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22.06.2022

GOTS Standard revision process enters next phase

The ongoing revision process to the GOTS Standard document and supporting Manual for Implementation garnered a robust response during its first public comment period, which ended on June 13 and elicited over 300 inputs. Of that, about 60 percent of comments were related to technical criteria such as ecology, chemical inputs, and material quality; and around 30 percent concerned GOTS social criteria. The Standard sets forth the requirements for organic textiles throughout the entire processing chain. GOTS’s commitment to making every version stronger ensures that the Standard continues to be a dynamic and evolving document and remain at the forefront as the most recognized and respected global standard for textiles.

The first draft of the revised standard, GOTS version 7.0, was made available for an initial 60-day comment period. Stakeholders, associations, organisations, companies and individuals were encouraged to contribute to the revision of the Standard during this timeframe. The Standard is updated every three years, ensuring that GOTS keeps up with advances in the industry and developments in the science and technology of textile processing.

The ongoing revision process to the GOTS Standard document and supporting Manual for Implementation garnered a robust response during its first public comment period, which ended on June 13 and elicited over 300 inputs. Of that, about 60 percent of comments were related to technical criteria such as ecology, chemical inputs, and material quality; and around 30 percent concerned GOTS social criteria. The Standard sets forth the requirements for organic textiles throughout the entire processing chain. GOTS’s commitment to making every version stronger ensures that the Standard continues to be a dynamic and evolving document and remain at the forefront as the most recognized and respected global standard for textiles.

The first draft of the revised standard, GOTS version 7.0, was made available for an initial 60-day comment period. Stakeholders, associations, organisations, companies and individuals were encouraged to contribute to the revision of the Standard during this timeframe. The Standard is updated every three years, ensuring that GOTS keeps up with advances in the industry and developments in the science and technology of textile processing.

Beginning in 2022, the GOTS revision process is following a newly developed and more inclusive Standard Setting Procedure, which includes oversight of the process by a Standard Revision Committee (SRC). The SRC consists of experts from different stakeholder groups, including scientists, textile industry professionals, sustainability, sourcing and human rights specialists and others. Members work together throughout the entire revision process to establish terms of reference and make decisions on any changes.

The comments received are being compiled and will be available for viewing on the GOTS website shortly. For the next stage of the revision process, the SRC will deliberate all comments, and a second draft of the revision will be released for a second and final 30-day period of public input in September 2022, which will be announced on the GOTS website and social media. The final version of the revised standard, GOTS version 7.0 will be released in March 2023, and will come into effect one year later.

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GOTS revision
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GOTS

Oerlikon Barmag celebrates its 100th anniversary (c) Oerlikon Barmag
A look at the state-of-the-art assembly of a WINGS winder
30.03.2022

Oerlikon Barmag celebrates its 100th anniversary

  • Innovation begins with creativity
  • A pioneer of the manmade fiber industry

When the manmade fiber age began a century ago, a German company was responsible for the pioneering work involved. Barmag, established in 1922, was one of the world’s first companies to construct machines for the large-scale production of synthetic staple fibers. To this day, the leading manufacturer of manmade fiber spinning systems and texturing machines in Remscheid – a brand under the aegis of the Swiss Oerlikon Group since 2007 – has shaped technological progress in this sector; in future, with ever more innovations focusing on sustainability and digitalization.

  • Innovation begins with creativity
  • A pioneer of the manmade fiber industry

When the manmade fiber age began a century ago, a German company was responsible for the pioneering work involved. Barmag, established in 1922, was one of the world’s first companies to construct machines for the large-scale production of synthetic staple fibers. To this day, the leading manufacturer of manmade fiber spinning systems and texturing machines in Remscheid – a brand under the aegis of the Swiss Oerlikon Group since 2007 – has shaped technological progress in this sector; in future, with ever more innovations focusing on sustainability and digitalization.

Barmer Maschinenfabrik Aktiengesellschaft (Barmag) is founded in Barmen, located in the Bergische Land region, on March 27, 1922. The German and Dutch founders enter unchartered technological territory, one created as the result of a groundbreaking invention: in 1884, French chemist Count Hilaire Bernigaud de Chardonnet used nitrocellulose to produce the first so-called artificial silk, later known as rayon. The following decades see rapid development focusing on the search for synthetic textile fibers and their manufacturing technologies. As one of the first machine factories, Barmag battles its way through the eventful early years of the manmade fiber industry, the ‘Roaring Twenties’ and the Great Depression – and suffers the extensive destruction of its factories at the end of World War Two. Rebuilding is successful. With the unstoppable success story of purely synthetic plastic fibers such as polyamide, the company flourishes from the 1950s through to the 1970s, establishing sites in all international, for the textile industry at the time important, industrial regions and garnering prestige across the globe in the process. In the ups and downs of expansion, global competition and crises, Barmag reaches the very pinnacle of the market and becomes the preferred technological development partner for the manmade fiber industries in China, India and Turkey. The company has been a high-impact brand under the umbrella of the Oerlikon Group since 2007.

On the wings of innovation
Today, Oerlikon Barmag is a leading supplier of manmade fiber filament spinning systems and part of the Manmade Fibers Solutions business unit of the Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions Division. And our aspirations have not diminished: “The striving towards innovation and technological leadership has been, is and will always be part of our DNA”, emphasizes Georg Stausberg, CEO of Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions. In the past, this has been observable in such trailblazing innovations as the revolutionary WINGS generation of winders for POY in 2007 and WINGS for FDY in 2012. Currently, the focus of new and further developments is very much on digitalization and sustainability. Here, Oerlikon Barmag has – as one of the world’s first systems manufacturers – been implementing fully-networked smart factories for globally-leading polyester manufacturers since the end of the last decade. Within this context, digital solutions and automation are also helping to provide greater climate and environmental compatibility. This sustainability commitment is not only evidenced by the e-save label introduced for all products back in 2004: Oerlikon is endeavoring to also make all its sites carbon-neutral by 2030 and to acquire its energy exclusively from renewable sources. An ambitious target, whose achievement could be helped by the Oerlikon Barmag anniversary, states Georg Stausberg: “Innovation begins with creativity. And remembering the past provides plenty of motivation and inspiration for the future.”

