Technology, Machinery & Equipment

Champion to showcase latest threads and yarns at Texprocess Americas

15th April 2014 0 comment
Champion Thread, a leading producer and supplier of industrial sewing threads, yarns, narrow fabrics, and product identification solutions, will be showcasing its products at the Texprocess Americas 2014 trade fair that will be held from 13-15 May in Atlanta, GA. As part of the Supply Chain USA pavilion, the company will exhibit a complete range of polyester, nylon, cotton, and flame retardant industrial sewing threads as well as its engineered, specialty and technical yarns.

ITMA and EDANA plan nonwovens conference

15th April 2014 0 comment
The International Association for the Nonwovens and Related Industries (EDANA) and MP Expositions, the organiser of ITMA 2015, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), intended to support the organisation of a conference on nonwovens during ITMA 2015 that will be taking place from 12-19 November in Milan. Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA, commented: “For more than 40 years, EDANA has served its member companies through a number of programmes and events designed to bring the industry together. We share a common objective of helping the textile and, in our case, nonwoven industries reach out to a wider audience through greater innovations and education.”

Eastman Cyphrex microfibres win EDANA INDEX14 Award

14th April 2014 0 comment
Eastman Chemical has received the EDANA INDEX14 Innovation in Raw Material Award for its Eastman Cyphrex microfibres. EDANA, the international association for the nonwovens and related industries, presented the award last week, on the opening day of INDEX14 in Geneva, Switzerland.

New spunlace wipes line for China’s DDN

14th April 2014 0 comment
International technology Group Andritz has received an order from DDN Beijing Dongfang Dayuan Nonwoven-Fabric, China, to supply a new spunlace line for the production of wipes from viscose/PES (30-80 g/m²). Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015. DDN is one of the leading Chinese nonwovens producers and has already had two Andritz lines in operation for many years now. The new Andritz neXline spunlace with an annual capacity of 8,000 tons is equipped with an eXcelle VarioWeb card with three doffers, a Jetlace Essentiel hydroentanglement unit, and a Perfodry Avantage through-air dryer.

Bayer supports development of coated textiles

14th April 2014 0 comment
Bayer MaterialScience, the leading polymer company, has inaugurated its state-of-the-art textile coating pilot line in Shanghai, China. At its headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany, the company has also installed new lab facilities, among them a lab coater. Along with the dedicated lab space in Pittsburgh, USA, these new investments are expected to allow Bayer to further strengthen its capabilities in the coated textile sector.

JEC Americas 2014 Innovation Awards announced

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

TenCate and PROOF Research announce exclusive partnership agreement

11th April 2014 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading supplier of advanced thermoset and thermoplastic composites materials, and Performance Polymer Solutions have entered into an exclusive partnership to jointly develop, market and offer high temperature prepreg materials to the aerospace industry. The materials will be produced at the production facilities of TenCate in Morgan Hill, CA, USA, and will be formulated with the line of innovative, high temperature resin systems of Performance Polymer Solutions, based in Columbia Falls, MT, USA.

Tencel for flushable Nonwovens

11th April 2014 0 comment
Lenzing, the leading producer of the manmade cellulose fibres, believes it is satisfying the trend of the times in the nonwovens industry with its short-cut type cellulose fibre Tencel that is said to be ideal for high quality wipes and care wipes, due to its flushability properties. The market for wipes will grow by 6.5% per year, the company reports. In an increasing number of households one can find practical wipes for hygiene and care applications and the trend is on the rise. Many wipes are disposed of in the toilet whether they are flushable or not, which may lead to problems with blockages in public sewage systems. With Tencel, Lenzing supplies a raw material which is of botanic origin, contains no additives, and is biodegradable. When processed in the right way, practical wipes can be produced, which are environmentally friendly.

Albaad partners Voith Paper and Truetzschler for new nonwoven line

10th April 2014 0 comment
Albaad, the leading Israeli hygiene products manufacturer, Truetzschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers and Voith Paper teamed up to realise an innovative technology for flushable nonwovens. Albaad independently developed an innovative confidential technology of flushable fabrics (in accordance with EDANA/INDA definitions of flushability) with proofed advantages versus the existing technologies, the company reports.

TAL to get green-fingers at Greentech

10th April 2014 0 comment
Technical Absorbents (TAL) will be displaying an array of innovative fibre and fabric technologies that aid efficient water management at the new biennial exhibition dedicated to horticulture – GreenTech. The UK based Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturer will join around 100 exhibitors at the inaugural event that will be taking place from 10-12 June in Amsterdam.

EDANA announces winners of Index 14 Awards

9th April 2014 0 comment
Index14, the largest meeting place for the nonwovens supply chain and its customers, has started yesterday, with a ceremony to showcase excellence in the nonwovens and related industries. EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has announced the winners in each section of its Index 14 Awards.

Despite 2013 numbers, CRAiLAR makes progress towards profitability

9th April 2014 0 comment
Since its 1998 Canadian origin as a manufacturer of environmentally-friendly and ethically-produced clothing, CRAiLAR Technologies has focused on the development of a revolutionary, sustainable natural textile fibre. CRAiLAR’s technology is an enzymatic process for bast fibres such as flax and hemp that renders them as soft, durable, and absorbent as cotton. Requiring less water and cultivation than cotton, bast fibres are believed to have the potential to fill an expected gap in the global demand for cotton.

Ahlstrom Flow2Save filter media wins Index 14 Award

9th April 2014 0 comment
Ahlstrom’s Flow2Save product has won an INDEX 14 Award. The prize was awarded by EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, at INDEX, Europe's leading nonwovens exhibition which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, this week. At the exhibition Ahlstrom is presenting its extensive product range for life science, medical, beverages, water, and transportation filtration markets.

TenCate to supply lightweight armour systems to German army

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

Rockline Industries announces expansion

9th April 2014 0 comment
As part of its planned expansion, US based wipes manufacturer Rockline Industries has acquired a 240,000 square foot facility, on a 30-acre site, in Russellville, Arkansas. This aligns with the growth strategy to meet the growing needs of contract manufacturing and for the consumer demand of private label products.

Lenzing appoints new CFO

8th April 2014 0 comment
The Supervisory Board of Lenzing has appointed Thomas Riegler to serve as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer for the next three years starting on 1 June 2014. Born in Graz, Thomas Riegler studied business administration and has accumulated more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of financial management. He worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and held top international management positions in the Daimler Group.

Berria Bike launches frames reinforced by TeXtreme

8th April 2014 0 comment
Berria Bike, a manufacturer of high performance bikes, has introduced its new 2014 bikes in Feria de Madrid. The top models, Bravo Team 29 MTB and Team Belador Road, frames are constructed with the carbon fibre material TeXtreme. David Vitoria, R&D Manager, Berria Bike, commented: “We are very pleased to have TeXtreme carbon fibre fabrics in our top range of frames. Together with our technologies Triple Monocoque, EPSS and resins CNT Nanotech, TeXtreme has allowed us to build bike frames that have ultra-light weight combined with for us previously unthinkable high stiffness values. This has improved the reactivity and the feature set of our bikes.”

BMSvision monitoring systems at ITMA Asia 2014

8th April 2014 0 comment
BMSvision will exhibit the latest version of its Manufacturung Execution Systems (MES) for weaving, knitting, tufting and spinning, at ITMA Asia 2014 that will be taking place in Shanghai from16-20 June. All of these systems include software modules for real time machine monitoring, production scheduling, fabric inspection, yarn inventory management and traceability.

Composites Germany joins the EuCIA

8th April 2014 0 comment
Composites Germany, the trade association founded in 2013, has replaced the AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) as a member of the EuCIA (European Composites Industry Association). Through its membership of the EuCIA, Composites Germany is expected to be able to represent the interests of the German composites industry more broadly on the European level.

Anti-ageing fibre in Yaluronica cosmetotextile line

7th April 2014 0 comment
Meryl Hyaluronan, the anti-ageing fibre produced by Nylstar, has been selected as the fibre to develop GT Calze’s new and exclusive Yaluronica cosmeto-textile product line. The new product line was showcased during Cosmoprof Bologna 2014, which took place at the weekend. The launch is expected to mark a new direction for the cosmeto-textile segment.

RadiciGroup staple fibre portfolio at Index 2014

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

Suominen to introduce new logo for use with flushable wipes

7th April 2014 0 comment
Suominen, a leading manufacturer of nonwoven roll goods for wiping products, is introducing a new logo to depict the flushability and dispersibility of its Hydraspun Dispersible Substrates at the Index 14 exhibition that takes place in Geneva this week from 8-11 April. Saara Söderberg, VP Marketing and Product Management said: “We truly believe our customers will benefit from the chance to use our flushable logo on their packaging of flushable wipes in order to fully differentiate from other kinds of wipes, like baby wipes, which are mostly not designed to be flushed at all.”

Bolger & O’Hearn develop formaldehyde free binder

4th April 2014 0 comment
The chemicals company Bolger & O’Hearn has developed a new Formaldehyde Free and APEO free print and finish binder for textile and nonwoven applications. Altoma Binder 10580, the new product, has excellent fastness properties and very good mechanical stability while keeping a soft hand, according to the manufacturer. This may allow the product to be used in printing, finishing, as well as coatings for textile and nonwoven substrates.

Walk the Line floor covering from Milliken

4th April 2014 0 comment
Milliken innovation company introduces the Walk the Line collection, a new modular carpet with an open linear pattern that brings sophisticated movement to the floor plane. Colourful accent options from bright pops to neutrals add versatility to the range of interior aesthetics possible through the design, the company reports.

Freudenberg spunlaids achieve recycled content certification

3rd April 2014 0 comment
SCS Global Services (SCS), a leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, has certified the high level recycled content claim of Lutradur products manufactured by the Freudenberg Spunweb Company. Three specific styles of polyester spunlaid products made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and marketed under the Lutradur brand were certified. These have many industrial applications, including construction substrates, landscaping materials, residential and commercial wallpaper, carpet backings, automotive floor mats and carpeting, and specialised filtration devices.

Flushable wipes campaign nominated for award

3rd April 2014 0 comment
A public awareness campaign sponsored by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, and the Maine Wastewater Control Association (MWWCA) to educate consumers to not flush baby wipes down the toilet has been nominated for a 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Merit Award. Dave Rousse, INDA President, said: “This nomination for the 2014 EPA Environmental Merit Award is an honour and great recognition of a collaborative effort between the wipes industry members of INDA and the Maine Wastewater Control Association.”

Quadrant adds Fitnice woven vinyl flooring to its portfolio

2nd April 2014 0 comment
Quadrant Carpets, one of the UK's leading commercial flooring specialists, has extended its product portfolio by introducing the Fitnice woven vinyl flooring collection. This new collection comprising four unique woven patterns, each available in a selection of modern colours and in sheet or tile format, has been developed to provide specifiers with beautiful, yet durable textured flooring.

New 3D wovens plant for aero engine composites

2nd April 2014 0 comment
Safran and Albany International, the advanced textiles and materials processing company, have inaugurated a new plant in Rochester, New Hampshire, which will be producing 3D woven composite parts for aircraft engines. The inauguration ceremony, where Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and CEO of Safran, and Joseph Morone, President and CEO of Albany International, have announced the news, was held in the presence of representatives of the US and French governments.

Ohmatex launches new washable connector

2nd April 2014 0 comment
Ohmatex, a smart textile technology company, has launched its first fully washable connector, designed specifically to provide connectivity for smart textile products currently in development. The connector was designed in a way that it can be attached to a textile or thin conductive material. “The smart textile industry has been waiting for a solution like this,” said Ben Moir, of Wearable Experiments (currently developing an Alert Shirt for gaming).

Latest Truetzschler innovations to be shown in Shanghai

1st April 2014 0 comment
The Truetzschler Group’s four business units Spinning, Nonwovens, Man-Made Fibre and Card Clothing, as well as the Chinese Truetzschler Textile Machinery Shanghai (TTMS), will be exhibiting at the forthcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME trade fair that will take place from 16-20 June 2014 in Shanghai. TTMS will exhibit the Truetzschler Card TC 8 that has the longest carding section for optimal fibre protection and high performance, according to the manufacturer. Developments such as Setting Optimiser T-Con and the flats system MAGNOTOP are some typical features of Truetzschler cards, like the exhibited TC 8.

Ahlstrom showcases latest products at INDEX 2014

1st April 2014 0 comment
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre based materials company, will present its extensive product range at INDEX 2014 nonwovens exhibition that will be taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from April 8-11. The company will feature its newest products for the life science, medical, beverages, water and transportation filtration markets.

Groz-Beckert at Texprocess Americas 2014

31st March 2014 0 comment
Groz-Beckert, the leading provider of industrial machine needles, will be presenting its new products and service highlights at Texprocess Americas trade show for innovations in clothing manufacturing industry and textile processing, which takes place in Atlanta , GA, from 13- 15 May and runs parallel to Techtextil North America. The main focus of the company at the exhibition is SEWING5, the new service concept, which stands for the five S (Supply, Solutions, Service, Superiority and Sustainability), which collectively stand for Groz-Beckert's consistent customer focus and its service expertise.

Italian Meeting Point at Techtextil North America

31st March 2014 0 comment
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and ICE, Italian Trade Agency, will be taking part in the 2014 edition of Techtextil North America that will be taking place from 13-15 May in Atlanta, GA. The associations have organised a Meeting Point where 13 Italian machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for technical textiles, will show their innovative solutions. Among these companies the ACIMIT members include Bianco, Brazzoli, Corino, Cormatex, Dell’Orco & Villani, PMT Ribbons, Rollmac, S.R.S., Saspe, Siltex, Ugolini.

ACIMIT promotes exports of Italian textile machinery in Russia

31st March 2014 0 comment
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and ICE, Italian Trade Agency, will showcase Italy’s latest textile machinery to Russian textile manufacturers at a technology seminar that will be held in Ivanovo on 9 April. Accompanied by a series of visits to manufacturers and meetings with local authorities, the event is part of the Machines Italia in Russia plan, the goal of which is to re-launch exports of Italian machinery to the Russian market. Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT, commented: “Italian businesses are ready to meet the demands of modernizing Russia’s textile industry.”

Sigmatex announces €2.8 million investment

31st March 2014 0 comment
The carbon textile solutions company Sigmatex has announced a EUR 2.8 million investment programme that is due to come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2014, following the positive results that the company has achieved in the fourth quarter of 2013. The multi-axial investment programme includes another state of the art Liba Multi-axial line, which is further enhanced by a dedicated Meyer Powder Coating line incorporating infra-red heating and a belt press, to enhance the company’s strategy for nonwoven fabrics.

Organisational changes at Technical Fibre Products

28th March 2014 0 comment
Technical Fibre Products, a leading manufacturer of advanced nonwoven materials, has announced organisational changes at their USA based operations – Technical Fibre Products (TFP) and Electro Fiber Technologies. These changes include the appointment of John M. Haaland to the position of President of Technical Fibre Products, and Robert E. Duvall to the position of President of Electro Fiber Technologies (EFT), TFP’s fibre coating facility.

OrganoClick launches solution for biobased nonwovens

28th March 2014 0 comment
The Swedish cleantech company OrganoClick that develops and produces environmentally friendly chemical products has announced the upcoming launch of an expanded product portfolio of biobased binders at the INDEX nonwoven fair that will be taking place in Geneva from 8-11 April. According to the company, the launch will enable the manufacturing of nonwoven materials that only contain biobased or biodegradable components, such as water-repellent disposable tablecloths or isolation material of cellulosic fibres for use in moist environments. The first products containing the new binders are expected to be household products, such as disposable tablecloths, and it is anticipated that these products will reach the market by the end of 2014.

Demand for antimicrobial fibres, textiles and apparel is set for strong growth

28th March 2014 0 comment
Demand for antimicrobial fibres, textiles and apparel is set for strong growth, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence – Antimicrobial fibres, fabrics and apparel: innovative weapons against infection . Demand will be spurred primarily by growing awareness among consumers of the importance of personal hygiene and the health risks posed by certain microorganisms.

Date change for ISPO Beijing

27th March 2014 0 comment
Messe München International is moving ISPO Beijing to a time slot one month earlier than usual in 2015. This one-time change had to be made because of the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated during the usual date range for ISPO Beijing. Asia’s most powerful sports business platform will be held from 28-31 January 2015 at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing.

Invista breaks ground for HMD and nylon 6,6 polymer projects in China

27th March 2014 0 comment
Invista has started a construction of new hexamethylene diamine (HMD) and nylon 6,6 polymer plants at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China. These facilities mark a key milestone in the company’s plans for integrated nylon 6,6 facilities in Chinese market. More than 300 people attended the ceremony, including senior government officials from SCIP, the Jinshan government and related authorities, local customers, Invista leadership and employees. “China is one of the most important regions for our growth strategy,” said Jeff Gentry, Invista’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We have seen significant growth in the region in recent years, and we plan to continue to bring our latest innovative technologies here.”

TenCate Millenia fabrics selected by Dutch fire brigade

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

Bentley Motors to host composites innovation event

26th March 2014 0 comment
A manufacturing cluster event, which will look at how design can drive innovation, is to be hosted by Bentley Motors next month. Luxury car maker Bentley will be hosting the event for companies in the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials product supply chains on Tuesday 29th April at its headquarters in Crewe, North West England. The event ‘A Winning Edge: the difference is design’, will also report on the ‘3D Light Trans’ composites research project co-funded by the EC under the 7th Framework Programme. The ground breaking project, aims to develop highly flexible and low cost production technologies.

Greater focus on clothing industry at Texprocess 2015

26th March 2014 0 comment
The international textile and clothing industry will be presenting itself for the third time at Texprocess, the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials, that will be taking place from 4-7 May 2015 in Frankfurt. “Thanks to a clear increase in visitors and robust exhibitors’ figures, Texprocess continued to consolidate its position as a leading international trade fair in 2013,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

Ahlstrom introduces high performance surgical drapes

25th March 2014 0 comment
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre based materials company, has introduced Ahlstrom TrustShield, an extensive range of surgical drapes for the operating room. The company’s broad range of single-use surgical drapes are said to offer consistent protection and performance, ensuring the safety of the surgical staff and patients.

Coatema presents prepreg production lines at JEC 2014

24th March 2014 0 comment
Coatema presented information about prepreg production technology at the world’s largest exhibition for composites JEC 2014 that took place in Paris last week. The three day show and conference offered a great networking platform for Coatema and because of the increasing demand for machinery in the composites sector, the company has implemented special marketing efforts and dedicated resources to the prepreg and composites industries.

Radyarn UV Stabilised for outdoor furnishings and marine applications

24th March 2014 0 comment
RadiciGroup, an Italian chemicals company, has produced its Radyarn UV Stabilised, a high-performance, tailorable, high-quality, sustainable yarn, available in solution-dyed and recycled-PET versions. Radyarn UV Stabilised is among the top specialties of the product range offered by RadiciGroup PET yarn – a leading European producer of continuous polyester yarn. The product is a high-performance yarn with intrinsic anti-UV-ray properties that are said to make it ideal for fabrics used for awnings, outdoor furnishings and marine applications.

China round table discusses future of textiles

24th March 2014 0 comment
The 9th Annual Conference of China Textile Round-Table Forum, co-sponsored by Oerlikon Manmade Fibers, was held on 23 February 2014 at the Beijing Kunlun Hotel. The annual event was attended by over 320 members, including personnel of related government departments, CNTAC and related industry associations, as well as well known domestic and foreign entrepreneurs.

Eurocel – new fibre with a European footprint

21st March 2014 0 comment
Lenzing, a leading producer of man-made cellulose fibres, is presenting a new fibre concept Eurocel for the nonwovens industry at the Index trade fair that will be taking place from 8-11 April 2014 in Geneva.

AATCC focuses on filtration and UV protective clothing

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

Second edition of ACIMIT Green Guide published

20th March 2014 0 comment
The new edition of the ACIMIT Green Guide has been available since early March. It provides a summary of the actions taken by Italian textile machinery firms in the field of sustainability, in terms of savings in resources used during the textile production process. Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT commented: “This guide supports the strong commitment of Italy’s textile machinery industry to the issue of sustainability.” The Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) Green Guide illustrates the sustainable technologies supplied by Italian textile machinery manufacturers.

Climachill: Apparel that lowers body temperature

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

Groz-Beckert felting solutions at ITMA Asia + CITME 2014

20th March 2014 0 comment
Groz-Beckert, the leading provider of industrial machine needles, will be presenting its new products and service highlights at ITMA Asia + CITME trade fair that is due to be held in Shanghai, China, from 16-20 June. In the centre of Groz-Beckert’s show presence stands the TexCar – a Mercedes-Benz E-Class model that was rebuilt so that nearly all of the textiles used in its manufacture were laid open. This exhibit allows a free view of woven and knitted fabric, nonwovens and seams, and demonstrates the diversity of textile applications. The use of textiles goes beyond seat covers, carpets and car mats. They are also featured in safety equipment, such as airbag and safety belt, and under the hood and at the wheels.

No glass ceiling – from fracking to wind power

20th March 2014 0 comment
As I’ve mentioned previously in this column, carbon fibre has some pretty glamorous associations, what with being able to latch onto the Boeing and Airbus superplanes and hundreds of next-generation military and space programmes, in addition to Formula 1 and high profile programmes such as BMW’s latest i-series electric cars.

World of Wipes 2014 brings entire supply chain together

19th March 2014 0 comment
Hundreds of key executives from the entire global wipes supply chain will gather in Minneapolis, MN, for three days of market leading information and networking at the 2014 World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference that will be held from 2-5 June at the Depot Renaissance Hotel. Organised by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the WOW conference is the premier event for the wipes industry. Now in its 8th year, the event will feature industry leading speakers, roundtable discussions, market forecasts, award presentations, networking opportunities and more. Bringing together the entire vertical chain, including raw material suppliers, roll goods suppliers, machinery/equipment suppliers, converters, brand owners and end product manufacturers, WOW covers dry and wet wipes for consumer, industrial, medical, healthcare, personal care and hygiene end-uses.

Special textiles may offer protection from harmful UV radiation

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

FabricLink Network announces the 2014 Top 10 Textile Innovation Awards

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

LAUNCH Innovation Challenge Looks Northward

19th March 2014 0 comment
LAUNCH, the global innovation platform formed in 2010 as a strategic partnership between Nike, NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration), USAID (The US Agency for International Development), and the US Department of State, has announced its 2014 challenge in collaboration with companies, NGOs and governmental organiations in the Nordic countries—a region long-known for its leadership in sustainable development. The newly-created LAUNCH Nordic includes the companies IKEA, Novozymes, and Kvadrat, as well as the Global Green Growth Forum, The Danish EPA, and the Fund for Green Business Development.

Owens Corning launches WUCS 9703 for improved line speed and strength

18th March 2014 0 comment
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fibre reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems, has introduced WUCS 9703 wet use chopped strands enabling improved line speed and tensile strength when manufacturing wet-process glass veils. The product’s end-use applications include tile, cushion, and luxury vinyl flooring, and asphalt roofing shingles. The company has exhibited at the JEC Europe trade show, the largest annual composites trade show that was held in Paris, France, last week, where Owens Corning has introduced its latest innovations for automotive and energy industries.

Swiss winding technology leader appoints new CFO and Head of After Sales

18th March 2014 0 comment
The Swiss based SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler AG, the leader in the market of winding technology, has appointed Marco Sarain as CFO and Christian Widmer as Head of After Sales Services. The company’s competence lies in the handling of yarn during the winding and yarn processing operations, to obtain best package quality that combines all the necessary characteristics. This serves as a foundation for the optimisation of quality and efficiency in the downstream processes. Despite the competitive situation in the textile machinery business, SSM has been able to maintain its market leadership, the company reports. SSM is planning to continue to strengthen its personnel, thereby retaining strong market position.

Oeko-Tex targets nonwovens at index14

18th March 2014 0 comment
Oeko-Tex Association will have its own information stand for the first time at index14, the leading international trade fair for the nonwovens industry that will take place from 8-11 April in Geneva, Switzerland. Experts from several Oeko-Tex institutes and also from the Oeko-Tex Secretariat and Certification Centre will be available for personal talks during the four day fair that is expected to attract about 12,500 visitors.

Hunter Sportswear introduces class 5 safety gloves for ice-skaters

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

INDA honours nonwovens experts with Lifetime Achievement Awards

17th March 2014 0 comment
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has recognised two expert nonwovens industry advocates with its most prestigious awards at the association’s annual meeting and leadership conference that took place from 10-12 March as the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, FA. Joseph D. Wahlquist of Rockline Industries has been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards for Lifetime Technical Achievement and Thomas A. Justice of Zene, LLC, has been recognised for Lifetime Service.

Owens Corning launches new solution for SMC systems in automotive applications

17th March 2014 0 comment
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fibre reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems, has announced a new multi-end roving designed for epoxy sheet moulding compound (SMC) systems in automotive applications at the JEC Europe 2014 show that has been taking place last week in Paris. “Taking weight out of cars is required to enable meeting CO2 emission regulations and fuel economy standards. In combination with the epoxy resin system, the ME1510 solution provides the opportunity for significant part weight reduction compared to steel,” said Hans Van Der Steen, Owens Corning Business Development Leader for Structural Composites. “Furthermore, the SMC process technology provides the right balance between moulding cycle times, design freedom (allowing for function integration), and high mechanical properties.”

ITMA ASIA + CITME sold out spaces ahead of event

15th March 2014 0 comment
The fourth combined ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition that will be taking place from 16-20 June 2014 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre is gearing up for another mega showcase. The show will take 15% larger space than during the last edition in 2012. To-date, the event has attracted the participation of 1,351 textile machinery manufacturers from 27 countries and regions. Charles Beauduin, President of CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, said: “Textile machinery manufacturers are still buoyant about the Asian market, particularly China. Investments in cost-effective technology to help the textile and garment industry stay ahead of the competition are still strong. As such, our combined show will continue to be the unrivalled marketing platform for textile machinery manufacturers tapping into the vibrant China market.”

Owens Corning introduces Performax SE4849 Type 30 roving for LFT-PP

15th March 2014 0 comment
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fibre products for composite systems, has launched its new Performax SE4849 Type 30 roving at the JEC Europe 2014 show that has been taking place this week in Paris. The Performax SE4849 roving is specially designed and engineered for long fibre reinforced thermoplastic polypropylene (LFT-PP), and is said to enable faster compounding line speeds for improved cost efficiency.

‘Spacetex’ project takes functional textiles into outer space

14th March 2014 0 comment
On 28 May 2014, the six-month Blue Dot space mission lifts off. A German astronaut from ESA will be among those on board the International Space Station ISS, who will be carrying out about 40 experiments. These will include the Specatex project, the first clothing physiology experiments to be carried out in weightlessness, which it is hoped will shed light on the interaction between body, clothing and climate.

Owens Corning launches chop roving for weaving and knitting applications

14th March 2014 0 comment
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fibre reinforcements for composite systems, has introduced its new ME 3060 roving at the JEC Europe show that has been taking place this week in Paris, France. According to the company, this new multi-end roving, used as chop, combines excellent processing characteristics with enhanced final laminate surface quality.

SPESA VIP event to welcome sewn products and textile industries to Atlanta

14th March 2014 0 comment
The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) will host the third biennial edition of its SPESA VIP Networking Event on 13 May 2014 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta Georgia. Held in conjunction with the co-located Texprocess Americas, Techtextil North America and JEC Show Americas tradeshow events, the popular opening evening event will provide show exhibitors and attendees with an exclusive opportunity to dine and network with fashion, sewn products, and technical textile industry leaders and peers.

CEMATEX provides grant to institutes participating at ITMA 2015

14th March 2014 0 comment
The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, CEMATEX, has announced that it will provide a grant to all participants of the Research and Education Pavilion at ITMA 2015 that will take place from 12-19 November in Milan, Italy. Charles Beauduin, President of CEMATEX, explained: “Investments in research and development, as well as education and training, are extremely important if the textile and garment industry is to stay ahead of the technology curve. Due to strong response and positive feedback following our initiative at ITMA 2011, we have decided to continue to provide the grant to pavilion participants at ITMA 2015.”

Archroma solutions for China sportswear market

13th March 2014 0 comment
Archroma, a leader in specialty chemicals, will participate in the upcoming China Outdoor Sports Industry Summit 2014 that will take place from 12-14 March at the Crowne Plaza Century Park Hotel, Shanghai, China.

Milliken presents new floor covering collections

13th March 2014 0 comment
The richness of a structured loop textile is explored with two new floor covering collections from Milliken innovation company, Inis Mór and Landscape. The collections enlarge the company's portfolio of high-performance product offerings. “Resilient textile constructions in floor coverings enable designers to elevate their space through both aesthetics and performance,” said Barbara Haaksma, Vice President of Design and Marketing for Milliken’s floor covering division. “By exploring the many ways a construction method can offer a variety of design qualities, Milliken can continue to provide floor coverings that fulfil a variety of designer and end user needs.”

Owens Corning introduces new rovings product for wind turbines

13th March 2014 0 comment
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fibre reinforcements for composite systems, has introduced an enhanced WindStrand Type 30 roving products platform for weaving fabrics at the JEC Europe show and conferences that has been taking place this week in Paris. The new product range is designed to deliver productivity and performance benefits to OEMs constructing and operating wind turbines in challenging on and off-shore locations with differing wind speed conditions. In combination with this redefined wind product platform, Owens Corning has also unveiled its next-generation Ultrablade G3 unidirectional and new Ultrablade Triax fabric solutions for specific wind turbine rotor blade applications.

Creative warp yarn feeding systems at TTNA

12th March 2014 0 comment
The Swiss-headquartered Crealet AG, a leader in electronically controlled warp let-off devices for narrow and wide weaving machines, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will exhibit at the Techtextil North America trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens together with its representative Symtech Inc.

Miller Weldmaster responds to growing demand for geosynthetics

12th March 2014 0 comment
A report recently published by The Freedonia Group projects that global demand for geosynthetics will reach 5.2 billion squares in 2017. As geo liner and cover manufacturers gear up for this increased demand, Miller Weldmaster offers a range of solutions for cutting back on production times and costs associated with production time.

Miller Weldmaster installs first machine in Paraguay

11th March 2014 0 comment
Miller Weldmaster, a supplier of fabric welding solutions, sent a team to Paraguay in January 2014, when James Miller, an application specialist who has been with the company for nearly 15 years, installed the company’s first-ever machine in the country. In total, Miller Weldmaster has installed over 3,000 machines in over 100 countries worldwide. The company offers a wide range of machine lines, customised to meet any manufacturing specifications and demands.

Tencate introduces composite air cargo containers

11th March 2014 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armor USA has signed a teaming agreement with Air Cargo Containers to manufacture lightweight air cargo containers. These innovative protective containers will be presented this week at the World Cargo Symposium held in Los Angeles, CA, USA, from 11-13 March. Air Cargo Containers Co-founder and CEO Scott Oracheff commented: “We're excited to have TenCate manufacture our containers. In addition, we look forward to introducing this breakthrough technology together at IATA.”

