Trend enlightenment reaches a new level at Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles
Following the success of the
revamped design and trend programme last August, Intertextile Shanghai
Home Textiles – Autumn Edition’s InterDesign will feature again
this year. With a combination of trend forecasting, conceptual designs,
product demonstrations and seminars, the programme is intended to
benefit the entire home textiles and design industry. Not only does
it provide inspiration and market direction for both exhibitors
and buyers, it also allows designers to play a more in-depth role
in the home textiles industry.
The InterDesign programme consists
of three parts, namely a Trend Area, Trend Space Installation and
Forum Space. The trend concepts for 2017 will be demonstrated and
discussed throughout the fair, allowing show participants to have
a better understanding on the upcoming market direction so as to
take advantage of it for their business.
Asias leading exhibition for the home textiles industry, held
from 24 27 August, will accommodate around 1,400 international
and domestic suppliers. Products including upholstery fabrics and
other home related items including bedding & towelling, carpets
& rugs, sun-protection systems & curtain accessories, digital
printing and original service designs & artwork will be on display.
Four lifestyle themes created
by expert trend committee
The trend committee, comprised of experts from the Nelly RodiTM
Agency, the internationally renowned trendsetter, and five other
specialists from diverse backgrounds including an international
home textile brand, a floral designer, brand designers and an architect,
has interpreted the latest consumer lifestyle trends from various
perspectives. Each expert shared their knowledge, inspiration and
exchanged visions of trend evolutions considering consumer demand,
the retail and contract markets, as well as new technologies. To
offer the most suitable trends for the industry, the committee also
merged their visions with sociological insights from a study on
With the 2017 Intertextile International Lifestyle Trend keyword
being Far Away, four themes have been developed to express
this concept: Sweet Dreams, Realistic Utopias, Happy Manifesto,
New Trend Space Installation
brings the 2017 trends to life
Given the positive feedback from both exhibitors and buyers
in 2015, the InterDesign programme is set to expand its presence
throughout the fair this year with a new presentation: Trend Space
Installation. Well-known local designers from the Trend Committee
will cooperate with leading industry brands to transform these brands
products into art installations. Spread throughout the fairground,
the installations will bring the four trend themes to life, and
provide inspiration for fairgoers for 2017.
Source: Messe Frankfurt (HK) Limited
[released on 05/19/2016]
Archroma to present the “science of sustainability, color and denim” at Denim Premičre Vision
Archroma, a global leader in
color and specialty chemicals, will present its innovation and solutions
for denim and casualwear under the motto: “The science of sustainability,
the science of color, the science of denim” at Booth A1 at the upcoming
DPV in Barcelona, Spain.
For all of us, inner beauty matters
just as much as outer beauty. Consumers aspire to clothing, garments
or textiles that bring them function, beauty
clothing, garments or textiles that are made in a more sustainable
and responsible way. Archroma, who is starting to make itself a
name for continuously challenging the status quo in the deep belief
that it can make its industry sustainable, will present its innovations
for a more sustainable denim industry at Denim Première Vision.
The science of sustainability
Archromas denim experts look to help denim manufacturers and
brands to produce denim based on the most efficient possible use
of resources, in particular water. Archroma brings forward its experience
in eco-advanced innovative colors and effects, with its multi-awarded
ADVANCED DENIM dyeing technology. ADVANCED DENIM allows savings
of up to 92% in water, 87% in cotton waste and 30% in energy, compared
to a conventional denim dyeing process.
The science of color
Archromas expertise covers the full spectrum from the colors
of nature to the colors of denim. At Denim Première Vision,
Archroma will present color and finishing solutions to support the
denim and casual wear trends foreseen for Autumn/Winter 2017-2018.
The science of denim
Archroma is widely recognized in the textile industry as an expert
for denim solutions that bring together the science of denim, from
color to finish. With Archroma, designers and denim professionals
can explore a full solution package from the first idea to the final
Archroma enters into collaboration
with Textile Institute of Pakistan
Archroma additionally announced the signature of a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with the Textile Institute of Pakistan (TIP).
