Sports & Outdoor
Earlier this year when 4,662 innovative products from 1,865 inventive companies competed for one of the world’s most treasured design prizes, the red dot - X-BIONIC, the high-tech sportswear brand won double honours in Essen. The innovative Swiss company was able to convince judges with its latest technological invention and won an award for its Precuperation/Recovery Shirt & Trousers and a second award for its Precuperation/Recovery Socks. Both products aid sports performance and muscle recovery through the application of compression.
The UK’s University of Leeds has developed an innovative system for the objective evaluation of fabric handle, which uses established and proven test equipment underpinned by scientific principles, which account for key material properties.
Technical textiles offer new technical solutions for the demands of modern society and as a result, says Kelheim Fibres, interest in technical textiles is continuously growing.
According to the latest International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) published this week by the ITMF (International Textile Manufacturers Federation) shipments of new textile machinery fell in 2012 in most segments compared with 2011, although a new record was set for shipments of large diameter circular knitting machines.
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.
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.
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.
Oerlikon Saurer’s new Allma TC2 two-for-one twister for industrial yarns was exhibited at an Open House at Oerlikon’s Suzhou works yesterday were guests from China, India and other Asian countries were said to be very impressed by the machine’s range of new technical features. After the introduction and a tour of the premises, the Allma TC2 was presented in the Suzhou showroom to a large number of enthusiastic guests.
Energy efficient membranes, silicone-coated textile fibres, a new master batch for tintable polypropylene or new technologies for integrating systems into apparel – these are just some of the inventions of the ten winners of the Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Prizes.
The two global nonwovens associations, EDANA and INDA, are to partner to co-organise a new edition of EDANA’s Outlook conference programme for Latin America early in 2015.
Americhem Inc., a global provider of custom colour and additive solutions for synthetic fibres, will showcase its latest products at the upcoming Techtextil trade fair including its new nVision line of colour and additives for nonwovens. The company will also exhibit a wide range of sample products produced by its customers from a variety of market sectors and will have commercial and technical product experts on hand who will be available to answer questions.
UK based Sigmatex has announced it has secured the first of a number of targeted contracts for the automotive sector. The contract has been concluded after significant technical collaboration and development between Sigmatex, a major automotive OEM and an Automotive Tier 1 supplier.
The two global nonwovens associations, EDANA and INDA are joining efforts to promote the free and fair trade of Nonwovens globally starting with an active role in the upcoming US-European Union (EU) Free Trade Agreement negotiations. EDANA will volunteer Nonwovens for ‘fast track’ elimination of the current 4.3% tariff on nonwoven imports into the EU from the US. There currently are no tariffs on EU Nonwovens coming into the US.
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.
According to Australian wool industry experts, the’ next-to-skin’ wool garment industry is set to be transformed by two ground-breaking new fabric testing devices available for commercial use through the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA). Used together the Wool ComfortMeter and Wool HandleMeter are said to allow manufacturers and retailers to produce and market vastly improved next-to-skin garments.
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.
Under the slogan ‘Three Degrees of Natural Motion’ Nike is introducing three special edition shoes which will be available this week in Europe - the Nike Flyknit Racer, Flyknit Trainer HTM, both of which incorporate the company’s revolutionary Flyknit seamless flat knitted uppers, and the Inneva Woven a lightweight shoe with a woven upper.
US based technical textiles manufacturer Carolina Silver, has been acquired by Noble Biomaterials, which wants to add the North Carolina based company’s antibacterial technologies to its range of antibacterial products.
Sanitized AG, a leading producer of antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection for textiles and plastics will be launching two new advanced additives designed for the protection of plasticized PVC at this year’s Techtextil in Frankfurt.
Perspectives by Bill Smith - a new regular column for Innovation in Textiles.
When I began my consulting practice in 1986, I discovered a book called “Innovation – The Attackers Advantage” (Summit Books) by Richard Foster, then a Director of the major consulting firm McKinsey & Co. His message: ” . . . companies must return to the attack . . . the annals of business is filled with . . . companies that seemed profitable yet were in the midst of bankruptcy because they did not anticipate when their present products would become unprofitable and underestimated the strengths of their competitor’s attacks.”
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.
The Dornbirn-Man-Made Fibers Congress (MFC), the leading conference for the man-made fibres industry, will take place for the 52nd time in Dornbirn, Austria from 11-13 September 2013, where over 100 papers will address key industry issues under the banner - ‘Communicating the Future of Man-Made Fibers’.
Cesare Citterio, textiles entrepreneur and owner of Cifra SpA, a world leader in the field of seamlessly knitted garments, is a man on a mission – a warp knitting seamless mission - or as Citterio likes to call it a ‘WKS’ mission.
Teijin is to establish a specialized department to accelerate materials business incubation through technology acquisitions and alliances with immediate effect. The new Technology Alliance Development Department, established under Teijin’s New Business Development Group, will strategically grow materials related businesses by identifying promising partners and mergers and acquisitions opportunities. Alliances are envisioned for undertakings ranging from R&D to business model creation.
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.
Innovative German technical textiles producer Riedel Textil has introduced a new range of seamlessly knitted tights called KinesioTight, which have been scientifically developed to both improve sports performance and protect against injuries. Developed in cooperation with sports and medical experts, KinesioTight is said to integrate the effects of the well known Kinesio Tape Method of treatment into functional sportswear.
Statistics reveal that spinning line capacities are becoming increasingly large
The majority of recent installations for polyester have been spinning lines directly connected to a common reactor. Lines of this kind are economically prudent, although flexibility is very limited compared to extruder spinning lines. Here, additive injection and mixing systems can help regain this lost flexibility.
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.
Market leaders in the sportswear sector will present specialist technologies at Texprocess, the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials from 10-13 June this year in Frankfurt, Germany, in co-location with Techtextil, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. The following text, provided by the show’s organiser summarises some of the leading technologies which will be exhibited.
Nike has announced a strategic partnership with Swiss company bluesign technologies to accelerate the supply of sustainable materials and chemistries for use in its products. The strategic partnership unlocks the potential for bluesign technologies’ industry-leading assessment tools to become accessible to materials suppliers, at an unprecedented scale and pace.
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.
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.
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.
Celliant, a developer of innovative responsive textile technology, has announced an alliance with global brand, Puma. The brand’s men's athletic apparel line inspired by Olympic gold medalist and world record sprinter Usain Bolt now features performance-driven apparel incorporating Celliant's patented mineral fibre technology.
The DiloGroup will present its portfolio of fibre processing equipment to the Turkish market when it exhibits at the ITM Texpo Eurasia 2013 which is being held together with the Hightex 2013 in Istanbul from 29 May to 1 June. This exhibition is also an important platform for the East Mediterranean, Southwest and Central Asian markets in general.
The Russian government together with the country’s nano giant Rusnano and Swiss Oerlikon, a developer of innovative industrial solutions for food, clothing, transportation and other industries, (owned by the Russian financial conglomerate Renova), are considering accelerating efforts in the field of design and production of new types of textile products, based on nanotechnologies in Russia.
Entries are invited from all Texprocess exhibitors for the second ‘Texprocess Innovation Award’, which will be presented at this year’s Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June 2013.
German nonwovens producer Sandler AG has reported a 6th successive year of growth in sales, increasing its sales volumes to Euros 247 million in 2012.
International technology group Andritz will present the latest technologies from its three nonwoven competence centres - Andritz Asselin-Thibeau, Andritz Küsters, and Andritz Perfojet, at Hightex/ITM 2013 in Istanbul in May.
According to Swiss headquartered high-tech industrial group Oerlikon, if the Eiffel tower had been built 124 years later, it would surely have played a significant part in its construction - because what was riveted, screwed or welded together using iron and steel components back then, would today be primarily made of composites – and Oerlikon Textile, Vacuum & Coating today supplies a wide range of technology and components for their production. These technologies and components will be the Oerlikon focus at the JEC between 12 and 14 March 2013 in Paris.
FibeRio, the developer and manufacturer of novel Forcespinning nanofiber production systems has announced it has completed a $13M capital raising exercise led by two global strategic investors – SABIC Ventures B.V., Saudi Basic Industries Corporation’s corporate venture capital arm, and Aster Capital Partners, sponsored by Solvay, Schneider Electric, Alstom and the European investment fund.
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Teijin Frontier, a Teijin Group fibre product converting company, announced this morning that it has developed a new polyester curtain fabric that traps double the amount of pollen as conventional polyester curtain fabric, helping to minimize pollen levels indoors. Teijin Frontier will sell the new fabric for use in lace curtains from March this year.
Nanotechnology maker Litrax’ L2 fibre and filament technology has been named in ISPO 2013’s Top 5 Fibres Innovations for fall/winter season 2014/15.
Already catering to German, English and Chinese speakers, the long established Reutlingen, Germany based company Stoll is now launching its website, www.stoll.com , in Russian.
Bayer MaterialScience has developed a new high-performance cross linking agent for the coating of temperature-sensitive textile fibres. The company’s polyurethane dispersion Imprafix 2794 XP is also said to have possible advantageous applications in glass and automotive OEM coating.
Italian protective fabrics producer Argar Technology, a division of Argar S.r.L, will be showcasing its range of innovative products at this year’s leading technical textiles exhibitions – Techtextil 2013, and A+A Safety, Security & Health At Work 2013.
Invista reports that it started production this week at its new, polyamide salt plant, an expansion of the company’s polymer facility in Rozenburg, the Netherlands. The expanded site will serve the company’s European fibre and plastic customers through its integrated supply chain.
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.
Combining innovation, technology, and styling to combat the difficult economic climate, apparel and fabric suppliers generated positive energy at last week’s ISPO in Munich. The four-day fair, featuring apparel, gear, textiles, and accessories for winter sports, was the most successful ever, according the Messe München organisation. Some 81,000 visitors from 109 countries crowded the halls, where 2,481 exhibitors from 52 countries filled 103,220 square metres of space with displays of expertise.
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.
Nike has launched its latest running shoe incorporating its Flyknit seamlessly knitted uppers technology and it looks like being a real winner on all fronts.
Schoeller Textil AG has appointed Stefano Tonizzo as head of its knitted textiles business - Business Unit Knits. Tonizzo is said to possess a comprehensive knowledge of knitted textiles thanks to many years working at Greuter Jersey AG. Since September 2010, he has been working in sales at Schoeller Textil.
Technical fabrics and performance apparel have a key role to play in finding new international niche markets for Colombia’s textile industry.
This was immediately apparent at the 2013 Colombiatex trade fair which celebrated its 25th anniversary from January 22-24 in Medellin – a city that has changed perhaps more than any other and beyond all recognition over the last quarter of a century.
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.
Fibre converting company Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., a member of the Teijin Group will be showcasing high-comfort, high-performance polyester products at two upcoming leading international sports trade fairs - the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013 in Salt Lake City, USA from 23-26 January and ISPO Munich 2013 in Germany from 3-6 February.
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.
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”.
The Teijin Group, one of the world's leading suppliers of high-performance fibre, is participating at Technotex 2013, India’s premier exhibition of technical textiles, which will be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India this week from 17-19 January. Teijin’s debut appearance at the show will highlight the group’s expanding initiatives to develop the Indian market for high-performance materials.
Scientists from Rice University in Texas have unveiled a new carbon nanotube (CNT) fibre that looks and acts like textile thread and conducts electricity and heat like a metal wire. The following article was published on the University’s website just a few days ago and the scientists are published in this week’s issue of Science.
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.
Lycra brand owner Invista has announced that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a group representing more than 60 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits and nongovernmental organisations working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world.
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.
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.
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.
Alexium International Group (Alexium) announced it has received its second progress payment on a US Air Force contract this month, with additional progress payments on the contract expected over the next five months. Alexium’s says its financial position is strengthening, based on growing revenues from the US Air Force contract, awarded earlier this year and continued revenues from its commercial roll out of its novel FR nylon treatment.
Dewatering breakthrough from RHL means textile finishers can finally say goodbye to conventional rubber squeezing
Lenzing’s lyocell cellulosic fibre Tencel turned 20 this week. Lenzing celebrated the anniversary by holding a commemorative ceremony and a customer symposium and here we look at the brand’s past, present and future.
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.
Leading seamless circular knitting machine builder Santoni has reported strong sales of its machines into the sportswear sector especially for the production of merino wool based seamless garments. Sportswear manufacturers are mainly interested in the Italian company’s SM8 TR1 machine for single jersey garments with mesh effects – particularly in 24 gauge for zonal knitting or body mapping in natural fibres such as merino wool.
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.
25 German textile machinery manufacturers presented their latest solutions at two VDMA conferences this month in Istanbul and Gaziantep in Turkey. Almost 600 participants from the Turkish textiles industry used the opportunity to learn how German technology can help the sector to cope with the tough competition from Asia and several German companies were able to close deals with Turkish customers during the events.
Textiles Intelligence and the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) have agreed to cooperate in making Chinese language editions of two of Textile Intelligence’s business and market information publications available to the Chinese fibre, textile and clothing industries.
Healthcanal.com reports that Australian scientists are part of a team which is developing a new artificial muscle with exciting possibilities for use in self-powered intelligent textiles that could automatically react to environmental conditions like heat or sweat.
Glen Raven, Inc. has been recognized as the North Carolina Manufacturer of the Year in the large companies category —defined as companies with more than $250 million in annual revenue. The NC Manufacturer of the Year award program is organised by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, with sponsorship by McGladrey LLP and Fifth Third Bank.
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its ‘State of Trade Report’ for Q2, 2012 which shows that global yarn output for the quarter was up and estimates for global yarn and fabric output in Q3/2012 are positive - the outlook for Q4/2012 is unchanged/positive. The following is the main body of the report – the full report with detailed statistics can be downloaded at the foot of this article.
The fourth edition of the ‘Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry’, has been published, by INDA, the leading Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, in strategic partnership with EDANA the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries.
Chuck Segal reports from London
2-4 October 2012, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK
The carbon fibre industry is alive and well according to the recent international gathering of more than 120 engineers and marketing executives. The conference, organised by Smithers-Rapra is the 15th annual meeting of this group.
UBC GmbH, based in Murr, Germany, recently launched their new urban bike, the coren, which has a frame made exclusively from Umeco’s MTM 49 -3 epoxy resin systems reinforced with high tensile strength woven carbon fabrics and unidirectional carbon fibres, and compatible adhesive film. Supplied in three models, as the coren Singlespeed, Pedelec or Fixed Gear, it was the Singlespeed model that recently won the ISPO Brand New Award 2012.*
Teijin Limited has announced that Teijin (Thailand) Limited in the Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate of Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province, which was flooded by torrential rainfall in October 2011 and then resumed partial operation in February this year, returned to full-scale production on October 31. All three Teijin Group polyester production facilities in Thailand affected by the flooding are again operating normally.
Chuck Segal reports from London
2-4 October 2012, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK
The carbon fibre industry is alive and well according to the recent international gathering of more than 120 engineers and marketing executives. The conference, organised by Smithers-Rapra is the 15th annual meeting of this group.
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.
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%.
According to scientists at Germany’s Hohenstein Institute, in addition to modern sportswear, the market is increasingly demanding functional undergarments for the fashion and business sectors.
Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, a recognized leader in the production of specialty coatings and coated fabrics, has announced that it has purchased a state-of-the-art technical coatings line. The new high-speed equipment further expands the South Carolina based company’s capabilities by fully encompassing a broad range of width options in woven, knit, nonwovens and films.
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.
Nilit has announced it will be introducing its Nilit Breeze cooling yarn to Asian markets at the forthcoming Intertextile Shanghai 2012 tradeshow. Nilit Breeze, the Israeli company’s most recent innovation, is said to be a revolutionary nylon 6.6 fibre that has been proven to cool wearers by almost one degree Celsius in comparison to fabrics knitted with standard fibres.
Eugene Gerden reports from Moscow
The Russian nonwovens industry is on the verge of big changes, due national government plans to approve a state strategy for the industry’s further development until 2020.
The India International Textile Machinery Exhibition, INDIA ITME 2012, which is being held for the 9th time at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from December 2nd – 7th, is an excellent opportunity for the DiloGroup to present its portfolio of equipment to the Indian market, especially as the exhibition is also an important platform for the Asian market in general.
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).
Alexium International Group (Alexium) announced today that its growing revenues are from multiple sources as a result of commercial development agreements, license payments, and a project funded by the US Department of Defense.
Huntsman Textile Effects and the Netherlands’ DyeCoo Textile Systems are joining forces to develop and grow DyeCoo’s Supercritical CO2 textile processing technology with the aim of creating more sustainable products which will benefit the industry as a whole.
Novel supermicro fibres based on cellulose and cellulose-2.5-acetate are being developed at ITCF Denkendorf (the Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibres) in Germany.
The Board of Directors at INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, this week appointed David Rousse as its new President. As of 15 October Rousse will assume the position currently held by Rory Holmes, who has announced his retirement in mid-2013. Holmes has held the position since 2003.
Monforts’ Klaus A. Heinrichs talks about his company’s participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative.
Blue Competence is an initiative launched by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) to demonstrate the know-how and experience of its members for sustainable solutions. Key points of the campaign are technologies and products that conserve raw materials, reduce emissions and sustainably improve the living conditions of people.
Huntsman Textile Effects and HeiQ have announced a strategic business alliance with the launch of PURE by HeiQ, an innovative, new-generation silver product that is said to set it apart from other odour control solutions.
Seamless knits specialist Tefron has announced today that it has entered into a licensing agreement with X-Technology Swiss R&D AG (XTS), under which it has been granted exclusive rights to manufacture, market and distribute XTS sportswear brands in North America.
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.
“Fashion Stories” was the Autumn/Winter 2013/14 theme at Première Vision, the trade show for high-fashion fabrics held in Paris September 19 – 21. Combining historical references with a high-tech future, juxtaposing urban living with nature and the elements, and seeking adventure whilst yielding to emotion, a new generation of compact, dense, and tactile fabrics incorporated surprising technical aspects, developing a new relationship between fashion and active sportswear. This was achieved via all manner of woven, knit, and assembled double cloths which displayed a new level of technical know-how, allowing fabrics to express dual personalities.
