Textile Technology section
Oerlikon: takeover of AC-Automation
The technology group Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, has acquired AC-Automation GmbH & Co. KG, Bernkastel-Kues/Germany, an engineering company specializing in large-scale plant automation solutions for the textile and packaging industries. The 2 companies have been partnering since the early 1980s. The integration of AC-Automation, Oerlikon expands the technology portfolio of its Manmade Fibers Segment. It also marks a milestone in Oerlikon’s ongoing quest to offer innovative, fully automated and digitally networked Industry 4.0 solutions in the man-made fiber industry.
The 60 employees at AC-Automation’s Bernkastel-Kues and Augsburg/Germany locations will become part of Oerlikon’s Manmade Fibers Segment.
ITMA: expanding space to accommodate sell-out show
Held every 4 years since 1951, the ITMA 2019, which will be held in Barcelona/Spain from June 20-26, 2019, has reinforced its reputation as the world’s leading textile and garment technology exhibition. Exhibition space for next year’s event had been fully booked by the application deadline of 6 April 2018.
According to the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, Cematex, Zurich/Switzerland, the space booked already totals more than 110,000 m² net. As applications continue to stream in, plans are underway to expand the exhibition to the entire Barcelona Gran Via venue. With the strong demand for space, ITMA 2019 is expected to feature a showcase of more than 115,000 m² net, with the participation of some 1,600 exhibitors when the exhibition opens.
Applicants from Cematex countries have booked 65% of the space; the top countries are Italy, Germany and Spain. Highlighting the positive market sentiments of textile machinery manufacturers from the rest of the world, applicants from Turkey, India and China take the top spots in terms of space applied. The top sectors are finishing (25%), spinning (14%), printing and weaving (12%) and knitting (11%).
The exhibition, themed ‘Innovating the World of Textiles’, will showcase the latest technologies and sustainable solutions for the entire textile and garment manufacturing value chain, as well as fibers, yarns and fabrics.
Edana: European nonwovens production +4.3%
In 2017, nonwovens production in Greater Europe increased in volume by 4.3% to reach 2.5 million tons with total estimated sales of around €7.9 million (+5.6%). Total European Union output is now close to 2 million tons. The international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, has released the results of the annual nonwovens industry survey.
Although some established players like France and the Benelux countries were at a standstill, many pushed on from last year with Greece, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovenia, the UK and Ireland all witnessing growth. In Greater Europe as a whole, the standout performers were Turkey, posting a double-digit growth rate, and Russia, where growth exceeded 9%.
Divergent trends were also observed between the various production processes: Wetlaid production recorded the most important growth rate (+10.2%). This type of web-formation now represents 9% of nonwovens produced in Europe. Short-fiber airlaid nonwovens production increased slightly in 2017 by 1.3%. Drylaid nonwovens reached 1 million tons, representing a 3.6% increase in tonnage.
Although the primary main end-use for nonwovens continues to be the hygiene market, with a 29.8% market share by weight, significant growth areas for nonwovens were recorded in other sectors; medical (+13.2%), automotive (+13%) and electronic materials (+21%).
Lenzing: changes in the Supervisory Board
Effective from the end of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the producer of cellulosic fibers Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, on April 12, 2018, Felix Strohbichler and Josef Krenner have retired from the Supervisory Board at their own request. Both served on the Supervisory Board and various committees of Lenzing AG for a total of 3 and 9 years respectively.
Christoph Kollatz, Managing Director of B&C Industrieholding, Vienna/Austria, Felix Fremerey, Executive Officer CTO of B&C Industrieholding, and Peter Edelmann, also of B&C Industrieholding, were elected to the Supervisory Board for the first time by the AGM. The Supervisory Board mandate of Veit Sorger was extended for a further term of office ending in the 2020 financial year, and the Supervisory Board mandate of Astrid Skala-Kuhmann was also extended until the 2021 financial year.
Accordingly, the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG now consists of the following shareholder representatives: Hanno Bästlein (Chairman), Astrid Skala-Kuhmann, Helmut Bernkopf, Peter Edelmann, Felix Fremerey, Franz Gasselsberger, Christoph Kollatz, Patrick Prügger and Veit Sorger. In turn, Johann Schernberger, Daniela Födinger, Helmut Kirchmair and Georg Liftinger were appointed to serve on the Supervisory Board by the Works Council.
Covestro: new CEO from June 1
Patrick Thomas, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the specialty chemicals producer Covestro AG, Leverkusen/Germany, will end his contract by amicable agreement on May 31, 2018. Dr. Markus Steilemann (photo), currently serving as Chief Commercial Officer, will take over the post from June 1, 2018.
