Textile Technology section
Orion: Specialty Carbon Black price increase
Orion Engineered Carbons SA, Senningerberg/Luxembourg, has been implementing price increases on all Specialty Carbon Blacks worldwide beginning January 1, 2018.
The increases vary depending on the grade, the sales region and the end market. These price increases support Orion’s ability to maintain the service levels and technical support required for high quality Specialty Carbon Blacks for its customers.
Uster: investment in innovative technology
The provider of textile testing and quality control solutions, Uster Technologies AG, Uster/Switzerland, has signed a binding agreement to acquire Elbit Vision Systems Ltd. (EVS), Caesarea/Israel, a world-leading high-technology supplier for automated vision inspection in the textile industry. EVS’s products are used to automatically locate, label and trace defects of fabric and web products, and ultimately to grade the quality and determine the value of the produced goods. Closing of the transaction is expected by May 2018.
EVS and Uster’s combined technology will offer customers more potential for further automation and improvement for increased and sustainable performance.
Toho Tenax: German Raw Materials Efficiency Award
The carbon fiber producer Toho Tenax Europe GmbH, Wuppertal/Germany, was nominated for the German Raw Materials Efficiency Award 2017 by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Berlin, with the concept "Closed Circle of Thermoplastic Composites". In January 2018, the award ceremony took place within the framework of the specialist conference "Using raw materials efficiently - successfully on the market" in Berlin/Germany.
The present results represent an important step towards the recycling of composites, which is also imperative given the growing global demand for carbon fibers. Toho Tenax's approach combines the cutting residue of a thermoplastic wet carbon fiber fabric with the recycled high-performance polymer PEEK. The resulting recycling compound offers high-performance properties with almost the same performance profile as a compound made from original materials. A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analysis has shown that the environmental impact is only 34% compared to the original. These advantages are rounded off by a price level that is around 40-60% lower.
AATCC: 2018 content added to online standards subscription
Organizations can subscribe to multi-user online access to current and historic test methods, evaluation procedures, and other technical documents from the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, NC/USA. Those documents now include all new and revised standards published in the 2018 AATCC Technical Manual.
Besides convenient, online access, subscriptions include current and historic version (since 2016) and a version comparison tool to instantly identify changes with color-coded highlighting.
Cross-referenced AATCC standards can be accessed simply by clicking the referenced document number. Because the AATCC Standards Collection is on the ASTM Compass platform, it is also possible to jump directly to cited ASTM methods.
For further information: www.aatcc.org or www.astm.org
ITMA 2019: exhibition space filling up fast
Space is filling up quickly due to overwhelming interest in exhibiting at ITMA 2019, which takes place in Barcelona/Spain from June 20-26, 2019.
Eligible research and educational institutions exhibiting at ITMA 2019 can apply for the Research & Innovation (R&I) Grant, which could help participants save up to 50% of their costs.
The closing date for space applications is April 6, 2018.
For further information: www.itma.com
The Fiber Year: Textile Per Capita Consumption 2005-2022
The consulting company The Fiber Year GmbH, Speicher/Switzerland, has finalized a 3-part report about textile per capita consumption in 25 countries. Their joint share in textile demand accounts for about 2 thirds of global consumption.
The first part covers lower middle-income countries like Bolivia, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Philippines with a per capita demand in 2016 ranging from 4-8 kg/head. The second part includes upper middle-income countries like Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Russia and Thailand with a joint population of around 2 billion ranging from young people in Peru with a median age of 28-39 years in Russia that is confronted with shrinking population. These 8 nations hold an almost 30% share in global textile consumption, in particular due to the largest single market PR China with the highest per capita demand of 18 kg in this group.
The third part comprehends 12 high-income countries like Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and the USA. Both leading countries in textile demand per capita, the USA and the UK, are anticipated to defend their top ranking even if future growth in the UK is expected to further decelerate due to uncertainties associated with Brexit.
For further information: www.thefiberyear.com
Gerber: new Chief Operating Officer
The supplier of integrated software solutions Gerber Technology, Tolland, CT/USA, has hired Scott Schinlever, as president and chief operating officer leading the Automation Solutions business.
Schinlever joins Gerber from EFI, Fremont, CA/USA, where he was senior vice president and general manager of EFI’s inkjet business. Under his leadership, EFI’s inkjet business grew from US$207 to $570 million in revenue. Schinlever was vice president of strategic marketing for the Office Systems division of Xerox Corporation, Norwalk, CT/USA, from 1999 to 2001, prior to which he held positions of increasing responsibility in product marketing and strategic planning at Xerox.
Intertextile: change of date for Autumn Edition 2018
The 2018 Autumn Edition of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics will take place earlier this year, with the trade fair running from September 27-29, 2018 instead of its usual October timing. The international trade fair for apparel fabrics and accessories will be held again at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai/China, its home since 2015. The 2017 fair played host to 4,538 exhibitors from 32 countries, and 77,883 trade buyers from 102 countries.
As in previous editions, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics will be held concurrently with Yarn Expo Autumn, fashion garment fair CHIC and knitting fair PH Value, making this a comprehensive sourcing platform for the industry.
More details of the Autumn Edition will be announced after the conclusion of next month’s Spring Edition, which will take place from March 14-16, 2018, where some 3,300 exhibitors and around 70,000 trade buyers are expected to converge.
Imprima: acquisition of City Prints and Premier Fabrics
The international holding company entirely dedicated to textile finishing, Imprima SpA, Milan/Italy, has acquired City Prints, New York, NY/USA and the twin company Premier Fabrics, Los Angeles, CA/USA. Both companies are specialized in textile printing for the programmed collection market. The companies supply printed fabrics, based on proprietary design, to major American retailers.
As in the case of the previous acquisitions, the brothers Jason and Ryan Borg, co-founders of City Prints and Premier Fabrics, will maintain a leadership role in the management of the companies and become shareholders of Imprima.
This acquisition of the US companies follows the recent acquisition of the Italian print converters SET, Guarisco and B-Blossom and of the German print converter KBC.
CHT: environmentally friendly finishing for jeans
The producer of specialty chemicals CHT Germany GmbH, Tübingen/Germany, has developed an innovative range of products named organIQ for finishing jeans. All organIQ products are free from the heavy metal compounds and chlorine, and enable economical denim finishing.
In 2015, the oganIQ Bleach system was introduced as the first potassium manganite-free bleaching agent. Combining the bleaching system with the new organIQ Biopower product makes the conventional use of enzymes, stones and even chlorine unnecessary. In addition, the application of the products in the fine spray mist can considerably reduce water consumption.
The product range is completed by the new organIQ Neutral, an ecological alternative for neutralization.