The MoU will pave way for formal cooperation between the two institutions
initially for a three-year period. The partnership will benefit
students of TIP who will gain access to Archromas Center of
Excellence in Karachi through periodic training programs. The technical
team of Archroma will also share the latest research knowledge with
TIP students in a lecture series.
Source: Archroma [released on 05/17/2016]
Lectra’s automotive leather conference ushers in the new paradigm of leather cutting room
Lectra, the world leader in integrated
technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather,
technical textiles and composite materials, recently hosted a global
conference on the future of automotive leather. Over 60 attendees,
including decision-makers from more than 20 countries, gathered
at Lectra’s International Advanced Technology and Conference (IATC)
center in Bordeaux-Cestas to discuss the impact of digital transformation
on the automotive leather value chain.
Under the banner Go Digital: Increasing Flexibility in the
Automotive Leather Value Chain, the event brought together
expert analysts and high-profile market leaders to deliver industry
insight on the new paradigm of leather cutting room digitalization.
Presentations covered wide-ranging topics, including worldwide light
vehicle production forecasts, the sustainability and short-term
market outlook of bovine leather, and the benefits of leveraging
technology to stay apace of automotive interior design trends.
For Giancarlo Dani, CEO of the Italian tannery Dani, making the
transition to digital processes requires a reliable partner with
the right expertise and keen understanding of the business. At
Dani, we cut up to 1,080 hides per day, remarks Giancarlo
Dani. Fifty percent of our revenue comes from our automotive
leather business. Lectras automotive solutions are a major
business enabler. We consider Lectra to be the most innovative,
professional partner in leather cutting solutions, with a fully
dedicated team of experts.
Lectra helps Freedman Seating meet growing demand for seating
Furthermore, Lectra is pleased to announce that Chicago-based Freedman
Seating, a vehicle seat manufacturer, has chosen Lectra to expand
its production capacity so as to meet the growing demand for upholstered
Freedman Seating manufactures seats and seating-related products
for a variety of transportation means, including buses, trains,
boats, delivery trucks, specialty and commercial vehicles. Consistent
growth and expansion have earned the family-owned company recognition
as the leading manufacturer of transportation seating solutions
in the US. A Lectra customer for more than 20 years, Freedman Seating
has created 240 jobs since 2011 and today employs close to 750 people.
Our business is growing rapidly, and our production needs
to keep pace with that growth, explains Craig Freedman, President,
Freedman Seating. We would have trusted no one else other
than Lectra to help us deliver high-quality, well-matched transportation
Source: Lectra Headquarters / Press
Dept. [released on 05/17/2016]
GEOX Financial Results First Quarter of 2016
Geox S.p.A., a leading brand
in classic and casual footwear, listed on the Milan Stock Exchange
(MSE: GEO.MI), today analysed its consolidated revenues for the
first quarter of 2016.
Mario Moretti Polegato, Chairman and founder of Geox, commented:
I am satisfied with the revenues generated by Geox Group in
the first quarter, which recorded a 5% increase thanks to the positive
performance recorded across all sales channels. In particular, the
multi-brand channel reported a growth of 7% and sales also increased
for both our directly operated and franchised mono-brand stores,
by 2.5% and 2.2% respectively.
These results, achieved amid a challenging industry environment,
are confirmation of the effectiveness of our strategic development
plan and of our sales and marketing initiatives. Im particularly
referring to our product innovation, which has always allowed us
to stand out in the market. Weve launched technically innovative
projects, such as the Amphibiox and Nebula ranges, successfully
combining modern design with high levels of comfort, guaranteed
by great breathability.
However, macro conditions remain volatile, presenting us with a
number of challenges that we must transform into opportunities.
In addition to our ongoing focus on revenues, we must remain vigilant
in the management of costs, margins and channel specialization.
Finally, with respect to the second half of the year, the orders
already collected by the multi-brand channel for the 2016 Fall/Winter
season, show a solid growth of 14%, thanks to excellent overall
performance across all geographical areas, channels, categories
and product lines.
