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13.10.2021

Livinguard: Damit das Maskentragen schützt

  • Livinguard optimiert die eigene, selbstdesinfizierende Technologie und entwickelt erste permanente, biozidfreie Technologieplattform

Die patentierte Technologie des Schweizer Hygiene-Unternehmens Livinguard zerstört kontinuierlich und nachweislich 99,9 Prozent von Krankheitserregern (Mikroben) wie Viren und Bakterien. Dazu zählen unter anderem Influenza- und Gelbfieberviren, Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 und diverse Varianten des Corona-Virus, Tuberkulose- und E. Coli- Bakterien, Staphylokokken und Salmonellen. Die Livinguard Technologie basiert auf dem Prinzip der physikalischen Desinfektion: Oberflächen werden mit dauerhaft positiven Ladungen versehen, die negativ geladene Mikroben anziehen und deren Zellwände beschädigen, wodurch diese für den Menschen unschädlich gemacht werden.

Mit dieser Technologie ausgestattete Produkte sind über lange Zeiträume wiederverwendbar und damit um ein vielfaches nachhaltiger als Einmalprodukte. Aus diesem Grund wurde der Livinguard Pro Mask im September 2021 der renommierte Award „Sustainability Product of the Year“ verliehen.

  • Livinguard optimiert die eigene, selbstdesinfizierende Technologie und entwickelt erste permanente, biozidfreie Technologieplattform

Die patentierte Technologie des Schweizer Hygiene-Unternehmens Livinguard zerstört kontinuierlich und nachweislich 99,9 Prozent von Krankheitserregern (Mikroben) wie Viren und Bakterien. Dazu zählen unter anderem Influenza- und Gelbfieberviren, Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 und diverse Varianten des Corona-Virus, Tuberkulose- und E. Coli- Bakterien, Staphylokokken und Salmonellen. Die Livinguard Technologie basiert auf dem Prinzip der physikalischen Desinfektion: Oberflächen werden mit dauerhaft positiven Ladungen versehen, die negativ geladene Mikroben anziehen und deren Zellwände beschädigen, wodurch diese für den Menschen unschädlich gemacht werden.

Mit dieser Technologie ausgestattete Produkte sind über lange Zeiträume wiederverwendbar und damit um ein vielfaches nachhaltiger als Einmalprodukte. Aus diesem Grund wurde der Livinguard Pro Mask im September 2021 der renommierte Award „Sustainability Product of the Year“ verliehen.

Diese bereits erprobte und wirksame Livinguard Technologie hat das Unternehmen nun entscheidend weiterentwickelt und optimiert. Im Rahmen des Kongresses „Restart“ in Berlin im September 2021 stellte das Unternehmen die weltweit erste permanente biozidfreie Desinfektion vor. Diese neue Methode arbeitet weiter auf Basis der bestehenden, patentgeschützten Wirkprinzipien der positiv geladenen Oberflächen. Zudem wirkt die Technologie dauerhaft selbstdesinfizierend und kann über verschiedene Verfahren auf vielen verschiedenen Materialien (darunter Textilien, Kunststoffen und Papier) angewendet werden. Dank dieser permanenten Wirksamkeit der Selbstdesinfektion und der vielfältigen Einsatzmöglichkeiten stellt diese Neuentwicklung eine bahnbrechende Innovation im Bereich der Hygiene dar und ist zugleich ein weiterer wichtiger Schritt in Sachen Nachhaltigkeit.

Die nun erstmals vorgestellte biozidfreie Livinguard Technologie ist aufgrund ihrer auf elektrischer Ladung basierenden Funktionsweise sicher für den Menschen und stellt damit eine hervorragende umwelt- und ressourcenschonende Alternative zu herkömmlichen Desinfektionsmethoden dar. Wissenschaftliche Tests zeigen, dass die antimikrobiellen Eigenschaften an das Trägermaterial binden und so weder durch Zeitablauf oder andere Einflüsse (z.B. Waschung) an Wirksamkeit einbüßen. Da die Livinguard Technologie auf einem mechanischen Wirkprinzip basiert, ist die Bildung von Resistenzen äußerst unwahrscheinlich.
Die Wirksamkeit der zugrundeliegenden biozidfreien Technologie wurde von Dr. Torsten Koburger-Janssen (Hygiene Nord, Deutschland) begutachtet. In seiner Untersuchung konnte er nachweisen, dass die Gesamtkeimzahl auf mit Livinguard Technologie behandelten Textilien nach 48 Stunden signifikant niedriger lag als bei unbehandelten Stoffen. Auch wenn das Keimwachstum nicht völlig unterbunden wurde, so lag auch dieser Faktor deutlich niedriger als in der unbehandelten Vergleichsgruppe. Daneben wurde auch die versprochene Geruchsreduktion auf Textilien von Probanden bestätigt, ohne dass dies eine explizite Fragestellung dieser Gesamtkeimzahl-Untersuchung gewesen wäre.

