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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.

Asia’s 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 consumer behaviour.

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, Exquisite Temptation.

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 …and meaning – 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
Archroma’s 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
Archroma’s 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 product.

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 Archroma’s 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 digitalization



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. Lectra’s 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 products
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 seating products.

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 upholstery fast.”

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. I’m particularly referring to our product innovation, which has always allowed us to stand out in the market. We’ve 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 year’s 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 adds.

“This year’s 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 Technology’s world-renowned composites facilities at the conclusion of the conference.

Source: AGENCE APOCOPE [released on 05/11/2016]


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 DyStar’s US business platform. “We are enthusiastic about the growth that the combination will foster. This high quality acquisition will significantly strengthen DyStar’s 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 in future.”

The acquisition adds a broad product portfolio that services many multi-national consumer goods brands to DyStar’s global product line which services multi-national retail brands. On a combined basis, the company is expected to:

  • Expand the new business groups to DyStar’s global business reach
  • Leverage DyStar’s strong procurement platform to reduce costs
  • Synergize the technical know-how across all businesses

DyStar’s employees will welcome Emerald’s team of experts. Like DyStar;s employees, the employees and management teams of Emerald’s 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 CSI’s top selling, 4,000 ColorWallTM colors and dyed on Bros’s, 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 China



Following strong enthusiasm within the Chinese market at the recent Spring Edition of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, Messe Frankfurt’s 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 place concurrently.

Speaking on the South China market, Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, explained: “Guangdong province’s 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 Shenzhen’s main purpose is to allow the global industry to further establish their business in this promising market.”

Ms Wen also mentioned about the fair’s 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 and Zara.

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 on 05/05/2016]


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 industry’s 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 fair’s 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 Group’s 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 Department explained.

Source: Messe Frankfurt [released on 05/05/2016]





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 Group’s US facility in South Caroline. Combining surface appearance and performance, C-PLY™ is a real game changer in the Sports equipment market.


Launched in January 2016, the “Mythic 87” line of Dynastar’s skis uses CHOMARAT’S 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 Dynastar’s 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 we’ve ever produced!” explains Dynastar Product Manager, Franz Marsan.

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 CHOMARAT’s 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.


Source: AGENCE APOCOPE [released on 04/27/2016]


Final report: Rewarding Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Spring Edition wrapped up last month



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 they’ve found ample new business opportunities and shared their optimistic prediction for the industry’s 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 we’ve met so many of our target buyers. Our exhibition goals have been achieved already,” said the company’s Chairman Mr Tao Ma. “Also, because spring is the start of our company’s production and sales plans, we’ve 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. We’ve already connected with our target buyers in the fair.”

Concurrent events created additional opportunities
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. “It’s 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 Ltd’s 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 it’s 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 additional opportunities.”

Source: Messe Frankfurt [released on 04/27/2016]


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 standards set.“

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 04/26/2016]


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 Hexcel’s 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 today’s ceremony, Mr. Merlot commented: “Morocco’s 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 today’s event: “We welcome Hexcel’s decision to invest in Morocco and build an engineered core facility at the Midparc Industrial Park. Hexcel’s 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 on 04/26/2016]


Oerlikon acquires Truetzschler’s staple fiber technology portfolio and becomes leader in staple fibers market



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 Segment’s staple fibers technology expertise and broadens the Segment’s 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

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]



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