Testing & Standards
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.
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.
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.
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 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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oeko-Tex Association has stated that children's clothing that meets the strict requirements of Oeko-Tex Standard 100 does not pose any health risks for consumers, following a study published by the environmental organisation Greenpeace.
In its paper entitled ‘A little story about the monsters in your closet’, the organisation criticised numerous discoveries of harmful substances in children's clothing from renowned brand manufacturers.
At the start of the year, the OEKO-TEX Association has, as usual, updated the valid test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with its OEKO-TEX Standard 100. The following new regulations have been provided with comment from OEKO-TEX and come into force on 1 April 2014 for all certifications, following a three-month transition period:
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Faults in product development can be expensive for clothing manufacturers, researchers for the Hohenstein Institute report. Inconsistencies in the materials, pattern, workmanship and function in the creative design process are said to put the efficiency of measuring the quality control at risk, due to the lack of central procedure for documentation or process monitoring.
As part of a research project, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim have been looking at the QM tools that would be appropriate for the short and creative product development cycle that occurs in the clothing industry.
Project manager Simone Morlock commented: “Our aim was to find a solution that is really geared towards the processes and the demand for creativity in the clothing industry, as well as what was possible from the point of view of organisation and timescales.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
According to Seshadri Ramkumar, Associate Professor of Non-Wovens at Texas Tech University the textiles sector can benefit from research and development activities in developing next generation functional textiles as more and more scientists are mimicking nature to develop functional properties such as waterproofing, changes in surface adhesion and biocidal characteristics.
In an article for Commodity online Professor Ramkumar reports that the development of broad spectrum and cost effective biocides is a major challenge for the textile and related industries. He goes on to discuss the work of a team of Australian and Spanish researchers led by Elena Ivanova of the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, that have developed nano black silicon biocidal surfaces that has shown to have effective biocidal capabilities against Gram-negative and Gram- positive bacteria and endospores.
The team used the comparison of biocidal activities of nano black silicon and dragonfly wings, which show that they have similar antimicrobial characteristics.
Oeko-Tex has launched a new online buyers guide to its certified companies at www.oeko-tex.com.
When searching for suitable suppliers and production facilities, purchasing organisations and retailers now have at their disposal an extensive network of manufacturers from around the world who can offer a range of textiles in every conceivable quality for the most diverse of fields of application. By using the Oeko-Tex Buying Guide, interested companies can access this international company network, which is in the form of an interactive database with different search filters.
Around 10,000 companies from over 90 countries and at all levels of the value-creation chain currently participate in Oeko-Tex Standard 100 product certification.
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.
In a first-ever effort to foster greater collaboration between the EU and US apparel and footwear industries, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) will host a two part webinar series that explores market access opportunities across the United States and the European Union.
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 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.
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.
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.
The new dress at work is fashionable, cool and sportive. More than ever work wear and protective wear has been inspired by outdoor wear and sportswear thus adding elasticity, moisture management, UV-protection and anti-odour properties to a stylish look.
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.
Italian protective fabrics producer Argar Technology, a division of Argar S.r.L, will launch a new range of highly functional certified protective knitted fabrics which can be industrially laundered at this year’s A+A Safety, Security & Health At Work 2013 show which takes place in Dusseldorf, Germany from 5-8 November
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As automotive manufacturers continue to push for improved fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions, they are squeezing every single gram of weight out of every single part that goes into a car. Meanwhile, however, the pressure to save money and create a smoother, quieter driver experience is also increasing.
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the American Public Works Association (APWA) have agreed to work together to reduce the burden of non-flushable disposable products in the wastewater system.
To assist companies with product flushability assessments and to provide guidance on proper labelling, INDA and its European counterpart, EDANA, recently released a Code of Practice for manufacturers and marketers of wipes and other disposable nonwoven products that includes a detailed decision tree to determine the proper labelling of a product.
“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…
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.”
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.”
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.
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.
Around 40,000 visitors from 113 countries attended Techtextil and Texprocess trade fair duo last week to find out about the latest innovations and trends. A total of 1,652 exhibitors from 56 nations presented their latest products and innovations.
