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FibrXL: Lumat, Dominion Fiber Technologies and EuroFibers merge

The combination through merger of 3 companies has created an unparalleled portfolio of high-tenacity yarns, renowned high-performance fibers, fiber processing capabilities and a global distribution network.
Leading fiber companies Lumat Group BV, Almere/Netherlands, Dominion Fiber Technologies Inc. (DFT), Richmond, VA/USA, and EuroFibers BV, Maastricht/Netherlands, with a collective experience in technical textiles and fiber enhancing services of over 60 years, have officially announced their merger.
The new group will trade under the name FibrXL from January 2020. Marcel Alberts (previously EuroFibers) and Jeroen Drenth (previously Lumat) will continue as managing directors of the combined company.
By combining the vast product knowledge and expertise of the individual companies into a single brand, as well as their worldwide sales force, logistics services, warehousing facilities, and converting capabilities, a new group is created that can serve the market on a worldwide scale.
FibrXL is the global one stop fiber shop for technical textiles, with a broad product portfolio. The company is the distributor and innovation partner of the world’s largest producers of high-performance fibers, e.g. Dyneema, Twaron, Technora, Vectran and Zylon (FibrXL Performance) and leading distributor of industrial yarns like polyester, polyamide and viscose (FibrXL Industrial). FibrXL works with regional sales managers and agents in both the EU and the USA, and can not only deliver the unprocessed fibers, but the company can also customize the products in color, size, weight, packaging, and delivering to the customers wishes, direct from stock.

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dfv media group

Lenzing: sustainability-based financing

The producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, is forging new paths in the financing of operative growth: As one of the first companies in the world, on November 27, 2019, Lenzing positioned a bonded loan bound to its sustainability performance.
For this type of loan, the interest is linked to Lenzing's performance in the area of sustainability and is annually reviewed and assessed by an independent sustainability agency. The MSCI agency, New York, NY/USA, which undertakes the rating in Lenzing's case, recently awarded the company an A rating. The innovative and sustainability-based financing of a bonded loan is a consistent step in the implementation of Lenzing’s own corporate strategy sCore TEN, with a focus on sustainability and environmental protection.
The initial € 200 million bond was of such interest to investors from Europe and Asia that the decision was made to increase it to €500 million. Nearly 12% of this (US$ 65 million) was tendered in US dollars. The average interest rate of the loan is just under 1%, through which the Lenzing Group is financed less expensively than with previous bonded loans.
The total volume of the loan of €500 million will be available to the Lenzing Group in December 2019 and in January 2020, and is further distributed over tranches with terms of 5, 7 and 10 years. In addition, registered bonds will be put into place with a term of 15 years. The resources will be used for general corporate financing, for early refinancing of a bond tranche from 2015 and for important sustainable future projects by the Lenzing Group.

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dfv media group
More information: Lenzing Sustainability financing

Ahlstrom-Munksjö: divestment of glass fiber reinforcement business

The fiber-based materials solution supplier Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oy, Helsinki/Finland, has agreed to sell its glass fiber reinforcement business in Mikkeli/Finland, to Vitrulan Composites Oy, Helsinki, a fully owned subsidiary of Vitrulan Group and part of the family-owned industrial holding Adcuram Group AG, Munich/Germany.
The Mikkeli plant is part of Ahlstrom’s Filtration and Performance business area. It produces glass and carbon-based reinforcement fabrics. The main product offering consists of specialty glass fiber reinforcements for wind energy applications as well as for other end-uses including marine and transportation applications.
At the end of 2018 the plant employed about 100 people with net sales of approx. €30 million. The debt free purchase price is €6.5 million and the transaction is expected to be completed during Q4/2019. Ahlstrom-Munksjö will continue to produce glass fiber tissue at its plants in Karhula/Finland, and Tver/Russia.
The Mikkeli glass fiber reinforcement business will bring significant growth to Vitrulan Group which produces highly resilient glass fiber-based woven materials.
Vitrulan has around 400 employees and generates net sales of approx. €60 million. Its woven materials are used in public and private buildings, reinforcing and backing fabrics, laminates and special products.
Adcuram comprises 6 subsidiaries with combined sales of more than €400 million and around 2,500 employees globally. It actively develops its subsidiaries with the aim of significant growth.