Source: Network Public Relations
GmbH [released on 05/12/2016]
JEC Group Strongly Showcased End Users Markets During Atlanta Event
JEC Americas Composites Show
and Conferences kicked off on May 3 with this years focus
on the automotive and aerospace composites industries. Atlanta was
as an ideal location to host the fifth annual international conference
as an established leader in the global composites business sector.
The landscape of the composites industry is constantly evolving
to develop more sustainable solutions, said Mrs. Frédérique
Mutel, President and CEO, JEC Group. During the three-day
event, participants witnessed the latest technological developments
in the growing composites industry. Focuses have been made on buying
industries such as aerospace and automotive, following the JEC strategy
towards end users initiated on JEC World March in Paris, she
This years show was a strong representation of the progressiveness
emerging in composites manufacturing. I am looking forward to our
other 2016-2017 upcoming events in America in Knoxville, Newport
Beach and Chicago, commented Nicolas Baudry, Americas Event
Director at JEC Group.
The event was co-located with Techtextil North America and Texprocess
Americas at the Georgia World Congress Center. Participants were
given exclusive access to the three exhibit halls with thought leaders
in composites manufacturing and textile innovation. The synergies
of the shows also offered a joint conference session Connecting
Technical Textiles and Composites which was a great success.
Major General Jocelyn M. Seng, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander
and President, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, delivered
the keynote presentation on opening day, examining how technology,
particularly composites affects the military and civilians. She
discussed emerging innovations and increased collaboration in composite
materials design, analysis and manufacturing. Dr. Keith Young, composites
director at Boeing, discussed implementing aerospace composites
fabrication and materials at Boeing. While Dr. Hendrik Mainka, engineering
specialist of product innovation at Volkswagen, delivered a keynote
speech on the final day of the conference focusing on opportunities
and challenges in automotive composites. The attendees also toured
Georgia Institute of Technologys world-renowned composites
facilities at the conclusion of the conference.
Source: AGENCE APOCOPE [released
DyStar® to acquire specialty chemical businesses from Emerald Performance Materials
DyStar LP, the US subsidiary
of DyStar Global Holdings (Singapore) Pte. Ltd, the market leader
in textile industry, today announced that it has entered into an
agreement to acquire five (5) specialty chemical units (the Specialties,
Polymer Additives, and Nitriles business groups) of Emerald Performance
Materials LLC, a US company and leading manufacturer and marketer
of specialty chemicals for consumer and industrial markets that
is majority owned by affiliates of American Securities LLC.
In a separate transaction, DyStar LP will sell the Polymer Additives
and Nitriles businesses to Jiangsu Sinorgchem Technology Co., Ltd.,
a subsidiary of Sinochem Group, a state-owned Chinese company with
core businesses in the energy, agriculture, chemicals, real estate
and financial service.
Upon completion of the dual transactions, DyStar LP will retain
the specialties businesses, which adds three (3) new manufacturing
sites to DyStars US business platform. We are enthusiastic
about the growth that the combination will foster. This high quality
acquisition will significantly strengthen DyStars position
in the chemical industry and we are uniquely positioned to take
advantage of the new revenue growth and synergy opportunities,
said Ruan Weixiang, the Chairman of DyStar group. We are confident
that the business will be a good opportunity for DyStar to grow
The acquisition adds a broad product portfolio that services many
multi-national consumer goods brands to DyStars global product
line which services multi-national retail brands. On a combined
basis, the company is expected to:
- Expand the new business groups to DyStars global business
- Leverage DyStars strong procurement platform to reduce
- Synergize the technical know-how across all businesses
DyStars employees will welcome
Emeralds team of experts. Like DyStar;s employees, the employees
and management teams of Emeralds business lines have a strong
focus on innovation and quality. The DyStar team is looking forward
to working with their new colleagues and combining their knowledge
to bring the company to a new level of success.
Color Solutions International forms trend color partnership with
Bros Holding Limited
The trend colors are selected from CSIs top selling, 4,000
ColorWallTM colors and dyed on Bross, EcoFRESH® yarn without
the use of conventional process chemicals such as salt and alkali.
