Textile Technology section
Teijin: Europe Sustainable Technology Innovation Center
The producer of advanced fibers and composites, Teijin Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, has established the European Sustainable Technology Innovation Center (ESTIC) in Arnhem/Netherlands as a research and development facility tasked with developing technologies for a more sustainable world.
As a research and development hub for Teijin's environmental-value solutions, ESTIC will facilitate collaboration among researchers across borders to strengthen development initiatives in the company’s various business units. ESTIC will also undertake the challenge of developing all-new businesses that leverage the lifecycle capabilities of Teijin’s core materials and the development of green materials to support the global circular economy. This includes efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and to stimulate the hydrogen economy.
ESTIC will also establish a satellite office at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, an international open-innovation community active in performance materials, sustainable processes and biomedical solutions in Sittard-Geleen/Netherlands, to further activate communication with external innovation communities and research institutes.
Teijin, aiming to be a company that supports the society of the future as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), looks forward to ESTIC contributing to the development of sustainable products and technologies that help to lower environmental impact.
SGL: order-driven enhancement of operations in Arkadelphia progresses
The carbon fiber producer SGL Carbon SE, Wiesbaden/Germany, is currently enhancing its operations in Arkadelphia, AR/USA, by introducing new production processes for fiber-based composites in order to ramp up its production.
The company was awarded a substantial contract for composite battery enclosures from a North-American automaker as announced in January 2020. The enhancement reflects an investment into the facility of approximately US$ 4.5 million within 3 years and will increase the workforce at the site by 35 full-time employees. For the investment, SGL will also receive public funding from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), the City of Arkadelphia and the Clark County.
The enhancement of the Arkadelphia operations started in October 2020 and is planned to be fully operational by the end of 2021.
Andritz: new spunlace line for Minet in Romania
For the production of a wide range of hygiene products, the international technology group Andritz AG, Graz/Austria, received an order to supply a neXline spunlace eXcelle line to the manufacturer of nonwovens Minet S.A, Ramnicu Valcéa/Romania, for processing different qualities from 25-70 g/m². Start-up of this line, which will be the 1st of its kind in Romania, is expected during the 2nd quarter of 2022.
Andritz will deliver a complete line, from web forming to drying. The line will integrate a high-speed TT card, the Jetlace Essentiel hydroentanglement unit equipped with a neXecodry S1 system for energy saving, and a neXdry double-drum through-air dryer.
The production capacity will be 10,000 tons/year, while the operating speed will be up to 250 m/min and the maximum output at the carding outlet around 1,500 kg/h.
Just recently, Andritz completed the commissioning of a neXline needlepunch eXcelle line for Minet to produce automotive products made from a large variety of fibers. For this contract, Andritz delivered a complete line from fiber preparation to end-of-line, also integrating card, crosslapper, batt drafter, 2 needlelooms and a Zeta felt drafter with a working width of more than 6 m. The line is also equipped with the unique ProDyn web profiling system, operating as a closed-loop control system in order to ensure good evenness of the products.
ADD ITC: Call for Papers
The Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference (ADD ITC) 2021 will be held on November 9-10, 2021 in Stuttgart/Germany with 4 parallel sessions and a special focus on industrial topics. Partner countries this year are Portugal and Spain.
Until March 31, 2021, experts from the fields of textile chemistry, finishing and functionalization, synthetic fibers, machinery, processes and composites can submit presentation proposals with an abstract on the following topics:
- textile mechanical engineering ideas
- high-performance fibers and fiber composites
- competitive advantages and sustainability: functionalization, new finishings
- medical textiles/medical technologies
- new applications, new markets.
For further information: www.aachen-dresden-denkendorf.de/en/itc
Elleti: partnership with Wiser Wash for more sustainable denim production
The specialist for denim treatment and garment personalization Elleti Group Srl, San Bonifacio/Italy, is now the exclusive partner of Wiser Wash, Amsterdam/Netherlands, for Europe and the Mediterranean area, with Portugal being the only exception.
The partnership with Wiser Wash is a continuation of Elleti’s development of cutting-edge solutions and commitment to environmental sustainability. With the introduction of Wiser Wash's technology, Elleti has significantly reduced the amount of resources used in traditional garment treatment. This patented washing method eliminates the use of pumice stone and all harmful chemicals, while drastically reducing water consumption throughout the process. In addition, the efficiency of the process lowers chemical and mechanical stress on fabric fibers as compared to traditional treatment, guaranteeing greater garment robustness and longevity.
Karl Mayer: high-speed double needle bar raschel machine
The RD-series of double needle bar raschel machines from the textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen/Germany, produces high-quality 3D textiles with a trick plate distance of 2-6 mm. The medium-size articles cover the entire spectrum of common applications, such as shoe fabrics, mattress borders and clothing.
