Transport & Aerospace
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.
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.
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.
Royal DSM, the life sciences and materials sciences company, has announced that it has won the Erasmus Innovation Award 2013 for the successful transformation of the company.
The award was presented to DSM’s Chief Innovation Officer Rob van Leen at the Annual INSCOPE Conference 2013 in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, on 27 November.
Messe Frankfurt is expanding its Techtextil brand to the growing technical textile markets in the Middle East. After a successful few days earlier this year at Techtextil Frankfurt, UK-based Technical Absorbents Limited (TAL), a leader in superabsorbent product technologies, has opted to take a stand on the Techtextil pavilion at this inaugural event.
The Techtextil Middle East Symposium and the associated Techtextil Pavilion is expected to provide a greater opportunity for TAL to expand its activities within the region and provide robust platforms for access into the market.
On January 1, 2014 Karl Mayer will acquire the majority of the ownership of LIBA Maschinenfabrik GmbH, which will be integrated into the Karl Mayer group.
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.
TenCate Advanced Armour and DSM Dyneema are working more closely together for launching innovative products and bringing personnel armour solutions to the international defence and law enforcement markets.
TenCate will showcase its TenCate Multi-light insert portfolio using Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology products at the Milipol 2013 exhibition, held from 19-22 November in Paris.
TenCate Advanced Armour has been selected by aerospace manufacturer Embraer as the supplier of aerospace armour for the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano military aircraft. The aircraft will be supplied in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) as the prime contractor for the aircraft.
TenCate Advanced Armour and local partner Aerotron Brazil are working closely together with Embraer in the Joint Development Phase to finalise the design and prototypes of the ballistic protection, according to the time schedule, weight and performance requirements for the Super Tucano military aircraft programme.
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.
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.
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.
Carbon fibre specialist SGL Group has started production of stretch-broken carbon fibre yarns, which have knitting and sewing applications, at its facility in Muir of Ord in Scotland. Most carbon fibre yarns produced by the company go into wovens and multi axial fabric applications for carbon fibre reinforced composites.
Coats, the leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, is launching Aptan xtru, an innovative new high tenacity, coated, engineered yarn, specifically designed for vehicle harness wiring systems used across sectors including automotive, marine and aerospace.
Andrew Morgan, Research and Development Director, Coats, said: “Our customers are constantly reviewing and improving the safety features of their vehicles and so Coats must continue to innovate and improve existing products to extend their range and use. Aptan xtru is a prime example of working with an industry sector to help improve safety standards.”
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.
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.
IFAI, the Industrial Fabric Association International represents the interests of a broad range of industrial or technical textiles, producers and suppliers - and their Expo 2013, and the accompanying Advanced Textiles conference, held October 23-25 in Orlando, FL, well demonstrated those efforts. Over 5300 registrants from 65 countries helped IFAI continue its “track record of great success.”
Doing trade shows and finding the next big is easy right? Not according to Bill Smith it’s not...
How do you do a trade show? Usually, one walks the aisle the first day, looking briefly at each booth and moves on if they don’t see at once anything new or of interest. All too often, I have known attendees do that, perhaps stopping at a few they came to see, and then go away saying “I didn’t see anything new or worthwhile”. Little do they realize what they may have missed, often spending thousands of dollars to travel and attend such a show only to get little or nothing out of them.
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.
Mike Hitchen, Commercial Manager of Sigmatex has announced the appointment of Claudio Villalobos to the commercial team.
The appointment, the company says, represents another of the exciting appointments that Sigmatex hopes to announce in 2013 to support the growth that is currently being experienced.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Autoneum has developed felt blanks for bulkhead and floor components in vehicles that are said to offer significant weight reductions together with improved acoustic performance. These are manufactured using the newly defined Rotating Injection Fibre process.
The IFP-R2 production system based on the Rotating Injection Fibre process has been newly designed according to the company’s optimised manufacturing procedure and improved its environmental performance.
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.
DSM Dyneema will introduce a new range of products developed with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology at Milipol 2013, an international trade show for internal state security, that will take place from 19-22 November in Paris.
This brand-new technology is a result of the company’s Radical Innovation platform, which aims to position the company as a world-leading innovator in the field of life protection materials and high performance fibres.
The company will also showcase its full range of unidirectional (UD) products and sustainable PE armour solutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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, 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.
Hollingsworth & Vose has announced plans to add NanoWave Filtration Media production capability at its plant in Hatzfeld, Germany to support the rapid growth in demand for high performance filter media.
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.
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.”
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, 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.
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.
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.”
Just two days after launching its Sereebo carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) brand, Teijin has announced that Sereebo has been selected for use in the structural parts of Nikon’s new D5300 digital SLR camera, which is being released today. This is the first time Sereebo has been adopted for a commercial product.
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.
Truetzschler Group, specialising in optimal fibre preparation for downstream processing, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The company believes it has achieved success due to its high innovative strength, close customer relations, good service, long-term success orientation, and the flexibility of a family-owned company.
The company is a specialist in spinning preparation, nonwovens and man-made fibre market, as well as corresponding card clothing and has approximately 3,000 employees worldwide at nine production sites.
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.
Teijin Limited has announced the launch of Sereebo, a new brand for carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) which the company expects will be used in green products that revolutionize manufacturing with enhanced production speed and recyclability.
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 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?
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Teijin will participate in Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition 2013, which will take place at Tokyo Big Site from 2-5 October.
The group will showcase high-performance protective apparel solutions incorporating the group’s proprietary Teijinconex heat-resistant and flame-retardant meta-aramid fibre, and Twaron and Technora high-strength para-aramid fibres technologies.
The 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 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 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.
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.
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."
The recent purchase of Amber Composites by TenCate Advanced Composites has allowed the materials technology company to merge a number of industry leading composite tooling products into the TenCate AmberTool prepreg range.
The industry leading TenCate AmberTool HX-series will be exhibited during the upcoming Composites Europe show in Stuttgart, Germany, that will be held from 17-19 September.
Nick Tiffin, Director Marketing and Sales Europe for TenCate Advanced Composites commented: "The convergence of the TenCate thermoset tooling brands is a unique event from which our customers and new prospects will benefit.”
Sigmatex, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre textiles for composite material applications, has announced the creation of the Sigmatex Technical Excellence Centre (SigmaTEC) as a response to the ever growing demands for new and highly advanced composites and re-enforcements.
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 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).
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.
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 Industrial Materials will be exhibiting at Composites Europe 2013, Stuttgart, from 17-19 September, wit ha focus on the lightweight, high-performance, cost-effective, multi-material solutions.
The company plans to continue to refine and expand its portfolio of thermoset and thermoplastic composite materials, and compatible process consumables to fulfil the growing needs of all markets.
The company’s key strategic sector is a serial automotive market, where Cytec is supporting OEMs and their supply chains in the development of materials and application technologies to help meet the legislative requirements set for the industry.
TenCate Advanced Armour will cooperate with a Singapore-based shipyard to design, develop and manufacture lightweight ballistic protection for crew and mission critical equipment on a number of large maritime vessels for a Middle Eastern end-user.
This, the company believes, will ensure increased survivability for the crew on board the vessels without impairing speed or performance.
With this new order booked for three years, TenCate Advanced Armour aims at strengthening its position in global markets. “Over the years, TenCate Advanced Armour has gained much experience from maritime projects in Europe and we apply this experience to a growing number of projects in Asia Pacific now,” commented Steen Tanderup, Managing Director of TenCate Advanced Armour EMEA & APAC.
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 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.
Oerlikon Manmade Fibres, the leading supplier of nonwoven technologies, will be showcasing at the Techtextil trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens in Mumbai, India, that will take place from 3-5 October.
With its Barmag and Neumag brands, Oerlikon Manmade Fibres will be showcasing solutions for the efficient production of innovative yarns for very special applications. Furthermore, the public will be presented with new nonwoven production methods.
Cytec Industrial Materials, an international provider of advance composite materials, will be exhibiting at the DSEI, the defence and security exhibition show, that will be held in the ExCeL Centre, London, from 10- 13 September.
Focusing on innovation and advanced technology, the company manufactures and sells products that serve a diverse range of end markets including aerospace and industrial materials, mining and plastics.
The company’s prepreg products are used extensively in a variety of defence applications. These range from ballistic and blast protection systems in armoured fighting vehicles to structural components for vehicle and naval applications as well as radomes and communication dishes. Advanced composite materials are also used in lightweight protective helmets and body armour.
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas invite submissions to the student poster programme, which aims to provide a forum, where students can present and discuss their work during its early stages, and introduce themselves to more senior members of the field.
The programme is open to all graduate students, who are required to submit the work for which they are primary investigators.
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.”
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.
Chomarat, a specialist in textile reinforcements for composite materials, is launching C-WEAVE Spread at China Composites Expo 2013 that will take place from 11-13 September, at the NCIEC Beijing.
The company is extending its line of carbon reinforcements with C-Weave SP, a new line of spread carbon fabrics for composite parts with high aesthetic performance requirements, especially for the high-end automotive, sports & leisure, luggage, and telephone markets.
UK-based Technical Absorbents (TAL) will exhibit at FILTECH in October with its Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) technology. The expo is the largest and most important filtration event world-wide, and is a must for all those concerned with designing, improving, purchasing, selling or researching filtration and separation equipment and services. It will take place between 22nd and 24th October at Rhein-Main-Hallen in Wiesbaden, Germany.
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.
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.
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.
The Russian government is to conduct a special investigation into imports of fabrics made from synthetic fibres within the territory of the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
The investigation is the result of recent calls from Russia’s leading producers of synthetic fibres and technical fabrics, including Baltex, Detskaya Odezhda, Don-Tex Kursk plant of Technical Fabrics, Mogotex, Tchaikovsky Textile Company and others.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 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.”
Just one month after opening its new textile engineering laboratory specialising in flat knit engineering (see: Innovation lab for engineered flat knits opens in LA ), Los Angeles based Fabdesigns, Inc., has announced that its flat knitted armoured compression space suit has been selected as one of the top 20 finalists in the “LAUNCH 2013 Systems Challenge”.
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.
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, 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.
Teijin’s high-performance Technora para-aramid fibre will be used for the Space Elevator Challenge, an annual racing event for mock space elevators to be held in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan from 7-10 August.
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 Teijin Group announced today that its high performance polyester materials, including Nanofront high strength ultra fine nanofiber, have been selected for use in high quality comforters and pillows which All Nippon Airways (ANA) will offer to first and business class customers on selected flights beginning 1 September this year.
Komitex, Russia’s leading producer of nonwovens and synthetic fibres is considering the possibility of establishing a joint venture with Freudenberg-Politex later this year. The new venture is expected to be established at the production site of Komitex in the Komi region of Russia and will focus on the production of nonwovens.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the 23 July release of its long-awaited rule modifying the federal hazardous waste management regulations that apply to non-laundered and laundered wipes contaminated with solvents that are used in tens of thousands of industrial and other facilities across the United States.
Italy has recorded 12% overall growth in new orders for textile machinery for the second quarter of 2013, thanks to foreign markets (+14%) and a stable domestic market (-1%).
Two Teijin Group companies, Toho Tenax Co Ltd And GH Craft Ltd have supported Japan’s Kogakuin University in developing a car made with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the World Solar Challenge, the world’s biggest solar car race, which will take place in Australia from 6-13 October.
Argos Shimano athlete Marcel Kittel has won at the historic 100th edition of Tour de France, equipped with the high-performance disc wheel PRO TeXtreme from PRO bike gear and a frame from Felt Bicycles produced using TeXtreme.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry has applauded the 17 July introduction of H.R. 2708, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), along with Trade Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Charles Rangel (D-NY).
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.
Toray Industries has purchased a 20% stake in Wixom, Michigan headquartered Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC), a U.S. manufacturer and distributor of automotive parts based on carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), in a bid to strategically expand its carbon fibre composite materials business globally in the automotive field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
A new textile engineering laboratory specialising in innovative flat knit engineering has opened in Los Angeles under the slogan ‘Just what you need: The world is flat, green, and lean.’
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.
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.
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.
Autoliv, a global leader in automotive safety systems, will invest around $50 million in a textile centre in China, making it more competitive by reducing supplier costs through vertical integration.
“The textile centre is very important to meet the increasing demand for airbags in China and other Asian markets,” said Jan Carlson, President and CEO of Autoliv Inc. “In addition, the textile centre will increase our level of in-house component sourcing and enable standardised designs in Asia region and globally, while shortening and streamlining our supply chain,” he added.
Techtextil will take its first steps into the growing technical textile markets of the Near and Middle East as Messe Frankfurt announces it is expanding its successful Techtextil brand with the launch of the Techtextil Middle East Symposium and an associated Techtextil Pavilion.
A business and institutional mission organised by Italian Trade Promotion Agency and ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, is travelling to Ethiopia from 1- 4 July, with the intention to strengthen contacts between Italy’s textile machinery industry and the local textile and garments sector.
Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT explained: “Ethiopia is a country with great prospects that is willing to invest in order to allow its textile sector to continue to grow. The goal of this mission is not just to present what our sector has to offer, but to develop a dialogue with the local authorities for a program of long term cooperation.”
Swedish composites company Oxeon is expanding its business in the US market and has added two more resources to the sales team, who will help develop new applications and educate the North American market about TeXtreme Spread Tow reinforcements and its unique performance and weight saving benefits.
Mark Shioleno, Sales Manager Aerospace, and Dave Kolosek, Sales Manager Sporting Goods, have been recruited to lead the sales work in respective field in the US.
Netherlands based technical textiles giant Royal Ten Cate has put into production the first machine for the digital finishing of technical textiles, based on inkjet printing technology. Dignitary Theo Rietkerk, member of the Provincial Executive of Overijssel for Economy, Energy and Innovation, activated the machine at TenCate Protective & Outdoor Fabrics in Nijverdal, the Netherlands on 1 July.
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.
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.
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.
Dutch Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp has signed a letter of intent extending the Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure (TAPAS) consortium, which consists of eight Dutch companies and institutes from the aviation industry, at the Paris Air Show in France, yesterday.
A new fuselage panel for Airbus, the leading French aircraft manufacturer, made of thermoplastic composite from TenCate Advanced Composites and produced by Airbus, Fokker Aerostructures and other TAPAS partners, was also introduced at the show.
TenCate Advanced Composites and Fokker Aerostructures have signed a long-term agreement to provide TenCate thermoplastic composite materials for the construction of several aircraft components by Fokker Aerostructures for the international aerospace industry, at yesterday’s Paris Air Show.
The agreement covers the supply of continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic laminates and a range of semipreg composite materials that are used in commercial, regional and military aircraft built by OEM's like Airbus, Boeing, Gulfstream, Dassault and AgustaWestland.
Freudenberg Nonwovens presented new product solutions from six market segments at last week’s Techtextil - Apparel and Footwear, Building Interiors, Automotive Interiors, Energy, Medical and Specialities. At an international press conference which took place on the first day of the Frankfurt trade fair Bruce Olson, CEO of the Freudenberg Nonwovens Business Group, outlined the new strategic orientation of the company.
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.
German headquartered carbon fibre group SGL and Korea’s Samsung have announced the establishment of a strategic partnership for carbon fibre composite materials with the foundation of a Marketing & Sales joint venture. The joint venture partners, Samsung Petrochemical and SGL Group, will each hold a 50% share and the primary objective of the cooperation is to develop new industrial and electronic applications with carbon composite materials for Samsung and the Korean market. The joint venture will operate under the name Samsung SGL Carbon Composite Materials.
Tencel ePower, is Lenzing’s innovative sustainable solution for EDLC applications, and the Austrian company expects it to revolutionise the double-layer capacitor industry.
The latest innovative Tencel solutions in the fields of energy storage, power and substrate density will be showcased at the fourth European Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) held in Strasbourg from 24-28 June 2013.
Wolfgang Plasser, vice president and general manager Business Unit Nonwoven Fibres, said: “Lenzing is proud to announce a further innovative Tencel development. The technical segment is particularly important to us. Our innovation focus is on future-oriented technologies, and we are continually striving to expand our product portfolio in this direction.”
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.
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.
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.
Teijin Group companies, Teijin Limited and Dutch subsidiary Teijin Aramid BV will exhibit at Techtextil, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens which kicks off next week in Frankfurt, Germany. The duo will present weight-reduction, energy-saving and protective solutions incorporating high-performance aramid and polyester fibres.
Techtextil hits a record number of exhibitors as it is due to open on the 11 June, while the exhibition running alongside, Texprocess, has confirmed its position as the leading international trade fair for cutting-edge textile-processing technologies.
The two international venues for the textile sector Techtextil and Texprocess are set to open their doors next week with 1,648 exhibitors, an increase of 123 exhibitors over the previous events.
“All in all, our trade-fair duo at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre offers the world’s biggest range of technical textiles, nonwovens and textile-processing technologies”, said Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt.
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.
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.
Innovation in Textiles has just published ‘21st Century Innovations in Technical Textiles’ - a great new 36 page illustrated A5 sized booklet all about cutting edge technical textiles developments (RRP £25.00) - and we’ve got a limited number to give away FREE to visitors to our booth (D75, Hall 3.1) at Techtextil in Frankfurt (11-13 June).
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.
Renneteam Stuttgart celebrated victory at the FSAE Michigan 2013 competitions with their car built using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics.
The competition took place from 8-11 of May at the Michigan International Speedway, USA. FSAE Michigan is the oldest and biggest Formula Student Competition, with 120 teams from all over the world competing against each other in various disciplines this year.
Henrik Blycker, chief executive officer of Oxeon, said: “TeXtreme has been successfully used in Formula 1 for many years and almost as long as teams in Formula Student have been using TeXtreme Spread Tow fabrics to save weight and improve mechanical performance. We are glad to see the TeXtreme supported teams continuously at the top of competitions like this which ultimately shows the contribution of our materials”.
The Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association (TCMA) is organising a premiere event Turk Kompozit 2013 for the composites industry in Turkey.
The summit will take place in Istanbul and will run from 3-5 October this year.
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.
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.
According to the latest International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) published this week by the ITMF (International Textile Manufacturers Federation) shipments of new textile machinery fell in 2012 in most segments compared with 2011, although a new record was set for shipments of large diameter circular knitting machines.
Tanatex Chemicals will be present at Techtextil 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany from 11-13 June 2013, showcasing several innovative solutions to the world of technical textiles.
Eastman Cyphrex launched a new and highly innovative range of microfibers at last month’s IDEA13, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo, in Miami Beach, Fla. It is thought that the new microfibers platform will enable nonwovens solutions unlike anything the market has ever seen, becoming an innovation resource for media and component manufacturers and OEMs.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, participated in the Sistema Italia trade mission to Indonesia from 6-8 May, promoted by the Italian Ministries of Economic Development and Foreign Affairs, and organized by ICE – the Italian Trade Promotion Agency, the government organization which promotes the internationalization of Italian businesses abroad.
Formax, a leading manufacturer of speciality composite reinforcements, has launched a new recycling initiative at its Leicester, UK production facility. Thanks to the creation of a dedicated Recycling Division and the installation of two bespoke machines, Formax says it is now able to reprocess the majority of its glass and carbon fibre waste.
EDANA’s European annual statistics on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2012 were recently disclosed at its Nonwoven Producers Forum.
In the run in to Techtextil, the leading trade fair for technical textiles and industrial nonwovens, organisers Messe Frankfurt have published the following article on the spread of nanotechnology in technical textiles. The article shows how nanotechnology is being used in a growing number of applications from clothing, through construction to regenerative medicine. Techtextil takes place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June.
Century Design Inc. (CDI), a leading global supplier of Prepreg machines and specialist composites processing equipment, will be exhibiting at SAMPE 2013 in Long Beach, CA, next week, where it will showcase its new CD6012 machine, demonstrating how composite part producers can manage and control their own prepreg manufacturing while driving down costs and reducing production lead times.
Well known industry consultant David Rigby (formerly David Rigby Associates) is now providing personal advisory and consulting services to business owners, CEOs and senior managers in technical textiles and industrial nonwovens, with the aim of helping them create more profitable and sustainable futures for their businesses.
Cytec Industries will be exhibiting a range of advanced composite and process material at SAMPE’s Spring Conference in Long Beach, California from 6-9 May, where visitors can learn more about the composite manufacturer’s materials and associated businesses.
Freudenberg Nonwovens is investing Euro 5 million in the expansion of production capacity for the manufacture of Evolon microfilament products in Colmar, north east France. Work on the new line, which will raise capacity to 3,000 tonnes per year has already begun and will be completed by the end of October 2013.
This video was made by Robert Newton a TV documentary producer whose family were in textiles in North Carolina for generations. Newton got the idea for the documentary after he found himself constantly correcting people who said that the textiles industry in NC state was dead. It’s a full blown TV documentary which lasts 30 minutes but its well worth watching.
Oerlikon Saurer’s new Allma TC2 two-for-one twister for industrial yarns was exhibited at an Open House at Oerlikon’s Suzhou works yesterday were guests from China, India and other Asian countries were said to be very impressed by the machine’s range of new technical features. After the introduction and a tour of the premises, the Allma TC2 was presented in the Suzhou showroom to a large number of enthusiastic guests.
Energy efficient membranes, silicone-coated textile fibres, a new master batch for tintable polypropylene or new technologies for integrating systems into apparel – these are just some of the inventions of the ten winners of the Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Prizes.
The two global nonwovens associations, EDANA and INDA, are to partner to co-organise a new edition of EDANA’s Outlook conference programme for Latin America early in 2015.
Americhem Inc., a global provider of custom colour and additive solutions for synthetic fibres, will showcase its latest products at the upcoming Techtextil trade fair including its new nVision line of colour and additives for nonwovens. The company will also exhibit a wide range of sample products produced by its customers from a variety of market sectors and will have commercial and technical product experts on hand who will be available to answer questions.
UK based Sigmatex has announced it has secured the first of a number of targeted contracts for the automotive sector. The contract has been concluded after significant technical collaboration and development between Sigmatex, a major automotive OEM and an Automotive Tier 1 supplier.
The two global nonwovens associations, EDANA and INDA are joining efforts to promote the free and fair trade of Nonwovens globally starting with an active role in the upcoming US-European Union (EU) Free Trade Agreement negotiations. EDANA will volunteer Nonwovens for ‘fast track’ elimination of the current 4.3% tariff on nonwoven imports into the EU from the US. There currently are no tariffs on EU Nonwovens coming into the US.
The prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards have been presented during a special ceremony at IDEA13, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition, in Miami Beach, Florida. The famed Entrepreneur Award and Lifetime Achievement Award were also presented.
Autefa Solutions will introduce a new concept fibre recycling line for nonwovens at this year’s Techtextil in Frankfurt, the core components of which, will be high performance balers and a compact tearing machine.
Leading filtration materials developer Ahlstrom, has launched Ahlstrom Capitmax, a new fuel filter media at the IDEA13 exhibition in Miami Beach, Florida today.
According to Australian wool industry experts, the’ next-to-skin’ wool garment industry is set to be transformed by two ground-breaking new fabric testing devices available for commercial use through the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA). Used together the Wool ComfortMeter and Wool HandleMeter are said to allow manufacturers and retailers to produce and market vastly improved next-to-skin garments.
The latest developments in nonwoven applications for Ingeo biopolymer, a low-carbon-footprint polymer made from renewable plant material, will be on display at IDEA13 in Miami, Florida this week. NatureWorks says it will show new grades of Ingeo along with a range of final products which will demonstrate the commercial reality of the biopolymer.
As part of its efforts to further concentrate on its core business of manufacturing fibres, Lenzing AG has agreed to sell 85% of its shareholding in plastics business (Lenzing Plastics GmbH) to an Austrian bidding consortium led by Invest AG, the investment company of the Raiffeisen Banking Group Upper Austria based in Linz.
The overall response from the exhibitors and visitors at the latest edition of Techtextil North America was confirmation that they were pleased with the show and venue, organisers say. The tenth edition of Techtextil North America took place from 19-21 March at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
Whether it’s for wind power systems, aerospace technology, stadium roofs made from high-tech membranes, geogrids made from polyester used in landscaping or nonwovens for insulating and roofing, technical textiles cover a very wide range of applications.
Freudenberg Nonwovens will be exhibiting its wide range of products and technologies at IDEA 2013 – the International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo, which is being held from 22-25 April in Miami Beach, Florida.
Clarion Events North America, Inc. announced today that a collaboration agreement has been signed with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) regarding Clarion’s annual ExpoProducción event in Mexico City. The collaboration will include an IFAI Pavilion and Conference to be held within the annual ExpoProducción trade show in Mexico City beginning with the February 2014 edition.
In line with Techtextil trade fair motto ‘Innovations for Life’, Groz-Beckert will be presenting what it calls practice-oriented innovative applications with a focus on technical textiles for the automotive industry, at this year’s show. The leading German manufacturer of needles, parts and fine tools will be showing in hall 3.0 at booth F03 at this year’s show which takes place from 11-13 June in Frankfurt.
US based technical textiles manufacturer Carolina Silver, has been acquired by Noble Biomaterials, which wants to add the North Carolina based company’s antibacterial technologies to its range of antibacterial products.
Perspectives by Bill Smith - a new regular column for Innovation in Textiles.
When I began my consulting practice in 1986, I discovered a book called “Innovation – The Attackers Advantage” (Summit Books) by Richard Foster, then a Director of the major consulting firm McKinsey & Co. His message: ” . . . companies must return to the attack . . . the annals of business is filled with . . . companies that seemed profitable yet were in the midst of bankruptcy because they did not anticipate when their present products would become unprofitable and underestimated the strengths of their competitor’s attacks.”
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.
Despite having only really emerged since the 1940s, the value of the worldwide composites market is now estimated to be worth an annual €77 billion and to account for around 550,000 jobs worldwide.
The Dornbirn-Man-Made Fibers Congress (MFC), the leading conference for the man-made fibres industry, will take place for the 52nd time in Dornbirn, Austria from 11-13 September 2013, where over 100 papers will address key industry issues under the banner - ‘Communicating the Future of Man-Made Fibers’.