Just weeks after the closing of the Olympics, Nike has been granted an interim injunction against adidas for patent infringement by adidas’ adizero Primeknit shoe which it released in July on the eve of the London games. The patent or patents in question protect Nike’s revolutionary Flyknit shoe range which sport seamlessly knitted uppers produced on Stoll flat knitting machines.
The UK government has announced £2.3 million of ‘in principle’ support for a new textile and clothing skills programme jointly led by Bolton headquartered NWTexnet and the Huddersfield based Textile Centre of Excellence.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes an in depth look at the world of textiles which deliver cosmetic benefits and concludes that there is potential for cosmétotextiles to go beyond beauty and deliver wellness, therapeutic, and medical benefits. You can read Part 1 at Beyond Beauty: The Future of Cosmétotextiles.
In this two part feature, Debra Cobb takes an in depth look at the world of textiles which deliver cosmetic benefits and concludes that there is potential for cosmétotextiles to go beyond beauty and deliver wellness, therapeutic, and medical benefits.
Creativity, production speed and design quality through digital printing
Miroglio Textile will be taking one of the key challenges faced by the textile sector to the very heart of Prémiere Vision this week by means of an unprecedented performance by Stefano Arienti, an important Italian artist, which will entail the creation of new fabrics in real time.
Italian seamless garment manufacturer Cifra SpA has launched a brand new line of beauty and sports apparel called Doubleskin, which combines the Milan based company’s seamless warp knitting technology with Rhodia’s bioactive fibre Emana. Doubleskin is available from this week via a brand new website and online shop.
Alexium International Group Limited (Alexium) (announced today that the Australian patent office has granted a patent for the “Method for Attachment of Silicon-containing Compounds to a Surface and for Synthesis of Hypervalent Silicon-compounds” (Australia Patent No. 2006290509).
Organisers have released early details of speakers and topics in the expanded free-to-attend Open Forum conference programme at the second annual UK Plastic Electronics Show, which will be held at the UK’s NEC in Birmingham on 7-8 November. The show is part of the Advanced Engineering UK group of events.
The UK government announced yesterday over £2 million worth of support for a new skills programme led by a consortium of employers and the Textile Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield that will improve the skills of people already working and develop the next generation of skilled talent for these industries. The partnership includes manufacturers from textiles, technical textiles, apparel and textile services sectors, trade associations and Creative Skillset.
Four unique new products have been nominated as finalists for the second annual RISE Durable Products Award that will be presented at INDA’s RISE Conference in late October.
The RISE Durable Product Award will be awarded to a durable nonwoven product using nonwoven fabric and/or technology that is commercially sold and utilized in the consumer or industrial marketplace.
Mr Zhang Jie, Chairman of the China Hi-Tech Group, visited A. Monforts Textilmaschinen in Mönchengladbach last month, to see for himself the latest addition to his group of companies with its worldwide activities.
NatureWorks and Sulzer’s Sulzer Chemtech division announced this week that Sulzer has shipped proprietary production equipment to NatureWorks’ Blair, Nebraska facility that will enable NatureWorks to increase production of Ingeo biopolymer and produce new, high-performance resins and lactides.
The recently-announced bankruptcy of Konarka illustrates just how tricky it is to bring groundbreaking new technologies to market – however smart they may be.
The company is the latest in a list of companies who over the past decade have attempted the fusion of technologies – in this case mass manufactured solar cells with plastic films, but the marriage of electronics with textiles is just as applicable – and come unstuck at the lengthy lead times and endless financial resources required for successfully launching such products.
Andritz Küsters, a leading supplier of calender technology for the textiles, nonwovens, and paper industries, has developed an innovative calender concept for the growing technical textiles market incorporating proven technologies from the production of paper and nonwovens.
International Newsletters has announced that the speaker on nanotextiles has been confirmed for its TCL2012, International Conference on Textiles Coating & Laminating. Dr. Dirk Hegemann from the prestigious Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) will address the subject Nano Textiles: What can be expected from it?
Alexium announced this week that it has successfully demonstrated its Reactive Surface Technology (RST) treatments for functionalizing temperature-sensitive fibres such as high-performance polyolefins to add new properties such as antimicrobial, adhesion promotion, and flame retardancy.
With ten months still to go, Techtextil, the International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already almost fully booked.
“Over 90% of the exhibition space occupied in 2011 has been reserved; 86% has actually been firmly booked. Never before have we had such a good result at such an early stage”, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies.
All the signs are that Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June 2013, will be a success. With a year still to go before the doors open, over 50% of exhibition space has already been sold and the market leaders are on board.
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.
In a year of several key sporting events, most notably the London 2012 Olympic Games, the major brands in the summer sportswear industry are battling for market share, according to the latest issue of Performance Apparel Markets from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.
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.
The recent symposium on cosmétotextiles held at Interfilière Paris highlighted the growing success of these hybrid fabrics, as well as posing questions about their future.
A cosmetic textile is defined by the French Office for the Standardisation of Textile and Clothing Industries as “a textile article that contains a substance or a preparation that is intended to be released sustainably on to the different superficial parts of the human body, especially the skin, and which claim particular properties such as cleansing, perfume, change of appearance, protection, maintenance in good condition, or correction of body odours.”
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:
In a sensational move just one day before the Olympic opening ceremonies, adidas has revealed the adizero Primeknit, its first one-piece upper performance running shoe featuring what it calls “a new seamless engineering technology.”
Images released tonight show a running shoe with an upper very similar to Nike’s Flyknit flat knitted which goes on general release today.
Industry rumour mills have been running at warp speed (no puns intended) since we published an article on Nike’s Flyknit integrally knitted running shoe upper in February on our Knitting Industry website - see Nike Flyknit – a seamlessly knitted running shoe!.
Now having taken a closer look at the knitted upper, we can reveal that Flyknit is without any doubt made on an electronically controlled flat knitting machine.
Pablo Larrázabal, a young European Tour professional golfer from Spain, chose the 2012 ThermoCool range of knitted shirts from well known Scottish golf wear brand Lyle & Scott for last week’s Open Championship which was held at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s from 19-22 July.
The recent Interfilière show in Paris confirmed the importance of the cosmetic textiles or cosmetotextiles market for producers and marketers of next-to-skin knitted fabrics.
Interfilière organiser Eurovet, has published a seven page report on Cosmetotextiles (cosmetic textiles), which summarises a symposium held at the Paris show and which was jointly sponsored by Interfilière and La Federation de la Maille et de la Lingerie.
According to a new series of Textiles Intelligence reports, textile and clothing markets are likely to remain subdued in 2012, given the considerable uncertainty in the global economy, and the fact that the debt crisis in the Eurozone continues to hit business and consumer confidence.
Messe Frankfurt USA announced today it has hired Kristy Meade as Group Show Director, Textile Events, responsible for managing the teams producing Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, Texworld USA Winter/Summer, Apparel Sourcing and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo.
The high performance fabrics beloved of mountain sport enthusiasts are fast becoming a fixture on clothing racks. Their growing popularity is providing a boost for the Swiss textile industry.
Growth in sales for the industry overall has been in the “double digits for the past few years,” explains Moritz Becher. He is editor at Outdoor Guide, Switzerland’s biggest alpine and outdoor sport magazine.
Wool’s credentials as a textile fibre that promotes health and wellbeing were presented by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) at the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) World Congress this week in Melbourne.
German automotive, motorsport and competition cycling components manufacturer AX-lightness GmbH is using UK based Umeco’s autoclave and press curable MTM 49-3 prepregs to produce structures for competition bicycles being used at national and international events.
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.
According to the Hohenstein Institute, 50 % of everyone in Germany practices sport at least once a week, which is still fourth place in a European country comparison. Wearing knee-length compression socks, the institute says, was long viewed as uncool by sportsmen and women, but more and more active sportsmen and women have reported the positive effects of wearing these special elastic socks.
EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has released a public summary of its annual statistics on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2011. The report is said to show growth in production volume for 2011 of 5.7%, with several market segments recording their best output ever in both tonnage and square metres, including baby diapers, medical, personal care wipes, civil engineering, automotive and agriculture.
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.
Visitors to ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 are said to have greatly appreciated the commitment of the German textile machinery industry on the issue of sustainability. On occasion of the region’s leading textile machinery exhibition from 12th to 16th June in Shanghai, the VDMA Textile Machinery Association presented its sustainability initiative Blue Competence for the first time in the Asian market.
METYX Composites organized and hosted its signature event, METYX Third Composites Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, June 4-8, 2012, in conjunction with event sponsors Airex AG, Aksa, Duratek, PPG Fiber Glass, Reinforced Plastics Magazine, Scott Bader, The Turkish Carbon Society, the Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association, and Umeco.
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012, Asia’s leading textile machinery exhibition, which was held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012, ended on a high note for the organisers with record numbers of visitors and exhibitors.
Karl Mayer Malimo has introduced two new working widths for its Wefttronic RS parallel weft insertion machines. A Wefttronic RS in a width of 213 inches was shown at the recent ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai and a 176 inch machine was introduced at the same time.
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’.
The Teijin Group announced today that its three polyester fibre and textile subsidiaries, Teijin Fibers Limited, Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited and Thai Namsiri Intertex Co., Ltd., will participate in the Bangkok International Fashion Fair & Bangkok International Leather Fair 2011 (BIFF & BIL 2012).
Groz Beckert Chairman Thomas Lindner was accorded a special honour on 22 April this year. In his capacity as President of the VDMA (German Engineering Association). Dr. Lindner officially opened the Hanover Fair 2012 with none other than German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China's Minister-President Wen Jiabao and the Mayor of Hanover Stephan Weil.
The 2013 edition of ShanghaiTex aims to pioneer the transformation and upgrading of the Chinese textiles industry by bringing a full array of textile products, machinery and technology from China and all over the world under one roof.
The Russian government is investing more than USD$20 million in the implementation of a major project, regarding with the design and further launch of production of innovative textile fabrics.
According to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the project involves the participation of about major 10 Russian research institutes, which will provide their latest developments in the field of production of innovative textile fabrics.
ITMA, the world’s most established textile and garment machinery exhibition, will put the spotlight on innovations that promote sustainability for its 17th presentation in Milan, Italy, in 2015. A trendsetting showcase of exciting innovations since 1951, the theme chosen for the 2015 edition is ‘Master the Art of Sustainable Innovation’.
Teijin 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.
Population figures in Asia are increasing all the time, and are being accompanied in many countries by enormous growth in the nonwovens markets. Here, Groz-Beckert, a company with 1500 different product types, explains how suppliers of mechanically bonded nonwovens can share in the success of nonwovens in Asia.
Future materials in the shape of technical textiles and composites for the mobility sector and lightweight engineering were the major focus in Chemnitz from 8 - 10 May 2012 when more than 1300 visitors attended this year’s combined mtex - LiMA trade fair and symposium.
Around 200 textile research professionals met at the end of May in St Gallen, Switzerland at the international Fiber Society Spring Conference to keep abreast of current trends in research and development in this field.
Hong Kong-listed Fong’s Industries Co. Ltd. (Fong’s) announced today that it has acquired a 100% stake in A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG (Monforts) from German based company L. Possehl Co. & GmbH (Possehl).
By Valérie Lamontagne.
A few weeks ago I attended the annual Smart Fabrics Conference 2012 held in Miami, Florida. This industry-focused event brings together owners, players, entrepreneurs and developers from various textile-based R&D fields interested in intelligent embedded technological applications.
A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG is strengthening its commitment to technical textiles with the appointment of a new Business Development Manager to expand its product portfolio for this growth market. Monforts has appointed Jürgen Hanel as the new Business Development Manager, strengthening its commitment to technical textile applications.
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.
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.
The 51st Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress will take place from 19 – 21 September 2012 in Dornbirn in the Vorarlberg region of Austria, where over 700 delegates from more than 30 countries will meet to discuss the future of the man-made fibres industry.
Around 1300 exhibitors from 28 countries are gearing up to showcase their latest technologies at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 as the countdown for the third combined show begins.
The five-day exhibition will open on 12 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) and is expected to draw strong response from Asian buyers, especially Chinese visitors from major textile manufacturing making hubs in the country.
At the recent EDANA Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium in Istanbul, the importance of conventional textile manufacturing to Turkey was underlined, in addition to the growing role of nonwovens in increasing trade with neighbouring countries.
The first edition of Texprocess Americas took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Techtextil North America and aimed to create a synergy making the largest and best technical textiles, textile machinery, nonwovens, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
The ninth edition of Techtextil North America, now incorporating ATME-I, took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Texprocess Americas which resulted in a dynamic synergy creating the largest and best technical textiles, nonwovens, textile machinery, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
The Switzerland based International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its State of Trade Report for the 4th Quarter of 2011. The organisation reports that estimates for Global Yarn and Fabric Output in Q1/2012 are negative but that the outlook for Q2/2012 is positive.
The long awaited relaunch of the leading free content website for the knitting and hosiery industries is here at last.
Innovation in Textiles’ relaunched sister site Knitting Industry (www.knittingindustry.com ) went live on Wednesday afternoon offering readers even greater benefits than before.
After a sharp reduction in global shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 and 2009, as a result of the global financial and economic crisis in 2008/2009, deliveries of new textile machinery surged in 2010 and even stronger in 2011, in most cases to new record highs.
The global sporting goods market—including sports apparel, athletic footwear, and sports equipment—is on track to reach sales of $ 303 billion US by 2015 (according to a report by Global Industry Analysts), with a growth curve outperforming that of total retail in both the UK and the US; and is expanding even more rapidly in the newly-affluent, youth-driven markets of emerging economies. While brand, heritage and style trends contribute to the sales of athletic apparel and equipment, the sporting goods market also relies heavily upon technology as a marketing tool.
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 international trade show OutDoor is strengthening its roots at Messe Friedrichshafen. A new contract with the European Outdoor Group, the European industry association, ensures that Friedrichshafen will continue to host the meeting of the world’s OutDoor industry through 2013 and for the years to follow.
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.
Naturally Advanced Technologies (NAT) which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fibre made from flax and other bast fibres, has entered a joint development agreement with leading cellulosic manmade fibres producer Lenzing. The agreement calls for the companies to evaluate the blending of CRAiLAR Flax fibres with Tencel (Lyocell) and Lenzing Modal.
Dr. Sam Moore of Hohenstein Institute America will present interim findings from a long term study of the effects of nano silver particles on the environment. The presentation will be made at the joint conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and the Southern Textile Research Conference (STRC) to be held May 20-22, 2012 at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawley’s Island, SC.
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.
Leading Israeli Nylon 6.6 producer Nilit announced today that its innovative patent pending Nilit Breeze speciality yarn is available as a performance fibre for sportswear, hosiery, underwear, shapewear, socks, outerwear and workwear.
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.
Specialty chemicals supplier Clariant and Swiss textiles innovator Schoeller have worked with USA based sports performance brand Under Armour to develop its latest coldblack sportswear collection which offers advanced UV protection and reflection. The new collection was launched in March 2012 and is said to be creating a sensation in the US sports market.
The tenth edition of Techtextil North America TTNA), the leading trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, will take place from 19-21 March 2013 at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
Teijin has announced plans to establish Teijin Product Development China Co., Ltd. in August this year to conduct fibre and textile product research and development in Nantong, Jiangsu Province commencing April 2013. The move will enhance the Teijin group’s R&D functions in China and enable collaborative development with local partners to respond quickly to business opportunities in the fast-growing market.
Leading Italian warp knitter Eurojersey has introduced a new range of ‘intelligent’ cosmetic textiles under its patented Sensitive Fabrics brand.
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.
The specialist trade fair Composites Europe and the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) are to further strengthen their cooperation with an international conference programme to continuing education on the web.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc.(NAT), which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fibre made from flax and other bast fibres, announced key developments this week toward advancing its first full phase of production in order to supply its CRAiLAR fibre to global partners.
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.
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.
Researchers in New Zealand say they have found that nine months is all that it takes for merino wool garments to biodegrade when buried in soil. The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) carried out research where two sets of trials compared the biodegradation behaviour of knitted merino and polyester fabrics when buried in soil.
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.
Having secured significant additional finance in the past few weeks, Alexium now has a clear roadmap for accelerating the industry take-up of its potentially groundbreaking new flame retardant and oil and water repellent nylon treatment.
Italian circular knitting machine builder Santoni and its sister company Lonati, the world’s leading hosiery machinery manufacturer, are heading to Moscow this month. The two Brescia based companies will be exhibiting at technical textiles exhibition Techtextil Russia and textile machinery show Inlegmash, which are taking place at Moscow’s Expocenter-Pavilion Forum from 12-14 March (booths FD90 and FD120).
German knitting machine manufacturer Harry Lucas has launched a range of new knitting machinery developments for 2012. Following a successful ITMA in September last year, the company has upgraded a number of its models and introduced new variants to meet customer demands.
Ever since the media began discussing the amount of water needed to produce a pair of jeans, the image of an entire industry line has suffered. And unjustly! In fact, the textile industry is very committed to the protection of the environment, and so is the textile care sector.
Lycra fibre and innovations from Invista are positioned to play a prominent role in the spring and summer ready-to-wear fashions for 2013. Invista’s apparel experts have identified four focus areas for the next generation of ready-to-wear styles. A diverse selection of Lycra fibre innovations are specifically prepared to meet the performance demands of these anticipated developments.
For the past three years, Assistant Professor and Fashion Design Program Director Genevieve Dion of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design has focused her research on identifying production methods that advance the field of wearable technology.
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.
Sportswear and sports shoe giant Nike Inc. has announced the launch of a revolutionary new running shoe which uses state-of-the-art integral knitting techniques to create a one piece upper which is virtually seamless. The Nike Flyknit upper is engineered for precision fit and aims to create the feeling of a second skin for runners.
