 0 comment
After six years of research and development, an Australian clothing manufacturer Supacore has announced the launch of its new range of compression clothing designed to assist the athlete to recover from an injury. Designed and produced in collaboration with physiotherapists, sports scientists, product designers and athletes, the seamlessly engineered compression products will also be used by the Sydney Swans Football Club, who signed a three-year supply agreement with Supacore.

Highest precision for high-viscosity media

14th August 2013 0 comment
Oerlikon Barmag, a market leader for spinning systems and equipment for manmade fibres, will be showcasing its gear metering pump programme specifically designed for the joining/binding work steps at this year’s Bondexpo, the international trade fair for bonding technology that will take place from 7-10 October. Among other things, the company will be presenting components for silicone processing and hot-melt adhesive applications, but also for processing resins and polyurethanes and other higher-viscosity liquids.

Teijin to focus on protective wear at PetroWorld India 2013

14th August 2013 0 comment
The Teijin group, a leader in ultra-high performance materials, will take part in PetroWorld India 2013, India's premier exhibition for the oil and gas industry, which will take place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from 22-24 August. The company will present solutions incorporating high-performance aramid fibres in a wide variety of protective wear applications for the oil and gas industry.

RISE 2013 to highlight leading edge innovation and technology

14th August 2013 0 comment
RISE 2013, the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference, will be held from 30 September – 3 October 2013, at Grand Hyatt, Denver, Colorado, USA. Organised by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, RISE is a technical conference for professionals in the nonwoven/engineered fabric industry looking for new ideas, new technology, new materials and new applications to grow their business.

Applications widen for FR nylon technology

13th August 2013 0 comment
Alexium International Group has announced the completion of a process of expanding its database on vertical burn performance of its Ascalon technology by independent certification of Flame Retardance (FR) performance. The aim of the independent testing is to provide guides for variable production set ups and to widen the potential product applications of this innovative nylon FR technology. The testing was undertaken at four different testing facilities by Magill Services of Conway, South Carolina, USA, an ISO17025 approved textile and apparel testing laboratory, (Accreditation No 67822) with over 20 years experience as a US Department of Defense, QLL certified testing facility (#18030). Magill Services also hold a USA/Canada Joint Certification (#0066762).

True to its Roots, OR Balances Technology with Sustainability

11th August 2013 0 comment
The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, which finished its four-day run on August 3, is billed as the largest outdoor sports show of its kind, and certainly its physical footprint seemed to dominate Salt Lake City, with hotels and restaurants jammed to capacity. The show prides itself on its authenticity, offering educational seminars and a pre-show day dedicated to participatory “open air demonstrations,” in addition to displaying the technical innovations and outdoor sports products of more than 1400 international exhibitors.

Life on Mars: Are knitted space suits the future?

9th August 2013 0 comment
Just one month after opening its new textile engineering laboratory specialising in flat knit engineering (see: Innovation lab for engineered flat knits opens in LA ), Los Angeles based Fabdesigns, Inc., has announced that its flat knitted armoured compression space suit has been selected as one of the top 20 finalists in the “LAUNCH 2013 Systems Challenge”.

Monforts opens world class Advanced Technological Centre

6th August 2013 1 comment
A.Monforts Textilmaschinen has opened a massive new Advanced Technological Centre (ATC), which occupies a 1500m2 area in a complete hall at the company’s headquarters in Blumenberger Strasse, Mönchengladbach. The ATC will allow customers in-house opportunities to undertake trials on Monforts dyeing and finishing machines under fully confidential, real production conditions.

The 2013 Théophile Legrand International Prize for Textile Innovation

5th August 2013 0 comment
The 2013 Théophile Legrand International Prize for Textile Innovation will be awarded on 5 October at ValJoly Eppe-Sauvage resort. In honour of Théophile Legrand, founder of the wool industry in Fourmies, Northern France, the Théophile Legrand Foundation – Institut de France was created in 2007 by Christian Cambier, a descendant of Théophile Legrand. Gabriel de Broglie, Chancellor of the Institut de France, currently chairs the foundation, with the main administrator paleontologist Philippe Taquet, President of the Academy of Sciences.

Freudenberg-Politex and Komitex plan nonwovens JV

31st July 2013 0 comment
Komitex, Russia’s leading producer of nonwovens and synthetic fibres is considering the possibility of establishing a joint venture with Freudenberg-Politex later this year. The new venture is expected to be established at the production site of Komitex in the Komi region of Russia and will focus on the production of nonwovens.

Rule spells opportunity for industrial wipes

30th July 2013 0 comment
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the 23 July release of its long-awaited rule modifying the federal hazardous waste management regulations that apply to non-laundered and laundered wipes contaminated with solvents that are used in tens of thousands of industrial and other facilities across the United States.

Exports drive Italian textile machinery

30th July 2013 0 comment
Italy has recorded 12% overall growth in new orders for textile machinery for the second quarter of 2013, thanks to foreign markets (+14%) and a stable domestic market (-1%).

Full line of body armour from TenCate

29th July 2013 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armor North America in Newark, Ohio, has launched a new line of personal protection products, including two soft body armour materials, five soft body armour models, and fourteen hard body armour plates.

Nylstar boss plans to double turnover in next 5 years

25th July 2013 0 comment
Nylstar, one of the leading suppliers of polyamide 6.6, has announced the appointment of Zigor Kortazar as Corporate General Manager and plans to double its turnover in the next 5 years. The newly created position, according to Nylstar, will be key to managing the growth of the company, which so far this year has increased its turnover by 20%. Zigor Kortazar will embrace the challenge of leading a group in full expansion that expects to maintain at least a rate of 20% annual growth over the next five years and increase its production capacity by a total of 10,000 tons in the next five years.

TeXtreme victory at Tour de France

24th July 2013 0 comment
Argos Shimano athlete Marcel Kittel has won at the historic 100th edition of Tour de France, equipped with the high-performance disc wheel PRO TeXtreme from PRO bike gear and a frame from Felt Bicycles produced using TeXtreme.

INDA applauds pro-manufacturing legislation

23rd July 2013 0 comment
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry has applauded the 17 July introduction of H.R. 2708, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), along with Trade Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Charles Rangel (D-NY).

Final programme for GoCarbonFiber 2013

22nd July 2013 0 comment
Smithers Rapra has announced the final programme for the 2013 GOCarbonFiber conference that will take place from 8-10 October at the Arctic Club Hotel. It is an event for seasoned composites experts, and new entrants alike that provides an opportunity to network and gain a wealth of knowledge. Featuring high profile keynotes, panel discussions and workshops, this edition will address global market overview and update on key end use sectors like automotive, aerospace, pressure vessels, wind energy and space.

Tanatex launches fluorine-free water repellent finishes

19th July 2013 0 comment
Tanatex Chemicals is launching its new HydrECO Concept, which offers comprehensive fluorine-free alternatives to water repellents.

New high-speed spunlace line for Chuzhou

18th July 2013 0 comment
International technology Group Andritz has received an order from Chuzhou Jinchun Nonwoven Fabric, Anhui Province, China, to deliver a new high-speed spunlace line to its site at Chuzhou. The line will produce lightweight fabrics for the hygiene industry from 30 to 80 gsm with a capacity of up to 17,000 tons per year. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.

Truetzschler at Techtextil 2013

16th July 2013 0 comment
Truetzschler Nonwovens, Truetzschler Card Clothing and Truetzschler Man-Made Fibers provided information on complete plants, machines for the production of nonwovens and technical textiles, card clothing, individual components and services at the Techtextil trade fair that took place in Frankfurt, from 11-13 June.

Ecorepel wins OutDoor Industry Award 2013

16th July 2013 0 comment
Schoeller’s sustainable DWR ecorepel has won the renowned OutDoor Industry Award in Friedrichshafen at the OutDoor trade fair in the category ‘products of high ecological and sustainable value’. With the development of ecorepel, Schoeller Technologies has introduced an innovative water and mud repellent textile finish on the basis of biodegradablility in accordance with OECD 302 B (80-100%), paraffin chains. According to Schoeller, the jury were impressed by the combination of exemplary environmental safety and uncompromising performance.

Cathay Investments acquires Umeco Distribution

16th July 2013 0 comment
Cathay Investments has announced the acquisition of Umeco Distribution (formerly GPRMS), one of Europe’s leading composite distributors, from Cytec Industries.

Cautious optimism over outdoor sector growth

15th July 2013 0 comment
The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has revealed some initial findings from the latest phase of its ongoing market research programme, with the first indications showing that the sector continues to perform well relative to the wider economy, with low single digit growth overall in Europe.

Innovation and commercialism

12th July 2013 0 comment
In my years in the technical textiles industry, I have seen many new ideas and products, many innovative and creative, get substantial coverage in the press as “pathways to the future”, never to reach commercial status. Many of the high performance fibers, some whose chemical names are barely pronounceable and usually referred to as “alphabet fibers”, like PBI, PEEK, PPS, PTFE, and PBO, play an important role in specialty applications. They are used in a limited number of end uses when/where extreme performance trumps their high cost. Some, have found great success, others are “novelty fibers.”

Promoting global free trade of nonwovens

12th July 2013 0 comment
EDANA and INDA, the two global nonwovens associations, are working hand in hand to encourage the implementation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union. In April, INDA and EDANA decided to form a joint International Trade & Trends Advisory Board with the objective of promoting the free and fair trade of nonwovens globally, starting by taking an active role in the recently launched TTIP talks. If successful, the TTIP is said to create the world’s largest free trade area and generate more than $5 trillion in trade, investment and sales.

Thermocool natural fibre blends at Outdoor

11th July 2013 0 comment
Leading supplier of polyester fibre, filament and specialities Advansa will present its new Thermocool products at the OutDoor trade fair that will take place in Friedrichshafen from 11-14 July. These will include Thermocool duoregulation fibre system with Merino wool, developed in partnership with the largest manufacturer of worsted yarn Südwolle Group, and Thermocool eco2 with organic cotton, based on post-consumer PET, produced together with Sekem, supplier of high quality organic products.

New meta-aramid offers high level heat resistance

11th July 2013 0 comment
Teijin Limited announced today that it has developed a new type of meta-aramid fibre that offers the world’s highest level of heat resistance combined with excellent dyeablility, which will be produced in a facility to be built in Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. Construction begins this December and production is scheduled from July 2015. Teijin says the newly developed fibre will strengthen its global presence in the protective apparel market, where demand for high-performance materials is increasing.

Innovation lab for engineered flat knits opens in LA

10th July 2013 2 comments
A new textile engineering laboratory specialising in innovative flat knit engineering has opened in Los Angeles under the slogan ‘Just what you need: The world is flat, green, and lean.’

Nord-Pas de Calais at Techtextil

9th July 2013 0 comment
Techtextil, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, held in Frankfurt from 11-13 June, attracted 15% more visitors than the previous edition, creating an opportune environment for businesses to present their developments. Boosted by seven new participants, the representatives of the Nord-Pas de Calais textiles industry exhibiting materials and fibres/filaments/yarns also benefited from the increased interest in the fair with around 75 stands exhibiting under the French Ubifrance banner and 33 members of the UP-tex cluster and Clubtex business network presenting at the show.

Net curtain could reduce hay fever and asthma symptoms

9th July 2013 0 comment
Research into the prevention of allergens, carried out at Nottingham Trent University, has resulted in the creation of an innovative net curtain that is said to be able to trap and filter up to 56% of dust and pollen. New window dressings are now being sold through retailers including Paul Simons and Ponden Home. Home furnishings company Tyrone Textiles commissioned the work through the university’s Future Factory project, a scheme that supports sustainability within East Midlands’ small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

OutDoor paints in bold colours

8th July 2013 0 comment
It has only been five years since the first collection of outdoor outerwear in bold colours came on the market. Now, it’s almost impossible to imagine the outdoor industry without these eye-catching colours. Producers devote considerable effort to developing names for exotic colours, whether they are fruity pink, setting sun, fairytale green, bloody red or ice blue. At the 20th edition of the OutDoor trade fair, taking place in Friedrichshafen from 11-14 July, over 900 exhibitors from 42 countries, including the market leaders, will present their colourful products and developments.

Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress

6th July 2013 0 comment
The 52nd Dornbirn MFC that already registered an increased number of early participants, will focus on topics such as sustainability, innovation and communication. The Congress will take place from 11-13 September in Dornbirn and will welcome about 800 participants from 30 different countries.

Bemis acquires specialty film platform

5th July 2013 0 comment
Bemis Company announced that it has acquired all of the common stock of Foshan New Changsheng Plastics Films, a specialty film manufacturer located in Foshan, China.

Sinterama portfolio on show at Techtextil

5th July 2013 0 comment
Sinterama, European leader in the production of coloured polyester threads and yarns, recently presented its whole product portfolio at Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens that took place in Frankfurt, from 11-13 June. The company presented products developed together with the Newlife recycled polyester platform, which covers the clothing market with Saluzzo Yarns (formerly Filature Miroglio, now part of the Sinterama group), as well as products specifically designed for the furnishing and automotive sectors.

Alternative water resistance textile testing

5th July 2013 0 comment
The recent dramatic growth in outdoor sports and activities has seen a blossoming in the outdoor clothes and textiles markets covering everything from high-performance clothing to high-fashion and from technical textiles to tents. The drive to create new and enhanced materials and features has placed a high demand on the speed and accuracy of testing – especially the all-important breathability, or vapour permeability, of fabrics.

Autoliv China to make one piece woven airbags

4th July 2013 0 comment
Autoliv, a global leader in automotive safety systems, will invest around $50 million in a textile centre in China, making it more competitive by reducing supplier costs through vertical integration. “The textile centre is very important to meet the increasing demand for airbags in China and other Asian markets,” said Jan Carlson, President and CEO of Autoliv Inc. “In addition, the textile centre will increase our level of in-house component sourcing and enable standardised designs in Asia region and globally, while shortening and streamlining our supply chain,” he added.

Dubai to host Techtextil Middle East Symposium & Exhibition

3rd July 2013 0 comment
Techtextil will take its first steps into the growing technical textile markets of the Near and Middle East as Messe Frankfurt announces it is expanding its successful Techtextil brand with the launch of the Techtextil Middle East Symposium and an associated Techtextil Pavilion.

Schoeller Summer 2015 Fabric Collection

2nd July 2013 0 comment
Schoeller, a Swiss producer of highly functional fabrics and textile technologies, featured ecorepel, the fluorocarbon-free water and dirt-repelling finishing technology in the 2015 summer collection. The collection is made in earthy, warm shades or refreshing colours of the sea set accents, while various graphic punch patterns lend structure.

Ethiopian mission for Italian textile machinery

2nd July 2013 0 comment
A business and institutional mission organised by Italian Trade Promotion Agency and ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, is travelling to Ethiopia from 1- 4 July, with the intention to strengthen contacts between Italy’s textile machinery industry and the local textile and garments sector. Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT explained: “Ethiopia is a country with great prospects that is willing to invest in order to allow its textile sector to continue to grow. The goal of this mission is not just to present what our sector has to offer, but to develop a dialogue with the local authorities for a program of long term cooperation.”

TeXtreme raises profile in the US

2nd July 2013 0 comment
Swedish composites company Oxeon is expanding its business in the US market and has added two more resources to the sales team, who will help develop new applications and educate the North American market about TeXtreme Spread Tow reinforcements and its unique performance and weight saving benefits. Mark Shioleno, Sales Manager Aerospace, and Dave Kolosek, Sales Manager Sporting Goods, have been recruited to lead the sales work in respective field in the US.

TenCate commences digital finishing of textiles

2nd July 2013 0 comment
Netherlands based technical textiles giant Royal Ten Cate has put into production the first machine for the digital finishing of technical textiles, based on inkjet printing technology. Dignitary Theo Rietkerk, member of the Provincial Executive of Overijssel for Economy, Energy and Innovation, activated the machine at TenCate Protective & Outdoor Fabrics in Nijverdal, the Netherlands on 1 July.

Ivanovo region gets new technical textiles plant

28th June 2013 0 comment
Ivanovo Manufactory, one of Russia's largest manufacturers of technical textiles, has signed an agreement with the Riko Group, a diversified Slovenian holding company, on the construction a plant for the production of blended technical fabrics in the Ivanovo region, Russia’s textile production centre.

Lenzing awarded for product innovation

26th June 2013 0 comment
The independent testing and certification system Oeko-Tex presented its Sustainability Award to the leading fibre manufacturer Lenzing in the category ‘Product Innovation’, soon after the company celebrated its anniversary under a logo ‘75 Years of Innovation’.

Cordura expands Air Flow Technology collection

26th June 2013 0 comment
Invista’s Cordura brand has expanded its Air Flow Technology (AFT) fabric collection with new knit constructions featuring enhanced abrasion and snagging resistance combined with an excellent strength-to-weight ratio, in collaboration with Taiwan-based Tiong Liong Corporation. Targeted primarily for outdoor, athletic and safety footwear, these highly breathable fabrics are also used in durable mesh applications often found in backpacks, as well as in performance apparel such as motorcycle jackets.

New standard for lightweight fabric technologies

26th June 2013 0 comment
With the brand’s focus ‘Durable Fabrics for Durable People’, Cordura Lite Plus fabric, the innovative new addition to the Cordura fabric portfolio, debuted at the world’s leading nonwovens and technical textiles trade fair Techtextil, that took place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June.

‘The Future of FR Fabrics’ at Safety 2013

26th June 2013 0 comment
Mount Vernon FR has been presenting its new FR fabrics and finishes, including FlexTex and amDry, at this week’s American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Safety 2013, that started in Las Vegas on 24 June.

DyStar innovative solutions at Techtextil 2013

25th June 2013 0 comment
DyStar presented a variety of new, innovative solutions for the different segments of the technical textile industry at the world’s leading nonwovens and technical textiles trade fair Techtextil, that took place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June and recorded about 40,000 visitors.

French textile machinery builders reach record sales in 2013

20th June 2013 0 comment
The French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association (UCMTF) President Bruno Ameline and the Secretary General Evelyne Cholet report on the state of the French textile machinery manufacturers. UCMTF comprises 30 specialty textile machinery manufacturers, often leaders on their specific markets. Their total annual consolidated turnover of 1 billion Euros (1.3 billion USD) makes France the sixth largest textile machinery exporter and they are particularly strong in long fibre spinning, yarn twisting and texturing, heat setting, Jacquard and dobbies, dyeing, nonwoven and recycling processes.

Aria thermal insulation - made of air

19th June 2013 0 comment
Leading Italian producer of thermal insulation for apparel and sleeping bags Thermore has introduced Thermore Aria, the latest line of avant-garde Thermore products. With the presentation of its new product range, Thermore revives its slogan ‘Search inside, discover Thermore’, seeing it as a pertinent and essential concept in an age when an outward appearance seems to be more important than the invisible yet important qualities of the product.

Fresh impetus for Europe’s textile rental sector

19th June 2013 0 comment
The European Textile Services Association held a conference in Berlin, from 28-29 May, where it announced a launch of its new website. The event billed as an impulse generator and idea forum saw 115 industry leaders coming together for an intensive exchange of ideas. "The two-day ETSA member conference is by now a firm date in the calendar of leading providers of textile rental services and their suppliers. Quality lectures and interesting discussions time and again ensure fresh impetus for Europe's textile rental services industry that equips us for the future," summarises Christina Ritzer, the owner of Bardusch (Ettlingen) and chair of ETSA.

Techtextil & Texprocess set new records

17th June 2013 0 comment
Around 40,000 visitors from 113 countries attended Techtextil and Texprocess trade fair duo last week to find out about the latest innovations and trends. A total of 1,652 exhibitors from 56 nations presented their latest products and innovations. “Techtextil and Texprocess have once again set new records,” said Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt, commenting on the results of the textile trade-fair double. “With an increase of 15% compared to the previous events, the two leading trade fairs confirmed the worldwide significance of technical textiles and textile-processing machinery”, he added. The events focusing on technical textiles combined various aspects of the industry from light to very heavy materials – from functional garments, via car seats and safety belts, to aircraft interiors.

A stitch in time: Texprocess 2013

17th June 2013 0 comment
The garment making-up industry has always been the labour-intensive ‘bottleneck’ of the conventional textile chain, despite attempts such as the Leapfrog EU7 project to streamline and automate all of its processes into a single-line system.

Dutch companies join forces

12th June 2013 0 comment
Seven large companies in east Netherlands have formed industrial partnerships with the aim of accelerating technological innovations relating to new high-tech materials, products and systems and of rolling these out in international markets. The promoter of this collaboration is the recently established foundation AMMON (Advanced Materials Manufacturing Oost-Nederland). The provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland in the Netherlands have welcomed this focused mode of industrial collaboration and have created favourable conditions by supporting the construction of demonstrators and by becoming a launch customer.

Performance Days sets new records

11th June 2013 0 comment
Performance Days functional fabrics fair that will be held in Munich from 19-21 November is expected to repeat its last edition’s success, as the recent May exhibition attracted a record number of visitors and participants. Focusing mainly on active sports and workwear, Performance Forum provides exhibitors with a platform to present functional fabrics, membranes and coatings, laminates, padding and lining materials, treatments and additions, such as yarns, prints, tapes and zippers.

Eschler warp knitted solutions at Techtextil

10th June 2013 0 comment
Schoeller owned Eschler Textil will showcase its wide range of warp knitted products alongside new developments in areas such as medical, 3D and velcro textiles at this week’s Techtextil trade fair for technical textiles in Frankfurt.

Technical yarns portfolio takes centre stage at Techtextil

10th June 2013 0 comment
Italian engineering plastics and synthetic yarn producer RadiciGroup will showcase its recent developments at the Techtextil 2013 leading event for technical fabrics and nonwovens in Frankfurt. The highlights of the presentation will be nylon yarn products such as Radilon PA6.10, a new nylon yarn with a smaller environmental footprint, achieved through the use of 64% renewable source polymer of biological origin, and Raditeck Fine, a range of fine-count, high-tenacity PA66 yarn that has been enhanced with new air-textured items. It will also feature Radyarn and Starlight Trace Micro Taggant polyester yarn with anti-counterfeiting, tracing capabilities, UV protection and sunscreening properties.

