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Chemical Fibers & Textile Industry

02.10.2014

NatureWorks: revised Ingeo biopolymer eco-profile

The polylactide (PLA) producer NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, MN/USA, has released first findings of its updated eco-profile for its naturally advanced family of Ingeo biopolymers. The revised profile, which is based on the latest version of GaBi LCA software and database from PE International AG, Leinfelden-Echterdingen/Germany, follows the ISO 14040/44 standards.

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02.10.2014

AATCC: textile testing workshop

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, NC/USA, will hold the Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop on December 3-4, 2014 at the AATCC headquarters in Research Triangle Park. This workshop has been designed for textile industry professionals who are responsible for product evaluation...

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02.10.2014

Teijin: 6th time Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index

The producer of advance fibers and composites Teijin Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index (DJSI Asia/Pacific), a global benchmark for socially responsible investing, for the 6th consecutive year. DJSI is a leading index of sustainability.

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01.10.2014

Sandler: finalist of the “Großer Preis des Mittelstandes”

The nonwovens producer Sandler AG, Schwarzenbach/Germany, received the finalist recognition of the “Großer Preis des Mittelstandes”, Germany’s most important award for small and medium-sized enterprises, by the Oskar-Patzelt Foundation, Leipzig/Germany.

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01.10.2014

Clariant: capacity for pigments doubled in Roha

The specialty chemicals company Clariant International Ltd., Muttenz/Switzerland, has inaugurated an important new extension to its production facility in Roha, south-east of Mumbai/India. The expansion doubles its capacity there for pigments and pigment preparations. The increased output will enable the company to increase its market coverage in India...

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01.10.2014

Edana: Outlook 14 highlights future of nonwovens industry

The international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, hosted the 13th edition of Outlook the world-leading conference for the nonwovens personal care industry from September 24-26, 2014 in Barcelona/Spain.

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01.10.2014

Wacker: price rises for dispersions and dispersible powders in Americas

The manufacturer of polymer binders and silicones Wacker Chemie AG, Munich/Germany, is to raise its prices for Vinnapas vinyl acetate-ethylene and Vinnol ethylene-vinyl chloride-based copolymer dispersions and dispersible powders in the Americas. Effective November 1, 2014, Wacker will implement a price increase of USD 0.03 per pound, or as customer contracts allow.

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30.09.2014

AATCC: availability of Blue Wool Standards

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, NC/USA, the association of textile, apparel and materials professionals, has announced the availability of L2 lightfastness control fabric. The AATCC Blue Wool Lightfastness Standard is one of a group of dyed wool fabrics distributed by AATCC....

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30.09.2014

ITA: flax and hemp in construction

The Institute for Textile Technology of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), Aachen/Germany, hosted the European project consortia “Grow2Build” which aims to improve the natural building materials, e.g. flax and hemp, and bring it back to market on September 24, 2014.

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30.09.2014

PGI: increase in capacity for personal care markets

Spunmelt nonwovens producer Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI), Charlotte, NC/USA, will increase its European capacity for personal care specialty materials and exceed 100,000 tons/year in the region, offering the widest portfolio of spunmelt and carded technologies.

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26.09.2014

DSM Dynema: multi-purpose body armor program in South Korea

The producer of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, DSM DyneemaBV, Geleen/Netherlands, has announced that its Dyneema fiber will be used as the ballistic protection material of choice and key solution for enhanced lightweight armor for the Republic of Korea (South Korea) Army Multi-Purpose Body Armor Program.

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26.09.2014

Teijin Aramid: carbon nanotube fibers awarded with Paul Schlack Prize

The high-performance fiber producer Teijin Aramid, Arnhem/Netherlands, and Rice University, Houston, TX/USA, have been awarded with the honorary ‘Paul Schlack Man-Made Fibers Prize’ for corporate-academic partnerships in fiber research. For several years, leading researchers at Rice University and Teijin Aramid worked together on the development of carbon nanotube (CNT) production.

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26.09.2014

RadiciGroup: r-Radyarn and r-Starlight yarns certified to UNI 11505

RadiciGroup companies Noyfil SA, Ticino/Switzerland, and Noyfil SpA, Andalo Valtellino/Italy – manufacturers of a wide range of polyester yarn – have both adopted the UNI 11505:2013 standard for measuring and declaring the recycled material content of their r-Radyarn and r-Starlight reduced environmental impact yarn made from post-consumer recycled polyester bottles.

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26.09.2014

Lenzing: Friedrich Weninger to step down at end of contract

Friedrich Weninger, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the cellulosic fiber manufacturer Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, will not extend his Management Board contract when it expires on December 31, 2014. Weninger, who has been working for the company for more than 25 years and recently, managed the company’s global production facilities with its more than 6,000 employees...

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25.09.2014

Texprocess: new paths for sourcing

Fashion labels and garment manufacturers are looking for new outward processing channels to outsource production fully or partially. At the same time, transparency in the textile supply chain, optimum technical integration and corporate social responsibility are replacing price as the most important production criterion.

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25.09.2014

James Heal: acquisition by Battery Ventures

Textile testing equipment manufacturer James H. Heal and Co. Ltd., Halifax/UK, has been acquired by Battery Ventures, Boston, MA/USA. Battery Ventures is an investment firm focused on technology and innovation worldwide with $4.7 billion in assets under management. Battery’s additional resources will support increased investment in technology and complementary acquisitions.

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25.09.2014

Pfaff: Docu seam system with Powerline post-bed machine head

Docu seam systems are quality assurance systems from the supplier of sewing technology, Pfaff Industriesysteme und Maschinen AG, Kaiserslautern/Germany, designed for use on safety relevant seams, mainly in the automotive/airbag section. Flatbed sewing heads were almost exclusively used.

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25.09.2014

Bayer MaterialScience: new CFO

Frank H. Lutz (45) has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Bayer MaterialScience AG, Leverkusen/Germany, effective October 1, 2014. He succeeds Dr. Axel Steiger-Bagel, will take over the post of Senior Bayer Representative for the Benelux countries, based in Diegem/Belgium on November 1, 2014.

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24.09.2014

Picanol: training center and test area inaugurated

The manufacturer of weaving machines Picanol NV, Ieper/Belgium, has inaugurated its new training center and new test and shipping area in Ieper. This is part of a €17.5 million investment which was approved in 2013.

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24.09.2014

Italian textile suppliers make commitment to toxic-free fashion

At a press conference to mark the end of Milan Fashion Week, 6 of Italy’s biggest textile suppliers made landmark commitments to eliminate hazardous chemicals. In the context of the Detox campaign by the environmental organization Greenpeace, Amsterdam/Netherlands, the textile producers Miroglio, Berbrand, Attilio Imperiali, Italdenim and Besani e Zip....

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