TenCate supplies protective fabric for Dutch military mission in Mali

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

Autefa moves into thermally bonded nonwovens

10th March 2014 0 comment
Autefa Solutions Switzerland AG, formerly Strahm Hi-Tex System AG, was founded to support the group’s expansion into the field of thermally bonded nonwovens with the future range of machinery to include equipment for thermobonding and drying, as well as cutting and winding technology. “With this strategic expansion of our product programme we are now able to offer turnkey lines also in the field of thermally bonded nonwovens and for applications in drying technology. We are very pleased to employ a team of specialists for the engineering and sales of such lines in our new location in Switzerland,” commented Dr Stefan Schlichter, CEO of Autefa Solutions Group. “Especially with regard to the efficient use of energy resources, we will extend the excellent technology of former Strahm, in order to combine innovative concepts with our proven technologies in the interests of our customers.”

BlkBox Surf boards reinforced by TeXtreme

10th March 2014 0 comment
BlkBox Surf is an American brand and manufacturer of Stand-Up-Paddle (SUP) boards that is using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics to achieve weight savings and mechanical performance benefits. “TeXtreme offers all the best properties of unidirectional carbon in a woven fabric that creates a lighter, stronger surfboard or paddleboard. Our athletes have won race series championships the past three years in a row on our standup paddleboards made with TeXtreme,” said Matt Campbell, BlkBox Surf owner.

RadiciGroup brands report volume growth for 2013

7th March 2014 0 comment
RadiciGroup closed the year 2013 with greater market share in many of its target polyester market sectors. Positive results were achieved in the outdoor furnishings, technical/industrial and automotive segments. “The year 2013 was a positive one for us,” said Paolo Radici, member of the RadiciGroup Board of Directors and CEO of the RadiciGroup PET Yarn Business Unit. “Despite the difficult economic situation in Europe, we managed to grow and gain a good share for our products in our chief target markets.” “All three of our companies achieved improvement: the two Italian sites in Chignolo d’Isola and Andalo Valtellino, and the Swiss facility in Stabio, with a combined total of 341 employees.”

Groz-Beckert to exhibit at INDO inter TEX

7th March 2014 0 comment
Groz-Beckert, the leading provider of industrial machine needles, will be exhibiting its selected knitting and felting needles at the 12th edition of Indonesia International Textile and Garment Machinery & Accessories Exhibition (INDO inter TEX) that will take place from 23-26 April in Jakarta, Indonesia. In its product portfolio Groz-Beckert features the innovative needle geometry LoopControl of chain stitch and lockstitch needles, the needles with distinctive roundings, as well as needles for fine materials or for material that is extremely difficult to sew. The special application needles SAN 10 and SAN 10 XS guarantee higher quality through best possible protection of the sewn material and contribute to the increased productivity, the company reports.

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

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

Key technologies at Dornbirn MFC

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

Groz-Beckert at Saigontex 2014

6th March 2014 0 comment
Groz-Beckert, the leading provider of industrial machine needles, will be exhibiting its selected knitting and felting needles at the Vietnam Saigon Fabric and Garment Accessories Expo Saigontex that will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from 10-13 April 2014. The company acknowledges the challenges that the today’s dynamic market is creating, such as increased competition, the growing need for sustainable productivity and efficiency. It introduces SEWING5, the new service concept, which stands for the five S (Supply, Solutions, Service, Superiority and Sustainability), which collectively stand for Groz-Beckert's consistent customer focus and its service expertise. In its product portfolio Groz-Beckert features the innovative needle geometry LoopControl of chain stitch and lockstitch needles, the needles with distinctive roundings, as well as needles for fine materials or for material that is extremely difficult to sew. The special application needles SAN 10 and SAN 10 XS guarantee higher quality through best possible protection of the sewn material and contribute to the increased productivity, the company reports.

TeXtreme technology in award winning snowboard

6th March 2014 0 comment
Swedish carbon fibre reinforcements producer Oxeon’s TeXtreme product has been used in an award winning snowboard. Snowboard brand Jones Snowboards has been awarded best in class for its Ultracraft Splitboard reinforced by TeXtreme at the leading international sports business tradeshow ISPO in Munich, Germany. Jones Ultracraft Splitboard was recognised as the winner in the Action Segment Splitboard category. ISPO Awards honour the most exceptional sporting goods developments, which are selected by a jury of independent sports business professionals. Also named a 2013 Gear of the Year award winner by National Geographic, the Ultracraft Splitboard joins the ranks of the world’s best products. “This is a huge honour for us,” said Jones Snowboards Founder, Jeremy Jones. “Our commitment to providing riders with the best, most progressive gear is what drives our brand. Knowing that the global snow sports industry finds the Ultracraft as revolutionary as we do is exciting and humbling.”

EDANA announces nominees for the INDEX14 Awards

6th March 2014 0 comment
INDEX 14, the largest meeting place between the players in the nonwovens supply chain and its customers, will once again showcase the INDEX 14 Award Excellence in the nonwovens and related industries on 8 April, the opening day of the exhibition that will take place from 8-11 April in Geneva, Switzerland.

Hygiene and safety with RAL quality certification marks

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

TenCate receives Silver Boeing Supplier Performance Award

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

Eco approach from Autefa at INDEX

4th March 2014 0 comment
Autefa Solutions will tell visitors all about material and energy efficiency, and the processing of renewable and recyclable fibres at INDEX 2014 that will take place from 8-11 April in Geneva. Dr Stefan Schlichter, CEO of Autefa Solutions explained: “At INDEX we present latest technologies and developments that support and secure the success of our customers. The technologies and machines of Autefa Solutions stand for continuous process improvements and ensure a significant increase in product quality.”

Joint venture to supply Indian hospitals

3rd March 2014 0 comment
The manufacturer and exporter of medical disposables, Jajoo Surgical, India, and the Swedish based Investkonsult have officially opened their joint venture for manufacturing underpads and maternity pads for the hospital and institution market segment in India. The ceremony was honoured by Karl Edberg from the Swedish Embassy in New Delhi. Both companies are small family owned businesses and the new production plant is said to be a natural expansion of Jajoo surgical, one of the leading suppliers for bleached cotton in India. The joint venture in Dewas, near Indore, India, will be called Jajoo Hygiene Pvt Ltd.

Coatema demonstrates leading edge technology at Open House

3rd March 2014 0 comment
Live demonstrations of leading edge technology for advanced high-tech research projects were the focus of an Open House at the Coatema Coating Machinery in Dormagen, Germany. More than 100 international visitors from the industry, research institutes and universities attended the daylong event at one of the largest facilities of its type.

Milliken appoints new floor coverings chief

3rd March 2014 0 comment
Milliken has appointed Jim McCallum as the company’s’ new Floor Covering Division President. McCallum joins Milliken with more than 30 years’ experience in the textile and carpet industry, including senior leadership positions at Interface, Mohawk and Lees Carpets. The industry veteran will be located at the Milliken Corporate Headquarters and Design Center in Spartanburg, SC, USA. He will report directly to Joe Salley, Milliken President and CEO, and is expected to help to move Milliken forward in providing industry-leading products.

Call for Papers for FILTECH 2015

3rd March 2014 0 comment
With the FILTECH Show taking place from 24th-26th February 2015, the City of Cologne in Germany will turn into the top-meeting-place for all those involved with filtration and separation and adjacent sectors.

India releases Compendium on Standards for Technical Textiles

1st March 2014 0 comment
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in collaboration with Ministry of Textiles and Bureau of Indian standards has held a second National Seminar on Standards in Technical Textiles that took place on 25 February at Mayfair Banquets Worli, Mumbai. This year’s theme was Role of Standardisation in Health safety and Environment. Zohra Chatterji , Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, delivered the inaugural speech at the beginning of the event. A compendium on Standards for Technical Textiles was also released at the seminar. Sujit Gulati, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, A B Joshi, Textiles Commissioner, Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Textiles Committee and Managing Director, Ginni Filaments and Dr A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, along with other leading ‘industry captains’ joined the seminar to share their thoughts.

FICCI urges formulation of standards in technical textiles

28th February 2014 0 comment
FICCI has urged its Ministry of Textiles and BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) to expedite the formulation of standards in technical textiles for health, safety and environment reasons. Speaking at the second National Seminar on Standards in Technical Textiles, Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, FICCI Committee on Textiles and Technical Textiles, said that there has been progress in the formulation of standards in the last two to three years, but there is a need to focus more on areas such as health, hygiene and safety, which would encourage the use of technical textiles in the country and also help in exports. According to the Compendium on Standards in Technical Textiles released at the seminar, the domestic market of technical textiles is expected to reach Rs 1.58 lac crore by 2016-2017 with an estimated annual growth of 20%.

Juba introduces new light-weight style glove

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

Reicofil to launch innovative combination product at Index

28th February 2014 0 comment
Reifenhäuser Reicofil has announced it will launch an innovative combination product made of nonwoven and film at Index 2014 in Geneva, which takes place from 8-11 April.

A successful year for Sandler AG

26th February 2014 0 comment
Bavarian nonwovens producer Sandler AG has reported a successful year 2013, during which the company has generated a sales volume of EUR 274 million, manufacturing approximately 100,000 tonnes of nonwovens. The Sandler team also grew in 2013, with a staff of 600 now working in the company’s headquarters in Schwarzenbach. According to the company, it achieved very good results in all market segments from nonwovens for hygiene applications and wipes substrates for care and cleaning to technical applications in industrial and household uses. The hygiene, wipes and automotive segments were major contributors to Sandler’s success. Long-term development projects were also successfully implemented and established on the market.

Nobody saw it coming, let alone in 3D...

26th February 2014 1 comment
There’s a wealth of know-how in fibres and yarns for technical textiles behind the small Dutch company Applied Polymer Innovations BV (API). Based in Emmen, it has brought together around 20 of the key specialists who have previously worked at now-vanished major European producers including Enka, Akzo Nobel, Acordis and Diolen. Today, it is largely involved in R&D and lab and pilot-scale activities.

Cytec prepregs used for electric vehicle battery enclosures

26th February 2014 0 comment
Working together with Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), Cytec Industrial Materials has developed MTM 23, a tailored, self-releasing rapid-cure vinyl ester resin system, to satisfy the criteria for production of a composite electrical vehicle battery enclosure that would meet a number of rigorous performance requirements. These included 30° offset-barrier, side-impact, and rear-barrier crash; 50 G impulse shock (X, Y, Z); post-crash package integrity; fire-resistance testing; 3-m drop testing (bottom/end); 1-m water-submersion test; and vibration/shock testing. Cytec and CSP also worked together on data generation, ply design and press production technology. That close collaboration enabled CSP to manufacture parts in less than 10 minutes at a 150° cure, but MTM 23 has the capability to be rapid-cured in less than 3 minutes, the manufacturer reports.

Elegance with YKK and Alcantara

25th February 2014 0 comment
A designer of fastening solutions YKK is showcasing its new collections at the Spring/Summer 2015 session of Modamont international trade fair that takes place from 18-20 February in Paris. Due to hit the stores in summer 2015, YKK has come up with a new twist on sophisticated zippers using a singular modern material that is both sensual and functional – Alcantara, for an upmarket, high-performance zipper, suitable for various applications. Alcantara is a mock suede type fabric, which is produced by combining an advanced spinning process (producing very low denier bi-component "islands in the sea" fibre) and chemical and textile production processes (needle punching, buffing, impregnation, extraction, finishing, dyeing, etc.) which interact with each other.

Exports continue to drive Italian textile machinery

25th February 2014 0 comment
Orders for textile machinery rose during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to figures provided by the economics department at ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers. The development shows a 5% increase compared to the previous quarter. However, on the domestic side, orders fell by 15%, due to a highly critical situation for the Italian market. Exports rose by 7% over the previous quarter, and remain the main growth driver for Italian manufacturers. Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT, commented: “We’re quite satisfied with our performance on foreign markets, although we remain somewhat distressed by the situation in our domestic market. Abroad, our promotional efforts for 2014 will serve to help us find new business opportunities in growing markets.”

Technical Fibre Products adds lamination to nonwovens business

25th February 2014 0 comment
Technical Fibre Products (TFP) has extended its manufacturing capability to include lamination as a complement to the company’s established nonwovens business. A new flat-bed laminator with powder scatter capability has now been fully commissioned and provides the means to add value to TFP’s Optiveil and Optimat nonwovens for composites, Tecnofire passive fire protection and thermal insulation materials. The value can take several forms – bonding of multi-layer structures, powder addition and compression.

Advanced digital manufacturing solutions at InPrint 2014

25th February 2014 0 comment
Digitising industrial printing and deposition processes has transformational benefits, making them more flexible and responsive, more efficient, more environmentally responsible and more profitable, according to Xennia Technology, a company which will be offering its advanced digital manufacturing solutions at the InPrint 2014 industrial print show as a founding partner and sponsor. InPrint, taking place in Hannover, Germany, from 8-10 April 2014, is the first trade exhibition solely committed to print technology for industrial manufacturing.

Groz-Beckert at Exintex 2014

21st February 2014 0 comment
Groz-Beckert will be exhibiting its selected knitting and felting needles at Exintex 2014 exhibition that takes place from 11-14 March 2014 in Puebla, Mexico, where a broad spectrum of new products from the textile, apparel and thread industry will be on display.

Groz-Beckert at Fimec 2014

21st February 2014 0 comment
Groz-Beckert will be presenting the latest products and services at the Fimec international fair for leather, fur and products and machines for footwear, with its agent NS Importação e Comércio Ltda. The show that takes place from 18-21 March 2014 in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, is expected to welcome about 600 exhibitors and 50 thousand visitors. The central theme of the fair will be SEWING5, Groz-Beckert's comprehensive services plan in support of its high quality product range.

Scott & Fyfe at JEC 2014

21st February 2014 0 comment
Scott & Fyfe, a supplier of reinforcement textiles to the composite industry, will be exhibiting its products at the JEC Europe 2014 show for the global composites industry that will take place from 11-13 March 2014 in Paris. With an extensive range of products designed to specifically meet the needs of customers, the company is a supplier for many of the leading composite producers. It serves across markets such as mass transit, automotive, marine, wind energy, construction and sports and leisure.

RadiciGroup gets environmental certification

21st February 2014 0 comment
Radici Fil SpA, a leader in the manufacture of PA6 and PA6.6 BCF yarn for the contract, residential, automotive and upholstery sectors has been awarded UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 certification for its environmental management systems. According to Radici Group, this is part of the company’s strategy to support sustainable economic growth. “ISO 14001 environmental certification, together with BS OHSAS 18001 certification, is an important step for us,” said Stefano Loro, Managing Director of Radici Fil. “It represents the evolution and optimisation of a management system that had been in place for quite some time at our company,” he added. “Our next step is going to be certification to ISO 50001, an energy management system standard that we intend to adopt to improve and optimize our performance in terms of energy efficiency.”

Efficient carpet production focus at Domotex

21st February 2014 0 comment
Oerlikon Neumag and Oerlikon Barmag will be presenting their solutions for efficient carpet production at this year’s Domotex Asia that will take place from 25-27 March at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center. The focus of the information will be on the three end BCF plant S+ from Oerlikon Neumag, as well as on the new tape yarn solution for carpet backings, EvoTape with WinTape, from Oerlikon Barmag.

Techtextil and Texprocess chosen for International Buyer Program

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

Chomarat presents the first C-Ply aircraft

20th February 2014 0 comment
Chomarat will present a small version of the VX-1 KittyHawk aircraft for the first time at JEC Europe 2014 that will take place from 11-13 March in Paris. This aircraft, designed by VX Aerospace, has a unique shape as it has no wings, which was made possible thanks to C-Ply, Chomarat’s advanced composite reinforcement material.

DiloGroup at INDEX 14

20th February 2014 0 comment
DiloGroup will provide comprehensive information about the applications of nonwoven fabrics at INDEX 2014 that will take place in Geneva from 8-11 April, attracting nonwovens producers, raw material suppliers and machine builders. The 11th edition of the show that has been taking place since 1984 will welcome more than 530 exhibitors who will offer their services and products.

JEC Europe announces winners of 2014 Innovation Awards

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

New surgical 'smart patch' for shoulder injury to be tested

19th February 2014 0 comment
An innovative 'surgical patch' that promotes rapid regrowth of tendon tissue could transform the success of shoulder repair operations. The patch will be used by surgeons to repair torn tendon tissue, and patient trials are expected to begin this year. Made from a new material developed by a team of surgeons, engineers and biochemists in Oxford, the 'smart patch' promotes rapid regrowth of damaged tissue ensuring the injury heals more quickly and more successfully.

Tracking down comfort with ‘Sherlock’

19th February 2014 0 comment
A new sweating thermal articulated manikin, built to look like a 175 cm tall man and with fully jointed limbs, has been named ‘Sherlock’ by customers and employees of the Hohenstein Institute. The latest piece of test equipment in the Clothing Physiology department came from the manufacturer MWNT with the name ‘Newton’. It is now the latest member of a large ‘test family’, which helps the experts at the international textile test and service centre to investigate and optimise the wearing comfort of textile products of all kinds.

Suominen launches Novolino nonwoven for tabletop products

19th February 2014 0 comment
Suominen, a supplier of nonwovens and flexible packaging, has launched a new range of nonwoven materials for use in tabletop applications in the hotel, restaurant and catering markets globally. The Novolino nonwoven range of substrates, featuring a number of unique attributes, has already seen commercial success in both Europe and the Americas, the company reports. The launch is in line with Suominen’s strategy of increasing the share of value added products in its portfolio.

SGL Group closes Umbria plant

18th February 2014 0 comment
SGL Group has announced the closure of its Italian graphite electrodes plant in Narni, Umbria, and of the related administration office in Lainate. The closure is part of the company’s global realignment strategy and the SGL2015 cost savings programme.

Sandler at INDEX 14

18th February 2014 0 comment
Bavarian nonwovens maker Sandler will be showcasing nonwovens for technical applications, such as acoustically efficient absorbers for cars, as well as its hygiene products and wipes at the 2014 INDEX trade fair that will take place from 8-11 April 2014 in Geneva. The company will be exhibiting in a new light-filled booth, inside which, nonwoven insulation materials on walls and ceiling create a comfortable indoor climate and provide quiet rooms. A patchwork picture made of different nonwoven qualities, equipped with print and embossed motifs, showcase acoustic efficiency combined with a host of design opportunities, Sandler reports. Visitors will also find sample collections showcasing Sandler’s latest developments for filtration, technical insulation, hygiene and wipes applications.

Faster and more efficient production of flexible ducts

18th February 2014 0 comment
Miller Weldmaster, a leader in machines for producing quality ducting products, offers the FX100 to duct manufacturers for faster, more efficient production of flexible ducts. The machine incorporates state-of-the-art automated technology to ensure duct manufacturers’ processes are faster and easier to operate. It is designed to weld a wide range of materials into wide reinforced flexible ducting, and is said to enable the welding of multiple sizes, lengths and ducting configurations.

Zoltek swings to loss in Q1

17th February 2014 0 comment
Zoltek has reported a net loss of $2.3 million in this year’s first quarter, compared to net income of $3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 and a net loss of $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. Operating loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was $0.4 million, a decline from operating income of $3.6 million reported during the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Zoltek has also reported a loss in sales that amounted to $35 million for the first quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, ended 31 December 2013. This compares to $35.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Practical progress and innovation at RHL

17th February 2014 0 comment
The UK-headquartered specialist producer of de-watering, squeezing and calendering rolls for textile finishers, Richard Hough (RHL), has announced a major practical breakthrough with the development of squeeze rolls, which automatically compensate for the deflection occurring under full load during water extraction. This, along with the earlier launch by RHL of the unique RoberteX fibre roll with full resistance to harsh chemicals, has attracted huge market interest, the company reports. The company is now planning further product introductions over the course of 2014. Meanwhile, commercial growth continues to focus on expansion in Asia markets, where RHL has already established a customer base.

Keynote speakers at Wearable Technology Show

14th February 2014 0 comment
The leading conference and event for the latest innovations in wearable technology, the Wearable Technology Show, has announced its lineup of keynote speakers. Comprised of some of the biggest names in the wearable space, these exclusive keynotes lead an array of more than 80 speakers, comprising the largest conference progranme of any wearable technology event. The show will take place from 18-19 March 2014, at the Olympia Conference Centre, London.

Vancive Medical Technologies at MD&M West 2014

14th February 2014 0 comment
Vancive Medical Technologies will showcase its portfolio of products at MD&M West 2014 trade fair that will take place from 11-13 February at Anaheim Convention Center, Chicago. Applications that will be featured at the show include surgical, wound care, ostomy and electromedical. “Exhibiting at MD&M West provides an excellent opportunity to showcase our comprehensive range of technologies and solutions to the medical industry,” said Crystal Humphreys, Global Segment Manager. “By leveraging our expertise in skin-friendly adhesives and material technologies we have developed a portfolio of products designed to meet the needs of medical device OEMs and end-users.”

Albany International expects sales growth in 2014

14th February 2014 0 comment
Albany International, an advanced textiles and materials processing company with core businesses in machine clothing and engineered composites, has reported $8.7 million income for the fourth quarter 2013. These results were increased by a net reduction in restructuring costs of $2.1 million and income tax adjustments of $0.6 million, and were decreased by foreign currency revaluation losses of $1.6 million. The company also expects a strong position for its Machine Clothing business in 2014.

Trützschler Nonwovens and partners at INDEX 2014

14th February 2014 0 comment
Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers, Trützschler Card Clothing and Voith Paper will present new and proven technologies for producing high-quality, differentiated nonwovens at INDEX 2014 leading nonwovens exhibition that will take place from 8-11 April in Geneva.

Americhem to lead seminar on weathering and durability for synthetic turf

14th February 2014 0 comment
Americhem Europe, a provider of custom colour and additive solutions for synthetic fibres, will lead a technical seminar on weathering and durability for synthetic turf during the AMI’s Grass Yarn and Tufters Forum 2014 at the Fira Palace Hotel in Barcelona, Spain. Led by Americhem’s Technical Service Director, EMEA, Michael Frisch, the seminar titled ‘The Impact of Weathering on Synthetic Turf Durability’ will take place on 20 February 2014.

North American nonwovens industry is strong, dynamic and constantly evolving

14th February 2014 0 comment
INDA President David Rousse said the North American nonwovens industry is ‘strong, dynamic and constantly evolving’, speaking to hundreds of international industry leaders from across the consumer products value chain at the 2014 VISION Consumer Product Conference in Dallas, Texas. In his state of the industry address at the annual event, he noted that nonwovens production has grown by more than 5% annually over the last five years versus 0.7 percent annual GDP growth in the US over the same period. “INDA member companies are continuing to invest in new expansions and upgrades, and even in other players in the industry, resulting in consolidation,” Rousse said. “The nonwovens industry is poised to benefit from the GDP gains to come in 2014 in all of the major global economies. It is a strong and vibrant industry and will remain so for a long time.”

Applied DNA Sciences’ revenues increase by 88%

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

Andritz Nonwoven at INDEX 2014

12th February 2014 0 comment
International technology group Andritz will be presenting its latest nonwovens solutions at INDEX 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland that will take place from 8-11 April. Andritz Nonwoven will be showcasing its latest innovations with its leading companies Andritz Asselin-Thibeau and Andritz Küsters. During the show, visitors will have the opportunity to visit the state-of-the-art technical centre for spunlace at Andritz Perfojet and see a spunlace pilot line. In addition, process experts will give a detailed presentation of all the equipment forming the spunlace line.

Freudenberg strengthens sites in Brazil

11th February 2014 0 comment
The technology company Freudenberg Group is underscoring its commitment to South America, by investing in nonwoven and seal production in Brazil. Both investments are part of a 40 million Brazilian Reais budget that Freudenberg had earmarked for the region in 2013 for innovations, capacity expansion and general process optimisation. The new technology and production plants will allow strengthening the sites at Jacareí and Diadema in the Federal State of São Paulo for the future. “Brazil is one of the Freudenberg Group’s strategic growth markets where we would like to gain greater market share,” commented Dr Mohsen Sohi, Speaker of the Freudenberg Group Board of Management.

Follow the paw print...

11th February 2014 0 comment
It sometimes seems as if every second person in Germany owns a Jack Wolfskin jacket, with its familiar paw logo. The brand – which employs 700 people in Germany and had 2013 turnover of €324 million – is tremendously popular in the country due to the quality and functionality of its garments, based around tried and tested material concepts like the Texapore range of waterproof shells. The brand’s popularity is growing elsewhere too. Despite a slight downturn in sales in its key markets of Germany and Austria in 2013 – in line with general trends – sales for the company in the UK were up by 45% and also in China by 25%.

TenCate continues working with Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production

10th February 2014 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading supplier of advanced thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials, has signed a new two-year partnership contract with AZL Aachen, the Center for Integrative Lightweight Production in Aachen, Germany. The companies will be jointly developing composite material solutions for emerging volume markets, such as the automotive industry and the oil and gas industry.

Miller Weldmaster finds partner in South Africa

10th February 2014 3 comments
In response to growing regional demand for quality vinyl materials and specialty products, particularly tents, Miller Weldmaster has partnered with a new South Africa-based distributor, Intamarket Graphics. “I am excited to have Intamarket distribute Miller Weldmaster’s products in Southern Africa,” said Ricardo Galligani, International Sales Manager at Miller Weldmaster. “With 20 years of experience in the region, Intamarket will provide excellent local sales and technical support to all users of Miller Weldmaster’s welders.”

Ahlstrom to modify its Executive Management Team

7th February 2014 0 comment
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre-based materials company, will refine its management structure to accelerate profitability and rapid implementation of the rightsizing programme. The company's operating model, with five business areas and common processes, will remain unchanged.

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

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

Hybrid Technologies Update Outdoor Product at OR Winter Market

6th February 2014 0 comment
A perfect storm of overlapping trade show schedules and an east coast blizzard reduced attendance at the Outdoor Retailer’s Winter Market 2014, held January 22 to 25 in Salt Lake City. Although the halls of the Salt Palace seemed quieter than usual, there was plenty of enthusiasm for the new products and technologies developed for winter weather from the more than 1,050 exhibitors. An important trend was the development of hybrid yarns, fabrics, and technologies that improved product function and often resulted in cost benefits. For example, the iconic down puffer jacket saw a number of innovative concepts in insulation, driven by the recent 30% rise in the cost of down, and the controversy over the force-feeding and live-plucking of geese.

Vestagen obtains rights to patented Schoeller technologies

6th February 2014 0 comment
Vestagen Technical Textiles has obtained worldwide rights from Schoeller Technologies to certain technologies that are integral to the unique properties of Vestex, the first of its families of active barrier protective fabrics that are clinically proven to prevent or reduce the acquisition and retention of microbes and other contaminants.

Textile industry comes back to life, especially in South

6th February 2014 1 comment
Decades after many people thought the US textile industry was dead, the industry generated $54 billion in shipments in 2012 and employed about 233,000 people. Business is on the upswing as Southern states, in particular, woo textile companies with tax breaks, reliable utilities, modern ports and airports and a dependable, trained and non union workforce. In 2013, companies in Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, Great Britain, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Switzerland, as well as in the US, announced plans to open or expand textile plants in Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Hockey Australia selects GreenFields TX

6th February 2014 0 comment
Hockey Western Australia has had a GreenFields TX artificial grass system installed in the Perth Stadium in Australia. This hockey system is identical to the one that will be featured at the 2014 World Cup this summer in the Kyocera and GreenFields Stadiums in The Hague, the Netherlands. GreenFields TX is a hockey system specially developed for this World Cup by textile technology group TenCate and a large number of leading hockey players. Trish Heberle, Performance Director of Hockey Australia, said: “The GreenFields TX hockey system is great and our athletes are enjoying training on the surface. The ball rolls straight and its behaviour is natural - two important characteristics. The fact that we are able to train on the same surface as the World Cup pitches is a major advantage.”

Biomedical Structures and MPC at MD&M West 2014

6th February 2014 0 comment
Biomedical Structures LLC (BMS), provider of biomedical textiles for medical devices and other clinical applications, will be exhibiting at the MD&M West 2014 alongside its partner, Modified Polymer Components (MPC), which specialises in the design, rapid prototyping and manufacture of polymer components for medical device OEMs. MD&M West is the largest medical OEM event that features every category of medical design and manufacturing industries. The event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, from 11-13 February.

Butterfly body liners wins INDA’s 2014 Visionary Award

5th February 2014 0 comment
A new kind of feminine hygiene product designed to protect women against light to moderate accidental bowel leakage (ABL) has been selected as the 2014 INDA’s Visionary Award winner by key industry executives from major consumer product companies and their supply chain. Butterfly Body Liners was selected from four finalist products as the most innovative new consumer product using nonwovens by hundreds of attendees at the Vision Consumer Product Conference in Dallas, Texas. “INDA’s Visionary Award recognises innovation and creativity in using nonwoven fabrics to address unmet needs. We congratulate Butterfly Health and their category-creating product innovation, Butterfly Body Liners, and their mission to improve consumer’s lives and well-being. Butterfly provides a novel solution to an important health need and is exactly the type of innovation we hope to encourage in the nonwovens industry.”

Summoning up the future from thin air...

5th February 2014 1 comment
Some very big claims are being made for the potential benefits of wearable technologies, and not least in the field of mobile health applications, or so-called mHealth. According to Qualcomm Life, headquartered in San Diego, California, this will save the USA $305 billion in the next decade as a result of the increased productivity it brings to the medical industry, along with a further $205 billion from the widespread adoption of home-based remote monitoring. There are 300 million people in Europe and North America and 860 million worldwide with at least one chronic disease and it’s estimated that 25% would immediately benefit from wireless home monitoring solutions.

TFP Nonwovens in space

5th February 2014 0 comment
Technical Fibre Products has announced that its nonwovens are present on the recently launched European Space Agency (ESA) satellite GAIA. Technical Fibre Products (TFP) has supplied the material through RUAG Space, a leading provider of thermal insulation to the space industry. TFP’s nonwoven can be found in the satellites solar shield, as a constituent in the multi-layer insulation that is primarily used in thermal management.

Sandler launches new website for its 135th anniversary

5th February 2014 0 comment
Sandler, the Bavarian producer of nonwovens, has relaunched its homepage website in time for the company’s 135th anniversary.

Oerlikon Barmag at the JEC 2014

4th February 2014 0 comment
Different components for manufacturing compound materials will be the focus of the Oerlikon Barmag stand at this year’s JEC trade fair in Paris. The machine and systems builder will be informing visitors about new products and services in pump construction and about winders for specialty yarns at the composites industry trade fair that will take place from 11-13 March.

Creel specialist Cygnet Texkimp launches new R&D programme

4th February 2014 0 comment
A new Research and Development programme designed to drive the development of breakthrough technologies for the global composites and carbon fibre sectors has been launched by market-leading creel manufacturer Cygnet Texkimp. “We have plans in place to develop several new pieces of machinery that we know the market needs, and that will help our customers break new ground in their fields,” said Luke Vardy, Technical Director of Cygnet Texkimp.