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.
Leading manufacturer of warp knitted seamless (WKS) garments Cifra, which has recently signed a collaboration agreement with circular seamless giant Tefron, exhibited at ISPO in Munich last month for the first time, claiming the show was a resounding success. Cifra says buyers were actually queuing to get on to the company’s booth at the 17 hall, 80,000 visitor sportswear and sports equipment show.
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.
Canada’s Trimera Group has announced the launch of its brand new Catalyst I warp and weft knit seamless knitting development and production centre in Montreal in March 2012.
It would be difficult to find a more enjoyable trade fair than winter ISPO in Munich, where some 80,000 industry professionals and over 2300 exhibitors converged from 29 January to 1 February, in 17 halls filled with the best the outdoor industry has to offer. The crowd was young and enthusiastic, a mix of laid-back shredders, techno-geeks and eco-enthusiasts anxious to share the latest in cool gear for the slopes.
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.
Nike announced this morning that it has entered into a strategic partnership with DyeCoo Textile Systems B.V., a Netherlands-based company that has developed and built the first commercially available waterless textile dyeing machines. By using recycled carbon dioxide, DyeCoo's technology eliminates the use of water in the textile dyeing process. The name DyeCoo was inspired by the process of ‘dyeing’ with ‘CO2.’
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.
YKK launched a revolutionary new zipper concept at ISPO Munich 2012 last week called Ultra Light Zipper, which is being developed to answer the ongoing lightweight trend in sports and outdoor apparel.
Hologenix, manufacturer of Celliant, a responsive textile technology for apparel, bedding and veterinary products, has announced the formation of a Science Advisory Board.
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.
Innovative Italian warp knitter Sitip launched its latest collections of high quality technical fabrics in fashion colours for performance active wear and swimwear at last weekend’s ISPO in Munich.
According to Schoeller Technologies, the efficacy its energear textile technology has been confirmed in an innovative test process at the Hohenstein Institute. The Swiss company also says that the technology has received positive feedback from German Olympian equestrian Bettina Hoy and her horses. energear is a new textile technology from Schoeller that is said to ensure that the energy radiated by the body is returned to it.
P2i was promoting its ion-mask technology at the ISPO Munich show last weekend (29 January - 1 February 2012).
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.
Dow Corning brand Deflexion, a leading silicone-based products company, has announced the launch of its new insole material for footwear, a patented silicone-based impact protection fabric. Deflexion can now be incorporated into a variety of footwear to effectively distribute and reduce peak plantar pressures providing comfort and cushioning in a thin and lightweight form.
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.
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.
Sustainability is the
mega-trend of our time. The range of sustainable products and services is
constantly on the rise. However, the concept of sustainability cannot be viewed
in isolation but demands a holistic approach: it is not a case of "either ... or"
but rather "both ... and".
Sustainability, as we understand it today, means the use of
resources to meet our needs without depleti
In a sensational deal
announced today, two of the world's market leading manufacturers of knitted seamless
apparel are to collaborate to produce a new line of unique lingerie,
bodyshapers, posture garments and sportswear products based on seamless warp
Israel's Tefron Ltd, a leader in circular seamless garment
production and Italy's Cifra SpA, a design led pioneer in warp knitted seamless
production, announced today that they have signe
Lycra brand owner Invista, set new textile technology
standards in high-performance active wear and outdoor apparel standards when it
initially launched its Lycra Sport fabric certification program two years ago. The company is now expanding the range by introducing
two additional tiers of performance standards focused specifically on the
fast-growing compression and shaping categories within sports apparel
categories: Lycra Sport Energy fabric and Lycra Sport Beauty fa
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
According to local media reports, Devold of Norway, a
leading outdoor brand and producer of knitted products, is planning to set up a
new factory in Lithuania which has already been its main production base since
the late 1990s.
Norwegian owned Devold, together with two Lithuanian food
co-operatives will become the first investors in the Panevezys industrial park
in central Lithuania, news2biz.com reports. The three companies are said to be
planning to invest a total
Polyester producer Teijin Fibers is supplying its
high-strength polyester Nanofront nanofibre for use in running socks made by
New Balance. Frictional force, one of the noteworthy properties of Nanofront,
creates outstanding slip resistance to help prevent the sock from sliding
inside a shoe, thereby reducing blisters and shoe sores. Nanofront also boasts
high absorbency for added comfort.
The socks are being marketed by New Balance Japan and sold
in its own shops in Toky
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
Lycra brand owner Invista has announced changes to its
global spandex business. In a statement this afternoon Invista Apparel
President Dave Trerotola announced changes to the global organisational
structure which the company says will foster innovation and enhance service.
Invista's spandex business has created a new western region
and eastern region to serve its global base of customers. The western region,
led by Max Wiesendanger, merges the company's Europe, Middle Eas
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
Invista has announced that its Lycra fibre has been chosen
by Speedo for the revolutionary FASTSKIN³ swimsuit collection unveiled on 30th
November 2011, during an exclusive global launch.
"With a heritage spanning more than 35 years of helping
swimwear fabrics provide exceptional fit, form and function for the water, the
Lycra fibre brand has a natural alliance with the world of swimming, and Invista
has a long history of providing Speedo with its premium fibres," Inv
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
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. "
Despite the current global economic slowdown, the world's leading
textile machinery manufacturers are said to be still strongly attracted to the prospects
offered by China, the world's largest textile producer. This can be seen from
the overwhelming response received by the combined textile machinery show, ITMA
ASIA + CITME 2012, which will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo
Centre from 12 to 16 June 2012, organisers say.
At the close of space application,
The Fifth Wearable Technologies Conference will take place
alongside the ISPO sports show in Munich, Germany, on January 30, 2012.
The conference will focus on key areas in which wearable
electronics and smart textiles are rapidly emerging, including sports,
smartphones and consumer gadgets and therapy and medical, while at the same
time introducing a range of new innovations.
Showcases from established companies will include the
wearable diabetes management system developed by
According to Duofold by Champion, a HanesBrand brand, more
than 20 million Americans participate in snow sports from Nordic skiing to
snowboarding, and ski professionals say that most first-time skiers will be
cold when hitting the slopes this winter.
More than 75% of ski pros said that the majority of new
skiers do not dress appropriately for the weather conditions with the most
common mistake being not layering properly, according to a recent survey of
Polyester fibres producer Teijin Fibers has developed a unique
polyester fibre with a distinctive, highly modified cross-section with eight
projections aligned in a radial pattern around a hollow fibre.
The new fibre, named Octa after its octopus-like appearance,
is said to offer rapid sweat absorption and drying, low weight, heat
shielding/insulation and useful bulkiness. Octa will be marketed from April
2012 for next-to-skin applications such as underwear and sportswe
America continues to lead the development of green innovations with its new
Viledon Hydrotexx ECO, a green nonwoven filtration media made with
Post-Consumer Recycle (PCR) polyester.
The group's Freudenberg Filtration Technologies worked with
its customer Meissner Manufacturing, who manufactures the Unicel brand and is
one of the largest North American producers of replacement cartridges for the
pool and spa market.
The Unicel team initiated i
Italian vertical fabrics producer Pontetorto has introduced a
new range of functional weft knitted fabrics which work with the skin's natural
process of moisture evaporation to offer dynamic comfort. The Dryfast Adaptive range
is on show at Performance Days, the functional fabrics road show which is being
held this week in Munich, Germany and in Annecy, France.
Known for its high performance fleece fabrics, Pontetorto
designed Dryfast Adaptive observing that the body con
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
Leading Italian warp and circular knitted fabric
manufacturers Carvico and Jersey Lomellina, both Carvico Group companies, have
launched a new eco initiative - Life Cycle Control (LCC) project - at Mare Di
Moda/ Intimo Di Moda which opened here this morning.
In a joint statement issued today the two companies said
that the LCC project aims ‘to help them consolidate their role as pioneers in
the mission of finding new production and distribution processes which, thanks
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
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
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
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
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
Israel based Nylon 6.6 producer Nilit has announced it will be showing its innovative yarn range, including the company's novel Innergy yarn at the forthcoming Intertextile Shanghai 2011 trade fair. At the show, Nilit will also showcase the Nilit BodyFashion Trendbook for Spring/Summer 2013.
Intertextile Shanghai is a leading international trade fair for apparel fabrics and accessories held yearly in China. It
RITE Group Conference seeks paradigm shift through traceability
17 October 2011
Debra Cobb reports from London
How can the apparel textile industry link together its diverse efforts toward sustainability in a way that is meaningful to the brand, retailer and consumer? Can a system of supply chain traceability help reduce "greenwashing" and convince consumers to care about the provenance of what they wear?
"Supply Chain Traceability and Metrics" was the focus of the 5th annual RITE Group Conferen
Specialist German producer of circular knitting machines for medical stockings Merz launched a new four feed machine with reciprocating heel and toe movement at last month's ITMA.
The Merz CC4 II replaces the company's tried and tested CC4 MED model for the production of medical compression stockings in classes I to III. The four feed CC4 II high-efficiency circular knitting machine is also suitable for the
CIRFS, the Brussels based European Man‐made Fibres Association has published its latest statistical report on developments in the global man‐made fibres industry. The report, ‘Information on Man‐made Fibres' is the 47th edition of this valuable summary of the dynamic and growing man-made fibres industry.
It brings together data on the production of acrylic, cellulosic, polyamide, polyester, polypropylene, wool and cotto
India's technical textiles industry is expected to grow to a value of Rs 1,58,000 crore by 2017, a senior government official said at the opening of Techtextil India 2011 in Mumbai, Moneycontrol reports.
"The technical textiles industry is forecast to grow at Rs 1,58,000 crore by 2016-17, with a projected growth of 20%. The industry has grown to Rs 63,000 crore in 2011-12 from Rs 41,000 crore in 2010-11, which is 11%
Adrian Wilson in Barcelona
Without a doubt, savings in energy, water and raw materials were the key drivers for the machine and process innovations on show at this year's ITMA in Barcelona.
ACIMIT and the VDMA - as the respective textile machinery trade associations for Italy and Germany - were by no means unique in emphasising the ability of their member companies to develop processes and technologies that provide a low environmental impact.
ACIMIT launched its
As ITMA opens here today, Germany's VDMA Textile Machinery Association has announced the launch of a new internet portal for the global textiles industry www.machines-for-textiles.com . The machine builders association says the portal will be a useful tool for textile manufacturers who want to get quick and easy access to information on German technology.
Who produces machines for tailored fibre placement? Who offers machin
India's Ministry of Textiles has granted Rs 24.5 crore (US$5.1 million) to the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) to set up a research centre to develop sports related textile technologies.
According to a recent report in the Economic Times, The National Centre of Excellence (NCE) in Sportech will run with industrial partners, including Reliance Industries Ltd, Kemrock Industries (Vadodara) and Kusumgar Associates
Invista, owner of the Lycra brand has developed a range of garments using its Lycra Sport technology, with Canterbury of New Zealand, which it says will athletes perform at their best.
By using Lycra Sport as an integral ingredient in their graduated compression garments, Canterbury has produced sportswear that supports Rugby World Cup athletes and sportsmen and women across the world, as they train, compete and recover.
Austrian premium brand Löffler, known for its innovative sportswear with strong design and optimum comfort is highlighting ‘Transtex light' a fabric made from polypropylene and elastane by creora in its summer collection.
The extremely light, single-layered Transtex light fabric is an innovation made by Löffler which is said to guarantee fast moisture transportation.
Löffler says it uses the functional fibre pol
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
Lenzing has announced it has successfully completed its capacity expansion drive initiated three years ago at its fibre production facility located in Heiligenkreuz in the Burgenland region of Austria.
Production capacity of the cellulose fibre Tencel has been increased incrementally by 25,000 tons to today's 60,000 tons. A total of Euros 60 million has been invested at the Heiligenkreuz site and the total number of e
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
"When the sun shines, thousands of enthusiastic cyclists take to their bikes - In the city, on the roads or in forests and mountains they are cycling for all they are worth and increasingly, they are being accompanied by coldblack double sun protection." These are the words of coldblack fabric technology developer, Austrian textile innovator Schoeller Technologies.
Coldblack is said to alter the heat man
Santini, a leading Bergamo, Italy based producer of technical cycling sportswear, has launched a new exclusive range of socks called Mirai which are produced with Filature Miroglio's Newlife eco-high tech yarns. Santini says this is an exclusive and cutting edge project that combines stylish design and the Newlife revolutionary recycled material to create a high quality, eco-friendly product.
Newlife is the product o
The western Indian state of Maharashtra is to get its first technical textiles park at Ichalkaranji off Kolhapur in the state's western region. According to a report in the Business Standard yesterday the project involves an investment of Rs 110 crore, Rs 50 crore of which will come from central and local government subsidy.
The balance of Rs 60 crore will be raised through members' contributions, loans and subsidie
According to a report in India's Economic Times yesterday the country's technical textiles industry is projected to grow to Rs.1.4 trillion ($31.4 billion) by 2016-17, with healthcare and infrastructure sectors accounting for a major chunk of the consumption.
The report quotes from a FICCI-Wazir Advisors-Ernst & Young Knowledge joint paper published last Thursday which also said that the tec
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
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
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
UK based Xennia Technology, a leading industrial inkjet solutions provider, will be demonstrating its range of inkjet printers and inks for digital textile decoration at ITMA, the International Exhibition of Textile Machinery, in Barcelona on 22-29 September 2011.
"Xennia's unique range of digital textile printing systems and inks offers compelling benefits to textile brands and production companies, including
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
According to organisers, the success of OutDoor 2011 has generated a lot of buzz in the international outdoor industry. The 18th edition of the trade show set records across the board, with 21,520 visitors (+5%) and 1012 media representatives (+10%) from around the world coming together with 890 exhibitors (+3%).
"There is a vitality and character to the fair that is unique and we combine all the elements that make the out
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
Garnett Controls Ltd (UK) is launching its new generation retrofit control systems for textile machinery aimed at replacing traditional inefficient drive systems with economic, easy to use, and expandable systems.
Utilising the latest in touch screen technology which Garnett pioneered in the retrofit carding sector, the new range of panels are targeted at the company's principal area of activity, carding, spinning and nonwovens,
According to show owner CEMATEX, visitors to ITMA 2011 can look forward to knowledge-sharing, cross-fertilisation of ideas and more collaborative interactions with some of the world's leading textile researchers and educators.
A total of 46 institutions have applied to take part in the Research & Education (R&E) pavilion, making it a key highlight at this year's ITMA exhibition which will be held at the F
By David L. Chandler, MIT
New MIT-developed materials are making it possible to produce photovoltaic cells on paper or fabric, nearly as simply as printing a document.
The sheet of paper looks like any other document that might have just come spitting out of an office printer, with an array of coloured rectangles printed over much of its surface. But then a researcher picks it up, clips a couple of wires to one end,
International Newsletters has announced that the keynote speaker for TCL2011, the must-attend conference on Textile Coating and Laminating which is to be held in Orlando, FL, USA on 17-18 November 2011 will be Michèle Joris Sioen, Managing Director/CEO, Sioen Industries NV, Belgium. The talk will be entitled ‘Innovation - the partner to technical textiles.'
The program, which has been assembled by Bill Smith of Industrial Texti
Following the recent launch from Schoeller Textil AG, the company's energear technology will now be available commencing summer 2011 under licence from group company Schoeller Technologies.
energear is a recently launched novel textile technology from the Austrian textile innovator, that is said to ensure that the wearer's energy is reflected back to the body bringing health and fitness benefits. A print version (paste
Italy's Santoni, a Lonati Group company, has announced its latest machinery innovations for ITMA 2011 in Barcelona, including two versions of its Atlas single jersey circular knitting machine in the unprecedented ultra fine gauges of 80 and 90.
The Atlas has been available until recently in ultra fine gauges such as 50 and 60 (needles per inch) but according to Santoni, with its "special and diversely
Last Thursday (7 July) saw the official opening of the Open Innovation Center Advanced Materials (OICAM) in Nijverdal, the Netherlands. The new innovation centre is a network of companies and knowledge institutions inside and outside of the Netherlands' province of Overijssel that focuses on sharing knowledge, research and development concerning high-grade materials and materials technology.
The centre was opened by Dr T
Leading manufacturer of warp knitting and warp preparation machines, Karl Mayer will be presenting at this year's ITMA 2011 exhibition for the first time with all of the company's business units on the same 1400 square metre exhibition stand.
"Visitors will have the opportunity to see machines which will be demonstrating all their capabilities for producing completely new textile materials, and all of them have an impressive, excep
DyStar says it is continuing to move ahead of expectations in spite of difficult market conditions as it returns to profitability. Overall sales revenue increased by approximately 15% over the same period last year.
"We wouldn't have achieved such good progress without the continuous and dedicated efforts from our employees or the strong support from our shareholders," commented Steve Barron, CEO of the DyStar Group.
"And we have made a number of chang
Organisers of the ITMA 2011 textile machinery exhibition are extending the area dedicated to fibres and yarns at this year's show due to what they call overwhelming demand.
Debuting at the show's 60th anniversary, the fibres and yarns section was due to occupy the whole of Hall 4. However, due to strong demand from fibres and yarns producers, an additional area in Hall 5 has been allocated.
Visitors to ITMA 2011 at the Fira de Ba
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The 7th edition of the Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles" (ATNT 2011) international conference is to take place in Coimbatore, India from 15-17 December 2011.
The ATNT conference originated in 2004 through the efforts of Lubbock-USA based Texas Tech University and has grown in significance over the years and attracts over 200 people from many parts of the world.
This year's event will be held
FibeRio Technology Corporation has announced it has been selected by the editors of R&D Magazine as a winner of the 49th Annual R&D 100 Awards. The accolade recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.
