Textile Technology section
Edana: more R-PET in nonwovens
On December 11, 2018, a pledge significantly increase the use of recycled PET in nonwoven has been issued by the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium.
Recycled PET is used in various nonwoven applications: roofing products, the automotive sector and nonwoven geotextiles are large users of R-PET fibers and resins. R-PET can also be found in some hygiene products, such as diapers. Currently over 200,000 tons of recycled PET is used in the production of nonwovens. By 2025 this will grow to over 300,000 tons, providing that the post-consumer waste volumes necessary are available.
Edana made the announcement in Brussels at the event “The EU Plastics Industries – Towards Circularity”, joining 13 other organizations from across the plastics value chain in presenting the interim reports on voluntary commitments and pledges to adopt more circular business models.
Starlinger: new circular loom for high-performance fabrics
The producer of machinery and complete lines for woven plastic bag production Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H., Vienna/Austria, has launched a new circular loom with several optimized features.
In addition to the optimized 8-shuttle-design, the machine now possesses an improved and extended reed with 2400 instead of the previous 2160 positions. The RX 8.0 II operates at a production speed of 800 picks/minute with a double flat working width of 1700 – 2250 mm. The energy-saving motors are equipped with frequency converters; the circular loom is controlled via smartTRONIC on the intuitive 7’’ color display. Also the noise level of the machine has been reduced significantly.
Toray: Price increase for PA 6.6 yarns and fabrics
From December 2018, the fiber and textile manufacturer Toray Industries Inc., Osaka, Japan, will increase the price of polyamide 66 yarns and fabrics for automotive airbags. The price of both yarn and fabric will be increased by 130 yen/kg.
Polyamide 66 polymer is the main component of yarns and fabrics for airbags in the automotive industry. Due to supply shortages of adiponitrile, the polymer's raw material, the supply of polyamide 66 has become scarce worldwide and the price has risen sharply. Over the next few years, adiponitrile is expected to remain scarce as the expansion of supply capacity does not meet demand.
Covestro: polymer joint venture in Japan
Covestro/Germany accelerates the expansion of its Thermoplastic Polyurethanes business (TPU) by raising its stake in the Joint Venture DIC Covestro Polymer Ltd. (DCP), Osaka/Japan from 50 to 80%.
DCP, established as a 50/50 joint venture in the year 2000, is a leading company in the Japanese TPU industry. The investment is part of Covestro’s expansion of its global TPU business. Closing of the deal is planned for early 2nd quarter 2019.
Aksa Akrilik: Platin Global 100 Award
The manufacturer of acrylic fibers Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.Ş., Yalova/Turkey, won the first place in the sector “Chemistry” in the Global 100 Index as a result of studies carried out by the independent research firm Ipsos SA, Paris/France, and monthly economy magazine Platin, Istanbul/Turkey.
The company was awarded for an Industry 4.0 theme determined for this year. The Industry 4.0 concept is a tool which ensures quality, sustainability and efficiency while also providing better service to the customers. Aksa Akrilik began its Industry 4.0 vision many years ago. For example, DSC remote control systems can control more than 25,000 points online. These systems began to be used in 1982 in Aksa. In recent years, improvements in product and process quality by analysing processes in the polymerization unit with large data analysis and artificial intelligence algorithms were made.
Lenzing: initiatives for climate protection
The producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, expands its environmental leadership commitment. It supports first-time initiatives of the private sector addressing the climate conference in Katowice/Poland, on December 2-14, 2018, where government leaders meet to review progress towards delivering on the goals set in Paris in 2015. As a member of the World Economic Forum’s Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, Lenzing Group’s CEO Stefan Doboczky signed the WEF’s open letter to world government leaders urging greater collaboration to accelerate outcomes in the race against climate change. This letter was signed by the leaders of 50 major global businesses representing more than USD 1.5 trillion in total revenue. The 2nd initiative the Lenzing Group supports is the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action leading fashion brands, suppliers and other partners signed to recognize the crucial role that fashion plays on both sides of the climate. The charter was published in Katowice on December 10, 2018 under the auspices of UN Climate Change, supported by 43 heads of the fashion industry.
Teijin Frontier: New natural-like fabric
Following the demand for high-function products with a more natural-like look Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, has added a natural-like fabric. This Deltapeak series of high-function fabrics can be used for athleisure fashion, for sportswear and uniforms.
The new fabric offers a good combination of form-fitting and natural-like texture. Teijin Frontier’s new yarn randomly combines 2 types of crimped fibers to realize a soft, high-density structure. The fabric incorporates Deltapeak’s micro-crimping technology and Solotex’s conjugate technology for coil-like crimping to achieve comfortable form-fitting, moisture-absorbent, quick-drying, lightweight and bulkiness properties, in addition to a natural-like texture thanks to special dyeing technology.
ITMF: increased yarn production in Q2/2018
Global yarn production increased by +5% between Q1/2018 and Q2/2018, according to figures from the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), Zurich/Switzerland. Higher output where observed in Egypt (+1.4%), the US (+3.2%), South Africa (+3.3%), and globally in Asia where the overall +5.7% increase was led by Chinese Taipei and Korea (respective growth rates of +8.1% and +8.8). An opposite trend has been observed in all surveyed European countries, Brazil and Japan. Forecasts for Q3/2018 are only optimistic in Africa but the Q4/2018 previsions turn positive in all regions except Brazil where stability is expected.
Global fabric production slightly decreased in this period. The +0.25% contraction reflects a -6% output reduction in Africa, a decrease of -0.5% in Asia, a +1.6% increase in Europe, and +3.7% in Brazil. The world output level now reaches 87% of its Q2/2017 level. Fabric production in all regions is expected to decrease in Q3/2018 except in Brazil where stability is foreseen. Q4/2018 should see improvements in all regions.
Hohenstein: lab opening in India
On December 8, 2018, the testing service provider and research partner, Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim/Germany, will celebrate the opening of a new laboratory in Gurugram/India to offer its tailor-made services in India.
With around 50 employees on a total of approx. 3,000 m², Hohenstein India will offer textile manufacturers, brand suppliers and retailers a variety of textile technology and chemical tests such as performance testing, restricted substance list (RSL) compliance, harmful substance control, quality control and inspections, and expert report services. Just recently, in July 2018, the company opened a textile testing laboratory with a comprehensive service portfolio in Dhaka/Bangladesh.
Perlon Group: new factory in China
On 29 November 2018, the new production site of the manufacturer of synthetic filaments Perlon GmbH, Munderkingen/Germany, was opened in Haining City/China.
With sufficient space for further production lines, the requirement for a long-term commitment in China has been created. Alongside filaments for paper machine clothing (PMC), the plan is to manufacture products there for applications in the other main markets of Perlon in the next few years.