IFF Innovations Award 2013

7th June 2013 0 comment
The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF), an organisation dedicated to education and research in the specialty fabrics industry, is holding an Innovations Award at IFAI's Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 in Orlando. This award honours companies who have put great ideas into action, creating new products or processes that push the specialty fabrics industry forward and offers an international exposure for the product or company.

High performance fibre solutions at Techtextil

7th June 2013 0 comment
Teijin Group companies, Teijin Limited and Dutch subsidiary Teijin Aramid BV will exhibit at Techtextil, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens which kicks off next week in Frankfurt, Germany. The duo will present weight-reduction, energy-saving and protective solutions incorporating high-performance aramid and polyester fibres.

Textile trade fair duo to open with 1,648 exhibitors

6th June 2013 0 comment
Techtextil hits a record number of exhibitors as it is due to open on the 11 June, while the exhibition running alongside, Texprocess, has confirmed its position as the leading international trade fair for cutting-edge textile-processing technologies. The two international venues for the textile sector Techtextil and Texprocess are set to open their doors next week with 1,648 exhibitors, an increase of 123 exhibitors over the previous events. “All in all, our trade-fair duo at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre offers the world’s biggest range of technical textiles, nonwovens and textile-processing technologies”, said Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt.

Nylstar innovations on show at Techtextil

6th June 2013 0 comment
Nylstar, one of the leading providers of Polyamide 6.6 filaments and yarns, will showcase its latest Meryl and Premium Nylgold fibres at Techtextil for the first time this year, presenting its new slogan: ‘Polyamide Feels Better’. Nylstar Polyamides that offer various properties such as moisture management, UV protection, reduced static energy, bacteriostatic functions and odour-control, are the main component in the latest Nylstar developments.

Nexar cooling technology on show at Techtextil

5th June 2013 0 comment
Kraton Performance Polymers, a leading producer of styrenic block copolymers and other engineered polymers will present its Nexar polymer coatings at Techtextil trade fair, June 11-13 in Frankfurt, Germany. "We want to capitalise on the momentum of the recent commercial success of Nexar polymers by continuing the conversation with textile industry leaders about how Nexar‘s moisture activated cooling technology is a real game changer," said Holger Jung, vice president sales and marketing.

Synergo workwear fabrics debut at Techtextil

5th June 2013 0 comment
Next week’s Techtextil exhibition in Frankfurt will see the launch of Synergo, a new range of high performance workwear fabrics jointly developed by two market leading fabric manufacturers - Klopman International and Schoeller-works, a division of Schoeller Textil AG. The partners will both present the range at their individual booths at the show.

Nantong Teijin targets China workwear market

3rd June 2013 0 comment
Nantong Teijin, the polyester textile manufacturing and processing company based in Nantong, China, has announced it will take part in Shanghai International Occupational Uniform Exhibition, China’s sole international uniform show, which will be held at the Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Centre from 5-7 June.

Get your FREE copy of ‘21st Century Innovations in Technical Textiles’ at Techtextil

3rd June 2013 0 comment
Innovation in Textiles has just published ‘21st Century Innovations in Technical Textiles’ - a great new 36 page illustrated A5 sized booklet all about cutting edge technical textiles developments (RRP £25.00) - and we’ve got a limited number to give away FREE to visitors to our booth (D75, Hall 3.1) at Techtextil in Frankfurt (11-13 June).

Sanitized launches advanced antimicrobial additives

31st May 2013 0 comment
Sanitized AG, the leading worldwide producer of antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection for textiles and plastics will be launching two new advanced additives designed for the protection of plasticised PVC. Introducing the two new products, Maria Toscan, product manager at Sanitized explained: “No single substance is perfect for all applications, as each has its benefits and limitations. By combining benefits and reducing limitations, we are able to offer our customers a clear choice of application-specific solutions that fully meet their needs and provide a guaranteed highest antimicrobial efficacy.”

TeXtreme sponsored team wins FSAE Michigan 2013

31st May 2013 0 comment
Renneteam Stuttgart celebrated victory at the FSAE Michigan 2013 competitions with their car built using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics. The competition took place from 8-11 of May at the Michigan International Speedway, USA. FSAE Michigan is the oldest and biggest Formula Student Competition, with 120 teams from all over the world competing against each other in various disciplines this year. Henrik Blycker, chief executive officer of Oxeon, said: “TeXtreme has been successfully used in Formula 1 for many years and almost as long as teams in Formula Student have been using TeXtreme Spread Tow fabrics to save weight and improve mechanical performance. We are glad to see the TeXtreme supported teams continuously at the top of competitions like this which ultimately shows the contribution of our materials”.

Turkish composites summit

31st May 2013 0 comment
The Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association (TCMA) is organising a premiere event Turk Kompozit 2013 for the composites industry in Turkey. The summit will take place in Istanbul and will run from 3-5 October this year.

Nofia flame retardants premium performance

29th May 2013 0 comment
A new line of inherently flame retardant polymers and additives are to be presented at the Techtextil exhibition that will be held from 11 to 13 June in Frankfurt, Germany.

Monforts’ new generation Eco-Applicator

28th May 2013 0 comment
New Eco-Applicator offering significant energy savings for a wide range of technical textile applications from A. Monforts Textilmaschinen will debut in June 2013 at the Techtextil exhibition, Frankfurt.

Alexium secures FR chemicals supply

28th May 2013 0 comment
Alexium International Group has announced that it has signed a letter of engagement with InChem Corporation and is to continue working with the company under a toll manufacturing arrangement.

Warwick wins $94.3M body armour contract

24th May 2013 0 comment
New Hampshire, USA based Warwick Mills, a manufacturer of technical textiles for protective gear has won a $94.3 million contract from the U.S. Army for concealable body armour and vests.

Objectively evaluating fabric handle

21st May 2013 0 comment
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.

Versatility of viscose on show at Techtextil

17th May 2013 0 comment
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.

Low grade cotton to clean up oil spills

16th May 2013 1 comment
According a study by researchers at Texas Tech, when it comes to cleaning up the next massive crude oil spill, one of the best and most eco-friendly solutions for the job may be low-grade cotton from West Texas.

Drop in textile machinery shipments

16th May 2013 0 comment
According to the latest International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) published this week by the ITMF (International Textile Manufacturers Federation) shipments of new textile machinery fell in 2012 in most segments compared with 2011, although a new record was set for shipments of large diameter circular knitting machines.

Freudenberg inaugurates regranulation unit

15th May 2013 0 comment
Freudenberg Nonwovens inaugurated a new regranulation unit at its Kaiserslautern plant on 7th May, which will allow materials rejected from its production process to be reused right down to the very last fibre. The cost of the new unit was in excess of €700,000.

Tanatex presents novel solutions at Techtextil

14th May 2013 0 comment
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.

Game changing microfibers for functional nonwovens

13th May 2013 0 comment
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 on trade mission to Indonesia

9th May 2013 0 comment
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 2012 nonwovens production statistics

8th May 2013 0 comment
EDANA’s European annual statistics on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2012 were recently disclosed at its Nonwoven Producers Forum.

Techtextil: Nanotechnology gains traction in technical textiles

7th May 2013 0 comment
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.

Monforts Sanforisor ensures precise control of compressive shrinkage for Pincroft

6th May 2013 0 comment
A Monforts Toptex shrinking range has recently been installed at the UK’s Pincroft Dyers and Printers facility in Chorley, Lancashire, UK to ensure precise control of compressive shrinkage for the company’s range of camouflaged military uniforms and industrial contract workwear.

Permanent flame protection for synthetic fabrics

3rd May 2013 0 comment
Swiss textile innovator Schoeller has launched a new fabrics range called Pyroshell which offers permanent flame protection for polyester and polyamide fabrics.

SAMPE 2013: Benefits of in-house prepreg production

3rd May 2013 0 comment
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.

New advisory services from David Rigby

2nd May 2013 0 comment
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.

New multi-function FR fabrics from Argar

30th April 2013 0 comment
Italian protective fabrics producer Argar Technology, a division of Argar S.r.L, has launched three new flame retardant (FR) fabrics ranges which it will be showcasing along with its current range of innovative products at this year’s leading technical textiles exhibitions – Techtextil 2013, and A+A Safety, Security & Health At Work 2013.

Still Standing – The real story of North Carolina’s textiles industry

28th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Entrepreneur Achievement award goes to Suominen

26th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Techtextil & Avantex Innovation Prize winners announced

26th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Mount Vernon appoints FR Technical Specialist

25th April 2013 1 comment
Mount Vernon Mills is proud to announce Carolyn Black, a 20 year veteran of the textile industry, has joined the company as FR Technical Specialist. In her new role with Mount Vernon Mills, Carolyn will focus on the company’s flame resistant fabric brand, Mount Vernon FR and her goal will be to increase Mount Vernon FR brand awareness among end users, especially in the Canadian provinces.

Associations to co-organise Outlook Latin America

25th April 2013 0 comment
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.

New colours and additives for nonwovens

25th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Sigmatex secures major automotive composites contract

25th April 2013 0 comment
UK based Sigmatex has announced it has secured the first of a number of targeted contracts for the automotive sector. The contract has been concluded after significant technical collaboration and development between Sigmatex, a major automotive OEM and an Automotive Tier 1 supplier.

Teijin develops radiation shielding aramid fabric

24th April 2013 0 comment
Teijin has developed aramid fibre based fabric which protects users against X-ray and gamma-ray radiation. From this May onwards, the company will provide samples to selected customers for applications such as protective clothing and sheet materials used around high levels of radiation, including the medical field, reconstruction activities in disaster-hit north eastern Japan and radiation testing.

Nonwovens associations join forces on free trade

24th April 2013 0 comment
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.

IDEA13 Achievement Awards: Winners announced

24th April 2013 0 comment
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.

New solutions from Autefa at Techtextil

23rd April 2013 0 comment
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.

New Ingeo grades at IDEA

22nd April 2013 0 comment
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.

Part 2: Ancient wisdom inspires ‘responsive’ Far Infrared fibres

19th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Lenzing sells plastics business to concentrate on fibres

18th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Positive atmosphere at Techtextil North America

18th April 2013 0 comment
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.

TECHTEXTIL: Technologies for future trends

18th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Cocona founder honoured by AATCC

16th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Ancient wisdom inspires ‘responsive’ Far Infrared fibres

15th April 2013 1 comment
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.

IFAI in ExpoProducción collaboration

15th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Advanced additives protect plasticized PVC

12th April 2013 1 comment
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.

Innovation - the path forward

11th April 2013 0 comment
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.”

Au naturel for next wave composites

9th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Cordura Naturelle commended in ISPO Textrends

9th April 2013 0 comment
Invista’s Cordura Naturelle fabric from Chia Her Industrial Mill in Taiwan was named one of the Top 10 Second Layer Fabrics at ISPO Textrends Forum at ISPO MUNICH 2013 this year. Aimed at showcasing fabrics for the fall and winter seasons of 2014 and 2015, ISPO Textrends Forum brings the latest innovations in performance fabric technology to the attention of designers and product developers.

Innovative absorbent solutions at Techtextil

9th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Alexium wins US Marines FR fabrics contract

5th April 2013 0 comment
Alexium International has announced that its affiliate company Alexium Government Solutions LLC (AGS) has been awarded a US Government contract to develop FR treatments on military fabrics. The work will be completed over a 4 month period as Phase I of a US Marine Corps SBIR project and has a value of USD$80,000. An additional USD$70,000 option can be exercised at the discretion of the DoD in Phase I and after completion Alexium can be invited to proceed to a Phase II with additional funding of up to USD$1Million.

Communicating the future of man-made fibres

5th April 2013 0 comment
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’.

Developing multi-threat soldier protection solutions

3rd April 2013 0 comment
Alexium International Group has announced that its affiliate Alexium Government Solutions LLC (AGS) has submitted a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposal to the US Army to develop novel multi-threat protection capabilities on military applications.

Teijin to accelerate business incubation

2nd April 2013 0 comment
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.

TeXtreme in world's lightest golf club shaft

2nd April 2013 0 comment
Leading golf club shaft manufacturer True Temper has recently released a new version of its Project X shaft series, the PXv 39 (v for velocity) - aided by the use of TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics, the PXv weighs just 39 grams and is said to be the lightest shaft introduced to the market.

Invista acquires US-based FR apparel company

28th March 2013 0 comment
Fibre producer Invista has acquired Ashburn Hill Corp., along with its associated intellectual property, including the Tecgen brands and a manufacturing operation in Texas. The company says Tecgen flame resistant garment products will expand its existing performance and protective fabric offerings, as well as add a new skill set to the company.

Additive injection and mixing in modern spinning plants

27th March 2013 1 comment
Statistics reveal that spinning line capacities are becoming increasingly large The majority of recent installations for polyester have been spinning lines directly connected to a common reactor. Lines of this kind are economically prudent, although flexibility is very limited compared to extruder spinning lines. Here, additive injection and mixing systems can help regain this lost flexibility.

Nominations open for World of Wipes Innovation Award

26th March 2013 0 comment
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.

Good Tencel performance drives Lenzing

22nd March 2013 0 comment
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.

Call for global standard for surgical face masks

22nd March 2013 0 comment
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.

Sigmatex reinforces commercial team

20th March 2013 0 comment
Sigmatex has announced the appointment of Paul Russell to its Commercial Team in an effort to provide an even better service to its customers and to help it realise its full growth potential in the markets it serves.

Russia: New plant for polyester fibre and nonwovens

18th March 2013 1 comment
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.

Duro to introduce Ascalon FR Nylon at TTNA

15th March 2013 0 comment
Alexium International announced today that Duro Textiles, the licensee of its Ascalon nylon flame retardant treatment, will introduce a range of products to the textiles market at the Techtextil North America show which takes place in Anaheim from 19-1 March.

Rise in industry takeovers in water sports apparel market

15th March 2013 0 comment
Adverse conditions in the water sports apparel market are leading to a rise in industry takeovers, according to a new report from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.

Andritz opens new spunlace development centre

14th March 2013 0 comment
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.

New report on Latin American nonwovens

14th March 2013 0 comment
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.

New appointment at Sigmatex

13th March 2013 0 comment
Carbon fibre composites manufacturer Sigmatex has appointed Christine Barr to a new role in its commercial team. Mike Hitchen, Commercial Manager announced the appointment as Sigmatex continues its efforts to provide better service whilst realising its full growth potential in the exciting markets it serves.

Sigmatex introduces spread tow fabric range

12th March 2013 0 comment
UK based Sigmatex is introducing a new sigmaST spread tow fabric range at this week’s JEC in Paris, the first release of a number of exciting product ranges due in 2013. The company says that the announcement comes after significant technical collaboration and development with a number of market leading companies in the composite industry.

Complete downstream machinery solutions for composite materials

11th March 2013 0 comment
Two of the longest established names in the UK fibre and fabric processing industries merged last year to create a new Cheshire, North West England based powerhouse, which is providing complete downstream machinery and equipment solutions to the international aerospace, automotive and performance textiles industries.

Alexium launches Ascalon flame retardant nylon

6th March 2013 0 comment
Following a successful product development period, Alexium International has announced it is starting the product launch phase of its flame retardant (FR) nylon products, which it will introduce over the coming months under the Ascalon trademark.

DiloGroup presents nonwovens solutions in Istanbul

5th March 2013 0 comment
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.

Russia to develop nanotechnology based textiles

4th March 2013 0 comment
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.

Texprocess Innovation Award: Honouring innovative solutions in textiles & apparel

28th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Sixth successive year of growth for Sandler

28th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Ministry of Defence: Call for research proposals in Smart materials

27th February 2013 0 comment
Smart materials to extend the life of a vehicle or textiles which incorporate electronics are among the ideas being sought by the UK Ministry of Defence.

Full line solutions for nonwovens at Hightex/ITM

27th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Technological innovations for future materials

25th February 2013 0 comment
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 raises $13M to accelerate Forcespinning growth

25th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Autefa fibre baler with automatic logistics solution

22nd February 2013 0 comment
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Litrax warming technology wins ISPO award

21st February 2013 0 comment
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.

Lightweight portable NIJ level IV shield to be revealed at IDEX

20th February 2013 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour has developed a new generation of ultra lightweight portable anti-ballistic shields in collaboration with European Special Forces which is designed to provide personnel with the best possible protection against different types of ammunition. The new product line, designated TenCate Targa-light CX, will be showcased at the upcoming IDEX show in Abu Dhabi in the United Arabic Emirates.

Stoll website now available in Russian

19th February 2013 0 comment
Already catering to German, English and Chinese speakers, the long established Reutlingen, Germany based company Stoll is now launching its website, , in Russian.

Argar Technology: ‘Made in Italy’ quality for protective clothing

15th February 2013 0 comment
Italian protective fabrics producer Argar Technology, a division of Argar S.r.L, will be showcasing its range of innovative products at this year’s leading technical textiles exhibitions – Techtextil 2013, and A+A Safety, Security & Health At Work 2013.

Teijin receives Grand Award at nano tech 2013

14th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Low coat-weight blade over roller technology

13th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Patent protection opens up China for Alexium

13th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Sigmatex strengthens commercial team

8th February 2013 0 comment
In its continuing efforts to provide an even better service to its customers, and to help it realise its full growth potential in the exciting markets that it serves, Mike Hitchen, Commercial Manager of Sigmatex recently announced the appointment of Simon Green to the commercial team.

Global yarn and fabric output rises

7th February 2013 0 comment
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.

INOTEK: Adaptive moisture management fibre technology

6th February 2013 1 comment
Just a short time after UK start up, MMT Textiles Ltd announced on 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.

Super Absorbing Solutions at IDEA

30th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Researchers develop washable wearable computing

30th January 2013 2 comments
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.

Training courses provide intensive injection of knowledge

30th January 2013 0 comment
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 enters strategic alliance with CNITA

25th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Formax partners Polymer Composites Group

24th January 2013 0 comment
Carbon fibre and speciality reinforcements manufacturer Formax has entered a knowledge transfer programme with the internationally acclaimed Polymer Composites Group which operates within the Materials, Mechanics and Structures Research Division of Nottingham University and focuses on the processing and performance of thermoset and thermoplastic matrices.

Dutch fire fighters opt for TenCate protection

23rd January 2013 0 comment
The Netherland’s IJsselland and North-East Gelderland fire brigades have ordered a total of 1850 new uniforms which give the optimal protection of inherently heat and flame resistant materials from TenCate Protective Fabrics. The order is the result of two European tenders.

Alexium appoints US based Group CEO

22nd January 2013 0 comment
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.

Innovative textile products to be made in Russia

21st January 2013 0 comment
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.

Industry recognition for KoolSorb

18th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Nominees for IDEA13 Achievement Awards announced

18th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Delivering sustainable solutions to Taiwan’s textiles industry

17th January 2013 0 comment
Huntsman Textile Effects and DyTech Taiwan have announced a collaboration, which the two companies say, is set to drive sustainable excellence and world-class standards of high quality dyes and specialty chemicals for the Taiwan textile industry”.

Web Industries expands thin nonwovens printing capability

17th January 2013 0 comment
Web Industries, a leader in outsource converting and manufacturing solutions, has expanded its printing capacity through equipment upgrades at its facility in Dallas, Texas.

Teijin solutions for Indian market

17th January 2013 0 comment
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.

TenCate acquires UK composites manufacturer

16th January 2013 0 comment
Netherlands headquartered TenCate has reached an agreement to acquire Nottinghamshire based Amber Composites, a UK-based manufacturer of thermoset composites for industrial and automotive markets. No financial details have been released.

VIDEO: Carbon nanotube fibre breakthrough

16th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Techtextil 2013 to be biggest yet

15th January 2013 0 comment
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.

EURATEX chief highlights importance of Techtextil and Texprocess

11th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Duro starts production of Alexium FR treatment

10th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Technical products need technical sewing threads

10th January 2013 2 comments
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.

Amicor adds Sanitized antimicrobial function

3rd January 2013 0 comment
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 rebrands

2nd January 2013 0 comment
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.

Porcher Industries opens Russian subsidiary

28th December 2012 0 comment
French technical textiles manufacturer Porcher Industries has opened a new manufacturing subsidiary - Porcher Modern Materials - in the Borovsk district of Russia’s Kaluga Region. The opening ceremony which took place on 18 December was attended by Vladimir Potyomkin, Deputy Governor of Kaluga Region, as well as Porcher representatives including Viktor Burkov, Director General, Porcher Modern Materials.

Clariant offloads Textile Chemicals business

27th December 2012 0 comment
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.

Hohenstein introduces testing for protective gloves

21st December 2012 0 comment
Germany’s Hohenstein Institute is now offering testing and certification of protective/safety gloves in accordance with a number of industry standards.

Further potential for Alexium with military

20th December 2012 0 comment
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.

TenCate Advanced Armour targets Middle East

18th December 2012 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour has announced the opening of a permanent sales office in the Middle East with Mr Yohann Barnaud, who has been managing TenCate Advanced Armour sales in the Gulf Cooperation Council region and Eastern Europe, being appointed director.

Fibre squeeze roll with full chemical resistance

18th December 2012 0 comment
Dewatering breakthrough from RHL means textile finishers can finally say goodbye to conventional rubber squeezing

TenCate qualifies as auto CFRTP supplier

12th December 2012 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Composites has announced that it has been successful in qualifying to supply carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite material for a leading global automotive customer.