Die Livinguard Technologie findet in den unterschiedlichsten Bereichen Anwendung, darunter im medizinischen Sektor sowie in diversen Industrien. Derzeit setzt Livinguard seine Technologie mit der biozid und der biozidfreien Formulierungsplattform bei Gesichtsmasken, Kleidung für den privaten Gebrauch und den Beruf, Hygieneprodukten, Computer-Tastaturen sowie bei Luft- und Wasserfiltern ein.

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(c) Trützschler
Ralf Helbig, R & D Engineer for Air Technology (left) and Christian Freitag, Head of Air Technology at Trützschler (right).
27.09.2021

Trützschler: TC 19i sets the benchmark for energy-efficient carding

Global energy consumption reached a record high in 2019, following a 40-year trend for rapidly increasing energy demand that was only halted by the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s estimated that more than 80 % of this energy is still generated from fossil fuels that produce CO2 emissions and contribute to climate change. Renewable energy offers a solution to this problem, but saving energy whenever possible is an even more effective approach. That are the motives for Trützschler to develop the intelligent card TC 19i, which sets a new benchmark for energy-efficient carding.

The intelligent Trützschler card TC 19i features the unique T-GO gap optimizer, which continuously and automatically monitors and adjusts the carding gap to an ideal position during production. Innovative drive- and air technology further reduce energy consumption of the TC 19i.

Global energy consumption reached a record high in 2019, following a 40-year trend for rapidly increasing energy demand that was only halted by the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s estimated that more than 80 % of this energy is still generated from fossil fuels that produce CO2 emissions and contribute to climate change. Renewable energy offers a solution to this problem, but saving energy whenever possible is an even more effective approach. That are the motives for Trützschler to develop the intelligent card TC 19i, which sets a new benchmark for energy-efficient carding.

The intelligent Trützschler card TC 19i features the unique T-GO gap optimizer, which continuously and automatically monitors and adjusts the carding gap to an ideal position during production. Innovative drive- and air technology further reduce energy consumption of the TC 19i.

The most energy-intensive elements in a carding machine are the drive, the dust suction process and the compressed air system. Permanent suction is needed to remove dust and cotton waste in key places. Smart optimization of these areas has made the intelligent card TC 19i a benchmark for energy efficiency in carding because it uses less electricity, lower suction pressure and less compressed air than other machines, while providing the highest production rates currently available on the market.

In a head-to-head comparison between the TC 19i and a high-performance card from a competitor, the TC 19i consumed at least 10 % less energy per kilogram of material produced when manufacturing rotor yarn from a cotton and cotton waste mix. The compared energy values included electric power consumption and energy required for suction and compressed air and were measured in both cards at the same production of 180 kg/h. A 10 % reduction in energy per kilogram of sliver produced, as proven here by TC 19i, can have a significant impact on a spinning mill’s profitability; annual savings worth a five-digit sum are frequently possible, depending on factors such as the output of the mill. The customer trial also showed TC 19i’s excellent reliability at the customer’s usual production rate of 180 kg/h, and even demonstrated stable performance at 300 kg/h in the same application. Because the TC 19i with T-GO gap optimizer realizes maximum production rates at no compromise in quality, manufacturers can reduce their energy demand and investment costs drastically: Less machines are needed to achieve the desired output, and energy consumption per production is reduced.

This improvement was made possible by a long and sometimes challenging innovation process involving mathematical models of air flows, as well as flow simulations and prototypes. By combining the final flowoptimized parts in the TC 19i, Trützschler’s experts have developed a card that operates with suction pressure of just -740 Pa and with an air requirement of only 4200 m³/h. This translates into 40 % less energy demand for air technology compared to the latest high-performance competitor model.

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Trützschler carding technology
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Trützschler

(c) Trevira GmbH
08.09.2021

Trevira CS – starting afresh

  • New brand Trevira CS eco

After a challenging 2020 for Trevira CS®, a year in which the coronavirus crisis put pressure on the contract market, in particular on the hotel and event sector, and also on the cruise shipping industry, the market is starting to show some signs of improvement. Numerous new developments are seizing upon the trends that have emerged since the crisis began.

  • New brand Trevira CS eco

After a challenging 2020 for Trevira CS®, a year in which the coronavirus crisis put pressure on the contract market, in particular on the hotel and event sector, and also on the cruise shipping industry, the market is starting to show some signs of improvement. Numerous new developments are seizing upon the trends that have emerged since the crisis began.

Although the coronavirus pandemic had a negative effect on individual business sectors, it also has the potential to open up new market opportunities for flame retardant Trevira CS fabrics in the long run. The increase in people working from home and the longer and more frequent stay within one’s own home have led to a change in perspective in terms of the relevance of interior design. The design of the living space has undergone a revaluation. Sustainability, durability, high quality, and the desire for safe products that contain little to no harmful substances are defining criteria for selecting a new textile interior. The colour range of the new Trevira CS developments is directed specifically towards this trend and often comes across as discreet and close to nature. After Trevira CS products have found their way more and more into private homes, the new Trevira CS collections include numerous attractive textiles not only for the contract sector but also for the residential sector.

