On 28 May 2014, the German ESA astronaut Dr Alexander Gerst will take off from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, in Kazakhstan, bound for the International Space Station (ISS).
During the six-month Blue Dot mission, Dr Gerst will be responsible for almost 40 different experiments including the Spacetex project, the first clothing physiology experiments to be carried out in a weightless environment.
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.
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 Group, the largest organisation exclusively dedicated to the composites industry, has announced the ten winners of its prestigious 2014 JEC Americas Innovation Awards programme, which highlights the most pivotal advances in composites design, manufacturing and application.
JEC will recognise the ten winning companies and their innovation partners during the third annual JEC Americas exhibition that will be held from 13-15 May at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
TenCate Advanced 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 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.”
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.
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.
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 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).
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
SGL Group will debut its most recently developed product, a thermoplastic-compatible heavy-tow carbon fibre, at this year's JEC Europe that will be taking place from 11-13 March in Paris.
It is essential for producing fibre composite materials with a thermoplastic matrix, the company reports.
The 53rd Dornbirn-Man-Made Fibre Congress that will take place from 10-12 September 2014 is presenting itself once again as the European lead event and is ready to feature around 100 lectures by industry experts.
The show will also present the enlarged Key Technologies section, which will discuss the latest findings in the field of finishing, coating, machinery for spinning/extrusion and joint developments between academic research and industry.
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 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 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.”
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 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.
This year 15 companies and their partners will receive an award for their composites innovations during a special JEC Innovation Awards ceremony at JEC Europe - Composites Show and Conferences that will take place from 11-13 March 2014.
“With over a hundred submissions from 28 countries, the success of the Innovation Awards Competition is in constant progress,” said Mrs. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO.
“Never have so many high-quality applications been received, making the selection a very rich and complex process. The diversity of the subjects presented by the candidates made it very difficult for the jury of composites experts to select the 15 champions of composites innovations.”
On Tuesday, Japan’s Toray Industries announced it would invest $1 billion in a new carbon fibre manufacturing facility in South Carolina. There has also been a lot of recent press coverage about the revival of the US textiles industry and the ‘Made in America’ movement.
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.”
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.
More than 80,000 visitors from 110 countries came to ISPO Munich that took place from 26-29 January. This year, the trade show experienced a strong increase of visitors from other nations, such as the USA and Russia.
Klaus Dittrich, Chairman of the Management of Messe München, commented: “The atmosphere at ISPO Munich 2014 was very good. All relevant statistics are extremely positive, and once again confirm our role as the international leading platform for the entire sports business.”
EDANA and INDA, the leading international trade associations for the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries based in Europe and North America, respectively, have announced that they will harmonize their mission and vision to advance the success of their member companies.
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 has announced that LIBA Maschinenfabrik GmbH, which it acquired recently, is to be renamed Karl Mayer Liba Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH.
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.
As a result of the placement of a corporate bond in November 2013, Germany’s Sympatex Technologies GmbH is to substantially expand its latest Tection technical textiles division with the aim of consistently developing innovative technologies and products for industrial applications.
US company Conwed, a leading plastic netting manufacturer, will share its latest innovations at VISION 2014, the Consumer Products Conference organized by INDA in Dallas, Texas (January 27-30, 2014). Celebrating its 13th anniversary, VISION gathers key professionals from across the consumer products value chain to deliver the best in strategic information and business networking.
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.
At the start of the year, the OEKO-TEX Association has, as usual, updated the valid test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with its OEKO-TEX Standard 100. The following new regulations have been provided with comment from OEKO-TEX and come into force on 1 April 2014 for all certifications, following a three-month transition period:
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the appointment of Joan Izzo as its new Director of Marketing. Izzo brings years of experience in marketing for international nonwovens and advanced material companies to the position.
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.
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.
Leading technical textile and nonwovens companies will showcase the latest products and technological advancements in textiles, nonwovens and materials during Techtextil North America 2014 that will be taking place from 13-15 May 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Techtextil North America represents all vertical aspects of the technical textile industry from research and development, through raw materials and production processes, to conversion, further treatment and recycling.
Workers in metal foundries are exposed to many dangers, including not only the extreme heat but also splashes of molten metal. Products designed to give protection against this hazard must be tested for compliance with, among other standards, DIN EN ISO 9185.
Now manufacturers of protective textiles or textile based personal protection equipment (PPE) can have their products tested within 10 to 15 working days at the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim for the protection they offer against molten metal splash.
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced five new consumer products that have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Visionary Award.
The Award will be presented during the annual VISION Consumer Products Conference that will be taking place from 27-30 January 2014 at the Westin Galleria, Dallas, TX.
“The Visionary Award recognises new consumer products that expand the use of nonwovens and demonstrate uniqueness, novelty and technical sophistication,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President. “The many nominees for 2014 encompass these qualities and we are pleased to have such a wide variety of consumer products from which we chose these finalists.”
Teijin, Onward Holdings and Fuji Xerox will launch a closed-loop recycling system for uniforms in China. The system is based on Teijin’s Eco Circle closed-loop recycling system that incorporates the world's first technology for the chemical recycling of polyester, according to the company.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Fuji Xerox’s Chinese subsidiaries and Onward Trading (Shanghai) in a mutual commitment to sustainability through recycling,” said Hiroaki Mimori, President of Nantong Teijin. “The Teijin Group has been operating its Eco Circle recycling programme in China since 2009. Beginning with the start up of Zhejiang Jiaren New Materials’ recycling plant next year, we intend to steadily expand our environmental initiatives in this fast-growing market.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the leading developer of advanced spider silk based fibres, has delivered the first shipment of its Monster Silk recombinant spider silk fibre to Warwick Mills.
Warwick is a leader in the engineering and development of advanced technical textiles and protective materials. According to the company, the shipment represents a key step in its collaborative development initiative with Warwick, which will target the development of advanced spider silk based textiles.
The town of Boennigheim has named a new access road to the internationally Hohenstein Institute after the name of Prof Dr-Ing. Otto Mecheels, the founder of the Institute. Otto-Mecheels-Straße leads from the Schlossfeld residential area to Schloss Hohenstein.
A new building was also named after the textile researcher at the Hohenstein Institute in October.
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.
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.”
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.
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, 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%.
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.
Developing lightweight under-suit to enhance physical performance is a primary focus for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Dr Joseph Hitt from the DARPA made presentation on the Warrior Webs programme of DARPA, which was initiated in September 2011, at the last week’s Smart Clothes symposium, organised by Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
TenCate Advanced Armour and DSM Dyneema are working more closely together for launching innovative products and bringing personnel armour solutions to the international defence and law enforcement markets.
TenCate will showcase its TenCate Multi-light insert portfolio using Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology products at the Milipol 2013 exhibition, held from 19-22 November in Paris.
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.
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.
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.
Coats, the leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, is launching Aptan xtru, an innovative new high tenacity, coated, engineered yarn, specifically designed for vehicle harness wiring systems used across sectors including automotive, marine and aerospace.
Andrew Morgan, Research and Development Director, Coats, said: “Our customers are constantly reviewing and improving the safety features of their vehicles and so Coats must continue to innovate and improve existing products to extend their range and use. Aptan xtru is a prime example of working with an industry sector to help improve safety standards.”
The new dress at work is fashionable, cool and sportive. More than ever work wear and protective wear has been inspired by outdoor wear and sportswear thus adding elasticity, moisture management, UV-protection and anti-odour properties to a stylish look.
IFAI, the Industrial Fabric Association International represents the interests of a broad range of industrial or technical textiles, producers and suppliers - and their Expo 2013, and the accompanying Advanced Textiles conference, held October 23-25 in Orlando, FL, well demonstrated those efforts. Over 5300 registrants from 65 countries helped IFAI continue its “track record of great success.”
Tanatex Chemicals, a leading producer of specialty chemicals, has introduced Fibermate CW, a high performance waxing agent, designed to create surface smoothness in yarns.
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 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.
Messe Frankfurt is restructuring the Texprocess trade fair on the organisational side. Previously part of the ‘Technology & Production’ Division, it has been transferred to the ‘Textiles & Textile Technologies’ Division.
The leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials has been organised by a separate team parallel to the work on Techtextil, the leading trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens.
Both Techtextil and Texprocess will remain independent brands. Responsibility for the Texprocess brand will be assumed by Michael Jänecke, who has been in charge of the Techtextil brand since 1993.
Lenzing has presented the cellulose fibre Tencel for applications in industrial laundry at the A+A 2013, the leading trade show for workwear in Dusseldorf that took place from 5-8 November.
Tencel addresses the demand of workwear for materials to be durable, due to its robustness, making it the right choice for applications in industrial laundry when it comes to man-made cellulosics, the company reports.
The overall business development of carbon fibre producer SGL Group – in the first nine months of the fiscal year 2013 developed in line with the June guidance, recording an improved free cash flow as well as a decrease in sales by 4%.
Due to the adverse development in all three business areas, group’s EBITDA decreased by 52% to €89.5 million and the EBITDA margin to 7.4%. Group-wide savings from SGL2015 amounted to approximately €34 million, of which approximately €19 million were attributable to the SGL Excellence initiative.
Robert Koehler, CEO of SGL Group, commented: “The implementation of our Group-wide cost savings programme SGL2015, which was initiated in August, is proceeding as planned. Initial measures are already in the process of being implemented. By the end of 2015, we intend to generate savings of approximately €150 million, approximately €50 million of which will already be realised in 2013. Despite the fact that the business development is far below our original expectations, we have been able to improve free cash flow by more than €140 million within the last 12 months.”
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 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 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.
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.
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.
TenCate Advanced Armor USA has presented its TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system, designed to reduce casualties and injuries to troops riding in vehicles that are hit by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), at the AUSA Conference that took place from 21-23 October, in Washington.
Third party tests confirm that the TenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system can mitigate the deadly impulse energy effects of an IED blast. Crew survivability is improved because the system minimises the brutal launch into the air, the violent flight, and the destructive slam back down to earth, associated with a vehicle experiencing an IED or mine blast event, the company reports.
Sympatex Technologies, the so called ecological alternative amongst functional textile specialists, has strengthened its Contract and Workwear division, by appointing Yasemin Tören as Technical Sales Manager Contract and Workwear.
The experienced textile engineer will be responsible for product management as well as expanding the business with new customers.
In the third quarter of 2013 technical textiles giant TenCate recorded an organic increase in EBITA of 11% compared to the third quarter of 2012, an increase is almost entirely attributable to the Advanced Textiles and Composites sector.
The cautious government market (infrastructure and environment) and weakening economic growth in Asia put downward pressure on revenues in the Geosynthetics and Grass sector, the company reports.
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, 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, 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.”
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 will participate in Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition 2013, which will take place at Tokyo Big Site from 2-5 October.
The group will showcase high-performance protective apparel solutions incorporating the group’s proprietary Teijinconex heat-resistant and flame-retardant meta-aramid fibre, and Twaron and Technora high-strength para-aramid fibres technologies.
The 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, 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.
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.
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, 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
A new publication from Textile Media Services – Personal Protection Textiles: Fabrics for harsh, hazardous and hostile environments – outlines the global market for personal protection clothing in the institutional, workwear and private sectors, and details the most important legislation, regulations and standards that govern their manufacture and use.
Oerlikon Manmade Fibres, the leading supplier of nonwoven technologies, will be showcasing at the Techtextil trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens in Mumbai, India, that will take place from 3-5 October.
With its Barmag and Neumag brands, Oerlikon Manmade Fibres will be showcasing solutions for the efficient production of innovative yarns for very special applications. Furthermore, the public will be presented with new nonwoven production methods.
Cytec Industrial Materials, an international provider of advance composite materials, will be exhibiting at the DSEI, the defence and security exhibition show, that will be held in the ExCeL Centre, London, from 10- 13 September.
Focusing on innovation and advanced technology, the company manufactures and sells products that serve a diverse range of end markets including aerospace and industrial materials, mining and plastics.
The company’s prepreg products are used extensively in a variety of defence applications. These range from ballistic and blast protection systems in armoured fighting vehicles to structural components for vehicle and naval applications as well as radomes and communication dishes. Advanced composite materials are also used in lightweight protective helmets and body armour.
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas invite submissions to the student poster programme, which aims to provide a forum, where students can present and discuss their work during its early stages, and introduce themselves to more senior members of the field.
The programme is open to all graduate students, who are required to submit the work for which they are primary investigators.
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.
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 International Group is starting the production trials on Nycolon FR treatments for variety of synthetic-cellulosic blend fabrics.
Positive developments over the last two months have also enabled the inclusion of polyester-cotton blends in the first production trials, in addition to the planned transition on nylon-cotton fabrics.
“We are pleased with the technical progression and the speed in which the team was able to prepare our FR treatment for the next development stage. I anticipate a number of production trials to prove that our Nycolon treatments are robust and production ready for a variety of synthetic-cellulosic fabric combinations,” stated Stefan Susta, Alexium’s Chief Operating Officer.
Teijin Aramid is launching a new anti-ballistic spall-liner solution at the DSEI show in London next week. The new fabric, Twaron T765, offers cost-effective ballistic protection in ground vehicles.
Designed for protecting military vehicles against bullets, fragments, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), mine blasts and projectiles according to STANAG 4569, levels 1-4, it can also be used as a protection in civilian vehicles against lower-level threats, the company reports.
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 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.
TenCate Protective Fabrics will be exhibiting new lines in fabrics and systems for firefighter turnout gear that are more durable, lighter and excel in the reduction of heat stress at the Emergency Service Show 2013 in Birmingham from 25-26 September.
According to the company, poor heat and moisture management can disrupt the efficient body cooling process, which is extremely important for firefighters. This may lead to the loss of concentration, fatigue, breathing difficulties and ultimately heat stroke.
TenCate Protective Fabrics has addressed these key functionalities by presenting several new and existing protective solutions, such as the TenCate Gemini XTL outer shell based on PBI fibres, and TenCate Millenia turnout gear based on PBO fibres.
Quick-Med Technologies, a life sciences company that is developing innovative technologies for the healthcare and consumer markets, has signed a licence for a range of products and fields of use with Polartec LLC, a premium producer of textile solutions.
"We are very pleased to enter into this partnership with such a strongly positioned and technologically advanced partner as Polartec, whose leadership and innovation in performance textiles is recognised worldwide. Our Stay Fresh technology can permit Polartec to unlock added value in their product offerings, as well as access entire new segments with their performance fabrics, and strong network of industrial partners," said Bernd Liesenfeld, Quick-Med's President.
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, a global supplier of yarns, is the winner of the Outdoor Industry Award 2013 GOLD with its chlorine free EXP 4.0 machine washable treatment.
At the Outdoor exhibition in Friedrichshafen, a panel of experts evaluated 316 Innovations from 27 countries. The experts placed a particular focus on such evaluation criteria as the degree of innovation, design quality, workmanship, choice of materials, environmental compatibility, sustainability, functionality, utility, safety and trendsetting character and brand value/branding.
The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) has announced its support for the forthcoming Professional Clothing Show and Professional Clothing Awards, which will take place from 1-2 April 2014 at Birmingham's NEC.
As the only show covering all three industry sectors of workwear, corporatewear and PPE, the rebranded Professional Clothing Show is said to be an increasingly important event bringing together leading companies, buyers and distributors.
UKFT reports that its support for the show has been warmly welcomed by the Professional Clothing show organisers, who see this as an opportunity for various industry bodies, such as UKFT, director-e and ASBCI, to speak with one voice in promoting an event that will cover the whole of the fashion and textile industry, both trade and retail.
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 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.
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.
Oerlikon Barmag, a market leader for spinning systems and equipment for manmade fibres, will be showcasing its gear metering pump programme specifically designed for the joining/binding work steps at this year’s Bondexpo, the international trade fair for bonding technology that will take place from 7-10 October.
Among other things, the company will be presenting components for silicone processing and hot-melt adhesive applications, but also for processing resins and polyurethanes and other higher-viscosity liquids.
The Teijin group, a leader in ultra-high performance materials, will take part in PetroWorld India 2013, India's premier exhibition for the oil and gas industry, which will take place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from 22-24 August.
The company will present solutions incorporating high-performance aramid fibres in a wide variety of protective wear applications for the oil and gas industry.
RISE 2013, the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference, will be held from 30 September – 3 October 2013, at Grand Hyatt, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Organised by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, RISE is a technical conference for professionals in the nonwoven/engineered fabric industry looking for new ideas, new technology, new materials and new applications to grow their business.
Alexium International Group has announced the completion of a process of expanding its database on vertical burn performance of its Ascalon technology by independent certification of Flame Retardance (FR) performance. The aim of the independent testing is to provide guides for variable production set ups and to widen the potential product applications of this innovative nylon FR technology.
The testing was undertaken at four different testing facilities by Magill Services of Conway, South Carolina, USA, an ISO17025 approved textile and apparel testing laboratory, (Accreditation No 67822) with over 20 years experience as a US Department of Defense, QLL certified testing facility (#18030). Magill Services also hold a USA/Canada Joint Certification (#0066762).
The 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.
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”.
A.Monforts Textilmaschinen has opened a massive new Advanced Technological Centre (ATC), which occupies a 1500m2 area in a complete hall at the company’s headquarters in Blumenberger Strasse, Mönchengladbach. The ATC will allow customers in-house opportunities to undertake trials on Monforts dyeing and finishing machines under fully confidential, real production conditions.
The 2013 Théophile Legrand International Prize for Textile Innovation will be awarded on 5 October at ValJoly Eppe-Sauvage resort.
In honour of Théophile Legrand, founder of the wool industry in Fourmies, Northern France, the Théophile Legrand Foundation – Institut de France was created in 2007 by Christian Cambier, a descendant of Théophile Legrand.
Gabriel de Broglie, Chancellor of the Institut de France, currently chairs the foundation, with the main administrator paleontologist Philippe Taquet, President of the Academy of Sciences.
Komitex, Russia’s leading producer of nonwovens and synthetic fibres is considering the possibility of establishing a joint venture with Freudenberg-Politex later this year. The new venture is expected to be established at the production site of Komitex in the Komi region of Russia and will focus on the production of nonwovens.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the 23 July release of its long-awaited rule modifying the federal hazardous waste management regulations that apply to non-laundered and laundered wipes contaminated with solvents that are used in tens of thousands of industrial and other facilities across the United States.
Italy has recorded 12% overall growth in new orders for textile machinery for the second quarter of 2013, thanks to foreign markets (+14%) and a stable domestic market (-1%).
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, 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.
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, 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).
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 Chemicals is launching its new HydrECO Concept, which offers comprehensive fluorine-free alternatives to water repellents.
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 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.
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 has announced the acquisition of Umeco Distribution (formerly GPRMS), one of Europe’s leading composite distributors, from Cytec Industries.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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).
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.
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 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, 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.
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, 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.
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, 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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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’.
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.
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.
Mount Vernon FR has been presenting its new FR fabrics and finishes, including FlexTex and amDry, at this week’s American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Safety 2013, that started in Las Vegas on 24 June.
DyStar presented a variety of new, innovative solutions for the different segments of the technical textile industry at the world’s leading nonwovens and technical textiles trade fair Techtextil, that took place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June and recorded about 40,000 visitors.
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.
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.
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.
Around 40,000 visitors from 113 countries attended Techtextil and Texprocess trade fair duo last week to find out about the latest innovations and trends. A total of 1,652 exhibitors from 56 nations presented their latest products and innovations.
“Techtextil and Texprocess have once again set new records,” said Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt, commenting on the results of the textile trade-fair double. “With an increase of 15% compared to the previous events, the two leading trade fairs confirmed the worldwide significance of technical textiles and textile-processing machinery”, he added.
The events focusing on technical textiles combined various aspects of the industry from light to very heavy materials – from functional garments, via car seats and safety belts, to aircraft interiors.
The garment making-up industry has always been the labour-intensive ‘bottleneck’ of the conventional textile chain, despite attempts such as the Leapfrog EU7 project to streamline and automate all of its processes into a single-line system.
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 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.
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.
Italian engineering plastics and synthetic yarn producer RadiciGroup will showcase its recent developments at the Techtextil 2013 leading event for technical fabrics and nonwovens in Frankfurt.
The highlights of the presentation will be nylon yarn products such as Radilon PA6.10, a new nylon yarn with a smaller environmental footprint, achieved through the use of 64% renewable source polymer of biological origin, and Raditeck Fine, a range of fine-count, high-tenacity PA66 yarn that has been enhanced with new air-textured items. It will also feature Radyarn and Starlight Trace Micro Taggant polyester yarn with anti-counterfeiting, tracing capabilities, UV protection and sunscreening properties.
The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF), an organisation dedicated to education and research in the specialty fabrics industry, is holding an Innovations Award at IFAI's Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 in Orlando.