Armadillo wins business of the year award

11th December 2012 0 comment
UK based Armadillo Merino was presented with the NatWest ‘Product Business of the Year 2012 Award’ in London on Friday. The Derbyshire based ‘new start’ company’s knitted tops and leggings in single jersey and rib structures, made from super-fine merino wool, are said to be the ultimate in comfort, with qualities that are ideally suited to those professionals exposed to endurance, extreme weather or potential risk of fire or burns.

Cutting the twist and crimp

10th December 2012 0 comment
The presence of Boeing and Citroen at the latest confrence held by CELC – the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp – illustrates how seriously the potential of flax and other bast fibre fabrics to replace glass in composites is now being taken.

New soft finish available for FR fabrics

5th December 2012 0 comment
South Carolina based Mount Vernon Mills is now offering its Amsoft finish on all fabrics available within the brand’s six collections, to enhance the comfort of flame resistant garments made with Mount Vernon FR fabric.

Good turnout for Filtration 2012

5th December 2012 0 comment
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.

Italian navy seeks protection with British knits

4th December 2012 0 comment
UK based Armadillo Merino reports that the Italian navy is set to order thousands of its British developed hi-tech garments, which give unprecedented next-to-skin protection and performance in action.

Russia to set a course for technical textiles

30th November 2012 0 comment
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.

2013 Visionary finalists named

28th November 2012 0 comment
Five new consumer products that utilize nonwoven fabrics in an innovative manner have been nominated as finalists for the 2013 Visionary Award.

Alexium accelerates introduction of novel FR treatment

27th November 2012 0 comment
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 targets internationalization with 30 new members

27th November 2012 0 comment
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.

New line for meltblown filter media

26th November 2012 1 comment
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.

VDMA: German technology meets Turkish textiles

23rd November 2012 0 comment
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.

Scott & Fyfe opens Innovation Space & Museum

23rd November 2012 0 comment
Forward thinking Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer Scott & Fyfe Ltd celebrated the official opening of its new Innovation Space and Museum on 12 November, which the company describes as another important step on the way to a long-term sustainable company based on a partnership business model.

Textiles Intelligence reports to be published in Chinese language

21st November 2012 0 comment
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.

Chemical protective clothing market set for growth

20th November 2012 0 comment
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 named NC Manufacturer of the Year

15th November 2012 0 comment
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.

ITMF: Global Yarn output up in Q2, 2012

15th November 2012 0 comment
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.

Cygnet Tex-Web seals £5m China deal

13th November 2012 0 comment
Cygnet Tex-Web has won a £5m contract to supply five PAN precursor creels to Jiangsu Hengshen Fiber Materials Co, one of the largest carbon fibre and composites manufacturers in Jiangsu Province, China.

Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry

12th November 2012 0 comment
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.

Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre 2012 – Part 2

8th November 2012 0 comment
Chuck Segal reports from London 2-4 October 2012, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK The carbon fibre industry is alive and well according to the recent international gathering of more than 120 engineers and marketing executives. The conference, organised by Smithers-Rapra is the 15th annual meeting of this group.

Thai polyester facilities resume full-scale operation

8th November 2012 0 comment
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.

Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre 2012 - Part 1

7th November 2012 0 comment
Chuck Segal reports from London 2-4 October 2012, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK The carbon fibre industry is alive and well according to the recent international gathering of more than 120 engineers and marketing executives. The conference, organised by Smithers-Rapra is the 15th annual meeting of this group.

SPV becomes world’s largest viscose fibre plant

6th November 2012 0 comment
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.

Formax improves energy efficiency

5th November 2012 0 comment
Formax, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality reinforcements, reports it has taken major steps to improve energy efficiency at the company's UK headquarters. The installation of 216 solar panels and the insulation of the production facility's roof are part of Formax’s on-going commitment to reduce energy consumption and create a more sustainable manufacturing environment.

Gore-Tex expands Scottish site

2nd November 2012 0 comment
Gore-Tex producer W.L. Gore & Associates has invested in a new building at its Livingston site in Scotland. According to an STV report today, the environmentally friendly construction of the £5 million building has allowed energy consumption to be reduced by 25%.

Dutch fire fighters get Tecashield protection

31st October 2012 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics in partnership with Lion Apparel has secured a major order for the delivery of TenCate Tecashield inherently heat and flame retardant fabrics for the turn-out gear of the Amsterdam-Amstelland fire brigade in the Netherlands. The TenCate fabrics will be mainly used for the lightweight outer shell, the protective thermal liner and reinforcement inserts.

Cytec exhibits composites solutions at Composites Engineering 2012

30th October 2012 0 comment
In July 2012, UK based Umeco was acquired by New Jersey headquartered composites giant Cytec, a merger which aims to bring value to the group’s customers and the markets it serves by leveraging Cytec’s technology leadership with Umeco’s highly-responsive supply chain and application development capabilities.

Graniteville installs state-of-the-art technical coatings line

30th October 2012 0 comment
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.

Monadnock to open second location in Midwest

29th October 2012 0 comment
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.

Scott & Fyfe launches carbon fibre fabric range

29th October 2012 0 comment
Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer, Scott & Fyfe Ltd, has announced the launch of a new line of carbon fabrics for the composites industry. The product range will come under the company’s new Polycarb brand.

Developing high-tech fabrics to combat heat stress

26th October 2012 0 comment
Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, in conjunction with several industry partners, have developed special functional underwear for fire-fighting deployment teams. The functional underwear was developed under the framework of the research project (AiF-Nr. 16676 N), which was based on a study from 2003, which said that 49% of fatalities amongst fire-fighters in the USA were attributable to heat stress.

Lille region opens textile innovation centre

25th October 2012 0 comment
A new ‘cutting edge’ facility for technical textiles, nonwovens and composites development opened its doors in the city of Roubaix, in the Lille region of Lille of Northern France, this month.

Alexium benefits from Australian government scheme

23rd October 2012 0 comment
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.

Russian nonwovens industry heading for big change

18th October 2012 0 comment
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.

Trützschler takes over SwissTex Winterthur

18th October 2012 1 comment
The Trützschler Group has expanded its manmade fibres product range by taking over the personnel and know-how of SwissTex Winterthur AG, the carpet and industrial yarns spinner.

DiloGroup prepares for India ITME 2012

17th October 2012 0 comment
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.

Seed and speed for emergencies

16th October 2012 1 comment
Adrian Wilson reports Advancing the contribution technical textiles play in regions affected by natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes is the goal of the new €9 million European FP7 S(P)EEDKITS project.

Sandler CEO receives Bavarian Order of Merit

16th October 2012 0 comment
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.

RITE Conference Explores Issues of Consumption

15th October 2012 0 comment
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).

Andritz presents nonwovens solutions for India

12th October 2012 0 comment
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.

Growing revenues at Alexium

11th October 2012 0 comment
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 partners DyeCoo in CO2 dyeing technology

10th October 2012 0 comment
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.

2,000 holes on the Euro’s globe

9th October 2012 0 comment
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.

INDA names new president

9th October 2012 0 comment
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’ Blue Competence trio

8th October 2012 0 comment
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.

Dornbirn 2012: The future’s for sharing

2nd October 2012 2 comments
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.

Tire cord & industrial yarn solutions on show at CINTE 2012

28th September 2012 0 comment
Oerlikon Saurer’s Allma Product Line will be showing at this year’s CINTE 2012, Asia's top biannual trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, which takes place from 22 to 24 October in Shanghai. The Kempten, Germany based company will welcome customers and interested visitors to its stand to inform them about the latest developments in the production of tire cord and industrial yarns.

Texkimp and Web Processing merge to form Cygnet Tex-Web

24th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Government skills support for NWTexnet companies

24th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Scott & Fyfe to move to employee ownership

17th September 2012 0 comment
A forward thinking Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer is planning to put ownership of its business into the hands of its employees. Scott & Fyfe Limited, the Tayport based technical textiles manufacturer has announced it will transform itself into an employee owned company. The business is currently owned by the Tough family.

Alexium granted Australian patent for smart surface technology

14th September 2012 0 comment
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).

UK Plastic Electronics speakers announced

13th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Skills drive for growth in UK fashion and textiles

12th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Nominations for RISE Durable Product Award

10th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Monforts to open Advanced Technology Centre

7th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Sulzer technology helps expand Ingeo portfolio

7th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Groundbreakers that break the bank

6th September 2012 1 comment
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.

US Air Force to test Cleanshell CB

5th September 2012 0 comment
Reactive Surface Treatment (RST) technology provider Alexium announced today that it has been awarded a $200,000 contract by the US Air Force Research Laboratory to demonstrate its Cleanshell CB treatments for chemical and biological protection applications. The contract follows two other purchase orders by the US Army in the last twelve months and is expected to further validate RST technology for defence applications.

New calender for technical textiles

4th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Nanotextiles speaker confirmed for TCL2012

3rd September 2012 0 comment
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?

RST technology adds function to temperature sensitive fibres

31st August 2012 0 comment
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.

Techtextil 2013 almost fully booked

30th August 2012 1 comment
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.

Texprocess 2013 - 50% of space already sold

30th August 2012 0 comment
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.

Teijin to exhibit at China Composites Expo

29th August 2012 0 comment
The Teijin Group announced today that Tokyo-based Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the group’s carbon-fibre composites business company, and Shanghai-based Teijin Aramid Asia Co., Ltd., the group’s aramid-fibre business, will participate in China Composites Expo 2012. The show is Asia’s largest composites exhibition and will take place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center in Shanghai from 5-7 September.

Putting a spring in the step of Paralympians

24th August 2012 0 comment
Advanced composites manufacturer Umeco is helping put a spring in the step of Paralympian athletes taking part in the London games next week by supplying materials for prosthetic limbs known as blades to specialist supplier Ottobock HealthCare.

2013 Techtextil and Avantex Symposiums: Call for papers

20th August 2012 0 comment
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.

UK adsorptives expansion for Freudenberg

17th August 2012 0 comment
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.

India: Technical textiles to reach $28.7 billion

7th August 2012 0 comment
In an article for Commodity Online yesterday, Seshadri Ramkumar, Associate Professor of Nonvwovens at Texas Tech University, reports that the technical textiles market in India will skyrocket to US $ 28.7 billion by 2016-17. The prediction comes from information provided by India’s Textiles Ministry officials.

Earlybird registration discount for GOCarbonFibre 2012

2nd August 2012 0 comment
GOCarbonFibre 2012, which takes place from 2-4 October 2012 at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK, will deliver its most ambitious programme to date, bringing together key influential figures from across the industry including:

Cosmetotextiles market takes-off

24th July 2012 0 comment
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.

REPORTS: Textiles and clothing markets remain subdued

24th July 2012 0 comment
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.

New show director for US textile events

24th July 2012 1 comment
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.

Registration opens for RISE conference

23rd July 2012 0 comment
Looking to connect global technical innovation with practical product applications, the third annual Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference will be held October 23-25, 2012 at the Hilton Baltimore, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Tailoring sports clothing for everyday use

20th July 2012 0 comment
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.

Monforts Eco Applicator makes an impact

18th July 2012 1 comment
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.

Clariant rebrands: Performance, People, Planet

16th July 2012 0 comment
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.

Corkshell wins Outdoor Industry Award

16th July 2012 0 comment
A new technology which combines the outstanding natural features of cork with those of high performance fabrics has won one of the coveted Outdoor Industry Awards the Outdoor 2012 show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Continued growth in nonwovens production

12th July 2012 0 comment
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.

Trapped in ecology

12th July 2012 0 comment
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in the textiles supply chain. Since Texcare 2012 (Frankfurt/Main) it is stretching out its fingers into the dirt trapping mat industry, too. For the first time Milliken from Manchester and Austria based Kleen-Tex Industries presented product ranges with piles made from recycled polyester and nylon fibres.

TenCate supplies armour for Foxhound military vehicles

11th July 2012 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour has been selected by QinetiQ as the supplier of armour for the Foxhound LPPV 4x4 military vehicle. Initial production of 200 vehicles has been followed by an order of a further 100 vehicles to be delivered by General Dynamics European Land Systems, Force Protection Europe, to the UK Ministry of Defence. No financial details have been disclosed.

New show for Mexican apparel and sewn products

11th July 2012 0 comment
Clarion Events North America (Clarion) announced yesterday the launch of ExpoProducción, a new trade fair primarily for the apparel and sewn products manufacturing industry in Mexico and Central America.

TAL develops washable coolant fabric

10th July 2012 0 comment
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.

Blue Competence well received by Asian textiles industry

10th July 2012 0 comment
Visitors to ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 are said to have greatly appreciated the commitment of the German textile machinery industry on the issue of sustainability. On occasion of the region’s leading textile machinery exhibition from 12th to 16th June in Shanghai, the VDMA Textile Machinery Association presented its sustainability initiative Blue Competence for the first time in the Asian market.

METYX Third Composites Summit

6th July 2012 0 comment
METYX Composites organized and hosted its signature event, METYX Third Composites Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, June 4-8, 2012, in conjunction with event sponsors Airex AG, Aksa, Duratek, PPG Fiber Glass, Reinforced Plastics Magazine, Scott Bader, The Turkish Carbon Society, the Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association, and Umeco.

ITMA ASIA + CITME ends on high note

5th July 2012 0 comment
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.

Taking prepreg where no prepreg has gone before

5th July 2012 0 comment
Prepregs produced by Umeco Structural materials have been used by Australian composites parts manufacturer LSM Advanced Composites Pty Ltd. (LSM) on the Deepsea Challenger, a pioneering submersible which completed a record-breaking solo dive to the deepest place on Earth - the Mariana Trench - on the 26th March 2012.

Nanofront used in New Balance insoles

4th July 2012 0 comment
Japanese polyester producer Teijin Fibers, announced today that it is supplying its Nanofront high-strength polyester for use in replacement insoles for running shoes made by New Balance. The insoles will be marketed by New Balance Japan and sold in its directly owned shops in Tokyo and Osaka, as well as other sports retail stores nationwide beginning this month.

Recycled yarns for high-performance fabrics

4th July 2012 0 comment
Italy’s RadiciGroup has introduced a low environmental impact version of its Radyarn polyester yarns. R-Radyarn is said to be a low environmental impact product made from 100% post-consumer recycled PET bottles.

Raditeck high tenacity PA66 range extended

3rd July 2012 0 comment
The RadiciGroup has added two new products - Dyna and Fine – to its Raditeck range of high-tenacity PA66 yarns.

Growth in Japan’s technical textiles sector

2nd July 2012 0 comment
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’.

From rags to riches – World of Wipes 2012

29th June 2012 0 comment
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.

High-performance polyesters at Bangkok fashion fair

28th June 2012 0 comment
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 opens Hanover Fair

27th June 2012 0 comment
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.

ShanghaiTex to drive upgrading of Chinese textiles industry

26th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Freudenberg NA targets zero waste

22nd June 2012 0 comment
In an ambitious drive to reach zero manufacturing waste in its North American facilities, Freudenberg North America's 16 companies will increasingly pursue industrial processes that focus on recycled product content, plant recycling, lower water and energy consumption and increased use of sustainable materials over the next decade, the company said in a statement this week.

TenCate to supply lightweight armour to Daimler

22nd June 2012 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour has been selected as supplier to Daimler AG for the ballistic protection of the Daimler Zetros protected transport trucks for the German Bundeswehr.

Russia to establish large scale production of innovative fabrics

22nd June 2012 1 comment
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 2015 to drive sustainable machinery innovations

22nd June 2012 0 comment
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’.

Toho Tenax to grow composites business in India

20th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Polyester fabric offers total anti-sweat comfort

19th June 2012 0 comment
Teijin Fibers has launched a new polyester knitted fabric that is said to offer total comfort during perspiration through enhanced absorption, quick drying and prevention of both chill and stickiness.

Umeco presents new identity at JEC Asia

18th June 2012 0 comment
Composites group Umeco will be exhibiting and presenting its new corporate identity at this year’s JEC Asia show, which takes place at the SUNTEC International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore between 26 - 28 June 2012.

Nonwovens in Asia: Big dimensions, big potential

15th June 2012 0 comment
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.

German textiles success depends on customer focus and niches

14th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Researching tomorrow's innovative textiles

13th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Alexium appoints military products expert

13th June 2012 0 comment
Alexium has announced it has appointed David Lambert, Lt Colonel US Chemical Corp (Retd.) as Process Chemist and Production Transition Manager in a move aimed at complementing the existing Alexium team’s skills.

Monforts acquired by Fong’s

13th June 2012 0 comment
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).

Monforts appoints technical textiles specialist

12th June 2012 0 comment
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

12th June 2012 0 comment
INDA conference WOWs wipes industry

Groz-Beckert interview: Great potential in India

11th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Eco focus for Teijin at ANEX

8th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Icebreaker founder wins world class award

5th June 2012 0 comment
Jeremy Moon, founder and CEO of Icebreaker, the New Zealand company that pioneered the outdoor merino wool apparel category, has been awarded the World Class New Zealand Award for Manufacturing, Design and Innovation.

Christian Eschler merges with Schoeller Textil

5th June 2012 0 comment
Two of the strongest and most innovative textile and technology companies in the stretch knits and wovens sectors are joining forces. Swiss companies Schoeller Textil AG from Sevelen (St. Gallen) and the Eschler Group from Bühler (Appenzell Ausserrhoden) are to unite under the banner of Swiss quality, global presence and wide ranging know-how.

Dates released for 2014 US shows

1st June 2012 0 comment
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.

Praybourne launches Waxman Fibres Protal 5

31st May 2012 0 comment
Personal protective equipment specialist, Praybourne Products, has launched an exclusive range of coveralls using Protal 5 fabric from Waxman Fibres partnership producers. The innovative product was launched at the Health and Safety Expo at the NEC in Birmingham (15-17 May).

Conference addresses man-made fibres future

31st May 2012 0 comment
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.

Custom composites for defence applications

30th May 2012 0 comment
UK headquartered Umeco Structural Materials will be exhibiting its latest products for the land security and defence sectors at the 2012 Eurosatory International Show, which takes place at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris, France from 11 - 15 June.

Leading textile machinery builders flock to ITMA ASIA + CITME

29th May 2012 0 comment
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.

Tencel specialty fibres on show at ANEX

29th May 2012 1 comment
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.

Nonwovens for MENA from Turkey

28th May 2012 3 comments
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.

London welcomes GOCarbonFibre conference

28th May 2012 0 comment
Production is now underway for the 2012 GOCarbonFibre conference, due to take place in London this October. Organisers Smithers Apex says it is excited about the return to Europe, and building on last year's resounding success it has a fresh new angle for this year's programme.

Texprocess Americas exceeds expectations

25th May 2012 0 comment
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.

Techtextil North America returns to pre-recession levels

24th May 2012 0 comment
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.

Mount Vernon expands FR fabrics capacity

22nd May 2012 0 comment
US based Mount Vernon Mills announced today that it has more than doubled its capacity to produce flame resistant (FR) fabrics at its manufacturing facilities in Trion, Georgia, USA. The expansion will enhance the company’s ability to meet increased demand for flame resistant garments to protect workers against hazards associated with electrical energy (NFPA 70E) and oil refining (NFPA 2112).

ITMF State of Trade Report Q4 2011

21st May 2012 0 comment
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.

Dyneema MAX to take HMPE mooring ropes to new level

18th May 2012 0 comment
DSM, producer of Dyneema, has introduced a new fibre designed for the production of ropes that it says provide unrivalled strength, stiffness and durability. DSM says DM 20 is an innovative fibre that completely redefines the capability of HMPE ropes and forms the basis of Dyneema Max Technology.

Check out our new Knitting Industry website

18th May 2012 0 comment
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 ( ) went live on Wednesday afternoon offering readers even greater benefits than before.

Researchers develop bra for breast cancer patients

16th May 2012 0 comment
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.

Textile machinery shipments hit record levels

16th May 2012 0 comment
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.

Stretch fabrics for hook and loop applications

11th May 2012 0 comment
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.

Sustainable focus for Italians at ITMA ASIA

10th May 2012 0 comment
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.

Finalists named for WOW Innovation Award

8th May 2012 0 comment
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.

Committed to fairness

3rd May 2012 0 comment
In this third part of a three part feature on sustainability Sabine Anton-Katzenbach discusses how retailers, producers and importers have begun campaigning for working conditions that are socially sustainable, within the scope of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

A 21st Century cottage industry?

1st May 2012 1 comment
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.

MA/ MSc Technology Integrated Knit Design

30th April 2012 0 comment
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.

VDMA: Upgrading China's textiles industry

27th April 2012 0 comment
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.

Alexium to license FR nylon treatment to Duro

26th April 2012 0 comment
Alexium International Group has announced today it has received a letter of intent from Duro Textiles to license Alexium’s novel flame retardant (FR) treatment under an exclusive commercial agreement. The scope of the license would cover Duro’s nylon product areas for military, government agencies, upholstery, and industrial workwear markets in North America.

Commercialization of CVD coated nonwovens

23rd April 2012 0 comment
Conductive Composites is to commercialise its nickel Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) coated nonwovens, with a manufacturing line expansion that doubles its production capabilities.

Techtextil North America moves to California in 2013

23rd April 2012 0 comment
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 opens R&D centre in China

18th April 2012 0 comment
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.

Growing demand for Italian textile machinery in India

16th April 2012 1 comment
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.

Strong demand for space at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012

11th April 2012 0 comment
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).

Srixon gets to grip with Nanofront

10th April 2012 0 comment
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

Gore launches new protective fabrics website

10th April 2012 0 comment
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 expands into new lab

6th April 2012 0 comment
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.

Outlast acquired by private equity firm

4th April 2012 0 comment
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.

New business manager for Karl Mayer Malimo

4th April 2012 0 comment
Karl Mayer Malimo has a new business manager as of 1st April. The new man at the helm of the 100% Karl Mayer owned subsidiary, and hence the technical textiles business sector, is Jochen Schmidt, a 42-year-old who has risen through the ranks after ten years at the German company.