Teijin is to establish a specialized department to accelerate materials business incubation through technology acquisitions and alliances with immediate effect. The new Technology Alliance Development Department, established under Teijin’s New Business Development Group, will strategically grow materials related businesses by identifying promising partners and mergers and acquisitions opportunities. Alliances are envisioned for undertakings ranging from R&D to business model creation.
Leading golf club shaft manufacturer True Temper has recently released a new version of its Project X shaft series, the PXv 39 (v for velocity) - aided by the use of TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics, the PXv weighs just 39 grams and is said to be the lightest shaft introduced to the market.
Statistics reveal that spinning line capacities are becoming increasingly large
The majority of recent installations for polyester have been spinning lines directly connected to a common reactor. Lines of this kind are economically prudent, although flexibility is very limited compared to extruder spinning lines. Here, additive injection and mixing systems can help regain this lost flexibility.
Nominations are open for the 2013 World of Wipes Innovation Award, which recognizes and rewards innovation within the entire wipes value chain that utilizes nonwoven fabrics in a way that expands the usage of nonwovens.
When the Airbus A350 XWB takes to the skies for the first time this summer it will be a momentous achievement for Airbus and one of the proudest moments in Hexcel’s 65 year history – especially as every A350 XWB that takes to the skies generates over $4 million in sales for the US composites manufacturer.
Lenzing has succeeded in achieving the second best business result in its history in the 2012 financial year in spite of difficult market conditions in its core fibre business. The Austrian company’s Annual Report published today says that this can be attributed to new record fibre sales volumes and good performance of its specialty Tencel fibre. Readers can download the full Lenzing Group Annual Report 2012 at the foot of this article.
Sigmatex has announced the appointment of Paul Russell to its Commercial Team in an effort to provide an even better service to its customers and to help it realise its full growth potential in the markets it serves.
TenCate and BASF have welcomed Owens Corning, a leading global producer of glass fibre reinforcements for composite systems, as partner in their strategic alliance for thermoplastic automotive composites. The goal of the alliance is to develop optimal solutions in thermoplastic composites for automotive mass production.
A new large scale plant for the production of polyester fibre and a new generation of nonwovens will be built in Russia this year by CJSC Kotovsky Nonwovens Plant, one of Russia’s largest producers of nonwovens.
A comprehensive new report entitled Latin American Nonwoven Markets: Trends, Forecasts, and Analysis 2012-2017 is now available from INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.
Carbon fibre composites manufacturer Sigmatex has appointed Christine Barr to a new role in its commercial team. Mike Hitchen, Commercial Manager announced the appointment as Sigmatex continues its efforts to provide better service whilst realising its full growth potential in the exciting markets it serves.
Dreamweaver International and P.H. Glatfelter Company have announced a partnership to develop and manufacture the next generation of high performance and affordable separators targeted for energy storage devices such as lithium-ion batteries and ultra capacitors.
UK based Sigmatex is introducing a new sigmaST spread tow fabric range at this week’s JEC in Paris, the first release of a number of exciting product ranges due in 2013. The company says that the announcement comes after significant technical collaboration and development with a number of market leading companies in the composite industry.
Two of the longest established names in the UK fibre and fabric processing industries merged last year to create a new Cheshire, North West England based powerhouse, which is providing complete downstream machinery and equipment solutions to the international aerospace, automotive and performance textiles industries.
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.
Following a successful product development period, Alexium International has announced it is starting the product launch phase of its flame retardant (FR) nylon products, which it will introduce over the coming months under the Ascalon trademark.
The DiloGroup will present its portfolio of fibre processing equipment to the Turkish market when it exhibits at the ITM Texpo Eurasia 2013 which is being held together with the Hightex 2013 in Istanbul from 29 May to 1 June. This exhibition is also an important platform for the East Mediterranean, Southwest and Central Asian markets in general.
The Russian government together with the country’s nano giant Rusnano and Swiss Oerlikon, a developer of innovative industrial solutions for food, clothing, transportation and other industries, (owned by the Russian financial conglomerate Renova), are considering accelerating efforts in the field of design and production of new types of textile products, based on nanotechnologies in Russia.
Entries are invited from all Texprocess exhibitors for the second ‘Texprocess Innovation Award’, which will be presented at this year’s Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June 2013.
German nonwovens producer Sandler AG has reported a 6th successive year of growth in sales, increasing its sales volumes to Euros 247 million in 2012.
International technology group Andritz will present the latest technologies from its three nonwoven competence centres - Andritz Asselin-Thibeau, Andritz Küsters, and Andritz Perfojet, at Hightex/ITM 2013 in Istanbul in May.
According to Swiss headquartered high-tech industrial group Oerlikon, if the Eiffel tower had been built 124 years later, it would surely have played a significant part in its construction - because what was riveted, screwed or welded together using iron and steel components back then, would today be primarily made of composites – and Oerlikon Textile, Vacuum & Coating today supplies a wide range of technology and components for their production. These technologies and components will be the Oerlikon focus at the JEC between 12 and 14 March 2013 in Paris.
FibeRio, the developer and manufacturer of novel Forcespinning nanofiber production systems has announced it has completed a $13M capital raising exercise led by two global strategic investors – SABIC Ventures B.V., Saudi Basic Industries Corporation’s corporate venture capital arm, and Aster Capital Partners, sponsored by Solvay, Schneider Electric, Alstom and the European investment fund.
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Already catering to German, English and Chinese speakers, the long established Reutlingen, Germany based company Stoll is now launching its website, www.stoll.com , in Russian.
Teijin has announced that it received a Grand Award at the nano tech 2013 International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference, which took place at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan from January 30 to February 1.
Coating and laminating engineering specialist Cygnet Tex-Web has unveiled a blade over roller machine designed to deliver exceptionally low coat weights of 10 gsm.
Alexium has announced it has secured Chinese patent rights which give it the ability to expand in China without competition and increases its patent portfolio to reach out to the global marketplace.
Leading nonwovens producer Sandler will exhibit at this year’s IDEA show which is being held from April 22 to April 25 at the Miami Beach Convention Centre, Florida. The German company says it will introduce novel products which combine optimised functionality and the concept of sustainability to the show’s audience.
As a measure to improve and facilitate future growth, Formax a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements, will be announcing expansion plans and a new company organisation at the forthcoming JEC 2013 in Paris. Investment in Formax’ R&D function will also be a focus as the company looks to strengthen its product development capabilities during the coming year.
In its continuing efforts to provide an even better service to its customers, and to help it realise its full growth potential in the exciting markets that it serves, Mike Hitchen, Commercial Manager of Sigmatex recently announced the appointment of Simon Green to the commercial team.
According to the latest The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) State of Trade Report, output of global yarn production rose in Q3/2012 in comparison to the previous quarter due to higher output in Asia South and America, while production in Europe and North America was down.
To demonstrate its expertise in process consumables advanced materials producer Cytec will be displaying a selection of vacuum bagging consumables, infusion materials and reusable vacuum systems, at COMPOTEC/SEATEC 2013, which is being held at the CarraraFiere Exhibition Centre, Marina di Carrara, Italy, from the 6 to 8 February 2013.
Technical Absorbents (TAL) will be exhibiting at the IDEA Nonwovens and Engineered Fabrics exhibition, which takes place in Miami between 23-25 April. The North East England based company says IDEA will be the ideal opportunity for the Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturer to show how the company and its product range have progressed over the past few years.
According to researchers at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, wearable computers which can withstand washing are one step closer thanks to a technology which integrates electronic micro devices into yarns. The academics developed a prototype garment to demonstrate the technology, which they say could be used for medical and military purposes.
The Textile Institute has announced details of its latest intensive training short courses for the textiles industry. The Institute is a leading provider of short courses for the industry, drawing on over 100 years of textiles knowledge.
INDA, Association of the Nonwovens Fabric Industry has announced it has entered into a strategic alliance agreement with the China Nonwoven and Industrial Textile Association (CNITA). CNITA is the Chinese government-approved national association for the nonwovens and technical textiles industries in China.
Carbon fibre and speciality reinforcements manufacturer Formax has entered a knowledge transfer programme with the internationally acclaimed Polymer Composites Group which operates within the Materials, Mechanics and Structures Research Division of Nottingham University and focuses on the processing and performance of thermoset and thermoplastic matrices.
Alexium International Group has announced that Nick Clark, the group’s current Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, has been appointed Group Chief Executive Officer based in Greer, South Carolina.
A total of 15 of the most innovative and successful new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries over the past three years have been nominated as finalists for the prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards.
Huntsman Textile Effects and DyTech Taiwan have announced a collaboration, which the two companies say, is set to drive sustainable excellence and world-class standards of high quality dyes and specialty chemicals for the Taiwan textile industry”.
Web Industries, a leader in outsource converting and manufacturing solutions, has expanded its printing capacity through equipment upgrades at its facility in Dallas, Texas.
The Teijin Group, one of the world's leading suppliers of high-performance fibre, is participating at Technotex 2013, India’s premier exhibition of technical textiles, which will be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India this week from 17-19 January. Teijin’s debut appearance at the show will highlight the group’s expanding initiatives to develop the Indian market for high-performance materials.
Netherlands headquartered TenCate has reached an agreement to acquire Nottinghamshire based Amber Composites, a UK-based manufacturer of thermoset composites for industrial and automotive markets. No financial details have been released.
Scientists from Rice University in Texas have unveiled a new carbon nanotube (CNT) fibre that looks and acts like textile thread and conducts electricity and heat like a metal wire. The following article was published on the University’s website just a few days ago and the scientists are published in this week’s issue of Science.
Its official - the next edition of Techtextil will be bigger than ever before. According to organiser Mess Frankfurt, the number of exhibitor registrations for the trade fair, which will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already significantly higher than at the comparable time two years ago.
At a recent International Press Conference for the Texprocess and Techtextil fairs to be held in Frankfurt in June, Francesco Marchi, Director General of EURATEX, highlighted the importance of the textile and clothing industry, its coming challenges and the role of technical textiles and new processes in the industry. In Mr Marchi stressed the importance of world-class fairs like Techtexil and Texprocess Fairs to the sector.
Alexium International Group has announced that its late product development phase and commercial roll out are proceeding to plan and that the company’s novel nylon FR treatment is quickly moving from development to scale-up and initial production.
To learn about how different types of sewing thread can help in the manufacture of specialist technical textile products, as well as with more conventional textiles, readers should visit Texprocess 2013, from 10-13 June and Techtextil 2013, from 11-13 June. The two exhibitions are being held concurrently at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany.
Cytec Industrial Materials, in conjunction with the Rail Alliance, recently held a successful rail symposium at the National Composites Centre (NCC) in the city of Bristol in the UK.
Lenzing AG and Nanocarbons LLC have announced their joint cooperation to develop and explore the use of new activated carbons in electrode technology. The announcement was made at the 22nd annual International Seminar on Double Layer Capacitors in December.
North Carolina based Tenowo Lincolnton Inc. is planning to add 26 jobs and spend $7.2 million to expand its nonwovens production facility in Lincoln County. The company, formerly known as HOF Textiles Inc., has received a $50,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund to help with the expansion. The plant currently employs 67 people.
French technical textiles manufacturer Porcher Industries has opened a new manufacturing subsidiary - Porcher Modern Materials - in the Borovsk district of Russia’s Kaluga Region. The opening ceremony which took place on 18 December was attended by Vladimir Potyomkin, Deputy Governor of Kaluga Region, as well as Porcher representatives including Viktor Burkov, Director General, Porcher Modern Materials.
Clariant has signed an agreement to sell its Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions businesses to SK Capital. The total consideration of the sale amounts to approximately CHF 502 million, out of which approximately 460 million in cash, equivalent to 6.3 times the estimated full year 2012 recurring EBITDA of those businesses. The divestment has been approved by the Boards of both companies. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2013.
Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fibre product converting company, has announced the start of full-scale production at N.I. Teijin Airbag Fabric (Nantong) Co., Ltd., a joint venture engaged in manufacturing and sales of fabrics for automotive airbags.
Alexium International Group (Alexium) announced it has received its second progress payment on a US Air Force contract this month, with additional progress payments on the contract expected over the next five months. Alexium’s says its financial position is strengthening, based on growing revenues from the US Air Force contract, awarded earlier this year and continued revenues from its commercial roll out of its novel FR nylon treatment.
TenCate Advanced Armour has announced the opening of a permanent sales office in the Middle East with Mr Yohann Barnaud, who has been managing TenCate Advanced Armour sales in the Gulf Cooperation Council region and Eastern Europe, being appointed director.
Dewatering breakthrough from RHL means textile finishers can finally say goodbye to conventional rubber squeezing
Formax, a leading global manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements, has appointed Dan Norton to manage the company’s Automotive Business Sector.
TenCate Advanced Composites has announced that it has been successful in qualifying to supply carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite material for a leading global automotive customer.
The presence of Boeing and Citroen at the latest confrence held by CELC – the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp – illustrates how seriously the potential of flax and other bast fibre fabrics to replace glass in composites is now being taken.
South Carolina based Mount Vernon Mills is now offering its Amsoft finish on all fabrics available within the brand’s six collections, to enhance the comfort of flame resistant garments made with Mount Vernon FR fabric.
North Carolina based nonwovens association INDA, reports that one of the largest and most successful filtration events ever, filled Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center earlier this month. Suppliers, customers and the entire filtration value chain from around the world took part in three days of education, new products and networking at INDA’s Filtration 2012 International Conference and Exposition held from 13-15 November, 2012.
Teijin has announced today that it has started operating its pilot plant for the fully integrated production of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) components at its Matsuyama Factory in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. Plans to build the pilot plant were announced exactly a year ago and capital expenditure is said to have been over two billion yen.
Leading Russian textile producers are considering switching to the production of synthetic fabrics and technical textiles from traditional natural fibre fabrics, in an attempt to increase the industry’s profitability and to reduce dependence from the ever rising global cotton prices.
Five new consumer products that utilize nonwoven fabrics in an innovative manner have been nominated as finalists for the 2013 Visionary Award.
Alexium has announced a major advancement in the development of its Flame Retardant (FR) treatments and curing methods. The company has developed its novel, non-halogenated FR chemistry for nylon so it can be applied with a standard oven as well as Alexium’s microwave technology. The ability to use traditional heat curing methods, aims to significantly lower entry barriers to key markets and speed up market introduction.
ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) will mark 2013 with a push towards internationalisation with 30 new members. This is the primary objective emerging from the initiatives promoted by ACIMIT for the upcoming year, and approved at the Association’s Board of Directors meeting held last 13 November.
Lenzing says it has launched an innovative project in the technical nonwovens sector by opening a newly constructed pilot plant to develop fibre products for high-tech electrical applications at its Heilgenkreuz plant.
Teijin announced today that its Eco Circle Plantfiber bio-polyester has been selected for use in the seats and interior trim surface of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF, which was updated on November 20. It is the first time Eco Circle Plantfiber has been used for the interior of a mass-produced vehicle.
25 German textile machinery manufacturers presented their latest solutions at two VDMA conferences this month in Istanbul and Gaziantep in Turkey. Almost 600 participants from the Turkish textiles industry used the opportunity to learn how German technology can help the sector to cope with the tough competition from Asia and several German companies were able to close deals with Turkish customers during the events.
Forward thinking Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer Scott & Fyfe Ltd celebrated the official opening of its new Innovation Space and Museum on 12 November, which the company describes as another important step on the way to a long-term sustainable company based on a partnership business model.
Teijin’s V-Lap lightweight, sound-absorbing polyester material has been selected for use in the carpeting of the new Mitsubishi Outlander, a midsize crossover vehicle that launched in Japan last month.
Textiles Intelligence and the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) have agreed to cooperate in making Chinese language editions of two of Textile Intelligence’s business and market information publications available to the Chinese fibre, textile and clothing industries.
The market for chemical protective clothing is set for robust growth over the next few years, according to Chemical protective clothing: providing a life-critical barrier a new report from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.
Glen Raven, Inc. has been recognized as the North Carolina Manufacturer of the Year in the large companies category —defined as companies with more than $250 million in annual revenue. The NC Manufacturer of the Year award program is organised by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, with sponsorship by McGladrey LLP and Fifth Third Bank.
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its ‘State of Trade Report’ for Q2, 2012 which shows that global yarn output for the quarter was up and estimates for global yarn and fabric output in Q3/2012 are positive - the outlook for Q4/2012 is unchanged/positive. The following is the main body of the report – the full report with detailed statistics can be downloaded at the foot of this article.
Cygnet Tex-Web has won a £5m contract to supply five PAN precursor creels to Jiangsu Hengshen Fiber Materials Co, one of the largest carbon fibre and composites manufacturers in Jiangsu Province, China.
The fourth edition of the ‘Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry’, has been published, by INDA, the leading Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, in strategic partnership with EDANA the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries.
The use of textiles in the automotive industry is set for significant growth, according to a new report from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.
Chuck Segal reports from London
2-4 October 2012, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK
The carbon fibre industry is alive and well according to the recent international gathering of more than 120 engineers and marketing executives. The conference, organised by Smithers-Rapra is the 15th annual meeting of this group.
UBC GmbH, based in Murr, Germany, recently launched their new urban bike, the coren, which has a frame made exclusively from Umeco’s MTM 49 -3 epoxy resin systems reinforced with high tensile strength woven carbon fabrics and unidirectional carbon fibres, and compatible adhesive film. Supplied in three models, as the coren Singlespeed, Pedelec or Fixed Gear, it was the Singlespeed model that recently won the ISPO Brand New Award 2012.*
Teijin Limited has announced that Teijin (Thailand) Limited in the Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate of Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province, which was flooded by torrential rainfall in October 2011 and then resumed partial operation in February this year, returned to full-scale production on October 31. All three Teijin Group polyester production facilities in Thailand affected by the flooding are again operating normally.
Chuck Segal reports from London
2-4 October 2012, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK
The carbon fibre industry is alive and well according to the recent international gathering of more than 120 engineers and marketing executives. The conference, organised by Smithers-Rapra is the 15th annual meeting of this group.
Formax, a leading manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality reinforcements, reports it has taken major steps to improve energy efficiency at the company's UK headquarters. The installation of 216 solar panels and the insulation of the production facility's roof are part of Formax’s on-going commitment to reduce energy consumption and create a more sustainable manufacturing environment.
In July 2012, UK based Umeco was acquired by New Jersey headquartered composites giant Cytec, a merger which aims to bring value to the group’s customers and the markets it serves by leveraging Cytec’s technology leadership with Umeco’s highly-responsive supply chain and application development capabilities.
Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, a recognized leader in the production of specialty coatings and coated fabrics, has announced that it has purchased a state-of-the-art technical coatings line. The new high-speed equipment further expands the South Carolina based company’s capabilities by fully encompassing a broad range of width options in woven, knit, nonwovens and films.
Pennsylvania headquartered Monadnock Non‐Wovens, an industry leader in high performance melt blown nonwoven roll goods for filtration, industrial, healthcare and consumer markets, is to add a second location in Midwest USA.
Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer, Scott & Fyfe Ltd, has announced the launch of a new line of carbon fabrics for the composites industry. The product range will come under the company’s new Polycarb brand.
A new ‘cutting edge’ facility for technical textiles, nonwovens and composites development opened its doors in the city of Roubaix, in the Lille region of Lille of Northern France, this month.
Alexium International Group Limited (Alexium) has announced that it expects to receive a cash payment of approximately $205,000 from the Australian Government under the 2012 Research and Development Tax Incentive (Australia) scheme.
Eugene Gerden reports from Moscow
The Russian nonwovens industry is on the verge of big changes, due national government plans to approve a state strategy for the industry’s further development until 2020.
The Trützschler Group has expanded its manmade fibres product range by taking over the personnel and know-how of SwissTex Winterthur AG, the carpet and industrial yarns spinner.
The India International Textile Machinery Exhibition, INDIA ITME 2012, which is being held for the 9th time at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from December 2nd – 7th, is an excellent opportunity for the DiloGroup to present its portfolio of equipment to the Indian market, especially as the exhibition is also an important platform for the Asian market in general.
Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler, Chief Executive Officer of Sandler AG, has been awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit by Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer. Given as a ‘token of honouring and appreciative recognition for outstanding services rendered to the State of Bavaria and the Bavarian people’, the order is an appreciation of exceptional commitment to the common welfare in the state.
The management team of Vita Nonwovens has successfully completed a management buyout of the business from Vitafoam, Inc., a division of UK parent company The Vita Group, Ltd. Vita Nonwovens is a producer of high quality nonwoven materials for use in bedding, furniture, hygiene, automotive, filtration, and building products.
Focusing on the topic of “consumption,” over 135 delegates from brands, retailers, government organizations, NGOs and academia joined in the 6th annual conference of the RITE Group (Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment).
International technology group Andritz which offers a full range of complete nonwovens lines for the production of technical textiles will be presenting its expertise in complete lines and advanced systems for high-end technical nonwovens at the India ITME exhibition which runs from 2-7 December in Mumbai. The group’s Küsters, Asselin-Thibeau, and Perfojet businesses will be showcasing integrated solutions for all nonwovens segments for the Indian market.
Alexium International Group (Alexium) announced today that its growing revenues are from multiple sources as a result of commercial development agreements, license payments, and a project funded by the US Department of Defense.
Huntsman Textile Effects and the Netherlands’ DyeCoo Textile Systems are joining forces to develop and grow DyeCoo’s Supercritical CO2 textile processing technology with the aim of creating more sustainable products which will benefit the industry as a whole.
Novel supermicro fibres based on cellulose and cellulose-2.5-acetate are being developed at ITCF Denkendorf (the Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibres) in Germany.
The Board of Directors at INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, this week appointed David Rousse as its new President. As of 15 October Rousse will assume the position currently held by Rory Holmes, who has announced his retirement in mid-2013. Holmes has held the position since 2003.
Monforts’ Klaus A. Heinrichs talks about his company’s participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative.
Blue Competence is an initiative launched by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) to demonstrate the know-how and experience of its members for sustainable solutions. Key points of the campaign are technologies and products that conserve raw materials, reduce emissions and sustainably improve the living conditions of people.
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.
In marking its 50th anniversary in 2011, the Dornbirn Conference celebrated the contribution of the manmade fibres industry to society over the last half a century.
At the 2012 event in Austria from September 19-21 – with over 100 individual presentations and record attendance of over 800 delegates – the emphasis was very much on what the industry can now contribute over the next fifty years and what major changes are on the horizon.
Oerlikon Saurer’s Allma Product Line will be showing at this year’s CINTE 2012, Asia's top biannual trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, which takes place from 22 to 24 October in Shanghai. The Kempten, Germany based company will welcome customers and interested visitors to its stand to inform them about the latest developments in the production of tire cord and industrial yarns.
A new advanced Thies yarn dyeing installation in the UK went from the drawing board to full production in just six months. The first dedicated yarn dyeing plant to be installed in the UK for many years is now fully operational at Park Valley Dyers in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire; featuring a complete Thies dyeing installation.
Two of the longest established names in the UK fibre and fabric processing industries have merged to create a new Cheshire, North West England, based business which will provide complete downstream machinery solutions to the international performance textiles, automotive and aerospace industries.
The UK government has announced £2.3 million of ‘in principle’ support for a new textile and clothing skills programme jointly led by Bolton headquartered NWTexnet and the Huddersfield based Textile Centre of Excellence.
A forward thinking Scottish industrial textiles manufacturer is planning to put ownership of its business into the hands of its employees. Scott & Fyfe Limited, the Tayport based technical textiles manufacturer has announced it will transform itself into an employee owned company. The business is currently owned by the Tough family.
Alexium International Group Limited (Alexium) (announced today that the Australian patent office has granted a patent for the “Method for Attachment of Silicon-containing Compounds to a Surface and for Synthesis of Hypervalent Silicon-compounds” (Australia Patent No. 2006290509).
Organisers have released early details of speakers and topics in the expanded free-to-attend Open Forum conference programme at the second annual UK Plastic Electronics Show, which will be held at the UK’s NEC in Birmingham on 7-8 November. The show is part of the Advanced Engineering UK group of events.
The UK government announced yesterday over £2 million worth of support for a new skills programme led by a consortium of employers and the Textile Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield that will improve the skills of people already working and develop the next generation of skilled talent for these industries. The partnership includes manufacturers from textiles, technical textiles, apparel and textile services sectors, trade associations and Creative Skillset.
Four unique new products have been nominated as finalists for the second annual RISE Durable Products Award that will be presented at INDA’s RISE Conference in late October.
The RISE Durable Product Award will be awarded to a durable nonwoven product using nonwoven fabric and/or technology that is commercially sold and utilized in the consumer or industrial marketplace.
Mr Zhang Jie, Chairman of the China Hi-Tech Group, visited A. Monforts Textilmaschinen in Mönchengladbach last month, to see for himself the latest addition to his group of companies with its worldwide activities.
NatureWorks and Sulzer’s Sulzer Chemtech division announced this week that Sulzer has shipped proprietary production equipment to NatureWorks’ Blair, Nebraska facility that will enable NatureWorks to increase production of Ingeo biopolymer and produce new, high-performance resins and lactides.
The recently-announced bankruptcy of Konarka illustrates just how tricky it is to bring groundbreaking new technologies to market – however smart they may be.
The company is the latest in a list of companies who over the past decade have attempted the fusion of technologies – in this case mass manufactured solar cells with plastic films, but the marriage of electronics with textiles is just as applicable – and come unstuck at the lengthy lead times and endless financial resources required for successfully launching such products.
Andritz Küsters, a leading supplier of calender technology for the textiles, nonwovens, and paper industries, has developed an innovative calender concept for the growing technical textiles market incorporating proven technologies from the production of paper and nonwovens.
International Newsletters has announced that the speaker on nanotextiles has been confirmed for its TCL2012, International Conference on Textiles Coating & Laminating. Dr. Dirk Hegemann from the prestigious Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) will address the subject Nano Textiles: What can be expected from it?
