Textile Technology section
Dornbirn GFC with extensive supporting program
Learning, making progress, taking a look into the future of the man-made fibers industry is the core target of the 57th Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (Dornbirn-GFC) from September 12-14, 2018, in Dornbirn/Austria. More than 700 participants from over 30 nations (80% from Europe, 15% from Asia, 5% from the Americas) will inform themselves about the latest innovations of the fiber industry and its downstream stages.
The more than 100 expert lectures will focus on the main topics of fiber innovations, transportation und mobility, recycling – circular economy, energy generation and energy storage, surface modification and additive technologies.
Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian Federal Chancellor, will open this year’s congress and give his presentation via a video transmission.
There will also be a CEO panel discussion on the subject of sustainability under the heading “3 Ps – Planet, People, Profit”. After an interesting lecture block, the Expert Panel on the subject of “Circular Economy” will take place, moderated by Anton Schumann (Gherzi).
The topic “Digital Age in Research and Development” will be deepened during the Young Scientist Forum in a workshop on September 11, 2018 guided by Syngroup Consulting.
Trützschler: efficient manufacture of eco-friendly nonwovens
The producer of cosmetic wipes Albaad Deutschland GmbH, Ochtrup/Germany, has installed a new nonwovens production line from the technology company Voith GmbH, Heidenheim/Germany, and the textile machinery manufacturer Trützschler Nonwovens & Man Made Fibers GmbH, Egelsbach/Germany.
With their innovative WLS (wet-laid/spunlace) technology, Voith and Trützschler ensure flexible and efficient production of wet-laid and hydro-entangled nonwovens from 100% cellulose at Albaad’s new WLM1 production line in Dimona/Israel. Already in the first phase after start-up, the nonwovens manufactured at a speed of over 200 m/min exhibited a very good product quality.
Trützschler was largely responsible for the machines for web bonding and drying. Using AquaJet technology, directed high-pressure water jets interweave the individual fibers together solely through the momentum of the water. The material thus obtains a high tensile strength and the desired textile feel without the use of any binding agents or bi-component fibers.
ITMF: world yarn and fabric production down in Q4/17
Global yarn production decreased by 23% between Q3/17 and Q4/17, according to figures from the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), Zurich/Switzerland. Output reductions in Brazil (-23%), Asia (-14%), and the USA (-4%) balanced out the increase in Africa (+12%) and Europe (+15%). All surveyed countries, apart from Brazil and Germany, expect a decrease in yarn output in Q1/2018.
Global fabric production decreased from Q3/17 to Q4/17 by -2%. A respective -12% and -2% contraction in Brazil and Asia drove the world average in the negative range. Fabric output, however, increased by 6% and 10% in Africa and Europe respectively.
Europe and Brazil are expected to increase fabric production in Q1/18. In Q4/17, the global fabric stock level slightly grew (+3%) with this increase being driven by Brazil (+15%).
In 2017, stocks were stable in Asia and the USA. They increased steadily in Europe and Brazil. On average, fabric orders reduced by -23% between Q3/17 and Q4/17 in the countries under review.
For further information: www.itmf.org
Covestro: advanced polyurethane materials for World Cup football
All eyes will be again on the ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia from June 14-July 15, 2018. “Telstar 18” continues the series of Official World Cup Balls adidas has produced since 1970, when the original “Telstar” with its iconic 32 black and white panels changed football design forever.
The specialty chemicals producer Covestro AG, Leverkusen/Germany, has developed and supplied advanced materials for adidas footballs for more than 30 years. Telstar 18 employs the latest developments in Impranil polyurethane coated textiles, which lends it optimal handling, very good flight characteristics and superior water resistance.
The innermost layer of the ball skin is an adhesion coating that connects the textile substrate to the layers above. On top of this is a polyurethane foam layer, roughly 1 mm thick, made up of millions of gas-filled microspheres. This foam is highly elastic so that the ball, after being deformed from being kicked, immediately returns to its spherical shape to ensure an optimal flight path. The outer skin comprises 2 compact layers of polyurethane with different thicknesses. These layers are responsible for the good resistance to external influences and abrasion, and for the ball’s high elasticity.
Tanatex: thickener for valve jet printing
The specialty chemicals producer Tanatex Chemicals BV, Ede/Netherlands, has combined easy handling properties with print quality to produce a thickener that shows good results and is a flexible but reliable component throughout the manufacturing process. The Tanaprint Maxx yields high color, gives frosting free prints, washes out effectively, and can be stored over longer periods.