FibeRio's rapid development and launch of the Cyclone L-1000 product line incorporating Forcespinning technology for nanofibre pr
Performance Fibers, a specialist manufacturer of industrial polyester fibres and fabrics with operations in The Americas, Europe and Asia, showed just some of its extensive product range at the recent Techtextil in Frankfurt. The USA based company, which is owned by Sun Capital, serves some of the world's largest and most critical markets, including energy, transportation and safety.
Developing next-generation t
Theme day: Intelligent textiles for physical training, therapy and safety
Readers wanting to learn more about intelligent textiles that can:
Integrate physical training into everyday life
Increase safety at festivals
Can sign up for this theme day in the interest group for intelligent textiles. According to the organisers, attendees will gain insight into the latest breakthroughs within IT-enhanced textiles and get the opportunity to meet other comp
Italian narrow fabrics machine builder Comez will take part at this year's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona with important innovations including new and renewed machine models. The Italian company says it will highlight the excellence of its technology from its broad range of machinery for the production of narrow fabrics.
The company's exhibit of mechanical and electronic models of crochet knitting machines, a technology in which Comez is world leader, have been developed for man
ITMA 2011 is focused on innovation driving the business, with cutting-edge solutions for the entire textile value chain. Huntsman Textile Effects has announced it will showcase recent innovation delivering real value to mills, brands, retailers and consumers in terms of performance and total process cost reduction.
"Sustainability is a key topic today and Huntsman continues to commit significant resources to developing technologies and products with lower environmental im
Polyester fibre and fabrics producer Teijin Fibers announced today that it has developed a new stain-resistant polyester fabric that offers, both water absorption to eliminate stickiness and oil repellence to resist oil-based soiling.
According to Teijin, the key to the breakthrough was the company's leveraging of proprietary fibre processing and nanotechnologies to succeed in covering the fibre surface with a 100-nanometer coating that consists of separate hydrophilic and oi
Germany's VDMA -Textile Machinery Association is organising a series of one day conference and exhibitions called ‘German Technology for the Chinese Technical Textile Industry', which will take place from 5 to 9 March 2012 in Jinan, Hangzhou and Guanzhou.
Sixteen well-known companies from Germany will present their innovative technologies and solutions for the production of technical fibres and yarns, technical fabrics
Leading warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer has unveiled its new RD 7/2-12 EL double needle bar raschel machine here at ShanghaiTex. The machine is the German company's latest offering in the spacer fabric field and is suitable for the production of 3D knitted spacer fabrics for shoes, linings, orthopaedic bandages and supports, mattress covers, automotive interiors and furniture applications.
The ninth edition of Techtextil North America Symposium will be held from 24-26 April 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in at Atlanta, GA.
"We are pleased to announce that in 2012, ATME-I (American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International) will be incorporated into Techtextil North America. Also in 2012, Texprocess Americas (formerly SPESA Expo) will co-locate with Techtextil North America in adjacent halls providing tremendous value for textile and sewn pro
The third ITMA ASIA + CITME combined exhibition is expected to draw positive response from leading textile machinery manufacturers as the Chinese textile industry continues to expand. The show will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012.
According to its owners, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), China Textile Machi
Huntsman Textile Effects has announced the appointment of Mr. Kent E. Kvaal as the new Vice President of its Business Specialty Textiles Unit.
"Kent E. Kvaal is based at the Textile Effects headquarters in Singapore, and as Global Vice President of Specialty Textiles, he will continue to drive this important business unit internationally," a company spokesperson said.
"Specialty Textiles is dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions to a demanding set of markets in
Techtextil, the world's primary event for generating business between manufacturers and users of technical textiles and nonwovens has extended its industry leading position with more than 24,500 visitors from 96 countries attending last month's Techtextil 2011 in Frankfurt. Visitors saw a host of innovations presented by 1207 exhibitors from 50 countries.
"This is a great success from both the national and internati
High-tech Belgian monofilaments producer Luxilon Industries NV has developed an award winning cooling monofilament yarn which can cause the surface of fabrics to cool by up to 3.7°C. Luxicool was developed in conjunction with French knitted fabrics producer Sofileta SAS and was awarded an Avantex Innovation Prize in the Comfort + Function category for ‘Luxicool Performing Yarn in Sofileta Cooling Fabrics.'
Luxicool is a patented and trade mark registered cooling monofilam
"Imagine plugging a USB port into a sheet of paper, and turning it into a tablet computer." It might be a stretch, but ideas like this have researchers at North Carolina State University examining the use of conductive nanocoatings on simple textiles - like woven cotton or even a sheet of paper.
"Normally, conductive nanocoatings are applied to inorganic materials like silicon. If we can find a way to apply them to textiles - cheap, flexible materials with a contorted
Now a privately owned business following the ending of its contract with England's North West Development Agency, technical textiles cluster organisation NWtexnet held a breakfast briefing session for the region's industry on Wednesday June 1st 2011 in Bolton.
Professor Richard Horrocks, Chairman, announced a number of new initiatives around research and development (R&D) at the Industry Forum* event held at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, which was attended by o
Outlast, the pioneer and market leader in temperature regulation phase change materials (PCM) impressed the international jury of Techtextil last month winning the Techtextil Innovation Prize 2011 in the New Materials category for the development of the world's first heat managing polyester fibre with PCM. To date Outlast's phase change materials have been available in textile fibres such as viscose and acrylic but not polyester.
The Innovation Prize aims to bring the lat
The East Midlands' materials hub project (MATHUB) is running a seminar aimed at all companies and individuals who have an interest in Smart and Sensory Materials with built in technology. Key speakers are leading textile academics Professor Tilak Dias of Nottingham Trent University and Dr John Williams of Leicester's De Montfort University.
"This exciting field of development has brought the traditional knitted structure a new lease of life. An interdisciplinary app
Interview with the President of the French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association
The French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association (UCMTF) President, Bruno Ameline and the Secretary General, Evelyne Cholet, report on the present state and the perspectives of their member companies. These are 35, mostly SME's but leaders or among the world leaders on niche markets and specific applications. Their total annual turnover is around 1 billion Euros (1.4 billion USD), most
Adrian Wilson reports from Techtextil in Frankfurt
One thing I noticed at this year's Techtextil was a considerable rise in both exhibitors and visitors from Russia, compared to the last show two years ago.
There are no figures available from show organiser Messe Frankfurt to confirm this as yet, but there are many signs that the economy in Russia is currently very favourable for major technical textile markets - if only anyone quite knew how to get in.
Take the autom
Swiss flat knitting machine builder Steiger was exhibiting for the first time last week at Techtextil, the leading German show owned by Messe Frankfurt which focuses on technical textiles.
Steiger, which is now owned by giant Chinese flat knitting machine builder Ningbo Yuren Knitting Machine Co. Ltd (Cixing brand), has always sold machines into orthopaedic goods and compression hosiery markets, but this was the first time the company had taken a stand at the world's leadi
Following a strong investment boom that reached its peak in 2007, shipments of new textile machinery were in strong decline aggravated by the global financial and economic crisis of 2008/2009. However, in 2010 global shipments of new textile machinery recorded a very strong up-swing.
In comparison with 2009 global shipments of new spinning machinery jumped by +75% (short-staple spindles), +163% (long-staple spindles) and +212% (open-end rotors), texturing spindles by +132%,
Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, opened its doors on Tuesday in Frankfurt and closed yesterday, counting 24,500 visitors* (2009: 23,902). Over half of the visitors to the show and its Material Vision cutting edge materials exposition are said to have come from outside of Germany, the world's leader in technical textiles.
The mood at Techtextil 2011 was extremely good with the main halls ‘buzzi
Invista, one of the world’s largest integrated producers of
polymers and fibres, is investing more than US$100 million in a new Lycra fibre
production plant in Brazil. Construction for the expansion project will begin
immediately, with an expected opening in late 2012.
“Brazil is a growing market for our business and our
customers,” said David Trerotola, president of Invista Apparel. “As the only
spandex producer currently in Brazil, Invista’s presence plays an
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
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
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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The Performance Forum
“To say that the Performance Forum at Performance Days is
unique is no exaggeration,” says show organiser Weichert Agencies.
Season by season, designer Alexa Dehmel sets up nine tables
plus the Innovation Tower, where she presents the exhibitors’ most important
fabric trends and innovations sorted by topic. Performance Days also provides
the quintessentials of these trends in advance to registered guests via a
mailing, which the organ
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
Bill Mills, an experienced UK based textiles specialist, has
moved on from NWtexnet the UK regional development agency funded support
organisation, to set up his own textiles and business support consultancy.
Using his global contacts and over 20 years experience in
the textiles industry, Bill will now be offering the following services in
conjunction with his partners and associates:
A full range of fabric and garment sourcing through
Pakistan, China and Viet
RadiciSpandex Corp., a U.S. RadiciGroup company engaged in
the production of RadElast spandex, is developing the world’s first
eco-friendly elastane using a 100% renewably sourced material (biopolymer).
“The innovative product line will be the world’s first
spandex consisting of 80% biomaterial made from a 100% renewable source (corn),
as opposed to propylene, an oil derivative,” a statement from the company said
According to RadiciSpandex, not only
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
Invista will be showcasing its performance-driven Lycra
Sport fabrics as well as Lycra T400 fibre at the Performance Days Show at MTC
world of fashion in Munich on 16 and 17 May 2011. Performance Days specialises in
presenting functional fabrics and accessories for the sportswear and workwear markets.
Lycra Sport fabric and Lycra T400 fibre will take centre
stage on Invista’s Performance Days stand with a collection of the latest
fabrics from leading mills worldwide as w
A recent study performed by the LATT laboratory in Biella,
Italy is said to have shown that Aquafil Spa’s Dryarn, an innovative polypropylene
micro fibre designed for high performance materials for underwear, sportswear and
special technical applications even under extreme conditions, is superior to
the other fibres analysed in terms of thermo-regulation, breathability and
Turin Polytechnic's Department for Materials Science and
Chemical Engineering and the
Debra Cobb reports from the 7th Smart Fabrics Conference
7th Annual Smart Fabrics Conference, held April 4 – 6 at London’s
Russell Hotel, covered an array of new technologies and applications focused on
making our lives easier, safer, healthier and more comfortable through the
textiles we wear and use every day. Speaking at the conference, wrtier/editor
Adrian Wilson defined Smart Fabrics as “fibre-based structures that can react
to stimuli,” integrating electro
India’s government owned National Textiles Corporation (NTC)
has announced it will invest Rupees 4.25 billion in a technical textiles joint
venture to meet the fast growing demand in healthcare and infrastructure sectors,
according to a report in The Hindu.
“We plan to diversify into technical textiles space. This is
an emerging sector. We will rope in a global firm that will provide technology
to the venture and help to market the produce,” the NTC Chairman and Ma
The sixth Performance Days trade fair-roadshow is set to
kick off in May this year and following the steady growth in the number of
visitors to previous shows and an increase of more than 60% in November 2010,
the show has its sights set on topping the 1000-guest mark this year.
The sixth Performance Days road show for functional fabrics will
take place in the French city of Annecy on 12-13 May 2011 and in Munich on
16-17 May. Organisers say the trade fair- ro
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
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
Following the resounding success of breathable functional
textiles for sport and leisure wear, the development of fabrics for these purposes
is said to be entering a new phase. Experts at the internationally renowned
textile research centre, the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany, have
analysed the heat and moisture management specifications for fabrics worn on
different parts of the human body and in a process called ‘body mapping with
comfort zones’ or
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The French textile machinery manufacturers group, which
considers itself as part of the technical textiles industry, is all set to
welcome technical textiles and nonwovens producers at Techtextil in Frankfurt
from 24-26 May this year.
“We understand the unique needs of the technical textiles
producers and the importance of providing them tailored solutions to address
their specific requirements. Our main objectives are to help them design new
marketable products and produ
The North America Nonwovens Industry Outlook 2010-2015 has
recently been published by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.
The comprehensive report is the result of extensive interviews combined with
market and production information provided by suppliers and converters, and covers
various aspects of nonwovens production and consumption in North America. According
to INDA the report is a unique forecasting and strategic planning tool for
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT) has agreed to a
ten-year CRAiLAR fibre supply agreement with Hanesbrands Inc. that will
commercialize NAT's proprietary flax fibres. Terms of the agreement were
undisclosed. The deal represents NAT's initial commercialization agreement for
CRAiLAR and establishes the foundation for continued adoption of its
proprietary flax-based fibre.
The all-natural CRAiLAR process is said to be the first to
The words ‘Swiss Made’ are a highly regarded mark of origin,
not only for watches, chocolate and precision tools, but also for textile
industry products. A fine example in textiles is Hermann Bühler AG, which
produces top-quality, super-fine yarns in Supima cotton and Micro Modal on
48,000 spindles at its site in Winterthur, Switzerland and a further 32,000 spindles
at a subsidiary factory in Jefferson, Georgia, USA.
Many of the Bühler yarn brands,
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
"Why re-invent the wheel? " - says high-tech textiles company Schoeller Technologies AG. The dynamic Swiss textiles company, which licences and markets successful new textile technologies developed by its parent company Schoeller Textil, says it can offer readymade solutions to a myriad of companies in a diverse range of industries.
According to Schoeller, recent developments such as its NanoSphere technology for example, have found their way into the harness and webbing i
The event aims to bring close to 250 textile industry professionals
to the city for an experience that will stretch the imagination, providing
insights into future industry, retail and consumer trends as well as a unique
The company will use the two-day forum to introduce its
international clients to the new features of its best-known brand, Lycra fibre
and the event will also offer attendees a privileged overview of industry
trends for the next five
Leading manufacturer of machines and ranges for the dyeing
and finishing of woven and knitted fabrics, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen, is to introduce
its new improved soft coating solution at the leading technical textiles show Techtextil,
which runs from 24-26 May 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany.
The new Eco-applicator is said to eliminate the need for a
wet-on-wet padder ensuring significant energy savings and reduced quantities of
softeners. Using trough and roller te
Corporation – ‘The Force For Nanofibers’ - is introducing its nanofiber
production equipment utilizing Forcespinning Technology to the textiles
industry at the Techtextil Conference in Las Vegas, NV on March 15-17. The
company recently launched their Cyclone L 1000 series laboratory equipment to
enable research and development in forcespun nanofiber enhanced textiles.
Forcespinning is an
award winning technology that utilizes centrifugal
The Netherlands’ DSM Dyneema has formed a partnership with
EuroFibers BV in which Eurofibers becomes a Premium Distribution Partner for
UHMWPE fibre manufactured by DSM Dyneema. The new agreement becomes effective 1
April 2011 and is specific to Scandinavia, Denmark, United Kingdom, Benelux,
France, Italy, Greece and the Iberian Peninsula.
EuroFibers will play an active role in developing new and
servicing existing markets for fibre from DSM Dyneema. It will also offe
According to a recently published report by the ITMF
(International Textile Manufacturers Federation), the strong global recovery in
yarn and fabric production since their lows in the 1st quarter of 2009
continued into the 3rd quarter of 2010. In its State of Trade Report – STR Q3/2010,
the ITMF says that both global yarn and fabric production rose compared to the
2nd quarter of 2010 as well as to 2009’s 3rd quarter.
The report says that output increases in yarns could
IntertechPira has announced that the agenda has been
finalized for its Smart Fabrics 2011 conference. Taking place at the Hotel
Russell in London, UK, from 4-6 April, the conference will feature two full
days of presentation as well as a pre-conference seminar, and is expected to
draw more than 150 participants.
“Smart Fabrics 2011 is a one-of-a-kind global event that
unites the fashion, technology, electronics, research, academia, textile and
Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany,
have recently put an innovative swimsuit with a special surface coating through
its first practical test in the Soleo indoor pool in Heilbronn. A special
coating is said to make the ultra-thin and ultra-lightweight textile material used
in the swimsuit, super-hydrophobic, so that water does not make it wet.
According to the Hohenstein scientists, this means that the air
trapped between the fibres of the f
Preliminary 2010 data drawn up by ACIMIT (the Association of
Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) is said to show that a decisive
recovery is under way for Italy’s textile machinery sector, in the wake of a
2009 which had been marked by a conspicuous drop in production.
In terms of value,
Italy’s textile machinery production recorded an 18% increase on 2009, from 1.9
to 2.3 billion Euros. Exports drew a similarly favourable increase, at +19%,
reaching a value of ju
TenCate Grass has substantially expanded the production
capacity of its most sustainable synthetic turf product, TenCate XP Blade. The
start-up of an additional production line in Dayton (Tennessee, US) will enable
TenCate Grass to meet the sharp increase in global demand for these
wear-resistant synthetic turf fibres.
“ As a result of the strong, structural growing demand for
TenCate XP Blade, existing capacity has already been fully utilized for a
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
As reported on Knitting Industry on 15 February, leading
Seamless knitting machine builder Santoni, showed a highly innovative range of
sportswear at the recent Ispo show in Munich, the leading sportswear event in
Europe. Here, the Italian company’s
marketing manager Patrick Silva explains the Brescia based company’s strategy
with regard to outerwear and in particularl sportswear.
“While Seamless underwear has grown formidably, especially
in China - both in its
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
Mizuno´s new ‘Breath Thermo’
collection, has won a renowned Runner's World ispo-Award 2011, in the ‘Running
Apparel’ category. The award from the world´s biggest running magazine has
three categories, Hardware, Electronic and Textile. Runner’s World presented
the award during German trade show winter ispo 2011 to Hiroshi Sako, Mizuno’s
European Apparel Business Manager.
The Breath Thermo collection consists of garments which heat
up when the body perspi
Leading seamless knitting machine
builder Santoni, a Lonati Group company, showed an interesting glimpse of the
future with a striking range of garments for sportswear and activewear markets
at last week’s Ispo show in Munich.