Teijin and CCFA to develop China fibre market

3rd April 2012 0 comment
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.

US Army evaluates Cleanshell CB

2nd April 2012 0 comment
Alexium International Group Limited (Alexium) announced today that it will supply additional Cleanshell CB fabrics to the US Army for further prototyping and extensive evaluations. The latest Cleanshell CB treatment has been optimized to provide excellent water and oil repellency, but is also said to dramatically increase the repellency of Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA) simulants.

Karl Mayer to unveil wider Wefttronic in Shanghai

30th March 2012 0 comment
Leading manufacturer of warp knitting machines and warp preparation machines for both warp knitting and weaving, Karl Mayer, will once again be exhibiting at this year’s ITMA Asia + CITME show in China. The German company will be showcasing its latest technology in Shanghai from 12-16 June, including a new extra wide version of its Wefttronic weft insertion machine for technical fabrics.

Italian machine builders head to Atlanta

28th March 2012 0 comment
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.

Workwear & Corporate Clothing Show puts UK on the world stage

28th March 2012 0 comment
April 17-18th will see the UK’s biggest ever event solely dedicated to showcasing the world’s best workwear, personal protective equipment (PPE) and corporate clothing. Taking place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, the Workwear and Corporate Clothing Show is a truly international event set to attract more than 2000 visitors and exhibitors from over 20 countries, from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, China and the USA.

ITASA showcases composite liner solutions at JEC

26th March 2012 0 comment
ITASA, a manufacturer of high-quality silicon supports for use in different sectors and for different purposes will be in attendance at this week’s ‘must attend’ composites show JEC Europe 2012 in Paris. The Spanish company prides itself in being ‘the manufacturer most capable of the greatest level of customisation of its products.

Karl Mayer to celebrate 75th anniversary

23rd March 2012 0 comment
Leading German warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer is busy making preparations with its employees and customers to celebrate its 75th year in business.

Another record year for Lenzing

22nd March 2012 0 comment
Lenzing has continued on its dynamic growth path by posting record results for 2011. Despite a significant weakening of the global fibre market in the second half of 2011, Lenzing again achieved double-digit growth rates in sales and earnings, and surpassed the threshold of EUR 2 billion in consolidated sales for the first time in the company’s history. Operating margins also improved from a 2010 high and set a new record.

Teijin opens U.S. Composite Application Center

21st March 2012 0 comment
Teijin Limited announced today it will open its Teijin Composites Application Center (TCAC), a technical centre to develop automotive and other industrial applications of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite products, in Auburn Hills, Michigan on 1st April.

Twaron Tape protects fibre optic cables

21st March 2012 0 comment
Teijin Aramid has launched Twaron Tape to provide a new and improved way of protecting fibre optic cables, which play an increasing role in today’s telecommunications. The fragile cores of the fibre optic cables need protection from various hazards and strains.

Merino wool on show for protective clothing

21st March 2012 0 comment
The annual Workwear and Corporate Clothing Show which takes place on the 17th-18th April this year at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry is used to showcasing the very latest high-tech manmade fibres and materials but this year, Armadillo Merino will be demonstrating how it believes Mother Nature can work wonders in helping to protect the workforce.

Umeco companies to rebrand at JEC Europe 2012

16th March 2012 0 comment
Composites group Umeco is rebranding its group companies. Advanced Composites Group, GRPMS, JD Lincoln and Richmond Aerovac, are all being rebranded under the Umeco brand name at JEC Europe 2012 in Paris later this month whilst showcasing a range of exciting new products and technologies.

Sigmatex forms partnership with Innegra

14th March 2012 0 comment
UK headquartered Sigmatex, a leader in converting carbon fibre into innovative technical textiles for use in composites applications has entered into a partnership with Innegra Technologies. After a long working relationship, Sigmatex and Innegra Technologies are forming a strategic alliance to develop applications utilising Innegra S polypropylene fibre.

Formax develops novel binding technology with Imperial

14th March 2012 0 comment
Formax, a leading global manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality reinforcements, has formed a new research collaboration with the Polymer and Composite Engineering (PaCE) group based at Imperial College in London.

The Natural Home of Advanced Materials

12th March 2012 0 comment
The JEC Composites show is always characterised by a high level of innovation from an industry that now employs 550,000 professionals worldwide and generates an estimated €72 billion in revenues.

Nominations open for RISE Durable Product Award

9th March 2012 0 comment
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's publishes Sustainability Report 2011

9th March 2012 0 comment
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 launches Sustainable Textile Service Programs

9th March 2012 0 comment
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.

Customized solutions from Freudenberg Nonwovens

7th March 2012 0 comment
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 open for wipes award

7th March 2012 0 comment
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.

Alexium preparing for commercial US debut

7th March 2012 0 comment
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.

TenCate wins order for Shropshire Fire & Rescue

6th March 2012 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics has won an important order from the British producer FlamePro (UK) Ltd, for the delivery of inherently heat and flame resistant materials for the structural fire fighter clothing for Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service in the U.K.

Santoni seamless gets technical in Moscow

6th March 2012 0 comment
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).

New developments from Harry Lucas

5th March 2012 0 comment
German knitting machine manufacturer Harry Lucas has launched a range of new knitting machinery developments for 2012. Following a successful ITMA in September last year, the company has upgraded a number of its models and introduced new variants to meet customer demands.

The assessment of sustainability requires a look behind the scenes

2nd March 2012 0 comment
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.

Nanofront used in bicycle and motorcycle gloves

27th February 2012 0 comment
Polyester producer Teijin Fibers Limited has announced it is supplying Nanofront high-strength polyester nanofibre for use in the palms of bicycle and motorcycle gloves made by Goldwin Inc., a major sport apparel maker in Japan. This is the first time Nanofront is to be used in bicycle and motorcycle gloves.

Registration opens for Textile Institute World Conference 2012

27th February 2012 0 comment
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 joins United Nations Global Compact

23rd February 2012 0 comment
DyStar has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) with the objective of strengthening its commitment towards sustainability.

Newlife celebrates first year at Première Vision

22nd February 2012 0 comment
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.

Oerlikon presents composite solutions at JEC

20th February 2012 0 comment
Oerlikon Barmag will be showcasing its spinning and winding solutions for composites yarns at the forthcoming JEC show. The company will also be demonstrating its competence in the area of pumps for composite materials at the Paris show which is being held from 27-29 March.

ITMF State of Trade Report Q3 2011

20th February 2012 0 comment
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.

Lenzing introduces MicroModal Edelweiss

20th February 2012 0 comment
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.

TenCate Advanced Composites gets supplier excellence award

17th February 2012 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Composites North America has received a Supplier Excellence Award from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. The award recognizes TenCate for outstanding quality and delivery performance concerning composite prepreg materials.

ESI consolidates composites simulation offer

17th February 2012 0 comment
Virtual prototyping for manufacturing industries specialist ESI Group has announced the release of PAM-RTM and PAM-FORM 2012, two numerical simulation applications dedicated to the manufacture of composite parts.

TenCate Advanced Armour opens sales office in Singapore

17th February 2012 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour has opened a sales office in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Mr Jacob Abelsen who has previously been the regional agent of TenCate Advanced Armour has been appointed director of the new entity in Singapore.

Signs of recovery for Italian textile machinery

15th February 2012 0 comment
ACIMIT, the organisation representing the Italian textile machinery manufacturers says that orders for Italian textile machinery sector are now back on the rise.

Invisibility is the goal for truly smart fabrics

13th February 2012 0 comment
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.

Hohenstein opens testing lab in Hong Kong

12th February 2012 0 comment
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.

Innovative yarn for sportswear and leisure wear

9th February 2012 0 comment
German scientists have developed a new versatile functional yarn which aims to give maximum comfort and has excellent thermal insulation properties. Working in partnership with Zwickauer Kammgarn GmbH and Helmut Peterseim Strickwaren GmbH in Mühlhausen, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, have developed an innovative new yarn for knitted textiles.

Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium 2012 programme announced

8th February 2012 0 comment
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.

Waste not, want not

7th February 2012 0 comment
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.

Continued growth for Italian textile machinery sector

6th February 2012 0 comment
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.

Gore named a top US workplace

2nd February 2012 0 comment
W. L. Gore & Associates is among just five workplaces to appear on every list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For since the rankings debuted three decades ago. The global technology company, which continues to expand its workforce, earned the No. 38 spot on the 2012 list, now available on

Ahlstrom upgrades filtration test facility

2nd February 2012 0 comment
High-performance materials company Ahlstrom Corporation has announced that it has completed a significant upgrade to its Global Filtration Technical Center in Turin.

China's closed loop recycling for uniforms

31st January 2012 0 comment
The Teijin Group has announced the launch of a program in China for collecting and recycling used uniforms, in collaboration with Shandong Asahi Green Source Hi-Tech Farm Co., Ltd. and Shandong Asahi Green Source Milk Products Co., Ltd., both subsidiaries of Asahi Group Holdings.

NAT and Tuscarora to expand CRAiLAR applications

30th January 2012 0 comment
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT), producer of one of the first new natural fibres in decades, CRAiLAR, announced today it will partner with Tuscarora Yarns, a leading yarn innovator, to explore a range of new blended yarns using CRAiLAR Flax.

Trevira hybrid yarns stiffen sunscreen fabrics

30th January 2012 0 comment
At next month’s R+T in Stuttgart, a leading trade fair for roller shutters and sun protection systems, fibre manufacturer Trevira will be presenting its range of polyester fibres and filament yarns for interior sun protection applications. These include flame retardant fibres and yarns, as well as hybrid yarns for the manufacture of stiffened fabrics.

Twaron 550f1000 lightweights anti-ballistic products

30th January 2012 0 comment
Teijin Aramid has launched a new higher performing lightweight aramid yarn, Twaron 550f1000. The new yarn is said to be the finest filament based on aramid fibre in the world and will provide better ballistic protection in body armour for police, soldiers and law enforcement officers.

Schoeller launches water repellent eco finish

27th January 2012 1 comment
Schoeller Technologies is launching a new fluorocarbon free textile finish which repels water at this weekend’s ISPO in Munich. The Swiss company, known for its innovative products, will exhibit its ecorepel finish for the first time at the Munich event which runs from 29 January until 1 February.

Eschler makes fresh start for winter 2013-14

26th January 2012 1 comment
Swiss manufacturer of functional knitted fabrics Christian Eschler is to make a fresh start with the launch of its Winter 2013/14 collection after announcing in November that it was relocating production from its Swiss production plants to its subsidiaries in Germany and Thailand.

Bayer builds plant for coating materials

25th January 2012 0 comment
Bayer MaterialScience has begun construction of a multipurpose production plant for polyurethane coating raw materials at Chempark Leverkusen.

CAB 2012 to focus on nonwovens converting and bonding

25th January 2012 0 comment
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.

From FP7 to Horizon 2020

24th January 2012 0 comment
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.

Alexium rolls out flame retardant nylon treatment

24th January 2012 1 comment
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.

Texprocess Americas addresses pressing issues

23rd January 2012 1 comment
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.

Handbook of Technical Textile Design

23rd January 2012 1 comment
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.

Workwear fabrics in perfect balance

23rd January 2012 0 comment
Comfort and durability are key features of modern workwear fabrics. The right balance of softness; absorbency and stability are essential characteristics of an all-purpose fabric and an absolute must for rental textiles. To meet the stringent requirements of the contract rental market, Melchior Textil has developed the ‘Balance’ range. The properties of these blended fabrics with high cotton content are said to meet the rigorous demands placed on rental workwear in the healthcare sector.

Digital inkjet printing holds future potential

21st January 2012 1 comment
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.

METYX invests in LIBA MAX 5 multiaxial machine

19th January 2012 0 comment
Istanbul headquartered METYX Composites has invested in a state-of-the-art Liba MAX 5 multiaxial stitch bonding machine for the production of carbon fibre reinforcements. The Turkish company, which will offer a new range of stitch bonded composite materials to complement its existing product range, is also planning other significant investments in 2012. Citing strong global demand for its products and services along with a strategic decision to create a new business un

New polyester nanofibre is 400 nanometres in diameter

16th January 2012 0 comment
Polyester producer Teijin Fibers announced today that it has decided to commercialize a new version of its Nanofront high-strength polyester nanofibre with a diameter of 400 nanometres, or 22,500 times smaller than the cross-sectional area of a strand of hair, an unprecedented achievement for a commercial polyester fibre. The new version, which will be marketed by Teijin Fibers as a finer version of its existing 700 nanometre Nanofront nanofibre, is expected to expand the m

Lenzing continues to supply FR fibres to US army

13th January 2012 0 comment
Lenzing is to continue to supply flame-resistant specialty fibres for a new generation of U.S. Army combat uniforms with the signature of U.S. President Obama formally approving the National Defense Authorization Act enabling the delivery of TenCate Defender M uniform fabrics for an unlimited period of time (permanent waiver) on 31 December 2011. The key component included Defender M fabric is the heat protection fibre Lenzing FR from Austrian company Lenzing. In princi

Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium 2012 - Final call for papers

11th January 2012 0 comment
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

Formax joins MOD technology alliance

10th January 2012 0 comment
Leicestershire, UK based carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements manufacturer Formax, has been granted membership to the Materials and Structures Technology Science and Technology Centre (MAST STC).  Formax is the first multiaxial fabric manufacturer to be awarded membership to the alliance making it a significant success for the company. The MAST STC alliance is tasked with the pursuit of excellence in structures science and technology for defence appl

Shima Seiki launches electronic SFG-I glove knitting machine

9th January 2012 1 comment
Leading Japanese flat knitting and glove knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki has launched a brand new electronically controlled version of its legendary SFG series glove knitting machine. The SFG-I is available in 10, 13, 15 and 18 gauges and in sizes M, L, L2 and L3.Following in the footsteps of the original SFG fully automatic seamless glove knitting machine, Shima Seiki's new SFG-I is now set to become the new global standard for fine and ultrafine gauge gloves,

US Air Force to assess RST technology

5th January 2012 0 comment
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

Nonwovens demand to rise 6.9% PA to 2015

3rd January 2012 0 comment
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 (2000,

METYX builds new composites factory

22nd December 2011 0 comment
Citing strong global demand for its products and services along with a strategic decision to create a new business unit, METYX Composites, an established manufacturer of technical textiles and composites-related products, has announced it is building a new 12,500 square meter (134,550 square foot) factory in Manisa, Turkey. Although the group's headquarters remains in Istanbul, the new facility will drive the company's aggressive plans for growth over the next five ye

Lenzing ramps up production of Smartcel and SeaCell fibres

21st December 2011 0 comment
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. The 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 Austria. In 2007, Lenzing granted Smartfiber a license for the pilot production of new types of lyocell spe

DSM invests in nanotechnology company

20th December 2011 0 comment
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. Accordin

2011 was an awarding year for INDA

16th December 2011 0 comment
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. In 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 awards. Starting with the coveted 2011 Visionary Award presented as part

US filters market to exceed $12 billion in 2015

14th December 2011 0 comment
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 invests in Forcespinning technology

12th December 2011 0 comment
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 o

Adidas, MIT, Nike and Philips front Smart Fabrics conference

9th December 2011 0 comment
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 ·          Stacey Burr, VP Wearable Sports Electronics, adidas ·          Hap Klopp, Chairman, Cocona Fabric ·          Sti

Call for papers and student grant

8th December 2011 0 comment
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 funding. The Nonwovens Research Academy aims to promote fundamental understanding and knowledge of the science and

125 tonnes of hi-tech equipment installed at NCC

8th December 2011 1 comment
AIC group is putting the finishing touches to making 125 tonnes of equipment operational for the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol. The project has taken around seven months. The NCC is the country's leading organisation bridging the gap between academic research and manufacturing. The NCC aims to bring together dynamic companies and enterprising academics to develop new technologies for the design and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products. Thou

Teijin develops extra conductive carbon nanofibre

8th December 2011 2 comments
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 plastic reinfo

Groz-Beckert launches iPad app for textile manufacturers

7th December 2011 0 comment
Groz-Beckert has 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

PhD Studentship in development of electronic textiles

7th December 2011 0 comment
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

IDTechEx award for Smartcoater

7th December 2011 0 comment
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 months. 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. "

INDA reports successful Filtration 2011

5th December 2011 0 comment
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

Overwhelming response for ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012

1st December 2011 0 comment
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,

Wearable Technologies 5

1st December 2011 0 comment
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

UKs National Composites Centre opens for business

24th November 2011 0 comment
An innovative car, flight refuelling kit and turbine blades showcased the latest in composite technology to the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, UK Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, who formally opened the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol today. Dr Cable was joined by more than 200 guests to see at first-hand the capabilities of the centre. He was shown around the centre and saw state-of-the-art machinery, including a world-le

Keynote speaker announced for Techtextil NA

23rd November 2011 0 comment
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 Atlanta, Georgia. 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

INDA announces new converting and bonding conference

23rd November 2011 0 comment
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 ra

Oerlikon reorganizes textile machinery business

22nd November 2011 0 comment
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

Techtextil India 2011: Final Report

21st November 2011 0 comment
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. V

Yarn and fabric output down- Q4 outlook positive

17th November 2011 0 comment
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:  

OEKO-TEX General Managers plan for 2012 and beyond

16th November 2011 0 comment
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

Alexiums nanoscopic shrink-wrap gains traction

16th November 2011 0 comment
Alexium's ‘nanoscopic 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

New Australian order for TenCate Defender M

15th November 2011 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics, a leading supplier of flame resistant (FR) fabrics, has received a new order for TenCate Defender M from Crye Precision to support 10,000 additional uniforms for use in a continued user evaluation for Combat Uniforms of the Australian Defence Forces. TenCate delivered TenCate Defender M FR fabric for an extensive user trial by the Australian Defence Force in May 2011. The uniforms submitted were manufactured by Crye Precision in Brook

TenCate supplies FR fabrics for Canadian Air Force

15th November 2011 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics is providing flame resistant (FR) fabric for two successful tenders in the Canadian military market. The first tender concerns the Advance Combat Ensemble (ACE) used by the Canadian Air Force, which will be made with Nomex FR fabric from the TenCate Brigade product portfolio. The second tender involves TenCate Campshield FR liner fabric for use in tents by all Canadian Defence Forces. TenCate Campshield FR fabric is also Nomex based. TenCat

Demand for elastane fibres set for significant growth

11th November 2011 0 comment
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. Report summary 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 i

New applications and markets for technical textiles

11th November 2011 0 comment
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 links below: Innovation and Internationalisation Drive Success in the German Technical Textile Industry;  New Technologies for Making Up Technical Textiles and Clothing;  The World Nonwovens Industry: Part 1 -- The Leading Ten Producers;

New appointment at Cordura Performance & Protective Fabrics

10th November 2011 0 comment
Invista's Cordura brand team welcomed Iain Bradley as European business manager for the Performance and Protective Fabrics group in October. In his new role, Bradley will lead marketing, sales, and new business development activities to help grow Cordura branded sales in military and outdoor/performance apparel markets in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.  He will also develop and execute marketing plans to increase brand recognition and new fa

Poor third quarter for Italian textile machinery

9th November 2011 0 comment
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

Newlife launches for workwear and protective textiles

9th November 2011 0 comment
After launching its Newlife recycled yarn platform at key events such as Expofil in Paris and the World Textile Summit and ITMA in Barcelona, Filature Miroglio launched the Newlife platform to the workwear and protective textiles markets at A+A in Düsseldorf in October. A+A is the leading show for workwear and protective textiles. Held every two years the show recorded record visitor numbers this year at 60.100 (2009: 55,800). 1600 exhibitors from 54 countries featu

TCX uses Dryarn in seamless motorcycle base layer range

7th November 2011 0 comment
Italian companies TCX and Dryarn have entered into a partnership to develop two lines of seamless underwear, TXC Base Layer Summer and TXC Base Layer Winter, for the motorcycle market. The garments are said to offer significant technical advantages over competitors via innovative solutions. TCX, a Novation Group brand and producer of clothing and footwear for motorcyclists, has always aimed at developing technical solutions to increase the comfort and safety of its pr

Conference: Managing Innovation in Textiles 2011

4th November 2011 0 comment
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 going forward. Keynote speaker, Dr Batchelor is one of Unilever's leading Inventors and Innovators, with over 100 published pat

Huntsman Textile Effects reinforces market focused strategy

3rd November 2011 0 comment
3 November 2011, Singapore Huntsman Textile Effects is the leading global provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries which was originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals. However they have now been realigned under a new Global Business Model with effect from 1st November 2011.  Mr Rohit Aggarwal will be appointed Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Planning. Mr Aggarwal, a v

New aerospace armour systems facility for TenCate

2nd November 2011 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour EMEA opens its new facility in Primarette, France, for the production of lightweight armour systems for aerospace applications on Thursday 3 November 2011. TenCate Advanced Armour is a leading global supplier of a wide range of armour composite materials for ballistic protection and after signing a first major contract for aerospace armour solutions in December 2009, the company has started a design and qualification process for lightweight

Clariant relocates Textile Chemicals HQ to Singapore

1st November 2011 0 comment
Specialty chemicals company Clariant today officially inaugurated its Textile Chemicals Business Unit (BU) headquarters in Singapore. Along with the inauguration of the BU headquarters, Clariant is also celebrating the relocation of its global textile application technology lab to Singapore. The lab will be the main application development facility for all new products developed globally by Clariant's Textile Chemic

KPS Capital Partners buys American & Efird from Ruddick

31st October 2011 0 comment
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

A+A registers record visitor numbers

28th October 2011 0 comment
A+A 2011, the leading International Trade Fair with Congress for Safety, Security and Health at Work posted record last week when it took place from 18 - 21 October. 60,100 trade visitors, the highest number in the event's history (2009: 55,800), gathered information on current trends and product innovations in the field of occupational health and safety and the implementation of smooth-running operational procedures from the 1600

