Textile Technology section
Lenzing: validation of climate targets by Science Based Targets initiative
The producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, a member of the CEO Climate Leaders Group of the World Economic Forum and a signatory to the United Nations Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, has announced that it will drastically reduce its CO2 footprint. A first milestone is set for 2030, when Lenzing plans to cut down on CO2 emissions per ton of product by 50% compared to a 2017 baseline. For 2050 Lenzing has announced a vision towards net-zero CO2 emissions.
Now, the Science Based Targets initiative has scientifically validated Lenzing’s climate target. Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are considered “science-based” if they are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Lenzing is the first wood-based fiber producer that has set a science-based target.
Currently, 713 leading companies worldwide and 9 companies in Austria have committed to science-based targets. Only 305 of them have approved science-based targets.
HeiQ: curtains reduce indoor air pollutants
The supplier of finishing technology, HeiQ Materials AG, Zurich/Switzerland, has added a new dimension to air management in the HeiQ Fresh product range – air purifying functionality that will be used in curtains from IKEA BV, Leiden/Netherlands, to reduce indoor air pollutants such as the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) acetaldehyde, formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide (NO).
The Gunrid curtain, which will be available in 2020 from IKEA, looks like an ordinary curtain but purifies indoor air because it is infused with HeiQ Fresh Air. This mineral-based technology purifies the indoor air by using transmitted ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun to transform problematic VOCs into components of fresh air.
By working closely with the Leibniz University, Hannover/Germany, test norms have been selected, capable of characterizing the air purifying performance of fabrics infused with HeiQ Fresh Air.
The internationally recognized norms are: ISO 22197-1 for NO and ISO 22197-2 for Acetaldehyde, the modified ISO 17299 to measure percentage reduction of VOCs as well as the modified ISO 10678 as a quick quality control test for mills.
Freudenberg: South American hygiene segment sold
The hygiene market has been evolving form regional to global scales. Taking this into account, the producer of technical textiles Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG, Weinheim/Germany, has sold its South American branch of hygiene products to the manufacturer of nonwoven fabrics Fitesa, Gravataí/Brazil. Concentrating efforts on other branches, Freudenberg will provide Fitesa with state-of-the-art production facility.
At Freudenberg Hygiene Brazil Ltda., Jacareí/Brazil, Freudenberg has been active in Brazil since 1985, with up to 100 employees. Authorities have yet to permit the transaction.
Freudenberg’s South American business in clothing as well as shoes and leathers will not be affected by this disposal.
Pharr: sale of fibers and yarn segment
The provider of differentiated textile products and assorted real estate businesses, Pharr LLC, McAdenville, NC/USA, has reached agreements to sell 3 of its subsidiaries.
The industrial yarn and consumer textile crafts business Coats Plc., Uxbridge/UK, will purchase Pharr High Performance, a yarn supplier for the protective apparel industry, while the manufacturer of residential and commercial floorcovering, Mannington Mills, Inc., Salem, NJ/USA, will purchase Pharr Fibers & Yarns and Phenix Flooring, suppliers of yarns, residential carpet and specialty flooring products. The acquisitions are expected to close in early 2020.
Both companies plan to retain Pharr’s workforce and continue operations at its manufacturing facilities in McAdenville and Dalton, GA/USA. With the addition of Pharr High Performance, Coats will have 6 North Carolina manufacturing sites located in McAdenville, Kings Mountain, Marion and Hendersonville as well as its corporate office in Charlotte.
The acquisitions of Pharr Fibers & Yarns and Phenix Flooring will help establish Mannington as one of the largest suppliers in the floor covering industry, participating in both residential and commercial hard and soft surface categories.
The acquisitions will not affect Pharr’s 2 remaining divisions, Belmont Land & Investment Company, developer of residential and commercial real estate and hotels, and Strand Hospitality Services, which manages a portfolio of hotel properties throughout the Southeast USA.
Dornbirn GFC: 1st Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress in Asia
A close partnership between the Austrian Fibers Institute, Vienna/Austria, and the Korean Textile Federation (KOFOTI), Seoul/Korea, as well as the Dyeing & Finishing Technology Institute (DYETEC), Daegu/Korea, has enabled the arrangement of the 1st Dornbirn GFC Asia fiber innovation congress in Daegu in March 2020. Around 300-400 participants from the whole textile chain are expected.