On show was a range of innovative sportswear and knitwear garments
from Santoni’s latest seamless knitting machines, the SWD 6/2J double needle
bar warp knitting machine and the soon to launch SM8-TR1 and SM6-RIB2 circular
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
Competitive ski mountaineering
has a long tradition in the Alpine region. The thrill of tackling rocks and ice
is said to be attracting more and more followers and the extreme conditions on
high-altitude terrain present enormous challenges for both humans and
With the MT Cross Race Suit, Skinfit – an Austrian clothing
company for aerobic sports– brings its competition-tested triathlon know-how to
bear on mountain sports. The suit is finished off with c
The Outdoor Retailer
Winter Market, a major American trade show held in Salt Lake City, Utah, concluded
on Sunday, 23rd January. Among the participants were prestigious retailers from
the outdoor sports sector (sportswear, equipment, footwear and accessories) and
manufacturers including RadiciGroup, a presenter at the seminar ‘Apparel Costs
Rising: And it’s Not Just Cotton’.
The event, held on Friday, 21st January, was organized by
the American Appar
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
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is
to launch its new MerinoPerform PRO fabric innovation at the ISPO international
sports trade show in Munich, Germany next month.
According to AWI, MerinoPerform PRO is a new knitted fabric
technology made entirely of Merino wool, which uniquely transfers both vapour
and sweat away from the body, enabling the wearer to stay comfortably cool and
dry during exercise.
“Ideal for base-layer garments aimed at low to high activity
– Invista, one of the worlds largest integrated producers of fibres and
polymers, will showcase its latest developments in sports socks at the ISPO outdoor
and sportswear trade show, from 6-9 February 2011, in Munich, Germany. In
addition to this Invista will also present its latest socks trend collection
featuring Lycra fibre, LycraT400 fibre, Lycra Sport socks and Lycra freshFX
Lycra Sport socks
According to Invista, Lycra Sport socks were developed in
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
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
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
TenCate has announced it has reached
a broad agreement with the shareholders of GreenFields, a synthetic turf
designer and marketer, about a capital injection into its business, enabling
TenCate to acquire a majority interest in the company. As a result, GreenFields
will form a major part of the consolidated downstream activities of TenCate in
the synthetic turf market.
GreenFields, based in Genemuiden in the Netherlands, develops
and markets synthetic turf systems di
Teijin Fibers Limited announced
today that it has developed a new polyester fabric that is gentle on the human
skin by stably maintaining its mildly acidic pH level, similar to healthy skin.
Teijin says that it will be the world’s first commercial polyester material to
offer pH control.
Teijin Fibers will begin selling the new fabric in time for
spring/ summer 2012 sportswear and it will also be marketed for general apparel
and other applications. The fabric will be ex
The Hohenstein Institute’s Dr. Andreas Schmidt explains the
fundamentals of clothing and body climate and the objective measurement of comfort.
He then goes on to discuss the birth and the state of the art of functional textiles.
4 January 2011, Bönnigheim - People have always been
interested in the connection between clothing and physical well-being. The
scientific discipline of clothing physiology, on the other hand, which in
Germany has been shaped primarily by the Hohenstein Institute in
4 January 2011, Zurich - The International OEKO-TEX
Association has, as usual at the start of the year, updated its criteria and
limit values for use when testing textiles for harmful substances in accordance
with the OEKO-TEX Standard 100.
“For many years now, the list of criteria has provided
effective protection against undesirable chemical substances and it is used
very successfully by the textile and clothing industry and many retailers and
distributors for quality control in this area,
Today, New Year’s Eve 2010,
Barcelona is the main focus of the international sailing world as it is the
starting point for the Barcelona World Race 2010/11, the second edition of a
double handed non-stop race around the world. Textile technology will be
playing its part in many ways and active>silver technology from Austria’s Schoeller
Technologies will be going along on the 25,000 nautical mile trip on board the
Hugo Boss yacht, one of the most powerful i
23 December 2010, Munich – Leading fibre and polymer
producer Invista, is to continue the global roll-out of its Lycra Sport fabric
performance program by showcasing the innovative fabric brand in conjunction
with its Lycra T400 fibre offering at the ISPO trade show which runs from 6-9
February 2011 in Munich, Germany.
Following successful launches in the United States, Latin
America and Asia, Invista has again chosen ISPO, the first European Sport trade
show of 2011, to highlight the bene
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
VDMA’s Foundation of
the German Textile Machinery Industry has honoured three successful junior
engineers in an award ceremony held as the closing event of the VDMA Textile
Machinery Forum at Groz-Beckert’s headquarters in Albstadt-Ebingen.
executive partner of Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co.
KG and Board member of the Foundation presented the awards. In her celebratory
speech at Groz Beckert’s new Technology and Development Center (TEZ), Brü
The representative bodies for
the European Textile and Clothing Industry, Euratex, and the European Textile
Machinery Manufacturers, Cematex, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for
closer collaboration in research, technological development innovation and industry
The agreement aims to foster stronger collaboration of the
two European industry bodies in fields such as research, technological
development and innovations as well as the promotion of a
The Lenzing Group, world leader
in man-made cellulose fibres, has set its course for the future expansion of
its fibre production capacity. The recently agreed expansion program includes
the construction of the first industrial-scale production plant for Tencel
fibres at the site in Lenzing, Upper Austria, the construction of a fifth viscose
production line at its Indonesian subsidiary PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV),
as well as further capacity expansion measures.
Teijin Fibers Limited, the
core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibres business, announced today
that it will begin full production and marketing of a new plant-based
polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibre in April 2012.
Named Eco Circle PlantFiber, the new product, also available
as a textile fabric, will become Teijin Fibers’ core biomaterial for
applications ranging from apparel, car seats and interiors to personal hygiene
products. Teijin Fibers
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
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
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
New Zealand based merino wool adventure apparel pioneer, has announced the
grand opening of its first store called the Icebreaker TouchLab in Manhattan on
December 1, 2010. The 2500 square foot SoHo store will be Icebreaker’s
flagship, and located at 102 Wooster Street, between Spring and Prince Streets,
across the street from Patagonia’s SoHo store. As part of the grand opening, Icebreaker
will give away a trip for two to New Zeal
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
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
Bologna, Italy based high-tech
sportswear label Sportful, has launched a new collection of mountaineering and
ski outfits which incorporate a knitted fabric finished with a unique abrasion
resistant coating embedded with diamond hard ceramic particles.
The weft knitted fabric in Sportful's Dolomiti Windstopper garments was developed and produced by Swiss
warp and weft knitted fabrics manufacturer Eschler, and is used for the exposed outer
areas of both jackets and
Leading Belgian research institution
Imec and its project partners have announced the launch of the European FP7
(Framework Program) project PASTA (Integrating Platform for Advanced Smart
textile Applications) aimed at developing large-area smart textiles. Imec says
that large-area manufacturability is an essential aspect in bridging the gap
between lab prototyping and the industrial manufacturing of smart textiles for
sports and leisure wear, technical textiles for
Manchester weather at its very
wettest failed to dampen the spirits of attendees from around the world at the Textile
Institute Centenary Conference held here from November 2-4th.
The venue was Manchester’s Midland Hotel, where the
Institute was inaugurated a century ago – in a notable period in which Rolls
also met Royce to kick-start the British automotive industry at the same
location, and in the year that Manchester United played its first football
CEMATEX owner of ITMA, the world’s largest
textile machinery show has announced that Italy will host the 17th edition of
ITMA at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre in Milan, from 12 to 19 November
2015. Fiera Milano won the international bid organised by CEMATEX, the owner of
the ITMA show, after beating three other short-listed bidders from an original
list of 12.
The high profile exhibition is returning to Milan after 20
years, and the news will be welcomed no
German manufacturer of knitted
sportswear Schneider Sportswear OHG from Albstadt in Baden-Württemberg has been
awarded the Hohenstein Institute’s first Wellness Label for textiles and
clothing. The company’s senior management was presented with the label for use
on its products in September by Silke Off, Head of the Laboratory for Clothing
Physiology at the Hohenstein Institute, who had played an important part in
designing, developing and introducing the n
Invista, owner of the
Lycra fibre brand, has teamed up with sports apparel brand Fila, to develop and
release the Fila Body Toning System (BTS), a collection of engineered body
toning workout apparel featuring Lycra Sport fabric. Aimed at the women's
fitness industry, Fila’s BTS is said to shape the body and dramatically improve
According to Invista, BTS apparel is designed to increase
muscle exercise by as much as 50%, which the compa
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
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
Unifi Textiles (Suzhou)
Co., Ltd. Is continuing in its drive to be a global leader in sustainable
textiles with the introduction of Repreve FDY, a 100% recycled fully drawn
yarn. Launching at the 2010 Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Show, Unifi
says the new Repreve product offering includes the most comprehensive selection
of recycled fully drawn yarn counts in today’s market.
The Repreve family of recycled products available from UTSC
Specialty chemical company
Clariant announced today that its Textile Chemicals Business Unit (BU) will
relocate its headquarters to Singapore. Clariant says, the move, which is due
to be completed by mid 2011, places the Textile Chemicals BU management team at
the heart of the world’s main textile markets and closer to its global
The new Singapore headquarters will accommodate the entire
senior Textile Chemicals BU management team together with the global
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
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)
In a market dominated by ‘petroleum-based’
clothing, pioneering New Zealand merino company Icebreaker, says it is offering
a natural alternative to the synthetic knitted fleece. Icebreaker, which has pioneered
merino outdoor clothing since 1994, is introducing Realfleece in its
Fall/Winter 2010 collection.
According to Icebreaker, Realfleece is a premium natural
alternative to a synthetic fleece, but unlike synthetics, looks good enough to
wear out socially.
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
In a world first, a Swiss company claims to have 'woven' a carbon fibre composite
cycle frame using a purpose built patented robot, guaranteeing
the highest level of precision in design and removing any scope for error for
the first time.
"In conventional cycle frame building, racing bikes are
meticulously laid-up by hand, using hundreds of carbon mat layers but the Impec
cycle frame from Swiss company BMc, therefore, sets a new benchmark in bo
At this week’s Composites Europe show in Essen, in a world
first, a carbon fibre composite cycle frame has been woven entirely by a
purpose built patented robot, guaranteeing the highest level of precision in
design and removing any scope for error for the first time.
In conventional cycle frame building, racing bikes are
meticulously laid-up by hand, using hundreds of carbon mat layers but the Impec
cycle frame from Swiss company BMc, therefore, sets a new benchmark in bot
Organisers of the GO carbon
Fibre 2010 conference are urging delegates to book their place at the
conference now to avoid disappointment and late booking fees.
The upcoming Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre 2010
conference, taking place on 29 - 30 September in Valencia, Spain, will cover
topics such as market analysis, materials insight, virgin CFRP production, CFRP
recycling, technical assessment of the latest innovations in production,
materials handling, resour
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
Teijin Fibers Limited, the Teijin
Group’s polyester fibres business, announced today that it will participate in
Interfiliere Paris 2010, where it will exhibit its range of eco-friendly
polyesters. Interfiliere, the world's leading international trade fair for
lingerie and beachwear fabrics, which will be held at the Paris Expo Porte de
Versailles in Paris, France, from 4 to 6 September.
Teijin will present its environmentally friendly high
performance polyester m
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
Swiss chemicals giant Clariant has
unveiled Pad/Sizing-Ox, a new eco-efficient dyeing process that the company
says gives brand owners and retailers new opportunities to offer fashionable,
high quality jeans based on the most sustainable, resource-saving production
method to date. Visitors to the Munichfabricstart 2010 bluezone will be the
first to experience Clariant’s “latest step forward in Clariant’s Advanced
Denim technology that lets the textile industr
As with the first quarter of 2010,
the Lenzing Group has made optimum use of favourable global market conditions achieving
excellent results in Q2. Consolidated sales in the first half of 2010 climbed 43.6
%1 to EUR 847.2 million from EUR 589.9 million.
This was the company’s strongest
rise in sales ever, which it says was was made possible by higher fibre volumes
and price dynamics of global markets as well as full first time consolidation of
the company’s pu
Researchers at the UK’s
University of Southampton have revealed plans to develop fabrics for clothing which
will generate electricity through wearers’ movement and body heat. It is
believed the technology could be used to power personal devices such as MP3
players or wireless health-monitoring systems. The smart fabrics will be made
by using rapid printing processes to attach a film of piezoelectric or
thermoelectric material to a textile base, which will the
The technologies behind
stretchable nonwovens, key market opportunities and an explanation of market
end uses, are all covered in a new report entitled ‘Stretchable Nonwovens Report’ authored by
Smith, Johnson & Associates, recently released by INDA, Association of the
Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.
The extensive report examines the Top 5 Enabling
Technologies related to stretchable nonwovens along with new business opportunities by
market segment and an exe
This summer, sun protection is literally a hot topic. Shading textiles such as
sunshades, blinds and beach shelters promise to provide cooling shade and
protection from harmful UV radiation and there is also more and more specific
UV protection clothing to be found in the shops.
But how in fact do textiles protect you from the sun's
radiation, and what differences between them should be taken into account? Dr.
Andreas Schmidt (AS) of the international Textile R
Building on the success of
the first two IFAI Advanced Textiles conferences (in Berlin and Brussels), IFAI
presented a third successful edition in Paris 16-17 June, in the modern
Congress facilities of UICP (right next to the Eiffel Tower).
The Industrial Fabrics Association International hosted 70
participants from Europe and the U.S. at the 2010 conference, which focused on
major applications of technical textiles and investigated new technology
A base layer garment in a knitted
net structure made from merino wool has won the Scandinavian Outdoor Award for
Summer 2010. According to competition judges Woolnet from Norwegian sports underwear
brand Aclima showed an “innovative approach in terms of material, form and
Aclima’s WoolNet is based on an open knit structure that
allows the garment to breathe and keep the wearer cool and dry. The net
construction also traps air that insul
The Yeh Group, a leading producer
of functional knitted fabrics has announced plans to introduce DryDye fabrics
which use an exclusive waterless dyeing process that the company says will save
it millions of litres of fresh water annually. The announcement came at the
recent OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany and the Outdoor Retailer Show
in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Water scarcity and increased environmental awareness are
world-wide concerns which are causing a shar
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
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
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
Invista, owner of the Lycra fibre brand, reports
that millions of hangtags have been ordered for the recently launched Lycra Sport
fabric. The innovative fabric was launched to the industry in July 2009 and Invista
reports that hangtags have been ordered to appear on garments in retail stores
throughout the world this autumn, including from several leading brands.
According to Invista, smaller scale retail launches took
place earlier this year where garments with Lycra Sport
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
New Zealand based merino
wool pioneer for the outdoors, Icebreaker, launched its new range of merino
technical knits for runners at this month’s leading Outdoor show which was held
in Friedrichshafen on the shores of Lake Constance in Germany.
While the company’s Icebreaker GT technical sports line has
always been popular with runners, Icebreaker says it is now responding to consumer
demand by launching a specialist range of knitted merino running garmen
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
Swiss high-tech textiles
developer Schoeller technologies has launched a new fabric range called
‘energear’ which uses Far Infrared Rays to ensure that energy radiated by the
body is recovered to positively affect performance capacity and wellbeing. The
technology has applications in sports and outdoor, in the work environment and
in day to day life and runners are said to have reported lower pulse rates and
improved performance whilst wearing garments ma
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
OutDoor 2010, which was held
last weekend in Friedrichshafen last weekend
has once again shown further growth in exhibitors and visitors. Read on to see
what the organisers and exhibitors say and watch our ‘Textiles for Sports &
Outdoor’news category for more individual product and company reports.
“Always looking positively to the future, our industry, once
again, has demonstrated its unique ability to cooperate, prosper and grow.
Figures at the
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
and Trevira GmbH have jointly announced that Germany’s Trevira, a leading
producer of high-quality branded polyester fibres and filament yarns, now holds
a master license to manufacture Ingeo fibres. The rationale for this new
partnership was first discussed at the EDANA International Nonwovens Symposium,
held in Milan.
“Because of its technical expertise, exemplary reputation,
capability to shorten time-to-market for custom produc
Intradeco Apparel Inc, a
manufacturer of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing , has pioneered numerous
energy efficient programs under its corporate sustainability objectives. However, Intradeco’s most recent success has
come from its subsidiary Inmobilaria Apopa, in Apopa, El Salvador, also known
as Inmo. Inmo has developed a process
which produces nitrogen-rich plant fertilizer from its water treatment
The recycling process was developed a
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
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
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
is on the way to being a standard part of everyday life. The outdoor industry
talk is of a "megatrend”, a new "attitude to life”. It is unlikely
that anything in the foreseeable future will change people’s enthusiasm for
experiencing nature. The outdoor sports industry is correspondingly optimistic
about the leading international fair, OutDoor, which takes place from 15 to 18
July 2010. Three key clothing themes will be highlig
Researchers at the Hohenstein
Institute in Germany are helping local innovative manufacturers of sportswear
fabrics to improve the functional properties of their knitted fabrics by developing
practical construction guidelines.
In a recently completed research project (AiF No. 15481 N),
with funding from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi)
provided through the Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AIF), the
scientists drew specific con
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
As many of you will have seen, there has been a video
sweeping the Internet worldwide under the name Liquid Mountaineering, amassing
more than 6 million YouTube views to date and featuring heavily in the media,
including The Sun, The Daily Star, the Guardian, The Metro and the Sunday
Times. As well as this UK media coverage, the video has featured on TV channels
all around the world including ESPN (USA), Fox News (USA) and The Morning Show
(Australia) to name just a few.
The documentary-type fi
Turkish knitter Eurotex Tekstil has
introduced the world’s first seamless garments made from Biophyl
yarns in its ‘Green is Smart’ collection. The new collection includes
base layers with zonal patterns and elastic recovery properties for both
Eurotex has developed the seamless garment collection in
line with its mission to ‘increase human comfort and welfare with
products’ and uses Santoni seamless te
TenCate’s Xennia Technology Ltd and
Reggiani Macchine s.P.a. today announced the completion of a full scale
demonstration model of their revolutionary diagonal multi pass digital inkjet
textile printing system. The system is said to enable reliable printing on
textile substrates in an industrial production environment at unrivalled speed
and with high quality.