Smart textiles industry trends and market segment forecasts to 2020

3rd February 2014 1 comment
Miniaturisation of electronic components and the use of conductive materials and other structures have enabled the development of smart textiles. Growing demand for connectivity and enhancement in wireless technologies is expected to further market growth over the next few years, according to a report published by Grand View Research, a market research and consulting company. This report takes a closer look at the smart textiles industry, providing a holistic perspective on market dynamics, trends, supply and demand. The study aims at providing granular information, regarding estimates and forecasts for key lens types including polarised and non-polarised, as well as major end-use industries including fashion and entertainment, sports and fitness, medical, transportation, protection and military and architecture.

Strong footing for floor coverings with Monforts stenters

3rd February 2014 0 comment
Customised , high performance Monforts stenters are available as a central feature of the latest drying and coating installations for floor coverings. “Monforts has produced a number of stenter installations for drying and backing systems for modular carpet tiles, rugs, mats, textiles and other floor covering applications,” said Jürgen Hanel, Head of Monforts Technical Textiles Division. “The latest Monforts stenter, the Montex 8000 Series, is the most advanced carpet tile pre-coating stenter in the world – it’s a masterpiece.”

US university develops light-activated smart curtains

31st January 2014 0 comment
Battery less smart curtain is the latest development in smart and intelligent textiles, led by the Associate Professor Ali Javey of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in the United States. This work has been recently published in the journal Nature Communications.

Repreve launches sustainability movement with #TurnItGreen

31st January 2014 0 comment
As a symbol of its #TurnItGreen campaign, the Repreve brand of recycled fibres has turned the SuperPipe green during the Women's SuperPipe Finals at X Games Aspen. Thousands of lime green Repreve beanies were distributed to X Games fans along the SuperPipe, each made with six recycled plastic bottles.

Japanese smart clothing that monitors your heart-rate

31st January 2014 0 comment
Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo and materials developer Toray have been working on joint projects and have now announced one called Hitoe, which means ‘one layer’ in Japanese. It is a cloth that contains Toray's nanofibres that are coated in a transmittable layer. It is a nicotine-patch sized square you attach to it that does the sensing.

Recycled fibres and yarns at ITMA 2015

30th January 2014 0 comment
The chapter on fibres and yarns is expected to grow at ITMA 2015, the international textile and garment machinery exhibition that will take place from 12- 19 November 2015 at Fiera Milano Rho in Milan, Italy. As the textile and garment industry moves towards making a tangible commitment to sustainability, the chapter will now include a new sub-chapter on recycled fibres and yarns.

Nonwovens leader to acquire Brazilian Providencia

30th January 2014 0 comment
Polymer Group (PGI) has signed an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Companhia Providencia Industria e Comercio, a Brazilian manufacturer of nonwovens used in hygiene, healthcare and industrial applications. This acquisition is said to further accelerate PGI's global growth strategy by extending its presence into Brazil, an attractive and high-growth region, and enhancing its capabilities in North America.

Outlast selected as top innovation for F/W 2015-16

30th January 2014 0 comment
A climate controlling Outlast polyester phase change material (PCM) has been awarded as top innovation for the season Fall/Winter 2015-2016. It has been elected by an international Jury at ISPO Textrends 2014 as TOP 10 Winner for the category ’Second layer’. For eight years now, Outlast Technologies, market leader for textile temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), is working together with the Portuguese company A. Sampaio, a well known leader for knitted fabrics. A.Sampaio has designed new Outlast knits for the season Autumn/Winter 2015/16 and presents functional Outlast fabrics at the ISPO trade fair taking place from 26-29 January in Munich, Germany.

Success at ISPO Munich 2014

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

Milliken introduces new floor covering collections

28th January 2014 0 comment
Milliken has introduced its new Nordic Stories and Fretwork floor covering collections. The company aims to provide innovative floor covering solutions that invite designers to think about the floor plane with fresh perspectives. The collections explore unique inspirations and design aesthetics.

OutDoor 2014 bolsters its top position

28th January 2014 0 comment
Despite various challenges facing international outdoor markets, Messe Friedrichshafen is upbeat about OutDoor 2014. Early this year, exhibition space bookings were encouraging, indicating brisk business on the 85,000-square-metre site as a whole. From 10-13 July 2014, over 900 exhibitors from more than 45 countries will be making their way to Lake Constance for the leading European trade show. They will be showcasing their latest outdoor products and discussing trends at the start of the new season.

Optimistic mood at Heimtextil 2014

28th January 2014 0 comment
With further growth in the number of exhibitors and more visitors, Heimtextil provided a successful start to the new home and contact textiles season. From 8- 11 January 2014, almost 67,000 trade visitors from 133 countries saw the latest products of the 2,718 international exhibitors. “In addition to the excellent statistics, the quality and enormous spectrum of products underscore the unique position of Heimtextil as the world’s leading trade fair for home and contract textiles”, commented Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

Teijin to participate in nano tech 2014

28th January 2014 0 comment
Teijin has announced that it will participate in nano tech 2014, the largest International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference, which will take place at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan, from January 29-31 January. Teijin received a Grand Award at nano tech 2013 for its display of high-potential technologies and their wide-ranging applications in life sciences, energy efficiency, air purification, water filtration, energy and apparel.

3-D printer to make clothes you'd actually wear

28th January 2014 0 comment
A fledgling company called Electroloom wants to enter the apparel market by 3-D printing basics, like T-shirts and sweaters. So far, Electroloom says, 3-D printed clothing has yet to produce truly wearable products - we've seen fashion-as-art, like Iris van Herpen’s creations, gimmicks, seen on the Victoria’s Secret runway, and plenty of jewellery and accessories.

Karl Mayer and LIBA merger on track

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

Weaving technique for GreenFields turf system

12th January 2014 0 comment
GreenFields, a leading supplier of artificial turf systems, has introduced its most recent innovation GreenFields MX DS synthetic turf system, which, according to the company, is by far the most sustainable in the world. In 2010, Greenfields became part of the TenCate group of companies and is a part of the TenCate Grass division that combines the technologies for extrusion, weaving, non-woven fibres, grids and coating. The highly wear resistant soccer blades of this fully recyclable field consist of diamond shaped yarns firmly entrenched in the system by means of the innovative 3D weaving technique of TenCate. GreenFields MX DS thus is said to provide maximum durability.

Young Creations Award: Upcycling at Heimtextil

12th January 2014 0 comment
Heimtextil international trade fair for home and contract textiles in Frankfurt am Main has for the second time presented an award for young people, which focuses on the principle of sustainability. Three young designers from Stuttgart University of Technology, Weissensee Art Academy and Coburg University received their awards at a ceremony on the first day of the fair that takes place from 8-11 January. A jury of upcycling and design experts chose Jacqueline Theurer from Stuttgart as the winner. Heimtextil will also give a special award, as visitors and exhibitors of the trade fair will vote for their favourite projects before the fair closes on Saturday.

Newlife between sustainability and glamour

11th January 2014 0 comment
Newlife, a complete range of yarns certified 100% from recycled post-consumption PET bottles, produced by Saluzzo Yarns, will be featured in the Spring-Summer 2014 collection of Weekend Max Mara. The garments of Weekend Max Mara made in Newlife will be sold in 1500 stores of about 50 countries worldwide. First introduced at Expofil, leader exhibition in the yarns and fibres sector, in February of 2011, the Newlife polymer range is now used by over fifty associate companies to obtain textiles for many applications; fashion, outdoor clothing, sportswear and technical outfitting, underwear, workwear, medical and protective clothing, not to mention home furnishing, interior and outdoor design.

Repreve helps turn X Games Aspen green

9th January 2014 0 comment
Unifi’s Repreve brand will return as the official recycling sponsor of ESPN’s X Games Aspen, which will take place from 23-26 January 2014. Repreve says it is helping make X Games Aspen ‘greener’ by turning more than 100,000 recycled plastic bottles into ESPN course signage and lanyards, as well as Repreve based merchandise such as shirts and beanies. Repreve is also launching a consumer driven #TurnItGreen campaign that will focus on education and engagement around recycling and Repreve.

Programme at ISPO Munich 2014

9th January 2014 0 comment
ISPO Munich, a leading trade fair for the sporting goods, will dedicate the completely restructured hall to the megatrend health style. The Health & Fitness area will be focusing on the key topics ‘Health at the Workplace’ and ‘Sport Shoes and Game Consoles’. Top-rate speakers and experts from sports, industry, science and medicine will discuss and present the latest trends from fitness, company health management, nutrition and prevention areas in panel discussions and talks at the show that will take place from 26-29 January 2014.

Animal camouflage in 2015/16 Schoeller Collection

8th January 2014 0 comment
Schoeller, a Swiss producer of highly functional fabrics and textile technologies, has introduced its 2015/16 Schoeller Collection, that is dominated by prints, sophisticated fabrics, 3D textile structures and washable wool blends. Sportswear becomes even more fashionable and fashion more functional, the company reports. In the colours of the forest, the world of science fiction or classic street wear, the universal functional fabrics are suited for different kind of outfits, according to designers.

PAN precursor creel for carbon fibre research plant

8th January 2014 0 comment
Fibre processing company Cygnet Texkimp has supplied a 30-position pilot line PAN precursor creel to the $100m Australian Future Fibre Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. Texkimp’s creel forms part of the centre’s Carbon Nexus facility, which is said to be the world’s first dedicated carbon fibre research plant capable of producing industrial-scale quantities of aerospace quality carbon fibre, as well as enabling research into carbon fibre production and applications.

Martex acquires Bollag International

8th January 2014 0 comment
Martex Fiber Southern Corporation has acquired the Charlotte based Waste Services Division of Bollag International, which collects and markets textile wastes including natural and synthetic waste, cuttings, rags and fabric remnants. The acquisition of Bollag is part of a larger global expansion strategy Martex Fiber is pursuing, which also includes the acquisition of JBM Fibers in Brownsville, TX. Jimmy Jarrett, President of Martex Fiber, said: “We have increased our global recycling capability to over 160 million pounds per year, which provides a tremendous environmental benefit. This acquisition also ensures ongoing supply security for our ‘Made in USA’ fibre (shoddy) expansion, yarn production, and global trading distribution.”

Thermore at ISPO Munich

8th January 2014 0 comment
Leading Italian producer of thermal insulation for apparel and sleeping bags Thermore will be showcasing its Aria thermal padding at the ISPO Munich trade fair that will be taking place from 26-29 January. The company has developed its innovation, which is now available with the additional value of a distinctive and more responsible quality, due to a new blend with 50% recycled fibres, it reports.

Indian Textile Ministry to promote jute fabrics for rural roads

6th January 2014 0 comment
The Union Ministry of Textile is planning to promote use of jute geo textiles for construction of rural roads across India. Geo textiles are permeable fabrics used as an agent to strengthen the road foundations and prevent soil erosion along the banks. Jute geo textiles are said to be about 25% cheaper than other fabrics. However, this bio-degradable material is low on longevity and is best used in rural or arterial roads, which do not attract heavy traffic.

The Colour Space Reflective project

3rd January 2014 0 comment
The leading supplier of high-tech textiles Paltex has developed a new Glow Reflective fabrics project. Following the success at the Performance Days 2013 trend fair, the company has concentrated on this project and it will now showcase its portfolio at ISPO Munich and Premiere Vision Paris on 22 January and 18 February respectively.

TAL exhibits at Techtextil in Dubai

3rd January 2014 0 comment
Messe Frankfurt is expanding its successful Techtextil brand to the growing technical textile markets in the Middle East, introducing Techtextil Dubai that will take place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 19- 21 January 2014. After a success few days earlier this year at Techtextil Frankfurt, UK based Technical Absorbents (TAL) – a leader in superabsorbent product technologies – has opted to take a stand on the Techtextil pavilion at this inaugural event.

Turkey gets new textile machinery exhibition

31st December 2013 0 comment
Gaziantep, the centre of the Southeastern Turkey, is getting prepared to host the world’s textile and ready to wear industries, at OTM 2014 Middle East Textile Machinery Exhibition, which expects to welcome local and international participants. Tüyap Tüm Fuarcılık and Teknik Fuarcılık, which organised the ITM Texpo Eurasia, a textile machinery exhibitionwere partners at a new meeting in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia. The event is organised with the collaboration of the Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce.

Sakari Ahdekivi appointed new CFO of Ahlstrom

30th December 2013 0 comment
Sakari Ahdekivi, M.Sc (Econ.) has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Management Team at Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre based materials company. He will join Ahlstrom on 1 February 2014. Prior to Ahlstrom, Ahdekivi was a Managing Director at Tamro Finland and Baltics. He has also held CFO positions at Tamro, YIT, and Huhtamäki, as well as various financial controlling positions at ABB.

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

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

CRAiLAR and IKEA complete supply agreement

25th December 2013 0 comment
CRAiLAR Technologies, the producer of CRAiLAR Flax fibre, has completed a General Supply Agreement and CA$3.2 million of financing with IKEA, the world's largest home furnishings retailer. The company has also finalised negotiations to enter into a proposed CAD$2.0 million private placement investment with Hydra Ventures B.V., the corporate venture arm of the adidas Group.

The first edition of Outlook Latin America 2015

24th December 2013 0 comment
The two international associations for the nonwovens and related industries, EDANA and INDA, have confirmed date and location for the first edition of Outlook Latin America that will be held from 3-5 March 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The conference is co-organised by both associations and with support from the Brazilian Technical Textiles and Nonwovens Association (ABINT).

Effects of nanoparticles in textiles

23rd December 2013 0 comment
Hohenstein Institute, a leading provider of technical testing and certification for apparel and textile products, will present a webinar entitled ‘Nanotechnology, Human Health, and the Environment: Answers to the Questions Surrounding Silver Nanoparticles’ on 15 January 2014. The webinar will feature the final results of a multi-year evaluation of the effects of nanoparticles on humans and the environment.

Countdown to the first Truetzschler filament lines

23rd December 2013 0 comment
Truetzschler Switzerland AG, the youngest member of the Truetzschler Group, is adding the business unit of filament spinning lines to the product portfolio. The first Truetzschler BCF lines are expected to start production soon, the group reports. The company has completed the reorganisation in Winterthur under new technical and commercial management. During integration into the Truetzschler Group, important milestones have been reached, and the first new system orders are en route to the customer, according to the group. These steps, it believes, are working towards bringing the commencing of the Truetzschler BCF production lines closer.

Series of lectures on bionics at Karl Mayer

23rd December 2013 0 comment
Nature is a rich source of inspiration for the development of technical solutions, which are being created within the framework of bionics, Karl Mayer, the textile machinery manufacturer, reports. In order to make middle-class and industrial users aware of the end-use potential of this innovative scientific discipline, the series of events 'Bionics in operation' will take place again next year, focusing on technical textiles and composites. The event is planned for 13 February 2014 and will be held at Karl Mayer in Obertshausen.

Successful DNA-marking of cotton

21st December 2013 0 comment
Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions, has successfully completed a large-scale trial of its new SigNature T anti-counterfeiting platform to assure identity and originality of textiles and apparel. The trial displayed the capacity of the APDN platform for use in protecting massive international cotton crops from counterfeiting and dilution. Dr James Hayward, CEO and President of Applied DNA Sciences commented: “We believe that the great success of this trial shows that the APDN anti-counterfeiting platform for textiles will be the worldwide gold standard for brand identity assurance in textiles. APDN can now mark massive volumes of product, on both American and foreign soils, and assure integrity of the textile supply chain at an unprecedented level.”

Technical textiles and nonwovens at Techtextil North America 2014

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

PPE testing against molten metal splash

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

ISPO to run summer trade fair in China

20th December 2013 0 comment
Messe München is reacting to market demand during this year's ISPO Beijing and the ISPO Academy in Shanghai and is starting the first summer ISPO in China in 2015. According to the organisers, the desire of the industry for the summer platform in China has been expressed increasingly at ISPO Beijing, which has taken place for the past 10 years. In addition to Winter ISPO, it should simplify the required market coverage.

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014 programme

20th December 2013 0 comment
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, the premier trade event featuring the outdoor recreation market including industry manufacturers and top retail buyers, reconvenes from 22-25 January 2014 at the Salt Palace Convention Center Salt Lake City, UT. Kicking off the trade event is the annual All Mountain Demo that will take place on 21 January at Solitude Mountain Resort with hands-on opportunities to test the largest collection of outdoor products and backcountry gear.

2014 Visionary Award nominees announced

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

Closed-loop recycling system for uniforms in China

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

German technology meets Indian textiles

19th December 2013 1 comment
The two VDMA Textile Machinery Conferences held in December in Mumbai and Coimbatore have received excellent feedback from Indian textile mills, organisers report. Sixteen textile machinery builders from Germany presented their latest technologies to more than 270 decision makers and technical management of Indian textile manufacturers. In Mumbai, the conference was addressed by the honorary guests A. B. Joshi, Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and Michael Siebert, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Vehicle seats and interior equipment put to the test

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

Karl Mayer revamps spacer machines

17th December 2013 0 comment
According to warp knitting machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer, warp-knitted spacer fabrics produced on the RD 6/1-12 and RD 7/2-12 (EL) are absolutely indispensable nowadays for use as upholstery fabrics and shoe textiles.

New textile finish with antiviral and antibacterial effect

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

Groz-Beckert at Domotex 2014

13th December 2013 0 comment
Groz-Beckert will be presenting its Tufting Gauge Part System at the Domotex 2014, the leading trade fair for carpeting and flooring that will take place from 11-14 January at Hanover, Germany. The company is putting the emphasis particularly on tuft systems for applications such as automotive, artificial, and wall-to-wall. More than 1,000 exhibitors from around 70 countries will also present the novelties and trends of the coming season at the show.

TenCate Geosynthetics joint winner of Water Innovation Award 2013

13th December 2013 0 comment
The entry 'Vertical sand-tight geotextile' submitted by the Rivierenland Water Board in the Netherlands, has won the Water Innovation Award for 2013 in the category Dry Feet. The chair of the jury, Annemieke Nijhof of Tauw Group B.V., called the geotextile produced by TenCate Geosynthetics “the most innovative idea that can be used within the duties and responsibilities of Dutch water boards”.

Autoneum boosts its presence in China

13th December 2013 0 comment
Autoneum has acquired a 25% stake in a joint venture with its long-time partner and Japanese supplier Nihon Tokushu Toryo (Nittoku) and Chinese supplier TGPM Automotive Industry Group (TGPM) in the emerging market of China. “This stake enables us to expand our existing production capacity in China and thus strengthen our position as the global market leader for acoustic and thermal management solutions for vehicles. In light of the strong demand from our customers, we see significant opportunities for a further increase in our market share in the emerging market of China,” Autoneum CEO Martin Hirzel commented. In the future innovative components for acoustic and thermal management will be produced for Japanese automobile manufacturers in the company's existing plant in Wuhan.

New aerogel products for outdoor industry

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

Vestagen raises $15.5m for active barrier protective fabrics

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

Identifying textile materials with new DNA technology

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

Oeko-Tex safety certification at TV TecStyle Visions

12th December 2013 0 comment
Oeko-Tex will be taking part in the TV TecStyle Visions fair, the leading European fair for textile finishing and promotion, that will be taking place from 13-15 February in Stuttgart, Germany. Experts from several Oeko-Tex institutions will be available to speak to more than 10,000 trade visitors from around the world about the benefits and certification options for textile advertising and merchandising articles in accordance with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.

Bringing Ingeo PLA filament to the 3D printing market

11th December 2013 0 comment
Global bioplastics leader NatureWorks and 3Dom Filament, a new technology startup with extensive Ingeo PLA technical experience, are supporting the rapidly growing 3D printing industry by combining the latest NatureWorks’ Ingeo PLA resins with 3Dom’s state-of-the-art filament manufacturing processes. Ireland based 3DOM Filament is an independent company newly formed to supply Ingeo filament to the additive manufacturing market.

SGL announces restructuring details

11th December 2013 0 comment
The Carbon Company has announced the details of the organisational restructuring, which is one part of the cost savings programme SGL2015. The restructuring focuses on streamlining the management structures and the corporate and support functions. The global P/L responsibility of the Business Units will be strengthened further. The planned restructuring will affect up to 300 positions group-wide, with approximately half of them in Germany. Dr Jürgen Köhler, designated CEO, SGL Group said: “With this set of comprehensive measures we will make SGL Group more efficient and stronger, and strategically position the company for the future. It is our top priority to implement the defined measures in order to generate the planned €150 million in cost savings by end of 2015.”

SINCE sees 11% rise in visitors

10th December 2013 0 comment
The 15th edition of Shanghai International Nonwovens Exhibition (SINCE) 2013 was held successfully at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from 23-25 October 2013, with an increase in visitors’ attendance of 11% over the last edition. Covering over 25,000 gross square metres and hosting 389 exhibitors from 21 countries, SINCE 2013 exceeded expectations with rising attention from all over the world, organisers report.

First shipment of Monster Silk to Warwick Mills

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

Town honours founder of the Hohenstein Institute

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

Pressure relieving cushion uses knitted spacer fabric

9th December 2013 0 comment
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 co-sponsors ANFA Indonesia Nonwovens Workshop

9th December 2013 0 comment
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.

Wearable and flexible textile battery

9th December 2013 0 comment
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.

ISPO to feature new exhibitors

9th December 2013 0 comment
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.

Suominen Flexibles gets new Senior VP

9th December 2013 0 comment
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.

Techtextil NA gets new management team

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

Flushable wipes awarded quality certificate

5th December 2013 0 comment
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.

E-commerce at Heimtextil 2014

5th December 2013 0 comment
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.

German Resource Efficiency Award 2013 for STFI

5th December 2013 0 comment
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.

NIA rounds off 2013 at CETI

5th December 2013 0 comment
The Nonwovens Innovation Academy organised by EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has ‘closed the loop’ of a seven-years cycle around European Centres of Excellence for nonwovens. This 2013 edition of the NIA, formerly named NRA, was hosted by CETI (Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants).

Unifi buys Dillion Yarn assets

4th December 2013 0 comment
Unifi has purchased the assets of American Drawtech, a division of Dillon Yarn Corporation, which were relocated to the company's manufacturing facility in Yadkinville this summer, as part of a commissioning agreement between the two companies. The assets consist of draw winding equipment, and the deal comes as part of its mix enrichment strategy that includes introducing REPREVE and other premier value-added (PVA) products into the mid-tenacity flat yarn markets.

Ultrasonic technology compliant with NIJ waterproof standards

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

A powerhouse in Pakistan

3rd December 2013 0 comment
Pakistan’s vertically integrated textile manufacturing company Nishat Mills is installing a new Thermex 5500 continuous dyeing system along with an Econtrol unit at its fabric plant in Lahore, ordered through the local representative Al Ameen Trading. The installation will put the company on course to finish some 4.5 million metres of fabric monthly, whilst its current output is 3.5 million metres. This is expected to allow it to service important new contracts, such as supplying the camouflage gear for the Pakistan Army.

Flex Stretch Electronics Conference Review

2nd December 2013 0 comment
When I mentioned I was going to an event called Stretch-Flex, there were a few raised eyebrows among those who know me but had never imagined me at a yoga retreat. Indeed, walking through Eindhoven’s impressive High Tech Campus en-route to the Holst Centre on a quiet, clear November morning, the setting would have been quite appropriate had that been the case. The Flex-Stretch conference and workshop, however, were definitely not for those seeking a Zen state of calm. Instead a blistering pace of presentations, hands on demonstrations and poster displays was designed to stretch the grey matter and flex the jaw muscles of the delegates and it did so very successfully.

Extended lecture programme at Heimtextil

29th November 2013 0 comment
Heimtextil international trade fair for home and contract textiles, taking place from 8-11 January, has enlarged its programme. Renowned architects and furnishing experts will discuss current issues relating to the contract business at the new ‘Contract Square’ area. Heimtextil also offers information about e-commerce for retailers and IT developments in the hotel business at ‘Lecture Square’. The programme of the leading trade fair for the sector will also include additional conference and lecture themes.

SGL Group and Gruschwitz to develop carbon fibre yarns

29th November 2013 0 comment
SGL Group - The Carbon Company, and the Gruschwitz Group have joined their forces to develop and market high-performance carbon fibre yarns. In this strategic partnership, Gruschwitz will in future market stretch-broken carbon fibre yarns developed by SGL Group and tailor them for specific customer applications. SGL Group, a materials specialist, has expertise spanning the entire value chain from raw materials to carbon fibres and carbon fibre composites. Gruschwitz, a leading supplier of high performance yarns, concentrates on marketing specialty yarns, twisted industrial yarns and sewing threads in the automotive, healthcare, and other industries.

DSM wins Erasmus Innovation Award 2013

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

ABINT-EDANA workshop delivers its promises

29th November 2013 0 comment
The workshop on ‘Sustainability in the value chain of nonwovens and technical textiles’, organised by ABINT, the Brazilian Technical Textiles and Nonwovens Associations, and EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, that took place on 19 November in Sao Paulo, has delivered on its commitment of support to the Latin American nonwovens and related industries. Over 60 delegates from the nonwovens supply chain heard from speakers on themes ranging from Brazil’s National Plan for Solid Waste (PNRS) and its impact for various product categories and industries, to plastic recycling and its relevance to nonwovens, life-cycle thinking and EDANA’s product stewardship approach as part of its Nonwovens Vision 2020.

TAL joins Techtextil at Intersec

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

Ahlstrom launches AceBlade for wind energy market

28th November 2013 0 comment
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre-based materials company, has launched Ahlstrom AceBlade, a new product for the wind energy market. AceBlade is an unidirectional glass fibre reinforcement with superior fatigue resistance and enhanced mechanical properties. The wind energy industry is facing a challenge of producing longer and lighter blades and patent-pending AceBlade addresses this market need, the company believes.

WINGS winder to increase productivity by 20%

28th November 2013 0 comment
Oerlikon Barmag claims to have set a new benchmark for the efficient production of polyester fibres with its new yarn winder WINGS POY 1800. The new winding unit is said to boost productivity by a further 20 % using virtually the same amount of production space as the previous model. “With WINGS POY 1800, we are once again underscoring our technological leadership in the area of filament spinning. We will use this technology to sustainably bolster our market share of more than 40 % in the manmade fibre machinery industry,” explained Stefan Kross, CEO of Oerlikon's Manmade Fibers Segment.

CO2-based solutions for laundering clean room textiles

27th November 2013 0 comment
According to CO2 Nexus, the producer of CO2-based textile and garment cleaning solutions, traditional cleanroom laundries and other service centres that launder textiles and garments worn in controlled environments are faced with high capital and operating costs, and create significant sustainability impacts. The company believes these costs are in large part driven by the water-based infrastructure and processing steps needed to meet cleanroom garment standards. By replacing water-based methods with liquid carbon dioxide (CO2)-based cleaning methods, operational costs, capital infrastructure, and sustainability impact can all be significantly reduced, according to the company.

V-ZUG receives quality label for Refresh Butler device

27th November 2013 0 comment
V-ZUG AG from Zug, Switzerland, that develops and produces high quality appliances for the kitchen and laundry room, was awarded the quality label of the Hohenstein Institute for their product Refresh Butler. The device is said to refresh textiles without washing while the new technology also actively reduces microorganisms. The Hohenstein Quality Label ‘Innovative Technology’ documents that a product has been extensively and independently tested with regard to both functionality and innovation potential.

Smart Fabrics Europe 2013 – Conference Review

27th November 2013 4 comments
Having last reviewed the Smart Fabrics conference in 2009, but attended several in between, I anticipated an interesting event and wasn’t disappointed; Barcelona 2013 was, I felt, the best curated and most inspiring conference yet. Around 120 delegates attended for 3 days (2 half days and one full) and as ever at the Smart Fabrics conference, the audience cross section was as interesting as the speaker selection; For those in the business or new to it, Smart Fabrics still represents one of the best networking opportunities in the calendar. Four years ago, I recall both the agenda and audience being largely academic. Perhaps reflecting how far the industry has evolved since then, the bias of this year’s conference was firmly commercial. Even the academic delegates tended to be from the commercial rather than research departments of their respective universities.

INDA strengthens relations with Asia-Pacific associations

26th November 2013 0 comment
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has been working towards advancing its global partnerships and enhancing member access to new markets, by sponsoring the Asia-Pacific Nonwovens Symposium held on 22 October in Shanghai. INDA President Dave Rousse delivered an opening welcome to the group and spoke individually with several of the Asia-based senior executives from North American companies attending the Symposium. INDA’s strategic partner in China, CNITA, the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association, was also a sponsor and speaker.

Vision 2014 now delivers strategic information

26th November 2013 0 comment
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the programme for the Vision 2014 Consumer Products Conference that will be held from 27-30 January 2014 at The Westin Galleria in Dallas, Texas. Major trends affecting the nonwovens and engineered fabrics consumer products industry will be highlighted in the two and a half day programme. “For the past 13 years, the Vision Consumer Products Conference has kept the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industries abreast of the trends that impact business worldwide for consumer products,” explained Dave Rousse, President of INDA. “Vision 2014 gives professionals the information they need to further their organisation’s interests and product portfolios.”

Biomimetics helps develop new generation water proof materials

26th November 2013 0 comment
Biomimetics has been the subject of curiosity recently to develop new materials that could mimic nature for applications varying from medicine to textiles. A team of scientists from United States, lead by Professor Kripa Varanasi from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has reported a new development in super hydrophobic materials.

Ingeo Biopolymer Conference programme announced

26th November 2013 0 comment
The Innovation Takes Root International Conference and Ingeo Users’ Forum, which will be taking place from 17-19 February in Orlando, Florida, has assembled a roster of speakers and developed an in-depth programme covering the latest innovations involving the world’s leading biopolymer – Ingeo. “Innovation Takes Root is like no other conference because all the attendees and the sessions focus on a single, broadly applied performance bio material,” said NatureWorks President and CEO Marc Verbruggen. “This shared interest generates excitement and lively discussions all throughout the conference hall.” Speakers represent more than 50 companies, including thought leaders from such organisations as 3M, Unilever, Danone, Lego, Kimberly-Clark, Kodak, the US Green Building Council, the Green Sports Alliance, Green Blue, and European Bioplastics.

Sioen Industries reports steady position for Q3 2013

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

Composites UK celebrates industry achievement

23rd November 2013 0 comment
Composites UK has celebrated industry achievement by presenting the UK Composite Industry Awards 2013 at the annual awards dinner on 12 November at the Crowne Plaza, NEC Birmingham UK. The prestigious black-tie dinner coincides with the Composites Engineering Show each year and is one of the premier networking events on the calendar. Over 150 industry players joined the showcase of UK achievement.

Kevlar innovations launched at Milipol

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

INDEX14 Award categories announced

23rd November 2013 0 comment
EDANA, the leading international association representing the nonwovens and related industries has announced the categories for the prestigious INDEX14 awards for innovative achievements in nonwovens, with now less than six months until the INDEX14 nonwovens exhibition. Companies can now download an application, which must then be completed and returned with samples and supporting details to EDANA before the 31 January 2014.

US DARPA to develop Warrior Web clothing

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

Sanitized AG receives Swiss Technology Award

22nd November 2013 0 comment
Sanitized, a specialist in the lasting hygiene protection of textiles and polymers, has been honoured with the Swiss Technology Award in the ‘Sustainable Leader’ category for its new Sanitized Pluma technology. According to the company, its first worldwide anti-adhesive hygiene treatment for textiles uses mechanisms from medical engineering to inhibit odour-causing bacteria.