 

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dfv media group
More information: Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oy

Toray: porous carbon fiber with continuous pore structure

The fiber and textile manufacturer Toray Industries Inc., Osaka/Japan, claims to have created the world’s first porous carbon fiber with a nano-sized continuous pore structure. Using this fiber as a support layer could lighten advanced membranes used in greenhouse gas separation and hydrogen production and make them more compact, thereby enhancing performance.
Absorption and adsorption-based facilities conventionally separate carbon dioxide, biogas, hydrogen, and other gases. These consume a lot of energy, resulting in heavy carbon dioxide emissions.
Toray’s new material is chemically stable because it comprises carbon, and offers very good gas permeability. The material employs thin, flexible fibers, so when it is used to support gas membranes a module can house many of them. Modules can thus be compact and light. This makes it possible to combine a range of gas separation layers.
The company has created a porous carbon fiber with uniformly continuous pores and carbon. It is possible to set nano- through micro-level pore sizes for porous structures. Another possibility is to create a hollow fiber-shaped porous carbon fiber in the center of a fiber.
Prospective applications include electrode materials and catalyst carriers (base substances for fixing other substances) in high-performance batteries.

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dfv media group

Teijin: innovative solutions support “workstyle reforms”

The producer of advanced fibers and composites, Teijin Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, is developing a wide range of innovative solutions to further “workstyle reforms” introduced by the Japanese government to reform the labor laws and working conditions.
A fan-cooled jacket, jointly developed with Makita Corp., Anjo/Japan, has a 2-layer pressure-controlled cooling structure that allows air to enter through the jacket’s outer shell and inner lining, both in front and back. Uses including sports apparel and work uniforms.
Teijin’s smart uniform for firefighting predicts heatstroke risk by estimating deep body temperatures, using a device installed in the uniform to monitor both temperatures and the firefighter’s precise position. The uniform is made with heat-resistant, flame-retardant Teijinconex meta-aramid fibers and high-tenacity Technora para-aramid fibers.
Vital Sensing Wear is clothing that facilitates sustainable and highly accurate sensing of the heart's electrical activity, heart rates and activity levels, minimizing the noise generated by contact of the body with sportswear during exercise. It combines the ultrafine fiber Nanofront with vital-sign sensing technology, and by simultaneously sensing heart rates and activity levels it can be used in various scenarios.
The innovative 2breathe smart device and mobile app help to improve sleep by relieving pre-sleep tension and midnight wakeup issues. The small device sends the data to a smartphone via Bluetooth, and the app converts to the sound. It helps to reduce the neural sympathetic activity by relaxing mind and body when breath is synchronized to the sounds.

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dfv Mediengruppe

nova-Institute: 1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibres

Cellulose fibers are one of the fastest growing fiber groups in textiles. On February 11-12 2020, nova-Institute GmbH, Hürth/Germany, will host the 1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibres.
The conference targets reseachers, producers and distributors of cellulose fiber technology alike.
Applications and advancement in this specific spectrum of textiles, as well as their economic implementation will be discussed, regarding the fast growing market for environmentally-safe products made from cellulose.
For further information: www.cellulose-fibres.eu

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dfv media group

JEC Asia 2019: winners of the JEC Innovation Awards revealed

The JEC Innovation Awards is a long-established and worldwide program with 3 goals: identify, promote, and reward the most innovative composite solutions in the world.
The winner of the JEC Asia Innovation Awards in the category Aerospace was Compotech Plus spol. s r.o., Sušice/Czech Republic. The company produces a composite aileron structure - cured in one step. The innovation is in the applying process of robot assisted filament winding and laying for automated production of wing structures. The process involves the winding, with axial fibers, various shaped sections, which form the span wise box beams. The box beams together form the profile of the wing section. Before curing, with the tooling still in place, the outer layers are wound, thus consolidating the internal beams and forming the shape of the aileron. The outer surface is then pressed with a flexible vacuum mold at room temperature. The part is then cured in one step and does not need secondary bonded parts. The surface is then finished.
Over the past 15 years, the JEC Innovation Program has involved 1,800 companies worldwide; 177 companies and 433 partners have been rewarded for the excellence of their composite innovations. The JEC Innovation Awards reward composites champions, based on criteria such as partner involvement in the value chain, technicality, or commercial applications of innovations. The awards ceremony took place on November 14, 2019, at the Startup Branch at Coex Seoul/Korea.

 

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dfv media group

ITA: first lecture 85 years ago in Aachen

The Institut für Textiltechnik (Institute of Textile Technology) of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), Aachen/Germany, was founded 85 years ago.
On November 13, 1934, the first textile technology lecture was held by Professor Dr. Max Matthes, head of the newly founded Textile Institute in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the then Technical University of Aachen. The initiator for this new foundation was in particular the textile industry based in Aachen. Since the 19th century, the region has been known across borders for its cloth industry.
Until the 1960s, the research and teaching at the new institute consisted of fiber science and testing, spinning machines, weaving and finishing machines as well as textile production. Numerous test methods were developed and the institute was established at the RWTH Aachen University.
At the beginning of the 1970s, new areas were successively added, including knitwear and nonwovens. The chair concentrated on the topics of spinning and weaving. In order to take into account the new framework conditions of an increasingly global economy, various international co-operations were established. The Institute began researching machines and processes for the manufacture of fiber composites and founded a research group for medical textiles and smart textiles.
After Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries took over the management of the institute in 2001, the ITA has gone through a very dynamic growth phase, especially in the last 10 years. Today the ITA employs about 400 people, including more than 100 scientific employees. The ITA is one of the largest institutes of the RWTH Aachen University with the widest range of applications at the location.

 

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dfv media group

Teijin Aramid: capacity increase

Targeting more than 25% capacity increase of the aramid fiber Twaron production in 5 years, as announced end 2017, the high-performance fiber producer Teijin Aramid BV, Arnhem/Netherlands, has begun the 2nd round of activities.
After the first step of capacity increase through debottlenecking, Teijin Aramid now moves to the major part of investment. As a key enabler for innovation in a variety of markets, ranging from air cargo containers to heat-resistant clothing, the company aims to reinforce its position and finalize the capacity increase by 2022. The capacity increase will be used as an opportunity to invest in new technologies that reduce CO2 emissions.
Twaron products are in high demand due to their lightweight, durable and strong features. The capacity increase will take place in the 2 factories in the Netherlands, Delfzijl and Emmen. Delfzijl is the production site for monomer and polymer and the plant in Emmen is used for spinning.
The end goal is to have a sustainable and circular aramid supply chain. On the one hand, this takes shape by being more energy efficient, being part of the energy transition movement and using increasingly green raw materials. On the other hand, the company continues to provide customers with sustainable solutions by offering Twaron.

 

 

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dfv media group
More information: Teijin Aramid

Infinited Fiber: $200 million investment in fiber innovation and technology

The textile startup Infinited Fiber Company Oy (IFC), Espoo/Finland, has received another large investment from global resource-based manufacturer RGE (Royal Golden Eagle) Pte. Ltd., Singapore. RGE is investing US$200 million into cellulosic textile fiber research and development to support solutions in alternative raw materials and closed-loop manufacturing.
The investment will support solutions in alternative cellulose or plant-based feedstock and closed-loop manufacturing. The target allocation for the investment is 70:20:10 in 3 areas, respectively: scaling up proven clean technology in fiber manufacturing, bringing pilot scale production to commercial scale, and R&D in emerging frontier solutions.

 

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dfv media group
More information: Infinited Fiber Co.