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04.06.2021

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s FluoroFree® and ParaFree® receive compostability certification

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has expanded its portfolio of biodegradable and renewable fiber-based solutions for food packaging papers, receiving compostability certification from the Biodegradable Products Institute®.

Continuing to be at the forefront of sustainable product offerings, Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s FluoroFree® and ParaFree® food packaging papers produced in North America are now BPI® certified, in addition to offering multiple sustainability attributes in a single product.  

These certifications facilitate the possibility for Ahlstrom-Munksjö customers, whether converters or brand owners, to achieve their own sustainability goals. By using a scientific process, BPI officially certifies compostable products that meet ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868 standards for compostability. BPI Certification proves that a material will compost in a commercial composting facility, leaving behind no toxic residue or microplastics.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has expanded its portfolio of biodegradable and renewable fiber-based solutions for food packaging papers, receiving compostability certification from the Biodegradable Products Institute®.

Continuing to be at the forefront of sustainable product offerings, Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s FluoroFree® and ParaFree® food packaging papers produced in North America are now BPI® certified, in addition to offering multiple sustainability attributes in a single product.  

These certifications facilitate the possibility for Ahlstrom-Munksjö customers, whether converters or brand owners, to achieve their own sustainability goals. By using a scientific process, BPI officially certifies compostable products that meet ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868 standards for compostability. BPI Certification proves that a material will compost in a commercial composting facility, leaving behind no toxic residue or microplastics.

In addition, Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s ParaFree® Wax Alternative papers have achieved BPI Certifcation; papers manufactured without the addition of paraffin or other petroleum-based materials. ParaFree® products create a more sustainable alternative to this type of widely used quick service restaurant packaging. These products maintain a high-level of performance and are stronger on a pound-for-pound basis, allowing for improved yield and lower transportation costs and reducing its overall impact.

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö

ANDRITZ erhielt von Zhejiang Kingsafe, China, einen weiteren Auftrag für eine Hochgeschwindigkeits-Spunlace-Linie (c) ANDRITZ
Hochgeschwindigkeits-TT-Krempel kombiniert mit der Wasserstrahlverfestigungsmaschine- JetlaceEssential im Betrieb bei Kingsafe
18.05.2021

Neuer Auftrag für ANDRITZ

  • ANDRITZ erhielt von Zhejiang Kingsafe, China, einen weiteren Auftrag für eine Hochgeschwindigkeits-Spunlace-Linie

Der internationale Technologiekonzern ANDRITZ erhielt von Zhejiang Kingsafe Hygiene Materials Technology Co., Ltd. in Hezhou, China, den Auftrag zur Lieferung einer neuen, kompletten neXline spunlace Linie. Die Montage und Inbetriebnahme der Linie sind für das zweite Quartal 2022 geplant.

Diese neXline spunlace eXcelle Linie mit hoher Kapazität wird entweder 100% biologisch abbaubare Fasern oder ein Gemisch aus Polyester und Viskose verarbeiten. Die Linie ist speziell für die Produktion von Vliesstoffen vorgesehen, die in den Bereichen Hygiene und Medizin verwendet werden. Die Endprodukte werden ein Flächengewicht von 30 bis 100 gsm aufweisen; die jährliche Produktionskapazität wird bis zu 18.000 Jahrestonnen betragen.

  • ANDRITZ erhielt von Zhejiang Kingsafe, China, einen weiteren Auftrag für eine Hochgeschwindigkeits-Spunlace-Linie

Der internationale Technologiekonzern ANDRITZ erhielt von Zhejiang Kingsafe Hygiene Materials Technology Co., Ltd. in Hezhou, China, den Auftrag zur Lieferung einer neuen, kompletten neXline spunlace Linie. Die Montage und Inbetriebnahme der Linie sind für das zweite Quartal 2022 geplant.

Diese neXline spunlace eXcelle Linie mit hoher Kapazität wird entweder 100% biologisch abbaubare Fasern oder ein Gemisch aus Polyester und Viskose verarbeiten. Die Linie ist speziell für die Produktion von Vliesstoffen vorgesehen, die in den Bereichen Hygiene und Medizin verwendet werden. Die Endprodukte werden ein Flächengewicht von 30 bis 100 gsm aufweisen; die jährliche Produktionskapazität wird bis zu 18.000 Jahrestonnen betragen.

ANDRITZ wird eine komplette Linie von der Vliesbildung bis zur Trocknung liefern sowie auch zwei Hochgeschwindigkeits-TT-Krempeln, die renommierte Wasserstrahlverfestigungsanlage JetlaceEssentiel sowie einen neXdry Durchströmtrockner mit neXecodry S1-Energiesparsystem integrieren. Diese Kombination wird am Markt zum Maßstab für die Produktion leichter Spunlace-Vliesstoffe, die speziell für den Hygienemarkt vorgesehen sind.

„Wir sind stolz, die sehr verlässlichen und effizienten ANDRITZ-Vliesstofflinien zu betreiben. Sie helfen uns enorm bei der Produktion von Vliesstoffrollenware der Spitzenklasse und bringen uns weltweite Anerkennung als Schlüsselunternehmen unter den Vliesstoffproduzenten“, sagt Kingsafe-Geschäftsführer Huarong Yan.

Zhejiang Kingsafe Hygiene Materials Technology Co., Ltd. wurde 1987 gegründet und zählt mit mehreren in Betrieb befindlichen Spunlace-Linien zu den größten Produzenten Chinas für Spunlace- und Spunbond-Vliesstoffrollenware. Die Endprodukte werden weltweit exportiert und kommen in vielen Bereichen zum Einsatz, wie beispielsweise in der Medizin, dem Gesundheitswesen, der hochtechnologischen Landwirtschaft sowie bei hochwertigen Konsum- und Haushaltsartikeln.

Die neue Linie ist nun bereits die neunte von ANDRITZ gelieferte Spunlace-Linie und die dritte mit Hochgeschwindigkeits-TT-Krempeln, wodurch die erfolgreiche Langzeitzusammenarbeit zwischen ANDRITZ und Zhejiang Kingsafe bestätigt wird. Der Auftrag beweist auch, dass die von ANDRITZ gelieferte Lösung als Maßstab in der Produktion von hochwertigen Spunlace-Rollenware anerkannt wird und die perfekte Kombination von Verarbeitungsmaschinen für Feuchttücher beinhaltet.

Quelle:

ANDRITZ AG

ANDRITZ Nonwoven bietet innovative Lösungen zur Optimierung des Ressourcenverbrauchs (c)ANDRITZ
Spunlace pilot line
28.04.2021

ANDRITZ Nonwoven: Optimierung des Ressourcenverbrauchs

Der internationale Technologiekonzern ANDRITZ ist seit jeher führend bei der Lieferung innovativer und nachhaltiger Lösungen für die globale Vliesstoffindustrie. Die Optimierung des Ressourcen-Managements – vor allem die Reduktion des Verbrauchs von Rohstoffen sowie anderer benötigter Substanzen – sowie die möglichst nachhaltige Wiederverwendung der Ressourcen sind entscheidende Faktoren, damit Vliesstoffproduzenten wettbewerbsfähig sind und nachhaltige Produkte anbieten können.

Als Weltmarktführer für Maschinen und Serviceleistungen im Bereich Vliesstoffproduktion bietet ANDRITZ zur Erfüllung dieser anspruchsvollen Anforderungen ein umfassendes Produktportfolio an.

Der internationale Technologiekonzern ANDRITZ ist seit jeher führend bei der Lieferung innovativer und nachhaltiger Lösungen für die globale Vliesstoffindustrie. Die Optimierung des Ressourcen-Managements – vor allem die Reduktion des Verbrauchs von Rohstoffen sowie anderer benötigter Substanzen – sowie die möglichst nachhaltige Wiederverwendung der Ressourcen sind entscheidende Faktoren, damit Vliesstoffproduzenten wettbewerbsfähig sind und nachhaltige Produkte anbieten können.

Als Weltmarktführer für Maschinen und Serviceleistungen im Bereich Vliesstoffproduktion bietet ANDRITZ zur Erfüllung dieser anspruchsvollen Anforderungen ein umfassendes Produktportfolio an.

