Textile Technology section
FibrXL: 2 business units up and running
FibrXL, the result of the merge of the 3 companies Lumat Group BV, Almere/Netherlands, Dominion Fiber Technologies Inc., Richmond, VA/USA, and EuroFibers BV, Maastricht/Netherlands, began trading in January 2020. FibrXL now consists of 2 business units, each with a different approach, but from the same solid and reliable family, with a long track record.
FibrXL Industrial, Almere/Netherlands, is the business unit responsible for industrial fibers like polyester, polyamide, and viscose. The company is a leading distributor of industrial yarns in Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Business unit FibrXL Performance, Beek/Netherlands, operates in the area of high-performance fibers and enhancing services. The high-performance fibers are engineered for specific uses that require exceptional strength, stiffness, heat resistance, or chemical resistance. All products are available in a wide range of titers and supplied in many different form factors: flat or twisted, assembled, engineered or chopped to customer specification.
Dornbirn GFC: 1st Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress in Asia postponed
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 Korea. The event, which was to have taken place on March 3-4, 2020, has been postponed due to the Corona virus. The new date for the event has been set for June 3-4, 2020.
Oerlikon: efficient production of nonwovens
From March 31 to April 3, 2020, the Nonwoven business unit of the Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, will be showcasing market and customer-oriented solutions for hygiene, medical, filtration and other technical applications at the international trade fair for nonwovens, Index, in Geneva/ Switzerland.
By offering stand-alone systems with one or several positions, ‘plug & produce’ installations in existing systems or combinations to other technologies, customers can easily and efficiently produce new filter media using the optimized meltblown technology of Oerlikon Nonwoven. For the production of hygiene nonwovens, Oerlikon also offers the new QSR (Quality Sized Right) system.
For airlaid nonwovens made of pulp or cellulose fibers, Oerlikon Nonwoven relies on patented forming processes. These enable the homogeneous mixing of a wide variety of raw materials, with high uniformity and homogeneous fiber laydown, even for nonwovens with low basis weight. As sustainable applications in the recycling sector, the advantages of this technology are becoming increasingly important.
The Phantom technology patented by Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G), Cincinnati, OH/USA, will also be showcased. Teknoweb Materials Srl, Palazzo Pignano/Italy, Oerlikon Nonwoven’s strategic partner for hygiene products and wipes, received a worldwide exclusive license for this technology from P&G. This technology has ecological as well as performance and cost advantages compared to the processes previously known on the market. By dispensing with hydro-entanglement, subsequent drying of the material is no longer necessary. Targeted process management allows the optimal setting of the relevant product parameters such as softness, tenacity, dirt absorption and liquid absorption.
Lenzing: new appointments to the management board
The Supervisory Board of the producer of cellulosic fibers Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, has appointed 2 new members to the company’s Management Board. Stephan Sielaff will serve as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) effective March 1, 2020, succeeding Heiko Arnold, who left the Lenzing Group in November 2019. At the same time, the management board will be expanded to include a newly created position for “Pulp and Wood Raw Materials” and will thus consist of 5 members instead of 4. Christian Skilich will assume the position of Member of the Management Board for Pulp and Wood Raw Materials as at June 1, 2020.
Sielaff has held various management positions. Since 2014, he has worked for producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, as a Member of the Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Skilich, who will assume management responsibility for the new Pulp and Wood Raw Materials Division in the Lenzing Group, first held various positions in the paper, packaging and glass industries. Since 2004, he has worked in a broad range of management areas on behalf of the internationally operating Mondi Group, Vienna/Austria. Skilich most recently served as Chief Operating Officer on Mondi’s Board of Directors, overseeing projects in the USA and Europe.
Lenzing: production in China back to full capacity
Following its temporary cutting back of production at the site in Nanjing/China, the producer of cellulosic fibers Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, has now once again ramped up operations on all production lines to reach full capacity. Recently supply shortages of important raw materials arose as a result of intense transport controls in connection with the current situation surrounding the coronavirus. For this reason, output from 2 production lines was scaled back for a short time. All production lines are now fully operational again after the resumption of the required supplies to the manufacturing facility.