Thomas served as CEO of Covestro and its predecessor company Bayer MaterialScience since 2007.
HeiQ: activated cooling for sports enthusiasts
The supplier of finishing technology, HeiQ Materials AG, Zurich/Switzerland has launched an upgraded version of its dynamic cooling technology HeiQ Smart Temp. Based on an instant cooling hydro functional polymer, this patent pending technology provides activated cooling to the wearer for enhanced performance and thermal comfort. In-house thermoregulation performance measurements of a treated fabric revealed a cooler skin temperature of between 1.5°C and 2.5°C compared to an untreated fabric.
Now the company has released a new addition to the HeiQ Smart Temp family: HeiQ Adaptive AC-06. This patent pending technology version equips the sports enthusiast with activated cooling and enhanced performance and thermal comfort. Upgraded HeiQ Smart Temp interacts with the wearer, and is based on an instant cooling hydro functional polymer that is activated when the skin temperature exceeds a range between 28°C and 32°C and deactivated once cooling is complete.
Even before the first sign of sweat on fabric, a melting action is activated, sending instant-cooling impulse directly to the skin. And when the heat is really turned up, a vaporizing action transports sweat away from the body, reducing the skin’s temperature.
During Performance Days in Munich/Germany from April 18-19, 2018 the upgraded technology will be presented on high-tech sports fabrics. Both fabrics with upgraded HeiQ Smart Temp have been picked for the PD Forum in the “Cooling Technologies focus topic”.
Coloreel: partnership with Scanfil for Embroline
The technology provider Coloreel AB, Jönköping/Sweden, has signed a partnership agreement with the contract manufacturer and system supplier Scanfil Oyj, Sievi/Finland, to build a Coloreel Embroline.
The Coloreel technology enables a high-quality instant coloring of textile thread while it is in textile production. The first product to be launched based on this technology is the groundbreaking thread coloring attachment Coloreel Embroline that works with any existing embroidery machine. By instantly coloring a white base thread during the embroidery production, Coloreel enables the freedom to create unique embroideries without any limitations in the use of colors.
Scanfil’s services to Coloreel include manufacturing, product development and sourcing activities. Scanfil will also support with all the logistics around the machines and also make sure that their suppliers meet or exceed all environmental requirements. The cooperation between Coloreel and Scanfil started in the summer of 2017. Production will begin in Åtvidaberg/Sweden in autumn 2018.
Starlinger: circular loom to University in Bangladesh
The manufacturer of production lines for the production of woven plastic packaging, Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H., Vienna/Austria, has recently provided the Bangladesh University of Textiles, Dhaka/Bangladesh, with a circular loom RX 6.0 for training purposes.
In mid-2017, the university approached Starlinger with the request for an offer for a 6-shuttle circular loom RX 6.0, which produces high quality fabric from polypropylene tapes. The machine was officially handed over to the university as a free of charge loan for teaching purposes on February 1, 2018 during the 13th Bangladesh International Plastics, Printing & Packaging Industry Fair (IPF) in Dhaka.
The Bangladeshi market is of high importance to Starlinger due to its immense potential, as the annual growth in the area of woven sacks is above world market average. In the 1st half of 2017, Bangladesh was the EU’s third most important supplier of flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs or big bags).
Archroma: collaboration with Montega
The producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, and the producer of chemicals specialties for textile treatments Montega S.r.l., Misano Adriatico/Italy, announced a collaboration aimed at supporting the fast-growing garment and apparel industry in Pakistan, particularly in the denim segment. The joint efforts will focus on fostering excellence in the finishing of textile garments.
Montega has decades of experience in developing the fashion trends with its chemical treatments. All applications are geared toward environmental sustainability.
Archroma will now represent Montega in marketing their products in Pakistan. The collaboration between the 2 firms will provide a unique synergy of combined expertise, reliability and commitment to environmental sustainability, especially toward the reduction of water usage and the emission of greenhouse gases during textile finishing processes. The design studio at the Archroma Center of Excellence in Pakistan will work extensively with Montega’s M-Lab Garment University in Riccione/Italy, to deliver solutions based on the latest trends and fashion effects.
eurolaser: new demo centre opens in Italy
High-tech CO2 laser systems are in high demand worldwide. In response, the producer of laser systems eurolaser GmbH, Lüneburg/Germany, is now opening an application centre in Italy. In Italy, eurolaser maintains a branch office and, as of April 2018, a large demo centre where current and potential customers can view live demonstrations of various laser systems.
The CO2 laser systems are used primarily for processing acrylics, plastic foils, technical textiles and wood materials. Laser systems for automated and large-format textile cutting are particularly sought after.