Alexium announced this week that it has successfully demonstrated its Reactive Surface Technology (RST) treatments for functionalizing temperature-sensitive fibres such as high-performance polyolefins to add new properties such as antimicrobial, adhesion promotion, and flame retardancy.
With ten months still to go, Techtextil, the International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 13 June 2013, is already almost fully booked.
“Over 90% of the exhibition space occupied in 2011 has been reserved; 86% has actually been firmly booked. Never before have we had such a good result at such an early stage”, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies.
All the signs are that Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 June 2013, will be a success. With a year still to go before the doors open, over 50% of exhibition space has already been sold and the market leaders are on board.
Entering its third decade as three important days each year for the global filtration business, the Filtration 2012 International Conference and Exposition will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 13-15 November 2012.
The Teijin Group announced today that Tokyo-based Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the group’s carbon-fibre composites business company, and Shanghai-based Teijin Aramid Asia Co., Ltd., the group’s aramid-fibre business, will participate in China Composites Expo 2012. The show is Asia’s largest composites exhibition and will take place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center in Shanghai from 5-7 September.
Advanced composites manufacturer Umeco is helping put a spring in the step of Paralympian athletes taking part in the London games next week by supplying materials for prosthetic limbs known as blades to specialist supplier Ottobock HealthCare.
Experts wishing to give a lecture at the symposiums during Techtextil in Frankfurt, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens being held from 11 to 13 June 2013, are invited by the organisers to submit their manuscripts. The deadline for receipt of the manuscripts is 31 October 2012.
Freudenberg Nonwovens is expanding its adsorptives business by investing in new equipment. Four years after the opening of the plant, the company is sending out a clear signal for the expansion of its business in this segment in Littleborough in the United Kingdom.
Building on the success of its previous European filtration conferences and exhibitions, EDANA has announced the programme for the fifth edition of FILTREX, to be held in Cologne, Germany on the 17-18 October, 2012.
GOCarbonFibre 2012, which takes place from 2-4 October 2012 at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London, UK, will deliver its most ambitious programme to date, bringing together key influential figures from across the industry including:
Sales of textile-based automotive airbags are set to increase rapidly between 2010 and 2017 following two tough years in 2008 and 2009 when global sales of light vehicles fell sharply, according to a new from the business information company Textiles Intelligence.
According to a new series of Textiles Intelligence reports, textile and clothing markets are likely to remain subdued in 2012, given the considerable uncertainty in the global economy, and the fact that the debt crisis in the Eurozone continues to hit business and consumer confidence.
Messe Frankfurt USA announced today it has hired Kristy Meade as Group Show Director, Textile Events, responsible for managing the teams producing Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, Texworld USA Winter/Summer, Apparel Sourcing and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo.
Looking to connect global technical innovation with practical product applications, the third annual Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference will be held October 23-25, 2012 at the Hilton Baltimore, in Baltimore, Maryland.
The 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.
German automotive, motorsport and competition cycling components manufacturer AX-lightness GmbH is using UK based Umeco’s autoclave and press curable MTM 49-3 prepregs to produce structures for competition bicycles being used at national and international events.
Specialty chemicals producer Clariant is rebranding and from today, 16 July 2012, will have a new appearance, a new logo and a new motto. A striking new high quality movie has also been made to communicate the new image. The Swiss company says the rebrand marks a new episode in its history because with its current portfolio it is better situated than ever before.
EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has released a public summary of its annual statistics on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2011. The report is said to show growth in production volume for 2011 of 5.7%, with several market segments recording their best output ever in both tonnage and square metres, including baby diapers, medical, personal care wipes, civil engineering, automotive and agriculture.
Visitors to ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 are said to have greatly appreciated the commitment of the German textile machinery industry on the issue of sustainability. On occasion of the region’s leading textile machinery exhibition from 12th to 16th June in Shanghai, the VDMA Textile Machinery Association presented its sustainability initiative Blue Competence for the first time in the Asian market.
METYX Composites organized and hosted its signature event, METYX Third Composites Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, June 4-8, 2012, in conjunction with event sponsors Airex AG, Aksa, Duratek, PPG Fiber Glass, Reinforced Plastics Magazine, Scott Bader, The Turkish Carbon Society, the Turkish Composites Manufacturers Association, and Umeco.
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012, Asia’s leading textile machinery exhibition, which was held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012, ended on a high note for the organisers with record numbers of visitors and exhibitors.
Karl Mayer Malimo has introduced two new working widths for its Wefttronic RS parallel weft insertion machines. A Wefttronic RS in a width of 213 inches was shown at the recent ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai and a 176 inch machine was introduced at the same time.
Prepregs produced by Umeco Structural materials have been used by Australian composites parts manufacturer LSM Advanced Composites Pty Ltd. (LSM) on the Deepsea Challenger, a pioneering submersible which completed a record-breaking solo dive to the deepest place on Earth - the Mariana Trench - on the 26th March 2012.
Umeco Structural materials, a leading provider of high performance prepregs and adhesives to the aerospace, space and military industries, will be exhibiting examples of Airbus-qualified prepregs on its stand at the Farnborough show, which takes place between 9 and 13 July 2012.
Italy’s RadiciGroup has introduced a low environmental impact version of its Radyarn polyester yarns. R-Radyarn is said to be a low environmental impact product made from 100% post-consumer recycled PET bottles.
The RadiciGroup has added two new products - Dyna and Fine – to its Raditeck range of high-tenacity PA66 yarns.
Technical textile production in Japan continued to increase in 2011 after growing substantially in the previous year, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence called ‘Statistics: Fibre Consumption for Technical Textiles in Japan’.
The Teijin Group announced today that its three polyester fibre and textile subsidiaries, Teijin Fibers Limited, Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited and Thai Namsiri Intertex Co., Ltd., will participate in the Bangkok International Fashion Fair & Bangkok International Leather Fair 2011 (BIFF & BIL 2012).
Groz Beckert Chairman Thomas Lindner was accorded a special honour on 22 April this year. In his capacity as President of the VDMA (German Engineering Association). Dr. Lindner officially opened the Hanover Fair 2012 with none other than German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China's Minister-President Wen Jiabao and the Mayor of Hanover Stephan Weil.
The 2013 edition of ShanghaiTex aims to pioneer the transformation and upgrading of the Chinese textiles industry by bringing a full array of textile products, machinery and technology from China and all over the world under one roof.
The Huntsman Textile Effects (Huntsman TE) and DuPont Alliance has launched what it calls ‘another innovative product’ – Oleophobol CP-U, which is said to deliver maximum performance with minimum environmental footprint for the automotive and upholstery segments.
In an ambitious drive to reach zero manufacturing waste in its North American facilities, Freudenberg North America's 16 companies will increasingly pursue industrial processes that focus on recycled product content, plant recycling, lower water and energy consumption and increased use of sustainable materials over the next decade, the company said in a statement this week.
TenCate Advanced Armour has been selected as supplier to Daimler AG for the ballistic protection of the Daimler Zetros protected transport trucks for the German Bundeswehr.
The Russian government is investing more than USD$20 million in the implementation of a major project, regarding with the design and further launch of production of innovative textile fabrics.
According to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the project involves the participation of about major 10 Russian research institutes, which will provide their latest developments in the field of production of innovative textile fabrics.
ITMA, the world’s most established textile and garment machinery exhibition, will put the spotlight on innovations that promote sustainability for its 17th presentation in Milan, Italy, in 2015. A trendsetting showcase of exciting innovations since 1951, the theme chosen for the 2015 edition is ‘Master the Art of Sustainable Innovation’.
Teijin carbon fibres and composites company Toho Tenax announced today that it will develop and market carbon fibre fabrics for India’s composite industry in collaboration with Hindoostan Technical Fabrics Limited, a carbon and aramid textile manufacturer wholly owned by Hindoostan Mills, Ltd., a major textile company in India and part of the Thackersey Group. This will be the first time Toho Tenax has partnered a textile manufacturer in India’s carbon fibre sector.
Composites group Umeco will be exhibiting and presenting its new corporate identity at this year’s JEC Asia show, which takes place at the SUNTEC International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore between 26 - 28 June 2012.
A consortium, led by Umeco involving Aston Martin Lagonda, Delta Motorsport Ltd., ABB Robotics and Pentangle Engineering Services Ltd., has been established to examine the potential for using high-performance composites in mainstream automotive applications.
Population figures in Asia are increasing all the time, and are being accompanied in many countries by enormous growth in the nonwovens markets. Here, Groz-Beckert, a company with 1500 different product types, explains how suppliers of mechanically bonded nonwovens can share in the success of nonwovens in Asia.
Future materials in the shape of technical textiles and composites for the mobility sector and lightweight engineering were the major focus in Chemnitz from 8 - 10 May 2012 when more than 1300 visitors attended this year’s combined mtex - LiMA trade fair and symposium.
Around 200 textile research professionals met at the end of May in St Gallen, Switzerland at the international Fiber Society Spring Conference to keep abreast of current trends in research and development in this field.
Hong Kong-listed Fong’s Industries Co. Ltd. (Fong’s) announced today that it has acquired a 100% stake in A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG (Monforts) from German based company L. Possehl Co. & GmbH (Possehl).
A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG is strengthening its commitment to technical textiles with the appointment of a new Business Development Manager to expand its product portfolio for this growth market. Monforts has appointed Jürgen Hanel as the new Business Development Manager, strengthening its commitment to technical textile applications.
Dr. Anton Reinfelder (AR) is Managing Director of Groz-Beckert subsidiary Groz-Beckert Asia Private Limited, based in Chandigarh, India. He has corporate responsibility for the knitting and sewing divisions at two factories, local purchasing and also sales in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Federal-Mogul Corporation has enhanced its innovative line of Thermflex exhaust insulating sleeves. The optimized design can now be tailored to fit any combination of exhaust pipe and tube geometries, helping to increase efficiency of a vehicle's exhaust system, while protecting sensitive nearby vehicle components. Additionally, the unique flexible manufacturing process produces an exhaust sleeve that is application-specific, eliminating the need for custom tooling.
Teijin Fibers and N.I.Teijin Shoji, the Teijin Group’s products converting business companies, have announced that they will participate in Asia Nonwovens Exhibition (ANEX) 2012, one of the top three exhibitions in the global nonwoven industry, which will be held at the KINTEX exhibition center in Seoul, South Korea from June 13 to 15.
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.
High performance materials company Ahlstrom is to close its Barcelona plant which manufactures products for advanced and transportation filtration businesses. The Spanish facility is said to have suffered from continued weakening demand in Southern Europe. The company estimates that about 30 employees will be affected starting from the second half of 2012.
Personal protective equipment specialist, Praybourne Products, has launched an exclusive range of coveralls using Protal 5 fabric from Waxman Fibres partnership producers. The innovative product was launched at the Health and Safety Expo at the NEC in Birmingham (15-17 May).
The 51st Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress will take place from 19 – 21 September 2012 in Dornbirn in the Vorarlberg region of Austria, where over 700 delegates from more than 30 countries will meet to discuss the future of the man-made fibres industry.
UK headquartered Umeco Structural Materials will be exhibiting its latest products for the land security and defence sectors at the 2012 Eurosatory International Show, which takes place at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris, France from 11 - 15 June.
Around 1300 exhibitors from 28 countries are gearing up to showcase their latest technologies at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012 as the countdown for the third combined show begins.
The five-day exhibition will open on 12 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) and is expected to draw strong response from Asian buyers, especially Chinese visitors from major textile manufacturing making hubs in the country.
At the recent EDANA Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium in Istanbul, the importance of conventional textile manufacturing to Turkey was underlined, in addition to the growing role of nonwovens in increasing trade with neighbouring countries.
Production is now underway for the 2012 GOCarbonFibre conference, due to take place in London this October. Organisers Smithers Apex says it is excited about the return to Europe, and building on last year's resounding success it has a fresh new angle for this year's programme.
The first edition of Texprocess Americas took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Techtextil North America and aimed to create a synergy making the largest and best technical textiles, textile machinery, nonwovens, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
The ninth edition of Techtextil North America, now incorporating ATME-I, took place April 24 – 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was co-located with Texprocess Americas which resulted in a dynamic synergy creating the largest and best technical textiles, nonwovens, textile machinery, sewn products and equipment trade show in the Americas.
Johns Manville (JM) has received another new approval by Germanisher Lloyd (GL) for glass fibres to be used in wind turbine blades.
The Switzerland based International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its State of Trade Report for the 4th Quarter of 2011. The organisation reports that estimates for Global Yarn and Fabric Output in Q1/2012 are negative but that the outlook for Q2/2012 is positive.
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.
DSM, producer of Dyneema, has introduced a new fibre designed for the production of ropes that it says provide unrivalled strength, stiffness and durability. DSM says DM 20 is an innovative fibre that completely redefines the capability of HMPE ropes and forms the basis of Dyneema Max Technology.
The long awaited relaunch of the leading free content website for the knitting and hosiery industries is here at last.
Innovation in Textiles’ relaunched sister site Knitting Industry (www.knittingindustry.com ) went live on Wednesday afternoon offering readers even greater benefits than before.
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.
“We must work together if we want to develop affordable manufacturing automation solutions along the entire process chain to help bring about the required reduction in the cost of the finished product,” VDMA Composite Technology Forum spokesman and KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH board member Frank Peters told Monday’s Series manufacture of composites – across-the-board automation meeting in Frankfurt.
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.
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.
Teijin Techno Products Limited, a Teijin group company producing advanced aramid fibres, announced today that it has developed the world’s first mass-producible aramid nanofibre to offer reliable heat and oxidation resistance together with high quality.
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).
Leicestershire, UK based carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements manufacturer Formax has announced that it’s new glass Malitronic Multiaxial machine is now operational and working at full capacity.
Conductive Composites is to commercialise its nickel Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) coated nonwovens, with a manufacturing line expansion that doubles its production capabilities.
The tenth edition of Techtextil North America TTNA), the leading trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, will take place from 19-21 March 2013 at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
A new range of recycled composites and flax-reinforced composites products have been used to manufacture parts for the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV, an all-electric prototype racing car. Born out of joint development programmes involving composites group Umeco, the products aim to demonstrate the potential of sustainable ‘green’ technologies in the motorsport industry.
Teijin has announced plans to establish Teijin Product Development China Co., Ltd. in August this year to conduct fibre and textile product research and development in Nantong, Jiangsu Province commencing April 2013. The move will enhance the Teijin group’s R&D functions in China and enable collaborative development with local partners to respond quickly to business opportunities in the fast-growing market.
Five companies from the Freudenberg Group, one of the world's largest producers of nonwovens with 22 manufacturing and processing sites in 13 countries, will join forces to present their integrated nonwovens and filtration solutions to industry professionals in Korea at this year’s ANEX show.
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.
In the latest issue of its company e-newsletter Groz-Beckert interviewed two senior managers of Hong Kong headquartered nonwovens producer Costin and found that the company is investing heavily in new machinery to meet booming demand for mechanically bonded nonwoven filtration products in China.
Lear Corporation, a leading supplier of automotive seating and electrical power management systems, announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire automotive fabrics manufacturer Guilford Mills
The current challenges in the economic climate do not seem to have adversely affected demand for space at the third ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition and due to the overwhelming response, the show owners say they have now booked the remaining available space at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).
The specialist trade fair Composites Europe and the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) are to further strengthen their cooperation with an international conference programme to continuing education on the web.
TenCate announced at last week’s JEC show that it has reached an agreement for the strategic acquisition of Performance Materials Corporation Baycomp from Camarillo (California), the US and Canadian producer of composite materials moulding and thermoplastic unidirectional tape materials.
Carbon fibre producer Zoltek has announced it is working with Magna Exteriors & Interiors, an operating unit of Magna International Inc., under an exclusive global collaborative partnership to speed up development of low-cost carbon fibre sheeting moulding compounds (SMC) for the automotive industry. The official announcement was made at last week’s 2012 JEC Composites Show in Paris.
Karl Mayer Malimo has a new business manager as of 1st April. The new man at the helm of the 100% Karl Mayer owned subsidiary, and hence the technical textiles business sector, is Jochen Schmidt, a 42-year-old who has risen through the ranks after ten years at the German company.
Teijin has announced it has formed a partnership with the China Chemical Fibers Association (CCFA) in order to pursue business opportunities in the fields of chemical fibres and related industries in China. This is said to be first time the CCFA has entered into a comprehensive alliance with a foreign privately owned business.
EDANA has launched its call for papers for the fifth edition of FILTREX Europe, a leading nonwovens filter media conference. Submissions are sought from the industry on new filter media, new technologies, gas and liquid filtration, air filtration and testing.
Leading manufacturer of warp knitting machines and warp preparation machines for both warp knitting and weaving, Karl Mayer, will once again be exhibiting at this year’s ITMA Asia + CITME show in China. The German company will be showcasing its latest technology in Shanghai from 12-16 June, including a new extra wide version of its Wefttronic weft insertion machine for technical fabrics.
ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, has organized a Meeting Point where exhibiting Italian machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for technical textiles will show their innovative solutions at Techtextil North America from 24-26 April in Atlanta. Companies exhibiting with ACIMIT are Cormatex, Dell’Orco & Villani, Loptex, Ratti Luino and Saspe.
ITASA, a manufacturer of high-quality silicon supports for use in different sectors and for different purposes will be in attendance at this week’s ‘must attend’ composites show JEC Europe 2012 in Paris. The Spanish company prides itself in being ‘the manufacturer most capable of the greatest level of customisation of its products.
Leading German warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer is busy making preparations with its employees and customers to celebrate its 75th year in business.
Technical textiles were probably not the prime concern of many of the 700,000+ visitors who flocked to this year’s Geneva Motor Show from March 7-17, but beyond the sleek exteriors of the latest vehicles there was convincing evidence of their increasing adoption.
Lenzing has continued on its dynamic growth path by posting record results for 2011. Despite a significant weakening of the global fibre market in the second half of 2011, Lenzing again achieved double-digit growth rates in sales and earnings, and surpassed the threshold of EUR 2 billion in consolidated sales for the first time in the company’s history. Operating margins also improved from a 2010 high and set a new record.
Teijin Limited announced today it will open its Teijin Composites Application Center (TCAC), a technical centre to develop automotive and other industrial applications of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite products, in Auburn Hills, Michigan on 1st April.
Composites group Umeco is rebranding its group companies. Advanced Composites Group, GRPMS, JD Lincoln and Richmond Aerovac, are all being rebranded under the Umeco brand name at JEC Europe 2012 in Paris later this month whilst showcasing a range of exciting new products and technologies.
UK headquartered Sigmatex, a leader in converting carbon fibre into innovative technical textiles for use in composites applications has entered into a partnership with Innegra Technologies. After a long working relationship, Sigmatex and Innegra Technologies are forming a strategic alliance to develop applications utilising Innegra S polypropylene fibre.
Formax, a leading global manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality reinforcements, has formed a new research collaboration with the Polymer and Composite Engineering (PaCE) group based at Imperial College in London.
The JEC Composites show is always characterised by a high level of innovation from an industry that now employs 550,000 professionals worldwide and generates an estimated €72 billion in revenues.
The nomination process is now open for the second annual RISE Durable Product Award that will be presented at the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference in October.
Ahlstrom Corporation, a global high performance materials company, today announced the publication of its second stand-alone Sustainability Report. The publication can be downloaded as a PDF file at the foot of this article.
DyStar Textile Services (DTS), the service division of the DyStar Group, has introduced its Sustainable Textile Service Programs which aim to help brands, retailers and their Industry partners reduce the impact of their products and processes on the environment and optimize supply chain costs.
National Nonwovens has introduced Ultra-ProTechtor, a fire blocker for aircraft seating dress covers. Ultra-ProTechtor is a nonwoven lightweight flame barrier utilizing Ultem polymer and newly developed Ultem fibres by Sabic Innovative Plastics.
From sound insulation to submarine cables and wound care, Freudenberg offers a wide range of nonwoven solutions customized for specific customers and applications. In addition, Freudenberg Nonwovens says, it can offer such customized solutions anywhere in the world from Dubai to Australia or even Bogota. With its claim ‘The Solution Engineers – Wherever You Are’, the company aims to differentiate itself as a reliable partner able to offer its customers tailor-made solutions on a global basis.
Having secured significant additional finance in the past few weeks, Alexium now has a clear roadmap for accelerating the industry take-up of its potentially groundbreaking new flame retardant and oil and water repellent nylon treatment.
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.
Polyester producer Teijin Fibers Limited has announced it is supplying Nanofront high-strength polyester nanofibre for use in the palms of bicycle and motorcycle gloves made by Goldwin Inc., a major sport apparel maker in Japan. This is the first time Nanofront is to be used in bicycle and motorcycle gloves.
The Textile Institute (TI) together with its partner the Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, has announced that registration for the 2012 World Conference is now open.
DyStar has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) with the objective of strengthening its commitment towards sustainability.
Oerlikon Barmag will be showcasing its spinning and winding solutions for composites yarns at the forthcoming JEC show. The company will also be demonstrating its competence in the area of pumps for composite materials at the Paris show which is being held from 27-29 March.
The Switzerland based International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its State of Trade Report for the 3rd Quarter of 2011. The organisation reports that global yarn and fabric production were up in Q3 and that estimates for Q4 are also positive.
TenCate Advanced Composites North America has received a Supplier Excellence Award from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. The award recognizes TenCate for outstanding quality and delivery performance concerning composite prepreg materials.
Virtual prototyping for manufacturing industries specialist ESI Group has announced the release of PAM-RTM and PAM-FORM 2012, two numerical simulation applications dedicated to the manufacture of composite parts.
TenCate Advanced Armour has opened a sales office in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Mr Jacob Abelsen who has previously been the regional agent of TenCate Advanced Armour has been appointed director of the new entity in Singapore.
ACIMIT, the organisation representing the Italian textile machinery manufacturers says that orders for Italian textile machinery sector are now back on the rise.
The $4.2 trillion healthcare market is increasingly eating into the GDPs of nations, as people seemingly get fatter, do less exercise, and as populations become drastically older.
On 9 December 2011, Prof. Stefan Mecheels, Head of the Hohenstein Institute, opened the new test laboratory at the International Textile Testing and Service Centre in Hong Kong. It was an opportunity to tell the approximately 70 invited guests from all around the world about the work of the Hohenstein experts.
After the success of its 2010 Nonwovens Symposium in Baveno, which drew more than 200 delegates, EDANA has announced the programme for the first Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium, which will take place at the Sheraton Ataköy Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey from the 10-11 May 2012.
Over the past decade there has been a marked increase in the development of nonwoven technologies for the successful processing of alternative raw materials, including natural fibres, and for the recycling of waste materials.
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.
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 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.
Bayer MaterialScience has begun construction of a multipurpose production plant for polyurethane coating raw materials at Chempark Leverkusen.
Aiming to provide information on the entire range of nonwoven bonding and converting technologies, the agenda for the inaugural Converting and Bonding (CAB) 2012 Conference includes sessions ranging from Machinery Technology to Market Applications as part of the three-day event, set for April 17-19, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, S.C.
The 7th Annual Public Conference of the European Textile Technology Platform will take place on 29 – 30 March 2012 in Brussels. The scope of this one-and-a-half-day event will be to present and discuss how future EU research, innovation and industry policies and programmes can better support the research and innovation efforts of the more than 140,000 small to mid-sized companies in the EU textile and clothing sector.
Disruptive RST technology company Alexium has begun the commercial roll-out of its flame retardant, oil and water repellent nylon, which it says has met key technical milestones for flame retardancy, water repellency and durability.
The latest in product development, technology, and international trade updates for the sewn products industry will be presented by industry experts and leaders from around the world during the 2012 Texprocess Americas Symposium being held April 24 - 26, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Special nonwovens are at the heart of a BMW initiative which may well completely change the face of the automotive industry in coming years – with lightweight, carbon fibre-based cars achieving new records in fuel consumption and performance.
A new book entitled ‘Handbook of Technical Textile Design’ has been launched by authors Michael and Matthew Litton; two well known Ayrshire, Scotland, based technical textiles designer/ developers. The book is available in e-format (PDF) and can be purchased directly from the authors by following the links at the foot of this article. The proceeds of the book go to charity.
When digital inkjet printing first emerged in the 1990s, it was a welcome innovation for printing flags, banners, and POS textiles, made primarily of polyester. Using disperse inks for direct printing or water-based inks for sublimation, the technology was the answer for quick-turn, small runs or single pieces needed in the display business.
headquartered METYX Composites has invested in a state-of-the-art Liba MAX 5
multiaxial stitch bonding machine for the production of carbon fibre
reinforcements. The Turkish company, which will offer a new range of stitch
bonded composite materials to complement its existing product range, is also
planning other significant investments in 2012.
Citing strong global
demand for its products and services along with a strategic decision to create
a new business un
Polyester producer Teijin
Fibers announced today that it has decided to commercialize a new version of
its Nanofront high-strength polyester nanofibre with a diameter of 400 nanometres,
or 22,500 times smaller than the cross-sectional area of a strand of hair, an
unprecedented achievement for a commercial polyester fibre.
The new version, which will be marketed by Teijin Fibers as
a finer version of its existing 700 nanometre Nanofront nanofibre, is expected
to expand the m
Following the success of the 2010 Nonwovens Symposium in
Baveno which drew more than 200 delegates, EDANA has announced the first
Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium, which will take place at the Sheraton Ataköy Hotel
in Istanbul, Turkey from 10-11 May 2012, with a welcome reception on the
evening of 9 May. EDANA now invites industry experts to submit their papers for
consideration for presentation at the conference by 13 January 2012.
The programme will
feature a mix of tec
Leicestershire, UK based carbon fibre and speciality
composite reinforcements manufacturer Formax, has been granted membership to
the Materials and Structures Technology Science and Technology Centre (MAST
STC). Formax is the first multiaxial
fabric manufacturer to be awarded membership to the alliance making it a
significant success for the company.