Die Maximierung der Produktgleichmäßigkeit entlang der gesamten Produktionslinie ist einer der wesentlichen Erfolgsfaktoren. Die Produktpalette von ANDRITZ im Bereich Gewichtsprofilierung – bestehend aus ProDyn™ und ProWid™ – wurde kürzlich um ProWin™ erweitert. Diese neue Entwicklung ist eine Kombination der beiden bestehenden Systeme ProDyn und ProWid und ermöglicht Vliesstoffproduzenten, eine optimale Gewichtsprofilierung am Ausgang des Kreuzlegers sowie eine Erhöhung der Prozessgeschwindigkeit um bis zu 15 Prozent zu erreichen. ProWin verbindet die langfristige Prozesserfahrung und das umfassende Wissen von ANDRITZ im Bereich Nadelvlieslinien mit intelligenter Software, um sämtliche Prozessschritte der Produktionslinie harmonisch aufeinander abzustimmen.

Guillaume Julien, Verkaufsleiter für Nadelvlies bei ANDRITZ Nonwoven, erklärt, „Wir haben eine selbstregulierende, hochmoderne Technologie zur Reduktion von Faseransammlungen an den Bahnrändern und Behebung des sogenannten Smile-Effekts über die Bahnbreite entwickelt. Durch ProWin können Produzenten die Fasergewichtsverteilung über die Bahnbreite selbständig optimieren und gleichzeitig erhebliche Fasereinsparungen von bis zu 10 Prozent sowie eine Erhöhung der Produktionsgeschwindigkeit erzielen. Dadurch lässt sich auch der ROI schneller erreichen.“

Im Bereich Spunlace kann die Produktqualität erhöht werden, indem die verschiedenen Prozesse der Produktionslinie für Spunlace aufeinander abgestimmt sind. Die TT-Krempel, die Jetlace Wasserstrahlverfestigungsmaschine und der neXdry-Durchströmtrockner bilden die perfekte Kombination zur Erreichung einer erstklassigen optischen Qualität und hochwertiger Materialeigenschaften. Bei einer gleichen Faseranzahl ist diese Anordnung für die Erzeugung einer gleichmäßigen Bahn mit erheblichem Volumen und einem ausgezeichneten MD:CD-Verhältnis ohne Beeinträchtigung der Produktionskapazität ausgelegt.

Die Maximierung der Produktionsleistung durch Minimierung des Rohstoffeinsatzes sowie des Abfallvolumens ist ein Kernelement signifikanter Kostenoptimierung. Daher hat ANDRITZ eine integrierte Lösung entwickelt, die es Vliesstoffproduzenten ermöglicht, die verlorenen Randbereiche der Spunlace-Vliesstoffe zurückzugewinnen und diese als Altfasern wiederzuverwenden. Dadurch können Hersteller von Rollenware sogar die gleichen Bahneigenschaften wie beim Einsatz von Frischfasern und vor allem auch die gleiche Qualität erzielen.

Darüber hinaus bietet ANDRITZ unter dem Markenname Metris – ANDRITZ digital solutions eine Vielzahl von Applikationen zur Optimierung des Produktionsablaufs und damit des Kundennutzens an. Beispielsweise wird die Metris Cost Management-App für die Überwachung des Rohstoffverbrauchs eingesetzt. Es ist ein innovatives und bedienerfreundliches System für die Überwachung des Faserverbrauchs, das detaillierte Diagnosen zur Untersuchung der Rohstoffverluste und Einsparungen je Prozessbereich ermöglicht. Dank dieser Metris-Anwendung können ANDRITZ-Kunden den Rohstoffverbrauch ihres Systems autark optimieren.

Diese Innovationen stehen alle in den ANDRITZ-Technologiezentren zur Verfügung, wo ANDRITZ-Technologieexperten ihre Kunden begrüßen, um ihre Produktideen und -erwartungen zu besprechen und zu definieren.

01.04.2021

Devan/Jeanologia: Reduced water usage for post garment treatments

Devan, one of the leading companies in sustainable and functional textile finishes, has been working together with Jeanologia, a global leader in sustainable and efficient finishing technologies for textiles, to reduce further water consumption during the application of Devan’s awarded BI-OME® antimicrobial and R-Vital® skincare range.

With increased attention to climate change and limiting excess water consumption in textile production (whether denim or other textiles), Devan and Jeanologia worked together to evaluate the application of Devan finishes onto garments via the patented e-Flow technology.

Devan, one of the leading companies in sustainable and functional textile finishes, has been working together with Jeanologia, a global leader in sustainable and efficient finishing technologies for textiles, to reduce further water consumption during the application of Devan’s awarded BI-OME® antimicrobial and R-Vital® skincare range.

With increased attention to climate change and limiting excess water consumption in textile production (whether denim or other textiles), Devan and Jeanologia worked together to evaluate the application of Devan finishes onto garments via the patented e-Flow technology.

e-Flow technology can accomplish a considerable number of finishing effects with the highest quality, a minimal amount of water and zero discharge. The technology uses micronization and nebulization to substitute traditional abrasion process and deliver performance chemistry using nano-bubbles instead of water. It reduces the cost of application, saves the amount of water used and ensures that the correct amount of chemistry stays in the garment and not in the water. e-Flow is the perfect fit for every industrial washing machine. This allows mills and brands to apply Devan’s technologies in a more sustainable way than using traditional application equipment, even for smaller production runs and direct onto garments.

“With the global textile production using 4% of the global freshwater withdrawal, here at Devan we are continuously working on more sustainable solutions”, says Dr. Vanessa Daelman, CTO at Devan. “Next to this, we of course highly value sustainable application methods from Jeanologia, like e-Flow, in order to reduce the excess water usage during textile application. We are delighted that we could work together with Jeanologia and establish that Devan technologies can be easily applied via these technologies onto garments or fabrics like denim and with full retention of functionality. This application method also allows post garment treatment of our finishes, for example an antimicrobial treatment onto already finished garments, which will be increasingly important in a more circular textile world where re-use plays an important role”, Dr. Daelman concludes.

Quelle:

Marketing Solutions NV

 

Swiss weaving machinery manufacturers are in the forefront of novel application development ©Stäubli
Multilayer Aramid
17.03.2021

Swiss weaving: Fabrics of the future

  • Swiss weaving machinery manufacturers are in the forefront of novel application development

Shoes and electronic calculators are probably not the first products people would associate with the textile weaving process. But they certainly signpost the future for woven fabrics, as two examples of the ever-wider possibilities of latest technology in the field. Fashion and function already combine in the increasing popularity of woven fabrics for shoes, and this is a present and future trend. Calculators in fabrics? That’s another story of ingenious development, using so-called ‘meander fields’ on the back and keys printed on the front of the material.

  • Swiss weaving machinery manufacturers are in the forefront of novel application development

Shoes and electronic calculators are probably not the first products people would associate with the textile weaving process. But they certainly signpost the future for woven fabrics, as two examples of the ever-wider possibilities of latest technology in the field. Fashion and function already combine in the increasing popularity of woven fabrics for shoes, and this is a present and future trend. Calculators in fabrics? That’s another story of ingenious development, using so-called ‘meander fields’ on the back and keys printed on the front of the material.

These glimpses of the outlook for modern weavers are among the highlights of developments now being pioneered by Swiss textile machinery companies. All weaving markets require innovation, as well as speed, efficiency, quality and sustainability. Member firms of the Swiss Textile Machinery Association respond to these needs at every point in the process – from tightening the first thread in the warp to winding the last inch for fabric delivery. They also share a common advantage, with a leading position in the traditional weaving industry as well as the expertise to foster new and exciting applications.

Technology and research cooperation
The concept of a ‘textile calculator’ was developed by Jakob Müller Group, in cooperation with the textile research institute Thuringen-Vogtland. Müller’s patented MDW® multi-directional weaving technology is able to create the meander fields which allow calculator functions to be accessed at a touch. A novel and useful facility, which suggests limitless expansion.

Today, the latest woven shoes are appreciated for their precise and comfortable fit. They score through their durability, strength and stability, meeting the requirements of individual athletes across many sports, as well as leisurewear. Stäubli is well known as a leading global specialist in weaving preparation, shedding systems and high-speed textile machinery. Its jacquard machines offer great flexibility across a wide range of formats, weaving all types of technical textiles, lightweight reinforcement fabrics – and shoes.

It’s possible to weave new materials such as ceramics, mix fibers such as aramid, carbon and other, and produce innovative multi-layers with variable thicknesses. Such applications put special demands on weaving machines which are fulfilled by Stäubli high-performance TF weaving systems.

