Transport & Aerospace

INDEX 2014 confirmed as global meeting place

24th April 2014 0 comment
INDEX 14 has delivered on its promise to be the global meeting point for the industry, according to EDANA, the international association for the nonwovens and related industries, after welcoming more than 12,500 visitors at the Geneva Palexpo exhibition centre. With representation from across the nonwovens and related industries, displaying a diverse range of products and services, INDEX featured 586 exhibitors from 41 countries.

A billion cars and a big opportunity

23rd April 2014 0 comment
It will come as no surprise that there was a major emphasis placed on the automotive sector at both the JEC Composites Show held in Paris last month and also at the INDEX 14 event for nonwovens held from April 8-11 in Geneva, Switzerland.

French textile machinery at ITMA ASIA+CITME 2014

23rd April 2014 0 comment
The UCMTF, French Association of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, is ready to showcase its offer at the ITMA ASIA+CITME 2014 exhibition that will be taking place from 16-20 June in Shanghai. France is the 6th textile machinery exporter worldwide with an annual turnover of more than EUR 1 billion (USD 1.3 billion). Evelyne Cholet, the Secretary General of the association, is very optimistic on the outcome of the next ITMA ASIA 2014, as the companies which will exhibit have already many customers in Asia and are well organised to offer them the best solutions.

Composites UK to host Marketing and PR course

23rd April 2014 0 comment
Composites UK is to host marketing and PR courses for the composites industry. The trade association will be teaming up once more with experts from Aro Consulting and Outsourcing B2B Marketing to host the one-day course on 19 June in Birmingham. This will mark the third time the Association has held this popular event, which aims to assist companies in the composites industry with enhancing their business and products through marketing techniques.

Turkey sets dates for ITM 2016

23rd April 2014 0 comment
ITM Texpo Eurasia, an International Textile Machinery Exhibition, will be held from 1-4 September 2016 at the Beylikdüzü Tüyap Convention and Congress Center. Pre-registrations for the anticipated event will start on 1 May. Uniting hundreds of domestic and foreign textile leaders, ITM Texpo Eurasia ranks among the leading exhibitions of the sector. Entitled to receive an international exhibition certificate, the exhibition also has a place in the global textile exhibitions calendar, the international arena where cutting-edge technologies are exhibited.

Lightweight plane to raise energy conservation awareness

21st April 2014 0 comment
A new scientific and innovative initiative which is also philosophical, in that it aims to raise awaremess of energy conservation awareness, was revealed this week. The latest version of the Solar Impulse an aircraft which is to be the first to travel around the world entirely without fuel in 2015, was unveiled on Wednesday in Payerne, Switzerland. Advanced technical textiles are used extensively and on board are numerous innovative products and solutions from Bayer MaterialScience that make the plane especially lightweight and energy efficient, including a novel and extremely efficient insulating material for the cockpit, the materials company reports.

Spacetex project prepares for lift-off

18th April 2014 0 comment
On 28 May 2014, the German ESA astronaut Dr Alexander Gerst will take off from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, in Kazakhstan, bound for the International Space Station (ISS). During the six-month Blue Dot mission, Dr Gerst will be responsible for almost 40 different experiments including the Spacetex project, the first clothing physiology experiments to be carried out in a weightless environment.

Teijin to start developing yarns and textiles in China

17th April 2014 0 comment
The Teijin Group has announced that its new Teijin Product Development China will begin developing yarns and textile products, including environmentally friendly products, for automotive, electronics and materials industries in Nantong, Jiangsu Province on 18 April. The company is expected to enable Teijin to meet local demand by concentrating operations for R&D and production in one location. It will operate as an independent corporation based on the premises of Nantong Teijin, a polyester textile manufacturing and processing company engaged in weaving and dyeing recyclable polyester textiles and manufacturing and processing polyester textiles.

Nantong Teijin celebrates 20th anniversary

17th April 2014 0 comment
China based Nantong Teijin, the Teijin Group's polyester textile manufacturing and processing company handling the weaving and dyeing of recyclable polyester textiles and the manufacture and processing of polyester textiles in China, will celebrate its 20th anniversary on 18 April. Nantong Teijin was established in March 1994 to dye and sell polyester, beginning with lining material in 1995 and then outer material in 1997. It added fabric weaving in 1998 and has continued to expand ever since.

TenCate awarded $30 million US defence contract

16th April 2014 0 comment
TenCate Advanced Armor in Newark, OH, has been selected by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, the prime contractor for the US Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle, to provide the GMV 1.1 armour solution. The order has a value of about US 30 million. Revenues from production that will start during the second half of 2014 are expected to be generated in the next three to four years.

Eastman Cyphrex microfibres win EDANA INDEX14 Award

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

JEC Americas 2014 Innovation Awards announced

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

TenCate and PROOF Research announce exclusive partnership agreement

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

TenCate to supply lightweight armour systems to German army

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

BMSvision monitoring systems at ITMA Asia 2014

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

Composites Germany joins the EuCIA

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

RadiciGroup staple fibre portfolio at Index 2014

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

New 3D wovens plant for aero engine composites

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

European nonwovens production exceeds two million tonnes

31st March 2014 0 comment
EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries today disclosed its preliminary European annual statistics for 2013. The release offers a comprehensive picture of the Nonwovens industry in Greater Europe, information which offers significant value a few days before the opening of INDEX 14, the world’s largest nonwovens exhibition.

Sigmatex announces €2.8 million investment

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

Organisational changes at Technical Fibre Products

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

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

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

TenCate and Adler sign supply agreement for Alfa Romeo 4C platform

26th March 2014 0 comment
Following the joint development between TenCate Advanced Composites and Italy’s Adler Group with regard to the Alfa Romeo 4C chassis, an exclusive supply agreement has been reached between the companies for the use of carbon fibre composite prepreg material.

Bentley Motors to host composites innovation event

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

Research aims to increase availability of bio based carbon fibre

26th March 2014 0 comment
What if carbon fibres could be made of a renewable raw material instead of oil? With such a raw material as the wood based product lignin, the volume of production could increase considerably and more products could be manufactured in high-performing light-weight materials, according to the Swiss Textile College. The Swedish institute Innventia has been awarded a grant of SEK 3,400,000 by the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) for two projects, which are expected to accelerate the development of new products from renewable resources.

Coatema presents prepreg production lines at JEC 2014

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

Radyarn UV Stabilised for outdoor furnishings and marine applications

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

China round table discusses future of textiles

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

No glass ceiling – from fracking to wind power

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

FabricLink Network announces the 2014 Top 10 Textile Innovation Awards

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

Owens Corning launches new solution for SMC systems in automotive applications

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

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

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

‘Spacetex’ project takes functional textiles into outer space

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

Owens Corning launches chop roving for weaving and knitting applications

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

Tencate introduces composite air cargo containers

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

New plant allows carded nonwovens producers to make own fibres

11th March 2014 2 comments
Carded nonwovens producers can now make their own fibres with a new development which will go on show at INDEX, the leading nonwovens show next month. Staple FORCE S 1000, a new small lot staple fibre production plant from Oerlikon Neumag, is directed at downstream integrators, who want to produce the fibres for their products in-house, enabling nonwovens producers to make and further develop their end products without disclosing know-how and without quality fluctuations.

BlkBox Surf boards reinforced by TeXtreme

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

Toray develops high tensile strength and modulus carbon fibre

10th March 2014 0 comment
Japan’s Toray Industries today announced that it has succeeded in the development of high tensile strength and modulus carbon fibre - realizing both in carbon fibre had been considered to be technically difficult to achieve. TORAYCA T1100G and high-performance prepreg (resin-impregnated carbon fibre sheets) using TORAYCA T1100G are aimed at high-end applications such as aerospace.

RadiciGroup brands report volume growth for 2013

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

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

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

Key technologies at Dornbirn MFC

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

Innovative vehicle acoustics system to launch in North America

6th March 2014 0 comment
In order to meet the high demand from international car manufacturers, leading producer of vehicle acoustics systems, Autoneum is launching under floor and under engine shields made from its lightweight and multifunctional PET based material Ultra-Silent in the North American market.

TenCate receives Silver Boeing Supplier Performance Award

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

Call for Papers for FILTECH 2015

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

FICCI urges formulation of standards in technical textiles

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

A successful year for Sandler AG

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

Cytec prepregs used for electric vehicle battery enclosures

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

PGI invests to expand filtration capability in Virginia

25th February 2014 0 comment
Just after we went live this afternoon with the story - US textiles industry is positively buzzing, yet another US investment good news story broke. Polymer Group Inc. (PGI), the world's largest nonwovens manufacturer, announced today that it will make a strategic investment of approximately $8 million to upgrade machinery and expand its manufacturing plant in Waynesboro, Virginia. The company will also hire up to 20 new employees.

Groz-Beckert at Fimec 2014

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

Scott & Fyfe at JEC 2014

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

Techtextil and Texprocess chosen for International Buyer Program

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

Chomarat presents the first C-Ply aircraft

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

JEC Europe announces winners of 2014 Innovation Awards

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

A textile renaissance in the US?

20th February 2014 0 comment
On Tuesday, Japan’s Toray Industries announced it would invest $1 billion in a new carbon fibre manufacturing facility in South Carolina. There has also been a lot of recent press coverage about the revival of the US textiles industry and the ‘Made in America’ movement.

Toray to invest $1 billion in US carbon fibre facility

19th February 2014 0 comment
Boeing supplier Toray Industries is planning to invest $1 billion and hire 500 employees over the next ten years at a brand new carbon fibre manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA.

Sandler at INDEX 14

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

Andritz Nonwoven at INDEX 2014

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

Freudenberg strengthens sites in Brazil

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

TenCate continues working with Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production

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

TFP Nonwovens in space

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

Sandler launches new website for its 135th anniversary

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

Oerlikon Barmag at the JEC 2014

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

Creel specialist Cygnet Texkimp launches new R&D programme

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

Nonwovens Associations launch shared mission and vision

28th January 2014 0 comment
EDANA and INDA, the leading international trade associations for the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries based in Europe and North America, respectively, have announced that they will harmonize their mission and vision to advance the success of their member companies.

Teijin to participate in nano tech 2014

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

Formax to open dedicated Automotive Production Facility

27th January 2014 0 comment
Leading UK based manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality composite reinforcements Formax, has announced plans to open an Automotive Production Unit at its Leicestershire headquarters.