The MAST STC alliance is tasked with the pursuit of
excellence in structures science and technology for defence appl
Car manufacturer Ford
says it is planning to divert approximately 2 million post-consumer plastic
bottles for use in its new Focus Electric and other new vehicles for the next
model year, through the use of Unifi's Repreve recycled PET yarns in interior
Each Focus Electric car contains Repreve-based fabrics made
from approximately 22 recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle. The
company says it is the first Ford vehicle to have an interior made from 100%
5 January 2012, Greer, SC Alexium has signed a new Cooperative Research and
Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL),
Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Airbase Technologies Division, to further
develop and commercialize its patented and potentially disruptive Reactive
Surface Treatment (RST) technology.
The agreement will leverage resources and capabilities of
Alexium and the Tyndall AFB, Florida based AFRL and advance the effort of
developing and tr
The 2012 MTEX - the International Trade Fair & Symposium
for Textiles and Composites in Transportation, which will be held in Chemnitz,
Germany from 8 - 10 May 2012, will underline the growing importance and
opportunities for using textile materials in every area of vehicle
According to organisers Messe Chemnitz, the applications on
display will range from developments for vehicle interiors to vehicle
components made of composites and the organisers s
According to a new Freedonia industry study, ‘World
Nonwovens Industry', global sales of nonwoven fabrics are forecast to increase
6.9% annually through 2015 to 9.2 million metric tons. The growth rate is said to be an acceleration
from the 2005-2010 period, reflecting a low base as global recessionary
conditions restrained nonwovens fabric demand in 2008 and 2009 before improving
somewhat in 2010.
World Nonwovens Industry presents historical demand data
Citing strong global demand for its products and services
along with a strategic decision to create a new business unit, METYX
Composites, an established manufacturer of technical textiles and
composites-related products, has announced it is building a new 12,500 square
meter (134,550 square foot) factory in Manisa, Turkey.
Although the group's headquarters remains in Istanbul, the
new facility will drive the company's aggressive plans for growth over the next
Market leader in the production of cellulose fibres Lenzing
is to exclusively produce the lyocell based specialty fibres Smartcel and
SeaCell which were developed by German company Smartfiber AG of Rudolstadt.
two companies have been cooperating for some time and under the newly expanded
arrangement Lenzing will produce the fibres at the Lenzing site in Upper
In 2007, Lenzing granted Smartfiber a license for the pilot
production of new types of lyocell spe
Global life and materials sciences company Royal DSM, owner
of the Dyneema UHMWPE fibre brand, has made an investment in NanoHoldings LLC,
a Connecticut, USA based company which specializes in breakthrough
nanotechnology discoveries in the field of energy.
NanoHoldings funds the development of world improving
technologies and is also said to have a solid business model for bringing
products to market that will balance sustainability with profitability.
INDA, Association of
the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has been busy during the past year recognizing
the "best of the best" in its awards competitions and special events.
addition to honouring a number of successful consumer and industrial products
that are making an impact in the world of nonwovens, INDA also recognized some
of the most influential executives in the business with lifetime and service
Starting with the coveted 2011 Visionary Award presented as
According to a new
Freedonia industry study, demand for filters in the US is expected to increase
to just over $12 billion in 2015. The ‘US Filter Market' study says the growth
reflects an improvement over the weaker gains registered during the 2005 to
2010 period due to the economic recession that occurred during the latter half
of that period.
The study also says advances will be spurred by improved
manufacturing activity, and motor vehicle production and sales, a
General Motors and Teijin Limited., a leader in the carbon fibre
and composites industry, are to co-develop advanced carbon fibre composite
technologies for potential high-volume use globally in GM cars, trucks and
The co-development pact signed on 8 December involves the use
of Teijin's innovative carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP)
technology, a faster and more efficient way to produce carbon fibre composites.
This potentially enables GM to intr
Ahlstrom has signed an agreement to invest in Porous Power
Technologies, a Colorado, U.S. based company developing technology for
lithium-ion battery separators. Under the agreement, Ahlstrom will subscribe
for approximately 49% of the shares in Porous Power while the remaining 51% of
the shares will be held by the current owners of Porous Power. Ahlstrom has an
option to acquire the remaining shares at a later stage.
Ahlstrom, together with Porous Power, will be offe
Kertak Nanotechnology, a leading manufacturer of ceramic
nanofibers located in the Czech Republic, has invested in FibeRio Technology
Corporation's new continuous nanofibre production system, the Cyclone FE 1.1
with Forcespinning technology.
Kertak manufactures cutting edge ceramic nanofibers for a
broad range of industries including batteries, fuel cells, catalysts, solar
cells and high end cosmetics.
"Ceramic nanofibers have been extensively researched and the
IntertechPira has announced the agenda for the 8th annual
Smart Fabrics 2012 conference which includes speakers from Adidas, M.I.T., Nike
and Philips Lighting.
The scheduled presenters for Smart Fabrics 2012 include:
· Dr. Vicki A. Barbur, VP Research and
Development, M-Segment, Cardinal Health
Burr, VP Wearable Sports Electronics, adidas
Klopp, Chairman, Cocona Fabric
EDANA has announced that the deadline for the call for
papers and student grant for the Nonwovens Research Academy has been extended
to the 20th of January 2012 to accommodate the holiday period, and allow as
many industry experts to submit their papers for consideration for presentation
at the conference, and for students to submit their proposals for grant
The Nonwovens Research Academy aims to promote fundamental
understanding and knowledge of the science and
AIC group is putting the finishing touches to making 125
tonnes of equipment operational for the National Composites Centre (NCC) in
Bristol. The project has taken around seven months.
The NCC is the country's leading organisation bridging the
gap between academic research and manufacturing.
The NCC aims to bring together dynamic
companies and enterprising academics to develop new technologies for the design
and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products. Thou
launched an iPad app called myGrozBeckert for weaving, knitting, felting,
tufting and sewing, which it says will keep textile manufacturers up to date on
the company's product range and provide them with a set of useful conversion
and calculation tools.
Weavers for example who want to convert yarn counts and
determine healds, drop wire weights and the highest row densities of drop wires
can do so quickly and flexibly with the myGrozBeckert app and the T
The Centre for
Research in Advanced Textiles (CReATe) at Nottingham Trent University has an
ambitious development strategy which it says allows it to offer an exciting opportunity
for a PhD Studentship, starting in January 2012. The studentships will pay
UK/EU fees and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (£13,590
per annum for 2011/12) for up to four years.
The studentship is describesd as follows:
"Everyday clothing consists of textile fibres which a
Coatema Coating Machinery was given the Technical
Development Manufacturing Award for its Smartcoater technology by IDTechX at
the recent Printed Electronics USA. The award recognizes the most significant
development of a manufacturing device in the industry over the last 24
Coatema says it is especially pleased by the award as it
already won the prestigious prize for its Click&Coat concept during the
European Printed Electronics event earlier this year. "
One of the largest and most successful filtration events
ever filled Chicago's Navy Pier late last month as suppliers, customers and end
users from around the world took part in three days of education, new products
and networking at the Filtration 2011 International Conference and Exposition.
"Living up to its billing as the largest and most important
filtration industry event in the world, Filtration 2011 drew a near-record
1,670 attendees to Navy Pier in Chicago, Ill
Despite the current global economic slowdown, the world's leading
textile machinery manufacturers are said to be still strongly attracted to the prospects
offered by China, the world's largest textile producer. This can be seen from
the overwhelming response received by the combined textile machinery show, ITMA
ASIA + CITME 2012, which will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo
Centre from 12 to 16 June 2012, organisers say.
At the close of space application,
The Fifth Wearable Technologies Conference will take place
alongside the ISPO sports show in Munich, Germany, on January 30, 2012.
The conference will focus on key areas in which wearable
electronics and smart textiles are rapidly emerging, including sports,
smartphones and consumer gadgets and therapy and medical, while at the same
time introducing a range of new innovations.
Showcases from established companies will include the
wearable diabetes management system developed by
Teijin announced today that it will establish the world's
first pilot plant for fully integrated production of carbon fibre reinforced
thermoplastic (CFRTP) components from carbon fibre on the premises of its Matsuyama
Factory in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.
The new plant will feature Teijin's unique mass production
technology for CFRTP components, which is said to significantly reduce cycle
times required for moulding composite products to under a minute, enabling
Advanced Composites Group Ltd. (ACG) - part of Umeco
Composites Structural Materials - a division of Umeco plc, says it is engaged
in an exciting automotive project, part funded by the UK Technology Strategy
Board (TSB), with collaborating partners UK-based Revolve Technologies and
IE-LEV to develop and manufacture tooling and parts for a lightweight,
range-extended electric-hybrid commercial fleet demonstrator vehicle.
ACG says this is possibly the first applicatio
An innovative car,
flight refuelling kit and turbine blades showcased the latest in composite
technology to the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, UK Secretary of State for the
Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, who formally opened the National
Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol today.
Dr Cable was joined by more than 200 guests to see at first-hand
the capabilities of the centre. He was shown around the centre and saw
state-of-the-art machinery, including a world-le
Messe Frankfurt has announced Miguel Caballero, the' Armani
of Bullet Proof Clothing', as the Keynote Speaker for Techtextil North America and
Texprocess Americas 2012, to be held 24-26 April 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in
Designer, Miguel Caballero known as the ‘Armani of Bullet
Proof Clothing' founded his label in 1992 in Colombia's capital, Bogota. The
Miguel Caballero bulletproof clothing line was especially created for those
Recognizing a need for an inclusive conference to service
the needs of multiple production and bonding technologies and the converter
segment, INDA, the leading Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, will
hold their new CAB 2012 Converting and Bonding Conference from April 17-19,
2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, S.C.
CAB 2012 is an expansion and replacement of INDA's highly
successful Needlepunch Conference. The new conference will encompass the full
Switzerland headquartered Oerlikon Group has announced it
will simplify its textile machinery businesses to further increase
competitiveness and profitability. The three key elements of the change are the
consolidation of the five textile machinery and components businesses into
three Business Units (BUs), the relocation of the textile division's headquarters
to Shanghai, and increased R&D investment in both Germany and Asia to
around CHF 80 million.
A new Manm
The third edition of the biennial Techtextil India 2011,
which took place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai earlier last month, welcomed
3814 visitors from 27 countries to visit its 130 exhibitors.
The exhibiting countries were (in order of highest
attendance) India, Germany, PR of China, France, Belgium, South Korea, USA,
Sweden Netherlands, Japan, Turkey, Thailand, Italy and UK. The show also
included national pavilions from Belgium, PR of China, France and Germany.
Unifi has confirmed that car maker Ford's new Focus Electric
model features seat fabric made from the company's Repreve recycled fibre. More
than 20 plastic bottles per car are said to be used in the recycled material.
Repreve is made from a hybrid blend of recycled materials
and manufactured by Unifi, Inc. which says that 22 plastic, 16-ounce water
bottles are used in the seat fabric of a single Focus Electric. The figure is
based on the amount of Repreve branded fib
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF)
has published its State of Trade Report for the second quarter of 2011. Year on
year global fabric production was down for the quarter and although estimates
for both yarn and fabric production are negative for the third quarter, the
outlook for the fourth quarter is positive in both cases.
The ITMF reports as follows:
A cluster of forward-thinking Scottish companies have joined
forces to offer railway operators a ‘one-stop-shop' for rail carriage interiors,
showcasing together for the first time
at Railway Interiors Expo 2011 this month.
The synergy created by bringing their skill and experience
together under the name ‘Rail Interiors Solutions' ensures a strong presence
and a perhaps compelling new way to market
According to a series of new Textiles Intelligence reports,
global demand for technical textiles is on the rise as new applications and new
markets continue to emerge. The reports can be purchased via Innovation in Textiles by following the
Internationalisation Drive Success in the German Technical Textile Industry;
for Making Up Technical Textiles and Clothing; The World
Nonwovens Industry: Part 1 -- The Leading Ten Producers;
Invista's Cordura brand team welcomed Iain Bradley as European
business manager for the Performance and Protective Fabrics group in October.
In his new role, Bradley will lead marketing, sales, and new
business development activities to help grow Cordura branded sales in military
and outdoor/performance apparel markets in the Europe, Middle East and Africa
He will also develop and execute marketing plans to increase
brand recognition and new fa
Following several quarters of sustained recovery since the
lows recorded during the 2008-2009 period, Italy's textile machinery sector is
now seeing a downturn in orders.
According to an economic survey carried out by the Italian
machine builders association ACIMIT, the downturn already evident in the second
quarter of 2011, was confirmed during the summer July to September period.
ACIMIT says the overall index* of orders for the year's
third quarter shows a 45% decrease
Italian companies TCX and Dryarn have entered into a partnership
to develop two lines of seamless underwear, TXC Base Layer Summer and TXC Base
Layer Winter, for the motorcycle market. The garments are said to offer significant
technical advantages over competitors via innovative solutions.
TCX, a Novation Group brand and producer of clothing and
footwear for motorcyclists, has always aimed at developing technical solutions
to increase the comfort and safety of its pr
TenCate Advanced Composites North America has expanded into
a facility adjacent to its Morgan Hill (California), USA site.
The new ‘world class' space will encompass thermoplastic
composites manufacturing, R&D labs and office space.
mainly thermoplastic and thermoset composites to the aerospace industry and the
company says there is a growing demand for durable lightweight composites, both
from the traditional composites markets an
America is finding that its recyclable innovations are not only good for the
environment and its customers - they are also good for job growth.
Freudenberg aims to lead the way in recyclable product
innovations that include materials used in everything from mattresses,
wallpaper and brooms to building materials, landscaping and automotive
The company says its innovations kee
The Textile Institute with the support of the Manchester
& Cheshire Section and the Technical Textiles SIG will be building on the
success of last year's event and hosting this one day conference on 30 November
2011. ‘Managing Innovation in Textiles 2011' aims to explore how
major innovations will affect industry, the environment and our lifestyles
Keynote speaker, Dr Batchelor is one of Unilever's leading
Inventors and Innovators, with over 100 published pat
TenCate Advanced Armour EMEA opens its new facility in
Primarette, France, for the production of lightweight armour systems for
aerospace applications on Thursday 3 November 2011.
TenCate Advanced Armour is a leading global supplier of a
wide range of armour composite materials for ballistic protection and after
signing a first major contract for aerospace armour solutions in December 2009,
the company has started a design and qualification process for lightweight
KPS Capital Partners, LP has announced that it has entered
into definitive agreements to acquire American & Efird, Inc. (A&E) from
Ruddick Corporation through a newly-formed affiliate, A&E Global, for
$180.0 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.
A&E, headquartered in Mt. Holly, North Carolina, is the largest
U.S. manufacturer and the world's second-largest manufacturer and dist
FibeRio Technology Corporation announced today that it will launch its new 1.1 meter wide continuous nanofibre production system at the INDA Filtration 2011 show in Chicago on November 16th.
The company says its Cyclone Fiber Engine 1.1 is the first full scale production model utilizing Forcespinning technology, which offers both melt and solution spinning capabilities, increased productivity and a significant
According to the VDMA, German exhibitors at ITMA drew very positive conclusions from September's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona.
83% of exhibiting VDMA members assessed their overall experience of the fair as good to very good. 91% said the quality of visitors was good to excellent and a survey of the German exhibitors, 134 of whom responded, showed that more than two thirds of the participants had already closed deals before the
Japan's Teijin has announced that its mass production technologies for carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) have been selected as overall winner in this year's ICIS Innovation Awards. Teijin is also the recipient of the Best Product Innovation award.
"The ICIS Innovation Awards continue to highlight the best the chemical industry has to offer in the way of innovation and solutions to society's needs. This year, the
Japanese fibres giant Teijin Limited announced today that it will donate 20 million Japanese yen (approx. 260,000 USD) for relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by severe flooding in Thailand. The donation includes 15 million yen provided to the Thai government.
The Teijin Group says it attaches great importance to the affected area, where it operates key polyester manufacturing facilities.
Teijin extends its s
Teijin Aramid introduced its latest unidirectional laminate fabric, Twaron UD41 at the A+A show in Dusseldorf yesterday, which has been specially developed for bulletproof vests to provide extra protection from different types of attack.
Twaron UD41 is aimed at groups such as soldiers or police units, and even private citizens who require such protection.
According to Teijin Aramid, the new fabric, which is based
INDA names finalists for 2012 Visionary Award
Five consumer products ranging from a unique floor-cleaning pad to a disposable bra liner have been nominated as finalists for the 2012 Visionary Award.
Now in its 11th year, the Visionary Award, which is given annually to a new consumer product that utilizes nonwoven fabrics in its final form, will be presented at the VISION 2012 Consumer Products Conference, January 23-26, 2012 at the Hotel Intercontinental in New Orleans,
Teijin Aramid opened its newest plant for the production of its Endumax high strength tape in Emmen in the Netherlands today. By adding the new high-performance polyethylene tape (HP-PE) to its product portfolio, the Teijin Group says it has taken the next step toward global market leadership in super fibres and materials.
"For years, the Netherlands has played a dominant role in the global production of super fibres
CIRFS, the Brussels based European Man‐made Fibres Association has published its latest statistical report on developments in the global man‐made fibres industry. The report, ‘Information on Man‐made Fibres' is the 47th edition of this valuable summary of the dynamic and growing man-made fibres industry.
It brings together data on the production of acrylic, cellulosic, polyamide, polyester, polypropylene, wool and cotto
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
India's technical textiles industry is expected to grow to a value of Rs 1,58,000 crore by 2017, a senior government official said at the opening of Techtextil India 2011 in Mumbai, Moneycontrol reports.
"The technical textiles industry is forecast to grow at Rs 1,58,000 crore by 2016-17, with a projected growth of 20%. The industry has grown to Rs 63,000 crore in 2011-12 from Rs 41,000 crore in 2010-11, which is 11%
Japanese high performance fibres supplier Teijin will be exhibiting at Techtextil India, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, which is being held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, India next week (10-12 October).
Teijin will present high-performance solutions incorporating aramid, carbon and polyester fibres for diverse applications, including protective, energy-saving
Teijin Aramid has commenced production of the first all black aramid fibre, Twaron Black, in Emmen, in the Netherlands. Twaron, normally golden yellow in colour due to the chemical process used in its manufacture, is now available in black for the first time.
"Aramid is difficult to dye by nature, but it is now possible to produce black threads of the same quality. Twaron is five times stronger than steel at the same weight and is ofte
Adrian Wilson in Barcelona
Without a doubt, savings in energy, water and raw materials were the key drivers for the machine and process innovations on show at this year's ITMA in Barcelona.
ACIMIT and the VDMA - as the respective textile machinery trade associations for Italy and Germany - were by no means unique in emphasising the ability of their member companies to develop processes and technologies that provide a low environmental impact.
ACIMIT launched its
As ITMA opens here today, Germany's VDMA Textile Machinery Association has announced the launch of a new internet portal for the global textiles industry www.machines-for-textiles.com . The machine builders association says the portal will be a useful tool for textile manufacturers who want to get quick and easy access to information on German technology.
Who produces machines for tailored fibre placement? Who offers machin
Leading car manufacturers including Ford, General Motors, Mitsubishi and Toyota are said to be now taking advantage of the tremendous properties of vertically lapped nonwoven fabrics - and the benefits are not just confined to the automotive sector.
At this week's ITMA show in Barcelona, Spain, from September 22-29, Australian company V-Lap will be demonstrating the capabilities of its highly-successful technology for the prod
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
DuPont won a civil lawsuit for $919.9 million against Kolon Industries yesterday, with the jury finding that Kolon stole trade secrets and confidential information regarding DuPont's Kevlar aramid fibre.
Kolon, a South Korea-based company, was found liable for misappropriation of trade secrets, and the jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond, Va., found that its act
Groz-Beckert is to launch its offer to the textiles industry of a comprehensive training programme under its new Groz-Beckert Academy at ITMA in Barcelona this month. The company says the entirely new offer is distinctive for its hands-on practicality, experienced trainers, and the fact that it covers the complete spectrum offered by its Technology and Development Centre (TEZ).
Know-how along the entire te
Karl Mayer has extended its CFP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics) Centre of Excellence to incorporate a laboratory for producing and testing fibre-reinforced structural components.
"Fibre-reinforced plastics have exceptional characteristics and therefore act as important impulses for new developments, especially in the machine building sector. Karl Mayer has been quick to recognise the potential of these lightweight, versatile mat
The organisers of Techtextil India have announced program details for the Techtextil India Symposium which is being held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from 11-12 October 2011 alongside the exhibition.
The symposium has been designed to offer practical advice to companies wanting to become involved or to increase their involvement in technical textile markets.
Speakers will address topics such a
The western Indian state of Maharashtra is to get its first technical textiles park at Ichalkaranji off Kolhapur in the state's western region. According to a report in the Business Standard yesterday the project involves an investment of Rs 110 crore, Rs 50 crore of which will come from central and local government subsidy.
The balance of Rs 60 crore will be raised through members' contributions, loans and subsidie
According to a report in India's Economic Times yesterday the country's technical textiles industry is projected to grow to Rs.1.4 trillion ($31.4 billion) by 2016-17, with healthcare and infrastructure sectors accounting for a major chunk of the consumption.
The report quotes from a FICCI-Wazir Advisors-Ernst & Young Knowledge joint paper published last Thursday which also said that the tec
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
Triton Systems, Inc. has launched its Invexus brand of high performance, durable, conformal, nanothin coatings which are deposited via its patented atmospheric pressure plasma liquid deposition technology.
Invexus for liquid repellent, primer and anti-microbial applications was developed by the ASSET (Advanced Solutions in Surface Engineering Technology) division at Triton.
"Our coatings formulation capabilities coupled
Leading experts from around the world will gather in Barcelona at the fourth Industrial Fabrics Association International Advanced Textiles Europe conference (AT Europe '11) which is being held alongside ITMA 2011 with two consecutive morning sessions on 26 and 27 September 2011. ITMA, the world's largest international textile machinery exhibition, runs from 22-29 September.
According to the organisers
ITMF Annual Conference 2011
‘New Paradigms in the Global Textile Industry'
To be held 19-20 September 2011, Barcelona
The ITMF Annual Conference 2011 takes place next month in Barcelona, Spain from 19-20 September 19/20, 2011 prior to the start of ITMA 2011 (September 22-29, 2011). Delegates will also participate in the ITMA/ITMF World Textile Summit 2011 on September 21.
The theme of the ITMF Annual Conference "New Paradigms in the Global Textile Industry" is said to reflect that the circumst
TenCate Advanced Armour is to introduce a highly sophisticated method of 3D moulding for the patented TenCate Liba armour system at DSEi (Defence & Security Equipment International) in London in September. TenCate says the system will allow the replacement of existing key components of armoured vehicles, such as hatches, doors and bonnets, all traditionally made from steel, with all-composite solutions.
Engineers of Ten
In the 1st quarter of 2011 global yarn and fabric production fell compared to the previous quarter but rose in comparison to the 1st quarter of 2010. The decrease in global yarn production resulted from lower outputs in Asia, Europe and South America.
It has to be noticed here that the reduction of yarn production in Asia in the 1st quarter 2010 is mainly
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
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
IntertechPira has announced that Smart Fabrics 2012 will take place April 17-19, 2012, at the Conrad Miami Hotel in Miami, Florida. The event, now in its eighth year, is expected to bring together experts from a variety of industries, including textiles, fashion, electronics, technology, research and academia, all of which play a unique role in the emerging smart fabrics industry.
"We are thrilled to be back i
Celebrating its 20th anniversary as a very important three days each year for the global filtration business, the Filtration 2011 International Conference and Exposition will feature more than 120 exhibitors from all links in the filter supply chain at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois, from November 15-17, 2011.
Exhibitors will be showcasing the latest products, technologies and end products for filtration; while an extensive t
According to media reports the Indian government now estimates that the country's growing technical textiles sector will reach US$36 billion by 2016-17. According to an article on www.commodityonline.com by leading technical textiles academic Seshadri Ramkumar of Texas Tech University, an estimated annual growth of 20% is expected.
The Indian government is promoting the growth of the technical textil
Groz-Beckert says it has set a new benchmark in customer service by setting up Sewing Expertise Centres world-wide for fast answers to application problems, making at the same time a closer connection to its customers.
Groz Beckert's Sewing Expertise Centres offer extensive knowledge in all areas of the sewing industry, from clothing to cars and other technical textiles.
The aim is that
California's Amyris, Inc. has signed a collaboration agreement with Kuraray Co., Ltd. to develop innovative polymers from Biofene, a renewable hydrocarbon building block made using Amyris's technology.
Under the agreement, Kuraray will use Biofene to replace petroleum-derived feedstock such as butadiene and isoprene in the production of specified classes of high-performing polymers. Upon successful completio
Japan's Teijin announced today that its mass production technologies for carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) have been recognized by Frost & Sullivan through their 2011 Global Automotive Carbon Composites Technology Innovation Award.
"Teijin's new CFRP compression moulding technology offers a low cost-to-performance alternative, which makes it ideal for metal replacement in large structural body-in-white components," said S
Federal-Mogul Corporation has developed a protective product for high voltage cables that it says will help protect occupants of electric and hybrid electric vehicles in the event of a crash.
The new material, called CrushShield, surrounds and protects electrical cables, keeping the electrical system isolated from the rest of the vehicle. Federal-Mogul says CrushShield is one of the first c
Garnett Controls Ltd (UK) is launching its new generation retrofit control systems for textile machinery aimed at replacing traditional inefficient drive systems with economic, easy to use, and expandable systems.
Utilising the latest in touch screen technology which Garnett pioneered in the retrofit carding sector, the new range of panels are targeted at the company's principal area of activity, carding, spinning and nonwovens,
According to show owner CEMATEX, visitors to ITMA 2011 can look forward to knowledge-sharing, cross-fertilisation of ideas and more collaborative interactions with some of the world's leading textile researchers and educators.
A total of 46 institutions have applied to take part in the Research & Education (R&E) pavilion, making it a key highlight at this year's ITMA exhibition which will be held at the F
A bag, which can protect planes from bombs in passenger luggage, has been developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the UK's University of Sheffield working within University spinout company Blastech Ltd.
