Textile Technology section
Teijin: high-performance materials
Advanced solutions contributing to enhanced quality of life were shown by the group companies Teijin Aramid and Teijin Frontier of the Teijin Group.
Teijin Aramid BV, Arnhem/Netherlands, a manufacturer of premium aramid, showcased its high-performance aramid fibers Twaron, Technora and Teijinconex and its UHWMPE Endumax. These products play key roles in solutions where strength, safety, durability and low weight are required. Also recent industry and market developments in applications for safety and life protection, such as heat and flame-resistant workwear, and in ballistic protection, automotive, aerospace and other industrial fields were shown.
Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., Osaka/Japan, the group’s fibers and products converting company, exhibited Nanofront, a 700-nanometer (diameter) ultra-fine polyester fiber featuring very good fitting, slip resistance, heat shielding and filtering properties. It is used for diverse applications, including clothing, membranes and bug filters. High-performance 4-axis textiles offering improved tear resistance and dimensional stability in all directions, a significant advantage compared to conventional 2-axis textiles, will also be presented. 4-axis textiles are expected to meet special needs in a diverse range of fields, including general clothing, sportswear and work clothes for manufacturing and construction. The exhibit additionally presented nonwovens molding materials, which are made mainly with polyester staple fiber and offer cushiony, lightweight, sound-absorbent and breathable characteristics that are ideal for vehicle seats and sound-absorbing materials.
J.H. Ziegler GmbH, Achern/Germany, Teijin Frontier group’s automotive interior materials supplier, showcased seating and acoustic materials.
Teijin, through its full-scale presence at the Techtextil 2019, aimed to demonstrate its strengths in and commitment to high-performance fibers and yarns and the value they add to products and solutions for technical textiles and nonwovens.
ACIMIT: orders decline for Italian textile machinery in Q1/2019
The orders index for Italian textile machinery compiled by the Association Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT), Milan/Italy, for the period ranging from January-March 2019 dropped 3% compared to the same period in 2018.
Italian textile machinery manufacturers thus recorded declining orders on foreign markets, where orders fell by 11%. On the domestic front, orders increased by 84% compared to the 1st quarter (Q1) 2018.
The domestic market is experiencing a dynamic showing similar to late 2017. Investments in the textile sector have benefitted from the push towards a greater degree of digitalization in production processes, thanks to the fiscal incentives.
A slowdown has been predicted for early 2019, with the entire sector waiting to see what happens at the ITMA in Barcelona/Spain in June.
ITMF: new IPCC - Tracing Capital Intensity in the Textile Industry
The International Production Cost Comparison (IPCC), published by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), Zurich/Switzerland, is designed to trace the implications of the growing capital intensity in the primary textile industry.
The new publication “Tracing Capital Intensity in the Textile Industry 2018” describes manufacturing and total costs of yarn/fabric broken down into various cost elements at different stages of the textile value chain. The 2018 edition adds the segment finishing to the historical cost analysis in spinning, draw texturing, weaving, and knitting. For the first time also, the geographic coverage counts Pakistan and Bangladesh besides Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Turkey, the USA and Vietnam.
The goal of the report is to allow for a better appreciation of the relative importance of the cost elements and their respective influence on the total costs. In the category Spinning Ring/NE30 for example, the report shows that countries with high manufacturing cost (i.e., in US$/kg of yarn, Italy = 2.35, Korea = 1.60, USA = 1.54) also have the higher share of labor cost (respectively 33%, 27%, and 31%).
The IPCC further covers the categories Texturing (75den/72F), Weaving Rotor Yarn Fabric, Weaving Textured Yarn Fabric, Knitting Rotor Yarn Fabric, Knitting Textured Yarn Fabric, Finishing - Knit - Continuous Open Width (COW), and Finishing - Knit - Discontinuous (JET).