Textile Technology section
Karl Mayer: new brand for delivering digital solutions
The textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen/Germany, unveiled its new digital brand at ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 in Shanghai/China on 15 October. Launched on the first day of the show, the KM.ON brand brings together the digital solutions portfolio of the Karl Mayer Digital Factory, a new software start-up, and the entire Karl Mayer Group.
KM.ON’s digital portfolio of services will support customers in selected areas and is made up of 8 solution categories. Important here is k.ey, a conventional industry PC together with appropriate software which provides access to the solutions. The platform of hardware and software can be installed easily and links the machines securely to the protected cloud. This is based on the expertise gained by participating in ADAMOS (ADAptive Manufacturing Open Solutions), a strategic alliance of machinery and plant engineering companies, with regard to the use of an open IoT environment which is specifically focused on the needs of machinery and plant construction. This enables the benefits of KM.ON to be exploited easily and securely.
At ITMA Asia + CITME 2018, the system, together with the first apps and solutions covering the 3 areas of Management, Maintenance and Service, are being presented. k.management enables the customer to look at the current production process, regardless of location and in real time. The solutions in the k.maintenance category are designed to support customers in their own maintenance operations. k.service's product world will, in the long term, include all the functions that manage the communication between the customer and Karl Mayer, should the client require assistance.
Huntsman: expansion of long-term alliance with Chemours
The manufacturer of textile chemicals and dyes, Huntsman Textile Effects, Singapore, and chemical companyThe Chemours Company FC, LLC, Wilmington, DE/USA, have agreed to expand their long-term alliance in the area of durable water repellence (DWR). By combining the strengths of both companies in innovation, technical support and marketing, the expanded cooperation unlocks the full potential of the alliance to develop and deliver new, sustainable DWR solutions and chemistry. The alliance will cover different aspects of the value chain including research, marketing, technical support and manufacturing.
Together, Huntsman and Chemours have worked to lead the textile industry’s transition from long-chain water repellent products to more environmentally friendly short-chain chemistry and, more recently, non-fluorinated chemistry. The collaboration has resulted in new DWR solutions that deliver on performance and sustainability.
ITMA Asia + CITME: extensive showcase of latest technology
The 6th ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 exhibition has opened in Shanghai/China with industry players set to focus on technology’s impact on taking China’s textile industry forward into the future. Taking place from October 15-19, the combined show grosses 180,000 m² of exhibition space and has attracted a total of 1,733 exhibitors from 28 countries and economies to showcase a wide array of the latest technology solutions.
This edition once again features an interesting presentation of the latest technologies by European exhibitors. On show this year will be a wide range of solutions for automation and sustainable production, as well as those for the production of technical textiles and nonwovens. China fields the largest number of participants, occupying over 68,000 m² of net exhibit space. In terms of Asian participation, Japan is the next biggest group, taking up over 3,500 m² of net space, and Taiwan occupies nearly 2,500 m² net.
In terms of European participation, Germany takes the largest space at nearly 6,400 m². This is followed closely by Italy with more than 5,200 m² and Switzerland with over 2,600 m².
By product categories, spinning is the largest sector, occupying 22% of the total exhibit space. Finishing machinery forms the next biggest group at 20%, followed by knitting (19%) and weaving (17%).
JEC: new CEO and JEC World event director
The composites network JEC Group, Paris/France, has appointed Eric Pierrejean (photo), who joined the company in January 2018, as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), succeeding to Frédérique Mutel. He will be in charge of the further development of the company dedicated to the development and the promotion of the composite materials industry.
Before joining JEC Group, Pierrejean was Division General Manager at B2B company Comexposium, Paris, from 2011-2017.
Adeline Larroque joins JEC Group as Show Director JEC World and EMEA Events. With more than 15 years of global work experience as she has worked in several countries including the USA, the UK, China, India, Qatar and the UAE where she has developed a strong skill set in exhibitions and events management. Lately, she worked for the Events division of the Daily Mail Group, London/UK, supervising the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference as Event Director.
Perlon: Pedex finalist for ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstandes 2018’ award
The filament manufacturer Pedex GmbH, Wald Michelbach/Germany, a Perlon Group company has been named as a finalist of the ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstandes 2018’ (award for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)). The founder of the award is the Oskar-Patzelt-Foundation, Leipzig/Germany which will be presenting the prize for the 24th time.
The focus of the jury, made up of representatives from business and education, is on the company as a whole and its multifaceted role within society. Evaluation is made on SME’s establishment and safeguarding of jobs and apprenticeships, innovation and modernization, involvement in the local area as well as service and proximity to customers.
