Technology, Machinery & Equipment
The town of Boennigheim has named a new access road to the internationally Hohenstein Institute after the name of Prof Dr-Ing. Otto Mecheels, the founder of the Institute. Otto-Mecheels-Straße leads from the Schlossfeld residential area to Schloss Hohenstein.
A new building was also named after the textile researcher at the Hohenstein Institute in October.
Technical warp knits specialist Baltex has launched Airospring, a range of lightweight and breathable pressure relieving cushions made from high-tech 3D knitted spacer fabrics. The product is said to be the result of many years of research by Quality of Life - QOL Design with the University of Bolton and Baltex Technical Textiles in the UK.
Using the latest three dimensional fabric technology new products have been developed to push the boundaries of comfort for cushions, Baltex reports.
EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, will co-sponsor a one-day workshop to promote the development of nonwovens and technical textiles in Indonesia at the Bandung Convention Centre on 17 December.
The programme will include a morning workshop with reports and discussions from the industry’s regional and global representatives, and an opportunity for companies to exhibit their products and network with industry participants in the afternoon.
A team of scientists from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has reported advancements in textile battery structures, which exhibit comparable electrochemical properties with metal foil cells and also have some of the features of textiles.
The new research, featured in a recent issue of Nanoletters, is said to help to address the problem of lack of textile properties such as drapability and wash durability of smart textiles containing electronic materials.
The leading international sports business exhibition ISPO Munich adds a number of new exhibitors to its 2014 lineup.
ISPO Munich will be held from 26-29 January at the Messe München exhibit centre and will now feature the new Padel Tennis Village, as well as the expanded Health segment with its own dedicated exhibit hall.
Reima Kerttula, M Sc, has been appointed Senior Vice President, Flexibles, and a member of the Corporate Executive Team at Suominen Corporation.
Reima Kerttula has a long and versatile career in Metso Group and the preceding companies. Recently he acted as the President and CEO of Metso Fabrics, previously known as Tamfelt.
Kathryn Fitts and Dennis Smith are the new management team at Messe Frankfurt in Atlanta, USA, taking over from John Gallagher. The company manages the Techtextil North America trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens as well as other events.
Detlef Braun, the Messe Frankfurt Executive Board member responsible for North and South America, said: “Kathryn Fitts and Dennis Smith are now the management team at the helm of our subsidiary Messe Frankfurt Inc. And we are absolutely convinced that the new management will contribute in the company’s future growth in the whole North American region.”
With immediate effect, Fitts and Smith have been appointed Presidents. Fitts will concentrate on Finance and Administration, while Smith focuses on Shows and Operation.
A nonwovens fabric jointly developed by Voith Paper and Truetzschler Nonwovens, has successfully passed the official INDA and EDANA test, becoming certified as ‘flushable’.
Voith and Truetzschler Nonwovens have been successful in producing wet laid and hydroentangled nonwovens with a high level of wet strength, consisting only of fibres of natural origin that quickly disperse in water, and that are 100% biodegradable.
Online trading and marketing are currently some of the widely discussed issues in the industry. The forthcoming Heimtextil exhibition in Frankfurt am Main will include a special two-day lecture series for retailers and e-commerce novices.
Throughout the trade fair, that will be held from 8-11 January, the Webchance Academy, a lecture forum on successful internet advertising and selling, will provide information on opportunities in online selling and marketing.
On the 8 and 10 January e-commerce experts will share their insights on the latest developments in online marketing. Also, retailers will report on their web activities, their entry into internet commerce and their journeys towards becoming multichannel suppliers.
The Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) has been awarded with the German Resource Efficiency Award 2013 for the research project ‘CarbonWasteCycle – recycling concept for carbon fibre waste’.
The objective of the project is the re-use of carbon fibre cuttings or waste or bad batches for (extreme) lightweight construction using suitable recycling processes.
“Because sustainability is an important matter from a researcher’s perspective, we are proud to be honoured with this award,” said Andreas Berthel, Managing Director of the STFI.