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Karl Mayer: focus on digitalization at ITMA Asia + CITME

Innovative digital solutions for all its machine segments will be presented at the ITMA Asia + CITME by textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Group, Obertshausen/Germany. At the event from June 12-16, 2021 in Shanghai/China, these digital trendsetting offers will be the focus for each of the 3 powerful in the expanding Group: Karl Mayer, KM.ON and – most recently – Stoll. For the first time in Asia, Karl Mayer will be exhibiting machines for both warp knitting and flat knitting.
On show at the exhibition stand will be an HKS, 2 machines from the ADF family and a new flat knitting machine for the volume market. All models offer unique possibilities thanks to digital features. For visitors from the field of weaving, Karl Mayer will be exhibiting the Isodirect beam warping machine with a very good price-performance ratio.
Karl Mayer founded KM.ON to develop pioneering digital products. The company’s own software start-up made its first major market appearance at ITMA Asia + CTME in 2018, and this time will showcase new and enhanced digital solutions that are highly effective in helping customers do business.
The Spare Parts Webshop is a well-established procurement tool and can now also be used to procure electronic lapping data. The SwapKnit 36 and SwapKnit 36 Flat have been developed for this purpose and will be presented at the fair.
In addition, there will be a textile and application demonstration on the Karl Mayer stand. Highlights include high-performance geotextiles and construction textiles for manufacturers of technical textiles, on-trend warp knitted fabrics for brands and fabric producers.


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Performance Days: digital fair week

In view of the current corona situation, any planning for the realization of fairs lacks certainty. Furthermore, international travel restrictions make it difficult or even impossible for many manufacturers and trade fair visitors to participate. As a result, the planned dates of the Performance Days fair cannot take place as a physical event on May 19-20, 2021 as previously announced.
To coincide with the Kickoff of the new season, the Performance Days team is focusing on a digital fair week from May 17-21, 2021. Within the framework of the recently launched digital platform Performance Days Loop in cooperation with Functional Fabric Fair and the Digital Fair will highlight sustainable fabric innovations for Spring/Summer 2023 over 5 days.
During the Digital Fair, exhibitors and trade visitors can look forward to comprehensive networking opportunities, including digital supporting program via live stream with informative talks by experts, lectures and rounds of discussions, as well as interactive Q&A sessions.
The Marketplace will provide visitors with the opportunity to view numerous exhibitors’ products, including the curated, sustainable fabric highlights of the Performance Forum. In order to be able to digitally present the fabrics to visitors as realistically as possible in terms of haptic, design and structure, the Performance Forum was equipped last winter with innovative 3D technology, including innovative tools such as 3D images, video animations and U3M files for download.
The hybrid option remains the concept of the future, especially for the winter edition of the fair on December 1-2, 2021


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Archroma: new water-saving dyeing process for denim with Jeanologia

The launch of ‘Pad-Ox G2 Cold’, a water-saving dyeing process at room temperature for casual looks, has been announced by the producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, and the supplier of sustainable technologies for garment finishing, Jeanologia, Paterna/Spain
Archroma initially introduced its eco-advanced Pad-Ox dyeing process for woven fabrics. By combining the oxidation and fixation steps, it is possible to shorten the dyeing process and thus realize substantial resource savings in water, wastewater, cotton waste, and energy.
Meanwhile, Jeanologia has been working on the technology side, with laser and eco-finishing solutions. Its G2 Dynamic was the first ozone treatment for continuous fabric that reduces the amount of water and chemicals used, thus saving costs further down the textile chain. This technology makes fabric more stable and consistent and prepares the fabric better for the use of other technologies like laser.
In their joint project, the 2 companies have come up with a way to apply the Pad-Ox dyeing process at room temperature, whilst still improving fastnesses and allowing higher contrasts after washdown. The new Pad-Ox G2 Cold dyeing process works thanks to the insertion of very small machinery into the existing finishing range process, using cold processing and thus operating with much less water, carbon footprint and energy than traditional finishing processes, whilst retaining the water and other resource savings offered by the Pad-Ox technology.

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Starlinger: technologies for cement packaging and plastics recycling

Block bottom valve bags and post-consumer plastics recycling are the 2 main topics that the producer of machinery and complete lines for woven plastic bag production Starlinger & Co. Ges.m.b.H., Vienna/Austria, will focus on at the international exhibition on plastics and rubber industries Chinaplas in Shenzen/China from April 13-16, 2021.
By March 2022 Chinese cement producers are required by law to switch their packaging to one of the 3 specified cement sack types. The block bottom valve sacks AD*Star are made of laminated polypropylene (PP) tape fabric using a specially developed welding process. The plastic fabric is extremely durable and break-resistant and protects the content from moisture. This makes them a very sustainable cement packaging solution because they help to reduce CO2 emissions during cement production. Fully automated sack production on Starlinger ad*starKon conversion lines is possible.
There are also other important advantages. The bags are well suited for automatic filling and palletizing and the PP coating ensures tightness and avoids leaking of the product. They have adjustable air permeability due to optional micro-perforation which reduces dust formation and protects against humidity (improved shelf life).
Starlinger recycling technology will focus on post-consumer recycling. The PET re-granulate produced on Starlinger lines can be used in applications with direct food contact. The company also offers FDA-approved recycling solutions for the production of food grade re-granulate from post-consumer HDPE packaging such as milk and beverage bottles. The upgrading of post-consumer re-granulates with the above-mentioned technologies makes it possible to close material cycles.