Great weaving results are impossible without perfect warp tension, now available thanks to the world-leading electronic warp feeding systems of Crealet. Some market segments in weaving industry today demand warp let-off systems which meet individual customer requirements. For example, the company has recognized expertise to understand that geotextile products often need special treatment, as provided by its intelligent warp tension control system. Individual and connective solutions are designed to allow external support via remote link. Crealet’s warp let-off systems are widely used in both ribbon and broadloom weaving, for technical textiles applied on single or multiple warp beams and creels.

Functional, sustainable, automated
Trends in the field of woven narrow fabrics are clearly focused on functionality and sustainability. The Jakob Müller Group has already embraced these principles – for example using natural fibers for 100% recyclable labels with a soft-feel selvedge. It also focuses as much as possible on the processing of recycled, synthetic materials. Both PET bottles and polyester waste from production are recycled and processed into elastic and rigid tapes for the apparel industry.

For efficient fabric production environments, it is now recognized that automated quality solutions are essential. Quality standards are increasing everywhere and zero-defect levels are mandatory for sensitive applications such as airbags and protective apparel.

Uster’s latest generation of on-loom monitoring and inspection systems offers real operational improvements for weavers. The fabric quality monitoring prevents waste, while the quality assurance system significantly improves first-quality yield for all applications. Protecting fabric makers from costly claims and damaged reputations, automated fabric inspection also removes the need for slow, costly and unreliable manual inspection, freeing operators to focus on higher-skilled jobs.

Smart and collaborative robotics (cobots) offer many automation possibilities in weaving rooms. Stäubli’s future oriented robotics division is a driver in this segment with first effective installations in warp and creel preparation.

Control and productivity
Willy Grob’s specialized solutions for woven fabric winding focus on reliable control of tension, keeping it constant from the start of the process right through to the full cloth roll. Continuous digital control is especially important for sensitive fabrics, while performance and productivity are also critical advantages. In this regard, the company’s large-scale batching units can provide ten times the winding capacity of a regular winder integrated in the weaving machine.

The customized concept by Grob as well as design and implementation result in great flexibility and functionality of the fabric winding equipment – yet another example of Swiss ingenuity in textile machinery.  
There is even more innovation to come in weaving – and in other segments – from members of the Swiss Textile Machinery Association in future! This confident assertion is founded on an impressive statistic: the 4077 years of experience behind the creative power of the association’s member firms. It’s proof positive that their developments grow out of profound knowledge and continuous research.

DSM/Sympatex Technologies: Launch of Bio-based Arnitel® specialty materials (c) Sympatex® Technologies
05.02.2021

DSM/Sympatex Technologies: Launch of Bio-based Arnitel® specialty materials

Royal DSM announces that its DSM Engineering Materials business will launch mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel®, a thermoplastic elastomer, together with Sympatex Technologies. In this way, DSM Engineering Materials is taking the next step on its sustainability journey and enabling its customers to transition to a more circular and bio-based economy.

To address growing consumer and legislative demand for lower carbon footprint and more sustainable feedstock, the sports and apparel value chain is increasingly integrating bio-based materials into its designs. By offering a new range of mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel®, DSM Engineering Materials is enabling membrane manufacturer, Sympatex Technologies to meet these demands and make more sustainable choices.

DSM’s bio-based Arnitel® is manufactured with bio-based feedstock using a mass-balance approach1. The end product contains more than 25% bio-based content by weight.

Royal DSM announces that its DSM Engineering Materials business will launch mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel®, a thermoplastic elastomer, together with Sympatex Technologies. In this way, DSM Engineering Materials is taking the next step on its sustainability journey and enabling its customers to transition to a more circular and bio-based economy.

To address growing consumer and legislative demand for lower carbon footprint and more sustainable feedstock, the sports and apparel value chain is increasingly integrating bio-based materials into its designs. By offering a new range of mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel®, DSM Engineering Materials is enabling membrane manufacturer, Sympatex Technologies to meet these demands and make more sustainable choices.

DSM’s bio-based Arnitel® is manufactured with bio-based feedstock using a mass-balance approach1. The end product contains more than 25% bio-based content by weight.

Sympatex uses Arnitel® to manufacture its waterproof, windproof, and breathable membranes for sports applications. The transition to bio-based feedstock will maintain the unique functional properties of Arnitel® and will enable Sympatex to easily shift to a more sustainable solution with a lower carbon footprint without having to requalify materials.

 

1 Mass balance accounting is a well-known approach that has been designed to trace the flow of materials through a complex value chain. The mass balance approach provides a set of rules for how to allocate the bio-based and/or recycled content to different products to be able to claim and market the content as ‘bio’-based or ‘recycled’-based. Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation (Mass Balance White Paper).

Archroma and CleanKore join forces to promote sustainable, cost-effective indigo dyeing process (c) CleanKore
Below limits of detection according to industry standard test methods
02.02.2021

Archroma and Cleankore join forces to promote sustainable, cost-effective indigo dyeing process

Reinach, Switzerland, and Westlake, Ohio, 2 February 2021 - Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with technology innovator CleanKore, aiming to advance sustainable dyeing processes throughout the denim supply chain.

The agreement will allow Archroma and CleanKore to promote the benefits of each other’s technologies. This includes Archroma’s robust catalog of dyes and specialty chemicals along with CleanKore’s patented process of dyeing yarns at the denim mill that completely eliminates the need for potassium permanganate (PP) spray and laser booster to achieve the bright white abrasion effect in the garment finishing process. The result is a large and circular bright white core with a small ring of indigo dye. The technology does not just eliminate the chemicals associated in the PP spray and laser process, which is much safer for denim workers, it also allows to save significant amounts of water and energy throughout the manufacturing process from fabric to garmenting.

Reinach, Switzerland, and Westlake, Ohio, 2 February 2021 - Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with technology innovator CleanKore, aiming to advance sustainable dyeing processes throughout the denim supply chain.

The agreement will allow Archroma and CleanKore to promote the benefits of each other’s technologies. This includes Archroma’s robust catalog of dyes and specialty chemicals along with CleanKore’s patented process of dyeing yarns at the denim mill that completely eliminates the need for potassium permanganate (PP) spray and laser booster to achieve the bright white abrasion effect in the garment finishing process. The result is a large and circular bright white core with a small ring of indigo dye. The technology does not just eliminate the chemicals associated in the PP spray and laser process, which is much safer for denim workers, it also allows to save significant amounts of water and energy throughout the manufacturing process from fabric to garmenting.

CleanKore initially looked at eliminating potassium permanganate due to its being classified as hazardous if inhaled or ingested, or in case of contact with the skin or the eye. It is also considered very toxic to aquatic life. No new equipment or capital expenses are needed to implement the CleanKore technology, which works on all denim fabric, including dark indigo, sulfur top/bottom and sulfur black.

This is where Archroma comes into the picture. Its global technical team of denim coloration specialists will provide support to denim mills seeking to implement the CleanKore technology and develop the desired looks and effects - with the right colors and chemical systems for their production set-up.

CleanKore estimates that the technology allows to save up to 15 liters of water per garment, or the equivalent to the drinking needs of 5 people per day, and up to 0.51 kWh of energy per garment, or the equivalent of five 100-watt light bulbs on for 1 hour. The CleanKore technology also leads to a 10% to 20% increase in production throughput, as a result of a faster garment wash-down and the elimination of PP spray.

For CleanKore CEO Darryl Costin Jr., the announcement comes at an ideal time for CleanKore: "We have successfully proven the technology with mill partners such as Arvind and other denim mills in Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, Thailand and the United States. The response from the industry has been overwhelmingly positive. Having a partner in Archroma, one that is highly respected for their innovation and emphasis on sustainability throughout the industry, will allow us to take CleanKore to the next level.”

Umberto Devita, Global Indigo Manager at the Archroma Global Competence Center for Denim & Casualwear, adds: "CleanKore is perfectly aligned with the 3 pillars of 'The Archroma Way to a Sustainable World: Safe, efficient, enhanced'. 'Safe' through the elimination of a potentially harmful substance and the protection of the denim workers, 'Efficient' through the reduction of resource consumption, improved productivity and cost-effective profile. And 'Enhanced' through the gorgeous colors and effects allowed with Archroma's innovations and systems, in particular our aniline-free* Denisol® Pure Indigo and Diresul® sulfur dyes. We look forward to help promoting an innovation that will help with many of the challenges facing our denim customers throughout the world. Because it’s our nature."