The new thickener is an advancement in both quality and efficiency. It is highly concentrated with a low viscosity, which means good pumpability, allowing containers to be emptied completely for easier handling and less waste. It swells quickly and is more resistant to bacteria and fungi. Both of these properties result in shorter, more flexible paste preparation and production processes. Production is further supported by the fact that it washes-out clean from both fabrics and machines. Furthermore, this thickener gives brilliant, high performance printing results on a variety of fibers including PA, wool and PET.
Archroma: Memorandum of Understanding with Lahore University
The producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, has announced, that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore/Pakistan. The MoU will pave way for cooperation initially for a 5 year period.
The partnership will explore innovations in textile research with futuristic visualization for Pakistan to help the Pakistan textile industry to keep in line with the fast pace of global apparel requirements and evolutions. Both partners will jointly hold sessions to prepare students for the challenges of the textile industry through in-house training sessions, developmental projects, research in textile applications and process innovative methodologies by pioneering value additions. The students of UET will also be able to join internship placement programs at Archroma Center of Excellence at Karachi.
USDA: record world cotton consumption in 2018/19
The 1st detailed forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington DC/USA, for the season 2018/19 shows world ending stocks forecast down slightly. However, stocks outside of China will increase for the 3rd year in a row and reach a record at just over 50 million bales. Ending stocks are forecast to increase in nearly all major producing and consuming countries as global production remains high relative to consumption.
Global consumption is forecast at a record level of just over 125 million bales (+3.9%). If realized, this would be the 7th consecutive year of growth as global textile consumption continues to recovery from recessionary contractions. Growth is expected in all of the top 10 spinning countries, with continued very strong growth forecast for Vietnam and Bangladesh in particular, 2 countries that have led the way in growth over the last several years. India is also expected to see above-world-average growth rates after several years of sluggish performance.
Global production in 2018/19 is forecast to decline slightly to 121 million bales (-1%). Lower production in the United States and China will more than offset increases in Brazil, Pakistan, and others. The decline in U.S. production is due to higher forecast abandonment given ongoing drought conditions in the Southwest.
Teijin: carbon fiber facility in South Carolina
On June 1, 2018 the producer of advanced fibers and composites Teijin Limited, Tokio/Japan, celebrated the groundbreaking of a new carbon-fiber production facility of its wholly owned subsidiary Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc. (TCF) in Greenwood, SC/USA.
The TCF facility is expected to create some 220 jobs with US$ 600 million worth of investment around 2030.
Gerber: micro factory with digital printing suppliers
At the trade fairs Fespa 2018, Berlin/Germany, and Texprocess Americas, Atlanta, GA/USA, the supplier of integrated software solutions Gerber Technology, Tolland, CT/USA, demonstrated on-demand manufacturing applications that included their Digital Solutions, integrating data from design to finished product leveraging YuniquePLM and the AccuMark Platform, digital printing technologies from 3 industry leaders, Gerber's Z1 single-ply cutter with ContourVision automated scan-to-cut system and both robotic and lean loop sewing operations.
The textile and automated cutting has been presented in a variety of micro factories together with Kornit (Rosch haAjin/Israel), EFI Reggiani (Bergamo/Italy) and Mimaki (Nagano/Japan). The strong growth trend in digital textile printing can be accelerated by Gerber’s integrated eco-system of software and automated cutting systems, delivering value through connectivity and achieving Industry 4.0 expectations from concept to finished product.
Loepfle: weft-master Falcon-i on Techtextil NA
During the Techtextil NA show in Atlanta, GA/USA on May 22-24, 2018, textile quality control provider Loepfe Brothers Ltd., Wetzikon/Switzerland, experienced strong demands for their yarn control solution Weft-Master Falcon-i.
To monitor unwanted yarn faults on the running yarns, the WeftMaster Falcon-i is installed before or after a weft feeder. The yarn control system ensures reliable control of latest high-tech materials such as carbon fibers, monofilaments, multifilaments as well as spun yarns in any material composition.
Even conductive yarns can be processed without any restriction. The sensor works reliably with colored yarns and measures unaffected by vibrations. Static electricity or electromagnetic fields have also no influence on the results, as the sensor housing is made from shielding material.