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Durst: industrial textile printing segment restructured

The manufacturer of digital printing machines Durst Phototechnik AG, Brixen/Italy, has restructured its segment for industrial textile printing. Dr. Stefan Kappaun (photo), a member of Durst Group’s executive team, succeeds Martin Winkler as the new segment manager.
Kappaun heads the ink business for all segments as Executive Vice President Inks & Fluids. He is a technical chemist with a focus on polymer science and a trained business economist. He is responsible for the strategic direction in home textiles, clothing and accessories. He will be the connecting link to the Large Format Segment, which takes over soft signage and fabrics in the portfolio.
Digital textile printing is one of the largest growth markets for inkjet technologies. It is a sector being targeted by advertising media and large format providers in addition to traditional textile producers. With the Alpha Series, Durst offers industrial printing systems with water-based reactive, pigment and disperse inks as well as with the pixel-to-output strategy end-to-end software solutions for efficient and cost-transparent digital textile printing. These products are intended to serve the different requirements of traditional textile manufacturers as well as non-industry service providers and to support customers in the digital transformation.

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Domotex 2020: Focus on wellbeing and sustainability

Over 1,400 exhibitors from more than 60 different nations presented their products to 35,000 visitors at the trade show for floor coverings, Domotex, on January 10-13, 2020, in Hanover/Germany. The show's keynote theme of Atmysphere highlighted aspects of wellbeing and sustainability.
Showing its international relevance, 70% of attendees came from abroad, and 90% of all visitors have decision-making authority at their companies. Based on this year's visitor survey, almost half of all attendees (44%) used the event to generate new leads.
The next Domotex will be staged on January 15-18, 2021, at its traditional venue in Hanover.

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Kelheim Fibres: wood-based alternative for feminine hygiene nonwovens

The premium tampon fiber Galaxy by the cellulose fiber producer Kelheim Fibres GmbH, Kelheim/Germany, can substitute up to 70% of the synthetics in ADL (Acquisition-Distribution-Layers) in feminine hygiene pads.
The viscose hygiene fibers Galaxy offer significant ecologic advantages: they are made from cellulose, and they are fully biodegradable in arid as well as maritime environments.
These fibers are manufactured exclusively in Germany, in, according to the producer, an environmentally friendly plant. Due to its wicking and absorption capacity the fiber Galaxy conducts liquids quickly and efficiently away from the body and leaves a pleasant feeling on the skin. In addition, Galaxy helps to distribute the liquid evenly in the absorbent core while providing lower rewetting.

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Trevira: declining sales in 2019

As the global economic conditions deteriorated, so the manufacturer of polyester fibers Trevira GmbH, Bobingen/Germany, saw a decline in new orders in all segments of both business units (fibers and filaments). With a total turnover of approx. €208million in 2019, this result was below expectations.
However, in spite of the difficult situation, 2019 was also a year in which Trevira was able to take important steps to set the course for the future: in April 2019, Trevira was able to put the new twin warping machine in Guben/Germany into operation and, in addition, new POY spinning machines were also started up. Funds were also invested in the fiber business in Bobingen/Germany. In November, Trevira’s 2nd own converting line was successfully launched. Moreover, in order to expand the bi-component fiber business, a new spinning plant is now also available.
Social demands for more sustainability concerning the use of plastic have led to rethinking among customers and consumers. Here, Trevira relies on various processes to recover reusable materials. In post-consumer recycling, filaments and fibers are produced from re-granulated PET bottles. Using an agglomeration facility, reusable materials can be recovered from production waste and processed further to create new high-quality products.
Overall, a continuing trend in favor of special fibers and a greater demand for PLA or bio-based fibers can be recorded. The demand for antimony-free raw materials in the fiber sector also develops positively. In 2020, the polycondensation capacities in the Trevira plant in Bobingen will be fully utilized.
Also in 2020, the enhancement of synergy effects is expected, which result from the recent purchase of the Italian polyester filament manufacturer Sinterama Spa, Sandigliano, by Indorama Ventures PCL (IVL), Bangkok/Thailand, the owner of Trevira. Numerous new and further developments, particularly in the area of sustainable products and the Trevira CS product range, represent great potential

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YKK: new zipper collection made from ocean plastic

Working to address the problem of marine plastic, the manufacturer of fastening products, YKK Corp, Tokyo/Japan, one of the world’s largest producers of zippers, has announced its new Natulon Ocean Sourced collection of zippers made from ocean bound plastic. This premium collection of zippers is made from plastic waste that has been collected within 50 km of the coastline of Sri Lanka.
The upcycling of ocean bound plastic into Natulon Ocean Sourced zippers emits less CO2 and requires less energy to produce than zippers made out of virgin polyester. Indistinguishable from zippers made of virgin polyester, they offer the same strength, durability, and functionality as conventional zippers.
YKK’s collection of sustainable trims is aimed at reducing carbon emissions, toxic chemicals, and water use. In addition to Natulon Ocean Sourced, the collection features the GreenRise zipper, the first in the industry to use plant-based polyester, thereby achieving a 30% reduction in petroleum usage, organic cotton zippers, and the original Natulon zipper, which recycles approx. 3,600 plastic bottles (29 g/bottle) per 10,000 zippers (60 cm length).
Also included in the collection are zippers made using the company’s Eco-Dye dyeing technology, which has completely eliminated the usage of water in the dyeing process, and environmentally friendly snaps and buttons made using Acro-Plating, a new plating technology that uses fewer resources to manufacture and does not use harmful plating chemicals.
The Natulon Ocean Sourced collection will debut at Ispo Munich from January 26-29, 2020 in Munich/Germany‎ and The Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show from January 29-31, 2020 in Denver, CO/USA.