This award honours companies who have put great ideas into action, creating new products or processes that push the specialty fabrics industry forward and offers an international exposure for the product or company.
Teijin Group companies, Teijin Limited and Dutch subsidiary Teijin Aramid BV will exhibit at Techtextil, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens which kicks off next week in Frankfurt, Germany. The duo will present weight-reduction, energy-saving and protective solutions incorporating high-performance aramid and polyester fibres.
Techtextil hits a record number of exhibitors as it is due to open on the 11 June, while the exhibition running alongside, Texprocess, has confirmed its position as the leading international trade fair for cutting-edge textile-processing technologies.
The two international venues for the textile sector Techtextil and Texprocess are set to open their doors next week with 1,648 exhibitors, an increase of 123 exhibitors over the previous events.
“All in all, our trade-fair duo at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre offers the world’s biggest range of technical textiles, nonwovens and textile-processing technologies”, said Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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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.”
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”.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Technical textiles offer new technical solutions for the demands of modern society and as a result, says Kelheim Fibres, interest in technical textiles is continuously growing.
According a study by researchers at Texas Tech, when it comes to cleaning up the next massive crude oil spill, one of the best and most eco-friendly solutions for the job may be low-grade cotton from West Texas.
According to the latest International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) published this week by the ITMF (International Textile Manufacturers Federation) shipments of new textile machinery fell in 2012 in most segments compared with 2011, although a new record was set for shipments of large diameter circular knitting machines.
Freudenberg Nonwovens inaugurated a new regranulation unit at its Kaiserslautern plant on 7th May, which will allow materials rejected from its production process to be reused right down to the very last fibre. The cost of the new unit was in excess of €700,000.
Tanatex Chemicals will be present at Techtextil 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany from 11-13 June 2013, showcasing several innovative solutions to the world of technical textiles.
Eastman Cyphrex launched a new and highly innovative range of microfibers at last month’s IDEA13, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo, in Miami Beach, Fla. It is thought that the new microfibers platform will enable nonwovens solutions unlike anything the market has ever seen, becoming an innovation resource for media and component manufacturers and OEMs.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, participated in the Sistema Italia trade mission to Indonesia from 6-8 May, promoted by the Italian Ministries of Economic Development and Foreign Affairs, and organized by ICE – the Italian Trade Promotion Agency, the government organization which promotes the internationalization of Italian businesses abroad.
EDANA’s European annual statistics on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2012 were recently disclosed at its Nonwoven Producers Forum.
In the run in to Techtextil, the leading trade fair for technical textiles and industrial nonwovens, organisers Messe Frankfurt have published the following article on the spread of nanotechnology in technical textiles. The article shows how nanotechnology is being used in a growing number of applications from clothing, through construction to regenerative medicine. Techtextil takes place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June.
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.
Swiss textile innovator Schoeller has launched a new fabrics range called Pyroshell which offers permanent flame protection for polyester and polyamide fabrics.
Century Design Inc. (CDI), a leading global supplier of Prepreg machines and specialist composites processing equipment, will be exhibiting at SAMPE 2013 in Long Beach, CA, next week, where it will showcase its new CD6012 machine, demonstrating how composite part producers can manage and control their own prepreg manufacturing while driving down costs and reducing production lead times.
Well known industry consultant David Rigby (formerly David Rigby Associates) is now providing personal advisory and consulting services to business owners, CEOs and senior managers in technical textiles and industrial nonwovens, with the aim of helping them create more profitable and sustainable futures for their businesses.
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.
This video was made by Robert Newton a TV documentary producer whose family were in textiles in North Carolina for generations. Newton got the idea for the documentary after he found himself constantly correcting people who said that the textiles industry in NC state was dead. It’s a full blown TV documentary which lasts 30 minutes but its well worth watching.
The prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards were presented during a special ceremony at IDEA 2013 Conference & Expo at Miami Beach, Florida earlier this week and INDA the organizer of the event, together with Nonwovens Industry Magazine presented the famed Entrepreneur Award to Suominen Nonwovens.
Energy efficient membranes, silicone-coated textile fibres, a new master batch for tintable polypropylene or new technologies for integrating systems into apparel – these are just some of the inventions of the ten winners of the Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Prizes.
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.
The two global nonwovens associations, EDANA and INDA, are to partner to co-organise a new edition of EDANA’s Outlook conference programme for Latin America early in 2015.
Americhem Inc., a global provider of custom colour and additive solutions for synthetic fibres, will showcase its latest products at the upcoming Techtextil trade fair including its new nVision line of colour and additives for nonwovens. The company will also exhibit a wide range of sample products produced by its customers from a variety of market sectors and will have commercial and technical product experts on hand who will be available to answer questions.
UK based Sigmatex has announced it has secured the first of a number of targeted contracts for the automotive sector. The contract has been concluded after significant technical collaboration and development between Sigmatex, a major automotive OEM and an Automotive Tier 1 supplier.
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.
The two global nonwovens associations, EDANA and INDA are joining efforts to promote the free and fair trade of Nonwovens globally starting with an active role in the upcoming US-European Union (EU) Free Trade Agreement negotiations. EDANA will volunteer Nonwovens for ‘fast track’ elimination of the current 4.3% tariff on nonwoven imports into the EU from the US. There currently are no tariffs on EU Nonwovens coming into the US.
The prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards have been presented during a special ceremony at IDEA13, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition, in Miami Beach, Florida. The famed Entrepreneur Award and Lifetime Achievement Award were also presented.
Autefa Solutions will introduce a new concept fibre recycling line for nonwovens at this year’s Techtextil in Frankfurt, the core components of which, will be high performance balers and a compact tearing machine.
The latest developments in nonwoven applications for Ingeo biopolymer, a low-carbon-footprint polymer made from renewable plant material, will be on display at IDEA13 in Miami, Florida this week. NatureWorks says it will show new grades of Ingeo along with a range of final products which will demonstrate the commercial reality of the biopolymer.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes a look at a new high-tech wave of interactive functional yarns and fabrics which are designed to deliver a whole range of benefits to wearers. You can read Part 1 at Ancient wisdom inspires ‘responsive’ Far Infrared fibres – Part 1.
As part of its efforts to further concentrate on its core business of manufacturing fibres, Lenzing AG has agreed to sell 85% of its shareholding in plastics business (Lenzing Plastics GmbH) to an Austrian bidding consortium led by Invest AG, the investment company of the Raiffeisen Banking Group Upper Austria based in Linz.
The overall response from the exhibitors and visitors at the latest edition of Techtextil North America was confirmation that they were pleased with the show and venue, organisers say. The tenth edition of Techtextil North America took place from 19-21 March at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
Whether it’s for wind power systems, aerospace technology, stadium roofs made from high-tech membranes, geogrids made from polyester used in landscaping or nonwovens for insulating and roofing, technical textiles cover a very wide range of applications.
Gregory Walter Haggquist of Cocona Inc. has been honoured by the AATCC Technical Committee on Research (TCR) as the recipient of the 2013 TCR Service Award in recognition of his achievements and service to the Association. The award was presented at the 2013 AATCC International Conference in Greenville, SC on 11th April.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes a look at a new high-tech wave of interactive functional yarns and fabrics which are designed to deliver a whole range of benefits to wearers.
Clarion Events North America, Inc. announced today that a collaboration agreement has been signed with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) regarding Clarion’s annual ExpoProducción event in Mexico City. The collaboration will include an IFAI Pavilion and Conference to be held within the annual ExpoProducción trade show in Mexico City beginning with the February 2014 edition.
Sanitized AG, a leading producer of antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection for textiles and plastics will be launching two new advanced additives designed for the protection of plasticized PVC at this year’s Techtextil in Frankfurt.
Perspectives by Bill Smith - a new regular column for Innovation in Textiles.
When I began my consulting practice in 1986, I discovered a book called “Innovation – The Attackers Advantage” (Summit Books) by Richard Foster, then a Director of the major consulting firm McKinsey & Co. His message: ” . . . companies must return to the attack . . . the annals of business is filled with . . . companies that seemed profitable yet were in the midst of bankruptcy because they did not anticipate when their present products would become unprofitable and underestimated the strengths of their competitor’s attacks.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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’.
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 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.
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.
Fibre producer Invista has acquired Ashburn Hill Corp., along with its associated intellectual property, including the Tecgen brands and a manufacturing operation in Texas. The company says Tecgen flame resistant garment products will expand its existing performance and protective fabric offerings, as well as add a new skill set to the company.
Statistics reveal that spinning line capacities are becoming increasingly large
The majority of recent installations for polyester have been spinning lines directly connected to a common reactor. Lines of this kind are economically prudent, although flexibility is very limited compared to extruder spinning lines. Here, additive injection and mixing systems can help regain this lost flexibility.
Nominations are open for the 2013 World of Wipes Innovation Award, which recognizes and rewards innovation within the entire wipes value chain that utilizes nonwoven fabrics in a way that expands the usage of nonwovens.
Lenzing has succeeded in achieving the second best business result in its history in the 2012 financial year in spite of difficult market conditions in its core fibre business. The Austrian company’s Annual Report published today says that this can be attributed to new record fibre sales volumes and good performance of its specialty Tencel fibre. Readers can download the full Lenzing Group Annual Report 2012 at the foot of this article.
Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC (MNW), a subsidiary of Monadnock Paper Mills, has called for a ubiquitous global standard for surgical face masks. Established in 1999 to meet the fast growing air and liquid filtration, medical face mask and healthcare markets, MNW is a global supplier and is ISO 9001:2008 certified.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nonwovens producers now have access to a new technical centre at Andritz Perfojet in Montbonnot, France after the Austrian company opened the new facility this week.
A comprehensive new report entitled Latin American Nonwoven Markets: Trends, Forecasts, and Analysis 2012-2017 is now available from INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The DiloGroup will present its portfolio of fibre processing equipment to the Turkish market when it exhibits at the ITM Texpo Eurasia 2013 which is being held together with the Hightex 2013 in Istanbul from 29 May to 1 June. This exhibition is also an important platform for the East Mediterranean, Southwest and Central Asian markets in general.
The Russian government together with the country’s nano giant Rusnano and Swiss Oerlikon, a developer of innovative industrial solutions for food, clothing, transportation and other industries, (owned by the Russian financial conglomerate Renova), are considering accelerating efforts in the field of design and production of new types of textile products, based on nanotechnologies in Russia.
Entries are invited from all Texprocess exhibitors for the second ‘Texprocess Innovation Award’, which will be presented at this year’s Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June 2013.
German nonwovens producer Sandler AG has reported a 6th successive year of growth in sales, increasing its sales volumes to Euros 247 million in 2012.
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.
International technology group Andritz will present the latest technologies from its three nonwoven competence centres - Andritz Asselin-Thibeau, Andritz Küsters, and Andritz Perfojet, at Hightex/ITM 2013 in Istanbul in May.
According to Swiss headquartered high-tech industrial group Oerlikon, if the Eiffel tower had been built 124 years later, it would surely have played a significant part in its construction - because what was riveted, screwed or welded together using iron and steel components back then, would today be primarily made of composites – and Oerlikon Textile, Vacuum & Coating today supplies a wide range of technology and components for their production. These technologies and components will be the Oerlikon focus at the JEC between 12 and 14 March 2013 in Paris.
FibeRio, the developer and manufacturer of novel Forcespinning nanofiber production systems has announced it has completed a $13M capital raising exercise led by two global strategic investors – SABIC Ventures B.V., Saudi Basic Industries Corporation’s corporate venture capital arm, and Aster Capital Partners, sponsored by Solvay, Schneider Electric, Alstom and the European investment fund.
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Nanotechnology maker Litrax’ L2 fibre and filament technology has been named in ISPO 2013’s Top 5 Fibres Innovations for fall/winter season 2014/15.
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.
Already catering to German, English and Chinese speakers, the long established Reutlingen, Germany based company Stoll is now launching its website, www.stoll.com , in Russian.
Italian protective fabrics producer Argar Technology, a division of Argar S.r.L, will be showcasing its range of innovative products at this year’s leading technical textiles exhibitions – Techtextil 2013, and A+A Safety, Security & Health At Work 2013.
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.
Coating and laminating engineering specialist Cygnet Tex-Web has unveiled a blade over roller machine designed to deliver exceptionally low coat weights of 10 gsm.
Alexium has announced it has secured Chinese patent rights which give it the ability to expand in China without competition and increases its patent portfolio to reach out to the global marketplace.
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.
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.
Just a short time after UK start up, MMT Textiles Ltd announced on www.innovationintextiles.com that it had invented and patented a method of constructing bio-responsive fibres and yarns so that they react to humidity levels in a micro-climate, the London based company revealed this week that it is now close to bringing the technology to market.
Technical Absorbents (TAL) will be exhibiting at the IDEA Nonwovens and Engineered Fabrics exhibition, which takes place in Miami between 23-25 April. The North East England based company says IDEA will be the ideal opportunity for the Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturer to show how the company and its product range have progressed over the past few years.
According to researchers at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, wearable computers which can withstand washing are one step closer thanks to a technology which integrates electronic micro devices into yarns. The academics developed a prototype garment to demonstrate the technology, which they say could be used for medical and military purposes.
The Textile Institute has announced details of its latest intensive training short courses for the textiles industry. The Institute is a leading provider of short courses for the industry, drawing on over 100 years of textiles knowledge.
INDA, Association of the Nonwovens Fabric Industry has announced it has entered into a strategic alliance agreement with the China Nonwoven and Industrial Textile Association (CNITA). CNITA is the Chinese government-approved national association for the nonwovens and technical textiles industries in China.
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.
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 International Group has announced that Nick Clark, the group’s current Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, has been appointed Group Chief Executive Officer based in Greer, South Carolina.
Cotton Club, a leading global manufacturer of cotton and hygiene products, with its own production facilities and trade offices in Russia, Turkey, China, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, plans to start construction of a large plant for the production of innovative textile products in Russian city of Dankov (Lipetsk region). Construction will start in the second quarter of 2013, according to an official representative of the company.
Technical Absorbents (TAL) has been officially recognised for innovation by two leading industry organisations. The Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturers’ KoolSorb coolant fabric was recently listed by Future Materials Magazine in its top 100 innovations of 2012, and has since been selected as a finalist for an IDEA achievement award in the category of Roll Goods.
A total of 15 of the most innovative and successful new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries over the past three years have been nominated as finalists for the prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards.
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, a leader in outsource converting and manufacturing solutions, has expanded its printing capacity through equipment upgrades at its facility in Dallas, Texas.
The Teijin Group, one of the world's leading suppliers of high-performance fibre, is participating at Technotex 2013, India’s premier exhibition of technical textiles, which will be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India this week from 17-19 January. Teijin’s debut appearance at the show will highlight the group’s expanding initiatives to develop the Indian market for high-performance materials.
Netherlands headquartered TenCate has reached an agreement to acquire Nottinghamshire based Amber Composites, a UK-based manufacturer of thermoset composites for industrial and automotive markets. No financial details have been released.
Scientists from Rice University in Texas have unveiled a new carbon nanotube (CNT) fibre that looks and acts like textile thread and conducts electricity and heat like a metal wire. The following article was published on the University’s website just a few days ago and the scientists are published in this week’s issue of Science.
Its official - the next edition of Techtextil will be bigger than ever before. According to organiser Mess Frankfurt, the number of exhibitor registrations for the trade fair, which will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already significantly higher than at the comparable time two years ago.
At a recent International Press Conference for the Texprocess and Techtextil fairs to be held in Frankfurt in June, Francesco Marchi, Director General of EURATEX, highlighted the importance of the textile and clothing industry, its coming challenges and the role of technical textiles and new processes in the industry. In Mr Marchi stressed the importance of world-class fairs like Techtexil and Texprocess Fairs to the sector.
Alexium International Group has announced that its late product development phase and commercial roll out are proceeding to plan and that the company’s novel nylon FR treatment is quickly moving from development to scale-up and initial production.
To learn about how different types of sewing thread can help in the manufacture of specialist technical textile products, as well as with more conventional textiles, readers should visit Texprocess 2013, from 10-13 June and Techtextil 2013, from 11-13 June. The two exhibitions are being held concurrently at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany.
Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd (TAF) and Switzerland’s Sanitized AG have announced the signing of a co-branding agreement and licensing program for Amicor fibres. Amicor will unveil the new Biocidals Product Directive (BPD) compliant fibres and yarns under the slogan “Breathe easily and relax” at Heimtextil 2013 which takes place from 9-12 January in Frankfurt.
Outlast Technologies, the market leader for temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), is rolling out its new brand identity this New Year with the aim of sharpening its profile.
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 has signed an agreement to sell its Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions businesses to SK Capital. The total consideration of the sale amounts to approximately CHF 502 million, out of which approximately 460 million in cash, equivalent to 6.3 times the estimated full year 2012 recurring EBITDA of those businesses. The divestment has been approved by the Boards of both companies. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2013.
Germany’s Hohenstein Institute is now offering testing and certification of protective/safety gloves in accordance with a number of industry standards.
Alexium International Group (Alexium) announced it has received its second progress payment on a US Air Force contract this month, with additional progress payments on the contract expected over the next five months. Alexium’s says its financial position is strengthening, based on growing revenues from the US Air Force contract, awarded earlier this year and continued revenues from its commercial roll out of its novel FR nylon treatment.
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.
Dewatering breakthrough from RHL means textile finishers can finally say goodbye to conventional rubber squeezing
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.
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.
The presence of Boeing and Citroen at the latest confrence held by CELC – the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp – illustrates how seriously the potential of flax and other bast fibre fabrics to replace glass in composites is now being taken.
South Carolina based Mount Vernon Mills is now offering its Amsoft finish on all fabrics available within the brand’s six collections, to enhance the comfort of flame resistant garments made with Mount Vernon FR fabric.
North Carolina based nonwovens association INDA, reports that one of the largest and most successful filtration events ever, filled Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center earlier this month. Suppliers, customers and the entire filtration value chain from around the world took part in three days of education, new products and networking at INDA’s Filtration 2012 International Conference and Exposition held from 13-15 November, 2012.
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.
Leading Russian textile producers are considering switching to the production of synthetic fabrics and technical textiles from traditional natural fibre fabrics, in an attempt to increase the industry’s profitability and to reduce dependence from the ever rising global cotton prices.
Five new consumer products that utilize nonwoven fabrics in an innovative manner have been nominated as finalists for the 2013 Visionary Award.
Alexium has announced a major advancement in the development of its Flame Retardant (FR) treatments and curing methods. The company has developed its novel, non-halogenated FR chemistry for nylon so it can be applied with a standard oven as well as Alexium’s microwave technology. The ability to use traditional heat curing methods, aims to significantly lower entry barriers to key markets and speed up market introduction.
ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) will mark 2013 with a push towards internationalisation with 30 new members. This is the primary objective emerging from the initiatives promoted by ACIMIT for the upcoming year, and approved at the Association’s Board of Directors meeting held last 13 November.
Sandler AG has launched the start-up phase of a new production line for meltblown filter media just four months after commencing installation and assembly.
25 German textile machinery manufacturers presented their latest solutions at two VDMA conferences this month in Istanbul and Gaziantep in Turkey. Almost 600 participants from the Turkish textiles industry used the opportunity to learn how German technology can help the sector to cope with the tough competition from Asia and several German companies were able to close deals with Turkish customers during the events.
Forward thinking Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer Scott & Fyfe Ltd celebrated the official opening of its new Innovation Space and Museum on 12 November, which the company describes as another important step on the way to a long-term sustainable company based on a partnership business model.
Textiles Intelligence and the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) have agreed to cooperate in making Chinese language editions of two of Textile Intelligence’s business and market information publications available to the Chinese fibre, textile and clothing industries.
The market for chemical protective clothing is set for robust growth over the next few years, according to Chemical protective clothing: providing a life-critical barrier a new report from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.
Glen Raven, Inc. has been recognized as the North Carolina Manufacturer of the Year in the large companies category —defined as companies with more than $250 million in annual revenue. The NC Manufacturer of the Year award program is organised by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, with sponsorship by McGladrey LLP and Fifth Third Bank.
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its ‘State of Trade Report’ for Q2, 2012 which shows that global yarn output for the quarter was up and estimates for global yarn and fabric output in Q3/2012 are positive - the outlook for Q4/2012 is unchanged/positive. The following is the main body of the report – the full report with detailed statistics can be downloaded at the foot of this article.
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.
The fourth edition of the ‘Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry’, has been published, by INDA, the leading Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, in strategic partnership with EDANA the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries.
Chuck Segal reports from London
2-4 October 2012, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK
The carbon fibre industry is alive and well according to the recent international gathering of more than 120 engineers and marketing executives. The conference, organised by Smithers-Rapra is the 15th annual meeting of this group.
