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DITF: SMART TEXTILES erstmals digital (c) DITF
Forschung an Handschuhen mit Drucksensoren für Logistik und Produktion.
31.03.2021

DITF: SMART TEXTILES erstmals digital

Hightech-Textilien sind ein weltweiter Wachstumsmarkt mit überraschend vielen Anwendungsmöglichkeiten. Beim Anwenderforum SMART TEXTILES am 24. und 25. März 2021 tauschten sich auch in diesem Jahr Industrie und Wissenschaft über neue Produkte, Trends und Marktchancen aus. Die Veranstaltung fand aufgrund der anhaltenden COVID 19-Pandemie in einem abwechslungsreichen digitalen Format statt.

Textilien mit intelligenten Funktionen sind die Zukunft. Wichtiges Beispiel ist die Automobilindustrie. Die Referenten präsentierten Textilien als Schnittstelle zwischen Mensch und High-Tech und als formschönes Interieur kombiniert mit vielen Funktionen. Ergänzt wird die hohe Funktionalität der Fahrzeuge mit interaktiver Kleidung für die Fahrer. Sie wärmt und kühlt je nach Bedarf, leuchtet automatisch beim Verlassen des Fahrzeugs, navigiert und lädt sich wieder auf, sobald sie an den Kleiderhaken gehängt wird. Auch smarte Mützen können in manchen Bereichen Helme ersetzen, indem sie für mechanischen Schutz und Sicherheit des Trägers sorgen und Insekten abwehren.

Hightech-Textilien sind ein weltweiter Wachstumsmarkt mit überraschend vielen Anwendungsmöglichkeiten. Beim Anwenderforum SMART TEXTILES am 24. und 25. März 2021 tauschten sich auch in diesem Jahr Industrie und Wissenschaft über neue Produkte, Trends und Marktchancen aus. Die Veranstaltung fand aufgrund der anhaltenden COVID 19-Pandemie in einem abwechslungsreichen digitalen Format statt.

Textilien mit intelligenten Funktionen sind die Zukunft. Wichtiges Beispiel ist die Automobilindustrie. Die Referenten präsentierten Textilien als Schnittstelle zwischen Mensch und High-Tech und als formschönes Interieur kombiniert mit vielen Funktionen. Ergänzt wird die hohe Funktionalität der Fahrzeuge mit interaktiver Kleidung für die Fahrer. Sie wärmt und kühlt je nach Bedarf, leuchtet automatisch beim Verlassen des Fahrzeugs, navigiert und lädt sich wieder auf, sobald sie an den Kleiderhaken gehängt wird. Auch smarte Mützen können in manchen Bereichen Helme ersetzen, indem sie für mechanischen Schutz und Sicherheit des Trägers sorgen und Insekten abwehren.

Über den Anwendungsbereich Mobilität hinaus gibt es vor allem in Medizin und Pflege Bedarf an intelligenten Textilien. Sensorische Sohlen in den Schuhen analysieren den Gang und helfen damit Ärzten und Physiotherapeuten, die optimale Therapie auszuwählen - zum Beispiel gegen Rückenschmerzen. Taschentücher, Stofftaschen oder Handschuhe aus speziellen Silbertextilien töten Viren und Bakterien. Eine Innovation, die in der Corona-Pandemie besonders gefragt ist.

Neue Textilelektroden überleben inzwischen sogar viele
Waschgänge und machen smarte Textilien alltagstauglich. Das ist besonders wichtig bei Sportbekleidung, mit der auch Hobbysportler gerne ihr Training tracken, auswerten und optimieren. Neu entwickelte Stoffe haften großflächig am Körper und stellen auf diese Weise sicher, dass Vitalparameter zuverlässig erfasst werden.

Waschbar und leitfähig sind auch Druckknöpfe, die im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes Kontaktierung per Knopfdruck herstellen. In den robusten Knöpfen steckt Elektronik wie Sensoren, Aktoren, LEDs und Schalter.

Das Anwenderforum zeigte auch in diesem Jahr, dass viele Visionen inzwischen realisierbar und marktfähig sind. Herausforderungen sind in Zukunft, nachhaltige Materialien und Prozesse einzusetzen sowie die E-Textiles zu recyceln. Darüber hinaus stellt die Datenflut, die durch die smarten Textilien erzeugt werden kann, hohe Ansprüche an die Sicherheit und die Verarbeitung der Daten.

Das Anwenderforum SMART TEXTILES wird jährlich von den Deutschen Instituten für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF), dem Forschungskuratorium Textil e. V. in Berlin und dem Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen Vogtland e. V. (TITV) in Greiz veranstaltet, um den Austausch von Industrie und Wissenschaft in der in der D-A-CH-Region zu fördern.

Das 10. Anwenderforum SMART TEXTILES findet vom 2.-3. März 2022 statt und ist wieder als Präsenzveranstaltung kombiniert mit einer Firmenbesichtigung geplant. Der Veranstaltungsort wird rechtzeitig bekanntgegeben.

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DITF

25.03.2021

Autoneum Holding AG Annual General Meeting

  • Waiver of dividend
  • Expansion of Board of Directors

The shareholders of Autoneum Holding Ltd approved all proposals of the Board of Directors at today’s Annual General Meeting and agreed to forgo dividend payments. Liane Hirner and Oliver Streuli were newly elected to the Board of Directors. Based on Art. 27 of the Covid-19 Ordinance 3, the Board of Directors of Autoneum Holding Ltd decided to hold the 2021 Annual General Meeting without physical attendance by the shareholders. For this reason, the Company had asked them in advance to exercise their rights exclusively via the Independent Proxy. He represented 63.5% of a total of 4 672 363 shares.

  • Waiver of dividend
  • Expansion of Board of Directors

The shareholders of Autoneum Holding Ltd approved all proposals of the Board of Directors at today’s Annual General Meeting and agreed to forgo dividend payments. Liane Hirner and Oliver Streuli were newly elected to the Board of Directors. Based on Art. 27 of the Covid-19 Ordinance 3, the Board of Directors of Autoneum Holding Ltd decided to hold the 2021 Annual General Meeting without physical attendance by the shareholders. For this reason, the Company had asked them in advance to exercise their rights exclusively via the Independent Proxy. He represented 63.5% of a total of 4 672 363 shares.

The shareholders approved the Annual Report, the Annual Financial Statements and the Consolidated Financial Statements 2020. In view of the net loss in the 2020 financial year, the Board of Directors proposed forgoing dividend payments, which was approved by a large majority of the shareholders. Hans-Peter Schwald, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: “2020 was extremely challenging for the entire automobile industry and also for Autoneum. The pandemic-related drop in revenue has impacted profitability. Despite the net loss, Autoneum reached important financial improvements in 2020. We expect to return to profitability in 2021 and our aim to distribute at least 30% of the net profit attributable to Autoneum shareholders as dividends remains unchanged. The Board of Directors, the Group Executive Board and the Company as a whole are committed fully to ensuring that Autoneum continues to make significant operational and financial improvements.”

Chairman Hans-Peter Schwald and the other members of the Board of Directors, Rainer Schmückle, Norbert Indlekofer, Michael Pieper, This E. Schneider and Ferdinand Stutz were confirmed in office. Newly elected to the Board of Directors were Liane Hirner and Oliver Streuli.

With Liane Hirner and Oliver Streuli and the resignation of Peter Spuhler, who did not stand for reelection in order to be able to focus on managing Stadler Rail, the Board of Directors of Autoneum Holding Ltd has expanded from seven to eight members. Hans-Peter Schwald explained: “The expertise of Liane Hirner and Oliver Streuli in the areas of finance and corporate management is of great value to Autoneum. As the Board of Directors, we look forward to this enhancement to the Board and to working with both of them.”

Peter Spuhler has been an important driving force since the Company became independent, he played a major role in shaping Autoneum thanks to his entrepreneurial expertise and showed great commitment to the Company. The Board of Directors thanks him sincerely and wishes him continued success.

This E. Schneider, Hans-Peter Schwald and Ferdinand Stutz were re-elected to the Compensation Committee. Oliver Streuli was elected as a new member of this committee. In addition, the shareholders of Autoneum Holding Ltd granted discharge to all members of the Board of Directors and the Group Executive Board with a large majority.

The consultative vote on the 2020 remuneration report was approved by 83.4%. Due to the severe impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Group’s business development, the members of the Board of Directors renounced half of their compensation for the 2020 financial year and, in order to  align their remuneration with shareholder interests, decided to receive it entirely in Autoneum shares. In addition, a waiver of salary amounting to 10% of the basic salary for a period of three months was agreed upon with the senior management as part of a reduction of personnel costs.

The proposals for the remuneration of the Board of Directors and the Group Executive Board for the 2022 financial year as well as the other proposals were also approved by a large majority.

Source:

Autoneum Management AG

IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living set for a highly anticipated return in October 2021 (c) Messe Frankfurt
IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living 2019
24.03.2021

IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living set for a highly anticipated return in October 2021

The dates are set: IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living is welcoming exhibitor registration for its 2021 edition, to be held from 18 – 20 October 2021 in the South Halls of Tokyo Big Sight. The dedicated fair for interior design is once again set to attract not only retail buyers but also visitors from design and architecture offices, commercial facilities, and other contract businesses. The 2019 edition welcomed 352 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions as well as 16,016 visitors from 34 countries and regions, receiving much positive feedback for its increased focus on contract business.
 
IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living 2019
Returning after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living will once again create opportunities for exhibitors to meet new clients and expand their businesses. Messe Frankfurt Japan Ltd is working to put all of the appropriate safety and hygiene measures in place to protect participants during the fair period, and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 
New ETHICAL zone added to satisfy consumer demand

The dates are set: IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living is welcoming exhibitor registration for its 2021 edition, to be held from 18 – 20 October 2021 in the South Halls of Tokyo Big Sight. The dedicated fair for interior design is once again set to attract not only retail buyers but also visitors from design and architecture offices, commercial facilities, and other contract businesses. The 2019 edition welcomed 352 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions as well as 16,016 visitors from 34 countries and regions, receiving much positive feedback for its increased focus on contract business.
 
IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living 2019
Returning after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living will once again create opportunities for exhibitors to meet new clients and expand their businesses. Messe Frankfurt Japan Ltd is working to put all of the appropriate safety and hygiene measures in place to protect participants during the fair period, and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 
New ETHICAL zone added to satisfy consumer demand
A newly introduced ETHICAL zone will help industry players explore the themes of sustainability and ecology, which are continuing to gain traction in the interior design market. The zone focuses on environmental protection, up-cycling, fair trade, products that support people with disabilities, organic products, local production for local consumption, and more. Furniture production from recycled forest materials will also be a focus of the zone, which will be promoted in the run up to the fair through sector-specific media channels. This will include dedicated promotional activities targeting ethically driven retailers and restaurants.
 
A variety of booth sizes to accommodate exhibitors’ needs
In response to requests from exhibitors who showcase smaller items, a new booth size has been added for 2021. Measuring 6.3 sqm (width 3m x depth 2.1m), the new booth option is one size smaller than the existing 9 sqm booth, adding more choice for exhibitors
 
Dedicated lifestyle themed zones
Proving popular amongst trade buyers during previous editions, ‘CREATIVE RESOURCE’ is a zone devoted to innovative interior materials, as well as parts and services for interior design and home remodelling. Products featured at the zone include wallpaper, floor coverings, paints and related materials. First introduced in 2012, the zone has grown in stature as the destination for the likes of manufacturers, architects, designers and developers to find inspiration.
 
The fair’s zoning encompasses a variety of different product categories and themes. This not only simplifies the sourcing process for trade buyers, but it also maximises business exposure for exhibitors. Day-to-day lifestyle products – both stylish and functional – will be displayed in the ‘HOME’, ‘ACCENT’ and ‘EVERYDAY’ zones with a focus on living spaces, accessories and household items respectively.
 
Moreover, catering to the world of convenience and home cuisine, an array of pragmatically-designed packaged food will be presented at 'FOODIST', while innovative dining items will be gathered at the ‘KITCHEN LIFE’ zone.
 
Highlighting high quality local craftsmanship, designs from Japanese artisanal artists with a modern touch will be located in the ‘JAPAN STYLE’ zone. The latest designs from highly acclaimed international brands will be displayed too, in the ‘MOVEMENT’ area, while work from up-and-coming young designers will appear at the ‘TALENTS’ and ‘NEXT’ zones.
 
About IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living
IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living is held annually in fall and is the sister fair of Interior Lifestyle Tokyo held in spring, which is based on Ambiente, Messe Frankfurt’s largest and most important international consumer goods fair, and Heimtextil, the biggest international home and contract textiles fair. With the synergetic effects of these leading global trade fairs in the high-end interior market, and with Messe Frankfurt’s global network, IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living is a key platform for professionals, buyers, architects and those engaged in domestic and international contract business.

24.03.2021

NCTO elects Chairman, Council Chairs and Board Members

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished sewn products, held its officer elections for fiscal year 2021 today.

NCTO has re-elected David Roberts, CEO of Cap Yarns, as Chairman and David Poston, President of Palmetto Synthetics, as Vice Chairman.

In addition to the appointment of a new chairman and vice chairman, NCTO elected chairs for each of its four councils. NCTO is comprised of four councils to ensure a broad representation of the industry supply chain. Each council has an allotted number of members who are elected to the association’s Board of Directors, in addition to the Executive Committee.*

“This is a critical juncture for our industry, which answered the call of the nation to produce lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” said NCTO President and CEO Kim. “We will continue to engage with all stakeholders to press for policies that support the industry overall, help onshore PPE production and create a permanent domestic supply chain.”

 

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished sewn products, held its officer elections for fiscal year 2021 today.

NCTO has re-elected David Roberts, CEO of Cap Yarns, as Chairman and David Poston, President of Palmetto Synthetics, as Vice Chairman.

In addition to the appointment of a new chairman and vice chairman, NCTO elected chairs for each of its four councils. NCTO is comprised of four councils to ensure a broad representation of the industry supply chain. Each council has an allotted number of members who are elected to the association’s Board of Directors, in addition to the Executive Committee.*

“This is a critical juncture for our industry, which answered the call of the nation to produce lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” said NCTO President and CEO Kim. “We will continue to engage with all stakeholders to press for policies that support the industry overall, help onshore PPE production and create a permanent domestic supply chain.”

 

*See attached document for more information.

Baldwin receives three FlexoCleanerBrush™ orders in 30 days (c) Baldwin Technology
Baldwin’s three new FlexoCleanerBrush installations are located in Bevaria (Germany), Michigan (US) and Florida (US). The Florida order was secured in partnership with local agent Technoflex in South Carolina (US).
23.03.2021

Baldwin receives three FlexoCleanerBrush™ orders in 30 days

  • Full-width automated cleaning system will be installed on high-graphics corrugated presses

Baldwin Technology Company Inc. has successfully landed three new FlexoCleanerBrush orders, with a total of 16 cleaning heads, from customers in the US and Germany. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Baldwin has delivered a total of 30 FlexoCleanerBrush cleaning heads, thanks to close collaboration between onsite team members, local agents, the company’s global sales organization, and support from its product and technology center in Germany. With the FlexoCleanerBrush system, an inline cleaning station installed within each print unit uses a brush that runs the full width of each printing plate. Paired with a precision spray application system, the FlexoCleanerBrush evenly distributes a mixture of detergent and water across the plate as it spins, gently cleaning its surface. The plates are then dried by the integrated air knife.

  • Full-width automated cleaning system will be installed on high-graphics corrugated presses

Baldwin Technology Company Inc. has successfully landed three new FlexoCleanerBrush orders, with a total of 16 cleaning heads, from customers in the US and Germany. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Baldwin has delivered a total of 30 FlexoCleanerBrush cleaning heads, thanks to close collaboration between onsite team members, local agents, the company’s global sales organization, and support from its product and technology center in Germany. With the FlexoCleanerBrush system, an inline cleaning station installed within each print unit uses a brush that runs the full width of each printing plate. Paired with a precision spray application system, the FlexoCleanerBrush evenly distributes a mixture of detergent and water across the plate as it spins, gently cleaning its surface. The plates are then dried by the integrated air knife.

“With two of the recent orders, the customers had already installed the FlexoCleanerBrush in other locations. One of them reported as much as a 30 percent production capacity increase, thanks to the  installation,” said Lee Simmonds, Regional Sales Manager at Baldwin. “Both customers have experienced insufficient results with their original traversing cloth cleaning systems, which will now be removed and replaced with the full-width, stand-alone, automated FlexoCleanerBrush technology from Baldwin.”

Improving sustainability is one of the key drivers for investments in the corrugated printing industry. The FlexoCleanerBrush dramatically cuts water waste by cleaning plates more efficiently. In a recent independent study that was conducted to validate the capacity of the automated system, the FlexoCleanerBrush could fully clean and dry all printing plates in less than four minutes and pick hickeys in seconds.

Besides offering efficient cleaning during runs and fast end-of-job cleaning, the FlexoCleanerBrush system also enables operators to remove dry plates from the machine without the potential risk of plates sticking together once they are placed back in the plateracking system. This helps to ensure increased board throughput, less downtime and a safer working environment by eliminating operators’ contact with nip points, moving parts and chemicals.

Source:

Baldwin Technology

HIGHTEX Trade Fair postponed to 14-18 June 2022 (c) ITM
15.03.2021

HIGHTEX Trade Fair postponed to 14-18 June 2022

HIGHTEX International Technical Textiles and Nonwoven Trade Fair, which is planned to be held on June 22-26, 2021 was decided to postpone to June 14-18, 2022, considering the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the world. This postponement decision was taken as a result of intense discussions and evaluations with our participants and sector representatives.

The HIGHTEX Organization Team made the following statements: “We as HIGHTEX Organization Team, our priority is to protect your valuable exhibitors and visitors’ investments and all rights, not our commercial earnings. In this regard, we believe that all of our participants will find this compulsory postponement decision taken for the HIGTEX Exhibition justified and will understand.”

HIGHTEX 2022, which will be held in Istanbul Tuyap Fair and Congress Center between 14- 18 June 2022, simultaneously with the ITM 2022 Exhibition.