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Archroma

HeiQ/Nylstar: Launch of HeiQ Viroblock Permanent on Meryl® Skinlife Force (c) Nylstar
28.01.2021

HeiQ/Nylstar: Launch of HeiQ Viroblock Permanent on Meryl® Skinlife Force

A decade long collaboration between Swiss textile innovator HeiQ and Spanish premium synthetic fiber manufacturer Nylstar, has resulted in the innovation of a revolutionary new premium antiviral and antimicrobial textile with zero pollution sustainable benefits, Meryl® Skinlife Force powered by HeiQ Viroblock Permanent, winner of ISPO Textrends Award for the Best Product.

A decade long collaboration between Swiss textile innovator HeiQ and Spanish premium synthetic fiber manufacturer Nylstar, has resulted in the innovation of a revolutionary new premium antiviral and antimicrobial textile with zero pollution sustainable benefits, Meryl® Skinlife Force powered by HeiQ Viroblock Permanent, winner of ISPO Textrends Award for the Best Product.

The new technology is used exclusively on Meryl® Skinlife Force, an hi-tech fabric that combines the silver-ion active principle antimicrobial properties developed by HeiQ and Nylstar’s hydrogen-based technology which allows the creation of yarns with a very strong molecular cohesion structure. The Hydrogen molecular structure makes Meryl® Skinlife Force a high-performance fabric in terms of moisture management and breathability, offering a natural stretch without elastane as well as excellent durability thanks to its continuous and high tenacity filaments. The robust durability of HeiQ Viroblock Permanent is achieved thanks to the silver particles being added directly into the raw polymer of the yarn thereby keeping these properties active for the lifetime of garments. Fabric samples successfully demonstrated a very strong antimicrobial efficacy with over 99.99% reduction of both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria after 100 washes. Antiviral test is underway.

Both HeiQ and Nylstar will be “exhibiting” at ISPO Munich Online from February 1st to 5th. Nylstar won the Textrends 2021 Award for the Best Product in the Base Layer Category.

14.01.2021

Hologenix and Kelheim Fibres launch Celliant Viscose

Hologenix, creators of Celliant®, infrared responsive technology, and Kelheim Fibres, a world-leading manufacturer of viscose specialty fibers, have partnered to launch Celliant Viscose at ISPO Munich 2021. Celliant Viscose is a finalist in Best Products by ISPO and will be showcased in the Fibers & Insulations Category for ISPO Textrends, where realistic views and 3-D simulations will be available for each material.

The introduction of nature-based Celliant Viscose will be the first in-fiber infrared sustainable solution on the market and meets a consumer demand for more environmentally friendly textiles. An alternative to synthetic fibers and extremely versatile, Celliant Viscose blends beautifully with cotton, micromodal, lyocell, wool varieties including cashmere. It also has many applications across industries as it is ideal for performance wear, luxury loungewear, casual wear and bedding.

Hologenix, creators of Celliant®, infrared responsive technology, and Kelheim Fibres, a world-leading manufacturer of viscose specialty fibers, have partnered to launch Celliant Viscose at ISPO Munich 2021. Celliant Viscose is a finalist in Best Products by ISPO and will be showcased in the Fibers & Insulations Category for ISPO Textrends, where realistic views and 3-D simulations will be available for each material.

The introduction of nature-based Celliant Viscose will be the first in-fiber infrared sustainable solution on the market and meets a consumer demand for more environmentally friendly textiles. An alternative to synthetic fibers and extremely versatile, Celliant Viscose blends beautifully with cotton, micromodal, lyocell, wool varieties including cashmere. It also has many applications across industries as it is ideal for performance wear, luxury loungewear, casual wear and bedding.

Celliant Viscose features natural, ethically sourced minerals embedded into plant-based fibers to create infrared products that capture and convert body heat into infrared, increasing local circulation and improved cellular oxygenation. This results in stronger performance, faster recovery and better sleep.

Celliant Viscose provides all the benefits of being a viscose fiber — lightweight, soft, highly breathable, excellent moisture management — as well as fiber enhancements from Celliant infrared technology. Celliant’s proprietary blend of natural minerals allows textiles to capture and convert body heat into full-spectrum infrared energy, resulting in stronger performance, faster recovery and better sleep. In addition, Celliant is durable and will not wash out, lasting the useful life of the product it powers.

An Affordable, Long-lasting Solution with Diverse Applications
As opposed to other IR viscose products which are coatings based, Celliant Viscose’s in-fiber solution increases wearability and longevity with a soft feel, durability from washing and longer life. The combination of Kelheim’s distinctive technology and the Celliant additives creates this unique fiber that provides full functionality without the need for any additional processing step — a new standard in the field of sustainable IR viscose fibers. This single processing also makes Celliant Viscose more cost-effective and time-efficient than coatings.

In addition, Kelheim’s flexible technology allows targeted interventions in the viscose fiber process. By modifying the fiber’s dimensions or cross sections or by incorporating additives into the fiber matrix, Kelheim can precisely define the fiber’s properties according to the specific needs of the end product.

Highly Sustainable
Celliant Viscose is a plant and mineral-based solution for brands seeking an alternative to synthetic fibers. It contains natural raw materials that are from the earth and can return safely to the earth.

Nature-based Celliant Viscose is certified by FSC® or PEFC™, which guarantees the origin in sustainably managed plantations, and is part of the CanopyStyle initiative to protect ancient and endangered forests. The production of Celliant Viscose takes place exclusively at the Kelheim facilities in Germany, complying with the country’s strict environmental laws and guaranteeing an overall eco-friendly product.

Backed by Science
Celliant is rigorously tested by a Science Advisory Board composed of experts in the fields of physics, biology, chemistry and medicine. The Science Advisory Board has overseen 10 clinical, technical and physical trials, and seven published studies that demonstrate Celliant’s effectiveness and the benefits of infrared energy.

For more information, visit www.celliant.com/celliant-viscose/

Quelle:

Kelheim Fibres GmbH

11.12.2020

Epson: Platin-Zertifizierung der Responsible Business Alliance

Das indonesische Epson-Werk wurde von der Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) mit dem Platin-Status zertifiziert. Es erhält damit die Bestätigung für den höchsten Standard im Bereich soziale Verantwortung und Nachhaltigkeit. Die Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) ist die weltweit größte Industrievereinigung, die sich für die Einhaltung von Nachhaltigkeitszielen in globalen Lieferketten engagiert und sich global für die Rechte von Arbeitnehmer*innen einsetzt.

Das Werk produziert Tintenstrahldrucker für Unternehmenskunden und private Anwender, darunter unter anderem die Epson EcoTank Modelle, die ohne Tintenpatronen und stattdessen mit einem Tintentanksystem arbeiten. Die Epson EcoTanks sind umweltfreundlich und erfreuen sich einer großen Beliebtheit. Bis heute konnte Epson weltweit über 50 Millionen EcoTank Drucker verkaufen.

Das indonesische Epson-Werk wurde von der Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) mit dem Platin-Status zertifiziert. Es erhält damit die Bestätigung für den höchsten Standard im Bereich soziale Verantwortung und Nachhaltigkeit. Die Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) ist die weltweit größte Industrievereinigung, die sich für die Einhaltung von Nachhaltigkeitszielen in globalen Lieferketten engagiert und sich global für die Rechte von Arbeitnehmer*innen einsetzt.

Das Werk produziert Tintenstrahldrucker für Unternehmenskunden und private Anwender, darunter unter anderem die Epson EcoTank Modelle, die ohne Tintenpatronen und stattdessen mit einem Tintentanksystem arbeiten. Die Epson EcoTanks sind umweltfreundlich und erfreuen sich einer großen Beliebtheit. Bis heute konnte Epson weltweit über 50 Millionen EcoTank Drucker verkaufen.

