Textile Technology section
Autefa: spunlace trials available at Nonwovens Competence Center
The spunlace line with the hydroentanglement machine V-Jet Futura from the manufacturer of textile machinery, Autefa Solutions Germany GmbH, Friedberg/Germany, is available for customer trials at Autefa’s Nonwovens Competence Center in Linz/Austria. The full portfolio of the company's nonwovens machinery “from bale to fabric” including opening and blending, web forming, hydroentanglement, drying as well as cutting and winding is used.
For developing new advanced products fiber opening and blending, injection card, hydroentanglement machine V-Jet Futura and Square Drum Dryer SQV are available. Further products like spunbond, wetlaid or crosslapped drylaid can be unwind between the injection card and the subsequent V-Jet Futura. The installed equipment enables realistic impressions of the quality, workmanship, capability, and performance of Autefa Solutions machinery.
The V-Jet Futura technology takes place featuring 30% less electrical energy consumption due to the unique V-Jet-construction with significantly reduced distance between the nozzle and the fabric to be bonded. The Square Drum Dryer SQV combines the advantage in drying efficiency of a horizontal belt dryer with the space advantage of a drum dryer, resulting in increased drying length with small footprint. 30% savings of thermal energy can be achieved compared to known drying technology used in the spunlace process.
James Heal: sustainable water repellency testing
The redeveloped TruRain water repellency tester has been launched by textile testing equipment manufacturer James H. Heal & Co. Ltd., Halifax/UK. The latest release includes an innovative new ‘water recirculation’ feature, which significantly reduces operating costs by 83% and water consumption by 99%.
TruRain is an evolution in sustainable textile testing: a next-generation, artificial rain shower testing instrument, for determining the water repellency of textiles, sustainably. Further benefits include increased throughput and productivity. It is easy to use and tests can be run continuously for 8 hours/day, 5 days/week. Through the use of an effective Water Safety Plan, health and safety can be maintained with no impact on the efficacy and reliability of test results.
The Lycra Company: Denise Sakuma new VP of Brands and Marketing
The provider of fiber and technology solutions The Lycra Company, Wilmington, DE/USA, announces the promotion of Denise Sakuma to vice president of brands, marketing communications, and merchandising.
With years of experience in building brands, Sakuma leads the global brand marketing communication capabilities in retail merchandising, new product commercialization, sustainability, public relations, e-commerce, creative, and social media. She is also spearheading The Lycra Company’s digital transformation.
Before her new role, Sakuma served as director of global ready-to-wear, denim, and woven segments. She also previously held the role of Regional Business Director for South America for 5 years in São Paulo/Brazil. Prior to that, she was the company’s Global Brand and Communications Director.
Andritz: new needlepunch line for textile recycling in Poland
Recycled fibers from old clothing are to be further processed into technical nonwovens for the automotive industry as well as for geotextiles. For this purpose, the nonwovens manufacturer Pureko Sp.Z o.o., Myszków/Poland, has ordered a needlepunch line from the international technology group Andritz AG, Graz/Austria, for the plant in Myszków.
The supply includes a complete neXline needlepunch eXcelle line – from web forming to needling – as well as engineering and Andritz’s scanning gauge. The final products will have fabric weights ranging from 300 - 500 g/m², and the production capacity will be up to 750 kg/h. Installation and start-up are scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2021.
This is the second Andritz line to be supplied to Pureko. 3 years ago, the company invested in a new, modern plant supplied by Andritz Asselin-Thibeau to produce fluffy nonwovens used in the furniture, textile, and clothing industries.