HIGHTEX International Technical Textiles and Nonwoven Trade Fair, which is planned to be held on June 22-26, 2021 was decided to postpone to June 14-18, 2022, considering the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the world. This postponement decision was taken as a result of intense discussions and evaluations with our participants and sector representatives.

The HIGHTEX Organization Team made the following statements: “We as HIGHTEX Organization Team, our priority is to protect your valuable exhibitors and visitors’ investments and all rights, not our commercial earnings. In this regard, we believe that all of our participants will find this compulsory postponement decision taken for the HIGTEX Exhibition justified and will understand.”

HIGHTEX 2022, which will be held in Istanbul Tuyap Fair and Congress Center between 14- 18 June 2022, simultaneously with the ITM 2022 Exhibition.

HIGHTEX 2022 being the first and only exhibition in its field in Turkey will host the world's leading technical textile and nonwoven manufacturers in Istanbul for 5 days.
HIGHTEX 2022, where many companies from Turkey and abroad will exhibit their latest technologies and products; will be visited by many industry professionals from medical to ready-to-wear, from decoration to cosmetics, from automotive to defense.

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HIGHTEX

11.03.2021

Lenzing Group weathers the crisis year 2020 and remains strategically well on track

  • Successful implementation of measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on the safety and health of employees, customers and partners and securing sustainable business development
  • Implementation of strategic investment projects progressing on schedule – financing contracts for the construction of the pulp plant in Brazil concluded according to plan
  • Lenzing expands its lead in sustainability and circular economy – first TENCEL™ branded carbon-zero fibers launched
  • Successful issuance of a EUR 500 mn hybrid bond further strengthens balance sheet structure
  • Lenzing expects recovery of the fiber market to continue in 2021 and an operating result on pre-crisis level

Lenzing – In 2020, the Lenzing Group successfully responded to the extremely difficult market environment due to the COVID-19 crisis by implementing a broad package of measures and remains fully on track in terms of its strategy. The measures focused on protecting Lenzing’s employees and partners and on safeguarding its operations.

  • Successful implementation of measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on the safety and health of employees, customers and partners and securing sustainable business development
  • Implementation of strategic investment projects progressing on schedule – financing contracts for the construction of the pulp plant in Brazil concluded according to plan
  • Lenzing expands its lead in sustainability and circular economy – first TENCEL™ branded carbon-zero fibers launched
  • Successful issuance of a EUR 500 mn hybrid bond further strengthens balance sheet structure
  • Lenzing expects recovery of the fiber market to continue in 2021 and an operating result on pre-crisis level

Lenzing – In 2020, the Lenzing Group successfully responded to the extremely difficult market environment due to the COVID-19 crisis by implementing a broad package of measures and remains fully on track in terms of its strategy. The measures focused on protecting Lenzing’s employees and partners and on safeguarding its operations. Lenzing flexibly adjusted production volumes and was able to offer its customers the usual delivery service at any time. In addition, Lenzing also intensified measures for structural earnings improvement to mitigate the effect of the pressure on fiber prices and demand for fibers, and reduced its operating costs.

Please read the attached document for more information.

More information:
Lenzing Group Covid-19
Source:

Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft

Mostafiz Uddin Wins Coveted Drapers Sustainable Fashion Champion Award (c) Denim Expert Limited
Mostafiz Uddin
10.03.2021

Mostafiz Uddin Wins Coveted Drapers Sustainable Fashion Champion Award

  • Mostafiz Uddin, Managing Director of Denim Expert Limited and Founder of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) has won Sustainable Fashion Champion at the Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards 2021, which took place virtually on 10 March.

On receiving the award, Mostafiz said he wants to be a game-changer in the apparel industry, leading by example to inspire others to behave responsibly and ethically.

He also dedicated the award to H&M which, he explained, supported his business, Denim Expert, through the pandemic by continuing to place orders He said the loyal support of the Swedish fashion giant almost certainly helped save the livelihoods of 2000 workers at his factory and their 10000 family members. “That’s true sustainability leadership,” he said.

The Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards recognise steps being made in reducing the fashion industry’s environmental impact and creating fairer working conditions across the supply chain.
Judged by an independent panel of sustainability and fashion retail experts, the awards shine a spotlight on best practice within the global fashion industry.

  • Mostafiz Uddin, Managing Director of Denim Expert Limited and Founder of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) has won Sustainable Fashion Champion at the Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards 2021, which took place virtually on 10 March.

On receiving the award, Mostafiz said he wants to be a game-changer in the apparel industry, leading by example to inspire others to behave responsibly and ethically.

He also dedicated the award to H&M which, he explained, supported his business, Denim Expert, through the pandemic by continuing to place orders He said the loyal support of the Swedish fashion giant almost certainly helped save the livelihoods of 2000 workers at his factory and their 10000 family members. “That’s true sustainability leadership,” he said.

The Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards recognise steps being made in reducing the fashion industry’s environmental impact and creating fairer working conditions across the supply chain.
Judged by an independent panel of sustainability and fashion retail experts, the awards shine a spotlight on best practice within the global fashion industry.

Covid-19 has presented unforeseen challenges for fashion retailers and brands, but it has also given us all an opportunity to build back better. Forward-thinking fashion businesses know change is not optional, and are embracing their responsibilities and ability to make a difference.

Mostafiz Uddin has been recognised as the Sustainable Fashion Champion 2021 for setting examples in promoting sustainability during the Covid-19 pandemic which broke out worldwide in March last year.
Jill Geoghegan, Acting Editor of Drapers, said: “Despite the challenges thrown up by the Coronavirus pandemic, fashion brands and retailers increasingly recognise that sustainability is a business imperative.”  
“Many businesses continued to invest in cleaning up their supply chains and introducing new models of working, despite the unprecedented trading conditions.

“The Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards highlight and celebrate these advancements, paving the way for a more responsible future for the industry.” Managing Director of Denim Expert Limited Mostafiz Uddin said: “In the pandemic, my factory Denim Expert Limited kept true to its commitment towards sustainability, despite an extremely difficult trading landscape.

“During the pandemic, I was vocal about the issue of buyer-supplier relationships and, in speaking out, I wanted to champion the cause of suppliers all over the world. Too often suppliers in garment supply chains do not have a voice because they fear that by speaking out, they will be treated unfavourably by brands.

“This was, of course, a risk on my own part but I like to think I stood up for what I think is right and ultimately, I believe progressive brands understood I was coming from a good place. Like them, all I want to see is a fair, ethical and sustainable industry where brands and retailers work in an environment of collaboration, not conflict.”

Mostafiz also had some special praise for H&M. He said: “It would have not been possible for me to support my workers during the pandemic, had my factory not received help from H&M during the unprecedented time. While Denim Expert suffered from huge orders cancellation and orders hold, H&M supported us by placing orders in the pandemic that saved thousands of lives and livelihoods. Therefore, I would like to dedicate this Award to H&M and its CEO Helena Helmersson.”

The judges of Drapers Sustainable Fashion Champion Award 2021 have been Kerry Bannigan, Founder, Conscious Fashion Campaign; Sarah Ditty, Global Policy Director, Fashion Revolution; Miriam Lahage, Founder, Aequip; Samata Pattinson, CEO, Red Carpet Green Dress; Caroline Rush, Chief Executive Officer, British Fashion Council; Lucy Shea, Group CEO, Futerra; Jane Shepherdson, Chairman, My Wardrobe HQ; and Dilys Williams, Director, Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

DTV: Coronaviren noch bis zu drei Tage auf Textilien infektiös © DTV
MyClean
09.03.2021

DTV: Coronaviren noch bis zu drei Tage auf Textilien infektiös

Britische Universität untersuchte Coronaviren auf Textilien

Im Rahmen einer Studie zur Wirksamkeit von Waschverfahren untersuchte die De Montfort University (DMU) aus Leicester, England die Überlebensfähigkeit von Coronaviren auf Textilien. Der getestete Modell-Coronavirus-Stamm blieb mindestens 72 Stunden lang auf Polyestergewebe und 24 Stunden auf 100% Baumwolle infektiös. Auch wenn die Viren sich durch gängige Waschmittel und entsprechende Temperaturen inaktivieren ließen, warnt der Deutsche Textileinigungs-Verband (DTV) davor, potenziell infektiöse Textilien im häuslichen Umfeld zu waschen. Denn kritische Punkte wie Wäschesortierung, Maschinenbeladung und Kontaminationsmöglichkeiten lassen sich im professionellen Textilservice in einer kontrollierten Umgebung handhaben.

Britische Universität untersuchte Coronaviren auf Textilien

Im Rahmen einer Studie zur Wirksamkeit von Waschverfahren untersuchte die De Montfort University (DMU) aus Leicester, England die Überlebensfähigkeit von Coronaviren auf Textilien. Der getestete Modell-Coronavirus-Stamm blieb mindestens 72 Stunden lang auf Polyestergewebe und 24 Stunden auf 100% Baumwolle infektiös. Auch wenn die Viren sich durch gängige Waschmittel und entsprechende Temperaturen inaktivieren ließen, warnt der Deutsche Textileinigungs-Verband (DTV) davor, potenziell infektiöse Textilien im häuslichen Umfeld zu waschen. Denn kritische Punkte wie Wäschesortierung, Maschinenbeladung und Kontaminationsmöglichkeiten lassen sich im professionellen Textilservice in einer kontrollierten Umgebung handhaben.