TenCate Advanced Armour and DSM Dyneema intensify cooperation

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

IPS Testing to offer full flushability testing services

21st November 2013 0 comment
Wisconsin-based IPS Testing has become one of just two independent labs in the US and North America to administer industry-initiated testing standards on behalf of suppliers and manufacturers, in an effort to educate consumers about which disposable wipe products are truly flushable. IPS Testing offers a full array of paper and pulp, personal care and non-woven testing and just completed a major lab expansion to offer all seven tests outlined under the recently streamlined and updated Flushability Guidelines. The standards are set forth by the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) and its European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) affiliate.

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

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

METYX Composites acquires NABI facility in Hungary

21st November 2013 0 comment
METYX Composites has acquired the North American Bus Industries’ (NABI) former production facilities in Kaposvar, Hungary. “We look forward to integrating METYX Composites Hungary into our company and to delivering composites solutions that continuously enhance the competitiveness of our customers across industries,” said Ugur Ustunel, Co-Director METYX Composites. The transaction includes a state-of-the-art composites manufacturing facility and ancillary buildings totalling 12,000 square metres of closed space, as well as over 230,000 square meters of industrial land, and a skilled workforce.

Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology for life protection

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

Record attendance at Advanced Engineering UK 2013 group of events

21st November 2013 0 comment
Multiple sectors within the UK’s advanced engineering and high value manufacturing community converged in record numbers last week at the Advanced Engineering UK 2013 group of events, taking place at the NEC Birmingham. These included Aero Engineering Show 2013, Composites Engineering Show 2013, Automotive Engineering Show 2013, Auto Electronics 2013 and Printable Electronics for Industry. Boasting a record total attendance of some 12,000, this year’s Advanced Engineering UK group of events recorded a massive 30% attendance increase.

Eco Circle Fibres in China basketball league

20th November 2013 0 comment
The Teijin Group is providing its chemically recycled polyester fibre, Eco Circle Fibres, for the production of uniforms worn by players in the China Basketball Association (CBA). The uniforms, made by Li Ning, a major Chinese manufacturer of sports apparel, have been worn by CBA teams since the season opened on 8 November.

New high tenacity wiring harness technical yarn developed

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

Filtech 2013 proves successful for Sandler

18th November 2013 1 comment
Sandler, the Bavarian producer of nonwovens, presented its wide range of synthetic filter nonwovens at this year’s Filtech filtration show that took place in Wiesbaden, Germany, showcasing filter, media classed G3 to E11 for application in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, in automotive filtration or materials for synthetic vacuum cleaner bags. “In recent years, the number of visitors has increased along with the scale of the trade fair. Being a nonwovens manufacturer, the Filtech brings together exactly the audience we are looking to address. Therefore, this year’s show again was a great success for Sandler,” commented Peter Reich, Manager Filtration Products Division.

Heat management technology from Outlast

18th November 2013 0 comment
Outlast Technologies, market leader for temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), enlarges its product range with climate regulating fibre balls, which can be used in bedding. The PCM fibre balls based on polyester are said to offer a new possibility to balance temperature in duvets or pillows and to reduce humidity significantly while sleeping.

Buy carbon, sell glass?

17th November 2013 0 comment
It seems apt that the week in which the highly successful Composites Engineering show was held at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, culminated in the first BMW i3 electric cars being handed over to their first purchasers over in Munich in Germany. Because the composites industry is currently in love with carbon.

New high performance wet waxing agent

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

Bayer material solutions in medical spotlight

15th November 2013 0 comment
Bayer MaterialScience, the producer of material solutions for medical applications, will showcase its current developments at the Compamed 2013 trade fair that will be held from 20-22 November in Düsseldorf. These will include Baymedix AP501 and AR602 solvent-free products that can be reacted to form skin-friendly adhesives with hydrophilic nature and adjustable adhesive strength, the company reports. Appropriately adjusted, these formulations are said to allow gentle removal from the skin and will not stick on the moistening wound itself.

Sympatex technology for dry feet wins Performance Award

15th November 2013 0 comment
Sympatex Moisture-Tech 360° Technology, an innovative system of inner soles and linings for footwear, has won the Performance Award for the upcoming Performance Days trade fair. The product is said to have been proven to provide improved micro climate in the shoe. “Moisture transport in multi-layer laminates is a major subject in the relevant market. The jury was most impressed by the intelligent advanced development by Sympatex, because the concept is well-thought through from yarn to transport system and product implementation,” commented Stefanie Sacherow, Senior Project Manager, Performance Days.

Luckytex invests in Monforts technology to beat competition in Asia

13th November 2013 1 comment
Long-time Monforts user Luckytex, Thailand, has installed a Thermex 6500 hotflue system for continuous dyeing as part of its strategy to move more strongly into value-added production and beat competition from the high-volume, lower-cost producers in other parts of Asia. The company has also invested in a Monforts MXL moist cross-linking process, and a Montex 6500 stenter. “Thailand is no longer a low-cost textile producer,” commented Luckytex Deputy Managing Director, Li Kin Shing. “We must innovate. Innovation means survival. This is why we have been investing in this technology.” Although Thailand was until recent times considered a low-cost producer, the country’s labour costs have been steadily rising, the company reports. It also faces intense competition from other nearby producers in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Bangladesh and China. Luckytex believes the predicted rise of production in Myanmar is going to increase competition even further.

Inspired by hi-vis workwear

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

New yarn tensioner for processing fine glass filaments

12th November 2013 0 comment
A new AccuTense 0º Type C yarn tensioner has been developed by Karl Mayer in the AccuTense range. It is said to operate smoothly, handle the yarn gently, and is ideal for processing warp beams made up of non-stretch glass yarns, the company reports. It can operate from a yarn tension of 2 cN up to a tension of 45 cN. The lower value defines the minimum tension for removing the yarn from the package. The AccuTense 0º Type C can be used in all the current types of creels for processing filament yarns. This device is mounted horizontally and can be fitted with a non-contact yarn monitoring system, without needing any modification.

Restructuring of Texprocess trade fair

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

Workwear options with Tencel

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

Earnings drop at SGL despite savings

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

Andritz reports earnings drop and increased sales for Q3 of 2013

8th November 2013 0 comment
International technology Group Andritz saw solid development in sales and order intake in a challenging economic environment in the third quarter of 2013, due to consolidation of the Schuler Group acquired in February of this year. However, the EBITA declined substantially, mainly as a result of financial provisions in the Pulp & Paper business area, the group reports.

CNITA and EDANA sign strategic partnership

8th November 2013 0 comment
CNITA, the China Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Association, and EDANA, the international Association representing the nonwovens and related industries, have signed a three-year-long strategic partnership framework agreement. The decision came following a meeting of the Sino-Euro Nonwoven Industry Cooperation, involving representatives from the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC), the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT TEX).

Research alliance for biopolymers

8th November 2013 0 comment
Four partners, BRAIN, the Hohenstein Institute, Kelheim Fibres and rökona, have formed a new research alliance for the biotechnical production and modification of specialty alginates. The aim of the alliance is to establish a sustainable microbial bioprocess for the production of specialised alginate components.

TenCate recognised with IFAI 2013 Award for design excellence

8th November 2013 0 comment
TenCate Geosynthetics has received the International Achievement Award of Excellence for design excellence in geosynthetic applications, with its Embraport Container and Bulk Fuel Terminal in Port of Santos, Brazil.

New self-cleaning textile technology from Luna

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

New Performance Forum is more market-specific

7th November 2013 0 comment
The Performance Forum, offering major new trends in the world of functional fabrics and fashion accessories for Winter 2015/16 and Summer 2015, has been reorganised and given a new design to provide purchasers and product managers with an even faster way to find the materials best suited for the desired styles. The next Performance Days trade show will take place from 19-21 November in Munich. A unique offer of the Performance Days functional fabric fair, the Performance Forum is now said to provide a more accurate assignment of the fabrics, according to their functional ranges. Most interesting materials at Performance Days will be displayed on the nine tables as well as in the Performance Gate. The reorganised table categories now include: Baselayer, Midlayer, Softshell, Hardshell, 3-Layer, Highdensity & Lightweight, Shirt & Trouser, Casualwear, Workwear, and Accessories.

Sigmatex becomes member of the UK’s NCC

7th November 2013 0 comment
The carbon textile solutions company Sigmatex has become an industrial member of the NCC, the National Composites Centre. The firm develops and manufactures carbon fibre textiles for composite material applications. Scott Tolson, CEO of Sigmatex, said: “As a recognised global leader in providing carbon textile solutions we are delighted to be joining the NCC and working together with the existing members. Combining the significant recent investments in our new state of the art production process based in Sigmatex own premises and the development opportunities of the impressive facilities at the NCC will enable us to accelerate the use of composite materials in both existing and exciting new applications.”

EDANA announces events for nonwovens and related industries

7th November 2013 0 comment
Abby Bailey, Marketing and Communications Director of EDANA, the leading association of the nonwovens and related industries, has announced the Association’s updated programme of events scheduled for the remainder of 2013. He has also given an overview of the activities confirmed at this stage for 2014 and 2015.

Cytec at Composites Engineering

6th November 2013 0 comment
Cytec Industrial Materials will be exhibiting at Composites Engineering 2013, that will be taking place from 12-13 November at the NEC, Birmingham. At the show, Cytec will focus on new products and technologies that are a reflection of the company’s focus on value-added innovation.

Archroma’s One Way sustainability service honoured

3rd November 2013 0 comment
Archroma, a leader in colour and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, has received the prestigious ICIS Innovation Award for Best Business Innovation for its One Way sustainability service. It has been recognised for its game-changing approach to textile manufacturing based on the strong conviction that both ecological and economic benefits are reachable, the company reports.

Vertx presents new collection with coldblack technology

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

Teijin at SAMPE Japan 2013

2nd November 2013 0 comment
Toho Tenax, the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibres and composites business, and GH Craft, another Teijin Group member, will participate in SAMPE Japan 2013 international trade fair. The biannual show showcasing the latest advances in materials and processing engineering will take place at the Tokyo International Exhibition Hall from 6-8 November.

Digitally printed home textiles at Heimtextil

2nd November 2013 0 comment
From an imposing urban panorama to an enchanting animal world: digital printing transforms bare walls and monotone floors into a lively home. Previously only used in the apparel sector, digitally printed home and household textiles have been growing in significance continuously for years. Trade visitors to Heimtextil, that will take place from 8-11 January 2014, can obtain a topical overview of the latest technologies, market opportunities, areas of application for mass printing and sustainable production methods during the European Digital Textile Conference: ‘Digital Printing for Homes and Interiors’ by WTiN.

Russia to get hi-tech fabrics manufacturing facility

2nd November 2013 0 comment
BTK Group, one of Russia’s largest textile and technical textile producers, plans to invest up to RUB 1 billion (USD$33,3 million) to establish a plant for the production of high-tech synthetic fabrics in Russia. BTK Group is an official supplier of uniforms to the Russian army and law enforcement agencies, owned by Russian businessman Taymuraz Bolloev, the founder of Russian brewing company Baltika. He is also a former president of Olimpstroy, the State Corporation for Construction of Olympic Venues for the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014.

Orders for Italian textile machinery drop in 3Q 2013

1st November 2013 0 comment
Overall orders of textile machinery for the third quarter of 2013 dropped by 7% compared to the previous quarter, ACIMIT reports. ACIMIT President Raffaella Carabelli said: “The slowdown in the Chinese market is taking its toll abroad, whereas in Italy a general lack of confidence is hurting a recovery in investments.”

Lighter life protection solutions from DSM Dyneema

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

Herty sponsors TAPPI’s Innovation in Nonwovens Award

31st October 2013 0 comment
The 2014 Innovation in Nonwovens Award recognising outstanding contributions to the nonwovens industry will be sponsored by The Herty Advanced Materials Development Center. The award will be presented at NETInc 2014, a nonwovens industry leading technical conference, held from 27-30 April 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. “Innovative technology and products are a key component for any industry to prosper and grow in today’s highly competitive world and this award recognizes the outstanding innovations that move the nonwovens industry forward,” commented Larry N. Montague, President and CEO, TAPPI. “Herty is widely recognised as one of the leading research and development facilities in the world and TAPPI is very pleased to have them sponsor this prestigious award.”

Wellman invests in facility upgrade

31st October 2013 0 comment
Wellman International, a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures PLC, has celebrated 40 years of successful operations in Mullagh, Co Cavan and has announced a €5m installation as the first phase of its proposed investment plans for new technologies over the next 3 -4 years, supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland. The investment will facilitate the transformation of the operation from a commodity nonwoven provider to a hygiene and technically focused supply base aligned to the established markets for personal care.

Emerging technology sessions at composites show

30th October 2013 0 comment
Visitors to the Composites Engineering 2013, that is due to take place from 12-14 November at the NEC in Birmingham, will have an opportunity to experience the latest ground-breaking engineering developments over the two days through the many exhibitor stands and the open forums.

The bird’s nest soup of filter media research

30th October 2013 1 comment
From volcanic rock formations to low temperature plasma-coated membranes for advanced filtration may seem like something of a leap, but geo- and bio-mimicry are now throwing up such connections regularly in the development of new technical textiles and advanced materials in general. As the keynote speaker at this year’s Filtech conference – held last week in Wiesbaden, Germany – Professor Kuo-Lun Tung, of the Centre for Membrane Technology at the National Taiwan University, went right back to Leonardo Da Vinci in citing examples.

European Textiles + Fashion 2025

30th October 2013 0 comment
The second Euratex Convention, organised and run by Gesamtverband textil+mode, will take place from 4-5 November at the Deutsche Bank, Berlin. Representatives from banks, institutes, associations and companies are looking into the year 2025, shedding light on how the textile industry is going to look by then, considering changes the new innovation will bring.

New possibilities with Monforts ECO Applicator

30th October 2013 0 comment
Textile manufacturers continue to find new applications for the Monforts ECO Applicator as an economic alternative for precisely adding a wide range of functional finishing chemicals and treatments to their products, according to Monforts Head of Technology Division, Peter Tolksdorf. It is said to be the flexibility and precision of this new technology, which is opening up so many possibilities, since manufacturers have the option of treating either side of a material at any stage in the manufacturing run, or both – allowing two treatments to be added simultaneously and all other variants.

NatureWorks introduces next generation polymer grade lactide

29th October 2013 0 comment
NatureWorks, the largest producer of biobased lactides, has announced world scale availability of its new Ingeo M700, a high-purity, polymer-grade lactide rich in meso-lactide. Ingeo M700 has been designed to package and deliver performance and functionality all in one unique molecule. “A few producers have offered what is described chemically as racemic or ‘DL’ lactide,” explained Dr Manuel Natal, Global Segment Leader for lactide derivatives at NatureWorks. “Compared to those lactides, Ingeo M700 is a next generation solution in terms of processing efficiency, cost effectiveness and, in a number of applications, higher end-product performance.”

Next-generation composites manufacturing processes

29th October 2013 0 comment
Attendees to this year’s Composites Engineering 2013 will get the opportunity to learn about next-generation composites manufacturing processes courtesy during an open technical session, hosted by the UK’s EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp) on 13 November. The back-to-back expert presentations will present some of CIMComp’s on-going work towards the development of next-generation composite manufacturing processes with lower costs, shorter cycle times, improved efficiency and higher sustainability.

Countering improvised explosive devices

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

Technical textiles expert joins Sympatex

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

TenCate records 11% rise in profits for Q3

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

Ask the expert at Composites Engineering Show 2013

26th October 2013 0 comment
NetComposites, a research, consultancy and online media company, will host a free advice ‘Ask the Expert’ service for the visitors of this year’s Composites Engineering Show, that is taking place from 12-13 November, at the NEC in Birmingham. The initiative provides a valuable initial service for attendees to discuss their specific needs and be independently advised of technical options and possible partners/solutions to seek out across the show floor.

Successful Italian Textile Technology Symposium in Guangzhou

26th October 2013 0 comment
Italy’s textile machinery manufacturers who presented at a Chinese technology symposium on technical textiles and nonwovens, saw a great number of attendees, according to the show’s organisers ICE, the Italian Trade Agency, and ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers. The event, held in Guangzhou on 10 October, saw the participation of about 70 Chinese textile manufacturers and roughly 100 local operators.

Non cotton stretch denim shown at Intertextile Shanghai

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

A constructive view of composites at Composites Engineering 2013

25th October 2013 0 comment
The Network Group for Composites in Construction (NGCC) is to host an ‘Open Forum’ session at the Composites Engineering Show that will take place from 12 – 13 November at the NEC, Birmingham, showcasing innovations in fibre-reinforced-polymer composites (FRPs) in construction.

Suominen reports positive development for 2013

25th October 2013 0 comment
Suominen Corporation, the supplier of nonwovens and flexible packaging for use in consumer goods, has reported a decline in net sales from the continuing operations by 2% over the third quarter 2013. Operating profit excluding non-recurring items from continuing operations also decreased by 15% to EUR 5.3 million. The company still predicts revenues to reach the estimate previously announced in July, as it reports positive business development for the January-September reporting period. Suominen is also about to go through the corporate structural reorganisation, due to take effect on 1 January 2014.

Composites UK members out in force at Composites Engineering Show

25th October 2013 0 comment
Composites UK members will once again play a dominant role at the Composites Engineering Show, that will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 12-13 November, making up a significant proportion of the Composites companies at the event. “The Composites Engineering Show has become the platform to showcase the UK’s composites industry,” said Dr Sue Halliwell, Operations Manager at Composites UK. “There have been major developments in the UK composites industry over the last 12 months. This show, in line with the industry, goes from strength to strength each year.”

New Formax reinforcements go on show

24th October 2013 0 comment
Formax, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and specialty composite reinforcements, will be showcasing two new fabric ranges at the Composites Engineering Show 2013 that will be held from 12-13 November at the NEC, Birmingham. The company will present A-FORM, an advanced range of Class A automotive textiles, and reFORM, a recycled multiaxial reinforcement manufactured entirely from reprocessed carbon. Formax will also provide information about the company’s new Drape Simulation Technology.

Schoeller-works appoints new Business Unit Manager

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

Crealet celebrates 10th anniversary

23rd October 2013 0 comment
Crealet, a Swiss-based leader in electronically controlled warp let-off devices for narrow and wide weaving machines, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The company has expressed its gratitude to the employees for their efforts. It also thanked the company’s business partners for their close cooperation in economically difficult times.

Pioneering a sustainable textile industry

23rd October 2013 0 comment
Huntsman Textile Effects, a leading provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile industry, has given an overview of the current environmental issues facing the textile dyeing sector in Asia at the annual Planet Textiles conference in China. The event was held on 22 October at Kerry Hotel, Shanghai New International Expo Center.

DSM Dyneema joins forces with Levi jeans

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

RadiciGroup at the international FSB trade fair

23rd October 2013 0 comment
Tessiture Pietro Radici SpA (TPR), the ancestral RadiciGroup company and the supplier of a complete range of artificial grass yarn in both nylon and polyolefin, is showcasing its Radigreen artificial grass yarn at the FSB International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities in Cologne. During the four-day event, that is taking place from 22-25 October, the company is introducing its latest innovations for the sports and landscaping sectors. The focus is on the new Radigreen HD PE line of long-lasting fibrillated yarn and the Radigreen MFL PE PAT monofilament range. The company will also highlight the Radigreen MFL PA family of 100% polyamide monofilament, as well as My Radigreen, an all-in-one combination of straight and textured monofilament for carpets.

New filtration media for improved indoor air quality

23rd October 2013 0 comment
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre-based materials company, has introduced Ahlstrom Flow2Save, a new media for high efficiency air filtration applications at the Filtech exhibition in Germany that is taking place from 22-24 October. The innovative, patent-pending filtration media is based on a gradient structure combining different advanced technologies. “Ahlstrom Flow2Save has significantly better pressure drop characteristics than other commercial HEA filtration media, meaning it is much easier for the ventilation system to push air through the filter. This allows significant energy savings throughout the life time of the filter,” commented Fulvio Capussotti, EVP, Advanced Filtration.

Warwick Mills to weave Monster Silk under new agreement

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

Andritz moves into Wuxi technical centre

23rd October 2013 0 comment
Andritz Nonwoven is further strengthening its manufacturing programme for nonwovens equipment in China by moving into a new 8,500sqm site in Wuxi New District, China. Today, the new facility has opened the doors to a technical centre that hosts an industrial scale needlepunch pilot line and a new grinding shop.

Teijin establishes new Thai subsidiary

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

Advanced composites used in Falcon 9 rocket

22nd October 2013 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Composites has congratulated SpaceX, a space transport company, on the recent successful launch of the upgraded version of the Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the USA. TenCate supplied SpaceX with a wide range of advanced composite materials, including high temperature prepregs for spacecraft structures to bulk moulding compounds used in compression moulded components. Joe Morris, President of TenCate Advanced Composites, said: “SpaceX continues to set the bar higher and higher. They truly demonstrate the power of innovation and teamwork. We are proud and honoured to be able to support SpaceX on all of their key platforms with our advanced composite materials.”

Teijin at Intertextile Shanghai apparel fabrics show

19th October 2013 1 comment
Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group’s fibre-product converting company, and Nantong Teijin, the group’s polyester textile manufacturing and processing company, will participate in Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, which will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 21-24 October. The two companies will exhibit a wide range of apparel solutions covering fibres, textiles and value-added fibre products, aiming to promote their ongoing expansion both in China and the global market.

Composites UK at the Composites Engineering Show

18th October 2013 0 comment
Composites UK Trade Association will once again be sponsoring the Composites Engineering Show, that will be taking place from 12-13 November in Birmingham. During the two days of the exhibition, Composites UK will be supporting the industry strategic briefing sessions and organising open forums to disseminate early success from the Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) projects. The Association will also present the Industry Award Winners and host a ‘Composites 101’ tutorial session in collaboration with the Composites Skills Alliance aimed at those companies wanting to move into the composites industry.

Ahlstrom introduces Ahlstrom ReliaFlow

18th October 2013 0 comment
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre-based materials company, introduces Ahlstrom ReliaFlow, the new pre-treated conjugate release pad for reliable performance of the lateral flow diagnostics. “The Ahlstrom ReliaFlow is a vital component to the lateral flow assay that provides a reliable and consistent performance and a cost effective solution to diagnostics customers, by eliminating a processing step in their manufacturing saving time, resources and costs,” explained Laia Guarro, VP Marketing, Advanced Filtration.

Eco focus for Freudenberg at IFAI Expo

18th October 2013 0 comment
Freudenberg Nonwovens, leading manufacturer of nonwoven products, is exhibiting its latest eco-friendly products at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and the Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show. This year's IFAI Expo will be co-located with Specialty Graphics Imaging Association in Orlando, FL, from 22-25 October. The company will showcase Evolon printing substrates, Lutradur ECO and a variety of other nonwoven products. “The products we are showing are examples of high quality, innovative approach to environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes and products. Thanks to the minimal environmental impact, Evolon and Lutradur ECO represent a sustainable alternative material for diverse market applications,” commented John McNabb, General Manager.

Technical Innovations at RISE 2013 Conference

18th October 2013 0 comment
INDA’s 4th annual RISE 2013 Conference brought together technology seekers in the global nonwovens and engineered fabrics value chain for discussions about the latest technical innovations, and how they can be applied to help create value-added, more competitive products. The conference took place from 30 September – 3 October at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado, welcoming more than 200 attendees, including a diverse group of marketing and technical executives, business development leaders and technical scouts. “This year’s RISE conference delivered outstanding content and connection opportunities for all attendees. Both are key elements of INDA’s mission to provide thought leadership in innovation and technology to help members be successful. We are delighted with all the positive feedback we have received and the continued growth in attendance,” commented INDA president Dave Rousse.

Measuring energy transmittance may help optimise products

18th October 2013 0 comment
The Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim, Germany, has expanded its current range of tests to allow modern office and living spaces to achieve needed climate control with minimum energy use. According to the institute, manufacturers of textiles, windows and multilayer glass as well as other transparent materials, such as films, will be able to use the test results to optimise their products specifically with regard to low energy transmission.

Vehicle lightweighting as an eco solution

18th October 2013 1 comment
Lightweighting is the automotive industry’s best bet to achieve the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard, said Chuck Evans, Corporate Vice President at Henkel Corporation’s automotive group, at the WWJ Newsradio 950 Auto Summit held yesterday in Southfield, MI. Henkel estimates its technologies can reduce mass of every vehicle by more than 95 kilograms — the equivalent of planting 19 trees. “There are plenty of options on the table to get us to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025,” Evans said. “Advanced powertrains, vehicle downsizing, lightweighting and other innovations are all being pursued. If we focus on vehicle lightweighting alone, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the average new vehicle will weigh 28% less in 2016 than it does today. Just imagine what we can do by 2025.”

DSM Dyneema increases price for fibre and uni-directional product lines

17th October 2013 0 comment
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fibre Dyneema, and leader in life protection materials and high performance fibres, has announced a global price increase of 5% for all DSM Dyneema fibre and uni-directional (UD) product lines. The price increase will be effective as per 1 January 2014 or as contracts allow.

Italian textile machinery producers return to Indonesia

17th October 2013 0 comment
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, returns to Indonesia with two symposiums presenting Italian textile technology to local textile manufacturers. The industrial areas of Solo and Bandung will host symposiums, organised by ACIMIT and ICE-Trade Promotion Agency, in November. During the event, some of Italy’s leading textile machinery producers will be presenting their latest products to Indonesian textile operators.

At the core of thinner diapers

17th October 2013 0 comment
H.B. Fuller, a leading industrial adhesives provider, will take part in SINCE 2013 nonwovens exhibition, that will take place from 23-25 October in Shanghai. The company will be showcasing its comprehensive Full-Care range of premium hot melt adhesives during the show that is expected to attract top level speakers and thousands of visitors from around the world. H.B. Fuller Nonwoven experts will also be talking about overcoming industry challenges and how adhesives are at the core of thinner diaper innovation.

Nonwovens industry addresses challenges at Outlook 2013

16th October 2013 0 comment
Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA, recognised the need for the companies to look ahead to 2020 and be aware of changing consumers’ needs and demands, at the closing session of the 12th edition of Outlook, the leading conference for the nonwovens personal care industry. He also acknowledged the present expectations for companies across the supply chain to produce smart effective and resource-efficient products for today’s consumers. The show took place in Cascais, Portugal, last week.

Bluesign Technologies appoints Director CRM North America

16th October 2013 0 comment
Kevin Myette, outdoor and apparel industry expert for sustainability, quality and supply chain optimisation will join Bluesign Technologies as a Director of CRM for North America. In his new role, Kevin will oversee all Bluesign operations in North America with a goal to provide services to the important segment of the bluesign system partner base. He is also expected to play a role in uniting brand system partners worldwide to meet their complex needs vis-à-vis chemicals management and resource efficiency.

Acceleration in new composites materials at JEC Americas 2013

15th October 2013 0 comment
The second annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conference reflected the growing interest that characterises the region’s dynamic composite market. The event covered the next-generation breakthroughs in applications in aerospace, automotive, energy, automation and other sectors. The show was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from 2-4 October, welcoming 341 exhibiting companies (65 % from North America and 35% from Europe and Asia), a total of 4,155 professionals from 53 countries and 36 US States.

Dryarn and Mico sportswear collection

15th October 2013 0 comment
Mico, a producer of technical products for sport, has presented its MC2 collection, a sports underwear range designed for running, cross-country skiing and alpine skiing. The collection aims to address the question of fighting the fatigue that subjects the body to great stress as a result of sports exercise. It is designed to provide performance enhancing aid during sports training and competition.

New prepreg systems for rolling stock applications

15th October 2013 0 comment
Cytec Industrial Materials is adding two new products to its rail portfolio that meet the fire requirements of EN45545-2:2013. The MTM 348FR is a versatile curing epoxy resin prepreg matrix offering fire protection to category HL2. In combination with either glass or carbon fibres, it is said to offer excellent mechanical performance, making it ideal for the manufacture of lightweight composite components for both interior and exterior structural and non-structural applications.

FibeRio Technology named in Global Cleantech 100

15th October 2013 0 comment
FibeRio Technology Corporation, the developer and manufacturer of Forcespinning nanofibre production systems, has been named in the prestigious 2013 Global Cleantech 100 list, produced by Cleantech Group, a global market intelligence and consulting firm. The Global Cleantech 100 list is derived from Cleantech Group’s own data and research. This year nearly six thousand companies from 60 countries were nominated. “FibeRio being highlighted as one of the top 100 private clean technology companies listed under Cleantech 100 is an endorsement of our company’s efforts to help our customers reach both their financial goals and their strategic sustainability initiatives. Moreover, it will help open new markets and enable new applications,” commented Ellery Buchanan, CEO of FibeRio.

Oeko-Tex’s STeP Certification at IFAI Expo

13th October 2013 0 comment
Dr Sam Moore, from International Oeko-Tex Association in North America, will present Oeko-Tex’s new STeP certification for sustainable textile production facilities at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 in Orlando, that will be held from 21-25 October 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center.

The Future in Confusion

10th October 2013 0 comment
The big problem with 3D printing as a potentially DIY-driven new force in manufacturing is that not much that’s being produced on an entry-level system so far looks like it’s worth owning – or even throwing away for that matter. How is it possible to get really excited about plastic toys that look like rejects from a McDonald’s Happy Meal and create yet another problem for the environment, however much fun the makers had?

Johns Manville expands micro glass fibre nonwoven capacity in Germany

10th October 2013 0 comment
Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company and a leading manufacturer of premium-quality building, specialty and filtration products, has completed an expansion of its micro glass fibre nonwoven production for air filtration media in its plant in Wertheim, Germany. The company’s micro glass fibre nonwovens are used as top-performance media in HVAC filtration applications and also as aircraft insulation.

Nilit at Intertextile Shanghai 2013

9th October 2013 0 comment
Nilit, a manufacturer and leader in the production of nylon 6.6, will be showcasing its Nilit Ecocare newly patented recycled nylon fibre at this year’s Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Show. Intertextile, held annually in China, is the leading international trade fair for apparel fabrics and accessories. This year the tradeshow will take place from 21-24 October in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, with a special focus on sustainability and recycling in the textile industry.

Double digit growth for Performance Days

8th October 2013 0 comment
Performance Days functional fabrics fair that marked its 10th anniversary this year, opens a fifth hall at the MTC in Munich, as the growth rate of the next edition taking place from 19-21 November reaches double digits. Visitors can now expect a greater number of exhibitors, high quality new additions, an extended Performance Forum, and various environmental highlights.

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

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

Secant Medical to present at MedTech Polymers Conference

4th October 2013 0 comment
Peter D. Gabriele, Vice President of Emerging Technology at Secant Medical, will discuss the development and prospective uses of a novel bioelastomer platform at the MedTech Polymers Conference in Houston. According to Gabriele, the platform offers benefits currently unavailable with today’s biomaterials.