Karl Mayer and LIBA merger on track

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

Sympatex expands Tection business

22nd January 2014 0 comment
As a result of the placement of a corporate bond in November 2013, Germany’s Sympatex Technologies GmbH is to substantially expand its latest Tection technical textiles division with the aim of consistently developing innovative technologies and products for industrial applications.

Sales outpace market growth at Autoneum

20th January 2014 0 comment
Autoneum, a leader in acoustic and thermal management solutions for vehicles, made further progress in a challenging market environment in 2013 and increased its net sales by 5.8% to CHF 2053.3 million (2012: 1940.9 million CHF).

TAPAS consortium extends project with Airbus

20th January 2014 0 comment
Airbus, Fokker and TenCate will sign a contract for the next stage of the Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure innovation program (TAPAS), in the presence of the French President François Hollande, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp at the National Maritime Museum ('Scheepvaartmuseum') in Amsterdam, the Netherlands tonight.

CAB 2014 to focus on automotive and furnishings markets

17th January 2014 0 comment
INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) has confirmed that CAB 2014, the Converting and Bonding Conference, will be held from 6-8 May 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. Building on the successful inaugural CAB 2012 event, CAB 2014 will highlight new technologies, raw materials and processes with a special focus on engineered fabric needs for the automotive and furnishings market segments.

Conwed shares latest innovations at VISION 2014

17th January 2014 0 comment
US company Conwed, a leading plastic netting manufacturer, will share its latest innovations at VISION 2014, the Consumer Products Conference organized by INDA in Dallas, Texas (January 27-30, 2014). Celebrating its 13th anniversary, VISION gathers key professionals from across the consumer products value chain to deliver the best in strategic information and business networking.

Freudenberg upgrades spunlaid production sites

17th January 2014 0 comment
Freudenberg Nonwovens, one of the world’s largest and most diverse producers of nonwovens, is upgrading its spunlaid production. The company is investing several million Euros at its Durham and Kaiserslautern sites. Both investment projects relate to the further technical development of existing lines and follow Freudenberg’s decades-long tradition of continuous process improvement.

Super absorbent solutions at INDEX

17th January 2014 0 comment
As the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition is drawing ever closer, the absorbent solutions provider, Technical Absorbents Limited (TAL) reports it is in full preparation for what it expects will be an extremely busy four exhibition days. INDEX will commence in Geneva on 8th April and the Super Absorbent Fibre (SAF) manufacturer will again have a presence at the event.

OEKO-TEX test criteria: New regulations for 2014

16th January 2014 0 comment
At the start of the year, the OEKO-TEX Association has, as usual, updated the valid test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with its OEKO-TEX Standard 100. The following new regulations have been provided with comment from OEKO-TEX and come into force on 1 April 2014 for all certifications, following a three-month transition period:

INDA appoints new director of marketing

15th January 2014 0 comment
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has announced the appointment of Joan Izzo as its new Director of Marketing. Izzo brings years of experience in marketing for international nonwovens and advanced material companies to the position.

Programme at ISPO Munich 2014

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

PAN precursor creel for carbon fibre research plant

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

TAL exhibits at Techtextil in Dubai

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

Countdown to the first Truetzschler filament lines

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

Technical textiles and nonwovens at Techtextil North America 2014

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

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014 programme

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

Vehicle seats and interior equipment put to the test

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

Using Physics to Reduce Weight in Cars - Part 2

17th December 2013 0 comment
According to North Carolina based Precision Fabrics Group (PFG), its’ commercially successful Nexus AFR approach is a new paradigm for sound absorbing car parts design. Based on acoustical physics/science principles, the development work to create the new facing product was only one of the significant hurdles that this new idea had to clear to achieve commercial success. The concept, the company says, had to be explained to non-technical individuals in a way that they could understand and it had to be validated with measured performance data to achieve commercial status.

Precision Fabrics granted patents for acoustic nonwovens

17th December 2013 0 comment
Precision Fabrics Group (PFG) has been granted two U.S. Patents related to its Nexus® AFR acoustic facing material.

Milliken acquires Kasbar National Industries

17th December 2013 0 comment
Milliken & Company, announced today that it has completed a transaction to acquire Kasbar National Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of custom quilting, needlepunch nonwovens and bonded fiberfill. Kasbar is headquartered in Broomall, Pennsylvania and manufactures products in Columbia, Tennessee.

Groz-Beckert at Domotex 2014

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

Autoneum boosts its presence in China

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

New aerogel products for outdoor industry

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

SGL announces restructuring details

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

German Resource Efficiency Award 2013 for STFI

5th December 2013 0 comment
The Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) has been awarded with the German Resource Efficiency Award 2013 for the research project ‘CarbonWasteCycle – recycling concept for carbon fibre waste’. The objective of the project is the re-use of carbon fibre cuttings or waste or bad batches for (extreme) lightweight construction using suitable recycling processes. “Because sustainability is an important matter from a researcher’s perspective, we are proud to be honoured with this award,” said Andreas Berthel, Managing Director of the STFI.

Unifi buys Dillion Yarn assets

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

SGL Group and Gruschwitz to develop carbon fibre yarns

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

DSM wins Erasmus Innovation Award 2013

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

TAL joins Techtextil at Intersec

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

Karl Mayer takes control of competitor LIBA

26th November 2013 1 comment
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 celebrates industry achievement

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

TenCate Advanced Armour and DSM Dyneema intensify cooperation

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

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

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

METYX Composites acquires NABI facility in Hungary

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

Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology for life protection

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

Record attendance at Advanced Engineering UK 2013 group of events

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

High performance carbon fibre yarns for knitting and sewing

21st November 2013 0 comment
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.

New high tenacity wiring harness technical yarn developed

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

Filtech 2013 proves successful for Sandler

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

Buy carbon, sell glass?

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

IFAI continues momentum in Orlando

15th November 2013 0 comment
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.”

Look under the counter – dig deep to find gold

14th November 2013 0 comment
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.

Luckytex invests in Monforts technology to beat competition in Asia

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

Sigmatex appoints light weight composites specialist

12th November 2013 0 comment
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.

New yarn tensioner for processing fine glass filaments

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

Restructuring of Texprocess trade fair

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

Earnings drop at SGL despite savings

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

Andritz reports earnings drop and increased sales for Q3 of 2013

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

New self-cleaning textile technology from Luna

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

Sigmatex becomes member of the UK’s NCC

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

Tailor-made felt technology for optimal acoustic performance

7th November 2013 0 comment
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 at Composites Engineering

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

DSM Dyneema at Milipol 2013

6th November 2013 0 comment
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.

Emerging technology sessions at composites show

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

The bird’s nest soup of filter media research

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

Next-generation composites manufacturing processes

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

TenCate records 11% rise in profits for Q3

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

Ask the expert at Composites Engineering Show 2013

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

A constructive view of composites at Composites Engineering 2013

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

Composites UK members out in force at Composites Engineering Show

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

New Formax reinforcements go on show

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

Schoeller-works appoints new Business Unit Manager

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

Hollingsworth & Vose announces European investment in NanoWave production

23rd October 2013 0 comment
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 establishes new Thai subsidiary

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

Advanced composites used in Falcon 9 rocket

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

Composites UK at the Composites Engineering Show

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

Ahlstrom introduces Ahlstrom ReliaFlow

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

Measuring energy transmittance may help optimise products

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

Vehicle lightweighting as an eco solution

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

Sereebo CFRTP in Nikon D5300 digital SLR

17th October 2013 0 comment
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.

Acceleration in new composites materials at JEC Americas 2013

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

Truetzschler celebrates 125th anniversary

15th October 2013 0 comment
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.

New prepreg systems for rolling stock applications

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

Teijin launches Sereebo CFRTP products

15th October 2013 0 comment
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.

Oeko-Tex’s STeP Certification at IFAI Expo

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

The Future in Confusion

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

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

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

Miller Weldmaster celebrates 30 years with IFAI

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

Moduline System for the geo industry

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

New multi-axial reinforcement range from Scott & Fyfe

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

AMT Composites to distribute TeXtreme in South Africa

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

Invista and Ingenza to work on bio-derived industrial chemicals

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

New thermal management range by Newlife

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

Cytec’s new composite products at JEC Americas

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

Messe Frankfurt and JEC announce co-location for US shows

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

Autoneum subject to investigation by German Federal Cartel Office

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

Zoltek becomes Toray subsidiary

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

TeXtreme in Americas Cup catamarans

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

Aerotron and TenCate build ballistic protection for Embraer

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

Teijin expands into Russia and CIS region

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

Teijin to Exhibit at Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition

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

Dornbirn-MFC puts sustainability under spotlight

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

Texprocess Americas 2014 Symposium to address technological advancements

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

Composites Europe 2013 sets record in number of visitors

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

Focus on increasing systems and components productivity

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

Using the Physics of Acoustics to Reduce Weight in Cars

23rd September 2013 1 comment
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.

Shanghai showcase for Oerlikon Neumag

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

Autoneum further expands into Asian market

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

Meeting the Challenge - by Bill Smith

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

Kemo Bikes release frame featuring TeXtreme Technology

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

TenCate and Kringlan Composites to cooperate for automotive industry

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

Techtextil North America 2014 Symposium

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

DSM among leaders in DJ Sustainability World Index

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

TenCate AmberTool composite tooling prepreg range

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

Sigmatex Technical Excellence Centre

14th September 2013 0 comment
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 textile machinery manufacturers to exhibit in Guangzhou

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

TenCate and US Army RDECOM enter multi-year CRADA agreement

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

EcoStar felting needle for efficient production

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

Three nonwoven products become RISE Durable Product Award finalists

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

Cytec launches new products at Composites Europe 2013

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

TenCate books Asian order for advanced naval armour systems

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

New testing methods for vehicle seats

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

TenCate reveals innovative lightweight ballistic inserts

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

Oerlikon to exhibit at Techtextil India

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

Cytec to exhibit at DSEI 2013

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

Techtextil NA & Texprocess Americas announce Graduate Student Poster Program

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

Liquid filter bags withstand hydraulic pressing with SeamMaster

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

GOCarbonFiber presents two expert workshops

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

Chomarat targets high-end markets with C-WEAVE SP

5th September 2013 0 comment
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.

Enhanced filter media technology on show at FILTECH

5th September 2013 0 comment
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 in China warp knitting JV

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

New Twaron T765 cost-effective spall-liner solution

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

Groz-Beckert at FSB

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

Russia to increase import duty on synthetic fibres and technical fabrics?