Moreover, the colors are formulated with production ready recipes
based on globally available dyes from DyStar that meet the highest
ecological commitment (econfidence®) in the textile industry.
The partnership will accelerate the seasonal palette development
process for Brands and Retailers and improve color accuracy and
consistency from design to garment. CSI continues to expand
its partnership network in order to deliver added value to the textile
supply chain, commented Ron Pedemonte, CSI President.
Source: DyStar Singapore Pte Ltd
[released on 05/12/2016]
Intertextile Pavilion Shenzhen 2016 participants to benefit from thriving demand in South
Following strong enthusiasm within
the Chinese market at the recent Spring Edition of Intertextile
Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, Messe Frankfurts next Intertextile
fair Intertextile Pavilion at the Shenzhen International
Trade Fair for Apparel Fabrics and Accessories 2016 will
provide the international apparel fabrics and accessories industry
with further opportunities to benefit from this time in South China.
Held 7 9 July at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition
Center in halls 6, 7 and 9 across 30,000 sqm, nearly 700 exhibitors
will showcase an array of high-quality fabrics for ladieswear, casual
wear, lingerie & swimwear and suiting, the latest silk &
silk-like, jacquard, print, wool & wool-like, cotton, functional,
man-made, spun, denim and knitting fabrics, as well as accessories,
lace & embroidery, leathers & furs, yarns & fibres and
design & testing products and services. In addition, the fashion
garment fair 16th China International Brand Fair Shenzhen
(halls 1, 2, 3 and 4) and a fashion show (hall 5) will take
Speaking on the South China market, Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General
Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, explained: Guangdong
provinces garment production output has been growing rapidly
over the last year. In 2015, a total of 6.5 billion units of clothing
were produced there, representing a 2.5% growth compared to 2014.
Because of this, the demand for apparel fabrics and accessories
in the South China market has been steadily increasing. Ms
Wen continued: Intertextile Pavilion Shenzhens main
purpose is to allow the global industry to further establish their
business in this promising market.
Ms Wen also mentioned about the fairs favourable location:
There are over 2,000 garment manufacturers and more than 800
fashion brands located in the city of Shenzhen, and with the easy
commuting distance between Hong Kong and other cities in Southern
China, this fair attracts many top fashion brand buyers every year.
In the 2015 edition, over 14,800 buyers from 26 countries and regions
attended the fair, including well-known international fashion brands
such as BBLLUUEE, Crocodile, Diesel, G2000, Initial, INSUN, Miss
Sixty, Mothercare, Pepe Jeans London, Replay, s.Oliver, Urban Revivo
Fine Japan zone makes its first appearance
The exhibitor participation profile shows that Intertextile Pavilion
Shenzhen is particularly popular with Asian suppliers. As of this
month, not only have the Taiwan Pavilion, organised by the Taiwan
Textile Federation (TTF), and the Korea Pavilion, organised by the
Korea Fashion Textile Association (KFTA) and Daegu Gyeongbuk Textile
Industries Association (DGIA), confirmed their return, but the debut
Fine Japan zone is also set to be formed by a number of leading
Japanese suppliers. A range of high-quality cotton and man-made
fabrics for ladieswear as well as causal wear with quick delivery
service will be featured in the zone.
Source: Messe Frankfurt [released
Following market optimism in spring, Yarn Expo Autumn set to return in October
The spring edition of Yarn Expo
concluded in March with a record-breaking exhibitor number as the
industrys attention now shifts to Yarn Expo Autumn to be held
from 11 13 October. The success of this fair prompted both
overseas and domestic exhibitors to express their optimism towards
the future prospects of the industry. Mr Ravindranathan Narayanasamy,
Director of the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL)
from India conveyed his positivity about the opportunities in China
during the March fair. China is the biggest cotton manufacturer,
but the supply here is not enough to cater to the demand in the
country, so China still needs to import yarns from overseas to meet
the local demand. TEXPROCIL will once again organise the October
fairs India Pavilion.