Miller Weldmaster celebrates 30 years with IFAI

4th October 2013 0 comment
Miller Weldmaster, a global supplier for fabric welding solutions, celebrates its 30th anniversary of membership with the IFAI, Industrial Fabrics Association International this year. Scott Miller, President of Miller Weldmaster, commented: “We certainly would not be where we are today and in a position to serve over 100 countries around the world without the opportunities IFAI has given us over the past 30 years.”

Moduline System for the geo industry

3rd October 2013 0 comment
Miller Weldmaster offers manufacturers in the geo industry the Moduline System, a machine model that combines versatility with automated production capabilities for more efficient production processes. It is designed to increase a liner or geomembrane manufacturer’s production output while cutting back on production costs. Miller Weldmaster is a manufacturer and innovator of rotary hot air/hot wedge welding equipment for the industrial fabric and thermoplastic industries.

New multi-axial reinforcement range from Scott & Fyfe

3rd October 2013 0 comment
Scott & Fyfe, a provider of innovative textiles and technology, are introducing a new range of Multi-axial reinforcement textiles to compliment their existing product range. The company also aims to further strengthen its position as a global supplier of reinforcements to the composites industry. The product range will include the full spectrum of Multi-axial reinforcement fabrics, such as Uni-directional, Bi-axial, Tri-axial and Quad-axial fabrics produced from a range of technical fibres including E-glass, S-glass and Aramid.

AMT Composites to distribute TeXtreme in South Africa

3rd October 2013 0 comment
The leading distributor of advanced composites materials in South Africa, AMT Composites, has signed an agreement to distribute TeXtreme, market leader in Spread Tow reinforcements, in the region. Andreas Martsman, Vice President – Marketing and Sales of Oxeon, commented: “We are very pleased to have AMT Composites committed to distribute our materials and having signed up as an authorized distributor of TeXtreme. We believe that this brings benefits to the customers sourcing materials from AMT Composites, being able to select TeXtreme in the mix of composite reinforcements available.”

Invista and Ingenza to work on bio-derived industrial chemicals

3rd October 2013 0 comment
Invista, one of the largest integrated producers of polymers and fibres, will work together with Ingenza, a leading industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology company, in order to develop new technologies to enable bio-derived processes for the production of industrial chemicals. “Invista believes biotechnology has the potential to significantly improve the cost and availability of several chemicals and raw materials that are used to produce its current products,” said Warren Primeaux, President of Invista Intermediates.

New thermal management range by Newlife

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

Cytec’s new composite products at JEC Americas

2nd October 2013 0 comment
Cytec Industries will promote its range of advanced composite and process material at JEC Americas in Boston from 2-4 October. The company will highlight MTM 348FR, a new versatile curing epoxy resin prepreg matrix designed for railway applications. It will also showcase its latest corrosion-inhibiting, modified-epoxy bonding primer and Extra Wide High Temp Nylon Film.

ISPO Community offers direct access to consumers

2nd October 2013 0 comment
Leading sports business network ISPO offers a new, year-round service, consisting of targeted communication between brands and consumers, realised in a form of an online platform ISPO Community. It aims to provide retailers, manufacturers and suppliers with access to consumer opinions, creating a new approach to opinion polls and market research.

Archroma acquires three businesses from Clariant

2nd October 2013 1 comment
Archroma has announced its official launch as a newly formed colour and specialty chemicals company that comprises the former Textile Specialties, Paper Solutions and Emulsion Products businesses of Clariant. To be led by CEO Alexander Wessels, the newly recruited senior leadership team will work closely with the current heads of the three businesses acquired from Clariant. “We’re open for business with a new name and a financially strong and knowledgeable parent who believes in our technology, brand and leading market positions,” said new CEO Alexander Wessels.

Messe Frankfurt and JEC announce co-location for US shows

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

Autoneum subject to investigation by German Federal Cartel Office

30th September 2013 0 comment
Along with other automobile suppliers, Autoneum Germany, a subsidiary of Autoneum Holding, is subject to investigations by the German Federal Cartel Office. The investigations affect, among others, the market for floor systems and trunk trim and have been initiated on suspicions that automobile suppliers may have engaged in anticompetitive behaviour.

New Ingeo grades for fibres and nonwovens

30th September 2013 0 comment
NatureWorks is now in full commercial production of two new Ingeo high performance biopolymer grades designed for fibres and nonwovens applications. “These grades are the result of intensive research and development and significant long-term investments in state-of-the-art production processes. These new grades are the first of a number of next generation solutions,” commented Robert Green, Fibres and Nonwovens Industry Global Segment Manager, NatureWorks. According to the company, new products are designed to broaden the application window for Ingeo use in the production of personal care and hygiene products, filtration media, medical fabrics, civil engineering fabrics, geotextile and agricultural fabrics. Both are said to deliver lower shrinkage, faster crystallisation and higher melting points across the broad range of manufacturing processes.

Zoltek becomes Toray subsidiary

30th September 2013 0 comment
Carbon fibre manufacturer Zoltek has entered into a merger agreement with Toray Industries, which makes Zoltek a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toray that will operate as a separate business unit. Toray Industries, a specialist in organic synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry and biochemistry, will acquire all of the Zoltek’s outstanding shares for a total equity value of about $584 million.

TeXtreme in Americas Cup catamarans

30th September 2013 0 comment
Oracle Team USA, supported by the Oxeon’s proprietary TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fibre reinforcements, won the 34th Americas Cup sailing. As a Preferred Supplier to the team, TeXtreme is said to have contributed to weight savings and improved mechanical performance on selected composite parts. Oracle Team USA founder Larry Ellison commented: “This was the most magnificent spectacle on the water. These 40-plus knot catamarans are amazing. By going to catamarans we tried to make sailing a bit more extreme, friendlier for the viewing audience. A lot of people weren’t interested in sailing, and now they are.”

Aerotron and TenCate build ballistic protection for Embraer

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

Teijin expands into Russia and CIS region

30th September 2013 0 comment
Teijin establishes Teijin Rus, LLC in Moscow, Russia, to strengthen the Teijin Group’s business operations in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as part of the group’s strategy to expand businesses in emerging economies. “The establishment of the new company enables us to promptly serve customer needs in the Russia and CIS markets,” said Kentaro Arao, Teijin Group Senior Executive Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Director of BRICs business.

ThermalDrain chosen as RISE Awards finalist

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

Secant Medical at the BioInterface 2013 Annual Conference

27th September 2013 0 comment
Josh Simon, PhD, Business Development Manager at Secant Medical, will be giving a presentation at the BioInterface 2013 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, to demonstrate Secant Medical's commitment to biomaterials research and development. Dr Simon will discuss matching third-generation biomaterials with textile engineering to create structures that repair, recover and regenerate the body at the event’s Applied Technology Workshops on 7 October. “At Secant Medical, the end goal is to facilitate the creation of structures that improve the long-term chronic biologic response by reducing inflammation, preventing secondary procedures, and enabling the body to regenerate on its own,” said Dr Simon.

Teijin to Exhibit at Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition

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

Dornbirn-MFC puts sustainability under spotlight

26th September 2013 0 comment
The 52nd edition of Dornbirn Man-Made Fibres Congress, that took place from 11-13 September, put a focus on global social and economic challenges, such as climate, energy, health, nutrition, mobility, safety, communication, labour and key technologies. Encouraging young people to participate in shaping a future, the event drew the attention to the great potential of the man-made fibre industry for innovation, which may lead to discovering new fields of applications, as well as help to save the environment and resources by sustainability, energy and cost saving production and processing. The event recorded about 800 participants coming from 30 countries, including Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, France, Portugal, and Italy.

Texprocess Americas 2014 Symposium to address technological advancements

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

Composites Europe 2013 sets record in number of visitors

25th September 2013 0 comment
Composites Europe 2013 trade fair for composites, technology and applications set new records with 406 exhibitors coming from 28 countries and with 9,171 visitors attending the Stuttgart exhibition Centre from 17- 19 September. One in two trade fair visitors came from the automotive sector, followed by the aviation and mechanical engineering segments. “With these figures, Composites Europe has now definitely established a firm position for itself among European lightweight construction fairs,” commented Hans-Joachim Erbel, CEO with trade fair organiser Reed Exhibitions Deutschland.

TenCate geotextiles in new drinking water system

24th September 2013 1 comment
Twenty innovative sustainable drinking water systems called ‘GreenSource. Sports for Water’, produced using the high-grade synthetic turf and geotextiles by TenCate, will be installed in South Africa, with The Advanced Materials Manufacturing Oost-Nederland (AMMON) foundation monitoring the innovation. The Sustainable Water Fund of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has commissioned Pentair, TenCate and Wavin jointly to work on the project that to be realised in the South African province of North West, with the support of the local contractors, such as the Saxion University of Applied Sciences and Mmapula Community Development.

Focus on increasing systems and components productivity

24th September 2013 0 comment
Oerlikon Barmag, a leader for spinning systems and equipment for manmade fibres, will be exhibiting at this year’s K 2013 international trade fair for plastics and rubber, that will take place from 16-23 October in Düsseldorf. The machine and systems builder will be showcasing pump construction and extrusion system innovations.

Give Coke a fracking chance!

23rd September 2013 2 comments
At recent conferences, I’ve become aware that European manufacturers of manmade fibres, nonwovens and technical textiles are starting to resent the many hoops they’re now obliged to jump through in order to comply with increasingly strict regulations – as well as pressure from NGOs – that don’t apply elsewhere in the world. The evolving bioplastics industry is a case in point. Coca Cola’s development of Bio-PET 30 is a revolutionary concept that has kick-started a scramble towards so-called ‘drop-in’ polymers as the basis for a new ‘non-synthetic’ fibres chain, as well as one for plastics.

Shanghai showcase for Oerlikon Neumag

23rd September 2013 0 comment
Oerlikon Neumag will focus on nonwovens for technical applications when it presents its product portfolio at next month’s Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference and Exhibition (SINCE), which takes place in Shanghai from 23-25 October.

Autoneum further expands into Asian market

20th September 2013 0 comment
The Switzerland based leading producer of vehicle acoustics and thermal management systems Autoneum has founded the company Summit & Autoneum in Thailand together with automotive supplier Auto Interior Products. The newly established company combines Autoneum's technologies and global customer relationships with access to the partner’s established manufacturing capacities. This, Autoneum reports, provides light vehicle manufacturers in the emerging market of Thailand with innovative and high-performance solutions for acoustic and thermal management.

Shima Seiki at A+A 2013

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

Film festival gets green carpet treatment

19th September 2013 0 comment
Teijin will provide an eco-friendly green carpet for the Tokyo International Film Festival, one of Asia's most competitive film festivals, that will be held from 17-25 October. The green carpet is made with ECOPET recycled polyester fibre, derived from used polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. It will be used in place of the traditional red carpet during the opening ceremony and will cover a total area of 1,800 x 0.9m. Over the past five years, the festival embraced the theme of ecology with a variety of green initiatives, including the use of Teijin's green carpet. This year, it will also carry out a charity drive and implement e-ticketing to reduce the use of paper.

Meeting the Challenge - by Bill Smith

19th September 2013 2 comments
“Everything that can be invented has been invented” is a comment often attributed to Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899. He never said any such thing, of course but some did express similar ideas over the years… As it turned out, everything had not yet been invented. And innovators, including those in technical textiles, have led the way in making our lives and products so much better…

Kemo Bikes release frame featuring TeXtreme Technology

18th September 2013 0 comment
Kemo Bikes showcased their new range of road bikes at the Eurobike show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, for the first time. The top of the line frame model KE-R8 5KS is built using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics, by Oxeon. According to the company, by using the TeXtreme Technology, Kemo have realised a bike with excellent properties in stiffness compared to the low weight at 759 grams.

TenCate and Kringlan Composites to cooperate for automotive industry

18th September 2013 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Composites and Kringlan Composites will work together to develop solutions for part manufacturing on the basis of thermoplastic composite technology. The current main development initiated by Switzerland based Kringlan Composites has been the design and production of a full carbon fibre-reinforced composite wheel for high performance cars. TenCate has been involved in the development of the thermoplastic composite material, which has been qualified for this purpose. This development now reaches the final phase in order to enter series production.

Archroma deal to be completed by end of month

18th September 2013 0 comment
SK Capital, a private investment firm with a focus on the specialty materials, chemicals and healthcare sectors, is expected to close the acquisition of the Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions businesses from Clariant by the end of this month. The three divisions will be combined into an integrated, market-focused company Archroma, with the new senior leadership team formed by SK Capital to work closely with the current heads of the three business units to ensure a smooth transition to an independent consolidated company.

Techtextil North America 2014 Symposium

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

DSM among leaders in DJ Sustainability World Index

17th September 2013 0 comment
Royal DSM, the life sciences and materials sciences company, is once again amongst the leaders in the chemical industry sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Since 2004, DSM has four times ranked among the very top leaders in the sector and has six times held the worldwide sustainability leader position in the Materials industry group. Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the DSM Managing Board, said: "We are very proud to once again be amongst the leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. At DSM, sustainability has evolved beyond compliance or corporate social responsibility. For several years now, it has been a business driver based on our core values, contributing to our mission to create brighter lives for people today and generations to come.” “By integrating sustainability into how we do business and by providing products and solutions that positively contribute to solutions to the world's current and future challenges, we are creating value for all stakeholders."

Nylstar ‘Sport Tech Couture’ collection at Expofil 2013

17th September 2013 0 comment
Nylstar, one of the leading providers of Polyamide 6.6 filaments and yarns, is presenting its Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Trend Forecast at the Expofil 2013 trade fair for yarns and textile fibres, that is taking place in Paris from 17-19 September. The company will also showcase a fashion collection under the concept ‘Sport Tech Couture’ by Spanish designer Mónica Lavandera. “With Sport Tech Couture, Nylstar proposes a new concept of fashion that suits contemporary lifestyle,” commented Zigor Kortazar, Nylstar’s Corporate General Manager.

Tessiture Pietro Radici awarded for environmental and H&S management systems

17th September 2013 0 comment
Tessiture Pietro Radici, RadiciGroup ancestral production company and leader in the production of artificial grass yarn and nonwoven spunbond, was awarded two important certifications: UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management systems and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 for occupational health and safety management systems. Enrico Buriani, CEO of Tessiture Pietro Radici, commented: “Today, customer loyalty may also be gained and built through the level of reliability we are able to provide. And the actions we have taken to improve the efficiency of our management systems are steps toward strengthening our position as a reliable supplier.”

Ahlstrom lowers 2013 outlook

16th September 2013 0 comment
Ahlstrom, a leading high performance fibre based materials company, has lowered its full-year guidance for net sales and operating profit. The decision comes due to lower than expected sales volumes as demand has continued to be soft in Ahlstrom's key markets in Europe and North America.

INDA appoints new Member Relations Director

16th September 2013 0 comment
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has appointed Morris T. Collins, Jr. as Director of Member Relations, a new position at INDA, aimed to help expand INDA’s reach into all areas of the nonwoven engineered fabrics industry. “The Director of Member Relations is a new position and important to INDA’s strategic objective of growing membership across all of the nonwoven verticals,” commented Dave Rousse, INDA’s President. “This new role will allow us to significantly increase our direct engagement with industry members, and use that point of view to shape INDA programme and event content to better serve all industry sectors. Morris has the personal and professional skills to do this and we are excited about his decision to join INDA.”

TenCate AmberTool composite tooling prepreg range

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

Ahlstrom new soft SMS fabric for surgical gowns

16th September 2013 0 comment
Ahlstrom, a high performance fibre based materials company, introduces Ahlstrom TenderGuard, a new soft SMS (spunbond-meltblown-spunbond) fabric for surgical gowns. According to the company, its TenderGuard offers the optimal balance between safety, softness and comfort, allowing surgeons, nurses and clinicians to feel at ease and to stay focused on what's important during an operation.

Groz-Beckert at SINCE 2013

14th September 2013 0 comment
A market leading in the manufacturing of industrial machine needles Groz-Beckert will take part in the Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference & Exhibition (SINCE) from 23-25 October, where it will present the latest highlights in the field of felting needles and jet strips. SINCE is one of the of the major exhibitions for nonwovens worldwide and serves more than 400 exhibitors from 30 countries as a platform for the communication about the nonwovens industry in Asia.

Italian textile machinery manufacturers to exhibit in Guangzhou

14th September 2013 1 comment
Italian machinery manufacturers will be presenting their most advanced technology for the production of technical textiles and nonwovens at the technology symposium on 10 October in Guangzhou, China, organised by ACIMIT - the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, and the ICE – the Italian Trade Promotion Agency. “The symposium to be held in Guangzhou aims to promote awareness among Chinese operators of the validity of Italian technology,” Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT. “In the province of Guandong, there are around 500 companies operating in the sector (above all nonwovens); this is an important market for our manufacturers”.

TenCate and US Army RDECOM enter multi-year CRADA agreement

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

EcoStar felting needle for efficient production

13th September 2013 0 comment
Groz-Beckert, the leading manufacturer of industrial machine needles and precision engineering, introduces new EcoStar felting needle. With 13% less cross-sectional area than a standard felting needle, and with its stabilising edge profiles, the new EcoStar is said to require less penetration strength. It is also expected to provide a longer service life, a more even product surface and improved fibre transportation. Long-lasting, energy-saving and environmentally sustainable – those are the key advantages of the newly-developed felting needle, according to the company. The needle features a lower needle cross-section while maintaining stability thanks to its edge profiles, a newly-designed RF barb with an improved grip on the fibre and thus more compact fabric integration and a reduced wear.

Three nonwoven products become RISE Durable Product Award finalists

13th September 2013 0 comment
The finalists have been selected for the prestigious third annual RISE Durable Product Award, which will be presented at the annual RISE Conference in Denver, Colorado USA. Three unique durable products were chosen for their innovative use of nonwovens. The finalists will make their product presentations at the fourth annual RISE Conference, organised by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and held from 30 September – 3 October at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado.

Cytec launches new products at Composites Europe 2013

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

Andritz complete production lines for nonwovens at SINCE 2013

13th September 2013 0 comment
Andritz, an international technology group, presents complete production lines and innovative solutions for needlepunch, spunlace, and wetlaid at SINCE 2013 nonwovens exhibition that will take place from 23-25 October in Shanghai, China.

Groz-Beckert Academy celebrates great start

12th September 2013 1 comment
Groz-Beckert, the leading manufacturer of industrial machine needles, precision engineering, systems and services for the manufacture and sewing of textiles, reports a steady increase in demand for the services of its knowledge platform Groz-Beckert Academy, which started in 2011. With 328 participants over the course of 836 training days in less than two years, the Academy is said to have received a great reception and it now aims at further development and growth on the international scale.

TenCate books Asian order for advanced naval armour systems

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

New testing methods for vehicle seats

11th September 2013 0 comment
Optimally designed vehicle seats are said to be at the basis of providing the driver with the necessary comfort during their journey, the Hohenstein Institute reports. They may allow drivers to assume an ergonomic seating position and feature good climate properties. On the other hand, poor seating comfort is said to decrease the concentration and drivers tire more easily, which, according to the Institute, in the worst case scenario may lead to an accident. Hohenstein Institute has developed different test methods to objectively determine the physiological comfort of vehicle seats, in order to assist modern automotive manufacturers, who have been using the laboratory tests for many years to check the materials and seating systems they use.

TenCate reveals innovative lightweight ballistic inserts

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

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

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

Groz-Beckert creates space for health and education

10th September 2013 0 comment
The new EUR 17.5m worth Health and Education Centre GEBIZ opened its doors at Groz-Beckert this month, demonstrating the company’s commitment to education and health. In its ‘Kita Malesfelsen’ day nursery and its ‘Grundschule Malesfelsen’ elementary school, the GEBIZ offers all-day care and education for kids up to 10 years old. The newly-constructed complex of buildings at the Groz-Beckert headquarters in Albstadt also includes the ‘BKK Groz-Beckert’ health insurance fund and the ‘Vitalzentrum Malesfelsen’, which offers fitness and prevention programmes. The building also houses a company physician, medics and a physiotherapy centre.

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

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

Oerlikon to exhibit at Techtextil India

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

New flax fibre cones for speakers diaphragm

10th September 2013 0 comment
With more than 30 years of research in new materials for the loudspeaker diaphragm, the France based Focal introduces a new cone made of high-quality flax fibres. Made of high-quality flax fibres core enclosed by two thin layers of glass fibre, ‘F’ cones are characterised by their natural sound, with low colouration, their richness of reproduction in the midrange register and their tighter bass.

Technical textiles growth is fuelling demand for highly specified needles and threads

9th September 2013 1 comment
Technical textiles are being used increasingly for the replacement of traditional materials in challenging applications, and their end uses are becoming increasingly diverse, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence – 'Sewing needles and threads for technical textiles'. As a result, manufacturers of needles and threads have been faced with the need to develop highly specified products.

Low & Bonar acquires geosynthetics producer Texiplast

7th September 2013 0 comment
Low & Bonar, a performance materials group with leading positions in niche industrial markets, will acquire Texiplast, a Slovakian producer of high strength geosynthetic products serving the civil engineering market, for approximately €18.9m (£16.0m). The acquisition is expected to complete later today following the transfer of funds and provision of certain documents. In addition, Low & Bonar has announced the placing of 29,626,000 new ordinary shares of five pence each in the capital of Low & Bonar at a price of 69 pence per placing share raising £20.4m.

Cytec to exhibit at DSEI 2013

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

Techtextil NA & Texprocess Americas announce Graduate Student Poster Program

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

Liquid filter bags withstand hydraulic pressing with SeamMaster

6th September 2013 1 comment
Sonobond Ultrasonics’ SM86 SeamMaster High Profile ultrasonic sewing machine will be used by Great Lakes Filters, to produce a liquid filter bag that could withstand hydraulic pressing without splitting or fraying. “The bag has to capture the pulp from the juicing process and then withstand intense compression so that the maximum amount of fruit or vegetable nutrients can be extracted,” explained Brian K. Balliet, CEO of Great Lakes Filters. “Sonobond’s equipment allows us to produce a bag that can do that and meet the customer’s exacting standards. It also enables us to fabricate and attach materials that are difficult via traditional cut and sew methods, resulting in higher quality products at lower production cost.”

GOCarbonFiber presents two expert workshops

6th September 2013 0 comment
The Global Outlook for Carbon Fiber (GOCarbonFiber), that will take place from 8-10 October in Seattle, will feature two expert pre-conference workshops led by the industry professionals Prof Jan-Anders Månson, Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Materials (LTC), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and John Davidson, Carbon Fibre Technologies International, UK. This year’s edition of the event will also feature high profile keynotes, insights from long time experts, panel discussions and workshops, with 180 industry professionals attending. The programme will address global market overview and update on key end use sectors like automotive, aerospace, pressure vessels, wind energy and space.

Brain tests show tight clothing may affect wearer’s focus

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

Filtration 2013 headed to Chicago

5th September 2013 0 comment
INDA’s Filtration International Conference and Exposition, the largest filtration event in the Americas, is returning to Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois, taking place from 12-14 November 2013. Over 130 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest filtration innovations, technologies and end products from around the world. More than 1600 key decision-makers from 30 countries will take part in the show that will be presenting new materials, roll goods, machinery, new technology and filter media components.

Teijin to present at China Composites Expo

5th September 2013 0 comment
The Teijin Group will exhibit at the China Composites Expo 2013, with its Toho Tenax, the group’s carbon fibres and composites business, and Teijin Aramid Asia, the group’s aramid fibres business. The Asia’s largest composites exhibition will take place at the China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing from 11-13 September. At the show a leader in high performance fibres will be providing information about innovative applications for carbon and aramid fibre reinforced composites.

Johnson Controls in China warp knitting JV

4th September 2013 0 comment
Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics, has signed an agreement with Zhejiang Wanfang New Materials Co., Ltd. (Zhejiang Wanfang) to set up a new warp knitted fabrics joint venture in Haining City, Zhejiang Province. The company will become one of the first Global Fortune 500 companies to invest in Haining. The new joint venture will be called Zhejiang Johnson Controls Wanfang Textile Technology Co., Ltd. and will supply major car in China and abroad with automotive and functional fabrics for automotive seating and interior products.

New Trick from X-Bionic

4th September 2013 0 comment
According to X-Bionic, the award winning sportswear manufacturer, its new collection is a new way to regulate the body temperature during an athletic performance, by tricking the heat receptors of the body. During normal thermoregulation the body temperature climbs steadily and has to reach a certain point for sensors in the back notify the brain via the spinal cord of the need for cooling through perspiration. The company has developed clothing with an insulation zone located on the spine, simulating overheating, which is said to provoke early sweat production in order to lower the body’s temperature.

Alexium proceeds with Nycolon production trials

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

New Twaron T765 cost-effective spall-liner solution

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

First STeP Certificate for German knitter

3rd September 2013 0 comment
Mattes & Ammann, the Swabian knitted fabrics manufacturer, became the first textile company in Germany and the EU economic area to be awarded the Oeko-Tex Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) certificate in July this year. Prof Dr Stefan Mecheels, head of the Hohenstein Institute, handed over the STeP certificate to owner and Managing Director Christoph Larsen-Mattes and his team on behalf of the OEKO-TEX Association. "We would like to congratulate Mattes & Ammann on exemplary implementation of their sustainable company philosophy", said Mecheels. "Their example, over many years now, has shown that a careful and responsible approach pays off, even in a highly competitive market, and that example is giving other companies the courage to follow the same path."

Groz-Beckert at FSB

2nd September 2013 0 comment
A market leader in the manufacturing of industrial machine needles Groz-Beckert will be showcasing at the FSB Cologne international trade fair for amenity areas, sports and pool facilities. The show will be held from 22-25 October, welcoming about 600 exhibiting companies from 40 countries. The company will present tufting needles, loopers, reed finger modules and tufting knives. The focus of the presentation will be Gauge Part System for the production of tufted textiles, among others, also for artificial turf.

Nike launches novel tri-layer fleece

30th August 2013 0 comment
For Fall/Holiday 2013, Nike updates classic styles with a revolutionary reinvention of fleece fabric in its Nike Tech Fleece Collection that is said to combine the fit, feel, and function of Nike’s most iconic sportswear silhouettes.

Demand for indoor sportswear and fitness apparel set to grow

30th August 2013 0 comment
Demand for indoor sportswear and fitness apparel is set for strong growth despite constrained consumer spending, according to a new report entitled 'Indoor sportswear and fitness apparel' from the business information company Textiles Intelligence. Global demand for this type of clothing is rising steadily despite extreme weakness in key economies around the world.

Long winter subdues Sioen

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

Heimtextil reveals trends for 2014/15 season

29th August 2013 0 comment
Heimtextil trade fair for home and contract textiles, that will take place in Frankfurt from 8 – 11 January 2014, has given a head start to its exhibitors, designers, furnishers and decorators. Representing the Trend Table, the London based agency FranklinTill provided the first insight into future trends of the new furnishing season with the presentation of the new Heimtextil Trend Book. “FranklinTill and all other trend experts involved presented the global industry with an excellent source of information and inspiration for product development. The new Heimtextil Trend Book provides manufacturers of textiles, designers, furnishers and interior decorators with a useful overview of trendsetting developments in the field of design,” said Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt.

Repreve has it covered for Milliken

29th August 2013 0 comment
Milliken’s table linen business is now adapting its successful Signature range of table linen to a phased transition towards verifiably recycled polyester yarns. The company is cooperating with the American fibre manufacturer Unifi during this process. The firm's Repreve yarns have been awarded the ‘SCS Certified Responsible Source’ seal of approval for providing a transparent delivery and manufacturing chain. The partnership of these two businesses, both committed to sustainability, is reflected in the name of the new line of table linen – SignatureRepreve.

Vestagen ready to launch active barrier protective scrubs

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

Formax to launch new reinforcements at Composites Europe 2013

28th August 2013 0 comment
Formax, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and specialty composite reinforcements, will be launching two new exclusive fabric ranges at Composites Europe 2013 – A-FORM, an advanced range of Class A automotive textiles, and reFORM, a recycled multiaxial reinforcement manufactured entirely from reprocessed carbon. The show where Formax will also introduce visitors to new Drape Simulation Technology will take place from 17-19 September in Stuttgart, Germany.

Innovative TenCate fabrics help firefighters to stay cooler

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

Polartec to license Stay-Fresh antimicrobial technology

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

Owens Corning expands glass nonwovens business

27th August 2013 0 comment
Owens Corning, a leading producer of glass fibre has announced a $130 million investment in North America to expand its global glass nonwovens business. The new facility will house a state-of-the-art manufacturing line, coating capability and R&D activities, with future expansion options. The North American facility will use Owens Corning glass fibres supplied from existing facilities and will specialise in high-quality nonwovens for composite systems and residential and commercial building materials, including wall coverings, ceiling and flooring materials, specialty insulation, gypsum and automotive products.

Dorix renamed Radici Chemiefaser

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

Eco Circle features in China National Games

27th August 2013 0 comment
The Teijin Group, the leading high-performance fibre supplier, will provide uniforms made from its recycled polyester Eco Circle Fibres for staff at the athletes’ village of the 12th National Games of the People's Republic of China, the largest national sporting event in the country. The Games will be held from 31 August to 12 September in the city of Shenyang. Teijin will contribute to the themes of the Games, Green, Eco and Low Carbon, by providing suits and ties made from Eco Circle Fibres, which are manufactured using Teijin's closed-loop recycling system, Eco Circle. The system employs the group's advanced proprietary chemical recycling technology developed in 2000.

Sandler unveils latest investment

26th August 2013 0 comment
Sandler AG celebrated the CEO Dr Christian Heinrich Sandler’s 60th birthday and two new investments at the Schwarzenbach location this week. More than 460 guests from politics, the economy and society had accepted the nonwoven manufacturer’s invitation to the Freiheitshalle gala evening including a formidable acrobatics show, musical interludes, and a first look at Sandler AG’s new production line.

Natural fibres with high-tech eco finish

26th August 2013 0 comment
In its current collection Schoeller Collection puts a major focus on ecorepel, the fluorocarbon free finishing technology for water and dirt repellence. The collection also features cotton or linen blends in rich shades or refreshing Cool Fabrics in the colours of the ocean set accents. Different graphic cut-outs and micro designs lend structure throughout the collection. Ecology, sustainability and naturalness are the grand themes of the current Schoeller Collection. Biodegradable, abrasion and wash resistant, the ecorepel ecological high-tech finish is said to enhance diverse Schoeller fabrics.

Hohenstein quality label for Coolcore

26th August 2013 0 comment
The temperature-regulating fibres made by Coolcore LLC, a company based in Portsmouth, NH, are the first product worldwide to be awarded the Hohenstein Quality Label ‘Innovative Technology - Cooling Power’. With the award, the scientists at the internationally recognised and independent Hohenstein Institute have confirmed the cooling effect of the textiles, which are entirely chemical-free and do not use latent heat storage or phase change materials that exploit a change in phase (solid-liquid) to absorb and store heat.