In the contract sector, notably in the hotel industry, the trends towards sustainability and quality are likely to continue to grow. Moreover, there is an increase in awareness as far as hygiene requirements are concerned. Textiles that are easy to clean without losing their appearance or their functionality can excel here. Accordingly, products ordinarily used in the healthcare sector might start to be of interest to the hotel and catering industry, public spaces, the transport industry, and to offices. This will apply in particular to areas where there is a regular flow of visitors and where people come into direct contact with fabrics. Antimicrobial textiles provide additional protection in these situations. Besides their flame retardancy, many new Trevira CS products integrate additional functions such as noise or sun protection.

Trevira has launched the Trevira CS eco brand for flame retardant textiles that consist of recycled Trevira products.
The new Trevira CS eco brand unites sustainability and flame retardancy. Trevira offers products for this which have been manufactured through different recycling processes. The flame retardant filament yarns are based on the use of recycled PET bottles (post-consumer recycling). Textiles bearing the Trevira CS eco trademark consist of at least 50% recycled materials.

Trevira uses an agglomeration facility to recycle reusable waste materials from production to manufacture recycled fibres that, after further processing, retain the same quality and performance characteristics as the original products (pre-consumer recycling).

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Trevira GmbH

16.06.2021

Closed-loop recycling pilot project for single-use facemasks

  • Fraunhofer, SABIC, and Procter & Gamble join forces
  • The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE and its Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT have developed an advanced recycling process for used plastics.
  • The pilot project with SABIC and Procter & Gamble serves to demonstrate the feasibility of closed-loop recycling for single-use facemasks.

Due to COVID-19, use of billions of disposable facemasks is raising environmental concerns especially when they are thoughtlessly discarded in public spaces, including - parks, open-air venues and beaches. Apart from the challenge of dealing with such huge volumes of essential personal healthcare items in a sustainable way, simply throwing the used masks away for disposal on landfill sites or in incineration plants represents a loss of valuable feedstock for new material.

  • Fraunhofer, SABIC, and Procter & Gamble join forces
  • The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE and its Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT have developed an advanced recycling process for used plastics.
  • The pilot project with SABIC and Procter & Gamble serves to demonstrate the feasibility of closed-loop recycling for single-use facemasks.

Due to COVID-19, use of billions of disposable facemasks is raising environmental concerns especially when they are thoughtlessly discarded in public spaces, including - parks, open-air venues and beaches. Apart from the challenge of dealing with such huge volumes of essential personal healthcare items in a sustainable way, simply throwing the used masks away for disposal on landfill sites or in incineration plants represents a loss of valuable feedstock for new material.

“Recognizing the challenge, we set out to explore how used facemasks could potentially be returned into the value chain of new facemask production”, says Dr. Peter Dziezok, Director R&D Open Innovation at P&G. “But creating a true circular solution from both a sustainable and an economically feasible perspective takes partners. Therefore, we teamed up with Fraunhofer CCPE and Fraunhofer UMSICHT’s expert scientists and SABIC’s Technology & Innovation specialists to investigate potential solutions.”

As part of the pilot, P&G collected used facemasks worn by employees or given to visitors at its manufacturing and research sites in Germany. Although those masks are always disposed of responsibly, there was no ideal route in place to recycle them efficiently. To help demonstrate a potential step change in this scenario, special collection bins were set up, and the collected used masks were sent to Fraunhofer for further processing in a dedicated research pyrolysis plant.

“A single-use medical product such as a face mask has high hygiene requirements, both in terms of disposal and production. Mechanical recycling, would have not done the job”, explains Dr. Alexander Hofmann, Head of Department Recycling Management at Fraunhofer UMSICHT. “In our solution, therefore, the masks were first automatically shredded and then thermochemically converted to pyrolysis oil. Pyrolysis breaks the plastic down into molecular fragments under pressure and heat, which will also destroy any residual pollutants or pathogens, such as the Coronavirus. In this way it is possible to produce feedstock for new plastics in virgin quality that can also meet the requirements for medical products”, adds Hofmann, who is also Head of Research Department “Advanced Recycling” at Fraunhofer CCPE.

The pyrolysis oil was then sent to SABIC to be used as feedstock for the production of new PP resin. The resins were produced using the widely recognized principle of mass balance to combine the alternative feedstock with fossil-based feedstock in the production process. Mass balance is considered a crucial bridge between today’s large scale linear economy and the more sustainable circular economy of the future, which today is operated on a smaller scale but is expected to grow quickly.

“The high-quality circular PP polymer obtained in this pilot clearly demonstrates that closed-loop recycling is achievable through active collaboration of players from across the value chain”, emphasizes Mark Vester, Global Circular Economy Leader at SABIC. “The circular material is part of our TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio, aimed at preventing valuable used plastic from becoming waste and at mitigating the depletion of fossil resources.”

Finally, to close the loop, the PP polymer was supplied to P&G, where it was processed into non-woven fibers material. “This pilot project has helped us to assess if the close loop approach could work for hygienic and medical grade plastics”, says Hansjörg Reick, P&G Senior Director Open Innovation. “Of course, further work is needed but the results so far have been very encouraging.”

The entire closed loop pilot project from facemask collection to production was developed and implemented within seven months. The transferability of advanced recycling to other feedstocks and chemical products is being further researched at Fraunhofer CCPE.