The new system is
based on proprietary technology of all partners involved in the project and the
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
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
- 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
Swiss manufacturer of warp and weft
knit performance fabrics Eschler, has supplied its Flash double sided
management fabric to Swedish cycling brand Craft for its award winning
wear. Craft’s Elite Attack Bib received the Eurobike Award 2009.
Circular knitted Flash fabric is a double layer knit which
has polyester on the inside and polyamide on the outside and is said to
outstanding moisture management. In addition, Flash also has compressio
Europe’s first Montex 6500 JV
has been recently installed at dyeing and finishing company Tintoria
di Tavernola, which is based in based in Como Tavernola on the shores of
Como in Northern Italy. The recently introduced Montex 6500 JV stenter
designed and engineered in Germany and produced in Monforts Joint
facility, Monforts Fong’s Textile Machinery in China. The new Montex
incorporates proven Monforts technolog
exhibitors and visitors, there was said to be great satisfaction with
progress of this season’s Performance Days in Munich (13th – 15th April
and Annecy (19th – 20th April 2010). New trends and innovations were
together with the collections for winter 2011/12 and summer 2012 at the
for decision-makers, designers and product managers from the world of
sportswear and workwear.
According to organisers,
TenCate subsidiary, Xennia, a leading
industrial inkjet solutions provider, will launch its range of
industrial-strength inkjet modules at IPEX in Birmingham which kicks off today
and runs until 25 May. The company says its robust XenJet inkjet modules based
on its own proven inkjet technology offer OEM and machine building partners the
opportunity to configure reliable inkjet printing solutions for their chosen
Xennia’s integrated modular approach is
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
Sugoi Performance Apparel, a
division of Dorel Industries Inc., has announced it is to become the official
supplier of Ironman technical wear for the Ironman European Championship in
Frankfurt on July 4th 2010, for Ironman Regensburg on August 1st,
2010 and for the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Wiesbaden on August
In addition to supplying a special Ironman edition of technical
apparel branded with the Ironman logo, Sugoi, known for high quality
The Oerlikon Textile report ‘The
Fiber Year’ which is being published for the tenth time will be available for download
from the company’s homepage www.oerlikontextile.com in June. A Chinese version of the report will be available at a later date.
According to the report, global fibre consumption went up
4.2% to 70.5 million tonnes with manmade fibres rising 4.0% to 44.1 million
tonnes and natural fibres advancing 4.5% to 26.4 million tonnes. With a world
Lenzing's subsidiary PT. South
Pacific Viscose (SPV) officially started up its fourth production line
beginning of April, with a total investment of USD 150 million making it
biggest individual investment project in recent years. Its annual
production capacity of 60,000 tons of viscose fibre for textile and
applications raises SPV's total annual capacity to 220,000 tons and
Asia's biggest viscose fibre production site
Groz-Beckert has been awarded the third
place prize at the Kyocera Environment Prize for its Litespeed system
helps save energy and resources in high speed circular knitting by
needle geometries. Prize giving took place on 29 April at the Economics
organised by the Federal Association of Medium-Sized Companies e.V.,
Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the World Conference Centre at
former German Bundestag in Bonn.
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
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
Messe Frankfurt has announced
the launch of Texprocess Americas in cooperation with SPESA (Sewn Products
Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas), April 24 - 26, 2012 at the Georgia World
Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Messe Frankfurt USA and SPESA have concluded agreements to cooperate,
co-produce and launch Texprocess Americas in Atlanta in 2012. Messe Frankfurt
USA says that Texprocess Americas will incorporate SPESA EXPO to bring to the
Technologies Inc. (NAT) and Hanesbrands Inc. have jointly reviewed the results
of their CRAiLAR Organic Fibers spinning trials and agreed to enter the final
stage of their joint development agreement, which is expected to result in a
commercialization agreement in the near future. Commenting on the results of
recent trials, Ken Barker, CEO of NAT said: “We are well on our way to
achieving full blown production of CRAiLAR in 2010.”
sports socks manufacturer China
Access Marketing Ltd. (CAML) has introduced a new range of engineered
socks for cyclists and runners based on Advansa’s ThermoCool polyester
is known for its winter sports and trekking socks.
CAML says has chosen to bring Advansa’s ThermoCool innovation
to its sock lines for the coming season in order to provide high
functionality and ultimate comfort, designed to fit the needs of
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
Technologies Inc. (NAT) has concluded further trials which it says prove the quality
and volume capabilities of its Crailar hemp fibres and expands applications to
include tee-shirts and finer gauge knit garments.
The company recently conducted full scale commercial
processing trials in Germany that were then replicated at the G.J. Littlewood
& Son processing facility in Pennsylvania. According to NAT, final
verification of the effec
Polyester fibre producer Teijin
Fibers Limited has announced the development of a new cationic-dyeable
polyester polymer, called V4, which it says can be dyed at ambient temperature
and pressure and also offers excellent fibre strength and stainability.
According to Teijin, V4 paves the way for the development of
ultra-fine highly multi-filament yarn as well as non-circular cross-section
yarn, both offering high-quality deep dyeing and colour clarity. Teijin Fibers
Changes affecting the testing for harmful substances as per the Oeko-Tex
Standard 100, which were approved by the Oeko-Tex Association, went into effect
on 1 April.
In addition to the customary annual adjustments of test
criteria and limits, the most important structural change concerns company
visits which are now binding for all certificate holders, and which will form an
integral part of each Oeko-Tex product certification.
In addition, the Oeko-Tex label templa
The International Oeko-Tex
Association is to present ‘Sustainability and Value Creation in Textiles’ at
the Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association 2010 Spring Conference to be held 20-21
April at the Sheraton Airport Plaza in Charlotte, NC. The SYFA conference theme is ‘Fibers and
Textiles for a New Decade’.
Dina Dunn, who oversees the Oeko-Tex marketing efforts in
North America, will present an overview of the Oeko-Tex fibre and textile
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
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
Netherlands based synthetic turf
producer TenCate Grass and process certifier INTRON have entered into a
cooperation agreement in order to be able to issue FIFA 2-Star level performance
warranties on synthetic turf systems. FIFA 2-Star is the level of performance
that the football federation FIFA has defined for premier league football.
Builders of synthetic turf systems will be quality control certified
by INTRON after the cooperation agreement was concluded followin
Performance Days road
show, which is to be held from 13-15 April in Munich, Germany and from
April in Annecy, France, is to include a new program with lectures from
and workwear industries figures. As per previous road shows, exhibitors
showing their new fabric collections for both winter 2011-12 and summer
Performance Days functional fabrics road show was launched
by Weichert Agencies in 2008 and as the fir
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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
Cellulose fibre producer
Lenzing has announced it will partner Litrax AG to introduce a unique
blend of its Tencel lyocell regenerated wood pulp fibre and Litrax-1
bamboo stem fibres, which incorporates DNA in the bamboo fibre to
Following recent questions over the authenticity over bamboo
fibre, Litrax is to deliver the Litrax -1 natural bamboo fibres with
DNA coding to help protect its vertical supply chai
NanoHorizons Inc., a leader
in the creation of nanoscale performance additives for textile, health care,
and industrial applications, will extend its global antimicrobial business to
Turkey through Uniteks of Istanbul, who will act as the SmartSilver distributor
to the Turkish market.
SmartSilver is a brand of antimicrobial additives that are
engineered using a patented process to integrate silver nanoparticles at the
molecular level into a variety of textile,
Boss Green, a Hugo Boss golf and
sportswear line is using Schoeller technologies’ 3XDRY finishing technology for
golf trousers in its 2010 Spring-Summer Collection.
“Golfers out early in the dewy morning benefit from the high
level of water resistance of this textile finish; for example when crossing wet
fairways”, explains José Janga, Senior Head of Creative Management, Boss Green.
“Later, when the sun is beating down around midday, the ‘advanced
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
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), reports that leading Japanese cycling and
sports apparel company Pearl Izumi has introduced MerinoPerform into its 60th
anniversary cycling jersey range for sale in the USA and Japan. The new range
includes MerinoPerform Advantage technology, which Pearl Izumi has used to
create high performance garments that enable athletes to perform at their best
in hot and cold conditions.
Developed by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) using up to 19.
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
After initial talks in Annecy, France
and a meeting with EuroSIMA President and co-founder Fred Basse during the ISPO
show in Munich, Performance Days functional fabrics roadshow and EuroSIMA have
now confirmed their cooperation.
Both partners will promote and support each other and say
they expect good synergy-effects from their partnership. Performance Days and
the recently launched Outdoor Sports Valley in Annecy has also started to cooperate.
The next Performance
Lenzing Group, leading manufacturer
of quality cellulose fibres says it has achieved a comparatively satisfactory
result in 2009 despite the difficult global economic situation. In a statement
released today with its preliminary figures, the company says this was made
possible by timely counter measures it took and also by improved demand in its core
fibres business from the second quarter on.
According to the group’s preliminary figures consolidated
DyStar’s CEO Steve Barron says the
newly acquired company’s management sees a huge opportunity to make the
business both successful and profitable.
Speaking at a two day meeting of the company’s Executive
Management Team in Rheingau, Germany, Barron said: “It is our declared
intention to deliver according to our shareholder’s plans. With such high a calibre
and dedicated global team we see a huge chance to make the business successful and
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
Bluestar Silicones is launching a
new line of TCS 7560 and TCS 7561 Silbione products designed for the elastic
band market for lingerie and medical applications such as support stockings and
medical equipment. These two new silicone elastomers are said to have excellent
‘anti-slip’ and non-compression properties, helping improve wearer comfort.
For more than twenty years, manufacturers of self-fixing
stockings or ‘hold-ups’ have applied transparent silicone
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
Atlanta’s Georgia World
Congress Center will open its doors to the ATME-I MEGATEX exhibition from 18-20
May. The event, which is part of the Textile and Sewn Products Industry Week (TASPIW),
will also see leading exhibitions SPESA Expo and Techtextil NA in the same
hall. TASPIW will bring together leading suppliers and buyers in all areas of
the textile supply chain from textile machinery to finishing products.
Co-organised by ATME-I Inc and The American T
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
Leading Spanish cycling brand Spiuk,
is using Advansa’s Biophyl and Thermo°Cool
technical yarns in its latest Elite Men 2010 summer collection to keep riders
cool while they look after the environment. The company’s Elite Men cycling jerseys
which are made from a circular knitted jersey jacquard fabric incorporating eco friendly Biophyl
also use ThermoCool fabric inserts in strategic areas to control body
Biophyl is an ‘eco-polyester’ material co
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
Technologies AG reports that its coldblack technology is now being used in the
latest Porsche Design Sport Collection for men. Coldblack is a finish which can
be applied to fabrics to actively reduce the absorption of the sun’s rays and
offers reliable protection from damaging UV rays.
According to Schoeller Technologies, the Porsche Design
Sport Collection began with a cooperation between Adidas and Porsche Design
seven years ago and w
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
Royal DSM N.V. and the Royal
Dutch Skating Association (KNSB) are introducing an innovative skinsuit for the
Dutch Olympic short-track skating team, which will be launched at the Winter
Olympic Games in Vancouver. In
collaboration with the KNSB, DSM has developed a lighter and, most importantly,
more comfortable suit that offers maximum protection. The innovation forms part
of DSM's ‘Innovation is our Sport’ program, which focuses on working with and
Invista is to continue its Lycra
Sport fabric global tour by showcasing its innovative and performance driven
fabric program at the ISPO trade show in Munich, Germany from 7 – 10 February
Following its successful and high profile launches at Salt Lake
City’s Outdoor Retailer Show in July and Shanghai’s Intertextile Show in
October 2009, Invista is introducing Lycra Sport fabric to a European
audience. With its presence at Europe’s
largest sporting go
Swiss headquartered Sigvaris,
a leader in graduated compression hosiery is pushing further into endurance sports
markets with its Athletic Recovery sports compression socks for
exercise-induced muscle soreness and post-practice recovery. The company will
become the exclusive provider of graduated compression socks to Atlanta’s Southern
Crescent Cycling Club.
Sigvaris, through its Athletic Recovery line of socks,
already has strategic partnerships in place w
and Unifi have announced a new partnership to introduce performance fabrics
made with Unifi’s Repreve 100, which is made from 100% post-consumer waste from
clear plastic water bottles.
Polartec and Unifi’s collaborative efforts have grown
Polartec's recycled product line from less than 1% of total production to over
30% in the past four years, dramatically reducing carbon emissions and energy
consumption. The introduction
Bayer MaterialScience has
developed a carpet which it says feels like a forest floor and based on
polyurethane foams and a special textile fabric. The new floor covering´s
viscoelastic properties not only offer a high level of comfort, but also reduce
the strain on joints and limbs, Bayer says. The company says the development opens
up potential applications for sports, the workplace and physiotherapy – at
supermarket checkouts or in gyms, for instance – i
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
According to a new report by
Just-Style.com, developments in swimwear technology have revolutionised
swimming and have created massive interest in what has traditionally been a
The report concludes that manufacturers of performance
swimwear have been involved in a technological race to produce the world’s
fastest swimsuit. The race, commonly referred to as ‘the bodysuit wars’, culminated
in early 2009 with the development of swimsuits
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
Lycra fibre brand owner Invista has
awarded Sharron Davies the Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious Splash Awards
held to honour athletes who excel in aquatic sports and celebrate their
achievements in the pool.
With a fifty year heritage in making swimming costumes feel
comfortable, fit beautifully and giving exceptional support, the Lycra fibre
brand has a natural alliance with the world of swimming, the company says.
Michele Duncan, Marketing Manager fo
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
Teijin Fibers Limited announced
today a program in the marine clothing industry for collecting and recycling
used garments, launched in collaboration with Henri Lloyd, a major global brand
of marine apparel based in the United Kingdom. Recycling will be carried out
with Teijin’s Eco Circle, an environmentally friendly closed-loop system
incorporating technology for the chemical recycling of polyester, which was
introduced in 2002.
Teijin Fibers’ Eco Storm, a r
Teijin Fibers Limited has
announced that it has begun to market its high-strength polyester nanofibre
Nanofront for use in the palms of golf gloves manufactured and marketed by
Acushnet Japan Inc. under the FootJoy brand. Called Nanolock, the new product
is the world's first golf glove to use nanofibre material, and will be
available in Japan from November.
Conventional golf gloves are made with natural or artificial
leather, with waterproof coating applied to pro
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
According to a new report from
Research and Markets, the global structure of polypropylene and polyethylene
production is poised to change dramatically as capacity rises in China and
soars in the Middle East. As a result, the shares of Western Europe and the USA
are set to fall substantially, the report says.
The change in production structure will come about because
the manufacture of propylene and ethylene-which are the main raw material
feedstocks for pol
Carvico SpA, a
leading manufacturer of stretch warp knitted fabrics for swimwear and sportswear,
has introduced Advansa’s eco-sustainable Biophyl yarns into its new Amazzonia warp
knitted fabrics range. Carvico SpA is part of the Gruppo Carvico which also
owns two of Italy’s other leading manufacturers of knitted fabrics, Jersey
Lomellina SpA and Eurojersey SpA.
Based in the town of Carvico near Bergamo in northern Italy,
Carvico is one of the w
Technologies, a Loughborough University spinout company, has helped Speedo to
develop a world-class triathlon suit.
Inspired by the record breaking LZR Racer swim suit worn by athletes
including Michael Phelps and Rebecca Adlington to take 94% of the swimming gold
medals in Beijing, the new triathlon suit is designed to be the lightest,
fastest and most comfortable suit on the market.
Progressive tested a selection of elite triathletes ru
‘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
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
Icebreaker, the New Zealand-based
environmentally-driven outdoor apparel brand whose products are made from pure merino,
is giving New York City’s eco runners a treat this week and next. Take your synthetic t-shirt into Paragon Sports flagship store on 18th and
Broadway and a live seamstress sitting in the store window will turn it into a
reusable running shoe bag for free. Marathoners and aspiring marathoners will
also receive 26.2% off their Icebreaker GT
Australian speciality fabrics manufacturer
Colan is working with V8 supercar teams to test the use of a revolutionary new
lightweight fibre for the Australian championship following its successful use
in Formula One cars. The new fibre, Innegra, is used in a high performance yarn
that, when combined with carbon fibre, can improve the toughness of the cars
while decreasing their weight.
“This is on back of the Innegra’s use by the new Brawn GPs
Formula One team,
Danish warp and weft knitted fabric
manufacturing giant, Thygesen Fabrics has joined forces with Australian Wool
Innovation (AWI) to help develop the growing active/outdoor apparel market.
Thygesen, which has over 200 circular, warp knitting and raschel machines,
manufactures a wide range of technical fabrics and hosiery for apparel and
technical textiles markets.
By becoming part of AWI’s Merino Perform supply chain, the Thygesen
aims to further strengthen its
announced yesterday that its Champion and Duofold apparel brands are going to
the top of the world, leading a Mount Everest expedition to drive brand
awareness and showcase the company’s research and development innovation and
textile science leadership.
“Expedition Hanesbrands: Climb With Us” will be lead by
accomplished international mountaineer and motivational speaker Jamie Clarke
and will begin next month with a training climb o
UK based specialist warp knitter Baltex, has developed a range of novel
warp knitted spacer fabrics using
Coolmax Fresh FX, which have been independently tested at the University of
Bolton and found to outperform other spacer fabrics in their comfort
properties. The company’s new Coolmax Fresh FX fabrics, which were launched at
this year’s Techtextil, are part of its wider XD range of 3D knitted spacer
According to Baltex, the Coolmax Fresh FX
NW Texnet, the cluster management
organisation for England’s North West technical textiles sector, has secured
funding in conjunction
with Blackburn College, from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), to
develop and deliver a foundation degree in Project Management for the technical
“The degree was proposed as a direct result of feedback we
received from a range of companies when asked for their requirements from the
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
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
By using 100% certified organic cotton and Repreve
recycled polyester, Canada’s Doubletex has responded to its customers' needs by
creating a line of ‘green’ fabrics. Ecoterra will be launched at the Canadian
textile industry's landmark event, Expo Hightex which will take place at
Bonsecours Market, Downtown Montréal, on 7 & 8 October 2009.