“Techtextil and Texprocess have once again set new records,” said Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt, commenting on the results of the textile trade-fair double. “With an increase of 15% compared to the previous events, the two leading trade fairs confirmed the worldwide significance of technical textiles and textile-processing machinery”, he added.
The events focusing on technical textiles combined various aspects of the industry from light to very heavy materials – from functional garments, via car seats and safety belts, to aircraft interiors.
The garment making-up industry has always been the labour-intensive ‘bottleneck’ of the conventional textile chain, despite attempts such as the Leapfrog EU7 project to streamline and automate all of its processes into a single-line system.
SCS Global Services (SCS) has announced that Unifi Manufacturing, a leading producer of multi-filament polyester, nylon textured yarns and related raw materials, is the first manufacturer of its kind to earn Responsible Source certification.
Sanitized AG, the leading worldwide producer of antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection for textiles and plastics will be launching two new advanced additives designed for the protection of plasticised PVC.
Introducing the two new products, Maria Toscan, product manager at Sanitized explained: “No single substance is perfect for all applications, as each has its benefits and limitations. By combining benefits and reducing limitations, we are able to offer our customers a clear choice of application-specific solutions that fully meet their needs and provide a guaranteed highest antimicrobial efficacy.”
New fitting tests designed to address the challenges faced by the ready-made-clothes manufacturers and their customers have paid off, according to Stephanie Müller, expert for fitting tests at the Hohenstein Institute.
The UK’s University of Leeds has developed an innovative system for the objective evaluation of fabric handle, which uses established and proven test equipment underpinned by scientific principles, which account for key material properties.
In response to the increasing awareness of the positive environmental aspects of geosynthetics and geosystems, TenCate Geosynthetics’ business unit Water & Environment, has developed the TenCate Geotube carbon footprint calculator for use with dewatering and breakwater applications. This CO2 footprint calculator provides water management customers with background information on several sustainability aspects.
In the run in to Techtextil, the leading trade fair for technical textiles and industrial nonwovens, organisers Messe Frankfurt have published the following article on the spread of nanotechnology in technical textiles. The article shows how nanotechnology is being used in a growing number of applications from clothing, through construction to regenerative medicine. Techtextil takes place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June.
Swiss textile innovator Schoeller has launched a new fabrics range called Pyroshell which offers permanent flame protection for polyester and polyamide fabrics.
Well known industry consultant David Rigby (formerly David Rigby Associates) is now providing personal advisory and consulting services to business owners, CEOs and senior managers in technical textiles and industrial nonwovens, with the aim of helping them create more profitable and sustainable futures for their businesses.
This video was made by Robert Newton a TV documentary producer whose family were in textiles in North Carolina for generations. Newton got the idea for the documentary after he found himself constantly correcting people who said that the textiles industry in NC state was dead. It’s a full blown TV documentary which lasts 30 minutes but its well worth watching.
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.
According to Australian wool industry experts, the’ next-to-skin’ wool garment industry is set to be transformed by two ground-breaking new fabric testing devices available for commercial use through the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA). Used together the Wool ComfortMeter and Wool HandleMeter are said to allow manufacturers and retailers to produce and market vastly improved next-to-skin garments.
The 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.
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.
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.
Germany’s Hohenstein Institute is now offering testing and certification of protective/safety gloves in accordance with a number of industry standards.
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.
The market for chemical protective clothing is set for robust growth over the next few years, according to Chemical protective clothing: providing a life-critical barrier a new report from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.
Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, in conjunction with several industry partners, have developed special functional underwear for fire-fighting deployment teams.
The functional underwear was developed under the framework of the research project (AiF-Nr. 16676 N), which was based on a study from 2003, which said that 49% of fatalities amongst fire-fighters in the USA were attributable to heat stress.
Monforts’ Klaus A. Heinrichs talks about his company’s participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative.
