Textile Technology section
Bolger & O’Hearn: collaboration on stormproof/breathable performance apparel
The specialty chemicals company Bolger & O’Hearn, Inc., Fall River, MA/USA, and performance apparel manufacturer Flylow Gear, Denver, CO/USA have joined forces to collaborate on the development of next-generation performance wear using Stormproof/Breathable OmniBloq DWR (durable water-repellant).
OmniBloq’s Stormproof/Breathable garments have been engineered to deflect heavy, wind-driven rain, yet are lightweight and allow perspiration to evaporate. Applied at the factory, this technology is also bluesign and ZDHC-approved. Simple fabrics, including cotton and polyester, treated with this high-powered DWR can withstand heavy rain for extended periods of time without losing water repellent capabilities.
Flylow Gear is well known for high-performance ski outerwear, as well as apparel, accessories and outerwear for other performance categories.
Shima Seiki: new innovation lab in Hong Kong
The manufacturer of knitwear Cobalt Fashion Holding Ltd., Hong Kong/China, unveiled their new CS Innovation Lab at their headquarters in Hong Kong. The CS Innovation Lab is a collaboration between Cobalt and the manufacturer of flat knitting machines Shima Seiki Mfg. Ltd., Wakayama/Japan. Cobalt combines the operations and resources of the 2 knitwear businesses to grow and boost innovation on a global scale. Cobalt is made up of 4 distinct knitwear divisions serving brands and retailers worldwide across a wide range of market segments from mass market to premium.
The Lab will allow the 2 partners to collaborate more closely on areas including advancing 3D and virtual design capabilities and driving efficiency gains in the design-to-production part of the supply chain.
Teijin: new showroom in USA
Teijin Frontier (USA), Inc., New York, NY/USA, a subsidiary of the fiber-product converting company Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, will open a showroom at its head office in New York City displaying products designed for the US market.
Opening on August 17, 2018, the showroom will feature various products made from Teijin Frontier’s trademark high quality materials, with a focus on the polytrimethylene terephthalate fiber Solotex, aiming to increase awareness of Teijin Frontier’s products in the USA and to share information with customers about new product developments.
Huntsman: new Global Vice President of Research and Technology
The manufacturer of textile chemicals and dyes, Huntsman Textile Effects, Singapore, has appointed Rajiv Banavali as its new Global Vice President of Research and Technology, effective August 10, 2018. Banavali will join the Textile Effects senior management as part of its global leadership team and will report directly to Rohit Aggarwal, President Textile Effects.
Banavali joins Huntsman from Honeywell International Inc., Morris Plains NJ/USA, where he held several research and development leadership roles including, most recently, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, with its Advanced Materials division. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the development and execution of R&D strategies and the advancement of innovation platforms for both product and process technology roadmaps.
VF Corp.: spin-off of denim business
The apparel manufacturer VF Corp., Greensboro, NC/USA, will separate into 2 independent, publicly traded companies: VF Corporation, for apparel and footwear, and a yet-to-be named company (NewCo), which will hold VF’s Jeans business, including the Wrangler and Lee brands, and the VF Outlet business. The company expects to create these companies through a tax-free spin-off of NewCo to VF’s shareholders.
With the separation, each company will benefit from reduced managerial and operational complexity and will be able to optimize their distinct capabilities and focus investment on independent growth priorities, positioning each for stronger, more sustainable value creation.
The new VF will have estimated annual sales of more than US$11 billion. Consistent with its enhanced focus on the outdoor and active consumer, VF will move its global headquarters to the metro Denver area, CO/USA, which will also serve as the home for The North Face, JanSport, Smartwool, Altra and Eagle Creek brands and both VF’s Global Innovation Center for technical fabrics and Digital Lab.
With estimated annual sales of more than $2.5 billion and a high single-digit total shareholder return target, NewCo’s global headquarters will be in Greensboro, NC/USA. The Lee brand will move its headquarters to Greensboro from Kansas City, KS/USA joining the Wrangler brand. The company also announced the anticipated designation of Scott Baxter as Chief Executive Officer of NewCo and Rustin Welton as Chief Financial Officer, effective upon completion of the transaction.