The China office of Indian company Birla Cellulose (Aditya Birla
Group) are also confident in the synthetic yarn market. Regenerated
yarns were very popular in the market last year, and the price and
purchasing quality have been increasing. Therefore, I think the
synthetic yarn market will continue its positive growth, Senior
Manager of the Groups Hangzhou branch Mr Peter Dong said.
India, Pakistan and Uzbekistan cotton yarn exhibitors to be well
represented at fair
Being one of the most influential trade fairs for yarns and fibres
in Asia, Yarn Expo Autumn is renowned for its exhibitor diversity.
In 2015, over 250 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions participated
in the fair, providing visitors with a wide range of sourcing options,
and India and Pakistan exhibitors in particular were positive about
the effectiveness of the exhibition. This is a great platform
to discover new business opportunities and meet our existing customers
from all over the world, Mr S. Rajasekaran, Senior Manager
of Premier Mills Pvt. Ltd. from India said. Mr Asif Mahmood of Noor
Enterprises from Pakistan was also content with the fair. We
are targeting mid-range Chinese customers and this show allows us
to meet many Chinese buyers. So our aims of promoting our brand
and gaining exposure have been well achieved.
Promising market conditions favour
synthetic yarn suppliers
Strong demand for synthetic yarn and fibre products is prevailing
in China, with over 170,000 tons of synthetic fibre products imported
to China from January to October 2015. And suppliers of these products
from Mainland China, Indonesia, Korea, Portugal, Taiwan and Thailand
will utilise Yarn Expo Autumn this October to capture these business
opportunities. Veteran Indonesian exhibitor Spinmill Indah Industry
experienced this solid demand in 2015. To be part of the fair
regularly, it helps us a lot in brand building and gaining exposure.
It also helps us in meeting existing overseas customers in person,
and to meet new customers at the same time. Domestic advanced
synthetic and cotton yarn supplier Nantong Double Great also had
great success last year. The exhibition is effective and helps
us achieve our objectives. In addition to connecting with existing
clients, we are able to present the latest products to potential
customers throughout the fair, Mr Suen Guo Jian of Marketing
Source: Messe Frankfurt [released
CHOMARAT AFFIRMS ITS EXPERTISE IN REINFORCEMENTS
FOR SPORTS EQUIPMENT
On the occasion of JEC Americas
in Atlanta, CHOMARAT presents its latest Sports & Leisure application:
the lightest ski ever produced with C-PLYTM, their multiaxial carbon
reinforcement now produced in the Groups US facility in South
Caroline. Combining surface appearance and performance, C-PLY
is a real game changer in the Sports equipment market.
EQUIVALENT PROPERTIES FOR A 26% LIGHTER DYNASTAR SKI
Launched in January 2016, the Mythic 87 line of Dynastars
skis uses CHOMARATS C-PLY multiaxial carbon reinforcements.
These innovative backcountry skis were first developed for competitive
skiing, but are now available for all skiers. We are very
proud to be Dynastars partner in this project. With C-PLY,
we offer structural design benefits to outperform existing solutions.
says Michel COGNET, CHOMARAT Group Managing Director.
The structure of C-PLY carbon reinforcement is optimized in
terms of angles, ply weight and fiber alignment, so there is a perfect
balance between strength and responsiveness, between high performance
and weight. This makes for a lightweight yet powerful ski. Thanks
to the use of C-PLY, we lowered the weight of the skis by
more than 25%, making it more comfortable for skiers and providing
higher downhill performance. The combination of Dynastar know-how
and the high-tech nature of C-PLY makes the ski the lightest
one weve ever produced! explains Dynastar Product Manager,
C-PLY NOW PRODUCED BY CHOMARAT AT ITS ADVANCED COMPOSITES
PLANT IN USA
Opened in 2014 in South Carolina, the new CHOMARAT facility specializes
in carbon reinforcements, offering the whole C-PLY range including
shallow angles and 100 width capability. The facility also
produces woven carbon fabrics (C-WEAVE) and uses the most
advanced technology available today to make high quality, cosmetically
superior fabrics for demanding applications. Composite part producers
in North America can, as Dynastar has, take advantage of CHOMARATs
expertise and capture the unique benefits that C-PLY can deliver
including weight savings and higher strength. C-PLY
is the new benchmark solution when you are looking for lower weight
and lower costs while maintaining high performance. says John
Leatham, Sales and Marketing Director for CHOMARAT North America.
