Textile Technology section
Bogner: continued growth in 2019/20 financial year
The manufacturer of apparel Willy Bogner GmbH & Co. KGaA, Munich/Germany, continued its growth course of the past years in the 2019/2020 financial year. BOGNER generated €163 million in sales. Earnings before taxes (EBT) amounted to €2.6 million following €0.3 million in the last comparable fiscal year 2017/18.
Bogner’s business was very solid on entering the corona virus crisis. The company responded swiftly and flexibly to the lockdown, and took resolute countermeasures. It is also about to conclude a financing package. In addition to a syndicated loan, it will include state subsidies from LfA Förderbank Bayern to cover the repercussions of the corona virus pandemic.
Even before the current crisis, Bogner had worked with the management consultancy EY to develop a performance program designed to reduce complexity and make the company faster, more flexible, and more profitable in the long-term. The program involves a gradual reduction in staff. A total of around 150 jobs will be reduced over a period of 2 years. This will particularly affect the administration in Munich and the company’s own logistics in Heimstetten/Germany. The logistics will be outsourced to a service provider.
Affix: New product Si-Quat to kill the corona virus
Affix, Helsinki/Finland, launches a new product to help combat the Covid-19 virus. Si-Quat combines a safe and well-established disinfectant and a proprietary chemical binding technique, so that the active ingredient can kill viruses, including Sars-Cov-2. It is a versatile anti-viral surface treatment that has been scientifically proven to last for months on any surface or textile while effectively killing the Covid-19 pathogen upon contact. The product is based on the disinfectant quaterny ammonium which is chemically bound to align silane quaternary ammonium molecules (silane quats) in an effective manner. Positively charged nitrogen particles actively attract viruses and bacteria, penetrating the membranes and killing them within minutes. Testing has shown Si-Quat to adhere to almost any surface. Due to its strong layer, the solution wears down on surfaces after many touches or multiple cleaning cycles.
ITM 2021: innovative technologies and new products to meet textile investors
The ITM Exhibition, which was planned to be held between June 2-6, 2020, was postponed to June22-26, 2021 due to the troublesome corona virus pandemic. Participating companies in countries that had to interrupt their production, especially Italy, France, Spain, Germany and China, welcomed the postponement of the ITM Exhibition. The countries, holding similar opinions that it is not possible to save from the pandemic without effective drug treatment or vaccine against coronavirus, started normalization process by increasing their protective measures while fighting against the pandemic. The wheels started to turn again in the factories, and production and orders gained momentum. While occurring shortage of mask and protective clothing all over the world, Turkey which has a strong infrastructure in the field of textile, garments, nonwovens has supplied personal protective equipment to the world on the one hand, while meeting its own needs. Turkey has shown that it is one of the largest producers and raw material suppliers of the world and Europe in this process. The major brands and companies in Europe and the USA shifted their orders from China to Turkey. This synergy in the Turkish textile industry will have a positive impact on the ITM 2021 Exhibition.
Multi-Plot: antiviral and antibacterial finish destroys coronavirus
With V-Block the Multi-Plot Europe GmbH, Bad Emsthal/Germany, offers an antiviral and antibacterial finish and textiles finished with V-Block. This is an antiviral and antibacterial finishing product for all types of fibers, especially suitable for medical nonwovens articles, mouth-nose protective masks, cloths, gloves, protective clothing, and filters, room dividers made out of fabric, curtains and furnishing textiles in hospitals, nursing homes, and hotels. The technology of silver salt and lipid vesicles enables the binding and destruction of over 99 % of bacteria, viruses, and yeasts within minutes. The effectiveness on the corona virus was successfully tested by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne/Australia. Further successful tests were carried out on H1N1, H5N1, H7N9 and RSV. V-Block is manufactured in Germany. Due to the antibacterial effect, no odors are generated on the fabric, so there is no need for frequent washing, a benefit for the environment. V-block is odorless and a washing fastness of at least 30 washes at 40°C is given. A washable FFP2 mask treated with V-block, shows a significant (>300 times) reduction of the virus infectivity (mist-contact). The biocide for textile applications was approved in May 2020 by the Federal Office for Occupational safety and occupational medicine for Germany.
Devan: innovative textile finish with immunity-boosting propertiesThe corona virus makes us feel more concerned than usual about staying strong and healthy. A new multivitamin blend consisting of vitamin C, vitamin E and ginger has been added by the supplier of special chemicals Devan Chemicals NV, Ronse/Belgium, to its R-Vital range of active ingredients. R-Vital range is a fabric treatment that enables textile manufacturers to boost their textiles with a range of microencapsulated active ingredients. The technology was first launched in 2018 with active ingredients including Q10, thyme oil, aloe vera, and more. The fabric treatment is based on microencapsulation. Active ingredients are encapsulated and applied to the fabric. The treated textiles touch the skin and the friction causes the microcapsules to break. Then, the active ingredients are absorbed by the skin and transported throughout the body. Since its launch in 2018, Devan has continuously added new ingredients such as CBD, avocado and enchinacea. The new “multivitamin” blend consists of vitamin C, vitamin E and ginger and is developed for immunity-boosting properties. It is a response to the corona pandemic and helps the immune system to fight off Covid-19.
Ascend: new antiviral technology to destroy corona virus
The Acteev Biodefend technology by the manufacturer of fiber technologies Ascend Performance Materials, Houston, TX/USA, can deactivate SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Ascend files the first FDA 510(k) submission based on Acteev technology in the United States, a surgical mask under a new brand called Acteev Biodefend. Acteev Biodefend technology has been shown in laboratory tests to deactivate Sars-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 and other pathogens. Covered by more than 15 patent families, Acteev technology embeds active zinc ions into the matrix of a specialty polymer. It has been tested in multiple end forms, including knit and woven fabrics, engineered plastics and nanofiber, meltblown and spunbond nonwoven materials. Moreover Ascend launched Acteev Protect, an antimicrobial line of protection specially formulated to guard against the growth of fungi, bacteria and other microbes to keep textiles and nonwoven fabrics fresher for longer. It can be used to make face coverings, filtration devices, and textiles for upholstery and apparel such as activewear.