29th August 2013 0 comment
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 to launch new reinforcements at Composites Europe 2013

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

Dorix renamed Radici Chemiefaser

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

Eco Circle features in China National Games

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

AUTEFA Solutions at Composites Europe

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

Teijin to participate in MAKS 2013

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

Litzler designs 80 mpm Tire Cord Dipping Line

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

Buckeye reports downturn in net sales for Q4 and fiscal 2013

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

Invista and SilicoLife to develop bio-derived raw materials

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

Highest precision for high-viscosity media

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

Zoltek reports net loss in Q3

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

Indorama Ventures reports record revenue for 2Q

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

Andritz satisfied with first half 2013

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

TeXtreme supported team wins Formula Student Germany

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

Life on Mars: Are knitted space suits the future?

9th August 2013 0 comment
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”.

First International Conference on Digital Technologies for the textile industries

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

New cutting and welding solution for truck tarps

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

Miller Weldmaster premieres at Brazilian show

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

Para-aramid fibre in space elevator challenge

6th August 2013 0 comment
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.

Monforts opens world class Advanced Technological Centre

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

ANA selects performance polyesters for in-flight comfort

2nd August 2013 0 comment
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.

Freudenberg-Politex and Komitex plan nonwovens JV

31st July 2013 0 comment
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.

Rule spells opportunity for industrial wipes

30th July 2013 0 comment
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.

Exports drive Italian textile machinery

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

Teijin involved in solar car development

25th July 2013 0 comment
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.

TeXtreme victory at Tour de France

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

INDA applauds pro-manufacturing legislation

23rd July 2013 0 comment
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).

Advanced fibre manufacturing centre set up in Geelong

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

Toray takes stake in Plasan Carbon Composites

22nd July 2013 0 comment
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.

Final programme for GoCarbonFiber 2013

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

New high-speed spunlace line for Chuzhou

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

GOCarbonFiber 2013 speakers announced

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

Lightweight cargo nets help to cut greenhouse gas emissions

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

Innovation and commercialism

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

Reuse, recycle or sometimes simply burn?

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

Innovation lab for engineered flat knits opens in LA

10th July 2013 2 comments
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.’

Composites Europe continues on growth course

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

Nord-Pas de Calais at Techtextil

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

Zoltek awarded for Panex 35 carbon fibre

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

Autoliv China to make one piece woven airbags

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

Dubai to host Techtextil Middle East Symposium & Exhibition

3rd July 2013 0 comment
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.

Ethiopian mission for Italian textile machinery

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

TeXtreme raises profile in the US

2nd July 2013 0 comment
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.

TenCate commences digital finishing of textiles

2nd July 2013 0 comment
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.

TexCar pulls in the crowds at Techtextil for Groz-Beckert

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

DyStar innovative solutions at Techtextil 2013

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

GOCarbon Fiber speakers announced

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

Dutch extend TAPAS composites consortium

21st June 2013 0 comment
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 and Fokker sign long-term supply agreement

21st June 2013 0 comment
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.

Techtextil: Freudenberg’s multi market nonwovens solutions

21st June 2013 0 comment
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.

French textile machinery builders reach record sales in 2013

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

Carbon fibre JV targets consumer electronics

20th June 2013 0 comment
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.

New Tencel ePower sustainable solution

19th June 2013 0 comment
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.”

Cygnet Tex-Web high-precision tension control unit

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

Techtextil & Texprocess set new records

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

A stitch in time: Texprocess 2013

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

Technical yarns portfolio takes centre stage at Techtextil

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

High performance fibre solutions at Techtextil

7th June 2013 0 comment
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.

Textile trade fair duo to open with 1,648 exhibitors

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

New multiaxial machine from Karl Mayer Malimo

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

Aunde opts for Montex for faster and improved finishing

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

Get your FREE copy of ‘21st Century Innovations in Technical Textiles’ at Techtextil

3rd June 2013 0 comment
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).

Sigmatex appoints Jo Maltby to Customer Services Manager

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

TeXtreme sponsored team wins FSAE Michigan 2013

31st May 2013 0 comment
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”.

Turkish composites summit

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

Monforts’ new generation Eco-Applicator

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

Objectively evaluating fabric handle

21st May 2013 0 comment
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.

Drop in textile machinery shipments

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

Tanatex presents novel solutions at Techtextil

14th May 2013 0 comment
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.

Game changing microfibers for functional nonwovens

13th May 2013 0 comment
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 on trade mission to Indonesia

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

Formax sets up recycling division

9th May 2013 0 comment
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 2012 nonwovens production statistics

8th May 2013 0 comment
EDANA’s European annual statistics on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2012 were recently disclosed at its Nonwoven Producers Forum.

Techtextil: Nanotechnology gains traction in technical textiles

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

SAMPE 2013: Benefits of in-house prepreg production

3rd May 2013 0 comment
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.

New advisory services from David Rigby

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

Cytec composites at SAMPE spring conference

1st May 2013 0 comment
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 expands Evolon capacity

29th April 2013 0 comment
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.

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

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

Allma TC2 well received at Suzhou Open House

26th April 2013 0 comment
Oerlikon Saurer’s new Allma TC2 two-for-one twister for industrial yarns was exhibited at an Open House at Oerlikon’s Suzhou works yesterday were guests from China, India and other Asian countries were said to be very impressed by the machine’s range of new technical features. After the introduction and a tour of the premises, the Allma TC2 was presented in the Suzhou showroom to a large number of enthusiastic guests.

Techtextil & Avantex Innovation Prize winners announced

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

Associations to co-organise Outlook Latin America

25th April 2013 0 comment
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.

New colours and additives for nonwovens

25th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Sigmatex secures major automotive composites contract

25th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Nonwovens associations join forces on free trade

24th April 2013 0 comment
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.

IDEA13 Achievement Awards: Winners announced

24th April 2013 0 comment
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.

New solutions from Autefa at Techtextil

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

IDEA13: Ahlstrom introduces new fuel filter media

23rd April 2013 0 comment
Leading filtration materials developer Ahlstrom, has launched Ahlstrom Capitmax, a new fuel filter media at the IDEA13 exhibition in Miami Beach, Florida today.

New tests for better next-to-skin wool garments

22nd April 2013 0 comment
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.

New Ingeo grades at IDEA

22nd April 2013 0 comment
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.

Lenzing sells plastics business to concentrate on fibres

18th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Positive atmosphere at Techtextil North America

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

TECHTEXTIL: Technologies for future trends

18th April 2013 0 comment
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 presents eco solutions at IDEA13

17th April 2013 0 comment
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.

IFAI in ExpoProducción collaboration

15th April 2013 0 comment
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.

TECHTEXTIL: Automotive textiles focus for Groz-Beckert

12th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Carolina Silver acquired by X-STATIC owner

12th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Innovation - the path forward

11th April 2013 0 comment
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 partners with Trützschler Nonwovens

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

Au naturel for next wave composites

9th April 2013 0 comment
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.

Communicating the future of man-made fibres

5th April 2013 0 comment
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 to accelerate business incubation

2nd April 2013 0 comment
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.

TeXtreme in world's lightest golf club shaft

2nd April 2013 0 comment
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.

Additive injection and mixing in modern spinning plants

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

Nominations open for World of Wipes Innovation Award

26th March 2013 0 comment
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.

Looking forward to A350 XWB’s maiden flight

25th March 2013 0 comment
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.

Good Tencel performance drives Lenzing

22nd March 2013 0 comment
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 reinforces commercial team

20th March 2013 0 comment
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.

Owens Corning joins thermoplastic auto composites alliance

19th March 2013 0 comment
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.

Russia: New plant for polyester fibre and nonwovens

18th March 2013 1 comment
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.

New report on Latin American nonwovens

14th March 2013 0 comment
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.

New appointment at Sigmatex

13th March 2013 0 comment
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.

Glatfelter and Dreamweaver partner to make separators

13th March 2013 0 comment
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.

Sigmatex introduces spread tow fabric range

12th March 2013 0 comment
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.

Complete downstream machinery solutions for composite materials

11th March 2013 0 comment
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.

Autefa takes nonwovens solutions to IDEA

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

Alexium launches Ascalon flame retardant nylon

6th March 2013 0 comment
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.

DiloGroup presents nonwovens solutions in Istanbul

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

Russia to develop nanotechnology based textiles

4th March 2013 0 comment
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.

Texprocess Innovation Award: Honouring innovative solutions in textiles & apparel

28th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Sixth successive year of growth for Sandler

28th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Full line solutions for nonwovens at Hightex/ITM

27th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Technological innovations for future materials

25th February 2013 0 comment
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 raises $13M to accelerate Forcespinning growth

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

Autefa fibre baler with automatic logistics solution

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

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

Teijin receives Grand Award at nano tech 2013

14th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Low coat-weight blade over roller technology

13th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Patent protection opens up China for Alexium

13th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Sustainability and performance from Sandler

12th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Formax to announce new plans at JEC

11th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Sigmatex strengthens commercial team

8th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Global yarn and fabric output rises

7th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Cytec solutions on show at Italian composites show

5th February 2013 0 comment
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.

Super Absorbing Solutions at IDEA

30th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Researchers develop washable wearable computing

30th January 2013 2 comments
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.

Training courses provide intensive injection of knowledge

30th January 2013 0 comment
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 enters strategic alliance with CNITA

25th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Formax partners Polymer Composites Group

24th January 2013 0 comment
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 appoints US based Group CEO

22nd January 2013 0 comment
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.

Nominees for IDEA13 Achievement Awards announced

18th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Delivering sustainable solutions to Taiwan’s textiles industry

17th January 2013 0 comment
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 expands thin nonwovens printing capability

17th January 2013 0 comment
Web Industries, a leader in outsource converting and manufacturing solutions, has expanded its printing capacity through equipment upgrades at its facility in Dallas, Texas.

Teijin solutions for Indian market

17th January 2013 0 comment
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.

TenCate acquires UK composites manufacturer

16th January 2013 0 comment
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.

VIDEO: Carbon nanotube fibre breakthrough

16th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Techtextil 2013 to be biggest yet

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

EURATEX chief highlights importance of Techtextil and Texprocess

11th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Duro starts production of Alexium FR treatment

10th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Technical products need technical sewing threads

10th January 2013 2 comments
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.

Composites presented at National Rail Symposium

9th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Partnership to develop activated carbons for electrode technology

9th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Tenowo Lincolnton in $7.2M expansion

7th January 2013 0 comment
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.