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Autoneum: revenue growth in a declining market 2019

Thanks to numerous new ramp-ups and the favorable portfolio of vehicle models supplied, the automotive supplier Autoneum Management AG, Winterthur/Switzerland, grew organically in 2019 by 2.5% in a declining market. Adjusted for currency effects, group revenue amounted to almost CHF 2.3 billion, 0.7% higher compared to the previous year.
The Business Groups (BG) North America (+7.2%), Asia (+8.1%) and SAMEA (South America, Middle East and Africa) (+32.7%) not only outperformed the negative market trend in each case, but also reported higher revenues compared to the previous year. In Europe only, the drop in automobile production caused a decline in revenue of the corresponding BG by -5.6% in local currencies.
North America improved its revenue primarily driven by various production ramp-ups of German and Japanese vehicle manufacturers. Despite considerably fewer vehicles being produced in Asia, the BG increased its revenue thanks to high-volume and new programs of European and Asian automobile manufacturers. BG SAMEA continued its growth course. This was mainly due to high-volume export programs in Turkey and South Africa as well as much higher production volumes compared to the previous year in the key SAMEA market of Brazil.

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Clotech 2020: call for papers for Clotech and Doctoral School

Under the heading “Innovative Technologies for Development and Assembling of Functional Textile Products”, the Clotech 2020 congress will take place from September 10-11, 2020 in Dresden/Germany. Hosted by the Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology (ITM), Dresden, the event takes place biennially.
Conference topics will be:
•    advanced materials and technologies in the production of clothing,
•    directions for innovation and development of clothing,
•    new trends in fashion, design and construction of clothing,
•    comfort and well-being,
•    protective clothing,
•    therapeutic clothing,
•    sportswear,
•    intelligent textiles and clothing (textronics, PCM, sensors, actuators, etc.),
•    mass customization and rapid prototyping,
•    clothing testing and modelling,
•    thermal manikins,
•    computer techniques in designing and making up the clothing,
•    marketing and competitiveness of textiles in the European market,
•    standardization and certification of textiles and clothing.
Applicants are asked to submit abstracts on the above subjects to be considered for presentation. Abstract submission is February 15, 2020. One author can present one oral presentation and one poster.
Clotech will also host a supplementary event: the Doctoral School for Innovative Clothing Technology on September 9, 2020 in Dresden. The doctoral school is a place for active exchange between PhD students and experts with time for discussions. All PhD students are motivated to present their research.
For further information: www.clotech.eu

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Techtera: new European economic textile interest group launched

The innovation cluster for textiles and flexible materials Techtera, Lyon/France, has co-founded a European Economic Interest Group with 5 other European textile clusters: Ateval and AEI Tèxtils (Spain), Clutex (Czech Republic), Po.in.tex (Italy) and Sachsen!Textil (Germany).
The Group was officially launched in Lyon on November 21, 2019 in the presence of all the founding members, European textile clusters, the correspondent of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, which supports the procedure, and representatives from French companies.
This organization, named EU-Textile 2030, was born thanks to international cooperation. It was funded between 2017 and 2019 by the European COSME program, a program for small and medium-sized enterprises. French companies have already benefited from financial support, in order to participate in missions to Colombia, South Africa, Israel, Japan and Taiwan.

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Mahlo: cooperation with universities in Bangladesh

As guest speakers at lectures at the Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX), and the Northern University Bangladesh, both based in Dhaka, representatives of the manufacturer of measuring, control and automation systems Mahlo GmbH & Co. KG, Saal a.d. Donau/Germany, introduced the students to the requirements and solutions of modern textile production. In the future, the connection to one of the most important textile markets in the world is to be further strengthened.
Lectures covered how modular process control can be the answer to current challenges in the industry, such as rising costs for raw materials and personnel. In the age of
Industry 4.0, data-based production is indispensable and Mahlo has therefore developed the mSmart digitalization concept. Since all Mahlo machines are networked in the mSmart environment, the user receives all the essential data at a glance, anytime and anywhere. This enables a quick reaction based on the latest values. Process control thus not only helps to save resources, but also to make the machinery easier to handle.

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Synthomer: European Commission clearance for Omnova acquisition

The specialty chemicals company Synthomer plc, Harlow/UK, one of the major suppliers of aqueous polymers, has received conditional clearance from the European Commission regarding its proposed acquisition of Omnova Solutions Inc., Beachwood, OH/USA, which develops, manufactures and markets polymers, dispersions, elastomers and other specialty chemicals.

Following its Phase 1 investigation, the European Commission concluded that the transaction, as modified by the commitments offered by Synthomer, does not raise any competition concerns. The commitments require divestment of Synthomer’s small VP Latex business in Germany. The VP Latex business represented less than 0.5% of Synthomer’s 2018 sales volume. Whilst financially immaterial, the sale process must be finalized prior to the closing of Synthomer’s acquisition of Omnova.

Synthomer has already received a number of expressions of interest for this business and will now proceed with the sale process, with completion of the acquisition of Omnova expected late Q1/2020.

(photo: Omnova)

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