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Fraunhofer

Virtuelle Verleihung des UMSICHT-Wissenschaftspreises 2021 © Shutterstock
UMSICHT-Wissenschaftspreis 2021
17.05.2021

Virtuelle Verleihung des UMSICHT-Wissenschaftspreises 2021

Das letzte Jahr und insbesondere die mediale Aufmerksamkeit rund um die Corona-Pandemie zeigen, wie wichtig eine verständliche und zielgruppenorientierte Kommunikation wissenschaftlicher Themen ist und welchen hohen Stellenwert die Wissenschaft einnimmt. Den Dialog zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft zu fördern, ist das Ziel des UMSICHT-Wissenschaftspreises, der 2021 zum zwölften Mal vom UMSICHT-Förderverein verliehen wird. Erfahren Sie im Rahmen der Preisverleihung mehr über die spannenden Beiträge der Preisträgerinnen und Preisträger in den Kategorien Wissenschaft und Journalismus.

Die diesjährige Bekanntgabe der Preisträger*innen und Preisverleihung findet am Donnerstag, den 24. Juni 2021 aufgrund der aktuellen Situation virtuell statt. Auf der Veranstaltung kann man sich über aktuelle Themen und Trends in der Wissenschaft und Wissenschaftskommunikation informieren. Nähere Informationen und auch bereits den Link zur Veranstaltung finden sie hier.

Das letzte Jahr und insbesondere die mediale Aufmerksamkeit rund um die Corona-Pandemie zeigen, wie wichtig eine verständliche und zielgruppenorientierte Kommunikation wissenschaftlicher Themen ist und welchen hohen Stellenwert die Wissenschaft einnimmt. Den Dialog zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft zu fördern, ist das Ziel des UMSICHT-Wissenschaftspreises, der 2021 zum zwölften Mal vom UMSICHT-Förderverein verliehen wird. Erfahren Sie im Rahmen der Preisverleihung mehr über die spannenden Beiträge der Preisträgerinnen und Preisträger in den Kategorien Wissenschaft und Journalismus.

Die diesjährige Bekanntgabe der Preisträger*innen und Preisverleihung findet am Donnerstag, den 24. Juni 2021 aufgrund der aktuellen Situation virtuell statt. Auf der Veranstaltung kann man sich über aktuelle Themen und Trends in der Wissenschaft und Wissenschaftskommunikation informieren. Nähere Informationen und auch bereits den Link zur Veranstaltung finden sie hier.

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Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT

22.04.2021

Lenzing Group: Sustainability Report 2020

  • Successful measures to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on the safety and health of employees, customers and partners and securing sustainable business development
  • Implementation of strategic investment projects and climate targets progressing on schedule – launch of first TENCEL™ branded carbon-zero fibers
  • New level of transparency in the textile industry: introduction of blockchain technology
  • Target setting: Lenzing raises the bar even higher and sets new sustainability goals

The Lenzing Group presented its Sustainability Report 2020 on April 22, 2021, World Earth Day. Featuring the title “Stand up for future generations”, Lenzing once again emphasized its commitment to taking responsibility beyond the products it makes.

  • Successful measures to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on the safety and health of employees, customers and partners and securing sustainable business development
  • Implementation of strategic investment projects and climate targets progressing on schedule – launch of first TENCEL™ branded carbon-zero fibers
  • New level of transparency in the textile industry: introduction of blockchain technology
  • Target setting: Lenzing raises the bar even higher and sets new sustainability goals

The Lenzing Group presented its Sustainability Report 2020 on April 22, 2021, World Earth Day. Featuring the title “Stand up for future generations”, Lenzing once again emphasized its commitment to taking responsibility beyond the products it makes. The non-financial report, prepared in accordance with the reporting standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Austrian Sustainability and Diversity Improvement Act (NaDiVeG) and reviewed by KPMG Austria GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft, illustrates how the company is responding to the global challenges of our time.

The 2020 financial year of the Lenzing Group was largely dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lenzing took short-term measures to safeguard its business operations and mitigate the effects of fiber prices and fiber demand which came under increasing pressure. The priority was to protect employees and strengthen long-term partnerships with suppliers and customers. Following the current fight against the coronavirus and its consequences, the company continues to move ahead determinedly to achieve its sustainability targets, also against the backdrop of such a difficult market environment.

With the implementation of its science-based targets, the Lenzing Group actively contributes to mastering the problems caused by climate change. In 2019, Lenzing made a strategic commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent per ton of product by 2030. The overriding target is to be climate-neutral by 2050.*

The launch of the first carbon-zero TENCEL™ fibers certified as CarbonNeutral® products in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol – the leading global framework for carbon neutrality – represents another important milestone from the reporting year. As of June 2021, Lenzing will also market the first VEOCEL™ branded lyocell fibers as certified CarbonNeutral® products.

Promoting the circular economy
Lenzing also sets standards for the entire fiber, textile and clothing industry with respect to the circular economy which is of such crucial importance in climate and resource protection. In order to enhance resource efficiency and offer a solution for the global problem of textile waste, the company developed the REFIBRA™ recycling technology. REFIBRA™ is the only technology in the world enabling the production of new lyocell fibers on a commercial scale from cotton scraps derived from manufacturing cotton clothing as well as from used garments. In this way, an important contribution is made to promoting circularity in the textile industry.*

New level of transparency in the textile industry
In addition to environmental protection, the issue of transparency along the supply chain poses a major challenge to the textile industry. Working in cooperation with TextileGenesis™, Lenzing offers an innovative solution to ensure greater transparency on the basis of blockchain technology. Following several successful pilot projects with renowned fashion brands, this digital platform was ultimately launched in 2020 to enable the traceability of textiles, from the fiber to all stages of production and distribution. Thanks to the innovative Fibercoin™ technology of the TextileGenesis™ platform, Lenzing and its partners are able to issue so-called “blockchain assets” in direct proportion to the physical fiber deliveries of the brands TENCEL™ and LENZING™ ECOVERO™. These digital assets function like a “fingerprint” and thus prevent adulteration.*

Target setting: Lenzing raises the bar even higher
The Lenzing Group operates in line with three strategic principles within the context of its “Naturally positive” sustainability strategy: partnering for change, advancing circularity and greening the value chain.*

 

*See attached document for more information..

14.04.2021

Resolutions adopted by the virtual Annual General Meeting of Lenzing AG

At the 77th Annual General Meeting of Lenzing AG, which was once again held virtually on April 14, 2021 via livestream due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the members of the Managing Board and Supervisory Board were formally discharged from liability for the business year 2020. KPMG Austria GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungs- u. Steuerberatungsgesellschaft was appointed to serve as the auditor of the annual financial statements and consolidated annual financial statements for the business year 2021.

Furthermore, the Annual General Meeting adopted the resolution on the compensation to be paid to Supervisory Board members as well as the principles underlying the remuneration of the members of the Managing Board. In addition to financial performance criteria, the remuneration policy of Lenzing AG regulating the multi-year, performance-oriented remuneration paid to the Managing Board members will also be linked in the future to non-financial sustainability criteria (ESG) designed to further promote the sustainable business strategy of Lenzing AG.

At the 77th Annual General Meeting of Lenzing AG, which was once again held virtually on April 14, 2021 via livestream due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the members of the Managing Board and Supervisory Board were formally discharged from liability for the business year 2020. KPMG Austria GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungs- u. Steuerberatungsgesellschaft was appointed to serve as the auditor of the annual financial statements and consolidated annual financial statements for the business year 2021.

Furthermore, the Annual General Meeting adopted the resolution on the compensation to be paid to Supervisory Board members as well as the principles underlying the remuneration of the members of the Managing Board. In addition to financial performance criteria, the remuneration policy of Lenzing AG regulating the multi-year, performance-oriented remuneration paid to the Managing Board members will also be linked in the future to non-financial sustainability criteria (ESG) designed to further promote the sustainable business strategy of Lenzing AG.

Fully on track strategically
The Managing Board of Lenzing AG presented the business development of the year 2020, a strategic outlook and sustainability strategy including the relevant roadmap to achieve climate targets to the participating shareholders. In 2019, Lenzing made a strategic commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions per ton of product by 50 percent by the year 2030. The goal is to operate in a climate-neutral manner by 2050.

The substantial investments made in Thailand and Brazil not only support Lenzing in its transformation to a supplier of environmentally compatible specialty fibers but also comprise an important milestone on this journey which sustainably increases the company’s enterprise value.

The implementation of these two key projects is proceeding ahead as planned in spite of the direct impacts of the coronavirus crisis. The pulp plant in Brazil is scheduled to be put into operation in the first half of 2022 and will significantly increase Lenzing’s own in-house supply of dissolving pulp. Production in Thailand is expected to commence towards the end of 2021, further raising the share of eco-friendly specialty fibers in the Lenzing product portfolio.

New appointments to the Supervisory Board
Dr. Veit Sorger retired from the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG on his request effective at the end of the Annual General Meeting. Veit Sorger had been a Member of the Supervisory Board since 2004 (also serving as Deputy Chairman since 2011) and served on various Supervisory Board committees.

The Annual General Meeting elected Dr. Markus Fürst, Managing Director of B&C Industrieholding GmbH, and Thomas Cord Prinzhorn, MBA, CEO of Prinzhorn Holding GmbH, to serve on the Supervisory Board until the end of the Annual General Meeting resolving upon the discharge of the Supervisory Board members for the business year 2024.

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Lenzing AG

Mostafiz Uddin Wins Coveted Drapers Sustainable Fashion Champion Award (c) Denim Expert Limited
Mostafiz Uddin
10.03.2021

Mostafiz Uddin Wins Coveted Drapers Sustainable Fashion Champion Award

  • Mostafiz Uddin, Managing Director of Denim Expert Limited and Founder of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) has won Sustainable Fashion Champion at the Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards 2021, which took place virtually on 10 March.

On receiving the award, Mostafiz said he wants to be a game-changer in the apparel industry, leading by example to inspire others to behave responsibly and ethically.