Blue Competence is an initiative launched by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) to demonstrate the know-how and experience of its members for sustainable solutions. Key points of the campaign are technologies and products that conserve raw materials, reduce emissions and sustainably improve the living conditions of people.
In marking its 50th anniversary in 2011, the Dornbirn Conference celebrated the contribution of the manmade fibres industry to society over the last half a century.
At the 2012 event in Austria from September 19-21 – with over 100 individual presentations and record attendance of over 800 delegates – the emphasis was very much on what the industry can now contribute over the next fifty years and what major changes are on the horizon.
International Newsletters has announced that the speaker on nanotextiles has been confirmed for its TCL2012, International Conference on Textiles Coating & Laminating. Dr. Dirk Hegemann from the prestigious Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) will address the subject Nano Textiles: What can be expected from it?
Alexium announced this week that it has successfully demonstrated its Reactive Surface Technology (RST) treatments for functionalizing temperature-sensitive fibres such as high-performance polyolefins to add new properties such as antimicrobial, adhesion promotion, and flame retardancy.
With ten months still to go, Techtextil, the International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already almost fully booked.
“Over 90% of the exhibition space occupied in 2011 has been reserved; 86% has actually been firmly booked. Never before have we had such a good result at such an early stage”, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies.
All the signs are that Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June 2013, will be a success. With a year still to go before the doors open, over 50% of exhibition space has already been sold and the market leaders are on board.
Experts wishing to give a lecture at the symposiums during Techtextil in Frankfurt, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens being held from 11 to 13 June 2013, are invited by the organisers to submit their manuscripts. The deadline for receipt of the manuscripts is 31 October 2012.
The recent symposium on cosmétotextiles held at Interfilière Paris highlighted the growing success of these hybrid fabrics, as well as posing questions about their future.
A cosmetic textile is defined by the French Office for the Standardisation of Textile and Clothing Industries as “a textile article that contains a substance or a preparation that is intended to be released sustainably on to the different superficial parts of the human body, especially the skin, and which claim particular properties such as cleansing, perfume, change of appearance, protection, maintenance in good condition, or correction of body odours.”
Wool’s credentials as a textile fibre that promotes health and wellbeing were presented by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) at the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) World Congress this week in Melbourne.
According to the Hohenstein Institute, 50 % of everyone in Germany practices sport at least once a week, which is still fourth place in a European country comparison. Wearing knee-length compression socks, the institute says, was long viewed as uncool by sportsmen and women, but more and more active sportsmen and women have reported the positive effects of wearing these special elastic socks.
Many of the benefits of disposable nonwoven wipes in the workplace over laundered and reusable cleaning materials (what are referred to in the US as ‘shop towels’) have been pretty well demonstrated over the past 30 years.
All over the world there are do-gooders who give their all to serve a noble cause. In the management of an enterprise, however, they would become a liability because the primary goal of an enterprise is to earn money. For a long time, combining benevolence and the need to earn money has been inconceivable.
Messe Frankfurt has announced that the eleventh edition of Techtextil North America and the second edition of Texprocess Americas will be held from 13-15 May 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
The 51st Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress will take place from 19 – 21 September 2012 in Dornbirn in the Vorarlberg region of Austria, where over 700 delegates from more than 30 countries will meet to discuss the future of the man-made fibres industry.
Production is now underway for the 2012 GOCarbonFibre conference, due to take place in London this October. Organisers Smithers Apex says it is excited about the return to Europe, and building on last year's resounding success it has a fresh new angle for this year's programme.
The first edition of Texprocess Americas took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Techtextil North America and aimed to create a synergy making the largest and best technical textiles, textile machinery, nonwovens, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
The ninth edition of Techtextil North America, now incorporating ATME-I, took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Texprocess Americas which resulted in a dynamic synergy creating the largest and best technical textiles, nonwovens, textile machinery, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
Hohenstein scientists led by Dr. Jan Beringer, in conjunction with Hochschule Reutlingen and Rökona Textilwerk GmbH in Tübingen, have developed innovative test methods to investigate the acoustic and aeroacoustic properties of textile materials.