The bag, named the Fly-Bag, features multiple layers of novel fabrics, composites and coatings and is designed to be filled with passenger luggage and then placed in the hold of a plane.
By David L. Chandler, MIT
New MIT-developed materials are making it possible to produce photovoltaic cells on paper or fabric, nearly as simply as printing a document.
The sheet of paper looks like any other document that might have just come spitting out of an office printer, with an array of coloured rectangles printed over much of its surface. But then a researcher picks it up, clips a couple of wires to one end,
International Newsletters has announced that the keynote speaker for TCL2011, the must-attend conference on Textile Coating and Laminating which is to be held in Orlando, FL, USA on 17-18 November 2011 will be Michèle Joris Sioen, Managing Director/CEO, Sioen Industries NV, Belgium. The talk will be entitled ‘Innovation - the partner to technical textiles.'
The program, which has been assembled by Bill Smith of Industrial Texti
Last Thursday (7 July) saw the official opening of the Open Innovation Center Advanced Materials (OICAM) in Nijverdal, the Netherlands. The new innovation centre is a network of companies and knowledge institutions inside and outside of the Netherlands' province of Overijssel that focuses on sharing knowledge, research and development concerning high-grade materials and materials technology.
The centre was opened by Dr T
Leading manufacturer of warp knitting and warp preparation machines, Karl Mayer will be presenting at this year's ITMA 2011 exhibition for the first time with all of the company's business units on the same 1400 square metre exhibition stand.
"Visitors will have the opportunity to see machines which will be demonstrating all their capabilities for producing completely new textile materials, and all of them have an impressive, excep
DyStar says it is continuing to move ahead of expectations in spite of difficult market conditions as it returns to profitability. Overall sales revenue increased by approximately 15% over the same period last year.
"We wouldn't have achieved such good progress without the continuous and dedicated efforts from our employees or the strong support from our shareholders," commented Steve Barron, CEO of the DyStar Group.
"And we have made a number of chang
Organisers of the ITMA 2011 textile machinery exhibition are extending the area dedicated to fibres and yarns at this year's show due to what they call overwhelming demand.
Debuting at the show's 60th anniversary, the fibres and yarns section was due to occupy the whole of Hall 4. However, due to strong demand from fibres and yarns producers, an additional area in Hall 5 has been allocated.
Visitors to ITMA 2011 at the Fira de Ba
From 27th June to 30th June 2011, forty-three students aged 14 and 15 spent the week enjoying a unique learning experience at The University of Manchester. The four-day Smallpeice Trust Engineering Materials residential course, hosted by The University of Manchester's School of Materials and sponsored by LATEST2 (Light Alloys Towards Environmentally Sustainable Transport) was designed to give students a taste of this
The 7th edition of the Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles" (ATNT 2011) international conference is to take place in Coimbatore, India from 15-17 December 2011.
The ATNT conference originated in 2004 through the efforts of Lubbock-USA based Texas Tech University and has grown in significance over the years and attracts over 200 people from many parts of the world.
This year's event will be held
Performance Fibers, a specialist manufacturer of industrial polyester fibres and fabrics with operations in The Americas, Europe and Asia, showed just some of its extensive product range at the recent Techtextil in Frankfurt. The USA based company, which is owned by Sun Capital, serves some of the world's largest and most critical markets, including energy, transportation and safety.
Developing next-generation t
Theme day: Intelligent textiles for physical training, therapy and safety
Readers wanting to learn more about intelligent textiles that can:
Integrate physical training into everyday life
Increase safety at festivals
Can sign up for this theme day in the interest group for intelligent textiles. According to the organisers, attendees will gain insight into the latest breakthroughs within IT-enhanced textiles and get the opportunity to meet other comp
Italian narrow fabrics machine builder Comez will take part at this year's ITMA 2011 in Barcelona with important innovations including new and renewed machine models. The Italian company says it will highlight the excellence of its technology from its broad range of machinery for the production of narrow fabrics.
The company's exhibit of mechanical and electronic models of crochet knitting machines, a technology in which Comez is world leader, have been developed for man
By GROZ-BECKERT KG
For more than 150 years, Groz-Beckert has supported the world's textile machinery builders developing from being simply a manufacturer of knitting machine parts into the most important system supplier of precision components in the field of textiles and beyond.
Step by step, the company has branched out into the business sectors of sewing machine parts, felting and structuring needles, gauge parts
ITMA 2011 is focused on innovation driving the business, with cutting-edge solutions for the entire textile value chain. Huntsman Textile Effects has announced it will showcase recent innovation delivering real value to mills, brands, retailers and consumers in terms of performance and total process cost reduction.
"Sustainability is a key topic today and Huntsman continues to commit significant resources to developing technologies and products with lower environmental im
What would it take to make a manned mission to Mars a reality? A team of aerospace and textile engineering students from North Carolina State University believe part of the solution may lie in advanced textile materials.
The students joined forces to tackle life-support challenges that the aerospace industry has been grappling with for decades.
"One of the big issues, in terms of a manned mission to Mars, is creating living quar
Germany's VDMA -Textile Machinery Association is organising a series of one day conference and exhibitions called ‘German Technology for the Chinese Technical Textile Industry', which will take place from 5 to 9 March 2012 in Jinan, Hangzhou and Guanzhou.
Sixteen well-known companies from Germany will present their innovative technologies and solutions for the production of technical fibres and yarns, technical fabrics
Leading warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer has unveiled its new RD 7/2-12 EL double needle bar raschel machine here at ShanghaiTex. The machine is the German company's latest offering in the spacer fabric field and is suitable for the production of 3D knitted spacer fabrics for shoes, linings, orthopaedic bandages and supports, mattress covers, automotive interiors and furniture applications.
Global high performance materials company Ahlstrom Corporation is taking another step in executing its growth strategy in Asia by starting production of specialty multiaxial fabric reinforcements for the wind energy market in China.
The production of multiaxial glass fibre reinforcements, which are used amongst other things to strengthen wind mill blades, will be started by the fourth quarter 2011 at Ahlstrom's Binzhou plant in the Shandong province on Ch
The ninth edition of Techtextil North America Symposium will be held from 24-26 April 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in at Atlanta, GA.
"We are pleased to announce that in 2012, ATME-I (American Textile Machinery Exhibition-International) will be incorporated into Techtextil North America. Also in 2012, Texprocess Americas (formerly SPESA Expo) will co-locate with Techtextil North America in adjacent halls providing tremendous value for textile and sewn pro
The third ITMA ASIA + CITME combined exhibition is expected to draw positive response from leading textile machinery manufacturers as the Chinese textile industry continues to expand. The show will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 12 to 16 June 2012.
According to its owners, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX), China Textile Machi
"In preparation for the 14th annual Global Outlook for Carbon Fiber conference, it's timely to consider the growing context and significance of this sector," says conference organiser IntertechPira, adding:
"External drivers continue to push for increased lightweighting in transport applications, proliferation of renewable energy generation, and adoption of high performance materials to increase efficiency and productivity across the whole spectrum of end use markets."
Huntsman Textile Effects has announced the appointment of Mr. Kent E. Kvaal as the new Vice President of its Business Specialty Textiles Unit.
"Kent E. Kvaal is based at the Textile Effects headquarters in Singapore, and as Global Vice President of Specialty Textiles, he will continue to drive this important business unit internationally," a company spokesperson said.
"Specialty Textiles is dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions to a demanding set of markets in
Techtextil, the world's primary event for generating business between manufacturers and users of technical textiles and nonwovens has extended its industry leading position with more than 24,500 visitors from 96 countries attending last month's Techtextil 2011 in Frankfurt. Visitors saw a host of innovations presented by 1207 exhibitors from 50 countries.
"This is a great success from both the national and internati
"Imagine plugging a USB port into a sheet of paper, and turning it into a tablet computer." It might be a stretch, but ideas like this have researchers at North Carolina State University examining the use of conductive nanocoatings on simple textiles - like woven cotton or even a sheet of paper.
"Normally, conductive nanocoatings are applied to inorganic materials like silicon. If we can find a way to apply them to textiles - cheap, flexible materials with a contorted
Now a privately owned business following the ending of its contract with England's North West Development Agency, technical textiles cluster organisation NWtexnet held a breakfast briefing session for the region's industry on Wednesday June 1st 2011 in Bolton.
Professor Richard Horrocks, Chairman, announced a number of new initiatives around research and development (R&D) at the Industry Forum* event held at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, which was attended by o
The East Midlands' materials hub project (MATHUB) is running a seminar aimed at all companies and individuals who have an interest in Smart and Sensory Materials with built in technology. Key speakers are leading textile academics Professor Tilak Dias of Nottingham Trent University and Dr John Williams of Leicester's De Montfort University.
"This exciting field of development has brought the traditional knitted structure a new lease of life. An interdisciplinary app
Interview with the President of the French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association
The French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association (UCMTF) President, Bruno Ameline and the Secretary General, Evelyne Cholet, report on the present state and the perspectives of their member companies. These are 35, mostly SME's but leaders or among the world leaders on niche markets and specific applications. Their total annual turnover is around 1 billion Euros (1.4 billion USD), most
To support the rapid growth in vehicle production and airbag fitment rates in Asia, Autoliv Inc., the global leader in automotive safety systems, has begun the construction of an airbag cushion manufacturing plant in Chonburi, near Bangkok. Autoliv's existing airbag cushion plant in Thailand opened just two years ago.
The new facility will have capacity to produce 4.6 million cushions corresponding to 15% of Autoliv's global manufacturing capacity for cut and sew textile c
Adrian Wilson reports from Techtextil in Frankfurt
One thing I noticed at this year's Techtextil was a considerable rise in both exhibitors and visitors from Russia, compared to the last show two years ago.
There are no figures available from show organiser Messe Frankfurt to confirm this as yet, but there are many signs that the economy in Russia is currently very favourable for major technical textile markets - if only anyone quite knew how to get in.
Take the autom
Following a strong investment boom that reached its peak in 2007, shipments of new textile machinery were in strong decline aggravated by the global financial and economic crisis of 2008/2009. However, in 2010 global shipments of new textile machinery recorded a very strong up-swing.
In comparison with 2009 global shipments of new spinning machinery jumped by +75% (short-staple spindles), +163% (long-staple spindles) and +212% (open-end rotors), texturing spindles by +132%,
Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, opened its doors on Tuesday in Frankfurt and closed yesterday, counting 24,500 visitors* (2009: 23,902). Over half of the visitors to the show and its Material Vision cutting edge materials exposition are said to have come from outside of Germany, the world's leader in technical textiles.
The mood at Techtextil 2011 was extremely good with the main halls ‘buzzi
The Textile Institute has announced the launch of its
prestigious 2011 Medals and Awards. Following on from the success in 2010, the
Awards are expected to acknowledge the dedicated work of individuals and
provide recognition for organisations showing outstanding achievement.
The Medals and Awards are presented under the authority of
the Institutes Council, and are conferred upon individuals and organisations
in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the t
With a total of 1561 exhibitors from 60 countries, the new
trade-fair combination of Techtextil, Texprocess and Material Vision opens its
doors this week in Frankfurt am Main for the first time.
With this constellation including the new Texprocess trade
fair, we are all set for a highly successful premie and offer an
international spectrum of products and services revolving around the production
and processing of textiles and other innovative materials,, Detlef B
CALL FOR PAPERS
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural conference ‘Managing Innovation In Textiles’, papers are now invited for the 2nd international conference to be held in Manchester on 30 November 2011.
The technical textile industry has seen major developments in the production of technical and industrial textiles. An extensive variety of innovative products have been introduced into the world market as a result of techno
Visitors to the DSM Dyneema booth at next weeks Techtextil
in Frankfurt will learn how exploiting the special properties of Dyneema fibre,
the Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre from DSM, is
resulting in innovation for a wide range of high performance materials.
Key applications in the textiles industry include:
Draggin Jeans uses Dyneema fibres in its mix to make an
innovative material blend for jeans that are said to be as tough as leather,
50th Anniversary, 14 - 16 September 2011
Communicating the future of man-made fibres
Umbrella Theme: “Man-made Fibers – the Next 50 Years” – a good choice
Plenary Speakers and Visionaries Enlarge the Spectrum of Lectures
Panel Discussion on the Topic of Reduced Availability of Natural Fibers
Increasing Number of Participants Expected (Registration of Early Birds, Edition Copies Pre-programme)
Importance of Congress Underlined by Parallel Events
Tree-planting Ceremony at t
The Gores Group, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm,
today announced that it has partnered with management to acquire Sage
Automotive Interiors, Inc. a leading supplier of high-performance specialty
fabrics, from an affiliate of Azalea Capital, LLC. Financial terms of the
transaction were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Sage is one of
the worlds leading providers of automotive bodycloth, including a range of
knitted and woven technical t
Performance Fibers, the specialist manufacturer of
industrial polyester fibres and fabrics with operations in the Americas, Europe
and Asia, has announced the appointment of Greg Vas Nunes as President of Performance
Fibers Europe. Mr Vas Nunes has already assumed
the role from the end of February this year and will be based at the company's European
Headquarters in Luxembourg. Developing next-generation technologies and products for
industry and consumer
Four students from Aalborg University in Denmark have designed a smart fabric technology which aims to make mobile phones and other hand held devices truly mobile. Students Hans Christian Thiesen, Mads Gydegaard, Morten Ydefeldt and Marius Koppang were awarded the prize for their project involving a fabric which can charge mobile computers, mobile phones and other electrical devices. The fabric automatically charges a mobile
Warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer will be exhibiting
alongside its subsidiary, Karl Mayer Malimo, a pioneer in the field of
technical textiles, at this month’s Techtextil in Frankfurt. The well-known Obertshausen
based company, not only builds efficient, flexible machines for producing
functional textiles but it also develops new applications and markets for warp-knitted
“The end-uses currently showing the most potential are the
Fritz P. Mayer, Managing Associate of Karl Mayer
Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen has been elected for the second time
as Chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association in Frankfurt on 6 May
Mrs Regina Brückner, Managing Associate of Brückner Trockentechnik
GmbH & Co. KG, Leonberg and Karlheinz Liebrandt, Co-owner of Liba
Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Naila are Vice-Chairmen. Prior to this, the member
companies of the Textile Machinery Associatio
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Leading producer and processor of multi-filament polyester
and nylon textured yarns Unifi Inc. marked the dedication of its Yadkinville,
N.C., facility to late founder, G. Allen Mebane IV on Tuesday, 26 April.
A dedication ceremony at the G. Allen Mebane Industrial Complex
in Yadkinville recognized Mebane’s positive impact on Unifi, the textile
industry and the community. Speakers included Bill Jasper, Unifi chairman and
CEO; Roger Berrier, president and COO and
The advanced position of the nonwovens industry in respect
of many aspects of trade was apparent at INDEX 11, which took place from April
12-15th in Geneva, Switzerland.
Needless to say, the show made new records in respect of
both exhibitors and visitors.
EDANA – the trade body primarily representing the European
nonwovens industry – announced in Geneva that along with fellow trade
organisations INDA, for North
Bill Mills, an experienced UK based textiles specialist, has
moved on from NWtexnet the UK regional development agency funded support
organisation, to set up his own textiles and business support consultancy.
Using his global contacts and over 20 years experience in
the textiles industry, Bill will now be offering the following services in
conjunction with his partners and associates:
A full range of fabric and garment sourcing through
Pakistan, China and Viet
TenCate Protective Fabrics Americas, a leader in the field
of inherently flame-resistant (FR) fabrics, is expanding its TenCate Tecasafe
Plus product portfolio with the introduction of TenCate Tecasafe Plus 580, a
lighter weight option for industrial safety apparel.
“Since its initial
introduction three years ago, TenCate Tecasafe Plus has become a force in the
industrial flame-resistant fabric market. And now its reach is expanding.
Engineered as a lighter weigh
First announcement and call for papers
International Newsletters has announced that the original
and most popular conference on textile coating and laminating is returning to
the USA. The venue for the 2011 meeting will be the 4-star Buena Vista Palace
Hotel and Spa in Orlando, Florida, on 17-18 November 2011. After the success of
the 2010 meeting in Cannes, France, this year's meeting is expected to be
The Conference Chairman will once again be Wil
The third edition of the combined ITMA ASIA + CITME show will be held from 12 to 16 June 2012 at the
Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The show aims to continue to be the
leading marketing platform for textile machinery manufacturers tapping into the
vibrant Chinese market.
“According to Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), the
global market for textile machinery is projected to reach US$20.75 billion by
2015. The Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate as t
Rhodia has announced a debottlenecking of its polymer
production capacity in Freiburg, Germany. Rhodia’s Global Business Unit (GBU),
Polyamide & Intermediates, a leader in the polyamide PA66 market, is
strengthening its position as major producer of polymers in Europe.
“The capacity extension of our industrial unit of Freiburg
enhances our capability to be a reliable partner for our customers in Europe,
especially in the textile industry. It is an important step
Debra Cobb reports from the 7th Smart Fabrics Conference
7th Annual Smart Fabrics Conference, held April 4 – 6 at London’s
Russell Hotel, covered an array of new technologies and applications focused on
making our lives easier, safer, healthier and more comfortable through the
textiles we wear and use every day. Speaking at the conference, wrtier/editor
Adrian Wilson defined Smart Fabrics as “fibre-based structures that can react
to stimuli,” integrating electro
Survival-One Limited, a leader in the design, manufacture
and service of survival clothing and equipment, has recently launched a new
helicopter passenger survival suit incorporating Outlast technology for better
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Netherlands headquartered Sioen Industries, a producer of
technical textiles, fine chemicals and high-tech protective clothing, has
announced it has reached an agreement for the sale of one of its subsidiaries,
Roland International produces finished curtains and
tarpaulins for international road and rail transport sectors. The company
slogan ‘built stronger to last longer’ expresses the philosophy of the company
which after restructuring was put u
DSM Dyneema has formed a partnership with gruschwitz gmbh
Tech-Twists in which they become a Premium Distribution Partner for UHMWPE fibre
manufactured by DSM Dyneema. The new agreement becomes effective 1 April 2011
and is specific to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia –
Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia,
Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia,
Slovenia and Ukraine.
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French warp knitting machine engineering company Schinasi International Textile Machines (SITM) claims to have developed the world’s finest weft insertion device for a tricot machine in gauge E36 (36 needles per inch).
SITM was created in 1986 in a Paris suburb by the current owner Nessim Schinasi, and has been a partner of German warp knitting machine builder LIBA Maschinenfabrik GmbH for 40 years. SITM represents Liba in sales of new machines in Fran
Adrian Wilson reports from Wiesbaden
As was reflected at Filtech 2011, which took place in
Wiesbaden, Germany, from March 22-24, the need for purer air and cleaner water
are just two reasons why the filtration industry has excellent prospects for
A demand for finer degrees of separation in industry – from
hydraulic oils to semi-conductor wash water – can be added to the list, as can
the need for better hot exhaust gas filtration, including diesel exhausts, and
for higher ene
The School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent
University has an ambitious development strategy which allows us to offer an
exciting opportunity for a PhD Studentship. The studentships will pay UK / EU
fees and provide a maintenance stipend linked to the RCUK rate (£13,590 per
annum for 2011/12) for up to three years.
Everyday clothing consists of textile fibres which are woven
and knitted to
Around 70 academics, students and industrialists from the UK
attended an inaugural lecture by Professor Tilak Dias, at Nottingham Trent
University’s Newton Lecture Theatre at the end of February. Professor Dias
holds the Chair of Knitting in the School of Art & Design at Nottingham
Trent University and directs the activities of the School’s Centre for Research
in Advanced Textiles (CReATe).
Within the School of
Art & Design, Professor Dias is leading the
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The French textile machinery manufacturers group, which
considers itself as part of the technical textiles industry, is all set to
welcome technical textiles and nonwovens producers at Techtextil in Frankfurt
from 24-26 May this year.
“We understand the unique needs of the technical textiles
producers and the importance of providing them tailored solutions to address
their specific requirements. Our main objectives are to help them design new
marketable products and produ
The North America Nonwovens Industry Outlook 2010-2015 has
recently been published by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.
The comprehensive report is the result of extensive interviews combined with
market and production information provided by suppliers and converters, and covers
various aspects of nonwovens production and consumption in North America. According
to INDA the report is a unique forecasting and strategic planning tool for
“The current schedule is for capacity to be running in April
with supply available to our customers soon thereafter. For over 150 years, JM
has been committed to meeting the needs of our valued customers,” noted J.P.
Blanchard, Global Manager of the Filtration and Specialty Nonwovens Business.
“We invested in bringing the additional capacity online in order to better
serve our customers’ needs as well as the growing demand in the market for our
Karl Mayer Malimo the Chemnitz, Germany based producer of multiaxial
machines and weft-insertion tricot machines for the production of high-quality
reinforcing textiles from glass and carbon will be showing its latest
technologies at the JEC Composites show from 29 to 31 March.
The Saxon company’s innovative developments have been
setting new standards in the sector for a while and should find a suitable
platform at the Paris exhibition where it will show its rec
Leading German manufacturer of warp knitting machines Karl Mayer will be presenting its latest warp knitting technologies for technical applications, including a talk on spacer fabrics, at next week's Techtextil North America 2011 exhibition. The leading North American show for technical textiles is being held from 15 to 17 March at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre in Las Vegas, NV, USA.
An accompanying symposium will also take place which aims to add value to the exh
Japan’s Teijin announced today that it has established the
world’s first mass production technologies for carbon fibre reinforced plastic
(CFRP), achieving a significant reduction of the cycle time required for moulding
car cabin frames to less than one minute. Teijin says that the breakthrough
overcomes one of the biggest challenges in the industry and represents a long
stride toward the use of carbon fibre for the mass production of cars and other
Leading manufacturer of machines and ranges for the dyeing
and finishing of woven and knitted fabrics, A. Monforts Textilmaschinen, is to introduce
its new improved soft coating solution at the leading technical textiles show Techtextil,
which runs from 24-26 May 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany.
The new Eco-applicator is said to eliminate the need for a
wet-on-wet padder ensuring significant energy savings and reduced quantities of
softeners. Using trough and roller te
The Netherlands’ DSM Dyneema has formed a partnership with
EuroFibers BV in which Eurofibers becomes a Premium Distribution Partner for
UHMWPE fibre manufactured by DSM Dyneema. The new agreement becomes effective 1
April 2011 and is specific to Scandinavia, Denmark, United Kingdom, Benelux,
France, Italy, Greece and the Iberian Peninsula.
EuroFibers will play an active role in developing new and
servicing existing markets for fibre from DSM Dyneema. It will also offe
Scottish technical textiles manufacturer Scott & Fyfe has
recently started collaboration with The Glasgow School of Art in order to
create a culture of sustainable innovation.
The first workshop
took place from 19-20 October 2010 in the Centre for Design Innovation in
Forres in north east Scotland’s Moray Firth area. The first two days covered how
the design process can be applied to maximise opportunity spotting and the
methods will be used within the organisat
According to a recently published report by the ITMF
(International Textile Manufacturers Federation), the strong global recovery in
yarn and fabric production since their lows in the 1st quarter of 2009
continued into the 3rd quarter of 2010. In its State of Trade Report – STR Q3/2010,
the ITMF says that both global yarn and fabric production rose compared to the
2nd quarter of 2010 as well as to 2009’s 3rd quarter.
The report says that output increases in yarns could
IntertechPira has announced that the agenda has been
finalized for its Smart Fabrics 2011 conference. Taking place at the Hotel
Russell in London, UK, from 4-6 April, the conference will feature two full
days of presentation as well as a pre-conference seminar, and is expected to
draw more than 150 participants.
“Smart Fabrics 2011 is a one-of-a-kind global event that
unites the fashion, technology, electronics, research, academia, textile and
Preliminary 2010 data drawn up by ACIMIT (the Association of
Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) is said to show that a decisive
recovery is under way for Italy’s textile machinery sector, in the wake of a
2009 which had been marked by a conspicuous drop in production.
In terms of value,
Italy’s textile machinery production recorded an 18% increase on 2009, from 1.9
to 2.3 billion Euros. Exports drew a similarly favourable increase, at +19%,
reaching a value of ju
textiles producer Royal TenCate has recorded a net profit increase of 92% for
2010. The Dutch company reported the following results yesterday:
Highlights of 2010
Sales in 2010: €984.5 million (2009: €842.1
million; 17% of which +10% autonomous).
EBITA in 2010: € 85.0 million (2009: €41.5
million; +109% autonomous).
EBITA margin in 2010: 8.6% (2009: 4.9%).
Leading technical textile and nonwovens companies from around the world will showcase the latest
products and advanced technologies in textiles, nonwovens and materials during
Techtextil North America 2011 this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Techtextil North America represents all vertical aspects of
the technical textile industry from research and development, through raw
materials and production processes, to conversion, further treatment and recycling.
Some of the highli
Invista, a world leader in nylon intermediates and fibres, has announced that it is moving ahead
with its plans to construct a delayed manufacturing facility at the Shanghai
Chemical Industry Park in China to meet the region’s demand for nylon 6.6
intermediates and polymer.
The company is currently engaged in project engineering,
which will include an environmental impact assessment to be completed by the
end of 2011. Invista expects to begin construction of the plan
The 6th Annual Public Conference of the European Textile
Technology Platform will take place on 31 March – 1 April 2011 in Brussels.
With this year’s event entitled ‘Societal Challenges – Textile Solutions’, the
European textile and clothing industry and its research community aim to
demonstrate to EU policy makers and the press how innovative textiles can help
Royal DSM has announced that its joint venture company, Jinling
DSM Resins Co., Ltd. (JDR) will invest approximately € 50 million in a new
production facility for composite resins in Nanjing, China. The new facility,
which will replace the current facility, is expected to be among the largest
manufacturing plants for composite resins in the world. DSM's share in the
investment is 75%.