MEET CHOMARAT TEAM (STAND 3425) AT JEC AMERICAS AND EVALUATE THE
LIGHTNESS OF MYTHIC SKIS 3-5 MAY 2016, GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER
- ATLANTA - SC
Source: AGENCE APOCOPE [released
Final report: Rewarding Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Spring Edition wrapped up last
Recommencing last month, the
2016 Spring Edition of Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles concluded
with wide praise from both exhibitors and buyers. Taking place at
the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), the three-day
fair attracted over 12,000 visitors to source from a total of 182
exhibitors. Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt
(HK) Ltd, was delighted with the favourable feedback from the fair
participants. We believed that we would get a strong response
bringing the fair back in March being the peak sourcing period for
finished products in China, as well the fair taking place concurrently
with four other textile shows, and the participants comments
have proved that this was indeed the case. Many of them reported
to us that theyve found ample new business opportunities and
shared their optimistic prediction for the industrys future
development, Ms Wen commented on the last day of the fair.
Fair participants praised return
of fair during peak sourcing period
To cater to the rapidly expanding market for finished products in
China, the fair organisers decided to resume the spring fair during
the peak sourcing period for these products a decision that
was highly praised by both exhibitors and buyers. One industry-leading
company, Cottonfield, was pleased with the return of the fair as
well as their exhibition result. The spring fair returns at
a very good time, and weve met so many of our target buyers.
Our exhibition goals have been achieved already, said the
companys Chairman Mr Tao Ma. Also, because spring is
the start of our companys production and sales plans, weve
now got enough time to prepare for our yearly production.
Another big-brand exhibitor National Dadong reported a rewarding
experience, with Marketing Division Manager Mr Zhu Renjun saying:
March is the decision making month of the year as well as
the peak sourcing season in China; therefore, more buyers tend to
place orders during this period. I think not only is the visitor
flow stronger, but the buyers quality is also higher than
the past. Weve already connected with our target buyers in
Concurrent events created additional
For the first time, the Spring Edition was held concurrently with
four other textile events: Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics
Spring Edition, Yarn Expo Spring, CHIC China International
Fashion Fair and PH Value China International Knitting Fair.
This new arrangement impressed both exhibitors and buyers for broadening
opportunities for the industry. Bedding exhibitor Ningbo Beyond
Home Textile Co Ltd saw the benefits brought by the concurrently
held events. Its an excellent idea to organise this
fair alongside other textile events. Other fairs participants
also visited our booth, and I think the visitor flow is stronger
than before because of that. There are more opportunities for us
to explore in this way, said Deputy Director Ms Luping Wang.
Towelling exhibitors shared the same experience, with Zhejiang Grace
Co Ltds representative Mr Hongtao Hu saying: There is
a greater variety of buyers visiting our booth to seek cooperation
in different areas of the industry, which I think its a perfect
chance for us to expand our business territory. Also from
the towelling sector, Mr JT Zhao, Sales Representative of Loftex,
agreed. To hold the home textiles fair together with others
is very beneficial as it has brought us more potential buyers and
Source: Messe Frankfurt [released
Textechno receives the DIN innovation award 2016 at Hannover Messe
Textechno, a leading German manufacturer
of machines for precision test equipment and systems for textile
and man-made fibers, receives the DIN innovation award for DIN SPEC
8100 and its test equipment DRAPETEST serving the purpose of evaluating
composite woven and non-crimp fabrics. The award ceremony took place
at Hannover Messe in Germany on April 26th, 2016 in the framework
of the DIN forum "standards for the world of tomorrow".
The DIN SPEC 8100 "Automated drapability testing for woven
and non-crimp fabrics used in continuous fiber reinforced plastics"
was developped and implemented by Textechno, a medium-sized traditional
company based in Mönchengladbach, in cooperation with DIN,
as well as SAERTEX, the Fiber Institute Bremen, GROZ - BECKERT KG
and FTA Albstadt.