UK headquartered Formax, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality reinforcements has been awarded the distinguished DNV materials qualification for its entire range of carbon multiaxial fabrics.
The global sporting goods market—including sports apparel, athletic footwear, and sports equipment—is on track to reach sales of $ 303 billion US by 2015 (according to a report by Global Industry Analysts), with a growth curve outperforming that of total retail in both the UK and the US; and is expanding even more rapidly in the newly-affluent, youth-driven markets of emerging economies. While brand, heritage and style trends contribute to the sales of athletic apparel and equipment, the sporting goods market also relies heavily upon technology as a marketing tool.
Developer of biomedical textiles for medical devices, Biomedical Structures (BMS), has introduced a new advanced tapered medical textile solution for tendons, ligaments and other orthopaedic applications. The company says its advanced weaving capabilities provide a high-precision medical textile solution able to match the anatomical construction of tendons and replicate performance.
In this third part of a three part feature on sustainability Sabine Anton-Katzenbach discusses how retailers, producers and importers have begun campaigning for working conditions that are socially sustainable, within the scope of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Leading Israeli Nylon 6.6 producer Nilit announced today that its innovative patent pending Nilit Breeze speciality yarn is available as a performance fibre for sportswear, hosiery, underwear, shapewear, socks, outerwear and workwear.
On 9 December 2011, Prof. Stefan Mecheels, Head of the Hohenstein Institute, opened the new test laboratory at the International Textile Testing and Service Centre in Hong Kong. It was an opportunity to tell the approximately 70 invited guests from all around the world about the work of the Hohenstein experts.
German scientists have developed a new versatile functional yarn which aims to give maximum comfort and has excellent thermal insulation properties. Working in partnership with Zwickauer Kammgarn GmbH and Helmut Peterseim Strickwaren GmbH in Mühlhausen, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, have developed an innovative new yarn for knitted textiles.
With 11,283 certificates issued in the last year alone, and more than 9,500 companies
involved in the scheme in over 90 countries, the OEKO-TEX organisation says its
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 has once again confirmed its position as the world's
leading certification scheme for textiles tested for harmful substances.
That was the conclusion of this year's meeting of the heads of
OEKO-TEX institutes, which, in view of the growing number of certificates
issued to production
Teijin Aramid introduced its latest unidirectional laminate fabric, Twaron UD41 at the A+A show in Dusseldorf yesterday, which has been specially developed for bulletproof vests to provide extra protection from different types of attack.
Twaron UD41 is aimed at groups such as soldiers or police units, and even private citizens who require such protection.
According to Teijin Aramid, the new fabric, which is based
India's technical textiles industry is expected to grow to a value of Rs 1,58,000 crore by 2017, a senior government official said at the opening of Techtextil India 2011 in Mumbai, Moneycontrol reports.
"The technical textiles industry is forecast to grow at Rs 1,58,000 crore by 2016-17, with a projected growth of 20%. The industry has grown to Rs 63,000 crore in 2011-12 from Rs 41,000 crore in 2010-11, which is 11%
The recent media attention on The Glove Corp. Blaze Fighter structural gloves again raises the question about what is "practical" and appropriate when it comes to the trade-off between thermal protection and dexterity in structural gloves.
As the chairman of the NFPA 1
The ninth edition of Techtextil North America Symposium will be held from 24-26 April 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in at Atlanta, GA.
"We are pleased to announce that in 2012, ATME-I (American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International) will be incorporated into Techtextil North America. Also in 2012, Texprocess Americas (formerly SPESA Expo) will co-locate with Techtextil North America in adjacent halls providing tremendous value for textile and sewn pro
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
The new test criteria for product certification under OEKO-TEX
Standard 100 which were published by the International OEKO-TEX association at
the beginning of the year became mandatory for all certification processes on 1
April, when the three-month transitional period came to an end.
“The OEKO-TEX association would like to take the opportunity
to point out to all companies that OEKO-TEX certification also covers all
textile-relevant SVHCs (substances of very high con
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According to Messe
Frankfurt, the current number of registrations for Techtextil 2011,
International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, indicates yet
another successful exhibition. The organiser says that by the end of December, over
90% of the space used in 2009 had already been booked and there was equal
interest from new and returning exhibitors for the 24-26 May 2011 show.