70% ‘green’ in construction, Doubletex has created three recyclable and
exciting new products built wit
Approved Fabrics (LEAF) has announced its public review process for fashion and
apparel industry stakeholders to provide feedback on a new eco-labelling
program designed to showcase environmental and socially responsible practices
to the U.S. marketplace.
The review will take place online by completing a
questionnaire pertaining to a recently released LEAF public review document
which outlines the program goals and objectives. The pu
UK based SmartLife Technology Ltd, has been awarded an
international patent for a knitted ‘linear electronic transducer’ which is
incorporated into a garment in order to monitor a patient’s health.
The invention described in the patent relates to electronic
transducers, and particularly to transducers incorporated into a knitted
structure. The device disclosed in the patent publication comprises a knitted
structure having at least one transduction zone knit
The USA based Texas Tech University and
Bannari Amman Institute of Technology (BIT), Sathyamangalam, India, jointly
announce the 6th edition of, “Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and
Technical Textiles-ATNT 2009,” December 7-9, 2009.
For the past five years, USA based Texas Tech University has
been providing an international platform in the Coimbatore area for exchanging
cutting-edge topics and ideas on emerging textile fields such as nonwovens,
UK based start up company, MMT Textiles Ltd has invented and patented a method
of constructing bio-responsive fibres and yarns so that they react to humidity
levels in a micro-climate. The porosity of subsequent knitted, woven or
non-woven fabrics increases with high levels of humidity or wetness in the
micro-climate, facilitating the release of moisture, or decreases in low level
humidity or dry conditions, improving insulation. This is referred to as ‘the
Nilit, a global leader
in the production of nylon 6.6, will be exhibiting its newest innovative fibre,
Nilit EcoCare, at Interfilière 2009. Nilit says EcoCare is the only recycled
nylon 6.6 with deep, uniform colour.
Nilit is taking an 84 square metre booth at this year’s show,
which takes place 5-7 September at the Paris Expo in France. Interfilière is a
leading trade fair for lingerie and beachwear fabrics and this year marks the
11th time Nilit has
Agion has announced the
launch of its Agion Active, which it says is the first textile treatment to
combine antimicrobial protection with brand new industrial-strength odour
elimination in a move that will take odour control into the mainstream for
Agion’s silver-based antimicrobial technology, which the
company says has been proven in over 15 million pairs of shoes, naturally
fights bad smells by killing the bacteria that cause them. Agi
Centexbel, in collaboration with
Fedustria, is organizing an international congress on ‘Innovations in Sports
Textiles’ in Ghent, Belgium on June 24 & 25 2010.
If you are interested in delivering a lecture, to present a
scientific poster, to exhibit samples of product innovations or if your company
desires to sponsor this international event, please download the CALL FOR
PAPERS or contact:
Ann De Grijse, Secretariat
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
Advansa has announced a partnership
with Asics for the launch of Asics’ high performance running apparel collection
made with Advansa ThermoºCool Eco fibres, combining innovative functionality
and sustainability within the same garment. The high performance apparel
collection will be introduced in the Spring 2010 collection and will be
available at retail in January 2010.
Asics is an acronym derived from the Latin phrase ‘Anima
Sana In Corpore Sano’ meaning ‘a so
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.
& CO [US]
Inventor(s): FANG XINGGAO
[US]; CHAN MARIE S [US]; MEREDITH MICHAEL BRETT [US]; SHUKLA PIYUSH [US]; HONG
Abstract of CA
The present disclosure is directed to synthetic textiles treated with h-P EI
derivatives, such derivatives possessing the general structure shown belo w:
(R)x- h-PEI - (A)y where R is a non-hyperbranched hydrocarbon group, said
hydrocarbon group having at least one linear portion, said li
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
Teijin Fibers Limited, has developed
what it says is the world’s first polyester-based cushioning material for
swimwear bra cups, made with V-Lap, a vertically lapped nonwoven fabric that the
company introduced in 2007. Swimwear incorporating the new bra cups will enter
trial sales this summer, with full-scale sales and marketing planned for next
Teijin says that V-Lap, until now used mainly for beddings,
is finding new applications as a cushioning material in pl
Huntsman Corporation yesterday announced
the acquisition of the Baroda Division of Metrochem Industries, a manufacturing
facility for the production of intermediates and specialty products for
textiles, located in Baroda, India. The Baroda Division today has more than 700
employees and contractors, and current annual sales of approximately 2.4
"This acquisition is a major milestone in our strategy.
With this move we are realigning our manufacturing footpr
The technical textile and
nonwovens sectors came in droves to its leading international trade fair, with
numbers never before seen. "Precisely because these are times of economic
uncertainty, companies have been setting themselves new targets with innovative
products and areas of application and have in part already managed to achieve
them at Techtextil. Some eight percent more exhibitors and two percent more
trade visitors represent a double plus for Techtextil,
To support the Coolmax fabric brand in Europe, Invista,
together with its European licensee Advansa, has recently commissioned a
comprehensive brand tracking survey and launched an advertising campaign across
Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK.
‘Keep your Cool, Max your Performance’ is the advertising
tagline which is set against strong, sport focused imagery highlighting the
attributes of Coolmax fabric. Launched in Autumn/Winter 2008, the campaign will
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
Swiss textile powerhouse is to show a range of innovative textiles at Techtextil including a new version of 3XDRY and its textile DNA for protection against piracy.
Have a good night with 3XDRY
Textiles with 3XDRY finish repel water and dirt from the outside (hydrophobic) and absorb moisture from the inside (hydrophilic). Clothing with 3XDRY keeps the body dryer, prevents perspiration stains and produces a cooling effect.
3XDRY is a time tested and well known successf
Nilit, a global leader
in the production of nylon 6.6, will be exhibiting at Techtextil in Frankfurt next
week for the first time ever.
Nilit’s booth will be located in Hall 4.1, Stand H58, at this
year’s show, which will be held 16-18 June, in Frankfurt, Germany. Techtextil
Frankfurt is the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and
“We look forward to showcasing woven and knitted fabrics and
finished garments made w
The sixth edition of Techtextil
North America took place April 21 to 23, 2009 at the Sands Expo &
Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the first ever edition on the
West Coast and organisers say that it resulted in the majority of exhibitors
and visitors being pleasantly surprised and pleased despite the current
economic conditions. Techtextil North America was previously held only on even
years in Atlanta, Georgia but will now be held annually, alt
Messe Frankfurt is to launch Texprocess,
a new machinery, equipment and process exhibition which will compliment Techtextil,
the leading technical textiles and nonwovens show. Texprocess will make its
debut in Frankfurt in parallel with Techtextil from 2011.
investment-goods fair for the textile and fashion industry, Texprocess will be
the meeting place for over 500 exhibitors and around 25,000 visitors from all
over the world”, explains Detlef Braun
The decline of the global economy has
massively affected the world fibre industry and the sales and financial results
of the Lenzing Group for the first quarter of 2009 reflect this. In comparison
to last year’s first quarter, consolidated quarterly sales dropped by 18.1%,
from EUR 346.8 million to EUR 284.0 million. The dramatic collapse of fibre
prices, particularly in Asia, and lower quantity sales were said to be the main
reason for the downturn. Fibre prices for
Techtextil – 16 to 18
June 2009, Frankfurt Am Main,
Innovation in Textiles,
an online news and technical resource for the technical textiles and nonwovens
industries is bringing its readers, visitors to the exhibition and exhibitors, a preview of the latest
technical developments in fibres, yarns, fabrics and machinery and equipment,
which will be shown at Techtextil from 16 to 18 June 2009.
In addition, Innovation in Textiles will also be
reporting on t
ACIMIT (Association of Italian Textile
Machinery Manufacturers) and ICE (Italian Institute for Foreign Trade) have
organized a Meeting Point at the forthcoming Techtextil 2009 being held in
Frankfurt from 16 to 18 June. The Meeting Point will host about ten Italian
machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for technical
The Italian industry is paying particular attention to the technical
and innovative textiles sector and ACIMIT estimates
TYR Sport Inc., a pioneer
in performance and recreational swimwear has introduced Sayonara, the first
high performance swimskin to incorporate the premier Yamamoto Biorubber Swim
Mark III fabric. Sayonara is the latest in the company’s Tracer technology developed
with Titanium alloy and specifically designed for multi-sport athletes as a
swimskin for non-wetsuit competitions.
Founded in 1985, TYR has passionately dedicated itself to
redefining the next gener
Nylon 6.6 producer
Nilit has announced that it has acquired Nylstar’s U.S. operations including
its nylon 6.6 plant in Martinsville, VA.
Last year Nilit opened a new state-of-the-art facility in
China and the addition of this US plant will become a part of its global
production facility network, demonstrating its confidence and investment in the
nylon apparel industry throughout the world. With the Nylstar acquisition,
Nilit now becomes one of th
First time and returning exhibitors confirm the trade fair's
leading position worldwide
Range of congresses
and symposiums expanded
From 16 to 18 June, Techtextil will be the foremost platform
for users and developers of technical textiles in the fields of research,
industry, architecture and other technical areas of application throughout the
world. Over recent months, the indications have been pointing to further growth
at Techtextil with the number of exhibitors at the last event (1,
Cath Rogan reports from Rome
Intertech Pira’s excellent annual Smart Fabrics conference
is now in its 5th year and this year (March 10th-12th 2009, Rome) welcomed over
150 delegates to an agenda packed with practical advice, inspirational ideas
and of course, a handful of spectacular but occasionally entirely baffling
scientific data charts.
Stacey Burr, CEO of Textronics Inc. opened the conference
with a highly motivating keynote speech outlining how the E-textiles small
business sector is
Heating textiles specialist EXO2 is
finding new applications for its technology outside of the company’s
traditional heating motor cycle gloves market. Recently the company has been
exploring healthcare applications and has used a heating mitt to assist a young
Glasgow man who is recovering from a spinal injury.
Matt Atherton (22) was planning an evening out with friends
one night in January. His plans were shattered, however, when he fell from a
Textile & Sewn products industry week 2010 selected by U.S.
Dept of Commerce for prestigious International Buyer Program
The U.S. Commercial Services unit of the Department of
Commerce has selected the co-located ATME-I/MEGATEX 2010, SPESA EXPO 2010, and
TECHTEXTIL NORTH AMERICA 2010 trade shows for participation in its coveted
International Buyer Program. Exhibitors and attendees of the events will
benefit from the opportunities to meet, network, and develop business
Vital Jacket HWM (Heart Wave
Monitor), the intelligent t-shirt that can continuously monitor ECG and heart
rate, is now exclusively available in the UK through Optima-life. The London
based health and sports performance company has linked with Portuguese owners
Biodevices3 and acquired the UK distribution rights.
The arrival of the Vital Jacket marks a major step forward
in vital signs monitoring, for the performance sport and health and fitness
arenas, Optima-life s
Inc., the developer and manufacturer of SmartSilver nanoscale antimicrobial
additives for textiles, health care, and industrial applications, has joined
with four other companies to create the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group
under the sponsorship of the Silver Institute and the Silver Research
Consortium. The group’s purpose is to collect and generate data that more completely
document the performance benefits of silver nanoparticles in c
Applicant: KONINKL PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NV [NL]; ASVADI SIMA [NL]; VAN
PIETERSON LIESBETH [NL]
Inventor(s): ASVADI SIMA [NL]; VAN PIETERSON LIESBETH [NL]
Abstract of WO
2009037631 (A1) An electrically conductive yarn (2) having a multifilament core (5) comprising
a plurality of electrically conductive filaments (4), and a wrapping (6, 10)
arranged around the multifilament core. The wrapping is arranged to partly
expose the multifilament core, thereby reduci
Invista’s apparel customer
service facility for North America has moved to its Applied Research Centre in
Newark, Del., now offering brand standards testing, customer-inquiry analysis
and in-process management, in addition to its existing research and development
“Guided by Invista’s strong focus on innovation, we have
used this research facility in the past to explore new ideas for fibre and
fabric applications,” said Robert Dzielak, North
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 copolymers. Hills has a method for
forming ultra-fine spunbond fibres for fabrics and nonwovens. Autoliv has
developed an improved airbag to protect vehicle occupants, and Johnson Controls
has a novel idea for integrating a seamed tex
pioneer Eschler has introduced an innovative fabric development for bike wear.
The Swiss brand knits a carbon core yarn into its technical stretch material e1
Carbon. This allows the fabric to achieve improved temperature management,
prevents formation of odour and features antistatic properties.
In summer 2009, Italian bikewear pioneer Santini Maglificio
Sportivo will use Eschler’s new fabric e1 Carbon in its high-performance bike
outdoor apparel company Icebreaker reports that more than 44,000 people have now
experienced Baacode, its pioneering online traceability program launched in
With this year’s Earth Day on April 22, sustainable
consumption will be even more on consumers’ minds. According to Earth Day Network
(www.earthday.net), the day will include the organization’s launch of its Green
Generation Campaign, which culminates with the 40t
Applicant: GORE W L & ASS GMBH [DE]
Inventor(s): STUEBIGER WERNER [DE]
Abstract of EP 2034088
The present invention provides a fabric
and a fabric structure made of yarns with reduced water absorption. The fabric
comprises yarns and interstices between the yarns, the interstices between the
yarns having an average width of greater than 100[mu]m. At least one of the
yarns is comprised of multiple fibers. Said at least one yarn has voids between
Michel Fournier , 65, a
former Colonel in the French Army, has announced he will attempt to break the
high altitude skydive record of 40 km in the amazing free-fall Super Jump in August
this year. Fournier will wear a special suit with Thermolite Performance Insulation
The Super Jump was initially developed as part of the
European Hermes space shuttle program, to test atmosphere re-entry and freefall
rescue methods for shuttle astronauts to escape without
‘The Carbon Fibre Industry Worldwide 2008-2014:
An Evaluation of Current Markets and Future Supply and Demand’ is an in-depth
market report on the rapidly growing global carbon fibre industry and its
Over 320 pages long and featuring over 250 tables/figures,
the report provides a detailed analysis of current and future production and
consumption trends for all carbon fibre types and all main end-user sectors,
including aerospace, defence, wind energy, aut
textile and nonwovens companies from around the world will showcase the latest
products and advanced technologies in textiles, nonwovens and materials during
Techtextil North America 2009 which will be held from April 21-23, 2009, at the
Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Techtextil North America represents all vertical aspects of
the technical textile industry from research and development, through raw
materials and production
of motor cycle garments, BMW Motorrad is introducing Schoeller Coldblack
technology for pants and jackets in its new Streetguard 3 suit. Streetguard 3
is the premiere product of BMW Motorrad’s textile garment range and combines
the most modern materials currently available.
Coldblack actively reduces the absorption of the sun rays
and offers a reliable protection from damaging UV rays. The new outer fabric
was developed in an exclusive coop
Teijin Fibers developed Bewell, a highly
durable polyester yarn that is resistant to static electricity and prevents pollen
from sticking to clothing, in 2006 and launched it commercially in 2007. Having
raised monthly production at the company's Matsuyama plant from 20 tons to 90
tons last November, the company is now planning to add other clothing items to
the Bewell line-up, such as linings, undergarments and uniforms in 2009.
Teijin hopes to increase Bewell’s mo
Huntsman Textile Effects,
a division of Huntsman Corporation and a leading manufacturer of dyes and
textile chemicals, announced it will establish new headquarters in
Singapore. The move is a major milestone of the division's previously announced
restructuring and will significantly contribute to the division's focus on
serving selected global market segments from the region most expected to fuel
growth in the years to come.
Headquarters for Textile Effects is currentl
Applicant: ADVANCED DESIGN CONCEPT GMBH [DE]
Inventor(s): ABED JEAN CLAUDE [DE]; WITTNER MANFRED
Abstract of MX
2007014621 (A) An article of clothing made from an elastic nonwoven web, wherein the elastic
nonwoven web comprises a plurality of multicomponent strands having first and
second polymer components longitudinally coextensive along the length of the
strands, said first component comprising an elastomeric polymer, and said
second polymer component c
Search is on for new ideas, visions and concepts
Promoting the dialogue between research, manufacturers and
On the occasion of Techtextil
2009, Messe Frankfurt is organising the Techtextil Innovation Award for the tenth
time and the Avantex Innovation Award for the fifth time.
To be held as part of the International Trade Fair for
Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, the competitions are open to companies,
institutes, universities, polytechnics and indivi
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a provider of
DNA-based security solutions completed the successful application of SigNature
DNA at every stage of the woolen textile manufacturing process in Yorkshire,
UK. This first phase of the "DNA in Textiles" project was fully
funded by Yorkshire Forward in collaboration with the Textile Centre of
Excellence, and its consortium of companies. Applied DNA is embarking on the
next phase of its wool protection program, a multimillion dollar
NanoHorizons Inc., a
leader in the creation of nanoscale performance additives for textile, health
care, and industrial applications, has appointed Toshinobu Hirohata as an
authorized sales and technical support agent for the company’s antimicrobial
nanosilver additives, marketed globally under the SmartSilver performance
brand. Mr. Hirohata is based in Japan. A graduate of Osaka University of
Foreign Studies (currently Osaka University), Mr. Hirohata
Ahlstrom’s Disruptor PAC , a
leading edge technology for water filtration received INDA’s Visionary Award
during VISION 2009 Consumer Products Conference in New Orleans. Attendees to
the Vision 2009 Conference, held from January 26-29th, selected the winning
product by voting for their favourite from a field of five nominees. The
Visionary Award is presented annually to a new consumer product that utilizes
nonwoven fabric in its final form.