Teijin Limited has announced that Teijin (Thailand) Limited in the Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate of Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province, which was flooded by torrential rainfall in October 2011 and then resumed partial operation in February this year, returned to full-scale production on October 31. All three Teijin Group polyester production facilities in Thailand affected by the flooding are again operating normally.
Chuck Segal reports from London
2-4 October 2012, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK
The carbon fibre industry is alive and well according to the recent international gathering of more than 120 engineers and marketing executives. The conference, organised by Smithers-Rapra is the 15th annual meeting of this group.
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, 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 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%.
TenCate Protective Fabrics in partnership with Lion Apparel has secured a major order for the delivery of TenCate Tecashield inherently heat and flame retardant fabrics for the turn-out gear of the Amsterdam-Amstelland fire brigade in the Netherlands. The TenCate fabrics will be mainly used for the lightweight outer shell, the protective thermal liner and reinforcement inserts.
In July 2012, UK based Umeco was acquired by New Jersey headquartered composites giant Cytec, a merger which aims to bring value to the group’s customers and the markets it serves by leveraging Cytec’s technology leadership with Umeco’s highly-responsive supply chain and application development capabilities.
Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, a recognized leader in the production of specialty coatings and coated fabrics, has announced that it has purchased a state-of-the-art technical coatings line. The new high-speed equipment further expands the South Carolina based company’s capabilities by fully encompassing a broad range of width options in woven, knit, nonwovens and films.
Pennsylvania headquartered Monadnock Non‐Wovens, an industry leader in high performance melt blown nonwoven roll goods for filtration, industrial, healthcare and consumer markets, is to add a second location in Midwest USA.
Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer, Scott & Fyfe Ltd, has announced the launch of a new line of carbon fabrics for the composites industry. The product range will come under the company’s new Polycarb brand.
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.
A new ‘cutting edge’ facility for technical textiles, nonwovens and composites development opened its doors in the city of Roubaix, in the Lille region of Lille of Northern France, this month.
Alexium International Group Limited (Alexium) has announced that it expects to receive a cash payment of approximately $205,000 from the Australian Government under the 2012 Research and Development Tax Incentive (Australia) scheme.
Eugene Gerden reports from Moscow
The Russian nonwovens industry is on the verge of big changes, due national government plans to approve a state strategy for the industry’s further development until 2020.
The Trützschler Group has expanded its manmade fibres product range by taking over the personnel and know-how of SwissTex Winterthur AG, the carpet and industrial yarns spinner.
The India International Textile Machinery Exhibition, INDIA ITME 2012, which is being held for the 9th time at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from December 2nd – 7th, is an excellent opportunity for the DiloGroup to present its portfolio of equipment to the Indian market, especially as the exhibition is also an important platform for the Asian market in general.
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.
Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Chief Executive Officer of Sandler AG, has been awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit by Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer. Given as a ‘token of honouring and appreciative recognition for outstanding services rendered to the State of Bavaria and the Bavarian people’, the order is an appreciation of exceptional commitment to the common welfare in the state.
Focusing on the topic of “consumption,” over 135 delegates from brands, retailers, government organizations, NGOs and academia joined in the 6th annual conference of the RITE Group (Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment).
International technology group Andritz which offers a full range of complete nonwovens lines for the production of technical textiles will be presenting its expertise in complete lines and advanced systems for high-end technical nonwovens at the India ITME exhibition which runs from 2-7 December in Mumbai. The group’s Küsters, Asselin-Thibeau, and Perfojet businesses will be showcasing integrated solutions for all nonwovens segments for the Indian market.
Alexium International Group (Alexium) announced today that its growing revenues are from multiple sources as a result of commercial development agreements, license payments, and a project funded by the US Department of Defense.
Huntsman Textile Effects and the Netherlands’ DyeCoo Textile Systems are joining forces to develop and grow DyeCoo’s Supercritical CO2 textile processing technology with the aim of creating more sustainable products which will benefit the industry as a whole.
Novel supermicro fibres based on cellulose and cellulose-2.5-acetate are being developed at ITCF Denkendorf (the Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibres) in Germany.
The Board of Directors at INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, this week appointed David Rousse as its new President. As of 15 October Rousse will assume the position currently held by Rory Holmes, who has announced his retirement in mid-2013. Holmes has held the position since 2003.
Monforts’ Klaus A. Heinrichs talks about his company’s participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative.
Blue Competence is an initiative launched by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) to demonstrate the know-how and experience of its members for sustainable solutions. Key points of the campaign are technologies and products that conserve raw materials, reduce emissions and sustainably improve the living conditions of people.
In marking its 50th anniversary in 2011, the Dornbirn Conference celebrated the contribution of the manmade fibres industry to society over the last half a century.
At the 2012 event in Austria from September 19-21 – with over 100 individual presentations and record attendance of over 800 delegates – the emphasis was very much on what the industry can now contribute over the next fifty years and what major changes are on the horizon.
Oerlikon Saurer’s Allma Product Line will be showing at this year’s CINTE 2012, Asia's top biannual trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, which takes place from 22 to 24 October in Shanghai. The Kempten, Germany based company will welcome customers and interested visitors to its stand to inform them about the latest developments in the production of tire cord and industrial yarns.
Two of the longest established names in the UK fibre and fabric processing industries have merged to create a new Cheshire, North West England, based business which will provide complete downstream machinery solutions to the international performance textiles, automotive and aerospace industries.
The UK government has announced £2.3 million of ‘in principle’ support for a new textile and clothing skills programme jointly led by Bolton headquartered NWTexnet and the Huddersfield based Textile Centre of Excellence.
A forward thinking Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer is planning to put ownership of its business into the hands of its employees. Scott & Fyfe Limited, the Tayport based technical textiles manufacturer has announced it will transform itself into an employee owned company. The business is currently owned by the Tough family.
Alexium International Group Limited (Alexium) (announced today that the Australian patent office has granted a patent for the “Method for Attachment of Silicon-containing Compounds to a Surface and for Synthesis of Hypervalent Silicon-compounds” (Australia Patent No. 2006290509).
Organisers have released early details of speakers and topics in the expanded free-to-attend Open Forum conference programme at the second annual UK Plastic Electronics Show, which will be held at the UK’s NEC in Birmingham on 7-8 November. The show is part of the Advanced Engineering UK group of events.
The UK government announced yesterday over £2 million worth of support for a new skills programme led by a consortium of employers and the Textile Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield that will improve the skills of people already working and develop the next generation of skilled talent for these industries. The partnership includes manufacturers from textiles, technical textiles, apparel and textile services sectors, trade associations and Creative Skillset.
Four unique new products have been nominated as finalists for the second annual RISE Durable Products Award that will be presented at INDA’s RISE Conference in late October.
The RISE Durable Product Award will be awarded to a durable nonwoven product using nonwoven fabric and/or technology that is commercially sold and utilized in the consumer or industrial marketplace.
Mr Zhang Jie, Chairman of the China Hi-Tech Group, visited A. Monforts Textilmaschinen in Mönchengladbach last month, to see for himself the latest addition to his group of companies with its worldwide activities.
NatureWorks and Sulzer’s Sulzer Chemtech division announced this week that Sulzer has shipped proprietary production equipment to NatureWorks’ Blair, Nebraska facility that will enable NatureWorks to increase production of Ingeo biopolymer and produce new, high-performance resins and lactides.
The recently-announced bankruptcy of Konarka illustrates just how tricky it is to bring groundbreaking new technologies to market – however smart they may be.
The company is the latest in a list of companies who over the past decade have attempted the fusion of technologies – in this case mass manufactured solar cells with plastic films, but the marriage of electronics with textiles is just as applicable – and come unstuck at the lengthy lead times and endless financial resources required for successfully launching such products.
Reactive Surface Treatment (RST) technology provider Alexium announced today that it has been awarded a $200,000 contract by the US Air Force Research Laboratory to demonstrate its Cleanshell CB treatments for chemical and biological protection applications. The contract follows two other purchase orders by the US Army in the last twelve months and is expected to further validate RST technology for defence applications.
Andritz Küsters, a leading supplier of calender technology for the textiles, nonwovens, and paper industries, has developed an innovative calender concept for the growing technical textiles market incorporating proven technologies from the production of paper and nonwovens.
International Newsletters has announced that the speaker on nanotextiles has been confirmed for its TCL2012, International Conference on Textiles Coating & Laminating. Dr. Dirk Hegemann from the prestigious Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) will address the subject Nano Textiles: What can be expected from it?
Alexium announced this week that it has successfully demonstrated its Reactive Surface Technology (RST) treatments for functionalizing temperature-sensitive fibres such as high-performance polyolefins to add new properties such as antimicrobial, adhesion promotion, and flame retardancy.
With ten months still to go, Techtextil, the International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already almost fully booked.
“Over 90% of the exhibition space occupied in 2011 has been reserved; 86% has actually been firmly booked. Never before have we had such a good result at such an early stage”, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies.
All the signs are that Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June 2013, will be a success. With a year still to go before the doors open, over 50% of exhibition space has already been sold and the market leaders are on board.
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.
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.
Experts wishing to give a lecture at the symposiums during Techtextil in Frankfurt, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens being held from 11 to 13 June 2013, are invited by the organisers to submit their manuscripts. The deadline for receipt of the manuscripts is 31 October 2012.
Freudenberg Nonwovens is expanding its adsorptives business by investing in new equipment. Four years after the opening of the plant, the company is sending out a clear signal for the expansion of its business in this segment in Littleborough in the United Kingdom.
In an article for Commodity Online yesterday, Seshadri Ramkumar, Associate Professor of Nonvwovens at Texas Tech University, reports that the technical textiles market in India will skyrocket to US $ 28.7 billion by 2016-17. The prediction comes from information provided by India’s Textiles Ministry officials.
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:
The recent Interfilière show in Paris confirmed the importance of the cosmetic textiles or cosmetotextiles market for producers and marketers of next-to-skin knitted fabrics.
Interfilière organiser Eurovet, has published a seven page report on Cosmetotextiles (cosmetic textiles), which summarises a symposium held at the Paris show and which was jointly sponsored by Interfilière and La Federation de la Maille et de la Lingerie.
According to a new series of Textiles Intelligence reports, textile and clothing markets are likely to remain subdued in 2012, given the considerable uncertainty in the global economy, and the fact that the debt crisis in the Eurozone continues to hit business and consumer confidence.
Messe Frankfurt USA announced today it has hired Kristy Meade as Group Show Director, Textile Events, responsible for managing the teams producing Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, Texworld USA Winter/Summer, Apparel Sourcing and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo.
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.
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.
The new improved Eco Applicator soft coating solution from Mönchengladbach, Germany based Monforts, is reported to be making a strong impact following launches at recent shows in Bangladesh, USA, India and ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai, by providing significant energy savings with reduced drying times and the possible elimination of a conventional wet-on-wet padder.
Specialty chemicals producer Clariant is rebranding and from today, 16 July 2012, will have a new appearance, a new logo and a new motto. A striking new high quality movie has also been made to communicate the new image. The Swiss company says the rebrand marks a new episode in its history because with its current portfolio it is better situated than ever before.
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.
EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has released a public summary of its annual statistics on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2011. The report is said to show growth in production volume for 2011 of 5.7%, with several market segments recording their best output ever in both tonnage and square metres, including baby diapers, medical, personal care wipes, civil engineering, automotive and agriculture.
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in the textiles supply chain. Since Texcare 2012 (Frankfurt/Main) it is stretching out its fingers into the dirt trapping mat industry, too. For the first time Milliken from Manchester and Austria based Kleen-Tex Industries presented product ranges with piles made from recycled polyester and nylon fibres.
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.
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.
UK based Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturer Technical Absorbents Ltd (TAL) has developed a new fabric technology which is said to keep wearers of heavy outer clothing cool even when working in the most challenging environments.
Visitors to ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 are said to have greatly appreciated the commitment of the German textile machinery industry on the issue of sustainability. On occasion of the region’s leading textile machinery exhibition from 12th to 16th June in Shanghai, the VDMA Textile Machinery Association presented its sustainability initiative Blue Competence for the first time in the Asian market.
METYX Composites organized and hosted its signature event, METYX Third Composites Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, June 4-8, 2012, in conjunction with event sponsors Airex AG, Aksa, Duratek, PPG Fiber Glass, Reinforced Plastics Magazine, Scott Bader, The Turkish Carbon Society, the Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association, and Umeco.
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012, Asia’s leading textile machinery exhibition, which was held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012, ended on a high note for the organisers with record numbers of visitors and exhibitors.
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.
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.
Italy’s RadiciGroup has introduced a low environmental impact version of its Radyarn polyester yarns. R-Radyarn is said to be a low environmental impact product made from 100% post-consumer recycled PET bottles.
The RadiciGroup has added two new products - Dyna and Fine – to its Raditeck range of high-tenacity PA66 yarns.
Technical textile production in Japan continued to increase in 2011 after growing substantially in the previous year, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence called ‘Statistics: Fibre Consumption for Technical Textiles in Japan’.
Many of the benefits of disposable nonwoven wipes in the workplace over laundered and reusable cleaning materials (what are referred to in the US as ‘shop towels’) have been pretty well demonstrated over the past 30 years.
The Teijin Group announced today that its three polyester fibre and textile subsidiaries, Teijin Fibers Limited, Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited and Thai Namsiri Intertex Co., Ltd., will participate in the Bangkok International Fashion Fair & Bangkok International Leather Fair 2011 (BIFF & BIL 2012).
Groz Beckert Chairman Thomas Lindner was accorded a special honour on 22 April this year. In his capacity as President of the VDMA (German Engineering Association). Dr. Lindner officially opened the Hanover Fair 2012 with none other than German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China's Minister-President Wen Jiabao and the Mayor of Hanover Stephan Weil.
The 2013 edition of ShanghaiTex aims to pioneer the transformation and upgrading of the Chinese textiles industry by bringing a full array of textile products, machinery and technology from China and all over the world under one roof.
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 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.
The Russian government is investing more than USD$20 million in the implementation of a major project, regarding with the design and further launch of production of innovative textile fabrics.
According to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the project involves the participation of about major 10 Russian research institutes, which will provide their latest developments in the field of production of innovative textile fabrics.
ITMA, the world’s most established textile and garment machinery exhibition, will put the spotlight on innovations that promote sustainability for its 17th presentation in Milan, Italy, in 2015. A trendsetting showcase of exciting innovations since 1951, the theme chosen for the 2015 edition is ‘Master the Art of Sustainable Innovation’.
Teijin carbon fibres and composites company Toho Tenax announced today that it will develop and market carbon fibre fabrics for India’s composite industry in collaboration with Hindoostan Technical Fabrics Limited, a carbon and aramid textile manufacturer wholly owned by Hindoostan Mills, Ltd., a major textile company in India and part of the Thackersey Group. This will be the first time Toho Tenax has partnered a textile manufacturer in India’s carbon fibre sector.
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.
Composites group Umeco will be exhibiting and presenting its new corporate identity at this year’s JEC Asia show, which takes place at the SUNTEC International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore between 26 - 28 June 2012.
Population figures in Asia are increasing all the time, and are being accompanied in many countries by enormous growth in the nonwovens markets. Here, Groz-Beckert, a company with 1500 different product types, explains how suppliers of mechanically bonded nonwovens can share in the success of nonwovens in Asia.
Future materials in the shape of technical textiles and composites for the mobility sector and lightweight engineering were the major focus in Chemnitz from 8 - 10 May 2012 when more than 1300 visitors attended this year’s combined mtex - LiMA trade fair and symposium.
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 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.
Hong Kong-listed Fong’s Industries Co. Ltd. (Fong’s) announced today that it has acquired a 100% stake in A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG (Monforts) from German based company L. Possehl Co. & GmbH (Possehl).
A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG is strengthening its commitment to technical textiles with the appointment of a new Business Development Manager to expand its product portfolio for this growth market. Monforts has appointed Jürgen Hanel as the new Business Development Manager, strengthening its commitment to technical textile applications.
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Dr. Anton Reinfelder (AR) is Managing Director of Groz-Beckert subsidiary Groz-Beckert Asia Private Limited, based in Chandigarh, India. He has corporate responsibility for the knitting and sewing divisions at two factories, local purchasing and also sales in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Teijin Fibers and N.I.Teijin Shoji, the Teijin Group’s products converting business companies, have announced that they will participate in Asia Nonwovens Exhibition (ANEX) 2012, one of the top three exhibitions in the global nonwoven industry, which will be held at the KINTEX exhibition center in Seoul, South Korea from June 13 to 15.
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.
Two of the strongest and most innovative textile and technology companies in the stretch knits and wovens sectors are joining forces. Swiss companies Schoeller Textil AG from Sevelen (St. Gallen) and the Eschler Group from Bühler (Appenzell Ausserrhoden) are to unite under the banner of Swiss quality, global presence and wide ranging know-how.
Messe Frankfurt has announced that the eleventh edition of Techtextil North America and the second edition of Texprocess Americas will be held from 13-15 May 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Personal protective equipment specialist, Praybourne Products, has launched an exclusive range of coveralls using Protal 5 fabric from Waxman Fibres partnership producers. The innovative product was launched at the Health and Safety Expo at the NEC in Birmingham (15-17 May).
The 51st Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress will take place from 19 – 21 September 2012 in Dornbirn in the Vorarlberg region of Austria, where over 700 delegates from more than 30 countries will meet to discuss the future of the man-made fibres industry.
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.
Around 1300 exhibitors from 28 countries are gearing up to showcase their latest technologies at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 as the countdown for the third combined show begins.
The five-day exhibition will open on 12 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) and is expected to draw strong response from Asian buyers, especially Chinese visitors from major textile manufacturing making hubs in the country.
As sustainability continues to be a key topic influencing purchasing decisions throughout the global supply chain, the careful selection of raw materials like fibres is one of the first steps towards green products.
At the recent EDANA Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium in Istanbul, the importance of conventional textile manufacturing to Turkey was underlined, in addition to the growing role of nonwovens in increasing trade with neighbouring countries.
Production is now underway for the 2012 GOCarbonFibre conference, due to take place in London this October. Organisers Smithers Apex says it is excited about the return to Europe, and building on last year's resounding success it has a fresh new angle for this year's programme.
The first edition of Texprocess Americas took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Techtextil North America and aimed to create a synergy making the largest and best technical textiles, textile machinery, nonwovens, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
The ninth edition of Techtextil North America, now incorporating ATME-I, took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Texprocess Americas which resulted in a dynamic synergy creating the largest and best technical textiles, nonwovens, textile machinery, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
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).
The Switzerland based International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its State of Trade Report for the 4th Quarter of 2011. The organisation reports that estimates for Global Yarn and Fabric Output in Q1/2012 are negative but that the outlook for Q2/2012 is positive.
DSM, producer of Dyneema, has introduced a new fibre designed for the production of ropes that it says provide unrivalled strength, stiffness and durability. DSM says DM 20 is an innovative fibre that completely redefines the capability of HMPE ropes and forms the basis of Dyneema Max Technology.
The long awaited relaunch of the leading free content website for the knitting and hosiery industries is here at last.
Innovation in Textiles’ relaunched sister site Knitting Industry (www.knittingindustry.com ) went live on Wednesday afternoon offering readers even greater benefits than before.
In cooperation with Amoena Medizin-Orthopädie-Technik GmbH, a developer of specialist bras, swimwear and breast prostheses, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute have developed a special bra for breast cancer patients. The new bra, which was developed under a publicly funded research project (AiF no. KF2136714HG0) can be worn during and directly after radiation therapy and takes into account the high sensitivity of the skin which often occurs during treatments as well as changes in breast volume.
After a sharp reduction in global shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 and 2009, as a result of the global financial and economic crisis in 2008/2009, deliveries of new textile machinery surged in 2010 and even stronger in 2011, in most cases to new record highs.
Rhode Island, USA based stretch fabrics producer Darlington Fabrics has launched an innovative family of fabrics called Fasten-Air which stretch for comfort and function in personal protection applications and utilise familiar hook and loop closures.
The Italian textile machinery industry is getting ready for the ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition which will be held in Shanghai from 12-16 June where its focus will be on technologically sustainable solutions.
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.
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).
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.
This new one-year Masters degree has been developed to meet the industry’s demand for a postgraduate course within the field of fashion knitwear design and product innovation in knitted technical textiles. Aimed at graduates and professionals from both design and technology backgrounds, the course integrates creative and technical perspectives within the context of advanced fibre materials and computerised flat-bed knitting technology.
According to Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery Association, the forthcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai is an excellent platform for German technology suppliers who will play a key role in the technological upgrading of the Chinese textiles industry.
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.
Conductive Composites is to commercialise its nickel Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) coated nonwovens, with a manufacturing line expansion that doubles its production capabilities.