The new facility is
expected to substantially strengthen the local position of th
Germany’s Oerlikon Saurer has won the Tire Technology Award
for Innovation and Excellence 2011 with its new tyre cord cabling machine, the Allma
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
TenCate Advanced Composites USA, based in Morgan Hill, California,
has announced that a composite design utilizing TenCate thermoplastic prepregs
is the recipient of a 2011 JEC Composite Innovation Award. TenCate Cetex brand
of PPS-based thermoplastic composite unitape is utilized in Cutting Dynamics
award winning composite aircraft seat design.
The 2011 JEC Thermoplastic Composite Innovation Award will
be awarded to Cutting Dynamics Inc., with TenCate Advanced Compos
Composites and carbon fibre fabrics producer Toho Tenax has
announced today that it will showcase a range of carbon fibre composite
products at the International Conference and Exhibition on Reinforced Plastics
(ICERP), India’s largest and Asia’s second-largest trade show for composite
materials. The show will take place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex
in Mumbai from 2-4 March.
Toho Tenax’s initial appearance at the show will highlight
the company's g
Techtextil, the world’s
biggest trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, will present a
comprehensive symposium programme for exhibitors and visitors from 24 to 26 May
2011. As in the past, the 16th Techtextil Symposium and the 6th Avantex
Symposium are being held under the patronage of EURATEX – European Apparel and
Textile Confederation. Top speakers will present the latest product, material
and technology developments and offer a future oriented view
Preliminary figures show that Austria’s
Lenzing Group, market leader in man-made cellulose fibres for the textile and
nonwovens industries, has achieved record financial results in 2010. The
determining factors for the result are reported as being the dynamic expansion
of fibre production, very strong demand for the company’s fibres and
significantly higher sales prices compared to the previous year.
Preliminary consolidated sales¹ increased by 45% from EUR
Adrian Wilson reports from Munich
By 2014, Nike’s target is that ten million people around the
world will be hooked up via sensors in their clothing, footwear, wristwatches
or other accessories to the Nike+ running community portal.
As the latest chapter unfolds in what started out as a straight-forward
campaign with Apple to bring together the running and music communities – but
quickly grew to encompass the monitoring of sports performance – the
BASF is to present new
products in the fields of fibre bonding, additives and super absorbents at
INDEX 2011, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition, which is being held from
April 12-15 April in Geneva. BASF will be targeting customers from the hygiene
and nonwovens industry and all companies that require environmentally friendly
binding agents and liquid-absorbing polymers for their products.
Dispersions for fibre bonding
“Binding agents for fibrous mat
A consortium of Thailand’s Indorama
Ventures PCL and Italy’s Sinterama are to take over Trevira, the polyester
fibre manufacturer headquartered in Germany. On 4 February the consortium
signed a share purchase agreement with Werner Schneider who re-established
Trevira in January 2010 following its insolvency in 2009.
With its German locations in Bobingen, Guben and
Hattersheim, and the Polish production site in Zielona Góra, Trevira GmbH will
be integrated int
Royal DSM N.V. has announced
today that it has signed an agreement to acquire the majority shareholding in
Shandong ICD High Performance Fibre Co Ltd. (ICD), based in Laiwu, Shandong
province, China. The deal is expected to
be completed by the end of this year.
DSM says the acquisition of the majority share in ICD will
bring complementary manufacturing and technology assets to it in addition to
strengthening the company's presence in this key market. The agreemen
A new ambitious project is said
to be set to put Denmark on the world map of smart textiles and the opening of
the project is to be marked by an international prize competition for students
with a prize of Euro 6500. Students from all over Europe are invited to take
part, and the winner will be decided on 12 May 2011, when TEKO, VIA University
College in Herning is hosting a summit for international experts and companies
working within smart textiles.
“Many people a
One of the most powerful men
in Chinese textiles, Du Yuzhou, president of China National Textile &
Apparel Council (CNTAC), is to address international industry leaders at the
ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit later this year.
Mr Du is one of a trio of speakers newly announced by the
organisers of the summit, which will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on
September 21. He will outline China’s strategic ambitions for its textile
industry and report on progress in
Cellulose fibre manufacturer
Lenzing Fibers is one of the winners of
this year’s ispo Eco Responsibility Award 2011. The Austrian company was
declared winner in the new Fabrics & Fibres category for its sun screening
Tencel Sun fibres, here in Munich yesterday.
“Tencel Sun fibres by Lenzing are so-called “man-made
cellulose fibers” – meaning they are derived industrially from natural raw
wood, consisting of about 40% cellulose. The natural origin of the
Teijin Limited has announced that
on 1st April it will integrate its carbon fibres and composite materials
business units into the new Carbon Fibers & Composites Business Group,
aiming to accelerate expansion of its advanced composite materials business,
one of the main components of Teijin’s long-term growth strategy.
Operating under the direct management of President and CEO
Shigeo Ohyagi, the integrated group will enable Teijin to develop composite
American Textile Machinery
Association (ATMA) and Messe Frankfurt USA have agreed on the inclusion of
American Textile Machinery Exhibition–International (ATME-I) with Techtextil
North America every even year starting in 2012. The two exhibitions successfully
co-located last May in Atlanta.
ATME-I will provide textile machinery, equipment, and
products and service suppliers a broad textile and apparels industry base to
showcase their products and services. ATMA
Alexium has announced the
development and commercial roll-out of its Cleanshell textile treatment
process, an advanced process for water- and oil-repellent treatment of
In a statement yesterday Alexium said: “This process offers
unparalleled material performance. It provides exceptional liquid repellency
while preserving the breathability, hand and drape of the fabric. The
Cleanshell process has already produced textile industry leading repellency for
The European Apparel and Textile
Confederation (Euratex) and the International Apparel Federation (IAF) have
officially announced their support for Texprocess, the new international trade
fair for processing textiles and flexible materials, in Frankfurt from 24 to 27
May 2011. Both associations will be represented with an exhibition stand at
Texprocess and invite their members to visit the exhibition. Additionally, Euratex
will hold a meeting of the ‘Technical Cl
and MAG, a leading developer of automation technologies for producing composite
structures are jointly establishing the Philadelphia University MAG Composites
Institute for research and development in textile-based composites that the
parties say could have wide application in industry, including the aerospace,
automotive and energy sectors.
The new research institute will be funded in part by $1.1
million from MAG, whose chairman and
A great entrepreneur and pioneer in the crochet knitting
Mr Luigi Omodeo Zorini passed away on 24 December 2010, at
the age of 86. He was the founder and president of Comez based in Cilavegna
(PV), Italy, and had passionately dedicated his life to his work.
Born on 25 May 1924, Mr Luigi Omodeo Zorini began his
entrepreneurial activities in Cilavegna in 1953, together with his brother
Mario, founding the company Costruzioni Meccaniche Zorini Comez for the production
According to Messe
Frankfurt, the current number of registrations for Techtextil 2011,
International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, indicates yet
another successful exhibition. The organiser says that by the end of December, over
90% of the space used in 2009 had already been booked and there was equal
interest from new and returning exhibitors for the 24-26 May 2011 show.
“The mood is good
following Techtextil 2009, which set a new r
Roger Milliken, one of the
last in the tradition of those great industrialists who built America's
manufacturing success, passed away on December 30, 2010 at the age of
His five children issued the following statement: "Daddy lived a rewarding ninety-five
years. We are grateful, as was he, for
the friendship and support from so many that enabled him to live a full,
productive, creative, and passionate life.
He enjoyed every minute of it."
Today, New Year’s Eve 2010,
Barcelona is the main focus of the international sailing world as it is the
starting point for the Barcelona World Race 2010/11, the second edition of a
double handed non-stop race around the world. Textile technology will be
playing its part in many ways and active>silver technology from Austria’s Schoeller
Technologies will be going along on the 25,000 nautical mile trip on board the
Hugo Boss yacht, one of the most powerful i
Nonwovens and specialty papers
producer Ahlstrom, is to invest into additional capacity in transportation
filtration material at its site in Turin, Italy. The total investment is said
to be approximately EUR 17.5 million and it will be completed in the fourth
quarter of 2012.
Commenting on the investment today, Tommi Björnman,
Executive Vice President, Filtration, said:
"We have been pleased to grow with our key customers
and as a commitment to the filtration business
Following its recent
restructuring and launch as a new company, producer of specialist polyester
yarns, Trevira GmbH says it can report a successful first year in business.
The German company reports that all of its important product
segments showed signs of progress in the improved economic situation and
capacities that were adjusted during restructuring have been well exploited.
Growth was not only limited to Europe but also occurred in other important
We are all familiar with the
musty smell on public transport, in old cars or from seat cushions, which is caused
by moisture build-up due to sweat, spilt liquids or condensation which gathers
inside the upholstery and encourages the growth of bacteria and fungi. In order
to find a solution to the problem, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in
Bönnigheim, in partnership with the Institute for Wood Technology in Dresden
(IHD) and the Research Institute for
is to lead a three-year collaborative project with neighbouring Nottingham
Trent University to develop a new type of fabric based antenna technology that
can overcome problems currently encountered by the military, search and rescue
teams and the emergency services.
The groundbreaking project aims to produce a fabric antenna
and associated electronics, which could be integrated into a wearer’s uniform.
Traditional monopole antenn
VDMA’s Foundation of
the German Textile Machinery Industry has honoured three successful junior
engineers in an award ceremony held as the closing event of the VDMA Textile
Machinery Forum at Groz-Beckert’s headquarters in Albstadt-Ebingen.
executive partner of Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co.
KG and Board member of the Foundation presented the awards. In her celebratory
speech at Groz Beckert’s new Technology and Development Center (TEZ), Brü
The representative bodies for
the European Textile and Clothing Industry, Euratex, and the European Textile
Machinery Manufacturers, Cematex, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for
closer collaboration in research, technological development innovation and industry
The agreement aims to foster stronger collaboration of the
two European industry bodies in fields such as research, technological
development and innovations as well as the promotion of a
Clariant’s Textile Chemicals Business
Unit has announced price increases for its ranges of textile chemicals and
textiles dyes of up to 15%. The price rises will take effect immediately.
“Continuing shortages in raw materials are creating an
on-going situation of rising feedstock prices for our business. This, in
combination with ever-higher energy and transportation costs, leaves Clariant
no alternative but to adjust the prices of our textile ranges for our
A delegation of French textile machinery
manufacturers headed by Christian Guinet, Commercial Manager (Textile Division)
of Stäubli France and Evelyne Cholet, Secretary General of the French
Association of Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Promotion Commission took part
in two conferences organized by UCMTF in Syria and Turkey. The events were
attended by 500 delegates and took place on October 19 and 21, 2010. Mr Guinet
was recently appointed Presiden
A well known and existing coating technique which has been used
for decades has recently been adapted by a UK company to provide a
revolutionary way of coating hot melt materials in various forms and on to
different substrates for wide-ranging industrial applications. The new
technology is known as EKOKOTE.
Web Processing (M/C) Ltd., based in Whaley Bridge in North
West England, and collaborative partner Thom Engineering based in Blackburn,
Lancashire, have t
German company Coatema Coating
Machinery GmbH has been awarded the JEC Composites Innovation Award for 2010
for Impregnating, Laminating and Calendaring for maximum flexibility and
process versatility in its patented Coatema Click&Coat machinery concept. The
prestigious prize was presented by Prof. Klaus Drechsler, of the University of
Stuttgart, to Mrs. Andrea Glawe, Deputy Sales Director of Coatema, during the annual
JEC Composites 2010 event in Singapore.
430 delegates from the
Brazilian textiles industry attended the recent Conference on German Technology
for Brazilian Textiles in São Paulo and Blumenau, where decision makers as well
as technicians were informed with regard to the latest technology trends from
Germany. The twin conferences, organised by Germany’s VDMA Textile Machinery
Association and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics &
Technology, took place in São Paulo on 3
Techtextil North America has announced
that Jeremy Litchfield, founder of performance apparel brand Atayne, will
deliver the 2011 Keynote Address. Litchfield was chosen in an effort to
highlight the high performance apparel and sporting industries as well as
sustainability issues, which in Techtextil speak translates to the Clothtech,
Oekotech and Sporttech application areas.
The address will be geared as a motivational talk on the
subject of innovative ideas that
The South Carolina
Department of Commerce and Clarendon County today announced that Treleoni Group
will establish a new nonwovens manufacturing facility in Clarendon County. The
$7.75 million investment is expected to generate 100 new jobs.
"We are pleased to move forward with plans for Treleoni
Group’s operations in Manning. Clarendon County provided us with an excellent
environment in which to do business, and has a talented workforce that will
benefit our o
The 7th annual Smart Fabrics 2011
is to take place from 4-6 April 2011 at the Hotel Russell in London, UK and
will cover topics such as the current status of innovative smart fabric
technologies in the marketplace, as well as recent application breakthroughs
and adoption. Organiser Intertech-Pira says, if you are involved in
electronics, textiles, medical, sporting equipment, fashion, wireless
communication industries, or military/space agencies this event could be of
Cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing
has extended its strong first half performance into the third quarter of 2010,
generating the best quarterly result in the company's history with earnings (EBIT)
of Euros 60.8 million (Q3 2009, Euros 37.3 million).Nine-months sales in 2010
grew by 45.2 % from Euros 885 million in 2009 to Euros 1,285.5 million. EBIT
reached a new nine-month record high of Euros 168.8 million and more than
tripled EBIT for the same period in 2009 (Euro
Researchers at the
University of Texas – Pan American have published the first results of their
work utilizing Forcespinning Technology to fabricate polymeric nanofibres and
metallic nanowires. The article, which appears in the November issue of the
peer-reviewed journal Materials Today, was authored by Drs. Karen Lozano and
Forcespinning is a patent pending technology that utilizes
centrifugal force instead of hot air or an electrostatic char
Leading Belgian research institution
Imec and its project partners have announced the launch of the European FP7
(Framework Program) project PASTA (Integrating Platform for Advanced Smart
textile Applications) aimed at developing large-area smart textiles. Imec says
that large-area manufacturability is an essential aspect in bridging the gap
between lab prototyping and the industrial manufacturing of smart textiles for
sports and leisure wear, technical textiles for
TenCate Advanced Composites Europe
announced today that a contract has been
signed to supply TenCate Cetex carbon fibre fabric laminates for use in the new
Airbus A350 XWB and other EADS applications. Delivery of TenCate Cetex will
start to several Tier 1 and Tier 2 partners of Airbus that produce fuselage
panels and components for the Airbus A350 XWB.
material, which is characterized as high strength and low weight, will be
applied to the stiffening
Manchester weather at its very
wettest failed to dampen the spirits of attendees from around the world at the Textile
Institute Centenary Conference held here from November 2-4th.
The venue was Manchester’s Midland Hotel, where the
Institute was inaugurated a century ago – in a notable period in which Rolls
also met Royce to kick-start the British automotive industry at the same
location, and in the year that Manchester United played its first football
CEMATEX owner of ITMA, the world’s largest
textile machinery show has announced that Italy will host the 17th edition of
ITMA at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre in Milan, from 12 to 19 November
2015. Fiera Milano won the international bid organised by CEMATEX, the owner of
the ITMA show, after beating three other short-listed bidders from an original
list of 12.
The high profile exhibition is returning to Milan after 20
years, and the news will be welcomed no
Corporation has announced it is to launch the first ever nanofibre production
equipment utilizing Forcespinning Technology at the Filtration 2010 and
Materials Research Society conferences in Philadelphia and Boston,
respectively, from November 30 - December 2. The Cyclone L 1000 series produces
nanofibres with average diameters of 500nm and below and it features solution
and melt spinning capabilities.
Forcespinning is an award winning technol
Japan’s Teijin Group announced
today that three of its outstanding Teijin products have been selected for
display at Japan Experience; an exhibition organized by the Secretariat for Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) Japan 2010 and scheduled to take place in Yokohama,
Japan from November 7 to 14.
The three Teijin products are Biofront, a highly
heat-resistant advanced bioplastic; aramid fibre used in lightweight and highly
protective clothing; and the PU_PA EV e
launched has launched a new product called Kevlar XP for Hard Armor to provide
extra protection and extra performance in ballistic applications. The product
is initially targeted at military and police helmet markets and tactical plates used in ballistic
According to DuPont, an Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) used by
the U.S. military today can weigh almost four pounds and DuPont Kevlar XP for
Hard Armor provides a half pound (0.5 lb
Teijin Group’s carbon fibre
business Toho Tenax has announced that its German subsidiary, Toho Tenax Europe
GmbH, started full-scale operation of its fourth carbon fibre production line
at its Oberbruch plant this month, following initial start-up in September.
The 1700 ton capacity Line 4 was completed in August 2009,
but as a result of declining demand for carbon fibre due to the economic
downturn since the autumn of 2008, the line’s originally scheduled start
Albany International announced
on Friday that its aerospace composites subsidiary, Albany Engineered
Composites, Inc. (AEC), will be further expanding its operations in Rochester,
New Hampshire. AEC expects to construct a new plant adjacent to its current
Rochester operations in 2012 and to begin initial production in 2014. The plant
will support the company's activities associated with Safran's aerospace
programs and will employ up to 300 people.
AEC has been w
As part of its ongoing efforts
to serve the changing needs of global players, ITMA will feature a brand new section
on fibres and yarns for its 2011 edition which will be held from 22 to 29
September at Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía, Spain.
The new fibres and
yarns section of the exhibition will feature natural, man-made and technical
fibres, as well as natural, synthetic and technical yarns. With the new inclusion
ITMA 2011 exhibits will now be classified into 18
Johnson Controls Inc (JCI) has
announced it is planning to buy French manufacturer of automotive interiors textiles
Michel Thierry, of Laroque d'Olmes. Details of the acquisition were not
According to a report in Wisconsin’s Journal Sentinel, Glendale-based
Johnson Controls said the deal will make it one of the global leaders in
textiles and integrated trim and set the stage for growth. Michel Thierry whose
product line includes automotive textiles a
TenCate Advanced Composites USA has
announced that it has signed a commercialization and supply agreement with 3M
for the supply to TenCate of 3M Matrix Resin for the creation of customized
TenCate prepreg products, bringing innovative 3M technology to multiple new
As leading thermo set
and thermoplastic prepreg developer and producer, TenCate supplies its high
tech materials to various markets, including but not limited to space,
aerospace, marine, infra
Techtextil North America Symposium has been praised as ‘world class’
and ‘the best symposium of its kind’ by the trade press. In order to assure the
continued popularity of the symposium, the Techtextil North America Symposium
Advisory Council has been created. The 2011 Advisory Council consists of six
well respected professionals that attend and exhibit at Techtextil North
America as well as academia known for their contribution to the technical textiles
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
The boxfish (Ostraciidae) was the
rather unlikely role model for the design of the Mercedes Bionic concept car,
attendees at the recent 49th Dornbirn Manmade Fibres Conference in Austria were
Matthias Runar, of the Mercedes design centre at
Sindelfingen in Germany, which houses 420 of the company’s 500+ designers,
explained in Dornbirn that bionics is being integrated into design processes,
primarily to find new ways of cons
A textile finishing technology
used to produce clothing that keeps the wearer cooler under sunny conditions
could be in line for one of Europe’s top design prizes. Coldblack, co-developed
in Switzerland by speciality chemicals company Clariant and textile technology
specialist Schoeller Technologies, has been nominated for the German Design
Prize (Designpreis Deutschland) 2011.
Coldblack technology, which the inventors claim provides
efficient heat management as w
Teijin’s carbon fibre business,
Toho Tenax, has announced that it has developed a gas diffusion layer (GDL)
made of a carbon fibre fabric for use as an electrode component for fuel cells.
The new GDL will be marketed from late September this year.
According to Toho Tenax, the new fabric-type GDL exhibits
better flexibility and strength than commonly used paper-type GDLs, which are
carbon fibre sheets impregnated with resin or other materials. The company says
Italy’s RadiciGroup has
announced a new investment at its production site in Casnigo, which is engaged
in the production of polyamide 6 and 66 BCF yarn sold under the Radifloor brand
The investment of about Euros 10 million will go towards the
installation of new spinning lines for the production of polyamide 66 and
polyamide 6 solution-dyed BCF yarn. The new lines are expected to be put into
operation in the middle of 2011 and will complement the ex
In a world first, a Swiss company claims to have 'woven' a carbon fibre composite
cycle frame using a purpose built patented robot, guaranteeing
the highest level of precision in design and removing any scope for error for
the first time.
"In conventional cycle frame building, racing bikes are
meticulously laid-up by hand, using hundreds of carbon mat layers but the Impec
cycle frame from Swiss company BMc, therefore, sets a new benchmark in bo
At this week’s Composites Europe show in Essen, in a world
first, a carbon fibre composite cycle frame has been woven entirely by a
purpose built patented robot, guaranteeing the highest level of precision in
design and removing any scope for error for the first time.
In conventional cycle frame building, racing bikes are
meticulously laid-up by hand, using hundreds of carbon mat layers but the Impec
cycle frame from Swiss company BMc, therefore, sets a new benchmark in bot
Organisers of the GO carbon
Fibre 2010 conference are urging delegates to book their place at the
conference now to avoid disappointment and late booking fees.
The upcoming Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre 2010
conference, taking place on 29 - 30 September in Valencia, Spain, will cover
topics such as market analysis, materials insight, virgin CFRP production, CFRP
recycling, technical assessment of the latest innovations in production,
materials handling, resour
Edited by R Alagirusamy and A Das, Indian Institute of
Technology, New Delhi, India
Woodhead Textiles Series No. 101
UK based Woodhead Publishing
has published a new book called ‘Technical textile Yarns’, which it says provides
a comprehensive overview of the variety of technical textile yarns available
along with individual characteristics and production methods.
The following is a product summary provided by the
- documents advances
This year’s Composites Europe show
will see the launch of a new product in Scottish technical textiles
manufacturer Scott & Fyfe’s Polymat Range. Polymat Free-Flow is a
mechanically stitch bonded reinforcement fabric consisting of a needle bonded
core sandwiched between chopped glass fibres, which will increase the product
range offered by Scott & Fyfe to the closed mould market.
According to Scott & Fyfe, along with Polymat Hi-Flow,
Organisers would like to remind
delegates there are only a few days left to save on registration for TCL2010,
the international Textiles Coating and Laminating conference to be held in
Cannes, France from 4-5 November 2010.
If you have not already registered please note that the last
date to qualify for the early-bird rate is 8 September. To ensure your place,
please register at www.technical-textiles.net/symposium.htm , or by emailing email@example.com or
The International Conference
on Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, which is being held from 11-13 November
2010 at IIT Dehli, in India has issued a call for papers. The conference is
being organised by the Department of Textile technology at the Indian Institute
of Technology (IIT) Delhi.
The main objective of the conference is to bring together
industry, research organizations and academia involved meaningful discussions
on existing technical textile products, ex
Building on the success of
the first two IFAI Advanced Textiles conferences (in Berlin and Brussels), IFAI
presented a third successful edition in Paris 16-17 June, in the modern
Congress facilities of UICP (right next to the Eiffel Tower).
The Industrial Fabrics Association International hosted 70
participants from Europe and the U.S. at the 2010 conference, which focused on
major applications of technical textiles and investigated new technology
EDANA has announced its Keynote
speaker for the 9th edition of its OUTLOOK, personal care products conference which
will take place in Budapest, Hungary from the 22nd to the 24th September 2010. Robert
Ward, Director of Global Forecasting for the Economist Intelligence Unit will
address the topic ‘Global Economic Perspectives: EIU’s overview of global
growth perspectives and factors.’
In his role, Ward oversees the Economist Intelligence Unit's
IntertechPira has announced further speakers for its leading
conference dedicated to the carbon fibre industry, GOCarbonFibre2010, which
will feature featuring Airbus, Boeing, Opel / General Motors and carbon fibre
manufacturer Zoltek, amongst others.
Newly announces speakers from Harper International and Delft
University of Technology join the line-up for the 13th annual Global Outlook
for Carbon Fibre, newly branded as GOCarbonFibre, will take place on 29-30
Germany’s VDMA (Verband
Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau - German Engineering Federation) has put in
place a new network for machinery manufacturers engaged in the development and
production of technologies for the manufacture and quality control of composite
Initially, firms from four different VDMA associations have
come together to form the VDMA Composite Technology Forum, in order to create a
platform for exchanges among themselves, with user
Building on the success of its
previous European filtration conferences and exhibitions in 2004, 2006 and
2008, EDANA has announced its programme for the 2010 edition of FILTREX, to be
held in Cologne, Germany from 13 - 14 October, 2010.
The conference programme features commercial and technical
papers from 18 authoritative speakers including a keynote presentation by
Jeffrey Scott Saunders, Futurist for the Copenhagen Institute for Future
Studies (Denmark) on “ED
At Nanofibers for the Third
Millennium, held from August 30 – September 1 in Raleigh, NC, world leaders in nanofibres
will gather to discuss the state of fibre formation as a science and as a
corner stone for new nonwovens and technical-textile enabled products.
“The Nonwovens Institute has always had a commitment to
bringing together fundamental science, new product concepts and leaders in
industry. We’re very excited to be
hosting this conference w
Unifi, Inc. today released
preliminary operating results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June
27, 2010. For the 2010 fiscal year, net income was $10.7 million or $0.18 per
share, which represents the company's first profitable year since fiscal 2000
and an improvement of $59.7 million or $0.97 per share, from the prior year
period. Highlights for the 2010 fiscal year include:
Net sales increased by $63.1 million or 11.4 percent to
The 2011 edition of the
Techtextil North America Symposium will be held in conjunction with the western
edition of Techtextil North America, March 15-17, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay
Convention Center in Las Vegas. The symposium will parallel the theme of, “The
Innovation Interchange”, and will run concurrent with the exhibition.
