Textile Technology section
Autoneum: high-quality tufted carpets made of recycled PET
Global demand for innovative cars of the future and sustainable forms of mobility is rising. Accordingly, automobile manufacturers and suppliers are increasingly focusing their vehicle development activities on resource-saving lightweight components and production processes. In addition, the look and feel of the passenger cabin is a decisive factor in the purchasing decision.
With Relive-1, the automotive supplier Autoneum Management AG, Winterthur/Switzerland, offers a premium technology for automotive carpets with aesthetic appearance and also a very good environmental performance. Among other things, carpets made of this material feature a particularly sustainable use of raw materials. One example is that only recycled PET bottles are used to manufacture the carpet yarns. Autoneum reuses this raw material, thus conserving natural resources and reducing plastic waste – while at the same time ensuring that new, high-quality carpet systems for future vehicle generations can be produced cost-effectively from used PET bottles.
Moreover, Relive-1 is another step towards mono-material constructions and consequently, zero waste tufted carpet production. At the same time, it stands for the above-average product quality of Autoneum. Compared to standard carpets in compact to large class vehicles, Relive-1 carpets are more robust thanks to higher abrasion resistance, and easy to clean thanks to the vertical alignment of the filaments and the water repellency of polyester. As a result, small particles such as wood splinters, dust or pebbles as well as liquids can be removed easily with no residual traces.
Euratex: European initiative to upcycle textile waste and circular materials
With the aim creating 5 hubs to process textile waste and become European coordination centers, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), Brussels/Belgium, has unveiled ReHubs, a joint initiative to upcycle textile waste and circular materials all over Europe. The hubs are intended for upcycling waste and circular materials by collecting, sorting, processing and recycling industrial, pre-consumer and post-consumer textile waste.
While apparel is only one of several textiles’ applications, the global apparel production and consumption appear to have doubled over the past 15 years, generating higher waste. In less than 4 years textile waste shall be collected separately and could total an amount between 4.2 and 5.5 million tons which should be dealt with ideally within the EU.
Setting the ReHubs near European textile and apparel districts will offer the benefit of circular economy by upcycling textile wastes, as a completely new, coordinated, large-scale management of material-streams. The ReHubs will enable the creation of a new European market of secondary raw materials saving additional waste-related costs. They will create and spread knowledge on products’ recyclability and product design for a better cooperation between makers and buyers across the industry value chain.
The initial ReHubs would operate across borders and benefit to many other European countries in the short and mid-term.
For further information: www.euratex.eu
Oerlikon: safe workplace through innovative distance-warning technology
In times of increasing coronavirus cases, the technology group Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, is well-equipped with an innovative technology to minimize the risk of infection for employees, customers and business partners. Durijg the past few months, Oerlikon has successfully tested the sensor-based SafeZone technology from the start-up company Kinexon, Munich/Germany, as a pilot project at some of its Swiss and German sites, and is now introducing the system at locations worldwide.
With SafeZone technology, the distance between individuals is measured with centimeter accuracy. At Oerlikon's locations with the technology installed, employees can choose to either wear the sensor on the wrist or carry it around in a sensor holder. If the predefined minimum distance between 2 sensors, for example 1.5 m, is breached, audio-visual warning signals are activated.
Wearing a SafeZone sensor also enables the precise tracking of contact chains in the event of an infection,
By the end of the year, 8,000 distance-warning devices will be in operation at more than 100 locations in 20 countries in Europe and the USA.
Archroma: 20% price increase for fluorochemical range
The producer of dyes and specialty chemicals Archroma Management LLC, Reinach/Switzerland, has announced an increase of up to 20% in the selling prices of its Nuva N and Fluowet fluorocarbon polymers.
Fluorocarbon polymers are typically used in essential applications where a water and/or oil barrier is needed, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) for health professionals, or other technical textiles.
The price increase has become necessary to support the increasing regulatory and other costs, as well as ongoing investments. It will be effective, in all regions and markets, for all new orders and as contracts allow.
Oerlikon: robust pumps for sophisticated special fibers
New solutions are required to reduce weight and replace heavy metallic parts. Aramid fibers and carbon fibers are processed into special yarns that are frequently deployed as compound materials and as lightweight composites.
Aramid fibers are produced in a highly-chemical process that is aggressive. The acrylic precursor used to manufacture carbon fibers is a different process, but again no less difficult. In these processes the gear metering pumps are not only responsible for the high-precision control of the melt transport. Durability, resistance and cost efficiency also plays decisive roles.
