Textile Technology section
Domotex: highly international mix of attendees
With a new site and hall layout, plus a new Friday-to-Monday run and an array of displays exploring the lead theme of Unique Youniverse, the leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, Domotex, took place in Hanover/Germany on January 12-15, 2018 with 1,615 exhibitors from 60 countries. Apart from Germany, the biggest exhibiting nations were Turkey, India, Belgium and China, followed by the Netherlands, Iran, Italy, Egypt and the USA.
More than 65% of the event's 45,000 visitors came from abroad – around 60% of them coming from Europe, with some 25% from Asia and 11% from the Americas. Attendance from the USA, South and Central America increased.
Lohmann: joint event with transfer initiative RLP
The supplier of technical adhesive methods Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG, Neuwied/Germany, has organized a joint event with the Transfer Initiative RLP, Kaiserslautern/Germany, which promotes companies in German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Under the motto of “Lightweight Construction” representatives of a variety of private companies, the Max Plank Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz/Germany, and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern met at the Lohmann TEC Center to discuss possible joint projects.
10 external participants from the field of fiber composites and “Bonding Engineers” from Lohmann came together for a workshop on “Lightweight Construction”. Lightweight construction and new materials is one of 3 thematic areas that are primarily covered by the Transfer Initiative RLP.
ITA: climate-friendly research
KlimaExpo.NRW included the 3projects EcoTRM, FlaxWrap and BleNaBis of the Institute of Textile Technology (ITA) of the RWTH Aachen University in their nationwide showcase for climate protection.
The 3 projects are researching in different areas. While the EcoTRM project is developing a climate-friendly alternative to reinforced concrete, the researchers in the FlaxWrap project are involved in the production of 100% bio-based natural-fiber-reinforced plastics (NFP). In the project BleNaBis, the partners are working on the development of a climate-neutral carpet fiber.
The eco-concrete developed in the EcoTRM project dispenses with the use of cement. Instead, the researchers are relying on a climate-friendly, alkaline-activated binder made of gypsum, fly ash and slag. Instead of steel they use basalt fibers. Basalt exceeds the material properties of steel many times over, but weighs less than half. In direct comparison, the eco-concrete saves 80% CO2.
In the FlaxWrap project, the scientists use a 100% renewable raw material, consisting of a polyamide fiber of castor oil for the matrix and flax fiber as a natural fiber constituent. The CO2 savings potential in Germany is up to 20,000 tons/year.
For a climate-friendly carpet fiber, the researchers of the BleNaBis project rely on oil-based fibers and a sustainable eco-polyamide fiber, which consists of 70% castor oil. The fiber blend improves the climate balance of a carpet by more than half with the same usage properties.
Covestro: contract renewed with Klaus Schäfer
The supervisory board of specialty chemicals producer Covestro AG, Leverkusen/Germany, on January 1, 2018 extended the contract of management board member Dr. Klaus Schäfer by 5 years until the end of 2022. Schäfer has been a member of the Board of Management of Covestro AG since the company went public in 2015. As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), he is responsible for production and technology as well as all chemical production sites of the company. Since mid-2017, he also acts as labor director.
Schäfer is part of the 3-member management team with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Patrick Thomas and Dr. Markus Steilemann, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and future CEO. From April 1, 2018 onwards, Dr. Thomas Toepfer will complement the Board of Management as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Trützschler: change in management
With the managerial responsibilities being transferred in the coming years from the 4th to the 5th generation of family owned textile machinery manufacturer Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach/Germany, structural and personnel changes have been made in preparation of the event.
Heinrich Trützschler and Dr. Michael Schürenkrämer (photo) will transfer to the newly established supervisory board. Andreas Ebenhöh, currently Managing Director Technical Division, will retire at the end of 2022. To ensure continuity, the position of CTO has already been taken up by Dr. Christof Soest as of January 1, 2018.
Due to the increased importance of the Nonwovens and Man-Made Fibers division within the Trützschler Group, the company’s management will be strengthened by the Chairman of the Board if the Nonwovens and Man-Made Fibers Division Dr. Georg Reinhold.
As of January 1, 2018, Trützschler’s management is as follows: Dr. Dirk Burger, Management Spokesman, Sales, Marketing, Service (CEO); Dr. Christof Soest, Managing Director of Technology, Spinning and Card Clothing Division (CTO) (development & construction, production, quality assurance and purchasing); Dr. Georg Reinhold, Managing Director of Nonwovens and Man-Made Fibers Division (COO-NW & MMF); Dr. Ralf Napiwotzki, Managing Director of Finances, HR and IT (CFO).
Domotex: 2019 in the USA for the first time
From 2019, the trade fair for floor coverings Domotex will also be held in North America. The debut Domotex USA will take place in Atlanta, GA/USA from February 28-March 2, 2019. The focus will be on the American residential floor covering industry.
Exhibitors will display the latest machine-made carpets, wall-to-wall carpeting, textile floor coverings, handmade rugs, resilient floor coverings, design flooring /luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and laminate flooring, parquet and wood flooring, as well as application and installation technologies designed for the residential flooring marketplace.
The fair will target North American-based professionals, including wholesalers and retailers of carpets, floor coverings, wood flooring, LVT and other innovative flooring products for flooring retailers, home builders, developers, floor installers, and home improvement and buying groups.
AATCC: program for 2018 international conference
The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, NC/USA, will hold its 2018 International Conference from March 6-8, 2018 in Greenville, SC/USA. The event features a keynote presentation, educational tracks, a poster session, networking receptions, and the Awards Luncheon.
Jerry Inman from the consulting company Demand Worldwide, New York, NY/USA, will provide the keynote presentation entitled “The retail rebels – Who will conquer the connected consumer?” Inman will explore collaborating, communicating and connecting with the next generation of shoppers and employees, Generation Z.
3 concurrent educational tracks, Concept 2 Consumer (C2C), Chemical Applications, and Materials, reflect the Association’s 3 interest groups. Sessions in the C2C track will focus on color management and lighting trends for the evolving retail landscape, speed to market, sustainability throughout the supply chain, and textile testing.
The Chemical Applications track will address advances in coloration and chemistry, technologies to achieve comfort, odor control and antimicrobial, and the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition. Presentations in the Materials track will include advances in fibers and fabrics, flexible wearable technology, medical textiles, and comfort and performance clothing needs and assessments.
For further information: www.aatcc.org/ic/.
HKRITA: technologies for healthy aging
From the figures released by the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong/China, in September 2017, the number of people from age 65 upwards is expected to more than double in Hong Kong in the coming 20 years. The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), Hong Kong, held a technology exhibition from January 5-21, 2018 which showcased 9 technologies about health care for “silver age” citizens.
Among the displayed technologies were an anti-strip jumpsuit specially designed for people with emotional or behavioral disorders, who may need to wear diapers due to physical needs, thermal conductive fabric achieved by using a combination of textile-based technologies to knit together conductive fibers, and a high-performance wheelchair cushion for the Boccia athletes of the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (HKPCSAPD), fulfilling their physiological and biomechanical requirements during training and competition.
Other innovations included a multi-functional apron, a self-cleaning treatment, an innovative spinning system for chitosan yarn, fine worsted yak yarns and fabrics and wearable electronic for better quality community care of the elderly.
Heimtextil: renewed growth in visitors and exhibitors
From January 9-12, 2018, a total of 2,975 exhibitors (2017: 2,949) from 64 countries presented their novelties to around 70,000 visitors from 135 countries in Frankfurt/Germany at the leading trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil. In addition to global market leaders and industry leaders, Heimtextil also provided an international platform for more than 50 young designers and start-ups with its newcomer program “New & Next”.
A central role in the trade fair’s program is played by the range of contract furnishings and fittings, which Heimtextil sums up under the title “Interior.Architecture.Hospitality”. With its presentation “Carpet by Heimtex”, the German Association of Home Textile Manufacturers, Wuppertal/Germany, targeted architects and contract decision-makers in an architectural environment in particular.
In the trend area “Theme Park” the Heimtextil looked at the design and furnishing trends of the future. Under the motto “The Future is urban”, international design experts visualized the megatrend urbanization.
Messe Frankfurt has developed a new Heimtextil concept for 2019: grouping themes and product groups according to target groups. In this way, synergies can be better recognized and exploited. The next Heimtextil will take place from January 8-11, 2019 in Frankfurt/Germany.
Teijin Frontier: lightweight fabric with premium black color for formal wear
The fiber-product converting company Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, has developed new fabric with a premium black color that is expected to meet demands for lightweight, easy-care formal wear. Up to now, it was difficult to reduce a fabric’s weight while retaining its deep black color for use as formal wear.
This was because that the fabric had to be shrunk to prevent light reflection and increase its density to achieve a deep black color, making it unsuitable for formal black wear by its weight.
Teijin’s solution optimizes the fiber, the fabric structure and the post-dyeing processing technology in lightweight, premium black fabric. To realize a premium black color, the company developed a new polyester combined-filament yarn by incorporating a new polymer technology and a new yarn-processing technology with orientation control. Light reflection was suppressed by lowering the refractive index and using thin-film fabrication processing to make the yarn bulky, so low transparency is achieved without shrinkage of the fabric.