Porcher Industries opens Russian subsidiary

28th December 2012 0 comment
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 offloads Textile Chemicals business

27th December 2012 0 comment
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.

Airbags JV starts full scale production

27th December 2012 0 comment
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.

Further potential for Alexium with military

20th December 2012 0 comment
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 targets Middle East

18th December 2012 0 comment
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.

Fibre squeeze roll with full chemical resistance

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

Formax appoints automotive business manager

13th December 2012 0 comment
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 qualifies as auto CFRTP supplier

12th December 2012 0 comment
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.

Cutting the twist and crimp

10th December 2012 0 comment
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.

New soft finish available for FR fabrics

5th December 2012 0 comment
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.

Good turnout for Filtration 2012

5th December 2012 0 comment
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 starts up revolutionary CFRTP pilot plant

4th December 2012 1 comment
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.

Russia to set a course for technical textiles

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

2013 Visionary finalists named

28th November 2012 0 comment
Five new consumer products that utilize nonwoven fabrics in an innovative manner have been nominated as finalists for the 2013 Visionary Award.

Alexium accelerates introduction of novel FR treatment

27th November 2012 0 comment
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 targets internationalization with 30 new members

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

New Lenzing pilot plant for energy storage applications

27th November 2012 0 comment
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.

Bio-polyester used in mass produced electric car

26th November 2012 0 comment
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.

VDMA: German technology meets Turkish textiles

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

Scott & Fyfe opens Innovation Space & Museum

23rd November 2012 0 comment
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.

Sound-absorbing V-Lap used in Mitsubishi Outlander

22nd November 2012 0 comment
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 reports to be published in Chinese language

21st November 2012 0 comment
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.

Chemical protective clothing market set for growth

20th November 2012 0 comment
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 named NC Manufacturer of the Year

15th November 2012 0 comment
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.

ITMF: Global Yarn output up in Q2, 2012

15th November 2012 0 comment
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 seals £5m China deal

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

Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry

12th November 2012 0 comment
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.

Automotive textiles set for growth

10th November 2012 0 comment
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.

Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre 2012 – Part 2

8th November 2012 0 comment
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.

Award winning bike uses Umeco prepregs

8th November 2012 0 comment
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.*

Thai polyester facilities resume full-scale operation

8th November 2012 0 comment
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.

Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre 2012 - Part 1

7th November 2012 0 comment
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 improves energy efficiency

5th November 2012 0 comment
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.

Cytec exhibits composites solutions at Composites Engineering 2012

30th October 2012 0 comment
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 installs state-of-the-art technical coatings line

30th October 2012 0 comment
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.

Monadnock to open second location in Midwest

29th October 2012 0 comment
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.

Scott & Fyfe launches carbon fibre fabric range

29th October 2012 0 comment
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.

Lille region opens textile innovation centre

25th October 2012 0 comment
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 benefits from Australian government scheme

23rd October 2012 0 comment
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.

Russian nonwovens industry heading for big change

18th October 2012 0 comment
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.

Trützschler takes over SwissTex Winterthur

18th October 2012 1 comment
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.

DiloGroup prepares for India ITME 2012

17th October 2012 0 comment
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.

Sandler CEO receives Bavarian Order of Merit

16th October 2012 0 comment
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.

MBO completed at Vita Nonwovens

16th October 2012 0 comment
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.

RITE Conference Explores Issues of Consumption

15th October 2012 0 comment
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).

Andritz presents nonwovens solutions for India

12th October 2012 0 comment
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.

Growing revenues at Alexium

11th October 2012 0 comment
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 partners DyeCoo in CO2 dyeing technology

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

2,000 holes on the Euro’s globe

9th October 2012 0 comment
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.

INDA names new president

9th October 2012 0 comment
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’ Blue Competence trio

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

Nominations open IDEA13 Achievement Awards

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

Dornbirn 2012: The future’s for sharing

2nd October 2012 2 comments
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.

Tire cord & industrial yarn solutions on show at CINTE 2012

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

Dyeing to tight tolerances at Park Valley

27th September 2012 1 comment
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.

Texkimp and Web Processing merge to form Cygnet Tex-Web

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

Government skills support for NWTexnet companies

24th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Scott & Fyfe to move to employee ownership

17th September 2012 0 comment
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 granted Australian patent for smart surface technology

14th September 2012 0 comment
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).

UK Plastic Electronics speakers announced

13th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Skills drive for growth in UK fashion and textiles

12th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Nominations for RISE Durable Product Award

10th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Monforts to open Advanced Technology Centre

7th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Sulzer technology helps expand Ingeo portfolio

7th September 2012 0 comment
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.

Groundbreakers that break the bank

6th September 2012 1 comment
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.

New calender for technical textiles

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

Nanotextiles speaker confirmed for TCL2012

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

RST technology adds function to temperature sensitive fibres

31st August 2012 0 comment
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.

Techtextil 2013 almost fully booked

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

Texprocess 2013 - 50% of space already sold

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

Filtration 2012 returns to Philadelphia

29th August 2012 0 comment
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.

Teijin to exhibit at China Composites Expo

29th August 2012 0 comment
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.

Putting a spring in the step of Paralympians

24th August 2012 0 comment
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.

2013 Techtextil and Avantex Symposiums: Call for papers

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

UK adsorptives expansion for Freudenberg

17th August 2012 0 comment
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.

FILTREX 2012 programme announced

3rd August 2012 0 comment
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.

Earlybird registration discount for GOCarbonFibre 2012

2nd August 2012 0 comment
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:

Automotive airbags sales set to rise

31st July 2012 0 comment
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.

REPORTS: Textiles and clothing markets remain subdued

24th July 2012 0 comment
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.

New show director for US textile events

24th July 2012 1 comment
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.

Registration opens for RISE conference

23rd July 2012 0 comment
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.

Monforts Eco Applicator makes an impact

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

Umeco prepregs used in competition bicycles

17th July 2012 0 comment
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.

Clariant rebrands: Performance, People, Planet

16th July 2012 0 comment
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.

Continued growth in nonwovens production

12th July 2012 0 comment
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.

Blue Competence well received by Asian textiles industry

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

METYX Third Composites Summit

6th July 2012 0 comment
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 ends on high note

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

Karl Mayer widens weft insertion scope

5th July 2012 0 comment
Karl Mayer Malimo has introduced two new working widths for its Wefttronic RS parallel weft insertion machines. A Wefttronic RS in a width of 213 inches was shown at the recent ITMA ASIA + CITME in Shanghai and a 176 inch machine was introduced at the same time.

Taking prepreg where no prepreg has gone before

5th July 2012 0 comment
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 high performance prepregs at Farnborough

4th July 2012 0 comment
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.

Recycled yarns for high-performance fabrics

4th July 2012 0 comment
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.

Raditeck high tenacity PA66 range extended

3rd July 2012 0 comment
The RadiciGroup has added two new products - Dyna and Fine – to its Raditeck range of high-tenacity PA66 yarns.

Growth in Japan’s technical textiles sector

2nd July 2012 0 comment
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’.

High-performance polyesters at Bangkok fashion fair

28th June 2012 0 comment
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 opens Hanover Fair

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

ShanghaiTex to drive upgrading of Chinese textiles industry

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

New eco stain repellent for automotive and upholstery

25th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Freudenberg NA targets zero waste

22nd June 2012 0 comment
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 to supply lightweight armour to Daimler

22nd June 2012 0 comment
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.

Russia to establish large scale production of innovative fabrics

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

ITMA 2015 to drive sustainable machinery innovations

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

Toho Tenax to grow composites business in India

20th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Umeco presents new identity at JEC Asia

18th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Project to deliver low cost lightweight vehicle structures

18th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Nonwovens in Asia: Big dimensions, big potential

15th June 2012 0 comment
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.

German textiles success depends on customer focus and niches

14th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Researching tomorrow's innovative textiles

13th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Monforts acquired by Fong’s

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

Monforts appoints technical textiles specialist

12th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Groz-Beckert interview: Great potential in India

11th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Customised exhaust sleeve offers thermal management benefits

11th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Eco focus for Teijin at ANEX

8th June 2012 0 comment
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.

Dates released for 2014 US shows

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

Ahlstrom to close Barcelona plant

1st June 2012 0 comment
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.

Praybourne launches Waxman Fibres Protal 5

31st May 2012 0 comment
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).

Conference addresses man-made fibres future

31st May 2012 0 comment
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.

Custom composites for defence applications

30th May 2012 0 comment
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.

Leading textile machinery builders flock to ITMA ASIA + CITME

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

Nonwovens for MENA from Turkey

28th May 2012 3 comments
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.

London welcomes GOCarbonFibre conference

28th May 2012 0 comment
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.

Texprocess Americas exceeds expectations

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

Techtextil North America returns to pre-recession levels

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

JM gets GL approval for StarRov 076

22nd May 2012 0 comment
Johns Manville (JM) has received another new approval by Germanisher Lloyd (GL) for glass fibres to be used in wind turbine blades.

ITMF State of Trade Report Q4 2011

21st May 2012 0 comment
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.

New tests for acoustic and aeroacoustic properties of textiles

21st May 2012 0 comment
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.

Dyneema MAX to take HMPE mooring ropes to new level

18th May 2012 0 comment
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.

Check out our new Knitting Industry website

18th May 2012 0 comment
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 ( ) went live on Wednesday afternoon offering readers even greater benefits than before.

Formax gets DNV materials qualification

17th May 2012 0 comment
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.

VDMA: Extended knowledge transfer for composites is key

17th May 2012 0 comment
“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.

Sustainable focus for Italians at ITMA ASIA

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

VDMA: Upgrading China's textiles industry

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

World's first mass production aramid nanofibre

26th April 2012 0 comment
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.

SITM develops 40 gauge weft insertion machine

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

Formax increases glass multiaxial capacity

24th April 2012 0 comment
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.

Commercialization of CVD coated nonwovens

23rd April 2012 0 comment
Conductive Composites is to commercialise its nickel Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) coated nonwovens, with a manufacturing line expansion that doubles its production capabilities.

Techtextil North America moves to California in 2013

23rd April 2012 0 comment
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.

Eco-composites in electric racing car

19th April 2012 0 comment
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 opens R&D centre in China

18th April 2012 0 comment
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.

Freudenberg's local solutions for global markets

17th April 2012 0 comment
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.