The tenth edition of Techtextil North America TTNA), the leading trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, will take place from 19-21 March 2013 at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
Teijin has announced plans to establish Teijin Product Development China Co., Ltd. in August this year to conduct fibre and textile product research and development in Nantong, Jiangsu Province commencing April 2013. The move will enhance the Teijin group’s R&D functions in China and enable collaborative development with local partners to respond quickly to business opportunities in the fast-growing market.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, is organizing two important workshops in Mumbai and Ichalkaranji, India, in order to respond to strong demand for Italian technology from the local textiles industry.
The current challenges in the economic climate do not seem to have adversely affected demand for space at the third ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition and due to the overwhelming response, the show owners say they have now booked the remaining available space at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).
Teijin Fibers Limited, a Teijin Group company, has announced that it is supplying Nanofront high-strength polyester nanofibre for the palms of Srixon's new Pro Tour golf gloves
W. L. Gore & Associates has launched a new website which aims to provide a comprehensive resource for its latest products and technologies and to improve the online experience for visitors. The new site features videos and animations to illustrate the science behind Gore’s fabric technology and there is also an improved customer support section, detailing how to buy, care for, and repair Gore fabrics.
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories is growing its operations by opening a new laboratory to expand its technical textiles research and development program and accelerating the ramp up of its spider silk product toward industrial scale production.
Phase change materials (PCM) developer and marketer Outlast Technologies has been acquired by Golden Equity Investments, (GEI), a Colorado private equity firm that invests in operating businesses.
Karl Mayer Malimo has a new business manager as of 1st April. The new man at the helm of the 100% Karl Mayer owned subsidiary, and hence the technical textiles business sector, is Jochen Schmidt, a 42-year-old who has risen through the ranks after ten years at the German company.
Teijin has announced it has formed a partnership with the China Chemical Fibers Association (CCFA) in order to pursue business opportunities in the fields of chemical fibres and related industries in China. This is said to be first time the CCFA has entered into a comprehensive alliance with a foreign privately owned business.
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.
Leading manufacturer of warp knitting machines and warp preparation machines for both warp knitting and weaving, Karl Mayer, will once again be exhibiting at this year’s ITMA Asia + CITME show in China. The German company will be showcasing its latest technology in Shanghai from 12-16 June, including a new extra wide version of its Wefttronic weft insertion machine for technical fabrics.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has organized a Meeting Point where exhibiting Italian machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for technical textiles will show their innovative solutions at Techtextil North America from 24-26 April in Atlanta. Companies exhibiting with ACIMIT are Cormatex, Dell’Orco & Villani, Loptex, Ratti Luino and Saspe.
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, 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.
Leading German warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer is busy making preparations with its employees and customers to celebrate its 75th year in business.
Lenzing has continued on its dynamic growth path by posting record results for 2011. Despite a significant weakening of the global fibre market in the second half of 2011, Lenzing again achieved double-digit growth rates in sales and earnings, and surpassed the threshold of EUR 2 billion in consolidated sales for the first time in the company’s history. Operating margins also improved from a 2010 high and set a new record.
Teijin Limited announced today it will open its Teijin Composites Application Center (TCAC), a technical centre to develop automotive and other industrial applications of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite products, in Auburn Hills, Michigan on 1st April.
Teijin Aramid has launched Twaron Tape to provide a new and improved way of protecting fibre optic cables, which play an increasing role in today’s telecommunications. The fragile cores of the fibre optic cables need protection from various hazards and strains.
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.
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.
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, 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 JEC Composites show is always characterised by a high level of innovation from an industry that now employs 550,000 professionals worldwide and generates an estimated €72 billion in revenues.
The nomination process is now open for the second annual RISE Durable Product Award that will be presented at the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference in October.
Ahlstrom Corporation, a global high performance materials company, today announced the publication of its second stand-alone Sustainability Report. The publication can be downloaded as a PDF file at the foot of this article.
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.
From sound insulation to submarine cables and wound care, Freudenberg offers a wide range of nonwoven solutions customized for specific customers and applications. In addition, Freudenberg Nonwovens says, it can offer such customized solutions anywhere in the world from Dubai to Australia or even Bogota. With its claim ‘The Solution Engineers – Wherever You Are’, the company aims to differentiate itself as a reliable partner able to offer its customers tailor-made solutions on a global basis.
Nominations are now open for the World of Wipes Innovation Award, one of the many highlights of the 2012 World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference in Chicago in June.
Having secured significant additional finance in the past few weeks, Alexium now has a clear roadmap for accelerating the industry take-up of its potentially groundbreaking new flame retardant and oil and water repellent nylon treatment.
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.
Italian circular knitting machine builder Santoni and its sister company Lonati, the world’s leading hosiery machinery manufacturer, are heading to Moscow this month. The two Brescia based companies will be exhibiting at technical textiles exhibition Techtextil Russia and textile machinery show Inlegmash, which are taking place at Moscow’s Expocenter-Pavilion Forum from 12-14 March (booths FD90 and FD120).
German knitting machine manufacturer Harry Lucas has launched a range of new knitting machinery developments for 2012. Following a successful ITMA in September last year, the company has upgraded a number of its models and introduced new variants to meet customer demands.
Ever since the media began discussing the amount of water needed to produce a pair of jeans, the image of an entire industry line has suffered. And unjustly! In fact, the textile industry is very committed to the protection of the environment, and so is the textile care sector.
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.
The Textile Institute (TI) together with its partner the Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, has announced that registration for the 2012 World Conference is now open.
DyStar has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) with the objective of strengthening its commitment towards sustainability.
A year after its launch at Expofil, Filature Miroglio, manufacturer of the Newlife fibre platform presented its Newlife Eco-Innovation Library at last week’s Première Vision in Paris. The Italian company reports great interest and turnout for Newlife and the innovative materials made with its 100% recycled premium fibre.
Oerlikon Barmag will be showcasing its spinning and winding solutions for composites yarns at the forthcoming JEC show. The company will also be demonstrating its competence in the area of pumps for composite materials at the Paris show which is being held from 27-29 March.
The Switzerland based International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its State of Trade Report for the 3rd Quarter of 2011. The organisation reports that global yarn and fabric production were up in Q3 and that estimates for Q4 are also positive.
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 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.
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 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.
ACIMIT, the organisation representing the Italian textile machinery manufacturers says that orders for Italian textile machinery sector are now back on the rise.
The $4.2 trillion healthcare market is increasingly eating into the GDPs of nations, as people seemingly get fatter, do less exercise, and as populations become drastically older.
On 9 December 2011, Prof. Stefan Mecheels, Head of the Hohenstein Institute, opened the new test laboratory at the International Textile Testing and Service Centre in Hong Kong. It was an opportunity to tell the approximately 70 invited guests from all around the world about the work of the Hohenstein experts.
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.
After the success of its 2010 Nonwovens Symposium in Baveno, which drew more than 200 delegates, EDANA has announced the programme for the first Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium, which will take place at the Sheraton Ataköy Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey from the 10-11 May 2012.
Over the past decade there has been a marked increase in the development of nonwoven technologies for the successful processing of alternative raw materials, including natural fibres, and for the recycling of waste materials.
In spite of an increase in production for 2011 by Italian textile machinery manufacturers, forecasts remain cautious for the current year. Provisional figures for 2011 for Italy’s textile machinery sector show a further increase in manufacturing production and exports, following a good recovery in 2010 and a recession hit 2009.
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 fortune.com.
High-performance materials company Ahlstrom Corporation has announced that it has completed a significant upgrade to its Global Filtration Technical Center in Turin.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 MaterialScience has begun construction of a multipurpose production plant for polyurethane coating raw materials at Chempark Leverkusen.
Aiming to provide information on the entire range of nonwoven bonding and converting technologies, the agenda for the inaugural Converting and Bonding (CAB) 2012 Conference includes sessions ranging from Machinery Technology to Market Applications as part of the three-day event, set for April 17-19, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, S.C.
The 7th Annual Public Conference of the European Textile Technology Platform will take place on 29 – 30 March 2012 in Brussels. The scope of this one-and-a-half-day event will be to present and discuss how future EU research, innovation and industry policies and programmes can better support the research and innovation efforts of the more than 140,000 small to mid-sized companies in the EU textile and clothing sector.
Disruptive RST technology company Alexium has begun the commercial roll-out of its flame retardant, oil and water repellent nylon, which it says has met key technical milestones for flame retardancy, water repellency and durability.
The latest in product development, technology, and international trade updates for the sewn products industry will be presented by industry experts and leaders from around the world during the 2012 Texprocess Americas Symposium being held April 24 - 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
A new book entitled ‘Handbook of Technical Textile Design’ has been launched by authors Michael and Matthew Litton; two well known Ayrshire, Scotland, based technical textiles designer/ developers. The book is available in e-format (PDF) and can be purchased directly from the authors by following the links at the foot of this article. The proceeds of the book go to charity.
Comfort and durability are key features of modern workwear fabrics. The right balance of softness; absorbency and stability are essential characteristics of an all-purpose fabric and an absolute must for rental textiles. To meet the stringent requirements of the contract rental market, Melchior Textil has developed the ‘Balance’ range. The properties of these blended fabrics with high cotton content are said to meet the rigorous demands placed on rental workwear in the healthcare sector.
When digital inkjet printing first emerged in the 1990s, it was a welcome innovation for printing flags, banners, and POS textiles, made primarily of polyester. Using disperse inks for direct printing or water-based inks for sublimation, the technology was the answer for quick-turn, small runs or single pieces needed in the display business.
headquartered METYX Composites has invested in a state-of-the-art Liba MAX 5
multiaxial stitch bonding machine for the production of carbon fibre
reinforcements. The Turkish company, which will offer a new range of stitch
bonded composite materials to complement its existing product range, is also
planning other significant investments in 2012.
Citing strong global
demand for its products and services along with a strategic decision to create
a new business un
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 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
Following the success of the 2010 Nonwovens Symposium in
Baveno which drew more than 200 delegates, EDANA has announced the first
Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium, which will take place at the Sheraton Ataköy Hotel
in Istanbul, Turkey from 10-11 May 2012, with a welcome reception on the
evening of 9 May. EDANA now invites industry experts to submit their papers for
consideration for presentation at the conference by 13 January 2012.
The programme will
feature a mix of tec
Leicestershire, UK based carbon fibre and speciality
composite reinforcements manufacturer Formax, has been granted membership to
the Materials and Structures Technology Science and Technology Centre (MAST
STC). Formax is the first multiaxial
fabric manufacturer to be awarded membership to the alliance making it a
significant success for the company.
The MAST STC alliance is tasked with the pursuit of
excellence in structures science and technology for defence appl
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,
5 January 2012, Greer, SC Alexium has signed a new Cooperative Research and
Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL),
Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Airbase Technologies Division, to further
develop and commercialize its patented and potentially disruptive Reactive
Surface Treatment (RST) technology.
The agreement will leverage resources and capabilities of
Alexium and the Tyndall AFB, Florida based AFRL and advance the effort of
developing and tr
According to a new Freedonia industry study, ‘World
Nonwovens Industry', global sales of nonwoven fabrics are forecast to increase
6.9% annually through 2015 to 9.2 million metric tons. The growth rate is said to be an acceleration
from the 2005-2010 period, reflecting a low base as global recessionary
conditions restrained nonwovens fabric demand in 2008 and 2009 before improving
somewhat in 2010.
World Nonwovens Industry presents historical demand data
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
Market leader in the production of cellulose fibres Lenzing
is to exclusively produce the lyocell based specialty fibres Smartcel and
SeaCell which were developed by German company Smartfiber AG of Rudolstadt.
two companies have been cooperating for some time and under the newly expanded
arrangement Lenzing will produce the fibres at the Lenzing site in Upper
In 2007, Lenzing granted Smartfiber a license for the pilot
production of new types of lyocell spe
Global life and materials sciences company Royal DSM, owner
of the Dyneema UHMWPE fibre brand, has made an investment in NanoHoldings LLC,
a Connecticut, USA based company which specializes in breakthrough
nanotechnology discoveries in the field of energy.
NanoHoldings funds the development of world improving
technologies and is also said to have a solid business model for bringing
products to market that will balance sustainability with profitability.
INDA, Association of
the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has been busy during the past year recognizing
the "best of the best" in its awards competitions and special events.
addition to honouring a number of successful consumer and industrial products
that are making an impact in the world of nonwovens, INDA also recognized some
of the most influential executives in the business with lifetime and service
Starting with the coveted 2011 Visionary Award presented as
According to a new
Freedonia industry study, demand for filters in the US is expected to increase
to just over $12 billion in 2015. The ‘US Filter Market' study says the growth
reflects an improvement over the weaker gains registered during the 2005 to
2010 period due to the economic recession that occurred during the latter half
of that period.
The study also says advances will be spurred by improved
manufacturing activity, and motor vehicle production and sales, a
Kertak Nanotechnology, a leading manufacturer of ceramic
nanofibers located in the Czech Republic, has invested in FibeRio Technology
Corporation's new continuous nanofibre production system, the Cyclone FE 1.1
with Forcespinning technology.
Kertak manufactures cutting edge ceramic nanofibers for a
broad range of industries including batteries, fuel cells, catalysts, solar
cells and high end cosmetics.
"Ceramic nanofibers have been extensively researched and the
IntertechPira has announced the agenda for the 8th annual
Smart Fabrics 2012 conference which includes speakers from Adidas, M.I.T., Nike
and Philips Lighting.
The scheduled presenters for Smart Fabrics 2012 include:
· Dr. Vicki A. Barbur, VP Research and
Development, M-Segment, Cardinal Health
Burr, VP Wearable Sports Electronics, adidas
Klopp, Chairman, Cocona Fabric
EDANA has announced that the deadline for the call for
papers and student grant for the Nonwovens Research Academy has been extended
to the 20th of January 2012 to accommodate the holiday period, and allow as
many industry experts to submit their papers for consideration for presentation
at the conference, and for students to submit their proposals for grant
The Nonwovens Research Academy aims to promote fundamental
understanding and knowledge of the science and
AIC group is putting the finishing touches to making 125
tonnes of equipment operational for the National Composites Centre (NCC) in
Bristol. The project has taken around seven months.
The NCC is the country's leading organisation bridging the
gap between academic research and manufacturing.
The NCC aims to bring together dynamic
companies and enterprising academics to develop new technologies for the design
and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products. Thou
Teijin Limited and
the Tokyo Institute of Technology have co-developed a highly conductive carbon nanofibre
(CNF) which is said to have a high linearity structure which offers 30-40%
greater electrical conductivity compared to conventional CNF.
The primary application envisioned for the new CNF is for
battery components, including lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, capacitors,
electrode additives, plastic additives, fuel-cell gas-diffusion layers and
launched an iPad app called myGrozBeckert for weaving, knitting, felting,
tufting and sewing, which it says will keep textile manufacturers up to date on
the company's product range and provide them with a set of useful conversion
and calculation tools.
Weavers for example who want to convert yarn counts and
determine healds, drop wire weights and the highest row densities of drop wires
can do so quickly and flexibly with the myGrozBeckert app and the T
The Centre for
Research in Advanced Textiles (CReATe) at Nottingham Trent University has an
ambitious development strategy which it says allows it to offer an exciting opportunity
for a PhD Studentship, starting in January 2012. The studentships will pay
UK/EU fees and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (£13,590
per annum for 2011/12) for up to four years.
The studentship is describesd as follows:
"Everyday clothing consists of textile fibres which a
Coatema Coating Machinery was given the Technical
Development Manufacturing Award for its Smartcoater technology by IDTechX at
the recent Printed Electronics USA. The award recognizes the most significant
development of a manufacturing device in the industry over the last 24
Coatema says it is especially pleased by the award as it
already won the prestigious prize for its Click&Coat concept during the
European Printed Electronics event earlier this year. "
One of the largest and most successful filtration events
ever filled Chicago's Navy Pier late last month as suppliers, customers and end
users from around the world took part in three days of education, new products
and networking at the Filtration 2011 International Conference and Exposition.
"Living up to its billing as the largest and most important
filtration industry event in the world, Filtration 2011 drew a near-record
1,670 attendees to Navy Pier in Chicago, Ill
Despite the current global economic slowdown, the world's leading
textile machinery manufacturers are said to be still strongly attracted to the prospects
offered by China, the world's largest textile producer. This can be seen from
the overwhelming response received by the combined textile machinery show, ITMA
ASIA + CITME 2012, which will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo
Centre from 12 to 16 June 2012, organisers say.
At the close of space application,
The Fifth Wearable Technologies Conference will take place
alongside the ISPO sports show in Munich, Germany, on January 30, 2012.
The conference will focus on key areas in which wearable
electronics and smart textiles are rapidly emerging, including sports,
smartphones and consumer gadgets and therapy and medical, while at the same
time introducing a range of new innovations.
Showcases from established companies will include the
wearable diabetes management system developed by
An innovative car,
flight refuelling kit and turbine blades showcased the latest in composite
technology to the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, UK Secretary of State for the
Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, who formally opened the National
Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol today.
Dr Cable was joined by more than 200 guests to see at first-hand
the capabilities of the centre. He was shown around the centre and saw
state-of-the-art machinery, including a world-le
Messe Frankfurt has announced Miguel Caballero, the' Armani
of Bullet Proof Clothing', as the Keynote Speaker for Techtextil North America and
Texprocess Americas 2012, to be held 24-26 April 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in
Designer, Miguel Caballero known as the ‘Armani of Bullet
Proof Clothing' founded his label in 1992 in Colombia's capital, Bogota. The
Miguel Caballero bulletproof clothing line was especially created for those
Recognizing a need for an inclusive conference to service
the needs of multiple production and bonding technologies and the converter
segment, INDA, the leading Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, will
hold their new CAB 2012 Converting and Bonding Conference from April 17-19,
2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, S.C.
CAB 2012 is an expansion and replacement of INDA's highly
successful Needlepunch Conference. The new conference will encompass the full
Switzerland headquartered Oerlikon Group has announced it
will simplify its textile machinery businesses to further increase
competitiveness and profitability. The three key elements of the change are the
consolidation of the five textile machinery and components businesses into
three Business Units (BUs), the relocation of the textile division's headquarters
to Shanghai, and increased R&D investment in both Germany and Asia to
around CHF 80 million.
A new Manm
The third edition of the biennial Techtextil India 2011,
which took place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai earlier last month, welcomed
3814 visitors from 27 countries to visit its 130 exhibitors.
The exhibiting countries were (in order of highest
attendance) India, Germany, PR of China, France, Belgium, South Korea, USA,
Sweden Netherlands, Japan, Turkey, Thailand, Italy and UK. The show also
included national pavilions from Belgium, PR of China, France and Germany.
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF)
has published its State of Trade Report for the second quarter of 2011. Year on
year global fabric production was down for the quarter and although estimates
for both yarn and fabric production are negative for the third quarter, the
outlook for the fourth quarter is positive in both cases.
The ITMF reports as follows:
With 11,283 certificates issued in the last year alone, and more than 9,500 companies
involved in the scheme in over 90 countries, the OEKO-TEX organisation says its
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 has once again confirmed its position as the world's
leading certification scheme for textiles tested for harmful substances.
That was the conclusion of this year's meeting of the heads of
OEKO-TEX institutes, which, in view of the growing number of certificates
issued to production
shrink-wrap' gains traction
Adrian Wilson reports
It's been a year of solid achievement for Alexium in
commercialising its potentially disruptive RST technology.
The company is working with major prospective commercial
partners and also started-up a new production line at its headquarters in Greer
in South Carolina, USA, which triples its capacity.
And Alexium's Business Development Director John Almond
reports that the first mass market application for RST are getting c
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 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.
Demand for elastane fibres, known as spandex in the USA and
parts of Asia, is set to grow considerably according to a new report, ‘Stretch
fibres and fabrics: reaching new levels of comfort', from the business
information company Textiles Intelligence.
In the ten years to 2010 demand for elastane fibres more
than doubled, from around 160,000 tons to over 350,000 tons, and, despite the
availability of cheaper substitute stretch materials, it will continue to
According to a series of new Textiles Intelligence reports,
global demand for technical textiles is on the rise as new applications and new
markets continue to emerge. The reports can be purchased via Innovation in Textiles by following the
Internationalisation Drive Success in the German Technical Textile Industry;
for Making Up Technical Textiles and Clothing; The World
Nonwovens Industry: Part 1 -- The Leading Ten Producers;
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
He will also develop and execute marketing plans to increase
brand recognition and new fa
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
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
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
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
The Textile Institute with the support of the Manchester
& Cheshire Section and the Technical Textiles SIG will be building on the
success of last year's event and hosting this one day conference on 30 November
2011. ‘Managing Innovation in Textiles 2011' aims to explore how
major innovations will affect industry, the environment and our lifestyles
Keynote speaker, Dr Batchelor is one of Unilever's leading
Inventors and Innovators, with over 100 published pat
3 November 2011, Singapore Huntsman Textile Effects is the leading global provider of
high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries which was
originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid
and integrated growth in petrochemicals.