Der anhaltende Ausbruch von SARS-CoV-2 hat die Textilhygiene in vielen Bereichen – vom Gesundheits- und Pflegewesen, über die Gastronomie und Hotellerie bis hin zum Privatkundenbereich – in den Fokus rücken lassen. Die De Montfort University aus Leicester, England hat vor diesem Hintergrund die Überlebensfähigkeit des humanen Coronavirus OC43 (HCoV-OC43), das eine ähnliche Gesamtstruktur wie SARS-CoV-2 aufweist, auf Textilien untersucht und auch Waschverfahren für eine zuverlässige Inaktivierung des Virus geprüft.

Die Leiterin der DMU-Studie, Dr. Katie Laird, fasste die Ergebnisse der Studie zusammen: „Der getestete Coronavirus-Stamm (HCoV-OC43) blieb mindestens 72 Stunden lang auf Polyestergewebe und 24 Stunden auf 100% Baumwolle infektiös.“ Laird ergänzt zudem, dass sich das Virus bis zu 72 Stunden lang von Polyestergewebe auf andere Oberflächen übertragen lässt, was darauf hindeutet, dass Textilien ein gewisses Übertragungsrisiko darstellen können.

Gängige Waschverfahren sind effektiv – Ein Risiko besteht jedoch bei begleitenden Prozessen

Das Forscherteam fand heraus, dass nahezu alle Haushaltswaschvorgänge, möglicherweise mit Ausnahme der Niedrigtemperatur-Haushaltswäsche, das durch Coronavirus verursachte Infektionsrisiko effektiv beseitigen. Wichtig ist jedoch die richtige Kombination von Bewegung, Temperatur und Waschmittel. In diesen Fällen wurde bei Waschverfahren von 40 °C und darüber keine Spur des Virus mehr gefunden.

Andreas Schumacher, Geschäftsführer des Deutschen Textilreinigungs-Verbandes (DTV), mahnt jedoch: „Kleidung, die möglicherweise noch für drei Tage kontaminiert ist, sollte im besten Falle das häusliche Umfeld gar nicht erst erreichen. Mit Coronaviren belastete Textilien sollten in einer kontrollierten Umgebung wie dem Textilservice behandelt werden. Dort wird verschmutzte Wäsche sicher gehandhabt.“ Denn im häuslichen Umfeld wird die verschmutzte Wäsche zwangsweise mehrfach vor dem eigentlichen Waschprozess in die Hand genommen, für schmutzige und saubere Wäsche oft der gleiche Wäschekorb verwendet oder die Waschmaschine selbst steht möglicherweise in der Küche neben dem Herd oder der Spülmaschine, woraus sich noch gänzlich andere Möglichkeiten zur Kreuzkontamination ergeben, so Schumacher.

„Insbesondere Textilien aus dem Gesundheits- und Pflegewesen sowie Berufskleidung im Allgemeinen sollte nicht zuhause gewaschen werden, um eine Übertragung von Krankheitserregern auf Familie und Patienten zu vermeiden“, erläutert Schumacher. „Ergänzend zu den Ergebnissen der britischen Studie sollte darauf hingewiesen werden, dass handelsübliche Haushalts-Waschmaschinen im Gegensatz zu Profimaschinen an neuralgischen Punkten, wie Pumpe, Schublade oder zwischen Gummi und Waschmaschinenfenster die Temperaturen für eine sichere Virusinaktivierung häufig nicht erreichen. Dies kann bei Be- und Entladen der heimischen Waschmaschine zu einer Rekontamination führen“, so Schumacher weiter.

Für den Hotellerie und Gastronomiebereich sieht der DTV keinen Grund, Tischdecken und Servietten aus Stoff durch Papierlösungen zu ersetzen. Tatsächlich bietet hygienisch aufbereitete Tischwäsche bei regelmäßigem Wechsel einen deutlichen Hygienevorteil. Darüber hinaus sprechen auch Gründe des Umweltschutzes und der Ressourcenschonung für die Textillösung.

Hintergrund: Die Forschung wird derzeit einem Peer-Review unterzogen und wird voraussichtlich in den nächsten Monaten in einem Open-Access-Journal veröffentlicht, damit jeder vollständig auf die Forschung zugreifen kann. Auftraggeber der Studie waren Textilpflegeverbände aus England, den Vereinigten Staaten, Schweiz, Belgien, Finnland, Norwegen und Deutschland.

Source:

Deutschen Textilreinigungs-Verband

Swedish machine builders set for Scandinavia’s Textiles 4.0 circular revolution (c) TMAS
Coloreel’s advanced rapid color formulation software and high-speed drive technology allow a single needle to carry out what previously required many multiples of them to do.
09.03.2021

Swedish machine builders set for Scandinavia’s Textiles 4.0 circular revolution

  • Several members of TMAS – the Swedish Textile Machinery Association – are actively advancing new coloration technologies as part of a wave of innovation that is currently sweeping out from Scandinavia.

New manufacturers of regenerated cellulosic fibers as alternatives to cotton and synthetics, for example, have been gaining a lot of attention recently, as they scale up to meet demands for a circular approach to the manufacturing of textiles and garments.

These companies have, in turn, been embraced by major Scandinavian brands such as the Danish clothing company Bestseller, Finnish fashion house Marimekko, Norwegian outdoor brand Bergans and Sweden’s own H&M Group.

Fiber journey
From the field or the forest to the retail shelves, however, the journey of every single textile fiber is currently a long one, in which it passes through many hands and moves around the world. The good news is that many of these individual stages are now being greatly simplified by digitalization.

  • Several members of TMAS – the Swedish Textile Machinery Association – are actively advancing new coloration technologies as part of a wave of innovation that is currently sweeping out from Scandinavia.

New manufacturers of regenerated cellulosic fibers as alternatives to cotton and synthetics, for example, have been gaining a lot of attention recently, as they scale up to meet demands for a circular approach to the manufacturing of textiles and garments.

These companies have, in turn, been embraced by major Scandinavian brands such as the Danish clothing company Bestseller, Finnish fashion house Marimekko, Norwegian outdoor brand Bergans and Sweden’s own H&M Group.

Fiber journey
From the field or the forest to the retail shelves, however, the journey of every single textile fiber is currently a long one, in which it passes through many hands and moves around the world. The good news is that many of these individual stages are now being greatly simplified by digitalization.

“Digitalization will lead to a significant reduction in garments that for one reason or another are never sold and end up in landfill,” says Therese Premler-Andersson, Secretary General of TMAS. “There will of course, be a huge ecological benefit.”

At the very center of any fiber’s journey, once it has become part of a knitted or woven fabric, are the dyeing and finishing stages of textile production. Dyeing and finishing currently involves many washing and drying process steps which add a huge burden to the overall carbon footprint of finished garments and textile products.

Coloreel expansion
Here is where the latest fully digital technologies of TMAS member companies are making a dramatic difference, such as the instant thread coloration technology, of Coloreel, which has just raised SEK 100 in new financing to support its market expansion and growth.

Initially targeting the embroidery market, Coloreel technology enables the high-quality and instant coloring of a textile thread while it is actually being used in production and can be paired with any existing embroidery machine without modification, while also making it possible to produce gradients in an embroidery for the first time.

Based on a CMYK ink system, Coloreel’s advanced rapid color formulation software and high-speed drive technology allow a single needle to carry out what previously required many multiples of them to do – and with much more consistent stitch quality,

In addition, existing thread dyeing plants can add a single solid color to a thread, but by instantly coloring a white base thread during production, Coloreel enables complete freedom to create unique embroideries without any limitations in the use of colors. Color changes along the thread can either be made rapidly from one solid color to another, or gradually, to make smooth transitions or any coloring effect desired.

This provides big benefits when it comes to sustainability. There is a significant reduction in wasted inks, while water usage is minimized, and production speeds are increased. The technology allows set-up and lead times to be reduced as well as significant flexibility in production schedules, while eliminating the need for large thread inventories.

“Our system is allowing customers to achieve color effects that have never been seen before – and at a new level of efficiency,” says VP of Sales and Marketing at Coloreel, Mats Sjögren. “We are setting the new benchmark for the embroidery industry.”

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Coloreel, has recently successfully delivered units to companies in Europe, the United States and Asia, and has also partnered with the world’s largest distributor of embroidery machines, American Hirsch Solutions, which has already installed the technology at a number of customers in the USA.

imogo
Another TMAS member achieving rapid progress is imogo, which is currently installing its first industrial scale Dye-Max spray dyeing line at the plant close to Borås of Swedish commission dyeing company 7H Färgeri – the Nordic region’s most complete dyeing and processing plant.

The new line has a working width of 1.8 meters with an operating speed of up to 50 meters for the reactive dyeing of cellulosic fiber-based fabrics. In addition, it can carry out the application of a wide range of fabric pre-treatments and finishing processes, providing the company with unbeatable flexibility in production.