Oerlikon optimises e-shop

26th August 2013 0 comment
Oerlikon Manmade Fibres has optimised its website for the products and services of its two Oerlikon Barmag and Oerlikon Neumag brands. Customers can now access tailor-made services in eleven different languages and around the clock. The website offers a sophisticated e-shop system allowing customers to view all their inquiries and transactions, including all the corresponding documentations such as packing lists, invoices and waybills, over the past four years.

Schoeller wins the Outdoor Industry Award 2013 gold with EXP 4.0

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

UKFT to support the Professional Clothing Show

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

AUTEFA Solutions at Composites Europe

23rd August 2013 0 comment
AUTEFA Solutions, an international machine manufacturing group, will be showcasing at the Composites Europe trade fair that will be held at Messe Stuttgart from 17-19 September. Dr Stefan Schlichter, CEO commented: “We develop solutions for automation and manufacture excellent machines and lines for the production of nonwovens. The combination of our experience in both business segments enables us to offer three quite different solutions. We are looking forward to present these concepts to interested visitors during Composites Europe.”

SILVADUR Antimicrobial recognised by R&D Magazine

21st August 2013 0 comment
SILVADUR Antimicrobial has been named by R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced during the past year. SILVADUR Antimicrobial was introduced by Dow Microbial Control, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, in September last year. According to the manufacturer, it is gaining rapid acceptance in the marketplace because it offers reliable odour control and long-lasting freshness in apparel and textiles at a time when more and more consumers are embracing a healthier, more hygienic lifestyle. The R&D 100 Awards annually recognise technological innovation in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, optics, high-energy physics, materials science, chemistry and biotechnology.

Teijin to participate in Intertextile Shanghai Home Textile

21st August 2013 0 comment
Teijin and Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group's fibre-product converting company, will participate in Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles, Asia’s largest home textile trade fair, which will take place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai from 27-29 August. The group will present solutions for enhanced quality and comfort in the home through high-performance, environmentally friendly materials used in bedding products, including mattresses, comforters and pillows.

Lenzing to focus on Tencel and Modal production

21st August 2013 0 comment
In first half of 2013 Lenzing has generated earnings in line with the company’s expectations, but considerably below the first half of 2012. Consolidated sales declined by 6.8% in the first half of 2013 to EUR 989.9 million. Furthermore, there was a loss of external sales of about EUR 42.5 million at the Paskov pulp plant. EBITDA amounted to EUR 162.0 million, down 16.3% from the first half of 2012. The EBITDA margin was 16.4% in contrast to the prior year figure of 18.2%. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) in the first half-year totalled EUR 103 million, a decrease of 27%. The disposal of the Business Unit Plastics by the Lenzing Group resulted in a cash inflow of EUR 61.7 million and a gain on disposal before taxes of EUR 25.9 million at the half-year reporting date.

Teijin to participate in MAKS 2013

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

New work on development of a fat implant to assist in reconstructive surgery

20th August 2013 0 comment
Dr Marina Handel, of Hohenstein Institute, has successfully completed her doctorate work on in cell and molecular biology, where she explored a thesis on the development of a fat implant for the treatment of wounds, as an alternative to the current methods used in reconstructive surgery. As a project manager for the Department of Hygiene, Environment & Medicine at the Hohenstein Institute, Dr Handel currently focuses on interaction between allergens and textiles or skin, allergy prevention through textiles as well as neurophysiological perception of clothing by humans.

DiloGroup at Techtextil India

20th August 2013 0 comment
DiloGroup, the premier builder and supplier of complete nonwovens lines for staple fibre nonwoven production, will present its portfolio of equipment to the nonwovens industry at the Techtextil India trade fair, held in Mumbai from 3-5 October. DiloGroup will provide extensive information about production lines made in Germany and recent machine concepts from the DiloGroup companies DiloTemafa, DiloSpinnbau and DiloMachines.

Karl Mayer to host innovation and high-tech show

19th August 2013 0 comment
Leading textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer will be presenting its latest tricot and raschel machines as well as ideas for manufacturing innovative sportswear and outerwear fabrics on 25 September at its open house event. For the company’s Business Unit Warp Knitting the event will take place at Karl Mayer’s own Development Centre in Obertshausen.

Karl Mayer at Techtextil India

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

Nike Pro Elite Knit: seamless, breathable and lightweight

19th August 2013 1 comment
When it comes to performance apparel, seams are the enemy, according to Nike - they are heavy, create areas of weakness and can be uncomfortable against the skin. Nike says it has found the solution, by introducing the Nike Pro Elite Knit, an innovative application of a warp-knitted construction. “We were inspired by what we saw in footwear with Nike Flyknit, which created a virtually seamless upper,” explained Jamie Lee, Nike Women’s Training Product Craft Director. “Our approach was to create a seamless garment designed to amplify the body’s natural ability – something that moves with the body and breathes extremely well. In essence, something you never know is there.”

Litzler designs 80 mpm Tire Cord Dipping Line

16th August 2013 0 comment
CA Litzler has received an order to design and build a 80 mpm Tire Cord Dipping Line for Rajashree Polyfil (a division of Century Enka), BK Birla Group company of India. This is the second equipment order for Litzler from Rajashree Polyfil in the last three years.

RES explores fourth dimension of textiles at Première Vision

16th August 2013 0 comment
RES, Resine Espanse Sintetiche , the Italian producer of laminated materials, will present its new collections for Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 at Première Vision that will take place in Paris, from 17-19 September. The company will show its classic ‘forte’ together with a ‘hi-tech’ collection featuring innovative products. The neoprene, starring role of RES collections, also acquires new properties.

Buckeye approves Georgia-Pacific merger

16th August 2013 0 comment
Buckeye Technologies has announced that at a special stockholders’ meeting held on 15 August, Buckeye stockholders approved the agreement and plan of merger, by and among Georgia-Pacific, GP Cellulose Group LLC and Buckeye.

Pegas halts testing at new Egypt factory

16th August 2013 0 comment
Czech synthetic textile maker Pegas Nonwovens has halted a test run of its new factory in Egypt because of political turmoil in the country. The start up process of the plant has completed in mid July and has successfully qualified the first materials with its customers. The factory has been able to commence its first commercial deliveries. "With respect to the escalating tensions in the country, the transport of workers to the production plant presented an unnecessary level of risk, that we do not wish to undertake. The date for resuming operation of the production line will depend on further developments of the Egyptian crisis," said František Řezáč, CEO and Member of the Board of Pegas Nonwovens.

Supacore launches its new compression clothing range

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

Unifi purchases additional texturing assets

15th August 2013 0 comment
Unifi has purchased nine DTY (drawn textured yarn) machines and a sample machine, all of which will be relocated to the company's manufacturing facility in Yadkinville, NC. The purchase is expected to increase the company's production capacity in the growing regional market, while also providing additional flexibility to support the production of the company's successful portfolio of premier value added products.

Buckeye reports downturn in net sales for Q4 and fiscal 2013

14th August 2013 0 comment
Buckeye Technologies, a leading manufacturer and marketer of specialty fibres and nonwoven materials, has announced earnings for fiscal year 2013. The company has reported a decline in net sales by 9% for the fiscal 2013 compared to fiscal 2012. The net sales for the fourth quarter 2013 were also down $9 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.

Invista and SilicoLife to develop bio-derived raw materials

14th August 2013 0 comment
Invista and a computational biology company SilicoLife have announced a collaboration for the development of new technologies to enable bio-derived processes for the production of industrial chemicals. The two companies are working together in order to further co-develop their technology platforms, with bio-derived production of butadiene being one of the initial focus areas. The agreement will leverage Invista’s capabilities in biotechnology and catalysis, and knowledge of the chemicals industry, and SilicoLife’s in silico metabolic engineering and rational synthetic biology capabilities for the development of new bio-based routes to industrial chemicals.

Highest precision for high-viscosity media

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

Teijin to focus on protective wear at PetroWorld India 2013

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

RISE 2013 to highlight leading edge innovation and technology

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

Zoltek reports net loss in Q3

13th August 2013 0 comment
Zoltek Companies has reported financial results for the third quarter of its 2013 fiscal year. The net revenues for the quarter ended 30 June 2013, totalled $30.3 million, compared to $48.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. On a sequential basis, net revenues for the latest quarter decreased from $33.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. “The cyclical downturn in the wind energy market that began in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, continued to negatively affect our sales and operating results in the third quarter. However, in recent weeks we have seen a number of signs that demand in our sector of the wind energy market – supplying carbon fibres used in the manufacture of the biggest and most advanced wind turbines – is picking up again and will show renewed strength through at least the end of calendar year 2013,” said Zsolt Rumy, Zoltek’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Applications widen for FR nylon technology

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

Outlook 2013 programme announced

12th August 2013 0 comment
EDANA, the international association representing the nonwovens and related industries, has announced the programme for its leading personal care products conference Outlook, that will take place from 9-11 October in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference offers a programme dedicated to the nonwovens personal care and hygiene industry, as well as business-orientated presentations to support the delegates’ company strategy and planning.

True to its Roots, OR Balances Technology with Sustainability

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

Autefa Solutions expands into Chinese market

11th August 2013 1 comment
The newly founded company Autefa Solutions Wuxi was inaugurated on 28 and 29 July. In the presence of more than 100 guests the traditional ‘ribbon cutting’ was performed by Maoxin Ye, Vice President CHTC and CEO of Textile Machinery Unit, and Dr Stefan Schlichter, CEO Autefa Solutions. During his opening speech Dr Stefan Schlichter explained: “In addition to our well proven machines for the premium market, which heads for high performance and quality we now offer with Autefa Solutions Wuxi machines and services also from China for Chinese customers.”

Indorama Ventures reports record revenue for 2Q

11th August 2013 0 comment
Indorama Ventures Public Company (IVL), the world’s largest PET company, achieved total sales revenue of US $1.9 billion in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 9% over the same period last year. “We have been seeing signs that the trough period of the past two years is coming to an end and this is extremely encouraging,” commented Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures. “We are excited that IVL’s differentiation and low cost strategy is paying off since our 18% margin recovery over first quarter this year is much superior to a typical industry player.”

Andritz satisfied with first half 2013

9th August 2013 0 comment
International technology group Andritz, a leading supplier of plants and services for the nonwovens , pulp and paper and other specialised industries, showed a solid order intake and a favourable sales development during the second quarter and the first half of 2013. Andritz President and CEO Wolfgang Leitner explained : “In view of the very difficult overall economic environment, we must be satisfied with the business development of the Andritz Group. For the remaining months of the 2013 business year, we expect investment activity in our key customer industries to remain subdued worldwide.” The group expects a rise in sales in the 2013 business year. However, due to the sharp earnings decline in the pulp and paper, and separation business areas, as well as scheduled amortisation of intangible assets related to the acquisition of Schuler, the net income will be significantly lower than the last year’s reference figure.

TeXtreme supported team wins Formula Student Germany

9th August 2013 0 comment
TeXtreme supported DUT Racing from Delft University, Netherlands, won the electric category with their electric driven car. The Formula Student Germany 2013 competitions took place at Hockenheim race circuit from 30 July – 4 August. Marius Knol, Team Manager of DUT Racing commented: “As a team we are known for our lightweight and integrated design. This year we managed to build a winged, four-wheel driven, electric race car weighing only 175 kg. And with that it is one of the lightest cars of the competition. This could only be achieved with TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fibre fabrics, which make up the majority of the primary structure of the car, as well as the majority of the aerodynamic package on our car.” “The TeXtreme fibres enabled us to reduce the mass of our composite parts with at least 10%. The use of TeXtreme has definitely contributed to the overall win at FSG and we are very grateful for this support.”

First International Conference on Digital Technologies for the textile industries

7th August 2013 0 comment
The First International Conference on Digital Technologies for the Textile Industries will take place at the University of Manchester, from 5-6 September 2013, organised by TexEng Software in association with University of Manchester. The conference will feature 40 discussions, with more than 30 experts in the advisory committee, from countries like USA, UK, Germany, Russia, China, India, Canada, France and Belgium. The topics covered at the event will include fabric and fashion design, engineering applications, wearable electronics, computational modelling, visualisation, prediction of performance, control of machines, commercial organisation, 3D body scanning and computer aided colour.

New cutting and welding solution for truck tarps

6th August 2013 0 comment
Miller Weldmaster has produced the I4500 Indexing System, designed to meet the production demands of truck tarp and pergola fabric-based product manufacturers. The machine incorporates automated rotary webbing cutters and high-speed, state-of-the-art hot air welding features to enhance productivity, minimise material handling and offer easy machine operation.

Miller Weldmaster premieres at Brazilian show

6th August 2013 0 comment
Miller Weldmaster, a leading manufacturer of industrial fabric welding solutions, recently exhibited for the first time at the 23rd Annual Serigrafia SIGN Future TEXTIL that was held in Brazil from 10-13 July, showcasing its T-300 Extreme Edge, a machine line specifically designed for the production needs of banner and sign manufacturers.

Heimtextil draws attention to upcycling

6th August 2013 0 comment
The next Heimtextil international trade fair for home and contract textiles, that will take place in Frankfurt from 8 – 11 January 2014, will once again draw attention to upcycling with the emphasis on young designers. With the ‘Young Creations Award: Upcycling’, Heimtextil calls on newcomers to the design world to create original upcycling articles for indoor use. The second edition of the ‘Young Creations Award: Upcycling’ competition is following the successful première in January this year, at Heimtextil. The organisers are broadening the scope of the competition for the next year to include students from four German academies ‘Fachhochschule Aachen’, ‘Hochschule Coburg’, ‘Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart’ and ‘Kunsthochschule Weissensee’, who will take part presenting their creative projects and models at a special show.

Monforts opens world class Advanced Technological Centre

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

The digital signposts to success: Fespa 2013

5th August 2013 0 comment
The growth of digital textile printing to date has largely been down to applications for ‘soft signage’. Promotional banners and displays and other wide-format applications – as was much in evidence at Fespa 2013, which celebrated its 50th anniversary at London’s Excel at the end of June. There are a number of companies now specialising in technical textiles for such wide-format applications, including Germany’s Heytex and Junkers & Müllers, the UK’s John Heathcoat and Cooley in the USA (whose materials were employed in the design of the 2012 Olympic stadium in London).

Exports drive Italian textile machinery

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

EverGlide Low Friction Systems for active sportswear

29th July 2013 0 comment
Huntsman Textile Effects, a leader in developing total textile solutions across all aspects of the textile chain, has developed a new textile system designed to effectively reduce fabric to skin friction and promote longer-lasting performance especially for active sports. Developed and formulated by Huntsman and supported with extensive scientific research aimed at establishing the ‘must-have’ effects in the sportswear, EverGlide Low Friction Systems is a technology designed to minimise the incidence of skin irritation and abrasion, commonly sustained by athletes due to perspiration saturation during sports performance.

US BioDesign relocates as it plans expansion

25th July 2013 0 comment
US BioDesign, a leader in the production of biomedical textile structure components, has announced the relocation of its current manufacturing headquarters in Perkasie, PA, to a business campus in Quakertown, as it plans its future growth. According to US BioDesign President and Founder Tom Molz, the company's relocation supports essential, short-term business goals and is key to advancing longer-term growth strategies. "This is an exciting time for US BioDesign. With multiple developmental projects nearing commercialisation, this is the right time for us to expand. Our business is growing rapidly and we've got a lot of momentum moving forward. We're excited about the future," he said.

Nylstar boss plans to double turnover in next 5 years

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

TeXtreme victory at Tour de France

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

Eschler Summer Collection 2015

24th July 2013 0 comment
A unique and functional knitted fabrics collection from the leading textile company Eschler, owned by Schoeller, has been produced under ecological conditions on the company’s high-tech knitting machines. “It surprises with flexible and creative ideas,” the company commented. “Innovative textures and structures lend the knitted fabrics a special performance through different constructions.”

Technical Absorbents at Medicall

24th July 2013 0 comment
The absorbent solutions provider Technical Absorbents will be exhibiting at Medicall India Premier Medical Equipment Show that will be held from 2-4 August at the Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai, India. The company will be providing information with regards to the use of its Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) within advanced wound care and other medical applications.

Advanced fibre manufacturing centre set up in Geelong

23rd July 2013 0 comment
The Fibre Processing and Carbon Nexus buildings that have been opened in the Australian city of Geelong, having received $38 million in Federal Government funding, are expected to boost local economy. The buildings are part of the $103 million Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC), which aims to transform Geelong's into a global centre for cutting-edge manufacturing.

Plug and produce meltblown solution

23rd July 2013 0 comment
Oerlikon Neumag has extended its nonwoven product line and now provides meltblown systems as inserts in existing and new outside vendor SXS plants. The first two Oerlikon Neumag meltblown ‘Plug & Produce-Solutions’ were commissioned in a new SXXS line for hygiene and medical nonwovens with a customer on the American market.

Final programme for GoCarbonFiber 2013

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

New design ethos guides Nike innovations

19th July 2013 0 comment
Nike, the world’s leading running brand, has unveiled four new innovations at an event at the company’s global headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, introducing two new running shoes, the Nike Free Flyknit and Nike Free Hyperfeel, and two new apparel technologies, Aeroloft and Dri-FIT Knit. The new products are designed to enhance runners’ natural abilities and were guided by Nike’s ‘Nature Amplified’ design ethos, an approach that is focused on designing for the body in motion and fuelled by scientific data and athlete insights.

New high-speed spunlace line for Chuzhou

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

Shin-guard football socks for Brazil, Argentina and Spain

18th July 2013 0 comment
Italian sock knitting machine builder Busi Giovanni’s Idea Twin Layer cylinder and dial sock knitting machine is being used to produce unique football socks with integrally knitted shin-guard pockets for stores in Brazil, Argentinia and Spain – three of the world’s greatest footballing nations.

Truetzschler at Techtextil 2013

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

Ecorepel wins OutDoor Industry Award 2013

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

Cathay Investments acquires Umeco Distribution

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

Radici measures environmental impact of PA 6.6 production

13th July 2013 0 comment
Radici Chimica, a RadiciGroup chemical company engaged in the production of polyamide 6,6 (Radipol) and related chemical intermediates (Radichem), signed an agreement with the Italian Ministry for the Environment earlier this month, to apply a new method to its production chain, on an experimental basis, to determine the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF). This method was recently set out in a Communication by the European Commission on how to improve the availability of clear, reliable and comparable information on the environmental performance of products and organisations, with the goal of harmonising the different measurement methods available today.

GOCarbonFiber 2013 speakers announced

13th July 2013 0 comment
GOCarbonFiber that will take place from 8-10 October in Seattle, has announced the speakers that will participate at the event. This year’s edition is going to address global market overview and update on key end use sectors like automotive, aerospace, pressure vessels, wind energy and space. The event will feature high profile keynotes, insights from long time experts, panel discussions and workshops, with 180 industry professionals attending.

‘Positioning Excellence Award’ for Lenzing

13th July 2013 0 comment
Lenzing has been given the Positioning Excellence Award from Trout & Partners, a leading consulting company for strategic positioning and differentiation on 1 July. “Lenzing is receiving this award for resolutely pursuing a clear positioning as the world market leader in the production of man-made cellulose fibres. About 15 years ago Lenzing AG started to increasingly focus on marketing. Subsequently the company has been able to achieve growth of more than 300% since the year 2000, and massively expand its global presence,” explained Trout & Partners.

Lightweight cargo nets help to cut greenhouse gas emissions

12th July 2013 0 comment
The first lightweight cargo nets, made with ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre Dyneema, manufactured by DSM Dyneema were handed over to Air France-KLM at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam this week. Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo is expected to save over 210 gallons of kerosene fuel per year with this new lightweight net, which means carbon dioxide emissions will be over 2.5 tonnes less per net per year.

Innovation and commercialism

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

Reuse, recycle or sometimes simply burn?

12th July 2013 1 comment
According to figures from the UK government-funded WRAP organisation, the country’s recycling industry is now worth an annual £3 billion and employs 40,000 people. Yet according to Bill Griffiths of Viridor – a leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management company – the country’s recycling rates have actually fallen consistently since 2007. It’s for this reason that difficult to handle technical textile-containing products such as carpets and mattresses are now being examined more closely for their potential.

Thermocool natural fibre blends at Outdoor

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

PurThread wins 2013 American Technology Award

10th July 2013 0 comment
PurThread Technologies, a life-science and performance-fabric firm, has been awarded the 2013 American Technology Award in Advanced or Technology Manufacturing by the TechAmerica Foundation at the Technology and Government gala dinner last month in Washington, attended by hundreds of industry and government leaders. The American Technology Awards recognise the best products and services from across the technology industry, as evaluated by industry experts and technology leaders.

Composites Europe continues on growth course

10th July 2013 0 comment
More than 400 exhibitors are expected to attend the Composites Europe trade fair that will be held from 17-19 September in Stuttgart, showing an increase in exhibitor numbers. In addition to new lightweight construction concepts, state-of-the-art manufacturing and automation solutions for composites take centre stage this year. The trade fair will focus on key technologies for the composite applications markets such as automotive, aerospace, wind power as well as building and construction.

Nord-Pas de Calais at Techtextil

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

Litzler celebrates 60th anniversary

9th July 2013 0 comment
Drying machinery manufacturer C.A Litzler is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The Cleveland, Ohio based company is proud to continue as a family-owned and operated business which is now run by members of the third generation. Launched in 1953, CA Litzler works g closely with industrial fabric producers, providing oven and drying equipment worldwide to new and established, long-term customers.

Fongs confirms One Way sustainability calculation system

9th July 2013 0 comment
The effectiveness of Clariant’s new One Way sustainability calculation system has been confirmed in physical tests carried out by leading machine builder Fong’s. The test results verified the accuracy of the calculations and measurements obtained from Clariant’s One Way Calculator, a sophisticated software tool that helps textile brands, retailers and manufacturers assess the cost, performance and environmental profile of evaluated products almost instantly.

New Saurer Group formed under Jinsheng ownership

9th July 2013 0 comment
The sale of OC Oerlikon’s Natural Fibre and Components businesses to the Chinese Jinsheng Group that was concluded on 3 July, forms the new Saurer Group that now consolidates leading textile brands for both machinery (Schlafhorst, Zinser, Allma, Volkmann, Jinsheng and Saurer Embroidery) and components (Accotex, Daytex, Fibrevision, Heberlein, Temco und Texparts).

Zoltek awarded for Panex 35 carbon fibre

6th July 2013 0 comment
Based on its recent analysis of the automotive carbon fibre market, Frost & Sullivan recognised carbon fibre producer Zoltek with the ‘2013 North American Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award’ for its unique commercial carbon fibre, Zoltek Panex 35. Aimed at addressing the key automotive industry challenge of lightweighting, this product is said to offer features, such as low and stable pricing, product consistency at high volume, and superior electrical and mechanical properties.

Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress

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

Advanced textiles harvest seaweed for biomaterials

5th July 2013 0 comment
This week sees the completion of seaweed harvesting in Europe’s first trials of seaweed cultivation in the open ocean using advanced textiles, developed specifically for large scale cultivation of seaweed for biomaterials and biofuels in coastal seas. Devised as part of a 3-year European project called AT~SEA, the textiles have been subjected to simultaneous trials in inshore waters off the coasts of Norway, Scotland and Ireland to expose the textiles to different oceanographic, environmental and climatic conditions on a latitudinal gradient.

Sinterama portfolio on show at Techtextil

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

Alternative water resistance textile testing

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

Autoliv China to make one piece woven airbags

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

Schoeller Summer 2015 Fabric Collection

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

Ethiopian mission for Italian textile machinery

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

TexCar pulls in the crowds at Techtextil for Groz-Beckert

1st July 2013 0 comment
For this year’s Techtextil show in June, German textile machinery powerhouse Groz-Beckert exhibited a car which was specially prepared so that nearly all of the technical textiles used in its manufacture were visible - parts of the Mercedes E-Class T model were cut away to reveal the cutting edge technical textiles based components. At the company’s 276 m² booth, the TexCar exhibit attracted a large crowd of around 2600 people from over 60 countries.

OutDoor - a success story

28th June 2013 0 comment
OutDoor trade fair has been reflecting on the development of the entire outdoor industry over the last 20 years and is expressing positive expectations for the future as it gets ready for its 20th edition that will take place from 11-14 July in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The show is celebrating the growing numbers of exhibitors, as it welcomes around 20,000 visitors and more than 900 exhibitors, compared to 231 brands presenting their products when the show debuted in 1994.

Sustainability for increased competitiveness

28th June 2013 0 comment
At ACIMIT’s (Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) annual assembly ACIMIT 2013 Observatory Focus, sustainability was discussed as a primary factor for increasing the competitiveness of Italian textile machinery manufacturers. For ACIMIT’s president Sandro Salmoiraghi, actions are required at a systemic level in order to maintain a competitive advantage, shared among the various entities of the textile sector.

New president for ACIMIT

28th June 2013 0 comment
At an assembly held on 24 June, ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has appointed Raffaella Carabelli as its president, replacing outgoing president Sandro Salmoiraghi.

Graduate engineers go for sustainability

28th June 2013 0 comment
International trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens Techtextil, that was held in Frankfurt from 10-13 June, provided the framework for this year’s award ceremony of the Walter Reiners-Stiftung (Foundation) of the German textile machinery industry, honouring three successful junior engineers, who focused on energy efficiency and lightweight construction.

Lenzing scores A- in VÖNIX Sustainability Index

28th June 2013 0 comment
Fibre producer Lenzing was given a good A- rating in the VÖNIX index (VBV Austrian Sustainability Index) on a nine-point scale between A+ and C- for the eighth straight time this year. Since 2005, about 60 publicly traded Austrian companies are analysed each year on the basis of around 100 environmental and social criteria. The best companies are accepted for listing in the VÖNIX index for a period of one year.

Lenzing awarded for product innovation

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

Cordura expands Air Flow Technology collection

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

New standard for lightweight fabric technologies

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

‘The Future of FR Fabrics’ at Safety 2013

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

DyStar innovative solutions at Techtextil 2013

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

GOCarbon Fiber speakers announced

24th June 2013 0 comment
Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre (GOCarbon Fiber) that is due to take place in Seattle, from 8-10 October, has announced the industry experts who will be presenting at the event.

French textile machinery builders reach record sales in 2013

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

The Bloody Beetroots glowing mask

20th June 2013 0 comment
English fashion house CuteCircuit has designed a new spectacular Mask for DJ Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, known as the Bloody Beetroots. Controlled wirelessly using CuteCircuit’s Q Software, the new high tech mask has its original Venom shape, however it lights up making the show more dramatic.

Aria thermal insulation - made of air

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

Cygnet Tex-Web high-precision tension control unit

19th June 2013 0 comment
Creel specialist Cygnet Tex-Web introduced its new, high-precision mechanical tension control technology at Techtextil 2013 in Frankfurt last week. Targeting high-end processors of composite materials with its latest offering, the company expanded its Flatline range of creel tensioning controls. “We have designed our new system in collaboration with our customers and in line with the industry’s increasing demands for exceptional quality products, to deliver unparalleled levels of tension control and consistency from tow to tow, using a brilliantly intuitive yet simple technology,” said Rich Wakeley, Cygnet Tex-Web’s Carbon Fibre project manager.

Techtextil & Texprocess set new records

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

A stitch in time: Texprocess 2013

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

PFOA and PFOS free nanocoatings for technical textiles

14th June 2013 0 comment
Belgium based leader in low pressure plasma technology Europlasma launched a new range of nanocoatings under the Nanofics 110 brand name. Referring to nanoscaled functionalization into the core of complex shaped materials and products, Nanofics is Europlasma’s patented and patent pending nanocoating technology platform, first applied on industrial scale in 1998.

Effects that perform, chemistry that cares

14th June 2013 0 comment
Clariant, a leader in specialty chemicals, presents advanced solutions for technical textiles at Techtextil 2013, under a slogan ‘effects that perform and chemistry that cares’. The company will focus on three key areas – repellence & release, flame retardancy, and stability & resistance with the new solutions formulated to promote processes and products with improved environmental benefits for technical textiles.

Dutch companies join forces

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

Performance Days sets new records

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

Dachstein Triple race features Thermocool shirts

10th June 2013 0 comment
Advansa Thermocool Duoregulation technology is being featured in the professional shirts that will be given to each participant of the third Thermocool Dynafit Dachstein Triple race, with the aim of helping athletes to adapt to the changing thermal conditions during the race. The Dachstein Triple will take place in Schladming, Austria, on 8 June 2013. The race covering three athletic disciplines and the Alpine area is expected to feature top international athletes.

Eschler warp knitted solutions at Techtextil

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

Technical yarns portfolio takes centre stage at Techtextil

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

Energear finish from Schoeller at Techtextil

8th June 2013 0 comment
Muller Premium Guards, a specialist in accessories for equestrian sports, will be introducing a range of innovative functional textiles for horses with energear finish from Schoeller Technologies this summer. Meanwhile, energear for clothing and medical textiles will be on show at Techtextil in Frankfurt next week.

Mak Fashion Lab’s new sound project

7th June 2013 0 comment
In a new exhibition series MAK Fashion Lab is initiating a comprehensive examination of intelligent fashion as it presents the innovative BLESS No45 Soundperfume sound technology. Introducing the features of the new concept, such as personalised sonic ambience, the exhibition will be focused on that area where art, design, science, and research intersect and overlap, with the topic of smart textiles opening the discussion. “With the MAK Fashion Lab, the MAK, home to one of the world’s most valuable and extensive museum collections of textiles and carpets, opens itself up to innovative, avant-garde worlds of fashion that are not only trendy and wearable, but also invested with the intention of presenting forward-looking design solutions,” explains Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, MAK director.

IFF Innovations Award 2013

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

Textile trade fair duo to open with 1,648 exhibitors

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

Nylstar innovations on show at Techtextil

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

New multiaxial machine from Karl Mayer Malimo

5th June 2013 0 comment
Textile machinery producer Karl Mayer Malimo has expanded its range of products with the launch of the new multiaxial machine for producing composites from which the rotors of the wind turbines are made.

Nexar cooling technology on show at Techtextil

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

Aunde opts for Montex for faster and improved finishing

4th June 2013 0 comment
Automotive fabrics specialist Aunde, which is based in Durban, South Africa, has completed commissioning trials for a new Montex 6500 from Monforts, to ensure improved and faster finishing for both knitted and woven fabrics.

AATCC India international conference

4th June 2013 0 comment
The American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) is partnering with India based TecniTex Nonwovens to organise an international conference on “Advances in Fibres, Finishes, Technical Textiles and Nonwovens (AFFTTN)” in Mumbai. The event will take place from 1-2 October 2013. The conference is designed to provide excellent opportunities for international participants to discuss and interact. Highlighting the conference will be keynote presentations by eminent industry and academic leaders in each conference session.

Sigmatex appoints Jo Maltby to Customer Services Manager

1st June 2013 0 comment
Mike Hitchen, Commercial Manager of Sigmatex, which develops and manufactures carbon fibre textiles for composite material applications, recently announced the appointment of Jo Maltby to the position of Customer Services Manager. Jo has been with Sigmatex for over five years and brings a wealth of experience to the role due to her knowledge of the company and processes, her knowledge of the customer base and of the markets that the company serve. Jo is also central to the implementation of a Global cloud based operating system that company is developing that will provide an increased level of visibility and self service to the customer base.