He also dedicated the award to H&M which, he explained, supported his business, Denim Expert, through the pandemic by continuing to place orders He said the loyal support of the Swedish fashion giant almost certainly helped save the livelihoods of 2000 workers at his factory and their 10000 family members. “That’s true sustainability leadership,” he said.

The Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards recognise steps being made in reducing the fashion industry’s environmental impact and creating fairer working conditions across the supply chain.
Judged by an independent panel of sustainability and fashion retail experts, the awards shine a spotlight on best practice within the global fashion industry.

  • Mostafiz Uddin, Managing Director of Denim Expert Limited and Founder of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) has won Sustainable Fashion Champion at the Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards 2021, which took place virtually on 10 March.

On receiving the award, Mostafiz said he wants to be a game-changer in the apparel industry, leading by example to inspire others to behave responsibly and ethically.

He also dedicated the award to H&M which, he explained, supported his business, Denim Expert, through the pandemic by continuing to place orders He said the loyal support of the Swedish fashion giant almost certainly helped save the livelihoods of 2000 workers at his factory and their 10000 family members. “That’s true sustainability leadership,” he said.

The Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards recognise steps being made in reducing the fashion industry’s environmental impact and creating fairer working conditions across the supply chain.
Judged by an independent panel of sustainability and fashion retail experts, the awards shine a spotlight on best practice within the global fashion industry.

Covid-19 has presented unforeseen challenges for fashion retailers and brands, but it has also given us all an opportunity to build back better. Forward-thinking fashion businesses know change is not optional, and are embracing their responsibilities and ability to make a difference.

Mostafiz Uddin has been recognised as the Sustainable Fashion Champion 2021 for setting examples in promoting sustainability during the Covid-19 pandemic which broke out worldwide in March last year.
Jill Geoghegan, Acting Editor of Drapers, said: “Despite the challenges thrown up by the Coronavirus pandemic, fashion brands and retailers increasingly recognise that sustainability is a business imperative.”  
“Many businesses continued to invest in cleaning up their supply chains and introducing new models of working, despite the unprecedented trading conditions.

“The Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards highlight and celebrate these advancements, paving the way for a more responsible future for the industry.” Managing Director of Denim Expert Limited Mostafiz Uddin said: “In the pandemic, my factory Denim Expert Limited kept true to its commitment towards sustainability, despite an extremely difficult trading landscape.

“During the pandemic, I was vocal about the issue of buyer-supplier relationships and, in speaking out, I wanted to champion the cause of suppliers all over the world. Too often suppliers in garment supply chains do not have a voice because they fear that by speaking out, they will be treated unfavourably by brands.

“This was, of course, a risk on my own part but I like to think I stood up for what I think is right and ultimately, I believe progressive brands understood I was coming from a good place. Like them, all I want to see is a fair, ethical and sustainable industry where brands and retailers work in an environment of collaboration, not conflict.”

Mostafiz also had some special praise for H&M. He said: “It would have not been possible for me to support my workers during the pandemic, had my factory not received help from H&M during the unprecedented time. While Denim Expert suffered from huge orders cancellation and orders hold, H&M supported us by placing orders in the pandemic that saved thousands of lives and livelihoods. Therefore, I would like to dedicate this Award to H&M and its CEO Helena Helmersson.”

The judges of Drapers Sustainable Fashion Champion Award 2021 have been Kerry Bannigan, Founder, Conscious Fashion Campaign; Sarah Ditty, Global Policy Director, Fashion Revolution; Miriam Lahage, Founder, Aequip; Samata Pattinson, CEO, Red Carpet Green Dress; Caroline Rush, Chief Executive Officer, British Fashion Council; Lucy Shea, Group CEO, Futerra; Jane Shepherdson, Chairman, My Wardrobe HQ; and Dilys Williams, Director, Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

75 Years Hohenstein - Successful Roots worldwide © Hohenstein
Today, at its headquarters in Bönnigheim, Germany, Hohenstein has expanded as a versatile service provider beyond the castle with modern lab buildings.
04.01.2021

75 Years Hohenstein - Successful Roots worldwide

BÖNNIGHEIM - Textile testing and research partner Hohenstein has reason to celebrate: this year marks the company’s 75th anniversary. Now in its third generation of family ownership, the company will spend this landmark year expanding its foundation for the future. Owner Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels is proud: "Our motto, We live textiles, expresses exactly what has made us special for many decades - our collective enthusiasm for textiles and the opportunity to provide solutions that make a difference in the world.”

Successful Roots

BÖNNIGHEIM - Textile testing and research partner Hohenstein has reason to celebrate: this year marks the company’s 75th anniversary. Now in its third generation of family ownership, the company will spend this landmark year expanding its foundation for the future. Owner Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels is proud: "Our motto, We live textiles, expresses exactly what has made us special for many decades - our collective enthusiasm for textiles and the opportunity to provide solutions that make a difference in the world.”