A proven Mini-Max laboratory unit for pre-determining application volumes and color matching has also been installed at the 7H plant.

With the potential to slash the use of fresh water, wastewater, energy, and chemicals by as much as 90% compared to conventional jet dyeing systems, the DyeMax has gained considerable attention since the concept was outlined and a prototype machine constructed in 2019.

The application unit of the Dye-Max consists of a closed chamber containing a series of spray cassettes with precision nozzles for accurate and consistent coverage, in combination with the patented imogo Pro Speed valve that controls the volume to be applied.

“We are achieving an extremely low liquor ratio of around 0.5-1 liters per kilo of fabric and we fully control the pickup, applying precisely what is required to the specific fabric,” says imogo founding partner Per Stenflo. “Compared to traditional padders there is no contamination of the dyebath or dilution of the dye liquor to worry about.”
Fast changeovers with virtually no waste, together with a high production speed, enable a high productivity and unmatched production flexibility.

“The Dye-Max will be implemented in 7H daily production and producers and brands are welcome to visit when the Covid-19 situation allows. They are also welcome to do test productions at 7H to verify the performance on their fabrics.”

Perfect bridge
“Such new digital technologies from TMAS members represent the perfect bridge for sustainable new fibers on their route to the finished garments of responsible brands on the retail shelves,” concludes Therese Premler-Andersson. “There is now a real momentum building industry-wide for new circular manufacturing, and TMAS companies intend to be very much a part of it.”

09.03.2021

Rieter Financial Year 2020

Financial Year 2020

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rieter closed the 2020 financial year with sales of CHF 573.0 million, which corresponds to a decrease of 25% compared to the previous year (2019: CHF 760.0 million). Due to the low sales volume, a loss of CHF 84.4 million was recorded at the EBIT level while at the net profit level the loss was CHF 89.8 million. In view of the loss in the 2020 financial year, the Board of Directors proposes that shareholders waive the payment of a dividend for 2020.

Order intake of CHF 640.2 million in the 2020 financial year was 31% down on the previous year (2019: CHF 926.1 million). Following the significant slump in demand in the second quarter of 2020 (CHF 45.7 million), order intake recovered in the third quarter (CHF 174.4 million) and improved further in the fourth quarter (CHF 215.1 million).

At the end of 2020, the company had an order backlog of about CHF 560 million (December 31, 2019: about CHF 500 million).

Financial Year 2020

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rieter closed the 2020 financial year with sales of CHF 573.0 million, which corresponds to a decrease of 25% compared to the previous year (2019: CHF 760.0 million). Due to the low sales volume, a loss of CHF 84.4 million was recorded at the EBIT level while at the net profit level the loss was CHF 89.8 million. In view of the loss in the 2020 financial year, the Board of Directors proposes that shareholders waive the payment of a dividend for 2020.

Order intake of CHF 640.2 million in the 2020 financial year was 31% down on the previous year (2019: CHF 926.1 million). Following the significant slump in demand in the second quarter of 2020 (CHF 45.7 million), order intake recovered in the third quarter (CHF 174.4 million) and improved further in the fourth quarter (CHF 215.1 million).

At the end of 2020, the company had an order backlog of about CHF 560 million (December 31, 2019: about CHF 500 million).

Business Groups
Sales of the Business Group Machines & Systems amounted to CHF 295.8 million in 2020, which corresponds to a decrease of 24% compared to the previous year. Due to the low volume and taking into account the expenditure on the ongoing innovation program, the business group recorded a loss of CHF 72.4 million at the EBIT level. Order intake in the reporting year was CHF 363.9 million (-35% compared to the previous year).

The Business Group Components with sales of CHF 174.3 million (-24% compared to the previous year) achieved a profit of CHF 1.4 million at the EBIT level before restructuring charges. EBIT after restructuring charges was CHF -5.5 million. The order intake with CHF 169.1 million (-24% compared to the previous year) was just below sales.

The Business Group After Sales achieved sales of CHF 102.9 million (-27% compared to the previous year) and a positive EBIT of CHF 1.8 million. Order intake was CHF 107.2 million (-24% compared to the previous year). Over 60% of spinning mills were shut down in the second quarter of 2020, with a corresponding impact on the demand for spare parts.

Dividend
Due to the loss of CHF 89.8 million at the net profit level in the 2020 financial year, the Board of Directors proposes that shareholders waive the distribution of a dividend.

Outlook
Rieter expects the market recovery that began in the second half of 2020 to continue in 2021. The company expects an order intake in the first half of 2021 exceeding that of the previous half year (second half of 2020: CHF 389.5 million). Thanks to the improved capacity utilization, Rieter is planning short-time working in only a few areas in the first half of 2021. Nonetheless, as already announced, Rieter still anticipates that sales in the first half of 2021 will be below the break-even point. In connection with the high order backlog at the beginning of 2021, Rieter expects an operating profit for the full year 2021.

Source:

Rieter Management AG

05.03.2021

ITM Exhibition postponed to 14-18 June 2022

ITM International Textile Machinery Exhibition, which is planned to be held on June 22-26, 2021 postponed to June 14-18, 2022, considering the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the world. This postponement decision was taken as a result of intense discussions and evaluations with participants and sector representatives.

The ITM Organization Team made the following statements: “Our priority is to protect valuable exhibitors and visitors’ investments and all rights, not our commercial earnings. In this regard, we believe that all of our participants will find this compulsory postponement decision taken for the ITM Exhibition justified and will understand.”

ITM 2022, which will be held with partnership of Tüyap Tüm Fuarcılık INC. and Teknik Fuarcılık INC. in cooperation with TEMSAD, will organize at Istanbul Tuyap Fair and Congress Center on June 14-18, 2022.

ITM International Textile Machinery Exhibition, which is planned to be held on June 22-26, 2021 postponed to June 14-18, 2022, considering the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the world. This postponement decision was taken as a result of intense discussions and evaluations with participants and sector representatives.

The ITM Organization Team made the following statements: “Our priority is to protect valuable exhibitors and visitors’ investments and all rights, not our commercial earnings. In this regard, we believe that all of our participants will find this compulsory postponement decision taken for the ITM Exhibition justified and will understand.”

ITM 2022, which will be held with partnership of Tüyap Tüm Fuarcılık INC. and Teknik Fuarcılık INC. in cooperation with TEMSAD, will organize at Istanbul Tuyap Fair and Congress Center on June 14-18, 2022.

04.03.2021

BVMed: Verlängerung der Pflegehilfsmittel-Pauschale

Der Bundesverband Medizintechnologie, BVMed, sieht die vom Bundestag mit dem EpiLage-Fortgeltungsgesetz beschlossene Verlängerung der erhöhten monatlichen Pflegehilfsmittel-Pauschale als „ersten Schritt“. Die Erhöhung der Pauschale von 40 auf 60 Euro gilt damit zunächst bis Ende 2021 weiter. Der BVMed setzt sich weiterhin für eine dauerhafte Erhöhung der Pflegehilfsmittel-Pauschale ein, da von einer langfristigen Erhöhung der Kosten beispielsweise für Hygienemaßnahmen ausgegangen werden kann. „Im nächsten Schritt muss die Befristung aufgehoben werden. Wir müssen die gestiegenen Kosten langfristig finanzieren, um die Pflegebedürftigen und die Pflegenden besser zu schützen“, so BVMed-Geschäftsführer Dr. Marc-Pierre Möll.

Der Bundesverband Medizintechnologie, BVMed, sieht die vom Bundestag mit dem EpiLage-Fortgeltungsgesetz beschlossene Verlängerung der erhöhten monatlichen Pflegehilfsmittel-Pauschale als „ersten Schritt“. Die Erhöhung der Pauschale von 40 auf 60 Euro gilt damit zunächst bis Ende 2021 weiter. Der BVMed setzt sich weiterhin für eine dauerhafte Erhöhung der Pflegehilfsmittel-Pauschale ein, da von einer langfristigen Erhöhung der Kosten beispielsweise für Hygienemaßnahmen ausgegangen werden kann. „Im nächsten Schritt muss die Befristung aufgehoben werden. Wir müssen die gestiegenen Kosten langfristig finanzieren, um die Pflegebedürftigen und die Pflegenden besser zu schützen“, so BVMed-Geschäftsführer Dr. Marc-Pierre Möll.

Nach Ansicht des BVMed gibt es mit dem gestiegenen Hygienebewusstsein bei pflegenden Angehörigen und dem Pflegepersonal sowie gestiegenen Preisen für Desinfektionsmittel oder Schutzausrüstung „gute Gründe für die dauerhafte Anhebung der Pflegehilfsmittel-Pauschale“. Bei den Pflegehilfsmitteln handelt es sich beispielsweise um Desinfektionsmittel, Schutzhandschuhe, Schutzausrüstung und weitere Hygieneartikel, „die im Rahmen des Schutzes vor Infektionsgefahren gerade für die vulnerable Gruppe der Pflegebedürftigen und zum Schutz des Pflegepersonals und der pflegenden Angehörigen besonders benötigt werden“, so der BVMed.