Turkish composites summit

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

Autefa acquires Automatic Needle Exchanger from CU4Motion

30th May 2013 0 comment
Autefa Solutions, well-known for turn-key lines and individual machines such as cards, crosslappers and needle looms, has expanded its product range by acquiring the technology package of the Automatic Needle Exchanger from CU4Motion. With the Automatic Needle Exchanger Autefa Solutions aims to offer an efficient and economic unit for exchanging needles, which it says should be an integrated part of every service workshop.

Oerlikon Neumag’s S+ inspires BCF producers

29th May 2013 2 comments
German textile machinery manufacturer Oerlikon Neumag hosted a well-attended Virtual Reality Show in Dalton last month, where it invited interested BCF producers in order to inform them about its latest technologies and the actual world market situation.

Monforts’ new generation Eco-Applicator

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

Industrial nonwovens interest at IDEA

20th May 2013 0 comment
Oerlikon Neumag reports it was “extremely happy” with the three lively trade fair days at the recent IDEA13 in Miami. The company says the general trend at the hygiene dominated nonwovens trade fair was the growing interest in nonwovens for industrial applications from visitors and exhibitors and in keeping with the trend, it exhibited its solutions for technical spunbonds.

Drop in textile machinery shipments

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

ACIMIT on trade mission to Indonesia

9th May 2013 0 comment
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, participated in the Sistema Italia trade mission to Indonesia from 6-8 May, promoted by the Italian Ministries of Economic Development and Foreign Affairs, and organized by ICE – the Italian Trade Promotion Agency, the government organization which promotes the internationalization of Italian businesses abroad.

Techtextil: Nanotechnology gains traction in technical textiles

7th May 2013 0 comment
In the run in to Techtextil, the leading trade fair for technical textiles and industrial nonwovens, organisers Messe Frankfurt have published the following article on the spread of nanotechnology in technical textiles. The article shows how nanotechnology is being used in a growing number of applications from clothing, through construction to regenerative medicine. Techtextil takes place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June.

Monforts Sanforisor ensures precise control of compressive shrinkage for Pincroft

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

New advisory services from David Rigby

2nd May 2013 0 comment
Well known industry consultant David Rigby (formerly David Rigby Associates) is now providing personal advisory and consulting services to business owners, CEOs and senior managers in technical textiles and industrial nonwovens, with the aim of helping them create more profitable and sustainable futures for their businesses.

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

28th April 2013 0 comment
This video was made by Robert Newton a TV documentary producer whose family were in textiles in North Carolina for generations. Newton got the idea for the documentary after he found himself constantly correcting people who said that the textiles industry in NC state was dead. It’s a full blown TV documentary which lasts 30 minutes but its well worth watching.

Allma TC2 well received at Suzhou Open House

26th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Techtextil & Avantex Innovation Prize winners announced

26th April 2013 0 comment
Energy efficient membranes, silicone-coated textile fibres, a new master batch for tintable polypropylene or new technologies for integrating systems into apparel – these are just some of the inventions of the ten winners of the Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Prizes.

New solutions from Autefa at Techtextil

23rd April 2013 0 comment
Autefa Solutions will introduce a new concept fibre recycling line for nonwovens at this year’s Techtextil in Frankfurt, the core components of which, will be high performance balers and a compact tearing machine.

Positive atmosphere at Techtextil North America

18th April 2013 0 comment
The overall response from the exhibitors and visitors at the latest edition of Techtextil North America was confirmation that they were pleased with the show and venue, organisers say. The tenth edition of Techtextil North America took place from 19-21 March at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California.

Voith Paper partners with Trützschler Nonwovens

9th April 2013 0 comment
Voith Paper, one of the largest family owned companies in Europe with 42,000 employees, is partnering with nonwovens machinery supplier Trützschler Nonwovens to offer complete production lines for manufacturing of wet laid and hydro entangled nonwovens. The aim of the collaboration is the joint development and marketing of innovative and economical production equipment.

Additive injection and mixing in modern spinning plants

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

Texprocess 2013: New technologies for innovative sportswear

21st March 2013 0 comment
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.

Busi machine offers superior compression hosiery

7th March 2013 0 comment
Innovative Italian sock knitting machine manufacturer Busi Giovanni is ramping up the promotion and production of its IDEA Medical line of compression stockings knitting machines, following strong sales in Italy and elsewhere.

Autefa takes nonwovens solutions to IDEA

7th March 2013 0 comment
German manufacturer of fibre processing equipment and lines for nonwovens production Autefa will be taking its innovative solutions to the IDEA 13 conference and expo in April, which takes place in Miami, Florida.

DiloGroup presents nonwovens solutions in Istanbul

5th March 2013 0 comment
The DiloGroup will present its portfolio of fibre processing equipment to the Turkish market when it exhibits at the ITM Texpo Eurasia 2013 which is being held together with the Hightex 2013 in Istanbul from 29 May to 1 June. This exhibition is also an important platform for the East Mediterranean, Southwest and Central Asian markets in general.

China - BCF market with a future

26th February 2013 0 comment
Textile machinery manufacturer Oerlikon Neumag will be presenting its diverse range of products and services at the Domotex Asia / Chinafloor exhibition, which takes place from 26-28 March 2013. The Neumünster based company says that although China has the greatest manmade fibre capacities in the world, the country is considered to be a small BCF (bulk continuous filament) market with development potential based on its consumer habits, for the domestic market as well as for the budding export market.

FibeRio raises $13M to accelerate Forcespinning growth

25th February 2013 0 comment
FibeRio, the developer and manufacturer of novel Forcespinning nanofiber production systems has announced it has completed a $13M capital raising exercise led by two global strategic investors – SABIC Ventures B.V., Saudi Basic Industries Corporation’s corporate venture capital arm, and Aster Capital Partners, sponsored by Solvay, Schneider Electric, Alstom and the European investment fund.

Autefa fibre baler with automatic logistics solution

22nd February 2013 0 comment
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Stoll website now available in Russian

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

Techtextil 2013 to be biggest yet

15th January 2013 0 comment
Its official - the next edition of Techtextil will be bigger than ever before. According to organiser Mess Frankfurt, the number of exhibitor registrations for the trade fair, which will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already significantly higher than at the comparable time two years ago.

Fibre squeeze roll with full chemical resistance

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

Merino gains ground in seamless sportswear

6th December 2012 2 comments
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.

Russia to set a course for technical textiles

30th November 2012 0 comment
Leading Russian textile producers are considering switching to the production of synthetic fabrics and technical textiles from traditional natural fibre fabrics, in an attempt to increase the industry’s profitability and to reduce dependence from the ever rising global cotton prices.

ACIMIT targets internationalization with 30 new members

27th November 2012 0 comment
ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) will mark 2013 with a push towards internationalisation with 30 new members. This is the primary objective emerging from the initiatives promoted by ACIMIT for the upcoming year, and approved at the Association’s Board of Directors meeting held last 13 November.

VDMA: German technology meets Turkish textiles

23rd November 2012 0 comment
25 German textile machinery manufacturers presented their latest solutions at two VDMA conferences this month in Istanbul and Gaziantep in Turkey. Almost 600 participants from the Turkish textiles industry used the opportunity to learn how German technology can help the sector to cope with the tough competition from Asia and several German companies were able to close deals with Turkish customers during the events.

Cygnet Tex-Web seals £5m China deal

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

Huntsman partners DyeCoo in CO2 dyeing technology

10th October 2012 0 comment
Huntsman Textile Effects and the Netherlands’ DyeCoo Textile Systems are joining forces to develop and grow DyeCoo’s Supercritical CO2 textile processing technology with the aim of creating more sustainable products which will benefit the industry as a whole.

Monforts’ Blue Competence trio

8th October 2012 0 comment
Monforts’ Klaus A. Heinrichs talks about his company’s participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative. Blue Competence is an initiative launched by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) to demonstrate the know-how and experience of its members for sustainable solutions. Key points of the campaign are technologies and products that conserve raw materials, reduce emissions and sustainably improve the living conditions of people.

Nominations open IDEA13 Achievement Awards

4th October 2012 0 comment
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry has announced that nominations are now open for the prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards, which it organizes in partnership with Nonwovens Industry magazine.

Tire cord & industrial yarn solutions on show at CINTE 2012

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

Texkimp and Web Processing merge to form Cygnet Tex-Web

24th September 2012 0 comment
Two of the longest established names in the UK fibre and fabric processing industries have merged to create a new Cheshire, North West England, based business which will provide complete downstream machinery solutions to the international performance textiles, automotive and aerospace industries.

Digital printing in artistic spotlight at Première Vision

18th September 2012 0 comment
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.

New calender for technical textiles

4th September 2012 0 comment
Andritz Küsters, a leading supplier of calender technology for the textiles, nonwovens, and paper industries, has developed an innovative calender concept for the growing technical textiles market incorporating proven technologies from the production of paper and nonwovens.

Nanotextiles speaker confirmed for TCL2012

3rd September 2012 0 comment
International Newsletters has announced that the speaker on nanotextiles has been confirmed for its TCL2012, International Conference on Textiles Coating & Laminating. Dr. Dirk Hegemann from the prestigious Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) will address the subject Nano Textiles: What can be expected from it?

Techtextil 2013 almost fully booked

30th August 2012 1 comment
With ten months still to go, Techtextil, the International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already almost fully booked. “Over 90% of the exhibition space occupied in 2011 has been reserved; 86% has actually been firmly booked. Never before have we had such a good result at such an early stage”, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies.

Texprocess 2013 - 50% of space already sold

30th August 2012 0 comment
All the signs are that Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June 2013, will be a success. With a year still to go before the doors open, over 50% of exhibition space has already been sold and the market leaders are on board.

US nonwovens on a roll

21st August 2012 0 comment
RHL calendering and squeezing equipment scores in geotextiles and medical sectors New investment during 2012 by US technical nonwovens producers is said to be highlighting the benefits of calendering and water extraction technology from Richard Hough Ltd. (RHL), of the UK. Significant installations so far this year have been commissioned by leading suppliers to the geotextiles and medical sectors.

2013 Techtextil and Avantex Symposiums: Call for papers

20th August 2012 0 comment
Experts wishing to give a lecture at the symposiums during Techtextil in Frankfurt, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens being held from 11 to 13 June 2013, are invited by the organisers to submit their manuscripts. The deadline for receipt of the manuscripts is 31 October 2012.

Monforts Eco Applicator makes an impact

18th July 2012 1 comment
The new improved Eco Applicator soft coating solution from Mönchengladbach, Germany based Monforts, is reported to be making a strong impact following launches at recent shows in Bangladesh, USA, India and ITMA Asia + CITME in Shanghai, by providing significant energy savings with reduced drying times and the possible elimination of a conventional wet-on-wet padder.

Blue Competence well received by Asian textiles industry

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

Italian’s launch green label for textile machinery

9th July 2012 0 comment
According to ACIMIT, the association representing the Italian textile machinery builders, last month’s ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition provided positive indications for Italian exhibitors, in spite of the current uncertain economic outlook. In addition, the association says the Italian green label certification initiative was greeted with special appreciation.

ITMA ASIA + CITME ends on high note

5th July 2012 0 comment
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012, Asia’s leading textile machinery exhibition, which was held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012, ended on a high note for the organisers with record numbers of visitors and exhibitors.

Karl Mayer widens weft insertion scope

5th July 2012 0 comment
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.

Groz-Beckert Chairman opens Hanover Fair

27th June 2012 0 comment
Groz Beckert Chairman Thomas Lindner was accorded a special honour on 22 April this year. In his capacity as President of the VDMA (German Engineering Association). Dr. Lindner officially opened the Hanover Fair 2012 with none other than German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China's Minister-President Wen Jiabao and the Mayor of Hanover Stephan Weil.

ShanghaiTex to drive upgrading of Chinese textiles industry

26th June 2012 0 comment
The 2013 edition of ShanghaiTex aims to pioneer the transformation and upgrading of the Chinese textiles industry by bringing a full array of textile products, machinery and technology from China and all over the world under one roof.

Hot-melt carpet-backing machine helps manufacturers go green

25th June 2012 2 comments
A new carpet-backing machine that allows manufacturers to produce fully-recyclable floor coverings has been unveiled by coating and laminating specialist Web Processing, a Cygnet Tex-Web company.

Russia to establish large scale production of innovative fabrics

22nd June 2012 1 comment
The Russian government is investing more than USD$20 million in the implementation of a major project, regarding with the design and further launch of production of innovative textile fabrics. According to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the project involves the participation of about major 10 Russian research institutes, which will provide their latest developments in the field of production of innovative textile fabrics.

ITMA 2015 to drive sustainable machinery innovations

22nd June 2012 0 comment
ITMA, the world’s most established textile and garment machinery exhibition, will put the spotlight on innovations that promote sustainability for its 17th presentation in Milan, Italy, in 2015. A trendsetting showcase of exciting innovations since 1951, the theme chosen for the 2015 edition is ‘Master the Art of Sustainable Innovation’.

Monforts acquired by Fong’s

13th June 2012 0 comment
Hong Kong-listed Fong’s Industries Co. Ltd. (Fong’s) announced today that it has acquired a 100% stake in A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG (Monforts) from German based company L. Possehl Co. & GmbH (Possehl).

Dates released for 2014 US shows

1st June 2012 0 comment
Messe Frankfurt has announced that the eleventh edition of Techtextil North America and the second edition of Texprocess Americas will be held from 13-15 May 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Leading textile machinery builders flock to ITMA ASIA + CITME

29th May 2012 0 comment
Around 1300 exhibitors from 28 countries are gearing up to showcase their latest technologies at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 as the countdown for the third combined show begins. The five-day exhibition will open on 12 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) and is expected to draw strong response from Asian buyers, especially Chinese visitors from major textile manufacturing making hubs in the country.

Texprocess Americas exceeds expectations

25th May 2012 0 comment
The first edition of Texprocess Americas took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Techtextil North America and aimed to create a synergy making the largest and best technical textiles, textile machinery, nonwovens, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.

Techtextil North America returns to pre-recession levels

24th May 2012 0 comment
The ninth edition of Techtextil North America, now incorporating ATME-I, took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Texprocess Americas which resulted in a dynamic synergy creating the largest and best technical textiles, nonwovens, textile machinery, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.

Textile machinery shipments hit record levels

16th May 2012 0 comment
After a sharp reduction in global shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 and 2009, as a result of the global financial and economic crisis in 2008/2009, deliveries of new textile machinery surged in 2010 and even stronger in 2011, in most cases to new record highs.

Sustainable focus for Italians at ITMA ASIA

10th May 2012 0 comment
The Italian textile machinery industry is getting ready for the ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition which will be held in Shanghai from 12-16 June where its focus will be on technologically sustainable solutions.

VDMA: Upgrading China's textiles industry

27th April 2012 0 comment
According to Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery Association, the forthcoming ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai is an excellent platform for German technology suppliers who will play a key role in the technological upgrading of the Chinese textiles industry.

SITM develops 40 gauge weft insertion machine

25th April 2012 0 comment
French warp knitting machine engineering company Schinasi International Textile Machines (SITM) has developed what is thought to be the world’s finest weft insertion device for a tricot warp knitting machine in gauge E40 (40 needles per inch).

Growing demand for Italian textile machinery in India

16th April 2012 1 comment
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, is organizing two important workshops in Mumbai and Ichalkaranji, India, in order to respond to strong demand for Italian technology from the local textiles industry.

New business manager for Karl Mayer Malimo

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

Karl Mayer to unveil wider Wefttronic in Shanghai

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

Italian machine builders head to Atlanta

28th March 2012 0 comment
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has organized a Meeting Point where exhibiting Italian machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for technical textiles will show their innovative solutions at Techtextil North America from 24-26 April in Atlanta. Companies exhibiting with ACIMIT are Cormatex, Dell’Orco & Villani, Loptex, Ratti Luino and Saspe.

Karl Mayer to celebrate 75th anniversary

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

New developments from Harry Lucas

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

Xerium introduces advanced tissue fabric technology

17th February 2012 0 comment
Xerium Technologies, Inc. a leading manufacturer of industrial textiles and rolls used primarily in the paper production process has introduced Formsoft, an advanced tissue forming fabric technology specifically designed to help its tissue fabric customers improve operational performance at lower costs.

Signs of recovery for Italian textile machinery

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

Nike adopts waterless dyeing technology

8th February 2012 2 comments
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.’

Oerlikon expands Sauber F1 partnership

6th February 2012 0 comment
Swiss high-tech group Oerlikon has now become a Premium Partner of the Sauber F1 Team. The group, which owns Oerlikon Textile, is intensifying its involvement with the Swiss racing team, and the Oerlikon logo will be prominently displayed on both sides of the upper engine cover of the new Sauber C31-Ferrari as well as on team gear and equipment.

Continued growth for Italian textile machinery sector

6th February 2012 0 comment
In spite of an increase in production for 2011 by Italian textile machinery manufacturers, forecasts remain cautious for the current year. Provisional figures for 2011 for Italy’s textile machinery sector show a further increase in manufacturing production and exports, following a good recovery in 2010 and a recession hit 2009.

Karl Mayer takes part in VDMA China conference

27th January 2012 0 comment
Karl Mayer is aiming to extend its contact in the Chinese technical textiles market when it takes part in a series of VDMA organised symposia across China in March.

Digital inkjet printing holds future potential

21st January 2012 1 comment
When digital inkjet printing first emerged in the 1990s, it was a welcome innovation for printing flags, banners, and POS textiles, made primarily of polyester. Using disperse inks for direct printing or water-based inks for sublimation, the technology was the answer for quick-turn, small runs or single pieces needed in the display business.

Shima Seiki launches electronic SFG-I glove knitting machine

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

125 tonnes of hi-tech equipment installed at NCC

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

Groz-Beckert launches iPad app for textile manufacturers

7th December 2011 0 comment
Groz-Beckert has launched an iPad app called myGrozBeckert for weaving, knitting, felting, tufting and sewing, which it says will keep textile manufacturers up to date on the company's product range and provide them with a set of useful conversion and calculation tools. Weavers for example who want to convert yarn counts and determine healds, drop wire weights and the highest row densities of drop wires can do so quickly and flexibly with the myGrozBeckert app and the T

Overwhelming response for ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012

1st December 2011 0 comment
Despite the current global economic slowdown, the world's leading textile machinery manufacturers are said to be still strongly attracted to the prospects offered by China, the world's largest textile producer. This can be seen from the overwhelming response received by the combined textile machinery show, ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012, which will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 12 to 16 June 2012, organisers say. At the close of space application,

Keynote speaker announced for Techtextil NA

23rd November 2011 0 comment
Messe Frankfurt has announced Miguel Caballero, the' Armani of Bullet Proof Clothing', as the Keynote Speaker for Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas 2012, to be held 24-26 April  2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Designer, Miguel Caballero known as the ‘Armani of Bullet Proof Clothing' founded his label in 1992 in Colombia's capital, Bogota. The Miguel Caballero bulletproof clothing line was especially created for those

Oerlikon reorganizes textile machinery business

22nd November 2011 0 comment
Switzerland headquartered Oerlikon Group has announced it will simplify its textile machinery businesses to further increase competitiveness and profitability. The three key elements of the change are the consolidation of the five textile machinery and components businesses into three Business Units (BUs), the relocation of the textile division's headquarters to Shanghai, and increased R&D investment in both Germany and Asia to around CHF 80 million. A new Manm

Poor third quarter for Italian textile machinery

9th November 2011 0 comment
Following several quarters of sustained recovery since the lows recorded during the 2008-2009 period, Italy's textile machinery sector is now seeing a downturn in orders. According to an economic survey carried out by the Italian machine builders association ACIMIT, the downturn already evident in the second quarter of 2011, was confirmed during the summer July to September period. ACIMIT says the overall index* of orders for the year's third quarter shows a 45% decrease

VDMA: ITMA 2011 results exceeded expectations

21st October 2011 0 comment
According to the VDMA, German exhibitors at ITMA drew very positive conclusions from September's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona. 83% of exhibiting VDMA members assessed their overall experience of the fair as good to very good. 91% said the quality of visitors was good to excellent and a survey of the German exhibitors, 134 of whom responded, showed that more than two thirds of the participants had already closed deals before the

Montex solution for BWF Protec

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

Merz launches new medical compression hosiery machine

13th October 2011 0 comment
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

ContiTech builds automotive hose line plant in Serbia

10th October 2011 0 comment
ContiTech AG of Hanover, Germany, is bolstering its involvement in Eastern Europe, investing over €10 million in a new plant in Serbia. Starting in mid-2012, the production facility in Subotica in northern Serbia is to manufacture hose lines for the automotive industry. By 2016, the plant will have a workforce of 300 and is the second ContiTech plant in Serbia. The new location expands the production capacities of t

Attending to consumption at ITMA

5th October 2011 0 comment
Adrian Wilson in Barcelona Without a doubt, savings in energy, water and raw materials were the key drivers for the machine and process innovations on show at this year's ITMA in Barcelona. ACIMIT and the VDMA - as the respective textile machinery trade associations for Italy and Germany - were by no means unique in emphasising the ability of their member companies to develop processes and technologies that provide a low environmental impact. ACIMIT launched its

VDMA launches new textile machinery website

22nd September 2011 0 comment
As ITMA opens here today, Germany's VDMA Textile Machinery Association has announced the launch of a new internet portal for the global textiles industry . The machine builders association says the portal will be a useful tool for textile manufacturers who want to get quick and easy access to information on German technology. Who produces machines for tailored fibre placement? Who offers machin

Karl Mayer transfers Malimo technology to Christian Pinkert

19th September 2011 0 comment
Just a few days before the ITMA in Barcelona, Karl Mayer has announced that, as of 1 January 2012 its Malimo stitch bonding technology will be transferred to textile machinery manufacturer Christian Pinkert Textilmaschinen. The Malimo technology, which was first developed in 1949 by Heinrich Mauersberger in the former East Germany, will be going home to Chemnitz to Christian Pinkert's factory on Annaberger St

Karl Mayer extends CFRP facility

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

Energy efficiency will be hot topic

5th September 2011 0 comment
Germany's VDMA Textile Machinery Association says a hot topic at the forthcoming ITMA in Barcelona will be ‘efficient production', as growing energy and raw material prices lead textile manufacturers around the world to optimize their cost structures and processes. "At ITMA, the German textile machinery manufacturers will present advanced technical solutions that offer excellent value for mone

Mageba launches new multishuttle loom

24th August 2011 0 comment
Specialist narrow fabrics machine builder Mageba is launching a brand new high-productivity shuttle loom for complex, multi-dimensional narrow fabrics at next month's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona. Mageba says it's new SSL MV shuttle loom is designed for complex fabric structures, such as multi-dimensional, multi-layer fabric for profile fabric and near net-shaped fabrics made of carbon fibre and glass fibr

ITMF Annual Conference 2011

12th August 2011 0 comment
ITMF Annual Conference 2011 ‘New Paradigms in the Global Textile Industry' To be held 19-20 September 2011, Barcelona The ITMF Annual Conference 2011 takes place next month in Barcelona, Spain from 19-20 September 19/20, 2011 prior to the start of ITMA 2011 (September 22-29, 2011). Delegates will also participate in the ITMA/ITMF World Textile Summit 2011 on September 21. The theme of the ITMF Annual Conference "New Paradigms in the Global Textile Industry" is said to reflect that the circumst

New developments from Harry Lucas for ITMA

10th August 2011 0 comment
Harry Lucas Textilmaschinen GmbH is a textile machinery manufacturer specializing in circular warp and weft knitting machines and knit braiders. The well established German company's highly specialized machines are exported worldwide for production of fabric used in medical, technical textiles and fashion markets. Harry Lucas is also well known for the production of spiralizing and circular knitting machines for low and high pres

Xennia to unveil digital textile printing solutions at ITMA

9th August 2011 0 comment
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

Interview with Karl Mayer's Fritz P. Mayer

9th August 2011 0 comment
The following interview was conducted by Kettenwirk-Praxis (KWP) in the run up to ITMA in Barcelona. KWP: Karl Mayer is one of the largest exhibitors at ITMA 2011. What do you expect to achieve by exhibiting at ITMA? Fritz P. Mayer: We are hoping to meet highly qualified visitors from all over the world at ITMA 2011. We are particularly geared up to welcoming visitors who lead the way in their own particular fields. As part o

Technical Service for Sewing & Joining Technology

2nd August 2011 0 comment
Groz-Beckert says it has set a new benchmark in customer service by setting up Sewing Expertise Centres world-wide for fast answers to application problems, making at the same time a closer connection to its customers. Groz Beckert's Sewing Expertise Centres offer extensive knowledge in all areas of the sewing industry, from clothing to cars and other technical textiles. The aim is that

New Garnett-e-Controls for textile machinery

19th July 2011 0 comment
Garnett Controls Ltd (UK) is launching its new generation retrofit control systems for textile machinery aimed at replacing traditional inefficient drive systems with economic, easy to use, and expandable systems. Utilising the latest in touch screen technology which Garnett pioneered in the retrofit carding sector, the new range of panels are targeted at the company's principal area of activity, carding, spinning and nonwovens,

ITMA to feature extended Research & Education pavilion

18th July 2011 0 comment
According to show owner CEMATEX, visitors to ITMA 2011 can look forward to knowledge-sharing, cross-fertilisation of ideas and more collaborative interactions with some of the world's leading textile researchers and educators. A total of 46 institutions have applied to take part in the Research & Education (R&E) pavilion, making it a key highlight at this year's ITMA exhibition which will be held at the F

Santoni's 90 gauge circular knitting machine

12th July 2011 0 comment
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

Karl Mayer highlights for ITMA 2011

8th July 2011 0 comment
Leading manufacturer of warp knitting and warp preparation machines, Karl Mayer will be presenting at this year's ITMA 2011 exhibition for the first time with all of the company's business units on the same 1400 square metre exhibition stand. "Visitors will have the opportunity to see machines which will be demonstrating all their capabilities for producing completely new textile materials, and all of them have an impressive, excep

Extended fibres and yarns area at ITMA 2011

7th July 2011 0 comment
Organisers of the ITMA 2011 textile machinery exhibition are extending the area dedicated to fibres and yarns at this year's show due to what they call overwhelming demand. Debuting at the show's 60th anniversary, the fibres and yarns section was due to occupy the whole of Hall 4. However, due to strong demand from fibres and yarns producers, an additional area in Hall 5 has been allocated. Visitors to ITMA 2011 at the Fira de Ba

ATNT conference to be held in Coimbatore, India

6th July 2011 0 comment
The 7th edition of the Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles" (ATNT 2011) international conference is to take place in Coimbatore, India from 15-17 December 2011. The ATNT conference originated in 2004 through the efforts of Lubbock-USA based Texas Tech University and has grown in significance over the years and attracts over 200 people from many parts of the world. This year's event will be held

Comez innovations for ITMA 2011

4th July 2011 0 comment
Italian narrow fabrics machine builder Comez will take part at this year's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona with important innovations including new and renewed machine models.  The Italian company says it will highlight the excellence of its technology from its broad range of machinery for the production of narrow fabrics. The company's exhibit of mechanical and electronic models of crochet knitting machines, a technology in which Comez is world leader, have been developed for man

German technology for the Chinese technical textiles industry

23rd June 2011 0 comment
Germany's VDMA -Textile Machinery Association is organising a series of one day conference and exhibitions called ‘German Technology for the Chinese Technical Textile Industry', which will take place from 5 to 9 March 2012 in Jinan, Hangzhou and Guanzhou. Sixteen well-known companies from Germany will present their innovative technologies and solutions for the production of technical fibres and yarns, technical fabrics

Karl Mayer shows latest machine for spacer fabrics

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

Ahlstrom starts multiaxial production in China

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

ITMA Asia + CITME supports buoyant Chinese textiles industry

15th June 2011 0 comment
The third ITMA ASIA + CITME combined exhibition is expected to draw positive response from leading textile machinery manufacturers as the Chinese textile industry continues to expand. The show will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012. According to its owners, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), China Textile Machi

Techtextil extends lead as innovation powerhouse

9th June 2011 0 comment
Techtextil, the world's primary event for generating business between manufacturers and users of technical textiles and nonwovens has extended its industry leading position with more than 24,500 visitors from 96 countries attending last month's Techtextil 2011 in Frankfurt. Visitors saw a host of innovations presented by 1207 exhibitors from 50 countries. "This is a great success from both the national and internati

French textile machine builders see strong turnaround in 2011

2nd June 2011 0 comment
Interview with the President of the French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association The French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association (UCMTF) President, Bruno Ameline and the Secretary General, Evelyne Cholet, report on the present state and the perspectives of their member companies. These are 35, mostly SME's but leaders or among the world leaders on niche markets and specific applications. Their total annual turnover is around 1 billion Euros (1.4 billion USD), most

Techtextil: Steiger targets technical textile markets

31st May 2011 0 comment
Swiss flat knitting machine builder Steiger was exhibiting for the first time last week at Techtextil, the leading German show owned by Messe Frankfurt which focuses on technical textiles. Steiger, which is now owned by giant Chinese flat knitting machine builder Ningbo Yuren Knitting Machine Co. Ltd (Cixing brand), has always sold machines into orthopaedic goods and compression hosiery markets, but this was the first time the company had taken a stand at the world's leadi

Jump in global shipments of textile machinery in 2010

27th May 2011 0 comment
Following a strong investment boom that reached its peak in 2007, shipments of new textile machinery were in strong decline aggravated by the global financial and economic crisis of 2008/2009. However, in 2010 global shipments of new textile machinery recorded a very strong up-swing. In comparison with 2009 global shipments of new spinning machinery jumped by +75% (short-staple spindles), +163% (long-staple spindles) and +212% (open-end rotors), texturing spindles by +132%,

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

22nd May 2011 0 comment
With a total of 1561 exhibitors from 60 countries, the new trade-fair combination of Techtextil, Texprocess and Material Vision opens its doors this week in Frankfurt am Main for the first time. With this constellation including the new Texprocess trade fair, we are all set for a highly successful premie and offer an international spectrum of products and services revolving around the production and processing of textiles and other innovative materials,, Detlef B

Karl Mayer to highlight new applications at Techtextil

10th May 2011 0 comment
Warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer will be exhibiting alongside its subsidiary, Karl Mayer Malimo, a pioneer in the field of technical textiles, at this month’s Techtextil in Frankfurt. The well-known Obertshausen based company, not only builds efficient, flexible machines for producing functional textiles but it also develops new applications and markets for warp-knitted products. Malitronic “The end-uses currently showing the most potential are the se

VDMA: Fritz P. Mayer re-elected Chairman

10th May 2011 0 comment
Fritz P. Mayer, Managing Associate of Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen has been elected for the second time as Chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association in Frankfurt on 6 May 2011. Mrs Regina Brückner, Managing Associate of Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Leonberg and Karlheinz Liebrandt, Co-owner of Liba Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Naila are Vice-Chairmen. Prior to this, the member companies of the Textile Machinery Associatio