15.11.2019

IVGT: Mehrkosten durch geplante CO2-Bepreisung belasten Textilveredlung und Vliesstoffherstellung überdurchschnittlich

Der IVGT ( Industrieverband Veredlung - Garne - Gewebe - Technische Textilien e.V. ) befürwortet effiziente Maßnahmen zum Klimaschutz. Das geplante Brennstoffemissionshandelsgesetz sei jedoch wenig durchdacht und solle eilig durch den Bundestag getrieben werden. Die geplante Umsetzung werde dazu führen, dass insbesondere die Textilveredlungsbetriebe und die Vliesstoffhersteller in Deutschland die geplanten hohen zusätzlichen Mehrkosten finanziell nicht mehr tragen könnten, da sie bereits seit vielen Jahren in energiesparende Techniken investiert hätten, so der Verband in einer Pressemitteilung.

Bereits heute belasteten hohe Energiesteuern und Abgaben die Unternehmen in der Textilindustrie. Mit einem Gesetz über ein nationales Emissionshandelssystem für Brennstoffemissionen soll die von der Bundesregierung vorgeschlagene CO2-Bepreisung umgesetzt werden.

Der IVGT ( Industrieverband Veredlung - Garne - Gewebe - Technische Textilien e.V. ) befürwortet effiziente Maßnahmen zum Klimaschutz. Das geplante Brennstoffemissionshandelsgesetz sei jedoch wenig durchdacht und solle eilig durch den Bundestag getrieben werden. Die geplante Umsetzung werde dazu führen, dass insbesondere die Textilveredlungsbetriebe und die Vliesstoffhersteller in Deutschland die geplanten hohen zusätzlichen Mehrkosten finanziell nicht mehr tragen könnten, da sie bereits seit vielen Jahren in energiesparende Techniken investiert hätten, so der Verband in einer Pressemitteilung.

Bereits heute belasteten hohe Energiesteuern und Abgaben die Unternehmen in der Textilindustrie. Mit einem Gesetz über ein nationales Emissionshandelssystem für Brennstoffemissionen soll die von der Bundesregierung vorgeschlagene CO2-Bepreisung umgesetzt werden.

Die Textilindustrie, insbesondere die Textilveredlung und die Vliesstoffherstellung, werden von der Erhöhung der Brennstoffkosten massiv betroffen sein. Die Auswirkungen des Gesetzes auf die Unternehmen werden erheblich sein, weil die geplanten 10 Euro/t CO2 bei den mittelständisch geprägten Unternehmen hohe sechsstellige Mehrkosten verursachen und dies nur der Beginn eines Preispfades ist und die Kosten weiter ansteigen sollen. Für viele Textilveredlungsbetriebe und Vliesstoffhersteller ist diese Entwicklung existenzbedrohend.

Die Textilveredlung und die Vliesstoffherstellung gehören zu den energieintensiven Branchen. Dort geht praktisch nichts ohne Energie. Für die wichtigsten Prozesse werden Gas oder Heizöl zur Wärmeerzeugung benötigt.

Je nach Struktur und Produktionssortiment des Betriebes sind mittlerweile mehr als ein Viertel der Kosten Energiekosten. Mit dieser dramatischen Entwicklung der Energiekosten sehen viele Unternehmer(innen) akute Gefahr für ihren Betrieb und die damit verbundenen Arbeitsplätze.

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CO2-Bepreisung IVGT
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IVGT Industrieverband Veredlung - Garne - Gewebe - Technische Textilien e.V.

(c) Schoeller Textil AG
10.04.2019

Sustainability – Hand in hand with innovation, quality and design

March 2019: For decades, Schoeller Textil has been meticulous in observing its responsibility to humans and the environment. Developed and produced in Switzerland under the most stringent conditions, the high-tech textiles and textile technologies encompass a spirit of innovative and outstanding quality. With a focus on sustainability, the groundbreaking, ecological portfolio includes, among other things, genuine upcycled products with ECONYL®-Garn, 100 % recycled, recyclable wear2wear woven and knitted fabrics or bio technologies based on sustainable raw materials.

March 2019: For decades, Schoeller Textil has been meticulous in observing its responsibility to humans and the environment. Developed and produced in Switzerland under the most stringent conditions, the high-tech textiles and textile technologies encompass a spirit of innovative and outstanding quality. With a focus on sustainability, the groundbreaking, ecological portfolio includes, among other things, genuine upcycled products with ECONYL®-Garn, 100 % recycled, recyclable wear2wear woven and knitted fabrics or bio technologies based on sustainable raw materials.

High-quality textiles have a long service life and can remain in use for longer. The fabric properties are further improved by smart textile technologies such as water- and dirt-repelling functions. This helps preserve the environment and cuts down on the use of resources. In its manufacturing, Schoeller Textil AG always considers the ecological compatibility of its products. Therefore, since 2001, production at the Swiss site has always complied with the stringent guidelines of the bluesign® system. By conviction, Schoeller devotes itself to sustainable climate protection and takes part in the Energy Agency of the Swiss Private Sector programme to actively reduce carbon emissions and optimise energy efficiency.