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Chemical Fibers & Textile Industry

21.11.2014

Lenzing: Coolmax fabric with Tencel fiber

In collaboration with the fiber producer Invista S.à.r.l., Wichita, KS/USA, owner of the Coolmax brand, the cellulosic fiber producer Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, owner of the lyocell brand Tencel, has announced a second innovative collaboration in denim - Coolmax fabric blended with Tencel fiber.

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21.11.2014

KTM: successful fair and textile summit

The Kahramanmaras Textile Machinery Exhibition (KTM) 2014 held in Kahramanmaraş/Turkey from October 23-25, 2014 has been accepted as the most important fair of the region despite its being held for the first time. 267 international participants from 22 countries including Italy, France, Germany and China exhibited at the fair which will be held every 2 years from now on.

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21.11.2014

SGL: high-performance composite structures with thermoplastic tapes

Composite Cluster Singapore Pte Ltd. (CCS), Singapore, has developed a concept that aims at manufacturing high-performance composite structures in shorter time and with significantly reduced cost. The groundbreaking concept builds on market proven thermoplastic tape placement technology and integrates it with advanced robotics and laser technologies...

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20.11.2014

IFAI: IFF Innovation Award

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF), St. Paul, MN/USA, established in 1994 by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), Roseville, MN/USA, has announced the recipient of the 2014 IFF Innovation Award. The supplier of high-quality specialty nonwovens and composites Norafin (Americas) Inc., Asheville, NC/USA, received the award for a project called Norafin Komanda.

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20.11.2014

Desso: takeover by Tarkett

The supplier of flooring and sports surfaces solutions, Tarkett SA, Nanterre/France, has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the carpet manufacturer Desso BV, Waalwijk/Netherlands. Desso produces high-end and innovative carpet flooring, mainly for commercial applications....

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20.11.2014

Pinter: new dual core yarns for denim fabrics

The demand for high stretch fabrics with good recovery continues to grow. At the trade fair Denim by Première Vision on November 19/20, 2014 in Barcelona/Spain, the fiber producer Invista S.à.r.l., Wichita, KS/USA, will present its newest innovations to the Denim branch. As part of the activities, Pinter Caipo SA, Barcelona/Spain, a producer of cutting-edge yarn spinning equipment.....

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19.11.2014

Shima Seiki: on-demand high-quality value-added printing

The manufacturer of flat knitting machines Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., Wakayama/Japan, has developed a new textile printing machine SIP-160F3 to provide full color printing on a variety of fabrics. Reactive dyes, acid dyes and pigment inks can be used to support different types of print applications.

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19.11.2014

Wacker: airbag competence center in Japan

Wacker Asahikasei Silicone Co., Ltd. (AWS), Tsukuba/Japan, a joint venture of Wacker Chemie AG, Munich/Germany, and Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp., Tokyo/Japan, has opened a new development laboratory for airbag applications. The competence center will spearhead the development of silicone coatings for airbags and technical textiles in the region.

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19.11.2014

Kiian: textile transfer sublimation inks at FESPA China

The supplier of digital printing solutions Kiian Digital SpA, Novedrate/Italy, will present its new fluorescent range of Digistar sublimation inks at FESPA China & CSGIA 2014 from November 19-21, 2014, in Guangzhou/China. Examples of high-quality graphics produced with the recently launched Digistar K-One range are on display at the Kiian Digital stand.

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18.11.2014

AATCC: call for papers

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Research Triangle Park, NC/USA, will partner with Zhejiang Sci-Tech University (ZSTU) in Hangzhou/China in conducting the 13th International Wool Research Conference (IWRC 13th) and the AATCC’s Sustainability Symposium, to be held in parallel in June 10-12, 2015 in Hangzhou.

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18.11.2014

Archroma: Earthcolors form biomass

The producer of specialty dyes and chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, is combining the old and the new in a range of “biosynthetic” dyes for cotton and cellulose-based fabrics - Earthcolors - which are derived from almond shells, saw palmetto, rosemary leaves, and other natural products.

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18.11.2014

Lectra: evolution of Optiplan

The supplier of integrated technology solutions for textile and flexible materials Lectra SA, Paris/France, has released its latest Optiplan, the cutting room optimization solution for apparel manufacturing. The Optiplan applies lean manufacturing principles to cut-planning operations and transforms the cutting room into a competitive advantage - saving time, reducing costs and boosting efficiency.

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14.11.2014

YKK: production of zips in Russia

The manufacturer of fastening products, YKK Corp, Tokyo/Japan, one of the world’s largest producers of zippers, has signed an agreement with Russia’s largest producer of military uniforms, BTK Group, St. Petersburg, to establish the production of zippers in Russia.

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14.11.2014

Itema: APAC regional head of sales relocated to Hong Kong

The provider of advanced weaving solutions, Itema SpA, Colzate/Italy, plans to boost its Regional Hub of Itema Asia based in Hong Kong, in line with the company’s strategy to build up a stronger presence in important weaving markets throughout Asia Pacific (APAC).

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14.11.2014

VDMA: sales +22.5% for garment and leather technology

In the first 9 months of 2014 (Q1-3/2014), German garment and leather technology manufacturers were able to increase year-on-year sales by 22.5%. In real terms, orders received during this time period were 13.1% up on the previous year, with domestic business recording a 4.7% increase and foreign business a 15.4% increase.

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13.11.2014

SGL: streamlining to 3 business areas

The manufacturer of carbon fibers SGL Carbon SE, Wiesbaden/Germany, as of January 1, 2015 will merge its currently 5 business areas into 3 areas within the framework of its cost saving program SGL2015. With this restructuring, further synergies should be created, and organizational and business processes within the business areas should be streamlined.

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13.11.2014

Lenzing: persistently difficult market environment

The cellulosic fiber producer Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, is working to counteract the ongoing difficult market environment prevailing in the fiber industry. Sales and earnings declined in the first 9 months of 2014 (Q1-3/2014) compared to the prior-year performance, but cost savings are having a positive impact.

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13.11.2014

Corbion Purac: PLA production plant

The producer of high-performance bio-based products made from renewable resources, Corbion Purac NV, Amsterdam/Netherlands, intends to invest an estimated € 60 million in a polylactide (PLA) plant in Thailand. The production capacity will be 75,000 ton/year.

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12.11.2014

PCI fibres: first signs of reduction in Chinese polyester capacity

Although polyester fibers capacity is still increasing in China, driven by projects already planned, financed and committed, there are now indications of some shake-out as a result of demand growth not being as strong as expected by the polyester industry in China and elsewhere in Asia.

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12.11.2014

JEC Asia: 2014 winners of the JEC Asia Innovation Awards announced

This year, during JEC Asia - Composites Show and Conferences in Singapore on November 17-19, 2014, 8 companies and their partners will receive an award for their composites innovations in a ceremony on November 17. The winners broach a wide expanse of domains. They were selected from the following categories: raw materials, prepegs, process, automotive, storage, sustainability, recycling and compression molding.

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