The separation is currently targeted to be completed in H1/2019, subject to final approval by the company’s Board of Directors, customary regulatory approvals and tax and legal considerations.
Stahl: collaboration for sustainable printing solutions for the synthetic market
The producer of specialty chemicals Stahl Group, Waalwijk/Netherlands, is working with the PC and printer manufacturer HP Inc., Palo Alto, CA/USA, to increase the durability of printed synthetics. Stahl EVO and HP Latex Inks enable fully water-based and environmentally conscious print production.
The collaboration underlines the importance of introducing innovations that transform the growing synthetic market while taking environmental responsibility. The water-based HP Latex Inks preserve the flexibility of the material, allowing the designer to print professional items of upholstery, bags, shoes or apparel. Adding the water-based Stahl EVO coatings enhance the durability of the printed items and together they offer a cost-effective and fully environmentally conscious production.
Monforts: new felt compactor range
The new Easy Compact range from the manufacturer of textile machinery A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach/Germany, has been specifically designed for the advanced compacting of open width knitted fabrics.
Compacting has a decisive influence on the final quality of knitted styles such as jerseys, piques, interlocks, plushes and ribs. It controls shrinkage and reduces yarn slippage while providing fabrics with a good hand, adding luster and improving opacity.
The stretching field of the Easy Compact is equipped with a vertical chain return and its twin felts assure controlled shrinkage and the lowest possible shrinkage values. With the twin felt configuration, the desired quality is completely identical on both sides of the fabric and its frequency-controlled drives provide completely reproducible fabric tension quality.
Other key features include a sturdy pinning-in unit, a motorized selvedge uncurler device, and a stainless steel tandem supporting bar for mark-free center support. The non-stop winder at the end of the range can be fitted with an optional fabric cooling device on the adjustable speed conveyor belt.
Functional Fabric Fair Powered by Performance Days in New York
The first US Functional Fabric Fair Powered by Performance Days from July 23-24, 2018 in New York, NY/USA, hosted 1,159 visitors from 31 countries to preview the latest trends and source high-performance functional fabrics and accessories. The inaugural event included 70 exhibitors, 11 complimentary workshops and professional networking programs.
Textile manufacturers, suppliers and service providers presented their latest developments in functional fabrics, membranes plus treatments, laminates, paddings, finishes, and accessories such as yarns, tapes, prints, buttons and zippers. The show floor also featured the Performance Forum, an interactive, centralized showcase of advanced-technology fabric swatches.
Respected industry leaders presented 11 complimentary workshops on the latest trends, sustainability and technological advances.
Invista: expansion of solution dyed PA fibers
The Cordura brand fabric from Invista S.à.r.l., Wichita, KS/USA, with the launch of the new TrueLock brand has expanded its solution-dyeing technology for polyamide 66 (Solution Dyed Nylon, SDN) and its commitment to developing the durable, eco-efficient textile solutions.
The TrueLock fiber is created from PA 66 multifilament fiber that is solution dyed, locking the color in at the molten polymer extrusion level to create deep, durable color throughout the entire fiber structure. The process of color encapsulation offers several environmental benefits such as reduced water and energy consumption, and reduced dye and chemical usage in textile processing.
The new fibers will mainly be produced at the Camden, SC/USA, facility which was expanded in 2017 to increase US capacity of high-tenacity, specialty fibers for Cordura fabrics.
Techtextil NA: NC College of Textiles first official academic partner
Techtextil North America 2019, in Raleigh, NC/USA, on February 26-28, will be the first edition to name an official academic partner: North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles, located minutes from the Raleigh Convention Center in Downtown Raleigh, serves as a hub for textile research and development and as a primary supplier to the industry talent pipeline nationwide.
The multi-faceted partnership aims to benefit the university, the city of Raleigh, and the North American textile industry by utilizing expertise from the College’s faculty and staff to provide educational opportunities Techtextil North America attendees, providing exhibiting and visiting companies with direct access to the latest research, gaining exposure for the College’s undergraduate and graduate research programs and their industry contributions and more.
For further information: www.techtextilna.com