In the automated production of carbon- or glass fiber-based woven
and non-crimp fabrics for the aerospace or automotive industry,
a major problem consists in undetected errors as they occur during
the three-dimensional deformation for the final component (draping).
The method described in DIN SPEC uses i.a. a high-resolution camera
in conjunction with an image analysis, detecting imperfections while
draping. This method provides values with which the properties of
the textile fabric can be characterized and it ultimately helps
selecting the right fabric material for the appropriate composite.
Dr. Ulrich Mörschel, CEO of Textechno explains: With
our products, we contribute to avoid conflicts between suppliers
and end-users wherever possible. The development of the DIN SPEC
has procured us a fast possibility to set a new and useful standard
for the entire composite industry, where there are not yet many
Dietmar Möcke, Technical Director at SAERTEX, a globally
leading manufacturer of woven and non-crimp fabrics and co-initiator
of DIN SPEC says: DIN SPEC offers for the first time a standardized
testing method. It allows us to provide our customers with comparable
and reproducible measurement values regarding the draping characteristics
of our products. Thus they get a standardized overview of the textile
properties and the material´s performance".
Dr. Michael Effing, CEO of AMAC and advisor for Composite Materials
to Textechno adds: The parameters generated by DIN SPEC
8100 represent a hudge added value for the entire composite industry.
This is to ensure that carbon- and glass fiber woven and noncrimp
fabrics for applications in high-performance components like rotor
blades or structural components in Automotive and Aerospace possess
the required material characteristics.
Source: AMAC GmbH [released on
Hexcel breaks ground on new engineered core facility
in Casablanca, Morocco
Hexcel today broke ground on
a new $20 million engineered core facility at the MidParc Free Trade
Zone Industrial Park in Casablanca, Morocco. Presiding over the
groundbreaking ceremony were Hexcel Vice President and General Manager,
Thierry Merlot, and Mr. Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Moroccan Minister
for Industry, Commerce, Investment and Digital Economy.
When fully operational in 2017, the facility will convert HexWeb®
honeycomb materials into engineered core parts that are used for
structural reinforcement and light weighting in aerospace applications,
including aircraft structures, engine nacelles and helicopter blades.
In the interim, Hexcel will occupy a temporary facility on the Midparc
site that will begin operating in Q4 2016. The plant is expected
to employ more than 200 people by 2020.
The Casablanca facility is part of Hexcels ongoing worldwide
investment to create a diversified and robust global supply chain
to support aerospace customers growing demand for engineered
core. In recent years, Hexcel has increased capacity at existing
plants to support its engineered core business and plans further
expansions to capture additional opportunities in a global market
with excellent growth potential.
At todays ceremony, Mr. Merlot commented: Moroccos
forward-looking industrial policy, economic growth plan and the
establishment of industrial free trade zones influenced our choice
of location. Morocco has a highly skilled, competitive workforce,
is well situated geographically, and has a quality infrastructure
-- all of which are key logistical criteria for our industry. Other
deciding factors were the local Mohammed V international airport
and the close proximity of several Hexcel customers including Safran
(Aircelle), Airbus (STELIA), Daher, and Bombardier, he said.
Executive Vice President Performance and Competitiveness at Safran,
Jean-Jacques Orsini, said at todays event: We welcome
Hexcels decision to invest in Morocco and build an engineered
core facility at the Midparc Industrial Park. Hexcels new
plant will be close to our own Safran (Aircelle) plant that we opened
in 2005, and having a supplier at such close proximity will create
a very efficient supply chain that will benefit both of our companies
and the aerospace industry more generally, not only in Morocco but
around the world.
Source: AGENCE APOCOPE [released
Oerlikon acquires Truetzschler’s staple fiber technology portfolio and becomes leader in staple fibers
Oerlikon announced today that
it has signed an agreement to acquire the entire staple fibers technology
portfolio of Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers GmbH, Egelsbach,
Germany. This company is part of the German Truetzschler Group,
which is a specialist in fiber preparation for the yarn spinning
and nonwovens industries. The acquisition expands the Manmade Fibers
Segment’s technology portfolio and opens up access to new customers
in the market for synthetic staple fibers.