Der Bundestag hatte im letzten Jahr aufgrund des erhöhten Bedarfs nach diesen Produkten bei stark steigenden Kosten die Erhöhung dieser Pauschale von 40 auf 60 Euro im Zuge der epidemischen Lage beschlossen. „Die Verlängerung dieser Regelung trägt angesichts der anhaltenden Corona-Pandemie auch den Belastungen der zu Pflegenden sowie der Pflegekräfte Rechnung“, so der deutsche Medizintechnik-Verband. Außerdem sind nach wie vor eine stark erhöhte Nachfrage sowie höhere Preise in diesen Produktsegmenten festzustellen. „Wir gehen auch langfristig aufgrund des weltweiten Bedarfes nicht von einer Reduktion aus. Die Politik darf die Pflegebedürftigen und die Pflegenden hier nicht im Stich lassen“, appelliert BVMed-Geschäftsführer Möll.

03.03.2021

JEC WORLD 2021 postponed

  • Next Jec World Will Take Place From March 8 To 10, 2022

The continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic unfolding throughout 2021 has forced the JEC World team to reexamine the possibility of holding the next edition of JEC World this year. Thus, after thorough consultation of clients and partners, the JEC World team has decided to postpone the next edition of JEC World to March 8 to 10, 2022.

Amidst growing concern among our exhibitors and partners surrounding the critical situation of the Covid 19 restrictive measures and other limitations in place in many countries, the JEC World team has decided to work on a new timeline to hold the next edition of the event in the best conditions in 2022. Thus, JEC World exhibitors were asked to respond to a survey offering two new dates to determine which one would suit them the most. It appeared that 89% of respondents favored holding the next JEC World session from March 8 to 10, 2022.

  • Next Jec World Will Take Place From March 8 To 10, 2022

The continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic unfolding throughout 2021 has forced the JEC World team to reexamine the possibility of holding the next edition of JEC World this year. Thus, after thorough consultation of clients and partners, the JEC World team has decided to postpone the next edition of JEC World to March 8 to 10, 2022.

Amidst growing concern among our exhibitors and partners surrounding the critical situation of the Covid 19 restrictive measures and other limitations in place in many countries, the JEC World team has decided to work on a new timeline to hold the next edition of the event in the best conditions in 2022. Thus, JEC World exhibitors were asked to respond to a survey offering two new dates to determine which one would suit them the most. It appeared that 89% of respondents favored holding the next JEC World session from March 8 to 10, 2022.

“The coronavirus pandemic situation has taken the central stage, so in light of the current situation, it would not be possible for us to satisfy our customers’ requirements for such an international trade fair as JEC World in June. We truly regret having to make this difficult decision once again. However, we are all committed, starting today, to deliver the best JEC World experience to our clients in 2022.” says Eric Pierrejean, CEO of JEC Group. “While waiting for welcoming the international composites community back to Paris in March 2022, JEC Group team is preparing various online Rendez-Vous in June enabling the entire composites community to discover trends and innovations, and to connect″, he added.

The leading composites event will take place from March 8 to 10, 2022, at Paris Nord Villepinte (same venue) and online for a new augmented experience.

As the leading trade show of the composites industry, JEC World will bring together the whole composites materials value chain and professionals from application sectors, experts from the scientific and academic world, associations, and media from more than 112 countries, introducing in 2022 its audience its new digital platform, JEC World Augmented.

“JEC World 2022 and the augmented platform  will bring the international composites community and specialists together to resume business, network, hold business meetings. They will also have the chance to participate in conferences, workshops, and discover the latest composites innovations,” says Adeline Larroque, Show director and EMEA events.

Source:

JEC Group

08.02.2021

MoU: Lectra to acquire Gerber Technology

Lectra announces its plan to acquire the entire capital and voting rights of US-based Gerber Technology. A key Industry 4.0 player in the fashion, automotive and furniture industries, Lectra designs smart industrial solutions – software, equipment, data and services – that help brands, manufacturers and retailers develop, produce and market their products.

The acquisition, if and when consummated, would allow Lectra to complement its market position and continue to enhance its offerings based on Industry 4.0 technology that will enable its customers to boost the productivity and profitability of their operations. After the French work council of Lectra is consulted and the binding documentation is signed, completion of the acquisition shall remain subject to merger control clearance and other customary conditions and shall be submitted to Lectra shareholders for approval.

Lectra announces its plan to acquire the entire capital and voting rights of US-based Gerber Technology. A key Industry 4.0 player in the fashion, automotive and furniture industries, Lectra designs smart industrial solutions – software, equipment, data and services – that help brands, manufacturers and retailers develop, produce and market their products.

The acquisition, if and when consummated, would allow Lectra to complement its market position and continue to enhance its offerings based on Industry 4.0 technology that will enable its customers to boost the productivity and profitability of their operations. After the French work council of Lectra is consulted and the binding documentation is signed, completion of the acquisition shall remain subject to merger control clearance and other customary conditions and shall be submitted to Lectra shareholders for approval.

The proposed combination would occur at an opportune time for both companies and their customers. The current uncertain economic climate and unprecedented challenges that fashion, automotive and furniture companies are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic make it more important than ever for them to transform, digitalize and optimize their operations.

For over 50 years, Gerber Technology has used its proprietary technologies and deep domain expertise to provide integrated software and automated hardware solutions to companies around the world, including over 100 Fortune 500 companies in 134 countries.

The strategic combination of Gerber Technology and Lectra will create a premier advanced technology partner, able to quickly meet changing customer needs and deliver even more value through seamlessly integrated solutions. Together, the two companies will have a large installed base of product development software and automated cutting solutions in operation, with a worldwide presence and a long list of prestigious customers.

Consolidating the two companies’ research and development capabilities will enable the combined company to accelerate development of Industry 4.0 technologies and help its expanded customer base seize the full potential of these innovations.
Integrating the technology of the two companies will endow them with the resources to anticipate and address rapidly changing market conditions.

Key transaction terms

Under the proposed acquisition, Lectra would acquire all outstanding shares of Gerber Technology on a cash-free debt-free basis for an upfront payment of 175 million euros – through a combination of cash and debt – plus 5 million newly issued Lectra shares to AIPCF VI LG Funding, LP (“AIPCF VI LG”), an affiliate of American Industrial Partners that is Gerber Technology’s sole shareholder. This would represent a total amount of about 300 million euros based on Lectra’s closing share price on February 5, 2021. No contingent consideration is contemplated.

Gerber Technology’s revenues was 165 million euros in 2020.

Thanks to the strong value creation deriving from significant synergies, Lectra expects the transaction to be accretive for shareholders from 2022.

Upon closing, Daniel Harari would own c. 14.6% of the Lectra shares and AIPCF VI LG would own c. 13.3%.

Lectra’s Board of Directors would welcome a director representing AIPCF VI LG.

Daniel Harari would continue to be the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lectra. Gerber Technology Chief Executive Officer, Mohit Uberoi, would assume special advisor to Daniel Harari role until end-2021.

Lectra’s shareholders would be invited to vote on the issuance of the 5 million new Lectra shares reserved to AIPCF VI LG at a dedicated Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting which is currently expected to be held on April 30, 2021. A report containing additional information will be made available to the shareholders prior to the Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting.

Lazard is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Lectra, and Latham & Watkins as legal counsel to Lectra.

Goldman Sachs is acting as exclusive financial advisor to AIPCF VI LG, and Ropes & Gray LLP, Baker Botts LLP and Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. as legal counsel to AIPCF VI LG.

2020 results, update on the 2020-2022 strategic roadmap and guidance for the coming years will be disclosed on February 10, 2021.

Lectra management will discuss the transaction, provide forward-looking guidance for the combined company upon closing of the transaction and answer questions from the financial community during the February 11, 2021 webcast Analyst Conference meeting in French starting at 8:30 am (CET - Paris).

 

Source:

Lectra - Headquarters

04.02.2021

DFD Januar/Februar 2021: Verlässliche Anlaufstelle für Einkäufer

Trotz des harten Lockdowns fanden in Düsseldorf in der vergangenen Woche die Kollektionssichtung und Order der Fall/Winter-Kollektion 2021 im Rahmen der Düsseldorf Fashion Days statt. Dank strenger Hygiene-Auflagen und starker Entzerrung des Orderaufkommens durch die Vergabe von Einzelterminen. In über 600 Showrooms platzierten Einkäufer aus ganz Deutschland ihre Order. Die Supreme Women&Men stellte temporäre Showroom-Flächen für ihre Partner zur Verfügung, während die Gallery FASHION & Shoes als rein digitales Format stattfand. Die Bilanz: Die Frequenz war erwartungsgemäß niedriger als vor der Pandemie, dennoch schätzt die Branche die Verlässlichkeit des Orderstandortes Düsseldorf sowie den persönlichen Austausch vor Ort.

Trotz des harten Lockdowns fanden in Düsseldorf in der vergangenen Woche die Kollektionssichtung und Order der Fall/Winter-Kollektion 2021 im Rahmen der Düsseldorf Fashion Days statt. Dank strenger Hygiene-Auflagen und starker Entzerrung des Orderaufkommens durch die Vergabe von Einzelterminen. In über 600 Showrooms platzierten Einkäufer aus ganz Deutschland ihre Order. Die Supreme Women&Men stellte temporäre Showroom-Flächen für ihre Partner zur Verfügung, während die Gallery FASHION & Shoes als rein digitales Format stattfand. Die Bilanz: Die Frequenz war erwartungsgemäß niedriger als vor der Pandemie, dennoch schätzt die Branche die Verlässlichkeit des Orderstandortes Düsseldorf sowie den persönlichen Austausch vor Ort.

