Textile Technology section
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.
ACIMIT: textile machinery orders down in Q3/2019
The Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT), Milan/Italy, announced a 10% decline in textile machinery orders in Q3/2019 compared to the same period previous year. While international orders fell by 8%, domestic orders were even more affected, falling by 22%.
Alessandro Zucchi, president of ACIMIT, sees this as a result of current geopolitical tensions as well as domestic policies, aiming to adapt the Italian economy to the concept of industry 4.0.
Karl Mayer: commitment to Vietnam
The textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen/Germany, and the C. Illies & CO. Handelsgesellschaft MBH, Hamburg/Germany, invited globally leading textile industrialists and international investors of the Vietnamese textile industry to take part in a joint exclusive event which took place in Ho Chi Minh City/Vietnam.
Around 90 participants from 13 countries attended the meeting. Most of the guests came from Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, China and some of them from Europe. The internationality of the guests can be explained by the specific nature of the Vietnamese market. Especially in the last 10 years, a lot of global players, mainly from Asia, invested in Vietnam, in order to benefit from the favourable manpower situation.
With exports of US$ 36.2 billion, 2018 was the most successful year for the Vietnamese textile and clothing industries. Considering the trade war between China and the USA, the year 2019 brought both chances and challenges for Vietnam. In the first 6 months, the export of the sector to the USA increased by 29 %. The sales revenues in the US American market amounted to approx. US$ 7 billion. This represents 46 % of the total revenues. The country has high exports but low imports. To reduce the surplus, US President Donald Trump threatened to impose punitive tariffs on Vietnamese products at the G 20 Summit in June 2019. Additional levies would have a great impact on the Vietnamese economy, because the USA is the most important market for this Asian country.
UCMTF: new Secretary General.
At the ITMA in Barcelona/Spain in June 2019, the French Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (UCMTF) announced the appointment of Christian Guinet as Secretary General. Guinet took over from Evelyne Cholet, who went into retirement, on September 1, 2019.
Guinet, a textile engineer, has a large amount of experience as export manager in charge of the sales financing and credit insurance. Within the UCMTF he has been President of the Promotion Committee, where he organized road shows, seminars and national pavilions in many fairs and managed relations with the textile press along with Evelyne Cholet.
Cholet joined the association in 1985 to organize the ITMA 1987, where she then stayed for 34 years.
SDL: new General Manager of Americas and Europe
The supplier of textile testing solutions SDL Atlas LLC, Rock Hill, SC/USA, has announced that Brian Francois has joined the company as its General Manager of Americas and Europe. Francois came to SDL Atlas from the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, NC/USA, where he was the Executive Vice President. Prior to that, he spent 25 years at Pulcra Chemicals GmbH, Geretsried/Germany, a supplier of specialty chemicals.
Francois is responsible for the SDL Atlas operations and staff in the USA and the UK, as well as the markets in the Americas and Europe.
INDA: K. Wayne Hays dies
The Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, NC/USA, remembers K. Wayne Hays, a veteran of the nonwovens industry for more than 5 decades and one of the founders of INDA. Hays passed away on August 21, 2019 at the age of 95.
Hays became involved in the fledgling nonwovens business in the early 1950s. He was also the first Chairman of the International Nonwovens and Disposables Association, which later became INDA, and was one of the forward thinking leaders behind the formation of the first International Disposables Exposition and Assembly (IDEA) show in Philadelphia, PA/USA, in 1971.
Hays’ research and development work led to the development of the first nonwoven diaper coverstock material, and the company’s first contract with Procter & Gamble. The booming hygiene coverstock business we know today originated from his work at that time.
Hays also negotiated a joint venture with Carl Freudenberg to establish the Lutravil polyester spunbond operation in Durham, NC/USA. He was Lutravil’s first President and successfully made the company a leading supplier of automotive primary carpet backings in North America. He served on numerous INDA Boards, Committees, and Task Forces, and was instrumental in moving INDA’s Headquarters from New York City to Cary in 1989, and served as INDA’s interim President in.
Hays was recognized with the IDEA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
VF Corp.: new Vice President and General Manager for Vans EMEA
The apparel manufacturer VF Corporation, Stabio/Switzerland, has announced the appointment of Michel Bilodeau as Vice President, General Manager of Vans EMEA. Currently serving as the Vice President, General Manager of VF Outdoor & Action Sports for Canada, Bilodeau will transition into his new role by October 2019.
Vans is an action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand acquired by VF Corp. in June 2004.
Bilodeau joined VF in May 2009 as General Manager, Vans Canada. He most recently held the role of General Manager, VF Outdoor & Action Sports Canada, where he was responsible for overseeing the Canadian businesses for the brands The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Smartwool and JanSport.
Prior to joining VF, Bilodeau was a Partner at Sports Odyssee, Inc., a Canadian distributor of action sportswear, which until 2010 was the sole distributor for the Vans brand in Canada. Before that, he worked for the Sports Experts Group, a regional retail chain in Quebec offering an assortment of branded and private-label equipment, apparel and footwear.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition: new Executive Director
The association for the apparel, footwear, and textile industry, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), San Francisco, CA/USA, has been appointed Amina Razvi as the organization’s new Executive Director. She has assumed day-to-day leadership of the Coalition and has responsibility for its global operations.
Razvi has worked at the SAC since 2015. Prior to her new role, she served as Vice President of Membership and then as Interim Executive Director. Under Razvi's previous position, the SAC strategically expanded its global presence and impact, increasing membership from 135 to more than 250, and expanding the Higg Index customer base from approx. 1,800 to more than 13,000 global users. She succeeds Jason Kibbey, who is now CEO of Higg Co. LLC, which was recently spun out of the SAC to support the technology development of the Higg Index.
Aurora: Marcia Ayala promoted to President
The textile coating, dyeing and finishing specialists Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., Yorkville, IL/USA, a subsidiary of Meridian Industries, Milwaukee, WI/USA, has named Marcia Ayala as their new President. This is a promotion for Ayala, who started at Aurora in 2006 as Director of Research & Development (R&D), was promoted to Vice President of R&D in 2014 and promoted again to company Vice President in 2015. Her new role as President began July 15, 2019.
Ayala played a key leadership role at Aurora during the company’s recent transition from its former plant in Aurora, IL/USA, to a new manufacturing facility in Yorkville. As the company’s head of R&D, she has been instrumental in expanding the product offerings. She also led a program to rebrand the company in 2016 and has played an essential role in its entry and growth into a variety of important new textile markets, including printable textiles and industrial belting fabric.
ACIMIT: textile machinery orders down in Q2/2019
Italian textile machinery orders, as elaborated by ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, Milan/Italy, for the period from April-June 2019, fell by 19% compared to the same period in 2018.
Orders for Italian machinery manufacturers were negative in foreign markets, with a 21% decline. On the domestic front, on the other hand, orders remained stationary compared to Q2/2018.
According to ACIMIT President Alessandro Zucchi, the orders index reflects the situation that found in many markets in the first part of the year. The uncertainty due to a tension-laden geopolitical situation was further weighed down for the sector by the awaiting of ITMA, the world’s leading textile machinery fair, which took place in Barcelona/Spain in June 2019.