European Textile Machinery: Roadshow for textile industrialists
Before the international textile and garment technology exhibition ITMA 2019, held on June 20-26, 2019, in Barcelona/Spain, 4 machinery manufacturers associations, AMEC, Barcelona/Spain, SYMATEX, Brussels/Belgium, BTMA, Manchester/UK, and UCMTF, Courbevoie/France, have taken the initiative to organize a roadshow in Mexico. More than 18 manufacturers have joined. On the Mexican side, the initiative has also received a strong support from the National Chamber of Textile Industry (CANAINTEX), Mexico City/Mexico, and the Cámara de la Industria Textil Puebla-Tlaxcala (CITEX), Puebla/Mexico.
The European textile machinery manufacturers will welcome Mexican textile and carpet manufacturers and present them their latest technical innovations and services in Mexico City (November 20, 2018) and Puebla (November 21, 2018).
Van de Wiele: 3D textile reinforcements for thermoplastic composites
Demand is growing for lightweight and environmentally-friendly materials, particularly from the aerospace and automotive industries. The manufacturer of carpet weaving machines Van de Wiele NV, Kortrijk/Belgium, was a key technology partner in the €7.8 million European research project 3D Lighttrans that led to the introduction of complex and cost-effective new 3D textile reinforcements for thermoplastic composites. The project involved 3D modelling and simulation of all materials, processes and end products, along with a completely new manufacturing chain – from fibers to the finished part.
Central to the project was the transformation of a Van de Wiele VTR weaving machine at TU Dresden’s Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology (ITM), Dresden/Germany, into a VSi42 Versatile Smart Innovator weaving machine. The machine is well suited for the production of multi-ply, spacer and pleated fabrics, as well as for fabrics for multi-skin sheets. The 3D fiber architecture reduces preforming costs and increases the performance of the components.
The further developments of the machine included the design of a specific fabric take-off for the 3D-formed fabric, adaptations of the basic platform to allow the assembly of a back-up system, and redesign of the beam stand and dual take-up system.
In addition, a portion of the warp yarns were fed to the loom by a Van de Wiele Jacquard, while the bulk could be controlled by heddle frames. The final composite parts were then bonded by a fast and efficient thermoforming process, requiring no resin infusion or injection as the thermoplastic matrix was already incorporated into the yarn.
Freudenberg: price adjustments
Since the beginning of 2018, prices of raw materials for the production of technical textiles have risen by more than 20 %. Recently, this trend has even accelerated. As a result, the manufacturer of technical textiles Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG, Weinheim/Germany, will need to adjust its prices this year.
The company will closely monitor the development of raw material costs and will review the situation together with its customers in 2019.
Georg Nordmann: structural adjustments
As of January 1, 2019, Irina Zschaler will cease serving a dual role in the management of chemical company Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH (NRC), Hamburg/Germany, and on the Georg Nordmann Holding AG’s (GNH), Hamburg, Board of Directors and will instead concentrate solely on her activities as GNH’s Chief Executive Officer of Sales & Marketing. Together with her GNH Board colleague Marco Bröning, who has been responsible for Finance & Controlling within GNH since the summer of 2017, Zschaler will manage GNH and its affiliated companies according to a new matrix structure.
The organizational structure of NRC’s management team will be adapted to the GNH matrix and divided into 3 areas of responsibility: International Business, International Services and International Finance.
International Business will be led by Dr. Gerd Bergmann, who will also serve as Chairman of the Managing Board for the senior management team. Carsten Güntner, who has been appointed Managing Director as of October 1, 2018, is responsible for managing International Services. Additionally, Felix Kruse assumed his role as Managing Director and head of the International Finance division with effect from October 1, 2018.
The management of the manufacturer of engineering plastics Rowa Group Holding GmbH (RGH), Pinneberg/Germany, - also a subsidiary of GNH - has been set up since March 2018 as a matrix organization. Kai Müller is responsible for Sales, Marketing & Production and Götz-Friedrich Wedde for Finance & Controlling.
With these structural adjustments GNH, NRC and RGH aim to respond to current market challenges, enable stronger growth and secure the future of the corporate group as a whole.
Indorama: plans for acquisition of Schoeller
The chemical company Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL), Bangkok/Thailand, through its indirect subsidiary, Glanzstoff Management GmbH, Tulln/Austria, has entered into a definitive sale and purchase agreement with Schoeller Immobilien- und Beteiligungs GmbH and Schoeller Management GmbH, both based in Hard/Germany, to acquire 100% equity stake of Schoeller Group, Pullach/Germany, with operating plants in Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany.
Schoeller Group is a leading European producer of pure wool and wool blend worsted yarn, having a dyeing facility in Austria and a spinning facility in the Czech Republic, with a total production capacity of 3,600 tons/year and for numerous industrial and non-industrial applications.
This transaction is expected to be completed within 2nd half of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals.