Textile Technology section
Baldwin: installation of 6 precision spray systems for textile manufacturers
To enhance productivity, the manufacturer of finishing systems Baldwin Technology Company Inc., St. Louis, MO/USA, installed 6 new fabric finishing and sanforizing precision spray systems in the US and Turkey. The installations were completed in 60 days.
For textiles, nonwovens and technical textiles, Baldwin’s precision spray technology processes a wide range of low-viscosity water-based chemicals, such as softeners, anti-microbial agents, water repellents, oil repellents, flame retardants and more.
These systems enable fabric producers to significantly reduce chemical and water consumption, while speeding up production times and eliminating production steps, including drying and bath changeovers when switching fabric colors.
In North Carolina/USA, 2 new TexCoat G4 precision spray systems are now in production with major international vertical manufacturers of outdoor living, performance fabrics and automotive fabrics.
In Georgia/USA, a major vertical manufacturer of workwear and protective fabrics installed a sanfor precision spray system, which has helped the customer obtain deeper penetration of moisture into fabrics treated with durable repellents.
In Turkey, 3 new TexCoat G4 systems were installed in Çorlu, northwest of Istanbul, for a large producer of knit fabrics, such as T-shirts.
SAC: resources for the global value chain
The association for the apparel, footwear, and textile industry, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), San Francisco, CA/USA, together with Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), Textile Exchange, O’Donnell, TX/USA, and the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), San Francisco, CA/USA, have founded new partnerships in order to accelerate impact and drive new efficiencies for the industry.
Based on their core competencies and complementary efforts, the organizations are forming an alliance of resources and offerings for the global value chain.
The 4 organizations have documented their efforts with letters of intent clarifying their roles and commitments to cooperation in the following 4 areas: programs and tools, impact management and funding, global implementation, administration and infrastructure.
The organizations expect to release more detail about their collective efforts before the end of the year and will announce engagement opportunities for the industry and other stakeholders in the near future.
SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel, footwear and textile sustainability performance that spotlights priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation.
Nova Textil: coating expertise for sustainable comfort in face masks
A major leap forward in the effectiveness of personal protection products that are available to consumers in the fight against Covid-19 is provided by the Catus face mask.
Based on 100% woven cotton, the masks from Gorilla Protect GmbH, a subsidiary of fabric finishing company Nova Textil-Beschichtung GmbH, Grefrath/Germany, have both anti-viral and anti-microbial properties.
Being a single layer product rather than the usual 3 layers has resulted in a significant advance in comfort for the wearer and because the mask is able to disinfect itself and helps regulate humidity, it can be worn a number of times without needing to be washed. It only needs to be washed when it gets dirty and can also be washed up to 20 times without losing its properties.
The active ingredients in the finish are a reaction mass of titanium dioxide and silver chloride certified to ISO 20743 for their antibacterial effect, and to ISO 18184 for their antiviral effect. They are proven to eliminate over 99.99% of the human coronavirus 229 E, with the multiplication of micro-organisms such as germs and bacteria prevented by the biostatic action of silver salts and viruses destroyed by oxygen-releasing substances and a mechanism that attacks their fatty envelope. The virus membrane loses its cholesterol content and the virus is inactivated.
The masks are finished on a Montex stenter from the manufacturer of textile machinery A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach/Germany.
Dilo: new production line for Foss Floors
To further enlarge the production capacity of Foss Manufacturing Company LLC (Foss Floors), Rome, GA/USA, a specialist in needled carpeting, has ordered a new production line from nonwovens machinery manufacturer DiloGroup, Eberbach/Germany.
DiloGroup has engineered this latest high-tech production system together with Foss, tailor-made for their needs. It will have a large production capacity at high fiber throughput rates, comprising fully automatic fiber opening and blending from Dilo Temafa, carding from Dilo Spinnbau in a wide working width, high-speed crosslapping as well as preand finish needling, designed for final product widths over 6 m. The specialty Di-Loop machine with high-speed feature in a working width of 6.5 m will complete this production plant for the Di-Loop carpet sector.