This new region for Techtextil North America will further
offer speakers a potentially new audience and exposure to new industries in the
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
Netherland’s based technical textiles
giant, TenCate has announced that its operating profit (EBIT) for the second
quarter of 2010 has soared to approximately € 27 million, up 143% from second
quarter 2009’s € 11.1 million, in advance of the publication of its half-year
figures on 26 August 2010. Operating profit for the first six months of 2010
doubled to an amount of approximately € 33 million and taking incidental items
into account, net profit doubled in
The environment and ethically sourced
fashion will be on the agenda in London this coming autumn when leading
non-profit organisations the RITE Group and the Ethical Fashion Forum run two
major textile events alongside each other.
Located together for the first time at Central Hall,
Westminster, London, on 6th October, the RITE Group conference on sustainable
textiles and clothing will welcome the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) with its
newly named Ethical Fashion Source e
IntertechPira has announced its agenda
for its leading conference dedicated to the carbon fibre industry,
GOCarbonFibre2010, which will feature featuring Airbus, Boeing, Opel / General
Motors and carbon fibre manufacturer Zoltek, amongst others. The 13th annual
Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre, newly branded as GOCarbonFibre, will take
place on 29-30 September at the Barcelo Valencia Hotel, Spain and will cover
all current industry issues from market analysis to virgin C
Chinese companies have not
surprisingly moved into the production of nonwovens manufacturing machinery in
a big way over the past ten years, and at the recent ITMA Asia + CITME show in
Shanghai, virtually outnumbered the established names in this field from West
They included Jiangsu Yingyang Machinery, which is located
in Changsu, near Shanghai and has been developing its extensive machinery range
for the past decade. It includes both drylaid and spunmelt syst
Dominant Textile, a Turkish
technical textile company that develops and manufactures a variety of
industrial and weather/temperature resistant fabrics, is to open its first UK
office in Manchester creating 10 jobs over the next five years.
The company, which was established in 2003, chose the
Northwest to expand its international operations due to its strengths in the
textiles sector and its strong scientific research base. It has taken office
space at Peter House on
As the market
continues to grow in
Asia, manufacturers are stepping up their operations. International
are intensifying their supply relationships with Asian companies and
subsidiaries in the booming conurbations of the huge continent. Others
focussing on increasing their existing capacities and leading German
of warp knitting machines and warp preparation systems Karl Mayer is no
Karl Mayer has had its own subsid
3 July 2010, Almelo - The Executive Board of Royal Ten Cate
(TenCate) has appointed Dave Clarke (52) as new Global Group Director TenCate
Advanced Composites, effective January 1, 2011. Wally Moore (46), former Group
Director TenCate Geosynthetics Europe, has been appointed as Global Group
Director TenCate Geosynthetics, effective since July 1, 2010.
Jorg Huber (66), the
current Global Group Director TenCate Advanced Composites, will retire from
TenCate at the end of this year and will c
Ahlstrom, a global leader in high
performance fibre based materials, has announced that it will continue to
adjust upwards prices for its filter media products for transportation
filtration, as a consequence of the continued rise of raw materials prices.
The company says that prices of key raw materials used for
the manufacturing of filter media have continued to rise steadily over recent
months and although it has made strong efforts to mitigate the impact on its
ITMA, the world’s largest and most
established textile machinery exhibition, has put a bigger spotlight on
research and development, as well as education and training; a pavilion
organised for research institutes and higher institutions of learning to
showcase their projects, capabilities and programmes.
The Research & Education (R&E) pavilion will be a
major feature at next year’s ITMA exhibition, which will be held at the
EDANA, the international Association
serving the nonwovens and related industries yesterday released its statistics
on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2009. The figures for Greater Europe
(Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey and CIS) show that as a result of
the recent economic conditions, but also of the industry’s effort to provide
lighterweight nonwovens (using less material) with the same function, the
production of nonwovens has contracted in we
The steep reduction in global
shipments of new textile machinery in 2008 following a strong investment
between 2003 and 2007 continued in 2009 in most of the segments.
2008 shipments of spinning machinery were down by -17% (short-staple
and -26% (open-end rotors), of weaving machinery (shuttle-less looms) by
and of flat knitting machinery (electronic) by -12%.
On the other hand shipments of texturing spindles recorded
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven
Fabrics Industry, whose members include the companies that supply products
ranging from baby diapers and feminine hygiene pads to medical nonwoven gowns
to household wipes, says its members are playing a crucial role in the
desperate effort to contain the BP oil spill that threatens hundreds of miles
of sensitive coastline in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Nonwovens companies are producing the products that are
proving most successful in ads
As the prestigious Visionary Award
program prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary next year, the nomination
process for the 2011 Visionary Award is now open to the global nonwovens and
consumer products industries.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, which
sponsors the annual award, will be accepting nominations through September 1.
First presented in 2002 at the inaugural Vision Consumer Products Conference in
New Orleans, Louisiana, the award rec
- 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
A new research facility for
carbon fibre innovation is to be established at Deakin University’s Geelong
Campus at Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia. The carbon fibre pilot plant will
be part of the research facilities to be built at the Campus from a $37 million
grant to Deakin University announced on Friday 21 May by Kevin Rudd, the
country’s Prime Minister.
Speaking at the Geelong Technology Precinct at Deakin’s
Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, the Prime Minist
Bridging market needs and innovative
applications is the focus of the inaugural Research, Innovation & Science
for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference, which will take place September 20-23
in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics
Industry, RISE will provide information and stimulation for innovation in all aspects
of the development, production, marketing and sales of disposable and durable
nonwovens and engineered fabri
Federal-Mogul Corporation has announced
it has developed what it believes to be the world's first Polyethylene
(PET) yarn to meet both halogen-free flame-retardant regulations and the
"no flaming drip" requirement. Federal-Mogul says that until now, no
commercially available, zero-halogen flame-retardant Polyethylene
has been able to meet this requirement, known as the UL 1441 VW-1 flame
Federal-Mogul is now developing comme
According to a new report by Textiles
Intelligence, man-made fibre output in Japan fell in 2009 for the ninth
consecutive year. Furthermore, the decline, at 22.0%, was more than twice as
fast as any previous fall during the nine-year period. Output of filament yarn
plunged by 29.9% while that of staple fibres decreased by a substantial 15.1%.
The fall in filament yarn output reflected double digit declines in all the
main fibre types. In the case of staple fibres,
The Oerlikon Textile report ‘The
Fiber Year’ which is being published for the tenth time will be available for download
from the company’s homepage www.oerlikontextile.com in June. A Chinese version of the report will be available at a later date.
According to the report, global fibre consumption went up
4.2% to 70.5 million tonnes with manmade fibres rising 4.0% to 44.1 million
tonnes and natural fibres advancing 4.5% to 26.4 million tonnes. With a world
Lenzing's subsidiary PT. South
Pacific Viscose (SPV) officially started up its fourth production line
beginning of April, with a total investment of USD 150 million making it
biggest individual investment project in recent years. Its annual
production capacity of 60,000 tons of viscose fibre for textile and
applications raises SPV's total annual capacity to 220,000 tons and
Asia's biggest viscose fibre production site
Toray Industries, Inc. has announced
that it has signed a long-term basic supply agreement with the aerospace and
defence company EADS to supply carbon fibre prepreg for aircraft application
primarily for Airbus S.A.S. over 15 years through to 2025.
EADS is Europe’s largest aerospace corporate group
comprising the globally leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus as well as the
helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter, the space provider Astrium and the EADS
Defence & Securit
Groz-Beckert has been awarded the third
place prize at the Kyocera Environment Prize for its Litespeed system
helps save energy and resources in high speed circular knitting by
needle geometries. Prize giving took place on 29 April at the Economics
organised by the Federal Association of Medium-Sized Companies e.V.,
Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the World Conference Centre at
former German Bundestag in Bonn.
weft insertion warp knitting
machine builder Karl Mayer Malimo has launched the RS MSU S, the first
of a new
generation of Weftronic machines which offer increased width and
a new machine platform. Fabrics widths of up to 6.8 metres can now be
a considerably higher square metre production rates.
Karl Mayer Malimo’s development work has continued to focus
on weft-insertion warp knitting machines and following the improvements
Aanti-trust authorities have approved
Lenzing’s acquisition of Czech pulp producer Biocel Paskov A.S. The acquisition
is said to be an important strategic step towards the group's long-term
extension of its vertical backwards integration. The acquisition is part of a
hedging strategy to protect Lenzing from the impact of high pulp price
volatility. Pulp is the raw material used for the production of Lenzing’s viscose
Lenzing intends to invest 50 million Euro
Germany’s VDMA Textile
Machinery Association has reported a 130% increase in orders in the
quarter 2010 for German textile machinery builders compared to the first
quarter of last year. The association predicts an overall increase in
30-35% in 2010, compared with 2009.
“After two extremely difficult years, the German textile
machinery manufacturers are guardedly optimistic for the future”
P. Mayer, Chairman of th
Organisers of TCL 2010, the
International Textiles Coating and Laminating conference to be held in Cannes,
France, on 4-5 November 2010, have announced a keynote speech entitled ‘Breakthrough
Coating Technologies for Advanced Textiles’. Prof. Marc Van Parys, Head of
Textile Department and Research Lab TO2C, at the University College Ghent,
Belgium, will present a discussion on process and product innovations and how
they will affect the coating and laminating industry
Textured polyester and nylon
producer Unifi yesterday reported improved sales and net income for its
fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2010 and increased gross profits for the
nine months. The company said net sales were positively impacted by
market conditions across all of the company's key segments, as well as
continued growth in Brazil.
The company reported net sales of $154.7 million for the
third quarter of fiscal year 2010, an increa
Japanese textiles manufacturer Toray
Industries said yesterday that it was to jointly develop carbon fibre car parts
with German car manufacturer Daimler AG. According to a Reuters news report the
parts will be used in Daimler's Mercedes-Benz cars from 2012.
The first cars to use the new carbon fibre reinforced
plastic composite materials will be the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, with carbon
fibre for the parts being produced at Toray's plant in France, the report said.
The Technical Textiles Special
Interest Group (SIG) of The Textile Institute, Manchester and The Manchester
and Cheshire Section of the Textile Institute have announced the speakers for their International Conference on ‘Managing Innovation in Textiles’. The event will
be held on Thursday 10 June and Friday 11 June in Manchester, UK. Download the full conference programme.
The global Textile Industry has in the last few decades seen
revolutionary changes in i
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven
Fabrics Industry, has released ‘China Nonwoven Industry Outlook Trends and
Forecast’, a 66 page report focussing on the outlook for China’s disposable and
durable nonwoven markets. The report, the first of its kind, covers sales and volume
of major nonwoven segments and nonwovens consumption in 2008 and outlook by
technology and combines both an historical perspective on the market since 2003
and projections of its growth t
Leading technical textile and
nonwovens companies from around the world will showcase the latest products and
advanced technologies in textiles, nonwovens and materials during Techtextil
North America 2010 next month in Atlanta, Georgia. The show represents all
vertical aspects of the technical textile industry from research and
development, through raw materials and production processes, to conversion,
further treatment and recycling.
Some of the highlights of the
ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010, Asia’s leading
textile machinery show, has been given a boost by the announcement from
show organisers that all exhibition space has now been sold for the
organisers, over 1100 textile and garment machinery manufacturers have
applied to exhibit at the second combined show, taking up 100,000 square
of Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Chinese exhibitors make up
UCMTF President: 2010 Interview
Bruno Ameline, the President and
Evelyne Cholet, the Secretary General of UCMTF (French Textile Machinery
Manufacturers Association) report on the present state of the French textile machinery
manufacturers and analyze their strategy to bring value to their customers.
Have Textile machinery manufacturers been hard hit by the
financial and economic crisis?
The industrial equipment sector is extremely cyclical and
TAPPI’s NET (Nonwovens
Engineers & Technologists) Division has announced that plans are underway
for 2010 NET INC (Nonwovens Engineers & Technologists Innovative Nonwovens
Conference). The conference will take place November 10-12, 2010 in Raleigh,
Sponsored by TAPPI’s NET Division and the Nonwovens
Institute (NWI), NET INC claims to be the only technical conference developed
by nonwovens engineers and technologists. Presentations at t
Lenzing AG, a company quoted on the
Vienna stock exchange and a leader in the manufacture of cellulose fibres, has acquired
a 75 % share in Czech pulp producer Biocel Paskov A.S. Biocel’s owner, Austrian
company Heinzel Holding, will keep a 25 % share in the company and manage paper
According to Lenzing, Biocel’s paper pulp production
capacity runs to about 280,000 tons per year. Lenzing intends to invest EUR 50
million in the site's capacity exp
The Lenzing Group, market leader in
cellulose fibres, is to invest in further capacity expansion and
of its sites in Lenzing (Austria) and Nanjing (China). The production
of the Nanjing site will be more than doubled to 140,000 tons per year
with an investment
of 55 million Euros over an 18 month to two year period and the Lenzing
will switch production from standard viscose fibres to modal fibres
next fifteen months at an
2010, Albstadt - Will geotextiles soon be successfully creating fertile
soil from arid desert landscapes? Will creative forms in mobility make
it possible for even more people to be transported efficiently in the
near future? Will textiles a few years from now be able to open up new
habitats for humanity on distant planets? The answers to these and many
other exciting questions relating to visionary textiles production are
all being researched at Groz-Beckert, the leading Germa
Nominations are now open for the
coveted WOW Innovation Award, one of the many highlights of the upcoming 2010
World of Wipes (WOW) International Conference in Chicago in June.
The WOW Innovation Award will honour the most innovative
advances within the entire wipe value chain, including raw materials and
ingredients, roll goods, machinery, packaging and finished products. Finalists will make presentations during the
Conference and attendees will vote on the rec
DyStar has reached agreement with
Lanxess owner of the DyStar production plants in Leverkusen and Brunsbüttel to restart
production at both sites in March.
This week, DyStar employees were able to enter the plants in
order to prepare for start-up of the facilities, the company said. According to
DyStar, orders for the necessary raw materials to start production have already
Lanxess, owner of the buildings and facilities used by DyStar
in Leverkusen a
12 March 2010, Mumbai – According to a recent Assocham
study, India’s technical textiles industry is set to boom in the next five
years. The sector is said to be ready to double from its estimated current
value of US $10 billion today.
According to the report, the main reason for the projected
growth is the expected increase in consumption of technical textiles by India’s
growing middle classes.
According to the Business Standard, Assocham’s President
Swati Piramal said in a statem
Utilizing the latest in
communications technology as well a traditional print medium, three programs at
the IDEA10 International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition will
allow exhibitors and attendees to connect with each other like never before
possible, say organisers INDA.
The new IDEA10 social networking site and the debut of
IDEA10 TV, being produced by Nonwovens Industry magazine, mark two significant
steps in improved networking and communications
Lenzing Group, leading manufacturer
of quality cellulose fibres says it has achieved a comparatively satisfactory
result in 2009 despite the difficult global economic situation. In a statement
released today with its preliminary figures, the company says this was made
possible by timely counter measures it took and also by improved demand in its core
fibres business from the second quarter on.
According to the group’s preliminary figures consolidated
The fifth edition of Composites Europe
is to return to Essen, Germany in 2010 where it will be held parallel to the Aluminium
World Fair from 14 to 16 September. 70% of exhibition space has already been
sold and with more than 1000 exhibitors, jointly the events will provide the
largest sales platform for lightweight construction in Europe.
Organiser Reed Exhibitions says that after four successful
events, Composites Europe is proving to be the impulse giver for the c
DyStar’s CEO Steve Barron says the
newly acquired company’s management sees a huge opportunity to make the
business both successful and profitable.
Speaking at a two day meeting of the company’s Executive
Management Team in Rheingau, Germany, Barron said: “It is our declared
intention to deliver according to our shareholder’s plans. With such high a calibre
and dedicated global team we see a huge chance to make the business successful and
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
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.
In view of the increasingly
international orientation of the Hohenstein Institute, some of the business
units of the International Textile Research and Services Centre have been
renamed as of 1 January 2010.
The main focus of the renaming was to strengthen the ‘Hohenstein’
umbrella brand name. In future, the following companies will operate under the
Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co. KG (previously:
Hohenstein Research Institute Prof. Dr
New 60 gsm fabric is just 0.06mm thick
Teijin’s Toho Tenax Co. is to
start selling a carbon fibre fabric from March this year that is says is less
than half the weight of conventional lightweight carbon fibre fabrics.
The company claims the new fabric, which has been developed
with Sakai Ovex Co., Ltd. and is used for forming prepregs, will help further
reduce the weight of composite products. This, the company says, makes it ideal
for high-strength, low-weig
EDANA, the association
representing the nonwovens and related industries, and BCH (Business
Co-ordination House) have announced the successful completion of the first ever
edition of the Filtrex Asia Conference and Exhibition in New Delhi, India. With over 200 attendees and 23 exhibitors
from Asian markets, and additional representatives from Europe and the
Americas, the conference highlighted one of the ultimate benefits offered by
the sector, better prote
Bayer MaterialScience has
announced that thanks to a combination of two new dispersion technologies, aqueous
suspensions of its Baytubes carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can now be produced which
contain single tubes which show high electrical and thermal conductivity. According
to the company, multifilament yarns coated with such CNT dispersions can be
woven to efficient fabric heaters which have already performed well in
preventing the water in water storage tanks of Ja
Techtextil North America
Symposium 2010 has announced that Kim Glas, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Commerce for Textiles and Apparel, is to be its Keynote Speaker at its
The latest technology, applications, and the overall
direction of the technical textile and nonwovens industry will be presented by
experts and leaders from around the world during Techtextil North America Symposium
being held from 18-20 May 2010 at the Georgia World C
Xennia Technology Ltd, a
subsidiary of the Netherland’s Royal TenCate, is today unveiling its process demonstrator
for nano printing and finishing of textile materials at its Letchworth, UK
headquarters. The novel nano process technology, which TenCate says will change
the textiles industry, is based on inkjet technology, whereby ink or coating
particles are applied with great production precision and high speed. The technology will eventually enable TenCate to
DyStar’s new CEO Manish Kiri
has announced his senior management team for the DyStar Group. Manish Kiri
himself will take on the position of Chairman and Steve Barron, until now Vice
President responsible for Strategic Marketing at DyStar, will become CEO of the
Bart VanKuijk, previously Sales Area Manager for South Asia,
has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. Viktor Leendertz will continue his
responsibilities as CFO in the new DyStar Group
EDANA, the trade association for the nonwovens
and related industries has announced its programme of events and training
courses for 2010 and into 2011.
“With a global scope
and outlook, we are pleased to support our members, and the broader industry with
activities that share learnings, increase engagement within the supply chain
and with external stakeholders, supporting the sustainable and profitable
growth of the nonwovens industry,” said Pierre Wiertz, G
EDANA, the nonwovens and
related industries trade association has announced that the 2010 edition of the
Nonwovens Research Academy has been rescheduled to 16 and 17 November, 2010,
which is this year jointly organised with the Institut für Textiltechnik of
RWTH Aachen University (ITA).
The Nonwovens Research Academy aims to promote fundamental
understanding and knowledge of the science and technology of nonwoven fabrics,
products and processes as well as relat
The Indonesian subsidiary of
Lenzing AG, PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV) has started up first successful
trials of its new fourth production line. Regular operation is expected to
commence in the course of the second quarter. The new line will produce viscose
fibres for textile applications and for the nonwovens industry. Production is
intended for the domestic Indonesian market, as well as for export.
A total investment of about USD 150 million makes the
Teijin Limited and the Tokyo
Institute of Technology have developed a highly crystalline carbon nanofiber
(CNF) which it says will offer 30% greater electrical conductivity than
conventional products. The extra-conductive CNF, which is 100-300 nanometres in
diameter and 20 micrometers long, has been developed with a melt-spinning
Teijin says that since melt-spinning is widely used for the
production of ordinary chemical fibres, the newly developed CNF can
According to a recent news report,
researchers at Stanford University are making batteries and simple capacitors
from fabrics dipped in nanoparticle-infused ink. According to the Stanford News
Service, the conductive ‘eTextiles’ represent a new class of integrated energy
storage device, born from the synthesis of old technology with cutting-edge
Special ink formula
"We have been developing all kinds of materials, trying
to revolutionize bat
Participants from Sony
Corporation, International Paper, All Nippon Airways, Michigan State
University, Frito-Lay, and Target Corporation are among the list of speakers
announced for the ‘Innovation Takes Root 2010’ conference, April 13-15, at the
Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas. According to conference organizers NatureWorks
LLC, the line-up reflects the vibrancy and innovation now taking place in the
global biopolymers market.
"Designed as both
researchers are using a natural biopolymer found in crustaceans to create
odour-repellent fabrics for use in the automotive industry. The researchers are
studying how specialised fabrics could provide smart solutions for car
interiors, resisting odours and staying cleaner for longer.
Dr Rajiv Padhye, Discipline Head, Higher Education in the
School of Fashion and Textiles, said the researchers were working on various
concepts for a number
With the ambitious goal of
providing a world-class conference to stimulate innovation in all aspects of
the development, production, marketing and sales of nonwovens and engineered
fabrics, the Research, Innovation & Science for
Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference will make its debut September 20-23 in
Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Organized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics
Industry, the goal of RISE is to provide information and stimulation for bo
North America, has contracted NSC Nonwoven to supply equipment for a needle
punching line to produce velour carpets for the automotive industry.
The purchasing decision for the line is said to be the first
in some years for the automotive industry and should provide Rieter with a competitive
edge in the market. The line will include Thibeau Excelle batt formation with
IsoProDyn, Asselin needle punching and the newest SDV Velour needle
The millennia old tradition of silk
production is about to be woven into the fabric of the 21st century. Under the ‘Tango
Biofabrics’ project, Japan's Teijin is attempting to develop new, eco-friendly
applications for Biofront, a type of bioplastic, in collaboration with
Kyotango, a city long known as the home of Tango silk crepe, or chirimen.
Teijin hopes to combine its advanced heat-resistant bio
plastic fibres with Kyotango’s traditional silk craftsmanship fo
Unifi, Inc. is continuing its
global growth strategy with the opening Unifi Central America, Ltda. DE C.V.
(UCA). The company says that given the economic climate, brands and retailers
continue to evaluate their global sourcing strategies in order to react more
quickly to the constant changes in consumer demand. It says that the Central
American region provides customers with an additional quick-turn, quick
replenishment solution in this hemisphere.
With a bas
Research and Markets Ltd has added a guide to the tensile properties
and failure of textile and technical fibres to its catalogue. The book titled ‘Handbook
of Tensile Properties of Textile and Technical Fibres’, provides an overview of
the tensile behaviour of a wide range of both natural and synthetic fibres, examines
tensile characteristics, tensile failure of textiles fibres and factors that
affect tensile properties and discusses microstructures and each
Danish nonwovens manufacturer
Fibertex is to set up manufacturing and distribution facilities in South Africa,
aimed at giving it easy access to markets which have plans for huge future
investments in, among other things, infrastructure.
From the start of this year, Fibertex will set up business
with a factory in South Africa with a view to manufacturing and marketing
needlepunch products, primarily geotextiles for road works, but also products
for the growing Sout
100 mins/ KS 3/4 /2008New technology and cutting edge
processes are combining with traditional textiles to create a new
generation of smarter and more technical products than ever before.
Filmed with some of the worlds most innovative textile companies, this
programme explores the properties, characteristics and functions of
these new materials and shows how they are being used to revolutionise
the world around us. The DVD shows how textiles will play a role in the
next generation of planes, car
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 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
SRF Ltd, a leading Indian manufacturer
of technical textiles, is planning to add to its product portfolio by entering
the laminated fabrics sector. The company, which primarily relies on
manufacture of nylon tyre cord, wishes to reduce its dependence on this.
According to the Business Standard, SRF will be the first
organised player to enter the laminated fabric industry in India and expects
its revenues from technical textiles to increase exponentially. Techni
The French Textile Machinery
Manufacturers' Association, UCMTF, recently brought together students from the
four French universities which train engineers for the textile industry. The
goal was to further enhance relations with the students and to review the
careers offered to them both in France and worldwide.
The forum was organized on the campus of l’ENSISA (Ecole
Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Sud Alsace) located in Mulhouse. Students
from ENSAIT (
The seventh edition of North
America’s only dedicated show for technical textiles and nonwovens will be held
from 18-20 May 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Techtextil
North America assembles all vertical aspects of the technical textile industry,
from research and development, through raw materials and production processes
and finally ending in conversion, further treatment and recycling.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition is
Media reports say that India’s Kiri
Dyes and Chemicals Ltd (KDCL), an Ahmedabad-based company engaged in the
manufacturing of organic dyes for cotton fabrics, has executed a purchase
agreement with DyStar Group, a German-based company in a similar space.
Reports say that as part of the agreement, the company will
acquire DyStar Group and its selective assets for an undisclosed sum but suggest
the deal size is somewhere in the region of £100 million (about $164
Toho Tenax, Teijin Group’s core
company of the in its carbon fibre business, announced today that its carbon fibre-reinforced
plastic (CFRP) has been adopted for use in the cabin and various components of
the Lexus LFA, a new Lexus ‘F’ premium sports car series, which Toyota Motors
unveiled at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show and will begin marketing at the end of
A total of 65% of the Lexus LFA’s cabin will be made with
CFRP, enabling the cabin to weig
‘Grand Challenge’ will stimulate development of innovative
manufacturing techniques for the rapid, cost effective production of
Winning project to receive £5 million prize from government
to develop and demonstrate technology.
Opportunity for British companies to become world leaders in
advanced composite manufacture.
1 December 2009, London - The Government-backed Technology
Strategy Board is to manage a unique competition that will see a £5 million
prize awarded to Brit
The first ever Carbon Fibre Recycling and Reuse Conference, organised
by Intertech Pira, was held in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg in early November.
Over 50 delegates from all over the world attended the one and a half day
conference, which featured over a dozen presentations on subjects such as an
overview of the different recycling technologies available, operational
challenges, and end user perspectives.
The use of carbon fibre reinf
CEMATEX, the European Committee of
Textile Machinery Manufacturers, says that ITMA 2011, to be held in Barcelona, Spain
from 22 to 29 September 2011, will be the world’s most comprehensive, one-stop
platform for textile and garment makers. Online application for exhibition
space will be available from 30 November 2009.