However they have now been realigned
under a new Global Business Model with effect from 1st November 2011.
Mr Rohit Aggarwal
will be appointed Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Planning. Mr
Aggarwal, a v
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
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, 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Five consumer products ranging from a unique floor-cleaning pad to a disposable bra liner have been nominated as finalists for the 2012 Visionary Award.
Now in its 11th year, the Visionary Award, which is given annually to a new consumer product that utilizes nonwoven fabrics in its final form, will be presented at the VISION 2012 Consumer Products Conference, January 23-26, 2012 at the Hotel Intercontinental in New Orleans,
Monforts has pulled out all the stops in the engineering and commissioning of a special Montex stenter line for Germany's BWF Protec.
Based in Hof, Germany, BWF Protec is involved in so many industrial niche markets its range of needlepunched materials is perhaps the widest available from any single source. As a consequence, a very versatile and unique Montex stenter solution was needed to meet all requirements.
"We are not making commodities o
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
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
CIRFS, the Brussels based European Man‐made Fibres Association has published its latest statistical report on developments in the global man‐made fibres industry. The report, ‘Information on Man‐made Fibres' is the 47th edition of this valuable summary of the dynamic and growing man-made fibres industry.
It brings together data on the production of acrylic, cellulosic, polyamide, polyester, polypropylene, wool and cotto
India's technical textiles industry is expected to grow to a value of Rs 1,58,000 crore by 2017, a senior government official said at the opening of Techtextil India 2011 in Mumbai, Moneycontrol reports.
"The technical textiles industry is forecast to grow at Rs 1,58,000 crore by 2016-17, with a projected growth of 20%. The industry has grown to Rs 63,000 crore in 2011-12 from Rs 41,000 crore in 2010-11, which is 11%
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
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
Adrian Wilson in Barcelona
Without a doubt, savings in energy, water and raw materials were the key drivers for the machine and process innovations on show at this year's ITMA in Barcelona.
ACIMIT and the VDMA - as the respective textile machinery trade associations for Italy and Germany - were by no means unique in emphasising the ability of their member companies to develop processes and technologies that provide a low environmental impact.
ACIMIT launched its
Scientists at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) have developed a self-cleaning cotton fabric that they say can kill bacteria and break down toxic chemicals such as pesticide residues when exposed to light.
"The new fabric has potential applications in biological and chemical protective clothing for health care, food processing and farm workers, as well as military personnel," said Ning Liu, who cond
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
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
As ITMA opens here today, Germany's VDMA Textile Machinery Association has announced the launch of a new internet portal for the global textiles industry www.machines-for-textiles.com . The machine builders association says the portal will be a useful tool for textile manufacturers who want to get quick and easy access to information on German technology.
Who produces machines for tailored fibre placement? Who offers machin
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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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
The organisers of Techtextil India have announced program details for the Techtextil India Symposium which is being held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from 11-12 October 2011 alongside the exhibition.
The symposium has been designed to offer practical advice to companies wanting to become involved or to increase their involvement in technical textile markets.
Speakers will address topics such a
The western Indian state of Maharashtra is to get its first technical textiles park at Ichalkaranji off Kolhapur in the state's western region. According to a report in the Business Standard yesterday the project involves an investment of Rs 110 crore, Rs 50 crore of which will come from central and local government subsidy.
The balance of Rs 60 crore will be raised through members' contributions, loans and subsidie
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
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
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
Specialist narrow fabrics machine builder Mageba is launching a brand new high-productivity shuttle loom for complex, multi-dimensional narrow fabrics at next month's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona.
Mageba says it's new SSL MV shuttle loom is designed for complex fabric structures, such as multi-dimensional, multi-layer fabric for profile fabric and near net-shaped fabrics made of carbon fibre and glass fibr
The Lenzing Group has reported record results after the most successful first half year in the company's history.
Following a very good first quarter 2011, sales and earnings were significantly surpassed in the second quarter of 2011 and the company has now set its guidance for the full year 2011 at the upper end of the initial guidance announced in the first quarter, forecasting EBITDA of EUR 470 million to
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
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
Triton Systems, Inc. has launched its Invexus brand of high performance, durable, conformal, nanothin coatings which are deposited via its patented atmospheric pressure plasma liquid deposition technology.
Invexus for liquid repellent, primer and anti-microbial applications was developed by the ASSET (Advanced Solutions in Surface Engineering Technology) division at Triton.
"Our coatings formulation capabilities coupled
Leading experts from around the world will gather in Barcelona at the fourth Industrial Fabrics Association International Advanced Textiles Europe conference (AT Europe '11) which is being held alongside ITMA 2011 with two consecutive morning sessions on 26 and 27 September 2011. ITMA, the world's largest international textile machinery exhibition, runs from 22-29 September.
According to the organisers
ITMF Annual Conference 2011
‘New Paradigms in the Global Textile Industry'
To be held 19-20 September 2011, Barcelona
The ITMF Annual Conference 2011 takes place next month in Barcelona, Spain from 19-20 September 19/20, 2011 prior to the start of ITMA 2011 (September 22-29, 2011). Delegates will also participate in the ITMA/ITMF World Textile Summit 2011 on September 21.
The theme of the ITMF Annual Conference "New Paradigms in the Global Textile Industry" is said to reflect that the circumst
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
In the 1st quarter of 2011 global yarn and fabric production fell compared to the previous quarter but rose in comparison to the 1st quarter of 2010. The decrease in global yarn production resulted from lower outputs in Asia, Europe and South America.
It has to be noticed here that the reduction of yarn production in Asia in the 1st quarter 2010 is mainly
A new spin on an old technology will give scientists and manufacturers the ability to significantly increase their production of nanofibres, according to researchers at North Carolina State University.
"Collections of nanofibres, because they are porous and lightweight, are useful in applications ranging from water filtration to tissue regeneration to energy storage. But although nanofibres are relatively inexpensive to pro
Harry Lucas Textilmaschinen GmbH is a textile machinery manufacturer specializing in circular warp and weft knitting machines and knit braiders. The well established German company's highly specialized machines are exported worldwide for production of fabric used in medical, technical textiles and fashion markets.
Harry Lucas is also well known for the production of spiralizing and circular knitting machines for low and high pres
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
The following interview was conducted by Kettenwirk-Praxis (KWP) in the run up to ITMA in Barcelona.
KWP: Karl Mayer is one of the largest exhibitors at ITMA 2011. What do you expect to achieve by exhibiting at ITMA?
Fritz P. Mayer: We are hoping to meet highly qualified visitors from all over the world at ITMA 2011. We are particularly geared up to welcoming visitors who lead the way in their own particular fields. As part o
Systex, organisers of the Smart Textiles Salon (STS) say it is an innovative exhibition concept. "It combines the transfer of theory through a presentation of various exposés from the field of Smart Textiles as well as hands-on practical insight through demonstration of the prototypes' working principle."
"The participant can experience the inventions on three different levels: listening to the information given by the presenter, seeing the
IntertechPira has announced that Smart Fabrics 2012 will take place April 17-19, 2012, at the Conrad Miami Hotel in Miami, Florida. The event, now in its eighth year, is expected to bring together experts from a variety of industries, including textiles, fashion, electronics, technology, research and academia, all of which play a unique role in the emerging smart fabrics industry.
"We are thrilled to be back i
According to media reports the Indian government now estimates that the country's growing technical textiles sector will reach US$36 billion by 2016-17. According to an article on www.commodityonline.com by leading technical textiles academic Seshadri Ramkumar of Texas Tech University, an estimated annual growth of 20% is expected.
The Indian government is promoting the growth of the technical textil
Groz-Beckert says it has set a new benchmark in customer service by setting up Sewing Expertise Centres world-wide for fast answers to application problems, making at the same time a closer connection to its customers.
Groz Beckert's Sewing Expertise Centres offer extensive knowledge in all areas of the sewing industry, from clothing to cars and other technical textiles.
The aim is that
California's Amyris, Inc. has signed a collaboration agreement with Kuraray Co., Ltd. to develop innovative polymers from Biofene, a renewable hydrocarbon building block made using Amyris's technology.
Under the agreement, Kuraray will use Biofene to replace petroleum-derived feedstock such as butadiene and isoprene in the production of specified classes of high-performing polymers. Upon successful completio
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
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
Garnett Controls Ltd (UK) is launching its new generation retrofit control systems for textile machinery aimed at replacing traditional inefficient drive systems with economic, easy to use, and expandable systems.
Utilising the latest in touch screen technology which Garnett pioneered in the retrofit carding sector, the new range of panels are targeted at the company's principal area of activity, carding, spinning and nonwovens,
According to show owner CEMATEX, visitors to ITMA 2011 can look forward to knowledge-sharing, cross-fertilisation of ideas and more collaborative interactions with some of the world's leading textile researchers and educators.
A total of 46 institutions have applied to take part in the Research & Education (R&E) pavilion, making it a key highlight at this year's ITMA exhibition which will be held at the F
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.
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
By David L. Chandler, MIT
New MIT-developed materials are making it possible to produce photovoltaic cells on paper or fabric, nearly as simply as printing a document.
The sheet of paper looks like any other document that might have just come spitting out of an office printer, with an array of coloured rectangles printed over much of its surface. But then a researcher picks it up, clips a couple of wires to one end,
International Newsletters has announced that the keynote speaker for TCL2011, the must-attend conference on Textile Coating and Laminating which is to be held in Orlando, FL, USA on 17-18 November 2011 will be Michèle Joris Sioen, Managing Director/CEO, Sioen Industries NV, Belgium. The talk will be entitled ‘Innovation - the partner to technical textiles.'
The program, which has been assembled by Bill Smith of Industrial Texti
Following the recent launch from Schoeller Textil AG, the company's energear technology will now be available commencing summer 2011 under licence from group company Schoeller Technologies.
energear is a recently launched novel textile technology from the Austrian textile innovator, that is said to ensure that the wearer's energy is reflected back to the body bringing health and fitness benefits. A print version (paste
Last Thursday (7 July) saw the official opening of the Open Innovation Center Advanced Materials (OICAM) in Nijverdal, the Netherlands. The new innovation centre is a network of companies and knowledge institutions inside and outside of the Netherlands' province of Overijssel that focuses on sharing knowledge, research and development concerning high-grade materials and materials technology.
The centre was opened by Dr T
Leading manufacturer of warp knitting and warp preparation machines, Karl Mayer will be presenting at this year's ITMA 2011 exhibition for the first time with all of the company's business units on the same 1400 square metre exhibition stand.
"Visitors will have the opportunity to see machines which will be demonstrating all their capabilities for producing completely new textile materials, and all of them have an impressive, excep
DyStar says it is continuing to move ahead of expectations in spite of difficult market conditions as it returns to profitability. Overall sales revenue increased by approximately 15% over the same period last year.
"We wouldn't have achieved such good progress without the continuous and dedicated efforts from our employees or the strong support from our shareholders," commented Steve Barron, CEO of the DyStar Group.
"And we have made a number of chang
Organisers of the ITMA 2011 textile machinery exhibition are extending the area dedicated to fibres and yarns at this year's show due to what they call overwhelming demand.
Debuting at the show's 60th anniversary, the fibres and yarns section was due to occupy the whole of Hall 4. However, due to strong demand from fibres and yarns producers, an additional area in Hall 5 has been allocated.
Visitors to ITMA 2011 at the Fira de Ba
From 27th June to 30th June 2011, forty-three students aged 14 and 15 spent the week enjoying a unique learning experience at The University of Manchester. The four-day Smallpeice Trust Engineering Materials residential course, hosted by The University of Manchester's School of Materials and sponsored by LATEST2 (Light Alloys Towards Environmentally Sustainable Transport) was designed to give students a taste of this
The 7th edition of the Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles" (ATNT 2011) international conference is to take place in Coimbatore, India from 15-17 December 2011.
The ATNT conference originated in 2004 through the efforts of Lubbock-USA based Texas Tech University and has grown in significance over the years and attracts over 200 people from many parts of the world.
This year's event will be held
FibeRio Technology Corporation has announced it has been selected by the editors of R&D Magazine as a winner of the 49th Annual R&D 100 Awards. The accolade recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.
FibeRio's rapid development and launch of the Cyclone L-1000 product line incorporating Forcespinning technology for nanofibre pr
Performance Fibers, a specialist manufacturer of industrial polyester fibres and fabrics with operations in The Americas, Europe and Asia, showed just some of its extensive product range at the recent Techtextil in Frankfurt. The USA based company, which is owned by Sun Capital, serves some of the world's largest and most critical markets, including energy, transportation and safety.
Developing next-generation t
Theme day: Intelligent textiles for physical training, therapy and safety
Readers wanting to learn more about intelligent textiles that can:
Integrate physical training into everyday life
Increase safety at festivals
Can sign up for this theme day in the interest group for intelligent textiles. According to the organisers, attendees will gain insight into the latest breakthroughs within IT-enhanced textiles and get the opportunity to meet other comp
Italian narrow fabrics machine builder Comez will take part at this year's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona with important innovations including new and renewed machine models. The Italian company says it will highlight the excellence of its technology from its broad range of machinery for the production of narrow fabrics.
The company's exhibit of mechanical and electronic models of crochet knitting machines, a technology in which Comez is world leader, have been developed for man
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
ITMA 2011 is focused on innovation driving the business, with cutting-edge solutions for the entire textile value chain. Huntsman Textile Effects has announced it will showcase recent innovation delivering real value to mills, brands, retailers and consumers in terms of performance and total process cost reduction.
"Sustainability is a key topic today and Huntsman continues to commit significant resources to developing technologies and products with lower environmental im
Polyester fibre and fabrics producer Teijin Fibers announced today that it has developed a new stain-resistant polyester fabric that offers, both water absorption to eliminate stickiness and oil repellence to resist oil-based soiling.
According to Teijin, the key to the breakthrough was the company's leveraging of proprietary fibre processing and nanotechnologies to succeed in covering the fibre surface with a 100-nanometer coating that consists of separate hydrophilic and oi
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
Germany's VDMA -Textile Machinery Association is organising a series of one day conference and exhibitions called ‘German Technology for the Chinese Technical Textile Industry', which will take place from 5 to 9 March 2012 in Jinan, Hangzhou and Guanzhou.
Sixteen well-known companies from Germany will present their innovative technologies and solutions for the production of technical fibres and yarns, technical fabrics
Leading warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer has unveiled its new RD 7/2-12 EL double needle bar raschel machine here at ShanghaiTex. The machine is the German company's latest offering in the spacer fabric field and is suitable for the production of 3D knitted spacer fabrics for shoes, linings, orthopaedic bandages and supports, mattress covers, automotive interiors and furniture applications.
UK-based based Technical Absorbents, part of the Bluestar Fibres Company Limited, reports that it enjoyed a record number of enquiries for its Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) at the recent China Hygiene Exhibition (CIHPEC 2011).
CIHPEC 2011 hosts a wide range of nonwoven producers, disposable nonwoven products makers and professionals engaged in tissue paper/disposable hygiene products business in China as well as
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
The ninth edition of Techtextil North America Symposium will be held from 24-26 April 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in at Atlanta, GA.
"We are pleased to announce that in 2012, ATME-I (American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International) will be incorporated into Techtextil North America. Also in 2012, Texprocess Americas (formerly SPESA Expo) will co-locate with Techtextil North America in adjacent halls providing tremendous value for textile and sewn pro
The third ITMA ASIA + CITME combined exhibition is expected to draw positive response from leading textile machinery manufacturers as the Chinese textile industry continues to expand. The show will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012.
According to its owners, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), China Textile Machi
Japan's Teijin has announced today that Teijin DuPont Films Limited's Utsunomiya factory in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, has returned to full-scale production as of today. Teijin had suspended PET film production following the earthquake in north eastern Japan on March 11 and then resumed partial operation on April 30. All Teijin Group facilities nationwide are now operating on a normal basis.
Based in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, Teijin is a global technology-driven group operating
"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."
Huntsman Textile Effects has announced the appointment of Mr. Kent E. Kvaal as the new Vice President of its Business Specialty Textiles Unit.
"Kent E. Kvaal is based at the Textile Effects headquarters in Singapore, and as Global Vice President of Specialty Textiles, he will continue to drive this important business unit internationally," a company spokesperson said.
"Specialty Textiles is dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions to a demanding set of markets in
Techtextil, the world's primary event for generating business between manufacturers and users of technical textiles and nonwovens has extended its industry leading position with more than 24,500 visitors from 96 countries attending last month's Techtextil 2011 in Frankfurt. Visitors saw a host of innovations presented by 1207 exhibitors from 50 countries.
"This is a great success from both the national and internati
High-tech Belgian monofilaments producer Luxilon Industries NV has developed an award winning cooling monofilament yarn which can cause the surface of fabrics to cool by up to 3.7°C. Luxicool was developed in conjunction with French knitted fabrics producer Sofileta SAS and was awarded an Avantex Innovation Prize in the Comfort + Function category for ‘Luxicool Performing Yarn in Sofileta Cooling Fabrics.'
Luxicool is a patented and trade mark registered cooling monofilam
"Imagine plugging a USB port into a sheet of paper, and turning it into a tablet computer." It might be a stretch, but ideas like this have researchers at North Carolina State University examining the use of conductive nanocoatings on simple textiles - like woven cotton or even a sheet of paper.
"Normally, conductive nanocoatings are applied to inorganic materials like silicon. If we can find a way to apply them to textiles - cheap, flexible materials with a contorted
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
Now a privately owned business following the ending of its contract with England's North West Development Agency, technical textiles cluster organisation NWtexnet held a breakfast briefing session for the region's industry on Wednesday June 1st 2011 in Bolton.
Professor Richard Horrocks, Chairman, announced a number of new initiatives around research and development (R&D) at the Industry Forum* event held at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, which was attended by o
Outlast, the pioneer and market leader in temperature regulation phase change materials (PCM) impressed the international jury of Techtextil last month winning the Techtextil Innovation Prize 2011 in the New Materials category for the development of the world's first heat managing polyester fibre with PCM. To date Outlast's phase change materials have been available in textile fibres such as viscose and acrylic but not polyester.
The Innovation Prize aims to bring the lat
The East Midlands' materials hub project (MATHUB) is running a seminar aimed at all companies and individuals who have an interest in Smart and Sensory Materials with built in technology. Key speakers are leading textile academics Professor Tilak Dias of Nottingham Trent University and Dr John Williams of Leicester's De Montfort University.
"This exciting field of development has brought the traditional knitted structure a new lease of life. An interdisciplinary app
Interview with the President of the French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association
The French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association (UCMTF) President, Bruno Ameline and the Secretary General, Evelyne Cholet, report on the present state and the perspectives of their member companies. These are 35, mostly SME's but leaders or among the world leaders on niche markets and specific applications. Their total annual turnover is around 1 billion Euros (1.4 billion USD), most
Adrian Wilson reports from Techtextil in Frankfurt
One thing I noticed at this year's Techtextil was a considerable rise in both exhibitors and visitors from Russia, compared to the last show two years ago.
There are no figures available from show organiser Messe Frankfurt to confirm this as yet, but there are many signs that the economy in Russia is currently very favourable for major technical textile markets - if only anyone quite knew how to get in.
Take the autom
Swiss flat knitting machine builder Steiger was exhibiting for the first time last week at Techtextil, the leading German show owned by Messe Frankfurt which focuses on technical textiles.
Steiger, which is now owned by giant Chinese flat knitting machine builder Ningbo Yuren Knitting Machine Co. Ltd (Cixing brand), has always sold machines into orthopaedic goods and compression hosiery markets, but this was the first time the company had taken a stand at the world's leadi
Following a strong investment boom that reached its peak in 2007, shipments of new textile machinery were in strong decline aggravated by the global financial and economic crisis of 2008/2009. However, in 2010 global shipments of new textile machinery recorded a very strong up-swing.
In comparison with 2009 global shipments of new spinning machinery jumped by +75% (short-staple spindles), +163% (long-staple spindles) and +212% (open-end rotors), texturing spindles by +132%,
Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, opened its doors on Tuesday in Frankfurt and closed yesterday, counting 24,500 visitors* (2009: 23,902). Over half of the visitors to the show and its Material Vision cutting edge materials exposition are said to have come from outside of Germany, the world's leader in technical textiles.
The mood at Techtextil 2011 was extremely good with the main halls ‘buzzi
The Textile Institute has announced the launch of its
prestigious 2011 Medals and Awards. Following on from the success in 2010, the
Awards are expected to acknowledge the dedicated work of individuals and
provide recognition for organisations showing outstanding achievement.