The RD 7/2-6 EN offers up to 30% higher speed compared to its established predecessor model using the same guide bar equipment. More output per machine also means space is used more efficiently and less manpower is required.
The EN pattern drive in combination with a maximum shogging movement of 1” ensures variety. This allows the production of trendy fabrics with up to 12,000 stitch repeats, including most common designs produced on seven-bar RD machines. The various fabric designs are possible without pattern disks, but can be implemented at the same working speed as when using mechanical pattern carriers. By basing the EN gear on the EL one, the quality of the produced fabrics can be adapted to the requirements faster and easier.
The RD 7/2-6 EN is offered in the gauges E 18, E 22 and E 24. The available working widths are 138” and 77”.
Teijin: support for call for higher renewable-energy target
The producer of advanced fibers and composites, Teijin Ltd., Tokyo/Japan, has stated its support of the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI)’s call on the Japanese government to upwardly revise its target renewable-energy ratio for fiscal 2030, currently set at 22-24%, to a more ambitious ratio of 40-50%, closer to levels declared by the USA and European Union (EU) countries.
The JCI statement issued on January 18, 2021, asks the government to raise the renewable-energy target rate in the nation’s next Strategic Energy Plan, which is scheduled to be finalized in 2021. The statement also encourages Japanese companies to play a larger role in the effort to decarbonize global industry as well as to raise their in-house goals to more ambitious levels to help to limit climate change.
The JCI is a network of Japanese corporations committed to strengthening communication and the exchange of best strategies and solutions among all entities in Japan that are working to combat climate change.
Teijin, a JCI member company, aims to lower the groupwide environmental impact including achieving net zero emissions by fiscal 2050 and is gradually replacing its current source of electricity with renewable energy.
Gerber: end-to-end hardware and software solutions increases productivity
In February 2020, Stoffus, Lda., Montemor-o-velho/Portugal, opened a brand-new facility and digitally transformed their processes with the objective of improving working conditions and growing their business. When the global pandemic caused many companies to shift their production to personal protective equipment (PPE), the company leveraged the integrated solutions from Gerber Technology, Tolland, CT/USA, to not only run their normal business operations, but also keep up with growing demand for made-to-order furniture resulting in doubling its production capacity.
Stoffus is a leader in the development and construction of leather and fabric sofas in the Portuguese market.
Since the implementation of Gerber’s AccuMark and AccuNest software, digitizer, plotter and Gerbercutter Z1, Stoffus has seen a reduction in manpower (up to 50%), an improved material savings (1-1.5 m/sofa), and 100% increase in productivity. It is now possible to daily produce 25-30 sofas compared to previously 15 sofas.
Synthomer: next-generation of 3D concrete printing technology
The specialty chemicals company Synthomer plc, Harlow/UK, is participating in a project aimed at developing the next generation of concrete manufacturing technology. The project is led by construction experts at the University of Loughborough/UK and supported by a grant of £1.2 million from the EPSRC’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).
3D Concrete Printing (3DCP) is a digitally-driven, off-site manufacturing technology that is establishing itself worldwide as a viable manufacturing process. However, its use beyond purely aesthetic objects is currently limited by the manufacturing accuracy achievable. The work undertaken by this group will develop the next generation, Hybrid Concrete Printing (HCP), technology that uses 3DCP to create a near-net-shape (an object slightly larger than the desired object) and then uses a subtractive process (cutting, milling and drilling) to remove a small amount of material to create the net-shape - the desired object to sub-mm precision. HCP technology offers an alternative to traditional cast concrete, freed from the need to construct molds and traditional constraints on form and finish.
VDMA: webtalk on material efficiency and fiber recycling in textile spinning
The first VDMA technology webtalk in 2021 is scheduled for January 21 with the topic “Material efficiency and fiber recycling in textile spinning: Approaches for circular economy”. The experts will give an overview of the recycling processes that can turn old clothes into high-quality yarns and fabrics.
Dr. Bettina Temath from the Trützschler Group, Mönchengladbach/Germany, will demonstrate how production waste from spinning preparation can be recycled. She will also present solutions to process recycled fibers made from post-consumer textile waste and explain how the best possible quality can be achieved.
René Bucken from the Saurer Group, Arbon/Switzerland, will present how the use of regenerated fibers increases the share of short fibers in the sliver which tends to decrease spinning mill efficiency.
Michael Wolf, imat-uve GmbH, Mönchengladbach/Germany, will show in his presentation “New life for old clothes - Mixed fiber recycling for high demands”, using a specific project as an example, how high-quality yarns can be developed and produced from old clothing using blended fibers.
Registration for the webtalk is free of charge via: