Textile Technology section
Loepfe: new OffColor feature for detection smallest shade variations
In order to have an optimum mélange yarn, the fibers have to be mixed carefully in the right proportions at the beginning of the spinning process. To guarantee high quality in this difficult field textile quality control provider Loepfe Brothers Ltd., Wetzikon/Switzerland, now offers a new optional feature in the yarn clearer YarnMaster Zenit+. The OffColor detection is able to detect and eliminate very small color and shade variations in the yarn during the winding process.
Even small shade variations or color deviations of the yarns may result in poor quality of the fabric after knitting or weaving. Shade variations may be visible as disturbing stripes in the final product. The new feature uses the F-Sensor, which is already integrated in the YarnMaster Zenit+. With the new optional OffColor feature the YarnMaster Zenit+ is able to detect even the smallest shade variations very reliably, and the new feature does not depend on the color of the yarn.
Techtextil NA: relocation to Raleigh for 2019 event
The 2019 premier trade show for technical textiles and nonwovens, the 16th edition of Techtextil North America will be held in Raleigh, NC/USA. The relocation to Raleigh brings the show back to the heart of the North American textile industry, with drive-in access for many leading global companies and with good global access through the airport.
North Carolina has over 700 textile manufacturing establishments and over 42,000 industry workers. In addition, North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles, located in downtown Raleigh, serves as a hub for textile research and development and as a primary supplier to the industry talent pipeline nationwide.
The next Techtextil North America takes place in Atlanta, GA/USA, from May 22-24, 2018.
Jowat: collaboration with Pidilite Industries
The manufacturer of adhesives, Jowat SE, Detmold/Germany, has entered into a collaboration with the manufacturer of adhesives and sealants Pidilite Industries Ltd., Mumbai/India.
As part of the collaboration, Pidilite will now exclusively handle sales and distribution of the entire range of Jowat adhesives in India and other neighboring countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. In addition to this, the 2 companies have also entered into a technical collaboration encompassing the high growth, specialized category of hot melt adhesives. This will provide a comprehensive range of thermoplastic hot melt adhesives.
Euratex: new strategic course and leadership team
The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), Brussels/Belgium, has launched a new strategic course to strengthen the voice of the European textile and apparel industry around the globe.
The EU textile and apparel industry represents an annual turnover of over € 171 billion, some 178,000 companies and 1.7 million workers. To better reflect its members’ objectives and priorities which in addition to trade and industry policies encompass policy areas such as sustainability, innovation and skills, the Board of Directors of Euratex has decided to undertake a comprehensive strategy review.
This process will be concluded at end of 2018 and will be led by 3 newly appointed Policy Directors: Isabelle Weiler, Trade and Industry; Lutz Walter, Innovation and Skills; and Mauro Scalia (photo), Sustainable Businesses.
At the same time the Board of Directors of Euratex and its long-serving Director General Francesco Marchi have decided in mutual agreement to end the collaboration.
JEC: increase in attendance
The trade show for the composite industry JEC World 2018, from March 6-8, 2018, in Paris/France, welcomed more than 1,300 exhibitors from all continents and counted 42,500 professional visitors from 115 countries.
This year saw new programs initiated, for instance the Composite Challenge allowing 10 PhD students to pitch their thesis in front of the industry, thus facilitating connections between students and industrialists. One new “planet” called “Make it Real” was also introduced along with the Aero, Auto and Construction planets. In this planet, visitors could discover futuristic products such as the Aeromobil, a flying car that would revolutionize urban transportation in the near future. The JEC World was the first event to promote and host the new “French Fab”, a French government initiative to internationally promote the French industry and manufacture.
A first at the show this year was the introduction of the public votes to elect their favorite projects among 2 JEC programs promoting innovation. The Public Choice Award for Startup Booster went to Inca-Fiber GmbH, Chemnitz/Germany, and the Public Choice Award for JEC Innovation Awards went to AeroComposit JSC, Ulyanovsk/Russia, for infusion technology for an aircraft wing.
DyStar: optimized reactive/disperse continuous dyeing
The manufacturer of textile auxiliaries and dyes, Dystar Singapore Pte. Ltd., Singapore, has launched a new concept of their resource saving module Cadira Reactive/Disperse Continuous.