Successful Roots

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Otto Mecheels laid the foundation for an internationally-renowned company in 1946 when he founded the Hohenstein Institutes, a textile school in Hohenstein Castle. His son, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Mecheels modernized the Hohenstein Group’s business structures and expanded into new research and service areas such as textile finishing or professional laundries/dry cleaning. He helped to forever change textile safety with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification system that protects consumers from harmful substances. Under Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels’ leadership since 1995, Hohenstein has been at the forefront of microfiber analysis, consistently perfected its created standards for comfort and compression testing and worked to reduce the industry’s ecological impact. Last but not least, the testing laboratory in Hong Kong, which has been in operation since 2011, and the Hohenstein textile testing laboratories in Bangladesh and India, which were opened in 2018, ensure even greater market proximity.

Solutions for the Global Textile Industry

Today, Hohenstein specializes in the testing, certification and research of all kinds of textile-related products. With a total of more than 1,000 employees at its headquarters in Bönnigheim and in more than 40 branches, contact offices and laboratories worldwide, the company faces the current challenges of the global industry.

"Textile sustainability remains a major focus for us and is woven through every decision we make," explains Stefan Mecheels. “Even services that are seemingly focused on innovation contribute somehow to longer lasting products, less waste and more safety. Our Digital Fitting Lab helps brands leap forward with digitized apparel development. Using modern 3D and 4D technologies and our traditional fit and pattern expertise, we help our clients design better fitting clothes with fewer prototypes and less waste.”

When SARS-CoV-2 struck, the company developed a quality label to easily identify non-medical, community masks that meet legal and functional requirements. The Hohenstein Quality Labels are independent proof with a high level of credibility among buyers and consumers.

Anniversary

Among the celebrations, Hohenstein plans to hold a mid-year press conference with regional and industry journalists. "We are celebrating this anniversary because we have succeeded in constantly adapting to the market and use our applied research to anticipate developments. For this I would first like to thank our employees, who, in keeping with the motto We live textiles, put their hearts and souls into their work. A very special thanks also goes to our customers, some of whom have been placing their trust in us for decades," says Stefan Mecheels, adding "I am convinced that we are positioned to continue our contribution in the future.

TU Dresden präsentiert textile 3D-gestrickte Mund-Nasen-Masken © Mirko Krziwon_ITM/TU Dresden
TU Dresden präsentiert textile 3D-gestrickte Mund-Nasen-Masken
21.04.2020

TU Dresden präsentiert textile 3D-gestrickte Mund-Nasen-Masken

  • Anforderungs- und passformgerechte textile 3D-gestrickte Mund-Nasen-Masken – Weitere Initiativen am ITM der TU Dresden

Seit dem 20. April 2020 gilt für das Bundesland Sachsen eine Maskenpflicht beim Einkaufen und im öffentlichen Personen- und Nahverkehr. Eine entsprechende Verordnung wurde hierfür am 17. April 2020 vom Freistaat Sachsen bekannt gegeben.

Aufgrund der neuerlassenen Allgemeinverfügung und der damit einhergehenden, notwendi-gen Schutzmaßnahmen zur Verringerung der Ausbreitung von COVID-19 wird das Institut für Textilmaschinen und Textile Hochleistungswerkstofftechnik (ITM) der TU Dresden nach der am 20. April 2020 erfolgten Wiederaufnahme des laborbasierten Forschungsbetriebes die bereits in der ITM-Pressemitteilung vom 31. März 2020 vorgestellte textile, 3D-gestrickte Mund-Nasen-Maske intensiv weiterentwickeln. Das ITM möchte damit einen wichtigen aktiven Beitrag zum Schutz der Gesundheit der Bevölkerung leisten.

  • Anforderungs- und passformgerechte textile 3D-gestrickte Mund-Nasen-Masken – Weitere Initiativen am ITM der TU Dresden

Seit dem 20. April 2020 gilt für das Bundesland Sachsen eine Maskenpflicht beim Einkaufen und im öffentlichen Personen- und Nahverkehr. Eine entsprechende Verordnung wurde hierfür am 17. April 2020 vom Freistaat Sachsen bekannt gegeben.

Aufgrund der neuerlassenen Allgemeinverfügung und der damit einhergehenden, notwendi-gen Schutzmaßnahmen zur Verringerung der Ausbreitung von COVID-19 wird das Institut für Textilmaschinen und Textile Hochleistungswerkstofftechnik (ITM) der TU Dresden nach der am 20. April 2020 erfolgten Wiederaufnahme des laborbasierten Forschungsbetriebes die bereits in der ITM-Pressemitteilung vom 31. März 2020 vorgestellte textile, 3D-gestrickte Mund-Nasen-Maske intensiv weiterentwickeln. Das ITM möchte damit einen wichtigen aktiven Beitrag zum Schutz der Gesundheit der Bevölkerung leisten.

Hierfür sind in den letzten Tagen die Kooperationen mit langjährigen Netzwerkpartnern des ITM wei-ter intensiviert worden. Gemeinsam mit der renommierten Textilmaschinenfirma H. Stoll AG & Co. KG aus Reutlingen ist es gelungen, mit dem am ITM erarbeiteten technologischen Know-how auf einer am ITM der TU Dresden installierten Flachstrickmaschine Stoll ADF 530-32 BW weitere Vari-anten neuartiger, textiler 3D-gestrickter Mund-Nasen-Masken erfolgreich umzusetzen.

Am ITM können somit Mund-Nasen-Masken-Varianten mit unterschiedlichsten Materialkombinatio-nen auf Flachstrickmaschinen von zwei Maschinenherstellern, die sich alle als waschbarer und damit wiederverwendbarer Mund-Nasen-Schutz eignen, anforderungs- und passformgerecht gefertigt wer-den. Je nach Materialzusammensetzung sind die Mehrwegmasken für Kochwäsche mit handelsübli-chen Waschmitteln bzw. bei 60° mit Desinfektionswaschmittel geeignet. Bei den Masken kann wahl-weise eine Tasche direkt im Fertigungsprozess integriert werden, in die temporär noch zusätzlich Fil-terstrukturen eingelegt werden können. Die gestrickten Mund-Nasen-Masken sind – intuitiv, schnell, unkompliziert in der Handhabung – auch für Brillenträger geeignet und erfordern beim Anlegen keine Hilfe einer weiteren Person. Mittels weiterer anforderungsgerechter Materialkombinationen können auch spezifische Eigenschaften, wie z. B. Atmungsaktivität, Tragekomfort und Hautverträglichkeit, ge-zielt eingestellt und diesbezüglich im Rahmen erster freiwilliger Versuchsreihen mit Mitarbeitern des ITM intensiv getestet werden.

Als eines der weltweit führenden Textilforschungsinstitute wird das ITM mit der lösungssystemati-schen Entwicklung anforderungsgerechter Mund-Nasen-Masken einen wichtigen gesellschaftlichen und nachhaltigen Beitrag für das Gemeinwohl der Bevölkerung leisten. Das Team des ITM, welches maßgeblich bei der Maskenentwicklung involviert ist, freut sich daher auf weitere Anfragen von Her-stellern und Produzenten, um mit dem erarbeiteten Fachwissen bzw. Erfahrungen und technologi-schem Know-how insbesondere die KMU der deutschen Textilindustrie beratend zu unterstützen und ggf. gemeinsame Allianzen/Kooperationen zu schmieden.

Bereits jetzt schon steht das ITM mit mehreren Industriepartnern in Kontakt, um die Technologie zur Fertigung von textilen 3D-gestrickten Masken schnell in die Serienproduktion zu überführen und dar-über hinaus diese anforderungsgerechten textilen Produkte auch zeitnah als nach den geltenden Standards bzw. Richtlinien zugelassene Schutzmasken anzubieten.

Für die zielführenden Untersuchungen mit variablen Materialkombinationen zur weiteren Op-timierung der unterschiedlichen Maskenvarianten wurden dem ITM bereits verschiedenste Versuchsmaterialien kostenfrei zur Verfügung gestellt. Das ITM bedankt sich hierfür bei folgenden Firmen: EMS-CHEMIE AG, Gebrüder Otto GmbH & Co. KG, TWD Fibres GmbH und W. Zimmermann GmbH & Co. KG.
 

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Technische Universität Dresden
Institut für Textilmaschinen und Textile Hochleistungswerkstofftechnik (ITM)
 

Bremer Baumwollbörse. (c) Bremer Baumwollbörse.
Bremer Baumwollbörse.
06.03.2020

Postponement of The 35th International Cotton Conference Bremen

We are now facing this challenge here in Bremen on the occasion of our 35th International Cotton Conference, which was to take place from 25 to 27 March. The coronavirus has been keeping the world on tenterhooks for some weeks now and, as you may have heard in the news, has also arrived in Germany and Bremen. As the organiser of an international conference, we have been forced to make a decision and it was by no means easy for us.
Due to the prevailing global threat from Covid-19, we will postpone the 35th International Cotton Conference Bremen for one year.
The World Health Authority (WHO), as well as the European and German health authorities are advising of significant health risks from transmission of the coronavirus. According to the Federal Foreign Office, data on the new virus is currently still limited, which makes risk assessment even more difficult.

We are now facing this challenge here in Bremen on the occasion of our 35th International Cotton Conference, which was to take place from 25 to 27 March. The coronavirus has been keeping the world on tenterhooks for some weeks now and, as you may have heard in the news, has also arrived in Germany and Bremen. As the organiser of an international conference, we have been forced to make a decision and it was by no means easy for us.
Due to the prevailing global threat from Covid-19, we will postpone the 35th International Cotton Conference Bremen for one year.
The World Health Authority (WHO), as well as the European and German health authorities are advising of significant health risks from transmission of the coronavirus. According to the Federal Foreign Office, data on the new virus is currently still limited, which makes risk assessment even more difficult.

In total, participants from more than 40 nations travel to Bremen for the Cotton Conference. In addition to the main conference, there are numerous side events. Many of our guests and conference participants are currently unsettled by the many negative reports. In the context of their responsibility, the organisers, the Bremen Cotton Exchange and the Fibre Institute Bremen, take the risks and concerns of all participants extremely seriously and would like to ensure planning reliability given the situation.

The 35th International Cotton Conference Bremen with the motto “Passion for Cotton” will now take place from 17 to 19 March 2021.

 

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Bremer Baumwollbörse.