Multi-risk protection gets comfortable at A+A

26th October 2011 0 comment
Sabine Anton-Katzenbach reports from A+A in Dusseldorf The biannual trade show A+A in Düsseldorf is a must for everyone who is involved in safety and health at work. And it is an important newsroom for the latest technical textiles applied in protective clothing and work wear. In 2011 the sector is heading for a new generation of protective wear: it combines multi-risk protection and high comfort such as sweat management, breathabili

Dyneema SB71 offers lightweighting in protective vests

26th October 2011 0 comment
DSM Dyneema has announced the global introduction of a new innovative light weight ballistic material for use in Law Enforcement and Military protective vests. The new material advances the achievable protection level with Soft Ballistic (SB) armour by building on a new technology platform first established with Dyneema SB51 from DSM Dyneema in 2010. According to the company, Dyneema SB71 is a high performa

Forcespinning production system debuts at Filtration 2011

25th October 2011 0 comment
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

Norwegian Woolmark licensees win with merino

21st October 2011 0 comment
Two Norwegian producers of knitted merino wool apparel have recently taken major industry awards in the active/outdoor sector. Both Aclima and Devold are well established design leaders in the growing active/outdoor market but also supply to the important workwear/safety market. The Devold Air Vest has won the Scandinavian Outdoor Awards Jury's Choice award for Innovation. The judging panel believe it is the first garment of it

VDMA: ITMA 2011 results exceeded expectations

21st October 2011 0 comment
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

Teijin's CFRP technologies win top ICIS Innovation Award

20th October 2011 0 comment
Japan's Teijin has announced that its mass production technologies for carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) have been selected as overall winner in this year's ICIS Innovation Awards. Teijin is also the recipient of the Best Product Innovation award. "The ICIS Innovation Awards continue to highlight the best the chemical industry has to offer in the way of innovation and solutions to society's needs. This year, the

Teijin Supports Flood Relief Efforts in Thailand

20th October 2011 0 comment
Japanese fibres giant Teijin Limited announced today that it will donate 20 million Japanese yen (approx. 260,000 USD) for relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by severe flooding in Thailand. The donation includes 15 million yen provided to the Thai government. The Teijin Group says it attaches great importance to the affected area, where it operates key polyester manufacturing facilities. Teijin extends its s

Twaron UD41 offers extra protection for police and military

19th October 2011 0 comment
Teijin Aramid introduced its latest unidirectional laminate fabric, Twaron UD41 at the A+A show in Dusseldorf yesterday, which has been specially developed for bulletproof vests to provide extra protection from different types of attack. Twaron UD41 is aimed at groups such as soldiers or police units, and even private citizens who require such protection. According to Teijin Aramid, the new fabric, which is based

INDA names finalists for 2012 Visionary Award

19th October 2011 0 comment
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,

Montex solution for BWF Protec

14th October 2011 0 comment
Monforts has pulled out all the stops in the engineering and commissioning of a special Montex stenter line for Germany's BWF Protec. Based in Hof, Germany, BWF Protec is involved in so many industrial niche markets its range of needlepunched materials is perhaps the widest available from any single source. As a consequence, a very versatile and unique Montex stenter solution was needed to meet all requirements. "We are not making commodities o

Teijin Aramid opens Endumax high strength tape facility

12th October 2011 0 comment
Teijin Aramid opened its newest plant for the production of its Endumax high strength tape in Emmen in the Netherlands today. By adding the new high-performance polyethylene tape (HP-PE) to its product portfolio, the Teijin Group says it has taken the next step toward global market leadership in super fibres and materials. "For years, the Netherlands has played a dominant role in the global production of super fibres

Major order received for Defender M fabrics

11th October 2011 0 comment
TenCate Defense & Tactical, a supplier of inherently flame resistant (FR) fabrics for ground troop uniforms, has been selected to receive a major order for new TenCate Defender M fabrics specifically designed to meet new end-user needs to improve pants performance. The new fabrics, including TenCate Defender M Stretch a durable stretch FR fabric, are the result of the commitment of TenCate to continually improving the protec

REPORT: Information on Man Made Fibres

11th October 2011 0 comment
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

Strong growth predicted as Techtextil India 2011 opens

10th October 2011 0 comment
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%

Teijin to present high performance solutions at Techtextil India

6th October 2011 0 comment
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

First all black Twaron fibre produced

5th October 2011 0 comment
Teijin Aramid has commenced production of the first all black aramid fibre, Twaron Black, in Emmen, in the Netherlands. Twaron, normally golden yellow in colour due to the chemical process used in its manufacture, is now available in black for the first time. "Aramid is difficult to dye by nature, but it is now possible to produce black threads of the same quality. Twaron is five times stronger than steel at the same weight and is ofte

Attending to consumption at ITMA

5th October 2011 0 comment
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

Self-cleaning cotton kills bacteria, breaks down pesticides

4th October 2011 0 comment
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

Clariant launches new generation flame retardant

3rd October 2011 0 comment
Clariant's innovative program for fire retardancy, Sustainable Protection, was detailed in full on the 22 September, the opening day of ITMA - the first of six ‘innovation sessions' scheduled by the company during the exhibition in Barcelona. According to Clariant, the new Pekoflam system is a fundamental breakthrough in durable fire retardant (FR) finishes and heralds a new generation in the production of FR protective

Carhartt selects CRAiLAR flax fibre for work wear

3rd October 2011 0 comment
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT) announced today that it has entered into a short term CRAiLAR Flax fibre development agreement with work wear brand Carhartt commencing September 2011 to support evaluation of processing CRAiLAR Flax fibre in premium grade work wear. "Carhartt aligns perfectly with our current portfolio and we are excited to add them to our growing mix of partner brands," sa

VDMA launches new textile machinery website

22nd September 2011 0 comment
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 . 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

FibeRio secures further funding for commercial ramp up

22nd September 2011 0 comment
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

Dupont wins Kevlar trade secret case against Kolon

16th September 2011 0 comment
DuPont won a civil lawsuit for $919.9 million against Kolon Industries yesterday, with the jury finding that Kolon stole trade secrets and confidential information regarding DuPont's Kevlar aramid fibre. Kolon, a South Korea-based company, was found liable for misappropriation of trade secrets, and the jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond, Va., found that its act

TenCate partners Chinamex to develop China protective fabrics market

15th September 2011 0 comment
Royal Ten Cate (TenCate) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Beijing Chinamex International Investment Co. Ltd. (Chinamex) in Beijing, China, to develop the Chinese market for protective fabrics. The partners' objective is to market flame-retardant (FR) fabrics for defence applications, police and emergency response. TenCate says that, as in many other emerging markets for high performance mate

Groz-Beckert offers comprehensive training programme

13th September 2011 0 comment
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

Karl Mayer extends CFRP facility

12th September 2011 0 comment
Karl Mayer has extended its CFP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics) Centre of Excellence to incorporate a laboratory for producing and testing fibre-reinforced structural components. "Fibre-reinforced plastics have exceptional characteristics and therefore act as important impulses for new developments, especially in the machine building sector. Karl Mayer has been quick to recognise the potential of these lightweight, versatile mat

Knits from recycled bottles for corporate uniforms

9th September 2011 0 comment
Century Place a US based supplier to the textile rental trade is using Ecosure, a fibre made from post consumer PET polymer, in its latest line of knitted rental uniforms. Poole Company, a manufacturer and distributor of recycled and virgin polyester fibre says its EcoSure fibres, which Century Place has selected for its range, are certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) as being manufactured from 100

AMSilk and Fraunhofer partner in new spin process for spider silk

8th September 2011 0 comment
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

Super Absorbent Fibre on show at SINCE 2011

7th September 2011 0 comment
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

Symposium addresses India's technical textiles needs

5th September 2011 0 comment
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

Indian state plans Rs 110 crore technical textiles park

1st September 2011 0 comment
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

TenCate Tecasafe Plus poised for global expansion

30th August 2011 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics Americas, a leader in inherently flame-resistant (FR) woven and knitted fabrics for protective apparel has intensified its strategic efforts to take the TenCate Tecasafe Plus product portfolio to a world-wide marketplace. According to TenCate, the global demand for TenCate Tecasafe Plus is increasing because end-users are looking for the most economic protection in combination with outstanding pe

India's technical textiles industry to grow to Rs.1.4 trillion by 2017

26th August 2011 0 comment
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

Dyneema Diamond Technology used in cut resistant gloves

25th August 2011 0 comment
At the forthcoming A+A safety and security trade fair which takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany, from October 18-21, a number of companies will be introducing knitted protective gloves featuring the latest Dyneema Diamond Technology. Dyneema Diamond Technology is an innovative production technology developed by DSM Dyneema which is said to enable the manufacture of yarn that delivers significantly increased c

Mageba launches new multishuttle loom

24th August 2011 0 comment
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

Lenzing records most successful first half in company's history

23rd August 2011 0 comment
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

Innovative Textiles launches Reliant FR AIR performance fabric

22nd August 2011 0 comment
Innovative Textiles Inc. (ITI) has announced the launch of its latest patent pending fabric, Reliant AIR. ITI is a leading manufacturer of FR and arc resistant fabrics serving the electrical, fire, petrochemical, and safety apparel marketplace. Reliant AIR is said to be a unique flame resistant fabric, engineered for maximum comfort and uncompromised arc protection. According to ITI, Reliant AIR meets the F

Protective Industrial Products acquires McHenry Knitting

19th August 2011 0 comment
Bluffton, Indiana based McHenry Knitting and Manufacturing, Inc. has been acquired by Protective Industrial Products, Inc. (PIP), a leading supplier of personal protective equipment. The new owners say a new PIP company, McHenry Manufacturing Inc. (MMI), will operate the business in the same manner that made McHenry one of the leading suppliers of knitted and cut-and-sewn personal protective products in the indus

Invexus invisible plasma coatings launched

16th August 2011 0 comment
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

IFAI Advanced Textiles Europe 2011 to showcase new technologies

15th August 2011 0 comment
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

12th August 2011 0 comment
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

3D moulding of TenCate Liba to be shown at DSEi

11th August 2011 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour is to introduce a highly sophisticated method of 3D moulding for the patented TenCate Liba armour system at DSEi (Defence & Security Equipment International) in London in September. TenCate says the system will allow the replacement of existing key components of armoured vehicles, such as hatches, doors and bonnets, all traditionally made from steel, with all-composite solutions.  Engineers of Ten

ITMF State of Trade Report Q1 2011

11th August 2011 0 comment
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

New technique scales up nanofibre production

11th August 2011 0 comment
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

New developments from Harry Lucas for ITMA

10th August 2011 0 comment
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

TenCate increases production capacity for Tecasafe Plus

9th August 2011 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics Americas, a market leader in inherently flame resistant (FR) fabrics for protective apparel, has strategically enhanced proprietary manufacturing processes to meet supply chain challenges in the industrial safety apparel market. TenCate says it has worked with its supply chain and is planning ahead for trends in reduced availability of FR cotton and the expected increased demand

Interview with Karl Mayer's Fritz P. Mayer

9th August 2011 0 comment
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

VIDEO: Smart Textiles Salon 2011

8th August 2011 0 comment
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

Dates announced for 8th annual Smart Fabrics Conference

5th August 2011 0 comment
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

Indian technical textiles sector to reach US$36 billion in 5 years

2nd August 2011 0 comment
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 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

Technical Service for Sewing & Joining Technology

2nd August 2011 0 comment
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

Amyris partners with Kuraray to develop renewable polymers

1st August 2011 0 comment
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

RISE conference to connect innovation with real world applications

25th July 2011 0 comment
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

Are we at the technological limit for fire gloves?

22nd July 2011 0 comment
The recent media attention on The Glove Corp. Blaze Fighter structural gloves again raises the question about what is "practical" and appropriate when it comes to the trade-off between thermal protection and dexterity in structural gloves. As the chairman of the NFPA 1

New Garnett-e-Controls for textile machinery

19th July 2011 0 comment
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,

ITMA to feature extended Research & Education pavilion

18th July 2011 0 comment
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

Bomb-proof bag for luggage compartment in aircraft

14th July 2011 0 comment
A bag, which can protect planes from bombs in passenger luggage, has been developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the UK's University of Sheffield working within University spinout company Blastech Ltd. The bag, named the Fly-Bag, features multiple layers of novel fabrics, composites and coatings and is designed to be filled with passenger luggage and then placed in the hold of a plane.

Researchers hope to improve suits for wildland fire fighters

14th July 2011 0 comment
You can hardly get through an evening news program without hearing about an out-of-control wildfire spreading across various parts of the country. But how safe - and comfortable - is the clothing being worn by the men and women fighting these fires? Researchers at North Carolina State University are working to develop and demonstrate new testing technologies for evaluating gear worn by wildland fire fighters t

Researchers print solar cells onto paper and fabric

14th July 2011 0 comment
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,

Keynote speaker announced for TCL2011

13th July 2011 0 comment
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

Far Infra Red technology can be printed onto fabrics

13th July 2011 0 comment
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

Dutch open innovation centre for advanced materials

11th July 2011 0 comment
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

Karl Mayer highlights for ITMA 2011

8th July 2011 0 comment
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 moves forward

8th July 2011 0 comment
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

Extended fibres and yarns area at ITMA 2011

7th July 2011 0 comment
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

Potential engineers get a Smallpeice of the action

7th July 2011 0 comment
From 27th June to 30th June 2011, forty-three students aged 14 and 15 spent the week enjoying a unique learning experience at The University of Manchester. The four-day Smallpeice Trust Engineering Materials residential course, hosted by The University of Manchester's School of Materials and sponsored by LATEST2 (Light Alloys Towards Environmentally Sustainable Transport) was designed to give students a taste of this

ATNT conference to be held in Coimbatore, India

6th July 2011 0 comment
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 wins R&D 100 award for nanofibre production equipment

6th July 2011 0 comment
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

Endless possibilities from Performance Fibers at Techtextil

5th July 2011 0 comment
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

4th July 2011 0 comment
Theme day: Intelligent textiles for physical training, therapy and safety Readers wanting to learn more about intelligent textiles that can: Treat depression 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

Comez innovations for ITMA 2011

4th July 2011 0 comment
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

Polyetherimide fibre debuts in new work wear line

1st July 2011 0 comment
Netherlands based Sabic Innovative Plastics announced yesterday that its high-performance Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) fibre has found an important new application in high-end work wear and protective clothing. Japan Wool Textile Company, a division of NIKKE Group, is now blending Ultem fibre with wool and other materials to produce yarn, fabrics and garments that are said to offer a unique combination of comfort and protection, including permanent, non-halogenated flam

Master the art of innovation with Huntsman Textile Effects

29th June 2011 0 comment
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 fabric offers water absorption and oil repellency

28th June 2011 0 comment
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

Waste textiles used to heat up Scotland's homes

28th June 2011 0 comment
Reclaimed textiles are being reinvented as an innovative alternative to insulation by a Scottish firm. Design & Research Studio Kraft Architecture has unveiled its ‘Thermobond' insulation product which blends wool waste fibres to help buildings retain heat. With support from Scottish Enterprise the Glasgow-based company has developed Thermobond as an addition to the multi-billion-pound insulation market and a useful tool in helping Scotland to achieve a low carbon and

German technology for the Chinese technical textiles industry

23rd June 2011 0 comment
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

Karl Mayer shows latest machine for spacer fabrics

22nd June 2011 0 comment
Leading warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer has unveiled its new RD 7/2-12 EL double needle bar raschel machine here at ShanghaiTex. The machine is the German company's latest offering in the spacer fabric field and is suitable for the production of 3D knitted spacer fabrics for shoes, linings, orthopaedic bandages and supports, mattress covers, automotive interiors and furniture applications. The newco

Super Absorbent Fibre well received at China Hygiene Exhibition

21st June 2011 0 comment
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

Ahlstrom starts multiaxial production in China

21st June 2011 0 comment
Global high performance materials company Ahlstrom Corporation is taking another step in executing its growth strategy in Asia by starting production of specialty multiaxial fabric reinforcements for the wind energy market in China. The production of multiaxial glass fibre reinforcements, which are used amongst other things to strengthen wind mill blades, will be started by the fourth quarter 2011 at Ahlstrom's Binzhou plant in the Shandong province on Ch

Techtextil North America Symposium 2012 - Call for Papers

16th June 2011 0 comment
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

ITMA Asia + CITME supports buoyant Chinese textiles industry

15th June 2011 0 comment
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

Teijin's Utsunomiya factory resumes full-scale operation

13th June 2011 0 comment
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

Global Outlook for Carbon Fiber 2011: Call for Papers

13th June 2011 0 comment
"In preparation for the 14th annual Global Outlook for Carbon Fiber conference, it's timely to consider the growing context and significance of this sector," says conference organiser IntertechPira, adding: "External drivers continue to push for increased lightweighting in transport applications, proliferation of renewable energy generation, and adoption of high performance materials to increase efficiency and productivity across the whole spectrum of end use markets." Inte

Huntsman Textile Effects appoints new VP Specialty Textiles

13th June 2011 0 comment
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 extends lead as innovation powerhouse

9th June 2011 0 comment
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

Luxicool - the cooler than cool yarn

8th June 2011 0 comment
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

Research examines how to apply

7th June 2011 0 comment
"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

CRAiLAR flax fibre to be evaluated in corporate uniform market

7th June 2011 0 comment
Naturally Advanced Technologies (NAT) has announced it has entered into a short-term CRAiLAR Flax fibre development agreement with Cintas Corporation beginning June 2011 to support evaluation of processing CRAiLAR flax fibre in corporate identity uniform programs. "Cintas is the leading uniform brand in the U.S. and we are looking forward to supporting their manufacturing processes," said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT. "This agreement is further validation that NAT promises a

NWtexnet into Europe

6th June 2011 0 comment
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 polyester wins Techtextil Innovation Prize

6th June 2011 0 comment
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

Smart and sensory materials with built in technology

3rd June 2011 0 comment
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

French textile machine builders see strong turnaround in 2011

2nd June 2011 0 comment
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

Trying to understand Russia

1st June 2011 0 comment
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

Techtextil: Steiger targets technical textile markets

31st May 2011 0 comment
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

Jump in global shipments of textile machinery in 2010

27th May 2011 0 comment
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 and Texprocess shows convince industry

27th May 2011 0 comment
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

2011 Textile Institute Awards Launched

24th May 2011 0 comment
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

Techtextil, Texprocess and Material Vision 2011 ready for take-off

22nd May 2011 0 comment
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: Managing Innovation in Textiles

19th May 2011 0 comment
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

Techtextil invitation to innovate with DSM Dyneema

19th May 2011 0 comment
Visitors to the DSM Dyneema booth at next weeks Techtextil in Frankfurt will learn how exploiting the special properties of Dyneema fibre, the Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre from DSM, is resulting in innovation for a wide range of high performance materials. Key applications in the textiles industry include: Draggin Jeans uses Dyneema fibres in its mix to make an innovative material blend for jeans that are said to be as tough as leather, an

50th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC)

18th May 2011 0 comment
50th Anniversary, 14 - 16 September 2011 Communicating the future of man-made fibres Umbrella Theme: “Man-made Fibers – the Next 50 Years” – a good choice Plenary Speakers and Visionaries Enlarge the Spectrum of Lectures Panel Discussion on the Topic of Reduced Availability of Natural Fibers Increasing Number of Participants Expected (Registration of Early Birds, Edition Copies Pre-programme) Importance of Congress Underlined by Parallel Events Tree-planting Ceremony at t

Performance Fibers appoints new European president

16th May 2011 0 comment
Performance Fibers, the specialist manufacturer of industrial polyester fibres and fabrics with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, has announced the appointment of Greg Vas Nunes as President of Performance Fibers Europe.  Mr Vas Nunes has already assumed the role from the end of February this year and will be based at the company's European Headquarters in Luxembourg. Developing next-generation technologies and products for industry and consumer

Students design fabric for charging mobile phones

16th May 2011 0 comment
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

Designtex adds NanoSphere finish to its hospitality textiles

12th May 2011 0 comment
Extreme performance and environmentally friendly textiles are highly important to Designtex, a Steelcase company with 110 global locations. As a leading company in the U.S. contract furnishings market Designtex has added Schoeller Technology's NanoSphere to its repertoire of textile finishes, products which will be featured during Techtextil 2011 at the Schoeller booth. Schoeller's NanoSphere nanotechnology based textile impregnation is said to feature a high level of wate

Karl Mayer to highlight new applications at Techtextil

10th May 2011 0 comment
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 products. Malitronic “The end-uses currently showing the most potential are the se

VDMA: Fritz P. Mayer re-elected Chairman

10th May 2011 0 comment
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 2011. 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

Insecticidal mosquito net gets WHO interim recommendation

5th May 2011 0 comment
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

Eschler Textil set for year of innovation

4th May 2011 0 comment
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

Business information reports for technical textiles and nonwovens

4th May 2011 0 comment
Innovation in Textiles is now offering readers the opportunity to buy online, business information reports on the technical textiles and nonwovens industries. The authoritative reports are compiled and published by Textiles Intelligence, a highly respected and leading provider of business information and cover the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries, as well as performance apparel and corporate wear. Below is a sample selection of recently pu

Spacer fabric protects horses from insect bites

3rd May 2011 0 comment
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 carr

Unifi marks 40th anniversary with dedication to founder

28th April 2011 0 comment
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

Nonwovens in a different class

27th April 2011 0 comment
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. New classification for nonwovens? EDANA – the trade body primarily representing the European nonwovens industry – announced in Geneva that along with fellow trade organisations INDA, for North