Amann: closed recycling management thanks to new PA sewing thread
With the recycled sewing thread Lifecycle Polyamide, made from polyamide 6.0 (PA 6) continuous filaments, the manufacturer of sewing threads and embroidery threads Amann & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG, Bönnigheim/Germany, offers Cradle to Cradle threads.
Lifecycle Polyamide was developed in cooperation with the internationally active consulting institute EPEA GmbH - Part of Drees & Sommer, Hamburg/Germany. The raw material for Lifecycle Polyamide is obtained from recycled fishing nets and other textile waste. Amann does not use any silicones, since no materials that are harmful to health and/or the environment may be used during production. Only compostable dyes are used. Lifecycle Polyamide is therefore certified according to Cradle to Cradle and optimized for recycling as a raw material in the technical cycle. It allows for a consistently closed recycling management without any further waste.
Cradle to Cradle, stands for products that are either used as biological nutrients in biological cycles, or that are continuously kept in technical cycles as technical nutrients. It evaluates the 5 categories material health, material reuse, use of renewable energies, water management and social responsibility.
Freudenberg: nonwovens crimping material offers comfort at reduced costs
The producer of technical textiles Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG, Weinheim/Germany, is responding to the increased demands of the footwear market with an innovative crimping material made of nonwovens. The new fabric will be presented at the Lineapelle leather goods trade fair in Milan/Italy from February 19-21, 2020.
Freudenberg’s crimping material shows high irreversible deformability and dimensional stability with flexibility and soft material character. In contrast to knitted linings, the multi-directional stretching properties of the material allow uniform longitudinal and transverse stretching over the entire vamp area. A low weight-to-area ratio of the crimping material also leads to further weight reduction of the shoe.
For end users, the wearing comfort is increased, while producers reduce their costs in the production process. This is because the possibility of a direction-independent cutting leads to as much as 10% lower waste. Faster thermoplastic deformability in turn enables shorter production times. After more than 72 hours, the milled sheet still has a 100% accurate impression. At the same time, the high cut edge strength increases the creative possibilities in shoe design.
STFI goes Paris
At trade show for the composite industry JEC World 2020, from May 12-14, 2020, in Paris/France,, the Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI), Chemnitz/Germany, presents the latest developments in the field of fiber-reinforced materials for the automotive, transport and construction sectors.
The focus here is on the use of recyclates in combination with primary materials for resource-saving product developments. The institute also presents a design and manufacturing process for complex, thin-walled building geometries made of concrete. In addition to carbon fiber reinforced plastics, developments involving natural and basalt fibers are also presented.
Suominen: innovative and more sustainable nonwovens
In financial year 2019 the net sales of nonwovens producer Suominen Corp, Helsinki/Finland, decreased by 4.6% to €411.4 million. Sales of Americas business area were €261.7 million (2018: €259.9 million) and sales of Europe business area €149.8 million (2018: €171.3 million).
In 2019, the share of nonwovens for baby wipes was 40% (2018: 39%), for personal care wipes 22% (2018: 22%), for home care wipes 20% (2018: 20%), for workplace wipes 9% (2018: 9%) and for medical & hygiene applications 8% (2018: 8%).
Suominen expects that in 2020, its comparable operating profit will improve from 2019, when operating profit amounted to € 8.1 million (+76%).
A new strategy, which was announced in the beginning of January 2020, is targeting growth by creating innovative and more sustainable nonwovens for the customers. Also, the profitability through more efficient operations and by building a high performance culture will be improved.
Water UK: soluble wet wipe awarded Fine to Flush accreditation
The world’s first 100% environmentally friendly soluble wet wipe that dissolves in seconds when immersed in water has been awarded the Fine to Flush accreditation by Water UK, London/UK. Fine to Flush is the new official standard identifying which wet wipes can be flushed down toilets safely. The new wet wipes from McCormack Innovation, Kirkcaldy/UK, are not only flushable, they are also biodegradable for landfill.
Wet wipes are the principal cause of 50-70% of blockages in UK sewers. There are around 300,000 sewer blockages each year, costing the country in excess of £100m annually. The majority of wet wipes contain various synthetic fibers, which makes their disposability problematic and time consuming. Some wet wipes could take as long as 100 years to biodegrade.