„Dass die Düsseldorf Fashion Days stattfinden konnten, ist ein wichtiges Signal für die gesamte Branche und unterstreicht die Relevanz des Modestandortes. Der neue Name DFD kommt zudem beim Fachpublikum sehr gut an. Unter dem Dachbegriff DFD lassen sich das Fashion-Business sowie branchenübergreifende neue Konzepte perfekt vereinen. Diese Entwicklung fokussieren wir von städtischer Seite: Mit einem geplanten Festival-Konzept zur Sommerausgabe wird nicht nur das Orderbusiness gestärkt, sondern die gesamte Stadt inklusive Einzelhandel, Gastronomie, Kultur- und Eventbranche profitiert von der neuen Ausrichtung der Ordertage", erklärt Theresa Winkels, Leiterin der Wirtschaftsförderung Düsseldorf.

„Aufgrund der gegenwärtigen Situation sind wir in dieser Orderrunde ganz anders präsent: Digital und mit erweiterter Laufzeit vom 28. Januar bis 15. Februar 2021. Eine völlig neue Erfahrung, die wir jedoch sehr wertschätzen, weil wir uns damit neue Vertriebskanäle und eine erweiterte Präsenz für die Gallery-Formate geschaffen haben. Somit sind in Zukunft auch Hybridformate denkbar. Unser Wirkungskreis ist dadurch flexibler geworden. Mit ‚Gallery FASHION & Shoes digital‘ haben wir uns vollständig als Teil der DFD gefühlt, freuen uns aber dennoch auf die kommende Präsenzveranstaltung Gallery SHOES & Fashion vom 18. bis 20. April 2021 mit begleitendem Showroom Concept“, sagt Ulrike Kähler, Managing Director Igedo Company.

drapilux antimicrobial: Stark gegen Viren und Bakterien (c) drapilux
drapilux 191 mit der Zusatzfunktion drapilux antimicrobial
03.02.2021

drapilux antimicrobial: Stark gegen Viren und Bakterien

„Mehr als nur Stoff“, das ist das Credo von drapilux. Deshalb hat der Emsdettener Textilhersteller bereits vier intelligente Funktionen entwickelt, die zum Brandschutz (drapilux flammstop) beitragen, Bakterien abtöten (drapilux bioaktiv) und die Raumluft (drapilux air) oder Akustik (drapilux akustik) verbessern. Im Januar 2021 hat das Unternehmen die fünfte Zusatzfunktion präsentiert: drapilux antimicrobial, wirksam gegen Viren und Bakterien.

„Mehr als nur Stoff“, das ist das Credo von drapilux. Deshalb hat der Emsdettener Textilhersteller bereits vier intelligente Funktionen entwickelt, die zum Brandschutz (drapilux flammstop) beitragen, Bakterien abtöten (drapilux bioaktiv) und die Raumluft (drapilux air) oder Akustik (drapilux akustik) verbessern. Im Januar 2021 hat das Unternehmen die fünfte Zusatzfunktion präsentiert: drapilux antimicrobial, wirksam gegen Viren und Bakterien.

Antimikrobielle Ausrüstungen werden besonders seit Beginn der COVID-19-Pandemie stark nachgefragt. Bei drapilux begann die Arbeit an der neuen Funktion jedoch bereits weit vor dem Ausbruch.
„Wir arbeiten schon lange mit Krankenhäusern und Pflegeeinrichtungen zusammen. Um sie zu unterstützen, haben wir bereits die antibakterielle Funktion drapilux bioaktiv entwickelt. Die ursprüngliche Motivation für die neue Funktion war, diese Unterstützung durch eine Wirksamkeit gegen Viren zu erweitern“, sagt drapilux-Vertriebsleiter Hubert Reinermann. Da die aktuelle Pandemie von einem Virus ausgelöst wird, sei die Nachfrage nach Produkten, die bei der Bekämpfung von SARS-CoV-2 helfen, riesig. „Durch die Pandemie ist die Gesundheit von uns allen im öffentlichen Raum in den Fokus gerückt“, erläutert Reinermann. Er geht deswegen davon aus, dass antibakterielle oder antimikrobielle Textilien in Zukunft auch verstärkt im Hospitality-Sektor und Bürobereich zum Einsatz kommen. Darauf weise die seit März 2020 stark gestiegene Nachfrage nach drapilux bioaktiv-Stoffen hin.

Herausforderung Qualitätsstandard
Hubert Reinermann: „Das Textil soll sowohl mit der neuen Funktion ausgestattet als auch flammhemmend und waschbeständig sein. Bei jeder Produktentwicklung muss der drapilux-Qualitätsstandard erreicht und gewährleistet werden.“ Die Wirksamkeit von drapilux antimicrobial gegen Bakterien und Viren – das neuartige SARS-CoV-2 eingeschlossen – wurde in aufwendigen Testverfahren nach der Norm ISO 18184 durch ein unabhängiges, anerkanntes und nach ISO/IEC 17025:2017 akkreditiertes Prüfinstitut bestätigt.

Mit Silber und Fett gegen Mikroben
Grund für die hocheffiziente antimikrobielle Wirkung ist die Ausstattung der Textilien mit zwei sich ergänzenden Technologien am Ende der Produktionskette – positiv geladenen Silberionen sowie Liposomen, fetthaltigen Bläschen.*

Langlebige und effektive Wirkung
Auf diese Weise werden über 99,9 Prozent der geprüften behüllten Virenstämme – Coronavirus 229E sowie die Influenzaviren H1N1 und H3N2 – auf der Textiloberfläche schon in weniger als zwei Stunden ausgeschaltet.*

 

*Weitere Informationen finden Sie im Anhang.

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schönknecht : kommunikation

01.02.2021

Epson: Gemeinsam nachhaltig erfolgreich

Epson hat sich als verantwortungsvoll agierendes Unternehmen für die Umsetzung der 17 globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele der UN verpflichtet. Sie sind der Kompass für die Epson Agenda 2030, die alle Aktivitäten unter dieses Ziel stellt.

Für Epson in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz stehen für das Jahr 2021 drei Strategien im Vordergrund:

Epson hat sich als verantwortungsvoll agierendes Unternehmen für die Umsetzung der 17 globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele der UN verpflichtet. Sie sind der Kompass für die Epson Agenda 2030, die alle Aktivitäten unter dieses Ziel stellt.

Für Epson in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz stehen für das Jahr 2021 drei Strategien im Vordergrund:

  1. Epsons Fachhandelstrategie bleibt indirekt! Das bedeutet und beinhaltet auch ein „digital go to market“.
  2. Nachhaltigkeit, Umweltbewusstsein und Maßnahmen im Kampf gegen den Klimawandel sind Megatrends in unserer Gesellschaft. Für uns ist das bei Weitem kein Trend. Epson ist seit Langem der Hersteller mit dem nachhaltigsten Portfolio im Druckermarkt. Daher heißt es für uns nicht nur Verantwortung zu zeigen, sondern auch alle unsere Fachhandelspartner in die Lage zu versetzen, mit nachhaltigen Lösungen Geld zu verdienen.
  3. Mit unserer Value Strategy stellen wir uns dieser Verpflichtung. Auf die Menschen kommt es an! Flexibilität, Miteinander, Identifikation und Vertrauen – im Unternehmen und Home-Office (60/40 Prozent) und in der Businesspartnerschaft.

Henning Ohlsson, Geschäftsführer Epson Deutschland GmbH, Direktor Sustainability, Epson Europa:
„[...] Eine zentrale Erkenntnis aus 2020 ist für mich: Jeder Einzelne hat entscheidenden Einfluss auf das große Ganze und auch auf das funktionierende Miteinander. Aufeinander zu achten, Verantwortung zu zeigen und sich den Konsequenzen des eigenen Handelns bewusst zu sein.

Das abgelaufene Jahr hat uns aber auch vor Augen geführt, dass der Klimawandel keine COVID 19-Pause macht. Das 2-Grad-Klimaziel, faire Arbeitsbedingungen und transparente Lieferketten sind Themen, die neben der Pandemie die Nachrichten des Jahres 2020 bestimmten. Als globaler Hersteller werden wir uns stets der Nachhaltigkeitsdebatte stellen – auch weit über das Jahr 2021 hinaus. Wir können, wollen und müssen Antworten liefern. Dazu gehört auch, dass wir in diesem Jahr die bestmöglichen Zertifizierungen für unsere Produktionsstätten erhalten haben und offiziell weltweit zu den obersten ein Prozent der nachhaltigsten Hersteller von IT-Equipment zählen.“*

Annette Harenberg, Head of Channel- / Consumer Sales:
„In Zeiten des Distanzunterrichts, Home-Office und insgesamt viel „Zuhause-Zeit“ waren und sind Drucker für daheim gefragt. Eine Herausforderung für unser Team war es, in Zeiten geschlossener Geschäfte die richtigen Vertriebswege zu finden und auszugestalten. Neben den naheliegenden digitalen Vertriebswegen, nutzten und nutzen wir Formate wie Click & Collect in den Märkten vor Ort. Auch das klassische Teleshopping für die Konsumenten konnten wir als Vertriebskanal erfolgreich ausbauen. Mit EcoTank sprechen wir preissensitive und umweltbewusste Kunden gleichermaßen an. Durch das starke und breit angelegte Portfolio können wir auch für sehr unterschiedliche Nutzungsszenarien den ‚richtigen‘ EcoTank anbieten. Großes Potenzial bieten unsere neuen Business Modelle, die die Reihe komplettieren und sich besonders für kleine Unternehmen eignen.“*

Frank Schenk, Head of Professional Graphics & Industrial Printing:
„Dieses Jahr mit seinen vielen Unwägbarkeiten hat uns im Industrial Printing-Bereich durch den Ausfall der Drupa Messe die Möglichkeit genommen, unsere vielen neuen Produkte der breiten Öffentlichkeit persönlich vorzustellen. Der Weg, unsere Kunden über Webinare und Live-Events zu erreichen, war eine unserer Herausforderungen. Wir haben sie angenommen und gut bewältigt. Heute können wir mit Stolz behaupten, dass wir der einzige Hersteller sind, der Produkte im Bereich Textil – ob direkter oder indirekter Druck – Signage, Foto, CAD und Proof anbietet – ob mit Resin-Tinte, Solvent-, Sublimations-, wasserbasierter- oder UV-Tinte. Ein breiteres Portfolio geht kaum noch. So konnten und können wir alle Bereiche zufriedenstellend bedienen und, wie im Textile- und Signage-Markt, sogar Wachstum verzeichnen.“*

Christoph Ruhnke, Head of Business Systems:
„Besonders im Bereich Labelling oder Etikettendruck bieten wir durch unser deutlich ausgebautes Portfolio jedem Unternehmen, vom kleinen Selbstvermarkter bis hin zu großen Industriepartnern, eine passende Lösung. Dank diesem breiten Portfolio ist es uns gelungen, die doch schwierige Situation des letzten Jahres, besonders im Hospitality-Segment, nicht nur auszugleichen, sondern sogar ein Wachstum zu erreichen. Auch das kommende Jahr sieht im Thema Fiskalisierung eine große Aufgabe, die es zu bewältigen gilt. Das Gesetz, das zu Beginn des Jahres 2020 in Kraft getreten ist und eine Übergangsphase bis zum März dieses Jahres gewährt, tritt nun in die entscheidende Phase. Dementsprechend erwarten wir besonders in den kommenden Monaten eine starke Nachfrage nach unseren Fiskalprodukten und -Lösungen.“*

 

*Weitere Information finden Sie im Anhang.

 

Source:

Epson Deutschland GmbH

27.01.2021

Rieter: First Information on the Financial Year 2020

Order Intake Continued to Recover in the Fourth Quarter of 2020:

  • Order intake increased to CHF 215.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and reached a total of CHF 640.2 million in the 2020 financial year
  • As expected, sales of CHF 573.0 million in the 2020 financial year were significantly down on the previous year
  • EBIT margin of around -15% and net profit of around -16% of sales expected
  • First half of 2021 still heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Change to the Group Executive Committee

Rieter posted a globally and broadly supported order intake of CHF 215.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Thus, the recovery that began in the third quarter of 2020 after the slump in demand in the second quarter continued (order intake second quarter: CHF 45.7 million, third quarter: CHF 174.4 million). Overall, Rieter’s annual order intake for the 2020 financial year totaled CHF 640.2 million, which corresponds to a decrease of 31% compared to the previous year.

Order Intake Continued to Recover in the Fourth Quarter of 2020:

  • Order intake increased to CHF 215.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and reached a total of CHF 640.2 million in the 2020 financial year
  • As expected, sales of CHF 573.0 million in the 2020 financial year were significantly down on the previous year
  • EBIT margin of around -15% and net profit of around -16% of sales expected
  • First half of 2021 still heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Change to the Group Executive Committee

Rieter posted a globally and broadly supported order intake of CHF 215.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Thus, the recovery that began in the third quarter of 2020 after the slump in demand in the second quarter continued (order intake second quarter: CHF 45.7 million, third quarter: CHF 174.4 million). Overall, Rieter’s annual order intake for the 2020 financial year totaled CHF 640.2 million, which corresponds to a decrease of 31% compared to the previous year.

At the end of 2020, the company had an order backlog of about CHF 560 million (December 31, 2019: about CHF 500 million).

As expected, as a consequence of the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rieter Group closed the 2020 financial year with considerably lower sales than in the previous year. According to the first, as yet unaudited figures, total sales of CHF 573.0 million were achieved, which corresponds to a decrease of 25% compared to the previous year (2019: CHF 760.0 million).

Order Intake by Business Group
All three business groups were affected by the slump in demand in the second quarter of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the recovery in order intake in the third and fourth quarters of 2020, the weak second quarter was only partially offset.

The Business Group Machines & Systems was particularly hard hit by the effects of the pandemic, with a year-on-year decline of 35%. The Business Groups Components and After Sales each recorded a 24% reduction in order intake.*

Sales by Business Group
The exceptional market situation in 2020 gave rise to a significant decline in sales in all three business groups. Accordingly, reluctance to invest and deferred deliveries by customers caused sales in the Business Group Machines & Systems to decline by 24% compared to the previous year.

Due to COVID-19, a large number of spinning mills stopped production worldwide. This led to low demand for spare parts and wear parts, especially in the second and third quarters of 2020. Accordingly, compared to the previous year, sales in the Business Groups Components and After Sales fell by 24% and 27% respectively in the 2020 financial year.*

Sales by Region
With the exception of Turkey, all regions were affected by the low demand as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.*

EBIT Margin and Net Profit
In the 2020 financial year, Rieter anticipates an EBIT margin of around -15% (2019: 11.2%) and net profit of around -16% of sales (2019: 6.9%). As of December 31, 2020, Rieter had liquid funds of exceeding CHF 280 million and unused credit lines in the mid three-digit million range.

First Half of 2021 Still Heavily Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thanks to the improved capacity utilization, Rieter is planning short-time working in only a few areas in the first half of 2021. Nevertheless, Rieter expects sales in the first half of 2021 to be below the break-even point.*

Change to the Group Executive Committee
With effect from March 1, 2021, the Board of Directors of Rieter Holding Ltd. has appointed Roger Albrecht as Head of the Business Group Machines & Systems and a member of the Group Executive Committee.*

Annual General Meeting April 15, 2021
The 2021 Annual General Meeting of Rieter Holding Ltd. will take place in Winterthur on April 15, 2021.*


*See attached document for more information.

Source:

Rieter Management AG

25.01.2021

NCTO: Statement on "Made in America" executive order

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas issued a statement today on the White House announcement that President Biden will sign an executive order today, “ensuring the future of America is Made in America by all of America’s workers.”  Further, NCTO launched a new industry video campaign today that outlines steps the Biden administration and Congress must take to re-shore the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the entire supply chain for critical products. The video can be found here: MakeAmericanPPE.

National Council of Textile Organizations President and CEO Kim Glas said:
“We commend President Biden for taking action in his first days in office to strengthen our domestic supply chain and manufacturing base with a “Made in America” executive order directing the federal government to spend taxpayer dollars on American-made goods produced by American workers using American-made components.

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas issued a statement today on the White House announcement that President Biden will sign an executive order today, “ensuring the future of America is Made in America by all of America’s workers.”  Further, NCTO launched a new industry video campaign today that outlines steps the Biden administration and Congress must take to re-shore the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the entire supply chain for critical products. The video can be found here: MakeAmericanPPE.

National Council of Textile Organizations President and CEO Kim Glas said:
“We commend President Biden for taking action in his first days in office to strengthen our domestic supply chain and manufacturing base with a “Made in America” executive order directing the federal government to spend taxpayer dollars on American-made goods produced by American workers using American-made components.

Increasing the domestic procurement threshold and the price preferences for domestic goods under the current Buy American law will bolster domestic production and stimulate more investment in U.S. manufacturing.

We believe it is critical that taxpayer dollars are used to invest in American manufacturing and our workforce. It is essential that we close loopholes in our Buy America laws, expand application and product coverage of domestic content rules, and close unnecessary contract waivers that undermine American manufacturing and its workforce.
 
We look forward to working with the Biden administration and Congress on immediately strengthening our domestic procurement laws. The COVID-19 crisis was exacerbated when foreign supply chains broke down leaving our frontline workers vulnerable, underscoring the vital need for America to manufacture essential medical products at home. We look forward to working with the Biden administration on implementing this Executive Order, and with members of Congress to push critical bipartisan legislation to help ensure this onshoring effort is fully realized.

We also sincerely thank Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representative Kathy Manning (D-NC) for their leadership in sending a recent letter to President Biden, requesting the president prioritize “Made in America” personal protective equipment (PPE) purchases and outlining key steps the administration can take to produce and procure quality American-made PPE for frontline workers.”

Source:

National Council of Textile Organizations