Showcasing the entire
value chain from spinning to garment making, textile processing, technical
textiles, logistics and distribution, the exhibit
Composites Europe the European
trade fair for the composites industry has once again registered noticeable
gains at this year’s event which was held in Stuttgart from 27 to 29 October. With
a 15% increase in exhibitor numbers and a 48% increase in trade visitors
compared to the previous event, the show continues on its successful course
unhampered. A total of 313 exhibitors from 25 countries and 6,120 trade
visitors came to the fourth edition of the show.
The Institute of
Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University is to host the
6th annual international conference on Advances in Textiles, Machinery,
Nonwovens and Technical Textiles, (ATNT) 2009.
The event, held in collaboration with Bannari Amman
Institute of Technology in India (BIT), will run from 7-9 December at the
institute’s campus in Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu, South India. The conference
will feature papers from natural fibres to
According to a new report from
Research and Markets, the global structure of polypropylene and polyethylene
production is poised to change dramatically as capacity rises in China and
soars in the Middle East. As a result, the shares of Western Europe and the USA
are set to fall substantially, the report says.
The change in production structure will come about because
the manufacture of propylene and ethylene-which are the main raw material
feedstocks for pol
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
‘Textile Days India’, a
combination of two fairs, Techtextil (International Trade Fair for Technical
Textiles and Nonwovens) and Heimtextil India (Trade fair for home furnishings),
which took place from 10-12 October, was inaugurated by Mr. A B Joshi, Textile
Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles India. The exhibition was held at the Bombay
Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.
According to organisers, Heimtextil India and Techtextil 2009 signified the uptrend in the econ
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
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
Entrepreneurs, businesses and
academics have been networking at the University of Bolton, exploring the
future of the textiles industry. More than 150 businesses were represented at
the event which looked at how the North West could build on its textiles
industry heritage and what advantages could be gained from exploring
partnerships in countries such as India.
Transforming the Textiles Landscape: Past, Present and
Future, was hosted by businessman and Fellow of En
Australian speciality fabrics manufacturer
Colan is working with V8 supercar teams to test the use of a revolutionary new
lightweight fibre for the Australian championship following its successful use
in Formula One cars. The new fibre, Innegra, is used in a high performance yarn
that, when combined with carbon fibre, can improve the toughness of the cars
while decreasing their weight.
“This is on back of the Innegra’s use by the new Brawn GPs
Formula One team,
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
Toho Tenax Co. Ltd., the core
company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibres business, announced today that it
will promote its high-performance Tenax carbon fibre products and ongoing
expansion into Southeast Asia and India at JEC Composites Asia 2009.
JEC Composites Asia 2009, one of Asia’s major trade shows
for composite materials, will be held at the Suntec Exhibition Center in
Singapore from October 14 to 18. This is the first time for Toho Tenax to
Teijin Limited has announced that
it has begun producing its proprietary heat-resistant bio-plastic Biofront at a
demonstration plant in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture. The plant was originally
Toyota Motor Corporation’s polylactic acid demonstration plant. Following the
acquisition of the plant by Teijin in June 2008, it was migrated to Matsuyama
and converted into a demonstration plant for Biofront with additional
proprietary processes required for producing the
UK based specialist warp knitter Baltex, has developed a range of novel
warp knitted spacer fabrics using
Coolmax Fresh FX, which have been independently tested at the University of
Bolton and found to outperform other spacer fabrics in their comfort
properties. The company’s new Coolmax Fresh FX fabrics, which were launched at
this year’s Techtextil, are part of its wider XD range of 3D knitted spacer
According to Baltex, the Coolmax Fresh FX
NW Texnet, the cluster management
organisation for England’s North West technical textiles sector, has secured
funding in conjunction
with Blackburn College, from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), to
develop and deliver a foundation degree in Project Management for the technical
“The degree was proposed as a direct result of feedback we
received from a range of companies when asked for their requirements from the
Comez, a global leader in
advanced narrow fabric technology has launched a new electronic double needle
bar warp knitting machine, DNB/EL-1270, for the manufacture of a wide range of
technical and apparel fabrics including:
applications - Netting for sports equipment and the food industry, high
resistance ribbons in special fibres, ribbons and fabrics for geotextiles
applications, automotive, building and industrial sectors
applications - Tub
The event kicks off with an interactive workshop presenting
Carbon Fibre Market Analysis 2015. Facilitated by Ben Rasmussen, President of
BMR Associates, the workshop promises to deliver fresh, in depth research into
carbon fibre markets extracted from IntertechPira’s forthcoming report, due for
publication in December 2009.
The two day conference starts after the workshop and is
chaired by Professor Steve Pickering, of the University of Nottingham, who will
introduce a comprehensive and
A special floor mat available for
the fully remodelled third-generation Toyota Prius uses an advanced Ingeo based
fibre. Known as the world’s most eco-conscious car, Toyota Prius features world
leading fuel consumption (38km/L), a solar powered ventilation system, and
environmentally friendly plant-derived plastics for seat cushion foam, cowl
side trim, inner and outer scuff plates, and deck trim cover. Now, the new
Prius adds to these bio based materials by offeri
Materials, a division of Lydall, Inc. yesterday announced that it has
officially commissioned its new Needled Fiber Product Operation located at its
Green Island, New York facility. This investment in growth gives Lydall a new
manufacturing capability to enhance its portfolio of high performance appLY Mat
needled glass mat products. These products were developed by Lydall to expand
its high temperature insulation product offering to ser
Unifi, Inc. announced yesterday
that the company’s Yadkinville, North Carolina plant, where Repreve recycled
polyester is manufactured will be featured on the Travel Channel’s series ‘Extreme’. The Extreme Mega Factories program is
designed to take viewers on the ultimate tour of the USA’s most cutting edge
factories. The Extreme film crew visited
Unifi’s Repreve manufacturing facility on 19 May this year, and the episode
will air on the Trav
The USA based Texas Tech University and
Bannari Amman Institute of Technology (BIT), Sathyamangalam, India, jointly
announce the 6th edition of, “Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and
Technical Textiles-ATNT 2009,” December 7-9, 2009.
For the past five years, USA based Texas Tech University has
been providing an international platform in the Coimbatore area for exchanging
cutting-edge topics and ideas on emerging textile fields such as nonwovens,
Clariant’s Textile Business, the
leading supplier of chemicals and dyes for the textile industry, took visitors
to its Techtextil 2009 stand, on a voyage of discovery. The company launched new
products that it says, give the technological and ecological edge to its technical
textiles customers. Fast-moving sectors such as mobiltech, buildtech/hometech
and medtech/ Indutech were the focus and customers benefited from
solution-based and sector-specific offerings.
Teijin Limited has announced that it
has upgraded its Biofront bioplastic with substantially improved resistance to
hydrolytic degradation in hot and humid conditions, creating new opportunities
for the plant-based material’s use in high-heat and high-humidity applications,
such as automotive and electronics.
The new Biofront is at least ten times more hydrolytic
resistant than conventional commercial bioplastic, meaning that Teijin’s
plant-derived bioplastic now
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,
A total of six innovations have
been selected for this year’s Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Awards. The
awards go to innovative solutions from the fields of material and product
development, new processes and innovative garments. The aim of the awards is to
promote unconventional thinking and to intensify the dialogue between research,
manufacturers and users.
“Trade visitors will find the award-wining developments in a
special exhibition during the Interna
Swiss textile powerhouse is to show a range of innovative textiles at Techtextil including a new version of 3XDRY and its textile DNA for protection against piracy.
Have a good night with 3XDRY
Textiles with 3XDRY finish repel water and dirt from the outside (hydrophobic) and absorb moisture from the inside (hydrophilic). Clothing with 3XDRY keeps the body dryer, prevents perspiration stains and produces a cooling effect.
3XDRY is a time tested and well known successf
Boeing, Royal Ten Cate, Stork Fokker and University of
Twente establish research centre
Officials from Boeing, Royal Ten
Cate, Stork Fokker and the University of Twente signed an agreement today to
establish the Thermoplastic Composites Research Centre (TPRC) at the University
of Twente in The Netherlands.
Reasons for pursuing
research into thermoplastic composites technologies are that they can offer
cost-efficient fabrication and assembly processes and have e
Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), a
leading global producer of engineered polymers, will showcase its innovative,
eco-friendly and cost efficient polymer families at the International Plastics
Expo (NPE) in Chicago, Il, June 22 – 26, 2009.
Kraton will debut its newly commercialized Nexar polymer
product family at NPE. The Nexar polymer family is uniquely designed for high
performance breathable fabrics, water transport, filtration and separation
Nilit, a global leader
in the production of nylon 6.6, will be exhibiting at Techtextil in Frankfurt next
week for the first time ever.
Nilit’s booth will be located in Hall 4.1, Stand H58, at this
year’s show, which will be held 16-18 June, in Frankfurt, Germany. Techtextil
Frankfurt is the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and
“We look forward to showcasing woven and knitted fabrics and
finished garments made w
The Teijin Group, a Japan-based global
manufacturer and supplier of performance fibres and textiles, announced today
that it will participate in Techtextil 2009, the international trade fair for
the technical textiles and nonwovens industries that will be held in Frankfurt,
Germany, from June 16 to June 18. Three Teijin group companies, Teijin Fibers
Limited, Teijin Aramid BV and Teijin Monofilament Germany GmbH, will present
their latest environmentally friendly solution
UK based Itac will provide a
fascinating insight into the next generation
of its new adhesive and non- adhesive coatings products, when the company
exhibits at Techtextil, in Frankfurt this summer.
Itac’s participation for the first time at Techtextil ‘the
innovative interchange’, demonstrates a growing confidence in the success of
the company’s ‘ITS’ brand-technically advanced range of industry specific
adhesives and nonadhesive coatings. The rapidly
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
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
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
Techtextil – 16 to 18
June 2009, Frankfurt Am Main,
Innovation in Textiles,
an online news and technical resource for the technical textiles and nonwovens
industries is bringing its readers, visitors to the exhibition and exhibitors, a preview of the latest
technical developments in fibres, yarns, fabrics and machinery and equipment,
which will be shown at Techtextil from 16 to 18 June 2009.
In addition, Innovation in Textiles will also be
reporting on t
ACIMIT (Association of Italian Textile
Machinery Manufacturers) and ICE (Italian Institute for Foreign Trade) have
organized a Meeting Point at the forthcoming Techtextil 2009 being held in
Frankfurt from 16 to 18 June. The Meeting Point will host about ten Italian
machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for technical
The Italian industry is paying particular attention to the technical
and innovative textiles sector and ACIMIT estimates
Teijin Fibers Limited announced today
that its chemically recycled polyester Eco Circle Fibers are now being used in
the cords of Toyo Tire & Rubber’s Proxes Ne tyres, which Toyo Tire Europe
GmbH introduced to the European market beginning in April 2009. Eco Circle
Fibers are marketed under the brand name ECOPET PLUS(r) in Japan
Toyo Tire & Rubber launched Proxes Ne in Japan last
December, as special tyres designed for environmentally oriented passenger
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,
At the recent JEC Composites
exhibition at Porte de Versailles, Paris, CELC Masters of Linen showcased the
use of flax and hemp fibres in the future world of renewable composites. According
to CELC, the environmentally sustainable properties of these two European-grown
fibres are proving increasingly attractive to manufacturers seeking to
incorporate sustainable solutions into their products.
The natural mechanical properties of flax and hemp bring
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
Universal Fibers has announced
that it has entered into an agreement with David T. Rouse, owner of Rouse Enterprises
LLC, to represent their solution dyed industrial products. Rouse Enterprises,
LLC will represent Universal's industrial solution-dyed yarn products and
capabilities to the marketplace in the United States and Canada.
Thanks to the solution-dyeing process employed, these
industrial yarns and fibres not only maintain their colours better then
Airbus has recently signed an extension
of its existing Memorandum of Understanding with TenCate, Stork Fokker AESP and
The Netherlands Aerospace Group, in Toulouse, France. The entry of another six
Dutch industrial companies and knowledge institutes to the Thermoplastic
Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure (TAPAS) consortium is expected within a
The TAPAS consortium consists of companies and institutes
active in the Dutch aviation industry that are work
Teijin Fibers Limited, the Teijin
group's core polyester fibre company, has announced that a car seat fabric made
100% from Biofront, a green bio plastic produced almost completely from
plant-based feedstock, is being used in the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
vehicle that the Mazda Motor Corporation began leasing on March 25, 2009.
The Biofront seats incorporate an upgraded version of a
fabric co-developed by Teijin Fibers and Mazda in Autumn 2007. The new version
incorporating fabrics from TenCate will be on display at the AutoRAI 2009
motorshow, to be held in Amsterdam from 1-11 April. These are the KG-1 Concept
from KesselsGranger DesignWorks (Eindhoven, NL) at the Dutch Design Lounge, the
Go-4 Dakar off-road vehicle from the HAN University (Arnhem, NL), and the DUT
racing car from the DUT Racing Team of the Technical University of Delft (NL).
Thanks to its broad technological base, which derives from a
Rayonier has developed a highly absorbent cross-linked
cellulose fibre for use in incontinence garments, Weyerhaeuser has patented an
economical biodegradable superabsorbent fibre, and SRI International has a
range of novel biodegradable polyolefin copolymers. Hills has a method for
forming ultra-fine spunbond fibres for fabrics and nonwovens. Autoliv has
developed an improved airbag to protect vehicle occupants, and Johnson Controls
has a novel idea for integrating a seamed tex
Group’s coldblack technology which helps fabrics reflect heat and UV rays is
being used in the roofliner of iChange a new concept flexible car at the Geneva
The dream of a flexible, environmentally friendly car may
well be within our grasp. At the Geneva Auto Salon from 5 to 15 March, 2009,
the Swiss auto powerhouse Rinspeed showed the iChange, the first vehicle in
the world with a body that adapts in size to the passenger load.
‘The Carbon Fibre Industry Worldwide 2008-2014:
An Evaluation of Current Markets and Future Supply and Demand’ is an in-depth
market report on the rapidly growing global carbon fibre industry and its
Over 320 pages long and featuring over 250 tables/figures,
the report provides a detailed analysis of current and future production and
consumption trends for all carbon fibre types and all main end-user sectors,
including aerospace, defence, wind energy, aut
textile and nonwovens companies from around the world will showcase the latest
products and advanced technologies in textiles, nonwovens and materials during
Techtextil North America 2009 which will be held from April 21-23, 2009, at the
Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Techtextil North America represents all vertical aspects of
the technical textile industry from research and development, through raw
materials and production
of motor cycle garments, BMW Motorrad is introducing Schoeller Coldblack
technology for pants and jackets in its new Streetguard 3 suit. Streetguard 3
is the premiere product of BMW Motorrad’s textile garment range and combines
the most modern materials currently available.
Coldblack actively reduces the absorption of the sun rays
and offers a reliable protection from damaging UV rays. The new outer fabric
was developed in an exclusive coop
Search is on for new ideas, visions and concepts
Promoting the dialogue between research, manufacturers and
On the occasion of Techtextil
2009, Messe Frankfurt is organising the Techtextil Innovation Award for the tenth
time and the Avantex Innovation Award for the fifth time.
To be held as part of the International Trade Fair for
Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, the competitions are open to companies,
institutes, universities, polytechnics and indivi
Hexcel today announced that
it has received a 2008 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the awards annually
to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Hexcel maintained a Silver performance
composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period,
from Oct 1, 2007 to Sept 30, 2008. This
is the second successive year that Hexcel has qualified for the Silver Boeing
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
by Jutta Stehr and Jürgen Vogel, Oerlikon Textile GmbH &
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
Focus on new impulses for the combination of natural fibres
and technical textiles
To mark the International Year of Natural
Fibres, Messe Frankfurt will hold a Natural Fibre Congress during Techtextil,
International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, in Frankfurt
from 16 to 18 June 2009.
The aim of the congress is, inter-alia, to bring natural
fibres into closer contact with technical applications and to show trade
visitors the benefits of natural fibres
10-12 March 2009. Rome
UK - Smart Fabrics are big
business. The smart textiles market is expected to hit US$642.1 million globally
by the end of 2008, representing a compound annual growth rate of 28.3%. These
figures are set to increase yet further into 2009 to keep pace with new
applications emerging in the sector. Accordingly IntertechPira is to present
the 5th annual Smart Fabrics conference, a global forum for all the
developments you should know about.
Researchers at Monash
University in Melbourne have revolutionised the design of a fuel cell that
could make hybrid cars more reliable and cheaper to build and help reduce
carbon dioxide emissions. Goretex is the high-tech clothing material worn by
mountaineers and polar adventurers but now the Monash scientists have made a
fuel cell with it that could cut the world's output of carbon dioxide from
The breakthrough came about through the design of a fuel
Second edition of US-European Networking Event - April 2-3,
2009, Brussels, Belgium
Building on the success of the first edition of Advanced Textiles in June
2008, and the endorsement of the international audience, Industrial Fabrics
Association International (IFAI) and IHOFMANN announce a second conference to
be held 2-3 April 2009 in Brussels, Belgium.
As the headquarters of the European Union, NATO, various
stakeholder institutions and international large-scal
Applicant: COROPLAST FRITZ MUELLER GMBH [DE]
Inventor(s): WITTIG GUELAY [DE]; SOEHNGEN MARCUS [DE]; FRIGGE CHRISTOPH
[DE]; LODDE CHRISTOPH [DE]
Abstract of EP 1927639 (A1) The technical self-winding textile adhesive tape for taping of cable loom in
automotive industry, comprises a thermally hardened carrier (1) having a
hardened cross-linked needle non-woven (3) formed from fibers (2) and a pressure-sensitive
adhesive coating (4) applied on a side of the c
Applicant: FUTURIS AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS A [AU]
Inventor: MILLER JASON ANTHONY [AU]
Abstract of US 2008318021
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
From 1st January 2009 Flemings
Textiles Limited will now be known as Scott & Fyfe Composites Limited.
Flemings Textiles Ltd has been a subsidiary company of Scott & Fyfe Ltd for
13 years and for the last 5 years there has been significant promotion towards
the Scott & Fyfe name being involved in composites through Flemings.
“It gives us great pleasure to announce our next positive
step towards closer integration of the two organisations, and a strateg
Austrian automotive warp and weft
knit fabric producer Eybl International AG announced that it was filing for
administrative receivership after recent talks about a takeover by the
Slovenian Prevent Group failed to lead to a positive conclusion. Owing to
direct financial consequences of the current economic crisis on Eybl
International AG, Management decided on 16 December in line with legal
requirements, to file for administrative receivership for Eybl International
21 January 2009, One Great George Street, London
London, UK - The London Technology Network (LTN) is holding
a one day networking event on Advances in 'smart' materials. The event will
feature presentations from McLaren Racing, Airbus, Ilika Technologies Ltd,
University College London and National Physical Laboratories and offers a
unique opportunity to identify technology partners through one to one meetings
and evaluate the latest research on coatings, surfaces and nano-materials.
Reportlinker.com has announced
that a new market research report related to the Car Parts and supply industry
is available in its catalogue.
‘World Automotive Air Bags Market’ is a report which analyzes
the worldwide markets for Automotive Air Bags in Thousands of Units. The
specific product segments analyzed are Front-Impact Driver Air Bags,
Front-Impact Passenger Air Bags, Side-Impact Air Bags, and Other Automotive Air
Bags. The report provides separate comp
Teijin Fibers Limited announced
today that it will start supplying chemically recycled Ecopet Plus polyester fibres
for the cords of Toyo Tire & Rubber's Proxes Ne tyres, which are special tyres
designed for environmentally oriented passenger cars.
Ecopet Plus is created through a closed-loop recycling
system called Eco Circle, which was developed by Teijin and will be used for
the carcass, which functions like the framework of a tyre. According to Teijin
Nordson Corporation has
invested nearly half a million dollars in global upgrades to their Industrial
Coating customer demonstration labs in 2008. The company recently inaugurated
their new customer lab near Shanghai, China with events and training for
industry partners and customers. In addition to the recent opening in China,
Nordson's Industrial Coating & Automotive Systems group has upgraded many
of its laboratory and demonstration facilities worldwi
MONOFILAMENT GERMANY GM [DE]; BRUENING HANS-JOACHIM [DE]; FISCHER ANDREAS [DE];
BACKER JAN ADOLPH DAM [NL]; BONNER MARK JAMES [GB]; WARD IAN MCMILLAN [GB]
HANS-JOACHIM [DE]; FISCHER ANDREAS [DE]; BACKER JAN ADOLPH DAM [NL]; BONNER
MARK JAMES [GB]; WARD IAN MCMILLAN [GB]
Abstract of WO
2008125298 (A1) The invention relates to a method for the production of high-strength ribbons
having a high modulus of elasticity made of a highly molecular polyolefin,
Performance Fiber's CEO,
Richard C. Brown, will present the keynote address "Adapting to Changing
Times” at the Techtextil North America Symposium being held April 21-23, 2009
at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The address will focus on how the fibre industry has changed
and how companies adjust to changes in order to remain competitive. Other
topics in the opening session will include global participation, the state of
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
Volvo Cars says it is the
only manufacturer in the car industry with a complete model range featuring
textiles that are so clean that they are certified according to the Oeko-Tex
standard. The textile standard was introduced at the beginning of the 1990s by
textile research institutes as a response to the needs of consumers and the
general public for textiles which posed no risk to health.
The mid-nineties. A long day's test-drive of the Volvo S40
and V40 in sno
In a region that has lost
many textile and furniture manufacturing jobs to outsourcing and globalization,
Caldwell County Economic Development Commission announces a major success
developing an aviation business in western North Carolina. VX Aerospace Corporation,
an advanced composites manufacturing facility, plans to hire 500 employees over
the next five years.
Corporation, the new anchor tenant in Foothills Regional Airport's 800-acre
Companies & Markets
has launched a new research report called Textiles in Germany. Textiles in
Germany an industry profile is an essential resource for top-level data and
analysis covering the textiles industry. It includes detailed data on market
size and segmentation, plus textual and graphical analysis of the key trends
and competitive landscape, leading companies and demographic information.
* Contains an executive summary and data on value
Messe Frankfurt, organizer of Techtextil
has announced its final plans for the June 2009 and looks forward to a successful
"The signs indicate growth", says Michael Jänecke,
Brand Manager Techtextil, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. "By the end of
October, with more than six months still to go, we had received over 600
registrations." More than two thirds of the total area occupied in 2007
has already been sold.
Thus, the International Trade Fair for
The Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) and the Italian Institute for
Foreign Trade (ICE) 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
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,
In order to strengthen its
business operations and the role of innovations, Ahlstrom Corporation has announced
the following changes in its Corporate Executive Team (CET) effective as from
January 1, 2009. At the same time, Ahlstrom makes an adjustment in its business
Tommi Björnman is appointed Senior Vice President of the
Filtration business area. Björnman transfers to his new position from the role
of Senior Vice President of the G
Warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer has worked closely with its system partner
Texion Software Solutions to develop Texion’s Procad warpknit 3D the latest
addition to the Procad family of software solutions for manufacturers of warp
The production of modern warp knitted fabrics is an
engineering science in itself. Anyone involved should have specialist knowledge
of yarn properties and finishing processes a
Messe Frankfurt to hold an International Natural Fibres
Conference during Techtextil 2009
UN General Assembly declares 2009 to be the International
Year of Natural Fibres
launches new internet site on the occasion of the Year of Natural Fibres
As part of the International
Year of Natural Fibres, Messe Frankfurt will hold a congress on natural fibres
during Techtextil - International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and
Nonwovens – in Frankfu
Anyone wishing to take
part in the next Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt am Main from 16 to 17 June
2009, as a symposium speaker, is now cordially invited to apply. Both symposia
are taking place at the same time as the Techtextil fair, the International
Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens and Avantex, the International
Forum for Innovative Apparel Textiles, which from this year is an integral part
of Techtexil. The fair will open its doors in
England’s Northwest has arguably
the highest concentration of Advanced Flexible Materials (AFM) companies in the
world, with excellent prospects for future growth. AFM Materials are widely
viewed as a ‘platform technology’ – a base upon which several other important
clusters such as aerospace, automotive, chemicals, construction, biomedical,
environmental technology, maritime and sport depend.
Materials are characterised by high added value innovation and success in
export markets, w
Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com ) has
announced the addition of the "Textile Advances in the Automotive
Industry" report to their offering.
Part one discusses issues such as automotive textile
requirements from a car producer’s perspective, mapping the automotive textile
supply chain, advances in textile fabrics including nonwoven fabrics, and
recycling issues. Part two focuses on automotive interiors with chapters on
performance and style of interio
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
In June, 2008, Toyobo and DSM
Dyneema made the decision to expand production capacity for Dyneema ultra high
strength polyethylene fibre. Nippon Dyneema Co., Ltd, headquartered in Osaka, Japan,
is a joint venture of Toyobo and DSM Dyneema.
The main applications for Dyneema in Japan are ropes,
fishing lines, gloves (including knitted) and helmets and owing to steady
domestic demand, Toyobo has increased its sales volume for the past few years. On
the other hand, the ya
Saertex GmbH & Co. KG,
which has its head office in Saerbeck, Germany, again successfully exhibited
its products from the first to the third of April 2008 at the JEC Composites
Show in the French capital city of Paris. At the world's biggest composites show
the company presented the innovative products and solutions it is known for to
the public and its business associates.
Two exhibition pieces which stood to represent the
impressive spectrum of use of SAER
Sigmatex, a world leader in carbon fibre textile manufacture
makes another major step forward by installing new, revolutionary machine
technology for the manufacture on Non Crimp, Multiaxial Carbon Fibre
A new LIBA Copcentra MAX 5 Universal machine (MAX 5U), the
very first of its kind worldwide, is being installed at the Sigmatex (UK) Ltd,
Runcorn facility in Cheshire, England. The Copcentra MAX 5U is the latest
technology to be offered from LIBA Maschine