„Wir unterstützen die Entwicklung hin zu einer nachhaltig arbeitenden Gesellschaft durch unsere Produkte und Dienstleistungen genau wie durch die Organisation unserer Fabrik- und Bürobetriebe“, bestätigt Tatsuaki Seki, Chief Sustainability Officer von Epson. „Dies bedeutet nicht nur, die Umweltauswirkungen von allem was wir tun zu berücksichtigen, sondern auch, sozial verantwortlich zu handeln. Wir freuen uns sehr über die Erreichung des Platin-Status. Es ist uns sehr wichtig, diesen hohen Standard auch in Zukunft beizubehalten und unsere Maßnahmen für einen nachhaltigen Betrieb weiter auszubauen.“

Weitere Informationen:
Epson Textildrucker
Quelle:

Epson Deutschland GmbH

Archroma: Heike van de Kerkhof (c) Archroma
Heike van de Kerkhof, CEO of Archroma
23.11.2020

Archroma: Ranked in Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) List

Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, has been recently ranked number 1 in the “industrial chemicals” list published by the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) for driving transparency in their supply chain.

Archroma also entered the Top 50 of companies in IPE’s Green Supply Chain CITI Evaluation, at the 47th position. The evaluation dynamically assesses brands on the environmental management of their supply chains in China.

With a wide array of products used every day, everywhere, the company is committed to operate along the principles of “The Archroma Way to a Sustainable World: Safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. The Archroma team is therefore committed to sourcing safe and sustainable raw materials and intermediates from like-minded partners.

Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, has been recently ranked number 1 in the “industrial chemicals” list published by the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) for driving transparency in their supply chain.

Archroma also entered the Top 50 of companies in IPE’s Green Supply Chain CITI Evaluation, at the 47th position. The evaluation dynamically assesses brands on the environmental management of their supply chains in China.

With a wide array of products used every day, everywhere, the company is committed to operate along the principles of “The Archroma Way to a Sustainable World: Safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. The Archroma team is therefore committed to sourcing safe and sustainable raw materials and intermediates from like-minded partners.

Heike van de Kerkhof, CEO of Archroma, recently delivered a message at the IPE 2020 Green Supply Chain Forum online, and commented: “As industry leader, we have the responsibility to keep on addressing the climate challenge, and to do everything we can together to reduce our impact on the environment. This is where the approach of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs supports us. They encourage us to challenge our suppliers in terms of safety, health and environment, and to go even beyond our own strict policies and processes.”

Quelle:

EMG

17.11.2020

Kelheim Fibres Partner in ETP-Programmen „Bio-Based Fibres“ und “Circular Economy”

Der bayerische Viskosespezialfaserhersteller Kelheim Fibres ist Partner der European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (ETP) in zwei strategischen Programmen: „Bio-Based Fibres“ und „Circular Economy“.

Im Sinne der immer wichtigeren Nachhaltigkeitsdiskussion vollziehen sich gerade fundamentale Veränderungen innerhalb der textilen Kette. Dem tragen die jeweils dreijährigen Programme „Bio-Based Fibres“ und „Circular Economy“ des ETP Rechnung. Es geht darum, Schlüsselfiguren aus Industrie und Forschung zusammenzubringen und gemeinsam eine Langzeitstrategie zu entwickeln, um die nachhaltige Neuausrichtung der Europäischen Textilindustrie aktiv zu gestalten.

Der bayerische Viskosespezialfaserhersteller Kelheim Fibres ist Partner der European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (ETP) in zwei strategischen Programmen: „Bio-Based Fibres“ und „Circular Economy“.

Im Sinne der immer wichtigeren Nachhaltigkeitsdiskussion vollziehen sich gerade fundamentale Veränderungen innerhalb der textilen Kette. Dem tragen die jeweils dreijährigen Programme „Bio-Based Fibres“ und „Circular Economy“ des ETP Rechnung. Es geht darum, Schlüsselfiguren aus Industrie und Forschung zusammenzubringen und gemeinsam eine Langzeitstrategie zu entwickeln, um die nachhaltige Neuausrichtung der Europäischen Textilindustrie aktiv zu gestalten.

„Wir stellen seit beinahe 85 Jahren bio-basierte Fasern her – sie bestehen aus dem nachwachsenden Rohstoff Holz und sind am Ende ihres Lebenszyklus vollständig biologisch abbaubar. Als Alternative zu erdölbasierten Materialien finden diese Fasern mehr und mehr Anklang in den verschiedensten Einsatzgebieten. Das liegt auch daran, dass wir unsere Spezialfasern während des Produktionsprozesses ganz gezielt mit den jeweils geforderten Eigenschaften funktionalisieren können. Im Hinblick auf die Performance müssen sie sich nicht hinter synthetischen Materialien verstecken“, erklärt Dr. Marina Crnoja-Cosic, Leiterin der Abteilung New Business Development bei Kelheim Fibres.

Zu Kelheims Nachhaltigkeitsanspruch gehört aber auch, den gesamten Lebenszyklus der Produkte zu betrachten. Wenn aus einem Textil am Ende seines Gebrauchs der Rohstoff für neue Fasern und neue Produkte entstehen kann, ist das für Crnoja-Cosic ein großes Plus in Puncto Nachhaltigkeit. „Wir wollen das Bestmögliche – biobasierte Fasern UND Kreislaufwirtschaft sind der Weg dahin.“

Quelle:

Contact Kelheim Fibres

TMAS member imogo develops new sustainable spray application technologies (c) TMAS
The roundtable discussion, Sustainable Finishing Methods in Textile Finishing, during ITA 2020.
16.11.2020

TMAS member imogo develops new sustainable spray application technologies

In a roundtable discussion during the recent Innovate Textiles & Apparel (ITA) textile machinery exhibition, imogo Founding Partner Per Stenflo and representatives from a number of like-minded European companies discussed the opportunities for new spray application technologies for the dyeing and finishing sector.

These technologies can achieve tremendous savings for manufacturers compared to traditional water-intensive processes it was explained at the event, held online from October 15-30th.

Pioneer
imogo – one of the latest companies to join TMAS, the Swedish Textile Machinery Association – is one of the key pioneers in this area with its Dye-Max system. Dye-Max spray dyeing technology can slash the use of fresh water, wastewater, energy and chemicals by as much as 90% compared to conventional jet dyeing systems. This is due to the extremely low liquor ratio of 0.3-0.8 litres per kilo of fabric and at the same time, considerably fewer auxiliary chemicals are required to start with.

In a roundtable discussion during the recent Innovate Textiles & Apparel (ITA) textile machinery exhibition, imogo Founding Partner Per Stenflo and representatives from a number of like-minded European companies discussed the opportunities for new spray application technologies for the dyeing and finishing sector.

These technologies can achieve tremendous savings for manufacturers compared to traditional water-intensive processes it was explained at the event, held online from October 15-30th.

Pioneer
imogo – one of the latest companies to join TMAS, the Swedish Textile Machinery Association – is one of the key pioneers in this area with its Dye-Max system. Dye-Max spray dyeing technology can slash the use of fresh water, wastewater, energy and chemicals by as much as 90% compared to conventional jet dyeing systems. This is due to the extremely low liquor ratio of 0.3-0.8 litres per kilo of fabric and at the same time, considerably fewer auxiliary chemicals are required to start with.

Obstacles
Such technologies, however, face a number of obstacles to adoption and during the ITA discussion it was agreed that 2020 has not provided the ideal climate for adventurous investors. “The textile industry is quite conservative and is definitely in survival mode at the moment and it is not the time to be a visionary,” said Stenflo. “Day to day business is about staying alive – that’s the reality for many of our customers.” Nevertheless, all of the panellists agreed that sustainable production will remain top of the agenda for the textile industry in the longer term and spray technologies for dyeing and finishing processes will be a part of it.

“Any investment in something new is a risk of course, and we have to be able to explain and convince manufacturers that there’s a good return on investment, not only in respect of sustainability, but in terms of making good business sense,” said Stenflo. “Here we could use the help of the brands of course, in putting pressure on their suppliers to be more sustainable. Governments also have a role to play, in providing incentives for producers to move in the sustainable direction. Sustainability alone will never cut it, there has to be a business case, or it won’t happen.”

Marketing
The marketing of sustainable new fibers is comparatively easy for the brands compared to explaining the difficult textile processes and the chemistries involved in fabric and garment production, he added.

“These fibers, however, currently go through all the same dirty processes that we need to get away from, so it must happen,” he said. “In developing our technologies, it has been important for us to avoid disrupting existing supply chains, stick with using off-the-shelf chemistries and dyes, and involve the dye manufacturers who are an essential part in how operations are driven today. “In fact, collaboration across the entire textile supply chain – from the brands right back to the new technology developers – is essential in moving the sustainability agenda forward.

