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Reifenhäuser Dr. Boerge Wessling and Stepan Gerharz

Reifenhäuser: new management for Reicofil

Effective April 1, 2021 Dr. Bernd Kunze has handed over the management of machinery and components manufacturer Reifenhäuser Reicofil GmbH & Co. KG, Troisdorf/Germany, to his 2 successors Dr. Boerge Wessling and Stephan Gerharz after more than 20 years in this position. Kunze moves to the Reifenhäuser Group holding, Troisdorf, where he will focus on his tasks within the group management and his role as CTO.
Wessling joined Reifenhäuser Reicofil in October 2020. He studied material sciences and gained his PhD in the field of electrical engineering. Formerly, he held a position as Managing Director in the high-technology equipment sector, focusing on Product Management and Sales. As Managing Director of Reicofil, he will be responsible for the areas of Sales, Service, Research & Development, Strategy, and Controlling.
Gerharz studied mechanical engineering and has worked at Reicofil for 20 years – until recently as Head of Order Management and member of the extended Management Board. As Managing Director, he will be responsible for Technology including special projects, Order Management, and Human Resources.


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Kuraray: new managing director for Kuraray Europe

Specialty chemicals producer Kuraray Europe GmbH, Hattersheim/Germany, has appointed Jun Inoue (photo) as the successor to Naoya Uehara who is moving to a new management role at Kuraray in Tokyo/Japan.
Inoue joins the management as co-managing director, alongside Dr. Matthias Gutweiler. He will also be in charge of the Advanced Materials division. In addition to the specialty chemicals business, he will therefore be responsible for the Elastomer, Dental, Industry and Microfibers business units. He intends to drive forward the focus on high-performance materials in Germany and Europe.
Priorities are materials with a strong sustainability profile and the establishment of innovative 5G technologies for production and service.

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ITMF: 7th corona survey shows -9% global sales

From January 25-March 10, 2021, the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), Zurich/Switzerland, conducted its 7th ITMF Corona-Survey among ITMF members and affiliated companies and associations about the impact the corona pandemic has on the global textile value chain. In total, 196 companies from around the world participated. The 1st ITMF Corona-Survey was conducted in March 2020 when the first lockdowns were announced in Europe.
The 7th survey revealed that actual sales in 2020 were -9% lower compared to 2019 (see graph). While this decrease is significantly better than the expected drop of -33% in the 3rd survey at the height of the first corona wave in April 2020, the year 2020 will go down into history as one of the worst years for the global textile and apparel industry.
In comparison to the expectations expressed in the 6th ITMF Corona-Survey (November 20-December 14, 2020), actual turnover for 2020 compared to 2019 has improved by 3% from -12% to now -9%. As could be expected the entire textile value chain was hit hard by the pandemic including textile machinery producers. Practically all segments under review were impacted negatively to different degrees in 2020.
For further information: www.itmf.org

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RWTH: Aachen Reinforced! symposium now free of charge

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 Aachen Reinforced! symposium is being made free of charge for all attendees. Hosted by the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen/Germany, the format of the event has been changed to an online only. With presentations taking place from May 10-11, 2021, the program has been shortened to suit the new format.
The conference program for May 10 has now been announced and will begin with presentations on glass chemistry and specialty fibers. The program for May 11, including presentations on carbon fiber production, composites and recycling will be released on April 14, 2021.
Participants who have already registered and paid the attendance fee, are asked to get in touch to request a refund.
For further information: www.aachen-fibres.com

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Conscious Fashion Campaign: virtual hub for SDGs

A virtual hub to accelerate climate action and ambition from the global fashion industry convened by the Conscious Fashion Campaign in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) Office for Partnerships, will take place from April 1-30, 2021. Discover the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – To Make Peace With Nature, is a virtual educational experience which will feature informational tools and resources from United Nations agencies, environmental organizations and fashion initiatives confronting the global climate crisis. The experience aims to support the Race to Zero campaign and rally the fashion industry for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. The on-line event will advocate for climate‑positive actions including climate risks in all decisions and working together with a common purpose.
Attendees will be able to access on-demand content showcasing documentaries, podcasts, and short films, learn about innovations and sustainable solutions to accelerate climate action and save and download documents, reports, and information, on demand at any time during the 30 days.
Discover the SDGs will focus on SDG 13: Climate Action and the UN Secretary General’s 2021 priority to make peace with nature. As the fashion industry embarks on its recovery from Covid-19, it is crucial that systematic change is prioritized across the value chain.
For further information: www.discoverthesdgs.com

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Research and Markets: Covid-19 impact and recovery of textile industry

The global textile market is expected to grow from $595 billion in 2020 to $655 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10. 1%. The growth is mainly due to the companies rearranging their operations and recovering from the Covid-19 impact. The market is expected to reach $822 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 6%.
Asia Pacific was the largest region in the global textile market, accounting for 51% of the market in 2020. Western Europe was the 2nd largest region accounting for 17% of the global textile market. Africa was the smallest region in the global textile market.
Advancements in wireless technologies and rising demand for connectivity is driving the demand for smart textiles. Smart textiles are fabrics capable of interacting with their environment. They have the ability to react to physical stimuli such as thermal, mechanical, electrical and chemical sources. Sensors, actuators and fabrics are the major components of smart textiles. The materials used in smart textiles include optical fibers, metals and conductive polymers. They are widely used in fashion, entertainment, medical, transportation, sports and fitness and military.
This analysis Textile Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030 has been published by Research and Markets Ltd., Dublin/Ireland.