The process, the expected pump lifespan and the maintenance are the decisive factors for choosing the materials from which the pumps and their components are manufactured.
Oerlikon Barmag, Chemnitz/Germany, a subsidiary of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment of Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, offers solutions that combine the various materials and the latest technologies.
Surfaces with ceramic coatings, gears and shafts featuring DLC coatings, pumps made from cobalt alloys or robust and durable hybrid constructions comprising zirconium oxide ceramic and duplex stainless steel and the high-precision pumps are design-optimized depending on the intended use. Various seal systems and customized drive concepts round off the program. Thus reliable solutions for the high-precision metering of disparate media in complex processes for all applications are made available.
Jowat: new Head of Technical Support and Service
On November 1st, 2020, Ina Benz has been appointed Head of Technical Support and Service (TSS) at the manufacturer of adhesives, Jowat SE, Detmold/Germany. Thus she succeeds Armin Erb who retired after more than 40 years with Jowat.
She began her career in 2004 when she worked on her diploma thesis. One year later, she took on responsibility for claim management within the TSS. Since 2012, she has successfully led the application technology department within the TSS:
With effect from November 1, 2020, Ina Benz has assumed her new role as head of TSS at Jowat SE. The Technical Support and Service division at Jowat SE comprises the departments application technology, claim management and packaging management plus Jowat’s in-house technical lab.
The wide scope of responsibilities is seen as an exciting challenge but also a great opportunity.
ITMF: Ruizhe Sun elected as new president
On October 22, 2020 during the Hybrid ITMF Annual Conference 2020 of the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), Zurich/Switzerland, the Committee of Management of the Federation elected the members of the Board for the term 2020-2022.
Mr. Ruizhe Sun (photo), President of the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC), Beijing/China, was unanimously elected as the new President, succeeding Mr. Kihak Sung.
Mr. K.V. Srinivasan and Juan Parès were elected as Vice Presidents of the Federation. Ernesto Maurer was elected as the new Treasurer.
Loek de Vries, Michelle Tjokrosaputro and Mohammad Kassem were re-elected as Board Members.
As new Board Members, the Committee of Management elected Mustafa Denizer, Uday Gill, Salman Ispahani, Mrs. Suchita Jain Oswal, Mr. Taejin Kang and Mr. Yingxin Xu. Rafael Cervone, John Cheh, Andrew Macdonald and Muharrem Kayhan were co-opted as Board Members.
Kihak Sung was elected Honorary Life Member of the Federation in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Federation as Vice President (2016-2018) and President of ITMF (2018-2020).
Oerlikon Manmade Fibers: digitalization helps to avoid errors
Smooth production processes are essential to avoid errors. Digitalization provides valuable support in this regard.
The Smart Factory is also the focus of the Manmade Fibers Segment of technology group Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, as it ensures process reliability. The data are automatically entered into the system and the product assessed at each stage of yarn production at which values and data are recorded – such as during visual inspection and when weighing. In the event of anomalies in the intermediate laboratory and quality checks, this allows yarn producers to intervene in the production process and correct anomalies. Thus yarn manufacturers have a complete overview of the ongoing production process at all times, including comprehensive information on quality and production costs.
As a total solution provider, the Manmade Fibers segment of the Oerlikon group rounds off its Smart Factory concept with the associated services: operation, updates, further development of the software and services are part of the scope of services.
Oerlikon Manmade Fibers: Q3 results show positive market outlook
In the 3rd quarter (Q3) of 2020 the Manmade Fibers Segment of technology group Oerlikon Management AG, Pfäffikon/Switzerland, delivered another quarter of strong and stable results. Sales increased by 18.1% year-on-year to CHF 313 million. Order intake was sustained at a high level of CHF 261 million.
The Q3 EBIT was CHF 40 million (Q3/2019: CHF 22 million) or 12.9% of sales (Q3/2019: 8.4%).
Looking back over the first 9 months, Jan.-Sept. 2020, the picture is quite different. Order intake was CHF 770 million, a decrease of 11% compared to the same period 2019 (CHF 870 million). Sales for Jan.-Sept. 2020 were CHF 765 million, down 8.8% (2019: CHF 839 million).
These strong orders and sales figures of Q3 are driven by the notable recovery in the filament equipment business in China and the continued pick-up in demand for meltblown nonwoven solutions used in face mask production. The Manmade Fibers Segment is on track to fulfil its planned 2020 deliveries.