Business models
“We are also looking into new business models in terms of how to reduce or lower the thresholds for investment and minimise the risk for the manufacturers who are looking to be the innovators,” he concluded. Also taking part in the ITA roundtable discussion were Simon Kew (Alchemie Technology, UK), Christian Schumacher (StepChange Innovations, Germany) Tobias Schurr (Weko, Germany), Rainer Tüxen (RotaSpray, Germany) and Felmke Zijilstra (DyeCoo, Netherlands).

European innovations
“It’s fantastic that all of this innovation is taking place in Europe based on established know-how and forward thinking,” said TMAS Secretary General Therese Premler-Andersson.

“Spray application technologies are a perfect illustration of how new digital technologies can lead to more sustainable production, in this case by replacing water-intensive processes with the highly precise and controlled application of dyes and chemistries as vapour.
“There was a major project by the Swedish research organisation Mistra Future Fashion recently, involving many brand and academic institute partners. The project’s Fiber Bible 1 and 2 reports conclude that it’s very difficult to make assumptions that one fiber is better than another, because it’s so much about how fabrics and garments are being produced from them. The study also found that 55% of the chemicals used in a garment comes from the dyeing. This is where a number of TMAS companies can make a difference.
“An organic or recycled cotton t-shirt is not automatically more sustainable than a conventional cotton t-shirt, or even one made from synthetics – the alternative fibers are a good start but you have to consider the entire life cycle of a garment, and that includes the smart technologies in textiles production.
“TMAS members – backed by Swedish brands and advanced research institutes – are playing an active part in pushing forward new concepts that will work, and I have no doubt that digitalisation now goes hand in hand with sustainability for the textile industry’s future.”          

Moncler launches Grenoble collection with Dyneema® Composite Fabric (c) DSM Protective Materials
DSM Protective Materials DSMPMPR003b
11.11.2020

Moncler launches Grenoble collection with Dyneema® Composite Fabric

  • Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today announced that, for the first time, Dyneema® Composite Fabrics are used by Moncler in the Fall/Winter 2020 Grenoble collection, which fuses form and function into high performance skiwear.

Moncler Grenoble is born of a passion for research and implements cutting-edge technology to push the limits of its potential. The design team identified Dyneema® as an innovative fabric it could use to push the level of its performance to the next peak, incorporating the material into the new collection as a departure from the conventional use of cotton and polyester.

  • Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today announced that, for the first time, Dyneema® Composite Fabrics are used by Moncler in the Fall/Winter 2020 Grenoble collection, which fuses form and function into high performance skiwear.

Moncler Grenoble is born of a passion for research and implements cutting-edge technology to push the limits of its potential. The design team identified Dyneema® as an innovative fabric it could use to push the level of its performance to the next peak, incorporating the material into the new collection as a departure from the conventional use of cotton and polyester.

Sandro Mandrino, the Head of Design for Moncler Grenoble, was the first designer of the luxury fashion brand to incorporate Dyneema® into one of his creations through the Moncler Genius project. The Moncler Genius project advocates radical co-creation where multiple designers create their own signature collections in collaboration with the house. Together, these collections translate into one vision of the future and, as one of the nine designers, Mandrino’s interpretation of the future of fashion features Dyneema® Composite Fabric.

Using variations of the fabric in both white and black allowed Mandrino to bring his vision to life by merging skiwear, space suits and technology all in one. “ 3 Moncler Grenoble is first and foremost about performance,” states Mandrino, who integrated constructive solutions with fabric technology to develop a line that was meant to perform both on and off the ski slopes.

Dyneema®, the world’s strongest and lightest fiber, is 15 times stronger than steel yet light enough to float on water. The unmatched performance and protection of products made with Dyneema® have made it the material of choice in critical applications where failure is not an option for more than 30 years. In fabric form, Dyneema® is available in composites, denim, knits, wovens and hybrids for composite reinforcements. And because Dyneema® fabrics are made using Dyneema® fiber, they intrinsically provide high strength, low weight, waterproof and breathable properties – allowing designers to fuse the technical performance of ultra-light products with aesthetic design that doesn’t sacrifice strength or durability.

The Moncler team used the Grenoble collection as an opportunity to experiment and further understand the nature and behavior of Dyneema® fabrics, while simultaneously incorporating material performance with practical design. “Future collections will focus on expanding to new designs and fabric options in collaboration with DSM,” adds Mandrino.

“We are very excited to be working with the Moncler team to launch a collection of wonderful garments that allow people to explore the outdoors more safely and for longer periods of time,” states Marcio Manique, Global Business Director, Consumer & Professional Protection, DSM Protective Materials. “We look forward to further supporting Moncler as they develop innovative, high-tech garments that are also sustainably sourced through the introduction of bio-based Dyneema® fabrics.”

In line with DSM’s commitment to protect people and the environment they live in, the world’s first-ever bio-based ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber was introduced in May 2020. Bio-based Dyneema® boasts the same exact performance as conventional Dyneema® with a carbon footprint that is 90 percent lower than generic HMPE. DSM and Moncler’s continued partnership will not only provide high performance, light weight garments for outdoor enthusiasts but also environmentally sustainable alternatives that contribute to a more circular economy.

Logo Archroma (c) Archroma
06.11.2020

Archroma announces 20% price increase for its fluorochemical range

Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today 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.

As a global leader in the area of repellency treatments, we have the responsibility to develop and produce products with the highest level of sustainability – economically and ecologically.

The price increase has become necessary to support the increasing regulatory and other costs, as well as ongoing investments that Archroma continuously makes in its own manufacturing technology and process, to produce fluorochemicals in the safest possible way for the consumer and the environment.

The price increase will be effective from November 16, 2020, in all regions and markets, for all new orders and as contracts allow.

 

® Trademarks of Archroma registered in many countries

Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today 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.

As a global leader in the area of repellency treatments, we have the responsibility to develop and produce products with the highest level of sustainability – economically and ecologically.

The price increase has become necessary to support the increasing regulatory and other costs, as well as ongoing investments that Archroma continuously makes in its own manufacturing technology and process, to produce fluorochemicals in the safest possible way for the consumer and the environment.

The price increase will be effective from November 16, 2020, in all regions and markets, for all new orders and as contracts allow.

 

® Trademarks of Archroma registered in many countries

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Archroma polymers repellence Sustainability
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Archroma / EMG

Oerlikon (c) Oerlikon
29.10.2020

Oerlikon: Weniger Abfall durch intelligente Fabrik

Eine typische Chemiefaseranlage produziert gut 600 Tonnen Garn am Tag. Dazu werden in der Filamentgarn Produktion rund 700 Wickler benötigt, oder in der Stapelfaser Produktion 3 Anlagen. Diese Zahlen zeigen, wie wesentlich ein reibungsloser Produktionsprozess ist.

Schleicht sich irgendwo im Prozess ein Fehler ein, erhöht sich der tagesübliche Abfall dramatisch. Klar, dass das jeder Garnhersteller im Sinne einer wirtschaftlichen Produktion vermeiden muss. Hier leistet Digitalisierung wertvolle Unterstützung. Eine intelligente Fabrik, die sämtliche Schritte der Produktionskette inklusive aller Nebenprozesse miteinander vernetzt, meldet frühzeitig Qualitätsabweichungen. Der Garnhersteller kann schnell in den Produktionsprozess eingreifen und so die Produktion von Abfall vermeiden.

Eine typische Chemiefaseranlage produziert gut 600 Tonnen Garn am Tag. Dazu werden in der Filamentgarn Produktion rund 700 Wickler benötigt, oder in der Stapelfaser Produktion 3 Anlagen. Diese Zahlen zeigen, wie wesentlich ein reibungsloser Produktionsprozess ist.

Schleicht sich irgendwo im Prozess ein Fehler ein, erhöht sich der tagesübliche Abfall dramatisch. Klar, dass das jeder Garnhersteller im Sinne einer wirtschaftlichen Produktion vermeiden muss. Hier leistet Digitalisierung wertvolle Unterstützung. Eine intelligente Fabrik, die sämtliche Schritte der Produktionskette inklusive aller Nebenprozesse miteinander vernetzt, meldet frühzeitig Qualitätsabweichungen. Der Garnhersteller kann schnell in den Produktionsprozess eingreifen und so die Produktion von Abfall vermeiden.

Digitale Lösungen sorgen für höhere mehr Prozesssicherheit
Die intelligente Fabrik steht auch bei Oerlikon Manmade Fibers im Fokus. Dabei umfasst sie deutlich mehr als das seit Jahren im Markt etablierte Plant Operation Center. „Es geht um absolute Transparenz und Nachverfolgbarkeit. Am Ende kann der Garnhersteller nachvollziehen, auf welcher Position seine verpackte texturierte Garnspule gesponnen wurde, sogar Informationen zum verarbeiteten Granulat und den spezifischen Produktionsbedingungen liegen vor“, weiß Ivan Gallo, bei Oerlikon Manmade Fibers verantwortlich für Digitale Produkte. So sorgt die intelligente Fabrik vor allem auch für Prozesssicherheit. An jeder Station des Garnes, an der Werte und Daten erfasst werden – wie zum Beispiel bei der visuellen Inspektion oder beim Wiegen –, werden die Daten automatisch ins System eingegeben und das Produkt bewertet. So kann der Garnproduzent jederzeit bei Auffälligkeiten in den zwischengeschalteten Labor- und Qualitätsprüfungen korrektiv in den Produktionsprozess eingreifen.

Informationen zum Chipsfeeding, zur Trocknung oder auch zum Masterbatch sind ebenso verfügbar wie Daten zur Klimatisierung, Druckluftversorgung und zu weiteren Nebenanlagen. Damit hat der Garnhersteller jederzeit den vollständigen Überblick über die laufende Produktion inklusive sämtlicher Informationen über Qualität und Produktionskosten.

Quelle:

Oerlikon

VacuFil (c) Oerlikon
24.09.2020

Recycling becomes a focus

Mountains of waste, plastic-infested oceans, negative CO2 footprints – the need for more sustainable ways of living has never been more urgent. Consequently, it is logical that recycling solutions are becoming increasingly important within the textile industry. This was also tapped into at the first virtual Global Fiber Congress in Dornbirn with a session that focused specifically on the topic. In front of around 400 participants, Markus Reichwein, Head of Product Management at Oerlikon Barmag, also spoke about solutions currently on the market.

As one of only manufactureres, the Oerlikon Group’s Manmade Fibers segment offers the entire mechanical recycling chain –from preparing the recycled materials, producing the melt all the way through to the textured package. Here, the company utilizes the VacuFil solution supplied by its subsidiary Barmag Brückner Engineering (BBE) –which, in addition to mastering bottle-to-bottle and bottle-to-textile processes, is also able to process textile waste into chips. This permits the running of textile production operations very much in line with the zero-waste philosophy.

Mountains of waste, plastic-infested oceans, negative CO2 footprints – the need for more sustainable ways of living has never been more urgent. Consequently, it is logical that recycling solutions are becoming increasingly important within the textile industry. This was also tapped into at the first virtual Global Fiber Congress in Dornbirn with a session that focused specifically on the topic. In front of around 400 participants, Markus Reichwein, Head of Product Management at Oerlikon Barmag, also spoke about solutions currently on the market.

As one of only manufactureres, the Oerlikon Group’s Manmade Fibers segment offers the entire mechanical recycling chain –from preparing the recycled materials, producing the melt all the way through to the textured package. Here, the company utilizes the VacuFil solution supplied by its subsidiary Barmag Brückner Engineering (BBE) –which, in addition to mastering bottle-to-bottle and bottle-to-textile processes, is also able to process textile waste into chips. This permits the running of textile production operations very much in line with the zero-waste philosophy.

VacuFil ensures a stable process in the case of recycled quality yarns
The reliable removal of contaminants is vital for a stable and efficient spinning process and outstanding yarn quality. At the same time, stable operating conditions with minimal fluctuations are essential. The greatest challenge here is the differing qualities of the bottle flakes fed into the system, as the extrusion process is barely able to balance these fluctuations. Here, the VacuFil concept counters with blending silos, which reduce the differences in the viscosity of the polymers considerably and guarantee high yarn and fabric quality.

The VacuFil concept is installed upstream to an Oerlikon Barmag POY system, which transforms the recycled melt into filament yarn of the accustomed high quality. As texturing solutions, Oerlikon Barmag offers its state-of-the-art automatic eAFK-series systems, including the latest generation of the eAFK Evo, which was unveiled at the ITMA Barcelona last year. Yarn manufacturers wishing to continue texturing manually can use the eFK series.

With the VarioFil R+, producers of smaller batches now also have a compact system with an integrated recycled materials preparation unit at their disposal. The system offers a special extrusion system for bottle flake materials, the very latest metering and mixing technology for spin-dying and expanded 2-stage melt filtration. The four spinning positions are each equipped with an Oerlikon Barmag 10-end WINGS POY winder.

While mechanical recycling has already been extensively developed, chemical recycling for mixed fabrics is still presenting the textile industry with huge challenges. The Oerlikon Group’s Manmade Fibers segment is currently working on solutions and concepts for transforming these fabrics into new textiles.

 

Weitere Informationen:
Oerlikon Sustainability Yarns
Quelle:

Oerlikon

ECOSENSOR™ by Asahi Kasei launches its new fabric collection imbued with the brand’s sustainable story-making © GB Network
ECOSENSOR™ 100% recycled polyamide fabrics
06.08.2020

ECOSENSOR™ by Asahi Kasei launches its new fabric collection imbued with the brand’s sustainable story-making

  • ECOSENSOR™’s new references combine high-performance and innovation to empower people with the possibility to live life naturally both for mind and body.
  • The new range is woven from certified ingredients, a completely traceable production process and highly certified suppliers               

"A New Eco high-tech force of Nature", a bold claim, a daring attitude and true facts. ECOSENSOR™ by Asahi Kasei has concentrated all its key values into a Nature-driven and high-tech fabric collection that respects the environment and human being.

Sustainability, active climate control, exquisite touch and extreme performance co-habit the textiles: the collection is made of wovens and knits where the main technology is represented by GRS - Global Recycle Standard certified polyamide and polyesters, sometime combined with ROICA™ recycled stretch yarns and dyed and finished with Oekotex Standard 100 certified processes and/or by BlueSign® partners’ companies.

But there is much more than it meets the eye.

Behind the new collection is a great story of sustainability.

  • ECOSENSOR™’s new references combine high-performance and innovation to empower people with the possibility to live life naturally both for mind and body.
  • The new range is woven from certified ingredients, a completely traceable production process and highly certified suppliers               

"A New Eco high-tech force of Nature", a bold claim, a daring attitude and true facts. ECOSENSOR™ by Asahi Kasei has concentrated all its key values into a Nature-driven and high-tech fabric collection that respects the environment and human being.

Sustainability, active climate control, exquisite touch and extreme performance co-habit the textiles: the collection is made of wovens and knits where the main technology is represented by GRS - Global Recycle Standard certified polyamide and polyesters, sometime combined with ROICA™ recycled stretch yarns and dyed and finished with Oekotex Standard 100 certified processes and/or by BlueSign® partners’ companies.

But there is much more than it meets the eye.

Behind the new collection is a great story of sustainability.

"Our international team strives to innovate with a human-based approach to research and develop solutions that meet high-performance standards as well as the transparency and traceability of both the ingredients and the supply chain", says Mr. Hashimoto, Senior Managing Director of Asahi Kasei Advance, the global materials innovator and manufacturer.

Indeed, the company has set the high bar all its suppliers and partners must match. Such criteria include: thoroughly transparency and traceability of both materials and production, corporate responsibility at all levels and a strategic commitment granted by influential certifications such as GRS - Global Recycle Standard for recycled ingredients and processes, as well as Bluesign® and OekoTex Standard 100 certifications, which focus on environmentally-friendly impact of the dyeing and finishing processes.

The human, environmentally-friendly and cutting-edge imprint of ECOSENSOR™ ultimate collection reflects a vision for a more responsible way of fabric manufacturing.

A new force of nature, because story telling truly must match the story making.

10.06.2020

«Autoneum Pure.»: neues Nachhaltigkeitslabel für Produkte

Technologien mit einer ausgezeichneten Umweltbilanz während des gesamten Produktlebenszyklus – dafür steht «Autoneum Pure.». Komponenten, die höchste Ansprüche an Nachhaltigkeit und  Umweltfreundlichkeit erfüllen, sind künftig unter diesem Label auf einen Blick zu erkennen. Dazu zählt auch die Innovation «Mono-Liner» für Radhausverkleidungen.