The Medals and Awards are presented under the authority of
the Institutes Council, and are conferred upon individuals and organisations
in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the t
With a total of 1561 exhibitors from 60 countries, the new
trade-fair combination of Techtextil, Texprocess and Material Vision opens its
doors this week in Frankfurt am Main for the first time.
With this constellation including the new Texprocess trade
fair, we are all set for a highly successful premie and offer an
international spectrum of products and services revolving around the production
and processing of textiles and other innovative materials,, Detlef B
CALL FOR PAPERS
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural conference ‘Managing Innovation In Textiles’, papers are now invited for the 2nd international conference to be held in Manchester on 30 November 2011.
The technical textile industry has seen major developments in the production of technical and industrial textiles. An extensive variety of innovative products have been introduced into the world market as a result of techno
Visitors to the DSM Dyneema booth at next weeks Techtextil
in Frankfurt will learn how exploiting the special properties of Dyneema fibre,
the Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre from DSM, is
resulting in innovation for a wide range of high performance materials.
Key applications in the textiles industry include:
Draggin Jeans uses Dyneema fibres in its mix to make an
innovative material blend for jeans that are said to be as tough as leather,
50th Anniversary, 14 - 16 September 2011
Communicating the future of man-made fibres
Umbrella Theme: “Man-made Fibers – the Next 50 Years” – a good choice
Plenary Speakers and Visionaries Enlarge the Spectrum of Lectures
Panel Discussion on the Topic of Reduced Availability of Natural Fibers
Increasing Number of Participants Expected (Registration of Early Birds, Edition Copies Pre-programme)
Importance of Congress Underlined by Parallel Events
Tree-planting Ceremony at t
Performance Fibers, the specialist manufacturer of
industrial polyester fibres and fabrics with operations in the Americas, Europe
and Asia, has announced the appointment of Greg Vas Nunes as President of Performance
Fibers Europe. Mr Vas Nunes has already assumed
the role from the end of February this year and will be based at the company's European
Headquarters in Luxembourg. Developing next-generation technologies and products for
industry and consumer
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
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
Warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer will be exhibiting
alongside its subsidiary, Karl Mayer Malimo, a pioneer in the field of
technical textiles, at this month’s Techtextil in Frankfurt. The well-known Obertshausen
based company, not only builds efficient, flexible machines for producing
functional textiles but it also develops new applications and markets for warp-knitted
“The end-uses currently showing the most potential are the
Fritz P. Mayer, Managing Associate of Karl Mayer
Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen has been elected for the second time
as Chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association in Frankfurt on 6 May
Mrs Regina Brückner, Managing Associate of Brückner Trockentechnik
GmbH & Co. KG, Leonberg and Karlheinz Liebrandt, Co-owner of Liba
Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Naila are Vice-Chairmen. Prior to this, the member
companies of the Textile Machinery Associatio
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an interim
recommendation for Bayer CropScience’s new LifeNet mosquito nets for malaria
prevention and control. Bayer says this is an important milestone on the road
to the worldwide LifeNet product launch which is scheduled to take place before
the end of 2011.
According to Bayer, LifeNet is the first innovation in this
field for more than a decade. Deltamethrin, the active ingredient recommended
by the WHO, has been directly
2011 is set to be a year of innovation for Eschler Textil GmbH. The German warp knitting company which specialises in technical textiles, moved into a new office and administration building in the Swabian town of Balingen in January, and is also planning to extend its production facilities during the year.
In terms of knitted technical textiles, Eschler Textil will be presenting its newest creations at this year's Techtextil in Frankfurt, in a number of product categories in
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Researchers have developed an Insect protection blanket
which prevents horses being bitten by insects which could be harmful to their
health. The blanket is made from a lightweight spacer fabric incorporating a replaceable
repellent and is said to possess good moisture vapour transmission to eliminate
sweat evaporation problems.
The project took place at the Institute for Hygiene and
Biotechnology at the Hohenstein Institutes in Bönnigheim, Germany and the work was
Leading producer and processor of multi-filament polyester
and nylon textured yarns Unifi Inc. marked the dedication of its Yadkinville,
N.C., facility to late founder, G. Allen Mebane IV on Tuesday, 26 April.
A dedication ceremony at the G. Allen Mebane Industrial Complex
in Yadkinville recognized Mebane’s positive impact on Unifi, the textile
industry and the community. Speakers included Bill Jasper, Unifi chairman and
CEO; Roger Berrier, president and COO and
The advanced position of the nonwovens industry in respect
of many aspects of trade was apparent at INDEX 11, which took place from April
12-15th in Geneva, Switzerland.
Needless to say, the show made new records in respect of
both exhibitors and visitors.
EDANA – the trade body primarily representing the European
nonwovens industry – announced in Geneva that along with fellow trade
organisations INDA, for North
Bill Mills, an experienced UK based textiles specialist, has
moved on from NWtexnet the UK regional development agency funded support
organisation, to set up his own textiles and business support consultancy.
Using his global contacts and over 20 years experience in
the textiles industry, Bill will now be offering the following services in
conjunction with his partners and associates:
A full range of fabric and garment sourcing through
Pakistan, China and Viet
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
First announcement and call for papers
International Newsletters has announced that the original
and most popular conference on textile coating and laminating is returning to
the USA. The venue for the 2011 meeting will be the 4-star Buena Vista Palace
Hotel and Spa in Orlando, Florida, on 17-18 November 2011. After the success of
the 2010 meeting in Cannes, France, this year's meeting is expected to be
The Conference Chairman will once again be Wil
The third edition of the combined ITMA ASIA + CITME show will be held from 12 to 16 June 2012 at the
Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The show aims to continue to be the
leading marketing platform for textile machinery manufacturers tapping into the
vibrant Chinese market.
“According to Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), the
global market for textile machinery is projected to reach US$20.75 billion by
2015. The Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate as t
Rhodia has announced a debottlenecking of its polymer
production capacity in Freiburg, Germany. Rhodia’s Global Business Unit (GBU),
Polyamide & Intermediates, a leader in the polyamide PA66 market, is
strengthening its position as major producer of polymers in Europe.
“The capacity extension of our industrial unit of Freiburg
enhances our capability to be a reliable partner for our customers in Europe,
especially in the textile industry. It is an important step
Debra Cobb reports from the 7th Smart Fabrics Conference
7th Annual Smart Fabrics Conference, held April 4 – 6 at London’s
Russell Hotel, covered an array of new technologies and applications focused on
making our lives easier, safer, healthier and more comfortable through the
textiles we wear and use every day. Speaking at the conference, wrtier/editor
Adrian Wilson defined Smart Fabrics as “fibre-based structures that can react
to stimuli,” integrating electro
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
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
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 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
DSM Dyneema has formed a partnership with gruschwitz gmbh
Tech-Twists in which they become a Premium Distribution Partner for UHMWPE fibre
manufactured by DSM Dyneema. The new agreement becomes effective 1 April 2011
and is specific to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia –
Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia,
Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia,
Slovenia and Ukraine.
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French warp knitting machine engineering company Schinasi International Textile Machines (SITM) claims to have developed the world’s finest weft insertion device for a tricot machine in gauge E36 (36 needles per inch).
SITM was created in 1986 in a Paris suburb by the current owner Nessim Schinasi, and has been a partner of German warp knitting machine builder LIBA Maschinenfabrik GmbH for 40 years. SITM represents Liba in sales of new machines in Fran
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, 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
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 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
The new FR fabrics are p
The current challenges facing the global wipes business,
ranging from the instability of raw materials to the environmental ‘friendliness’
of finished products, will be the focus of the upcoming World of Wipes (WOW)
International Conference, set for June 14–16, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead,
The full agenda for the event, which annually attracts
hundreds of participants from the wipes supply chain, provides three days of
Around 70 academics, students and industrialists from the UK
attended an inaugural lecture by Professor Tilak Dias, at Nottingham Trent
University’s Newton Lecture Theatre at the end of February. Professor Dias
holds the Chair of Knitting in the School of Art & Design at Nottingham
Trent University and directs the activities of the School’s Centre for Research
in Advanced Textiles (CReATe).
Within the School of
Art & Design, Professor Dias is leading the
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
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
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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
The French textile machinery manufacturers group, which
considers itself as part of the technical textiles industry, is all set to
welcome technical textiles and nonwovens producers at Techtextil in Frankfurt
from 24-26 May this year.
“We understand the unique needs of the technical textiles
producers and the importance of providing them tailored solutions to address
their specific requirements. Our main objectives are to help them design new
marketable products and produ
The North America Nonwovens Industry Outlook 2010-2015 has
recently been published by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.
The comprehensive report is the result of extensive interviews combined with
market and production information provided by suppliers and converters, and covers
various aspects of nonwovens production and consumption in North America. According
to INDA the report is a unique forecasting and strategic planning tool for
“The current schedule is for capacity to be running in April
with supply available to our customers soon thereafter. For over 150 years, JM
has been committed to meeting the needs of our valued customers,” noted J.P.
Blanchard, Global Manager of the Filtration and Specialty Nonwovens Business.
“We invested in bringing the additional capacity online in order to better
serve our customers’ needs as well as the growing demand in the market for our
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
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
Leading German manufacturer of warp knitting machines Karl Mayer will be presenting its latest warp knitting technologies for technical applications, including a talk on spacer fabrics, at next week's Techtextil North America 2011 exhibition. The leading North American show for technical textiles is being held from 15 to 17 March at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre in Las Vegas, NV, USA.
An accompanying symposium will also take place which aims to add value to the exh
Leading manufacturer of machines and ranges for the dyeing
and finishing of woven and knitted fabrics, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen, is to introduce
its new improved soft coating solution at the leading technical textiles show Techtextil,
which runs from 24-26 May 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany.
The new Eco-applicator is said to eliminate the need for a
wet-on-wet padder ensuring significant energy savings and reduced quantities of
softeners. Using trough and roller te
Corporation – ‘The Force For Nanofibers’ - is introducing its nanofiber
production equipment utilizing Forcespinning Technology to the textiles
industry at the Techtextil Conference in Las Vegas, NV on March 15-17. The
company recently launched their Cyclone L 1000 series laboratory equipment to
enable research and development in forcespun nanofiber enhanced textiles.
Forcespinning is an
award winning technology that utilizes centrifugal
The Netherlands’ DSM Dyneema has formed a partnership with
EuroFibers BV in which Eurofibers becomes a Premium Distribution Partner for
UHMWPE fibre manufactured by DSM Dyneema. The new agreement becomes effective 1
April 2011 and is specific to Scandinavia, Denmark, United Kingdom, Benelux,
France, Italy, Greece and the Iberian Peninsula.
EuroFibers will play an active role in developing new and
servicing existing markets for fibre from DSM Dyneema. It will also offe
Scottish technical textiles manufacturer Scott & Fyfe has
recently started collaboration with The Glasgow School of Art in order to
create a culture of sustainable innovation.
The first workshop
took place from 19-20 October 2010 in the Centre for Design Innovation in
Forres in north east Scotland’s Moray Firth area. The first two days covered how
the design process can be applied to maximise opportunity spotting and the
methods will be used within the organisat
According to a recently published report by the ITMF
(International Textile Manufacturers Federation), the strong global recovery in
yarn and fabric production since their lows in the 1st quarter of 2009
continued into the 3rd quarter of 2010. In its State of Trade Report – STR Q3/2010,
the ITMF says that both global yarn and fabric production rose compared to the
2nd quarter of 2010 as well as to 2009’s 3rd quarter.
The report says that output increases in yarns could
IntertechPira has announced that the agenda has been
finalized for its Smart Fabrics 2011 conference. Taking place at the Hotel
Russell in London, UK, from 4-6 April, the conference will feature two full
days of presentation as well as a pre-conference seminar, and is expected to
draw more than 150 participants.
“Smart Fabrics 2011 is a one-of-a-kind global event that
unites the fashion, technology, electronics, research, academia, textile and
Preliminary 2010 data drawn up by ACIMIT (the Association of
Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) is said to show that a decisive
recovery is under way for Italy’s textile machinery sector, in the wake of a
2009 which had been marked by a conspicuous drop in production.
In terms of value,
Italy’s textile machinery production recorded an 18% increase on 2009, from 1.9
to 2.3 billion Euros. Exports drew a similarly favourable increase, at +19%,
reaching a value of ju
textiles producer Royal TenCate has recorded a net profit increase of 92% for
2010. The Dutch company reported the following results yesterday:
Highlights of 2010
Sales in 2010: €984.5 million (2009: €842.1
million; 17% of which +10% autonomous).
EBITA in 2010: € 85.0 million (2009: €41.5
million; +109% autonomous).
EBITA margin in 2010: 8.6% (2009: 4.9%).
Leading technical textile and nonwovens companies from around the world will showcase the latest
products and advanced technologies in textiles, nonwovens and materials during
Techtextil North America 2011 this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Techtextil North America represents all vertical aspects of
the technical textile industry from research and development, through raw
materials and production processes, to conversion, further treatment and recycling.
Some of the highli
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
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
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
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
Preliminary figures show that Austria’s
Lenzing Group, market leader in man-made cellulose fibres for the textile and
nonwovens industries, has achieved record financial results in 2010. The
determining factors for the result are reported as being the dynamic expansion
of fibre production, very strong demand for the company’s fibres and
significantly higher sales prices compared to the previous year.
Preliminary consolidated sales¹ increased by 45% from EUR
Adrian Wilson reports from Munich
By 2014, Nike’s target is that ten million people around the
world will be hooked up via sensors in their clothing, footwear, wristwatches
or other accessories to the Nike+ running community portal.
As the latest chapter unfolds in what started out as a straight-forward
campaign with Apple to bring together the running and music communities – but
quickly grew to encompass the monitoring of sports performance – the
BASF is to present new
products in the fields of fibre bonding, additives and super absorbents at
INDEX 2011, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition, which is being held from
April 12-15 April in Geneva. BASF will be targeting customers from the hygiene
and nonwovens industry and all companies that require environmentally friendly
binding agents and liquid-absorbing polymers for their products.
Dispersions for fibre bonding
“Binding agents for fibrous mat
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
Royal DSM N.V. has announced
today that it has signed an agreement to acquire the majority shareholding in
Shandong ICD High Performance Fibre Co Ltd. (ICD), based in Laiwu, Shandong
province, China. The deal is expected to
be completed by the end of this year.
DSM says the acquisition of the majority share in ICD will
bring complementary manufacturing and technology assets to it in addition to
strengthening the company's presence in this key market. The agreemen
A new ambitious project is said
to be set to put Denmark on the world map of smart textiles and the opening of
the project is to be marked by an international prize competition for students
with a prize of Euro 6500. Students from all over Europe are invited to take
part, and the winner will be decided on 12 May 2011, when TEKO, VIA University
College in Herning is hosting a summit for international experts and companies
working within smart textiles.
“Many people a
One of the most powerful men
in Chinese textiles, Du Yuzhou, president of China National Textile &
Apparel Council (CNTAC), is to address international industry leaders at the
ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit later this year.
Mr Du is one of a trio of speakers newly announced by the
organisers of the summit, which will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on
September 21. He will outline China’s strategic ambitions for its textile
industry and report on progress in
Cellulose fibre manufacturer
Lenzing Fibers is one of the winners of
this year’s ispo Eco Responsibility Award 2011. The Austrian company was
declared winner in the new Fabrics & Fibres category for its sun screening
Tencel Sun fibres, here in Munich yesterday.
“Tencel Sun fibres by Lenzing are so-called “man-made
cellulose fibers” – meaning they are derived industrially from natural raw
wood, consisting of about 40% cellulose. The natural origin of the
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 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
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
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
American Textile Machinery
Association (ATMA) and Messe Frankfurt USA have agreed on the inclusion of
American Textile Machinery Exhibition–International (ATME-I) with Techtextil
North America every even year starting in 2012. The two exhibitions successfully
co-located last May in Atlanta.
ATME-I will provide textile machinery, equipment, and
products and service suppliers a broad textile and apparels industry base to
showcase their products and services. ATMA
Alexium has announced the
development and commercial roll-out of its Cleanshell textile treatment
process, an advanced process for water- and oil-repellent treatment of
In a statement yesterday Alexium said: “This process offers
unparalleled material performance. It provides exceptional liquid repellency
while preserving the breathability, hand and drape of the fabric. The
Cleanshell process has already produced textile industry leading repellency for
The European Apparel and Textile
Confederation (Euratex) and the International Apparel Federation (IAF) have
officially announced their support for Texprocess, the new international trade
fair for processing textiles and flexible materials, in Frankfurt from 24 to 27
May 2011. Both associations will be represented with an exhibition stand at
Texprocess and invite their members to visit the exhibition. Additionally, Euratex
will hold a meeting of the ‘Technical Cl
Following a recent agreement
between the two companies, Dienes Apparatebau GmbH is to take over sales and overall
project management for nanofibre spinning lines manufactured by Reiter GmbH +
Co. KG Oberflächentechnik.
“Over the last five years a centrifuge spinning installation
was developed in cooperation with a German research institution, which provides
a quantum leap in nanofibre technology. The new line type not only represents
the first commercially availa
Hohenstein researchers carry out field study into the effect of antibacterial clothing on
skin flora and microclimate. Trials show that the natural skin flora is
unaffected even after long periods of wear.
In recent years,
antimicrobial textiles have become enormously important, whether in the field
of technical textiles for preventing infection, medical/therapeutic clothing to
help in the treatment of atopic dermatitis or anti-odour treatments for
and MAG, a leading developer of automation technologies for producing composite
structures are jointly establishing the Philadelphia University MAG Composites
Institute for research and development in textile-based composites that the
parties say could have wide application in industry, including the aerospace,
automotive and energy sectors.
The new research institute will be funded in part by $1.1
million from MAG, whose chairman and
Designed to help save lives and
protect individuals from harm from air-borne particles, the Readi Mask from
Global Safety First, of Manasquan, NJ, was recently named the recipient of the
prestigious 2011 Visionary Award presented at the VISION 2011 Consumer Products
Conference in Carlsbad, California.
The Readi Mask was selected over four other finalists by the
attendees at the tenth annual VISION Conference, which was held from January
10-12 at the Park Hyatt in Car
Outlast Technologies, a leader
in heat management and moisture reduction technology in textiles, has named Far
Eastern New Century Corporation as the primary partner involved in its new
Outlast polyester fibre development. Outlast polyester, the company’s most
recent R&D innovation, is the first-ever heat management polyester fibre.
To date Outlast’s phase change materials have been available in textile fibres such
as viscose and acrylic but not polyester.
A great entrepreneur and pioneer in the crochet knitting
Mr Luigi Omodeo Zorini passed away on 24 December 2010, at
the age of 86. He was the founder and president of Comez based in Cilavegna
(PV), Italy, and had passionately dedicated his life to his work.
Born on 25 May 1924, Mr Luigi Omodeo Zorini began his
entrepreneurial activities in Cilavegna in 1953, together with his brother
Mario, founding the company Costruzioni Meccaniche Zorini Comez for the production
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
According to Messe
Frankfurt, the current number of registrations for Techtextil 2011,
International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, indicates yet
another successful exhibition. The organiser says that by the end of December, over
90% of the space used in 2009 had already been booked and there was equal
interest from new and returning exhibitors for the 24-26 May 2011 show.
“The mood is good
following Techtextil 2009, which set a new r
Roger Milliken, one of the
last in the tradition of those great industrialists who built America's
manufacturing success, passed away on December 30, 2010 at the age of
His five children issued the following statement: "Daddy lived a rewarding ninety-five
years. We are grateful, as was he, for
the friendship and support from so many that enabled him to live a full,
productive, creative, and passionate life.
He enjoyed every minute of it."
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
With the aim of confirming
that textiles treated with silver nano-particles are harmless to the
environment, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany, together with 16 partners from research
institutions, industry and the regulatory authorities, are working on a major project
to investigate the behaviour, whereabouts and effect of silver nano-particles in
The Hohenstein says the results of the undertaking, which
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’s Foundation of
the German Textile Machinery Industry has honoured three successful junior
engineers in an award ceremony held as the closing event of the VDMA Textile
Machinery Forum at Groz-Beckert’s headquarters in Albstadt-Ebingen.
executive partner of Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co.