In recent years, Foss Floors has become a major player in this sector of Di-Loop carpeting to include structured surfaces in rib and patterned quality. Mainly because of high quality requirements for the carpet product and a wide range of modern design patterns, needlefelt floor covering appeals greatly to architects and contractors for homes and commercial buildings. The range of unique patterns and colors impresses by its timeless designs. The aim of gaining highly efficient additional capacity corresponds to a high demand for this particular carpeting from Foss Floors.
Picanol: high fabric quality in combination with a good performance
The new airjet weaving machine TerryPlus-i has 4 design principles in mind: smart performance, sustainability, driven by data, intuitive control. The new weaving machine based on the OmniPlus-I which was introduced at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona/Spain, has been developed by the manufacturer of weaving machines Picanol NV, Ieper/Belgium.
Furthermore, thanks to the pile motor set-up directly driving the cloth and backrest movement simultaneously, accurate pile formation is assured at the highest speeds. The pneumatic pile backrest ensures optimum loop formation regardless of fabric design. The rigid yet light construction ensures a dynamic behavior, guaranteeing very good loop formation for even the most complicated terry designs - from light towels to heavy bathmats. Special attention was given to ease of use thanks to a completely new human-machine interface.
The TerryPlus-i comes with 2 possible prewinders: the Blue 22 and the Blue 11. Both are equipped with the easy set function which manages all settings electronically through the display.
An additional novelty is PosiJet, which comes in a 4 channel version and positions each main nozzle exactly in line with the reed on insertion.
The range of possible shedding motions – dobby and jacquard – has been completed with SmartShed for independent and individual shedding motion. SmartShed has been developed for those weavers who want to maximize digitization and flexibility in their weaving processes.
Euratex: position paper for clear and predictable GSP regulation
A position paper on the revision of the Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) has been issued by the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), Brussels/Belgium. Euratex believes that the scheme should be simple to apply, predictable and encourage exports diversification, and advocates for a series of changes to be considered in the forthcoming revision.
Trade policies can encourage countries in respecting human, social and political rights, but these efforts should not be standalone. They should be accompanied by other programs and policies. Euratex believes that the withdrawal mechanism should be applied to GSP standard beneficiary countries in case of serious and systemic violations of principles related to the protection of the environment and good governance.
It is proposed that the next regulation should cover a wider range of products. GSP beneficiary countries will then need to diversify their exports. Finally, the current safeguard mechanism should allow a certain level of predictability for the economic operators. Therefore, it should be activated only when conditions are fulfilled, communication on it should be transparent, and it should be extended to all GSP countries.
For further information: www.euratex.eu
Messe Frankfurt: reorganizing of trade fair calendar in spring 2021
The current situation with respect to the corona pandemic and the associated international travel restrictions have caused Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Frankfurt/Germany, is reorganizing its trade fair calendar in spring, focusing on new synergies and digital supplements. Up to and including March 2021, no physical trade fairs will be held at the Frankfurt venue.
The international trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil 2021, has been postponed from the planned dates in January until May 4-7, 2021 and will take place in Frankfurt parallel to the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens Techtextil 2021, and the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials Texprocess 2021.
As the first digital B2B marketplace for Home & Living, the platform Nextrade offers an order and data-management portal for the entire sector. Since 2019, this service (www.nextrade.market) has been used by clients from the Ambiente, Tendence and Nordstil trade fairs. From 2021 the portal will also be available to clients from the Heimtextil, Christmasworld and Creativeworld in order to extend the physical participation in trade fairs and enable orders to be made year-round.
In China, on the other hand, 13 major trade fairs organized by Messe Frankfurt GmbH at various locations have already been held in recent weeks.
As far as Covid-19 is concerned, exhibition halls are among the safest covered buildings in which people can stay without being exposed to an increased risk of infection. Fresh air can be supplied frequently, and combined with the various individual measures in the hygiene concept it would be possible to hold business meetings. However, against the background of the renewed tightening of official and, above all, internal company travel restrictions, the current pandemic is leading to increasing uncertainty among trade fair customers.
INDA: RISE Innovation Awards – innovative solutions in engineered materials
The 3 finalists of the RISE Innovation Award from the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, INDA, Cary, NC/USA, will present their innovative material science solutions during the 10th edition of the Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics Conference to be held completely virtually on September 29 - October 1, 2020.