Cadira Reactive/Disperse Continuous is a modified pad-dry-thermosol-pad-steam dyeing process for open width PET/CO fabrics. In contrast to the standard pad-drythermosol-pad-steam process (PDTPS) process, Cadira does not require a separate reduction clearing process and thus saves more than 40% chemicals, water and energy. This effect is obtained by using a special dye choice of Dianix XF/XF2 and SF disperse dyes in combination with selected Levafix and Remazol reactive dyes and a modified steaming and wash-off process with Sera auxiliaries.
VDMA: German technology meets Indian textiles and nonwovens
The next Textile Machinery Conference and B2B-Forum hosted by the German Textile Machinery Association (VDMA), Frankfurt/Germany, will be held from May 15-16, 2018 in Mumbai/India. More than 30 well-known VDMA textile machinery and component manufacturers will hold 36 application-oriented presentations about spinning, knitting, weaving, finishing, dyeing and embroidery. Other important cross topics, such as automation, digitalization (Industry 4.0) and smart production technologies will show all kind of Indian textile manufacturers how to improve their competitiveness.
State-of-the-art-technology will be presented in 3 sessions:
- Textile machinery and components for the fiber and yarn industry (May 15, 2018)
- Textile machinery and components for the technical textiles and nonwovens industry (May 15 - 16, 2018)
- Textile machinery and components for the apparel, home textile and carpet industry (May 15 - 16, 2018)
The program is available at: www.germantech-indiantextile.de/program.html
Networking among the participants and experts will be facilitated through a B2B meeting area and conference dinner /high tea. In addition, a training seminar at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute will take place on May 17, 2018 at the premises of VJTI in Mumbai. The deadline for registration is April 30, 2018.
For further information: www.germantech-indiantextile.de
Edana: Unicharm wins Outlook Asia Award 2018
The international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, has announced Unicharm Corp., Tokyo/Japan, as the winner of the Outlook Asia Award 2018. The awards were organized within the framework of the 4th edition of Outlook Asia held in Singapore from March 14-15, 2018.
Unicharm was recognized for its latest diaper designed for premature babies, the Moony Preemie. Specifically designed to provide a gentle but snug fit for any baby, regardless of the size, the Moony Preemie is a world first in infant absorbent hygiene.
Baldwin: sustainable precision application technology for textile finishing
The manufacturer and full service supplier of process automation equipment, Baldwin Technology Company Inc., St. Louis, MO/USA, will showcase the TexCoat G3 for the first time during the ITM tradeshow, held in Istanbul/Turkey from April 14-17, 2018. This groundbreaking precision application technology product enables a sustainable textile and nonwovens finishing process, with low energy consumption, reduced water and chemistry waste, and substantial savings of production time and costs.
With individual nozzle control and automatic volume adjustment, the TexCoat G3 ensures precise and uniform application in various process conditions and capacities. Adjustments can be set in relation to cloth width, g/m² and textile characteristics, allowing for complete control of the amount of water and chemistry applied.
Furthermore, the TexCoat G3 is versatile, managing a wide range of low-viscosity chemistries such as water-repellent, softener and anti-microbial finishing, as well as single- and dual-sided applications, various textile characteristics and wet-on-wet applications. It also significantly reduces changeover times to less than 5 minutes, thanks to fully automatic flushing, and its mist containment covers encapsulate and prevent aerosols from escaping, securing a healthy working environment.
VF Corporation: acquisition of Altra
The apparel manufacturer VF Corp., Greensboro, NC/USA, and the exercise equipment manufacturer Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., Logan, UT/USA, announced on March 14, 2018, that they have signed a definitive purchase agreement for the Altra footwear brand. Icon Health & Fitness launched the Altra brand in 2011. It is sold in 55 countries through more than 1,600 specialty retail locations and a branded e-commerce platform (www.altrarunning.com).
On a trailing 12-month basis, the Altra brand generated approximately $ 50 million of revenue. The transaction is expected to be completed in April 2018 and the addition of the Altra brand to VF’s portfolio is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings per share.