Growing demand for Italian textile machinery in India

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

Costin invests to meet Chinese filtration demand

16th April 2012 0 comment
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 Corp to acquire Guilford Mills

12th April 2012 0 comment
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

Strong demand for space at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012

11th April 2012 0 comment
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).

Composites Europe and ACMA extend partnership

5th April 2012 0 comment
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 acquires Baycomp

5th April 2012 0 comment
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.

Partnership to speed development of SMC for automotive

4th April 2012 0 comment
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.

New business manager for Karl Mayer Malimo

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

Teijin and CCFA to develop China fibre market

3rd April 2012 0 comment
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.

Call for papers for FILTREX Europe

2nd April 2012 0 comment
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.

Karl Mayer to unveil wider Wefttronic in Shanghai

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

Italian machine builders head to Atlanta

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

ITASA showcases composite liner solutions at JEC

26th March 2012 0 comment
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.

Karl Mayer to celebrate 75th anniversary

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

Telling details at Geneva's Motor Show

23rd March 2012 0 comment
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.

Another record year for Lenzing

22nd March 2012 0 comment
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 opens U.S. Composite Application Center

21st March 2012 0 comment
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.

Umeco companies to rebrand at JEC Europe 2012

16th March 2012 0 comment
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.

Sigmatex forms partnership with Innegra

14th March 2012 0 comment
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 develops novel binding technology with Imperial

14th March 2012 0 comment
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 Natural Home of Advanced Materials

12th March 2012 0 comment
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.

Nominations open for RISE Durable Product Award

9th March 2012 0 comment
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's publishes Sustainability Report 2011

9th March 2012 0 comment
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 launches Sustainable Textile Service Programs

9th March 2012 0 comment
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 introduces Ultra-ProTechtor fire blocker

8th March 2012 0 comment
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.

Customized solutions from Freudenberg Nonwovens

7th March 2012 0 comment
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.

Alexium preparing for commercial US debut

7th March 2012 0 comment
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.

New developments from Harry Lucas

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

Nanofront used in bicycle and motorcycle gloves

27th February 2012 0 comment
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.

Registration opens for Textile Institute World Conference 2012

27th February 2012 0 comment
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 joins United Nations Global Compact

23rd February 2012 0 comment
DyStar has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) with the objective of strengthening its commitment towards sustainability.

Oerlikon presents composite solutions at JEC

20th February 2012 0 comment
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.

ITMF State of Trade Report Q3 2011

20th February 2012 0 comment
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 gets supplier excellence award

17th February 2012 0 comment
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.

ESI consolidates composites simulation offer

17th February 2012 0 comment
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 opens sales office in Singapore

17th February 2012 0 comment
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.

Signs of recovery for Italian textile machinery

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

Invisibility is the goal for truly smart fabrics

13th February 2012 0 comment
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.

Hohenstein opens testing lab in Hong Kong

12th February 2012 0 comment
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.

Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium 2012 programme announced

8th February 2012 0 comment
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.

Waste not, want not

7th February 2012 0 comment
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.

Oerlikon expands Sauber F1 partnership

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

Continued growth for Italian textile machinery sector

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

Karl Mayer takes part in VDMA China conference

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

Bayer builds plant for coating materials

25th January 2012 0 comment
Bayer MaterialScience has begun construction of a multipurpose production plant for polyurethane coating raw materials at Chempark Leverkusen.

CAB 2012 to focus on nonwovens converting and bonding

25th January 2012 0 comment
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.

From FP7 to Horizon 2020

24th January 2012 0 comment
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.

Alexium rolls out flame retardant nylon treatment

24th January 2012 1 comment
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.

Texprocess Americas addresses pressing issues

23rd January 2012 1 comment
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.

Lightweighting: The Future of Mobility

23rd January 2012 1 comment
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.

Handbook of Technical Textile Design

23rd January 2012 1 comment
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.

Digital inkjet printing holds future potential

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

METYX invests in LIBA MAX 5 multiaxial machine

19th January 2012 0 comment
Istanbul 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

New polyester nanofibre is 400 nanometres in diameter

16th January 2012 0 comment
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

Eurasia Nonwovens Symposium 2012 - Final call for papers

11th January 2012 0 comment
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

Formax joins MOD technology alliance

10th January 2012 0 comment
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

Ford and Repreve to recycle 2M plastic bottles

6th January 2012 0 comment
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 fabrics. 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%

US Air Force to assess RST technology

5th January 2012 0 comment
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

Mobile Textiles More Valuable than Ever

4th January 2012 0 comment
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 manufacturing. 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

Nonwovens demand to rise 6.9% PA to 2015

3rd January 2012 0 comment
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 (2000,

METYX builds new composites factory

22nd December 2011 0 comment
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 five ye

Lenzing ramps up production of Smartcel and SeaCell fibres

21st December 2011 0 comment
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. The 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 Austria. In 2007, Lenzing granted Smartfiber a license for the pilot production of new types of lyocell spe

DSM invests in nanotechnology company

20th December 2011 0 comment
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. Accordin

2011 was an awarding year for INDA

16th December 2011 0 comment
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. In 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 awards. Starting with the coveted 2011 Visionary Award presented as part

US filters market to exceed $12 billion in 2015

14th December 2011 0 comment
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

Teijins CFRTP technology to be used in GM vehicles

13th December 2011 0 comment
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 crossovers. 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 invests in battery separator company

12th December 2011 0 comment
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 invests in Forcespinning technology

12th December 2011 0 comment
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 o

Adidas, MIT, Nike and Philips front Smart Fabrics conference

9th December 2011 0 comment
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 ·          Stacey Burr, VP Wearable Sports Electronics, adidas ·          Hap Klopp, Chairman, Cocona Fabric ·          Sti

Call for papers and student grant

8th December 2011 0 comment
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 funding. The Nonwovens Research Academy aims to promote fundamental understanding and knowledge of the science and

125 tonnes of hi-tech equipment installed at NCC

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

Groz-Beckert launches iPad app for textile manufacturers

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

PhD Studentship in development of electronic textiles

7th December 2011 0 comment
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

IDTechEx award for Smartcoater

7th December 2011 0 comment
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 months. 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. "

INDA reports successful Filtration 2011

5th December 2011 0 comment
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

Overwhelming response for ITMA ASIA + CITME 2012

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

Wearable Technologies 5

1st December 2011 0 comment
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 builds CFRTP rapid production pilot plant

1st December 2011 0 comment
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 rapid prod

Lightweight composite intensive body for light commercial vehicles

28th November 2011 0 comment
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

UKs National Composites Centre opens for business

24th November 2011 0 comment
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

Keynote speaker announced for Techtextil NA

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

INDA announces new converting and bonding conference

23rd November 2011 0 comment
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 ra

Oerlikon reorganizes textile machinery business

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

Techtextil India 2011: Final Report

21st November 2011 0 comment
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. V

Ford uses Repreve in Focus Electric seats

17th November 2011 0 comment
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

Yarn and fabric output down- Q4 outlook positive

17th November 2011 0 comment
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:  

Scottish consortium offers rail carriage interiors solutions

14th November 2011 0 comment
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

New applications and markets for technical textiles

11th November 2011 0 comment
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 links below: Innovation and Internationalisation Drive Success in the German Technical Textile Industry;  New Technologies for Making Up Technical Textiles and Clothing;  The World Nonwovens Industry: Part 1 -- The Leading Ten Producers;

New appointment at Cordura Performance & Protective Fabrics

10th November 2011 0 comment
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 (EMEA) region.  He will also develop and execute marketing plans to increase brand recognition and new fa

Poor third quarter for Italian textile machinery

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

TCX uses Dryarn in seamless motorcycle base layer range

7th November 2011 0 comment
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 expands Californian site

7th November 2011 0 comment
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. TenCate produces 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

Freudenberg's green technologies create new jobs

4th November 2011 0 comment
Freudenberg North 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 interiors. The company says its innovations kee

Conference: Managing Innovation in Textiles 2011

4th November 2011 0 comment
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 going forward. Keynote speaker, Dr Batchelor is one of Unilever's leading Inventors and Innovators, with over 100 published pat

New aerospace armour systems facility for TenCate

2nd November 2011 0 comment
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 buys American & Efird from Ruddick

31st October 2011 0 comment
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

Forcespinning production system debuts at Filtration 2011

25th October 2011 0 comment
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

VDMA: ITMA 2011 results exceeded expectations

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

Teijin's CFRP technologies win top ICIS Innovation Award

20th October 2011 0 comment
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

Teijin Supports Flood Relief Efforts in Thailand

20th October 2011 0 comment
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

Twaron UD41 offers extra protection for police and military

19th October 2011 0 comment
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

19th October 2011 0 comment
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 opens Endumax high strength tape facility

12th October 2011 0 comment
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

REPORT: Information on Man Made Fibres

11th October 2011 0 comment
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 builds automotive hose line plant in Serbia

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

Strong growth predicted as Techtextil India 2011 opens

10th October 2011 0 comment
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%

Teijin to present high performance solutions at Techtextil India

6th October 2011 0 comment
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

First all black Twaron fibre produced

5th October 2011 0 comment
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

Attending to consumption at ITMA

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

VDMA launches new textile machinery website

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

Straight-up fibres - the V-Lap advantage

22nd September 2011 0 comment
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

Karl Mayer transfers Malimo technology to Christian Pinkert

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

Dupont wins Kevlar trade secret case against Kolon

16th September 2011 0 comment
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 offers comprehensive training programme

13th September 2011 0 comment
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 extends CFRP facility

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

Symposium addresses India's technical textiles needs

5th September 2011 0 comment
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

Indian state plans Rs 110 crore technical textiles park

1st September 2011 0 comment
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

India's technical textiles industry to grow to Rs.1.4 trillion by 2017

26th August 2011 0 comment
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

Mageba launches new multishuttle loom

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

Invexus invisible plasma coatings launched

16th August 2011 0 comment
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

IFAI Advanced Textiles Europe 2011 to showcase new technologies

15th August 2011 0 comment
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

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

3D moulding of TenCate Liba to be shown at DSEi

11th August 2011 0 comment
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

ITMF State of Trade Report Q1 2011

11th August 2011 0 comment
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

New developments from Harry Lucas for ITMA

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

Interview with Karl Mayer's Fritz P. Mayer

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

Dates announced for 8th annual Smart Fabrics Conference

5th August 2011 0 comment
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

FILTRATION 2011 heads to Navy Pier in Chicago

4th August 2011 0 comment
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

Indian technical textiles sector to reach US$36 billion in 5 years

2nd August 2011 0 comment
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 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

Technical Service for Sewing & Joining Technology

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

Amyris partners with Kuraray to develop renewable polymers

1st August 2011 0 comment
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

Teijin awarded for automotive CFRP technology

28th July 2011 0 comment
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

High voltage cable protection makes hybrids and electric vehicles safer

21st July 2011 0 comment
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

New Garnett-e-Controls for textile machinery

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

ITMA to feature extended Research & Education pavilion

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

Bomb-proof bag for luggage compartment in aircraft

14th July 2011 0 comment
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.