ITMA ASIA + CITME is door to China for textile

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

Oerlikon Saurer to show energy saving solutions at Techtextil

6th April 2011 0 comment
Techtextil is the most significant global trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens and will once again attract a specialist audience to Frankfurt from 24 to 26 May 2011. Oerlikon Saurer’s Allma product line, a known innovator in twisting and cabling of technical yarns and tire cord, will exhibit its Allma CC3 in the combined version as two-for-one and cabling machine. The company’s latest innovations and energy saving solutions will be the central topics for vis

Business Information: Technical Textile Markets reports

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

Business Information: Textile Outlook International reports

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

Business Information: Performance Apparel Markets reports

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

SITM develops worlds finest weft insertion tricot machine

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

French machinery manufacturers gear up for Techtextil

22nd March 2011 0 comment
The French textile machinery manufacturers group, which considers itself as part of the technical textiles industry, is all set to welcome technical textiles and nonwovens producers at Techtextil in Frankfurt from 24-26 May this year. “We understand the unique needs of the technical textiles producers and the importance of providing them tailored solutions to address their specific requirements. Our main objectives are to help them design new marketable products and produ

FibeRio presents Forcespinning nanofiber technology

9th March 2011 0 comment
FibeRio Technology Corporation – ‘The Force For Nanofibers’ - is introducing its nanofiber production equipment utilizing Forcespinning Technology to the textiles industry at the Techtextil Conference in Las Vegas, NV on March 15-17. The company recently launched their Cyclone L 1000 series laboratory equipment to enable research and development in forcespun nanofiber enhanced textiles.  Forcespinning is an award winning technology that utilizes centrifugal

Signs of recovery for Italian textile machinery manufacturers

4th March 2011 0 comment
Preliminary 2010 data drawn up by ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) is said to show that a decisive recovery is under way for Italy’s textile machinery sector, in the wake of a 2009 which had been marked by a conspicuous drop in production.  In terms of value, Italy’s textile machinery production recorded an 18% increase on 2009, from 1.9 to 2.3 billion Euros. Exports drew a similarly favourable increase, at +19%, reaching a value of ju

Allma CC4 wins tyre technology award

25th February 2011 0 comment
Germany’s Oerlikon Saurer has won the Tire Technology Award for Innovation and Excellence 2011 with its new tyre cord cabling machine, the Allma CC4. The company’s Allma Product Line received the coveted Tire Technology Award for Innovation and Excellence 2011 in the Tire Industry Supplier of the Year category at the Tire Technology Expo, which was held in Cologne from 15-17 February 2011. Winners were chosen in five categories by an internationally renowned jury

Santoni seamless innovations for sports and active markets

15th February 2011 0 comment
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 seamless knitting

ATME-I to continue with Techtextil North America in 2012

1st February 2011 0 comment
American Textile Machinery Association (ATMA) and Messe Frankfurt USA have agreed on the inclusion of American Textile Machinery Exhibition–International (ATME-I) with Techtextil North America every even year starting in 2012. The two exhibitions successfully co-located last May in Atlanta. ATME-I will provide textile machinery, equipment, and products and service suppliers a broad textile and apparels industry base to showcase their products and services. ATMA

In Memoriam: Luigi Omodeo Zorini

17th January 2011 0 comment
A great entrepreneur and pioneer in the crochet knitting machine technology Mr Luigi Omodeo Zorini passed away on 24 December 2010, at the age of 86. He was the founder and president of Comez based in Cilavegna (PV), Italy, and had passionately dedicated his life to his work. Born on 25 May 1924, Mr Luigi Omodeo Zorini began his entrepreneurial activities in Cilavegna in 1953, together with his brother Mario, founding the company Costruzioni Meccaniche Zorini Comez for the production of ‘croc

Euratex and Cematex plan closer collaboration

14th December 2010 0 comment
The representative bodies for the European Textile and Clothing Industry, Euratex, and the European Textile Machinery Manufacturers, Cematex, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for closer collaboration in research, technological development innovation and industry promotion. The agreement aims to foster stronger collaboration of the two European industry bodies in fields such as research, technological development and innovations as well as the promotion of a

French textile machinery builders eye Turkey and Syria

30th November 2010 0 comment
A delegation of French textile machinery manufacturers headed by Christian Guinet, Commercial Manager (Textile Division) of Stäubli France and Evelyne Cholet, Secretary General of the French Association of Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Promotion Commission took part in two conferences organized by UCMTF in Syria and Turkey. The events were attended by 500 delegates and took place on October 19 and 21, 2010. Mr Guinet was recently appointed Presiden

Brazil hosts German textile machinery conferences

23rd November 2010 0 comment
430 delegates from the Brazilian textiles industry attended the recent Conference on German Technology for Brazilian Textiles in São Paulo and Blumenau, where decision makers as well as technicians were informed with regard to the latest technology trends from Germany. The twin conferences, organised by Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery Association and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics & Technology, took place in São Paulo on 3

Biomedical textiles project aims for diabetes cure

15th November 2010 0 comment
Narrow fabrics machinery manufacturer Comez has developed an innovative electronic double needle bar warp knitting machine for use in an Italian regional government funded biomedical textiles project. The Panagenesi project aims to help cure diabetes by optimizing the implanting of human pancreatic islands through the use of fibrin scaffold to aid in the success of pancreatic transplants. Project partners Panagenesi is financed by the Region of Lombardy and is being

Sage installs BarcoVision manufacturing execution systems

8th October 2010 0 comment
Sage Automotive Interiors has successfully installed BarcoVision WeaveMaster, KnitMaster and QualiMaster manufacturing execution systems (MES) in its five USA plants. All systems are linked with the company’s Jomar Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.  When Sage was established in September 2009, a major IT project was set up to select and install a company wide ERP system and replace the legacy monitoring and inspection systems with a standard solut

Karl Mayer Malimo focus on geotextiles at CINTE Techtextil

8th October 2010 0 comment
Warp Knitting machine building leader Karl Mayer will exhibit at the  German Pavillion (stand W5 F67+72) at the upcoming CINTE Techtextil, Messe Frankfurt’s Chinese version of the well established Techtextil technical textiles exhibition. The show is scheduled to run from 19-21 October in Shanghai. Karl Mayer will exhibit a specially selected range of fabrics and provide information via a competent team of advisors, sales personnel and technicians. Visitors to t

Biomedical Structures invests in clean room for weaving, knitting and braiding

13th September 2010 0 comment
Biomedical Structures LLC, a provider of biomedical textiles for medical devices and other advanced clinical applications, today announced that it has expanded its textile engineering capabilities with a new purpose-built clean room for high-density weaving and advanced braiding infrastructure for polymer and wire materials.  BMS will support this growth by complementing its engineering expertise by hiring new employees to the company’s technical workforce at

Latest textile advances presented at Paris conference

20th August 2010 0 comment
Building on the success of the first two IFAI Advanced Textiles conferences (in Berlin and Brussels), IFAI presented a third successful edition in Paris 16-17 June, in the modern Congress facilities of UICP (right next to the Eiffel Tower). The Industrial Fabrics Association International hosted 70 participants from Europe and the U.S. at the 2010 conference, which focused on major applications of technical textiles and investigated new technology solutions and

Thies iMaster H2O dyeing machine is economic and environmentally friendly

29th July 2010 0 comment
German dyeing and finishing machinery builder Thies GmbH & Co KG has launched a new dyeing machine for both woven and knitted fabrics that offers ultra-low dye liquor levels. The new Thies iMaster H2O has been designed to ensure economic and environmentally friendly operation with advanced automation at low liquor levels and offers liquor ratios (textile dyed: water used in dye bath) as low as 1:3.7 for cottons. Thies says the iMaster H2O is based on 40 years'

Groz-Beckert - Building for the Future

23rd July 2010 0 comment
German textile engineering powerhouse Groz-Beckert opened its highly impressive Technology & Development Centre (TEZ) here in Albstadt on Friday confirming its status as one of the most successful and forward thinking textile engineering businesses in the world. Set in Baden-Württemberg, one of Germany’s wealthiest regions, which borders France to the west and Switzerland to the south, the town of Albstadt is the centre

China's nonwovens market big enough to accommodate everyone

9th July 2010 0 comment
Chinese companies have not surprisingly moved into the production of nonwovens manufacturing machinery in a big way over the past ten years, and at the recent ITMA Asia + CITME show in Shanghai, virtually outnumbered the established names in this field from West Europe. They included Jiangsu Yingyang Machinery, which is located in Changsu, near Shanghai and has been developing its extensive machinery range for the past decade. It includes both drylaid and spunmelt syst

Karl Mayer expands Hong Kong subsidiary

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

Xennia and Reggiani present revolutionary digital textile printer

25th June 2010 0 comment
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 fir

ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 opens in Shanghai

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

CEMATEX and ITMF announce the first World Textile Summit

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

IFAIs Advanced Textiles conference to be held at ITMA in Barcelona

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

Two new geotextiles lines in Vietnam

20th June 2010 0 comment
According to an Inteletex report, Vietnam-headquartered cotton spinner Vison is planning to enter the nonwovens market with the installation of new lines in both the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh regions. Vison is reported to be one of many young new companies in Vietnam ushered in by the wave of private investment since the turn of this century. Formed in 2005 by local entrepreneur Trinh Thanh Vinh, the company currently spins 100% cotton yarns for both its domestic market

International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) 2009

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

Techtextil North America 2010 considered best textile show in years

4th June 2010 0 comment
- The seventh edition of Techtextil North America, which took place May 18 – 20, 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia as part of a co-location effort with both the ATME-I show and SPESA EXPO creating the first ever Textile & Sewn Products Industry Week in an effort that is said to have provided tremendous value for textile and sewn products industry professionals at all levels of the textile and sewn products manufacturing and application su

Europes first Montex 6500 JV stenter

27th May 2010 0 comment
Europe’s first Montex 6500 JV has been recently installed at dyeing and finishing company Tintoria Stamperia di Tavernola, which is based in based in Como Tavernola on the shores of Lake Como in Northern Italy. The recently introduced Montex 6500 JV stenter has been designed and engineered in Germany and produced in Monforts Joint Venture facility, Monforts Fong’s Textile Machinery in China. The new Montex 6500 JV incorporates proven Monforts technolog

Xennias modular inkjet system to offer new levels of production reliability?

18th May 2010 0 comment
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 markets. Xennia’s integrated modular approach is

Groz-Beckert awarded Kyocera Environment Prize

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

Karl Mayer-Malimo Weftronic has wide appeal

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

German textile machinery orders soar in run up to ITMA Asia

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

Texprocess Americas to launch in 2012

29th April 2010 0 comment
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 Americas the

Exhibition space sold out at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010

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

French textile machinery manufacturers on the road to recovery

8th April 2010 0 comment
UCMTF President: 2010 Interview Bruno Ameline, the President and Evelyne Cholet, the Secretary General of UCMTF (French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association) report on the present state of the French textile machinery manufacturers and analyze their strategy to bring value to their customers. Have Textile machinery manufacturers been hard hit by the financial and economic crisis? Bruno Ameline The industrial equipment sector is extremely cyclical and our compani

Groz-Beckert looks to future

29th March 2010 0 comment
29 March 2010, Albstadt - Will geotextiles soon be successfully creating fertile soil from arid desert landscapes? Will creative forms in mobility make it possible for even more people to be transported efficiently in the near future? Will textiles a few years from now be able to open up new habitats for humanity on distant planets? The answers to these and many other exciting questions relating to visionary textiles production are all being researched at Groz-Beckert, the leading Germa

ITMA 2011 sharpens focus on garment making

17th March 2010 0 comment
With the textile and garment making industry undergoing tremendous change in the light of globalisation and current economic challenges, CEMATEX is making a concerted effort to support manufacturers with a solutions platform that will help the industry stay focused and competitive.  In line with this value proposition, the expanded product index of ITMA 2011 includes a dedicated chapter on garment making technologies and machinery. Embroidery and braiding equipment will

High speed tyre cord dipping line from Litzler

1st March 2010 1 comment
C.A. Litzler Co. Inc. reports it has received an order to design and build a  60 metres per minute Tyre Cord Dipping Line for Rajashree Polyfil, a division of Century Enka Limited India (BK Birla group company).  Financial details were not disclosed. According to Litzler, the benefits of the tyre cord line include multiple tension zones throughout the line providing maximum flexibility for elongating/relaxing the material to meet specific processing criteria.

ATME-I MEGATEX at Textile and Sewn Products Industry Week

17th February 2010 0 comment
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

Nordson acquires German distributor GLT

7th January 2010 0 comment
Nordson Corporation has announced that it has acquired German distributor GLT based in Pforzheim, Germany.  Revenues of GLT were not disclosed. GLT employs a total of 41 and has been a distributor of the company’s Nordson EFD brand dispensing systems and related products in Germany since 1977.        “We have enjoyed a strong partnership with GLT for 32 years,” said Nordson Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Edward P. Campbell.�

Allma CC3 Combi on show at Tire Technology 2010

22nd December 2009 0 comment
Swiss textile machinery builder Oerlikon Saurer is to present its innovative Allma CC3 Combi machine with its unique two-for-one twisting package and assembling unit at the world's most important trade fair for the tyre and supply industry, which is taking place in Cologne from 9 to 11 February 2010. According to Oerlikon Saurer, about two thirds of the world’s tyre cord production is made on Allma cabling and twisting systems. The company says that 165,000 cabling

ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition gets overwhelming support

17th December 2009 0 comment
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010 has received very strong support from textile machinery makers as the world economy continues its recovery momentum, organizers said today. With seven months still to go before the second combined show, over 95% of the exhibition space has already been sold. To-date, applications grossing over 95,000M² have been received from over 1,000 exhibitors. Chinese manufacturers make up the biggest country group, booking almost 50% of the space

Rieter sells nonwovens interests to Andritz

14th December 2009 0 comment
Rieter Holding Ltd,. Of Switzerland has signed a contract with the international technology group Andritz, based in Graz, Austria, for the sale of the French company Rieter Perfojet S.A.S, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rieter Group. This divestment is being made in the context of focusing on core activities in the Textile Division of Rieter. Located in Montbonnot, France, Rieter Perfojet is engaged in the development and manufacture of machinery and system

Textile machinery offers interesting careers for French textile students

10th December 2009 0 comment
The French Textile Machinery Manufacturers' Association, UCMTF, recently brought together students from the four French universities which train engineers for the textile industry. The goal was to further enhance relations with the students and to review the careers offered to them both in France and worldwide. The forum was organized on the campus of l’ENSISA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Sud Alsace) located in Mulhouse. Students from ENSAIT (

Harry Lucas celebrates delivery of 10,000th machine

1st December 2009 0 comment
Highly specialised German knitting machine builder Harry Lucas celebrated the delivery of the company’s 10,000th machine in September. The happy owner of the anniversary model was German knitter Hans Minke from Wuppertal. "This is big vote of confidence into the quality of our products and services from our customers since the foundation of our company," Mr Harry Lucas II announced during the official handover of the 10,000th machine produced since the comp

MBO at Oerlikon Enka Tecnica saves jobs

25th November 2009 0 comment
Oerlikon Textile is to focus on the component business and is selling Oerlikon Enka Tecnica based in Übach-Palenberg, in line with a management buyout. “This is the optimum solution for all parties concerned. Oerlikon Textile Components is concentrating on its core competences. Due to the management buyout, all 110 jobs will be preserved, the new company has the possibility to operate in the market with more flexibility and latitude“, says Thomas

Texas Tech hosts ATNT conference in India

4th November 2009 0 comment
The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University is to host the 6th annual international conference on Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles, (ATNT) 2009. The event, held in collaboration with Bannari Amman Institute of Technology in India (BIT), will run from 7-9 December at the institute’s campus in Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu, South India. The conference will feature papers from natural fibres to

Karl Mayer Malimo eyes Chinese wind power market

28th October 2009 0 comment
Karl Mayer subsidiary, Karl Mayer Malimo is eyeing Chinese wind power markets and will exhibit its wind power industry solutions at the Asia Wind Power 2009 exhibition from 12 to 13 November in Shanghai, China. Karl Mayer Malimo has been successful in supplying a range of technological solutions for producing a wide range of technical textile structures for new areas of application. The products manufactured on the company’s multiaxial machines are no longer

Italian machinery showcase to be held in Raleigh, NC

21st October 2009 0 comment
The Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) and the Italian Trade Commission (ICE) is to organize organize a technical workshop dedicated to Italian technology for the nonwovens and technical textile industries, in partnership with the Nonwovens Institute of North Carolina State University. The event will take place at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on November 11th and 12th, 2009. At the meeting, Italian technical textiles and

Malitronic Multiaxial up to 25% faster as first machine goes on trial

19th October 2009 0 comment
Karl Mayer Malimo says its new generation Malitronic Multiaxial warp knitting machine is up to 25% more productive than its predecessor as the first machine goes on trial at a leading multi-axial fabrics manufacturer. According to Karl Mayer, multiaxial textiles made from high-performance yarns are on the rise, not only in terms of the volume produced, but also with regard to their range of end-uses. Multiaxial reinforcing textiles can be used as prepregs i

Composites focus for Karl Mayer at Techtextil India

6th October 2009 0 comment
Leading warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer, is to focus on machines for composites production at this year’s Techtextil India, where it will jointly exhibit with its subsidiary Karl Mayer Malimo. Karl Mayer says that fabrics from its multi-axial machines are currently in strong demand as textile glass reinforcements in the wind power and boat construction sectors. In addition to showing a range of such fabrics the company will also showcase geotextile fa

Shaped spacer fabrics for tailor made solutions

1st October 2009 0 comment
According to leading warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer, technical textiles are no longer simply materials, but they are rapidly becoming ready-to-use components. The German company says that the manufacturing sector is increasingly following this trend by developing tailor-made solutions which are aimed at minimising costs and processing sequences during production and by integrating as many functions as possible into the design of the product from the o

New Comez machine for technical narrow fabrics

15th September 2009 0 comment
Comez, a global leader in advanced narrow fabric technology has launched a new electronic double needle bar warp knitting machine, DNB/EL-1270, for the manufacture of a wide range of technical and apparel fabrics including: Technical applications - Netting for sports equipment and the food industry, high resistance ribbons in special fibres, ribbons and fabrics for geotextiles applications, automotive, building and industrial sectors Medical applications - Tub

Techtextil boost for Coatema

19th August 2009 0 comment
After successfully taking part in Techtextil 2007, Coatema Coating Machinery recently exhibited at the 2009 show in Frankfurt in June and reported strong interest in its latest range of products for technical textiles. Even in difficult economic times, Coatema says it sees that the technical textiles sector is still focussing on new concepts and that new organizations are being formed as well as dynamic networks. The company’s own experience is that Techtextil

Karl Mayers deep colour technology for Turkish market

11th August 2009 0 comment
The Denim Centre of Excellence of Karl Mayer’s Warp Preparation section said it received an order for a new open-width dyeing and sizing machine with ‘deep colour’ technology, in July. With an investment of around 2 million Euros, Turkish manufacturer Şirikçioğlu plans to extend its market competence for fashionable denim clothing, by being able to produce economically and ecologically, both deep indigo-dyed (more than 5%) and sulphur-dyed product rang

Management changes at Rieter as sales plummet

4th August 2009 0 comment
The Board of Directors of Rieter Holding Ltd. has elected its Chairman Erwin Stoller as Executive Chairman. The heads of both operating divisions of Rieter, Textile Systems and Automotive Systems, and the head of the Corporate Center will report directly to Erwin Stoller. In order to safeguard the principles of good corporate governance, This E. Schneider, Vice- Chairman of the Board, has been elected Lead Director. Hartmut Reuter, CEO of Rieter, will leave th

Karl Mayer integrates Benninger yarn preparation

14th July 2009 0 comment
Following the recent acquisition of Benninger’s weaving preparation operations, Karl Mayer has quickly set about the task of integration. For many years now, Germany and Switzerland have been at the centre of first-class warp preparation technology, as represented by two companies, Karl Mayer in Obertshausen and Benninger in Uzwil. Karl Mayer was known originally as a leading manufacturer of warp knitting machines, but extended its product portfoli

Record numbers of exhibitors and visitors at Techtextil

26th June 2009 0 comment
The technical textile and nonwovens sectors came in droves to its leading international trade fair, with numbers never before seen. "Precisely because these are times of economic uncertainty, companies have been setting themselves new targets with innovative products and areas of application and have in part already managed to achieve them at Techtextil. Some eight percent more exhibitors and two percent more trade visitors represent a double plus for Techtextil,

Agteks reveals high speed linear motor technology for winding

25th June 2009 0 comment
Turkish manufacturer Agteks, developer of the well known DirecTwist cone to cone multi-function twisting machine and Intelliwinder unravelling machine for flat knitted fabrics, has once again come up with novel technology for winding and twisting applications. Speaking at last week’s Techtextil show in Frankfurt, Managing Director Mehmet Agrikili explained that his company was developing, “The world’s fastest and highest acceleration linear servo motor for

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

19th June 2009 0 comment
A total of six innovations have been selected for this year’s Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Awards. The awards go to innovative solutions from the fields of material and product development, new processes and innovative garments. The aim of the awards is to promote un­conventional thinking and to intensify the dialogue between research, manufacturers and users. “Trade visitors will find the award-wining developments in a special exhibition during the Interna

New developments in Fraunhofer GeoDict

8th June 2009 0 comment
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics have upgraded their proprietarily developed software, GeoDict, with two new modules. PleatGeo and PleatDict support users in virtual generation and property calculation of pleated filter media. With these software extensions, it is possible to gain new insights into effect relationships between geometric form and performance characteristics of pleated filter media through variation of structure.

Glass fabric processing from GF machinery

19th May 2009 0 comment
Exhibiting at Techtextil this year will be GF Machinery, a company which is in the business of research and development and manufacturing of textile machinery used mainly for the processing of fibre glass and fabrics, as well as other machines per customer’s request. One of the company’s latest products is a printing and rewinding line with slitting for the processing of glass fabric material or other materials like PET folia, paper and electro materi

Stoll flat knitting technology for technical applications

15th May 2009 0 comment
In recent years, leading German flat knitting machine builder H. Stoll & Co, has achieved much in the quest to widen the use of knitting machines and in particular flat knitting machines in technical applications. Flat knitting machines are mainly used in the apparel sector for producing knitted outerwear and accessories but Stoll has pioneered the use of the technology for technical applications. The company has a dedicated sales and technical team for tech

Techtextil North America weathers economy on west coast

14th May 2009 0 comment
The sixth edition of Techtextil North America took place April 21 to 23, 2009 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the first ever edition on the West Coast 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

New processing technology show to run parallel with Techtextil

14th May 2009 0 comment
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.  “As the 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

Techtextil - The Innovation Interchange

6th May 2009 0 comment
Techtextil – 16 to 18 June 2009, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany 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

Italian textile machinery on show at Techtextil 2009

6th May 2009 0 comment
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 textiles. The Italian industry is paying particular attention to the technical and innovative textiles sector and ACIMIT estimates

Oerlikon to showcase recent developments in Istanbul

5th May 2009 0 comment
At its 400 square metre booth in Hall 2 A 210 at the ITM in Istanbul from 6 to 10 June 2009, Oerlikon Texile will present recent technological developments from Oerlikon Schlafhorst and Oerlikon Barmag. Oerlikon Barmag At this year’s ITM, Oerlikon Barmag is highlighting its competence in the area of specialty spinning and with offerings for the production of POY and FDY super-micro-yarns, spun-dyed yarns and various yarn cross sections, such as tri-lobal yarns,

Techtextil targets exhibitor growth for 2009

1st May 2009 0 comment
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,

First Oerlikon Barmag eFK texturing machine goes to China

22nd April 2009 1 comment
The first Oerlikon Barmag eFK-type texturing machines will soon be installed in China. A contract for ten machines, which premiered at the ITMA Asia 2008, was recently signed with Jinxing (Fujian) Chemical Fibre and Textile Industry Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Fujian Jinxing Group. According to Oerlikon Barmag, the decisive factor for the contract was the energy-efficient godet technology, which the company has been successfully using in its MPS- and COCOON-type te

U.S. trade shows get International Buyer Program status for 2010

20th April 2009 0 comment
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 partnerships wit

Oerlikon presents innovations at Shanghaitex

5th April 2009 0 comment
Oerlikon Textile, a leader for spinning and texturing machines, embroidery machines, production lines for synthetic yarns, lines for nonwoven fabrics, BCF yarns and manmade staple fibres and one of the five major producer of textile machinery in China, will present its innovations especially for the Chinese market at the forthcoming Shanghaitex. The company will exhibit its latest offerings at its 400m² booth in Hall E2 B01 from 12 to 15 June 2009.   Oerlikon Ba

Glasshard shafts from Dienes

1st April 2009 0 comment
Dienes, a leading manufacturer of slitting systems and knife holders, has introduced its improved glasshard shafts to the market. The quality of the glasshard counter shaft is of decisive importance to achieve optimum crush cutting results, the company says. Dienes offers glasshard shafts tailored to customer demand and adjusted to the respective knives and knife holders for optimum tool service life. In addition, Dienes can provide surfaces with super finished

Karl Mayer to show its versatility at Techtextil

30th March 2009 0 comment
Karl Mayer and its subsidiary Karl Mayer Malimo Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, are among the innovators in the technical textiles sector and are therefore almost compelled to exhibit at Techtextil. This year the company will show its versatility by exhibiting a range of machine developments for a wide range of technical applications. Examples of this are machines for the production of biaxial and multiaxial multi-ply structures. These textiles which have enormou

Techtextil: New technical fabric developments from Comez

27th March 2009 0 comment
Italian company Comez, a leading manufacturer of crochet knitting machines, needle looms and electronic double needle bed warp knitting machines is to show its innovative CLX/EL needle loom and a range of newly developed fabrics for technical applications at Techtextil which is due to take place in Frankfurt from 16 –18 June.  Comez will show its patented innovative CLX/EL high efficiency electronic needle loom, for weaving rigid and elastic ribbons. The co

New generation Malitronic Multiaxial to boost textile composites

25th March 2009 0 comment
Karl Mayer Malimo is to present its latest generation Malitronic Multiaxial machine for textile composites during the second quarter of 2009. The multiaxial weft insertion warp knitting machine is to be made available for viewing at the company’s technical centre. Warp-knitted multiaxial constructions are multi-purpose textiles with a wide range of applications. As load-bearing composites, for example, they are used in the rotors of wind turbines, as wel

Wings conquers China

23rd March 2009 0 comment
The first POY system with WINGS winding units in China started producing successfully at Zhejiang Tong Kun at the beginning of the year. In terms of the commissioning, the WINGS concept once again proved that it keeps its promises. The polyester POY spinning system with 48 positions was assembled, commissioned and signed off in a record time of only 18 days. With 1.3 million tons per year, the company, located in the Zhejiang Province, is one of China’s largest

Coats dyeing machinery to get thermal insulation nano-coating

17th March 2009 0 comment
Industrial Nanotech, Inc. has announced that the one of the Company's exclusive distributors signed a contract with Coats Plc, a textile manufacturer based in England, to coat the machinery in their yarn dyehouse facility located in Bursa, Turkey with the Company's award winning nanotechnology based thermal insulation and corrosion resistant products, Nansulate® EPX and Nansulate® High Heat industrial coating. The project will commence the week of March 16, 200

Benninger shows Kusters Dyepad at Techtextil

6th March 2009 0 comment
Swiss textile machinery manufacturer Benninger is to show its legendary Küsters Dyepad at the forthcoming Techtextil in Frankfurt and says it has the perfect solution for technical fabric. The company says that economic success in technical fabrics is determined above all by quality and reproducibility and up to date finishing, especially in nanotechnology finishing becomes more and more cost-intensive and at the same time process engineering has to be

Industrial Textiles

17th February 2009 0 comment
by Jutta Stehr and Jürgen Vogel, Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG Industrial textiles are the great white hope of the classical textile nations following China’s ascent to the position as the world’s largest apparel manufacturer. They are the innovation drivers for many small and medium-sized companies throughout the world. Industrial textiles fill those areas of application that nobody had even considered 10 or even just 5 years ago. All in all, they are

New generation composites machine from Karl Mayer Malimo

26th January 2009 0 comment
Karl Mayer Malimo is to launch a brand new highly innovative multiaxial stitch-bonding machine called the Malitronic at the JEC Composites show which will be held in Paris from 24-26 March. Karl Mayer’s Chemnitz-based subsidiary is renowned for its high level of innovation and one of the organisations it works closely with on its new developments is the CETEX Institut für Textil- und Verarbeitungsmaschinen gemeinnützige GmbH (CETEX Non-pr

Benninger endorses Bluesign

23rd January 2009 0 comment
Bluesign Technologies AG has announced that it is to cooperate with Benninger AG. Benninger will endorse the Bluesign standard as a Bluesign supporter with a focus on process optimisation and process engineering. Benninger says that the idea of the Bluesign standard perfectly reflects its company philosophy. Only the ‘Best Available Technologies’ in process technology, resource efficiency and product quality and a simultaneous  reduction of the ��

Futuris Automotive Interiors: Composite structure

6th January 2009 0 comment
Applicant:            FUTURIS AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS A [AU] Inventor:             MILLER JASON ANTHONY [AU] Abstract of  US 2008318021  (A1) A composite structure, such as a structural member (12), is formed by the steps of knitting a three dimensional pre-form (17) from one or more selected fibres such as natural fibres selected from hemp, cotton, flax, jute and synthetic fibres such as boron aramide fibres, carbon fibres, glass fibres and polymer based fibres, using

Rojtricot storage feeder improves quality of weft insertion technical fabrics

15th December 2008 0 comment
Leading builder of warp knitting machines Karl Mayer, has been using Memminger-Iro’s Rojtricot storage feeder to improve fabric quality on its weft insertion machines and particularly with fabrics for technical applications. Warp knitting is a complex process, in which the relationship between all the processing sequences has a decisive effect on the efficiency of the process and the quality of the fabrics produced. The principles of feeding the yarn to th

Karl Mayer takes over Benninger

1st December 2008 0 comment
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

Techtextil on target for success

12th November 2008 0 comment
Messe Frankfurt, organizer of Techtextil has announced its final plans for the June 2009 and looks forward to a successful show. "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

Italian technology for automotive textiles in New Delhi

11th November 2008 0 comment
The Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) and the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE) is to organize a technical workshop on Italian technology for Automotive Engineering Innovative Materials in India. Business Co-Ordination House (BCH) will be the co-organizer of the symposium. The event is to take place in New Delhi, on 22 January, 2009. The Indian textile industry is one of the leading world producers and exporters o

Italian textile machinery workshops in Hangzou and Wuxi

8th November 2008 0 comment
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,

Next generation software for 3D warp knitted fabric simulation

29th October 2008 0 comment
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 knitted fabrics.   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

ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008 deemed a success

7th August 2008 0 comment
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2008, the first combined show of the two established brands ITMA ASIA and CITME, closed its doors on 31 July. 1,368 exhibitors from 30 countries and regions participated in this show, taking up all 126,500 square metres of the 11 halls in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The net exhibiting space exceeded 73,000 square metres, and the top five participating economies in terms of number of participants were China, Italy, Germany, China Tai

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