The program design will be similar to the Dornbirn-GFC congress in Austria. Plenary speakers will open the Dornbirn-GFC Asia congress on March 3, 2020. Around 30 expert lectures on March 3-4, 2020 will concentrate the following key topics:
• Fiber Innovations
• Nonwovens and Technical Textiles
• Mobility – e.g. automotive interior & structural
• Smart Fabrics
• Sustainability & Circular Economy
Interactive discussions will round off this special fiber innovation congress.
From Europe, renowned university professors and board members or owners of top companies from the fiber and textile industry have already confirmed their participation.
Archroma: new CEO
The producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, has announced its transition plan for the function of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Board of Directors of Archroma has appointed Heike van de Kerkhof to succeed current CEO Alexander Wessels effective January 6, 2020.
Wessels has held the CEO position at Archroma since the company was established in October 2013 and will be appointed as Vice Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. He will also take on a senior advisory role within SK Capital Partners LP, New York, NY/USA, working across its portfolio of investments, which includes Archroma.
Van de Kerkhof joins Archroma from Castrol, Liverpool/UK, the leading branded lubricant division of BP plc, London/UK, where she held the role of Vice President, Western Hemisphere. Prior to BP, she held a variety of business leadership, commercial and operations roles at DuPont, Wilmington, DE/USA, and The Chemours Company FC, LLC, Wilmington, in a career spanning almost 30 years. She also served as a Non-Executive Director at Neste Oil, Espoo/Finland.
ITA: digital tool for innovation scouting
To bring textile innovations to the market faster in order to increase the speed at which innovations can be realized, the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), Aachen/Germany, developed TexSpace.
TexSpace is the first digital tool for innovation scouting in the field of technical textile technology. In addition to data, experts also help with the development of new technologies or business models. The product is offered jointly with Innoloft GmbH, Aachen.
Dilo: new needlefelt line for Scavone
With 126 years of existence S/A Fabril Scavone, Itatiba/Brazil, is a South American textile company that is steeped in tradition. Since its entry into the technical textiles sector in 1993, the portfolio has expanded to filtration, shoes, geotextile, acoustic, furniture and automotive which until now have been produced on 4 nonwovens production lines.
Scavone is now increasing its production capacity with the new needlefelt line from the nonwovens machinery manufacturer DiloGroup, Eberbach/Germany.
The DiloGroup plant consists of fiber preparation, MultiCard and lap drafter, as well as crosslapper and needlelooms. It is used to process PET, PP and Bico fibers into needlefelt especially for geotextile and automotive applications. The implementation of Dilo Line 4.0 software offers an optimum process control and monitoring.
Teijin Frontier: new resilient fabric for sports and outdoor wear
A lightweight, tear-resistant and flat-surfaced fabric has been launched by the fiber-product converting company Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., Tokyo/Japan. The fabric is soft, eco-friendly and abrasion-resistant, making it ideal for sportswear.
The company will promote its new fabric as a key product for 2021 spring/summer sports and outdoor collections. The new fabric should find diverse applications in high-function wear, such as sports and outdoor wear, fashionwear, school and corporate uniforms and more.
The flat surface and soft hand are achieved thanks to uniform thickness of thread. The fabric is highly tear-resistant due to the use of Pasmo high-tenacity polyester yarn which can be mixed with various high-performance yarns for a variety of purposes, and has very abrasion-resistance and anti-snagging due to flat, even surface. Eco-friendly designs can be obtained by mixing with recycled polyester.
Karl Mayer: machines for processing recycled yarn
At the ITMA in June 2019 in Barcelona/Spain, the textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen/Germany, was illustrating how easily yarns can be processed on warp knitting machines whilst conserving resources at the same time.
During the fair, on the new HKS 3-M-ON a patterned tricot fabric with yarn carrying the Sinfineco label of the manufacturer of polyester fibers Trevira GmbH, Bobingen/Germany, was produced. Trevira awards the label for textiles that are produced from its sustainable products. The range includes fibers and filaments made entirely from high-quality, recycled chips. The regranulate is obtained from PET bottles. At the ITMA, this high-speed tricot machine was processing a textured polyester filament yarn of dtex 76 f 24 and was running non-stop at 2,900 min-1with no constraints during the demonstration. A top-quality fabric with a small eco-footprint was being produced.