“The mood is good
following Techtextil 2009, which set a new r
4 January 2011, Zurich - The International OEKO-TEX
Association has, as usual at the start of the year, updated its criteria and
limit values for use when testing textiles for harmful substances in accordance
with the OEKO-TEX Standard 100.
“For many years now, the list of criteria has provided
effective protection against undesirable chemical substances and it is used
very successfully by the textile and clothing industry and many retailers and
distributors for quality control in this area,
Strata Geosystems India, a
subsidiary of North Carolina based Glen raven Inc., which produces
high-tenacity geogrids, has received the ISO 9001:2008, the internationally
accredited standard which was developed by the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO), a worldwide federation of national standards bodies
representing some 130 countries.
"Strata Geosystems takes its quality performance
commitment to customers very seriously," said Narendra Dalmia, CEO an
German manufacturer of knitted
sportswear Schneider Sportswear OHG from Albstadt in Baden-Württemberg has been
awarded the Hohenstein Institute’s first Wellness Label for textiles and
clothing. The company’s senior management was presented with the label for use
on its products in September by Silke Off, Head of the Laboratory for Clothing
Physiology at the Hohenstein Institute, who had played an important part in
designing, developing and introducing the n
Dyneema ultra-high molecular
weight polyethylene fibres can now be used in cut resistant gloves for the food
processing industry in Europe. Within the European Union, materials and items used
in food contact applications need to comply with strict requirements laid out
in the Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 governing materials used in
contact with food, as well as the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Regulation
(EC) No 2023/2006. DSM Dyneema’s UHMWPE fibre
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
Article written by the Hohenstein Institute
On Thursday 10 June 2010, Prof.
Dr. Stefan Mecheels welcomed nearly 80 people with an interest in the textile
industry and research to the 4th Innovation Exchange at the Hohenstein
Institute. On the previous evening, the Hohenstein "Award for
Entrepreneurial Excellence in Global Textile Services" had been presented
to Christine Krautschneider, long-standing managing partner and now Chair of
the Supervisory Board of Salesi
After more than 17 successful years
at the helm of the International Oeko-Tex Association, Raimar Freitag has
transferred his responsibilities as Oeko-Tex Secretary General to his long-time
colleague Dr. Jean-Pierre Haug, COO of the Swiss textile testing institute
TESTEX, effective 1 July 2010. At the
same time, he will continue to offer his experience, extensive knowledge and
contacts in the industry to the association as an advisor for strategic issues,
- 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
Fibertect Cotton-Soaking (CS),
a three-layer flexible, inert, nonwoven, non-particulate decontamination system
that has been proven to be successful in absorbing and adsorbing chemical
warfare agents has been officially approved by the United States Environmental
Protection Agency as of 29 May.
According to First Line Technology, which is commercializing
the product, Fibertect CS may now prove useful in recovery efforts in the
British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon
Groz-Beckert has been awarded the third
place prize at the Kyocera Environment Prize for its Litespeed system
helps save energy and resources in high speed circular knitting by
needle geometries. Prize giving took place on 29 April at the Economics
organised by the Federal Association of Medium-Sized Companies e.V.,
Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the World Conference Centre at
former German Bundestag in Bonn.
Changes affecting the testing for harmful substances as per the Oeko-Tex
Standard 100, which were approved by the Oeko-Tex Association, went into effect
on 1 April.
In addition to the customary annual adjustments of test
criteria and limits, the most important structural change concerns company
visits which are now binding for all certificate holders, and which will form an
integral part of each Oeko-Tex product certification.
In addition, the Oeko-Tex label templa
The International Oeko-Tex
Association is to present ‘Sustainability and Value Creation in Textiles’ at
the Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association 2010 Spring Conference to be held 20-21
April at the Sheraton Airport Plaza in Charlotte, NC. The SYFA conference theme is ‘Fibers and
Textiles for a New Decade’.
Dina Dunn, who oversees the Oeko-Tex marketing efforts in
North America, will present an overview of the Oeko-Tex fibre and textile
Leading technical textile and
nonwovens companies from around the world will showcase the latest products and
advanced technologies in textiles, nonwovens and materials during Techtextil
North America 2010 next month in Atlanta, Georgia. The show represents all
vertical aspects of the technical textile industry from research and
development, through raw materials and production processes, to conversion,
further treatment and recycling.
Some of the highlights of the
Techtextil North America
Symposium 2010 has announced that Kim Glas, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Commerce for Textiles and Apparel, is to be its Keynote Speaker at its
The latest technology, applications, and the overall
direction of the technical textile and nonwovens industry will be presented by
experts and leaders from around the world during Techtextil North America Symposium
being held from 18-20 May 2010 at the Georgia World C
Based on a joint resolution
adopted by its 14 member institutes, the Oeko-Tex Association has again revised
and expanded the applicable test criteria, limits and by-laws of the product
certification process as per Oeko-Tex Standard 100 effective 1 January 2010. As
of December, the Oeko-Tex certificate contains a notice advising that the
"certified articles meet the requirements of Annex XVII of the REACh
regulation (including the use of prohibited azo dyes, nickel e
Research and Markets Ltd has added a guide to the tensile properties
and failure of textile and technical fibres to its catalogue. The book titled ‘Handbook
of Tensile Properties of Textile and Technical Fibres’, provides an overview of
the tensile behaviour of a wide range of both natural and synthetic fibres, examines
tensile characteristics, tensile failure of textiles fibres and factors that
affect tensile properties and discusses microstructures and each
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
Commencing yesterday, the
Hohenstein Institute will be combining its Clothing Physiology and Textile
Services & Innovations sections to create new Function & Care
department which will provide research and testing services to the textiles
The department will be managed by Dr. Andreas Schmidt who
will be succeeding Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Umbach. Dr. Umbach will be retiring
from his active role as Director of the Clothing Physiology department
New textile testing methods
developed by scientists at the Hohenstein’s Institute for Hygiene and
Biotechnology now enable Hohenstein to certify textile products as
hypoallergenic. A unique testing process analyzes a fabric’s interaction with
living skin cells to determine whether it is likely to induce an allergic
reaction or skin irritation in the wearer. Textiles that pass the test series
may be certified by Hohenstein as hypoallergenic, skin-friendly fabric
Invista’s apparel customer
service facility for North America has moved to its Applied Research Centre in
Newark, Del., now offering brand standards testing, customer-inquiry analysis
and in-process management, in addition to its existing research and development
“Guided by Invista’s strong focus on innovation, we have
used this research facility in the past to explore new ideas for fibre and
fabric applications,” said Robert Dzielak, North
New Textiles. Research
and Development in the Textile-Clothing-Technical Textiles Industry
31 March 2009, Hotel Sofitel, Place Jourdan 1, Brussels
The Textile Industry Research
Association AITEX is organizing “New
Textiles, R&D in the Textile – Clothing - Technical Textiles Industry”, an
Information Day which will take place on 31 March 2009 in Brussels,
The event will be focused on the importance of innovation
for the future of the te
Hohenstein Institute, one of
the world’s leading textile research and testing laboratories, has established
Hohenstein Institute America, Inc. in response to its rapidly growing U.S.
customer base. Hohenstein America offices will be located in Elon, North
Carolina and will provide in-country support to U.S. textile products
manufacturers, sourcers, and retailers.
“Establishing Hohenstein America is an investment in our
commitment to our U.S. customers,” say
Intertek, a leading international provider of quality testing services
to a wide range of industries, today announced its acquisition of Porst &
Partner GmbH, located in Fürth near Nürnberg in Bavaria, Germany. Porst &
Partner is a highly recognised laboratory providing consumer product testing,
environmental analyses, food analyses and microbiology. Porst & Partner is
also a well-known provider of engineering services including evaluation and