Als Innovationsführer im Akustik- und Wärmemanagement investiert Autoneum kontinuierlich in die Entwicklung und Produktion ressourcenschonender Komponenten, die das Auto leichter und so klimafreundlicher machen. Angesichts des steigenden Nachhaltigkeitsbewusstseins und einem entsprechend höheren Informationsbedarf zu umweltverträglichen Fahrzeugkomponenten, hat das Unternehmen neu Autoneum Pure lanciert. Das Label kennzeichnet besonders nachhaltige Technologien, womit Autoneum Autoherstellern die Produktwahl bei zukünftigen Modellen erleichtert.

Technologien mit einer ausgezeichneten Umweltbilanz während des gesamten Produktlebenszyklus – dafür steht «Autoneum Pure.». Komponenten, die höchste Ansprüche an Nachhaltigkeit und  Umweltfreundlichkeit erfüllen, sind künftig unter diesem Label auf einen Blick zu erkennen. Dazu zählt auch die Innovation «Mono-Liner» für Radhausverkleidungen.

Als Innovationsführer im Akustik- und Wärmemanagement investiert Autoneum kontinuierlich in die Entwicklung und Produktion ressourcenschonender Komponenten, die das Auto leichter und so klimafreundlicher machen. Angesichts des steigenden Nachhaltigkeitsbewusstseins und einem entsprechend höheren Informationsbedarf zu umweltverträglichen Fahrzeugkomponenten, hat das Unternehmen neu Autoneum Pure lanciert. Das Label kennzeichnet besonders nachhaltige Technologien, womit Autoneum Autoherstellern die Produktwahl bei zukünftigen Modellen erleichtert.

Autoneum Pure liegt ein umfassender Kriterienkatalog zugrunde, anhand dessen die Nachhaltigkeitsperformance eines Produkts in allen vier Phasen seines Lebenszyklus bewertet wird: Materialbeschaffung, Produktion, Nutzung und Entsorgung. So qualifizieren sich beispielsweise Komponenten mit einem hohen Anteil an rezyklierbaren Materialien oder solche, die eine deutliche Gewichtseinsparung gegenüber vergleichbaren Standardkomponenten erreichen, für das Label «Autoneum Pure.». Bereits heute bietet Autoneum verschiedene multifunktionale Technologien an, welche die hohen Vorgaben für Autoneum Pure-Produkte erfüllen: Ultra-Silent für Unterbodenoder Batterieunterschilder, Di-Light für Teppichsysteme, Prime-Light und IFP-R2 für Stirnwandund Bodenisolationen sowie die im Herbst 2019 lancierte Technologie Hybrid-Acoustics PET für Elektromotorkapselungen und Motoranbauteile.

Mit Mono-Liner zählt auch die neueste Innovation für Radhausverkleidungen zum Autoneum Pure- Portfolio. Unter anderem überzeugen die Mono-Liner-basierten Komponenten durch ihre Leichtbauweise, womit sie zu einem geringeren Fahrzeuggewicht und entsprechend weniger Treibstoffverbrauch und Emissionen beitragen. Die ausgezeichnete Umweltbilanz beruht zudem auf ihrer besonders ressourcenschonenden Fertigung: Produktionsausschüsse der grösstenteils aus rezykliertem PET bestehenden Komponenten können zu Pellets verarbeitet und in Form von Fasern vollständig in den Herstellungsprozess rückgeführt werden. Ein SUV sowie ein Crossover-Modell eines US-amerikanischen Fahrzeugherstellers profitieren heute schon von Mono-Liner-Radhausverkleidungen.

Anahid Rickmann, Head Corporate Communications & Responsibility, erklärt: «Mit Autoneum Pure haben wir als erster Automobilzulieferer ein Nachhaltigkeitslabel im Bereich Akustik- und Wärmemanagement etabliert. Autoneum Pure ist Teil der Advance Sustainability-Strategie 2025 des Unternehmens und setzt Branchenstandards in der Produktkommunikation.»

Quelle:

Autoneum Holding AG

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“The Archroma Way: Safe, efficient, enhanced. It’s our Nature.”
03.10.2019

Archroma to present innovations ans system solutions towards sustainable colors and performance at Techtextil India 2019

  • Visit Archroma at Techtextil India, Hall 4, Booth E25, Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai, India, from 20 to 22 November 2019

Reinach, Switzerland - Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, will be at Techtextil India to present its latest innovations and system solutions aimed to help technical textile manufacturers in India with optimized productivity and/or value creation in their markets.

Archroma offers a wide portfolio of dyes and chemicals aiming to increase sustainability and innovation along the entire value chain, from fiber to finish.

The Archroma experts present at the exhibition will introduce for the first time to audiences in India Fadex® AS New, a new “super UV protector” to make automotive & transportation textiles more resistant to light, Foron® SP-WF, a range of high-performance disperse dyes for polyester sportswear, and its ground-breaking innovation, Appretan® NTR, a water-based textile coating binder that rallies renewable natural ingredients for applications such as tea bags and coffee filters or capsules

The Archroma Way

  • Visit Archroma at Techtextil India, Hall 4, Booth E25, Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai, India, from 20 to 22 November 2019

Reinach, Switzerland - Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, will be at Techtextil India to present its latest innovations and system solutions aimed to help technical textile manufacturers in India with optimized productivity and/or value creation in their markets.

Archroma offers a wide portfolio of dyes and chemicals aiming to increase sustainability and innovation along the entire value chain, from fiber to finish.

The Archroma experts present at the exhibition will introduce for the first time to audiences in India Fadex® AS New, a new “super UV protector” to make automotive & transportation textiles more resistant to light, Foron® SP-WF, a range of high-performance disperse dyes for polyester sportswear, and its ground-breaking innovation, Appretan® NTR, a water-based textile coating binder that rallies renewable natural ingredients for applications such as tea bags and coffee filters or capsules

The Archroma Way

The solution systems and innovations presented by Archroma have all been selected for their compliance with “The Archroma Way: safe, efficient, enhanced, it’s our nature”. The approach finds its origin in Archroma’s deep belief that it is possible to make the textile industry sustainable.

At Techtextil India, visitors will be able to discover 10 systems developed along the principles of The Archroma Way to help them create value in their textile applications and markets, such as:

FOR AUTOMOTIVE & TRANSPORTATION

Archroma will present two systems ideally suited to textile manufacturers serving the automotive & transportation market:

  • Light Fast Car, a system designed to keep fabric colors deep, vibrant and matched day after day;
  • Safe Seats, a halogen-free* flame retardant coating system for synthetic leather upholstery.

FOR OUTDOOR & ACTIVE WEAR

  • Color Vibe, a system for nylon sportswear to maintain color vibrancy, time after time, wash after wash;
  • Fast Sport, a coloration system for polyester knitted sportswear, providing the best fastness in the shortest possible time with a reduced environmental footprint;
  • Odor Control, a system for improved material longevity, freshness and wearing comfort due to the lasting dual-action technology of Sanitized® Odoractiv 10. Odor-causing bacteria cannot adhere to the textile surface and bad smells are trapped and neutralized; and permastink cannot build-up in your sportswear;
  • Wick Stop, an anti-wicking system to keep your feet drier in the wet, with maximum mesh sneaker durability;

FOR WORKWEAR & UNIFORMS

  • Power Cotton, a system for comfortable cotton fabrics with more than 5 times higher abrasion resistance;
  • Smooth As Iron, a non-iron finishing system that keeps fabric smooth, soft and strong, especially on collars and cuffs;
  • Odor Control, (see above);
  • Tough Camo, A non-infrared reflective pigment printing system for military wear, with high durability and dramatically reduced water consumption;

AND FOR NON-WOVEN

  • Filter It Clean, a formaldehyde-free* and APEO-free bonding system that makes non-wovens strong and safe even when wet. “We are continuously developing innovations and solution systems that help increase productivity and create value for textile manufacturers in India,” says Anjani Prasad, Head of Sales, India, Archroma. “We do that with in mind the planet and its inhabitants, in line with the objectives of “The Archroma way": Safe, efficient, enhanced. Because it’s our nature!”
  • Below limits of detection according to industry standard test methods
Weitere Informationen:
Archroma Techtextil India
Quelle:

Archroma