Bill Mills sets up textiles and business support consultancy

27th April 2011 0 comment
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

TenCate Tecasafe Plus 580 offers lightweight protection

20th April 2011 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics Americas, a leader in the field of inherently flame-resistant (FR) fabrics, is expanding its TenCate Tecasafe Plus product portfolio with the introduction of TenCate Tecasafe Plus 580, a lighter weight option for industrial safety apparel.  “Since its initial introduction three years ago, TenCate Tecasafe Plus has become a force in the industrial flame-resistant fabric market. And now its reach is expanding. Engineered as a lighter weigh

TCL2011 International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating

20th April 2011 0 comment
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 eagerly anticipated. The Conference Chairman will once again be Wil

ITMA ASIA + CITME is door to China for textile

19th April 2011 0 comment
The third edition of the combined ITMA ASIA + CITME show will be held from 12 to 16 June 2012 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The show aims to continue to be the leading marketing platform for textile machinery manufacturers tapping into the vibrant Chinese market. “According to Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), the global market for textile machinery is projected to reach US$20.75 billion by 2015. The Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate as t

Rhodia increases polymer capacity in Freiburg

12th April 2011 0 comment
Rhodia has announced a debottlenecking of its polymer production capacity in Freiburg, Germany. Rhodia’s Global Business Unit (GBU), Polyamide & Intermediates, a leader in the polyamide PA66 market, is strengthening its position as major producer of polymers in Europe. “The capacity extension of our industrial unit of Freiburg enhances our capability to be a reliable partner for our customers in Europe, especially in the textile industry. It is an important step

Smart Fabrics move towards commercialization

11th April 2011 0 comment
Debra Cobb reports from the 7th Smart Fabrics Conference The 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

New helicopter survival suit gets Outlast technology

8th April 2011 0 comment
Survival-One Limited, a leader in the design, manufacture and service of survival clothing and equipment, has recently launched a new helicopter passenger survival suit incorporating Outlast technology for better comfort. We all know that water can be dangerous with unpredictable element, but with some jobs and activities it is not possible to stay away from it. To get to offshore oil installations for example there is no other choice than to fly over water. So if a risk

Indias NTC to enter technical textiles sector

7th April 2011 0 comment
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

TenCate secures Italian order for Defender M fabric

5th April 2011 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics EMEA has secured an initial order from the Italian manufacturer Aero Sekur S.p.A (Aprilia, Italy) for the delivery of inherently fire-resistant TenCate Defender M fabric to the Italian 'Soldier of the Future' programme (Forza Nec). The aim of this programme is to modernize the equipment of the Italian infantry.  The contract is said to be the result of intensive collaboration within European frameworks and TenCate Defender M fabric was selected

Dyneema appoints Gruschwitz as distribution partner

4th April 2011 0 comment
DSM Dyneema has formed a partnership with gruschwitz gmbh Tech-Twists in which they become a Premium Distribution Partner for UHMWPE fibre manufactured by DSM Dyneema. The new agreement becomes effective 1 April 2011 and is specific to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. Grus

Business Information: Technical Textile Markets reports

31st March 2011 0 comment
Innovation in Textiles is now offering readers the opportunity to buy online, business information reports on the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. The reports are compiled and published by Textiles Intelligence, a highly respected and leading provider of business information. Technical Textile Markets reports provide an overview of the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries. They provide market data and analysis of new and established markets for technical

Business Information: Textile Outlook International reports

31st March 2011 0 comment
Innovation in Textiles is now offering readers the opportunity to buy online, business information reports on the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. The reports are compiled and published by Textiles Intelligence, a highly respected and leading provider of business information. Textile Outlook International reports provide an overview of the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. They are essential reading for senior executives in the fibre, textile and apparel industries – a

Business Information: Performance Apparel Markets reports

31st March 2011 0 comment
Innovation in Textiles is now offering readers the opportunity to buy online, business information reports on the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. The reports are compiled and published by Textiles Intelligence, a highly respected and leading provider of business information. Performance Apparel Markets reports provide an overview of the sector for performance apparel and corporate wear. They provide market data and analysis of new and established markets for performance fibres, fa

SITM develops worlds finest weft insertion tricot machine

31st March 2011 0 comment
French warp knitting machine engineering company Schinasi International Textile Machines (SITM) claims to have developed the world’s finest weft insertion device for a tricot machine in gauge E36 (36 needles per inch).   Experience SITM was created in 1986 in a Paris suburb by the current owner Nessim Schinasi, and has been a partner of German warp knitting machine builder LIBA Maschinenfabrik GmbH for 40 years. SITM represents Liba in sales of new machines in Fran

PhD Studentship in Development of Smart Yarn

29th March 2011 0 comment
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 annum for 2011/12) for up to three years. Everyday clothing consists of textile fibres which are woven and knitted to

Euratex urges EU action on raw materials crisis

29th March 2011 0 comment
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

Outlast to improve comfort in FR workwear

28th March 2011 0 comment
US based Outlast Technologies Inc., market leader in temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), and Waxman Fibres Ltd of West Yorkshire, UK, have developed a range of innovative flame retardant (FR) circular knitted fabrics where FR Protex modacrylic fibre is blended with Outlast viscose fibre, to bring new levels of comfort to FR workwear. The new FR fabrics, which will be exhibited at the forthcoming Techtextil in Frankfurt in June, have been produced by

Outlast and Protex launch new development

28th March 2011 0 comment
Outlast Technologies, Inc., Boulder/Colorado, market leader in temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), and Waxman Fibres Ltd, West Yorkshire/United Kingdom, are pleased to announce a new partnership. Together they developed innovative flame retardant (FR) fabrics where the FR Protex® modacrylic fibre is blended with the climate regulating Outlast® viscose fibre. The new FR fabrics are p

World of Wipes addresses industry challenges

25th March 2011 0 comment
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, Atlanta, Georgia. The full agenda for the event, which annually attracts hundreds of participants from the wipes supply chain, provides three days of educational seminars

Inaugural lecture has smart textiles emphasis

25th March 2011 0 comment
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

Latest Dyneema innovations at HOSDB 2011

23rd March 2011 0 comment
Helmets, protective vest inserts and shields incorporating Dyneema high strength fibre marked the debut of DSM Dyneema at HOSDB, the Home Office Scientific Development Branch exhibition, taking place in Farnborough, UK this week. Dyneema ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre is an established brand in the protective clothing and headgear market and is already incorporated into various pieces of hard and soft ballistic armour developed by official

Reach tens of thousands of technical textiles buyers

22nd March 2011 0 comment
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Clariant: Performance that protects Protection that performs

22nd March 2011 0 comment
Performance that protects – Protection that performs - is Clariant’s key theme for the 2011 Techtextil show which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany, from May 24-26.  “In many instances, technical textiles are about protection – whether for people, for vehicles, for buildings or for the environment. Clariant has the advanced solutions to ensure that these materials provide exactly what’s needed when it’s needed – whether strength, resiliency, antimicrobial p

French machinery manufacturers gear up for Techtextil

22nd March 2011 0 comment
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

North America Nonwovens Industry Outlook 2010-2015

21st March 2011 0 comment
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 companies. “Kno

Johns Manville adds additional Microfiber capacity

21st March 2011 0 comment
“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 world-class product

Trevira introduces PLA fibres for nonwovens

14th March 2011 0 comment
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

Multiaxial machine to be showcased JEC show

14th March 2011 0 comment
Karl Mayer Malimo the Chemnitz, Germany based producer of multiaxial machines and weft-insertion tricot machines for the production of high-quality reinforcing textiles from glass and carbon will be showing its latest technologies at the JEC Composites show from 29 to 31 March. The Saxon company’s innovative developments have been setting new standards in the sector for a while and should find a suitable platform at the Paris exhibition where it will show its rec

Spacer fabrics feature at technical textiles symposium

10th March 2011 0 comment
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

New Eco-applicator soft coating solution from Monforts

9th March 2011 0 comment
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

FibeRio presents Forcespinning nanofiber technology

9th March 2011 0 comment
FibeRio Technology 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

DSM Dyneema partners Eurofibers in distribution deal

8th March 2011 0 comment
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

Creating a culture for innovation

8th March 2011 0 comment
Scottish technical textiles manufacturer Scott & Fyfe has recently started collaboration with The Glasgow School of Art in order to create a culture of sustainable innovation.   The first workshop took place from 19-20 October 2010 in the Centre for Design Innovation in Forres in north east Scotland’s Moray Firth area. The first two days covered how the design process can be applied to maximise opportunity spotting and the methods will be used within the organisat

Strong growth continues in global yarn and fabric production

8th March 2011 0 comment
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

Final agenda announced for 7th annual Smart Fabrics conference

7th March 2011 0 comment
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 diverse application

Signs of recovery for Italian textile machinery manufacturers

4th March 2011 0 comment
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

TenCate net profit up 92% to 46.0 million in 2010

3rd March 2011 0 comment
Leading technical textiles producer Royal TenCate has recorded a net profit increase of 92% for 2010. The Dutch company reported the following results yesterday: Highlights of 2010 -          Sales in 2010: €984.5 million (2009: €842.1 million; 17% of which +10% autonomous). -          EBITA in 2010: € 85.0 million (2009: €41.5 million; +109% autonomous). -          EBITA margin in 2010: 8.6% (2009: 4.9%). -         

Techtextil North America 2011 Preview

2nd March 2011 0 comment
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

Invista to build new nylon plant in China

2nd March 2011 0 comment
 Invista, a world leader in nylon intermediates and fibres, has announced that it is moving ahead with its plans to construct a delayed manufacturing facility at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in China to meet the region’s demand for nylon 6.6 intermediates and polymer. The company is currently engaged in project engineering, which will include an environmental impact assessment to be completed by the end of 2011. Invista expects to begin construction of the plan

Conference: Societal Challenges Textile Solutions

1st March 2011 0 comment
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 a

DSM JV invests 50 million in Chinese composite resins facility

28th February 2011 0 comment
Royal DSM has announced that its joint venture company, Jinling DSM Resins Co., Ltd. (JDR) will invest approximately € 50 million in a new production facility for composite resins in Nanjing, China. The new facility, which will replace the current facility, is expected to be among the largest manufacturing plants for composite resins in the world. DSM's share in the investment is 75%.  The new facility is expected to substantially strengthen the local position of th

16th Techtextil Symposium and 6th Avantex Symposium

22nd February 2011 0 comment
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

Lenzing 2010 results confirm best ever year

21st February 2011 0 comment
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 1.22

Wireless at ISPO

20th February 2011 0 comment
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 interactive

BASF to launch new products at INDEX 2011

18th February 2011 0 comment
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

Sinterama and Indorama consortium buys Trevira

17th February 2011 0 comment
A consortium of Thailand’s Indorama Ventures PCL and Italy’s Sinterama are to take over Trevira, the polyester fibre manufacturer headquartered in Germany. On 4 February the consortium signed a share purchase agreement with Werner Schneider who re-established Trevira in January 2010 following its insolvency in 2009. With its German locations in Bobingen, Guben and Hattersheim, and the Polish production site in Zielona Góra, Trevira GmbH will be integrated int

DSM acquires majority share in Chinese UHMWPE fibre manufacturer

17th February 2011 0 comment
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

Danish project launches smart textiles competition for students

15th February 2011 0 comment
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

Chinese leader addresses ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit

15th February 2011 0 comment
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

Lenzing wins ispo Eco Responsibility Award

8th February 2011 0 comment
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

LCA confirms CO2 footprint reduction for ECO2Technology

8th February 2011 0 comment
Advansa has announced that an Independent Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) has confirmed the CO2 footprint reduction of its ECO2Technology for its ThermoCool fibres. Advansa says the peer-reviewed study was conducted by TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) an independent research organization that focuses on applied science. According to Advansa, the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) study confirms an average reduction of 80% in emissions of global warming ga

Teijin combines carbon fibres & composite materials businesses

4th February 2011 0 comment
Teijin Limited has announced that on 1st April it will integrate its carbon fibres and composite materials business units into the new Carbon Fibers & Composites Business Group, aiming to accelerate expansion of its advanced composite materials business, one of the main components of Teijin’s long-term growth strategy. Operating under the direct management of President and CEO Shigeo Ohyagi, the integrated group will enable Teijin to develop composite materials bu

Brussels hosts successful PPE Conference

3rd February 2011 0 comment
220 participants from 24 countries representing the entire PPE value chain, end users and public authorities attended the PPE Conference 2011 which took place on 1-2 February in Brussels. The Conference showcased the activities of the European Lead Market for Protective Textiles exploring the evolving needs of end users, emerging technology and innovation trends as well as business developments in the European and global markets for Personal Protective Clothing and

ATME-I to continue with Techtextil North America in 2012

1st February 2011 0 comment
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 rolls out Cleanshell process

28th January 2011 0 comment
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 textiles. 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 a

Euratex and IAF support Texprocess

27th January 2011 0 comment
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

Sales cooperation for nanofibre spinning lines

21st January 2011 0 comment
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

Scientists say skin unaffected by antibacterial clothing

20th January 2011 0 comment
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 sportswear and

Philadelphia University establishes textile composites R&D institute

18th January 2011 0 comment
Philadelphia University and MAG, a leading developer of automation technologies for producing composite structures are jointly establishing the Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute for research and development in textile-based composites that the parties say could have wide application in industry, including the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors. The new research institute will be funded in part by $1.1 million from MAG, whose chairman and

Protective Readi Mask receives 2011 Visionary Award

18th January 2011 0 comment
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 polyester partners acknowledged

18th January 2011 0 comment
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.

In Memoriam: Luigi Omodeo Zorini

17th January 2011 0 comment
A great entrepreneur and pioneer in the crochet knitting machine technology 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 of ‘croc

US Congress extends opportunity for Defender M fabrics

12th January 2011 0 comment
A bill passed by the US Congress last week has extended the window of opportunity for TenCate Protective Fabrics USA to continue to supply its flame resistant Defender M fabrics for US military uniforms. The bill includes an extension until 2015 of the existing waiver under the US Berry Amendment with regard to the import of flame-resistant (FR) rayon fibres into the United States. The original exemption was due to expire in 2013. The US Berry Amendment requi

Exhibitor space at Techtextil selling fast

12th January 2011 0 comment
According to Messe Frankfurt, the current number of registrations for Techtextil 2011, International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, indicates yet another successful exhibition. The organiser says that by the end of December, over 90% of the space used in 2009 had already been booked and there was equal interest from new and returning exhibitors for the 24-26 May 2011 show.  “The mood is good following Techtextil 2009, which set a new r

Roger Milliken 1915 - 2010

5th January 2011 0 comment
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 ninety-five.  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."

Trevira reports healthy first year after restructuring

21st December 2010 0 comment
Following its recent restructuring and launch as a new company, producer of specialist polyester yarns, Trevira GmbH says it can report a successful first year in business. The German company reports that all of its important product segments showed signs of progress in the improved economic situation and capacities that were adjusted during restructuring have been well exploited. Growth was not only limited to Europe but also occurred in other important target mark

Scientists study environmental impact of silver nano-particles

17th December 2010 0 comment
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 environment. The Hohenstein says the results of the undertaking, which will b

Researchers to develop fabric based antenna technology

16th December 2010 0 comment
Loughborough University is to lead a three-year collaborative project with neighbouring Nottingham Trent University to develop a new type of fabric based antenna technology that can overcome problems currently encountered by the military, search and rescue teams and the emergency services. The groundbreaking project aims to produce a fabric antenna and associated electronics, which could be integrated into a wearer’s uniform. Traditional monopole antenn

VDMA awards Germany's young textile engineers

14th December 2010 0 comment
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

Euratex and Cematex plan closer collaboration

14th December 2010 0 comment
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 promotion. 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

Baltex wins innovation prize at TI World Conference

8th December 2010 0 comment
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

Clariant raises prices for textile chemicals and dyes

8th December 2010 0 comment
Clariant’s Textile Chemicals Business Unit has announced price increases for its ranges of textile chemicals and textiles dyes of up to 15%. The price rises will take effect immediately. “Continuing shortages in raw materials are creating an on-going situation of rising feedstock prices for our business. This, in combination with ever-higher energy and transportation costs, leaves Clariant no alternative but to adjust the prices of our textile ranges for our cu

ISUs new Chair focuses on functional apparel design

7th December 2010 0 comment
When U.S. combat soldiers go into battle, they're now better protected because of some of Cheryl Farr's work. That's because Farr, Iowa State University's new Noma Scott Lloyd Chair in Textiles and Clothing was part of the federally funded design team that developed the QuadGard limb armour, which provides soldiers extremity protection against fragments from improvised explosive devices. The project was one of several Farr has worked on involving military functiona

New website showcases Defencell Force Protection Systems

6th December 2010 0 comment
Fiberweb has launched a new website which showcases its Defencell Force Protection Systems, a lightweight ballistic and blast barrier solution that offers weight and space savings over existing protective barriers. Created exclusively for US military personnel, provides performance data that highlights how the Defencell system can effectively reduce the number of containers necessary to transport and construct ballistics fortifications in both

French textile machinery builders eye Turkey and Syria

30th November 2010 0 comment
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

Coldblack polo shirt tested under African sun

30th November 2010 0 comment
A cotton polo shirt incorporating ‘coldblack’ technology from Schoeller Technologies has been put through its paces by a leading German online magazine for the specialty sports products and retail trade. is said to have its finger on the pulse with its own successful biking and running team and Editor in Chief, Tom Tittmann, asked team athlete Sven Meier to put the polo shirt to the test.  “I was able to thoroughly test the polo shirt whic

Lenzing announces 10% increase in fibre price

29th November 2010 0 comment
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

Hot new coating development for flexible materials and composites

25th November 2010 0 comment
A well known and existing coating technique which has been used for decades has recently been adapted by a UK company to provide a revolutionary way of coating hot melt materials in various forms and on to different substrates for wide-ranging industrial applications. The new technology is known as EKOKOTE. Web Processing (M/C) Ltd., based in Whaley Bridge in North West England, and collaborative partner Thom Engineering based in Blackburn, Lancashire, have t

Coatema Cick&Coat wins JEC Composites Innovation Award

25th November 2010 0 comment
German company Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH has been awarded the JEC Composites Innovation Award for 2010 for Impregnating, Laminating and Calendaring for maximum flexibility and process versatility in its patented Coatema Click&Coat machinery concept. The prestigious prize was presented by Prof. Klaus Drechsler, of the University of Stuttgart, to Mrs. Andrea Glawe, Deputy Sales Director of Coatema, during the annual JEC Composites 2010 event in Singapore. W

Brussels hosts Personal Protective Clothing & Equipment Conference

24th November 2010 0 comment
A high-level conference on the latest developments and future trends in personal protective clothing and equipment (PPE) is to take place in Brussels from 1-2 February 2010. The conference is being organised by Euratex and the European Textile Technology Platform together with other key stakeholders of the European PPE sector such as the European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS), the European Safety Federation (ESF), the European Textile Services

Brazil hosts German textile machinery conferences

23rd November 2010 0 comment
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

Atayne founder announced keynote for Techtextil North America 2011

19th November 2010 0 comment
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

Nonwovens start-up to open in South Carolina

19th November 2010 0 comment
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

Texas Tech researcher to receive honorary fellowship

17th November 2010 0 comment
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

Smart Fabrics 2011 to be held in London

17th November 2010 0 comment
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

Super absorbent fibre technology well received at CINTE Techtextil

16th November 2010 0 comment
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

Lenzing records historic third quarter 2010

16th November 2010 0 comment
Cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has extended its strong first half performance into the third quarter of 2010, generating the best quarterly result in the company's history with earnings (EBIT) of Euros 60.8 million (Q3 2009, Euros 37.3 million).Nine-months sales in 2010 grew by 45.2 % from Euros 885 million in 2009 to Euros 1,285.5 million. EBIT reached a new nine-month record high of Euros 168.8 million and more than tripled EBIT for the same period in 2009 (Euro

Researchers publish first results on Forcespinning technology

12th November 2010 0 comment
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 Kamal Sarkar. Forcespinning is a patent pending technology that utilizes centrifugal force instead of hot air or an electrostatic char

Teijin to enter high-performance polyethylene market

10th November 2010 0 comment
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-

Consolidated Fibers named exclusive distributor of Basofil in North America

9th November 2010 0 comment
US based Consolidated Fibers has signed an agreement to become the exclusive supplier of Basofil staple fibre in North America. Basofil is an advanced technology melamine fibre designed to blend with commodity and synergistic fibres. Key physical properties of Basofil are said to be excellent dimensional stability, Superior Thermal Protective Performance (TPP) value, low thermal conductivity and ultraviolet (UV) radiation resistance. According to Consolidated

Integrating platform for advanced smart textile applications

8th November 2010 0 comment
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

The Textile Institute at 100 bright legacy, smart future

5th November 2010 0 comment
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 match. I

Dyneema Diamond Technology takes cut-resistance to next level

4th November 2010 0 comment
Innovative new production technology developed by DSM Dyneema is said to enable the manufacture of yarn that delivers significantly increased cut resistance performance. Dyneema says its new Diamond Technology now makes possible the production of protective gloves that combine the ultimate in cut resistance with extreme comfort. Developed over a period of four years, the patented ultra-high strength yarns produced with Dyneema Diamond Technology enable pro

ITMA returns to Italy in 2015

4th November 2010 0 comment
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

FibeRio to launch production ready Forcespinning Technology

4th November 2010 0 comment
FibeRio Technology 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

Teijin products at Japan Experience exhibition

2nd November 2010 0 comment
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

Dyneema in commercial fishing a winner for people and planet

28th October 2010 0 comment
DSM Dyneema is to present the results of new research that confirms use of its Dyneema ultra-strong lightweight fibre in fishing nets can yield major energy savings for fishermen, and make an important contribution to the sustainability of the fishing industry. The company will talk about the results and conclusions of its latest ‘eco-footprint’ analysis at the Energy use in Fisheries Symposium, which takes place in Seattle on November 14-17. DSM Dyneema commission

DuPont launches Kevlar XP for hard armour applications

26th October 2010 0 comment
DuPont has launched has launched a new product called Kevlar XP for Hard Armor to provide extra protection and extra performance in ballistic applications. The product is initially targeted at military and police helmet markets  and tactical plates used in ballistic protective vests. According to DuPont, an Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) used by the U.S. military today can weigh almost four pounds and DuPont Kevlar XP for Hard Armor provides a half pound (0.5 lb

Zephyr's PSM monitors Chilean miners' health and fitness

25th October 2010 0 comment
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 Santiago. For the two weeks prior to the rescue, the miners were preparing, sending keepsakes up in the same capsules that

Toho Tenax starts-up fourth carbon fibre line in Germany

22nd October 2010 0 comment
Teijin Group’s carbon fibre business Toho Tenax has announced that its German subsidiary, Toho Tenax Europe GmbH, started full-scale operation of its fourth carbon fibre production line at its Oberbruch plant this month, following initial start-up in September. The 1700 ton capacity Line 4 was completed in August 2009, but as a result of declining demand for carbon fibre due to the economic downturn since the autumn of 2008, the line’s originally scheduled start

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories in spider silk breakthrough

21st October 2010 0 comment
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

Silkworms produce artificial spider silk

21st October 2010 0 comment
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:     Further reading: Kraig Biocraft Laboratories in spider silk breakthrough

Albany Engineered Composites expands 3-D weaving operations

18th October 2010 0 comment
Albany International announced on Friday that its aerospace composites subsidiary, Albany Engineered Composites, Inc. (AEC), will be further expanding its operations in Rochester, New Hampshire. AEC expects to construct a new plant adjacent to its current Rochester operations in 2012 and to begin initial production in 2014. The plant will support the company's activities associated with Safran's aerospace programs and will employ up to 300 people. AEC has been w

ITMA 2011 expands to feature fibres and yarns

18th October 2010 0 comment
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

TenCate partners 3M for customized prepreg products

15th October 2010 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Composites USA has announced that it has signed a commercialization and supply agreement with 3M for the supply to TenCate of 3M Matrix Resin for the creation of customized TenCate prepreg products, bringing innovative 3M technology to multiple new markets.   As leading thermo set and thermoplastic prepreg developer and producer, TenCate supplies its high tech materials to various markets, including but not limited to space, aerospace, marine, infra

Dyneema SB51 takes soft ballistic performance to next level

14th October 2010 0 comment
DSM Dyneema is expanding its portfolio of products based on Dyneema, with the first in a new series of vest grades of unidirectional (UD) material. Dyneema SB51, which the company believes will create a step-change in the protection achievable with Soft Ballistic (SB) armour, has been developed for use in ballistic vests that combine minimum weight with high protection performance against handgun ammunition, fragments and knives. Dyneema SB51 builds on the success that

Techtextil North America appoints Symposium Advisory Council

13th October 2010 0 comment
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 an

TenCate anticipates substantial increase in Defender M revenues

11th October 2010 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics USA has reported a surge in demand for its TenCate Defender M product during the fourth quarter of this year. Sales for the year are forecast to reach approximately US $ 60 million during the last quarter of 2010 (29 million US dollars in fourth quarter 2009 alone). Increased demand is expected to last well into the first quarter of 2011.  According to TenCate, the ramp up of TenCate Defender M fabric consumption started during the third

Teijin Aramid and Avantium in green polymers partnership

7th October 2010 0 comment
Teijin Aramid and Dutch research and technology company Avantium announced yesterday that they have entered into an R&D partnership to explore high-performance polymers. The partnership builds on Teijin Aramid’s leading position in polyaramids and Avantium’s catalytic technology for producing building blocks for green materials and fuels. Avantium is a research and technology company that is unlocking a new generation of biobased chemical building

Teijin develops aramid advanced fire fighting suit

5th October 2010 0 comment
Teijin Techno Products, one of the core companies of the Teijin Group’s aramid fibres business, announced today the development of a groundbreaking fire fighting suit that it says offers the world’s highest levels of heat-barrier performance and comfortable, lightweight design. Developed in cooperation with Akao Co., Ltd., Japan’s leading manufacturer of fire fighting apparel, the suit is made with TripProtech aramid fibre fabric newly developed by Teijin Techno Pr

Advances in sun protection for workwear

30th September 2010 0 comment
Sunscreen was yesterday's solution, today its UV protection clothing – according to researchers at Germany’s Hohenstein Institute, doctors believe that the right clothing gives better protection from the dangers of the sun than creams. Nevertheless, the researchers say, many people who spend a long time outdoors because of their work, such as builders, gardeners, farmers, law enforcement officers, industrial cleaners or waiters, are reluctant to use specia

OUTLOOK 2010: A great vintage

30th September 2010 0 comment
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

Lenzing extends Tencel and Modal production sites

28th September 2010 0 comment
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)

Dyneema cut resistant gloves for food processing get EU approval

27th September 2010 0 comment
Dyneema ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibres can now be used in cut resistant gloves for the food processing industry in Europe. Within the European Union, materials and items used in food contact applications need to comply with strict requirements laid out in the Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 governing materials used in contact with food, as well as the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006. DSM Dyneema’s UHMWPE fibre

Coldblack nominated for German design prize

22nd September 2010 0 comment
A textile finishing technology used to produce clothing that keeps the wearer cooler under sunny conditions could be in line for one of Europe’s top design prizes. Coldblack, co-developed in Switzerland by speciality chemicals company Clariant and textile technology specialist Schoeller Technologies, has been nominated for the German Design Prize (Designpreis Deutschland) 2011. Coldblack technology, which the inventors claim provides efficient heat management as w

Report: India Textile and Apparel Trends 2009

8th September 2010 0 comment
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: Report Summary: 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

New book: Technical textile yarns

7th September 2010 0 comment
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 publisher:  - documents advances in textil

Books: Applications of nonwovens in technical textiles

7th September 2010 0 comment
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 publisher: 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 of variou

Polymat Free-Flow to launch at Composites Europe

2nd September 2010 0 comment
This year’s Composites Europe show will see the launch of a new product in Scottish technical textiles manufacturer Scott & Fyfe’s Polymat Range. Polymat Free-Flow is a mechanically stitch bonded reinforcement fabric consisting of a needle bonded core sandwiched between chopped glass fibres, which will increase the product range offered by Scott & Fyfe to the closed mould market. According to Scott & Fyfe, along with Polymat Hi-Flow, Polymat Free-Fl

Early bird rate for Textiles Coating & Laminating conference

2nd September 2010 0 comment
Organisers would like to remind delegates there are only a few days left to save on registration for TCL2010, the international Textiles Coating and Laminating conference to be held in Cannes, France from 4-5 November 2010. If you have not already registered please note that the last date to qualify for the early-bird rate is 8 September. To ensure your place, please register at , or by emailing or calling +

Call for papers for Indian technical textiles conference

1st September 2010 0 comment
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

Lenzing records best half year in company history

27th August 2010 0 comment
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

Smart clothing could power electronic devices

26th August 2010 0 comment
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

Hohenstein Institute interview: Sun protection textiles

23rd August 2010 0 comment
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

Latest textile advances presented at Paris conference

20th August 2010 0 comment
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 solutions and

Keynote announced for personal care products conference

17th August 2010 0 comment
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 global forecast

New speakers announced for carbon fibre conference

16th August 2010 0 comment
IntertechPira has announced further speakers for its leading conference dedicated to the carbon fibre industry, GOCarbonFibre2010, which will feature featuring Airbus, Boeing, Opel / General Motors and carbon fibre manufacturer Zoltek, amongst others. Newly announces speakers from Harper International and Delft University of Technology join the line-up for the 13th annual Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre, newly branded as GOCarbonFibre, will take place on 29-30 Septemb

Work starts on new Pegas production facility

13th August 2010 0 comment
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

VDMA sets up Composite Technology Network

10th August 2010 0 comment
Germany’s VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau - German Engineering Federation) has put in place a new network for machinery manufacturers engaged in the development and production of technologies for the manufacture and quality control of composite materials. Initially, firms from four different VDMA associations have come together to form the VDMA Composite Technology Forum, in order to create a platform for exchanges among themselves, with user

Edana announces FILTREX 2010 programme

10th August 2010 0 comment
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

NanoSphere at World Exposition in Shanghai

9th August 2010 0 comment
Cheese, chocolate and a chairlift over a flowering meadow taking visitors to the Swiss pavilion is apparently one the biggest draws at the World Exposition in Shanghai which runs to the end of October 2010. From May to July, more then 1.1 million visitors learned about Swiss traditions and Swiss developments visiting the pavilion. Bratwurst, rösti potatoes, raclette and fondue are said to be proving just as popular among the Chinese and international guests as the

Nanofibers conference program announced

9th August 2010 0 comment
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

Dyneema branding deal for protective suit specialist

5th August 2010 0 comment
Protective suit specialist TST Sweden has signed a licensing agreement with fibre manufacturer DSM Dyneema that will enable them to use the Dutch company’s distinctive trademark on their multilayer water-jet protective suits made with the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene Dyneema fibre. TST says Dyneema is not only the strongest material, but also the lightest, to be used in suits to protect operators using water jets operating at up to 2000 bar i

PCMCs Athena folder for wipes and napkins

3rd August 2010 0 comment
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 t

Unifi reports first profits in 10 years

2nd August 2010 0 comment
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 $616.8 million,

Techtextil North America Symposium 2011 Call for papers

2nd August 2010 0 comment
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

4th Hohenstein Institute Innovation Exchange

28th July 2010 0 comment
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

ThermoCool with merino for advanced base layers

27th July 2010 0 comment
The growing demand for garments with wool are beginning to make merino a favourite for Outdoor apparel and in response  Mönchengladbach based Stöhr AG a manufacturer of combed wool yarns, and Leicester, UK based Wykes International Ltd., a yarn covering specialist, have developed a range of  ThermoCool-Merino composite yarns suitable for seamless outerwear production. UK based Sub Zero Technologies, thermal underwear and base layer brand has used the Thermo

Nonwovens professionals honoured with INDA Achievement Awards

26th July 2010 0 comment
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

Groz-Beckert - Building for the Future

23rd July 2010 0 comment
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

TenCate introduces flame retardant fabric for group tents

23rd July 2010 0 comment
Netherlands based TenCate Outdoor Fabrics has introduced a new inherently flame-retardant fabric for group tents, called TenCate Campshield.  Scouting Nederland, which is celebrating its centenary this year, will include this new safety fabric from TenCate as a standard item in its collection of group tents for scouts. On the eve of the Jubilee Jamboree held to celebrate this very special anniversary, Scouting Nederland dcided to provide its members with tents made o

TenCate doubles first half profits

22nd July 2010 0 comment
Netherland’s based technical textiles giant, TenCate has announced that its operating profit (EBIT) for the second quarter of 2010 has soared to approximately € 27 million, up 143% from second quarter 2009’s € 11.1 million, in advance of the publication of its half-year figures on 26 August 2010. Operating profit for the first six months of 2010 doubled to an amount of approximately € 33 million and taking incidental items into account, net profit doubled in

Acqua Zero for water repellent stretch fabrics

22nd July 2010 1 comment
Leading Italian manufacturer of warp and weft knitted fabrics SITIP SpA Industrie Tessili, showed its new Acqua Zero range of ‘non-wetting’ fabrics at last week’s Outdoor show on the shores of Lake Constance in Germany. Acqua Zero non-wetting fabrics are said to be durable and unique in that they have inherent stretch but can still retain their water repellency over long periods of time. Speaking at Outdoor, SITIP’s Executive Marketing Director Sergio

Ethics and eco-textiles join forces in London

21st July 2010 0 comment
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

Leading carbon fibre conference features Airbus, Boeing and GM

19th July 2010 0 comment
IntertechPira has announced its agenda for its leading conference dedicated to the carbon fibre industry, GOCarbonFibre2010, which will feature featuring Airbus, Boeing, Opel / General Motors and carbon fibre manufacturer Zoltek, amongst others. The 13th annual Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre, newly branded as GOCarbonFibre, will take place on 29-30 September at the Barcelo Valencia Hotel, Spain and will cover all current industry issues from market analysis to virgin C

Plasma finishing technology for Swiss knit fabrics

13th July 2010 0 comment
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 cutting 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 chamber. The gas is then ionized and leads to a chemical reaction on the surface of the respective mate

Ecotec yarns get Global Recycle Standard

13th July 2010 0 comment
FildiUSA, a North American producer of recycled cotton yarn, has announced that its Ecotec recycled cotton-blend yarns have been granted Control Union’s Global Recycle Standard. The Global Recycle Standard validates both a yarn’s recycled content as well as the sustainable and socially responsible manner in which it is produced. Fildi says it is the first yarn company in the United States to earn the prestigious recognition. “We are proud that our products a

TenCate Defender M fabric could be used by fire fighters

12th July 2010 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics has announced that its TenCate Defender M protective fabric for combat uniforms of the United States military is now being evaluated for use in fire fighters’ garments. Engineered with patented, inherently flame-resistant properties that are said not to wash out or wear out, TenCate Defender M is claimed to be ideal for use as a thermal liner for fire fighters’ turnout gear. According to TenCate, standard issue for every ground soldier de

Coldblack nominated for prestigious German Design Award

9th July 2010 0 comment
Schoeller Technologies’ ‘coldblack’ sun-reflector and UV protector textile finishing technology has been nominated for this year’s prestigious German Design award. Coldblack is the result of a close cooperation between Schoeller and Clariant International. “The nomination has taken us totally by surprise, admits Hans U. Kohn from Schoeller Technologies. “It is an almost seamless extension to the Swiss equivalent, which we won in November 2009. However, as

China's nonwovens market big enough to accommodate everyone

9th July 2010 0 comment
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 Europe. 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

Turkish technical textiles manufacturer to open in Englands Northwest

9th July 2010 0 comment
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

Melchior introduces new line of thermo-regulating fabrics

7th July 2010 0 comment
For many people, daily life entails a constant change between   indoors and outdoors, from warm to cool environments. These fluctuating temperatures and conditions can be a source of discomfort. Melchior Textil has come up with a range of new, heat-regulating fabrics, suitable for the textile rental markets that are designed to adapt to changing temperatures. The fabric is available in a number of different weights and owes its unique functionality to smartcel clima fi

Karl Mayer expands Hong Kong subsidiary

5th July 2010 0 comment
As the market continues to grow in Asia, manufacturers are stepping up their operations. International companies are intensifying their supply relationships with Asian companies and setting up subsidiaries in the booming conurbations of the huge continent. Others are focussing on increasing their existing capacities and leading German manufacturer of warp knitting machines and warp preparation systems Karl Mayer is no exception. Karl Mayer has had its own subsid

TenCate appoints global group directors

5th July 2010 0 comment
3 July 2010, Almelo - The Executive Board of Royal Ten Cate (TenCate) has appointed Dave Clarke (52) as new Global Group Director TenCate Advanced Composites, effective January 1, 2011. Wally Moore (46), former Group Director TenCate Geosynthetics Europe, has been appointed as Global Group Director TenCate Geosynthetics, effective since July 1, 2010.   Jorg Huber (66), the current Global Group Director TenCate Advanced Composites, will retire from TenCate at the end of this year and will c

ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 opens in Shanghai

23rd June 2010 0 comment
The second ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 exhibition opened today with an impressive showcase of the latest textile machinery and solutions. Shrugging off the effects of the economic downturn, the combined show at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) covers over 100,000 square metres. A total of 1171 exhibitors from 28 countries and regions are showcasing a wide array of solutions to an expected 100,000 visitors during the five-day exhibition. Organiser

CEMATEX and ITMF announce the first World Textile Summit

23rd June 2010 0 comment
CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers and the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) have announced a high-level business forum, to take place next year alongside the ITMA 2011 show, in Barcelona, Spain. The ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit 2011 will be a one-day event that brings together textile-industry leaders and some of the world’s most influential thinkers and policymakers in strategically important fields s

IFAIs Advanced Textiles conference to be held at ITMA in Barcelona

21st June 2010 0 comment
As if the largest textile machinery trade show wasn’t enough of a draw, participants at ITMA 2011 in Barcelona will have the opportunity to attend a very special technical textiles conference. The Industrial Fabric Association’s Advanced Textiles ’11 continues to be a unique and sought after European/U.S. platform on the future of technical textile applications.  The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) has invited IFAI to organize its fourt

Unifi invests in Repreve extrusion capability

16th June 2010 0 comment
Polyester yarns producer Unifi, has announced it will invest in the backward integration of its Repreve supply chain to improve the availability of recycled raw materials and increase the company’s product capabilities. In addition to providing greater control over the production of the recycled chip that is used to make Repreve polyester fibres, Unifi says the new state-of-the-art recycling technology will provide opportunities for the company to recycle po

Wykes International emerges from recession optimistic about the future

15th June 2010 0 comment
Mantec Group, owner of Wykes International, the well known UK based manufacturer of specialist elastomeric and industrial yarns, has announced that Wykes has emerged from the recession optimistic about the future. Group Chairman Tim Kelly said in a statement released today: “Wykes International is now ready to fully re-engage with the industry as a well resourced and funded company with a new team containing a balance of youthful enthusiasm and mature knowl

ITMA 2011 introduces major Research & Education pavilion

14th June 2010 0 comment
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 will be 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 Fira de Barcelona G

SmartSilver eyes Korean market

9th June 2010 0 comment
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

RescueProtectionSet protects crash victims and rescue personnel

9th June 2010 0 comment
Dutch company CT International is launching a new product called RescueProtectionSet at this week’s Interschutz Exhibition in Leipzig, Germany, the world’s largest trade fair for incident management, crisis management and disaster relief. RescueProtectionSet is aimed at the emergency response market and has been specially designed to protect fire fighters and other emergency service workers who have to rescue casualties from vehicles that have been involved in an ac

International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) 2009

8th June 2010 0 comment
The steep reduction in global shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 following a strong investment period between 2003 and 2007 continued in 2009 in most of the segments. Compared to 2008 shipments of spinning machinery were down by -17% (short-staple spindles) and -26% (open-end rotors), of weaving machinery (shuttle-less looms) by -3% and of flat knitting machinery (electronic) by -12%. On the other hand shipments of texturing spindles recorded an increas

Meltblown nonwovens help in oil spill cleanup

7th June 2010 0 comment
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

Techtextil North America 2010 considered best textile show in years

4th June 2010 0 comment
- 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 application su

Australian triathlete wears coldblack apparel

2nd June 2010 0 comment
Coldblack and Descente are teaming up to sponsor Australian pro triathlete Paul Ambrose.  Ambrose is a rising star in professional triathlon and will race events globally in Descente apparel with coldblack. “I am looking forward to racing some of Europe's top athletes, on what I consider one of the most challenging half ironman's in Europe. I would like to tests my strengths on the bike, against the commonly known culture of cyclists "The Germans". They ar

Fibertect CS approved by US Environmental Protection Agency

2nd June 2010 0 comment
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

Inaugural RISE conference to feature workshop on innovation

27th May 2010 0 comment
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

Lenzing launches FR fibre in black

24th May 2010 0 comment
Lenzing has launched a new version of its Lenzing FR protective viscose fibre at last week’s Techtextil North America in Atlanta, which incorporates black dyestuff. The new fibre is said to offer a host of advantages for both the textile industry and wearers of protective clothing. According to the company Lenzing FR Black is the first and only black, flame resistant textile cellulose fibre. Lenzing says that its Lenzing FR Black fibre innovation can be used in variou

Ansell HyFlex gloves ensure comfort where it counts

20th May 2010 0 comment
Ansell Limited, a global leader in hand protection, has launched HyFlex 11-830, an ergonomically designed knitted glove that incorporates ZonzKnit Advanced Comfort Technology for improved comfort and fit. Ansell is one of the largest manufacturers of knitted industrial gloves in the world and operates large plants of Shima Seiki glove knitting machines in different parts of the world.  “Ansell developed HyFlex 11-830 to present workers with a glove that off

Japanese man-made fibre output falls 22%

17th May 2010 0 comment
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,

NAT to raise $1.4 million through private placement

17th May 2010 0 comment
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT) has arranged, subject to regulatory approval, a non-brokered private placement consisting of the issuance of up to 1,400,000 units (each a "Unit") of the company, at a subscription price of $1.00 per Unit, to qualified investors, raising up to $1,400,000 by the company (collectively, the "Private Placement"). Each Unit of the Private Placement is comprised of one common share and one-half of one share purchase warrant

Global fibre production exceeds 70 million tonnes in 2009

13th May 2010 0 comment
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 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 popula

Lenzings Asian subsidiary opens fourth production line

12th May 2010 0 comment
Lenzing's subsidiary PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV) officially started up its fourth production line at the beginning of April, with a total investment of USD 150 million making it the group's biggest individual investment project in recent years. Its annual nominal production capacity of 60,000 tons of viscose fibre for textile and nonwovens applications raises SPV's total annual capacity to 220,000 tons and makes it Asia's biggest viscose fibre production site

Toray to supply carbon fibre prepreg to Airbus

12th May 2010 0 comment
Toray Industries, Inc. has announced that it has signed a long-term basic supply agreement with the aerospace and defence company EADS to supply carbon fibre prepreg for aircraft application primarily for Airbus S.A.S. over 15 years through to 2025. EADS is Europe’s largest aerospace corporate group comprising the globally leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus as well as the helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter, the space provider Astrium and the EADS Defence & Securit

Groz-Beckert awarded Kyocera Environment Prize

12th May 2010 0 comment
Groz-Beckert has been awarded the third place prize at the Kyocera Environment Prize for its Litespeed system which helps save energy and resources in high speed circular knitting by optimizing needle geometries. Prize giving took place on 29 April at the Economics Day organised by the Federal Association of Medium-Sized Companies e.V., Regional Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the World Conference Centre at the former German Bundestag in Bonn. Backgroun