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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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More information: Lanxess AG carbon fibers Smartphone

ITM/Hightex postponed again to 2022

The corona virus has once more required the postponement of 2 trade fairs in Istanbul/Turkey. Both the International Textile Machinery Exhibition ITM and the International Technical Textile & Nonwoven Trade Fair Hightex will now be held from June 14-18, 2022. This effectively means a postponement of 1 year from the last announced dates of June 22-26, 2021.
The last ITM Exhibition hosted the international textile industry with 1,200 exhibitors from 64 countries and 60,000 visitors from 94 countries.
Hightex 2022, which will be held simultaneously with the ITM, is the first and only exhibition in its field in Turkey and will host leading technical textile and nonwovens manufacturers in Istanbul for 5 days. Visitors will include industry professionals from medical to ready-to-wear, from decoration to cosmetics, and from automotive to defense.

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More information: ITM Hightex trade fairs

Mondi: new mask production line in Germany

A new production line for manufacturing medical masks from meltblown nonwovens has been commissioned by the packaging and paper company Mondi Group, Vienna/Austria, at its site in Gronau/Germany. Mondi specializes in hygiene applications and draws on experience from 50 years of production at this site.
The production speed of 700 masks/min is considerably higher than that of conventional lines (approx. 100 masks/min). This results in around 1 million masks/day. The important base material, meltblown nonwovens, is also produced in-house on a nonwovens line from the machinery and plant manufacturer Reifenhäuser Reicofil GmbH & Co. KG, Troisdorf/Germany. The international technology group Andritz AG, Graz/Austria, is also the partner for mask production.
This fully integrated production of medical face masks on 2 highly automated high-speed machines lays the foundation for what the company claims is the highest quality mask production Made in Germany.
The masks are certified as a medical product according to Oeko-Tex as well as Dermatest. Mondi Gronau is thus targeting the German healthcare sector, including hospitals, pharmacies and medical retailers.

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Rieter: Picanol acquires minority stake

The manufacturer of weaving machines Picanol NV, Ieper/Belgium, has acquired a minority stake in the textile machinery manufacturer Rieter Holding AG, Winterthur/Switzerland, amounting to a total of 467,236 shares for a price of €45.4 million. Rieter is considered the world’s leading supplier of systems for short-staple fiber spinning. The company develops and manufactures machinery, systems and components used to convert natural and man-made fibers into yarns.
As a result of the transaction, Picanol Group now holds 10% of the share capital of Rieter Holding AG.
With the financial participation in Rieter, Picanol wants to further diversify its activities in the textile industry and secure a stable shareholding for Rieter in the long term.
At the Annual General Meeting on April 15, 2021 Michael Pieper, a member of the Board of Directors of Rieter Holding AG since 2009, will not stand for re-election. He joined Rieter as a major shareholder in 2008, and since then has been strongly involved in the strategic realignment of the group. At the Annual General Meeting, Stefaan Haspeslagh will be proposed for election to the Board of Directors. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Financial Officer of the Picanol Group since 2010.

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HeiQ: acquisition of Belgian industrial biotech company

The supplier of finishing technology, HeiQ Materials AG, Zurich/Switzerland, has acquired 51% of the share capital and voting rights of Chrisal NV, Lommel/Belgium. The company, with its office and manufacturing site in Lommel, will be renamed HeiQ Chrisal.
Chrisal is a biotechnology company and a leader in innovative ingredients and consumer products that incorporate the benefits of probiotics and symbiotics. It has 3 technology platforms, all with the purpose to create healthy and sustainable microbial ecosystems. The application of its proprietary technology includes cosmetics, personal care, textiles, wound dressings, water purification, air treatment and cleaning products.
With this strategic acquisition HeiQ enters the broader market of surface management and accesses a bio-based green complementary technology platform to its antimicrobials. It gives the company access to the technology platform of prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics for bio-based odor and stain control for carpets and footwear, anti-allergen effect in mattress and bedding, microbial and viral protection for surfaces, anti-inflammatory effect in wound dressings, probiotic skin enhancing cosmetics, algae and biofilm control in drinking water as well as advanced symbiotic surface protection.

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More information: HeiQ acquisition Chrisal

Teijin Frontier: new company for next-generation knitted fabrics

The fiber-product converting company Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, will merge its subsidiary companies Teijin Modern Yarn Co., Ltd. and Shinwa Ltd. to develop, manufacture, sell and specially process yarns as Teijin Frontier Knitting Co., Ltd. (TFK), based in Komatsu/Japan, effective April 1, 2021.
The establishment of TFK is meant to combine the variations of its 2 predecessors’ knitting machines with new development and quality-control capabilities for difficult products. It also is expected to strengthen global expansion of Teijin Frontier Group's circular knitting business.
In addition, TFK will create next-generation materials in the special textured yarn field by integrating the technologies of its 2 predecessors while further strengthening development capabilities throughout Teijin Frontier Group.

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