Researchers print solar cells onto paper and fabric

14th July 2011 0 comment
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,

Keynote speaker announced for TCL2011

13th July 2011 0 comment
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

Dutch open innovation centre for advanced materials

11th July 2011 0 comment
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

Karl Mayer highlights for ITMA 2011

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

DyStar moves forward

8th July 2011 0 comment
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

Extended fibres and yarns area at ITMA 2011

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

Potential engineers get a Smallpeice of the action

7th July 2011 0 comment
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

ATNT conference to be held in Coimbatore, India

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

Endless possibilities from Performance Fibers at Techtextil

5th July 2011 0 comment
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

4th July 2011 0 comment
Theme day: Intelligent textiles for physical training, therapy and safety Readers wanting to learn more about intelligent textiles that can: Treat depression 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

Comez innovations for ITMA 2011

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

Textile-concrete bridge in Albstadt-Lautlingen

1st July 2011 0 comment
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

Master the art of innovation with Huntsman Textile Effects

29th June 2011 0 comment
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

Student solutions for manned trip to Mars

29th June 2011 0 comment
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

German technology for the Chinese technical textiles industry

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

Karl Mayer shows latest machine for spacer fabrics

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

Ahlstrom starts multiaxial production in China

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

Techtextil North America Symposium 2012 - Call for Papers

16th June 2011 0 comment
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

ITMA Asia + CITME supports buoyant Chinese textiles industry

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

Global Outlook for Carbon Fiber 2011: Call for Papers

13th June 2011 0 comment
"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." Inte

Huntsman Textile Effects appoints new VP Specialty Textiles

13th June 2011 0 comment
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 extends lead as innovation powerhouse

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

Research examines how to apply

7th June 2011 0 comment
"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

NWtexnet into Europe

6th June 2011 0 comment
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

Smart and sensory materials with built in technology

3rd June 2011 0 comment
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

French textile machine builders see strong turnaround in 2011

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

Autoliv expands airbag capacity in Asia

2nd June 2011 0 comment
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

Trying to understand Russia

1st June 2011 0 comment
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

Jump in global shipments of textile machinery in 2010

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

Techtextil and Texprocess shows convince industry

27th May 2011 0 comment
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

2011 Textile Institute Awards Launched

24th May 2011 0 comment
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

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

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

Call for Papers: Managing Innovation in Textiles

19th May 2011 0 comment
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

Techtextil invitation to innovate with DSM Dyneema

19th May 2011 0 comment
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, an

50th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress (Dornbirn-MFC)

18th May 2011 0 comment
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

Gores Group acquires Sage Automotive Interiors

17th May 2011 0 comment
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 appoints new European president

16th May 2011 0 comment
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

Students design fabric for charging mobile phones

16th May 2011 0 comment
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

Karl Mayer to highlight new applications at Techtextil

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

VDMA: Fritz P. Mayer re-elected Chairman

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

Business information reports for technical textiles and nonwovens

4th May 2011 0 comment
Innovation in Textiles is now offering readers the opportunity to buy online, business information reports on the technical textiles and nonwovens industries. The authoritative reports are compiled and published by Textiles Intelligence, a highly respected and leading provider of business information and cover the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries, as well as performance apparel and corporate wear. Below is a sample selection of recently pu

Unifi marks 40th anniversary with dedication to founder

28th April 2011 0 comment
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

Nonwovens in a different class

27th April 2011 0 comment
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. New classification for nonwovens? EDANA – the trade body primarily representing the European nonwovens industry – announced in Geneva that along with fellow trade organisations INDA, for North

Bill Mills sets up textiles and business support consultancy

27th April 2011 0 comment
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 Tecasafe Plus 580 offers lightweight protection

20th April 2011 0 comment
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

TCL2011 International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating

20th April 2011 0 comment
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 eagerly anticipated. The Conference Chairman will once again be Wil

ITMA ASIA + CITME is door to China for textile

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

Rhodia increases polymer capacity in Freiburg

12th April 2011 0 comment
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

Smart Fabrics move towards commercialization

11th April 2011 0 comment
Debra Cobb reports from the 7th Smart Fabrics Conference The 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

New helicopter survival suit gets Outlast technology

8th April 2011 0 comment
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 comfort. We all know that water can be dangerous with unpredictable element, but with some jobs and activities it is not possible to stay away from it. To get to offshore oil installations for example there is no other choice than to fly over water. So if a risk

Sioen agrees sale of Roland International

6th April 2011 0 comment
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. 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

Dyneema appoints Gruschwitz as distribution partner

4th April 2011 0 comment
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. Grus

Business Information: Technical Textile Markets reports

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

Business Information: Textile Outlook International reports

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

SITM develops worlds finest weft insertion tricot machine

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

Filtech 2011: The media is the message

30th March 2011 0 comment
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 future growth. 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

PhD Studentship in Development of Smart Yarn

29th March 2011 0 comment
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

Inaugural lecture has smart textiles emphasis

25th March 2011 0 comment
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

Reach tens of thousands of technical textiles buyers

22nd March 2011 0 comment
Readers interested in getting their marketing message in front of tens of thousands of technical textiles industry buyers in 2011 should check out the advertising opportunities now available on Innovation in Textiles. Request a copy of our new Media Information for 2011 now, by emailing us on Innovation in Textiles’ high quality daily content is now being delivered to a huge online community via our network of websites, e-newsletter

French machinery manufacturers gear up for Techtextil

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

North America Nonwovens Industry Outlook 2010-2015

21st March 2011 0 comment
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 companies. “Kno

Johns Manville adds additional Microfiber capacity

21st March 2011 0 comment
“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 world-class product

Multiaxial machine to be showcased JEC show

14th March 2011 0 comment
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

Spacer fabrics feature at technical textiles symposium

10th March 2011 0 comment
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

Breakthrough for mass produced carbon fibre cars

9th March 2011 0 comment
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 products. Teijin’s

New Eco-applicator soft coating solution from Monforts

9th March 2011 0 comment
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

DSM Dyneema partners Eurofibers in distribution deal

8th March 2011 0 comment
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

Creating a culture for innovation

8th March 2011 0 comment
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

Strong growth continues in global yarn and fabric production

8th March 2011 0 comment
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

Final agenda announced for 7th annual Smart Fabrics conference

7th March 2011 0 comment
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 diverse application

Signs of recovery for Italian textile machinery manufacturers

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

TenCate net profit up 92% to 46.0 million in 2010

3rd March 2011 0 comment
Leading technical 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%). -         

Techtextil North America 2011 Preview

2nd March 2011 0 comment
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 to build new nylon plant in China

2nd March 2011 0 comment
 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

Conference: Societal Challenges Textile Solutions

1st March 2011 0 comment
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 a

DSM JV invests 50 million in Chinese composite resins facility

28th February 2011 0 comment
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

Allma CC4 wins tyre technology award

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

Composite aircraft seat wins JEC Composite Innovation Award

24th February 2011 0 comment
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

Toho Tenax exhibits carbon fibre composites at Indias ICERP

24th February 2011 0 comment
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

16th Techtextil Symposium and 6th Avantex Symposium

22nd February 2011 0 comment
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

Lenzing 2010 results confirm best ever year

21st February 2011 0 comment
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 1.22

Wireless at ISPO

20th February 2011 0 comment
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 interactive

BASF to launch new products at INDEX 2011

18th February 2011 0 comment
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

Sinterama and Indorama consortium buys Trevira

17th February 2011 0 comment
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

DSM acquires majority share in Chinese UHMWPE fibre manufacturer

17th February 2011 0 comment
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

Danish project launches smart textiles competition for students

15th February 2011 0 comment
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

Chinese leader addresses ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit

15th February 2011 0 comment
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

Lenzing wins ispo Eco Responsibility Award

8th February 2011 0 comment
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 combines carbon fibres & composite materials businesses

4th February 2011 0 comment
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 materials bu

ATME-I to continue with Techtextil North America in 2012

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

Alexium rolls out Cleanshell process

28th January 2011 0 comment
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 textiles. 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 a

Euratex and IAF support Texprocess

27th January 2011 0 comment
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

Philadelphia University establishes textile composites R&D institute

18th January 2011 0 comment
Philadelphia University 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

In Memoriam: Luigi Omodeo Zorini

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

Exhibitor space at Techtextil selling fast

12th January 2011 0 comment
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 1915 - 2010

5th January 2011 0 comment
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 ninety-five.  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."