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JEC Group: trends in the global composites industry 2020-2025

The JEC Group, Paris/France, has published the new 2021 edition of the JEC Observer: Current trends in the global composites industry 2020-2025, written in collaboration with Estin & Co., Paris. JEC Observer is the annual barometer of the composites industry. This new publication seeks to give a perspective and outlook of the industry for the next 5 years using graphs, key figures, market dynamics, and insights to illustrate the state of composites globally.
2020 was an exceptional year. Composites suffered from the impacts of the Covid-19 health crisis and there are no signs that indicate that it will be any different once this has abated, although the demand remains strong in some regions.
The composites market should decrease in all regions in 2021. There should be a stronger decrease in Europe and North America, than in China due to the Chinese economy recovering faster. The global composites market grew at 8% p.a. over 2010, 4% p.a. from 2010-2019, and should remain at -14% for 2020, due to the corona crisis and its impact on the economy. For the next 5 years (2021-2025), the composites industry should resume growth, at between 2% and 9% p.a. across regions.
The new 2021 JEC Observer edition has a special focus on composite recycling and the growing development of hydrogen and its impact on the industry. Globally, composite materials are recycled at a much lower rate than other prominent materials, but it has been improving. Thus, the recycling processes are gaining momentum with increasing numbers of companies entering the market and creating tremendous growth opportunities. Although the penetration rate of composites in the automotive industry has been slowly increasing over the past 40 years, hydrogen car manufacturing will certainly ramp up composites production worldwide in the long run.
For further information: www.jeccomposites.com

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Index20: new dates announced for October

Due to on-going travel restrictions and unforeseen delays in vaccination programs, the organizers of the Index 20 in Geneva/Switzerland have been forced to recognize that the lifting of the Swiss federal governmental restrictions regarding sizeable gatherings of people and a consequent return to normal business, may take a little longer than anticipated.
For this reason, the Index 20 will be postponed to October 19-22, 2021. Delaying the event for an additional 6 weeks will increase the opportunities for a broader range of participants to attend the event in person.
Furthermore, a comprehensive virtual platform is being introduced for the fair. This digital tool will enable the over 14,000 exhibitors and visitors to interact directly if they wish, extend the event’s reach both in terms of geography and applications, and provide live and on-demand product content and information. A data-driven matchmaking facility will assist participants in contacting and networking with like-minded attendees in their particular sector.
For further information: www.indexnonwovens.com

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BASF: outdoor trousers made from old tires

In the new product line of the outdoor apparel company Vaude Sport GmbH & Co. KG, Tettnang/Germany, the trousers are sustainable, as chemically recycled scrap tires are used as a raw material. With this innovation, chemical company BASF SE, Ludwigshafen/Germany, and Vaude seek to make a contribution towards reducing waste and preserving valuable resources.
Ultramid Ccycled is an innovative polyamide (PA) 6 that can be used to manufacture high-quality textiles. During production, fossil-based raw materials are saved while also offering customers a reduced carbon footprint.
BASF feeds pyrolysis oil from old tires into its production network in Ludwigshafen, and in doing so partially replaces fossil resources. The share of recycled raw material is assigned to certain products manufactured in the network using a certified mass balance approach. As products with “Ccycled” in their name have the same properties as the equivalents made from fossil raw materials, customers can process them in the same manner and use them in their conventional processes. Accordingly, Ultramid Ccycled can also be used in applications with high quality and performance requirements, such as in the textile industry.

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Lanxess: carbon fiber smartphone

A new lightweight, slim design and sustainable smartphone is on the market this March: the Carbon 1 MK II from Berlin-based start-up company Carbon Mobile.
Designed and engineered in Germany, the Carbon 1 MK II reignites miniaturization and drives sustainability in connected devices by replacing plastics and aluminum with advanced composite materials for the first time with thermoplastic composite from the Tepex dynalite product range of Lanxess AG, Cologne/Germany. It is reinforced with fabrics of very fine 1K continuous carbon fiber filaments. The composite material, which was developed for extremely lightweight components subjected to considerable mechanical stress, allows very thin wall thicknesses. Furthermore, with its high degree of strength and rigidity, it also helps to make the housing very robust for day-to-day use.
The smartphone weighs only 125 g, thus making it a third lighter than conventional smartphones. At just 6.3 mm, it is also 25% thinner as well.

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