Disruptor PAC is
The world’s largest sporting
goods trade show, ispo, was held for the 69th time from February 1st to 4th,
2009, in Munich. Despite the strike by Munich’s Transportation Authority (MVG)
more than 60,000 industry visitors from more than 100 countries (2008: 64,000
visitors from 113 countries) came to Munich to preview the latest trends for
the winter season 2009/10, presented by 1,950 exhibitors from 50 countries
(2008: 2,026 / 47) on a total of 185,000 sqm of exh
Hi-tech warp and circular knitted fabrics producer Christian Eschler
AG, has reported that the early international trade shows for 2009 have been a
great success for the company.
Eschler says it is delighted with the attention its summer
2010 collection received at Munich Fabric Starts, Outdoor Retailer and ISPO. The
company’s product development team focused in particular on its e1 base layer
for this season.
Eschler’s summer 2010 collection wi
New Textiles. Research
and Development in the Textile-Clothing-Technical Textiles Industry
31 March 2009, Hotel Sofitel, Place Jourdan 1, Brussels
The Textile Industry Research
Association AITEX is organizing “New
Textiles, R&D in the Textile – Clothing - Technical Textiles Industry”, an
Information Day which will take place on 31 March 2009 in Brussels,
The event will be focused on the importance of innovation
for the future of the te
Hohenstein Institute, one of
the world’s leading textile research and testing laboratories, has established
Hohenstein Institute America, Inc. in response to its rapidly growing U.S.
customer base. Hohenstein America offices will be located in Elon, North
Carolina and will provide in-country support to U.S. textile products
manufacturers, sourcers, and retailers.
“Establishing Hohenstein America is an investment in our
commitment to our U.S. customers,” say
Huntsman Corporation today announced
that its Textile Effects division has completed all major elements of the
previously announced restructuring of its organization and that the division is
well under way in implementing its strategy to focus on selected global market
segments and adopt a streamlined business support model more fully aligned with
"We are pleased with the rapid progress we have made
toward making this business profitable and sustainable
PrimaLoft is introducing two
new yarns, 100% PrimaLoft Yarn and re-engineered 50/50 PrimaLoft Merino Blend
Yarn, for base layers and performance knit applications. Both yarns were
presented at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, January 22-25, 2009 in Salt
Lake City, UT and ISPO Winter Market 09, February 1-4 in Munich, Germany.
100% PrimaLoft Yarn is made of PrimaLoft micro denier
polyester fibres, which are finer than cashmere fibres, providing a luxurious
Focus on new impulses for the combination of natural fibres
and technical textiles
To mark the International Year of Natural
Fibres, Messe Frankfurt will hold a Natural Fibre Congress during Techtextil,
International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, in Frankfurt
from 16 to 18 June 2009.
The aim of the congress is, inter-alia, to bring natural
fibres into closer contact with technical applications and to show trade
visitors the benefits of natural fibres
TenCate intends to take a minority
holding in the company TigerTurf. The acquisition process has reached a stage
sufficiently advanced to justify expectations that the transaction will be
completed shortly. TigerTurf has a focus on the Austral-Asian region and is a
valuable geographical supplement to the TenCate strategic concept of end-user
marketing in the synthetic turf market.
TigerTurf is a
leading company in the international synthetic turf market, particu
10-12 March 2009. Rome
UK - Smart Fabrics are big
business. The smart textiles market is expected to hit US$642.1 million globally
by the end of 2008, representing a compound annual growth rate of 28.3%. These
figures are set to increase yet further into 2009 to keep pace with new
applications emerging in the sector. Accordingly IntertechPira is to present
the 5th annual Smart Fabrics conference, a global forum for all the
developments you should know about.
Advansa, a leading European Polyester
producer, has announced the introduction at ISPO Munich, which opens on Sunday,
two new ranges of high-end technical insulation products for sleeping bags and
apparel. In partnership with industry leaders in Asia and Europe, a worldwide
distribution network is in place for the new product range, which will be
commercialized under two related brand names, Thermocool for apparel and Thermodry
for sleeping bags.
Drawing on Advansa
Recreational Equipment, Inc.
(REI), a US national retail cooperative providing quality outdoor gear and
clothing, yesterday announced its membership with bluesign technologies ag
allowing the company to use the bluesign(R) independent standard as part of its
product design and sourcing process.
Founded in 2000 in Switzerland, bluesign is an approach to
product sustainability that considers textile environment, health and safety
issues from the ground-up, address
Invista, the largest spandex
and nylon producer in the world and owner of many leading brands including the
Lycra fibre brand, has appointed Christine Do Phan as Marketing Communications
Director for its Apparel business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EUMEA).
Christine brings extensive marketing and communications experience to the role
having previously worked across Europe and Asia in the b2c, b2b and apparel
Christine will be resp
Icebreaker, the New Zealand
company that pioneered the outdoor merino wool apparel category, has hired
Barry Schrimsher as vice president of USA sales effective immediately.
“We are very pleased to welcome Barry to the Icebreaker
flock,” said Russ Hopcus, president of Icebreaker US operations. “He has built
a very successful sales agency in the Pacific Northwest representing companies
such as Mountain Hardwear, Osprey and Lowa. Most recently as founder of
Teijin Fibers Limited, a
Japan-based global polyester polymers, fibres and textiles company and Swany
America Corp., a leading manufacturer of ski gloves and mittens renowned for
their enduring construction and cold weather performance, announced on Friday the
launch of a closed-loop recycling program for used polyester ski gloves.
As part of the collaboration, Swany America will use Teijin
Fiber’s ECO STORM(r), a recyclable, waterproof and breathable material ma
Second edition of US-European Networking Event - April 2-3,
2009, Brussels, Belgium
Building on the success of the first edition of Advanced Textiles in June
2008, and the endorsement of the international audience, Industrial Fabrics
Association International (IFAI) and IHOFMANN announce a second conference to
be held 2-3 April 2009 in Brussels, Belgium.
As the headquarters of the European Union, NATO, various
stakeholder institutions and international large-scal
More than forty leading
machinery, equipment, information technology, component and other suppliers to
the sewn products industry have already confirmed their participation in SPESA
EXPO scheduled for May 18-20, 2010 at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center.
By covering the entire concept-to-delivery sewn products lifecycle, the
triennial event promises to be the industry's most comprehensive exhibition and
seminar event of the year. The diverse list of earl
Intertek, a leading provider of
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
Regulation) has completed pre-registration for over 100 local companies ranging
across industries in India. REACH compliance enables companies to continue
their business in the EU market. This is one of the most comprehensive and
far-reaching pieces of environmental legislations in the European Union (EU).
As per the REACH Regulation, all chemical substanc
Ispo winter will open its doors for
the 69th time from February 1st to 4th, 2009. As the leading international
tradeshow for the sports industry the ispo winter’s goal is to put the
spotlight on industry-specific issues and attract the requisite attention. In
addition to offering conferences, workshops and seminars, ispo also publishes
the results of representative market research. This concept is in part a reason
for ispo winter’s great success. To date, the Muni
Vital eco-wear has developed a range
of innovative fabrics incorporating state-of-the-art, bio-functional fibres to
produce garments that introduce a new level of fit-for-purpose sportswear.
Employing techniques based on nano-technology, computerized body mapping, and
the industry's latest equipment for seamless manufacture, Vital eco-wear
sportswear is designed to meet the particular needs of the type of sport
engaged in, reflected in its four product lines.
Varitherm High Performance Wool base layer, which features superior insulating
qualities and moisture management and odour resistance technology, has been
named 2008 Top Ten Gear of the Year by Stephen Regenold – aka “The Gear
Junkie.” Duofold, an outdoor industry leader with more than 100 years of
history of outfitting some of the world’s leading adventurers, introduced the
Varitherm High Performance Wool style in September 2008.
Sympatex, a manufacturer
of environmentally friendly laminates used in high-performance textiles has announced
that it has partnered with bionic-textile finishing specialist, Rudolf Chemie,
and the jointl development of Bionic Finish Eco, the first fluorocarbon-free
durable, water-repellant (DWR) treatment for textiles.
Sympatex syas that Bionic Finish Eco represents a
significant departure from previous textile-treatment technology and explains
Research and Markets has announced the
addition of Textiles Intelligence's new report "Performance Apparel
Markets: Business Update, 3rd Quarter 2008" to their offering.
USA-based Columbia Sportswear, a manufacturer of active
outdoor apparel, has revealed that its efforts to reduce the counterfeiting of
its products around the world have been a success. Since 2003 the company has
worked with local, national
Outdoor apparel brand Gramicci has
introduced Evo-Tek knit, an innovative material that helps
bring natural and organic fabrics to performance apparel.
Gramicci says that consumers have made it
clear they want more ecologically-friendly products and according to a
jrecently released report by researchers Frost & Sullivan, 73% of
Americans say they are "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to purchase
products made of recycled materials in the future.Th
Icebreaker, a leading merino technical outdoor apparel brand today announced
the acquisition of its distributor in Germany, Sweden and Norway from Bradshaw
Taylor Ltd. Maximilian Hofbauer was named General Manager of the new Icebreaker
Pure Merino GmbH.
The new company will be based in Starnberg, Germany and will
begin selling Icebreaker’s new Fall/Winter 2009 apparel and accessories, which
will debut at the ISPO tradeshow, 1-
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material, by utilizing a special-shaped spinneret for blended spinning, the
Venture capitalist Physic Ventures has announced that Adidas International, Inc.
has acquired Textronics, Inc. (www.textronicsinc.com), a leader in the
development of wearable sensors for use in fitness monitoring.
Ventures (UTV), now managed by Physic Ventures, has been an investor in
Textronics since the first round of funding and has continued to be an active
investor and board member for 3 years, helping the company grow from
Performance Fiber's CEO,
Richard C. Brown, will present the keynote address "Adapting to Changing
Times” at the Techtextil North America Symposium being held April 21-23, 2009
at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The address will focus on how the fibre industry has changed
and how companies adjust to changes in order to remain competitive. Other
topics in the opening session will include global participation, the state of
Nilit today announced its new trend concepts for bodywear and active-sports
wear for Autumn - Winter which will be presented in the Nilit Bodyfashion
For Autumn-Winter 2010-11 Nilit showcases
its winter trends capturing the desires of the modern consumer who seeks
multifunctional and easy to wear products that offer style, innovation and high
performance. We witness a transformation of the identity of bodywear that has
now become a fusion of
Paul Hulme, President
of the Materials & Effects division of Huntsman Corporation, announced
today that the company has completed a comprehensive review of the strategy for
its global Textile Effects (TE) business.
As a result, the Textile Effects business will move to implement a new
structure that will see its operations expand significantly in Asia and consolidate
in the Americas and in Europe as it transitions from a regional to a global,
New Zealand based AgResearch
Textiles has won a major international award for its world first machine
washable, tumble dryable wool suiting fabric.
The Textile Science and Technology Section, based at
AgResearch Lincoln, received the inaugural Product Innovation and
Commercialisation Award at the 86th Textile Institute World Conference in Hong
Kong. The award, organised in conjunction with the Institute of Textiles and
Clothing of the Hong Kong Polytech
Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik
GmbH, Obertshausen, has signed a contract to take over the Weaving Preparation
Division of Benninger AG in Uzwil. In future, it will operate under the name of
Karl Mayer Textilmaschinen AG. With this strategic acquisition, Karl Mayer takes
over Benninger’s current product portfolio, together with the service and components
operations, which will remain in Uzwil.
The merger sees the emergence of a leading interna
Research and Markets has
announced the addition of an ‘E-Textiles DVD’ report to their offering. The technical
symposium addresses emerging opportunities and provides expert advice for working
New classes of materials
and technologies impacting e-textiles in the future
Basic terminology and
developments that will broaden market awareness about e-textiles
Important features of
Expert advice on the
3M Co. said yesterday that
it is to acquire the Futuro line of health supports and compression-hosiery
products from Beiersdorf.
Futuro’s line of health supports includes knitted wraps,
braces and elastic bandages used by active consumers to treat minor sprains,
strains, arthritis and muscle pain. Futuro’s compression-hosiery products
include therapeutic and anti-embolism stockings that are sold through drug
stores, mass merchants and grocers in North Amer
Research and Markets has
announced the addition of Woodhead Publishing Ltd's new report "Smart
Clothes and Wearable Technology" to their offering.
Smart clothing and wearable technology is a relatively novel
and emerging area of research within the fashion and textile industry. This
book provides a comprehensive review of the wearer's requirements, the
technologies and materials available for the design and production of smart
Part one assesses the design
Gehring Textiles Inc. ,
a manufacturer of warp and circular knitted fabrics for technical applications,
has purchased Norton, Massachusetts based Tweave Inc, a manufacturer of high
quality four-way stretch woven fabrics.
“We know that Tweave
stretch fabric has enormous potential in many of these markets,” said Skip
Gehring, president, Gehring Textiles. “Tweave is well-known and respected in
fashion, sports and intimate apparel, but demand for its spe
Companies & Markets
has launched a new research report called Textiles in Germany. Textiles in
Germany an industry profile is an essential resource for top-level data and
analysis covering the textiles industry. It includes detailed data on market
size and segmentation, plus textual and graphical analysis of the key trends
and competitive landscape, leading companies and demographic information.
* Contains an executive summary and data on value
Polyester manufacturer Advansa is
to present its latest innovations at Performance Days, the first European road show
focussing on functional fabrics for sportswear.
Performance Days a platform for innovation is a workshop for
fabric producers and designers with participants from Europe, Asia and USA,
which travels from Munich to Verona before finally stopping at Stockholm.
Advansa is to use the Performance Days platform to showcase Thermo°Cool,
Thermo°Cool ECO and
Messe Frankfurt, organizer of Techtextil
has announced its final plans for the June 2009 and looks forward to a successful
"The signs indicate growth", says Michael Jänecke,
Brand Manager Techtextil, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. "By the end of
October, with more than six months still to go, we had received over 600
registrations." More than two thirds of the total area occupied in 2007
has already been sold.
Thus, the International Trade Fair for
The Association of Italian Textile
Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) and the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade
(ICE) will hold two technical workshops on Italian textile machinery for the
production of technical textiles and nonwovens in China. The events will take
place in Hangzou (24 February, 2009) and in Wuxi (26 February, 2009).
Approximately ten Italian manufacturers of machinery for
technical textiles and nonwovens will introduce their updated technologies,
DRI DUCK Traders, an
apparel company specializing in work wear and active lifestyle clothing, will
partner with Schoeller Technologies to utilize its 3XDRY technology in the development
of new products. 3XDRY combines two technologies that prevents noticeable
perspiration marks, generates a cooling-effect and improves dirt and water
repellence. DRI DUCK Traders expects to launch a clothing line featuring the
technology by Spring 2009.
DRI DUCK was establ
Teijin Fibers Limited has announced
that ECO CIRCLE, a closed-loop recycling system for used polyester products
that employs unprecedented chemical recycling technology, has welcomed its
100th company as a registered participant. Since its launch in 2002, ECO CIRCLE
has been participated in by companies that share a commitment to promoting
progressive environmental activities through product development, collection of
used materials and recycling.
While the original
Warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer has worked closely with its system partner
Texion Software Solutions to develop Texion’s Procad warpknit 3D the latest
addition to the Procad family of software solutions for manufacturers of warp
The production of modern warp knitted fabrics is an
engineering science in itself. Anyone involved should have specialist knowledge
of yarn properties and finishing processes a
Hollingsworth & Vose Company (H&V), a leading supplier of engineered papers and nonwovens,
announced today it has reduced formaldehyde to near zero levels across its
entire StitchBackers line of wet-laid
nonwoven embroidery backings.
“The transition to low-formaldehyde backing responds to the
demands of fabric converters, embroiderers, and customers seeking more
environmentally friendly clothing components,” said Jim Vogt, Director of
Smart fabrics and intelligent
textiles, materials that incorporate cunning molecules or clever electronics,
are thriving and European research efforts are tackling some of the sector's
toughest challenges. Clothes that monitor your heart, measure the chemical
composition of your body fluids or keep track of you and your local environment
promise to revolutionise healthcare and emergency response, but they present
tough research challenges, too.
Smart textiles must
Messe Frankfurt to hold an International Natural Fibres
Conference during Techtextil 2009
UN General Assembly declares 2009 to be the International
Year of Natural Fibres
launches new internet site on the occasion of the Year of Natural Fibres
As part of the International
Year of Natural Fibres, Messe Frankfurt will hold a congress on natural fibres
during Techtextil - International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and
Nonwovens – in Frankfu
Anyone wishing to take
part in the next Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt am Main from 16 to 17 June
2009, as a symposium speaker, is now cordially invited to apply. Both symposia
are taking place at the same time as the Techtextil fair, the International
Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens and Avantex, the International
Forum for Innovative Apparel Textiles, which from this year is an integral part
of Techtexil. The fair will open its doors in
identical garments – both attributed to the same designer. It is impossible to
distinguish between the two articles. The same fabric was used, the same
colour, the same pattern. Even the label looks the same…
However one is real – the other one is a fake. Which one is
AgResearch is today demonstrating for the first time how
this world-first technology can detect a fake designer garment. The textile
tracing system, called Verifi TT,
England’s Northwest has arguably
the highest concentration of Advanced Flexible Materials (AFM) companies in the
world, with excellent prospects for future growth. AFM Materials are widely
viewed as a ‘platform technology’ – a base upon which several other important
clusters such as aerospace, automotive, chemicals, construction, biomedical,
environmental technology, maritime and sport depend.
Materials are characterised by high added value innovation and success in
export markets, w
In June, 2008, Toyobo and DSM
Dyneema made the decision to expand production capacity for Dyneema ultra high
strength polyethylene fibre. Nippon Dyneema Co., Ltd, headquartered in Osaka, Japan,
is a joint venture of Toyobo and DSM Dyneema.
The main applications for Dyneema in Japan are ropes,
fishing lines, gloves (including knitted) and helmets and owing to steady
domestic demand, Toyobo has increased its sales volume for the past few years. On
the other hand, the ya