Active silver underwear in race around the world

31st December 2010 0 comment
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

Ahlstrom increases European transportation filtration capacity

22nd December 2010 0 comment
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

Trevira reports healthy first year after restructuring

21st December 2010 0 comment
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 target mark

Hohenstein to improve upholstered seat hygiene

20th December 2010 0 comment
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

Researchers to develop fabric based antenna technology

16th December 2010 0 comment
Loughborough University 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 awards Germany's young textile engineers

14th December 2010 0 comment
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

Euratex and Cematex plan closer collaboration

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

Clariant raises prices for textile chemicals and dyes

8th December 2010 0 comment
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 cu

French textile machinery builders eye Turkey and Syria

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

Hot new coating development for flexible materials and composites

25th November 2010 0 comment
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

Coatema Cick&Coat wins JEC Composites Innovation Award

25th November 2010 0 comment
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. W

Brazil hosts German textile machinery conferences

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

Atayne founder announced keynote for Techtextil North America 2011

19th November 2010 0 comment
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

Nonwovens start-up to open in South Carolina

19th November 2010 0 comment
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

Smart Fabrics 2011 to be held in London

17th November 2010 0 comment
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

Lenzing records historic third quarter 2010

16th November 2010 0 comment
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 publish first results on Forcespinning technology

12th November 2010 0 comment
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 Kamal Sarkar. Forcespinning is a patent pending technology that utilizes centrifugal force instead of hot air or an electrostatic char

Integrating platform for advanced smart textile applications

8th November 2010 0 comment
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 to supply Cetex carbon fibre laminates for Airbus A350 XWB

5th November 2010 0 comment
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.  TenCate Cetex material, which is characterized as high strength and low weight, will be applied to the stiffening

The Textile Institute at 100 bright legacy, smart future

5th November 2010 0 comment
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 match. I

ITMA returns to Italy in 2015

4th November 2010 0 comment
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

FibeRio to launch production ready Forcespinning Technology

4th November 2010 0 comment
FibeRio Technology 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

Teijin products at Japan Experience exhibition

2nd November 2010 0 comment
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

DuPont launches Kevlar XP for hard armour applications

26th October 2010 0 comment
DuPont has 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 protective vests. 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

Toho Tenax starts-up fourth carbon fibre line in Germany

22nd October 2010 0 comment
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 Engineered Composites expands 3-D weaving operations

18th October 2010 0 comment
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

ITMA 2011 expands to feature fibres and yarns

18th October 2010 0 comment
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 to buy French automotive textiles manufacturer

15th October 2010 0 comment
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 disclosed. 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 partners 3M for customized prepreg products

15th October 2010 0 comment
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 markets.   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 appoints Symposium Advisory Council

13th October 2010 0 comment
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 an

Sage installs BarcoVision manufacturing execution systems

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

Fishskin inspires Mercedes interior design

4th October 2010 0 comment
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 told. 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

Coldblack nominated for German design prize

22nd September 2010 0 comment
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

Fuel cell gas diffusion layer uses carbon fibre fabric

22nd September 2010 0 comment
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 that

RadiciGroup invests to expand Radifloor capacity

21st September 2010 0 comment
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 name. 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

Technology Breakthrough: Robotically 'woven' composite cycle frame

15th September 2010 0 comment
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

Robotically 'woven' composite cycle frame: by a man with a vision

15th September 2010 0 comment
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

Book your place at GO Carbon Fibre 2010 conference

10th September 2010 0 comment
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

New book: Technical textile yarns

7th September 2010 0 comment
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 publisher:  - documents advances in textil

Polymat Free-Flow to launch at Composites Europe

2nd September 2010 0 comment
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, Polymat Free-Fl

Early bird rate for Textiles Coating & Laminating conference

2nd September 2010 0 comment
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 , or by emailing or calling +

Call for papers for Indian technical textiles conference

1st September 2010 0 comment
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

Latest textile advances presented at Paris conference

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

Keynote announced for personal care products conference

17th August 2010 0 comment
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 global forecast

New speakers announced for carbon fibre conference

16th August 2010 0 comment
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 Septemb

VDMA sets up Composite Technology Network

10th August 2010 0 comment
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 materials. 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

Edana announces FILTREX 2010 programme

10th August 2010 0 comment
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

Nanofibers conference program announced

9th August 2010 0 comment
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 reports first profits in 10 years

2nd August 2010 0 comment
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 $616.8 million,

Techtextil North America Symposium 2011 Call for papers

2nd August 2010 0 comment
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

Groz-Beckert - Building for the Future

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

TenCate doubles first half profits

22nd July 2010 0 comment
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

Ethics and eco-textiles join forces in London

21st July 2010 0 comment
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

Leading carbon fibre conference features Airbus, Boeing and GM

19th July 2010 0 comment
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

China's nonwovens market big enough to accommodate everyone

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

Turkish technical textiles manufacturer to open in Englands Northwest

9th July 2010 0 comment
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

Karl Mayer expands Hong Kong subsidiary

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

TenCate appoints global group directors

5th July 2010 0 comment
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 announces further price increase on filtration materials

5th July 2010 0 comment
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 prod

ITMA 2011 introduces major Research & Education pavilion

14th June 2010 0 comment
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 will be 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 Fira de Barcelona G

EDANA releases nonwoven production statistics for 2009

11th June 2010 0 comment
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

International Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) 2009

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

Meltblown nonwovens help in oil spill cleanup

7th June 2010 0 comment
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

INDA accepting nominations for 2011 Visionary Award

4th June 2010 0 comment
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

Techtextil North America 2010 considered best textile show in years

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

$37 million carbon fibre research centre for Australian university

28th May 2010 0 comment
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

Inaugural RISE conference to feature workshop on innovation

27th May 2010 0 comment
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 develops breakthrough FR yarn for transportation

25th May 2010 0 comment
Federal-Mogul Corporation has announced it has developed what it believes to be the world's first Polyethylene Terephthalate (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 Terephthalate has been able to meet this requirement, known as the UL 1441 VW-1 flame test. Federal-Mogul is now developing comme

Japanese man-made fibre output falls 22%

17th May 2010 0 comment
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,

Global fibre production exceeds 70 million tonnes in 2009

13th May 2010 0 comment
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 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 popula

Lenzings Asian subsidiary opens fourth production line

12th May 2010 0 comment
Lenzing's subsidiary PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV) officially started up its fourth production line at the beginning of April, with a total investment of USD 150 million making it the group's biggest individual investment project in recent years. Its annual nominal production capacity of 60,000 tons of viscose fibre for textile and nonwovens applications raises SPV's total annual capacity to 220,000 tons and makes it Asia's biggest viscose fibre production site

Toray to supply carbon fibre prepreg to Airbus

12th May 2010 0 comment
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 awarded Kyocera Environment Prize

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

Karl Mayer-Malimo Weftronic has wide appeal

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

Lenzing finalizes acquisition of Biocel Paskov

10th May 2010 0 comment
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 fibres. Lenzing intends to invest 50 million Euro

German textile machinery orders soar in run up to ITMA Asia

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

Speakers announced for coating & laminating conference

5th May 2010 0 comment
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

Unifi boosted by improved market conditions

30th April 2010 0 comment
Textured polyester and nylon producer Unifi yesterday reported improved sales and net income for its third fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2010 and increased gross profits for the first nine months. The company said net sales were positively impacted by improved 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

Toray to develop carbon fibre car parts with Daimler

29th April 2010 0 comment
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. “Thi

Speakers announced for Managing Innovation in Textiles conference

26th April 2010 0 comment
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 releases landmark report on Chinas nonwovens industry

20th April 2010 0 comment
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

TTNA 2010 showcases latest developments in technical textiles

14th April 2010 0 comment
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

Exhibition space sold out at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2010

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

French textile machinery manufacturers on the road to recovery

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

Nonwovens conference scheduled for November in Raleigh NC

7th April 2010 0 comment
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, N.C. USA.  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 acquires Czech pulp producer

6th April 2010 0 comment
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 pulp distribution. 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

Lenzing doubles production capacity at Chinese site

29th March 2010 0 comment
The Lenzing Group, market leader in cellulose fibres, is to invest in further capacity expansion and modification of its sites in Lenzing (Austria) and Nanjing (China). The production capacity 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 site will switch production from standard viscose fibres to modal fibres within the next fifteen months at an

Groz-Beckert looks to future

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

Nominations open for 2010 WOW Innovation Awards

22nd March 2010 0 comment
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 restarts production in Leverkusen and Brunsbtel

18th March 2010 0 comment
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 been placed. Lanxess, owner of the buildings and facilities used by DyStar in Leverkusen a

Indias technical textiles industry to double by 2014-15

12th March 2010 0 comment
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

IDEA10 to features more ways to network

9th March 2010 0 comment
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 satisfied with 2009 result despite crisis

4th March 2010 0 comment
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 sales declined

Essen hosts Composites Europe 2010

3rd March 2010 0 comment
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 sees huge opportunity for success and profitability

2nd March 2010 0 comment
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 profitable.” H

High speed tyre cord dipping line from Litzler

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

Hohenstein Institute renames business units

28th February 2010 0 comment
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 brand name: Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co. KG (previously: Hohenstein Research Institute Prof. Dr

Toho Tenax launches ultra-lightweight carbon fibre fabric

26th February 2010 0 comment
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

First FILTREX ASIA conference a resounding success

26th February 2010 0 comment
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

Carbon nanotubes in heated woven fabrics

24th February 2010 0 comment
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 NA names Kim Glas as keynote speaker

22nd February 2010 0 comment
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 forthcoming event. 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

TenCate: Inkjet nano printing technology will change textiles industry

18th February 2010 0 comment
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 appoints group management team

17th February 2010 0 comment
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 DyStar Group. 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 announces programme of events for 2010

15th February 2010 0 comment
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

Nonwovens Research Academy moves to November 2010

15th February 2010 0 comment
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

Lenzing Indonesian subsidiary tests fourth production line

15th February 2010 0 comment
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 construct

Melt spun conductive nanofibre for battery components

12th February 2010 0 comment
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 process. Teijin says that since melt-spinning is widely used for the production of ordinary chemical fibres, the newly developed CNF can

Stanford researchers make batteries from fabric

10th February 2010 0 comment
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 materials science. Special ink formula "We have been developing all kinds of materials, trying to revolutionize bat

NatureWorks announces program for global biopolymer forum

10th February 2010 0 comment
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

Crabs create smarter automotive fabrics

2nd February 2010 0 comment
RMIT University 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

RISE conference for nonwovens and engineered fabrics

2nd February 2010 0 comment
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

Rieter Automotive invests in NSC Nonwoven needlepunch

29th January 2010 0 comment
Rieter Automotive 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

Teijin partners silk producers in Biofabrics project

25th January 2010 0 comment
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 opens in Central America

12th January 2010 0 comment
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

Handbook of Tensile Properties of Textile and Technical Fibres

8th January 2010 0 comment
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

Fibertex to start needlepunch production in South Africa

4th January 2010 0 comment
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

Textiles... The Next Generation- Smart and Technical Textiles

4th January 2010 0 comment
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

Allma CC3 Combi on show at Tire Technology 2010

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

ITMA ASIA + CITME exhibition gets overwhelming support

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

SRF to widen technical textiles portfolio

14th December 2009 0 comment
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

Textile machinery offers interesting careers for French textile students

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

Techtextil North America 2010

9th December 2009 0 comment
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

Kiri Dyes buys Germany's DyStar Group

8th December 2009 0 comment
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

Lexus premium sports car uses CFRP

4th December 2009 0 comment
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 2010. A total of 65% of the Lexus LFA’s cabin will be made with CFRP, enabling the cabin to weig

5 million prize for advanced composite manufacturing competition in UK

1st December 2009 0 comment
‘Grand Challenge’ will stimulate development of innovative manufacturing techniques for the rapid, cost effective production of composites. 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

Carbon Fibre Recycling & Reuse Conference 2009 Review

27th November 2009 0 comment
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

ITMA 2011 expands offer with spotlight on innovation

26th November 2009 0 comment
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 shows further growth surge

5th November 2009 0 comment
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.