Oerlikon is strengthening its technology and market position
in its core business areas by taking advantage of the ongoing consolidation
in the chemical fibers market, which was triggered by the market
downturn in China. With the acquisition of the former Fleissner
staple fibers technology portfolio and the intellectual property
(IP) of Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers GmbH, the
Segment becomes the leading technology and equipment provider in
the global staple fibers market. The acquisition expands the Manmade
Fibers Segments staple fibers technology expertise and broadens
the Segments customer base and service business in the respective
areas. As staple fibers projects are increasingly tied to continuous
polycondensation facilities, already now the Manmade Fibers Segment
is well positioned to operate as a provider of complete solutions.
Both parties have agreed not to disclose details of the transaction.
Truetzschler Group is discontinuing its staple fiber business as
it has decided to focus on its core business activities.
Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO of the Oerlikon Group, said: The
acquisition of the staple fibers technology portfolio of Truetzschler
is another important step in line with our strategy to strengthen
our position outside the filament business, where we occupy a leading
technology and market position. The ongoing consolidation in the
chemical fibers market presents interesting opportunities and we
are taking this step to ensure that the Manmade Fibers Segment will
merge stronger from the current market weakness and profit from
the positive long-term market perspectives.
Staple fibers technology is one of the core technologies within
the manmade fibers industry. In 2015, the produced staple fibers
amounted to 18.5 million tons, or some 33% of the total synthetic
fibers capacity. Synthetic staple fibers are produced by the main
conversion steps: polymer production, spinning further down to baling.
The liquid polymer is either produced in a polycondensation plant
or polymer chips are melted in an extrusion line. Staple fibers
are made from different polymers, including: polyester, polypropylene,
polyamide, recycled materials (rPET) or renewable polymers (such
as polylactic acid, PLA). Those fibers are used in various applications
such as apparels, nonwoven fabric production, reinforcement, filling,
insulation and further special applications.
Source: Oerlikon Textile GmbH &
Co. KG [released on 04/18/2016]
2nd Global Geosynthetics Summit
The Confederation of Indian Industry
(CII) jointly with Ministry of Textiles(MoT), Government of India
is organizing 2nd Global Geosynthetics Summit.
More information on www.geosynsummit.in/.
WHEN: 19-20 May 2016
WHERE: Hotel Shangri La, Ballroom, New Delhi
Source: Confederation of Indian
Industry [released on 04/16/2016]
Huntsman Textile Effects Launches Neon Shades with ERIONYL® FF Dyes
Huntsman Textile Effects introduces
ERIONYL® Flavine FF and Rhodamine FF dyes, offering state-of-the-art
performance with outstanding fastness levels and significantly higher
strength of neon dyes available in the market today. These latest
additions to the well-established range of ERIONYL® dyes address
growing demand for polyamide dyes as polyamide fibers become increasingly
popular within the high-value segment of functional elastic garments.
With ERIONYL® Flavine FF and Rhodamine FF dyes, we now
have dyes to achieve the demands of the attractive neon shade segment.
Due to their high-color strength and with neon shades representing
an essential collection item of many swimwear, beachwear, sportswear
and even lingerie brands, we can now meet the growing demand for
high quality neon dyes. said Lee Howarth, Global Marketing
Manager, Huntsman Textile Effects.
To deliver enhanced reproducibility, trouble-free application and
minimized risk of known issues with these specific types of dyes,
ERIONYL® Flavine FF and Rhodamine FF dyes can be used in combination
with Huntsman Textile Effects key auxiliaries such as ALBATEX®
AB-45 pH buffer,ERIONAL® FRN fastness improver or INVALON®
FL machine cleaner.
The ERIONYL® dye range is now complete with ERIONYL® Flavine
FF and Rhodamine FF dyes. This comprehensive range provides dyeing
concepts tailor made for specific requirements while delivering
high quality neon shades and state-of-the-art fastness typical for
such kind of shades.
Source: Huntsman [released on 04/15/2016]