The award recognizes novel innovations within and on the periphery of the nonwovens industry that creatively use next-level science and engineering principles to solve material challenges and expand the usage of nonwovens and engineered fabrics.
The finalists of 2020 RISE Innovation Awards are:
• FemTech at MAS Holdings Pvt. Ltd. - Leakproof Absorbent Nursing Pads. Pregnant women need a better solution for managing breast milk leaks. FemTech nursing pads absorb 30 ml of fluid leaving the consumer feeling dry and confident.
• Pedilay Care GmbH - Pedilay med. This is a ready-to-use foot bandage that encloses the foot up to the ankle and supports medical treatments. It saves valuable care time, since the bandage can be put on or taken off very gently within a few seconds.
• The Nonwovens Institute - Spunbond High Efficiency Filter. A completely new approach to creating filtration media with the right efficiency at low pressure drop at a throughput of 350 kg/m/h. The pressure drop with this new filter is unmatched by any meltblown structure and does not require electrostatic charging.
The 3 finalists were selected by technical experts on INDA’s Technical Advisory Board.
For further information: www.riseconf.net/conference.php
Fashion for Good: Full Circle Textiles Project aims at textile recycling
Textile recycling is a key focus for the platform Fashion for Good, Amsterdam/Netherlands, as a crucial lever in driving the fashion industry towards closed loop production. A systemic change towards circularity will ultimately reduce the environmental impact of textile waste and potentially eliminate the dependence on virgin materials entirely. As much as 73% of clothing produced is sent to landfill or is incinerated, and of all new clothing made, less than 1% of material used comes from recycled sources.
On September 10, 2020 Fashion for Good initiated "Full Circle Textiles Project: Scaling Innovations in Cellulosic Recycling" – a first-of-its-kind consortium project.
Focusing on cellulosic fibers, this project aims to validate and eventually scale promising technologies in chemical recycling from a select group of innovators to tackle these issues. Leading global organizations Laudes Foundation (Zug/Switzerland), Birla Cellulose (Mumbai/India), Kering (Paris/France), PVH Corp. (New York/USA) and Target (Minneapolis/USA) have joined Fashion for Good to explore the disruptive solutions with the goal of creating new fibers and garments from used clothing.
The project’s overall aim is to investigate economically viable and scalable solutions for cellulosic chemical recycling to enable a closed loop system converting textile waste from cotton and cotton-blend materials, to produce new man-made cellulosic fibers.
Over an 18-month period, project partners will collaborate with innovators, Evrnu (Seattle/USA), Infinited Fiber Company (Espoo/Finnland), Phoenxt (Berlin/Germany), Renewcell (Stockholm/Sweden) and Tyton BioSciences (Danville/USA), to validate the potential of their technologies in this still nascent market. The recycled content produced by 4 of these innovators will be converted at Birla Cellulose’s state-of-the-art pilot plants to produce high quality cellulosic fibers. From there, fibers will move through the project partners supply chains to be manufactured into garments.
Monforts: new Montex finishing line for Acafintex
One of the highest capacity stenters from the manufacturer of textile machinery A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach/Germany, has been delivered to Finos Acabados Textiles, S.A. De CV (Acafintex), Puebla/Mexico. The newly installed Montex finishing line for plant in Puebla has a total length of over 71 m.
With a width of 3.8 m, the new line is equipped with 12 double TwinAir drying chambers to meet the requirements of specific technical textiles to a European customer. The line is equipped with an integrated heat recovery system and also benefits from an exhaust air cleaning system to ensure the most resource-efficient processing available on the market.
With Optiscan Auto-Balance, the distance between the fabric and the dryer nozzles can be controlled through variable-frequency fan motors and CCD chip evaluation. As a result, the evaporation rate of the stenter and its energy utilization are always fully optimized. Contact-free drying eliminates the possibility of fabric marking or stitch draft.
In combination with an existing Montex stenter, the new line has expanded finishing capacity at Acafintex to 20 million lm/year.
Acafintex operates as a commission dyehouse, finishing both knitted and woven fabrics for local companies in Mexico, in widths of 100-360 cm. The company also produces its own fabrics for both the fashion industry and for the uniforms market. The business of finishing materials for technical textiles and for the automotive industry is increasing.