KG and Board member of the Foundation presented the awards. In her celebratory
speech at Groz Beckert’s new Technology and Development Center (TEZ), Brü
The representative bodies for
the European Textile and Clothing Industry, Euratex, and the European Textile
Machinery Manufacturers, Cematex, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for
closer collaboration in research, technological development innovation and industry
The agreement aims to foster stronger collaboration of the
two European industry bodies in fields such as research, technological
development and innovations as well as the promotion of a
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’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
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
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,
DefencellUSA.com 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
A delegation of French textile machinery
manufacturers headed by Christian Guinet, Commercial Manager (Textile Division)
of Stäubli France and Evelyne Cholet, Secretary General of the French
Association of Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Promotion Commission took part
in two conferences organized by UCMTF in Syria and Turkey. The events were
attended by 500 delegates and took place on October 19 and 21, 2010. Mr Guinet
was recently appointed Presiden
A cotton polo shirt
incorporating ‘coldblack’ technology from Schoeller Technologies has been put
through its paces by soq.de a leading German online magazine for the specialty
sports products and retail trade. soq.de is said to have its finger on the
pulse with its own successful biking and running team and Editor in Chief, Tom
Tittmann, asked soq.de team athlete Sven Meier to put the polo shirt to the
“I was able to
thoroughly test the polo shirt whic
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
A well known and existing coating technique which has been used
for decades has recently been adapted by a UK company to provide a
revolutionary way of coating hot melt materials in various forms and on to
different substrates for wide-ranging industrial applications. The new
technology is known as EKOKOTE.
Web Processing (M/C) Ltd., based in Whaley Bridge in North
West England, and collaborative partner Thom Engineering based in Blackburn,
Lancashire, have t
German company Coatema Coating
Machinery GmbH has been awarded the JEC Composites Innovation Award for 2010
for Impregnating, Laminating and Calendaring for maximum flexibility and
process versatility in its patented Coatema Click&Coat machinery concept. The
prestigious prize was presented by Prof. Klaus Drechsler, of the University of
Stuttgart, to Mrs. Andrea Glawe, Deputy Sales Director of Coatema, during the annual
JEC Composites 2010 event in Singapore.
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
430 delegates from the
Brazilian textiles industry attended the recent Conference on German Technology
for Brazilian Textiles in São Paulo and Blumenau, where decision makers as well
as technicians were informed with regard to the latest technology trends from
Germany. The twin conferences, organised by Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery
Association and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics &
Technology, took place in São Paulo on 3
Techtextil North America has announced
that Jeremy Litchfield, founder of performance apparel brand Atayne, will
deliver the 2011 Keynote Address. Litchfield was chosen in an effort to
highlight the high performance apparel and sporting industries as well as
sustainability issues, which in Techtextil speak translates to the Clothtech,
Oekotech and Sporttech application areas.
The address will be geared as a motivational talk on the
subject of innovative ideas that
The South Carolina
Department of Commerce and Clarendon County today announced that Treleoni Group
will establish a new nonwovens manufacturing facility in Clarendon County. The
$7.75 million investment is expected to generate 100 new jobs.
"We are pleased to move forward with plans for Treleoni
Group’s operations in Manning. Clarendon County provided us with an excellent
environment in which to do business, and has a talented workforce that will
benefit our o
A Texas Tech University textiles
researcher is to receive an honorary fellowship from the world’s largest
textile and fibre association. Seshadri Ramkumar, head of the Nonwovens and
Advanced Materials Laboratory at The Institute of Environmental and Human
Health (TIEHH), will be given the honorary fellowship on 28 January 2011 by The
Textile Association (India), with members topping 22,000.
“Fellowship recognition is of significant importance to
academics and s
The 7th annual Smart Fabrics 2011
is to take place from 4-6 April 2011 at the Hotel Russell in London, UK and
will cover topics such as the current status of innovative smart fabric
technologies in the marketplace, as well as recent application breakthroughs
and adoption. Organiser Intertech-Pira says, if you are involved in
electronics, textiles, medical, sporting equipment, fashion, wireless
communication industries, or military/space agencies this event could be of
UK-based company, Technical Absorbents reports today that it’s Oasis Super Absorbent Fibre (Oasis SAF), was
positively received by visitors to the recent CINTE Techtextil international
trade fair held in Shanghai, China.
The highly specialised 3-day trade show of over 320 stands is the only one of its kind in China, featuring technical textiles, nonwovens
and machinery and received a record number of visitors, over 18,000, coming from all over the world to visi
Cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing
has extended its strong first half performance into the third quarter of 2010,
generating the best quarterly result in the company's history with earnings (EBIT)
of Euros 60.8 million (Q3 2009, Euros 37.3 million).Nine-months sales in 2010
grew by 45.2 % from Euros 885 million in 2009 to Euros 1,285.5 million. EBIT
reached a new nine-month record high of Euros 168.8 million and more than
tripled EBIT for the same period in 2009 (Euro
Researchers at the
University of Texas – Pan American have published the first results of their
work utilizing Forcespinning Technology to fabricate polymeric nanofibres and
metallic nanowires. The article, which appears in the November issue of the
peer-reviewed journal Materials Today, was authored by Drs. Karen Lozano and
Forcespinning is a patent pending technology that utilizes
centrifugal force instead of hot air or an electrostatic char
Teijin Limited announced today
that it will enter the high-performance polyethylene (HP-PE) market by
establishing its first production facility in Emmen, the Netherlands, aiming to
start commercial production in the second half of 2011.
Teijin plans to grow its HP-PE business quickly through
innovation and market cultivation, targeting a global market share of 15% to
20% by 2015. HP-PE, which generally comes in the form of fibres or tapes, is
produced with ultra-high-
US based Consolidated
Fibers has signed an agreement to become the exclusive supplier of Basofil
staple fibre in North America. Basofil is an advanced technology melamine fibre
designed to blend with commodity and synergistic fibres. Key physical
properties of Basofil are said to be excellent dimensional stability, Superior
Thermal Protective Performance (TPP) value, low thermal conductivity and
ultraviolet (UV) radiation resistance.
According to Consolidated
Leading Belgian research institution
Imec and its project partners have announced the launch of the European FP7
(Framework Program) project PASTA (Integrating Platform for Advanced Smart
textile Applications) aimed at developing large-area smart textiles. Imec says
that large-area manufacturability is an essential aspect in bridging the gap
between lab prototyping and the industrial manufacturing of smart textiles for
sports and leisure wear, technical textiles for
Manchester weather at its very
wettest failed to dampen the spirits of attendees from around the world at the Textile
Institute Centenary Conference held here from November 2-4th.
The venue was Manchester’s Midland Hotel, where the
Institute was inaugurated a century ago – in a notable period in which Rolls
also met Royce to kick-start the British automotive industry at the same
location, and in the year that Manchester United played its first football
production technology developed by DSM Dyneema is said to enable the
manufacture of yarn that delivers significantly increased cut resistance performance.
Dyneema says its new Diamond Technology now makes possible the production of
protective gloves that combine the ultimate in cut resistance with extreme
Developed over a period of four years, the patented
ultra-high strength yarns produced with Dyneema Diamond Technology enable
CEMATEX owner of ITMA, the world’s largest
textile machinery show has announced that Italy will host the 17th edition of
ITMA at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre in Milan, from 12 to 19 November
2015. Fiera Milano won the international bid organised by CEMATEX, the owner of
the ITMA show, after beating three other short-listed bidders from an original
list of 12.
The high profile exhibition is returning to Milan after 20
years, and the news will be welcomed no
Corporation has announced it is to launch the first ever nanofibre production
equipment utilizing Forcespinning Technology at the Filtration 2010 and
Materials Research Society conferences in Philadelphia and Boston,
respectively, from November 30 - December 2. The Cyclone L 1000 series produces
nanofibres with average diameters of 500nm and below and it features solution
and melt spinning capabilities.
Forcespinning is an award winning technol
Japan’s Teijin Group announced
today that three of its outstanding Teijin products have been selected for
display at Japan Experience; an exhibition organized by the Secretariat for Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) Japan 2010 and scheduled to take place in Yokohama,
Japan from November 7 to 14.
The three Teijin products are Biofront, a highly
heat-resistant advanced bioplastic; aramid fibre used in lightweight and highly
protective clothing; and the PU_PA EV e
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
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
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
US based Zephyr Technology,
developer of Physiological Status Monitoring (PSM) solutions, announced
recently that it had been working with the Chilean Government in its efforts to
monitor the health and fitness levels of the 33 trapped miners in the run up to
week’s dramatic rescue at the San Jose mine, near the city of Copiapo, north of
For the two weeks prior to the rescue, the miners were preparing,
sending keepsakes up in the same capsules that
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, has announced that a research and
development effort by the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wyoming,
and Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, has succeeded in producing transgenic
silkworms capable of spinning artificial spider silks.
"This research represents a significant breakthrough in
the development of superior silk fibres for both medical and non-medical
applications," said Malcolm J. Fraser Jr., a Notre Dame Professor of
A research and development effort by the
University of Notre Dame, the University of Wyoming, and Kraig Biocraft Laboratories,
Inc. has succeeded in producing transgenic silkworms capable of spinning
artificial spider silks. Watch the video:
Laboratories in spider silk breakthrough
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
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 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
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
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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Research and Markets has
announced the addition of the "India Textile and Apparel Trends 2009"
report its offering. The following is a report summary provided by the vendor:
India's relationship with textiles began as early as 3000
B.C with the use of organic dyes and block prints. Even today, intricate hand
weaving, delicate embroideries and richness of fabric like Indian silk and
satin attract people from all over the world. According to the au
Edited by R Alagirusamy and A Das, Indian Institute of
Technology, New Delhi, India
Woodhead Textiles Series No. 101
UK based Woodhead Publishing
has published a new book called ‘Technical textile Yarns’, which it says provides
a comprehensive overview of the variety of technical textile yarns available
along with individual characteristics and production methods.
The following is a product summary provided by the
- documents advances
Edited by R Chapman, Consultant, UK
Woodhead Textiles Series No. 102
‘Applications of nonwovens in
technical textiles’ is a new book published by Woodhead Publishing in June 2010.
The following is a product summary provided by the
The book focuses on the variety of technical nonwoven
applications available and provides a comprehensive overview of both current
developments and likely future trends. In addition it reviews the formulation
This year’s Composites Europe show
will see the launch of a new product in Scottish technical textiles
manufacturer Scott & Fyfe’s Polymat Range. Polymat Free-Flow is a
mechanically stitch bonded reinforcement fabric consisting of a needle bonded
core sandwiched between chopped glass fibres, which will increase the product
range offered by Scott & Fyfe to the closed mould market.
According to Scott & Fyfe, along with Polymat Hi-Flow,
Organisers would like to remind
delegates there are only a few days left to save on registration for TCL2010,
the international Textiles Coating and Laminating conference to be held in
Cannes, France from 4-5 November 2010.
If you have not already registered please note that the last
date to qualify for the early-bird rate is 8 September. To ensure your place,
please register at www.technical-textiles.net/symposium.htm , or by emailing email@example.com or
The International Conference
on Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, which is being held from 11-13 November
2010 at IIT Dehli, in India has issued a call for papers. The conference is
being organised by the Department of Textile technology at the Indian Institute
of Technology (IIT) Delhi.
The main objective of the conference is to bring together
industry, research organizations and academia involved meaningful discussions
on existing technical textile products, ex
As with the first quarter of 2010,
the Lenzing Group has made optimum use of favourable global market conditions achieving
excellent results in Q2. Consolidated sales in the first half of 2010 climbed 43.6
%1 to EUR 847.2 million from EUR 589.9 million.
This was the company’s strongest
rise in sales ever, which it says was was made possible by higher fibre volumes
and price dynamics of global markets as well as full first time consolidation of
the company’s pu
Researchers at the UK’s
University of Southampton have revealed plans to develop fabrics for clothing which
will generate electricity through wearers’ movement and body heat. It is
believed the technology could be used to power personal devices such as MP3
players or wireless health-monitoring systems. The smart fabrics will be made
by using rapid printing processes to attach a film of piezoelectric or
thermoelectric material to a textile base, which will the
This summer, sun protection is literally a hot topic. Shading textiles such as
sunshades, blinds and beach shelters promise to provide cooling shade and
protection from harmful UV radiation and there is also more and more specific
UV protection clothing to be found in the shops.
But how in fact do textiles protect you from the sun's
radiation, and what differences between them should be taken into account? Dr.
Andreas Schmidt (AS) of the international Textile R
Building on the success of
the first two IFAI Advanced Textiles conferences (in Berlin and Brussels), IFAI
presented a third successful edition in Paris 16-17 June, in the modern
Congress facilities of UICP (right next to the Eiffel Tower).
The Industrial Fabrics Association International hosted 70
participants from Europe and the U.S. at the 2010 conference, which focused on
major applications of technical textiles and investigated new technology
EDANA has announced its Keynote
speaker for the 9th edition of its OUTLOOK, personal care products conference which
will take place in Budapest, Hungary from the 22nd to the 24th September 2010. Robert
Ward, Director of Global Forecasting for the Economist Intelligence Unit will
address the topic ‘Global Economic Perspectives: EIU’s overview of global
growth perspectives and factors.’
In his role, Ward oversees the Economist Intelligence Unit's
IntertechPira has announced further speakers for its leading
conference dedicated to the carbon fibre industry, GOCarbonFibre2010, which
will feature featuring Airbus, Boeing, Opel / General Motors and carbon fibre
manufacturer Zoltek, amongst others.
Newly announces speakers from Harper International and Delft
University of Technology join the line-up for the 13th annual Global Outlook
for Carbon Fibre, newly branded as GOCarbonFibre, will take place on 29-30
Pegas Nonwovens has announced that
work has commenced on the construction of its brand new production
facility in Znojm, Přímětice, Czech Republic. The Luxembourg headquartered company
announced in March this year that was investing in further production capacity
and had already contracted with Reifenhäuser Reicofil for the supply of further
spunbonding technology. The EUR 50 million investment in the new 9th production
line is being carried out through Pegas’ s
Germany’s VDMA (Verband
Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau - German Engineering Federation) has put in
place a new network for machinery manufacturers engaged in the development and
production of technologies for the manufacture and quality control of composite
Initially, firms from four different VDMA associations have
come together to form the VDMA Composite Technology Forum, in order to create a
platform for exchanges among themselves, with user
Building on the success of its
previous European filtration conferences and exhibitions in 2004, 2006 and
2008, EDANA has announced its programme for the 2010 edition of FILTREX, to be
held in Cologne, Germany from 13 - 14 October, 2010.
The conference programme features commercial and technical
papers from 18 authoritative speakers including a keynote presentation by
Jeffrey Scott Saunders, Futurist for the Copenhagen Institute for Future
Studies (Denmark) on “ED
Cheese, chocolate and a chairlift over
a flowering meadow taking visitors to the Swiss pavilion is apparently one the
biggest draws at the World Exposition in Shanghai which runs to the end of
From May to July, more then 1.1 million visitors learned
about Swiss traditions and Swiss developments visiting the pavilion. Bratwurst,
rösti potatoes, raclette and fondue are said to be proving just as popular
among the Chinese and international guests as the
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
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
Paper Converting Machine
Company (PCMC) has introduced a new folder product line called Athena, which is
aimed at both the dry nonwoven wipes and tissue napkin market sectors.
The Athena is a small footprint versatile folder for the
production of a variety of nonwoven and tissue folded products (18 to 250 g/m2)
ranging from nonwoven wipes for personal care and house hold cleaning, to
nonwoven and polyethylene waterproof folded towels for medical use and tissue
Unifi, Inc. today released
preliminary operating results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June
27, 2010. For the 2010 fiscal year, net income was $10.7 million or $0.18 per
share, which represents the company's first profitable year since fiscal 2000
and an improvement of $59.7 million or $0.97 per share, from the prior year
period. Highlights for the 2010 fiscal year include:
Net sales increased by $63.1 million or 11.4 percent to
The 2011 edition of the
Techtextil North America Symposium will be held in conjunction with the western
edition of Techtextil North America, March 15-17, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay
Convention Center in Las Vegas. The symposium will parallel the theme of, “The
Innovation Interchange”, and will run concurrent with the exhibition.
This new region for Techtextil North America will further
offer speakers a potentially new audience and exposure to new industries in the
Article written by the Hohenstein Institute
On Thursday 10 June 2010, Prof.
Dr. Stefan Mecheels welcomed nearly 80 people with an interest in the textile
industry and research to the 4th Innovation Exchange at the Hohenstein
Institute. On the previous evening, the Hohenstein "Award for
Entrepreneurial Excellence in Global Textile Services" had been presented
to Christine Krautschneider, long-standing managing partner and now Chair of
the Supervisory Board of Salesi
The 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
The ninth annual INDA Award for
Lifetime Technical Achievement is to be presented to industry veteran Terry
Young of Procter & Gamble, while the coveted Lifetime Service Award will be
given to Jay Forcucci, of Nanostatics Corporation, at the inaugural Research,
Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference, which is
being held from 20-23 September in Baltimore, Maryland.
Both men are being recognized by their peers in the
nonwovens industry for
German textile engineering powerhouse Groz-Beckert opened its highly impressive Technology & Development Centre (TEZ) here in Albstadt on Friday confirming its status as one of the most successful and forward thinking textile engineering businesses in the world.
Set in Baden-Württemberg, one of Germany’s wealthiest regions, which borders France to the west and Switzerland to the south, the town of Albstadt is the centre
Netherlands based TenCate Outdoor
Fabrics has introduced a new inherently flame-retardant fabric for group tents,
called TenCate Campshield. Scouting
Nederland, which is celebrating its centenary this year, will include this new
safety fabric from TenCate as a standard item in its collection of group tents
On the eve of the Jubilee Jamboree held to celebrate this very special
anniversary, Scouting Nederland dcided to provide its members with tents made
Netherland’s based technical textiles
giant, TenCate has announced that its operating profit (EBIT) for the second
quarter of 2010 has soared to approximately € 27 million, up 143% from second
quarter 2009’s € 11.1 million, in advance of the publication of its half-year
figures on 26 August 2010. Operating profit for the first six months of 2010
doubled to an amount of approximately € 33 million and taking incidental items
into account, net profit doubled in
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
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
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
Swiss knit fabrics manufacturer Eschler
and Austrian textile finishing specialist Grabher Group, have joined
forces to engineer
a new generation of functional fabrics for sports and workwear using
edge plasma finishing technology.
Plasma, known as the fourth state of matter, is created by
applying electrical fields to pure gas or gas mixtures in a vacuum
gas is then ionized and leads to a chemical reaction on the surface of
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 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
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
Chinese companies have not
surprisingly moved into the production of nonwovens manufacturing machinery in
a big way over the past ten years, and at the recent ITMA Asia + CITME show in
Shanghai, virtually outnumbered the established names in this field from West
They included Jiangsu Yingyang Machinery, which is located
in Changsu, near Shanghai and has been developing its extensive machinery range
for the past decade. It includes both drylaid and spunmelt syst
Dominant Textile, a Turkish
technical textile company that develops and manufactures a variety of
industrial and weather/temperature resistant fabrics, is to open its first UK
office in Manchester creating 10 jobs over the next five years.
The company, which was established in 2003, chose the
Northwest to expand its international operations due to its strengths in the
textiles sector and its strong scientific research base. It has taken office
space at Peter House on
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
As the market
continues to grow in
Asia, manufacturers are stepping up their operations. International
are intensifying their supply relationships with Asian companies and
subsidiaries in the booming conurbations of the huge continent. Others
focussing on increasing their existing capacities and leading German
of warp knitting machines and warp preparation systems Karl Mayer is no
Karl Mayer has had its own subsid
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
The second ITMA
ASIA + CITME 2010
exhibition opened today with an impressive showcase of the latest
machinery and solutions. Shrugging off the effects of the economic
the combined show at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC)
100,000 square metres.
A total of 1171 exhibitors from 28 countries and
showcasing a wide array of solutions to an expected 100,000 visitors
five-day exhibition. Organiser
European Committee of Textile
Machinery Manufacturers and the International Textile Manufacturers
(ITMF) have announced a high-level business forum, to take place next
alongside the ITMA 2011 show, in Barcelona, Spain.
The ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit 2011 will be a
event that brings together textile-industry leaders and some of the
most influential thinkers and policymakers in strategically important
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
Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) has invited IFAI to
organize its fourt
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
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
Mantec Group, owner of Wykes International, the well known
manufacturer of specialist elastomeric and industrial yarns, has
Wykes has emerged from the recession optimistic about the future. Group
Tim Kelly said in a statement released today:
International is now ready to fully re-engage with the industry as a
resourced and funded company with a new team containing a balance of
enthusiasm and mature knowl
ITMA, the world’s largest and most
established textile machinery exhibition, has put a bigger spotlight on
research and development, as well as education and training; a pavilion
organised for research institutes and higher institutions of learning to
showcase their projects, capabilities and programmes.
The Research & Education (R&E) pavilion will be a
major feature at next year’s ITMA exhibition, which will be held at the
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
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
The steep reduction in global
shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 following a strong investment
between 2003 and 2007 continued in 2009 in most of the segments.
2008 shipments of spinning machinery were down by -17% (short-staple
and -26% (open-end rotors), of weaving machinery (shuttle-less looms) by
and of flat knitting machinery (electronic) by -12%.
On the other hand shipments of texturing spindles recorded
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven
Fabrics Industry, whose members include the companies that supply products
ranging from baby diapers and feminine hygiene pads to medical nonwoven gowns
to household wipes, says its members are playing a crucial role in the
desperate effort to contain the BP oil spill that threatens hundreds of miles
of sensitive coastline in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Nonwovens companies are producing the products that are
proving most successful in ads
- 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
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
“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 Cotton-Soaking (CS),
a three-layer flexible, inert, nonwoven, non-particulate decontamination system
that has been proven to be successful in absorbing and adsorbing chemical
warfare agents has been officially approved by the United States Environmental
Protection Agency as of 29 May.
According to First Line Technology, which is commercializing
the product, Fibertect CS may now prove useful in recovery efforts in the
British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon
Bridging market needs and innovative
applications is the focus of the inaugural Research, Innovation & Science
for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference, which will take place September 20-23
in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics
Industry, RISE will provide information and stimulation for innovation in all aspects
of the development, production, marketing and sales of disposable and durable
nonwovens and engineered fabri
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 Limited, a global leader
in hand protection, has launched HyFlex 11-830, an ergonomically
glove that incorporates ZonzKnit Advanced Comfort Technology for
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.
HyFlex 11-830 to present workers with a glove that off
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,
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
The Oerlikon Textile report ‘The
Fiber Year’ which is being published for the tenth time will be available for download
from the company’s homepage www.oerlikontextile.com in June. A Chinese version of the report will be available at a later date.
According to the report, global fibre consumption went up
4.2% to 70.5 million tonnes with manmade fibres rising 4.0% to 44.1 million
tonnes and natural fibres advancing 4.5% to 26.4 million tonnes. With a world
Lenzing's subsidiary PT. South
Pacific Viscose (SPV) officially started up its fourth production line
beginning of April, with a total investment of USD 150 million making it
biggest individual investment project in recent years. Its annual
production capacity of 60,000 tons of viscose fibre for textile and
applications raises SPV's total annual capacity to 220,000 tons and
Asia's biggest viscose fibre production site
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 has been awarded the third
place prize at the Kyocera Environment Prize for its Litespeed system
helps save energy and resources in high speed circular knitting by
needle geometries. Prize giving took place on 29 April at the Economics
organised by the Federal Association of Medium-Sized Companies e.V.,
Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the World Conference Centre at
former German Bundestag in Bonn.
weft insertion warp knitting
machine builder Karl Mayer Malimo has launched the RS MSU S, the first
of a new
generation of Weftronic machines which offer increased width and
a new machine platform. Fabrics widths of up to 6.8 metres can now be
a considerably higher square metre production rates.
Karl Mayer Malimo’s development work has continued to focus
on weft-insertion warp knitting machines and following the improvements
producer Sandler AG is making good progress in the construction of its new
20,000 square metre facility which will house an additional spunlace line for
the production of new generation wipes and technical nonwovens. The new line, which is to be commissioned
in autumn this year, will create 60 jobs within the next two years and will
start production during the first quarter of 2011.
“With this investment, Sandler AG will become the large
Aanti-trust authorities have approved
Lenzing’s acquisition of Czech pulp producer Biocel Paskov A.S. The acquisition
is said to be an important strategic step towards the group's long-term
extension of its vertical backwards integration. The acquisition is part of a
hedging strategy to protect Lenzing from the impact of high pulp price
volatility. Pulp is the raw material used for the production of Lenzing’s viscose
Lenzing intends to invest 50 million Euro
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
Germany’s VDMA Textile
Machinery Association has reported a 130% increase in orders in the
quarter 2010 for German textile machinery builders compared to the first
quarter of last year. The association predicts an overall increase in
30-35% in 2010, compared with 2009.
“After two extremely difficult years, the German textile
machinery manufacturers are guardedly optimistic for the future”
P. Mayer, Chairman of th
Organisers of TCL 2010, the
International Textiles Coating and Laminating conference to be held in Cannes,
France, on 4-5 November 2010, have announced a keynote speech entitled ‘Breakthrough
Coating Technologies for Advanced Textiles’. Prof. Marc Van Parys, Head of
Textile Department and Research Lab TO2C, at the University College Ghent,
Belgium, will present a discussion on process and product innovations and how
they will affect the coating and laminating industry
Textured polyester and nylon
producer Unifi yesterday reported improved sales and net income for its
fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2010 and increased gross profits for the
nine months. The company said net sales were positively impacted by
market conditions across all of the company's key segments, as well as
continued growth in Brazil.
The company reported net sales of $154.7 million for the
third quarter of fiscal year 2010, an increa
Researchers at the Hohenstein
Institute have partnered Swiss knitted fabrics manufacturer Eschler
develop innovative knitted fabrics for use in workwear. Garments made
from the functional
warp knitted fabrics are said to be able to withstand industrial
can therefore be used in the garment rental sector, which is normally
domain of woven fabrics.
“For the first time, warp-knitted fabrics have been
developed for making clothe
The Technical Textiles Special
Interest Group (SIG) of The Textile Institute, Manchester and The Manchester
and Cheshire Section of the Textile Institute have announced the speakers for their International Conference on ‘Managing Innovation in Textiles’. The event will
be held on Thursday 10 June and Friday 11 June in Manchester, UK. Download the full conference programme.
The global Textile Industry has in the last few decades seen
revolutionary changes in i
Ahlstrom Corporation, a leading
manufacturer of nonwovens and specialty papers, anticipated in its financial
statements bulletin on 3 February 2010, that the Group net sales will increase
compared to 2009, but remain lower than in 2008. EBIT excluding non-recurring
items was estimated to increase from 2009.
The recovery of demand that started toward the end of 2009,
continued in January-March 2010. Since sales prices in most business areas are
being increased to
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
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven
Fabrics Industry, has released ‘China Nonwoven Industry Outlook Trends and
Forecast’, a 66 page report focussing on the outlook for China’s disposable and
durable nonwoven markets. The report, the first of its kind, covers sales and volume
of major nonwoven segments and nonwovens consumption in 2008 and outlook by
technology and combines both an historical perspective on the market since 2003
and projections of its growth t
Leading technical textile and
nonwovens companies from around the world will showcase the latest products and
advanced technologies in textiles, nonwovens and materials during Techtextil
North America 2010 next month in Atlanta, Georgia. The show represents all
vertical aspects of the technical textile industry from research and
development, through raw materials and production processes, to conversion,
further treatment and recycling.
Some of the highlights of the
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010, Asia’s leading
textile machinery show, has been given a boost by the announcement from
show organisers that all exhibition space has now been sold for the
organisers, over 1100 textile and garment machinery manufacturers have
applied to exhibit at the second combined show, taking up 100,000 square
of Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Chinese exhibitors make up
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
UCMTF President: 2010 Interview
Bruno Ameline, the President and
Evelyne Cholet, the Secretary General of UCMTF (French Textile Machinery
Manufacturers Association) report on the present state of the French textile machinery
manufacturers and analyze their strategy to bring value to their customers.
Have Textile machinery manufacturers been hard hit by the
financial and economic crisis?
The industrial equipment sector is extremely cyclical and
Lenzing AG, a company quoted on the
Vienna stock exchange and a leader in the manufacture of cellulose fibres, has acquired
a 75 % share in Czech pulp producer Biocel Paskov A.S. Biocel’s owner, Austrian
company Heinzel Holding, will keep a 25 % share in the company and manage paper
According to Lenzing, Biocel’s paper pulp production
capacity runs to about 280,000 tons per year. Lenzing intends to invest EUR 50
million in the site's capacity exp
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 Inc., a leader
in the creation of nanoscale performance additives for textile, health care,
and industrial applications, will extend its global antimicrobial business to
Turkey through Uniteks of Istanbul, who will act as the SmartSilver distributor
to the Turkish market.
SmartSilver is a brand of antimicrobial additives that are
engineered using a patented process to integrate silver nanoparticles at the
molecular level into a variety of textile,
The Lenzing Group, market leader in
cellulose fibres, is to invest in further capacity expansion and
of its sites in Lenzing (Austria) and Nanjing (China). The production
of the Nanjing site will be more than doubled to 140,000 tons per year
with an investment
of 55 million Euros over an 18 month to two year period and the Lenzing
will switch production from standard viscose fibres to modal fibres
next fifteen months at an
2010, Albstadt - Will geotextiles soon be successfully creating fertile
soil from arid desert landscapes? Will creative forms in mobility make
it possible for even more people to be transported efficiently in the
near future? Will textiles a few years from now be able to open up new
habitats for humanity on distant planets? The answers to these and many
other exciting questions relating to visionary textiles production are
all being researched at Groz-Beckert, the leading Germa
Corporation has received the silver prize among the over 90 top technology
innovators from across the USA and around the world competing in Arlington,
Texas, March 16-17 for top honours at WBT2010 presented by Lockheed Martin.
FibeRio Technology Corporation’s force spinning technology,
which uses centrifugal force to spin nanofibres, is said to have been rigorously
screened and mentored by WBT commercialization experts to present to a sold
Nominations are now open for the
coveted WOW Innovation Award, one of the many highlights of the upcoming 2010
World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference in Chicago in June.
The WOW Innovation Award will honour the most innovative
advances within the entire wipe value chain, including raw materials and
ingredients, roll goods, machinery, packaging and finished products. Finalists will make presentations during the
Conference and attendees will vote on the rec
NanoHorizons Inc., a leader
in the creation of nanoscale antimicrobial performance additives for textile,
health care, industrial, and consumer products, announced that the Small
Business Commerce Association of San Francisco has awarded it the 2009 Best of
Business Award in the Chemical Additives category.
The SBCA 2009 Award Program recognizes the top 5% of small
businesses throughout the country. Using statistical research and consumer
feedback, the SBCA ide
DyStar has reached agreement with
Lanxess owner of the DyStar production plants in Leverkusen and Brunsbüttel to restart
production at both sites in March.
This week, DyStar employees were able to enter the plants in
order to prepare for start-up of the facilities, the company said. According to
DyStar, orders for the necessary raw materials to start production have already
Lanxess, owner of the buildings and facilities used by DyStar
in Leverkusen a
With the textile and garment making industry
undergoing tremendous change in the light of globalisation and current economic
challenges, CEMATEX is making a concerted effort to support manufacturers with
a solutions platform that will help the industry stay focused and competitive.
In line with this
value proposition, the expanded product index of ITMA 2011 includes a dedicated
chapter on garment making technologies and machinery. Embroidery and braiding
12 March 2010, Mumbai – According to a recent Assocham
study, India’s technical textiles industry is set to boom in the next five
years. The sector is said to be ready to double from its estimated current
value of US $10 billion today.
According to the report, the main reason for the projected
growth is the expected increase in consumption of technical textiles by India’s
growing middle classes.
According to the Business Standard, Assocham’s President
Swati Piramal said in a statem
Utilizing the latest in
communications technology as well a traditional print medium, three programs at
the IDEA10 International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition will
allow exhibitors and attendees to connect with each other like never before
possible, say organisers INDA.
The new IDEA10 social networking site and the debut of
IDEA10 TV, being produced by Nonwovens Industry magazine, mark two significant
steps in improved networking and communications
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
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’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
In view of the increasingly
international orientation of the Hohenstein Institute, some of the business
units of the International Textile Research and Services Centre have been
renamed as of 1 January 2010.
The main focus of the renaming was to strengthen the ‘Hohenstein’
umbrella brand name. In future, the following companies will operate under the
Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co. KG (previously:
Hohenstein Research Institute Prof. Dr
New 60 gsm fabric is just 0.06mm thick
Teijin’s Toho Tenax Co. is to
start selling a carbon fibre fabric from March this year that is says is less
than half the weight of conventional lightweight carbon fibre fabrics.
The company claims the new fabric, which has been developed
with Sakai Ovex Co., Ltd. and is used for forming prepregs, will help further
reduce the weight of composite products. This, the company says, makes it ideal
for high-strength, low-weig
EDANA, the association
representing the nonwovens and related industries, and BCH (Business
Co-ordination House) have announced the successful completion of the first ever
edition of the Filtrex Asia Conference and Exhibition in New Delhi, India. With over 200 attendees and 23 exhibitors
from Asian markets, and additional representatives from Europe and the
Americas, the conference highlighted one of the ultimate benefits offered by
the sector, better prote
Techtextil North America
Symposium 2010 has announced that Kim Glas, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Commerce for Textiles and Apparel, is to be its Keynote Speaker at its
The latest technology, applications, and the overall
direction of the technical textile and nonwovens industry will be presented by
experts and leaders from around the world during Techtextil North America Symposium
being held from 18-20 May 2010 at the Georgia World C
Xennia Technology Ltd, a
subsidiary of the Netherland’s Royal TenCate, is today unveiling its process demonstrator
for nano printing and finishing of textile materials at its Letchworth, UK
headquarters. The novel nano process technology, which TenCate says will change
the textiles industry, is based on inkjet technology, whereby ink or coating
particles are applied with great production precision and high speed. The technology will eventually enable TenCate to
DyStar’s new CEO Manish Kiri
has announced his senior management team for the DyStar Group. Manish Kiri
himself will take on the position of Chairman and Steve Barron, until now Vice
President responsible for Strategic Marketing at DyStar, will become CEO of the
Bart VanKuijk, previously Sales Area Manager for South Asia,
has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. Viktor Leendertz will continue his
responsibilities as CFO in the new DyStar Group
Leading manufacturer of
nonwovens and speciality papers Ahlstrom Corporation, has signed the United
Nations Global Compact initiative and has been registered as a participant by
the United Nations Global Compact Office.
By supporting the
initiative, Ahlstrom commits to voluntarily advance sustainability with its
stakeholders. Ahlstrom says it also wants to send a strong message along the
value chain that it is alert to environmental and social matters and i
EDANA, the trade association for the nonwovens
and related industries has announced its programme of events and training
courses for 2010 and into 2011.
“With a global scope
and outlook, we are pleased to support our members, and the broader industry with
activities that share learnings, increase engagement within the supply chain
and with external stakeholders, supporting the sustainable and profitable
growth of the nonwovens industry,” said Pierre Wiertz, G
EDANA, the nonwovens and
related industries trade association has announced that the 2010 edition of the
Nonwovens Research Academy has been rescheduled to 16 and 17 November, 2010,
which is this year jointly organised with the Institut für Textiltechnik of
RWTH Aachen University (ITA).
The Nonwovens Research Academy aims to promote fundamental
understanding and knowledge of the science and technology of nonwoven fabrics,
products and processes as well as relat
The Indonesian subsidiary of
Lenzing AG, PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV) has started up first successful
trials of its new fourth production line. Regular operation is expected to
commence in the course of the second quarter. The new line will produce viscose
fibres for textile applications and for the nonwovens industry. Production is
intended for the domestic Indonesian market, as well as for export.
A total investment of about USD 150 million makes the
Participants from Sony
Corporation, International Paper, All Nippon Airways, Michigan State
University, Frito-Lay, and Target Corporation are among the list of speakers
announced for the ‘Innovation Takes Root 2010’ conference, April 13-15, at the
Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas. According to conference organizers NatureWorks
LLC, the line-up reflects the vibrancy and innovation now taking place in the
global biopolymers market.
"Designed as both
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
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
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, 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
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 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
The French Textile Machinery
Manufacturers' Association, UCMTF, recently brought together students from the
four French universities which train engineers for the textile industry. The
goal was to further enhance relations with the students and to review the
careers offered to them both in France and worldwide.
The forum was organized on the campus of l’ENSISA (Ecole
Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Sud Alsace) located in Mulhouse. Students
from ENSAIT (
The seventh edition of North
America’s only dedicated show for technical textiles and nonwovens will be held
from 18-20 May 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Techtextil
North America assembles all vertical aspects of the technical textile industry,
from research and development, through raw materials and production processes
and finally ending in conversion, further treatment and recycling.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition is
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
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
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
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
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.
Tencate says that an increase in threats and violence
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,
AG has been awarded the Textile Design Award 2009 by the Swiss Textiles &
Zumsteg Foundation for its sun reflector and UV protector textile finishing technology
The tenth biannual Design Prize Switzerland, which was held on
6 November attracted over 300 entries, nominated 36 projects and the eight-member
international jury selected six winners in different categories. The
competition with total prize mon
The Lenzing Group’s business upturn
in the second quarter has continued into the third quarter due to improving
demand for cellulose fibres, the company said today. However, the global
economic crisis made a significant negative impact on the company’s first
quarter figures which has had a knock on effect on sales and results for the first
nine months of 2009.
Consolidated sales in the first nine months of 2009 declined
by 10% from EUR 1,012.1 million in the c
The Institute of
Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University is to host the
6th annual international conference on Advances in Textiles, Machinery,
Nonwovens and Technical Textiles, (ATNT) 2009.
The event, held in collaboration with Bannari Amman
Institute of Technology in India (BIT), will run from 7-9 December at the
institute’s campus in Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu, South India. The conference
will feature papers from natural fibres to
& 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 & 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
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
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
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’, 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
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
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’
Reportlinker.com has added ‘Innovations
in Textiles’, a new market research report covering the latest innovations in
the technical textiles industry. The following are some of the highlights of
Rayonier has developed a highly absorbent cross-linked
cellulose fibre for use in incontinence garments, Weyerhaeuser has patented an
economical biodegradable superabsorbent fibre, and SRI International has a
range of novel biodegradable polyolefin copo
Entrepreneurs, businesses and
academics have been networking at the University of Bolton, exploring the
future of the textiles industry. More than 150 businesses were represented at
the event which looked at how the North West could build on its textiles
industry heritage and what advantages could be gained from exploring
partnerships in countries such as India.
Transforming the Textiles Landscape: Past, Present and
Future, was hosted by businessman and Fellow of En
Commencing yesterday, the
Hohenstein Institute will be combining its Clothing Physiology and Textile
Services & Innovations sections to create new Function & Care
department which will provide research and testing services to the textiles
The department will be managed by Dr. Andreas Schmidt who
will be succeeding Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Umbach. Dr. Umbach will be retiring
from his active role as Director of the Clothing Physiology department
UK based specialist warp knitter Baltex, has developed a range of novel
warp knitted spacer fabrics using
Coolmax Fresh FX, which have been independently tested at the University of
Bolton and found to outperform other spacer fabrics in their comfort
properties. The company’s new Coolmax Fresh FX fabrics, which were launched at
this year’s Techtextil, are part of its wider XD range of 3D knitted spacer
According to Baltex, the Coolmax Fresh FX
NW Texnet, the cluster management
organisation for England’s North West technical textiles sector, has secured
funding in conjunction
with Blackburn College, from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), to
develop and deliver a foundation degree in Project Management for the technical
“The degree was proposed as a direct result of feedback we
received from a range of companies when asked for their requirements from the
Comez, a global leader in
advanced narrow fabric technology has launched a new electronic double needle
bar warp knitting machine, DNB/EL-1270, for the manufacture of a wide range of
technical and apparel fabrics including:
applications - Netting for sports equipment and the food industry, high
resistance ribbons in special fibres, ribbons and fabrics for geotextiles
applications, automotive, building and industrial sectors
applications - Tub
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 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
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
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 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
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,
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 Ltd, a leader in liquid-repellent
nano-coating technology, has raised £4.1 million ($6.7 million), from new and
existing shareholders, to support its accelerating commercialisation and
P2i was established in 2004 to commercialise
liquid-repellent treatments developed by the Ministry of Defence. Its
revolutionary technology helps customers protect and improve a wide and growing
range of products including performance textiles (such as hiki
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
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.
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.
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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 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
The technical textile and
nonwovens sectors came in droves to its leading international trade fair, with
numbers never before seen. "Precisely because these are times of economic
uncertainty, companies have been setting themselves new targets with innovative
products and areas of application and have in part already managed to achieve
them at Techtextil. Some eight percent more exhibitors and two percent more
trade visitors represent a double plus for Techtextil,
Product piracy is becoming an ever
greater problem worldwide and it is no longer just a question of copies of good
designs. Fakes and copies of technical products call the safety of these
products into question and, consequently, product liability claims are on the
increase. At Techtextil in Frankfurt, the Swiss technology company Schoeller
Technologies AG presented its DNAtex project for the first time, a new technology
which detects counterfeits almost instantly.
A total of six innovations have
been selected for this year’s Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Awards. The
awards go to innovative solutions from the fields of material and product
development, new processes and innovative garments. The aim of the awards is to
promote unconventional thinking and to intensify the dialogue between research,
manufacturers and users.
“Trade visitors will find the award-wining developments in a
special exhibition during the Interna
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 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
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 amou