Texas Tech hosts ATNT conference in India

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

Polyolefin gold rush could benefit technical textile producers

30th October 2009 0 comment
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

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

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

Textile Days India attracts 4000 plus visitors with 175 exhibitors

14th October 2009 0 comment
‘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

Composites focus for Karl Mayer at Techtextil India

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

Business focus on rich potential of textiles

6th October 2009 0 comment
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 V8 Supercars test Innegra

5th October 2009 0 comment
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,

Shaped spacer fabrics for tailor made solutions

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

Tenax targets Asian carbon fibre markets

30th September 2009 0 comment
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 partici

Biofront demonstration plant in operation

24th September 2009 0 comment
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

Baltex extends XD spacer fabric range

23rd September 2009 0 comment
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 fabrics. According to Baltex, the Coolmax Fresh FX

Project Management Degree for technical textiles

22nd September 2009 0 comment
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 textiles sector. “The degree was proposed as a direct result of feedback we received from a range of companies when asked for their requirements from the region’s

New Comez machine for technical narrow fabrics

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

Worlds first Carbon Fibre Recycling and Reuse conference

4th September 2009 0 comment
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

Toyota Prius hybrid chooses Ingeo fibre

2nd September 2009 0 comment
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

Lydall commissions glass needled line

1st September 2009 0 comment
Lydall Performance 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

Recycled polyester plant featured on Travel Channel

18th August 2009 0 comment
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

6th Edition of ATNT-09 International Conference on Advances in Textiles

4th August 2009 0 comment
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, specialty fabri

New Clariant products give technological and ecological edge

14th July 2009 0 comment
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. The n

Upgraded Biofront offers high durability comparable to PET

13th July 2009 0 comment
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

Record numbers of exhibitors and visitors at Techtextil

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

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

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

Schoeller presents latest innovations at Techtextil

14th June 2009 0 comment
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

Thermoplastic composites research centre established at University of Twente

12th June 2009 0 comment
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

Nexar for breathable fabrics debuts at NPE

11th June 2009 0 comment
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 applications. Krato

Nilit debuts with high-performance fibres at Techtextil

11th June 2009 0 comment
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 nonwovens. “We look forward to showcasing woven and knitted fabrics and finished garments made w

Teijin presents latest offerings at Techtextil

5th June 2009 0 comment
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

Itac to unveil latest adhesives and non-adhesive coatings ideas

26th May 2009 0 comment
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

Glass fabric processing from GF machinery

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

Stoll flat knitting technology for technical applications

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

Techtextil North America weathers economy on west coast

14th May 2009 0 comment
The sixth edition of Techtextil North America took place April 21 to 23, 2009 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the first ever edition on the West Coast and organisers say that it resulted in the majority of exhibitors and visitors being pleasantly surprised and pleased despite the current economic conditions. Techtextil North America was previously held only on even years in Atlanta, Georgia but will now be held annually, alt

Techtextil - The Innovation Interchange

6th May 2009 0 comment
Techtextil – 16 to 18 June 2009, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany Innovation in Textiles, an online news and technical resource for the technical textiles and nonwovens industries is bringing its readers, visitors to the exhibition and exhibitors, a preview of the latest technical developments in fibres, yarns, fabrics and machinery and equipment, which will be shown at Techtextil from 16 to 18 June 2009. In addition, Innovation in Textiles will also be reporting on t

Italian textile machinery on show at Techtextil 2009

6th May 2009 0 comment
ACIMIT (Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) and ICE (Italian Institute for Foreign Trade) have organized a Meeting Point at the forthcoming Techtextil 2009 being held in Frankfurt from 16 to 18 June. The Meeting Point will host about ten Italian machinery manufacturers involved in the production of machines for technical textiles. The Italian industry is paying particular attention to the technical and innovative textiles sector and ACIMIT estimates

Recycled polyester tyre cords launched in Europe

5th May 2009 0 comment
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 cars.

Techtextil targets exhibitor growth for 2009

1st May 2009 0 comment
First time and returning exhibitors confirm the trade fair's leading position worldwide Range of congresses and symposiums expanded From 16 to 18 June, Techtextil will be the foremost platform for users and developers of technical textiles in the fields of research, industry, architecture and other technical areas of application throughout the world. Over recent months, the indications have been pointing to further growth at Techtextil with the number of exhibitors at the last event (1,

Flax and hemp to feature in new era bio-composites

29th April 2009 0 comment
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 high performance

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

20th April 2009 0 comment
Textile & Sewn products industry week 2010 selected by U.S. Dept of Commerce for prestigious International Buyer Program The U.S. Commercial Services unit of the Department of Commerce has selected the co-located ATME-I/MEGATEX 2010, SPESA EXPO 2010, and TECHTEXTIL NORTH AMERICA 2010 trade shows for participation in its coveted International Buyer Program. Exhibitors and attendees of the events will benefit from the opportunities to meet, network, and develop business partnerships wit

Universal Fibers partners Rouse in industrial eco fibres

9th April 2009 0 comment
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 conventio

TenCate and Airbus continue composites partnership

7th April 2009 0 comment
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 few weeks. The TAPAS consortium consists of companies and institutes active in the Dutch aviation industry that are work

Biofront car seat fabric used in Mazda hybrid

1st April 2009 0 comment
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 off

TenCate advanced materials at Dutch motor show

31st March 2009 0 comment
Three vehicles 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 co

Innovations in Technical Textiles

31st March 2009 0 comment
Report Summary: 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

coldblack at the Geneva Auto Salon

17th March 2009 0 comment
Schoeller Spinning 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 Auto Salon. 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. Wi

The Carbon Fibre Industry Worldwide 2008-2014

17th March 2009 0 comment
‘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 end-user markets. 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

Techtextil North America 2009 showcases latest developments

13th March 2009 0 comment
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 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

Coldblack in BMW Motorrad bike wear

12th March 2009 0 comment
Leading manufacturer 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

Techtextil & Avantex Innovation Awards

28th February 2009 0 comment
Search is on for new ideas, visions and concepts Promoting the dialogue between research, manufacturers and users 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 receives Boeing award for excellence

20th February 2009 0 comment
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 Performance Excellen

AITEX Information Day on R&D in textiles and clothing

18th February 2009 0 comment
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, Belgium.  The event will be focused on the importance of innovation for the future of the te

Industrial Textiles

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

Call for papers for Natural Fibres Congress

6th February 2009 0 comment
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

Smart Fabrics 2009

3rd February 2009 0 comment
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. Smar

Textiles could help cut world's output of carbon dioxide from cars

19th January 2009 0 comment
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 cars. The breakthrough came about through the design of a fuel cell

IFAI Advanced Textiles 09

17th January 2009 0 comment
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

Technical non-woven adhesive tape

9th January 2009 0 comment
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

Futuris Automotive Interiors: Composite structure

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

Flemings Textiles becomes Scott & Fyfe Composites Limited

6th January 2009 0 comment
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

Eybl files for administration

5th January 2009 0 comment
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

Advances in Smart Materials

5th January 2009 0 comment
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. These,

High growth forecast for automotive air bags market

16th December 2008 0 comment 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 launches world's first recycled polyester tyre cords

15th December 2008 0 comment
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 Fibers,

Nordson expands lab facilities and opens in China

8th December 2008 0 comment
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

Method for the production of highly oriented polyolefin ribbons, textiles and technical flexible sheet materials

5th December 2008 0 comment
Applicant: TEIJIN MONOFILAMENT GERMANY GM [DE]; BRUENING HANS-JOACHIM [DE]; FISCHER ANDREAS [DE]; BACKER JAN ADOLPH DAM [NL]; BONNER MARK JAMES [GB]; WARD IAN MCMILLAN [GB] Inventor: BRUENING 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, whe

Performance Fibers CEO named as keynote speaker at Techtextil North America Symposium

4th December 2008 0 comment
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 the manufacturin

Karl Mayer takes over Benninger

1st December 2008 0 comment
Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen, has signed a contract to take over the Weaving Preparation Division of Benninger AG in Uzwil. In future, it will operate under the name of Karl Mayer Textilmaschinen AG. With this strategic acquisition, Karl Mayer takes over Benninger’s current product portfolio, together with the service and components operations, which will remain in Uzwil. The merger sees the emergence of a leading interna

Textiles in Volvo cars Oeko-Tex certified to be allergy-friendly

25th November 2008 0 comment
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

Advanced composites manufacturing facility relocates to North Carolina

21st November 2008 0 comment
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.  VX Aerospace Corporation, the new anchor tenant in Foothills Regional Airport's 800-acre indus

Textiles in Germany - New Research Report from Companies & Markets

18th November 2008 0 comment
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. Scope * Contains an executive summary and data on value

Techtextil on target for success

12th November 2008 0 comment
Messe Frankfurt, organizer of Techtextil has announced its final plans for the June 2009 and looks forward to a successful show. "The signs indicate growth", says Michael Jänecke, Brand Manager Techtextil, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. "By the end of October, with more than six months still to go, we had received over 600 registrations." More than two thirds of the total area occupied in 2007 has already been sold. Thus, the International Trade Fair for

Italian technology for automotive textiles in New Delhi

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

Italian textile machinery workshops in Hangzou and Wuxi

8th November 2008 0 comment
The Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) and the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE) will hold two technical workshops on Italian textile machinery for the production of technical textiles and nonwovens in China. The events will take place in Hangzou (24 February, 2009) and in Wuxi (26 February, 2009). Approximately ten Italian manufacturers of machinery for technical textiles and nonwovens will introduce their updated technologies,

Executive management changes at Ahlstrom

6th November 2008 0 comment
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 areas. Business management 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

Next generation software for 3D warp knitted fabric simulation

29th October 2008 0 comment
Warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer has worked closely with its system partner Texion Software Solutions to develop Texion’s Procad warpknit 3D the latest addition to the Procad family of software solutions for manufacturers of warp knitted fabrics.   The production of modern warp knitted fabrics is an engineering science in itself. Anyone involved should have specialist knowledge of yarn properties and finishing processes a

International Natural Fibres Conference to be held during Techtextil 2009

20th October 2008 <