Karl Mayer-Malimo Weftronic has wide appeal

12th May 2010 0 comment
German weft insertion warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer Malimo has launched the RS MSU S, the first of a new generation of Weftronic machines which offer increased width and performance on a new machine platform. Fabrics widths of up to 6.8 metres can now be produced at a considerably higher square metre production rates. Karl Mayer Malimo’s development work has continued to focus on weft-insertion warp knitting machines and following the improvements ma

New Sandler wipes plant makes progress

10th May 2010 0 comment
German Nonwovens 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

Lenzing finalizes acquisition of Biocel Paskov

10th May 2010 0 comment
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 fibres. Lenzing intends to invest 50 million Euro

Personal Protective Clothing: Ensuring Worker Safety 2010 Edition

6th May 2010 0 comment
Research and Markets has announced the addition of Textiles Intelligence's new report "Personal Protective Clothing: Ensuring Worker Safety" to its offer. The following is a description of the report: “Personal protective clothing offers a practical solution to eliminating or at least minimizing, the risk of accidents, injuries or infection in the workplace. More specifically, it provides an effective safeguard against hazards such as extreme temperatures, fire, pote

German textile machinery orders soar in run up to ITMA Asia

6th May 2010 0 comment
Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery Association has reported a 130% increase in orders in the first quarter 2010 for German textile machinery builders compared to the first quarter of last year. The association predicts an overall increase in sales of 30-35% in 2010, compared with 2009. “After two extremely difficult years, the German textile machinery manufacturers are guardedly optimistic for the future” explains Fritz P. Mayer, Chairman of th

Speakers announced for coating & laminating conference

5th May 2010 0 comment
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

Unifi boosted by improved market conditions

30th April 2010 0 comment
Textured polyester and nylon producer Unifi yesterday reported improved sales and net income for its third fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2010 and increased gross profits for the first nine months. The company said net sales were positively impacted by improved 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

Warp knits for garment rental withstand industrial laundering

28th April 2010 0 comment
Researchers at the Hohenstein Institute have partnered Swiss knitted fabrics manufacturer Eschler Textil to develop innovative knitted fabrics for use in workwear. Garments made from the functional warp knitted fabrics are said to be able to withstand industrial laundering and can therefore be used in the garment rental sector, which is normally the domain of woven fabrics. “For the first time, warp-knitted fabrics have been developed for making clothe

Speakers announced for Managing Innovation in Textiles conference

26th April 2010 0 comment
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 reports better than expected 2010 sales

21st April 2010 0 comment
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

DyStar on track

21st April 2010 0 comment
DyStar says that since the acquisition of the DyStar Group and its German assets by Kiri Dyes & Chemicals Ltd on 3 February this year, it has made major progress. Steve Barron, CEO of DyStar told journalists: “We are pleased with the speed of implementation of essential measures such as negotiation and signing of important contracts with our suppliers, service and financial partners.” In the meantime, the company’s production sites in Leverkusen and Brunsb

INDA releases landmark report on Chinas nonwovens industry

20th April 2010 0 comment
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

TTNA 2010 showcases latest developments in technical textiles

14th April 2010 0 comment
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

Exhibition space sold out at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010

13th April 2010 0 comment
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010, Asia’s leading textile machinery show, has been given a boost by the announcement from the show organisers that all exhibition space has now been sold for the forthcoming show.  According to organisers, over 1100 textile and garment machinery manufacturers have successfully applied to exhibit at the second combined show, taking up 100,000 square metres of Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Chinese exhibitors make up the bigges

Defender M fabric to protect Norwegian marines

13th April 2010 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics reports it has secured a important order from the Swedish manufacturer Gulins Business Design AB for the supply to the Norwegian FLO (Defence Logistic Organisation) of inherently flame-resistant TenCate Defender M fabric in the new colour dark blue. The order involves the supply of fabric for more than 25,000 sets of clothing over two years to protect the Norwegian marines. TenCate says the order is the result of ongoing product developmen

French textile machinery manufacturers on the road to recovery

8th April 2010 0 comment
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? Bruno Ameline The industrial equipment sector is extremely cyclical and our compani

Lenzing acquires Czech pulp producer

6th April 2010 0 comment
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 pulp distribution. 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

Defender M shirts for U.S. Marine Corps

1st April 2010 0 comment
The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded a contract of 180,000 garments over 18 months for the U.S Marine Corps flame resistant Inclement Weather Combat Shirt (IWCS). This program was awarded to Short Bark Inc., a Venore (Tennessee, USA) based company, which has already begun production on these garments. TenCate Defense & Tactical, as a business unit of TenCate Protective Fabrics USA, will provide TenCate Defender(TM) M fabrics to fulfil the order. The gar

NanoHorizons expands SmartSilver business in Turkey

31st March 2010 0 comment
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,

Lenzing doubles production capacity at Chinese site

29th March 2010 0 comment
The Lenzing Group, market leader in cellulose fibres, is to invest in further capacity expansion and modification of its sites in Lenzing (Austria) and Nanjing (China). The production capacity 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 site will switch production from standard viscose fibres to modal fibres within the next fifteen months at an

Groz-Beckert looks to future

29th March 2010 0 comment
29 March 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

Forcespinning technology takes silver at tech showcase

24th March 2010 0 comment
FibeRio Technology 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

Nominations open for 2010 WOW Innovation Awards

22nd March 2010 0 comment
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 receives 2009 Best of Business Award

19th March 2010 0 comment
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 restarts production in Leverkusen and Brunsbtel

18th March 2010 0 comment
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 been placed. Lanxess, owner of the buildings and facilities used by DyStar in Leverkusen a

ITMA 2011 sharpens focus on garment making

17th March 2010 0 comment
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 equipment will

Indias technical textiles industry to double by 2014-15

12th March 2010 0 comment
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

IDEA10 to features more ways to network

9th March 2010 0 comment
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

Lenzing satisfied with 2009 result despite crisis

4th March 2010 0 comment
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 sales declined

Essen hosts Composites Europe 2010

3rd March 2010 0 comment
The fifth edition of Composites Europe is to return to Essen, Germany in 2010 where it will be held parallel to the Aluminium World Fair from 14 to 16 September. 70% of exhibition space has already been sold and with more than 1000 exhibitors, jointly the events will provide the largest sales platform for lightweight construction in Europe. Organiser Reed Exhibitions says that after four successful events, Composites Europe is proving to be the impulse giver for the c

DyStar sees huge opportunity for success and profitability

2nd March 2010 0 comment
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 profitable.” H

Hohenstein Institute renames business units

28th February 2010 0 comment
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 brand name: Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co. KG (previously: Hohenstein Research Institute Prof. Dr

Toho Tenax launches ultra-lightweight carbon fibre fabric

26th February 2010 0 comment
New 60 gsm fabric is just 0.06mm thick Teijin’s Toho Tenax Co. is to start selling a carbon fibre fabric from March this year that is says is less than half the weight of conventional lightweight carbon fibre fabrics. The company claims the new fabric, which has been developed with Sakai Ovex Co., Ltd. and is used for forming prepregs, will help further reduce the weight of composite products. This, the company says, makes it ideal for high-strength, low-weig

First FILTREX ASIA conference a resounding success

26th February 2010 0 comment
EDANA, the association representing the nonwovens and related industries, and BCH (Business Co-ordination House) have announced the successful completion of the first ever edition of the Filtrex Asia Conference and Exhibition in New Delhi, India.  With over 200 attendees and 23 exhibitors from Asian markets, and additional representatives from Europe and the Americas, the conference highlighted one of the ultimate benefits offered by the sector, better prote

Techtextil NA names Kim Glas as keynote speaker

22nd February 2010 0 comment
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 forthcoming event. 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

TenCate: Inkjet nano printing technology will change textiles industry

18th February 2010 0 comment
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 appoints group management team

17th February 2010 0 comment
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 DyStar Group. 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

Ahlstrom joins UN Global Compact initiative

16th February 2010 0 comment
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 announces programme of events for 2010

15th February 2010 0 comment
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

Nonwovens Research Academy moves to November 2010

15th February 2010 0 comment
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

Lenzing Indonesian subsidiary tests fourth production line

15th February 2010 0 comment
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 construct

NatureWorks announces program for global biopolymer forum

10th February 2010 0 comment
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

Manish Kiri appointed President and CEO of DyStar

4th February 2010 0 comment
DyStar’s owner, Kiri Holding Singapore Private Limited, has appointed Manish Kiri as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Effective February 4, 2010 Manish Kiri will replace J Mark Allan J. Mark Allan, will remain with the company as a Strategic Advisor for a period of 6 months to assist in the transition of duties and responsibilities, the company said in a statement issued this afternoon. “Manish Kiri, together with the other m

RISE conference for nonwovens and engineered fabrics

2nd February 2010 0 comment
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

Nanostructure fibre developed for advanced fire fighting suits

29th January 2010 0 comment
Teijin Techno Products Limited, the core company of the Teijin Group's aramid fibres business, together with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Hosokawa Micron Corporation, have announced the development of a new fabric incorporating nanostructure fibre for use in advanced fire fighting suits. Teijin Techno says the new fabrics are 40% more effective in preventing burns than fabrics without nanostructure fibre and 15% lighter tha

Unifi opens in Central America

12th January 2010 0 comment
Unifi, Inc. is continuing its global growth strategy with the opening Unifi Central America, Ltda. DE C.V. (UCA). The company says that given the economic climate, brands and retailers continue to evaluate their global sourcing strategies in order to react more quickly to the constant changes in consumer demand. It says that the Central American region provides customers with an additional quick-turn, quick replenishment solution in this hemisphere.  With a bas

Handbook of Tensile Properties of Textile and Technical Fibres

8th January 2010 0 comment
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

ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition gets overwhelming support

17th December 2009 0 comment
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

Textile machinery offers interesting careers for French textile students

10th December 2009 0 comment
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 (

Techtextil North America 2010

9th December 2009 0 comment
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

ITMA 2011 expands offer with spotlight on innovation

26th November 2009 0 comment
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

Yarn manufacturer adds 135 jobs In North Carolina

23rd November 2009 0 comment
Gov. Bev Perdue announced last week that Richmond Specialty Yarns, a manufacturer of yarns, will expand in Richmond County, North Carolina.  The company plans to create 135 new jobs and invest $1 million during the next three years.  In addition, the project will help the company retain 140 existing jobs.  The announcement was made possible in part by a $150,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. “North Carolina maintains its strong ties to the tex

New TenCate Defender M products

17th November 2009 0 comment
TenCate Protective Fabrics is to launch new fabrics in its TenCate Defender M collection at the opening of Milipol 2009 in Paris today. According to the company, a new combination of fibres and an innovative dyeing method, now allow the colours navy blue and black to be produced. The resulting fabric will be used in the protective clothing of special police units, such as riot police and arrest squads. In addition to their inherently heat- and flame-resistant cha

Lenzing showcases renewable fibres for corporate wear

17th November 2009 0 comment
At this month’s A+A in Düsseldorf Lenzing presented its range of fibres made from renewable wood raw material for corporate and protective clothing. The company reports that its Lenzing FR and Tencel fibres have been very successful this year and are being used to an increasing extent in textiles for corporate clothing. Fibers of made from wood cellulose are rare in professional and protective clothing and in most cases either synthetic or cotton fibres are u

New combined protection body armour from TenCate

16th November 2009 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour is introducing new versions of its TenCate Pro-Tector body armour at this week’s Milipol 2009 which takes place in Paris from 17-20 November. The Netherlands based company says that the new variants will offer the best available combined protection against hand gun projectiles, knives, spikes and fragment blasts as well as hypodermic needles. Personal protection Tencate says that an increase in threats and violence internationally make

Performance hits it big at A+A

16th November 2009 0 comment
Sabine Anton-Katzenbach in Düsseldorf For many years the biannual A+A tradeshow in Düsseldorf, Germany has been playing an important role in setting the trends for work wear and safety clothing. In 2009 the fair once again proved its prospective character by emphasizing the latest tendencies for the sector. Product development in the fabric and garment manufacturing industries are being strongly affected by increasing wearing comfort, high durability and the best possible protection at work,

coldblack wins Textile Design Award 2009

10th November 2009 0 comment
Schoeller Technologies 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 ‘coldblack’. 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

Lenzing at full capacity as upturn continues

9th November 2009 0 comment
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

Texas Tech hosts ATNT conference in India

4th November 2009 0 comment
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

New CB coverall for combat vehicle crewmen

3rd November 2009 0 comment
Milliken & Company and W.L. Gore & Associates, have announced the launch of the new JSLIST Chemical/Biological (CB) Coverall for Combat Vehicle Crewman (JC3). The coverall uses a two layer fabric system consisting of Milliken’s Abrams flame resistant (FR) fabric and the moisture vapour breathable GORE CHEMPAK Selectively Permeable protective barrier liner. According to the two companies, the joint offering has been chosen as the

Milliken introduces lightweight FR workwear fabric

2nd November 2009 0 comment
Milliken & Company, one of the world’s largest privately-held textile and chemical manufacturers, has announced the launch of a new lightweight flame resistant (FR) fabric, as part of its Amplitude line of workwear fabrics. Amplitude is the company’s line of patent-pending premium, high-performance FR fabrics for industrial workwear. According to Milliken, the new six ounce per square yard Amplitude fabric is one of the lightest weight 88/12 cotton

Eco-friendly cotton for sustainable workwear

30th October 2009 0 comment
German high quality workwear fabrics manufacturer Melchior Textil is to present its new ‘Organic Cotton’ line of environmentally friendly fabrics for workwear at next week’s A+A Safety & Health at Work exhibition in Düsseldorf. The fabrics, which are certified to the G.O.T.S. standard, are manufactured using only cotton from controlled organic cultivation and processed according to stringent environmental standards all along the line, from production

Texas Tech textile researcher awarded for decontamination wipe

26th October 2009 0 comment
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 invention of

3XDRY to boost performance at work

16th October 2009 0 comment
Schoeller Technologies AG, a Swiss licensing company for innovative textile technologies, is to show a new range of workwear incorporating its 3XDRY moisture management technology at this November’s A+A safety and health at work show in Dusseldorf. In many professions work is intensive, often stressful and at times carried out under extremely hot conditions. According to Schoeller, with its 3XDRY textile finish, the moisture management in workwear, protective

Textile Days India attracts 4000 plus visitors with 175 exhibitors

14th October 2009 0 comment
‘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

Schoeller-works collection on show at A+A

13th October 2009 0 comment
High-tech fabrics manufacturer Schoeller Textil AG is to show its ‘schoeller-works’ range of solutions for workwear at the forthcoming A+A 2009 which is being held in Dusseldorf from 3 to 6 November. Schoeller, which was founded in 1868, has been a leading supplier of functional protective fabrics for the last 25 years and has been supplying comfortable stretch fabrics for over 40 years. The company’s knowledge and experience, in combination with the most

A+A 2009 focuses on disaster control

12th October 2009 0 comment
Leading international event for safety and health at work A+A 2009 (Trade Fair and Congress, 3rd to 6th November), will for the first time, this year deal with the topic of disaster control. The programme at the A+A Congress has now been extended to include a day-long ‘Disaster Control Forum’ to be held on 4 November. Discussions will revolve around the general theme ‘Overcoming Disasters – A Challenge for the Population, the State and the Economy’

Innovations in Technical Textiles report

10th October 2009 0 comment 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 the report: 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

Business focus on rich potential of textiles

6th October 2009 0 comment
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

Hohenstein gets new Function & Care department

2nd October 2009 0 comment
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 industry. 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

Baltex extends XD spacer fabric range

23rd September 2009 0 comment
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 fabrics. According to Baltex, the Coolmax Fresh FX

Project Management Degree for technical textiles

22nd September 2009 0 comment
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 textiles sector. “The degree was proposed as a direct result of feedback we received from a range of companies when asked for their requirements from the region’s

New Comez machine for technical narrow fabrics

15th September 2009 0 comment
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: Technical 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 Medical applications - Tub

India hosts workshop on protective and FR textiles

14th September 2009 0 comment
India’s Ministry of Textiles and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) are jointly organising a workshop on ‘Strengthening-Government-Industry-Consumer Partnership in Protective Textiles’ here in Mumbai tomorrow. Senior Officers from Central and State Governments will address the delegates and over 100 delegates from various sectors like defence, police, security, regulators, state government, hotels, multiplexes and indust

TenCate Advanced Armour positioned to meet UK needs

8th September 2009 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armour has with effect from 3 April 2009 been expanded to include TenCate Advanced Armour UK and is now member of both Defence Manufacturers Association and Society of Maritime Industries. TenCate Advanced Armour UK was established earlier this year in order to support the UK requirement for innovative state-of-the-art composite armour solutions. The membership of both the Defence Manufactures Association and the Society of Maritime Industries wi

Nexar polymers to breathe new life into high performance textiles

6th September 2009 0 comment
Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), a leading global producer of engineered polymers, has introduced Nexar polymers, a new family of polymers which offer a unique set of key performance attributes that Kraton says can be used in a myriad of applications, ranging from water desalination, to industrial separation applications, to improving high performance textiles and clothing. Kraton says that the unique permselectivity of Nexar membranes allows for a tremendous flow of mo

Massif and Gehring ink FR deal

3rd September 2009 0 comment
Massif Mountain Gear Company and Gehring Textiles announced yesterday that they have entered into an exclusive agreement to jointly develop and supply military forces around the world with a new generation of flame-resistant fabrics and apparel. Under the terms of the agreement, Massif will become Gehring's exclusive customer for new flame resistant fabrics developed by Gehring, or jointly by Gehring and Massif, for apparel, headwear and gloves. Gehring will

6th Edition of ATNT-09 International Conference on Advances in Textiles

4th August 2009 0 comment
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, specialty fabri

ITI awarded patent on high visibility, flame and arc resistant fabrics

28th July 2009 0 comment
Innovative Textiles Inc. (ITI) has announced that it has been issued a patent (Patent No.7,553,782 ) on its ANSI 107 / ASTM 1506 complaint Reliant fabrics. ITI is a leading manufacturer of FR and arc repellant fabrics serving the electrical, fire, and safety apparel market place. Reliant HiVz flame (FR) and arc resistant Reliant fabrics meet the FR requirements of ASTM 1506, as well as the stringent high visibility standards of ANSI 107-2004. Michael Byles of

P2i raises 4.1m to exploit nano-coating technology

21st July 2009 0 comment
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 international growth. 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

Lenzing unveils Tencel Sun at Outdoor Retailer

17th July 2009 0 comment
At Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, July 21-24, Lenzing will present Tencel Sun, a new Tencel fibre that provides superior solar protection especially designed to meet the performance and sustainability demands of the outdoor apparel market. Lenzing, a leader in the field of innovation, has developed a new fibre that protects from solar radiation. Tencel Sun will be produced for this season and will be presented at all of the sports trade fairs around

Nanosphere provides lasting comfort in the rain

14th July 2009 0 comment
Schoeller Technologies AG is to show its highly water repellent Nanosphere technology at this week’s OutDoor trade fair which takes place in Friedrichschafen, Germany from 16-19 July. New tests show that Nanosphere finish lasts longer than conventional finishes. NanoSphere combines high weather protection with breathability and long-term functionality, which Schoeller says is a pioneering finish that is the best choice for functionality, ecology and sustainability.

New Clariant products give technological and ecological edge

14th July 2009 0 comment
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. The n

Polymer fiber containing flame retardant, process for producing the same, and material containing such fibers

14th July 2009 0 comment
Applicant(s):      SHELL OIL CO [US]; SHELL INT RESEARCH [NL]; DANGAYACH KAILASH [US]; RAMACHANDRAN VENKATARATNAM [US]; CHUAH HOE HIN [US] Inventor(s):        DANGAYACH KAILASH [US]; RAMACHANDRAN VENKATARATNAM [US]; CHUAH HOE HIN [US] Abstract of  WO 2009079499  (A1) A flame retardant polymer fiber, a process for making such a fiber, and a material containing such fibers are provided. The flame retardant polymer fiber is a high tenacity fiber formed of a poly(trimethylene tere

Dow Corning expands impact protection materials range

11th July 2009 0 comment
Dow Corning Corporation, a leader in innovative silicone technology for the textile industry, has added two new product lines to its Dow Corning brand Active Protection System family of impact protection materials. The S-Range is based on 3D spacer textile technology while the TP-Range is based on thermoplastic technology. The two new lines were recently introduced at Techtextil 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany. First launched in 2006, the patented silicone-based impa

Record numbers of exhibitors and visitors at Techtextil

26th June 2009 0 comment
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,

Original or fake? DNAtex from Schoeller tells in seconds

22nd June 2009 0 comment
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. Sch

Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Awards go to six brand-new developments

19th June 2009 0 comment
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

$13M Defender M order for TenCate

29th May 2009 0 comment
TenCate Defense & Tactical, a business unit of TenCate Protective Fabrics USA Inc., has announced receipt of a new $13 million order for TenCate Defender M fabric from Propper International for the manufacture of uniforms for the U.S. Marine Corp's Flame Resistant Organizational Gear (FROG) program. It is the largest single order of TenCate Defender M for this Marine program.  In 2009, sales of TenCate Defender M are scheduled to total $115 million for US DoD unif

Perfection Uniforms goes green with Repreve

26th May 2009 0 comment
Perfection Uniforms has chosen Repreve, a 100% recycled fibre by Unifi, for a line of eco-responsible uniforms. The announcement was made at this year’s North American Uniform Manufacturers and Dealers (NAUMD) trade show in Las Vegas. “Quality and integrity are important in introducing a line of environmentally responsible uniforms, which is why we selected Repreve,” said Steve Gilkeson, Perfection’s Vice President. “Manufacturing uniforms made from

Beckaert presents new anti-static, shielding and heating products

18th May 2009 0 comment
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

Techtextil North America weathers economy on west coast

14th May 2009 0 comment
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